Random Ramblings: October 1, 2016


The other day I posted a piece announcing that I would begin this new Saturday feature today and when I did so, I had two fun ideas for the first one. Quite naturally, now that it is time to actually write, I can’t remember what those two fun ideas were. Obviously, I’ll need to get into the habit of jotting them down from now on. Thus, I must settle for the one subject I can’t seem to get away from.

I don’t know about you, but this past week I’ve had a hard time not hearing people talk about the great debate this past Monday evening. I didn’t really want to watch it, in fact I planned not to, but by the time it was about to begin, my curiosity got the better of me, and I turned it on.

I quickly came to understand that I must have been confused about the two candidates.

You see, I thought that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were running for President of the United States, but I came away thinking that they must actually be running for the presidency of the West Undershirt High School student body, for surely no one can support these two spoiled brats for an important position.

I know there has been a lot of talk about the Donald’s “fitness” to be president, but I think both candidates demonstrated, at least to my satisfaction, that neither is “fit” for the office.

After all, didn’t this serious and noble exercise in democracy start off with a joke when Mrs. C in her first statement told the viewers to watch her website during the debate for real-time fact-checking to correct the Donald’s lies? I don’t care what your politics might be, that’s hilarious!

I think leading off with a joke, kind of set what followed in its proper light; a joke.

In an actual debate between candidates for the U. S. presidency, it isn’t customary for the moderator to participate in the debate, yet moderator Lester Holt chose to jump in several times, once “fact-checking” the Donald on an assertion about a legal matter, and along with Mrs. C, getting it wrong; no dear reader, these two must be running for student body president…

The Donald didn’t prepare for the debate, and like any cocky high school boy, he just winged it, and it showed. Mrs. C, like any stuck up cheerleader made a point of smugly telling us that she spent 11 days preparing for the debate, and like a stuck up cheerleader, she came off as totally fake while brushing off issue after issue, and then making cheap shot after cheap shot at her opponent, who had a few of his own flying around.

I’ve been involved in debate prep a few times, and if I were a supporter of either of these candidates, I would be furious with them. As a voter, I will never feel confident in claiming all that much intelligence, but I really resent the insult these two have given to what little intelligence I’d like to think I have. Sadly, these two adolescent senior citizens are really not running for president of the West Undershirt High School student body, they really are running for the big dance; even worse, one of the two is going to be sworn as our 45th president next January 20th.

I’ve never been less optimistic for the future of the Republic.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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26 Responses to Random Ramblings: October 1, 2016

  1. dswoager says:

    People are going to vote for who they are going to vote for, but I agree, I can’t understand the thought process of any of the people who actually “support” either of these candidates.

  2. paulfg says:

    I saw a glorious comment on UK tv on this subject. It is a programme called Gogglebox – and it films ordinary families watching the tv (and is hilarious!). And this comment (as best I remember) re your debate:
    “Why is it that in politics you always have to choose between the least atrocious candidate? Why do we never watch these elections and thank God that we have given such a difficult choice – that we have been given two superb candidates to choose between? Why is it always: “Which is the one who I think will least f**k it all up the least?”
    I thought it was very a very insightful comment (and applies to our politics as well).

  3. Russ P. says:

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Great analysis Mr. Moderator.

  4. kriztal34 says:

    Yep sad and funny at the same time. And the worst part is The world is watching

  5. Pieter Stok says:

    I believe there is a paucity in leadership in most democracies today. The US isn’t alone. For Christians it is a reminder that our reliance is on God and not a political process. Moreover. I believe we have been complicit by often accepting the process and being part of it rather than being counter cultural. Jesus didn’t side with the Romans or the Jews. He sided with the father

  6. BelleUnruh says:

    I’m a Democrat, and I was sorry when they chose Ms. Clinton because she has so much baggage and so many people hate her. I don’t hate her at all, but I am against war and NAFTA and when she first said she was for the Pacific Trade Agreement, I was dismayed. NAFTA has put hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work. I really liked Bernie Sanders.

