Donald Trump will be our next president

People were in shock yesterday to learn that Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States of America.

It seemed even Trump and his people were caught off guard by the news. For a long time now, all the polls pointed to Clinton winning. Then on November 8, the only poll that matters took place and the voters chose Trump over Clinton. Trump garnered 290 electoral votes compared to Clinton’s 232 electoral votes.

A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to become president.

A lot of people seem to be genuinely upset about this. The Twitter hashtag #NotMyPresident almost immediately began trending. The same thing happened eight years ago when Barack Obama won. I don’t remember if there was a Twitter hashtag dedicated to the feeling, but I know a lot of people were saying it. They were wrong back then, and the people expressing it now are wrong too.

Donald Trump will be everyone’s president.

If he turns out to be a terrible president, then historically speaking, he’ll be in good company. Two of the four presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore thought it was morally acceptable to own other people.

Most of the presidents in my lifetime have been bad. I’m old enough to remember Richard M. Nixon and the crap he put our country through. If we can get through the Nixon years, we can surely get through the Trump years.

Contrary to what anyone says, we don’t know what a Trump presidency will look or feel like. We know he campaigned on things like building a wall on the southern border and deporting over 11 million people who are here illegally. We’ve been told this makes Trump a racist.

Under the Obama administration, over 2.5 million people have been deported. Does this make Obama a racist too?  His administration was enforcing existing federal law, just like the Trump administration would be doing if they deported everyone who is here illegally.

When Trump was running for the Republican nominee for president, his campaign released the following statement after the San Bernardino attack:

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.

Many people reacted negatively to this statement. For years now we’ve clung to the narrative that Islam is a religion of peace and the people who practice the faith, Muslims, are just like everyone else.

The problem with that narrative is that it seems to fly in the face of reality. The perpetrators of the San Bernardino attack, Rizwan Farook, and Tashfeen Malik, attended two mosques in southern California, the Islamic Center of Riverside and the Dar-Al-Uloom Al-Islamia mosque located outside San Bernardino. Both of these mosques are descent and respectable places of worship, not radical hotbeds of hate.

After Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik murdered 14 people and injured another 24, they were killed by the police.  When authorities released their bodies, they received a traditional Islamic burial at the Wal-Hamdu-Lillah cemetery located in Rosamond, California.

The cemetery is owned by the American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley, a mosque located in Palmdale. This mosque is also a decent and respectable place of worship.

How is it that these two murderous terrorists could attend normal, regular American mosques and then receive traditional Islamic burials at a Muslim cemetery operated by a mosque that neither one of the dead terrorists had ever even attended?

Either Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were Muslims in good standing, or they were not true representatives of the Islamic faith. The fact they received traditional Islamic burials by a mosque they had never attended would seem to indicate that they were thought to be good Muslims.

These are the type of problems we face while fighting a war against Islamic terrorists. Even though we’ve been fighting this war since 2000 when the U.S.S. Cole was attacked, killing 17 American soldiers and injuring another 39, we don’t seem to be any better at differentiating the “good” Muslims from the “bad.” Not because of any prejudices we have, but because the “good” Muslims seem more than willing to embrace the “bad,” both before and after a terror attack. It’s one of the many reasons this war has been going on for so long.

Something has to change. 17 years is far too long to be fighting a war. You may not agree with Trump’s idea of banning Muslims from entering the country until we can figure out what’s going on, but at least he tried to find an answer to the problem. Hillary Clinton, the candidate I voted for both in the primary and in the general election, seemed to have difficulty even saying the words “Islam” and “terror” in the same sentence.

Donald Trump will be our next president - Bent CornerContrary to what you might read on Reddit or The Huffington Post, nobody really knows what type of president Trump will turn out to be. The same people who say Trump is just like Hitler were the same people who said Hillary Clinton was going to be our next president. They were wrong about that. Who knows, maybe they’re wrong about Trump too.

I prefer to take a wait and see attitude when it comes to Donald Trump as president. He wasn’t my choice, but he will be my president.


If only we treated voting like we do allergy medication

On Thursday, November 3, I went to Target to pick up some non-drowsy 24-hour allergy medication. Even though it was over the counter medication, I had to give the pharmacist my drivers license. She then scanned it into a computer so that it could be entered into a national database.

