Hillary Clinton Election 2016 Clinton Foundation

Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt and dishonest human being to ever run for the Presidency of the United States. And she is leading in all of the polls.

Today, the AP reported that more than half of the non-governmental workers who met with Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State were donors to the Clinton Foundation. Yesterday, it was revealed that a Clinton Foundation executive left 148 voicemails for Cheryl Mills, one of Hillary’s top aides. This is also the aide who did work for the Clinton Foundation while employed at the State Department. Every day, there is more and more evidence that the Clinton Foundation accepted donations from everyone from foreign entities to American celebrities, and in turn at the very least requested special access, meetings, or favors from the State Department. This situation is the epitome of government corruption.

This past weekend, former Secretary of State Colin Powell pushed back on Clinton’s claims that he was the one who advised her to use a personal email server. He essentially said that she lied, and that if anything he sent her a memo about personal email use on a government server one full year after she was already using her own server. Hillary Clinton gave access to classified emails to people who did not have appropriate security clearance to view that information (her attorneys), an act that anyone other than her would have lost their security clearance over. She lied to the American people about the reason behind her setting up this private email server, which she claimed was to only use one device. FBI director James Comey confirmed that she used multiple devices. She also lied about sending and receiving classified information on her emails, which she said she did not, and Comey said she did. In fact, there were certain emails that contained information so classified that Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, does not have a high enough security clearance to view some of the information.

FBI Director Comey laid out a perfect case for indicting her for these actions, but then stated that they were not in fact going to do so. This exoneration of her came only a few days after her husband, Bill Clinton, had a private meeting for 35 minutes with AG Loretta Lynch on her private plane, a meeting which they all swear had nothing to do with the FBI investigation into Clinton.

And the truth is, all of this is only the tip of the iceberg on scandals and controversies surrounding the Clintons. Now, Hillary has always blamed the “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy” for all of these issues and problems. But after a while, she starts to sound like that person you know who is always complaining about other people, blaming everyone else for their problems, calling everyone else a liar, and eventually leads you to realize, “it’s not everyone else… it’s THEM.” How many times does Hillary Clinton have to be caught in a blatant lie to the American people before people stop believing anything she says? How many times does she have to be implicated in government corruption before the American people decide that giving her control of the country might not be a good idea?

But the scary part is, Americans KNOW she is a pathological liar. The scary part is, people just don’t care. According to an NBC poll as of August 16, only 11% of Americans think Clinton is honest and trustworthy. A Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 56% of Americans disagreed with the FBI’s decision not to indict her on the email controversy. But the same poll found that 58% of Americans would not consider this issue in their vote in November. And as of today, she is ahead in all of the national polls, all of the swing state polls, and is even creeping up on Trump in some solidly red state polls.

So this all begs the question: What are Americans thinking? Does character, truth, or integrity matter in our nation anymore? Do we have any morals or standards that we live by and hold our leaders to anymore? If Hillary Clinton becomes the next President of the United States, the answer to those questions is an overwhelming and resounding NO.

The American people vote for the president. End of story. So if Hillary Clinton wins, that means that the majority of Americans will have voted for her. It means that the majority of Americans are more concerned about getting free stuff from the government than they are about having a leader who tells the truth. It means the majority of Americans are perfectly fine with having a President who has made millions from big donors in return for access and favors and God knows what else from our government. It means that the majority of Americans no longer have any standards of ethical conduct or integrity that they expect their governmental leaders to follow. If Hillary Clinton wins the White House by receiving the majority of American votes in November, it means that the people have decided that they are perfectly fine with every corrupt thing she has done. They condone it, and they are essentially encouraging her to continue it at an even higher level as the leader of the nation.

The Democrats in America love to talk about how “dangerous” it would be to have Donald Trump as president. Personally, I believe the most dangerous person we could ever put into office is someone who KNOWS that the laws of the land do not apply to her, the FBI will never touch her, and the American people will continue to support her no matter what she does. THAT, folks, is far more dangerous than a thin-skinned narcissist who has a penchant for Twitter.

