"We cannot let Barack Obama's legacy fall into Donald Trump's hands."
Obama has helped people across the world and in his own country forget about W's presidency. Are American voters truly willing to take everything Obama accomplished and fought for and hand it over to Donald Trump? Unlikely, especially given the fact that Trump has no political experience. Yet as Benjamin Franklin once said, "Energy and persistence conquer all things."
We all know Trump is all about the Benjamins, but perhaps we didn't realize how much he embodies Franklin's words.
As usual, national security and the economy are still top tier issues in 2016, just as war and greed are still highly unpopular. While war and greed are usually closer relatives of Republicans, it's the Democratic front-runner who's having her feet held to the fire on both issues.
Luckily for her, W. Bush's not-so-long-ago reign makes her run-ins with war and greed look pedestrian.
Bush and his entourage got greedy and after the dust settled, the Republican Party hit a major low. To make matters worse, their next act was John McCain, essentially another war president. They followed that up with Mitt Romney in 2012, a man who could easily be attacked for his ties to greed. It was a curious choice given that the "Bailout" was the centerpiece of American angst at the time. In sum, the Republican Party's nominees in both elections were telltale signs that the party was out of touch and still is, to a certain degree.
Now they have Donald Trump in 2016, who is either the savior who can steer them in a new direction -- or the Titanic.
While Clinton has an unpopular record with war and greed, Trump isn't making a strong case for himself either. He says he'll make great deals with foreign nations, but banning Muslims might not be the best way to start. He seems poised to limit spending, but billions of dollars on a wall between Mexico and the U.S. isn't resonating.
While President Obama wasn't perfect (just ask Flint, Michigan.), he wasn't a Bush, he wasn't a war president and the skinny black community leader from the mean streets of Chicago certainly wasn't the personification of greed. At the time of the 2008 election, Senator Obama was not the two things Americans hated most and thus on those key issues, he was the better choice for enough Americans given his opposition.
Clinton and Trump -- well, neither of them are anti-war and both are associated to greed, making the decision for the electorate that much more difficult to decipher. When it comes to national security, Trump has no record, which is potentially more popular than Clinton's poor decision-making in Iraq and Libya. Shockingly, when it comes to greed, Trump might also have the slightest edge due to Clinton's Wall Street speeches, as well as the Clinton Foundation's spotty track record. Stunning given the fact that Donald Trump is a billionaire businessman from Manhattan, which sounds like it could be Gordon Gecko's Tinder profile.
Clinton is supposed to be a politician first and a businesswoman second, and greed has no place in politics – as naïve as that sounds, it still trends water with voters.
All to say that it's no wonder Clinton and Trump's disapproval ratings are the highest ever recorded in the nation's history.
It's usually easy to decipher who the lesser of two evils is. Sadly, in 2016, it won't be.
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