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Dispatch Today : I Won’t Vote for a Republican this Election

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I won’t vote for a Republican this election, and if something truly damning came out against Hillary, I wouldn’t vote for her either.

Dispatch Today :  I Won’t Vote for a Republican this Election, and if something truly damning came out against Hillary, I wouldn’t vote for her either.



1. Hillary Clinton is extremely well qualified. Anyone who says otherwise must not be informed on the subject. Though she is qualified, I do believe that she comes off as inauthentic, and furthermore, she has too many scandals attached to her name to make me say “I’m with Her.”

2. Bernie Sanders is also extremely qualified — although personally, I would like him to at least speak more about his views on foreign policy. Any President who solely focuses on either the domestic or foreign situation of the United States is doomed to fail. I love Bernie’s message, and I love most of his ideas. But I also acknowledge the fact that he is very idealistic. How we would pass anything in our obstructionist congress is the question of the day.

3. Ted Cruz who dropped out from presidential race would have been worse than George W. Bush. Our country would survive those 8 years but would come out of them more divided than we have seen in awhile.

4. I think it’s fair to deduce what I think of Donald Trump from the Naked Opinion : here  and here and here

At the end of the day, I’ll probably support the Democratic Nominee. I won’t vote for a Republican this election, and if something truly damning came out against Hillary, I wouldn’t vote for her either. It is truly saddening to see such a political chasm between the left and the right, and only a really strong leader will be able to bridge the gap between the two. Time will tell if one develops.



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  • To me, the first priority for a president is the ability to be Commander-in-Chief, because to me, protecting the country from external threats is the first and foremost job of the president. Unfortunately, no candidate is terribly qualified. Trump and Sanders have no foreign policy experience between the two of them. Cruz has a negligible amount, too. Kasich at least served on the Armed Forces Committee, which, although not military service, is a step in the right direction. And Clinton was Secretary of State, thus making her the most qualified according to the plain list of previous jobs held, but her track record as Secretary of State is mixed, to say the least. In hindsight, to me, Lindsey Graham or John McCain, despite the latter’s age, would have been better qualified, and their moderate conservative domestic policies also line up with mine. That being said, if I was eligible to vote in the election (miss it by 1 month), I’d probably vote for Clinton, because she’s at least capable enough, and will just basically maintain the status quo. Trump’s a complete wildcard.

  • Well, I would say Trump is a strong leader who could bridge the chasm, but I know what you think of Trump. But I’d expect no such thing from Clinton. Even though her politics, if looked at on the limited “left/right dichotomy” are center to center-left; she’s loathed by everything right of center except for establishment neocons. That’s because the center-right base, mostly Trump voters, don’t want Clinton’s brand of centrist. The center-right base hates neocons almost as much as Clinton, so Lindsey Graham’s likely cooperation and occasional mild criticism of Clinton will mean nothing to them.

    Essentially, everything the Bernie supporters hate about Clinton, the Trump supporters also hate. Much of what the Bernie supporters want (better trade deals, more prudent foreign policy, money out of politics), the Trump supporters also want. Clinton is the opposite of most of what “both sides” want. Therefore, Clinton can at best hope for begrudging support from the Sanders supporters, but will get relentless disdain and ridicule from the right. But few will realize just how much the Sanders supporters have in common with the grassroots right.

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Adrian Rivera

Adrian Rivera

Adrian Rivera is a native of Mission, Texas. He is an incoming freshmen at Yale University where he will study History, Global Affairs, or Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Adrian was a Yale Young Global Scholar for 2014 and 2015 where he won the Director's Award in the International Affairs and Security Session. He enjoys reading, watching movies, and listening to music.


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