This afternoon I will go to my local polling place and complete the mark next to Donald Trump's name. I can't quite get to the point where I can say I'm voting "for" Trump, but I can easily say what I'm voting against today.
I'm voting against a lazy, corrupt, and truly despicable national media that had a rollicking good time building Trump up in the primaries and then did everything they could to tear him down after he got the nomination. If Clinton wins, and I think she probably will, it will because the MSM collectively dragged her across the finish line. The revulsion and hatred directed at them is not the product of Trump whipping up the masses, the masses can see for themselves how in the tank the press is for Hillary. It's been an awesome party of the celebrity "journalists" and their editors and executives, but no matter who wins today there will be one hell of a hangover to deal with tomorrow.
I'm voting against a culture of corruption in Washington DC that passes 2000 page bills that were hashed out in backroom deals between aides and lobbyists and voted on before anybody had a chance to read them. A culture of corruption that hands both lawmaking and judicial review to faceless panels and commissions that citizens don't even see let alone vote for.
I'm voting against a culture of corruption that gives a wink and a nod to a former president getting $17 million to be an "honorary chairman" of an international multi-billion dollar, for-profit school company while his spouse is the United States Secretary of State. A culture that shrugs as the obvious pay-to-play allegations pile up and the Clinton's get richer and richer. The Clintons have blown past unseemly in turning graft into an art form.
I'm voting against all of the hypocrites who screamed bloody murder over Iraq, who held Bush and America to the standard of "You break it, you bought it" on Iraq, and then slithered away when Clinton and Obama broke Libya and let it become a humanitarian disaster.
I'm voting against a party and foreign policy establishment that casually tossed aside the chance for lasting political and military victory in Iraq and let that nation become a humanitarian disaster as well.
The bills are coming due for Obama's incompetence and fecklessness. Hillary will simply double down on them. I don't know that Trump will do better, but I do know that if he wins the news media will once again discover their power to hold politicians accountable instead of covering up for them. In fact, I'm quite certain that they will not just be unfair to Trump, they will be insufferable. I'll take that over four more years of lies and corruption. I'm voting against that.
Whatever happens, here's hoping for an election day free from terrorist attacks and bitter controversies.
This election was always about one over-riding issue under which all are subsumed. That issue is the corruption and virtual dissolution of our democratic republic by elites.
This election was and is about the rule of elites over the people, something we have all seen in full bloom in the WikiLeaks releases.
This rule by elites is, to say the least, very far gone, encompassing the media, Hollywood, the academy, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, much of corporate leadership, an unfortunate percentage of the religious establishment, both political parties to one degree or another, and just about every lever of power available in our society—except, perhaps, "We, the people..."
If it is not stopped now, it may never be.
I don't know about that last sentence, but he sums up my attitude toward what are supposed to be America's leaders.