Republican nominee Donald J. Trump already appears to be over the 2016 election. And he’s already come up with an excuse for his inevitable loss.
“If the election is rigged, I would not be surprised,” Trump told The Washington Post. “The voter ID situation has turned out to be a very unfair development. We may have people vote 10 times.” In Trump’s mind the only way a diverse and eclectic population would not vote for him is if the show is rigged.
After taking a jump in the polls (as I predicted in a my article “Independent’s Day”) by being the promising savior, he shot himself in the foot by going after the Khan family, a Muslim family living in the United States who spoke against Trump’s rhetoric and for Hillary Clinton at the DNC Convention. Then he kicked a mother and her crying baby out of a room where he was giving a speech. Then his numbers plummeted. He’s behind Clinton, a solid 6-7 percent separation between the two unlike candidates. I predict he’ll get one more upward spike after the first debate, but then the implosion happens, and the racist revolution will be over.
Meanwhile, Clinton got out of the DNC convention pretty much unscathed. Bernie supported her, disgraced cheater/DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz became the villain of the week, Tim Kaine appeared boring and reliable, and Hollywood showed up on cue to rally the far left and regular left wings of the party together.
With her email server scandal now behind her, the untrustworthy and unethical former first lady and New York senator is looking like a lock, but that still doesn’t make her an ideal candidate, or president for that matter. In all reality, if you are conservative you’re screwed; and if you’re a true progressive liberal you’re more screwed because Hillary will be a moderate to win and walk the line Wall Street wants her to.
With both candidates causing more perspiration than actual inspiration, there appears to be no one left to vote for. Unless, of course, you believe that in a wacky political season the best choice is to vote third-party. And with so little across-the-board love for the two top presidential go-getters, maybe this will be the year the Green Party and the Libertarian Party become real threats to the establishment.
Jill Stein of the Green Party is a likable but unworthy candidate. She might appear to be a female version of Bernie Sanders and a counter to the Clinton machine, but overall her platform hasn’t inspired the way Bernie did. And whereas Bernie Sanders played up liberal ideas the average American might like (free education, free healthcare and breaking up the banks), Stein wants to take the country on a track most won’t agree with. Her guarantee of housing, food and employment sound nice, but are really liberal pipe dreams.
Then there is a third-party candidate who is actually picking up some traction. Gary Johnson (8.4 percent in national polls), the respected former GOP New Mexico governor and current Libertarian candidate, is looking more and more like a viable candidate. His commitment to individual liberty and reducing taxes and the national debt should appease true conservatives, and liberals should be OK with his platform focusing on being anti-death penalty, pro-legalization of drugs and pro-choice.
Conservatives really should look toward him as their guy. I’ve heard that his pro-choice stance is a deal breaker, but Andrea Ruth of the National Review gives that issue an interesting spin. Considering that the Libertarian platform is to reduce the role of government first, he might end Planned Parenthood; and Ruth states, “This last issue, the allocation of federal dollars, is the primary reason Gary Johnson is the candidate who is friendliest to the pro-life movement this election. In that case, the best we could hope for would be a president who opposed spending federal tax dollars on abortion.”
What Johnson has shown is the ability to govern as a Republican in a Democratic Party state. That’s leadership. So in a year with no one left to vote for, I say Johnson is our best shot, not to make America great “again” but to “keep” America great instead.