The Flavor of the day?

 Donald Trump         tedcruz2                          No doubt, by now, you have a  favorite, someone you could support; or like me, do you vacillate? Carson or Trump.

Carly Fiorina was my choice, she had a conservative political platform, plans, she could lead, and she could heal. But, she was voted off the island. So Sunday, after reading and thinking about which candidate to support next, I found myself intrigued by Donald Trump. ‘What makes him tick?’ What is his allure?

A bit more reading and I felt I knew how his offensive language,  name-calling,  loud-mouthed buffoonery and more-was so often overlooked. Americans are angry. They are so angry that they’ll forgive many sins. He has alienated huge groups of of people and made more enemies, but his ranks keep swelling. His following includes Democrats, Republicans and Independents. So, what does he have that the others don’t?

Donald Trump does not focus on negatives, he has a positive outlook on the American future: IF HE IS IN CHARGE. He is driven to succeed and is everything that I’ve thought I don’t want in a president. And he has said some pretty outlandish stuff. How could I ever I entertain thoughts of Donald Trump as President? Let me explain.

Our next president needs to unite, be a uniter-in-chief, not a divider-in-chief. Our next president must be one who doesn’t pit one friend against the other. Our next President must not be owned by special interest groups and lobbies who got him to DC in the first place. Our next President must not owe special interest groups, or in the words of Ben Carson, “be beholden to none.”

That Presidential candidate must be more than someone who can pass a litmus test of the issues. The next President must be someone who knows the issues and knows that we, the people must be united again.

The next President must be a leader. In the words of the movie, “The American President,” “They [citizens of the US] want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.”

A house divided against itself cannot stand.““Abraham Lincoln. And this house, our country, is sorely divided. So, I went  hunting.

My first look was at the Democratic candidates, at Hillary Clinton. Has she ever said that she has a goal to her presidency that was anything other than pushing her agenda? Has she ever said anything about uniting a divided nation? Nope. She speaks of plantations and puts on phony accents.

Three minutes of listening to her shout about how horrible Republicans are, and how Democrats know what’s best for me, stoking the fires of racial hatred and divisiveness, convinced me that she wouldn’t be going out of her way to have me talking to my Democratic brethren any time soon or talking to and long lost friends. Bernie Sanders? He would have me hate people who have money or he’d have me hate people who make more money than I do…Another no.

With the elimination of those two candidates, I chose from the 5 Republicans. My candidate needed to be someone who not only would deal with the issues the way I felt best, wanted to make the USA whole again, heal it’s wounds domestic and abroad, lead, and be someone who could best the Democratic nominee: one tall order, but there had to be a GOP candidate who could fill it.

Ben Carson and Donald Trump had that understanding of the issues AND an agenda for the future of this country, but I looked at all the candidates.

Marco Rubio has the most thorough and well-developed understanding of the issues, but he didn’t talk about uniting Dems and Republicans, before the divide between us got so great that we nearly drowned and before it became a must to talk of unification.

Ted Cruz is too much a snake-oil salesman and after what was done to Ben Carson, though I’ve no doubt that it was not done by Cruz himself; there’s that little thing, called  guilt by association. He’s off the island.

John Kasich doesn’t excite me. He doesn’t offend, but he doesn’t excite; how’s that for immaturity? Off the island.

That leads me to Ben Carson, who speaks his truth in Common Sense ways; a politician, he’s not and that is a plus. But, America is throwing him out. Why? Not because he lacks inspiration. But because most Americans have a preconceived notion that candidates must fit a certain mold. Must be a politician.

For the American people to embrace a candidate, that person needs to at least LOOK the part of a politician, even if it is just “I kiss babies for a living.” That person needs backing by the right people in DC or the job of the presidency can’t be done.  Rightly or wrongly so, and with regret that I didn’t see a way out, I joined those who voted ‘Gentle capable Ben’ from the island. Not because he was the only principled conservative left, but they didn’t see a pathway to win the nomination for Ben.

That left: ‘The Donald.’ While a bigot and bully, there is no doubt in my mind that Donald Trump loves this country

Even with all his foibles (and they are many), I think Donald Trump is a good man. He takes some pretty bizarre and downright questionable positions on issues that are important to many, and it’s easy to question his virtues, but his love of country can’t be questioned. He just employs strange ways of showing it.

Then, it crossed my mind that by alienating, mocking, goading and name-calling, is Donald Trump going to be able to bring these people back to the flock, to heal their wounds?

But, it’s time for conclusions, here. Donald Trump is my first choice. Ben Carson is my second choice and Marco Rubio is my third choice. But tomorrow, I reserve the right to change my mind, yet again!

