This election has been stressful to say the least. One element of the stress I hate is the division it creates between friends. I have very few friends as it is. Annoying folks with my view of the world is an activity I try not to do. I try to be a peaceable individual. As an introvert, I keep most of the 24/7/365 thinking process which goes on in my head to myself. If I have offended you, I am sorry. If what I am going to say offends, you let me apologize now. My dad use to tell me "you'll catch more flies with honey than you will with vinegar". I try daily to be kind and polite, sometimes to my own detriment.
I have honestly, since the primary in June, been on the fence about the general election and for whom I should vote. I supported Sen. Sanders in the primary. For better or worse, I am a stubborn Irish idealist at heart. I tend not to embrace pragmatism until it is clear there is no alternative.
I'm still disappointed with the manner in which Sen. Sanders was cast aside. I do believe the DNC cheated him out of the nomination. IMO, had he been the nominee, we would not have been subjected to all of the crap which has happened between Trump and Clinton. We could have focused on more meaningful issues.
To be honest, I looked for quite awhile at voting in protest by considering a 3rd party candidate. Gary Johnson is a likable guy. I disagree with nearly every solution he has proposed, other than his position on war in the middle east. I think if through the cloud of marijuana haze he could ever find Aleppo, he truly might try to bring the troops home. A candidates' position on war IMO is a MAJOR consideration. I don't want the blood of innocent victims on my hands because my President escalates war in some far-off place in the world. But he has no chance of winning. In New Mexico all he will do is take votes away from Hillary and allow Trump to win the state. If he did ever win, he relies too much on the market economy to do the right thing, when they have never done the right thing without oversight.
For a short time I looked at Jill Stein. While I would agree with many of her thoughts and positions, she is simply not presidential material.
I considered not voting for anyone as my vote might validate what I consider to be a broken system where the views of the poor and downtrodden are not represented.
In the end, I concluded like it or not, protest votes through 3rd parties are not going to be effective until we change to a rank-voter or parliamentarian form of elections.
This morning I decided which way I will vote. I have come to understand this election is ALL about MOMENTUM. It is NOT really about the personalities hoping for our vote.
The question we all must answer is "do we like the general direction we are headed or should we turn the plane completely around". Honestly, I prefer minor course corrections as opposed to something beyond a standard rate turn. I am convinced Mr. Trump would attempt to turn the plane around by making a sharp right turn or maybe a barrel roll and in the process stall the plane in to a tailspin and crash. I really don't wish to endure that sort of ride. He simply isn't an experienced pilot.
IMO, Hillary is a very flawed candidate. Deserved or not, she comes with a lot of baggage and drama. It's honestly extremely frustrating to discern what is true about her activities and what is not. Should she be elected, I have no doubt we are in for 4 years of investigation by the GOP. I have no doubt the GOP will attempt to impeach her. I do not like her cozy ties to big business. She is too much of a war hawk for my tastes. I would prefer someone who was more transparent and trustworthy.
All of that said, as President, she doesn't write legislation, she simply signs it. For all of her faults, she won't impede the momentum and general direction in which the country is headed. She won't disband agencies whom insure we have clean water, clean air, access to public lands, etc. She won't steer us back to 19th century energy technology. She is more likely to consider alternate points of view, freedom of thought and speech. She will support the LGBT community. She will most likely help those who have been displaced by the war we have created, find shelter and a place to be in the world. She will keep the religious fervor contained to "ceremonial deism", rather than actively promote the "Onward Christian Soldiers" crusade mentality against Islam, people of other religious belief, and agnostics, like myself.
And if we can achieve a change in the senate, we can straighten out many of the issues which are holding the 98 percent down and back. We can change the budgetary priorities of this country and focus on issues which will control our future for years to come. She will sign such legislation or face a constituency who will replace her in 1460 days. With Hillary in charge, movement toward the more progressive idealistic goals will continue.
My heart is still with Sen. Sanders. She will, however reluctantly, get my vote. In the end, it's all about momentum.
[Edited by Richard Bonine, Jr. (11/6/2016 1:50:50 PM)]