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!

 

 

 

Democratic Field has narrowed

Are GOP candidates egomaniacs with egos so big that they’ll stay in the ‘race to the White House’ just to spoil it for the others, do a disservice to their country? No. Every now and then, my thoughts turn to why they do it.
But, once vetted and with their message(s) across, I should think they would welcome the opportunity to sleep in, not eat another rubber chicken dinner and relax!
The Democratic field has narrowed OR never formed in the first place, but some Republican candidates  hold their own-well, they may not hold their own, but they take a licking and keep on ticking…

The Democratic field as it stands today: (see below). Elizabeth Warren and VP Joe Biden never entered ‘the race’ and Jim Webb ‘got out’ several weeks ago.

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Hillary Clinton (top right)

Bernie  Sanders,  Martin O’Malley

Republican field ‘narrows (?) to 13

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:

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Rand Paul- your thoughts?

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.

¹ retrieved from the web 10/31/2015 http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-rand-paul-is-different/  “Why Rand Paul is Different”

Social media’s place in campaigning

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.

AND THEN THERE WERE 15 in the GOP!

scottwalkerSeveral 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.

So, now, the GOP field looks like:
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Fiorina ‘Prepared to Lead America’s Resurgence;’ ‘I can Win this job and I can do this job.’

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”