This is not what this post was going to be.
It was going to be about how I, a Hillary Clinton supporter, cannot wrap my brain around the fact that people hold on to their distaste for her so vehemently, even when she is our last, best hope to stop Donald Trump from becoming our next commander-in-chief. (Unless some CRAZY stuff happens at the conventions in the next few weeks, which who the hell knows anymore? Everything's insane in the world right now.) She is a sane, thoughtful person who is qualified to hold the highest office in the land. No, people don't like her whenever she's running for office, but they do like her when she's in office. (Unless you believe she is a murderous Lady MacBeth who disqualified herself from the presidency by emails and doing Benghazi, which is probably what you believe, so, fine.)
I've tried puzzling out what I would do if the tables were turned, if, theoretically, if Kanye West were running against Dick Cheney, but that doesn't work, because my brain always ends up sneaking into Canada to live out its days.
So, maybe I do get it. Maybe I get it better than I thought.
John Williams almost got there this weekend in his questioning of the Chicago Tribune's Kristen McQueary and Scott Stantis (two Republicans, well, one Republican and one recovering) on the Mincing Rascals podcast. He asked them both if they're okay with voting for Trump, if they've come to terms with it. McQueary didn't answer, but Stantis said he was voting for Gary Johnson. Then the topic was dropped. I wished Williams had taken it a step further, asking them if they realized that too many votes for Johnson or Jill Stein could potentially Ralph Nader us right into a Trump presidency, and how and if they had made peace with that. I wished he had mentioned that everything they hate about Hillary is present BIGLY and tenfold in Donald Trump. Is he trustworthy? I don't think so. Is he honest? Trump University. Does he behave carelessly? Look at his tweets. Does he think the rules don't apply to him? Ask Judge Curiel.
If you're weighing our two probable future presidents, Donald Trump is like Hillary on steroids with less experience and smaller hands.
But that's not what this post is about.
This post is about me accepting that I'm not going to change your mind, and you're not going to change mine. You believe Hillary Clinton is the devil incarnate; I don't. You're angry about the two-party system; I don't disagree with you, but I am A Old who remembers the 2000 election and I'm not sure this election is occurring the right time to make that particular point and I wonder why you only come out of the woodwork every four years instead of boosting up more Green/Libertarian/Whig/Salinger Party of Five candidates in smaller, local elections because wouldn't that help you make your case better? Shouldn't the movement start at the bottom instead of the top?
But, again, I digress.
I think it's great you're voting for Donald Trump or Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. I think it's fabulous that you're writing in Bart Simpson's name. I'm excited that you're voting for something other than your favorite flavor of potato chip. This is me arriving at the final stage of grief: Acceptance. Whatever the future may bring, I'm breezy. This republic is set up with checks and balances and the ability to vote out elected officials every few years. And, naturally, Congress can stop any real progress from happening. They're stupidly good at that.
So what, if Donald Trump is elected? What's the worst that could happen?
*runs away screaming*
I wrote a book! It's YA novel, THE SOUND OF US. You can find the details right here! Kirkus calls it "a winning story about a teenage voice student that hits all the right notes."
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