I’m 67, a retired professional, fairly intelligent and haven’t voted for years. I think all the hyperbolic fear about Trump is laughable. From my long range perspective ALL politicians have lied, do lie and will lie to get in office. The presidency is a four year job for someone to sit in the ‘hub’ seat of this ‘huge asthmatic elephant sloshing through the swamp’ of a government and think they will turn the elephant in some new direction to ‘Make America Great Again’ or ‘Keep America Great’ or ‘The New Deal’ or the ‘Contract with America.’ Why be upset now? You could put a monkey in the Oval Office and the lobbyists would still buy Congress and get what they want. Nothing would change. I once thought a person could make a difference and I was quite active trying to do so. Wasted time.
You know what will make a difference? When the coasts are flooded and the glaciers have retreated so far back in the Himalayas that China and India and their nearly half of the world’s population will turn the tap and no water will come out. When Africa is a desert and so are the Plains states here. When a small refugee migration from a little country like Syria can cripple global resources. We will face all of that by a multiple of ten. Then we will realize we get to make a choice of trying to be humane to all of that grief (which will result in all of us dying together because you can’t save everyone) — or the harsh alternative — close your borders and watch the other side starve. That is all coming (read some Lovelock) and that will make all the Trumps in the world look like so much smoke. Hillary too. Bernie too. Cruz too. Lighten up — the next twenty years will reveal all this to be the drivel. It is beside our real problems.
— Stephen Schulte