2016 Presidential Hopefuls, Listen Up.

May the BEST Dumbo or Jackass win.
May the BEST Dumbo or Jackass win.

Send in the Clowns

Can it really be that time again? Seems like only yesterday the second term of our Nation's first Black President, Barack Hussein Obama, began. Though I do confess that for many Americans, it feels as though fifty long, grueling years have dragged on by, seeming never to reach a near end.

Well perk up fellow voters, time to march along the campaign trail as we follow those politically motivated, power-hungry, greed-mongers as they trade favors for money, shake hands, kiss babies and make promises they will never keep. Don't ya just love it? Tradition. Some things never change. Repetition, same old, same old, proving beyond all doubt, we Americans are living, tax-paying proof for the definition of insanity. Yes, I mean doing the same thing over and over, expecting different and better results. Let's give ourselves a pat on the back. OUCH! Whoa buddy, not so hard. Save all that anger and frustration. We're gonna need it. I know it and you know it. We all know it.

What we may not know at this point is precisely Who will be our next President. The 2016 Commander-in-Chief, head honcho in The White House, who will reign supreme over what vaguely resembles The United States of America, of days gone by. May he or she be a super hero with magical powers, the strength of Hercules, wisdom of King Solomon and the patience of Job.....for starters.

If we're still able to muster up the courage to take a good hard look at the Big Picture, for the love of our country, the sake of our future and that of our children, there can be one profound, burning question. "Who the HELL, in their right mind, able to count to ten and tie their shoes, would want this job?" Right off the bat, that's a really scary thought. Who are these nut cases vying for the position of President of the U.S? Seriously, think about that for just a moment.

And Here they are........(drum roll)

How I love that Old Gang of Mine......
How I love that Old Gang of Mine......

"The Gang" minus a few who've already fallen out. (may they rest in peace)

Here we have a fine group of Americans, the vast majority of whom are lifers in politics. A few of them can proudly boast of being second generation politicians, for whatever that's worth. It's clearly obvious that the Republican Party is hellbent to takeover The White House. There are as many candidates as a professional football team has players, including the bench-warmers. And speaking of Athletes, these particular hopefuls most definitely know how to play the game.
"Look out Dems. Our sheer numbers should scare you." Personally, they all scare me.

Voters, do you know these people and from whence they hail? Are you familiar with their political records, policies and plans? It's early in the game yet with plenty of time to further torture and confuse us. This, need I mention, is the perfect way to keep us on our toes.

Don't let these wholesome, smiling faces fool you, my friend. They are each more ruthless and determined than the next. We might want to take notice they will stop at nothing to clear their path to the coveted title of "President of the United States." We can follow them closely, all the way to the front door on Pennsylvania Avenue, as long as we understand, that's as far as we go! History proves beyond all doubt, that front door we have graciously helped them to reach, is where we are unceremoniously kicked out.....and off the sacred lawn completely. If we all have learned our lesson well, this is where we get lost and by the way, shut up.

We could have long, heated discussions about each candidate, but why? I don't see a purpose to that at this point. Do you? I suggest we simply remain patient and wait for the final two, who have proven their tenacity and pizzazz. Yes, the two candidates who have been able to dazzle, schmooze and tap dance their way into the cozy voting booth with us.

Never shop for food when you're hungry and never vote when you're ANGRY
Never shop for food when you're hungry and never vote when you're ANGRY

Will you vote?

What kind of a question is that? Of course we all must vote. It's our right and our responsibility. This is the case despite the fact that from what we understand, "It's not the individual vote of ordinary Americans that determines the ACTUAL outcome." Huh? What?! Wait a minute here, can someone please explain this? Populace vote? Electoral vote? Can we go over that one more time?

Total honesty my fellow Americans, I'd like a show of hands. How many of us fully (and without question) comprehend this "voting" process we have? C'mon, hands up. Don't lie because you may be asked to explain this to the rest of us. aHA! Just as I thought. I see two hands up in this auditorium. No, wait, one just went back down. Where is he running to?

Nonetheless people, we must vote. Remember, there's a record kept of our voting habits. Yes, it's kept well-preserved in the basement somewhere. That record is there, along with our personal data, medical records, and history of our birth, families, education, what we eat, read and do (or not do) for a living, income tax information, religious affiliation, habits, hobbies and how many of our neighbors hate us, plus any move we've ever made, where and why. Other than this, rest assured, we have the right to privacy. We love America.

