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!

 

 

 

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Maps and surveys!

On television, I’m seeing all kinds of maps after the Iowa caucuses; maps of counties, maps of population in counties, maps of EVERY standing. But you saw it here, first: a facial map! This is a map of people who remain in the presidential run after the Iowa caucuses last eve:

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Since the caucuses ended last evening, Mike Huckabee and Martin O’Malley have  suspended their campaigns. That brings the Democratic field to 2: Bernie Sanders and Hillary CLinton. Not much of a choice, there! NOTHING!  Socialism and complete lack of integrity and dishonesty for track records. No choice there!

This is how the Republican field ‘shook down’ after caucuses were closed:

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The people feel that Carly Fiorina should occupy the stage more. It has been said that Chris Christie will suspend his campaign after the New Hampshire primary next week. There is a GOP debate hosted by CBS on 2/13; will Carly Fiorina occupy Christie seat? Why isn’t Carly Fiorina MENTIONED at all in discussions BY THE MEDIA?

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IOWA CAUCUSES AND THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY

So, the Iowa caucuses are this Monday, 2/1; and on 2/9 New Hampshire decides! Citizens are now waking up from a ‘long winter’s [political] nap’ and beginning to pay attention. Well, there are others who develop an interest after the conventions are over. I can’t do that; not when my candidate of choice is in the running.

Deciding what we want president is a personal choice. Yes, its very ideological; some want intelligence and aren’t easily swayed by ‘smooth-talk;’others value experience over policy. And still others like enthusiasm that comes with ‘fresh to politics’ (the Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Donald Trump of the GOP outsiders); while still others enjoy the freshness that may come with youth.

After hearing Martin O’Malley (Democrat) this morning, I really zoomed in to his likability. I know, I know, he represents the Democratic party. Am I off my rocker?  So relaxed and ‘at ease’ ON THE STUMP that I’m surprised he isn’t polling higher than he is; but then again, his competition is stiff.

That’s where I feel Carly Fiorina is, speaking to (not at) and she deftly connects WITH her audience. Carly is very capable and competent, but like Martin O’Malley she is up against some very stiff competition. Her response to that?, “Well, I’ll have to work twice as hard to get my message out;”

Election 2016 sort of personifies this. There is a terrorist threat, there remains wage stagnation, unemployment or under-employment there are concerns about candidness. The problems facing our nation are huge. Do you want your president to heal the divide-or do you want the next president to dive head on and fix the issues, first?

We all decide how important and how to prioritize what each candidate says AND does. Yet, others want to flesh out the details of the big  and justify how they think THEY’RE IMMATERIAL.

Immaterial? I heard this response on ‘Washington Journal’ this morning. “I can’t see the importance of these e-mails. I don’t know why Americans pay attention to Hillary Clinton’s e-mails instead of the wonderful platform she runs on.” AMERICA. WAKE UP?

America, am I missing something? Point out to me, the reason that I SHOULDN’T be concerned that Hillary Clinton may not see prosecution for putting ultra-sensitive information on her personal server. A Secretary of State who doesn’t see WHY some things are just so sensitive and why still other communications should NEVER see the light of day.

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

America, is this your next President?

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

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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Distrust But Verify; Hillary on the Iran Deal

Not a Hillary Clinton fan, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this. Like many other GOP candidates, she will be wary of any Iranian attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon. Willing to use force should the need arise, Hillary Clinton will use force as a last option and shows says that she will call Iran on it’s past and present misdeeds and require that they verify. “The United States will never allow you to obtain a nuclear weapon.”