Melanie Young

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Presidential Election 2016: Welcome To The 3 Ring Circus


Presidential Election 2016: Welcome To The 3 Ring Circus

Every 4 years in the United States, the 3 ring circus comes to town. It’s called the Presidential Election or as Stephen Colbert likes to call it, The Hungry For Power Games.

Potential candidates from every background and political ideology come forward to prove to the masses they have what it takes to run the most powerful country in the world. According to Ballotopedia, as of April 2016 there are 28 distinct ballot qualified political parties in the US.


As of July, after months and months of debates and rallies we are finally down to our final nationally recognized candidates. There are four of them.

The candidates are as follows:

Hillary Clinton – Democratic Party

United States Department of State - Official Photo at Department of State
United States Department of State – Official Photo at Department of State

Jill Stein – Green Party

Credit: Huffington Post
               Credit: Huffington Post

Gary Johnson – Libertarian Party

Official Campaign Photo
                     Official Campaign Photo

Donald J. Trump – Republican Party

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If you live in the US and do not know who at least two of these people are, you have a lot of catch up reading to do.

The Democratic and Republican parties are the two oldest political parties in the United States. The big money (old money) donors align themselves with those two main parties. Potential candidates from those parties will get the majority of print and television media coverage.

Politicians from both of these parties in various roles within the government are responsible for the shitty state affairs that plague this great nation. But that is a story for another day.

The Candidates And Their Relationship With The Media

Candidates from the two major political parties are no stranger to the public eye. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both have spent more than enough time in the media for their exploits, good or bad.

Both are no stranger to scandals.

Here are the most recent headlines that involve Hillary Clinton:

Hillary’s Email Scandal Is About Privilege, by Philip Klein

DNC Chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz Stepping Aside in Wake of Scandal by Alex Seitz-Wald

’60 Minutes’ Edits Out Hillary’s Response to the DNC Email Scandal by Catherine Dunn

Clinton Broke Federal Rules With Email Server, Audit Finds by Ken Dilanian

Hillary Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton have had book after book written about how corrupt they are and how mean and vile she is. Some of these titles include:

Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, by Peter Schweizer

Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate, by Gary J. Byrne

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, by Dinesh D’Souza

Partners in Crime: The Clintons’ Scheme to Monetize the White House for Personal Profit, by Jerome Corsi

The Clintons’ War on Women, by Roger Stone and Robert Morrow

Two of these books have been turned into a documentary. Clinton Cash can be found on YouTube and Hillary’s America: the Secret History of the Democratic Party is a major motion picture currently in theaters.

Donald Trump’s exploits are usually picked apart by the cable news outlets and tabloid media because of his wealth, business dealings, marriages, and larger than life persona. He’s a celebrity. Here are a few recent headlines for Trump.

The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet by David A. Graham

Donald Trump: Three decades 4,056 Lawsuits by USA Today

California woman’s rape lawsuit against Donald Trump resurfaces in New York court by Leonard Greene

Most books written about him or by him are business/self help in nature or biographical. The only books against him were published in 2016 due to his current presidential candidacy.

Those books are:

Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump-His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall by John R. O’Donnell and James Rutherford

Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power, by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher

Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump, by Aaron James

The book by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher will not be out until August 2016.

Jill Stein and Gary Johnson on the other hand are a much different situation.

Much of the information on the internet you find on them covers their voting records and where they stand on the issues. No fluff, no pandering, no scandals, nothing. It’s amazing that you can actually find candidates that actually do what they say they are going to do.

Gary Johnson does one opinion piece written against him from back in 2012 from his first attempt at running for president by NSFWCorp.

That piece is called:

The Gary Johnson Swindle and the Degradation of Third Party Politics, by Mark Ames

As of July 2016, there have been no new negative writings against him.

Jill Stein has zero negative articles or books written against her. Her track record is flawless. It’s amazing. She even produces music with a folk rock band by name of Somebody’s Sister.

My Thoughts On Election 2016

In recent events such as the DNC email hack, it was proven that Clinton, CNN, and MSNBC and various members of the DNC were in collusion together to help steal the candidacy from her opponent Sanders. That action is as unethical as it gets and is one of many.

If someone is willing to lie, cheat, steal,  and possibly kill to become the most powerful person in the world, how can you trust that person once they win? Hillary Clinton loves war. The US has been at war for the last 15 years. The planet (our only home) can’t afford it anymore and neither can the citizens of this country.

The citizens of war torn countries can’t take anymore as well.

Corruption in the government has become so wide spread that it affects all levels. We can no longer afford to elect people that cater only to special interests that line their pockets with money. 

And on top of it all, the federal governments debt which is owed to a privately owned bank, is around $20 trillion and counting. Millions of people are still out of work and 50 million on government food assistance programs. The cost of living and wages are not in sync. 

Do your research and vote for greater good and good governance instead of the lesser of two evils.


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