Final Words

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According to one media account, this is why Trump won:

It was an appeal to the heart, not the head, and his supporters overlooked his obvious flaws.

But whatever the reason, let’s hope each of us can lick our wounds and/or celebrate without attacking those who disagree with us.

Trump, Hillary, and The End Result

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TRUMP

Trump supporters continue to chant how he’s going to “Make America Great Again.” They put their complete faith into these words and are certain the entire nation is going to become a political version of Alice in Wonderland once their candidate becomes POTUS. While the idea/thought/dream is enticing, just who is this individual claiming to accomplish this action?

As this election season has demonstrated, Trump has a dangerously erratic temperament and simply cannot tolerate criticism. He is absolutely and totally confident his way is the right way, even though persons with far greater education and experience have pointed out the flaws is his thinking. He has denied or tried to explain away negative comments he’s made about women, minorities, the disabled, war heroes, immigrants, and others. And finally, he has demonstrated time and again that he is simply unable to make informed decisions on complex issues.

Yet his supporters continue to believe he’s the man for the job … primarily because, they say, he’s a “successful businessman” (even though it’s been revealed his business dealings have often fallen below the standards of honesty, decency, and ethics).

HILLARY

Trump refers often to his opponent as “Crooked Hillary” and surely, there is reason to have doubts about her integrity during her time on the political scene.

For many, Hillary Clinton is seen as someone whose behavior in political matters is both irresponsible and capricious.  She seems to regard her past actions when serving as Secretary of State as simply “mistakes” when, in fact, many were borderline (if not outright) illegal.

She denies whatever doesn’t fit the image she wants to present and turns a blind eye to valid criticisms of her (especially as related to the Clinton Foundation). As one columnist noted, the inhabitants of the Clinton world are so accustomed to corruption they can’t even see it anymore.

Many have noted that Hillary tends to “go with the flow.” Although she presents a positive picture of her intended actions on how she will lead the country, many believe she will, instead, do what’s expedient.

THE END RESULT

The election of either candidate is going to bring consequences. Possibly less in the case of Hillary since she will tend to follow the political path of least resistance. Trump, however, will blunder through his time as POTUS with bluster and bravado while accomplishing little (except perhaps to put us into a Third World War).

It is truly sad that a nation as great as America is forced to choose between two individuals so completely undeserving to serve as Leader of the Free World. Perhaps we will do better next time. Hope springs eternal.

(And this, I promise, is my last political post before the election.)

The Political Scene: Words vs. Action

Well, I hoped I wouldn’t be writing any more politically-oriented posts, but this comment on Facebook by my right-leaning granddaughter was more than I could stand. I so wanted to comment back, but would prefer to keep peace in the family, so you, my devoted readers, will have to take the brunt of my reaction.

Her comment was in response to a video of tRump apologizing for his recently publicized comment about women  …

I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me, know these words don’t reflect who I am.

I said it, it was wrong, and I apologize.

There was more, but this, in essence, was his apology. He ended his remarks with this:

I’ve said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between words and actions. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.

This was my granddaughter’s reaction to the video:

Like my mother has engraved in my brain, “Actions speak louder than words!” Hillary’s actions are by far worse than Trumps words!

If I had responded, I would have asked, what exactly are the “actions” that you are referring to? Are you referring to Benghazi or the emails (which seem to be the topics du jour), both of which have been discussed ad nauseam?

And then I would have asked how these “actions” compare to a man who has verbally demeaned not only women, but Mexican, blacks, Muslims, etc.

I admit there is truth behind the statement made by her mother (my daughter), but words also reveal much about the belief system and temperament of an individual.

Further, while tRump pledges to “be a better man tomorrow,” what guarantees do we have that he will change? And why must we wait until “tomorrow?”

I so wanted to ask her — do we honestly want someone to hold the highest office in the United States who verbally assaults those who do not meet his personal standards … and praises someone who instigates attacks against humanitarian efforts?

And if we’re talking about actions, do we want someone who has declared bankruptcy four times? Does this reflect good business sense, as tRump declares? And what about the numerous times he has made a statement and then claims he never said it (or “didn’t really mean it”)?

More than anything, the thing that bothers me about political campaigns is how the candidates spend their time attacking their opponent and pointing out all their “bad” features. What I want to know (and I don’t think I’m alone in this) is what the candidate is going to do to improve our nation. (And stop telling me to visit your website for details!)

I will watch the upcoming “town hall” event on Sunday but I can almost predict what will happen. It will end up being nothing more than what has been going on for the last several months … She said, He said. The American people will know nothing more than they do today about either of the candidates.

I seriously dread November 8th.

Trump? NO! Please NO!

This article is a MUST READ for anyone even remotely considering voting for tRump:

How the Trump Organizations’ Foreign
Business Ties could Upend
U.S. National Security

Be warned … it’s a long article, but contains information that every voter needs to know and think about before heading to the voting booth.

(P.S. I’m hoping this will be my last post on tRump before the election.)

The Ideal 2016 Presidential Candidate

campaign_2016From: vanderbiltpoliticalreview.com

In an article on Salon.com related to the declared and potential 2016 presidential candidates, the writer (Jeffrey Tayler) bemoans the fact that so many fall into the category of (supposedly) “God-fearing” individuals who believe the answers to many of our ills can be found in the “Good Book.”

He adds … “There will almost certainly be no (declared) atheist or even agnostic among the candidates.”

He then provides some information about those who have already begun their crusade for U.S. leadership, as well as those who are still waiting in the wings.

I have to admit … it’s downright scary.

He ends his article with an “atheist dream” … that perhaps, someday, a candidate (and future president) will make this statement:

“I do not believe in God. I do not believe in a hereafter. I believe we have one life on our precious planet, which floats amid a cosmic void of unfathomable dimensions governed by the unyielding laws of physics. I will follow reason and promote consensus-based policies that will do the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people. I will work to build up Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state. Secularism and reason offer us the only way out of our dilemmas. We have to grow up and realize that, barring interference from forces of nature beyond our control, everything we humans achieve, or fail to achieve, depends on us. There is no hope, save in ourselves.”

And to that I say … MAY IT BE SO!