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Letter: What is worse?

Those who watched the first of the 2016 presidential debates now have an even better personality portrait of the two finalists in this race to the bottom.

Donald Trump could not help but be Trump: rhetorically and intellectually challenged; ego-sensitive and crude; bluster with little substance; and unapologetic about snaking the system — basically, an over-privileged, petty, shyster-like, thin-skinned buffoon that could not help repeating himself like a school-grader over and over and over again because of his limited capacity to think, question and explain. A sad display for all watching, reinforcing images of a skanky, bloated, corrupt, surprisingly dim-witted power elite who do nonetheless have a knack for “making deals” and taking advantage of the system (picture an Aspen political donor dinner).

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, performed like the typical well-scripted, over-trained politician who, with a smile, lies through her teeth and fails to accept any real responsibility for her bad decisions and deeds. Bill might have been “Slick Willie,” but Hillary slithers through the controversy surrounding her. She won the debate, no doubt, mainly because her laundry list of misdeeds was brushed over (no mention of the shady Clinton Foundation) and because U.S. society loves veneer and hates thinking. And, of course, a dumbfounded Trump failed miserably at his only duty in the debate: expose the abundant evidence of misbehavior and questionable decision-making that point to a “crooked Hillary,” and drive those points into the ground until they stick.

So, we — that is, those who have the right to vote — are left to choose between a well-scripted puppet of special interests, greedy and power hungry, who uses political office to gain money and political influence, or an unscripted, off-the-hinge, equally greedy and power hungry, self-absorbed capitalist hog who views the government as a vehicle for his special interests. A screw-the-system-capitalist-turn-politician or a screw-the-system-politician-turn-capitalist — what is worse?

Sean Elias

Glenwood Springs


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