Some have compared the choices American voters will have in November as choosing between death by cancer or death by heart attack. Some claim they will refuse to make the choice, however, this simply leaves them in the position of death by whatever the majority chooses. It makes one wonder how America will survive the next few years. 

So today as I was scanning through Facebook I came across both presidential candidates by way of Fox News live report. First I watch a short segment of the Donald speaking – watching the favorable emoticons floating by and reading the mostly positive comments, and then I get distracted ( I have a short attention span – blame it on undiagnosed ADD). Then as I'm browsing along a few minutes later, same thing, only this time it’s Hillary – so I watch another segment noticing all the angry face emoticons  floating by and reading the comments most of which simply say “liar”, and I find myself prompted to write this – mostly just to help me process. Granted I only watched short segments of each speech, and remember virtually nothing of the content of either. What sticks in my mind is the responses in the comments and the reactions of other folks watching it. The visual feature of the Facebook emoticons floating by was especially intriguing to me. 

As I observed the responses of those watching I was rather surprised because the social media responses did not seem to match the latest polling data which places the Dems in the lead. Recognizing that I was watching a Fox News broadcast I attributed this to my assumption that most Fox subscribers would be of Republican persuasion. On the other hand I have been told that Fox is by far the most watched news outlet in America leading the other mainstream outlets by considerable margin in number of viewers, so what does that say about the responses?
Could mean simply, that Fox News watchers tend to support Republican Candidates, or it could mean that the current polls are very misleading – I rather suspect it is a combination of both. What was most interesting to me however, was the difference in the content of the comments. While Trump was speaking the comments were mostly positive with a few negative troll-like comments tossed in here and there. What I found surprising was not only the preponderance of negative comments that rolled out while Clinton was speaking, but the vitriol and the consistency of the word “liar” being used in the majority of them. 

I will admit I have no particular affinity to either candidate, though if I was forced to choose at this point, I would likely lean toward Trump since I suspect His policies would be least damaging to America.  Furthermore the alternative seems to be to put my trust in a person that the FBI clearly indicated had some issues with telling the truth. The other underlying feeling I get – and I’m not sure where this comes from- is that Clinton is coming at this with a sense of entitlement; that because she is a woman she is somehow entitled, or that it is her destiny to win the presidency. Perhaps it is just my impression, but she often seems to communicate a sense of indigence that anybody would dare to threaten her promised coronation. I am reminded of the phrase “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely!” With some of the leaked emails and the recent FBI investigation it does not surprise me that there is some lack of trust among people who have observed the fiasco some of us reluctantly call our government over the past few months or even years. 

The office of President is a powerful position that thankfully most presidents of the past have wielded it with at least some integrity. Until the last few years there has also been a stronger moderating effect on the power of the president by the other two branches of government. It is a sobering thought to imagine this kind of power in the hands of one person no matter who it is that wins the honor of serving the nation as the next president. If there ever was a time when the people of America need divine guidance and grace from the God upon whom her money claims we trust, it is in the next three months. Lord have mercy!

Published by Dented Knight