a reply to: Tardacus
To the rest of the world, looking on, the negativity of BOTH campaigns, seems retarded and very childish and small-minded.
It's not at all what a truly historical campaign should be all about, because we need to bear in mind that this sets precedent for the trajectory of
the United States, as a country, and a country seemingly wounded and terribly divided. It also has international and global consequences too.
If Clinton continues to go hard on the negative campaigning and takes her eye off the ball for an instant, then I will be sorely disappointed. This is
I'll admit, already happening.
If I were the Clinton campaign, I'd proceed in a real hurry to educate the American people on all the pieces of the Democratic Platform, and get out
of the damn sandbox and let Donald Trump say whatever he likes.
In the end-run, before people get to the privacy of the voting booth, and they do possess a great deal of power in their ability to cast their vote,
they have a choice, and as much as many dislike both candidates, they will do an inventory and evaluate what is in the best interests of the United
States and the World, and that's a place where party loyalty can be as ephemeral as a mirage, or the place where people choose between what both sides
are actually proposing that they will DO.
A grand negation has never won an American election in history.
You have to be FOR something, to be inspired. An angry protest does not a wise vote make, since it's emotional and visceral and personal, but not
objective and evaluative, more knee jerk, fight or flight type of reaction. It's a fist shaking, but that won't ever make America great again..
We CAN discuss these things reasonably and rationally I do believe, but I put this thread in the political mud-pit just in case.. LOL!
It's been very civil so far, and I thank you and admire you for that. People can have different impressions and opinions about things, but on the more
vital and substantive issues, if you don't have a rational argument, but only a fist to shake at everything you oppose, then you have and are for
nothing, except some sort of angst, but little else (woe to such a man as this! said like Macbeth or some Shakespeare dude).
I trust my discernment and evaluative skills and, except when she goes really negative on Trump, who I'm starting to suffer a type of fatigue hearing
about to be honest, Hillary Clinton is hitting the right notes of "can do" optimism and she is sincere and authentic about wanting to get the details
right for every day average Americans, and following through on the Democratic Campaign Policy Platform (of which there's a comprehensive one).
And as a supporter of her platform and thus her campaign I say "leave Donald Trump alone"!
If you want to make a run from behind underdog into a victim whereby the bully becomes the bullied, then because he's not a career politician, people
will vote for him if only because they want to take his side in feeling sorry for him, up against the big bad Hillary Clinton campaign machine.
With two children flinging mud at each other in a sandbox.
If I were advising the Clinton Campaign, I would strongly
advise for a REFRAME into the Party Platform, which is sound and reasonable,
and away from a purely, or largely, negative anti-Trump campaign and leave all this other nonsense and hate mongering behind, while asking that
Donald Trump also share his vision for America, and his entire platform and policy guidelines, to contrast it but in a way that's wholly affirmative
and optimistic and in alignment with that quintessential "can do" American spirit.
Whoever manages to really inspire the American people to catch a vision of an American renaissance and a new morning in America, but with a real plan
to get there and make it happen, for real, and without dropping the ball amid confusion or inexperience, will win the election hands down.
So to be honest, I suppose the intent of this thread was implicit in the title. There's a serious flaw in the Trump campaign, and right there, between
loathing and outrage and protest, on the one hand, and a very reasonable and well thought out plan and platform, on the other, is the split and the
cutting edge that differentiates - not NAME CALLING!
Negative campaigning has never decisively won a national election in the United States, except with Michael Dukakis' tank photo that is, but that's an
exception to the rule.
I figured someone would put forth a great affirmative case for Trump and the Trump platform on it's own merit.. but the night's still young..
Welcome your thoughts, and thank you in advance for participating. I'll leave it to you guys.
edit on 26-8-2016 by AnkhMorpork because: (no reason given)