Disclaimer: As I finished writing this post, it became glaringly obvious that this became more of a personal rant on our current political environment. It seems that I may be a little more peeved than I had originally anticipated.
I’ll admit, I have been pretty disengaged in the political climate over the last few weeks. Not only have I just not had the motivation to pay attention, but to say I am disappointed with our Presidential candidates is an understatement. Typically, I consider myself to align more with democratic values on the major issues that are of importance to me but during this entire process I have been more engaged with what is happening on the Republican side of the race. Maybe it was the circus that followed Donald Trump’s announcement of his candidacy that kept me engaged but as the field has narrowed on both sides I find myself underwhelmed.
I am a firm believer that you don’t have to agree with a candidate to believe they would make a good President. It’s pretty naive to think that you will find a nominee who completely aligns with your personal political agenda. What is most important to me is the trust that there is a sensible, intelligent, strong, leader in the Oval Office that can make the right decisions for the benefit of all Americans. I want to know that our President can work with members of Congress to get things done, regardless of their political party. I just want my President to be able to act like an adult. Who knew that would be so hard to come by in 2016?
Other than my underwhelmed reaction to our possible nominees, I was disgusted by the sudden turn this race seemed to take from an issue-based conversation to a schoolyard insult-slinging wrestling match.
No, I don’t care about the size of your hands, ears, or any other of your body parts, thank you very much.
I am sick of hearing about how awesome Donald Trump is that he only consults with HIMSELF on policy issues. Himself? Are you kidding me!?
Oh, you’re going to revoke my woman card for NOT voting for Hillary? Awesome. Delegates via threats. Congrats.
There’s not much I can say about Bernie. I think he is running a great issue-based campaign and I applaud him for that, however, if you think that he’s going to walk right into the White House and be able to get any of his agenda through Congress, you’re giving Congress a lot of credit.
It’s difficult for me to even comprehend how polarizing the general election will be if the two front-runners end up as our nominees. Excuse me as I throw up in my mouth a little bit. A polarizing general election will mean a lower voter turn out and who knows what kind of impact that will have on our House, Senate, and White House.
Maybe I’m wrong, maybe this is how all Presidential elections start out, but I doubt it. I can’t help but wonder what the history books will say 50 years from now when describing this campaign season. Hopefully it isn’t the story of how Donald Trump became the 44th President of the United States of America. Although, I hear from his trusted consultants that he would be FANTASTIC.