The Political Picture

By Thomas Sowell

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The Political Picture
Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell

USA –  -( The good news is that both political conventions are now behind us.

The bad news is that the election is ahead of us.

No one knows how this election will turn out but — given the awful presidential candidates in both parties — the worst case scenario may be only marginally worse than the best case scenario. National polls may suggest a close election ahead but presidential elections are not decided by who has a majority of the popular vote. In a country already divided, if not polarized, one candidate could win the popular vote and the other candidate win the Electoral College vote, which is what decides who goes to the White House. That could polarize us more than ever.

Everything may depend on what happens in the battleground states where neither party has a decisive advantage. Until recently, Hillary Clinton seemed to have a clear lead in those states. But that difference has narrowed to within the margin of error in some state polls.

Turnout is the wild card, in this election more than in most. There was booing in both conventions — and there are other signs that those who lost are not taking it kindly. How the losers vote, or stay home on election day, may determine who the winner will be.

If the Democrats lose this election, and Trump beats Hillary, it may not be anything more than losing a given election, as happens regularly, and Democrats can just regroup for the next election.

But if the Republicans lose, it can be much more serious for them and for the country. If Hillary Clinton inspires distrust, Donald Trump inspires disgust, even among many Republicans. If Trump goes down to defeat, he could taint the whole Republican party, costing them the Senate now and future elections later.

Even if Trump disappears from the political scene after defeat, his reckless, ugly and childish words will live on in innumerable videos that can be used for years to come, to taint Republicans as the party that chose such a shallow egomaniac as its candidate for President of the United States.

A President Trump could of course create a longer-lasting stigma. However, he might possibly be sobered up by the responsibilities of the presidency. But someone who has not matured in 70 years seems unlikely to grow up in the next 4 years.

With Hillary Clinton as President and Democrats in control of the Senate, she can appoint Supreme Court justices with as much contempt for the law as she has demonstrated herself, and Senate Democrats would rubber-stamp her choices.

Democrats have already shown their desire to stifle the free-speech rights of people who disagree with them on global warming and other issues. Hillary Clinton has made no secret of her desire to have the Supreme Court reverse its decision that corporations and labor unions both have free-speech rights.

The Obama Department of Justice has already been looking into ways that anti-racketeering laws can be used to threaten individuals and organizations that challenge the global warming scenario that has been used to promote more government control of what fuels can be used.

Hillary Clinton
Voting for someone with a track record like Hillary Clinton's is like putting a shotgun to your head and pulling the trigger.

The Second Amendment right to have a gun is at least as threatened as the First Amendment right to free speech would be if Hillary Clinton gets to pick Supreme Court justices. The lifetime tenure of federal judges means that whoever is in the White House for the next four years can change the course of American law for decades to come, losing our freedoms irretrievably.

Much has been made of Hillary's “experience” in politics. But it has been an experience of having proved to be wrong, time and time again. As a Senator she opposed the military “surge” in Iraq that rescued that country and defeated the terrorists.

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton carried out foreign policy decisions that led to major setbacks for American interests as far as the eye can see — whether in Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, North Korea or China. This is the kind of “experience” we don't need to see repeated in the White House.

Voting for an out of control egomaniac like Donald Trump would be like playing Russian roulette with the future of this country. Voting for someone with a track record like Hillary Clinton's is like putting a shotgun to your head and pulling the trigger. And not voting at all is just giving up.

Nobody said that being a good citizen would be easy.

About Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, as well as a prolific author including Black Rednecks And White Liberals. His website is To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read his articles visit his website above.

  • 14 thoughts on “The Political Picture

    1. Like it or not, Trump is the republican candidate and we all need to support him! If we don’t, Hillary will win and leave a giant footprint on our chest as she steps on our rights and appoints Supreme Court Justices that will agree with her and allow her to invalidate our Constitution with her whimsical and illegal moves.

    2. Give her a break; she’ s just trying to complete her silver service….or was she forced to return that along with the other loot she and her beloved secreted away from the White House. Whoever squealed on them should get the Freedom Medal. How plain trashy can you get? Character? Morals? HRC has neither and the truth is not in her..

