Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate. - Orson Welles
With the electoral primaries long gone, but not forgotten, many Americans are now left with a dilemma. According to various polls both parties' candidates have a serious likability problem, but there is a big, not only ideological, difference between them. While Donald J. Trump (Rep) has won the popular vote, but did not get the support of many prominent Republicans; the Democratic Party chairwoman allegedly orchestrated diversion of votes from a very popular democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders, to the party's darling Hilary R. Clinton, an act that left millions of Bernie's supporters angry and disappointed.
Things change with the flow of time, but not always for the better. The Republican Party is no longer the party of Ronald Reagan and the Democratic Party no longer that the one of John F. Kennedy. The conservative ideas range from constitutionalist libertarian to the globalist Neocon while the democratic vision ranges from globalist to the extreme left, almost Marxist. Neither party can claim that there is an ideological unity of any kind and yet, each party has to produce a nominee for the presidential elections. Interestingly enough, despite controversy, Mrs Clinton received her party's total support. Her party decided she is the one and united behind her. Mr Trump, on the other hand, received the nomination, but wasn't even endorsed by many prominent Republicans, or worse, was openly rejected by such party members as the the presidential Bush family. What a shame!
What does this mean for the voters? Mrs Clinton came with many scandals, ongoing FBI investigation, lies, visible health problems, and very deep pockets. She is a globalist ensuring the continuation of president Obama's policies. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a wealthy businessman with no political experience, but a very sharp tongue and hot temper. He not only rejected donations from lobbyists, but also promised a complete reversal of the official GOP party line. Politicians do not like his ideas and most of them reject Trump. Is this important? Should undecided voters even care where the money comes from or whether a candidate has political experience?
Many people in America feel that something must change. Growing national debt, stagnating economy, erratic immigration policy, unprotected Southern border, threat of terrorism, and shrinking middle class, are the same problems that were addressed by the presidential candidates of 2007. Not much has changed over the last seven and half years, except the fact that national debt exploded exponentially and more people are on food stamps than ever before. Financial insecurity, weak marketplace and "affordable healthcare" killed many businesses and forever changed the face of small town America. Social unrest and racial conflict unseen in America since the 1960s are signs of a society on the verge of collapse.
Change is needed badly in a nation that ignores its own security, but obsesses with political correctness, pronouns and gender neutral bathrooms.
So, will it be Trump or Clinton? Or maybe one of the independently running candidates like the former New Mexico governor Garry Johnson - a freakish big government idiot posing as libertarian; the Transhumanist - writer and philosopher Zoltan Istvan; or the the "other woman" - the Green Party presidential front runner Dr. Jill Stein? And while some Americans may have already heard of Gary Johnson in 2011 presidential elections, who knew that there was a Green Party in America or that a Transhumanist will ever attempt to run for the presidency?
For many decades American elections looked like popularity contests. People wanted the guy who would show up on TV in their living rooms to be at least likeable. Right now many people cannot imagine getting stuck for four years with either Trump or Clinton. There is still enough time for the candidates to change this, or at least, to convince voters that they are the best for the job. Watch and listen carefully because at the end, you are the one who will have to decide.
By Dominique Allmon