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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The state of our government today

One week until Election Day. I'm not excited. I already voted for Gary Johnson, I'm happy to say. I needed to live with myself more than I needed to vote for either of the two parties in the self-serving two-party system.

I'd say most of us are in that unenthusiastic voting boat. On the one hand we have a man that can't be trusted with our daughters, finances, or government and on the other we have someone who has wiled her way to being the nominee through years of elite Establishmentism, which represents just about everything that is wrong with the way our government is run. Both have them have egos so large they can't see that they've ever done any wrong, apparently.

The leaked Podesta emails lay bare how the country has been run behind our backs by the elite of all kinds, and I'd go so far as to say that Trump has had his hand in this area on the business end and not just Hillary on the political end. The Guardian puts it well:

"This genre of Podesta email, in which people try to arrange jobs for themselves or their kids, points us toward the most fundamental thing we know about the people at the top of this class: their loyalty to one another and the way it overrides everything else. Of course Hillary Clinton staffed her state department with investment bankers and then did speaking engagements for investment banks as soon as she was done at the state department. Of course she appears to think that any kind of bank reform should “come from the industry itself”. And of course no elite bankers were ever prosecuted by the Obama administration. Read these emails and you understand, with a start, that the people at the top tier of American life all know each other. They are all engaged in promoting one another’s careers, constantly."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

President Trump? Really?

I'm not sure I can vote in the presidential election out of good conscience.

Here's a quote attributed to former LDS president and prophet Ezra Taft Benson.

If you vote for the lesser of two evils you are still voting for evil and you will be judged for it. You should always vote for the best possible candidate, whether they have a chance of winning or not, and then, even if the worst possible candidate wins, the Lord will bless our country more because more people were willing to stand up for what is right.

Therein lies my problem. Which is the lesser of two evils in this scenario? Both Trump and Hillary would be disastrous in entirely different ways. Trump would probably be better with the economy and jobs and domestic security. Hillary would be likely fare better in foreign affairs, which is ironic given her awful record as Secretary of State. She'd be a less embarrassing president, which is something, but she's still a deeply flawed candidate and she'd be hard on the economy to boot

If Trump were to promise that he'd nominate Ted Cruz to the Supreme Court, I believe I could vote for him. Otherwise, I just can't vote either way.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Media Bias

The silence of the standard media on Hilary Clinton's impending interview with the FBI is deafening. That is all. Once again, please read more widely than news sites biased in the same direction. You miss too much that is bad of your political preferences, and good about those opposed to your political preferences.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Jobs

These are the Drudge headlines this morning. That basically says all that needs to be said the between-the-line "Democrats are bad for the economy because they make jobs so hard to find that people stop looking." And fewer working people, higher tax rates (courtesy of Obamacare), and more entitlements? We're headed back to recession territory.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Trump's Appeal?

