Let me just say now that this is not a thread to discuss whether or Donald Trump ought to be president; my view is that he's a national embarrassment,
the worst mainstream presidential candidate in US history, and utterly unqualified to hold any public office, and I'm not likely to change that view any time soon.
What I want to discuss is the extremely unusual and alarming nature of this election cycle, and what it means for the future of America and the world.
The tl;dr is this: **Donald Trump has essentially changed the rules of American political culture in such a way that he's completely erased any standards of decency,
honesty or credibility from the electoral process.** Things that would have ended political careers before this election cycle have now become so normal with Trump that no one even cares.
And that bodes very, very poorly for the future.
source is obviously biased, it aggregates, using external sources, the evidence for the point I'm making, and which we all understand already: Donald Trump has said and done a lot of insane,
deplorable shit and somehow still has a very real shot at becoming president.
What the hell is going on here? Remember just four years ago, when Mitt Romney's "takers" blunder nearly sank his campaign, and almost certainly contributed to his defeat at the polls?
Remember when a single gaffe like that was nearly fatal to a presidential candidate? What the fuck has happened over the past four years? And what's going to happen in the future?
As we near the debates, which are all but guaranteed to be a shitshow unlike anything we've seen before, I can't help but wonder.
Even if Trump loses, I worry about the next lunatic, and the next one.
Trump has paved the way for more candidates as bad or worse than him, and if he can come this close to winning now,
it seems to me like it's only a matter of time before someone of his ilk gets elected.
Thanks to Trump, and his supporters, we've entered a bizarre alternate dimension where candidates can lie about basically anything, and no matter how fucking crazy or bigoted they get,
it means nothing at all to their supporters. Feelings have completely "trumped" facts and logic for a huge portion of the voting demographic.
This anti-intellectual undercurrent has been strong in American politics since forever, but I never thought it could get this bad. Nor did many others. We were wrong.
And now I'm legitimately worried about the future.
**EDIT: This is not a thread about Hillary Clinton either; she is dishonest but in no way remarkable in that regard.
She's far more qualified, and certainly doesn't lie as shamelessly as Trump, or pander to xenophobia nearly as much. This is part of my view that you're not going to change.
So if you're going to try to derail the thread, kindly move along.**
**EDIT EDIT: For those disappointed that I awarded a delta, the rules say to award one if someone changes your view "in some way.
" The poster in question did convince me that I may be overstating the problem, and that the future may not be as dim as I made it out to be.
But I nevertheless still hold the concerns outlined in the OP.**