The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole

The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole

It is a cliche, but true, that American elections, especially Presidential elections, are lesser-evil contests.

Both candidates are bad. Both candidates will reign over continued decline. Both candidates will kill a lot of people whose deaths will not make America or the world safer or more prosperous.

Every US Presidential election of my life, with the possible exception of 1968 and 1972, when I was four years old, has been between two candidates who, objectively, could be expected to do things which would cause American decline. (And in both 1968 and 1972, the bad candidate won.)

Somewhat coincidentally, 1968 is the earliest year from which you can date American decline; 1968 is when white working class wages peak. It’s not until 1980 that one can say, “Ok, America has chosen decline,” however, because how to fix the problems of the late 60s and the 70s is the question of that time.

Since 1972, every election has been between people who would have been (or will be) bad Presidents. Every single one.

You cannot be led by bad leaders for 44 years and expect anything but bad results.

Various attempts have been made to end the “nothing but bad candidates problem.” All of them have failed.

Each failure is another rail pounded into the railway to Hell America is building.

You must fix this problem, of nothing but bad leaders, or you can go nowhere good. And even if you elect the “lesser evil,” you are just going to Hell a little slower.

Fix your politics, or wind up in Hell.

It is that simple, and I am not saying “Hell” idly.

(The saddest thing is that as flawed as he was, I’d take Nixon in a heartbeat over any President from Reagan on. Yes, including Clinton and Obama. It isn’t even close.)

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