Nov 072016

Election Eve 2016 is a time of choosing, and I have made my choice after reaching the following two conclusions: (1) I do not want Donald Trump to become President of the United States; (2) I do not think Hillary Clinton should be President of the United States.

However, given the choice between the two – and we all know the next President of the United States will be either Donald or Hillary – I can only vote for Donald Trump. For me, preventing Hillary Clinton from becoming President is that important.

I understand other people think the exact opposite. There are many valid reasons not to like Mr. Trump and not to want him to win this election. But the reasons to oppose Mrs. Clinton far outweigh those for opposing Mr. Trump.

hillary_clinton_official_secretary_of_state_portrait_crop Evidence clearly demonstrates Hillary Clinton used her position as Secretary of State to enrich herself, selling favors to foreign powers and businesses in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation, exorbitant fees for speaking engagements, or positions on boards or as consultants. In this, her husband, former President Bill Clinton was an accomplice.

The Clintons have a history of such behavior. On Mr. Clinton’s last day in office, he granted a pardon to a nefarious corrupt businessman on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. Marc Rich had fled to Switzerland to avoid prosecution after illegal dealings with the Iranians while they held Americans hostage, the North Koreans, South Africa, Cuba and other embargoed regimes. Rich’s ex-wife was a well-known fund-raiser for the Clintons. Even the New York Times condemned the act.

No, Mrs. Clinton does not deserve the office of President. She and her husband have too often betrayed this nation’s trust. She only wants the office for the power and the money it will make her. Mr. Trump might also want the power, but he made his money the old-fashioned way – he inherited it.

donald_trump_august_19_2015_croppedDonald Trump was not exactly born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he was no pauper’s son either. To be fair, he took advantage of his father’s wealth and built a financial empire far exceeding what he was given. To be charitable, he seems ready to pass his empire on to his children and give something back to his country. Perhaps it is only right and just he do so.

This contrasts with Hillary Clinton, who seems to think she deserves to be President. She speaks and acts as if she is entitled to be President. Her often smug and condescending attitude communicates not only a superiority over the American public, but a disdain for the majority of Americans.

But the biggest mark against Hillary Clinton for me is her violation of the five non-negotiables: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, and so-called same-sex “marriage”. The Catholic Church teaches these matters of moral law are intrinsic evils that can never be voted for or supported in any way. Mrs. Clinton supports them all, and has indicated she endorses punishing those who do not accept her views.

Given the next President of the United States – either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton – will appoint at least one if not two or three members to the Unites States Supreme Court, and those justices will influence life in this country for at least the next twenty, thirty or even forty years, and their decisions could have a permanent impact on the future of the country, I feel I must do my part in preventing Hillary Clinton from winning tomorrow.

I do not want Donald Trump to become President of the United States, but I will be voting for him tomorrow. Please join me.

Jul 252016

america-maialisaThe main argument for Donald Trump is Hillary Clinton, just like the main argument for Hillary Clinton is Donald Trump. Just ask a supporter for one or the other and you hear the same response.

Not for Trump? You mean you want Hillary in the White House?

Not for Hillary? You seriously trust Trump with the nuclear button?

The best case for each candidate is the case against his or her opponent.

Trump vs Trump, Hillary vs Hillary

There is no doubt in my mind a Hillary Clinton presidency would be a catastrophe for the county. Likewise, I am positive a Donald Trump presidency would be a disaster. So my choice is between a catastrophe or a disaster.

We often joke in the United States about our political decisions being a choice between the lesser of two evils. Usually we mean a choice between someone with whom we disagree a little and someone with whom we disagree a lot. Not so for the 2016 election.

Never in my lifetime have I witnessed both major parties putting forth such unqualified, unsuitable, irresponsible, self-serving, narcissistic candidates for the highest office in the land. Not to mention they both come across as mean and nasty.

This race will be Donald Trump versus the image the electorate has of Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton versus the image the electorate has of Hillary Clinton. Both sides will be trying to paint the worst picture possible of the opposing candidate while doing everything possible to “photoshop” their own.

Race to the Bottom

The next few months until November really will be a race to the bottom. To the bottom of approval ratings. The winner of this presidential election will be the one who has the least negative favorability rating, because polls show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both disliked by over half the population.

Which means there must be some overlap. In other words, a not insignificant percentage of the electorate dislikes them both.

But what are the alternatives? The Libertarian candidate? The Socialist candidate? It’s possible third party candidates could get as much as a third of the popular vote. There will be no third party candidates with Electoral College votes, because we still have a winner take all mentality in this country – a mentality which has driven our current two party system.

