I have a recurring nightmare about Kim Kardashian becoming the president of the U.S. after President Trump. This is why, as a new, conservative voter I am faced with a terrible dilemma: Trump or Mrs. Clinton.
Trump is out of the question. He is a very dangerous man, incapable of self-control, full of ethnic and social resentment and very narcissistic. I cannot stand imagining him in the White House. The United States of America would be threatened with disaster every day this man is president.
Mrs. Clinton is also a very bitter pill to swallow. She is a lady I would not buy a used car from. In getting to where she is today, a rich woman with an excellent shot at the presidency of the country, she has behaved without scruples. The Clinton Foundation has as many question marks as Trump University. Her eyes and manner of speech tell me she is not to be trusted.
Not voting is a very unpleasant perspective for a Venezuelan like me, who loves to vote and who would wish to participate in a clean election, something that has not been possible in Venezuela for the last 18 years. I would not like to abstain from this act of good citizenship.
Of course, I can vote null. This would satisfy my personal desire to vote and, at the same time, keep my principles intact. But my dilemma is a bit more complex. It’s that, as a U.S. citizen, I find it imperative to save the country from Trump. When I think of how Donald Trump could be in charge of deciding what to do about North Korea, about Mexican immigration, about judges who do not agree with his ethics or about women or educational standards, I see the country at the edge of a precipice, with the Donald pushing us forward into the abyss.
I was hopeful about the reaction of Republican leaders to Trump’s candidacy. McCain, Rubio, Ryan, all people of integrity had been rejecting Trump all along. But, suddenly, when he became the candidate, they rushed to endorse him, although he is the very same Trump they had previously rejected. “Party Discipline”, they call it.
What about principles?
Not founding any guiding lights from our leaders I am still undecided about this terrible dilemma. I still have a few months to make up my mind. Maybe a third candidate will jump into the arena, although this is unlikely. Maybe Trump will self-destruct and a new Republican candidate will have to be produced in short order. Maybe Mrs. Clinton will donate most of her fortune to some worthy cause other than Chelsea.
In a country of 300 million + people, so full of real talent and civic heroes, many of whom could make wonderful Chiefs of State, I cannot understand how or why the choice of a president has come to be between two such highly flawed persons. Fortunately, the U.S. still has checks and balances: a strong press, a Congress that could revert to being truly bipartisan, a Supreme Court made up of competent judges, an Armed Force that does not get themselves (deeply) involved in politics and does not traffic in drugs, like the Venezuelan Armed Force does.
However, notoriety and frivolity are rapidly replacing intellect and integrity in U.S. politics. If this trend continues, Kim Kardashian might have a shot at the presidency of the country after President Trump is gone.
And then, at almost 90, I would have to move to Australia.