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'Lesser Evil' Electoral Reasoning

Is voting for the lesser of the two evils in the American presidential election such a bad thing to do?

The second presidential debate between that consummate and trustworthy proxy of the financial aristocracy, Hillary Clinton, and the real estate billionaire speculator Donald Trump has thoughtlessly and indifferently gone by. Amidst the mutual mudslinging of the United States (US) presidential campaign, as far as the poll numbers go, Trump seems to be losing ground to Clinton, even as he continues to attract very large numbers of people. Scandal seems to be the principal means in what has become a bitter fight between the two opponents to torpedo each other’s electoral campaign.

Surely, the video from the NBC programme “Access Hollywood,” the airing of which brought on public indignation at Trump boasting about successfully leveraging his wealth and celebrity status as an ace sexual predator, was kept in store for release a month before polling day (8 November), and there may be more to come as that point in time approaches. Sex scandals are very much a part of the means by which the American ruling class fights out its differences in public, and Trump has been going to town about Bill Clinton’s sex-escapades, except that that story is by now old hat.

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