A third option is on the table
Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, June 7, 2016
By Peter Kondos
It is time for a third party, if only there was a viable candidate with name recognition and substantial amounts of money.
What a dilemma (a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives). How can you vote for a bore (a dull, tiresome, or uncongenial person) or the boor (a course, uncouth, vulgar, loutish, ill-natured, uncivil person)?
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The bore and the boor are both despicable (deserving to be despised, contemptible, vile, mean, detestable) versus the antonym admirable.
Both of these presidential candidates have made wealth accumulation the driving force of their lives, and we are going to vote to place one of them in a position to place their hands in the “honey jar” and not expect them to lick the honey off of their fingers?
There is an old Southern saying: “There is nothing worse than white trash unless it is white trash with money.”
Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, if you vote for either candidate, it means that you lack a conscience. You basically have no principles by which you have lived your life. I know that this is a harsh indictment for those of you that have been told over and over that you must vote to be a good citizen. I know all the answers that you will give as to why you will vote for your candidate. If one of your reasons is that you are voting for the lesser of two evils then you are voting against the other and not for someone. Of course you are still voting for evil.
Whichever candidate becomes president, and you voted for the “winner” or “loser” you will regret your vote until the day that you die.
I viewed a woman on television at a political event being asked “if she likes the candidates?” She answered: “That’s the wrong question, the right question is: does he or she like me?” I do not believe that your answer to that question would be yes.
Over the next several months you will read columnists and letters to the editor that will extol the virtues of the candidates that they favor or they will disparage the other candidate. You must not be swayed.
The third option is not to vote. Let both parties realize that an election with the least voter participation rate in history will say: that we don’t trust or believe that “you like us” because of the unbelievably bad options you have given us.
In any event both candidates are New York liberals with New York values. If you can live with that as a Mississippian, then, good luck.
Peter Kondos is an Oxford resident and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.