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Presidential 2016 Elections - Hillary, Trump, and Others!

Politico-Socio issues stay ever with us. Gain perspective deciding if these words resonate with your understanding and thinking.

Voting for president is not something we as US citizens do directly. The Electoral College votes determine the president of the United states whether he or she wins the popular vote or not.

Why vote then? We DO determine if our electoral votes go to the candidates. If most of the people in our state vote for a candidate, that candidate acquires all of the state's electoral votes, except in Nebraska and Maine.

There are times when electoral votes do not match the popular vote, which is the system the Founders of America determined we need. Below are my views of the 2016 Candidates for president. Read and then vote in each primary and election where you can! I turn in an early ballots to avoid the fray..

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Hillary Clinton, the Democrat - According to Rodric

Hillary Clinton was the one to beat in the 2016 elections. She has name recognition in the political world, and decades of experience in Washingtonian politics placed her out in the front. Her experience on the national and international fronts made her into an excellent stateswoman.

If all we went on is experience, Hillary had the upper hand in that she has been in the White House before, at least--lived there. Her husband ruled the world politically for 8 years as Chief of the State. Surely some of that statesmanship rubbed off on Hillary from President Bill Clinton, right?

Because I am biased regarding her worthiness (Still, and though she would do better than President Biden) to lead the nation, nothing I say for her or against her will be objective, though I try. I did not support Hillary for one reason, and it was not because of the email scandal.

I did not support her because of her stance on abortion. I think she was too liberal with what constitutes grounds for abortion and so is her party now as it was then. This election constituted the first time in 20 years I considered voting for a Democrat, though not Hillary. She might be the best person for the job, but her stance on abortion, among other things, was a deal-breaker for me. How about you?

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Jill Stein of the Green Party According to Rodric

Firstly, Jill was a nobody in the eyes of the political arena. I would not discount her abilities, however. She had none of the clout that Hillary or Trump has, but she had a voice with the Green Party. Trying to find out information about her from an unbiased source for this article was tricky.

Reading Jason Cherkis's estimation of her at the Huffington Post left me with the impression that she was a political flea and a person without scruples. I think it was a denigration piece of her political character.

Jill's platform was not good enough to support. I was biased here too because I do not agree with the Green Party philosophically. I do not see a party whose purpose is to protect the environment as its main tenet as "good" for humanity, particularly the humanity under the American government. I could be wrong. I will not deny that. I tend to think in terms of Republicans and Democrats anyway. Rarely would I want to move from the Republican/Democrat dichotomy.

Donald Trump the Republican According to Rodric

No. Just no. As a Republican turned Independent, turn Republican again, my answer was no. It was not that Donald was not able to do the job. I believed he could do the job just fine. I voted for him in the 2020 election and will vote for him in the 2024 election if he runs. In 2016, and still some now, I think that he is embarrassing. The man's celebrity comes from his ability to be shrewd and hard-nosed. I like the sentiment of having a no-nonsense president who is willing to say the things others will not; however, within reason.

His behavior is well known and I dreaded what embarrassments he would introduce to the presidency with his crass behavior. That's it. His behavior trumped, no pun intended, seriously, my support for his presidency. I tend to support the Republican party mostly, though I am willing to consider other political groups (Libertarian, Independent, and so forth--Conservative mostly) if the opportunity presents itself.

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Evan McMullin the Independent According to Rodric

Evan McMullin was some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' answers to the Trump. Division in Utah in the Republican party did not truly matter in the grand scheme, but Utah Republicans did not support Donald Trump for president, in part, and they could not get Mitt Romney to run, so they came up with an alternative to appease their consciouses about voting in the 2016 election.

He is not a major political player, virtually unknown to the world, and missing from the ballot as an option. His name had to be written in, and he had no chance of winning. He might have gotten Utah's electoral votes if he had a groundswell of support there. That's it. His purpose for existence as a presidential candidate is a Utah alternative to Trump, nothing else. He was Independent and a member of the most populous church, but I did not support his candidacy. He was not Mitt.