But I digress. Let's get back to our candidates. Do you have a favorite yet? Can you take an educated guess at who will be dropping out (like flies) in the near future? Thus far, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (Buh-bye) and former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry ( strike TWO!) have withdrawn. So much for them.

Unless one has been living under a rock or simply paying no attention whatsoever thus far, it's fairly clear who has caused the biggest stir on either side. By default of course, there's Ms Hillary (HERE! take my damned server, see if I care!) Clinton and Oh Lord, Donald (I'm a billionaire and everybody loves me) Trump. Donald surely loves Mr. Trump most of all. This is really special.

Wait and see, folks, Hillary will survive. If we know nothing else, we know that the Clinton's are The Teflon Couple. Nothing ever touches them and no one dares take it too far. They have worked very long and hard to get there. You doubt this? "Go ahead, Make their day."


Mr. Donald Trump began his journey with a huge Bang. His speech on the day of his announcement sure did light the fire. The country lit up, started talking, pointing, listening and in general, the peasants became quite restless. I suppose it can be a good thing that all the other candidates took notice and realized they'd better eat their Wheaties. Oh yeah, the big bang before the race. "On your mark, get set, GO!" Thank you, Donald.

Oh, Stop your crying and start packing, girlie-man!
Oh, Stop your crying and start packing, girlie-man!

The time is drawing near

Soon we will sing the old familiar tune, "Happy Trails," to the Obamas. Whatever your case may be, don't start crying nor popping open the champagne just yet. There is still time for a whole lot to happen. Relax, it could possibly be positive. Don't be so paranoid. In fact, try not to think about what could or could not be for the next few months. Face it, have any of our speculations or deductions been accurate before? The sign of a good American is to stand tall in the face of disaster. Admit we are helpless, hope is just a dream and no matter what, those civil servants who work for us, will forever do what they choose. Did I say that right?

I confess, I have not come to any conclusions about a particular candidate. More power to you if you've made your choice and feel 100% comfortable about it. We can only hope that Mr. Trump's razzle-dazzle and repeated use of the words, "terrific, "TREMENDOUS," better than ever before," and "big, beautiful wall," will not blind too many simpletons. Donald is a wealthy businessman and there can be little argument there. Much more than this, my lips are sealed. The fact that he has publicly proven his hair is really HIS hair, has frightened me more than if we could know that he removes it each night before bed. I mean, how many points shall we give him for that display? "Truly people, this squirrel on my head is real. It's all mine." If you happened to be in the audience that day, believe me, I feel your pain.

Please do not allow my attempt at some lighthearted humor here to upset or distract you. Understand I have no more power nor influence than you do. And best you accept that we have none, fellow voter. Even collectively, we have zero, zip, none, nada. You haven't noticed? Well, OK, that part's not so funny. So, what do you want from me? Take a good look at the candidates. This is where our focus should be. I mean, this is what we are forced to determine.

I've been listening closely to every word Jeb Bush has to say. In all honesty, the reason for this is my sick curiosity. I'm hoping at some point he'll use the word, "Nuclear." Aren't you dying to know if he pronounces it like brother George?? "Nook-U-lar!"

See, I'm just following along. I want to be as serious, mature and political as all the candidates. I think I'm doing pretty well so far.

Good luck voters. Pay attention, do your homework and use your head. Then, get the hell outta the way and wait for the next big bang!......God Bless Americans.

Campaign Update--Late July 2016:

Hello Readers. I couldn't resist coming back to bring you up to snuff on what has been seen by the vast majority as one of the most unique and fascinating campaigns in recent history.

We are now in the thick of a contest between Hillary Clinton (D) versus Donald Trump (R). Did you know it would come down to these two individuals or are you quite shocked? More than likely, the nomination of Hillary is not a real surprise but it's safe to say there was a huge portion of Americans who couldn't bring themselves to take Trump seriously enough to reach this point. Regardless, here they are, squaring up against one another in what promises to be a battle for the ages. The predictions that we should prepare for extremely nasty debates are flooding the campaign news stories everywhere. Considering what we've seen and heard thus far, these predictions are easy to believe.

