Well, it’s well past time I provided another post for us to chat about. In fact, I’ve got to condense a lot of stuff, so bear with me!
First, I’ll go over some bad news for the Trump supporters …….
How does a person lose 8 delegates and 1/3 of the vote when running unopposed? This should be very disconcerting for Trump supporters. That said, I expect that half of the non-Trump votes were simply protest votes and they’ll pull the lever for Trump in the general. It won’t matter, though. Here’s why ……
Total Repub voters in Oregon are about 360,000. Dims, 570,000. Even if all Repub voters show up in Oregon, you’d still have to have less than 40% Sanders supporters crossing over to Hillary. We know they will turn out more than that.
But, this brings me to the explanation. I have stated in the past that I will not vote for Trump. I fully intend to not vote for him. Perhaps I would give this more thought if I happened to live in a state such as Florida or Ohio, but, I don’t. You see, I have the luxury of knowing in this particular instance my vote won’t matter. Kansas will vote for Trump, even if it is reluctantly, and it will be reluctantly. If Trump loses Kansas he will have lost in a landslide and the entire Kansas vote would not have mattered. So, I get to be JAFO this time around. It’s rather liberating.
I will say, though, that the Donald has done something I consider brilliant. It may cause me to rethink, anyway. Apparently, his SCOTUS picks, that is to say people on his list of possible SCOTUS nominees are very conservative. Now, I won’t pretend I’m even remotely familiar with these possible candidates, but, even some of the most ardent conservative/libertarian Trump haters are applauding this list. I don’t believe the importance of the next justice sitting on the SCOTUS can be overstated. It was a brilliant move by Trump to unify the party and woo conservatives.
In reference to the picture at the top, am I the only one cynical enough to believe all that pissing and moaning between the two was simply good theater? They kissed and made up and lived happily ever after? I think that was brilliant by both Trump and Fox. Ratings and publicity!!!! Nicely done, you two! Played the people like a fiddle!!!!! BTW, in my estimation, Fox news is categorized as CNN with a different but equal spin/agenda. I understand bias in reporting, but, pushing an agenda and making said agenda news is tabloid stuff. But, that’s all we’ve got, now.
Speaking of agendas …….
Now, the readers here know I’m no Trump fan. But, seriously, people such as Bill Kristol and Mitt Romney need to shut up and stop. You see, I get to ride the fence and make no difference. Running a Republican as a 3rd party candidate makes a huge difference. And, it would automatically throw the election to Hillary. Hillary, btw, is going to be ordained by the Dims, regardless of the outcomes of the rest of the Dim primaries. She’s got the super-delegates, and that’s what matters.
Look, I get not wanting to support Trump, I totally do. But, why waste the energy, effort, and MONEY, just to make Hillary the president? That’s senseless! If you, like me, don’t like our options today, then save the effort and money, and wait for the next go around! We do this stuff every 4 years! As it turns out, there is no mandate to support someone! You certainly don’t have to invent someone to support simply so you can say you supported someone! That’s idiocy! Give me the money to hold and I’ll finance a great 3rd party campaign 4 years from now! You can’t win a Repub running as a 3rd party in this election. It can only cause Trump to lose and Hillary to win.
Oh, I almost forgot ……. the other reason why I’m JAFO this time around.
I don’t know how this is going to play out, so I don’t know which way to jump. Readers here will know that for years I’ve advocated a 3rd party. I fully believe this nation needs one to survive. And, this election cycle has given me great hope that a 3rd and perhaps a 4th party will emerge from this madness.
You see, one of the main criticisms aimed at people with my advocacy is that it would simply allow the Dims to control things for years to come. The criticism isn’t without merit. Still, today we see as much angst and discontentment in the Dim party as we do with the Repub party. And, if Hillary wins by the margin of the super-delegates, we’ll see even more angst!
And, this doesn’t even address the fact that the DNC chair, DWS, is totally in the tank for Hillary. Sanders supporters are madz!!!!!! And, they should be, though, they won’t know why they should be.
Look, we live in a Republic, in which democracy plays a major roll. While I believe Sanders supporters, and Clinton supporters, for that matter, are insane, or intellectually challenged, they are people within our republic. For any form of government which utilizes democracy of any sort, the people must feel their views and concerns have a fair chance of being represented. That they have an advocate and a voice in our governance. Simply put, people on both the left and right do not have a voice, nor an advocate. When a few slide in under the 2 mandated parties, they either play along, or get ostracized and marginalized by the people of their own party.
We need political parties where the people can be properly represented. If there were a criticism I would have towards the framers of our Constitution, this would be it. They were so clear thinking and forward sighted in all else. I am sure they would be aghast at what has become of our “self-rule” we have today.
The fact of the matter is, as a Republican, I have nothing in common with a Republican from, say, New Jersey. Their advocacy and mine are entirely different. But, I no more wish to quell their voice than I do to wish them to quell mine. God loves the Chris Christie types, and so do I! I just don’t believe or think like they do. I don’t want the Republican party to go away, I don’t want the Democrat party to go away. If something came back in place of the Republican party, which truly matched my advocacy, then, people of this nation would still not be properly represented. This nation is simply too diverse to be confined to a Boolean choice.
Finally, before anyone suggests the Libertarian party, I would note I once was part of said party. I have very strong libertarian beliefs. But, the Libertarian party is the little party that couldn’t. They are mock-worthy. I’m not sure they aren’t an agreement of some type between the real parties. Time and again they have demonstrated they can’t, they don’t know how, they won’t. Worse, many of the people in the party are atheists. I’ve nothing against atheists, other than the fact that they’re damning themselves to hell and trying to get other people to damn themselves, but, atheists miss out on understanding a simple concept which was succinctly put by William Penn and Ben Franklin. —-
“Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants” – William Penn
“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” — Ben Franklin
Over the last 30 years or so, each successive president, regardless of party tended to erode our individual rights and send us closer and closer to abject tyranny. Given that this nation has become a more godless nation over the same period of time, and given the above quotes by such brilliant minds, this is no coincidence.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for today. What are your thoughts?