I typically do not talk about my political views, especially in the open form of the internet. From my experience, most of my fellow tech community tends to have similar views as I do. They believe in progress and a government which does not hesitate to lend a hand to fellow citizens less advantaged. I do not care what party that most aligns with, as it is the issues that matter most to me. So here we sit on this Sunday 30 days away from the 2016 presidential election.
In 2008, while slightly too young to vote I could not wait to help elect Barack Obama. After school, I would happily spend hours using the online tool to allow others to call potential voters. Then in 2012, I happily stepped up my involvement with the goal of re-electing Obama for a second term as president so he could continue his work on issues such as healthcare, gay marriage, and economic development.
This election scares me to my core and makes me question if we are as Americans are upholding the American values that our founding fathers intended. Being in technology, I have always thought of what we do as being modern day pioneers, looking out onto the dark open unknown – discovering and making new things out of the darkness. It is this value and mentality of pioneering that is what I saw in Obama in 2008 through to this day.
I never thought that I would have to state the obvious values of chivalry and common decency that we should expect of all government officials let alone the president of the United States. We should not be where we are today a mere 30 days prior to election day. Even with the amount of vile disgust, I have for Trump as a candidate and as a man I thought I could respect the process to act as a sieve, where two reasonable (regardless of policy) presidential candidates would surface. However, in light of this recent election, my assumption is no longer something I believe is true.
So with a mere 700 hours left until we hit the polls here are a few thoughts on the election and this debate.
I can not believe we are less than 30 days away from the presidential election, every time I hear this my skin crawls. Unlike other elections, this election has been missing the one critical component. The issues and solutions. Ever since this race started over a year ago the issues, while present, took a back seat to the theatrics. While the satire was a wonderful break as the proposed solutions became so bombastic that they became the issue. In point, on immigration, the issue itself incredibly important became owned by a single candidates polarizing solution, to build a wall with a punchline of who will pay for it. The issue of immigration was no longer about solutions but reactions to the proposed solutions.
Now who is to blame for this, the media played a part but can be seen as a conduit to what the American people want, expressed by viewership if that be on television or online.
This type of discussion lead to the rise of one candidate where the others had no way to counter. It was quite possibly one of the most insane applications out of the Total War mentality expressed eloquently in Art of War.
There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general: recklessness, which leads to destruction; cowardice, which leads to capture; a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults; a delicacy of honor, which is sensitive to shame; over-solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble.
What can we learn from this election?