Presidential Angst

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I would like to vote for Jill Stein, but I won’t.


I would be a liar if I told you I was for going to vote for Hillary Clinton enthusiastically and without reservations.  I am concerned with her lack of judgment about her email server and her neoconservative worldview, especially in the Middle East.  But America will survive four years of Hillary Clinton.  I’m not sure the same can be said about four years of Donald Trump.  Trump poses an existential threat to our nation like no other candidate that I can remember, and my memory extends back to the presidency of Lyndon Johnson.  If Trump is elected we will be longing for the good old days of Richard Nixon.


Think I’m exaggerating?  Well, I’ve put together a little list of articles to PROVE that a Trump presidency would be a disaster.  Oops, let me correct myself.   I’ve put together a HUUUUUUGE list to prove that after four years of Trump we will be wishing we had voted Cthulu for president instead.


It is not a complete list covering all the reasons why Trump is the least qualified major candidate in American history.  I’d LIKE to put together a complete list, but I’d have to quit my job and devote ten hours a day to document his shenanigans.  Still, I have compiled a list that should meet most of your anti-Trump needs.  And I have annotated the list and quoted many of the highlights from the articles in case you don’t have time to read the entire articles themselves (though I do highly recommend reading the articles in their entirety.)  Bon Appétite, and try not to barf.


Trump has told us he’d surround himself with only the best people to help him run the country.  However, his hiring of Roger Ailes, the Bill Cosby of Television News, and Steve Bannon, the poster boy for the neo-fascist alt-right movement, to help him run his campaign should make us question his judgment.  Even the doctor he chose to evaluate his fitness for office is, shall we say, eccentric.  I have compared the medical report produced by Trump’s doctor with the report produced by Clinton’s doctor.  One is a joke; the other isn’t.  Trump recently went on the Doctor Oz Show and had Dr. Oz explain the significance of his original doctor’s report.  However, Doctor Oz  is not without controversy.  I have updated my original article with a couple of videos by John Oliver to help you understand why Oz is so controversial.  After reading my update and watching  Oliver’s discussion of the good TV doctor, you can decide for yourself whether we now have a complete and accurate picture of Trump’s medical status or whether we have been handed the greatest snow job since the Blizzard of Oz.


All of which brings me back to why I will vote for Hillary and not Jill Stein.  Jill Stein has no chance of winning.  I have a greater chance of catching a Tyrannosaurs with a butterfly net than Stein has of being president.  But she could take votes from Hillary and hand the election to Trump.  This is not a hypothetical.  It happened before in 2000 when Ralph Nader played the Bozo and got George Bush elected.  Had Nader not run, Al Gore would have won.  And if Al Gore had won we would not have invaded Iraq or seen the rise of ISIS.  Much as I approve of many of Stein’s positions, we can’t afford to allow her to play the Bozo this year. We can’t afford to let someone with Trump’s temperament get his hands on nukes.


So I will be doing everything I can to make sure Trump doesn’t become president.  But there is one office he is eminently qualified for.  Can you guess what it is?


Robin Messing


Robin Messing on Robin Messing:


I’ve always been a bit of a news junkie–no, that’s too mild a term.   I’m actually news obsessed.  My idea of a good time is spending hours on the computer reading various news sites and throwing in my two cents which, adjusted for inflation, is now worth a stick of chewed bubble gum and some pocket lint.


I graduated from Cornell University long ago and never left.  I now work at Cornell in one of the greatest libraries in the world.  However,  the opinions I express are my own and not Cornell’s.  In fact, I was hanging around in the library one day when I saw Cornell University reading one of my columns at a computer station nearby.  He was shaking his head and muttering under his breath–”Robin Messing??  Don’t know him.  Never heard of him.  I don’t WANT to know him!”


But enough about my biggest fan.


I was a bit of an activist–or more accurately a self-recognized unknown arm chair analyst back in the early 1980′s when I supported a nuclear weapons freeze and opposed Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars program.  That was an anti-missile program that would, according to Reagan,  render nuclear weapons “impotent and obsolete”.  I really knew my stuff back then.  I could tell you the number of warheads on an MX missile or the throw weight of a Minute Man missile. But as time passed the only things that became impotent and obsolete were the Soviet Union, the Star Wars Program, and my memory of arcane weapons-related trivia.  (Though my favorite trivia question is still defense related–”Robert S. McNamara served as Kennedy’s Defense Secretary during the Vietnam war.  What was McNamara’s middle name? Hint, it’s a very strange middle name.”)


Flash forward to about 2011 or 2012. I became very interested in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and in our negotiations to limit Iran’s nuclear program.   The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is extremely complex with plenty of fault on both sides.  I can’t possibly sum up my thoughts on the conflict here except to say that Israel will never have true peace until the Palestinians have some measure of justice, and the Palestinians will never have some measure of justice until the U.S. takes a more neutral position between the two sides.   I strongly support the Iranian nuclear deal.  Without it, we would have probably gone to war with Iran by now.  I discuss these issues in much more detail in my blog at


However, as important  as events in the Middle East are to our national security, nothing is more important than the upcoming elections.  Donald Trump poses an existential danger to the United States and the world, and as far as I am concerned all other issues are secondary to stopping him.  That is why I have dropped my focus on Israel for the last few months and have concentrated my fire on Trump.


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