What we are seeing is a race to the bottom in the 2016 presidential election. All sides are using fear of their opponents to motivate people to vote for them. I have previously written about this and the theory is standing the test of time.
There is a reason for this. None of the candidates- Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, nor Harry Brown are the best nor brightest of their parties. Just the opposite is the case. What we will see is a continuing program of smearing the candidates because there is little to say in actual support of these nominees.
Donald Trump. He is a serial liar. That is easy to prove. He was a self proclaimed New York liberal for the majority of his life and suddenly saw the light and became a Republican. He has no record to run on that supports his current stances. Sure, he SAYS some good things but contradictions can be found on all of his positions- illegal immigration and the wall, taxes, the 2nd Amendment, support for Hillary, Obamacare and single payer health care. The list is extensive. He cannot be trusted by anyone who does even a modicum of research. What is becoming apparent and will really be expanded on is his shady past. He has to win the nomination before the torrent is turned on, but after that the 100’s of reporters doing their work will report on his history. His previous life will be laid bare and it will not be a pretty picture. Remember, all the media has to do is paint a picture that this greedy capitalist homophobic racist warmonger will destroy the country. They have only to make Bernie and Hillary supporters believe that. That is the winning path for Hillary.
Hillary Clinton. 40+ years of lying and corruption surround her. There are people voting who weren’t even conceived while Hillary was perfecting her craft of lying and corruption. From her initial participation in the Watergate investigation in the early 70’s and subsequent expulsion for unethical behavior to her most recent dodging of an indictment in her handling of sensitive materials on an unsecured e-mail server- her record as an elected official and public servant is abysmal. She has accomplished nothing of significance in her time in office. She sponsored some inconsequential legislation as a Senator in New York and had a horrible record in the State Department. Her involvement in Benghazi and the deaths there, 6 Billion dollars missing, the sale of Uranium to Russia, the Iran Nuke Deal, and her support of the Arab “Spring” which have all had horrible repercussions. She also has little to give supporters as a reason to support her. Sure she is a woman. So was Lizzy Borden. So was Typhoid Mary.
Harry Brown. He is the best in the crowd and does have some actual success in an executive position as Governor of New Mexico. Yet he too has slipped into the “A vote for Johnson is a vote against Hillary and Trump. How can it get any better?” He is not a good example of a Libertarian. The principled supporter finds it hard to support him in some of his positions. His stance on government intrusion into business affairs is astounding to see. He stated that the intentions of a baker in withholding their services matters to as whether the government comes in and forces the baking of the cake. I cannot believe a Libertarian said that. He calls for the force of government being used to make a baker bake a cake under certain politically correct circumstances. Pretty disturbing to the principled libertarian. His stance on immigration is NOT the mainstream view in the Libertarian Party. That is the Libertopian stance that is a minority with a loud voice that is being amplified by the media. One thing the media downplays or simply does not report on is the elimination of all government subsidies to immigrants in most of these “open border” scenarios. Lastly, his recent support of Hillary concerning her e-mail scandal made no sense. Listen to his comments on the matter. He doesn’t want to be a ‘stone thrower” and thinks it wasn’t her “intent” to commit a crime. Johnson has some good ideas on limiting government and instead of espousing in explicit terms what needs to be done he descends into the media dialogue and the story they want to tell. He gives little for the principled conservative or libertarian to support.
Bottom line: What we are going to continue to see is a tearing down of the candidates by their opponents and little for supporters to actually support. These attacks will continue with the opponents painted to look like a nation threatening despot. In the case of Johnson, the idea of a wasted vote or the idea that voting for him is actually a vote for Hillary/Trump will be pushed.. Just more fear tactics. This fear will be supported on all sides by the continuous castigation of the candidates. Please realize that fear of an opponent is not a reason to vote for a candidate. You are not voting FOR someone, you are voting AGAINST someone else. That is why we are at the crossroads we are. Support someone. If you cannot find someone to support then write in someone. Your vote is only wasted if you don’t vote your conscience.