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Still Undecided

November 6, 2016 — Leave a comment

So I am still undecided as to the best course of action despite the impending election on Nov. 8th. I am still torn between voting for Trump or voting for a 3rd party candidate. Perhaps I will write in somebody at this point. That being said I will not however be voting for Hillary Clinton on the grounds that she does not posses the proper judgement  to hold the office of president. I thought I would quickly jot down a few takeaways from this past cycle before Nov. 8th.

  1. The media has lost all semblance of credibility. Long gone are the days of traditionally astute journalists who have been replaced by people obsessed with ratings and clicks. Sites like Huffington Post are so far up their political bubble that they have ceased to deal with the reality of this election as demonstrated by their giving Clinton’s chances a whopping 98%. This cycle has seen the media brazenly morph into the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party. The amusing thing is that in doing so they seem confused as to why their industry is dying and public trust is in the single percentiles.
  2. Politicians are not to be trusted ever. In light of the recent revelations through Wikileaks, one has been given a glimpse into the inner working and thoughts of a major political party. Lets just say  those inner thoughts have not been pretty. I’m not of the mindset that its exclusively a Democratic phenomena either. Both parties appear to be strangely out of touch with their future voting base at the behest of pacifying their older cohorts of voters. This has increased the likelihood of  discontent within the party and thus threatened their survival.
  3. People are tired of the status quo. Whether its the Bernie Sanders supporters or the Trump ones it is easy to spot the discontent people have with the current systems output. If Hillary is elected and does as she is predicted to do which is cater to her backers then I suspect those sentiments to continue to grow to a boiling point over the next 4 years.
  4. The Democratic Party is not democratic. The irony is strong here but at least their practices are finally being exposed for what they are. Using tactics like super delegates, the DNC anointing Clinton back in 2011, and the consistent demonizing of its progressive wing has left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. Unfortunately many of the people spurned by the Democratic party this election cycle are not willing to seek retribution out of fear from Trump which is largely hyperbolic in nature.

Anyway those are a few takeaways I have from this crazy 2016 election cycle. With the current trend as is I would not be surprised to see Trump take it given the roughly 60-40 odds. New Hampshire is the key.

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Unrest

November 6, 2016 — Leave a comment

In light of my recent post on the 2016 election I feel compelled to clarify my position as I was asked the poignant question: do you want unrest? To this I would answer no but that’s far too simple a response and doesn’t take into the account the nuance of the situation. For one can be content with outward expressions of unrest without condoning violence. In turn civil unrest can manifest itself with both positive and negative effects on a society. Personally irregardless of the election results I don’t foresee there being much unrest in the forms of violence. However, the sentiments of those discontent with the current direction of the country and world  are going to grow exponentially so long as the establishment continues to ignore them.

Firstly I will point to how Christianity has influenced my perspective on unrest. I am of the belief that God ultimately has a plan for the world and that He is far more wiser than me as can be seen in verses Isaiah 28:29, Ephesians 1:11, 2 Timothy 1:9, etc. So for me ultimately who wins the election won’t effect my outlook on the world or cause my heart to tremble because if its God will who am I to oppose it. Furthermore we are called not to look upon the government or other people to protect our mind and bodies. Christianity calls for Christians to both respect those in authority  as well as use judgement in order to keep in accordance with God’s thelēma (Romans 12:2). When there is a clash of wills unrest will occur.

Secondly from a more historical perspective one can look at ancient Rome and the rise of the Populares faction in response to growing unrest between the plebeians and rich elites. Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus and Gaius Sempronius Gracchus were a pair of plebeian tribunes  during the 2nd Century BC , who sought to introduce land reforms and other populist legislations in ancient Rome. Naturally the wealthy senators and land owners were not keen on acknowledging the troubles of the poor plebeians which were being championed by the Gracchus brothers. The elites used all their power and influence to depose of them however the seeds were sown  and the Senate would later come to find an even more formidable foe 60 years later in the form of one, Julius Caesar. In the same way that elites squashed the reforms of the Gracchus brothers, I fear that the American political establishment is sending the US down a similar path. Sure they may win the battle, i.e. the 2016 election, but it remains to be seen if they will in fact win the war or lose to an even more deadlier creation.

Finally a short look at what one of the minds of the enlightenment thought  in regards to government and unrest. John Locke who largely influenced the American founding fathers viewed unrest as a legitimate reaction to a government which overstepped its boundaries. Locke declared that under natural law, all people have the right to life, liberty, and estate; under the social contract, the people could instigate a revolution against the government when it acted against the interests of citizens, to replace the government with one that served the interests of citizens. In such cases Locke argued that it was a moral imperative to replace the government by any means. His works influenced the English Civil War, American Revolution, and French Revolution.

So that is why I am not particularly bothered by the idea that a disruption in the status quo would see civil unrest. As long as people are still fallible and governments continue to ignore their constituents there will be the need from time to time for conflicts to take place.