It’s a shame that in the United States in 2016, with a population of nearly 324.8 million, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the candidates the Democratic and Republican parties picked to lead America for at least the next four years. Both lack integrity and are among the most unsuitable major party candidates for president in the nation’s history.
Both candidates have pasts that would disqualify them in normal times. There are serious concerns about finances involving their supposed charitable foundations and their treatment of the many women who have made claims of sexual abuse — in Trump’s case against him, in Clinton’s, against her husband.
Yes, there are six other minor party presidential candidates on this state’s ballot, including former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson on the Libertarian ticket. His appalling lack of knowledge on foreign affairs (his “Aleppo moment”) and his track record as governor likewise disqualify him. Like the other minor party candidates, including Green candidate Jill Stein, Johnson has zero chance of winning, so if you vote for him, you do so as a protest.
So, voters are left with the choice between a bombastic, crude and undisciplined demagogue — a true megalomaniac — and a corrupt, secretive, reflexive liar whose mannerisms and policy positions shift depending on the crowd to whom she is speaking.