Political sparring has never been a love fest and in this case, we certainly do need to prepare for a verbal blood bath. It may be unfortunate for us to accept this reality, but it is unavoidable. Perhaps a pre-debate Warning will be in order? Prior to airing each debate, perhaps we can expect to see: Warning: The following program is not intended for the faint of heart or emotionally frail. Language and attitudes of candidates may be extremely harsh, insulting and harmful to viewers. Moderators may become frustrated and demanding or perhaps explode at any given moment. Should you begin to experience shock, symptoms of high blood pressure or spells of weakness, immediately stop watching this debate!

Tune in at your own risk my friends.

Choose one. I dare you.

The candidates for POTUS in 2016 are:

  • Some I know, some I don't know yet
  • No one I would vote for
  • An excellent selection to choose from
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fpherj48 6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I cannot imagine being any other way or a "different" person than who my authentic self is. This has never even occurred to me. It's clear you feel the same.

Of course these people have no escape from forgetting who they ever were or whom they were meant to be. They literally lose their essential self. Only they can understand what drives them to become "what" they are. In my heart, I truly believe at the end of their sordid, fraudulent lives, they have nothing but sheer regret. Can that ever be worthwhile?


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savvydating 6 weeks ago

Lol, Paula. Under those circumstances (or maybe any) you and I would make horrible politicians. It's called being "honest to a fault." But that's why we can look ourselves in the mirror and very much like what we see. It's quite awesome, actually. ;)


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fpherj48 6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yves....I thank you. I'm aware you too are a "tell it like it is" woman & can appreciate the importance of taking a firm stand on issues that affect virtually each & every American.

Said another way?

Neither of us could ever be a politician at any level. Not when it requires that one must stand before thousands of citizens whose money pays their salaries, people to whom they are responsible to represent & answer to~ but blatantly lie, pander to, falsify pertinent information & betray while smiling without the simplest sting of guilt or shame.


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savvydating 6 weeks ago

Awesome answer to Greensleeves, Paula. Thank you for telling it like it is. I agree wholeheartedly!


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fpherj48 6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

word55, Thank you so much for stopping by and adding your comment. It won't be long now. I'm preparing myself to handle whatever the outcome is. Can't really do much else, can we? Peace, Paula


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word55 6 weeks ago from Chicago

Hi Paula, this was a great write up. You really know what's going on. Keep up the good work. Be blessed!


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fpherj48 6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

OK GS...so at least we've settled something in a positive way....one day we might even understand it!! LOL

HRC was New York State Senator.....I'm from New York & extremely politically active, involved & connected. I can tell you this, which you may accept, reject or put on reserve.......I respect the opinions of all.

She is not "probably" guilty of "some" allegations. All allegations are well beyond mere accusations. She has evaded the law, avoided any repercussions & gotten away (thus far) with being a constant, compulsive liar PROVEN~factual~undeniably. She & Bill are by far the most corrupt, greedy, sneaky, hypocritical, FRAUDS ever to have served in any capacity of government. True partners in crime & sin.

Because her guilt has not (as of YET) been legally proven, declared for all those who do find it necessary to cling to the innocent until proven guilty....means nothing to the millions who know her well and have followed her every move. Understand GS, one's chances of escaping conviction are pretty high when all around in every direction, at every level, those "judging" & deciding are as corrupt as the accused. Try to understand this. (I admit I know nothing about Britain's politics) She is truly, literally and unforgivably pure evil. I've never said such a thing about another human being in my life. But then, I've never been so utterly certain. Come talk to me on Nov. 9th...PLEASE! LOL


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Greensleeves Hubs 6 weeks ago from Essex, UK

Sorry again Paula, I honestly don't think there was any misunderstanding. I understood the point you were making. Maybe I still haven't managed to effectively explain the slightly different point I was making, but I think there isn't any disagreement on what you said in that 'insanity' quote.

But as far as Hillary Clinton is concerned, I have not really defended her as such - I have defended the legal principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty (I would do exactly the same with the recent accusations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump - though the words on video from his own mouth are quite damning!)

Personally, taking the old adage that 'there's no smoke without fire' and being cynical about politicians generally, I suspect Clinton probably is guilty of some of those allegations - hopefully the more minor ones. I merely say that people should not state accusations as if they are proven fact (except perhaps in the unusual circumstances of a legal technicality which leads to acquittal, despite overwhelming evidence.)