*Note: I'm not asking for name-calling or any other reprehensible language in the comments. Such will not be approved. Civil discourse, on the other hand, with polite disagreement or questions, is welcome.*
I'm seeing so much of, "how could anyone ever vote for Trump?" out there that I thought I'd share what I learned. Never fear: I didn't vote for him (I'm in NH), and couldn't understand his appeal myself beyond the whole "never stepped foot in Washington" bit.
I can certainly understand that sentiment. Washington is a bubble of prosperity in an ailing America except for a few havens. Driving through it from elsewhere presents a stark contrast. Government expands at the expense of the people who fund it.
Anyway, I did some reading and found that while Trump supporters come from all over the map in terms of demographics, he's doing best with the under-educated and lower middle class. Know why that is? Besides the fact that he talks more like normal people than the average politician and has a celebrity status?
It's because they've been the hardest hit economically, lost the most jobs, lost jobs to illegal immigrants, are now underemployed, have to pay the Obamacare fines because they aren't eligible for Medicaid, etc. It's important to note that the number of people out of the labor force is at a record high.
The unemployment rate dropped only because so many people gave up looking for work that they're not counted as part of the labor force. Teenagers can't find work. Homeless rates are super high nowadays too, not that they get much attention even though they're far higher than they were in Bush's time.
Clearly, the Democrats have left these folks behind, and that's why there are also quite a few Trump Democrats out there. His anger appeals to those angry with the Establishment of both parties. Children aren't growing up to be better off than their parents anymore.
It seems that once Trump has someone's support, they no longer listen to anyone suggesting he's not a fit candidate for POTUS despite his flip-flops, funding of the Establishment politicians in both parties, his unclear record as to whether he'll do anything he says he'll do if elected, and history of flat-out lying about other candidates whenever anyone asks him a question of substance.
That's too bad, but it's hardly surprising because there are a heck of a lot of Americans who support their chosen politicians blindly.
Also, I don't mind telling you that I voted for Cruz. Hillary has baggage so heavy I don't think she could win (and deservedly so, with that baggage, which includes Wall Street). Bernie is a socialist and the history of socialist countries isn't one of economic prosperity.
Marco Rubio doesn't have a great track record of doing what he'll say he'll do and lies about Cruz like Trump does (I've checked that they're lies, never fear). Carson's a good person, but doesn't show common sense. The others are out now anyway except for Kasich and he doesn't have prayer. Only Cruz is (mostly) honest, clearly supports the Constitution, is running a smart campaign from a solid and clear position, and I truly think he could win.
Now. I realize there are a great many of you out there who mightily disagree with my sentiments, and that's fine. What's not fine is being closed-minded to the flaws of your chosen candidate to the point of irrationally shouting names and flinging hate-speech at anyone who dares to disagree. That doesn't solve any problems, and it makes bad feelings worse.
To combat this uninformed state of affairs, I strongly recommend reading (or listening to) both liberal and conservative points of view so you can be aware of strengths ignored by one side and weaknesses ignored by the other, and vice versa. I recommend doing so for more than election years. We'll all be the more informed for it, and hopefully the more civil to each other as well. Change begins with us, not with government.'

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Election Day in NH!

I love elections, but I'm so nervous!

Not for the Dem race: Sanders should beat Hillary handily here in New Hampshire. Though come to think of it, Hillary may be the easier candidate to beat in the national election because of her shady past earning millions from giving speeches, Benghazi, the email scandal, and being in with Wall Street.

No, my nervousness is all tied to the GOP race today. Will the people of NH be smart enough to see through Trump's bullying ways and vote for someone else? Will they see his anger as matching their own in the problems we face as Americans or as (I think it) all a show to get him a position of political power? Will they be turned off by the inter-party name-calling? I surely hope so. He talks a good game but I strongly suspect that's all it is. I have absolutely no trust in him doing what he says he would do as president, and he shows no self-control or self-restraint as I would expect from a president of the United States.

I have grounds for hope. I learned yesterday that delegates get split up by percentage for candidates that get over 10% of the vote, and there are certainly plenty of candidates in the polling appearing to earn more than 10% of the vote. Phew! Trump can't get them all.

Even more hopeful, the Cruz campaign released a video today indicating that they think they will exceed everyone's expectations. I'd be thrilled!

For the record, I still admire Carson as a good man, but I couldn't think him presidential about the time that winter hit. His whinyness about "Carsongate" only solidified that opinion. He still exceeded his Iowa voting expectations with "Carsongate", and it's not like Iowans stepped forward angered that they would have voted for Carson over Cruz (credit to Rush Limbaugh for pointing that out).

I proudly voted for Cruz today. I've been leaning towards him since early January but I made up my mind with his solid debate performance Saturday night. Perhaps I'm not as last-minute of a decider as the average New Hampshire voter.

Cruz has shown that he's in control of himself. He's consistent on the campaign trail and consistent in debates. He's consistently sidestepped the media's attempts to trip him up by clear and concise explanations for his positions, history, or future policies should he be elected president. He's sincere, or comes across that way. He understands foreign policy. He's very smart and he's running a smart campaign and was smart enough not to compromise himself in Congress like Rubio did. I have full confidence that he'd at least attempt to do everything he's promising on the campaign trail, and he's the only candidate about whom I can say that.

I hope I sleep tonight!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Trump

I still don't like the guy. I hope this anti-Muslim rhetoric spells his political doom.  How could anyone want a President of the United States who talks like this? Besides, limiting Muslim refugees doesn't prevent radical Islamic terrorists from sneaking across the Mexican border, which happens all the time. Google it.