The drug contains pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients of crystal meth. Meth is both addictive and illegal. This makes the manufacturing of crystal meth highly profitable. When you buy any medicine with pseudoephedrine in it, your information gets scanned into a national database.

I purchased a box of 15 extended release tablets. That means I will not be allowed to buy any other medication containing pseudoephedrine for 15 days.

Later that same day, I went to the early voting center and voted. Before the poll worker gave me my ballot, I had to tell her my name, address, and the day and month of my birthday. She then compared my information to the contents of a giant book that looked like is was made from a computer printout. I don’t know when someone printed the information out. I don’t know how up-to-date the information was that was in this giant book.

I didn’t have to provide the poll worker my driver’s license so she could scan it into a national database. I was able to vote without even proving who I was.

If voting is important, then why don’t we treat it with the same level of security that we use for buying pseudoephedrine?

I think it’s insane that we don’t have to show an ID to vote. If we treated voting as important, at the very least we should have to show our ID before getting a ballot. It would make it easier for poll workers if they could look at our name and address on our driver’s license before consulting their giant book. Because we insist on using the honor system when voting, you have to spell your name for the poll worker.

It’s not a very efficient way of doing things.

States have been trying to pass voter ID laws so that people will have to prove their identity before casting a ballot. Democrats have been fighting against these statutes saying that it would disenfranchise some people, that these laws are racist. I don’t get that. Who doesn’t have ID? Democrats also point to the lack of actual voter fraud as a reason not to have these laws.

Is it racist to make someone show ID when buying allergy medication? Then why would it be any different when voting?

Before we can say that we don’t have a voter fraud problem in this country, we would need first to find out who is voting. In reality, we have no idea how much voter fraud is currently taking place because we don’t verify that people are who they say they are when casting a ballot.

Our voting system is a faith-based system. We just trust people to tell the truth when they identify themselves when it comes to voting. We have faith that people are voting for themselves and not other registered voters. If there’s one thing we know at this point in human history, people don’t always tell the truth. People lie all the time.

If voting is important, we sure don’t act like it.

Choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Choosing between Trump or Hillary is like choosing between getting doused in the face with weapons-grade Ebola or full blown AIDS.

I didn’t watch last night’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The way I figure, if something weird happens, it will be plastered all over YouTube and Facebook. Other than watching something weird for entertainment purposes, I just don’t care. I dislike both candidates. I don’t want either to be the next president. Not only would I just prefer Barack Obama serving another four years, but I would even prefer George W. Bush to come back and perform four years of community service in the Oval Office.

I’m sure by now George W. Bush realizes where he screwed up before and would take great pains not to screw up again.

Choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton - Bent CornerI’d wager I’m not alone in this opinion.  I disliked George W. Bush greatly when he was our president, but I would prefer him over Orange Hitler or Grandma Nixon. Unfortunately, neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama can serve again as president. The Consitution forbids it. The Constitution, the same document that states a black person is equal to three-fifths of a person, at least when it comes to representation in Congress, says a president can only serve two terms.

Choosing between Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is like choosing between getting doused in the face with weapons-grade Ebola or full blown AIDS.

Jut pick one. Go ahead and pick one.

I’d prefer not to pick one. The same applies to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. One is like a bucket of AIDS, and the other is a spray can of Ebola. I’m not even sure which is which.

Hillary Clinton is down with the pneumonia

Hillary Clinton and her staff lied about the reason she had to leave the ceremony. It wasn’t overheating, it was pneumonia.

Hillary Clinton made the news yesterday and not for reasons neither she nor her campaign would have preferred. While attending a memorial service at Ground Zero for the victims of the September 11 Islamist terror attacks of 2001, Hillary became overcome with “overheating” and had to leave the ceremony. Video posted on Twitter showed the presidential candidate falling as Secret Service agents helped her get into a black van.

Hillary Clinton is down with the pneumonia - Bent Corner
This a black van. This is not Hillary’s black van. Her van is much nicer than this one.
That’s not to say she just got into a stranger’s black van parked near the event. She stumbled into her own black van.

