The initial intent from here was to wait for the Repubs and Dems conventions to officially name their candidates for the presidential "sweepstakes" before giving my take on the choices.
Well obviously there's no need to wait for the conventions extravaganza's.
It's the "Donald" v/s the "Hillerator". The two most hated candidates to lead their respective parties since...never happened before-at least in the memory of this septuagenarian.
Donald Trump is despised by his own party and Hillary Clinton though supported by a majority of women is despised by perhaps a majority of all others in America-but many of those won't even vote in November.
From here it's "Horror v/s Horror" so many people going to the polls in November will hold their nose and choose what they consider the lesser of evils-not exactly a new phenomenon in America, but this year it's truly bottom dwelling.
The self important billionaire Trump, blowhard extraordinaire, reality show host, narcissist, slick real estate magnate against Clinton the neo-con, neo-liberal war monger.
The former ready to build a fence on the southern border to keep out immigrants, torture Muslims and kill their family members while the latter calls Russian President Vladimir Putin "the new Hitler", supported the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions and occupations, regime change in Syria, Ukraine and Libya, a supporter of NAFTA and till recently the proposed TTP and TTIP financial agreements that if approved would have corporations able to sue governments if a countries regulations reduced the corporations profits and all held before a corporate court. She's in the pocket of AIPAC-lead organization of the Israeli Lobby- and all but a corporate exec of Goldman Sachs who received hundreds of thousands for speeches delivered at the financial "master of the universe".
As for Trump he's made so many off the cuff comments it's hard to know where he stands. Though he has said he'd work with Putin, the Iraq war was a mistake, sees no need to engage in regime change in Syria, that Europe needs to defend itself, NATO needs to be scrapped, that its function ceased to exist with demise of the Soviet Union.
These last are sensible ideas but who knows if he's elected whether any or all these ideas will be acted upon.
Meanwhile Hillary, with a record of supporting war, regime change and antagonizing Russia, one wonders could the world survive with a woman out to prove she has the cojones to use military force.
Then there's Bernie, still "in the ring", but won't get the Dems nomination as he's said all along he'd support the party's nominee.
What about his supporters who openly despise Hillary; what will they do? The sense here is they'll not vote for Hillary, stay home or vote for Trump. The idea they'll follow Bernie's lead and support Hillary is wishful thinking. They'll feel betrayed.
Yet the real betrayal is the electoral process foisted on the American people.
If there was a true democratic process in the US, neither the "Donald" or the "Hillerator" would be their party's nominee. There would be a viable, independent 3rd party and big money would be banned from corrupting the electoral process.
Debates wouldn't be controlled by the Democrat and Republican parties as is the case now but include ALL viable candidates and controlled by a respected, independent organization-as was done years ago with the League of Women Voters who stepped down from running the debates when the two parties interceded and limited the debates to only those candidates they decided could be in the debates. It was the reason Ralph Nader wasn't allowed to debate in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Electronic voting machines would be banned and replaced with paper ballots so legitimate recounts could be occur.