Monday, November 2, 2015

A Final Update and a look at Election Season

I'm going to dedicate the first paragraph to our recent issues at home. By the time they were done disrupting our routine, the folks downstate made right with us regarding our complaints.  I'm not going to say that EVERYTHING is fixed, but the emergent and important issues were finally dealt with, and we're happy enough to stick around.  That ought to make a few of the folks around here REAL happy (level of sarcasm to be determined).  Episode over...

DONALD TRUMP IS A FARCE!!  Were I a member of the Republican Party, I would have sued the leadership, long ago, to disavow this joke!  Republicans, REAL Republicans, should be embarrassed that he decided to co-opt their party.  The best analogy I can find to fit him is, he is the most mean-spirited version of Ross Perot.  Oh, sure.  He's great at pointing out that there is a problem.  His description of the problem is colorful, and, sometimes true.  Where Trump really shines, though, is in providing a supposed solution, something Ross couldn't do.  And he comes up with real doozies.  It's too bad that they don't really address the problems.

The number of people that he insults every day is outrageous, and many of them don't realized they've been insulted.  And, the ones that don't realize it are the biggest cheerleaders he has!!  Seriously.  People who say that they would vote for Trump CAN'T be listening to a thing he says.

80% of America cannot afford to be Republican.  It's just a fact.  The Republican Party is not out for the little guy.  Odds are, if you're reading this post, you cannot afford to be a Republican, either.  It's an assumption, but it's as close to true as I can manage.

And the Republicans cannot afford Donald Trump.  There are SO many viable candidates that are genuinely concerned for party policy; what they consider the will of the people.  They don't get the exposure they deserve.  The Donald is only concerned with the will of Donald Trump. His exposure is foremost in his mind.  He doesn't need to hear the electorate because they should be listening to him.  He continues to waste the party's time by diverting attention from the real issues that the real candidates are busy tending to.  It's high-time that one of the other Republican candidates told him, "Sit down and SHUT THE FUCK UP!"

I'd love it if it were Carly Fiorina.  I don't believe that she'd be any better at running the country, but she would be my choice for telling Trump where to stick his tower!!

I'm so liberal, I'm nearly socialist (little 's').  My choice, if the election were held today, would be Bernie Sanders.  What's not to like?  Universal health (although social medicine would have worked for me), expanding Social Security, labor rights, minimum wage...  Bernie will probably never get the nomination, but it'd be nice.

UPDATE:  I think this article at CNN ( GOP Candidates can't settle with debate sponsors ) addresses the exact problem with Republican politics.  I'm not saying that CNBC did right by the candidates in their debate, and I don't think that Fox "News" (the quotation marks should be mandatory, BTW) will be any better.  But, it's that last paragraph that bugs me.  "As we have for the previous three debates, the Trump campaign will continue to negotiate directly with the host network to establish debate criteria that will determine Mr. Trump's participation," a spokesperson for Trump said...     
What's to negotiate?  
(Begin Snark Mode) "Hey, ask The Don (Which, by the way, is how he is to be referred to while on camera) about his immigration package.  You're gonna love how crazy he gets in front of the camera!  Please DON'T ask him about his failed marriages, or the failed businesses he was involved with before his daddy came and saved his ass.  Oh, and that little 'package' that we promised you will be on your doorstep.  Don't spend it all in one place.  :::snicker:::."

For those of you following the last few blog entries, THAT was nearly slander.  Not quite, but close.  Except, I'm not a reporter, and the snark was satire.

UPDATE #2:   The sheer stupidity of Ben Carson's pyramid theory makes the mind wobble. I suggest that everyone read this article.  Especially, if you're in high school and need to find a way to show your instructors that you don't need to know history to run for president.  In the linked article, he is quoted to have said, "Some people believe in the Bible, like I do," Carson told reporters. "And don't find that to be silly at all and believe that God created the earth and don't find that to be silly at all. The secular progressives try to ridicule it anytime it comes up and they're welcome to do that."

"Grain Storage"?  That's his theory?  Really?  I have to say, for a prominent surgeon, a man dedicated to science, Carson's theory is about as laughable as....  well, there aren't many things as bad as this.  Never mind the fact that scientists, for the last hundred years, have known that the pyramids were tombs.  They can prove it from the bodies found in the tombs.  Not one shred of evidence exists that points toward "grain storage" inside the pyramids.  I think the next time I need Neurosurgery, I'm going to have to ask my surgeon what the pyramids were for.  The answer may save my life.

Two GOP candidates down, 9 more to go.  And that's just at the big kid's table.  The candidates that didn't make the cut, last time out, include Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, George Pataki, and Lindsey Graham, and they're being joined by Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee.  And, now we're down to seven.

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