If Hillary Clinton becomes the next President of the United States of America, it will be the beginning of the end of our country. And not because of anything Hillary will do, but because of what it says about the character, integrity, and standards of the American people.

Election Hillary Clinton or Crying Kid

Liberals on college campuses demand safe spaces. The rich need to pay their “fair share”. Millennials protest college tuition…

I have a four-year-old daughter and a four-year-old niece. They are super close and are best friends, but as four-year-olds typically behave, they have to have everything the same. They get upset if one of them has a bigger piece of cake than the other. They start fighting over toys unless they both have the same doll, and the same baby stroller. They argue over who gets to go first… in everything. As a parent it can drive you crazy sometimes, but you just tell yourself that they are little and that eventually they will outgrow it. You also take it as an opportunity to teach them that old saying, “Life is not fair”. And we do have to teach our kids this lesson, because life isn’t fair. Throughout our children’s lives, they will be put in situations that are very unfair, and often outside of anyone’s control. People get sick. Natural disasters happen that can take away everything. Is it fair that there are people in Louisiana who have been affected by flooding who have lost their homes and all of their possessions, while I sit here and type this from my dining room with all of my possessions in tact? No, it’s not fair. But that is life.

This morning, I was listening to Hillary Clinton give a speech. I have listened to her speeches. I watched the Democratic Convention. I have looked at her policies on her website. And today, as I listen to her speak, the thought that crosses my mind is that she sounds like a 4-year-old. In fact, Democrats in general sound like 4-year-olds whose parents never taught them that life is not fair, and that you do not deserve for life to be fair. We are guaranteed certain rights by our United States Constitution. And if you are a person of faith, as I am, we are supposed to have certain rights that are given to us by our creator. But no where in the Constitution, or in the Bible, does it say we have the right for life to be fair. So when I hear Hillary Clinton and other Democrats going on and on about making everything “fair”, it sounds… well, ridiculous. And not only that, but why do the Democrats think that they have a monopoly on what defines a fair society?

Hillary’s idea of fairness is that the rich people of America have to pay high tax rates so that the poor people of America can get free college, free childcare, free healthcare, free Wi-Fi Internet, free cell phones, etc. etc. etc. (Seriously, check out her website. All she does is promise to give away money). In today’s speech, she was discussing companies that profit share with their employees. She said that profit sharing is only fair, since companies are not successful without their employees. Now, I think profit sharing is great. When a company profit shares with their employees, the employees benefit and the company is able to have higher quality people working for them because they offer a great benefit. I think profit sharing is a great thing. But the idea that the government is going to tell American companies that they have to profit share with their employees because doing so is only “fair” is ridiculous. It is anti-capitalism, and whether or not it is fair, some companies simply cannot afford to do so.

Hillary also spoke today about helping families have access to “affordable child care” so that the parents can work. Donald Trump proposed a tax write-off so that people can get a tax break when they pay for child care. But that’s not good enough for Hillary, because it’s not… you guessed it!… FAIR. She claims it is not fair because that only benefits people who can afford to pay for child care to begin with. It does nothing for a family that has a hard time paying for day care. So she is promising to give subsidies to families to help pay for their child care. And those subsidies of course come from the government. And the government gets it’s money from the taxpayers. And she claims we have to do this because otherwise, it is unfair.

Note to Hillary: You sound like a four-year-old.

Just like the liberals who are on college campuses demanding safe spaces so that they do not have to experience the emotional trauma of having to listen to an opinion they disagree with. Just like the people going on an on about the rich paying their fair share. Just like the millennial generation protesting and stating that college education is a “human right”. You all sound like a bunch of spoiled, bratty children who are throwing tantrums because your cousin got a bigger piece of cake than you did.

