Now, I’m old enough to have been through quite a few elections cycles. Because of my career I’ve also met quite a few candidates, some successful and some not. These candidates have been spread over local, state, and national elections and have been in both parties and a few independents. Some I came to know fairly well and had the advantage of talking to them on a wide range of topics.
Most of these people were talented, highly intelligent, and very dedicated to what they wanted to accomplish if elected. A few were very nice, upstanding, and honest people, but not at all qualified for the posts they sought. The best and most successful of them accomplished only a tiny percent of what they expected to achieve. So, what is my point here? Just this:
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I am embarrassed that our country, a country of some 320,000,000 people, can field some 575 talented athletes for the Reno games but can’t field even two good candidates for our highest office.[/message] [su_spacer]
If one steps back and looks critically at the nearly 20 candidates that we have been exposed to for the office of president over recent months, we can’t help but be stunned.
At least half of them are bought and paid for political hacks that participated in making the messes we are now facing. Some knew they had no chance of being elected and their only motivation for tossing their hat in the ring had to be ego. They can say to their grand kids “I was a contender. I once ran for president.” One of them was even a failure at her prior jobs and one is a raving socialist nut. One finally dropped out of the race but is now running to be re-elected to a senate seat. Another career politician?
What were the platforms that these people ran on? Hard to say in most cases as they changed with each speech and each debate. About the only one that was consistent was the socialist that wanted a 57% income tax so that everyone could have free higher education and health care. Everyone else seemed to tailor their comments to what they thought would play well with the audience of the day, or to make a competitor look bad. That was particularly evident when the Republican field settled down to a little over a dozen. Even when one of them, in a moment of genius proposed something like, build up the military, balance the budget, reduce the national debt, or toss out illegal aliens there were never any detailed plans to support such a goal. Balance the budget? Okay, I can buy that, but what spending gets cut? Whose oxen is gored? No one wants to say that because of the outcry and possible lost financial and vote support. So, the bottom line is none of them had a clue about how to accomplish anything.
Now we are down to the final two contenders. What a choice. On the one hand we have a “non-politician” which is good. Unfortunately he has a serious case of hoof in mouth disease and spends more time and energy picking fights with people than gelling his campaign and writing his play book. Many of these are the very people that he needs the support of. When he does come up with what many think is a good idea, he stops short of providing any clear path or plan to achieve the goal. He is a master showman and he has a way of zeroing in on issues that “we the people” are most concerned about. But, is that enough?
On the other side we have a woman that some 67% of those polled say they don’t trust. She has taken over $26,000,000 in speaking fees over the last three years from the very companies that she says she will bring down and control. She is also the beneficiary of a great deal of foreign money funneled through her Canadian entity. Several books have been written about her behind the scenes tantrums and attacks on aides, secret service personnel, etc. and one must assume they are reasonably accurate as she has taken no legal action. She has also been disbarred from legal practice. When pressed to the wall, her defense is often the gender card.
That is it? That is the best our country can field? God how embarrassing!