Maybe when this whole circus comes to an end, I'll write a hub about it - the eccentricities of the campaign just go on and on (as I write this, Donald Trump is asking for drug tests before the next debate!) Bizarre indeed. Alun


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fpherj48 7 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

GS....I do believe this is all about the difference in perception of what I (USA) meant, as to your (UK) interpretation. Your (in pure fun) is not totally wrong, but more accurately should be (in pure sarcasm). I didn't direct anything to "my" fellow Americans, but rather I clearly included myself in the "We Americans." The reality is I couldn't be more proud of my country or Americans.

Surely you have heard the popular quote about "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" If you're unfamiliar, I'm sorry but it might explain my comment in a better light for you.

In my humble opinion, GS....our current situation is beyond "bizarre" that we have ended up with the 2 we're stuck with. (I reserve further comment on either, at this point) Yes, "we the people" are stunned, astounded & quite frustrated. The environment & atmosphere is truly like a mad house...."mad," as in both craziness & anger.

We will get through this. We always do and we shall go forward, in whatever manner we're able. At least, I'm confident I will. I pride myself on being flexible, adaptable and determined.

All due respect to you Green, I'd like to take the liberty of saying that doing research and reading ANYTHING about our politics and politicians here, from across the pond, will never give you much pure, unadulterated fact and even less actual truth. As is said, "You HAVE to be here to KNOW with certainty.

I see you in defense of one of our candidates that there's been no convictions, no crimes declared...etc. Rather than write a book here for you to read, I will simply end with this: O.J.Simpson and Casey Anthony were found not guilty. This should tell you all you need to know.

Cheers! Paula


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Greensleeves Hubs 7 weeks ago from Essex, UK

Sorry Paula, maybe 'self-deprecating' (about Americans) was a slightly misleading choice of word. What I was referring to was the phrase:

'proving beyond all doubt, we Americans are living, tax-paying proof for the definition of insanity'.

I meant that you were (in pure fun) being very dismissive of your fellow Americans. My point was that I know that there's a vast fund of intelligent, knowledgeable and wise, well balanced and thoughtful people in America - indeed representing the very opposite of 'insanity' - who might have had the potential to be great presidents.

Which makes it so bizarre that you have ended up with two individuals who provoke a degree of bewilderment about their presidential credentials! My question - if anyone can answer it - is how did that happen? :)


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fpherj48 7 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you for visiting GS....I'm pleased you enjoyed my earlier thoughts on the race for POTUS.

I would be happy to answer the question you ask me in your 3rd. paragraph, if & when I am certain I understand it. As it is, I'm not sure what you're asking me when you mention "self-deprecating American Insanity." I'm really curious. Please explain what it is you're asking me?

As I look back, I'll have to agree with you on my gift of foresight. It may even be my intense need to use common sense & decency! LOL And YES, Michele is an awesome public speaker.

I'll await your explanation. Peace, Paula


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Greensleeves Hubs 7 weeks ago from Essex, UK

Always interesting Paula to take at a look at an article wrtten BEFORE an event which is now nearing its finale (thank God!) I'm sure many share your exasperation with this, but found light relief in your humour!

You wished in your article that you might get a 'super hero with magical powers' the strength of Hercules, wisdom of King Solomon and the patience of Job'. Well I guess Mr Trump must indeed have magical powers to still be in with a shout after all the sordid revelations and nonsense utterings, and maybe both Trump and Clinton do have strength - of personality, if not moral fibre. As for the wisdom of .... well maybe with both of them that's where the wish evaporates away into nothingness.

It is sad, but to be serious for a moment. You talk self-deprecatingly about American insanity. I very frequently see American speakers - journalists, business people, even politicians - on TV speaking with much eloquence, wisdom and thought; perhaps more so than here in Britain. The talent is there in abundance, so why have you ended up with this choice?

Personally having just watched a recording of a brilliantly inspiring campaign speech, far better than anything I've seen in recent months, I'd kinda like to see a woman and a First Lady become the next president - but it would be Michelle, not Hillary (what's more that would save on the removal expenses come January) :)

As for your speculations about the campaign Paula you do seem to have the gift of foresight - just look at your opening subtitle 'Send in the Clowns'. Now was that referring to the presidential candidates, or the current creepy clown craze. Or are they one and the same? :)


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Ken Burgess 2 months ago from Florida

Paula, you have the right idea, don't get caught up in the drama... every four years its the same thing, people get downright nasty, the extremists for both sides can be as deluded and delusional as any Jihadist IMO... with the same rhetoric of DOOM if their candidate doesn't get elected.

