The Candidate I Oppose…

The candidate I oppose is a terrible candidate and represents everything I think is wrong with this country. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t trust much of what I hear in the news anymore, but if half the crap I’ve heard about the candidate I oppose over my lifetime is true, then I don’t understand how anyone in their right mind could support the candidate I oppose.

But you know what? I don’t need to trust the news; I just have to listen to the words the candidate I oppose has said. I know politicians like to paint their opponents as flip-floppers, but the candidate I oppose has taken the art of pandering to a new level. Nobody has to paint anything — it’s all out there for me to hear myself.

How can I trust the candidate I oppose on the few policy positions where we agree when there’s such predominate history of saying whatever it takes to grab a headline and a vote?

And as a leadership quality, I appreciate an individual’s ability to accept responsibility and own mistakes. If the candidate I oppose had perhaps done that just once, I might feel differently — Lord knows there have been opportunities. But that hasn’t happened either.

“But look at the accomplishments,” people tell me. I’m not impressed. Sure, the candidate I oppose has accomplished a few things, but given a huge head start and a penchant for unscrupulous behavior, who among us wouldn’t have experienced some success?

I don’t see any signs of legitimate ability or strong leadership qualities in the candidate I oppose. Wait, I take that back. The candidate I oppose does have one admirable quality — survival instincts. But by that measure, I could just as easily throw my support to a cockroach. What I really see in the candidate I oppose is a history of bullying forward, and when things get a bit hot, the candidate I oppose seeks shelter in the courts and legal system.

The candidate I oppose is the epitome of might makes right.

And don’t even get me started on the tawdry sex scandals. The candidate I oppose has a heavy basket of dirty laundry. That’s fine; we all make mistakes. But I don’t think we should have it flying on the White House lawn. Haven’t we learned our lesson there? Haven’t we embarrassed ourselves as a country enough?

I reject the candidate I oppose. But in so doing, I must also reject the candidate I’m told I have to support.

I reject the idea that I must vote out of fear. I reject the garbage candidates I’ve been force-fed by the two-party system.

Instead, I’m going to vote in support of a candidate whose principals and values largely align with my own. I’m going to vote in support of a candidate with legitimate administrative experience and a history of bipartisan success. I’m going to vote in support of an imperfect candidate who I at least trust has been honest with me as he and his running mate have sought the Presidency.

Good luck defeating the candidate you oppose without me.

Josh Wolsky

Editor and Publisher of TheMinotVoice, Developer of the #ForMinot Network,  Co-Host of #GoodTalk Minot, Advocate and Friend of the Souris River, Former City Alderman, and clearly -- all things #MakeMinot. Go ahead, don't wait for permission!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *