I’m worried about the 2020 election. I was pretty devastated to wake up to a Trump win in 2016 so I really don’t want that to happen again.
At this point though, I’m not seeing a collective shift in support. The never-Trumpers are fairly solid in their opposition, but they haven’t mobilized behind any one candidate yet.
Anti-Trump is simply not enough to win.
Former VP Joe Biden seems to be the favorite, I don’t know if that’s of the media, of the polls, or among actual voters. I personally have not participated in anything that would help the mainstream or anyone else identify who I’m voting for… only against so who knows how accurate that is. But, as it is, Joe’s the front runner when we’re talking Democratic candidates.
The problem though is that I don’t think Biden will beat Trump. He’s just another politician and people don’t want just another politician. So we need to pick someone else, and we need to pick now.
Why We Have to Pick a Candidate Now
You might think it’s ok to wait. You want to watch debates, get a feel for candidates, see who’s doing what, find out what they support or what they oppose, it makes sense.
We want to restore some semblance of normalcy to our voting system and political arena, so most people are trying to focus on political matters— like healthcare, infrastructure, education, and so on.
Most people are watching and waiting for the right candidate to show themselves. But here’s a truth bomb for ya: that’s not going to happen.
Here’s what is going to happen: People will watch the candidates, read about their beliefs, values, and positions. We’ll find out what policies they want to pursue and what skeletons they have hiding in their closets, and we’ll decide if we can live with a mix of those things on varying levels.
Then we’ll stand behind one candidate fiercely, and most likely— because it happens in every single election year— we’ll spread mean, hateful things about all other candidates in an effort to…sway?…people… into backing our candidate..? I think that’s the idea. Anyway, there are major smear campaigns launched and people will dislike any other option.
So we become fragmented, and rallying behind one Democratic candidate becomes difficult, no— impossible.
The Republican side is not struggling *at all* with who to support, even during the impeachment proceedings that are apparently moving along rather quickly, they know exactly who they’re backing.
Trump supporters have one thing we don’t— unity. (The irony!)
This brings me to why we must pick now: We need a clear candidate. We have to choose someone that can unite all non-Trump voters, whether they’re haters, never-Trumpers, new voters, those elusive independents, or Republicans who’ve jumped ship, we have to find a way to bring them all together, behind one person.
So how do we do that? How do we qualify a candidate now so we can stand behind them through the next 12ish months?
Previous Qualifiers Have Failed Us
I was mulling over supporting Biden, I like the guy. I loved him and Obama as a duo. But as I’ve been thinking about 2015, 2016, and why we ended up with a Trump presidency, I have to acknowledge the fact that people were sick of the underhanded dealings. They were sick of politics.
That’s really all this came down to; people are not happy with the way Washington is run— our wages, our taxes, the economy— because even though graphs show growth, we don’t feel less restricted.
We see slight increases to our 401ks, stocks, home value, etc., we may end up with another $50–$100/month in our checks due to tax breaks, but overall we live pretty much the same lives. Politicians are seeing consistent raises, exponential growth opportunities, exceptional healthcare coverage. They’re supposed to be working for us but instead, they’re just working us.
Most American families don’t live comfortably. I could post lots of stats, graphs, and social observations here but I’ll let you evaluate your own circle.
Do you never worry about fixing your car? Retirement? Major health issues? Do your friends or family worry about these things? Does it seem like everyone around you struggles in some way with money or do they place great reliance on credit and creditworthiness?
Most of us are floating, right about chin level, above water. But one misstep could have us drowning in seconds.
So we see multi-millionaire politicians and we watch their big business dealings with other countries, we see that they have diverse portfolios (whatever that means?), offshore bank accounts, they know about tax loopholes. We see this, and we think they’re sleazy, they’re not trustworthy. They’re selfish.
That’s what happened with Clinton. She pretended to care about working-class people, but then she engaged in a lot of these sort of I’ll-scratch-your-back-if-you-scratch-mine kind of deals so people couldn’t trust her.
People wanted to believe that Trump wasn’t in it for Washington politics or money. People wanted to believe that Trump wouldn’t make backhanded deals. They wanted to believe he was just a man obsessed with building businesses and making things prosperous— they saw his many attempts at successful business ventures as proof that he was continually innovating, improving, and upping his game, rather than just constantly failing because he’s too self-indulgent, and frankly immoral.
Now that we know otherwise— and Trump is obviously the kind of person like Clinton and all politicians, or anyone with money, who pursue any means necessary to get what they want, we need to find a better way of selecting a “non-politician.”
Never having held political office is obviously not a sufficient qualifier because wonky, slimeball deals are apparently a result of being rich and spoiled, not elected.
Ask Yourself One Question
Ask yourself this one question: Would you trust the candidate to sell your house. I don’t mean hypothetically, or in a vacuum, or if they were a realtor, or your neighbor, or someone you met at the bar.
I am saying, right now, would you trust Donald Trump to handle the sale of your house without scheming or attempting to scheme? Do you believe he would focus on your home, getting you the best deal, making the most profit, and being honest about the details of engagement with the buyers?
Would you trust Trump or Biden or Harris or Warren to not engage in I’ll-scratch-your-back-if-you-scratch-mine tactics? Would you worry if they knew the buyer's realtor that they might use the sale of your house as a peg in their scheming boardgame?
When I ask myself this question against each candidate, I’m left with one clear choice.
I would not trust Trump, Biden, or Warren because I believe they would, if the opportunity presented itself, use me as leverage for something they wanted.
I would probably trust Bernie to sell my house, but if something happened like I needed my septic replaced before selling, I would worry that he would hook me up with someone who is not the cheapest, that maybe lives in close proximity to my home and needs the business or exposure. I’d worry that he’d use me as an opportunity to provide an opportunity to someone else.
Now listen, I’m as liberal as they get. I am all about equality and equity, but when I’m trying to sell my house, especially in this economy, I need options. I can’t be strictly moral, some decisions will have to have a bottom line.
So who would I trust, in today’s market, with the information we have right now? Mayor Pete.
Without question, I believe he would focus on the sale of my house as one deal, not as the piece of a puzzle. I trust that he would deal earnestly and honestly with buyer’s and would recommend quality, economically-friendly contractors, should they be needed.
Mayor Pete hasn’t even racked up a net worth of $1mil yet. His highest worth to date— $450 thousand. That’s right, not even half a million.
He gets the importance of the sale of a home to middle-class people. He understands what $15,000 is to me and my family and why we cannot budge on our sale price, or why we really need to select a contractor based on price.
Mayor Pete is living the same lifestyle I’m living, right above the middle middle-class, but a hair away from poverty.
I know if he was selling my house tomorrow, he’d work for me. And that he probably doesn’t have enough dealings with anyone else, anywhere, to actually use my deal for a scam.
In addition to being trustworthy and relatable, he doesn’t fall into the hype of politics. He’s laser-focused and while people might see his vague policy platforms as a problem, I see them as open for feedback.
Most of us choose policy positions within our own world. We don’t often get to hear vastly different perspectives that will help us alter our position. Sometimes, when we learn about other people’s experiences, we re-evaluate our stance.
I think it’s smart for him to travel the country, watch the polls, participate in debates, speak to constituents, and then narrow down his policy objectives. He needs to first find out exactly what people want, and then balance out what he can do and what will actually work for everyone.
That’s exactly how a president should operate. Yes, they’re going to start out as partisan, but their ultimate goal should be serving the nation and in order to do so, they need to be able to connect with people from all different walks of life.
So before you vote in 2020, ask yourself one, simple question: Do I trust this person to sell my house?