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TOPIC: Life changing Choices in Novemember

Life changing Choices in Novemember 02 Oct 2016 21:49 #10432

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I thought this was an interesting take on the upcoming election, form the Santa Monica Corsair News Paper:

A few blocks from the beach on Montana Avenue, in a storefront sandwiched between a busy nail salon offering $35 acrylic manicures and a locally-owned gourmet dessert shop that created Ellen DeGeneres’ Red Velvet vegan wedding cake, sits the newly opened West LA Democratic Party Headquarters.

Behind gleaming windows of glass, signs encourage pedestrians strolling by to stop in and buy campaign merchandise. A life-sized cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton wearing a navy blue pantsuit and a welcoming 1000-watt smile stands on a polished concrete floor. The space is expansive and spotless. It is poised to help its campaign workers get the former Secretary of State elected President of the United States.

But although this office is just a few minutes away from campus, for some SMC students, it might as well be in Siberia. They won’t be stopping by to grab a new t-shirt or a shiny bumper sticker. Or stopping by for anything.

They are the SMC students who have no interest in seeing Clinton or her opponent Donald Trump win the race for president.

While they may go to the voting booth in November to vote for or against 17 down-ballot propositions in California, including the legalization of marijuana, the repeal of the death penalty, tax hikes, and condoms in porn, these students have decided they will not vote for the Democratic or Republican Party nominee for president. Neither. No way. No how.

“At this point there’s a lot of controversy between both of them as far as trust issues. I don’t think anyone is fit, so therefore, I don’t think I should participate,” said Gil Cano, a Film student at SMC.

Wearing a Dodger blue tee shirt, shorts and glasses, Cano says he has voted in past presidential elections, but the choices in 2016 have led to his decision to sit this Presidential contest out. Cano says, “Just do your own research. You’ll see why.”

So, why haven’t these two major party nominees been able to gain support among some SMC students this year?

Maybe it’s the nearly inconceivable and almost daily drama surrounding both candidates. The spectacle of seemingly unending controversy erupting in both campaigns has played out before the eyes and ears of eligible voters on broadcast, satellite, cable, digital, print, news, and entertainment outlets with amazing regularity. It’s splashed across a vast media landscape in the monologues of late-night TV and in the ad-libs of comedy show guests. It’s also on social media sites, including Twitter, where Clinton and Trump have a combined following of more than 20 million people and where the 140-character political clashes are epic.

A recently released Franklin Pierce/Boston Herald poll found that 57 percent of likely voters have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump, while 55 percent have an unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton.

“Trump vs. Hillary is a narcissist versus a sociopath…and she called me a super-predator,” said Jonathan Zeno, an Audio Engineering major at SMC. Tall and robust and wearing a black tee shirt and pants, Zeno, who’s horsing around with two equally energetic buddies near the library, steps aside, slightly bows his head and chooses words thoughtfully as he continues. “I believe Trump is someone whose rhetoric is toxic and it spews hate in this country. It shows how much work we have to do, how much hate and corruption we have in the government and just in society as a whole,” Zeno said. "And in terms of Hillary, her switching of positions just to gain a political advantage…in terms of it being intelligent, it’s a very intelligent move, but if you’re going to be the leader of the free world, the United States of America, I want a leader who I can trust. And in both of those aspects I can’t trust them.”
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