First 2016 Presidential Debate Preview

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take the stage for the first of three Presidential debates.

These things are always a spectacle, but the first one between Hillary and Trump is expected to be the most-watched debate in history. And it’ll likely be the strangest, too, since a man who isn’t qualified to be President is participating.

Here are five things to watch for…

Will Trump be able to keep himself in check?
In the Republican debates during primary season, Trump often flew off the handle. Among his debate highlights were discussing the size of his penis, belittling the other candidates with nicknames such as “little Marco” and going at it with the moderators. Trump has a tendency to get defensive and lash out when he’s attacked, so this should be quite entertaining if Hillary approaches this properly.

  • Will Hillary be aggressive, especially when questioning Trump’s credentials?

One of the latest efforts of the Clinton campaign has been an extra emphasis on how dangerous Trump is, and that needs to continue during the debate. Barack Obama had a poor performance during his first debate against Mitt Romney in 2012, and Hillary – who is coming off a week where she had pneumonia and the media went into a frenzy – can’t afford the same. She needs to hammer at Trump every chance she gets.

Will the topics play to the strength of a particular candidate?
The topics that will be discussed during the 90-minute debate are “achieving prosperity,” “securing America” and “America’s direction.” Since Trump has absolutely no credentials regarding domestic policy or foreign policy, you can’t say he has an edge as far as talking about prosperity or the direction of America. As far as Hillary, most Republicans are still hung up on the Benghazi situation and completely ignore that she was in the Situation Room when Osama Bin Laden was killed. So, she probably won’t have an edge in the eyes of voters when it comes to “keeping America safe.”

Will Trump be graded on a curve?
Hillary might be the most prepared candidate ever in terms of her ability to govern from Day One, and Trump is someone who has many in his own party and most sane people overall scared to death over his potential Presidency. So naturally, anything short of a thrashing of Trump by Hillary might be graded on a curve. And that’s something the Clinton camp sees as unfair – and rightfully so. The media – even left-leaning MSNBC – has hinted that anything short of disaster for Trump would be a ‘win.’ So this is something to keep an eye on.

Will Trump be able to coherently respond to Hillary’s points?
No. And it probably won’t matter. Trump has done about two dozen things that would’ve ended the candidacy of anyone else who was running. His not being able to cogently debate someone who’s actually qualified for the job won’t scare off anyone who’s already committed to him. But this is where we come back to the second thing to watch for – Hillary’s aggressiveness. If she comes out swinging and is relentless, that should be enough to convince anyone leaning toward her to fall in line. And while Trump’s incoherent bombast will lead to him keeping the followers he has, it won’t be enough to overtake Hillary.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

Mike Pence is Almost as Scary as Donald Trump

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

I’ve already told you why Donald Trump is unfit to be President, a distinction he’s added to over the last few days while picking a fight with the Muslim parents of a deceased war hero.

And while Trump ascending to the White House is something all Americans should be fearful of, you should also be scared of his running mate, Mike Pence.

Pence, the 57-year-old Governor of Indiana, seems like a perfectly rational and thoughtful human being when juxtaposed with Trump. A deeper dive reveals the truth…

Pence is anti-gay
As Governor of Indiana in 2014, Pence attempted to amend the state’s constitution in order to ban same-sex marriage, but his effort was defeated.

In 2015, Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would’ve allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers if they claimed allowing them to be patrons went against their religious beliefs.After a nationwide outcry – including pushback from the NCAA – Pence eventually changed the language in the legislation while claiming the original bill was misunderstood.

He began the crusade to defund Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit that provides women with access to safe abortions, but 96 percent of their services revolve around birth control, emergency contraception, sex education, LGBT services, cervical cancer screening, pregnancy testing, STD treatment, breast cancer screening, and more.

For most conservatives, though, the above facts are ignored while their party fights to defund Planned Parenthood entirely — a crusade that was started by Pence. While Pence and other republicans have been unsuccessful in their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood nationally, Pence has cut funding in Indiana, which led the only HIV testing center in Scott County, Indiana (a Planned Parenthood center that did not offer access to abortions), to close.

He signed an anti-abortion law that was later overturned
In March, Pence’s anti-abortion stance led him to sign a law that would’ve prevented women from getting abortions because of the “race, gender, or disability” of the fetus.

The law, which caused another major public backlash for Pence, could’ve forced women to endure high-risk pregnancies, but was blocked by a federal judge in June.

He’s as pro-gun as it gets
Most Republicans side with the NRA in order to easily solicit their support when running for election or re-election, but Pence — who has an A+ rating from the NRA — takes it a step further.He recently signed into law a measure that allows people to keep firearms locked in their vehicles while parked on school property.

In addition to teachers, parents and visitors, students are also allowed to have guns locked in their cars as long as they have permission from their principal. What could possibly go wrong?

