Presidential Election 2016: The Case for a Non-Career Politician Candidate

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at

The presidential election is only a few days away. This is not a plea for voters, or even an endorsement of either candidate. The truth of the matter I could never tell someone to vote. It’s a right, not an obligation and voting should not be forced on anyone. And in all honesty when it comes to the candidates I feel you all who are struggling with who to vote for. It feels like a vote is really just a vote for who you might believe to be the lesser of two evils, but in all honesty I think the problem with this election is that we feel neither candidate is actually qualified for the position of office.

I am not a political person at all. We don’t discuss politics in our home. A few weeks ago my five year old daughter noticed the political signs in the yard of our next door neighbor while we were waiting for the bus. She began asking about who our next president was going to be and who was going to run our lives now. I was amazed that she knew what those signs were let alone who the president was, who she calls Obaba. A little concerned that she thinks is job is to run our lives though, but she’s five, when I was her age I thought boy babies came from dads and girl babies came from mom, I now know that’s not true. If she’s 15 and still thinks the president runs our lives then I might be concerned. Or maybe it’s surprisingly true to an extent or will be ten years from now. Lets hope that’s not where we’re heading.

Anyways, what’s on my mind today is Trump. The pinnacle of opening mouth and inserting foot right there. The man has no filter and if I were going to arm chair diagnose him I would have to say he’s a classic narcissist. Which I know makes this whole election that much more puzzling. You have to wonder how did it get this far though. The list of accusations against this man is quite long. I’m guessing all of the skeletons in his closet have been exposed, but then again he wasn’t squeaky clean looking when he began running for president to begin with. Honestly, judging by both candidates I’m willing to bet most of us aren’t expecting squeaky clean for presidential candidates these days. It sure would be nice if we didn’t have to choose between two possible felons for president though.

I digress though. How does someone who’s so into himself and so seemingly awful become a presidential candidate in 2016? Well, I think the answer is quite simple. We want something different. We want someone who’s not a career politician. The idea of making America great again is appealing. When I first heard about Trump running for president I was intrigued. I was wondering if it would be anything like when Ronald Regan ran for president. Someone who was not a career politician. I was very young during his two terms as president and don’t get me wrong,  I’m not saying Trump is Regan, I’m just saying that sometimes we get to a point where career politicians are just not working. Now perhaps Trump isn’t the answer to that not a career politician problem and I imagine a lot of the people who are still standing behind him likely are people who have a hard time admitting they were wrong about him. Or maybe, they really truly still believe that anyone who’s not a career politician is just better than Hillary. Faults and all.

Whatever happens on Tuesday, one things for sure, it’s going to be interesting. Honestly, if the president’s job is to run our lives like my 5 year old thinks, then no matter who becomes president I think we’re in trouble. I see an impeachment in our future as well. If Hillary wins then all I can hope for is that she’ll keep her nose clean and do what’s best. If Trump becomes president I can only hope that he can figure out a way to set his ego aside and hire people to advise him in politics and actually listen to them.  I don’t have much faith in either candidate to follow through on any campaign promises or in being able to do what’s best.

I wish everyone luck in this election in making a choice in who to vote for or to possibly not vote at all. Follow what you think is best when casting or perhaps not casting your vote. We will see where the chips all land on Wednesday, or maybe not. I guess it will depend how close this election ends up being.

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