There are a few factors that have brought us to the point of having a presidential election that has both parties seriously considering candidates that are out of their depth running for the position, or just not close to what we need to lead the country going forward. The decentralization of our funding system and of our press has actually enabled candidates to endure the election path longer without the restrictions of the limited structure we previously had in place. But that both parties are so seriously courting outsiders for this position is part and parcel of the disarray in which our current president has left our country.
While searching for a clear definition of what Obama has done, I found it in a piece written by Phil Gramm, former Senator and one of those guys smarter than the rest of us, who wrote this in a column in the Wall Street Journal:
"American democracy has historically relied on three basic constraints: a shared commitment to the primacy of the constitutional process over any political agenda, the general necessity to achieve bipartisan support to make significant policy changes, and the natural desire of leaders to be popular by delivering peace and prosperity. Mr. Obama has transformed America by refusing to accept these constraints."
Many may say we want a check-up on our system, but do they really mean that? What has made this country great is that we have stability. We also have grown the largest middle-class in the world. The fact the middle class is being strained comes more from the economic policies in place during the term of President Obama, who has focused more on his political agenda, than the everyday needs of Americans. Sure he gave some people health insurance, but that does not mean they get health care if no one is there to accept the insurance.
Thus, in the face of a stumbling, unappealing, anointed candidate, the Democrats in droves are turning to Bernie Sanders. Let's get real here. This country is not electing a 75-year-old, Jewish socialist as our president. God bless people for looking seriously at considering a Jew for president and not even blinking, but the man is a socialist. The party has shifted to the left, but I don't believe they understand where Sanders is heading or would want the country to go.
We were at a family wedding recently and a long-time friend of the family was there. He launched into a conversation about the election and stated he supported Sanders and that he was a socialist. This is a man who had his own company and became very wealthy, but is now retired. How convenient that he is a socialist now that he took all of his chips off the table and is hording them for himself. It reminds me of the long-time friend that we ran into at a very exclusive hotel in Los Angeles who was staying there while his house was being remodeled. He told us he had become a Buddhist. I guess he skipped the part in his studies about abandoning material wealth.
There is a real grownup in the Democrat's race, but former Senator Jim Webb receives little attention and seemingly less money.
Then there is The Donald. Do we really want another egotistical know-it-all who has a messianic complex running our country? The one we have now is not enough? This one has the bad habit of saying everybody who even hints at disagreeing with him is a stupid person who can't even buy a pair of pants. How presidential! Sure he is smart, (not as good looking as he tells us he is), and says some things that are good comments, but let's face it -- we would not care what he said if he did not have all that dough. You want an outsider? Carly is ten times the candidate Trump is, but we are in the middle of a hissy fit.
Trump's current whipping boy is the Chinese. We have heard this song before and the tune was the Japanese and we all know how that turned out. The Chinese are so outsmarting us? I have been there and I found most of the country a disaster - environmentally and culturally. This is a country that will not let Google or Facebook have access to its population. We are supposed to be afraid of a country afraid of Google and Facebook? Give me a break. Certainly our current Administration is a weak negotiator (see Iran Deal), but I don't for a minute believe this country run by misfits will overtake our country in the next century.
Walter White (alias Bryan Cranston) captured Trump well. Walter said,
"I actually like his candor. There's something so refreshing about shaking up that world that is all about being handled and here comes this loose cannon who has terrible ideas and would be a horrible president, but there's something great about his 'I-don't-give-a-sh__' attitude that really kind of keeps others honest."
Nobody likes straight talkers more than I, but I prefer ones that actually say things that are factual.
All this disarray is because Obama broke all of the rules of being a president. He did it because he is a blind ideologue interested only in what he believes to be right. This is why his administration has been sued so frequently and lost. He is borderline lawless.
What we need is to elect a president that reverses this and returns our country to stability and a focus on building the middle class. In 1976, I voted for President Ford because he brought stability back to the country after the disruption of the Nixon resignation. The country went another way with Carter and look what happened. We don't need another leader moving us toward more disruption. Thanks for all this to our misfit president.