I believe in equal opportunity. I believe that if you have two people applying for a job, the best qualified candidate should get that job regardless of their race or gender or religion. I believe we should focus on improving schools, so that schools in bad neighborhoods are just as good as schools in good neighborhoods. I believe in government safety nets, that we should have programs like unemployment and food stamps to help folks who fall on hard times. But I believe those benefits should be extremely temporary. Yes, there is a role for government to make sure that there are no violations of the rights given to us in the Constitution, and in some cases to help Americans who are the poorest and weakest among us. But it is not the government’s responsibility to determine what is fair or not, and implement their version of fairness through regulations, taxes, fines, and laws.

Life is not fair, and no matter what promises the Democrats make to Americans, it will never be fair. You will always have people who have benefits over others. You will always have people who have to work harder than others to achieve the same goals. Some people are just smarter than others. Some students can ace a test without even studying for it, while another student may study all night and only be able to pull off a B. Michael Phelps just won his 23rd Olympic gold medal, while there are many swimmers who didn’t even qualify to go to the Olympics, even if they practice the same amount of hours as Phelps. Some people who want to be rock starts are born with beautiful singing voices, while others cannot carry a tune. Should we just give everyone A’s in class no matter how hard they score? Should we just give everyone gold medals just because they make an attempt at swimming? Should record companies give someone who can’t sing a contract, just because they want one? There is no way that we are going to make everything in life fair and equal. And for the liberals to stand up there and promise that to the people just makes them liars, and the people who believe them gullible.

But what conservatism promotes is for each of us to take our God-given talents, our hard work and dedication, and use those things to contribute to society as best we can. If someone has a business idea that creates a product that people love, and that person works hard to get the business going and promote it, that person DESERVES to be financially successful. If someone has the stomach and wisdom and grit to be a brain surgeon, that person deserves to make more money than someone who is a janitor. All of those jobs are important to our society, but they do not all deserve to be paid equally. And for the Democrats to stand up there, whining that “it’s not fair that you are rich and other people are not!”, just sounds pathetic.

We cannot put it in the hands of the government to solve all of the problems and ills and unfair situations of our country or our world. The government should keep its citizens safe through foreign policy positions that eliminate evil threats in the world. The government needs to provide police and firefighters, to maintain the infrastructure of the country, and to uphold the laws of the land. The government also needs to get out of the way so that the American people can make our own decisions and thrive. Liberal voters want the government to stop people from being able to do anything the liberals disagree with. They want the government to fix all of the problems in each individual person’s life. That is not America. And the more we as citizens allow the government to solve our problems by giving us free stuff, the more we become dependent on the government for our every need and want, the more freedom and liberty we give up. Stop whining like a child, pull up your big girl/boy pants, and solve your own life problems. Don’t look to the government to do so for you. Because when you do, both the politicians and the voters sound like nothing more than spoiled children.

President Obama Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Here’s the thing about me. I am not a politician. I am not a professional political pundit. I am not a political media journalist, or any of the other people in America who get paid to spend all day studying what’s going on in the political world, analyzing statistics and polls, and trying to predict what American voters are going to do in November. I AM the American voter. I am a wife, a mom, a Christian, and yes, a conservative. And quite frankly, I am tired of being lied to, and being insulted by our government, specifically the Obama administration.

This has been happening at record pace for the last 8 years. It has been happening since the whole “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” situation. That was untrue. It happened when the IRS scandal broke where it came out that the IRS was targeting Tea Party and Conservative groups. Initially, Obama came out and said he would investigate it. Shortly after, he started downplaying it and calling the whole controversy “overblown”. It happened with the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 12, 2012, where 4 Americans died and the administration blamed a You Tube video. I remember watching Susan Rice on the Sunday shows that very Sunday, practically yelling at the TV because I knew at that point that she was straight out lying to the American people (and because I am a little crazy like that). Over and over again, this administration has told us one thing, while our eyes, facts, evidence, and common sense have told us something else.

