In less than a week, American voters and the Electoral College will determine the next President of the United States after a too-long, too-contentious and too-lacking of focus on the issues which face this country.
One candidate will go down swinging while the other will take his or her job as leader of a fractured nation in constant turmoil.
If Donald Trump loses, which most election models say will happen, the odds-makers predict he will not go gracefully into the night but will shout and pontificate about how he was “robbed” by a “great global conspiracy” that prevented him from assuming the role he felt was his by default.
If Hillary Clinton wins, she goes into the Presidency with more challenges of any chief executive in recent times. A partisan Congress, dominated by gridlock, will fight her at every turn.
The election may end next week but the anger will continue,
In 53 years of covering politics as a newspaperman and a few years as a political operative, I have never seen an election that offers so little hope, so little focus on issues and so little idea of what either candidate will actually do after January 20 of next year.
With so much anger dominating an election, all attempts for rational discussion fell by the wayside. With so much focus on the sexual fantasies of a misogynistic, ego-driven billionaire or the email habits of a secretive former Secretary of State, it was impossible for any serious voter to arrive as a logical conclusion.
Clinton is clearly the most qualified to actually sit in the Oval Office, but she is defined by rabid political opponents who substitute hyperbole for fact and anger for rationality.
Trump’s fantasy-driven lifestyle and wildly-exaggerated claims of business acumen hide an insecure child in a bloated body surrounded by too many lies.
When one tries to step back and view the best that either the Democratic or Republican parties can offer the citizens of America, the only feeling is hopelessness and defeat.
This isn’t an election. It’s a “reality show” from hell, a Dante’s Inferno come to life and a nightmare that most likely never end.
Somebody will win the Presidency of the United States next week.
The loser will be the American people, who deserved more.
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