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今年总统大选,中间选民往哪边走?

(2016-10-09 19:40:31) 下一个

自从有投票权以来,我从来没有缺席过任何行使公民权利的机会,而且总是不遗余力地游说我的朋友们去投票。我一直认为,投谁是选择,投还是不投是原则。可是今年的总统大选,我要做一件严重违背自己的原则的事情——我决定放弃我的一票。

一边是令人深恶痛绝的政治正确,空洞的政治口号,虚伪的政客,肮脏的政治交易,越来越左的liberal言论。2004年,奥巴马在民主党全国党代表大会上发表了令人耳目一新的演讲,当时让我激动不已,把他看成一个充满政治理想和治国理念的政治新星。在经历了布什八年执政带来的战争,金融危机,失业,贫富差距日益扩大之后,我幻想着奥巴马会给美国带来一股振兴改革的清风,我满腔热情地两次投票给奥巴马,希望自己不仅见证的是美国历史上的第一个黑人总统,而且是一个能把美国带出衰退的伟大的总统。可是奥巴马八年执政给我们留下了什么政治遗产,巨幅增加的国债,族群分裂,非法移民泛滥,耗费巨资又漏洞百出的医疗保健系统,几近破产的社会福利系统,日渐贫穷的中产阶级。我承认,奥巴马是一位有政治理想的领袖,可是美国现在最不需要的就是左派乌托邦式的 Democratic Socialism 理想。

另一边是令人无法信任的,粗俗,傲慢,无知,无原则,无道德底线,无治国方针的政治投机者。在对民主党彻底失望之后,我是真心实意地想投共和党一票。可是共和党党内极右势力嚣张,狭隘,内斗,各自为政,竟然推举不出一个像样的候选人。Trump 的出线,本身就说明共和党建制派不仅没有争取到温和共和党选民的支持,而且也已经被保守共和党选民所抛弃。

有人说两害取其轻,可是我没有那么高的智慧,能够判断这两害孰轻孰重。有人说选总统就是选最高法院法官,可是我没有那么远的眼界,能够看到坏总统和好法官哪个对美国的未来起决定性的影响。有人说美国是三权分立,总统没有绝对的权力,可是我没有那么大的信心,敢把核武器的按钮交到一个疯子的手上。

如果历史能重来……

1933年,德国人民因为不满魏玛共和体制的政治恶斗、民不聊生,听信了纳粹使德国强大和富裕的承诺,选择了希特勒,给包括德国人民在内的全世界人民带来了万劫不复的灾难。

1959年,古巴人民因为痛恨巴蒂斯塔的独裁统治,选择了卡斯特罗,开启了长达50多年的闭关锁国式的新一轮独裁统治。

2011年,埃及人民因为不满穆巴拉克的独裁统治下,公民缺乏自由选举权和言论自由权,政治严重腐败,失业率严重,低工资和高物价等问题,发起了“茉莉花革命”,选择了以穆斯林兄弟会为代表的民选政府,不到一年的时间内,就对新政府彻底失望,走上街头“二次革命”。

2016年,我选择“不选择”!God Bless America!

 

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菲儿天地 回复 悄悄话 回复 '小声音' 的评论 : 同意,昨天看了辩论!
别让童心流浪 回复 悄悄话 好文!
我的孩子也关心美国的选举,我的大儿子精英高中学生,性格温和,他就不喜欢Trump,觉得他是个无理的家伙,不知道他会给世界带来什么,他也不喜欢希拉里,觉得她是个liar.
我觉得谁入主都一样,美国的体系和体制就摆在哪里,个人能撼动体制吗?
小声音 回复 悄悄话 赞子乔有主见:))
美国在走下坡路,不管是哪个人当总统都是不可避免的。
问好子乔:)
ziqiao123 回复 悄悄话 回复 '暖冬cool夏' 的评论 : 今年的选举好难, 不管谁上台, 美国走下坡路的趋势已经是不可阻挡了. Alas!
ziqiao123 回复 悄悄话 回复 'nightrider' 的评论 : Thanks for reading my article and making long and thoughtful comments. I want to make some points clear:

1. 'mapletea' is one of the readers like you, so make sure you address to right person when you refute.

2. No sure I'm qualified as a "liberal", I do side with some of their values though, such as gun control, global warming. I actually vote Republican a lot, especially in state and local elections. Don't label people who you don't know, which makes you more ignorant.

3. Communism and socialism are different ideologies, I'm surprised you categorized Cuba and North Korea as the same socialism as France and Spain. They are not different doses of socialism, period.

4. My past experience in China teaches me not to be a racist and bigot, rather a good sense of judgement.

5. Not voting for either Trump or Clinton does not mean I won't vote, I have been voting more than any Chinese I know, won't make exception this time.

6. You can believe whatever you believe, judgemental and 盛气凌人 do not make your argument more convincing.


暖冬cool夏 回复 悄悄话 这篇写得好的,我和你感同身受的是对Obama曾有的希望和今天的失望,不过我还没有选举权的。美国就是在走下坡路。很多人有和你一样的决定。谢子乔分享。
nightrider 回复 悄悄话 回复 'mapletea' 的评论 :
Another remark regarding the extent and degree of socialism.

