The information overload, biased media reports and planned spinning of events doesn't make it easy to evaluate the effects on freedom by a candidate's expressions and platforms.
As I think about this current race for the White House, I remember some past observations I had as I watched other elections.
I remember very well when Bill Clinton was running for president. His personal morality was pretty much set forth before the American people.
Americans would never elect such a person president would they? How could such a person be trusted if he doesn’t have moral integrity? How is it that lying and cheating just seem to slide off the backs of the Clinton's and their voting block doesn't care?
Trump’s distasteful discussion has caused some new moral outcry. Even from Clinton supporters? There is some irony in that.
Trump may not walk on the moral high high ground but he isn't trying to tear it down. Hillary is. You can object to Trump's foul mouth and infidelities on that basis and not vote for him, but doing so will give Hillary a bulldozer.
The religious freedom that under girds it cannot be tolerated the liberal platform of which Hillary Clinton is the current spokesperson.
When Mitt Romney ran, I thought here is perhaps the best qualified person to ever run for president. He had integrity and a wealth of experience in life and government. The American people had other ideas and opted for a notion of popularity. I think Romney would have done much for the efficiency of government but he is probably still connected to the elite corporate structure of the country that does some back room negotiations.
It doesn't do much good anymore to dwell on the private morality of our leaders. We all know where the morals of our country are. “Everything is relative to one’s personal beliefs.” So they say. It is really just fallacies and misinformation fed to undecided minds.
Politicians of late no longer attempt to legislate moral standards or even lead people to them. In fact they have been legislated away to suit the morals of the nation. Are there even any capable of such leadership? Look at Anthony Weiner.
Hillary adores Margaret Sanger whose ideology is also anti-life and anti-freedom and lends itself to these attitudes and preserved them in Planned Parenthood. A misnomer of significant proportion.
It seems that Hillary, like Bill has found her position in continuing as representative of the moral condition of our nation. Poverty will continue to expand as will general mediocrity and it isn't because abortion hasn't been allowed, as some 60 million have been performed since 1973. Sanger's vision of destruction is flawed to say the least.
I do have some cause to wonder though that maybe Hillary isn't really an evil person. There are many ways to work through a rocky relationship. Maybe her attitudes about children and families are based on her miserable experience and the obvious discord in their marriage. Why was Bill such a philanderer?
We are well aware that the presidency can be sought without any integrity or experience at all. Now it is all about the first this or that or the first married couple to both be president in this case. It is somewhat reminiscent of time I spent in Argentina.
The negative terms that have been applied to him by his critics are part of a strong personality and distorted negatively out of proportion by media talking heads. Like so many, he has done some overhauls of his morals and I think his fine tuning is taking him in the right direction. Hillary shows no sign of change.
The economy and national security have a much better chance with Trump than with Clinton. She has already proved her incompetence in those areas.
Either way, no matter who wins I know life will go on and we will most all be gone in 50 -100 years. Congress will contain some of the freedom slippage and perhaps our grandchildren and succeeding generations will still enjoy certain freedoms.
Morality will certainly continue to be a confusing issue for many. Many changes will occur but some of us will chart our own course through it all and survive, hopefully quite well.
Decisions determine our destiny and so too will this election have its effects, positive or negative.