Good character is not on the ballot this time.


Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 10/10/16


Donald Trump is a brash, self-centered, egomaniacal, Type A, Alpha-dog creation of popular culture with a defective filter and poor impulse control.

He lacks the sunny demeanor of Ronald Reagan, the humble decency of George H.W. Bush, the well-earned stature of Dwight Eisenhower, the urbane sophistication of John F. Kennedy, the political prowess of Lyndon Johnson, the coolness of Barack Obama and the affability of Bill Clinton.

Donald Trump is a profoundly flawed candidate whose political success is owed almost entirely to two plus decades of mounting political failure and government dysfunction inflicted upon decent Americans by politicians from both parties.

Or put another way, if the American political system were functioning as it should, no one, including Donald Trump, would ever have imagined a Donald Trump candidacy for president.

Thus is explained the seeming indestructibility of Donald Trump so far.

But Friday’s bombshell release of a hot-mic recording from a decade ago in which Trump engages in lewd, crude, sophomoric locker room talk about sexually conquering women could very well sink him.

Speaking in his own defense, Trump correctly states that Bill Clinton has said much worse. The fact is Bill Clinton has done much worse. No woman has come forward accusing Donald Trump of sexual abuse. Bill Clinton stands accused by a small army of women.

No matter.

The hypocrites in the mainstream media found a way to get past all of that with Bill Clinton. They will work overtime to avoid getting past it with Donald Trump.

Which is the only thing that saves Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton is every bit as detestable. There is enough indisputable public material on Hillary Clinton to know that she is ruthless, two-faced, mean, calculating, condescending and almost totally without scruple.

To say that she takes liberties with the truth is inaccurate. As the great columnist Blackie Sherrod once said, “It is hard indeed to take liberties with a total stranger.”

In nearly five decades of adult life, Hillary Clinton has done exactly nothing of any value. She has never built anything, created anything, fixed anything or sold anything. Her records as a senator and as secretary of state are devoid of any meaningful accomplishment. That she nevertheless has a net worth of a couple of hundred million dollars – owed entirely to cashing in on public office – rankles any fair-minded person who takes the time to think about it.

The timing of the release of a tape that has been around for 11 years is interesting to say the least. It’s as if it was kept on ice against that inevitable day late in the campaign in which badly damaging material would land on Mrs. Clinton.

Such damaging material landed on Friday – the same day as the Trump tape. A dump of about 2,000 emails reveals, among other things, the transcripts of speeches Hillary gave to big Wall Street banks in which she advocates for open borders. The emails reveal that Mrs. Clinton, by her own admission, takes one position on issues for the consumption of mere voters, while taking a completely different position for the benefit of the well-connected that have made her wealthy and to whom she will always be indebted.

Such disclosure would ordinarily seriously damage a presidential candidate. But in much the same way the Apollo 11 lunar landing in 1969 saved Ted Kennedy by displacing Chappaquiddick from the headlines, the Trump hot-mic tape will save Hillary Clinton.

So for you, a mere citizen and voter, it boils down to this: which odious candidate’s policies most closely align with your own beliefs?

Either you believe what Hillary Clinton believes or you don’t.

If you don’t, if you think another eight years of sluggish economic growth, high taxes, oppressive regulation, government by executive order, far-left appointments to the bench, reckless federal spending, increasingly unaffordable health care, a shrinking military, dangerous retreat from leadership in the world and chaos on the southern border are all bad ideas, there’s a candidate for you on the ballot.

Therefore, spare us any sanctimony about character and temperament. Each candidate is execrable. It’s solely a choice on policy.

Good character is not on offer this time around.

So don a surgical mask, put on a pair of latex gloves, take a deep breath and hold it, reach for a ballot and vote.

Then, go take a shower.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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5 Responses

  1. Richard Anderson says:

    Just finished watching the second presidential debate, and it comes down to this….
    She, Hillary Clinton, made quite clear that she will change the balance of The Supreme Court going “away” from a strict interpretation of The Constitution known as “originalism” in the sprit of the late and great Justice Antonin Scalia, as well as current Justice Clarence Thomas. By her taking that radical position which is not in accord with our Founders, she puts the 2nd, and the 1st Amendments in jeopardy, if not others.

    The good people of the United States cannot afford to take that chance of electing the progressive elitist statist Hillary Clinton, as the negative imprint left on our country by her, will “injure and scar” America for generations.

    Trump 2016 – Make America Safe, Strong, and Great Again!

  2. Another excellent and on target column. Both candidates, sadly, are a reflection of the people we have become. A trash culture yields trash candidates, it is as simple as that. We shouldn’t be shocked or surprised.

  3. Linda E Montrose says:

    As far as the tapes about Trump goes, I find it hard to believe that it would make a difference to anyone what he said about his sexual conquests. He has an ego as big as Texas, so what does anyone expect from someone of his caliber? Frankly I don’t give a damn about what he said about women 11 years ago. What concerns me NOW is what he CAN DO for this country. That simple. I know where the hilary will take us and it isn’t pretty! If Trump keeps to his promises, which I suspect he will do as much as he will be able to with the liberals snipping at his heels constantly. The hilary is a serial liar with a track record that would stretch across this country. She has sold us out many times over and can not be trusted with what this country NEEDS! She needs to be put in prison, NOT IN THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE!!!

  4. John Galt says:

    The Roman governor Pontius Pilate stood before the crowd and asked: “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ? … and the crowd shouted back “Give us Barabbas.” Fast forward a couple thousand years, and the crowd has once again spoken … “give us Trump/Clinton”. While good character may not be on the ballot this year, what is on the ballot are the very characters “we the people” asked for. You can hold you nose all you want when you vote this year, but look around as you do. The majority of voters will be selecting their candidate’s name with enthusiasm.

  5. R. Eagleman says:

    Character has not been on the ballot from the beginning of our Republic; there are just many more ways to disseminate the human flaws of the candidates. Granted, there have been many who had fewer flaws than the current presidential candidates, but many more have been worse. Let us not forget the weaknesses of F.D.R., J.F.K., L.B.J., Nixon, and Bubba Clinton; just to name the more recent successful candidates for president. For several election cycles, the media have been very aggressive in protecting their guy, and even now are doing their best to protect their gal. If Mother Teresa were a Republican candidate, I have no doubt that she would be painted as the most despicable person ever to walk the streets of Calcutta, and there would be a movement to have her excommunicated from the Catholic Church. We need to ignore the “mainstream media”, and stay focused on preserving our wonderful country. I will not be holding my nose, and I will be voting for the Republican candidate; considering the alternative, this should be a “no brainer”!

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