“Voice Your Choice”


Presidential Campaign 2016 has less than five weeks to go.

Here’s a question for “undecided voters”.

What’s wrong with you?

On January 20, 2017, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.

The only message a vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein might send is that you placed personal political purity over practical public priority. Sorry. I’m not impressed.

Not voting is also a vote letting others choose your future — putting on your slave collar. Surrender to surroundings? I’d rather fight.

Never before in my lifetime have I seen two candidates for the highest office in our land being more decidedly different in style and substance by any meaningful measure. This is not an election calling for deep philosophical reflection on positions presented followed by a rigorous review of issues, ideas and initiatives. The Democratic and Republican standard bearers are polar opposites this time out. It’s left or right. On or off. Up or down. Come on. Commit.

Although Hillary Clinton was not my first choice to lead this nation, she’s the only one now. Please.

The churlish cries of “Hillary lies” have become a primary rallying screech for most who oppose her election, yet ask anyone to honestly cite a single specific accusation not yet extensively explored and thoroughly discredited. Other than shameful sheep bleats from the FOX NEWS echo chamber (please watch where you step), silence will reign. All charges involving Benghazi, Emails and The Clinton Foundation fall into this category. For extended examination and grueling analysis to the point of utter exhaustion and sporadic suicidal impulses, you may check out past “For Your Consideration” columns at sierrastar.com. That’s what it’s there for. The new format is really cool.

Sniff. Donald J. Trump, on the other hand, is a spectacular liar. Sniff. It was super easy picking a new “Top 10 Donald Doozies” just from that last debate alone. Sniff. Trump rudely (he interrupted Hillary 55 different times — 40 in the first 26 minutes) and loudly (his microphone was working perfectly well) lied about the following items before 82.5 million viewers.

Setting The Record Straight Thanks to Rachel Maddow

Bill Clinton did NOT sign NAFTA. George H. W. Bush did.

Trump DID go on record saying that global warming was a “Chinese Hoax” and he did so more than once.

Trump DID repeatedly question President Obama’s citizenship long after the President released his official Birth Certificate.

The New York City murder rate is going DOWN, not UP as Trump insisted.

Trump WAS in favor of invading Iraq in 2003 before it happened.

Hillary Clinton has NOT been fighting ISIS “all of her adult life.”

Hillary did NOT start the “Birther” movement.

“Stop and Frisk” WAS ruled unconstitutional by a Federal judge.

Trump DID suggest that he would “negotiate down the national debt.”

Trump DID support our Libyan involvement at the outset.

As witnessed above, a fair comparison between Hillary and Donald on the “fibbing front” seems quite one-sided. Are you kidding?

In weighing such matters as demeanor, experience, focus, character, self-discipline, temperament, intelligence, preparation and performance, I submit that Secretary Clinton is infinitely preferable to Mr. Trump for these and other crucial qualities.

Yet with everything factored, we still see men, particularly those who have not attended college or finished high school (the man in your life?) favoring Donald over Hillary by double digits. Discounting other thoughts and theories in attempting to comprehend what seems inexplicable in Trump’s rise and at least temporary resilience in this grouping; the outrageous gender differential remarkably evident in every poll being taken surely suggests — that which dare not speak its name. Gynophobia.

Gynophobia: “An abnormal, extreme or irrational fear of women.”

It is important to note that gynophobia should not be confused with misogyny, which references hatred and contempt for women.

Gynophobes aren’t scornful — they’re simply scared.

Ladies, tell your guys it’s perfectly safe. Women make fine rulers. Look at Joan of Arc. Elizabeth the First. Maggie Thatcher. Rosie O’ Donnell.

Gentlemen, let’s climb into our big boy pants – the stretchy ones from Duluth.

Barack Obama has declared that no candidate in modern history has been “more prepared than Hillary Clinton” to assume the office of the American presidency. In that assessment, President Obama includes himself and Hillary’s husband.

It’s hard imagining anyone less prepared than Trump.

Unless it’s Pence.





4 Responses to ““Voice Your Choice””

  1. Charles Walker Says:

    Jeez…calm down. Which ever one wins they never serve out a four year term. Either Trump will resign when he doesn’t get his way or Hillary will be impeached. Whichever, the real choice is Pence of Kaine. I’ll go for the Jesuit.

  2. petercavanaugh Says:

    Me, too, Charlie! I just wrote next week’s column and tossed it up on my blogsite. Is that a word? https://petercavanaugh.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/poodles-puddle/

  3. Dave Marsh Says:

    I’m pretty sure you’re wrong on NAFTA. It was not finally signed until 1993 and Bush I was out of office after January 19 of that year. Bush did shepherd the treaty but Clinton’s signature is on it and he was an avid supporter of it (as were all of the “Democratic” Leadership Committee pols).

    NAFTA of course was an especial disaster in Mexico. Those “good paying jobs” were fewer than Yankees seem to think, and the net effect was greater in starving many landed and landless peasants by pricing the corn crop out of working class range. No tortillas, no breakfast lunch or dinner in a great many households there. The beginnings of the great Zapatista rebellion date to 1994 for, among other things, just this reason, and much of the early writing of Subcomandante Marcos was concenred with this issue and related ones.

    There are plenty of other reasons to condemn the Clintons as much as the Bushes. None of them, more’s the pity, was a traitor to his government. To his country and to all of us in this hemisphere who call ourselves “Americans,” which is everybody except maybe the Canadians, he was indeed a traitor. There is very good reason not to trust Hilary Clinton. One thing that would be useful to investigaste is why she was deemed the only possible “legitimate” candidate of the Democratic party’s “center.”

    It’s especially striking, at least to me, that in the party of Obama, the first black president, no black candidate at all ran for the White House in 2016 and apparently, no black person was even considered for the Vice-Prresidency . This has been blatantly ignored, in the ways in which only silence can be blatant, but it requires sdiscussion for the light that it sheds on whatever happens on November 8.

    I suppose, though, that it will have to wait until the post-election furor dies down, which will be never, I’m fairly certain.

    Given that I live in a landslide Clinton state, I may very well not cast a vote for that line in the election, although I will of course vote for all (much more important, in my view) state and local candidates.

    Hope you’re well. Glad I’m on your list at last.


  4. petercavanaugh Says:

    Hi, Dave! It’s always terrific hearing from you! I’m glad I credited Rachel with those observations. She can share the heat. You are absolutely correct on the formal signing, which only took place after legislative action by Congress. I was going to send Ms. Maddow a note saying she embarrassed me, but checked out NAFTA history on Wiki (which is rarely wrong — reflecting collective thought more than not) and came upon: “Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1990 among the three nations, U.S. President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed the agreement in their respective capitals on December 17, 1992.” So — it looks as though George H.W. took part in a CEREMONIAL signing, but Bill eventually put his signature on the real deal following confirmation. Hillary certainly comes with lots of baggage and wasn’t my first (Elizabeth Warren), second (Bernie), third (Jerry Brown) or even fourth (Bruce Springsteen) choice, but the horror of a Trump presidency tilts things in her favor between the two. That stated, and given the fact that California also looks safe for Secretary Clinton, I’m going to write in Iggy. Actually, I believe he’d make a fine President. The White House would provide him with a new “favorite place” in which to lie down. Come on.

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