This week, the news has been the $400 million dollars that was paid to the Iranians on the very day they released 4 of our hostages. I know they say that was already the Iranians money. I know they say we agreed to pay it to them in the nuclear deal anyway. But that doesn’t mean that Iran didn’t use our hostages as a way to secure the return of that money by a specific date. They clearly did. An unmarked plane. Pallets full of cash, foreign bills. And one of the hostages, Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, confirmed in an interview on Fox News that they were all set to take off on their plane out of Iran, but were made to wait for hours and were told they could not take off until the “other plane arrived”. But the White House, the administration, and Obama himself tell us “there is nothing to see here”. Come. On.

The administration tells us it was not a ransom payment when it clearly was. Hillary Clinton doubles down on her flat-out lie about what James Comey said about her statements to the public regarding her emails. They are not even trying to hide it or be sly about it anymore. They are just flat out lying, because they think the American people are too stupid to realize it ~ or care.

But this is not the saddest part to me. These people are politicians who only care about being in power. It’s not completely insane that they would have no problems lying to the public to keep that power. No, the saddest part to me is the complicit behavior of the main stream media, and the fact that so many Americans are, in fact, stupid enough to believe the lies. Or at the very least, willfully ignorant.

During an Obama press conference, he received ONE question about the Iran situation. The rest of the questions were about Donald Trump. If the news media’s job is to report the NEWS, they are failing miserably at it. The fact that Obama does not like Trump is not news. We already know this. We already know that he thinks he is “unfit” to be president. We already know he has endorsed Hillary Clinton. He has said so many times before, and they had an entire convention last week where they made if very clear they do not support the idea of a Trump presidency. All they did yesterday was ask Obama questions to try to get another one-liner that they could use in a headline or Tweet against Trump. No, Obama’s dislike for the presidential candidate from the rival political party was not news. News was the fact that our government paid $400 million dollars in ransom when it is against US policy to pay cash ransom for hostages. News was the fact that this payment was made to a regime that our government considers a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and that we just gave money to enable terrorism. News was the fact that this was all done on the hush-hush, without letting anyone in Congress know it was happening. THAT was the news, and other than a few sources, the majority of the media completely ignored it. Because they are far more interested in getting Hillary Clinton elected than they are in having any credibility with the American people.

And then there are the American people. People just believe these lies. They believe what Obama says, and there are even a small number of people who believe that Hillary Clinton is trustworthy (those people should really have their heads examined). How many lies do they have to be caught in before people start to ask questions? How many times do they have to point the finger at someone else before people start to say, “hmm, maybe it’s them?”.

The problem is that people do not care as long as the politician representing their side is in power and is winning. To me, there are two separate entities we are talking about in politics. One is the specific set of principles, ideals, values, and morals that I hold dear that make me identify as a Christian Conservative. The second are the politicians who run for office who claim to represent those same principles, ideals, values, and morals. And just because someone claims to represent those things for me, doesn’t mean that I will just blindly follow them to oblivion. If there is a politician who claims to be a conservative, but who is saying one thing while obviously doing something completely different, I will call them out on their B.S. But far too many Americans, liberals in particular, fail to do that. If they consider themselves liberal, they have to support the liberal candidate at all costs, no matter how blatant their lies, no matter how obvious their arrogance. They listen to the talking points and blindly repeat them. They speak in circles, bringing up all sorts of irrelevant matters to try to spin the conversation off of the topics at hand. And when all else fails, when they lose the actual argument based on facts and evidence and common sense, they call you a racist or a sexist or a bigot.

Because truth doesn’t seem to matter to far too many Americans. The only thing that matters is winning and power. For some, the only thing that matters is getting free stuff from the government. TRUTH is something they can take or leave, depending on which corner the lies are coming from. For Americans who DO care about truth, for those of us who care about knowing what is actually happening, who are tired of being insulted by a government who has nothing but contempt for the intelligence of it’s people, it is very painful to see the direction in which we are heading like an out of control freight train.

Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

I do not consider myself a Trump supporter. I never have, and at this rate, I doubt I will. As a conservative American, I want nothing more than to be able to get behind the Republican candidate for president, especially in a year when the opponent is Hillary Clinton, the most corrupt and unethical person to ever run for president. Trump was not my first choice in the primary, nor my 10th choice to be honest. I’ve always had a problem with his remarks and behavior towards the women who cross him. I’ve had a problem with the fact that he does not espouse most of my actual conservative principles. I’ve had a problem with his language towards military veterans, his claims that Bush “lied” to get is unto Iraq, his lack of interest in constitutional principles, and his inability to clearly define so many of his policy positions, and how he will achieve them.

Now that he is the official candidate for the Republican party, my main frustration with him is his inability to stay on message and refrain from saying things and doing things that give the media so much ammunition to go against him. It is not lost on me that most of the media is completely in Hillary’s pocket. They are so obvious about it, they are not even trying to hide it anymore. Clearly CNN is far less concerned about their credibility as a news organization as they are about helping get Hillary elected as president. Hillary Clinton, in truth, is the worst candidate the Democrats have ever had. She herself has no credibility with the American people. Her entire public life has been rocked with scandal and corruption. She is constantly blaming everyone else and continuously being caught blatantly lying to the American people (and even to congress on certain occasions). Over the last few months, in particular, she has given the Republicans so much to talk about against her, that this truly is the Republicans’ election to lose. And yet there is a very good chance they will.

This week alone, Donald Trump should be talking about Hillary’s disastrous interview with Chris Wallace last Sunday. During this interview, Clinton stated that James Comey said she was being truthful in her answers in regards to her unsecured email server. This statement earned her 4 Pinnochio’s from the Washington Post. It was a flat out lie. When a candidate has a major problem with trustworthiness from the American people, delivering a flat out untrue statement in an interview is probably not the best thing to do. In the same interview, she doubled-down on calling the parents of Benghazi victims liars. She also stated that there was no connection between her work at the state department and the money made by the Clinton Foundation during that particular time. Considering that she has such a low trustworthiness rating, and considering one of her statements in the interview was deemed a lie, Trump could have been spending the last 3 days talking about the fact that Americans just cannot trust anything she says. He could have pointed out that she is the one always caught in lies, not the Benghazi family members. And he could have thrown out there the idea that if she lies about so many things, how could anyone believe she is telling the truth in regards to the Clinton Foundation?

It also came out last week that our economy grew by a dismal 1.2% in the second quarter. All elections are heavily about the economy. It is always the most important thing in voters minds. Hillary Clinton just finished a convention in which she worked to tie herself very closely with Obama’s administration. Trump should be talking about this non-stop. He should be pointing out the fact that Hillary will just be a third Obama term, and that if people do not feel satisfied with their economic situation now, they should not vote for her.

These are just two topics that Trump could be harping on this week that are terrible for Hillary. But he’s not. Instead, he decided to engage in a personal conflict with a gold star family. Instead, he decided to criticize fire marshals. Instead, he decided to kick a baby out of his rally. Instead, he decided to accept a gift of a Purple Heart medal by stating that he always wanted one and this was an easier way to get one. Instead, he decided to continue his personal vendetta against Paul Ryan and John McCain, both of whom have endorsed him, by stating that he was not supporting either in their primary. Again, I am well aware of the fact that the media are all out to get Trump, and completely in the pocket of the DNC and Clinton. But why is Trump GIVING them so much to talk about? And while CNN and MSNBC will clearly choose to only go after Trump, there are so many other media outlets for him to get his message across that if he would just stick to the point, his message would assuredly get out there, and I believe would resonate, with the American people.

