I was born during the Johnson Administration. I don't hear a lot of folks looking back fondly at him.
My very first memory of anything historically significant is sitting on my father's lap during the Watergate hearings and listening to him growl, "Nixon's a damn crook!"
Then I remember some of the outrage over Ford pardoning Nixon.
Next came Carter and his unique ability to perpetuate the national malaise.
Reagan may have been the Great Communicator but watching the nonsense about the Iran-Contra affair and hearing him repeat how he "had no specific recollection of those events" made me decide he was either lying or in the throes of dementia even then.
Bush the Elder was tainted by the same thing.
Clinton was swept in and we got to split hairs on what constitutes sexual relations and how to define the word "is."
Now for the last two terms we've had Dubya who rammed the Unpatriotic Act down our throats and led us to Iraq based on lies.
So, given that lineup of leaders do you understand why I am pretty skeptical regarding any candidate? Now I have a daughter who will miss being old enough to vote this November by a little over a month. However, a high percentage of her classmates will be old enough and a lot of them are very excited about having their voices heard. Seeing these kids paying attention and anxious to cast their first vote gives me some hope.
Let's consider the fact that for their entire lives they have only had a Bush or a Clinton in office. That's a bit sobering to me. It feels kind of dynastic to me. I don't like that. For that reason as well as some others I absolutely will not vote for Hillary. I haven't decided who I think the best candidate is but I don't even want to consider that we might possibly have another 8 years of a Clinton. Four of Bush the Elder, 8 of Slick Willy, 8 of Dubya the Idiot, and possibly 8 of Hillary. Folks, that is TWENTY-EIGHT years of TWO families holding the highest office. Is that what the USA is about? I sure hope not.
Now, in Pennsylvania we don't hold our primary until the end of April. Never in my life has a Presidential primary meant a bucket of spit as far as determining who the candidate will be because by then it has always been long decided. Along with that, I refuse to declare a party because I am deeply cynical about all things political and I think both the Democratic and the Republican parties are full of shit and more concerned about grabbing and holding on to power as long as they can, not about serving the best interest of our nation or her people. In other states a voter doesn't have to declare a party in order to cast a vote in the primary. They walk up, ask for a ballot of whichever party they want and cast a vote. In PA a citizen must declare a party in order to vote during the primary. I once went to vote only on a referendum item that was up during a primary election and the poll workers had fits at me until I told them I was ONLY voting on the referendum not the candidates.
So why am I telling you all of this? Well, Hillary won Texas, Ohio, and Rhode Island yesterday, which means she will not be conceding any time soon. As such, Pennsylvania finally matters in the primary. Much as it pains me to declare a party and makes me feel like a piece of my soul is going to die to do so, I am going to go declare myself a Democrat for long enough to vote AGAINST Hillary. The day after the primary I'm going back to being unaffiliated. Many years ago I declared myself a Republican long enough to vote against one of their candidates who I found completely odious. I guess this will cosmically balance out that but I am pretty sure I am still going to need some sort of ritual cleansing when I undeclare myself. If you have the name of a good shaman, exorcist or other person who may help in restoring my conscience and calm leave the particulars in the comments.
Whatever happens, I am thankful to live in a country where I can spout off like this without fear of reprisal. You all are welcome to disagree with my thoughts here or tell me I am wrong to vote against instead of for a candidate. All I ask is that you remain civil in your comments.