Party Of One

     I’ve had a week to digest the message of the Republican National Convention. And now the Democratic National Convention is in full swing. If ever a major third party presidential candidate was going to step out of the shadows, now would be a perfect time. It’s not likely to happen. We’re going to have to make the best with what we have to work with on the political front.

     The circus atmosphere prevailed at the Republican Convention in Cleveland all week. Donald Trump’s arrival on stage from behind a projected silhouette on a large white screen accented by a mysterious fog machine looked like the opening of a science-fiction game show. His satellite speech from New York, where his huge head was beamed on a massive jumbotron screen was straight out of the Wizard of Oz, giving ammunition for Hillary to use the phrase “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, seems like a good choice. Pence, a veteran politician, grounded the Trump campaign closer to reality. 

     Donald Trump’s acceptance speech on the last night of the convention was well written, and delivered with conviction, but the message was chilling. I heard echoes of Robocop – “I will restore law and order.” His megalomania was on full display –”I know more about the system than anyone, and I alone can fix it.” Hey, Mr. Trump, the last time I checked, we’re all in this together. When I hear Donald Trump emphatically state “I am your voice”, I want to say, “You’re not the boss of me.”

     When Trump began his quest for the White House, no one took him seriously. His presence on the national political scene seemed like a joke; at most it was a refreshing diversion from the political insiders who have been running our country for far too long. But the joke was on us, as Trump supporters got behind his message of putting America (and Americans) first. Can Donald Trump become enmeshed in the Washington political scene and still retain his outsider status, or will political insiders dilute his non-conformity so much that he becomes more of the same.

     Speaking of political insiders, hello Hillary. For years I’ve heard about the inevitability of a Hillary Clinton presidency. However if Mrs. Clinton makes her way back to the White House, she’ll be arriving with a lot of extra baggage (including her husband). Perhaps some of Bill Clinton’s Teflon® coating has rubbed off on Hillary over the years. None of the scandals attached to her seem to stick, and not because of lack of evidence. Hillary wants to be the unifier this country needs, although her predecessor found out the hard way it’s no easy task. If she tones down her shrill speech delivery, and trades her Dr. Evil wardrobe for something more welcoming, she might be in a position to win more people over. That strategy worked well for the other blonde woman who rose to power and ruled a nation (wait a minute, that was Daenerys Targeryean – Mother of Dragons, on Game of Thrones). The lines are blurred between fantasy and reality with this current election.

     Whatever happens in November, I know there many disillusioned people who feel the same way I do. Whoever is elected is going to give us more of the same. Choosing the lesser of two evils isn’t a good choice. No one is offering anything fresh or exciting. Remember, America is still a democracy and “we, the people” are the government. Majority rules. We get the government we deserve. I think we deserve a lot better than this.

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