We Deserve This.




Smirking Trump and Hillary Finks

Smirking Trump and Hillary Finks

This is the worst, most asininely childish presidential campaign I’ve ever experienced and the blame rests solely on us. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican, you should be ashamed of every single person that acts to represent you and your interests. The sheer ridiculousness and pettiness of both campaigns is beyond the pale. Neither Clinton nor Trump deserve to be the next President of the United States.

Their demeanor has infected an already poisoned political climate that does nothing but pit Americans against each other over something as idiotic and mutable as political ideology. My beliefs have shifted numerous times since I began considering them seriously. Why should someone who believed as I once did be treated with disdain? I was them. I am them. I am the sum of all my beliefs, and those beliefs have been influenced by others. No one comes to conclusions in a vacuum.

We allow these ridiculous caricatures to sway our beliefs by continually electing them to positions of power and influence. The only way they stay in power is to highlight and lampoon the other side, engaging in dangerous demagoguery. Both sides do it. No one is innocent. Hillary Clinton is a liar and a fraud. Donald Trump is a liar and a fraud. They have at least that much in common. They lie to us every day and we gobble it up like the good voters we are.

We cheer when Trump insults Clinton. We laugh mightily when Clinton returns the favor. We encourage mindless destructive habits in our leaders. It’s our fault. It all is. We never demand better. Far too often, in fact, we demand worse. We want our leaders to be as petty as we are. We think that best. We don’t want someone to lecture us or make us think that our reactions are unfounded or uncouth. They are deserved. They always are.

At this point, I honestly feel bad for President Obama. I never really did before. I guess I never really thought about it too much. He got dealt a raw hand. Sure, he could have handled it better, but we as a group didn’t make it any easier on him. He did and still does have a sense of decorum that I respect. George Bush had it too. I think all presidents should have it. All politicians, for that matter. Our political representatives should exhibit the best of our collective selves, not the worst. That we allow them to act like petulant children and reward that behavior with continuous reelection is our failing.

Though I don’t agree with a lot of what President Obama has done and continues to do, I respect the man. He has convictions and at least tries to convey those in a manner that befits a sitting president. He fails on occasion, but I believe he has conducted himself well for the majority of his tenure as president. That’s more than I can say for the majority of politicians on both sides of the aisle. They, for the most part, are insulting reminders that we continue to elect infantile egotists with little to no connection to America outside of Washington D.C.

I don’t have hope that either of these two reckless buffoons will have the same sense of self as President Obama. This has become a battle of egos instead of ideologies. So much hatred has spread since this election cycle began that I don’t believe either candidate will be able to overcome the resentment and disenfranchisement of the other side come November 9, 2016.

We have a daunting task in front of us and, sadly, no leadership to help us along the way. It is up to us. This election should stand as a stark warning to every single American – We have started down a path that can lead to no other destination than that of our own downfall. We must expect more from our leaders. We must expect more from ourselves. Party lines are imaginary. Do you know what’s real? Families. We should seek to do things that benefit all Americans, regardless of whether the person proposing it has a D or an R or whatever other designation after their name.

Labels don’t matter. Parties don’t matter. Life matters. Liberty matters. Happiness and prosperity matter. The color of the boat doesn’t matter as long as it gets us to a safe harbor. Please, if nothing else remember this: we can and should demand better, not only from our politicians, but from ourselves. When we treat each other like garbage, we make it acceptable for our representatives to do the same.

Don’t let it become acceptable. Demand better.

About Sean Cocca

Born and raised in Orange County, Sean graduated from CSULB with a degree in Journalism -- something he has tried (and failed) to exorcise from his life. He resides in North OC. He's grown far more politically independent over the years and staunchly refuses to join a political party. Follow him on twitter @NPPinCA.