My intent isn’t to sound nasty, but wasn’t the GOP field of candidates a bit large? It is still large but there is one less candidate to confuse voters. After all, the sooner the GOP backs one candidate, they will be able to drop their differences, and unite behind their party’s eventual nominee. Because, one way or another, isn’t the final goal to best the nominee of the Democratic party and to influence the course of policy-making?
Also, it should be noted that Bobby Jindahl’s leadership may be needed as the refugee crisis unfolds-he is the governor of Louisiana. So, this afternoon, he announced that he was suspending his campaign for the US presidency. Now, the field arrows to:
Do you remember the libertarian candidate for president, Ron Paul? His son, Rand, decided that the party for him was the GOP. Often for isolationism, Rand, feels that not all problems ‘go away’ with isolationism and that sometimes intervention is called for.
” Rand Paul tries to reach Republicans where they are and gently nudge them in a less interventionist direction by emphasizing areas of possible agreement between the GOP mainstream and libertarianism.”¹
Rand Paul, runs on the Republican ticket and is often favored by the Tea Party.
When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.
Then he gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.” Remember, it was Reno who made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.
Then, Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovered of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.
Apparently a really slow learner, Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.
Many younger votes will have no knowledge of “Travelgate.” Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. And there are complaints by Elijah Cummings about taxpayer cost of these hearings. DON’T GET ME STARTED.
Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours. Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security.
When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House. Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.
Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the “bimbo eruption” and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle was: She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones. She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money again, Starr’s investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.
Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for ‘lying under oath’ to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives. Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath. After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.
What a swell party – ready for another four or eight year of this type low-life mess? Now we are exposed to the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the “pay to play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next. But to her loyal fans – “what difference does it make?” Electing Hillary Clinton president would be like granting Satan absolution and giving him the keys to heaven!
It is my intent not to show personal preferences. But this is something I feel passionate about: HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD NOT BE PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES
America, is this your next President?
reprinted with permission of the author, Wally Shilling
Then, no sooner was the ink dry, than I heard that Jim Webb, former Virginia Senator had also withdrawn from the same race. There are a few others that I’d like to see remove themselves, but these people all have something to say, and have earned the right to say it. Just sayin!
Top row: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Lincoln Chaffee, Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina
Middle row: Lindsay Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindahl, John Kasich, Martin O’Malley, George Pataki, Rand Paul
Third row: Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, Scott Walker, Jim Webb
Another year of campaigning often means that we turn off the television and unplug the phone. In 2008 and 2012, with voter apathy reaching new highs; Barack Obama was able to make brilliant use of social media, come from nowhere to become the first black President of the United States. His successful candidacy dared other tech and media-savvy candidates to follow in his footsteps as they saw the boost that social media and television gave his campaign.
Never tiring of things political and of current events, I do tire of people butting heads, defending positions, going on offense whenever a position is disturbed and seeing those negative campaign ads. The old, ‘my-belief-is-better-than-yours-‘buzz-feeds. Isn’t it about time that we toss aside the boxing gloves and concentrate on solutions to our nations’ problems?
We can still be serious about problem-solving without taking ourselves too seriously. I’ve sparred before, but I announce now that commentary will be my schtick; I’ll leave the sparring to the media and candidates who have a ‘dog in this fight.’ Personal attacks aren’t necessary to prove a point.
Still having fun without being mean-spirited, Jimmy Fallon can still be funny and his guests can still air a lighter side, while still enjoying (?) a different style of campaigning; all the while indulging in a well-earned bit of levity in what has got to be an otherwise gruelling schedule.
Several days ago, the 2016 GOP field for the presidential nomination narrowed to 15 candidates, when Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker suspended his campaign. Governor Walker had been praised by many as governing successfully for 2 terms as a Republican in a largely Democratic state.
For both terms he balanced the budget and was able to pass controversial union legislation. Governor Walker invoked the word of the Lord and a message he’d heard from the pastor at church as being instrumental in making his decision. He also suggested that other candidates consider doing what he was doing for the good of the party.
Women’s issues? What is a woman’s issue? Aha! It is an issue specific to women because they have ovaries? That must be it! Truth be told, women make up more than 50 % of the vote and every issue is a women’s issue.
Jobs, economy, woman’s health and reproductive choices. foreign affairs, and national security; all are issues which affect women and about which they care. But, shouldn’t women have the final say-so about their reproductive choices? No one is attempting to take that right (to choose abortion or to choose life for their child) away from them.
But, a majority of Americans feel that abortion after 5 months is wrong. Fiorina would take that decision one step further and prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding Planned Parenthood. After all, adolescents need their parent’s permission to get a tattoo or go to a tanning salon; but following that same logic, shouldn’t they need permission to get an abortion? Planned Parenthood doesn’t always require it.
Also see, in the Washington Post, “For Planned Parenthood abortion stats, ‘3 percent’ and ’94 percent’ are both misleading”
Wesdnesday evening CNN will broadcast it’s GOP primary debates live from the Reagan Library. The GOP field in the debates include, but are not limited to (some of these faces you may recognize, some you may not!). I’ll try and get faces in alphabetical order.
Carly Fiorina gives us several reasons that she is most equipped to lead the resurgence of this great nation. (Paraphrased from part of her speech). A Washington outsider who has not held elected office, but has had a multitude of experiences, I feel that Ms. Fiorina is more than qualified to lead us.
After all, what does a leader do? A leader manages, but more than that, a leader is charged with making some hard decisions and then being prepared to be held accountable for the results of those decisions.
A leader is able to inspire me, to make me want to be the best me that I can be. I think that is one reason that America ‘got’ to be as great as she is. The American people are very resilient and by and large, they have had leaders who have been able to ask of them (like JFK so eloquently said), “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” American greatness, resilience has been on the wane for a while, has taken a big ‘hit’ these past years and needs a shot in the arm with real leadership.
This video is long, so watch it in parts or pop up some pop corn and put on the butter and salt and watch for a while. You’ll agree, like me and many others why Ms. Fiorina is the best equipped to lead America back to it’s place of greatness in this world…Press o1 for ‘yes’ and 02 for ‘no.’
Prior to a vote by Senate Democrats on the Obama Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, Republican U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio spoke on the Senate floor about why it letting the deal go through wouldn’t be in our best interests or of the threat it poses to American’s now and its future generations.
I think leadership’s job is to produce results, and when leaders don’t produce results, they need to step aside So, I think, I share the frustration of so many people who worked hard to create these majorities.
Yesterday was the 14th ‘anniversary’ of 9/11 when the mainland of the United States was attacked at the World Trade Center by terrorists. What a more fitting tribute to the first responders of 9/11 and the servicemen and women who protect us from enemies, foreign and domestic, than the song that made Lee Greenwood famous. After years, the 2 main masterminds behind the attack are no longer a threat, but the United States will never be the same!
Some 2996 people were killed, including the 19 attack perpetrators, in what changed the security and the innocence of the United States forever. But for a time shortly following the attacks, most Americans were brothers and sisters who walked hand in hand. What happened?