True to my word, I stopped reading all of the articles that venomously tore down each of the candidates running for President. I decided that I would wait for the debates and listen to them explain their platform to us. How many times Trump was married and why Clinton "stood by her man" is totally irrelevant to their abilities to govern. So the first debate came and went, and I am more confused than ever as I watch the reactions of my fellow Americans. Ms. Angelou's words ring oh so true.
Don't get me wrong, I understand why some people are choosing Trump and others are choosing Clinton. Their platforms are definitely polar opposite in many areas, and each side draws a different type of voter. My problem is with the people who refuse to see that this election isn't all black and white. They are blinded by their devotion to one side. Although I am going to vote for Hillary Clinton, I do not agree with everything she says and does. I will admit that she is more of a hawk than I would prefer. I am not thrilled with her relationship with Wall Street, and I realize that she comes off over rehearsed and sometimes over confident. I can say those things and still vote for her.
Listening to a great many Trump enthusiasts insist that he won the debate is just plain frightening. Tell me that you prefer his immigration policies or agree with his health care views. I can except that you are invigorated by his style. I can respect your opinion that we need a President who is less of an insider. These are all valid points in any election cycle. What I can't understand is why people think it is necessary to stand behind everything his/her chosen candidate says or does, no matter how bazaar.
Hillary was as well prepared as anyone could have been. She laid out her plans for the next four years and defended each of her points. She made sure that her experience was put out there, and explained why her stamina was surely intact. She never lost her cool. That is understandable...she has had years of experience in the political limelight. Donald, is somewhat new to the political arena, and we can't expect him to have her composure. On the other hand, we can expect him to prepare to face our nation. His own people admit that he didn't. We can expect him to keep cool when he is debating, even when unfairly attacked. He didn't! I even accept all of that. What I can't accept is listening to his followers say he won a debate that he clearly fumbled. I will listen to your opinions if you can admit that neither side is perfect, and Monday was just not Trump's finest hour. That is okay. He can learn from his mistakes if you let him believe he made some.
Neither Trump nor Clinton need your blind loyalty. Our country and our politicians need you to open your eyes to their failings and gently push them to a direction that will serve us all. Stop pushing them into a corner in which they have no choice but to go against their morals. Trump is not a vicious candidate who supports violence in his heart of hearts, but his backers are pushing him into that scenario to garner their votes. Clinton doesn't necessarily believe in a strongly progressive platform, but her need for those votes pushes her in that direction. Instead of pushing them into an "us against them" battle, let us forget blind loyalty to a person or party, and instead help them to be the best version of themselves.
The two books that I reviewed today feature Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Davis, a man who is truly trying to be the best version of himself. I actually read Injustice by Lee Goodman first, not realizing that is is the second book in this series. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to read the first one, Indefensible. Goodman makes his character's come alive, and while there are good courtroom scenes, the "who done it" escapades really made these books hard to put down.
As always, complete reviews of these two books follow this blog.