Who is the Lesser of Two Evils?

Never has the phrase “the lesser of two evils” been so apt than in this 2016 general election cycle. Essentially we’re faced with a choice of voting for one of two bad candidates: one a proven liar who already has failed miserably running the United States Department of State, and the other a fed up business tycoon-turned entertainment reality television host-turned outsider politician to whom speaking eloquently (and in some cases respectfully) is a challenge. We also have the option of voting for a third-party candidate or no one at all.

To say the least it has been a whirlwind affair but what the 2016 presidential campaign has done is shed a light on how corrupt and flawed politics is. Indeed, trying to find a politician without a scandal is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign and in fact her entire political career has been abysmal. But that doesn’t matter to the mainstream media (MSM) which is all too eager and willing to change the subject. The fact is that Hillary Clinton can’t lay out a litany of positive accomplishments because she has none. She has many negatives like lying about what happened in Benghazi, Libya where four Americans were killed, one a U.S. ambassador she claims was a friend but neglected to respond to his constant requests for more security. What kind of friend is that?

Other negatives she has going against her include 1) setting up a computer server in her home and using it for work-related emails, 2) deleting an estimated 33,000 emails she claims were mostly personal, 3) wiping the server clean, 4) the discovered email to her daughter Chelsea clearly stating that the Benghazi incident had nothing to do with a YouTube video, 5) her disdain for the Second Amendment and the NRA whose mission it is to protect it, 6) her continuing support for Obamacare, which shows how extremely out of touch she is with most Americans she claims to be fighting for, 7) her unabashed support for murdering unborn babies if that’s what a woman feels is in her best interest, and many, many more.

Despite all this her supporters couldn’t care less. But Trump’s supporters also seem blind to his many misdeeds, ill-advised remarks and the way he has run his campaign. Aren’t they bothered by how he 1) put down Senator John McCain’s service, 2) made vulgar remarks about Megyn Kelly, 3) sent out a tweet with photos comparing his wife Melania to Senator Ted Cruz’ wife Heidi, 4) his conversation with Billy Bush about how hot certain women were, or any other ridiculous things he says?

Or is it the MSM’s strategy? I understand that the MSM deliberately misstate facts in order to get the public to perceive something that isn’t really true. They did this once by claiming that Trump mocked a disabled reporter when he waved his arms around as if he was making fun of someone with cerebral palsy.

Let’s examine the facts. Now I get that Trump mocking a disabled reporter was about the reporter being dishonest and not his disability. As it turns out, the media again did the audacious and created a false narrative. The reporter apparently has a disorder, but not one that affects his hands and arms, not cerebral palsy. So when Trump waved his arms around it wasn’t mocking the reporter’s disability, it was displaying contempt for his dishonesty. The media wants so bad to paint Trump in a negative light so he won’t get elected. This is what they shamelessly do.

As far as Megyn Kelly is concerned, I might be able to believe that maybe Trump wasn’t referring to her menstrual function when he told a reporter that she was “bleeding from her eyes and wherever.” Maybe he just said “wherever” to bring that discussion to an end and move on to another topic. Okay, I could see that maybe he really wasn’t trying to be vulgar.

And maybe he wasn’t trying to insult John McCain personally with respect to his service to our country and his time as a POW. It could be that his tongue just got tangled with some other thought he had running through his head and he saw an opportunity to be funny at that moment, as we all sometimes do, so he took it and blurted out something to the effect that he likes pilots who don’t get caught. Obviously if that is the case he should apologize and move on. But political correctness is not his thing and he wants to be true to his commitment not to be politically correct. But it wouldn’t be politically correct to apologize for putting his foot in his mouth, it would just be correct.

One thing most people have a hard time with, even if they forgive him for the other remarks, is Trump’s tweet of two side-by-side photos, one of his wife Melania and the other of Ted Cruz’ wife Heidi, comparing their looks, respectively one glamorous and the other unflattering. It’s a rather childish but disrespectful thing to do, much less during a campaign.

Then I heard the infamous recording of a discussion between him and TV personality Billy Bush joking the way men sometimes joke, captured in a conversation intended to be private. Although the conversation led to objectifying women, they weren’t calling them bitches or whores. Trump was really bragging about how his celebrity affords him the luxury of making inroads with hot women. It wasn’t a hatred for women, but it wasn’t necessarily respectful. Laughably, Trump claims that no one respects women more than he. I can’t stop rolling my eyes.

What’s more unbecoming of a U.S. president, though, making private comments objectifying women or making a public statement that the September 11, 2012 incident in Benghazi was due to a YouTube video some kid made? What can Americans overlook more, Trump’s outlandish and childish behavior or Clinton’s outright violations within the State department? He has a proven record of getting things done. She has a record of failure.

For all Donald Trump’s negatives, he’s still a better and more attractive candidate than Hillary Clinton.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor-at-Large of RightWingWriter.com, a website for conservative viewpoints. An original participant in the Tea Party, he takes part in pro-America rallies when his time permits. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at spencergroup@hotmail.com.

Lies the Media Tell and Get the Public to Believe

It’s no secret that the media is in the tank for the Democrat party and will do whatever it can to put the left in power, even if that means willfully lying to the public. It’s easy for them to get away with lying because many Americans have been indoctrinated by academia, Hollywood and the media. Unfortunately, as outrageous as some of these lies are, it’s difficult to disprove them once they’ve been told since the low information constituency blindly goes along with most everything the media says.

Here are a few lies that the media have told and people still believe despite the overwhelming amount of evidence disproving these lies.

Bush lied, people died. Both politicians and the media have said that Bush lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction (WMD), or that he lied his way into war. No, he did not lie. He was taking the word of 19 intelligence agencies that said that Saddam Hussein had WMD. Opponents will say he went to war to steal oil. Again, not true. We never got any oil out of the war. The first thing that oil-rich countries do when war breaks out is burn their oil fields, plants and refineries.

To the argument that the US was in Iraq for anything other than to fight and win a war against a country whose leader was in fact storing WMD, retired army general and former defense secretary Colin Powell stated that “the only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”

People also made the claim that GW Bush started a war to avenge the assassination attempt on his father George HW Bush. This claim has never been proven.

Hands up, don’t shoot. Another lie the media tell, or exacerbate, is the lie started in Ferguson, Missouri regarding the incident with Michael Brown, where Brown robbed a convenience store and roughed up its owner, then after being confronted by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson and struggling to grab his gun, he was shot as he continued to threaten Wilson’s life.

When bystanders were asked about the incident, one liar stated that Brown had his hands up as if he was surrendering to the officer. Again, not true as this has been proven false by the Obama Department of Justice as well as the Ferguson District Attorney’s office. But because the media seem to be an opponent of law enforcement and generally take the side of criminals and anything that seems popular at the moment they will easily ignore the proven facts and continue to perpetuate the lies.

Women earn less money than men. This is a case of picking and choosing which statistics to believe and report so that it suits the Democrat party. As economist Thomas Sowell has written about extensively, the difference in pay between men and women is the result that women work far less hours than do men. Women take time off to give birth and raise families so it’s not that women earn less per hour necessarily, but that they end up making less since they work less. This is a statistic those in the mainstream media don’t want you to know because it would blow their narrative right out of the water.

It should be mandatory for journalists and reporters to clarify and underline the truth in cases like these. Irresponsible journalism should be met with harsh penalties and compromised credibility.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor-at-Large of RightWingWriter.com, a website for conservative viewpoints. An original participant in the Tea Party, he takes part in pro-America rallies when his time permits. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at spencergroup@hotmail.com.