Friday, February 26, 2016

Who do you want?

     President Donald Trump; does that sound strange to even say out loud?  What would have been considered laughable or even preposterous two years ago is now very much in the spectrum of reality.  Mr. Trump has developed a very loyal and vocal legion of followers who will not be deterred or persuaded from casting their vote for "the Donald" come hell or high water.  They are mad.  They despise politicians.  They are ready for someone who shoots straight regardless of the content or "political correctness" of what the man says.  They are willing to ignore the contradictions that sometime occur daily and the lack of definitive details in any plan or policy he has suggested.  They enjoy his bickering with and insulting of the politicians he shares the stage with during debates.  They are devoted and love to hear the man tell everyone that he is winning.  They are not just isolated to one political party.
     How did we get to this place, this weird and unusual race for the Presidency?  Eight years ago Barrack Obama used his significant skills of oration to present a plan of change, hope and peace.  Not even a one term Senator, Obama was able to reach into the anger that had infiltrated America and simply by sounding different and speaking a different game captured the voting electorate, riding that wave to victory.  He was able to repeat that victory in 2012 despite growing resistance to his policies and a substantial challenge from a contender with an actual record of achievement, avoiding a narrow loss thanks to a well timed hurricane and his very public positive response.  The historical significance of Barrack Obama notwithstanding, the country is once again angry and ready for a more substantive change of direction in both policies and economy.  So how does Mr. Trump draw so much support when he has no political record of achievement?
     Many folks point to his business successes as evidence he can improve our jobs and economic outlook.  The man can obviously run a business or twenty and create jobs within his span of control.  How this will translate to running the entire country remains to be seen.  In his businesses Mr. Trump is the top banana.  No matter what his subordinates suggest he can simply say "Nah" and do whatever he wants.  Despite recent and various attempts to the contrary, a President still has to deal with a system of checks and balances as provided by the United States Constitution.  No  matter how many "executive orders" are signed, none are lasting whether they are legal or not unless a bill makes it through Congress.  Mr. Trump often points out his considerable negotiating skills when describing how he will accomplish "making America great again".  In our very polarized Congress, he will need them.
     In 2014, the voting public returned the Senate to the Republican Party though not a significant majority in which to make changes.  These voters are very upset that there seems to have been little to no effort to repeal, override, legislate or in some cases even debate undoing the damage of the past 7 years.  Unemployment numbers are being fabricated by not including the actual numbers of Americans that are out of work.  Small businesses are unable to provide benefits due to costs associated with a ridiculous wealth redistribution plan masquerading as a health care plan.  Health plan costs are skyrocketing for those whose plans were taken away from them.  Our allies abroad are more fearful than ever that terrorism is on the increase and the United States has retreated preferring to take a back seat in foreign affairs.  The lack of leadership has citizens in European countries actually rooting for Trump to win due to their perceptions of a "wimpy" lack of leadership in the United States.  Of course the national press isn't reporting that so it must not be true, right?
     Our alternatives?  At the moment two one term Senators (stop me if you've heard that one before), a retired neurosurgeon and a current sitting Governor on the Republican side.  The Senators of course have little to no record of Congressional achievement.  Both have tried to convince the public they are "anti-establishment" but can they really claim that while sitting in Congress?  Not like Trump can.  The good doctor is in my opinion the most genuine candidate of all but in this year of "who can yell the loudest" his message is simply not being heard and his demeanor is not confrontational enough to suit the masses.  What is interesting is that the Governor's record of achievement both in Ohio and while serving in the United States Congress is impressive but seems to be overlooked.  In fact, the candidate that probably had the most impressive record of achievement is no longer in the race in part because his name wasn't Jeb Smith.  Given the competition, the climate of the electorate and the perception of leadership skills it would appear Mr. Trump is a shoo-in.  Maybe not.
     The leader of the Republican pack has a greater than 60% disapproval rate of the voters.  35-40% can win you primaries but it cannot carry a national election.  So are the Republicans once again doomed to beating themselves if Trump is the nominee?  Maybe not.  For you see the presumed Democratic nominee has her own 60% plus disapproval AND dishonesty rating.  If she makes it to a nomination without getting indicted (which I still believe depends on Joe Biden) she is no shoo-in either as she simply doesn't appeal to the cross section of folks President Obama did.  Do we really even need to discuss "Bernie"?  Though Mr. Trump has pledged otherwise, should the Republican nomination come down to a "brokered" convention in which there is virtually no way Trump gets nominated will he then turn and run as an independent?  If that happens, can any of three candidates win enough electoral college votes to prevail?  Contrary to popular (media) belief I do not believe that necessarily believe that would hand the election over to the Democrats, especially if the Republican nominee would be as I suspect, Marco Rubio.  Talk about a mess.
     My vote?  I haven't decided; for the upcoming primary or the November election.  This year is very much developing into the election of the "lessor evil".  It is truly a sad state of affairs when an election can be completely taken over by a TV reality show star.  My fear is that this very important election could degenerate into one of the worst turnouts for a Presidential election in history and voter apathy will set in much as it has locally.  If that happens we have left our national security and well being to whoever bothers to show up; and we will get what we deserve.          


