Yard signs proclaiming “Everyone Sucks – 2016” are selling out fast. Will this be the go-to rally cry of our presidential election?
My parents are renovating their master bathroom, and so my mom has had a plumber at the house regularly. She’s gotten to know the guy, at least enough to bring up the election, which I think usually indicates you’ve achieved a certain level of trust with a person.
And because I write about politics, she mentioned that fun fact to him, and he then asked who I was supporting, Clinton or Trump?
“Yee gads, neither! Really, how could you think such a thing?” This is what I imagine my mom saying, cringing backward in disgust at the very thought.
More likely, she said something diplomatic and less excited. “Oh you know, she’s um. She’s not really a fan of either of them.”
To which he replied, “Tell me about it.” Or something of that nature.
(As I was not present for the actual interchange, it does come secondhand to me, over hundreds of miles connected only by distant cellular satellites. A level of creative freedom is required, but take it for what it is: I may not be the best intoner of natural human dialogue…)
At any rate, the plumber told my mother that there is a man in Denver making a veritable fortune selling “Everyone Sucks – 2016” yard signage, and upon Googling that phrase, I found many images indeed, expressing that very sentiment.
And not only yard signs. You can get buttons and bumper stickers as well.
I will make a prediction and say this will be the most popular slogan of the 2016 election, as major swaths of both political parties, as well a hefty slew of Independents, wake up to the woeful choice a Clinton v. Trump campaign will provide them.
Sad realities of both the R & D candidates:
Criminal conduct? Well, Trump is currently involved in three lawsuits, not to mention a history of bending and breaking the law (more on that later). Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is under FBI investigation for breaking with government protocol (and common sense) by hosting her own private email server. As Secretary of State. Which meant classified information of the highest order was made pretty open to hacking.
Dubious business practices? Yep. The most famous case against Trump, to date, involves his illegal hiring of undocumented Polish workers to complete Trump Tower, for which he did not pay them even close to a living wage (if he paid them at all), and forced them to sleep on site. Sounds like a great boss… Anyway, he settled out of court. That’s just one example.
And what about HRC? Well, more news keeps coming out on the Clinton Foundation, an apparent charity organization that has a creepy record of taking mega bucks from nasty foreign regimes. And then, voila! Said regimes see some political deals come through for them while Clinton worked under President Obama.
Conjecture, perhaps. But there are other past examples of dubious business dealings in the Clintonian past.
Fabulously wealthy, but claim they’re in for the little guy? Of course.
At last, we have the rather unique, and uniquely horrifying, situation of both sides being connected to rape charges. For Trump, they came against him twice, from his ex-wife, Ivana Trump. Another, more recent claim, is from a young woman who says Trump raped her on the private island of convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Trump denies both. His denials would mean a lot more if he weren’t on record regularly demeaning women, including his own daughter. And if he didn’t appear in Epstein’s infamous black book.
For Hillary, they came against her husband, from a former Arkansas politician, Juanita Broaddrick. Obviously, Hillary is not responsible for the actions of her husband.
But she is responsible for how she responded, and her go-to reaction seemed always the same: demonize the accuser, and defend Bill, no matter what evidence to the contrary might suggest (witness the Monica Lewinski trajectory of events, in which the then twenty-two year old intern was labeled a “loony toon”).
So. There you have it.
When you think Mitt Romney had to answer for supposed bullying he did (or did not) do in high school, and Barack Obama had to explain every word out of his former Chicago pastor’s mouth! This 2016 choice presents Americans with the lowest-caliber candidates… maybe ever?
And here’s the thing that really bothers me. Apparently, millions of primary voters were more than happy to overlook these things. Brush ‘em under the rug, so to speak, and vote for Clinton or Trump anyway.
Maybe they think all politicians are that way, but I would ask said voters this: Is everyone you know that way? Does everyone you know have several past appearances in court? Does everyone you know have a propensity to lie and dissemble that borders on compulsive? A tendency toward general criminality?
Because if they don’t, then it follows that not ALL politicians are this bad. Not every person in local and national government scores so low on character marks.
I wish voters would drop the cynicism.
My fear is that when this is all said and done in July, and Trump and Clinton are really and truly and the choice, I think many voters will share my sentiment that they just…
Are you losing faith in American democracy.
Source: 30dB.com – American Democracy
This one doesn’t really need much explanation, except maybe to those too young to vote. —Howard K. 30db