It took me a while, but I finally figured out that America will still be here no matter who gets elected, or what they try to do... of course they can make our lives more difficult than they already were, for my family Obamacare is one such example... some people say they were helped by it, but it wasn't us, or anyone I know of personally.

The USofA survived a Civil War, a Great Depression, and we weathered 9/11, Katrina, and the Mortgage Meltdown which hit all in one Administration's time... I think we will survive either of these candidates.


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ken.....You & I have much the same attitude & opinion. I am nervous as a cat today, not knowing what to expect of tonight's debate. I'll certainly be glued to my TV~~don't want to miss a syllable. It's always interesting to listen to all the scuttlebutt afterwards too. Depending on which network (?) everyone tries to critique the debate and who they feel won.

I have no idea how they figure these things out. I just know I can tell you who won, the day after Elections. What a campaign this has been. Unique, to say the least, crazy to be accurate. People in general, your average Joe on the streets, our friends and families, folks have been downright hostile, miserable, defensive & plain old angry! Being an Independent, I mostly just watch the tennis match. I do know who I like and who I would not vote for even with a gun to my head, but I can't ever seem to get into all the fighting, insulting and tantrums.

Between you and me Ken, in all honesty~~How much will it matter?

Personally, I accepted long ago to not expect much of anything spectacular from ANY politician. This saves me. When they do nothing, I'm not surprised or disappointed. When they actually achieve something of significance, I can celebrate....and when they screw up royally, well...that's just politics as usual. You know I'm right!

Thanks for visiting. Stop by again! Paula


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Ken Burgess 2 months ago from Florida

On the eve of the debate... finally we should be able to get some answers.

The Clintons we know are millionaires because of politics, what they promised to whom we can't know... but only the most naïve person thinks that they made over 30 million in just one year (two years ago) for making a few speeches.

But Trump had a successful TV show in addition to businesses all over the world, he wanted for nothing, he didn't have to do this... he wasn't being paid millions to play politics... for that alone I give him the benefit of the doubt, and will wait to see how he comes across, and what he has to say, in these debates.

Time to tune out the noise, all the biased media reports and bogus stories, and see what the candidates themselves have to say, and find out for ourselves if they are Clowns or not.


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Sunshine625 8 months ago from Orlando, FL

Haha! I don't want to be responsible either. Just wish the country the best.


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fpherj48 8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nell.......Ahhhhh Yes! "What a Difference a POND makes!!" LOL

Linda Sue......I assumed you will be "missing" your buddy B.O.......I'm just going to say..............and also...............so I hope you don't mind.

Funny you should bring this all up. I just told myself today, "Effer, my girl, maybe you should just stay home on election Day this time!!" I don't know if I want to be RESPONSIBLE for what happens!


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Sunshine625 8 months ago from Orlando, FL

Hopefuls? I'm feeling more hopeless. I'm missing Obama already and he hasn't left office yet. I have zero desire to vote at this time. Trump? Really? How in the world is he still representing the GOP?? That baffles my brain and it doesn't take much to baffle my brain. He is an embarrassment to the good ole US of A. If only Hillary didn't have Bill tagging along, she might get my vote, but oh well, he is part of the package...I have to deal with it. I just dunno, Effer. I just dunno.


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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England

Me being nosy I had to come see! lol! what is it with Trump over there? is it a joke? wish they could keep Obama, he is lovely, but that's my opinion living over the pond and having none of the politics! lol!


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fpherj48 8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Wow! Just looking at that group of candidates who were with us in the beginning to the few skeleton crew that are with us now is amazing! They seem to have dropped out one by one fairly quickly~~don't you think?

I'm reserving further comment at this point. I have adopted the feeling that "talking about the campaign & the candidates " brings bad luck.

Although I really can't imagine any worse luck for us than having the candidates we have!!! Choices are not ideal IMHO!


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fpherj48 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Aww...you're too sweet. I thank you for appreciating my "wit," something about myself I treasure and protect. Looking forward to getting to know you better. Peace, Paula


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Ken Burgess 9 months ago from Florida

Sassy and savvy, well written, and all too honest.

I can't wait until we are down to the final two, to see you pick them apart.

Thank you for your comment on my hub btw, after reading it I felt there was a wit behind it worth investigating, I see I was right.


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fpherj48 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello Randa....Nice to meet you. Thanks for your interest & for the follow, as well.

