GorT has made it pretty clear that most of the GOP candidates that were in the campaign weren’t appealing and Donald Trump is no different. I believe he’s a clown that enjoys the spotlight of attention. I’m sure he has some well-intentioned ideas and plenty that are complete burning trash heaps but he’s not appealing at all to me. Maybe the most appealing part of Trump is that he isn’t a career politician and therefore would bring an outside view to things in Washington. But I don’t think it is the right kind of view.
And given our limited political system, the other side of the aisle is even less appealing: I fully believe the Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of what is wrong with our political system – she really hasn’t worked a private sector job that she had to work to earn, she’s been tied to so many sketchy at best and criminal at worst scandals that it’s embarrassing that she’s the leading candidate, and her leading challenge as to “why me” is that she could be the first woman President. And then we have Bernie Sanders who has, almost literally, done nothing in his 26 years in the United States Congress. Sure, he’s voted on key bills and made some speeches, and rattled the sabers on various issues. But there is no substantial effort that he personally drove. His affinity for free-<insert something here> is mind-numbingly out of touch with the socio-economic system in place and with the global economy of which our country is a part.
GorT seriously believes that the GOP is undergoing a change – liberals and democrats will call it “imploding” – whatever term you wish, it is changing. And almost regardless of where it goes, I think it is time that America begin thinking of a more diverse political party system. Beyond Republican and Democrat. Beyond the “Independent” title (which Bernie Sanders used to have). The Libertarian party is getting noticed since it is largely conservatives that are unhappy with the Republican candidate. Having said that, I don’t think it will be long until the Democrat party has similar issues. The back and forth between Sanders and Clinton is illuminating and when you compound that with the weakness of other candidates (minus some of the second-tier candidates). Just look at the data from FiveThirtyEight below – Clinton is disliked more than George W. Bush EVER WAS. And do you remember that era? The “anyone but Bush” campaigns? The Democrats haven’t had an improvement in presidential “dislike” ratings since the 1980s going from Mondale to Dukakis.
It would be an interesting dynamic within the legislative body to have four, five, or more discrete parties that would coalesce in different ways around different issues. I suspect that it would shake loose some of the gridlock that has developed in the last decade.
But for the here and now, what could be the near-term outcome of voting for a non-major party (R or D) candidate? Many will argue that it would be a lost cause and I get that. But I wonder if it serves a longer play: will it inspire and motivate a change to (a) the types of candidates put forward by the major parties and (b) the ideas of other parties becoming more major players. Change has to start somewhere.
In the end, GorT is going to write in, ‘Puter and the Czar for the Presidential ticket and then urge them to select the Œcumenical Volgi as the Secretary of State (his international knowledge is unbounded), Dr. J for the Surgeon General, The Mandarin for the Secretary of Defense (gut boots to our enemies!), and GorT would willingly serve as the Director of National Intelligence.
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.