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Gary Johnson the Libertarian According to Rodric

I say off the bat, I did not appreciate Gary's "feel the Johnson" campaign advert. I could have lived without him associating my last name with the male organ again. We both have the same surname. I did not like that. I voted for him on my early ballot. I do not agree with the Libertarian party, but Johnson was the only choice that I felt comfortable choosing.

I did not expect him to win when I voted for him. I expected he would be my conscientious choice against Trump and Hillary, that's it. It was to clear my sanity from choosing between two people I could not reconcile in my mind. It was either that or write in Mitt Romney's name.

Vote Right Now

This is my political take. It is uninformed and fleeting just like many Americans out there, so you can know it is representative of what many in the nation might think aside from my choice for president. Vote in the poll and leave a comment.

Sources

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2016 Rodric Anthony Johnson

Comments

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 09, 2016:

I hope not Randy.

Randy Godwin on November 08, 2016:

If Dumpty Trump wins there will be a civil war! Americans will not stand for that Facist!

manatita44 from london on November 05, 2016:

So a noble father, then. Calling or Dharma is different for us all. The responsibility-life in a family circle is so important! Again there are the daily tasks of cooking, washing, shopping, finding nannies or schools, paying the bills: tax, telephone, wireless, mobile, water, gas, electricity, rent .... no small things.

I do most of these plus my calling, which is to serve humanity. Again, there is no dichotomy in a profound sense, as they do merge. Much Love, my Brother.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 05, 2016:

I agree. God's will be done, as it is in heaven! I prayer for whoever wins. I believe God will move in the hearts of the leaders who will listen on behalf of the people in this nation who have faith and pray. As long as I have the right to worship God, I can deal with any person in office. My chief concern are people trying to infringe on religious liberty.

I am not worried. I have faith that God will help us through the big stuff. These are strange days. I bet each generation said the same things about their days, though. I am worried about the little things, whether my kids think I am spending enough time with them and such.

manatita44 from london on November 05, 2016:

Ha ha. Somebody said that to me today. Obama for another four years. Interesting thought. Let us pray for the Divine Victory. The Seers say to never worry about what you cannot change. Much Love, Bro.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 05, 2016:

Bill, I understand your sentiment. I did not vote for Hillary or Trump. I did not want to vote for the person for whom I did vote. I decided a third party vote would do the trick, but when I found out that Gary Johnson used his name in a lewd way to advertise, I felt smirched for having voted for him.

I planned on writing Mitt Romney's name in. I really believe he would be a good president. I would have Wanted Rubio if he could have won. Heck, I would take President Obama for another four years. I just don't want what we have now.

manatita44 from london on November 05, 2016:

Rodric, I wanted to keep my promise, and since you have supported me, then I'm here. I'd be lying if I say that politics does not interest me, but it is also not my forte. I also generally don't comment on it.

I think that you have made a sincere effort at portraying the candidates in your Hub, although I suspect and indeed the American pundits do say, that Bill's view is shared by many.

I clicked 'Other' in your Poll. I sincerely believe that God's will be done. Once done, well ...

"Whatever happens in Divine Providence is always for the best, for there is no alternative." _Sri Chinmoy

Still, I'm glad you voted. There is an argument for the fence-sitters and there is an argument for those who believe that we are all affected and should vote. I respect both views.

Bill is a wise man who likes to read between the lines. I say this because not all you read and even see - like magic - will always be gospel truth. Not even history, a well known fact.

I do appreciate that you tried though. For the record, Consciousness or Spirit is one and all things flow from this. Which means that Politics - like Science - is also part and parcel of the plan. I commend your efforts. Much Love.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 04, 2016:

I understand your decision very well. I think many of us have the same dilemma. I simply could not vote for Clinton or Trump. I would have a hard time looking in the mirror if I did.

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