Well…it appears to be “all over but the deportin’.”
I’ve said in the past I wouldn’t do this; “this” being an essay on politics. It is “the ides of March”, and we’ve been warned for centuries to beware today. Well, beware pissing me off by assuming my mindset. This is being written to stop people from getting the wrong idea about my political thoughts, based on some random tweets about events I found intriguing, disturbing, bizarre, or hilarious during this calamity called the election of the President of the United States of America. I will say it again. I do NOT have a horse in this race. I am not cheering for anyone. I am not doing fist-pumps after the results of every poll have come in. Because I post something about Donald Trump does not mean I support him. Please re-read that last sentence. Again. Thank you. I hope you got it. Re-read it one more time for good measure. Good.
I am, like most everyone else, just astounded, amazed, horrified, and amused at what has become of this election cycle. It is being posted now because “Super Tuesday” Part 3…just happened.
First things first, anyone who truly knows me, and has known me for a very long time understands that President Ronald Reagan is #5 on my “all-time heroes” list. He is surpassed by my parents, Deantha, and Wayne Gretzky. At the age of 13 it was my turn to choose the family summer vacation and I picked driving to Washington, D. C. because Reagan was in power, and I was always more interested in U.S. history as opposed to our own. The attempted assassination by that asshat John Hinckley in 1981 is forever etched in my mind like the split rocket boosters of the Space Shuttle exploding. As is his famous line to Mrs. Reagan when he got to the hospital: “Well Nancy, I forgot to duck.” He had such respect for the office, he refused to get out of the limo at George Washington University Hospital until his suit was properly re-buttoned. He walked himself inside while in front of the cameras, and once inside, out of sight from everyone, finally collapsed. March 30th of this year will mark the 35th anniversary of that shooting. Anyone else feeling old?
And now, since Mrs. Reagan sadly passed away last Saturday morning thereby ending a great political era in American history, I thought it was time to get some thoughts down, and try to enlighten everyone as to what I’m thinking.
This is mostly going to be about what has happened to President Reagan’s Republican Party during this campaign. But, I do want to clear up that I am ALL a for a woman President someday. However…it cannot be Secretary Clinton. There are just too many shifty questions about her…too many unknowns, too many refusals to turn over emails, the sheer stupidity to install a personal server for possible classified government documents in the first place, the refusal to turn over financial documents regarding her speaking fees being paid by the “Big Banks”, her questionable handling of the Benghazi raid that ended in dead US soldiers, and more hypocrisy when it comes to being a hero for women’s rights, then being the biggest supporter of her cheating, lying husband. Is THAT what people want for President…a human question mark? A person where the possibility of a scoop of vanilla ice cream occasionally ends up with a rogue almond in it thereby raising unending questions about how much more is actually under there? I am not a Democratic Party supporter, but I would vote for Bernie Sanders over Secretary Clinton any day, even with a gun to my head.
There are really only two “non-detrimental” things I can say about Trump: the first is he has managed increase awareness in politics and raised the number of people actually exercising their constitutional right to vote. In my mind, that’s huge. It won’t be a 30% turnout during this cycle. We’ve seen polling stations running out of ballots early and often because everyone assumes that nobody votes anymore. We tend to take democracy for granted, but men have fought and died for that sacred right. He has finally made people aware of just how precious the right to vote is. Secondly, he really has put it all on the table. He has said everything he could possibly say. What you see may be what you don’t want, but it’s also what you get. It’s all on the surface, and I honestly don’t think we can find anything worse than that.
Any moron can criticize, condemn & complain and lets not fool ourselves, most morons do. But this? This? This is like the book “Animal Farm“. Everyone is equal, except some are more equal than others. It’s not quite Communism but it is a hypocrisy in which he states all Americans are great, except “these people”. They just rape, pillage, burn, & kill. So he wants a wall built across the US and Mexico border, and recently has called for one to be built at the New Brunswick/US border. Hey, maybe he’ll help pay to fix some of the roads and bridges here too. He claims he has a great plan for the Mexico wall to be funded, in that the incurred costs will come out of the massive trade deficit Mexico has with America. I haven’t heard how the NB wall is being paid for yet. While I agree that our borders need to be protected and guarded from illegal activity, etc., it’s also a very lonely person that resorts to building walls, instead of building bridges.
