Friday, March 04, 2016

WARNING! Political Rant

I have been debating on whether or not I should even write this post. Without jumping into the politics of the Presidential primary season, I have to say that it is a terrible thing to be played out on the international stage. It would be bad enough if we Americans were the only ones to have to witness and apparently tolerate the mockery of the process, but to play it out so that the entire world can see the types of buffoons that are running for President is an embarrassment.

I know that in our justice system one is considered innocent until proven guilty, but to have a leading candidate under criminal investigation and another one that has filed multiple bankruptcy cases is terrible. Others candidates are hated in their own political party or have decided that showing up for work at an elected position isn't that important. It seems that lying is perfectly acceptable in politics and business today and we will overlook major character flaws in order to elect the lesser of the many evils based on our personal prejudices.
It's as if we have no personal character qualifications for the people we elect to public office.

I'll be honest here -- the thing that scares me the most about Trump is his unwillingness to offer any methods for his proposed solutions. And I think that is also what worries the GOP party leaders. It looks like he will have enough delegates for the Republican nomination BEFORE he offers one solid plan for the economy, national security, immigration or any other issue. Right now, he either can't or won't even name any potential presidential advisers.

All of the other candidates have their strengths and weaknesses, but I don't understand how so many can support a guy that is bullying his way to the nomination without giving any information other than a promise to make America great again.

Some of you know that I am a UFC fight fan. This week has been leading up to a Saturday night fight between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor at UFC 196. If you've watched the press conferences and interviews leading up to the fight, then you know that these are two loudmouthed, vulgar language, trash talking fighters that sound just like our political debates. I think it looks bad for the UFC when I listen to these jokers cuss and mock one another. I never thought that it would happen in presidential politics!

Really guys?
You're going to stand on national television and make references to the size of your penis? Or worse -- you're going to volunteer that you have some knowledge of the size of your opponents penis! How does that happen?

Really! We don't care!
We do care about how un-Presidential you are!

If you strip away all of the political BS and set issues aside, the only two candidates that carry even a small shred of a Presidential image (the kind you'd set before all of the peoples of the world) are Sanders and Kasich (imho).

Geez, this is as frustrating as it is embarrassing.
While I imagine that both the Clinton and Sanders campaigns are enjoying the mudslinging show on the right, they also need to be worried about the great number of followers they are amassing. If primary voter turnouts are any indication of a general election voter turnout, the Dems had better be gearing up to get their own people to the polls.

Maybe the GOP could just have a WWE last man standing kind of fight! I know it wouldn't be a whole lot more entertaining than the current debates, but if they made it a PPV event they could raise money for the general election campaign!

Just a thought.

I know this kind of rant invites a host of comments and opinions.
Be nice.

John <><


Bilbo said...

"...the thing that scares me the most about Trump is his unwillingness to offer any methods for his proposed solutions." Well, John, that's pretty typical of most politicians, particularly on the GOP side. Bernie Sanders' website has a detailed summary of how he plans to implement and pay for his agenda ... I'm not sure if all the numbers really work, but at least he's put something out there. The GOP has no agenda at all other than "anything but Obama" ... they hate the ACA (Obamacare), but have yet to propose anything better, they object to any immigration reform, etc, etc. It's going to be a long, sad slog to November 8th.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

The conduct of most politicians in this election is dismaying. Some are just rank vulgarians. I voted for Sanders. It's good to read that you're a kindred spirit.

Mike said...

John, I found this online.

As of March 4, 2016, according to the Federal Election Commission(FEC) database -, 1641 candidates have filed a Statement of Candidacy(FEC FORM 2) to run for President in 2016. A total of 287 Republicans and 234 Democrats will be competing for their party's 2016 presidential nomination.
There are LOTS of third party and Independent candidates in the mix. About 478 Independents and 642 candidates from other parties are running for President in 2016

Lots of people to pick from!

John Hill said... I guess a write in campaign for Bilbo for President is a long shot, eh?

Bilbo said...

"If nominated I will not run; if elected I will not serve."