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Thursday, October 29, 2015

The 2016 presidential races

It's a red-letter day: I feel like writing about politics again! I don't visit many news sites these days, but even I can't help feeling at least a passing interest in the circus we're calling the GOP candidacy.

The GOP candidates disappoint me, for the most part. Trump is a pompous old windbag who has absolutely no chance in you know what of winning the presidency, even if by some unfortunate turn of events he were to win the nomination. Please, GOP base, be smarter than that. He's full of himself and doesn't listen to anyone and I'd say we've had enough of that kind of president after the past nearly 8 years, wouldn't you?

I note with interest that the front runners to this point aren't career politicians: Trump has never held office, and neither has Ben Carson. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders is getting lots of attention for the same reason: he didn't set out to be a career politician: he just saw a need and stepped in.

I'm okay with Ben Carson. The man has absolutely no experience leading much of anything, but he knows it. He's humble enough to surround himself with good advisers and wise enough to listen to them. That's what I'd love to see in a president of the United States. I don't know how much of a chance he has in winning the nomination, but I'd vote for him. Just about my only criteria these days is that the people I vote for be genuinely good people who have the best interests of the country at heart, and not their own glory or agenda.

That's also why I'm okay with Mitt Romney jumping back in. Sure, he may be a moderate, but he's a good man and I trust him to lead the country well.

The only career politician currently in the race that I'd be willing to vote for is Ted Cruz. I've always liked him: he's got an air of sincerity around him, the likes of which we don't often see around politicians.

As far as the presidency goes, I'd vote for Bernie Sanders, should he win the Democratic nomination, over Trump or any Republican besides Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, or Mitt Romney. I think he'd do a better job of keeping the interests of the country at heart than those other Republicans, socialist or not.