I think I'm done THINKING! I may just resort to pulling a name from a fish bowl! LOL.....Have a great week-end. Paula


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RandaHandler 9 months ago from USA

I'm hoping a few of the candidates don't make it to the finish line! Your political satire is to point and defines the sad status of our political scene. I have watched all the debates. Still, I didn't make up my mind. I wish there was an independent choice. Anyway, I even toyed with the elections idea by checking to see what the top psychics are saying in my recent Hub,

http://hubpages.com/politics/Calling-All-Psychics-...


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fpherj48 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Kathleen....I happen to LIKE Chris too & am very sorry to see him drop out. If it was not for that damned Bridgegate....Regardless of the situation, I knew that would somehow follow him & not be good, that's for sure.

YET....can we see what blinders people wear for a certain female Dem?? I simply give up. I'm seriously in the same place you are.

I keep thinking "there's time" but I don't believe that's ALL we need at this point ! When I hear it said how little our insignificant individual votes mean.....maybe that's a good thing! That hurts.

What's left? Crossing our fingers? Haven't tried that since I was a kid!

Thanks so much for your input. Cheers, Paula


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Kathleen Cochran 9 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great hub. I guess we have to laugh at this field or we'd cry. Hated to see Christie drop out just as I was on my way to early voting in GA. At least he had a position on the issues. The others can't seem to find a position in the dark with a spotlight.

Now I'm back to square one. Here there is no point voting for a democrat so I was hoping to make good use of my R-vote. Oh well.


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fpherj48 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well Paul, Apparently New Hampshire agrees with you! Thanks for stopping by. Good to see you! Paula


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Paul Kuehn 9 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Paula, I love the humor in this hub. To be honest, I haven't been paying that much attention to the candidates until the beginning of this year. I would really like the election to be between Trump and Bernie Sanders. Who could have imagined this about a year ago? I am sharing this with HP followers.


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tsadjatko 10 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Missy I guess an old fart's better than an old political tart! Glad to see you can see through Hiliary.


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well, this is interesting. You're going to vote for the first time & I may just decide NOT to vote~~especially if I get any more disgusted with our lovely bunch of monekys....I mean, candidates. I hate to be the one to break it to you Missy, but "politics" has never been civil!

Glad you enjoyed my Hub..Thanks for stopping by! Peace, Paula


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Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

Heheheee... I'm glad I came here today, Paula. I needed that laugh. :)

This was a very entertaining article to read. I loved the passion you put in it. Your descriptions and opinion of our candidates thus far was so spot on. I love your use of vocabulary in this one. It was just fun, and let me tell you, we need fun when we view politics, don't we?

Guess what? I have never voted for President. The reason why is because I have always said I would not go down this path of political hoopla everyone liked to talk on and vote on. To me, it just didn't matter who won; we would still have the same-old drama.

However, I might have to join the ranks of voting Americans and have my input tallied up with the rest this year. Ugh!! Donald Trump, it's all your fault!!! I cannot see anyone that would vote for this egotistical, is that a squirrel on top of his head, jerk!! I mean, have the people went insane?! They have finally scared me into the madness of this political society. It's certainly not civil anymore.

Anyway Paula, I enjoyed reading this, and since I may have no choice but to vote this year, so far I am leaning towards that old fart Bernie Sanders. At least, he makes some common sense. lol....


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh yeah....that's me, T. Just a regular entertainer extraordinaire....Some people just don't appreciate my humor. Ask me if I care.

My Dad used to say, "Ya just gotta give people time to adjust to your wit, honey...ya know, it takes some dummies a while to fine tune before they get a clear picture of perfection." Yeah OK, so he was a biased fan. What can I say? Everything I know, I learned from him.

(Wes hasn't come back. Think I pissed him off? Oops! Ah, he'll get over it. He loves the effer.)


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tsadjatko 10 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Your comments are as entertaining as the Hub Page! That is your trademark , I know, you don't have tot tell me.


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh.....I forgot. You live in Texas. That's a foreign country, right? No problem. Is your mayor a member of KKK? All your taxes there in Texas go to support the Prison Community. Most money spent on Death Row. Not for too long though, right? You guys got a regular assembly line goin. "NEXT!"

Awwww C'mon Wes, relax....I'm just teasing you about your lovely State....don't get all defensive on me. Remember I love you. (You DO have a "Gosh Dang" Party in Texas. How else could the Red Necks vote??)