I am not a politician, a professional political pundit, working for a campaign, or a member of the main stream media. I am just an average American, raising my kids, trying to do the best for my family, and paying attention to what is going on in the world so that I can make an informed decision in November. And as someone who is paying attention, I will say this: Donald Trump has said a lot of really stupid stuff, but what Hillary Clinton has actually DONE while in positions of leadership is far more frightening. Her decision to have a private server in her home that most likely resulted in American national security being compromised is far more concerning to me than some snide comment by Trump saying that he “hopes” the Russians are able to find her emails. This would never be an issue if she hadn’t compromised national security in the first place. I do not approve of Trump choosing to have a personal fight with a gold star military family, but that is far less concerning to me considering it was not in any way Trump’s policies that resulted in the death of Captain Khan. It WAS Hillary Clinton’s policies and incompetency as Secretary of State that led to the Embassy in Benghazi not having adequate security, resulting in the deaths of four Americans. It WAS Hillary Clinton who proceeded to lie to the American people, and the family members of the victims, about the event being the result of a video protest instead of a terrorist attack. And today, while CNN is continuing to send out Tweets about Trump kicking a baby out of his rally, I am far more concerned with the idea of this administration having paid $400 million dollars to Iran in what appears to be ransom for our prisoners, something that is against US policy, and for a very good reason. I am far more concerned about ISIS terror attacks happening in my hometown. I am far more concerned about the ongoing war against our police officers. I am far more concerned with my family’s ability to pay our bills and provide a good financial future for our children.

The main stream media is a joke. I will not argue against that. And for as many problems and frustrations that I do have with Donald Trump, his behavior, the things he says, and my concerns about having him as our President, there is no comparison to the criminality, corruption, and pathological behavior that Hillary Clinton has actually demonstrated in her time in office. Trump NEEDS to get his act together if he wants to beat her in November. He NEEDS to focus on her problems, focus on having his policy positions be clear in time for the debates, and refrain from these distractions that everyone is throwing at him. Unfortunately, I am truly losing my faith in his ability, or desire, to do so. He has a lot to prove over the next 3 months, and I only hope it is not already too late.

Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

I read the most absurd opinion piece yesterday, written by Peggy Drexler and published by CNN (of course), entitled “The Surprising Secret to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Marriage“. It was quite possibly one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read, and that is truly saying something. The point and purpose of the article was to outline how the Clinton’s marriage is the ideal modern role model for marriage, and how people can look at how they have walked through many challenges and difficult times and yet stayed together as proof that if she can keep her marriage together, then should she win the presidency the country is in capable hands.

I was literally dumbfounded as I read this. When Hillary Clinton announced she was running for president in the 2016 election cycle, the strength and example of her marriage was not something that I, nor any sane person in America, would ever have assumed would have been one of her selling points. Americans know that Bill Clinton is a chronic womanizer and has had numerous affairs on his wife. They know that women have accused him of sexual assault and even rape. And many assume that the only reason Hillary stayed with him was for her own political gain (Drexler calls people who have made that assumption “cynical”. The word “realistic” also works.) In fact, it was kind of taken as a give-in that anyone supporting Hillary for president would just kind of overlook her marriage, or not focus on it, or state that it is not a deal-breaker in their support for her. All of those are actually fine arguments to make. No one in their right mind would have thought that you would have people actually coming out with articles talking about what a wonderful marriage they have, built on love and mutual respect. For most Americans, a spouse who has committed infidelities throughout a couple’s marriage is not exemplary of what marriage should be. Having a husband who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault is not just the normal everyday challenges that most couples face. She uses the term “modern” marriage, as if that makes it any more acceptable. No, Ms. Drexler, this is not and should not be exemplary of any marriage in America, now or ever.

However, this article just further proves something that I have been saying about our society for a long time: Americans have a bad habit of forming our opinions of situations based on the people involved, and not on the actions or facts. We have a bad habit of defending the indefensible when the person committing the act is an ally, and condemning the actions when the person committing them is an adversary. The fact that so many women in America who claim to be feminists, claim to fight against “rape culture“, claim to be for women’s rights, can support and be excited about Hillary being the first woman president, and also have a positive view of Bill Clinton, is a shining example of this problem.

For the last 8 years, this has been my biggest problem with Obama’s supporters. No matter what he said, what he did, what situations in our nation or in our world came to, his proponents defended him, with only a few exceptions. His supporters have defended his unconstitutional executive orders, even though the courts have struck them down. They have defended his politicizing of our country’s tragedies, while simultaneously condemning conservatives who speak about political issues too close to a tragedy. They have defended his foreign policy, even through the rise and spread of ISIS, and the disasters that are Iraq, Iran, Libya, and Syria. They defended him when it took 5 entire days to order the flags in the country down to half staff after the military murders in Chattanooga, but was able to light up the white house in rainbow colors the night of the Supreme Court Gay Marriage ruling. There are even people who are still defending his “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” promise that was a complete and utter lie.

