(I’m writing this at 3:30am, so please excuse typos and such.)

I’ve had to really think about how to handle an issue that’s come up since I haven’t really wanted any openly political posts.  But there is something I can’t quite ignore, and that’s the issue of sexual assault as it pertains to the US’s two top candidates for president.  Let me disclose right now that I despise them both for many reasons, from Trump wanting to ban Muslims from entering the US while Hillary wants to increase bombing them overseas, to how neither of them respect the value of work by Americans (Trump loves to outsource, Hillary wants to “recruit” 5mil Americans to work for free because of what she calls our “love for volunteerism,” and of course both of them try to make it sound all positive and cheery so get people to sit there letting them pull the wool over our eyes).  So please don’t take anything here to mean that I’m defending one over the other.

Trump is a nasty little man who thinks that he can grab women “by the pussy” because he’s so rich that no one would stop him (and since he can out-lawyer just about anyone and since any plaintiffs, who’d try to do anything?), while Hillary Clinton tosses her husband’s victims, the whole decades-long trail of them, under the bus while making excuses for him.  Both sides have sexual assault (one with the added problem of someone who should have a vested interest in standing by women instead turning on them when her husband hurts them), and both sides have had excuses or been in denial.  Both are pieces of shit who this country should be deeply shamed to have put in the top seats.

America, how did it come to this?!

Americans have been voting for who is less bad between the primary two candidates rather than who is best among all the candidates (note to non-Americans: We don’t even put a our candidates on the ballots in all states, meaning you sometimes can’t even vote for a particular candidate, including the one I am voting for), and we’re reaping what was sewn.  We  need to stop voting for the candidate who we think is  little less bad than the other, stop arguing over if they’re equal in terms of badness when they’re both bad, and realize that they’re both bad.  This is how we have this race to the bottom happening.  We have taught our politicians that as long as they can be just a smidge not as bad as the other idiot, then they’ll win.  That has landed us in a situation where we are now in a free-fall and have a crisis on our hands.

Both candidates are so bad that few people really feel good about giving either one their vote, and only do so grudgingly to try to keep out the one they think is a little worse since there’s a belief that a third party can’t win (wake up: the reason for that is the other people sharing the sam mindset).  When we reward being just a little less bad so richly, we land in a position where we’re arguing about which side with sexual assault and apologism is preferable instead of standing up mad and saying that we shouldn’t give any candidate who commits assault or makes excuses for it out support.

And no, folks, Hillary throwing her husband’s victims under the bus to defend him isn’t any better than what Trump’s done, and it doesn’t matter that she wasn’t the one to personally rape someone.  She’s no better than Trump because she adds to what victims are going through by calling them liars or otherwise blaming them to absolve her husband,  and what she’s done is shown us that she won’t truly stand by us–she had the chance to stand by some women who were hurt, and added to their pain instead.

How can we expect our young people to absorb the message that sexual assault is wrong when they see that you can rape women and still be elected, or rape women and have your wife add to the trauma and both end up back in the White House?  Our young people aren’t seeing consequences for sexual assault.  Not only are white 19-year-olds who rape babies and white Stanford swimmers able to rape babies and get away with it, richer white people can assault and rape women, and make excuses, and be handed the keys to the White House.

We need to start demanding that our candidates be better than rather than just not as bad.  We need to start holding them accountable for harming others, and defending those who harm others.  When the best reason people have for voting for someone is because the other person is worse, that’s adding to the problem.  We need to take a collective stand against people who rape and people who defend it.  We need to stop teaching our kids that there are no consequences for assault by showing them that there are consequences, and maybe it’s just a dream at this point, but maybe we can do that by showing them that you can’t do those things and end up president by electing someone else.

Oh, and something else to keep in mind if you want to defend one of them over the other?  They’ve been friends for ages.  Trump even sat the Clintons in the very front row for his wedding, seated them with his family.  Clearly these people are okay enough with what the other side has done that they remained such good friends.  Think about this: No matter how much you loved your best friend, would you remain friends with that person if it was known that that person assaulted a bunch of people?  Of course not.  I bet you can’t even stomach the thought of keeping such a person in your inner circle.

America, and the world, really needs to start enforcing consequences for assault.  But instead we’re ignoring and excusing it so hard that we’re about to have a rapist or a rape-excuses and rapist back in the White House either way.  I can’t believe this, and I’m scared for my daughter’s future because of it (by the way, according to my six-year-old about three minutes ago who should be in bed since it’s nearly 4am, she wants Jill Stein and Jane Sanders to be madame presidents together).

Here’s my last ditch effort to get people to reject both rapist and rape-defender, especially when accepting one or the other is based on the thought that one side isn’t “as bad” as the other about rape, especially when no one at all is even trying to claim that Trump isn’t a rapist or that Bill isn’t a rapist or that Hillary hasn’t excused her husband’s raping:

When you have two rotten apples, are you really going to eat the one that looks less rotten, or would you walk away and find another apple that’s not rotten?  If not-as-rotten isn’t good enough for apples, then why is it good enough for a future president?

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NOTICE: Normally I don’t sensor comments unless they’re blatant spam, but I’m not open to the comments on this being about debating which of these two to vote for.  The problem is we’re become so lax about making penalties for rape and so accepting of making excuses for rapists that we’re about to end up with one on the White House either way, and that’s a problem.

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