I cannot remember a time when our choices for President of the United States have been more interesting or sadder. What makes these candidates so sad is that none of them have the aptitude, desire, courage, or ability to unite America. It is sad when the good of a political party outweighs the good of the people. It is sad when a candidate runs for the Presidency without the experience or credentials to lead any nation much less the the most powerful nation on earth. It is sad when a candidate runs for the Presidency out of a sense of entitlement and historical first. It is sad when a candidate runs for the Presidency to impose his vision of conservatism and the agenda of one party on the people rather than representing all people equally. It is sad when a candidate for the Presidency has nothing to offer the people other than a temporary outlet for their frustrations with a bankrupt political system. It is sad when high school student council elections have more substance and dignity than a Presidential campaign. It is sad when the deck of Presidential candidates is filled with nothing but jokers. It is sad when candidates are reduced to school boy name calling because they have nothing better to say. It is sad The United States of America has come to this!
I don’t mean to offend, but this is how I see the campaigns for the Presidency:
Observation #1: So far, the Presidential campaigns have been little more than a study of egomaniacs with more interest in being The President of the United States of American than being The President of the people of the United States of America.
Observation #2: If the Presidential debates are an indicator of what is to come, we are in for either four more years of unwavering disconnect, or at best a self-promoting president running the country by the seat of his pants.
Observation #3: A short synopsis of presidential campaigns:
- Hillary Clinton runs a campaign based on entitlement;
- Bernie Sanders’ runs a campaign based on eliminating the 1% greedy and creating the 99% greedy;
- Donald Trump runs a campaign based on how marvelous and rich he is as well as how tall he will build a wall between the United States and Mexico;
- Ted Cruz runs a campaign based on a vision of conservatism built in his image; he has yet to understand that America is comprised of both conservatives and liberals with the vast majority falling somewhere in between;
- Marco Rubio runs a campaign based on inexperience and school boy good looks;
- Ben Carson runs a campaign based on the legend of “these hands,” which is more suited for a USA feel good movie than practical application to running a nation; and
- John Kasich runs a campaign based on some solid ideas that no one will give the time of day.
Observation #4: Democrats seem confident they cannot lose the election as long as they look and act more civilized and presidential than the Republicans, which is not hard to do.
Observation #5: It is time someone told Hillary Clinton to unsaddle Barack Obama and leave that dead horse in the ditch, or face the possibility of an elephant squatting on her face come January 2017.
Observation #6: People continue to fall in love with Donald Trump as their choice for the Republican nomination because he has brought new energy to an otherwise bland and broken political machine. If the Democrats don’t find a way to counter that enthusiasm with some gusto of their own, the Republican, Common Joe, love-in for Trump could very well sweep into the White House in 2017.
Observation #7: The media frenzy and public enthusiasm generated by Republican showboating, excursions into self-love, and the ridiculous seem to play perfectly into the mindset of today’s society.
Observation #8: The Democrats have two viable candidates for the Presidency – one that might win and one that most likely can’t win.
Observation #9: The Republicans have five candidates for the Presidency – all card carrying members of the circus sideshow.
Observation #10: At some point, the Democratic Party may have to decide if the writing is on the wall for Hillary or for the Democratic Party;
Observation #11: So far, in the Presidential campaigns the more a candidate confirms his love for himself, the higher his ratings soar, which simply proves that Americans struggle to tell the difference between arrogance and substance
Observation #12: People dismiss Bernie Sanders as Socialist, but at least he stands for something. What do any of the others truly stand for? The only other candidate who is even close to being steadfast in what he believes is Ted Cruz, and he speaks almost solely for conservatism molded in his image. Hillary Clinton is riding on the coat tails of her husband and Brack Obama; she has probably never had an original thought in her life. Donald Trump talks out both sides of his mouth and reverses himself more often than the wind. Marco Rubio can’t get out of a rut whether it is repetitive talking points or name calling; how far will either get him when he is sitting across the table from Putin or North Korea. There is no doubt Ben Carson is a smart man, but how much respect can a man who struggles to keep his eyes open, constantly wrings his hands, and speaks with little authority command in the nation and around world. Finally, John Kasich may make the best sense of all the candidates, but unfortunately, he doesn’t have the Presudential look and swagger to carry him to the White House.
Of course, these are simply my observations, but I honestly believe most people will agree that the current political climate in the United States reeks of mental disorder and a bad television sitcom. The dribble the Democrat and Republican candidates are presently feeding the American people is a disgrace to all Americans. To date, the candidates for the Presidency of the United States have run campaigns that are self-serving at best. They have effectively turned their parties and the Presidential election into a world wide spectacle of what is wrong with America. I am sad to think the Presidency has become a joke for late night television and the world. If that offends anyone, please encourage your favorite candidate to prove me and more likely millions of other Americans who feel the same way, wrong. Forgive me, if I do not hold my breath while waiting. I don’t mean to offend, but . . . .
©Jack Linton, PhD February 24, 2017