Passing anti-gun laws won’t prevent every shooting, but politicians should be doing everything they can to prevent even one senseless death. Instead, Republicans like Pence not only block laws that would prevent those on the terrorist watch list from buying guns, they pass new ones that put Americans in even more danger.

He doesn’t believe in global warming or evolution
It’s hard to know if denying evolution or global warming are things Pence actually believes or things he wants people to think he believes. But it’s awful either way.

Global warming is real and the potential consequences terrifying. Having someone in the White House who isn’t ready to counter it would be quite scary.

When it comes down to it, Pence isn’t temperamentally unfit to hold the office of the President. However, nearly everything else about him leads you to believe that he’d use the power of the office to attempt to impose a radical agenda that would set the country back.

Donald Trump being in possession of the nuclear codes is a terrifying thought, but so is the idea of Mike Pence holding the highest office in the land. Vote wisely.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

Why Donald Trump is Unfit to be President

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

A great deal of Donald Trump’s supporters are uneducated, leading you to shake your head but not become surprised when you find out they plan to vote for the abhorrent liar come November.

But there are many other Trump supporters who are coastal elites with college degrees and/or advanced degrees, yet still plan to vote for a man who had to reverse course on his pledge to order American soldiers to commit war crimes.

If I listed all the reasons why Donald Trump—a man who insinuated President Obama was being complicit with ISIS —is unfit to be President, this article would be far too long. So here’s the tip of the iceberg…

Nearly everything he says is a lie
When you watch one of Trump’s speeches, you’re taken aback by his unpreparedness, his ridiculing of the media and his generally unhinged behavior. But the scariest part of his speeches are the lies—the ones his supporters eat up and fact-checkers spit back out after disproving them.

Lying is part of Trump’s fear-mongering nature (which we’ll get to below), and a glimpse at Politifact presents you with dozens of Trump’s “pants on fire” statements—lies that are especially blatant.

Among Trump’s recent lies are claims that the Obama administration supported Al-Qaeda, that crime in America is rising, that Hillary Clinton wants to “release the violent criminals” and that he wasn’t familiar with David Duke—a white supremacist he had disavowed two days prior.

The above lies help Trump when he is…

Fear-mongering
Trump’s overarching theme—”Make America Great Again”—is laughable when you stop and listen to what he says on a daily basis. He’s not trying to unite the country, he’s trying to divide it.

In the process, Trump has helped to escalate violence in and around his rallies and has duped many Americans into believing the lies he adeptly scares them with.

One of Trump’s worst offenses came after the recent mass shooting in Orlando, where his first order of business was to “appreciate the congrats” for being right about Islamic terrorism. Simply appalling.

He’s a Xenophobe
While there are level-headed and/or educated people who will vote for Trump, his bread and butter is his appeal to the lowest common denominator of society—people who are intolerant of those who aren’t like them.

Trump shouts about the danger of Syrian refugees, talks about building a wall to keep Mexicans out of the country and often insinuates all Islamic people are radicals. And many of his supporters eat it up.

In the New York Times this past February, Lynn Vavreck dug through some scary exit poll data from the South Carolina primary. She found that only 69% of Trump supporters disagreed with the notion that the white race was a superior race, and 20% disagreed with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves.

He has no cogent policy ideas
Even if you can get past the fact that Trump is a lyingracistfascistsexistxenophobicfear-monger whose temperament is downright scary, I don’t see how it’s possible to get past the fact that his policy ideas are a mess.

Just to mention a few, Trump’s thoughts on trade, the economy, the environment and foreign policy (specifically his absurd ‘wall in Mexico’ idea) are a total disaster. We won’t delve in to his other horrendous foreign policy ideas since we’d be here all day.

He has no experience
Trump prides himself on not being a political insider, on not having to answer to lobbyists and on the unconventional way he’s run his campaign.

And while his candidacy has been a breath of fresh air to those who abhor intellectual discourse, the fact remains that he has zero political experience. Someone in the White House with a rational temperament and no experience would be scary enough. Trump being there would make me want to leave the country.

That brings us to one of my pet peeves: when people attempt to lump Hillary Clinton in with Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton isn’t the most likable person on Earth, she may have an air of entitlement and she can come across as robotic when she’s not in close, town-hall type settings.

But Hillary is highly qualified, has actionable progressive ideas, is striving to unify the country and is someone whose access to the nuclear codes wouldn’t lead to the majority of the country curling up in the fetal position out of fear.

Deciding between Trump and Hillary isn’t choosing the lesser of two evils. It’s a choice between a man who is dangerously unhinged and unqualified and a woman who is temperamentally sound and highly qualified. Choose wisely, or as Trump says, we might not have a country left.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.