I didn’t vote this year. It was the first time in my life that I’ve been eligible and didn’t go to the polls. Instead I spent time with my children and took a night gig at the Caller-Times, covering the election.
I can’t explain exactly why I didn’t vote. I was so discouraged with the nominations this year that I shut myself down earlier than normal.
When Barack Obama ran the first time, I believed in him. No president can ever do everything perfectly, but the surveillance state that we’ve become was a slap in the face of those who voted him in.
Speaking as a former member of the military, and having worked in intelligence for over 10 years, I can tell you that nothing you send electronically is private at all. There is a war being waged for information right now between companies, countries and cartels.
Somehow, issues like these are being overshadowed by WALLS. I heard neither candidate address the privacy infringements or civil rights violations taking place on a daily basis.
Disabled vets who could benefit greatly from medical marijuana are being forced to instead take stomach-eroding pills after waiting months to see a doctor in the first place. But we’re more worried about immigration. A country of immigrants are afraid of immigrants.
Even my own father, a man raised by immigrants who fled a violent, impoverished country, started calling me to ask, “What’s up with these Syrians?”
Donald Trump is unqualified to run a Chili’s, let alone a country. His entire business strategy is based in litigation and news releases. I will say, however, that no one in the history of this country has been more qualified to exploit the circus that election coverage has become. When ratings are king, the clown will win the throne, because that’s what people want to see.
Hillary Clinton, though qualified to run the country, was not what liberals wanted, and has been mired in political controversies for years and years. She claimed to represent the common person, but no one believed her.
The DNC counted on the American people’s fear of Trump to push young voters to the polls, not realizing how demoralizing the loss of Bernie Sanders would be. Young voters wanted Sanders, and were instead told that it was Clinton’s turn, and that they had to deal with it. They didn’t.
The fact of the matter is this: American voters are tired of choosing the lesser of two evils. Give us someone we want. Give us someone we believe in. We don’t need to make America great again; America is great now. We live in the safest period in all of human history, and we’re allowing the elites to make us believe we have something to fear, when the truth is that they should fear us. And they don’t.