    Luckily, Sanders’ followers have gotten through to Clinton that they don’t like these global trade deals, so she changed her mind, which I see as a sign of strength in a politician. If they see people don’t like something, changing their stance is good because they work for the people of the U.S.

    As for Mr. Trump, he boggles the mind. He is so cruel, hateful and ignorant I don’t know how anyone could vote for such a man. As for war, he is all for it and using the big bomb too. So, just to keep us out of wars and not be embarrassed by a looney tune, I would vote for Hillary. I have dual citizenship with Canada and live in Canada, so I don’t vote.

  7. As you said, this is two spoiled brats screaming over each other to convince the children in the audience that they will make the food better in the cafeteria, when they know very well there is nothing they can do about it.

    Both are lying about their positions on hot topics, and the people fall for it. Can you trust anyone who changes position in mid-campaign just to appease people whose votes they need to get elected? If they change it for more votes, what will they really do when they get elected?

    What bothers me the most is that, as usual, we hear the opinions (at least what they say are their opinions) of the Dems and Reps, but we never hear from other candidates. Does anyone know there are two other people running for President? I doubt it. While I don’t care for either of the others, would it be such a terrible thing if they got their time in the spotlight so that people were aware that there are other choices? Perhaps if they garnered more votes then the message might make it to the two front runners that they aren’t the only two children in the race.

    Whomever wins, America will be embarrassed before the world.

    Good first off-topic post.

  8. Citizen Tom says:

    What are you doing? You are horning in my territory!

    Good first political post!

    I just caught myself today telling someone that the debate looked like something out of high school. It is a sign of the times, an indication that too many do not know what it means to be wise.

    We are stuck with a binary choice. The odds are almost 100 percent that either Trump or Clinton will be our next president. Therefore, any one who sees one of those candidates as the lesser evil has a responsibility to vote for the lesser evil.

    I think Trump is the better choice. I have two basic reasons. First, whenever I have investigated what the news media has to say about him, I generally find they exaggerate ridiculously. Unfortunately, most people don’t bother to investigate the context of the “stupid things” Trump has said. Second, what Trump proposes is somewhat more in line with our Constitution. Trump is not a Conservative, but H. Clinton has promised to add to the damage that Obama has already done.

    Is the Donald Trump too prideful? I suppose so, and he is not practiced at hiding that pride. He is not a politician. So there is no point in expecting him to behave like one.

    Given how our leadership class is behaving these days, it is a good bet most of them are full of themselves. There is an obvious reason for that. How many humble men or women are going to run to be our president? That is the problem with electing folks to public office. The first primary election takes place when someone decides to run. They look in the mirror, find themselves quite pleased, and nominate themselves.

    Narcissism? Yes, and that is why we are crazy to put such people in charge of educating our children. That is why we have two people making the election about themselves instead of the issues facing our nation. Too many of us don’t see anything wrong with that. We were not taught any better.

  9. Messenger At The Crossroads says:

    Good thoughts, Don, and on the humorous side. I’m at the point where I just want to tell the over sized over controlling federal government to take a hike, leave us all alone, and let us run our families, local communities, schools and health care ourselves. And stay out of our pockets when it comes to endless war that supports nobody but globalist bankers. The only point The Donald has going is that he seems to be a nationalist, whereas Hillary is a globalist with a criminal track record. But both are so full of hubris that it’s like the difference between choosing between Caligula and Nero. Probably will draw fire from somebody on this remark. But I essentially “stand with Rand” on the idea that federal government should be so small you can hardly see it.

  10. It seems the real issue is the Supreme Court. Whoever gets elected will probably have the chance to select one or more justices. Hillary would probably appoint very liberal members to the Supreme Court whereas Trump would probably appoint more conservative members. So the issue comes down to that.

  11. Bear Fit says:

    I really like your blog and this post was really interesting

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