I'm generally pretty level headed and cool at the poker table, but one thing that does tilt me badly is politics. And this year is extraordinarily bad. The lying, mudslinging, spin, bias, and sensational attacks have overshadowed the real issues. And it's a problem.
So this is just a public appeal for everyone to use their head and filter through all the noise when you vote this year. This isn't meant to be an endorsement or campaigning for any particular candidate, though I can't promise that my leanings won't show through. My intention here is to appeal to the common sense of the American people.
If you know the difference between playing poker at a table with 8 other guys, and playing poker at a table with 7 other guys and one woman, then you know that Donald Trump's 'hot mic' comments are far from the most misogynistic thing uttered by a man. If you take those comments as anything other than hyperbole, you're not using your head.
If you think Hillary Clinton will ever mis-manage a piece of classified material again in her life. You're not using your head.
If you think Donald Trump never made sexual advances on a woman that could be interpreted as harassment or worse, you're not using your head.
Bill Clinton did it too. And if you think Hillary wasn't complicit in the character assassination of Bill's victims, you're not using your head.
If you think that Donald Trump, as successful as he is, really believes that all mexicans are rapists, then you're not using your head.
If you think that a wall is going to stop illegal immigration, you're not using your head.
If you waste your vote supporting unrealistic ideologies just because they are anchors of your party's platform, then you're not using your heads. Hey Dems, guns are here to stay. Hey GOP, abortions are gonna be legal forever. Both of you get over it and move on to something else.
We are losing badly in global economics.
Factions that seek our destruction are growing in power in the middle east.
Immigrants and Refugees pose serious health, economic, and security concerns.
The police are not trusted in this country.
Our healthcare system is retarded
Kids are fatter, dumber, and more addicted to pills and gadgets than ever.
Dangerous drugs are creating areas of major crisis throughout the country.
Violent crime is trending in the wrong direction.
But if you ignore all that and are swayed by Trumps hitting on married women, then you seriously under appreciate how special and important our right to vote is. If you'll ignore an entire political agenda because you think Hillary 'cheated' to beat Bernie Sanders, then I think the country will be better served if you just stay home this November.
Ask yourself, how will each candidate address the important issues. And then make your decision based on policy, not on gossip.
Do not let the media run our political system. The coordinated efforts by the media to support certain candidate(s) is precisely the type of behavior that the first amendment was meant to PREVENT. You only make it worse by echoing the irrelevant rhetoric that bellows from the mainstream media.
Rise above the noise and think for yourself. Your country needs you.