|Don's Home Politics 2016 Election Hype
I'm a political moderate and my main problem with this election is the media which loves and indirectly encourages all the crazy rhetoric. (I won't get into the shift of the news media from Walter Cronkite type news to reality entertainment designed to gain market share).
They keep talking about Hillary's lies, but I havn't seen many specifics (We all knew about the Benghazi spin, the emails, the Clinton Foundation. Is that it?)
I think the Trump hype is a little more out in the open.
I have well-to-do friends who may or may not have voted for Trump in the primary but support him now because he will cut their taxes and reduce government regulation and they don't trust Clinton.
Trump supporter's vicious tweets against critics:
David French, writer for the conservative National Review says "Trump's alt-right [a white nationalist group] trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn't wish on anyone." It started after he criticized Trump supporter Ann Coulter.
The email thing:
Unfortunately most politicians lie at one time or another and many male politicians have made disparaging remarks about women and minorities when having drinks with the boys.
What we should really should be concerned about is if we will be better off as citizens and a nation four years from now and into the future, but most of my friends can't tell you what either candidate is going to do about the affordable care act (Obamacare) or in Trumps case what he is going to replace it with.
I think Kareem Abdul-Jabbar may be right. Uniformed voters should not vote.
The Real Issues:
What we really should be concerned about are the issues. Will your lives and your kids and this country be better off with one candidate or the other.
Hype - Who is the worse person:
Here is some of the hype my conservative and liberal friends have posted and some I dug up on the Internet.
Anti-Clinton posts and links.
25 scandals and lies of Hillary Clinton| EndingFed News Network
I only fact checked one of these claims. Pence claimed Clinton took 13 hours to send help for the attack on Benghazi. In fact she called Libya's president to see if friendly forces could be dispatched to help the Americans in Benghazi. She also spoke with the embassy in Tripoli and then-CIA director David Petraeus.
Several investigations have found, however, that no action by Clinton -- or anybody in the administration -- could have moved additional forces to Benghazi in time to avoid American deaths.
However, officials in the State Department did turn down a request for an extension of a special forces team in Libya.
See also the multiple sides of Hillary Clinton here.
We're all familiar with the "Mexican rapist", "Muslim ban", Locker room talk about women", "Obama birther", "Lock her up" threats, "not accepting the election outcome" statements. Also the tweets against Khizr Khan, father of the late Army Captain Humayun Khan, "ugly women", ...
Less well know are Trump's Ties to the Mob
Why people support Trump:
After the election:
A Nov. 11, 2016 NY Times article says, "Many former Republican officials, including some of the signers of two open letters this year excoriating Mr. Trump's foreign policy views, have sent resumes to Trump's transition team."
Another Nov. 11 Times article says the election is seen as a Boon to Lobbyists. Now with a unified executive and legislative branch they see a chance to break the Washington gridlock. Lobbyists are getting requests for businesses to help them draft favorable legislation.
Tough talking leaders are popular at first but fade. E.g. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, George W. Bush's Axis of Evil (Iran, Iraq and North Korea) and Shock and Awe campaign against Iraq resonated with a large group of people.
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