      1. Yeah, and wasn’t she and/or Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend disbarred? I’d like to know how two career politicians without jobs like the rest of us need to earn a living, who left the White House “broke and in debt,” managed to amass a fortune over $200 million in size.

    3. Honestly, I am afraid of Trump because of his rhetoric, but I am terrified of Clinton of what she has planned to destroy America. Sowell is correct when he said that after Clinton dominate the supreme court, she will dismantle everything our forefathers fought and died for. And because these justices tenure of a lifetime, she will be able to do whatever she wishes. She is not yet the president and she can already outwit the justices and the law of her crime, how much more if she’s already in power. The only reason why Clinton is running is because of her never ending lust for power. She experienced what is like to be in the white house for 8 years and another 8 years as secretary of state. There is no way she’s running to serve this country. It’s all about power and greed and she will do whatever it takes to satisfy it.

    4. For almost as long as I WAS a member of the Republican Party I was a fan of Mr. Sowell’s. After this essay of Sowell’s I no longer care to read what has become, his drivel. For me Sowell along with the Republican Party are history.

      For those who attack Mr. Trump from the alleged “conservative” side, I ask you….”What is a conservative ?” Is it unfettered “free” trade that has dumped trillions of dollars of ChiCom goods on this economy ? In turn a disastrous trade deficit with the communists ? Or is being a Republican mean that one should dance with glee at open borders bring us the attack, the invasion illegal, uninvited, crime-creating, invaders to feed at the trough of what little treasure remains in this former United States of America ?

      I’ve contributed hundreds of dollars to Mr. Trump’s effort to Make America Great Again. It is a pittance and I wish I could contribute more to him. I hope my small amount contributes to his success. For, should he fail, I fear there will be bloodshed as many of us will not standby being told to “comply” as the scoundrel Hillary Clinton will dictate.

      If anyone reading this does not support Mr. Trump, I will ask…”Just WHO do you support and why ?”

      This once great nation is in deep dung. Only Donald J. Trump has the balls to put us on the path of righteousness and success.

    5. Voting for Trump is a ‘leap of faith’ while voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton guarantees the ‘Obama Legacy’. Do you really want Democrats, as Barack Hussein Obama said, presiding over “America’s decline”?

    6. Note to self
      vote against her in Nov. in home state.
      Go to KY. vote in as many places as time will allow!!! ( against her)
      Note, KY has no Picture ID requirement ( I’m Tom, Fred ,Dave,)
      Smart move KY every illegal will be in your state with fake ID
      voting for the C-hagg

    7. Seems Mr. Sowell should go take a long look in the mirror. If electing Clinton is “like putting a shotgun to your head and pulling the trigger,” it would seem to be a prudent idea to elect the other candidate. Trump couldn’t be any worse than the traitorous trash occupying the White House for the past seven plus years. Instead of being a traitor and someone that dislikes this country, Trump is motivated by love for this country, not influence peddling. And when Trump has a news conference, you can pretty well bet that what he has to say is truth, not BS as regularly comes from democrats.

    8. D.C. (the district of corruption) needs somebody like Trump who isn’t part of their cartel and that’s why both parties dislike him. Our country is out of control and I believe he will take the right approach to correcting it with complete and total opposition regardless of those peoples knowing it’s the right path.

      1. That includes the republicans that speak against him, also. He is a threat to their comfortable lifestyle and overpaying jobs.

    9. I agree with Clark Kent and Mr. D.J. The democratic establishment has screwed us blue collar folk time and time again. Mr. Trump IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR.
      Rod O’Steel

    10. Mr. D. J. Trump may be disgusting too you. To me and millions of Americans, he IS a breath of fresh air. We Americans are TIRED of the “establishment” that has isolated themselves from Americans and FEEL they know what is best for Americans. BOY ARE T H E Y WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    11. IMHO it is the author that needs to mature. Trump is the GOP candidate for POTUS. Get over it, support his campaign, or leave the Republican party.

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