I am an independent.  I think it's every person's right to be idealistic and hold out for a better world, even if it means rejecting the "old" one.  I'm proud of my daughter for being that way.

My generation started the attitude as it now persists.  We said politics is rigged, the system is warped, and all politicians are wicked.  The Viet Nam war turned us into a gang of cynics by the age of nineteen. 

Then, we watched the likes of Nixon elected, and G. W. Bush, and then to top it off, the piece de resistance, his re-election after taking the country to war under false pretenses.  Those paying attention and not stuck in the past know what the electorate in this county is capable of. 

We refused to lower ourselves to participate.  We were one hell of a stubborn lot.  Probably, the most stubborn in the country's history who operated under the banner or moral superiority and self-righteousness.  We figured that by withholding ourselves from the two party system we'd bring it down.  It may have been good enough at one time, but no more--not while we are around.

Some learned and some didn't; the purest stayed above it all, hardly tempted, even by Obama, the first black contender where that wasn't even imaginable when we started out.  It mattered more to a new generation he was against the war, really intended to do something about health care, was brilliant, and had to fight each small step of the way.  The dreamers came through and he proved to be a winner given the realty of politics, rather than the delusions of ideology.  We know now he's one of our greatest presidents.

Now we're faced for the first time with a candidate not just lacking in scruples, not just a rabid opportunist, but totally unfit.  He has been unfit from the day he incited the nation's racists by denying the citizenship of the president he wants to replace, and then maintaining that position after it was totally clear to everyone it was a lie.  The rest is jibber-jabber.  And yet that is apparently still not enough for the chronically self-righteous who still can't make up their minds and keep wishing for a world that doesn't exist, didn't exist, and won't ever exist. 

They'll hold their breath and stomp their feet while those who idolize a conman turn the country down the path toward fascism.  There has never been a more clear cut choice.  I've taken my shot at a few of them--challenging them to make sense with reasonable arguments about the challenges of government vs. those of business, how there is little to expect from a businessman who is an embarrassment to the business community, and how if Washington is only thought of as an "enemy" there is no reasonable expectation that anyone can ever govern.  But they avoid these issues as if they don't exist. 

Politics has become an entertainment--a sporting event where you take sides and then root for your side to win.  The cheerleaders have radio and television shows that cater to the lowest common denominator: fear and prejudice.  Whether their hero will benefit them, or the nation is not a consideration that occurs to them. They want victory and blood--they are perpetual adolescents.

Hillary has offended their ethics.  Her life in public service doesn't matter.  The fact she presents realistic policies is of no consequence, or that as a politician in our form of democracy understands compromise.  The incredible resilience she displayed surviving everything they threw at her and her husband from day one is not of concern, even if it is called character.  Their perfect world is shattered by her emails.  After all, that's what's on the front page.  "They've got a good point there," they say, protecting their innocence from the cruelty of political reality. 

Everybody else is supposed to be an adult, and consider the greater good, but to them it doesn't exist in the farthest reaches of their imagination.  They want to know things like why are the deductibles so high on "Obamacare," and anybody else should be allowed into the country no matter how much they have been forced to suffer--as they and their families once were.  They're hypocrites whose souls have been sold, their minds made small by gross consumerism, and their perspective limited.

If Trump wasn't unfit it might be a different matter.  If he didn't threaten civil order and promise pretty much to throw the world into chaos with a shaky trigger finger and bellicose temperament it might not be the same thing, but that isn't the case.  It is fully evident and has been for months his ego and personal ambition are his only guides.  If he has ever done anything where his own gain wasn't at stake I haven't heard it yet, and wouldn't believe him if says he did.  And what really makes that scary is it is totally unlikely to change if he is ever in office.

He has made this election primarily into a referendum on race.  If Obama hadn't been black there wouldn't have been a T-Party, nor a Trump.  His exploitation of the moral underbelly of this country is what has gotten him where he is.  Some of them are ignorant, some of them are bitter over what they think they are entitled too, and some are just plain stupid--and won't be stopped until he is defeated.

It doesn't matter how despicable a person he's proven himself to be.  But it does matter whether or not in the future we're to share the ideals and bounty of this nation or if a new era of strife is about to begin.  If he's elected because "independents" still don't recognize the threat it will be my generation's greatest failure.     

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on September 30, 2016 at 3:17pm

R&L, but I believe that HRC will be elected in November and Donald Trump like Ross perot will become a footnote in American History.

