The 2016 U. S. presidential race: how Trump and Clinton compare – their strengths, their weaknesses, and their odds of winning

TheTickets-ClintonKaineVsTrumpPence-532The 2016 presidential primaries are history, and the 2016 Republican and Democratic conventions are over. These events have given the American people an insight into the two parties and their candidates. On November 8, Americans will decide who will lead their country for the next four years: Donald John Trump or Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The differences between the two candidates and their party and personal platforms and agendas – just like their personalities – are like the difference between night and day.

This much we know about the two parties and their candidates:

TheFight-VeryUGLY-300(1) Republicans are in utter disunity, Democrats are united. Ted Cruz refused to endorse Trump, while party leaders George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney, among others, indicated their disdain for Trump and boycotted the party convention. Democrats were united and unanimous in proclaiming Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate.

(2) The Republican Party convention was mismanaged, the Democratic Party convention was a huge success. The Republican convention featured a plagiarized speech, many miscues, and a lineup of second-rate speakers. The Democratic convention was entertaining, informative, well-organized, on cue, and featured big-name and compelling speakers.

(3) Republicans are pessimistic about their country, Democrats believe America is the greatest nation on earth. Republican convention speakers pictured America as a “dark” and “morbid” place and the rest of the world as “falling apart.” Democrats drew an optimistic picture of the world and of America as the greatest nation on earth.

AmericasChoices-320While Donald Trump pictures America as a “broken” country and proclaimed that he “alone can fix it,” Hillary Clinton speaks about work “we are all engaged in” to keep America a great nation and which aims to “make our country even greater.” And while Donald Trump pitches a message of hatred and division, Hillary Clinton talks of her struggle for national unity and dialogue.

Never in the history of the United States has a woman been nominated and offered a chance to lead the country – and never before have Americans had the chance to elect a leader who has eerily striking similarities to Adolph Hitler!

Trump incites violence, is racist, misogynous, xenophobic, and a pathological liar. Trump is absolutely ignorant with regard to issues of world economy, diplomacy, and military strengths and weaknesses, while an expert in bilking people, including students of his so-called Trump University.

Hillary Clinton has spent her entire adult life serving the people – the underprivileged, women and children, and minorities. She is credited with representing the interests of the United States and building good, sound relationship with peoples and nations around the world.

If Americans vote the way they have in the past 238 years – and there is absolutely no reason they will not – we can safely predict that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be elected the 45th president of the United States this November.


About Julius Willis

A former Philippines newspaper publisher and businessman, Julius resettled in California, USA, where he simultaneously worked as an instructional and technical writer and engineering department manager and taught college for 26 years. Now retired, he serves as a member of the Alameda County Housing & Community Development Advisory Committee. He also served as a member of the City of Hayward's General Plan Task Force and the city's Planning, Personnel, Citizens Advisory, and Community Services commissions.
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