Steak or Fish? American Politics in the Year 2016

Every four years approximately 60 percent of voting-age Americans head to the polls to answer a critical question:

Steak or Fish?

Both have a myriad of benefits when incorporated into a balanced diet. Steak is high in protein and contains a mighty punch of Vitamin B-12. Fish is considered a great option for a light meal, is high in protein, and contains heart healthy fats. But, as we all know, too much of one thing can have its risks. Steak is high in saturated fat, and salmon contains elevated levels of mercury.

So what does this have to do with politics? Well, you see, American voters have been fed a diet comprised exclusively of steak and fish for 240 years and we are starting to see the affects of our unbalanced diet on the health of our political system.

Just imagine eating nothing but steak or fish every single day of your life: You would look and feel like America: Massive in size, angry in spirit, and jaded from the realization that you never really had a choice to begin with.

This is the state of politics in America in the year 2016.

Our political system has simultaneously produced two of the most outstandingly bad candidates to ever pursue the most powerful office in the world. Don’t take my word for it, let’s look at the data. A recently released Gallup poll of eligible voters shows that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a favorable/unfavorable rating of 38% to 57%, a rating that leaves her 19% underwater. Donald Trump faired no better, coming in at 36% to 59%, an equally disturbing 23-point disparity.

Both major party candidates have proven through their actions that they are not worthy of neither the trust of the American electorate nor the office that they seek.

Hillary Clinton has switched positions on key issues enough times to make you wonder whether she is suffering from the lingering affects of her 2012 fall and concussion. She was for TPP, now she is against it. She was against same-sex marriage, now she is for it. In 2011 she praised Syrian President Bashar Al Assad as a “reformer”. By 2015 she considered him a “principle threat”. Layer these flip flops with the multitude of scandals that have bereaved her campaign over the last year: e-mail-gate, Benghazi-gate, allegations of using the State Department to generate business deals for the Clinton Foundation, and the FBI’s investigation into her handling of classified intelligence materials which in recent days has been linked to the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist (and western intelligence informant) Shahram Amiri.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump does not fare any better on the presidential “smell test”. This may come as a surprise to you, but, Donald was a Democrat until 2011. He voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996. For Al Gore in 2000. For John Kerry in 2004. And for Barack Obama, yes, you read that right, in 2008. Mr. Trump is not a Republican. He is a narcissist who possesses an erotic interest in only one thing: himself. He has regularly lambasted minorities, women, the disabled, families of veterans killed in duty, war heroes, immigrants, and the list goes on. He has encouraged foreign countries to hack into the computers of American entities. And just the other day he eerily alluded to the option of gun toting supporters of the 2nd amendment taking matters into their hands when it comes to Hillary Clinton appointing Supreme Court justices. He has tapped the vein of America’s worst, and most potent form of rage: the fear of “the other”. Not since the run up to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 has a political movement anywhere in the world tapped into the rage of a particular corner of an electorate as Donald Trump has done during the 2016 election.

Americans will go to the polls this November, look at their menu and as they usually do, ask one simple question:

Who is the lesser of two evils?

Is it the Steak? Is it the Fish?

Regardless of your decision, remember this one thing:

The lesser of two evils, is still evil.

For America to be great again, America must change its menu.

About the Author
Jonathan Morav studied Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He enjoys writing about his various passions: food, international politics, and of course, Israel. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel. Currently, he is based in New York where he works as a business consultant with a specialty in New York's food and beverage industry.
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