Notes From a Country Tearing Itself Apart: Why I Probably Won’t Vote for Hillary Clinton


When Barack Obama was elected president, he changed things.

Obama’s election was the first nation-wide reaction to it’s new found aversion to politicians. George W. Bush kind of ruined it all. We’d all had had enough — we were done.

So when the chance to elect this young Kenyan-American, man-of-color, who was espousing the importance of universal healthcare came along, he seemed very appealing.

When Obama came to the “Lion of the Senate” the late-Ted Kennedy about his wish to run for president, he was encouraged to do so, but mostly for the reason that he was a Washington neophyte.

“Kennedy believed the longer Obama stayed in the Senate, the less chance he would ever have to become president. According to a source familiar with their conversation, he told Obama, “The votes you’re going to have to cast, whether it’s guns or whether it’s abortion or whether it’s any one of the hot-button items, finishes you as a national political leader in this country. You just can’t do it. It’s not possible.”
Kennedy admired Clinton but felt she was wrong for the times. A successful candidacy in 2008 had to be an outside-Washington effort. You couldn’t be a Washington insider and run effectively; Clinton appeared to be positioning herself in just the wrong way. Kennedy believed that the time was right for Obama and that Clinton was, as an associate put it, “the past.”

There was something about the groundswell that surrounded Obama’s campaign. It wasn’t about politics, it was about regular people, coalescing around someone that felt fresh, new, different and young. He didn’t feel like what we’ve come to know as Washington, D.C.

When Obama was elected president, it was because he was perceived as someone who was unmarred by the ugly, muck and mire of Washington. He hadn’t been sullied yet.

We, as a country, came together in 2008 because we all agreed: We want something different and better than the politicians to which we’ve grown accustomed.

So I will not be voting for Hillary Clinton.

I feel that above all, Clinton is a politician first and in the old template: She’s a manufactured product: perfect, polished and prepared, but not at all genuine.

She researches survey and poll information and forms her opinions afterwards. She changes with the trends and with the times. Whatever the liberal party feels at the moment that’s what she feels.

In 2004, she was very adamantly against gay marriage. Don’t let anyone tell you differently, she was interviewed and asked, straight up, and her answer was that she did not agree with it. Now she agrees with it, I guess. You could say the same for her support of the Iraq war that she later changed, or her support of TTP that she later changed.

She is a slave to group think, and if you don’t know what group she’s a part of at any one given moment, congratulations, you’re just as confused as the rest of us.

I won’t even into her corporate dealings. They’re there, to what degree depends on what you find important.

I will say this however, Clinton spent 6 years on the board for Walmart. That’s a fact. Take that for what you will.

Let’s be clear, Clinton is a great politician. She’s just an outdated model. She’s the past. She’s what we all agreed to evolve away from back in 2008 and to which, we cannot, under any circumstances, regress.

People want more. We’re tired of politicians telling us what they think we want to hear. We want them to feel us, we want them to understand us, we want them to be us.

American’s are tired of this weird long accepted caste system-like disconnect between the ruling and the ruled.

So it was with this fervor, that the Sanders and Trump campaigns took off. Sure Trump is monkey-fucking insane, but what he represents is an electorate that refuses to go back to to old tried-and-true well of political choices.

Remember, Trump beat out Jeb Bush, the Bush family’s “smart” one. So in this vein, republicans are more ahead of the curb than democrats, who have seemingly chosen to dip their toes in the tepid pool of nostalgia to nominate an old-school politician who can’t seem to believe one way about one thing for any extended period of time.

After Obama, to me Sanders was our chance to break from the self-destructive cycle of choosing corporate-bought politician after politician. And even if a majority of democrats decide to side with her, I don’t think I can.

That’s why I probably won’t be voting for Clinton this November.

I cannot continue to blindly support a system that seems to be, not only broken, but sweetly oblivious to its own injury.

If Clinton wins, then she wins. If Trump wins, then maybe the ensuing apocalypse will wake up the country to just how bad things can get when we fall asleep at the wheel.

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