The name calling, theatrics, and worrying are almost over. After nearly two years of scandal, controversy, and boisterous policies that often beneath their rumbustious surfaces lacked sensitivity and understanding of the fears and vulnerability of the American people, the race for the Presidency of the United States is thankfully coming to an end. Political campaigns traditionally offer little substance, but the 2016 campaign will most likely go down in history as the loudest campaign with the least substance of all. Fortunately, come Tuesday, voters will decide which of the two most despised presidential candidates in history will lead the nation for the next four years. Some will rejoice for the victor, but most will sigh in relief that it is over regardless who wins.
Wednesday morning, November 9, will definitely bring a sense of relief and hopefully peace. In America’s most contentious and bombastic election, the American people have been played and manipulated to the fullest. They have been baptized in ignorance, misinformation, and deception to the point they are disgusted with the whole ugly process. The credibility of both political parties has been greatly compromised and both will most likely be stained for years to come. Most people will agree, it would have taken a complete “do over” to lend any credibility to the campaign, but that was impossible once the political machine was rolling.
Politics have always been about sleeping in the bed you make, and unfortunately, during the 2016 presidential campaign, the people were forced to sleep in the lumpiest, most bizarre, uncomfortable political bed of all time. Millions tuned into the news and social media each evening hoping to gain insight into a campaign that often resembled caricatures of the blind leading the blind. During a campaign conducted more for the benefit of the two parties than the American people, few of the voters’ questions were answered in a sincerely honest way on either side of the fence. Their questions and concerns were lost under the smoking cover of deleted emails, lies, misinformation, barroom antics, and locker room talk. As a result, America is likely to remain doomed to crawl under this rhetorical fog for at least the next four years and possibly much longer. Therefore, in one last attempt to get some clarity, there are six questions, as legitimate as the 2016 campaign itself, that the winner needs to address before he or she takes a two month hiatus from the public to begin the transition to the White House. The questions may be uncomfortable, but no more so than the discomfort experienced by most Americans during the travesty of the election campaign.
Questions for Mr. or Mrs. President
- A question for the Democrats if they win the White House: President Clinton, how do you plan to convince America you know the difference between the truth and buggering the truth?
- A question for the Republicans if they win the White House: President Trump, if you put a stop to immigration, what will become of IHOP?
- A question for the Democrats if they win the White House: President Clinton, to qualify for the tax breaks you promised middle class families, how do I set myself up as a non-profit organization similar to the Clinton Foundation?”
- A question for the Republicans if they win the White House: President Trump, how do I set myself up as business corporation to avoid your middle class tax increase and take advantage of your proposed corporate tax cuts?
- A question for the Democrats if they win the White House: President Clinton, this presidential campaign has shaken America to its core, and exposed American insecurities. How will you help Americans, especially those on Facebook, feel good about themselves again? You know the ones who post such messages as – “If you are truly my friend and care about me and my dog and also my cat, you will like and paste this post to your timeline and my timeline, so I can leave you a comment;” and
- A question for the Republicans if they win the White House: President Trump, you have said climate change is not a real issue, so do you also see explorers who visit both the North Pole and South Pole as bi-polar?
To some, these questions may seem a bit shallow, but the odds of getting a legitimate deep response to any question after the election are even greater than the odds prior to the election. Face it, the Democrat and the Republican Parties, have taken Americans for an old fashioned hayride soiled by bull poo. Though it is highly unlikely the election process is rigged as claimed by some, it has been clear for quite some time the legitimacy of either candidate for the presidency is highly flawed at best. The only consolation is that maybe when we tackle this process again in four years, we will pay closer attention and get it right the next time. Until then, Americans will sleep in the bed they and their political parties, which lately only pay lip service to representing the people, have made for themselves. The coming four years may be rocky, but we will make it through them. How do I know? It’s simple; there are too many deep rich pockets involved for the future of this country to go any other way.
©Jack Linton, November 7, 2016