This election might be the death knell of the winner take all two party system.

Opposing Predictions

I have two opposing predictions for the 2016 election, neither of which involves predicting the eventual winner. My predictions concern how the American people will lose.

First, this could be the lowest voter turn-out ever in the history of American presidential politics. With so many people turned off by both candidates, no one will be energized to turn out and vote for either candidate. This is where the third parties make their best showing.

A more likely scenario is a record voter turnout. Not because any is energized for a candidate. The record turnout will be the result of voters energized against a candidate. Exit polls will show voters were motivated to vote against Donald Trump or against Hillary Clinton.

You Lose

It is a sad time in America. If you like what has happened the last eight years and want more of the same, vote for Hillary Clinton. If you place your hope in change, vote for Donald Trump. But wasn’t hope and change what launched the last eight years?

This 2016 election you can avoid a catastrophe and vote for a disaster, or avoid a disaster and elect a catastrophe. Whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins in November, the American people lose come January.

Mar 072016

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The 2016 presidential primary election season has revealed deep divides in both parties. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic party and Donald Trump for the Republican party have tapped into a disaffection at least a third of the electorate has for business as usual within and between the two national political parties.

It might be worth noting, at the time of the Revolution historians believe about one-third of the colonists supported independence while about another third remained loyal to the crown. When the Civil War broke out, likely a third of the country supported the Union while another third supported secession. And before Pearl Harbor, similar proportions could be found sympathetic to the Nazis, clamoring for the defense of Britain and France, and insisting the US remain isolated. It’s safe to sit on the fence until bullets start flying.

The point is, we seem to reaching a critical mass, and the decisions over the next few months could lead to consequences unforeseen or never seriously entertained by those individuals and groups making decisions. In November, 1860, very few believed Lincoln’s election would lead to a civil war just six months later.

Without considering the long-term consequences, let’s look at a few frightening scenarios for the 2016 presidential election.

1. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump become the Democratic and Republican nominees for president.

This frightening prospect looms large. While many would welcome it, more serious thinkers cringe. No matter who wins, the national would have a chief executive guided by a desire for wealth, power and fame. One who believed and lived by the creed “the rules apply to everyone else but not to me.” We would continue the downward slide towards becoming a nation of men – or women – rather than a nation of laws. A nation which held who you are determines which laws apply to you, and how.

2. The Democratic and Republican nominees for president are selected after contentious party conventions.

Bernie Sanders could challenge Hillary all the way to the convention with the nearly equal numbers of delegates and the support of as much as 40% of the party’s base. Donald Trump could arrive at the convention with no more than 40% of the party’s base and insufficient delegates to win on the first ballot. Here, the party elites, the very establishment Bernie and Donald have based campaigns on fighting, step in to silence their opposition.

Now we could see not two candidates contending for president, but four. Not one third party opposition candidate, but two. With Hillary running as the Democratic nominee and perhaps Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio or even Mitt Romney emerging as the Republican nominee, the Trump train loaded with Trumpkins could easily carry Donald forward while Bernie Sanders, backed by young voters and working class Democrats push a populist campaign on the left.

3. Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz become the Democratic and Republican nominees for president, only to face legal challenges.

At some point, Hillary’s disregard for the law and the apparent practice of selling political favors for cash and donations of her and her husband will have consequences. What if, after the conventions, the evidence for charging Hillary and others with a conspiracy to peddle influence, not to mention mishandle classified information, becomes too great to ignore? Elements within the justice department demand she be prosecuted. Some might see it as settling a score.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s bluff about contesting the eligibility of Ted Cruz to become president has been played by the left. Someone challenges whether Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen under the Constitution. The process of emergency rulings and appeals takes a few weeks to play out – remember 2000 – finally landing at the Supreme Court in early October, where – if the Republicans in the Senate have kept their word – the court ends in a 4-4 split.

Trump supports should not assume under this scenario their candidate would fare better. Not only will Democrats ply up Trumps fraud case regarding the now defunct Trump University which will be on-going this summer, they will undoubtedly find something in his income tax audits if Hillary encounters serious legal challenges.

Ultimately, both parties have a candidate facing serious legal challenges, either criminal or civil, which would undermine their ability to act as president. Third world, here we come.

Perhaps none of this will come to pass. Perhaps none of this is a serious as it seems. Unfortunately, just the ability to seriously suggest these scenarios is enough to frighten many Americans. It’s not that they will come to pass, or even that they may come to pass, it’s just that we all know they could come to pass which makes the 2016 presidential election a potential nightmare. Now would be a good time to ho off the fence.