The heat was sweltering yesterday morning in New York City, reports indicating it was somewhere in the high seventies to low eighties.

Hillary and her crew then left the event and went to daughter Chelsea’s nearby apartment. A short time later, she was seen leaving the apartment, telling reporters and onlookers “I’m feeling great, it’s a beautiful day in New York.”

Hillary Clinton is down with the pneumonia - Bent CornerShe then grabbed and hugged a young female child, apparently in an attempt to sap the girl’s life force, similarly to what a creature with Lifelink does in Magic: The Gathering.

Then things got a little strange.

The Clinton campaign later issued a statement saying that two days prior on Friday, Hillary’s doctor diagnosed her with pneumonia. If she had pneumonia, what was she doing out of bed? Why did her campaign first say she was overheated?

I’ve had pneumonia. It kicks your ass. It’s not something to be trifled with. Pneumonia can kill you. It kills a lot of people. Have you seen Rock Hudson on TV lately? No? That’s because he died. He died from pneumonia, caused by full-blown AIDS, but it was pneumonia that killed him. Thousands of people die from pneumonia every year. Hillary has pneumonia, and she’s walking around with it?

It’s also contagious.

I reluctantly voted for Hillary in the primary, but I’m not voting for her in November. I have a real problem with her on two fronts: her judgment and her truthfulness. She continuously makes poor choices. Whether it’s deciding to have her own private email server while Secretary of State or deciding to keep a busy schedule even though she has a serious health problem. She and her staff lied about the reason she had to leave the ceremony. It wasn’t overheating, it was pneumonia. As soon her doctor told her that she had pneumonia, why didn’t her campaign release a statement disclosing it?

There’s a reason people don’t trust Hillary Clinton.

I just wish there was someone else to vote for this November. I don’t want to vote for someone who thinks it’s a good idea maintain a busy schedule while down with the pneumonia. I don’t want to vote for someone who’s first instinct is to always lie.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘basket of deplorables’

I wish this presidential election could be postponed due to lack of viable candidates. No matter who wins this November, I believe they will go down in history as the worst president we have ever had.

Hillary Clinton was at a New York fundraiser Friday evening and had this to say about half of the people who are supporting Donald Trump.

You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that.

Grossly generalistic? How about grossly stupid?

Hillary Clinton should be trying to sway people who are planning on voting for Donald Trump, not labeling them with negative terms that end in either ist or phobic.

Attack the candidate. Never attack their supporters. It never works. Mitt Romney was caught doing it four years ago, and we all saw how that worked out.

What’s it say about Hillary Clinton’s America when so many of its citizens are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or Islamophobic? One of the two presidential candidates wants to make America great again, and it’s not her. How then can she believe that half of the people not voting for her are terrible human beings and not want to do something about that?

I wish this presidential election could be postponed due to lack of viable candidates. No matter who wins this November, I believe they will go down in history as the worst president we have ever had. I’m 52 years old. Most of the presidents in my lifetime have been awful.

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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

I’m starting to think Churchill was wrong about the last part, at least when it pertains to our kind of democracy, the kind that relies on large amounts of money from rich contributors to get elected. I’ve seen the results of this brand of democracy, and I’ve found it extremely lacking.

I simply choose not to play

I give up. I am done with the 2016 Presidental election. I have looked extensively at the two choices I have to vote for and I’ve found both candidates to be extremely lacking and wanting. No matter who wins this November, I firmly believe they will turn out to be the worst president in my lifetime.

There are issues in this election that are important to me. The problem is, for every one issue a candidate has that I agree with, there seem to be six others I do not agree with. This is the inherent problem with a two-party system of politics. This is why nearly every other democracy in the industrialized world does not have a two-party political system.

This is why most Americans do not vote.

PlayersHandbookThanks, but no thanks. I refuse to continue to play this retarded game of electoral Sophie’s Choice. Let someone else choose the lesser of two evils. Choosing the lesser of two evils still requires a person to pick evil. If I never picked an evil player character in Dungeons & Dragons, why would I choose to do it in real life? If I was told by a dungeon master that I had to pick an evil character to play in his or her game, I would simply not play.

That is what I am doing now. I am choosing not to play.