Choices 2016

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Gary Johnson, President, Election, 2016

Many folks on social media are inundating me with political propaganda this month; I have been guilty of sharing a few tidbits myself and I get it: You want your candidate to win, or you hate both of them and need to revolt.

The issue is that 90% of the stuff is pure garbage (or satire) from both sides.

So who do you support when the two choices make you want to hold your nose?

Hillary’s integrity issues are completely different, from Mr. Trump’s, but they’re on their own merit deeply repugnant to many of us exactly the same. While Hillary’s skeletons have until recently been under lock and key behind closed doors, Trump has performed each and every one of his personal melodramatic gaffes & predatory business dealings in the gleaming light of the public eye.

This doesn’t paint the idyllic scene we hoped for, but it is the result of our own choices because whether we would like to admit it or not; as a people we do ultimately control how it ends.

If you did not want Trump or Hillary, the time for deciding that was during the primaries, so there’s really no one to blame but ourselves for this lose-lose choice we have this season.

So what do we do for this selection? I can’t believe it’s come to this, but: ignore integrity… That’s correct. There is not much to be had on both sides, so if your most important quality in a leader is ethics, then you never made it out of the gate this season.

Instead, look at these qualities and make your decision:

Who gives you the Supreme court options you want?
Who gives you the immigration policy you desire?
Who champions the social policies you cherish?
The list continues on and on, but the point is that this year, character has been thrown aside. We’re truly left with only one defining question: What will they do for or into the nation if they win?

Many of you hate one or both of these and are foaming at the mouth to point out their every defect on each side, but it is pointless. To some degree that could be personally cathartic, but we all have an A vs. B choice to make this year unless you choose another option and effectively remove yourself from the process & permit the rest of us to choose for you… Heck, as much as half of the nation sits out almost every election and does not even bother to register, so what’s a couple million more watching from the sideline snuggling with their favorite lost cause?

The choice is fairly clear when you examine the policies each candidate boosts. Regardless of which side you personally stand behind, this year integrity will not be a factor because both of them are critically flawed people and make all of us pray to God that the choice we make will not go horribly wrong for us all in the end.

No matter what; one thing is nearly always certain: You are not going to change my mind and I am unable to change yours either, but let’s at the very least be adult about it and keep the conversation civil. Stop throwing insults at each other just because we select one”Bad Choice” over the other. Let us not be like our existing candidates; let us be civil with one another and respect each other’s choices in how we each exercise our collective right to vote our own conscience.

You may think I’m an idiot and I may think some people are confused & betrayed, but our choice of politics doesn’t make us good or evil, it only makes us Americans; doing the best we can with what we have.

I’ve seen family members disown each other over political views and that is pure foolishness. After the dust settles, we’re all in this together and good or bad; we will all end up paying the same price for our collective decision in the long run, whatever that might be.

You may ultimately do one of three things: hold your nose and chose A or B, or run from the conclusion and sit out and watch the rest of us choose for you. Do not kid yourself; picking some other candidate IS hanging out it.

Just remember: Every time we make a choice, the people of the nation have a chance and the hope all of us share is that by coming together as a country to exercise that right, we could also help make this nation better and stronger for all of us, and our children as well.

God bless the voters; every one. .

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