By: Kyle Tooley ~Sports Editor~
Let me start by saying that I am not a Donald Trump supporter. I voted for John Kasich in the primary and will probably vote for Gary Johnson in November, just because this entire election is so messed up.
But this isn’t really about politics and what side of the aisle someone stands on. Today’s society has put such a premium on categorizing people into certain groups, political or not, that a conversation about key issues can be overlooked.
Like the fact that Hillary Clinton is no more fit to be our president than Donald Trump.
The notion that Hillary is a lesser of two evils does not necessarily add up if you look at the actions she has taken throughout her career.
Yeah, I’m tired of hearing about the emails, too. But they’re important pieces of Clinton’s story.
I don’t really care if she was found innocent or guilty in a court of law. Time and time again the justice system has failed this country. For me to put trust in a decision of this magnitude is questionable at best. The bottom line is that Clinton was using an email server that she knew she should not have used and that made it easier for classified information to be hacked into or released. Lives were put at risk, and valuable secrets could have been put in the hands of people who would use the information in negative ways. The fact that no classified information was hacked into isn’t really the point. The principle of the situation is what matters, which is that someone who commits a crime – yes, a crime – like this should not be allowed to run for president.
Where do we draw the line?
I was always taught that sometimes the action, while important, can carry just as much weight as the intent. Edward Snowden is still hiding somewhere in Putinville (Russia) over releasing documents like this, and he has gone on record saying he didn’t mean for anything like this to happen. Maybe we should let him run for president.
Unfortunately, the emails are not the only reason that Clinton should not even be in the presidential discussion. Her role in the attacks at Benghazi carry quite the weight, as four men died under her watch in her failure to protect that embassy.
Ask yourself this question: if you were in charge of security at, well, anywhere, and four people died under your command, do you think you would be fired? Do you think you would be considered for a promotion? Because that is essentially what is happening here.
Clinton lied. She has a track record of lying. She tried to minimize her involvement in Benghazi and the email catastrophe and has flip-flopped on issues throughout the course of her political career. She went on the record in 2002, 2004 and 2010 opposing gay marriage but is now supporting it both “personally and as a matter of law.” She went to New Hampshire stating that she was a progressive. She went to Ohio and said she “pleads guilty to being moderate.” These things sort of add up after a while.
She dances around the issues as much as Trump does. Whether you realize it or not, Clinton uses vague, drawn-out answers that appear to be more concrete than Trump’s responses but actually offer little to no solution at all. Hillary knows exactly what to say, when to say it and how it will make people react. She redefines the meaning of “career politician” and takes it up several notches.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why Trump has gained popularity in relation to this issue. Hillary is no exception to the idea that politicians lie. She may come across as more fit than Trump to lead this country, but when you dig deeper into it, I’m not sure if she is.
Democracy is a beautiful thing that gives us, the people, power in these elections. As Americans, we have the outstanding right and duty to cast a vote for whomever we want to in a presidential election. You may hate Trump, as do I, but is Hillary really the answer?
Here’s to hoping that John Kasich somehow reenters the race.