Too Bad We Cannot Vote for President Next Week

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Laguna Woods, California
June 11, 2016 5:40pm CST
We haven't even had the conventions, yet, but I am already tired of all the political arguments, Facebook posts, Tweets, ads and phone calls. It is almost certain that 95% of the people in the U.S. already know who they are going to vote for, and NOTHING that anyone else says is going to change their minds. At this point, if you are for Trump, you have already decided to vote for him and criticize Clinton. If you are for Clinton, you have already decided to vote for her and criticize Trump. If you support a write-in or third party candidate, you have already decided to vote for them and criticize the big political parties. Think of how much time and money could be saved if we skipped the conventions, the ads, the debates, the speeches, the Trump jet flying across country, the hairspray and everything else associated with the political season and just moved on with the election! No ... we can't do it. The date of the election is set in the U.S. Constitution and nothing is going to change that. It's a nice dream, though, isn't it?
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@UncleJoe (10863)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
11 Jun 16
Too bad we can't scrap the current candidates and start all over again. One scares the be-jesus out of me with his ridiculous rants and accusations that have nothing to do with policy while the other, whom I once admired for all she has accomplished but lost public trust with her "mis-speaks". But, WHO could we possibly nominate that everybody will love? The Anti-Christ?
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• Laguna Woods, California
11 Jun 16
I think that a lot of Americans would agree with you. Who could we nominate? I haven't seen any Sunday School teachers who have run for President since Jimmy Carter. Very few candidates are in touch with the daily lives of the American public.
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@DWDavis (14123)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
12 Jun 16
@DeborahDiane And Jimmy Carter was an unmitigated disaster as President.
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@DWDavis (14123)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
12 Jun 16
@UncleJoe, I'd be satisfied with a candidate who wasn't a pathological liar or a lunatic. Maybe one whose disapproval ratings were less than 50%. It is sad when over half the country dislikes both candidates more than it likes them.
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@JudyEv (134864)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun 16
It's a very nice dream! We go to the polls early July but the hype isn't quite as bad as in the US.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace - That would be a great idea ... requiring them to contribute money to charities. At least some good would come from all this.
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• Laguna Woods, California
29 Jun 16
@Hanyouyomi - I agree that it is ridiculous how much money is spent by politicians, especially when you consider that people could be fed and jobs could be created with $1 billion.
• Dallas, Texas
29 Jun 16
@DeborahDiane Exactly, but they don't care. All that matters is that we line their pockets. I mean maybe I need to pay more attention to each campaign, but I have yet to hear one squeak about how Trump or Clinrton to strengthen the Economy. Hell, Trump kicked in the doors saying "Let's Make America Great Again," and yet he has yet to say:"HOW!!!!" For God's sake, he's a business mogul, creating jobs should be his area of expertice. Hell if he came in declaring how he'd use his corporate empire to create jobs as president, he'd have my vote. But no, he's focused on looking like a jingoist @$$-hat! And Clinton's too busy appeasing to all the feelings hurt by Trump's rhetoric... The democrats are a bunch of pansies anyway, I mean seriously?! Having a "sit-in" at a debate about an issue regarding illegal immigrants instead of actively debating their side?! F*CKING HELL!!!
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@amadeo (73022)
• United States
11 Jun 16
yes,why does it has to drag on and on and and on.I do not give a rat who wins it.Just get over with it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
11 Jun 16
I think a lot of people would agree that they do not care who wins at this point ... they just want the political pain to be over!
@DWDavis (14123)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
12 Jun 16
I do care who wins, I just don't want either of the two major party candidates to be that winner.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
@DWDavis - Perhaps the Republicans will come up with another choice. They are still arguing about it.
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
12 Jun 16
You said it all! Too bad is right!
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
Sigh ... we just have to endure the next five months until the election is over.
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• United States
12 Jun 16
@DeborahDiane I watch all television from recordings. Then I can fast forward over anything I do not want to see, like the political nonsense. I've decided, so I don't need to see it.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jun 16
It surely is high time and the war goes on until November. I will try to rise above the fray, but Trump makes me so angry! Rather, I should say that I choose to get angry at his nonsensical pronouncements.
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• United States
12 Jun 16
You know what he is going to say, always something offensive, so skip it. I don't listen anymore.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
@JamesHxstatic - I try REALLY hard to ignore his rants, flip-flopping and cruel statements ... but some of them are hard to overlook!
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• Laguna Woods, California
13 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace - Yes, Trump always has something offensive to say ... even today, after the worst mass murder in U.S. history. He just doesn't know how to be thoughtful and kind. Those poor families.
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@Corbin5 (115811)
• United States
11 Jun 16
Oh, I too wish it were over. You are right. The majority of us will stick firm with our choice. I knew my choice from day one and nothing anyone says will change that. I have limited watching the news to find relief.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
I agree. I believe that the majority of us already know who we will vote for and will stick with that person. Why delay the agony?
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@Corbin5 (115811)
• United States
12 Jun 16
@DeborahDiane And agony it is! Makes me weary. I think I will avoid the news and watch cartoons!