 

 

 

And the field narrows

After the New Hampshire primary, these ‘finalists’ remained:

After NH

Chris Christie, VA governor, exited the race after a better showing than expected, but one not good enough to ‘bring in’ the donors. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate him for bringing a lot to the fore. He would have been a formidable opponent.

Also of note was the exit of Carly Fiorina from the race. Could you tell that she had my support? My diagnosis? America was not ready for her message-or at least they are not ready for that message coming from a woman.

Hers was not a hope and change message; it was a ‘challenge the status quo’ message and returning government to the hands of the people.

Carly’s message was a much more populist message, and in that sense only, it bore a similarity to the message from Bernie Sanders, but not as extreme. His is popular because of the freebies it offered-which were COMPLETELY impossible. Hers resonated because it would return government to what our framers intended. But, by their vote, the American people said they weren’t ready for that; as much as they express a desire for a change.

Also not working in Carly’s favor was the image she portrayed, and I believe it was mostly wrong. I believe that the image perceived by the American public was one of a power-hungry woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants and if ‘you’ stand in my way, YOU stand to lose and ‘I will crush you’.

That’s not true, but if she was perceived that way…is it any wonder the establishment felt threatened-because she said she would challenge the status quo.’

One lesson I have learned is that we should never stop challenging our leaders, challenging them to bring the best of themselves to the ‘table.’

Why settle for a new norm? There is a difference between a tough call and a tough vote

Make yourself a cup of tea and spend 1/2 hour getting to know Carly Fiorina as New Hampshire got to know her a week ago. A political outsider and previous CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she’s been watching politics and seeing that they don’t work for us, anymore. Hers is a much-needed voice of common sense.

Having served as an advisor to John McCain’s 2008 campaign, she served on the external advisory board of the CIA holding high security clearance. She has served in policy-making positions for national and state governments.

Carly has led a number of charities and nonprofits, most recently: chair of Good 360, the non-profit charity which Forbes has ranked one of the 10 most effective worldwide charities.

In her presidential bid, she is currently running 6th in New Hampshire polls and is tied with Jeb Bush in the delegate counts, she’s running ahead of Chris Christie and Ben Carson. Give serious thought to this serious contender.

“Sit down and Be Quiet” because “We’ll Decide for You”

As controversy surrounds ABC’s decision not to allow her to debate despite doing better in recent New Hampshire’s polls than several other candidates, Carly Fiorina discusses how so many other entities/powers that be get a say in the election process, but that somehow, voters for whom the ‘system’ should work, get the short end of the ‘stick.’

It doesn’t matter what your political preference, I feel there is injustice here and were this your candidate, I know you’d like me to know that I could see injustice where it is.

Has the wall been torn down?

These are not my words, but a good introduction: “Such actions are also designed to “intimidate sources,” Scarborough noted, which Bernstein deemed “inexcusable.” There “is no reason that a presidency that is interested in a truly free press and its functioning should permit this to happen,” Bernstein asserted.”

Take the 9 minutes needed and listen to the story. Where does the need of the government to know, infringe upon our right to privacy and the ability of what is supposed to be a free press, to remain just that, free?

Isn’t this chilling? Doesn’t it make your blood boil? Even Carl Bernstein (or should I say, ESPECIALLY Carl Bernstein, is up in arms… Sounds like Watergate, Richard Nixon all over again. America, wake up; we need to be the WATCHDOG OF OUR GOVERNMENT!

“The Obama Bankruptcy” and food for thought (EB)

FROM THE WEEKLY STANDARD:

ADVANCE EDITORIAL from the August 17, 2012 issue.

12:00 AM, AUG 17, 2012 • BY IRWIN M. STELZER

There you have it: Obama, bankruptcy, and an unpleasant, forced end to entitlements as we know them, or Romney-Ryan and the preservation of entitlements that protect the elderly and disadvantaged, and that are sustainable for generations to come. Like Walter Matthau, Barack Obama is out of money, and has no plan to cut spending or to raise more without throwing us into another recession or worse. Unless he plans to find the equivalent of a rich widow, he should leash his attack dogs and offer some positive alternative to what Romney and Ryan are offering, rather than more of the policies that have brought us so close to financial disaster. Negative ads and squabbles over details are diversions from a debate over how to enable entitlements to accommodate our changing demographics and straitened finances, and a discussion of who would take the nation in the right direction. That is our real entitlement: to a debate on the relative merits of Obama’s “plan” to do nothing and Paul Ryan’s plan for reform.

—Irwin M. Stelzer”

When prophets are false | WashingtonExaminer.com

Greece has gone bust. Spain is in trouble. Around the world, what Walter Russell Mead calls the “blue state model” of welfare state governance is taking on water, including in the U.S. states under liberal governance. Every day, a new town in California goes bankrupt, even as its governor dreams of light rail. “

 

When prophets are false | WashingtonExaminer.com.