Oct 202016

The Last Presidential Debate Of 2016

For the third and last time before the Presidential Election, the two presidential candidates took on issues and one another at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. (The debate was moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.)

This time, both presidential candidates appeared composed. The tone of the debate itself was significantly more civil that the previous two. Each of the candidates revealed and elaborated on their respective visions for our Country’s future and debated their often contrasting views on such topics as guns, abortion, Russia, ISIS, Syria, taxes, national debt, and more.

As the election approaches it becomes clearer that one of the candidates plans a Country based on a strong, educated and prosperous middle class and the other on the wealthy few. One is progressive, sharp and yes: reasonable, while the other insists on turning back the clock and reversing progress. One understands the lessons of history and the other is eager to repeat its darkest moments. One knows the facts and the other is guessing.

Still, the most perplexing moment of the evening came when Donald Trump implied that he may not concede the election, if Hillary Clinton is elected. The American political system is the foundation of our Country. It brought the United States into existence and sustained it for 240 years. It’s shocking that a presidential contender would seek to question its integrity.

Civilized societies expand and evolve from their existing foundations. Is the process always smooth and error-free? No, but it’s always forward. Civilized societies don’t regress.

In her closing statement, Hillary Clinton asked for America’s vote. Donald Trump didn’t.

VOTE! This time, it isn’t about a candidate A or a Candidate B, but about our future. You get to choose:

  • the return to isolationism and walls separating countries; times when the many were exploited by a few (feudalism); when women were told how to live, when impending catastrophes (global warming will become one!) were ignored


  • common sense, progress, peaceful coexistence, reasonable problem and conflict resolution, good education, greener energy and environmental preservation

In closing, no one asked the question so far, but it might be the right time to ask: what are the expectations of a savvy businessman who invested many millions of his own money in any venture, including a presidential run? Isn’t the primary expectation of a businessman making a profit on investment? What ROI does the Republican candidate expect and more importantly, WHO will have to produce it?……

There might be more to politics than running a successful business, after all. The “more” may very well be the responsibility for “the greatest good for the greatest number”.


Donald Trump will accept the outcome of the presidential election, if he wins…. (Duh…) This was obviously said by the candidate as a joke. On a more serious note, Trump rushed to state for the record that he will accept the outcome of the election but reserves the right to contest or challenge the election’s result in court.

Every American citizen – who can substantiate his or her claim – is entitled to use our court system in the pursuit of justice. There is nothing wrong when a person is seeking justice but plenty wrong when a person is questioning the American democracy using words wide open for interpretation (one of which could potentially include a coup).

Donald Trump moved for a swift damage control, first thing in the morning on the day (10/20/16) following the final presidential debate of 2016. His latest statement is an improvement over “I’ll keep you in suspense” statement Trump made during the debate.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich



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