Comment by koshersalaami on September 30, 2016 at 3:57pm

Right Fucking On

These people are voting for the Middle Finger Candidate, and that finger is really all he has to offer. That's not how you lead a country. It's not how you handle the most critical and pressurized job on Earth. 

Personally, I've shifted. I don't view Hillary as the lesser evil any more. I actually view her as a good. I knew she was competent but worried that her proclivities and her heart weren't in the right place, weren't oriented enough toward helping the general population at the expense of those who have grabbed nearly everything. The more I see, the less I think that. 

As to Ross Perot, he'd have made an infinitely better President than Trump would. Infinitely. 

Comment by Zanelle on September 30, 2016 at 3:58pm

Easy to say that Hillary is a sho-in.  Trump has an undercurrent of players that will do anything to get him elected.  Politics is dirty.  Hillary is doing things too, Im sure.  A Battle.  Thank you BenSen for saying what needed to be said about Trump and his supporters.   What will bring him down?  I think it might be all these little things like Miss Universe, Cuba money, and corruption in his charity foundation.   What is it going to be?  He takes each thing and shoves it forward.  His followers LOVE that.  They like to see him fight.  What is going to bring him down?  What?

Comment by nerd cred on September 30, 2016 at 5:01pm

Damn kosh keeps saying what I think before I even see it.

Though I don't know about our generation (I graduated high school '67) being too pure for politics. I registered independent until '94 - I grew up and lived and live in a place totally dominated by Dems, occasionally voted for an R. Newt Gingrich and his contract on America converted me. I wanted it absolutely clear that I wasn't about to vote R, no matter how fine the individual candidate, as long as that party before country bullshit persisted.

But I pulled out of the whole anti-war movement, all that, long before, still in the '60s, I think. It was too clear that too many were primarily looking out for themselves, just couldn't let themselves be drafted and too many were wild-eyed pseudo radicals. Or real ones. Hippyness was an excuse for hedonism. I was just too damn pure for all of that. :-) Went off and had babies.

Comment by Maui Surfer on October 1, 2016 at 7:42am

My independence was right there, riding on a ping pong ball. If it bounced one way, I'd have to run for Canada, more likely Tahiti for me. If that number came up, a bunch of old white men would have rounded me up, cut off my hair, and tried to brainwash me into killing, or getting killed, by my own beautiful Vietnamese cousins who I have had continual wonderful relationships with ever since. Very good people, and as Ali said, "I ain't got nothing against no Viet Cong."

Who, over time, remained in favor of Domino Theory? SUHARTO!!! About the only one outside the Nixon admin. for it and the KILLER who is credited with one of the largest mass genocides in recent herstory.

Following the war, I entered business. I immediately became an independent because the regulations in simply starting businesses were onerous. I testified many times in downtown Honolulu on this, and we won some and lost others. But, we exercised our INDEPENDENCE.

Now, those regulations have nothing to do with business registration or permits, they are in the news this week as Wells Fargo, a company whose legacy is tarnished by the monster currently running it, and whose behavior could roil the stock markets and destroy more 401k value for those of us not sophisticated enough to handle our own investments.

I remain an Independent, and hope to have a chance to vote that way in a post-Hillary America.

Comment by Ben Sen on October 1, 2016 at 10:10am

That they are running close is a good thing.  It may make those who are apathetic a little less so.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 1, 2016 at 10:52am

From your mouth to God's ears. 

So, before I turn the feed back on from my bug in nc's house, I suppose I should ask:
Which part of what I said were you already thinking?

Now, if I had any common respect for brevity, I'd have simply said GMTA. 

Comment by nerd cred on October 1, 2016 at 11:42am

kosh - the paragraph about Hillary.

What's GMTA?

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 3, 2016 at 7:38pm

I don't understand independents except in the states that allow independents to vote as wolves in sheep' clothing during primaries. I'm proud of my granddaughter for being politically active, but her refusal to support Hillary against Trump because she was a Bernie fan seems irresponsible to me. She may not vote or, worse yet, throw her vote away by voting for Jill Stein.

your analysis is clear. Too bad it won't be read by those who need to read it.

Comment by moki ikom on October 4, 2016 at 2:29am

"If Trump's elected because "independents" still don't recognize the threat it will be my generation's greatest failure. "

Bush2 was the greatest tragedy perpetrated by your generation.  Gore was the previous century's peace dividend compared to Bush2 being 20th Century's holocaustic hundred years writ large into 21st Century's first decade and half of what seems can only amount to The Holocaust of Judaic prophecy.  Trump need not be a greater failure than Bush2, he need only facilitate a coup de grâce to Humanity.

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