Now that I have time to elaborate, I think Chip is spot-on. Electability is the only thing that matters in this election, but I still think it’s a crapshoot for a different reason: the owners of this country will not allow someone who threatens their status to get anywhere near the White House. I’m talking about what Karl Marx called the bourgeoisie, and what George Carlin called “The Big Club.” They’re the ultra-rich assholes who have all the money, own all the corporations, fund the candidates who will do what they want, and control the media which decides what news and information you get to hear. I used to be naive enough to think that this was limited to the Republican Party, but it’s not. Look who Democrats have been electing to office lately. The Democratic Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive who bailed out of there just before the financial crisis. The Democratic Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, is an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune to the tune of $3.5 billion. When he and his wife bought a vacation home a few years ago, they had the toilets ripped out of it so it would be declared uninhabitable under state law, getting them out of having to pay $500,000 in property taxes. The game is rigged. It really doesn’t matter who you vote for because you get the same economic results. Now in 2016 people were just starting to realize this. The problem was they were convinced the “establishment” was the source of their problems and not The Big Club. Using a combination of racism, identity politics for white people, and localized issues (specifically trade deals in the Midwest), Trump convinced people that they could overthrow the bourgeoisie by electing one of its most prominent and disgusting members. Unsurprisingly, Trump has filled his administration with CEOs, his criminal friends on Wall Street, and most notably, he put the wife of an evil pyramid scheme leader in charge of public education. Even more unsurprisingly, they’re all pilfering and plundering our federal government for their own enrichment. What’s most ironic is that his most militant supporters are the ones getting hurt the worst by his policies. Here in Michigan, Macomb and Monroe counties voted overwhelmingly for Trump because he kept screaming that he’d rip up NAFTA. While NAFTA sent most of our manufacturing jobs away, it brought in far more tech, finance, and STEM jobs and our economy is far more robust because of it. Thanks to the steel tariffs, General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler are all raising car prices, cutting production, closing plants, laying people off, and are on track for bankruptcy again. If NAFTA was terminated, thousands of businesses in Detroit and other border cities would be devastated. And yet those people will all vote for Trump again next year. That folks is the power of racism. White people don’t seem to care if their company goes out of business and they lose their livelihood as long as Blacks don’t get welfare, immigrants get deported, Muslims get banned from entering the country, and we build a wall as a middle finger to our brown neighbors south of the border. That’s your “economic anxiety” right there. These are the tricks that the bourgeoisie uses to get good, honest, hardworking people to vote against their own interests. They use the divisiveness of the culture wars as the ultimate and most powerful distraction from how badly they’re getting fucked economically. They use the fight against abortion and gay marriage to get mostly evangelical Christians to vote for the party that has given us right-to-work, the destruction of unions, hyper inflation, the worst wealth imbalance in our country’s history, increasingly shitty jobs that pay the same wage as they did 40 years ago while your dollar gets stretched and stretched until it rips in half, but that’s a-ok with them as long as the people they hate get put back in their places. The people in Charlottesville waving confederate and Nazi flags don’t care about economics, they care about making sure white people are coddled and treated as better than everyone else. Thankfully we’re getting to the point of end-stage capitalism, where supply-side capitalism collapses because of its own policies. There’s another reason why the car companies are getting into trouble: people just can’t afford new cars. A new graduate like myself is usually coming out of college with $60k in student loans, works a $15/hour job and has a four-figure rent payment. Someone like that will probably never be able afford to drop 40 grand into a new set of wheels. Now being the pragmatist that I am, I still vote because there is still a choice. With Republicans you get shitty economic policies as well as white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and a dysfunctional government. With Democrats you get the same shitty economic policies, but at least you get gay marriage, abortion, and legal marijuana. I go with option number two. So for that reason, I’m going with Biden in 2020. If Trump is re-elected and gets to continue to pack the courts with right-wing hacks and stack his administration with criminals who openly break the law (most recently Mnuchen refusing to turn over his tax returns), America will not survive four more years. My prescription for this country is to start by cleaning house. If I was the one being sworn in as president on January 20, 2021, my first act would be to appoint a special prosecutor to have Trump and his entire family thrown in prison for all their crimes both in and out of office. Trump has committed decades of tax fraud, which is why they’re refusing to turn over his taxes to the House Finance Committee (in direct violation of the law, which says that the committee can view the tax returns of any American taxpayer). Second, I’d order the CIA to have Vladimir Putin killed for his interference in the election. Despite what Barr says, the Trump campaign admitted that they colluded with Russia. Paul Manafort gave polling data to the Russians and Jared Kushner admitted to meeting with the Russians to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. To say that’s not collusion is like saying that walking into a bank, pointing a gun at the teller and demanding all the money isn’t armed robbery. Put simply, the only way for America to survive this cancer is to vote him out and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law to serve as a deterrent to any other billionaire from abusing the presidency to line his pockets.