There were a few thoughts about why we even think that this particular election is, or should be, competitive.
And it shouldn't be.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are not comparable.
But that is not because of THEIR differences, but our way of seeing ourselves and our country.
I look at this election, and every election with a sense of ownership. This is not the country of rich people, white people, black people, poor people, immigrant people, Christians, Jews or Muslims. This is MY country. And for that, it is MY responsibility to shape it, guide it, find representatives and leaders for it, and keep those people in line.
It is not my expectation that these people are my slaves to do my bidding, or hit men to carry out my intimidation or crucifixion, but do have some sense of judgement, and do the best that they can.
I am not going to a football game where a fumble or interception is equal to an execution or firing. But where we trust that these people will actually try to do their best for our shared goals. Stability, security, prosperity, opportunity and fairness. Cheating to win, and rewards for winning feels a lot like dragging a finger on the roulette wheel. Lying about your opponent is not about winning, but attempting to destroy lives and careers, while serving yourself and your friends. That might be fine in your neighborhood gang, but it isn't good in MY world.
There is no comparison between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. One person tries and sometimes makes mistakes. The other person doesn't give a damn about you or me. One person has worked all her life in the public and private sector. Even if she gets paid more than I do, she still works for a living. The other one lies for a living. Telling you how great you are, telling me how great I am, telling me how awful every one else is, and telling me how smart you and he is. A four year old believes that. Maybe. And he tells me that he tells the truth? Exactly how STUPID does he think I am?
If we talk about being offended. I am offended.
I am offended that he thinks I'm that stupid. I am offended because 14 million people (some of them are my friends) ARE that stupid.
I am offended that he has put this election into this position.
I am offended to have to try to explain to the rest of the country and the rest of the world why Americans are NOT really that stupid.
I'm not angry as much as disappointed in America and scared that if we can come this close to making this kind of choice we are only a half step away from electing Idi Amin or Adolph Hitler or Josef Stalin or Brexit.