You can see the detrimental effect on the economy of socialism in the form of absence of incentives in small scales even in the US: The government bureaucratic agencies, DMV services, US Postal Service and government subsidized union controlled companies like bankrupted GM, etc., etc.
nightrider 回复 悄悄话 回复 'mapletea' 的评论 :
Let me make one more remark regarding your objection with me using English.

Did you not write English in your Blog? "God Bless America". Well, what kind of America do you want to live in? An America in which one can not freely choose what language they use to best express themselves? I thought you were a liberal, holding up high the sacred banner of ideals of multiculturalism and tolerance. Deep down you are instinctive resentful of anything out of the norm. You are immediately taken out of your comfort zone, all that brain wash notwithstanding. Now your true color got exposed when you encounter a real situation. Is that right? Wow, where does the political correctness go? How does it disappear so fast? What irony and hypocrisy! I suppose you do not see it. It is precisely this kind of liberal hypocrisy that had most Americans fed up and catapulted Trump to his candidacy.
nightrider 回复 悄悄话 回复 'mapletea' 的评论 :

I wonder why you would not answer my question. Notwithstanding, I will answer your questions one by one. I hope you would reciprocate (out of courtesy).

1) Yes, I have not only been to China but have lived in China, and as a matter of fact, was born in China.
2) I can post in Chinese. Are you asking me if I am capable of writing Chinese or why I choose to write in English? How is this relevant to the topic we are discussing? I can tell you I choose to use English since it is so much easier to type in English rather Chinese. But I do not have to any reason to choose to do so, so long as what I choose fits my purpose. My purpose here is to communicate ideas to you and to others. Apparently you and others have no problem comprehending English --- otherwise you would not have understood what is happening with this election in the first place. But is this a problem for you? Are you asking me why I do not do what most other people do, why I do not follow the norm? Are you asking me why I choose to do something different from others? Do you even prefer I think like most other people do, preferably like you do? Even considering norm, it is abnormal to use Chinese in the US --- you are living in the US, are you not? --- considering Chinese being a small minority. So this route of logic does not stand. So the question to you is, what purpose does your question serve?

3) I knew you were going to use the examples of Denmark, Sweden or other European countries. The socialism are all the same. The only difference is the extent or quantity of it. These examples only serve to prove my point. It is not unlike taking any poison, say, cyanide. The harm is proportional to the quantity you take. The economic growth, science and technology innovations do not come from these Scandinavian countries with small doses of socialism, even including Canada. Also the Scandinavian countries have the lucrative oil revenues to keep them afloat for quite some time to come. I wonder why you cherry pick your examples, not mention France, Spain and Greece. They have the same or higher doses of socialism and look where their economies are now. The countries with the highest doses have all died including the last stand Cuba, except North Korea still gasping on its last breath.

4) Yes, I am very ignorant and maybe quite biased. I am more and more aware of my ignorance as I keep learning and observing. Bias is inevitable as one can only draw conclusions from the limited observations and experience. Ignorance and bias is a matter of life. Are you boasting you are not ignorant and unbiased? Then you are omniscient, thus you are God. I wonder why you choose to abstain from voting. In fact, you should be on the ticket, being the Messiah. To counteract my ignorance, I try to make observation and learn from the failures of others and oneself. Nothing can save one from denial and deliberate self-inflicted blindsidedness. You seem to stubbornly bury your head in the sand. You try to erase the memory of life in socialist China in the more distant past. In the nearer past, by your own admission, you were disappoint with Obama's first 4 years, but chose to ignore that and still voted for him for the second time in the hopes things would somehow miraculously change.

I am sure you have seen the following quote before, but I will post here since there is nothing more apt. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
爱吃海蛎煎 回复 悄悄话 明白人。
Laren 回复 悄悄话 这次大选本质上是选高院大法官啊, 总要表个态的. 大法官可是终身制的, 希拉里在辩论中明确表示要任命一个自由派的. 还是三思而后行吧.
ahhhh 回复 悄悄话 政治就是这样,今天希拉里邪恶,就支持川普。明天他是独裁者,再反对他。如果你今天都撑不过,管明天干嘛?坐壁上观,自古以来都是倒霉。
ziqiao123 回复 悄悄话 回复 '文取心' 的评论 : 你怎么知道trump 不会把车推下悬崖?
文取心 回复 悄悄话 一辆车搁在悬崖边上,奥巴马是驾驶员,希拉里是那个坐在副驾驶座的,而川普是个站在外面的旁观者,手上正好有一条钢索——反对‘政治正确。你选谁来拯救这辆车?
如果你承认美国在下滑,那就只能选川普。
Norcalfan0 回复 悄悄话 Support your decision.
The electoral-vote system made our votes meaningless unless you live in these swing states. We need to change it (so or later).
newberry 回复 悄悄话 真好笑。楼主无原则支持民主党许多年,从来没有质疑过候选人的道德才能。今年实在投不下去希拉里了,突然和其它民主党信徒一样,个个扮演高大上的角色,异口同声地指责川普没有道德才能,所以还是不能选他。要我说,川普比起最近20年的候选人,算是最正常的一个。希拉里其实比奥巴马和桑德斯好一些。可惜民主党有眼无珠,08年选了奥巴马。
ziqiao123 回复 悄悄话 谢谢大家留言,政治观点可以不同,选择也可以不同,这正是民主赋予我们的权利. 而且我相信大家都是为了让这个国家越来越好。

