I just went to Boston to visit a friend. On my flight home there was a boy. And I am going to call him a boy. He could not have been more than twenty though I suspect he was younger. He was being deployed to Afghanistan. Full uniform, full knapsack. I looked at this boy and thought about the recent statements made by the leading candidates for commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces and nearly wept. Our nation seems on a precipice. Teetering between disorder & chaos on one side and despair and ruin on the other. That boy is being sent to the other side of the world to a quagmire he might not return from, for what? What principles are we sending our boys and girls to fight for? Freedom? Justice? Liberty? Equality? Brotherhood? The pursuit of happiness? Hell, existence?
One major party candidate can not help but put his foot in his mouth every time he opens it. The other can not help herself but to think the world is against her. The minor party candidates range from delusional to weak. Both rightful and overwrought racial resentment is festering. Technology is outpacing our ability to adapt to it. People are being left behind and turning to whatever makes them feel good for twenty seconds, whether that be drugs, booze, sex, tv, or simply mocking others.
Hillary Clinton is wholly unfit to be president of the United States. She lacks the judgment, opacity, character, personality, or tolerance necessary to hold the highest office in the world.
Donald Trump is wholly unqualified to be president of the United States. He lacks the judgment, temperament, experience, character, desire, diligence, and personality to hold the highest office in the world.
Gary Johnson is wholly unprepared to be president of the United States. He lacks the gravitas, diligence, organizational skills, and the knowledge necessary to hold the highest office in the world.
Jill Stein is wholly unfit, unqualified, & unprepared to be president of the United States. She lacks the sanity to hold the highest office in the world.
So where does that leave us? The scary part(besides the threat of thermonuclear anhiliation) is that in at least 43 and as many as 48 of the 51 jurisidictions voting for the office. It doesn’t matter what you do. The electoral college means your vote doesn’t count and if it does for your state then the outcome of the whole contest was already decided somewhere else.
Personally, I am going to vote for Gary Johnson and feel pretty good about it. Character matters and the character of the top two candidates are not what I want representing me on the world stage. If I lived in Florida, Pennsylvania, or Ohio I might make a different decision. But ultimately it doesn’t matter.
What matters is that we the people have to stop the bickering and come together as a nation and support each other. We need to listen to each other. We need to help each other. If you see a problem, fix it. If you see a threat, contain it. If kids don’t have a playground, build them one. If people can’t read, teach them. If people don’t have food, start a food drive. Find something and make it your mission to make it better. Let everybody else bitch about who is going to be president. Making it better is what now. It’s the way we have gotten to this point and the only way we can keep getting better.
W. Timothy Sutton, Esq.