Politicker: Elections reflect citizens' judgment
The third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took place on Oct. 19. The debate went as well as one could expect, as the main takeaway seems tobe the fact that Trump called Clinton a “nasty woman,” which depicts how far U.S. citizens have fallen for allowing this absurdity to continue.
This behavior has established the lowest bar for acuity and professionalism within the current presidential election. Clinton is not innocent either, having interrupted and attempted to overtake moderator Chris Wallace's feeble attempts at creating some semblance of order.
Coming off of the heels of the first two abysmal debates, Trump managed to be outdone by the former secretary of state in terms of policy expertise.
Looking at his behavior in previous debates, his conduct in this debate seemed almost like an improvement. "Almost" is the operative word here, seeing as every platitude that could have been covered seems to have been trod into the ground.
Nothing new was said during the debate, so it has unfortunately been left to the voters to try and figure out what happened up on that podium in Las Vegas.
Interestingly, the candidates’ foreign policy positions seem to have been the highlight of the night, especially with the mention of Russia's "so-not-a-dictator" President Vladimir Putin, whose spare time seems to be devoted to hacking servers and doing photo-ops with what one can only assume is a very confused horse.
Clinton publicly accused Trump on stage of being a puppet to the Russian oligarch, a claim which is not really that incredulous considering there is audio and video of him praising Putin on numerous occasions, especially during his campaign.
It is not unlikely that Trump is a puppet of Putin, although, considering his campaign history, it seems awfully likely that if he is a potential pawn of Putin, he does not seem to have the capacity to realize it.
It is similar to when someone tells a young boy that he can take a bath he does not want to take either before or after dinner; it is an illusion of choice granted by a much more powerful entity.
Trump's response to this, however, could only have been expected at this point. He accused Clinton of being a puppet herself, a claim which probably made Putin chuckle if he had been watching. It is also a grand summation of the man's campaign, which has consisted thus far of baseless accusations spoken at a volume that disrupts the migration of birds.
Whether it comes down to poor working conditions for jobless U.S. citizens, disastrous propagandistic rhetoric or even consistent accusations of sexual assault, the message is clear for Trump.
It is never his fault, it is always "their fault," they being whoever he decides to attack at the moment. The only difference is whether the time of day calls for his shouting to take the form of racism, victim-shaming or outright stupidity.
Clinton, similarly, though probably not the satellite of a terrible dictator, would very likely mean the continuation of problematic foreign policies that became a thunderstorm in the Obama administration.
This includes her poor form of interventionism that only serves to further destabilize already-faltering states. It also includes a very possible continuation of the drone war that kills civilians as well as preordained targets, and what may be a prolonged standstill with Russia's attempts to return to its former glory.
While there are aspects of Obama's foreign policy that could be expanded upon, such as his outspoken desire not to freeze "enemy" states out, but to open talks and relations, a Republican majority in Congress may put a halt to that.
These are potentially tumultuous years ahead. While Trump's numbers have been falling faster than lemmings off of a cliff, his very entrance into the race has opened the floodgates for an equally radical and dangerous candidate to enter the fray in four years.
The decision for the next president is up in the air, whether it ends up being that snake Ted Cruz or the current Republican leader Paul Ryan, but it is something to deeply consider and take seriously. Come November, Trump's disgusting excuse of a campaign will need to be shut down fast or it will lead to terrible consequences.
It is not just because his toxicity has seeped into the country’s people like an illness, nor because he is a bigot in numberless ways. It is because U.S. citizens need to prove that they are better than such a ruinous monster.