In the circles of logic and rational thinking there exists an informal fallacy, that is to say an incorrect way of thinking regarding a particular argument, called the false dilemma. This pattern of thought attempts to assert that given a particular issue, or sets of issues, that only two choices can be considered. This is a fallacy of bifurcation.
Presently, we, the citizens of the United States of America, face a fallacy of bifurcation. We have been led to believe that there is only a two party system and that the candidates presented to us, no matter how vile, are the only choices we can pick from. Comically, this is when cognitive bias sets in and we attempt to justify that choice, regardless of how morally bankrupt that selection may be.
For this election season the voting public has been presented two choices from the largest political parties; a vile misogynist and a corrupt politician. Make no mistake about it, Donald Trump is nothing more than a horribly unbalanced sociopath while Hillary Clinton represents a living embodiment of ethical perversion created by decades living in the halls of power. We, the people, will go forward on November 8th and choose between these two, who will then go on to affect the lives of millions here in America and possibly billions worldwide.
I find the prospect almost as disturbing as the reality that many honestly believe the vote they cast for one of these lunatics is a correct choice. If you happen to be one of those that feel that way, please allow me the honor of bursting that bubble; when you are left choosing between two evils, even if you successfully choose the lesser of the two, you are still casting your lot with evil. The fact that these candidates are the best either party can muster as their representative is a sad commentary about the political state of affairs in our two camp system.
On one side we have the democrat, Clinton, who, if elected, will likely end embroiled in a constitutional crisis stemming from her reckless handling of classified material, questionable ethics surrounding her family non-profit, and potentially criminal involvement with a pedophile. To be clear, I've personally held a TSSI/CNWDI/COMSEC clearance and if I handled classified material the same way she did, I would be in jail, not to mention the other issues arising from the Clinton Foundation and Anthony Wiener. Clinton, as a presidential candidate, is not a person I think of when considering an individual that should have integrity, a morally clear vision, and common sense.
Trump, on the other hand, is a dangerous megalomaniac, intoxicated with the mere idea of himself. There is a high chance that he will face multiple criminal charges in the months to come for a range of illicit activity ranging from sexual misconduct to fraud. As a man aspiring to the highest office in this nation, it is disturbing to hear that he believes we should have used our nuclear arsenal more frequently, has no idea how agriculture in this nation works, and cannot seem to keep from telling lies. Donald Trump is literally the opposite of everything you believe the leader of this nation should be; he is a bigot whose lack of morals is only exceeded by his vacancy of wit and intellect.
In the past I've offered a review of each candidate and their economic policies. After the review, I've offered what I believed to be the best choice considering all available options among the two parties. During the Romney-Obama run up, it was clear that Obama represented the less damaging choice between the two. That is a recommendation I stand by, even though Obama did not present a path in a positive direction; he simply offered a less damaging one. Today, that is not the case. Clinton and Trump are the worst people to place in the oval office. Neither has anything other than selfish interest to offer the American people. Any ambition they take to the White House is to benefit themselves and forward strange agendas that have little to do with the will of the people. The fact that they both carry with them legal challenges that will likely have some impact on the outcome of the election cannot go unnoticed. Clinton faces an uncertain future at the hands of the FBI while Trump could easily end up being arrested should be something we all consider while casting our votes. While neither has been convicted of anything yet, they are both under intense scrutiny for activities that could end in their incarceration. That is a disturbing thought; both candidates have done something, or many things, that has attracted the attention of law enforcement, things that if you or I did would land us in the same predicament.
This election season, don't vote for them because they are your party's choice. Don't vote for them because you feel that they aren't as rotten as the other. Don't vote for them because you feel that a vote for any other is a wasted vote. Vote for the candidate that is the best choice given all the options before you. There are more than two to pick from.