Why I Won’t Endorse a Candidate

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Why I Won't Endorse a Candidate

by baldilocks

First off, I never have, at least explicitly.Baldilocks mini

There is no way of guess­ing which can­di­date, if elected, will keep his/​her word after get­ting elected. Promises — like rules — are made to be bro­ken among those of the polit­i­cal class. Endors­ing a can­di­date implies that I think that a sin­gle per­son would make the best pres­i­dent from among the choices avail­able and even when I very strongly sup­ported a can­di­dacy — Pres­i­dent Bush’s in 2004 — I never for­mally endorsed him. In 2008, I very strongly opposed then-​Senator Obama’s can­di­dacy, so it was a given that I sup­ported that of Sen­a­tor McCain.

Now? I could go on about the pros and cons – no pun intended – of Sen­a­tor Cruz and Mr. Trump, but to quote the pre­sump­tive 2016 Demo­c­rat front-​runner, what dif­fer­ence at this point would it make?

This is what’s going to hap­pen: the coun­try is about to take a huge finan­cial fall and whichever party is in con­trol at that time will take the blame for it. Wait. Scratch that. If a Demo­c­rat is in the White House, he/​she will find a way to blame the Repub­li­cans and the Main­stream press will help bol­ster that notion. It goes with­out say­ing that the GOP will shoul­der all the blame if there is a GOP pres­i­dent at the break­ing point. There will be another Civil War – and only among the polit­i­cal elite, if God is mer­ci­ful to us.

In short, I think that we are past the point where it mat­ters which per­son and which party is in the White House, so any endorse­ment com­ing from me would be a waste and would draw need­less annoy­ance from those who wor­ship the Polit­i­cal Can­di­date Idols and who engage in “bumper-​sticker-​level mud­sling­ing” when­ever their god is blasphemed.

I pre­fer to keep devel­op­ing and improv­ing my faith life, my crit­i­cal think­ing skills, and writ­ing my novel. There will time enough for choos­ing. And for finger-​pointing. And for chaos.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

First off, I never have, at least explicitly.Baldilocks mini

There is no way of guessing which candidate, if elected, will keep his/her word after getting elected. Promises—like rules—are made to be broken among those of the political class. Endorsing a candidate implies that I think that a single person would make the best president from among the choices available and even when I very strongly supported a candidacy—President Bush’s in 2004—I never formally endorsed him. In 2008, I very strongly opposed then-Senator Obama’s candidacy, so it was a given that I supported that of Senator McCain.

Now? I could go on about the pros and cons–no pun intended–of Senator Cruz and Mr. Trump, but to quote the presumptive 2016 Democrat front-runner, what difference at this point would it make?

This is what’s going to happen: the country is about to take a huge financial fall and whichever party is in control at that time will take the blame for it. Wait. Scratch that. If a Democrat is in the White House, he/she will find a way to blame the Republicans and the Mainstream press will help bolster that notion. It goes without saying that the GOP will shoulder all the blame if there is a GOP president at the breaking point. There will be another Civil War–and only among the political elite, if God is merciful to us.

In short, I think that we are past the point where it matters which person and which party is in the White House, so any endorsement coming from me would be a waste and would draw needless annoyance from those who worship the Political Candidate Idols and who engage in “bumper-sticker-level mudslinging” whenever their god is blasphemed.

I prefer to keep developing and improving my faith life, my critical thinking skills, and writing my novel. There will time enough for choosing. And for finger-pointing. And for chaos.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>