On the brink of the 2016 election, no matter who wins, this election shows that we are in deep trouble as a nation.
For starters, how appalling is it that close to half of our fellow Americans are willing to overlook the blatant corruption, dishonesty, and incompetence of Secretary Clinton? Granted, Donald Trump has some obvious personality issues and suffers from an advanced case of foot-in-mouth disease, but the policies he advocates would give us at least a chance for a change from the terrible programs of the Obama Administration. Programs that Clinton wants to continue. Like Trump said to inner city voters, “What have you got to lose?” That alone should give him the nod over Hillary Clinton by a wide margin. That it doesn’t, but instead it looks like that even if Clinton doesn’t outright win the election, nearly half of the voters will prefer her. That shows we are in serious danger as a nation.
If Clinton wins she will be despised by Trump voters, likewise should Trump win Hillary supporters will not support him in any way, shape, or form. Never have two presidential candidates had such high unfavorable ratings. Aside from the Supreme Court, how will either of them be able to accomplish much of anything? We are a divided nation. Lincoln was right when he said that a house divided cannot stand, and yet we have not been this divided since the start of the Civil War. People forget that Abraham Lincoln got just less than 40% of the popular vote in 1860. Therefore he was unable to bring the country together short of war.
It seems unlikely that either Clinton or Trump will win more than 50% of the total vote. There will be no mandate. Nevertheless, we have critical issues we have to face, both at home and abroad. And given the ever-increasing partisanship on both sides, solving them will be nearly impossible. America is in trouble.
Much has been made, most often by traditional-minded Americans, that poll after poll show that only one-third of Americans think we are headed in the right direction; while roughly two-thirds believe we aren’t. So why doesn’t this add up to a 60% or more vote for Trump? He is after all the only change candidate in the race. The simple truth is that not all those who think the country is headed in the wrong direction believe in smaller government and restoring traditional values. Many of those who want to change the direction of our country are Bernie Sanders-style, quasi-socialist progressives who what more government, and more entitlements, not less.
Even worse for our future chances is the hard reality that this is the prevalent millennial mindset. Given the states of public education and mass media this is not going to change. If Clinton wins they will push the Democrat agenda even further to the left. If Trump somehow manages to win he will be resisted by both the Democrat party and many establishment Republicans.
Either way things will get worse. A Trump election might, like the election of Ronald Reagan, slow down the decline, but progressive numbers will continue to increase until they will be able to control the country. Their policies are going to crash and burn sooner or later, but progressive leaders like Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, and all the rest, don’t seem to care about the majority of us as long as they and their important supporters are doing well.
That this election is as close as it is, that even worse someone like Secretary Clinton looks to win the presidency, shows us we are in deep, deep trouble. Even if there is a Brixit-style election, Donald Trump will have a nearly impossible task of bringing the nation together. Nothing indicates that progressives want to compromise.
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