It all started out so seemingly innocuous with this loud rich guy from the late 1980’s who decided to run for President one day in June. He was still loud, abrasive, brash, and was the lead story on almost every US news broadcast. Saturday Night Live was having a field day, as were all the late night talk shows. Then the ball really started rolling during the summer. It has been said “The greatest liar has his believers. If a lie is believed for only an hour it has done its work. Falsehood flies & truth comes limping after; so that when men come to be undeceived it is too late; the false tale has had its effect.” For Republicans, it now appears too late. They “misunderestimated” Trump, the genuine anger of the American people towards their current elected officials, and his ability to sell himself as the savior and only person able to defeat Sec. Clinton.
18th century Irish statesman, Edmund Burke once said, “It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Trump claims his “voice” is that of the silent majority. Sadly, he’s right. Much of his divisive rhetoric is stuff people have been dying to express, but they actually have a “foot in mouth filter”. There are reasons it’s silent: They are called decorum, dignity, and respect. Now, that “silent voice” has hit a new volume where it APPEARS his is the “true voice” of the party. He has managed to rile everyone in the Republican Party establishment into mass confusion and panic. Nobody saw this little snowball from hell making it thru summer. He was supposed to fade away after eventually saying something so offensive that no one would support him. Didn’t happen. Then it was supposed to be stopped by poor showing in debates because nobody thought he’d be able to express himself clearly and he can’t stand someone talking while he’s interrupting. I say, “nay nay.” The audience merely lapped it up and shouted for more. Then finally he was to be quashed by early Primary season where the Southern “Evangelical” vote would support the other established, Bible-thumping, political right-wing nut bars. Nope. Still going, and just as strong as ever. Honestly, that kind of makes his team of advisors absolute rocket surgeons. I don’t like watching CNN and seeing former top Reagan aide Jeffery Lord on as one if Mr. Trump’s top supporters.
Part of the problem is that people are fed up with politicians in general. I mean, a frigging neurosurgeon was in second place during the summer. Never in history has a politician’s CV included “separation of conjoined twins at the brain.” Most politicians are lucky to have half a brain to begin with. I never understood his motivation in running. Then, the former CEO of HP was in second before she pretty much fell off a cliff, then recently re-appeared to throw her support behind Ted Cruz. That’s just another prime example of why people are so pissed off. She was this “ultimate outsider” candidate: A woman who had broken the shackles of the business sector, and had smashed through its glass ceiling. She was doing so well, but then just vanished after the 2nd or 3rd debate. Now she comes back into the news-cycle to back the only real hope for the GOP establishment in Cruz. That kind of a flip-flop can only successfully be pulled off by a dying fish out of water, and it still dies. There’s no way the average Joe is going to be moved by this complete 180 degree turn in her support. It’s so transparent this is her play to be on the Cruz Presidential ticket as VP, or she has been promised a prominent, high level cabinet position like Sec. of the Treasury.
This has not been a normal election year. The Republicans expected establishment golden boy Jeb Bush to pretty much dominate, but he was shot down early and often by a barrage of comments questioning his energy level of all things. He dropped like a rock. Eventually, several other “establishment politicians” were forced out because of a total lack of support, with Trump consistently gaining momentum. As it’s been said, “There’s no ‘mentum’ like ‘momentum'”. Finally Jeb and Chris Christie dropped out. Christie and Dr. Ben Carson have since been the only former candidates to endorse Trump. Yet, if I’m “The Donald” I’m very leery of those who come falling at my feet. One never know what’s going on in the back rooms of Washington. Someone may be reaching for the corner of the rug you’re standing on.