In the 2016 election cycle, this mentality has now spilled over to both sides of the aisle. This weekend Hillary Clinton was on Chris Wallace’s Sunday show and flat out said, and I quote, “Director Comey said my answers were truthful” when referring to what she told the American people about sending classified information over her unsecured email server. No, no he didn’t. In fact, he blatantly said just the opposite. But as I sit and listen to her flat out lie, once again, directly to the American people, I ask myself, “how can she get away with it?”.

The answer is this: Tomorrow, when some of the media are critical of her on her lies, she will have her people go out and spin it, and her ardent followers will believe the spin and continue to defend and justify what she said. The TRUTH is that she told a flat out lie. James Comey said the direct opposite of what she claimed. But it doesn’t matter. Her people will defend all her lies, while calling out any time Trump lies, because she is their candidate and he is not.

The strongest Trump supporters do the exact same thing. In the Michelle Fields incident, when Fields accused then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of grabbing her roughly by the arm and pulling her away from Trump, Trump’s campaign came out and said the incident never happened, that Fields was lying and that Lewandowski never touched her. Then a video emerged showing Lewandowski grabbing Michelle Fields by the arm and pulling her away from Trump. The Trump supporters proceeded to say that Fields exaggerated the incident, that he didn’t grab her that hard and that it was hardly a situation worth filing a police report over. Ok, maybe… but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Trump campaign flat out LIED about the incident to begin with. If you would have told most of Trump’s supporters two years ago that there was a candidate running for president in 2016 that said that George W. Bush lied to get us into Iraq, those people would have assumed it was the Democratic candidate saying that, and probably would have ridiculed that person for “blaming Bush for everything”. If you would have told most of Donald Trump’s supporters two years ago that someone running for president would have said that John McCain was not a war hero because he was captured, those people would have been infuriated. But throughout the primary, when Trump said one ridiculous thing after another, his supporters not only stuck with him, but actually defended the ridiculous things he was saying.

So many Americans are unhappy with our two choices of candidates in this election, but the truth is that it is our fault that we have come down to these two people. Americans need to stop making excuses for terrible behavior just because the person committing the act is someone we like, while simultaneously condemning the person we don’t like for their bad actions. We need to make judgments and stand up for a set standard of morals, values, and principles, and call out everyone equally for doing things that are offensive to those standards. I can respect someone who says honestly that Trump’s actions in the Michelle Fields case were out of line, that acknowledge that his campaign clearly lied, but who says that based on Trump’s policy positions, and their fear of a Hillary Clinton presidency, they will choose to support him anyway and not make that a deal breaker. I can respect someone who acknowledges Hillary Clinton is a liar and is corrupt but says they will vote for her anyway because her policies are more closely aligned with theirs. I may disagree, but I can respect that. After all, realistically, one of these two is going to be president, so our options are extremely limited. What I cannot respect, what I cannot understand, are how so many Americans can defend the bad actions of these two candidates because they are choosing to support them. No candidate is perfect, and you are not going to agree with everything a candidate says or approve of everything a candidate does. This is true. However, it seems that in today’s society, we are moving further and further away from acknowledging and calling out the candidates, even our own, for bad behavior, and moving to a point where we are defending ridiculous and sometimes even criminal behavior, just for the sake of politics.

The fact that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the two candidates we ended up with in this election cycle is a direct result of this behavior on the part of the American people. We pick a side, and defend that side at all costs, including the cost of our own values, principles, and integrity. As long as Americans engage in this practice, as long as we allow double standards to take place, as long as we have political pundits putting out spin for their candidates that Americans blindly repeat, we will continue to have terrible politicians representing us.