?

Log in

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Bad Presidents

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

But sometimes fiction can take truth and turn it up to eleven.

We all know how the recent presidential election turned out in the real world. Hilary Clinton won by three million votes, but Donald Trump is going to take office in a week and a half, thanks to the electoral college, James Comey, and some Russian hackers. I've seen a lot of Trump voters saying, yes, Trump was bad, but they thought Clinton was worse, so... lesser of two evils and all that. (FWIW, I don't think Hilary was evil, but even if we accept that premise, no way she was the lesser when up against the Pussygrabber-in-Chief).

I don't want to talk real world politics here, however. We've done a lot of that this past year, and we have four more years of it ahead of us.

Instead I want to expand the "choice of evils" template with a little thought experiment, and weigh Trump against some fictional presidents and presidential candidates.

So... if the recent presidential election had pitted Donald Trump against Francis Underwood (HOUSE OF CARDS) and Gregg Hartmann (WILD CARDS), who would you have voted for?



And if you don't know who Gregg Hartmann is... well, go check out our new Wild Cards website at http://www.wildcardsworld.com/ . Our plan is to keep the site fresh with blog posts every couple of weeks, and the first of those just went up: a rumination by Stephen Leigh on the long and storied career of Gregg Hartmann, aka Puppetman, whose saga lasted from the first volume of WILD CARDS all the way through volume fifteen.

Read it and enjoy, and post your choices here: Trump, Underwood, or Hartmann. With reasons.

NO off topic comments, please.

FWIW, Hartmann never did manage to achieve the White House in the Wild Cards universe. But Leo Barnett did, so I am not sure that's a total win...

Comments

boomkrashhh
Jan. 8th, 2017 12:56 am (UTC)
You really wanted to highlight a point about the lesser of evils!

I would unfortunately choose Trump as President.
Simply because I could not condone any literal murderer in office.
Regardless of potential, capability and intelligence it is a standard that should never be compromised as it is a fundamental law of human nature.... even if the alternative is a snake oil salesman with bad hair.
victorianrose23
Jan. 8th, 2017 07:19 pm (UTC)
Crap. You make excellent points. And I HATE that it makes so much sense. Anyone capable of personally committing murder is far more dangerous and calculating than the man-child.
bookish_adw
Jan. 8th, 2017 09:27 pm (UTC)
Don't want a murderer for POTUS
I would agree. If we are pitting Frank Underwood (I would assume we are pretending he is a real candidate here) who killed people to get to power, and someone who has not (despite his terrible policies): I'd choose Trump,clearly. Call me crazy, but I don't want a murderer like, Frank Underwood, as POTUS.

Profile

Spain
grrm
George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

Latest Month

June 2017
S M T W T F S
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930 

Tags

Page Summary

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Lilia Ahner