Why I, In Good Conscience, Cannot Vote for Hillary

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I have been struggling for a while about what I should do on voting day. Part of me said that I needed to vote for Clinton because I live in an important swing state (Ohio) and there is a reasonable possibility that the unknown loose cannon that is Trump might be even worse than Clinton. Not to mention the fact, that since getting the nomination, Trump has been surrounding himself with establishment right wing Republicans, which definitely don’t represent my own point of view. Also, I couldn’t help but think of those all-important Supreme Court vacancies that the next president will undoubtedly fill. Surely Clinton would pick people at least a little better than Trump, since I am personally against theocracy in any form and don’t think religious beliefs should be used to form law.

However, I do have some major issues with Clinton. #1 – Her ties to the establishment, big banks, and corporations. #2 – She has made some horrible decisions (voting for the Iraq War, NAFTA, initial support of the TPP, her email stupidity, etc.) #3 – She is often described by those who know her personally, or have worked for her (such as secret service agents) as narcissistic, angry, cold, vengeful, and calculating…aspects it is definitely easy to see in her. However, I could look past these aspects, as they still didn’t make her necessarily worse than Trump. What I can’t look past, is her hunger for war and destruction.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a complete pacifist. I definitely believe in protecting ourselves and others whenever possible, but not in being a bully or trying to force our rule on the entire world. I support our individual troops, but I do not support our current Military-industrial Complex. Hillary’s obvious intentions to continue or even escalate our current conflicts, engage in war with Iran, and now her threats to further combat with Russia, make me feel that I can no longer vote for her and just hope for the lesser of two evils. If we enter into a war with Russia and/or China, there is a good chance things could end up literally going nuclear and I can not willingly play a part in putting people into place that I feel might intend to lead us that way. I am no fan of Putin, but I do wonder why he has been so adamant that if Hillary becomes president, there will be no turning back and there WILL be all out war between the US and Russia. What does he know that we don’t?

For this reason, I will likely vote third party (or maybe just write in “Turd Sandwich”), even if it is “throwing my vote away” as some accuse. I would rather vote my conscience than vote for the same status quo or even worse that is leading us towards what may look like the destruction of our entire planet if we aren’t careful. If I seem a bit crazy or conspiracy-minded for being worried, please take the time to check out some alternative media, since the stuff we are being spoon fed by the mainstream media is little more than propaganda for the establishment and their cronies.

Cereal!!!! Yay!!!

Ok, I admit it, I’m a little obsessed with cereal.  I have probably tried every kind known to man (including some international kinds that I had to specially order).  At any time, we have probably 8-10 different kinds of cereal open in our house, plus another 10-15 unopened boxes of cereal on top of our fridge.  I have even taken to trying generic cereals just to get a different taste, and that is why I am writing today.

Kroger has a new generic cereal out called “Aliens”.  “Aliens”, like its name implies, is a cereal made from multi-colored UFO, meteoroid and extraterrestrial pieces, plus star-shaped marshamallows.  This new cereal is not a knock-off of a cereal brand that is currently on the market, but it tastes a lot like an old, discontinued cereal called “Kaboom” that was put out by General Mills for many years. 

So why am I so excited by this?  I LOVE “Kaboom” and have been in a sort of withdrawal since General Mills stopped manufacturing it several years ago.  “Kaboom” hasn’t actually been sold in this part of Ohio for many years, even before it was officially discontinued.  In fact, I used to drive to either WV or IN to buy it.  My husband even bought me three boxes of “Kaboom” as one of my Christmas gifts years ago!

Does anyone else out there remember “Kaboom” or have a special place in their heart for another discontinued cereal?  Just curious to see if I am fighting an obsessive complex here or if I’m perfectly normal.