  

19 comments:

  1. Well, I figure a white supremacist will go for trump, after all he was literally, endorsed by David Duke (head of your buddies at the KKK) and like Bill O Racist, Donald "dead rat on his head" Trump has been called a white supremacist by every black/latino/womens rights activist in existence. So there is your candidate. Stop supporting laws and policies which harm black people. Luckily old bigots are dying off faster that rush limburger can brainwash new ones so the days of the republinazi party are numbered.

    I guess you want to see who wins the pandering race to see who can be the most bible spouting, flag waving, anti immigrant, anti muslim, anti gay, anti women's rights, anti civil rights, anti black candidate you can find.

    Republican Lite Obama is in the pockets of corporations who want the freedom to screw over the american worker and consumer for everything they can, same as Hillary, she is detrimental to black people with what her hubby did to "eliminate welfare as we know it", swell our prison population with "three strikes" laws, passed NAFTA, sold labor unions down the river (she still thinks $12.00 is a livable wage) and helped de regulate the bankster criminals on wall st so there is NO possibility of a white-collar crime thug to ever go to prison.

    Obamacare (or romneycare as it used to be called) only enriches insurance companies and is a needless waste of medical dollars, single payer, like medicare for all, eliminates all that administrative waste (30% of every health dollar) of doctors having to pay staff to navigate the insurance company nightmare of billing and having them lowball the doctor. So yeah, obama had done LOTS of damage but the republinazi's want to make it worse.

    Bernie Sanders is too conservative, not being in favor of reparations and not calling for black panther style patrols to stop police brutality. Hopefully he will evolve. Unless Bob Avakian/Karl Dix of the revolutionary communist party can get on the ballot, bernie is the only hope.

    We need to stop allowing the rich in this country to be lazy corporate welfare moochers who do no labor and get most of the money while corps like walmart and mcdonald's pay wages that are so low that the workers have to be subsidised by the taxpayers (welfare) because of the corporate greed of their employers. Every dollar paid in welfare benefits because of low wages is government subsidised corporate greed.

    Yet the sheeple are too stupid to realise that $60k a year is peanuts and they are not rich enough to benefit from republican policies or capitalism in general, the system works for the ruling class, the peasants are there to pay into the system and not complain.

    as always DEATH TO THE KLAN.

    Coming up soon, Proof positive that your crime family members of the GPD hired a man to kill Rev. Nelson Johnson. (the below video has the full story on that one.

    World renowned author, attorney, supreme court clerk etc, Michelle Alexander gave your buddies with the GPD terrorist cell a proper spanking the other night with nearly 1000 people in attendance. Here is the video in case you missed it.

    http://livestream.com/accounts/5188266/events/4857250?t=1456360899

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  2. World renowned and only a thousand eh? Man Ive got to stop taking breaks. Youve had a lot bottled up the past two weeks. I didnt even offer any opinions for you to disagree with. Lol. I think its safe to say Brian that you are in a VAST minority politically.

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  3. It is safe to say that demographically this is the last election republicans can possibly win. old bigots are dying off. In 20 years Bernie will be right wing.

    Meanwhile your next article will be called "Strom Thurmond, civil rights pioneer and moderate for the people"

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  4. Yup, like a spineless coward you did not comment on the allegations that your fellow GPD terrorists tried to have Rev. Johnson killed. The way you speak of him I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see your name wrapped up in that.