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
@Corbin5 - I love the idea of watching cartoons instead of politics. The news today, after the mass shooting in Orlando, has been especially grim.
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@Susan2015 (21672)
• United States
11 Jun 16
Can't wait until this whole process is over, it takes way too long and costs too much money.
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@Susan2015 (21672)
• United States
11 Jun 16
@DeborahDiane You got that right. It's a big waste of money.
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@norcal (3213)
• Nevada City, California
11 Jun 16
I think I am pretty good at tuning it out.
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• Laguna Woods, California
11 Jun 16
@norcal - I try to tune it out. I should work harder at it! LOL
@SIMPLYD (82965)
• Philippines
14 Jun 16
So, who is your candidate for the presidency ? Care to share it with me please ?
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 Jun 16
I prefer Hillary Clinton. She's not perfect, I realize. However, she certainly beats the competition.
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@SIMPLYD (82965)
• Philippines
15 Jun 16
@DeborahDiane If i were to vote , i also would choose her .
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• Laguna Woods, California
15 Jun 16
@SIMPLYD - I think the majority of women, as well as many men, prefer her.
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• United States
12 Jun 16
aint that the truth?? mercy... i believe there ought to be a "cap" 'n the amount'f fundin' fer all candidates. the funds gathered fer each "party" put into a "kitty" 'n then evenly dispersed. once that's gone, 'tis gone 'n they can get no more. sure'd show me a better pic'f their budgetin' abilities 'n ingenuity to get schtuff done versus constantly havin' their hands out'n other folks pockets. jest think if'n all they've plans to spend 'twixt now'n the election 'twas spent'n our infrastructure? to feed the hungry, house the homeless 'n the like? sigh...jest boggles the mind't the waste!
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
I completely agree with you! It would be wonderful if there were caps on spending for politicians. So much could be done with that money.
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• United States
13 Jun 16
@DeborahDiane lessen chance'f so many owin' "favors" to those who've the cash to burn, too. there's so much waste'n our government, startin' with 'em jest tryin' to get elected :(
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 Jun 16
@crazyhorseladycx - I agree that there is way too much waste in our government!
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• United States
12 Jun 16
This could be solved by simply restricting election "season" to six months and not allowing anyone to announce, campaign or collect money until a fixed date.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace - I agree that the election season should be MUCH shorter. I have already heard the media talking about the 2020 election ... whether Marco Rubio will run, etc. It drives me crazy!!
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• United States
13 Jun 16
@DeborahDiane Part of the problem was caused by Ted Turner. When he started a 24/7 news network, the barn door was removed entirely.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace they have to - Yes, now they feel that they have to fill up all that time.
@DWDavis (14123)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
12 Jun 16
I fall into the third group. I enjoy criticizing the two major parties because someone needs to pull their tails, or point out their tall tales. Besides, there is still time for Hillary to get indicted or the Donald to implode. While there is still a chance either or both of them could get bumped from the ticket, let's not rush things.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
Ahhh! I can see your point. You hope the candidates will change. I wouldn't count on it, but who knows.
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@DWDavis (14123)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
12 Jun 16
@DeborahDiane Hope springs eternal in the young, and not so young, heart.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
@DWDavis - I think a LOT of people in America are hoping that the political candidates will change. I agree that hope springs eternal in our hearts!
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@LoriAMoore (4663)
• United States
20 Jun 16
It seems like it's been going on forever.
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• Laguna Woods, California
20 Jun 16
I agree! Our election cycle is painfully long!
@bunnybon7 (37400)
• Holiday, Florida
14 Jun 16
yes it is. I am a bit sick of it also and agree
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 Jun 16
I think a lot of us are already tired of this election. I can't imagine five more months of this!
@Lolaze (3164)
• United States
12 Jun 16
I'm actually in that small percent that isn't 100% for sure, I'm glad I have until November to decide. I lean towards Trump but Clinton could still change my mind during the debates later on this year.
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• Laguna Woods, California
13 Jun 16
I have to say that I am glad that some people are undecided, or all this money that will be spend would be a total waste.
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@marlina (77841)
• Canada
12 Jun 16
I am Canadian and I am so sick of ALL political stuff now. We get more political stuff on TV than real news. Sick of it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
I agree @marlina that we seem to be getting more political stuff on TV than real news ... and far too often the real news is sensationalized and does not inform us or help us understand real issues.
@Bluedoll (17052)
• Canada
12 Jun 16
Elections do go on for a very long time I notice. Anyone want to start over from the beginning. Obama could hold down the fort if he was willing to.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
I certainly think Obama could hold down the fort as well as any of the candidates out there ... but, unfortunately, the constitution won't let us keep him any longer while we start over from the beginning. Too bad!
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@just4him (127164)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun 16
I don't think you're alone in wanting this election over with. I'll be so glad when November gets here and we can all cast our ballot for our pre-determined candidate and then sit back and watch to see who the victor will be and then drown our sorrows in our favorite bottle.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jun 16
Ha Ha! Yes, no matter how it turns out, there will be plenty of people drowning their sorrows in their favorite bottle!
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