我想说明两点 ,第一,请不要混淆communism和 socialism,这是两个完全不同的概念,况且我本人也并不赞成socialism;第二,不选Trump,不完全是因为他的人品低下,更主要的是因为,他那种无法预测的、无原则的、可能会把美国带进灾难的行事风格。
零不是数 回复 悄悄话 古巴的闭关锁国是卡斯特罗的主意,还是美国封锁的结果?
北美庆丰 回复 悄悄话 我是从2000年开始一直投给共和党,这次要投给民主党了。
德州渔夫_2010 回复 悄悄话 是这个感觉:一个也不满意。
mapletea 回复 悄悄话 nightrider 发表评论于 2016-10-10 00:47:21

nightrider, can I ask you if you have been to China or lived in China? Can I also I ask you why you can not post your comment in Chinese as most of others? You think Obama and his socialism is the same as Xi and his predecessor's socialism? How about Denmark and Sweden or even the neighboring Canada? What about their socialism! I think you are either ignorant or biased.
人間的盒子 回复 悄悄话 我也选择"不选择",God Bless America!
nightrider 回复 悄悄话 Can I ask if you came from mainland China? I am sure you have seen how socialism had destroyed China and every single country it has touched. How could you have pinned your hopes on Obama and his socialism at all? Looking back is not necessarily Monday morning quarterback. Learning from history is to make better judgment for the future. It seems the sad and brutal history of your prior home country, much less the history of other communist countries, has not taught you anything.

As for the current election, the problem with Hillary is that she will sure lead US further down the bitter path of socialism and history has shown she has no qualms of trampling on the law of the land; while the problem with Trump is mostly with his morality and his political incorrectness. Which shortcoming is much more dire than the other? Is that now obvious?
ziqiao123 回复 悄悄话 回复 '虎啸山林' 的评论 : 想请教您,共和党内那么多的资深政治人物都放弃支持trump,是因为他们都放弃了共和党的价值观?还是因为trump的个人形象?我认为都不是。恰恰是trump不能代表传统的共和党价值观。
ziqiao123 回复 悄悄话 回复 '元龍歸思' 的评论 : 这种马后炮的话毫无意义。我不选他们俩中的任何一个,只是表明我的态度。奥巴马的总统行政命令是不是在法律的许可范围之内,如果是怎么能算是独裁?
元龍歸思 回复 悄悄话 说到独裁,奥8才独裁,这些年签处了多少总统行政命令?跟他共事的人如果不识相,最后基本上是灰溜溜的给撵走得。
虎啸山林 回复 悄悄话 替您捋捋思路。对民主党和希拉里的失望和痛恨都是关于社会、经济、政治的,而对川普的失望则是关于个人形象和道德。回头看看,看起来完美的奥巴马不管用,而私生活一团糟的比尔却干的不错。我们需要检讨和决定的是:美国还能负担得起让民主党再执政4年吗?其它都是小节。
元龍歸思 回复 悄悄话 你应该为两次投奥8负起良心责任。第一次犹可恕,第二次就真是糊涂了。本人早在他出道之初就看出他是空口说大话的见风使舵的骑墙派。

管仲千古贤相,也有瑕疵。不投票是在两难选择中作懦夫般逃避,居然还自为标榜,以示清高。
一问三知 回复 悄悄话 回复"工薪阶层": 可想过为什么点击那么多、点赞那么少?
ziqiao123 回复 悄悄话 回复 '工薪阶层' 的评论 : 谢谢,一定去读读。
ziqiao123 回复 悄悄话 回复 '金韦' 的评论 : 就是无法判断下一家是好是坏。
ziqiao123 回复 悄悄话 回复 'ahhhh' 的评论 : 不希望,但也不能因此选个独裁者。
ziqiao123 回复 悄悄话 回复 'cuteyeve' 的评论 : 请麻烦您再读一遍文章。
工薪阶层 回复 悄悄话 为什么民主党是中产阶级的噩梦,请阅读此文。已点击2万多,点赞98.
http://bbs.wenxuecity.com/currentevent/849763.html
金韦 回复 悄悄话 职场中有一亇关于跳槽的忠告:决定应基于下一家公司比现在的好而不是因为现在这一家不好。
ahhhh 回复 悄悄话 所以你希望上学和工作AA,
BLM天天骚乱,
恐袭经常不断,
男人进女厕所?
cuteyeve 回复 悄悄话 老大,您这能。Obama 2004年竞选总统???
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