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  5. I didnt comment on it because thats the first Ive heard of it. And as much stuff as you make up I just figured it was more of your conspiracy rhetoric. When it comes to GPD you mske up or embellish everything

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    1. It's all in the link I posted. If his allegations can be proven and he laid it on the mayor like he could then that is pretty much a check mate in my reasoning never to trust the gpd. I will make sure every citizen in Greensboro knows about it. I notice there was a media blackout on the whole event. And in case you didn't know it 1000 people in a town like Greensboro for a best selling author is like Woodstock for the literary crowd. That's a ton of witnesses to an open challenge to address those allegations directly to the mayor in the presence of a constitutional attorney. This is a bombshell.

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    2. A "bombshell"? Hardly. And you have made it clear about your feelings on GPD so why would you need anything else. You poach pictures of anything positive and write negative stuff. So excuse me if I trust none of what you say. Your link proves nothing. Just a bunch of like minded hateful people that share no responsibility and blame everyone rlse.

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    3. in other words you are not willing to "investigate" other officers when allegations arise, You sound just like internal affairs.

      To ridgills dozen other "readers" this is why we are demanding full civilian oversight of the GPD, they only pretend to "investigate" themselves.

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  6. Who specifically do you want investigated? And just who are the "civilians" trained to do this? Just more of the same old tired nonsense. Of course Mayor Vaughn is certainly no friend to law enforcement. Why would your mentor want to damage his puppet? When you decide to name people or present ANY reasonable suspicion at all other than Nelson said it I will be glad to investigate it.

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    1. I'm sure you will do a Barney Fife-esque investigation in every sense of the word. Why don't you extend an olive branch to Rev Johnson and offer to "investigate" this for him, he could probably use a good laugh. in the meanwhile there could be professionally filmed, 1080p HD footage of a greensboro cop, in uniform, shooting at him and you would deny a GPD connection.

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  7. This is a good example of how you are so wrapped up in your own rhetoric. You know nothing about my career because you refuse to dtray outside the comfort of your communist buddies and ask folks about me. There is zero evidence that I have ignored police misconduct. You point out instances where I disagree with you and your buddies of what you want the truth to be. This is why no one believes you or the other communists. Those of us that have documentation of the "truth" will never consider you credible. You personally seem to take great pride in taking any story regarding GPD or any of their officers and making snide, hateful remarks without any regard for what the truth may be. We know where you and Nelson stand; give us our way or we will cry racism. Its especially hilarious when you do it given the fact that you are whiter than white. It would not surprise me one bit if he concocted an "assasination plot" story just to keep his name in the paper.
    The fact that you would take an article about the election and once again turn it into your usual "I hate GPD" schtick just reveals you as shallow and narrow minded. Of course, the nonsense that is your gutless and anonymous facebook page proves that.

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  8. I hear the sound of metal scratching wood,

    I think it is the sound of you scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    You discredit anything that makes your GPD terrorist/KKK buddies look bad.

    You wouldn't know truth and integrity if it bit you on the ass.

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  9. here is yet another article about the need to overhaul your rigged internal affairs process. http://www.greensboro.com/blogs/around_town/susan-ladd-police-review-process-in-greensboro-needs-overhaul/article_c66d3538-ccd3-590e-a7cd-9c7bc5301a27.html

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    1. Lol. Youre actually citing Susan Ladd. Thats desperation at its finest. You lose. See you next time Brian. Lol

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    2. You are in no position to decide who wins or loses anything. The GPD is getting it's nuts handed to them right and left and unless they want to find a new line of work they will obey the will of the public for once.

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  10. Under no circumstances can this country afford to be turned over to a left of center authoritarian bully, like Drumpf, who understands public policy and world affairs only dimly and the U.S. Constitution little, if at all.

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    1. typical ridgill "reader" doesn't know the difference between LEFT of center and RIGHT of center/ The bigot with a dead rat on his head is RIGHT of center.

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  11. Ridgills favorite greensboro cop Officer Blackbeater is now nationwide. http://www.copblock.org/155636/greensboro-north-carolina-police-department-recruitment-video/

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