The two other remaining options are pretty much non-viable contenders for the upcoming general election in November. Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks with all the authority of an empty podium, but he’s still going. There something very fishy about that. He won Ohio and that’s it and according to GOP Convention rules, you have to have won at least 9 states or electoral districts in order to be eligible for consideration. If this thing actually makes it to the convention, it is already mathematically impossible for him to have 9 wins. So what’s he still doing there? I get the feeling there’s something seriously underhanded going on at GOP headquarters.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio reminded me of a 15-yr old boy who was trying to sit at the adult table. I cannot take him seriously. Yet. His time may come, but as of tonight he’s out after losing BIG in his home state. Best line of the night goes to former Obama advisor Van Jones on CNN when he said, “It’s ‘Good bye Rubio Tuesday'”. That’s still funny, and I don’t like Mr. Jones. Finally we are left with second place Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Every time I see Cruz speak he reminds me of a televangelist from the late 1980’s. He’s like Jim & Tammy Faye Baker holding up the Bible, praising God, asking for donations, and telling people not to touch the back of the TV set. You do realize the first three of those are what he actually does, right? He creeps me out like some wacko cult leader who’d have 26 wives and 134 kids. While he seemed to be on a bit of a roll himself, his wins all occurred in states with caucuses, not free elections where everyone can vote. Plain and simple, he’s not going to get the required delegates to defeat Trump because the other candidate will take them from him by staying in the race. But hey, that’s fair game in politics, even if it destroys the core of the party President Reagan worked so hard to re-build after Nixon ruined the trust of the people. I haven’t even brought up the violence at the rallies. In short, it’s sheer chaos.
There’s a Chinese Proverb stating “When the music of a nation becomes fast, wild & discordant it shows the nation is in confusion.” I quickly listened to the Top 40 songs in the US for the first week of March on a YouTube mix. Let’s just say somewhere Ryan Seacrest is rolling in his grave (😜) and Casey Kasem is very happy he’s dead. Most of the songs were totally unlistenable to, performed by non-Americans, and around 15% were by this poorly raised, heavily gelled, fake bed-headed blond kid from Canada. We get it. YOU’RE SORRY. Apology not accepted. Shut up. Go away Beibs.
As much as it pains me to consider, right now it is the duty, nay obligation of the ridiculously left-wing biased media to do their due diligence and provide the people with every iota of pertinent information about EVERYONE. This includes their female superhero Sec. Clinton. She needs to be held completely accountable for what she’s done in the past, and cannot be given a free ride by a bunch of networks that are so blatantly left-wing they just fly in circles. People who live in glass houses might as well answer the doorbell, so it’s time Madam Secretary, to turn over all your documents and emails and give full disclosure. If you did nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when it is free to be expressed. Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
They live in a republic where every person’s vote matters. For reasons no one can explain, one party has all their votes going to a guy spewing racist, homophobic, misogynist rhetoric. He’s been racking up Republican votes like they’re not making them anymore. If, like I said earlier, the GOP Leaders decide to change the rules come convention time, I pity the poor citizens of Cleveland. (By, that I mean more than I already do.) If the rules get switched and suddenly millions of people lose their vote, that city will figuratively and literally burn. So because of this…there may not BE a Republican Party to vote for anymore. The party I grew up watching President Reagan lead wasn’t like this, and to watch it die like this saddens me.
Because this megalomaniac will most likely win the Republican ticket, does that mean democracy is wrong? Does that mean from now on we are to be told who we must vote for and like it? And what of these millions and millions of Americans who voted for Trump…is their vote not valid, or worth as much because YOU or I don’t agree with them? I’d throw in a token communism remark here but I used that up with my Animal Farm reference.
Instead, I’ll go this way: it was President John F. Kennedy who once said, “We are in danger of losing something solid at the core. We are losing that pilgrim & pioneer spirit of initiative and independence—that old-fashioned Spartan devotion to duty, honor & country.” These millions upon millions of people voting for Mr. Trump are obviously fed up with the way their government is being run, and the only way to alter that is to vote someone else in. They see this as their message. Democracy is a system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives. Well, that’s what Google wants you to believe anyways. One way to settle a disagreement is on the basis of what is right, not who is right. In my opinion, democracy is right, and it is still the best option we have for electing a government, even if you or I don’t like the dumbass the people vote in.
Times and issues have changed but politics are still all about ego, popularity, and parlor tricks. Sometimes if all you have are “old words”, all you can do is put them together and hope they say something new. In closing I believe the beer should be cold, and boots should be dusty. I believe 911 was bad, and freedom, well I think that’s just a little bit better. I hope I can count on your endorsement.