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Wesman Todd Shaw 10 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

Well all I did was go get an ID with my current address on it, and on the form was 'do you want to register to vote?" - and all I did was check mark the thing.

I got a voter registration card in me wallet....never saw nuffin' 'bout pickin' a gosh dang party.


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank GOD! I have no time for funny stories. This is serious. I have to pick my cabinet members out of the Big Fish Bowl today! Couple o sharks in there, a few large mouth bass, yellow bellies too of course & playful dolphins.......and of course the most important, piranha!

We're all set to swim right into power. To hell with gun control. I'm going after fishing gear.


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tsadjatko 10 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

That reminds me of a story, when I was young my cousin gave me some racing pigeons and...never mind, long story, not the time or place (or HP)


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Carrier pigeon. Aim it for Pennsylvania Ave. Phone Secret Service ahead of time. I wouldn't want them to think it's a drone and shoot it!


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tsadjatko 10 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

You got my vote too! Write in?

Effer for president,

She's independent,

Make her your investment,

And so be unrepentant

For disbelief suspended!


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Wes.....I do believe you when you say this is the first time you've ever registered......When we register, we have to choose a party. Did you not mark a party? What am I going to do with you?

Anyway, it's my firm belief to register Independent. Keep 'em guessing. To hell with these gruesome politicians, I'm voting for myself!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 10 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

Oh I don't think I could ever register as a party member! I'm terrified I'd become one of those horrible people on facebook who does little other than post crap about how their party is wonderful and the other party is pure debil!


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tsadjatko 10 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Wes, hope you registered as the opposite party than the one in control in your area. That way if you need a favor from any legislators they'll be quicker to bend than if you were a member of their party...by doing you a favor they think they are taking your vote away from the opposition and gaining one for their side, a twofer. Twice the advantage of favoring their own party constituents. Isn't it interesting how politics works?

Of course that's if you need to get into the good ole boy crowd, which I suspect is not your mode of operation. But in your case with this guy who owes you money, one of the Godfather's loan collectors would probably do a better job of keeping him out of office (and collecting your money) than your one measly vote. Just a thought, along with Paula's piece here and the question she asks, "Who... in their right mind...would want this job?", that makes one wonder just what does go on behind closed doors in the presidential contest.


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Wes...I've always agreed with your spot-on political common sense & it looks like nothing's changed. Make sure that idiot doesn't get voted in!! Start going door to door if you have to. He must have "connections"...isn't that usually the case?

Yes, I'd say you have summed it up quite well, amigo...We're screwed!

Love, Effer


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Wesman Todd Shaw 10 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

I registered to vote. I've never done that before.

I only registered to vote because there is a local dope head who just never got arrested, and is a far worse person than most the dope heads who have got arrested - who got his peace officer's license and is running for constable. I registered to vote to vote against that person.

Also, the guy owes me money :) (he really is a dangerous person - far more dangerous than most. I guess they'll let any moron with a clean record get a peace officer's license)

Hillary gives me the creeps....but then again, the creeps I get from Mrs. Clinton are only slightly more serious than the creeps I get from any or all of the rest of them.

We're screwed.


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Au fait...so good to see you. I know you're right and why DOES this chaos start earlier every time? Just a bit more time to begin the aggravation?

Honestly? It may still be too early for my positive decision on Election Day. I'm blaming my age that I seem to have much less tolerance for the nonsense than ever before.

I tell myself I need a break from it all & I will simply not go near any source of news whatsoever. I delude myself. I'm like a dog drawn to a fire hydrant...(literally sometimes!) LOL

Yes, there's "time" yet. Time for more anxiety, disgust and needless to mention, serious concern. I've said it before & have no problem admitting, this time I'm "nervous."

This is the first time in my life I am envious of the multitudes who haven't a care or an opinion & may ask, "What campaign?" Now I need to google who said, "Ignorance is Bliss."

Thanks for visiting! Peace, Paula


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Au fait 10 months ago from North Texas

It's still much too early to get serious about this thing that supersedes any other news around the world until it's over, and it starts earlier every 4 years. It's going to get really interesting around March 2nd -- March 1 is Super Tuesday. Even then much can happen over the 7 + months until the election. For sure this should be one of the most interesting and memorable elections ever.

Happy New Year to you, too, Paula. Hope yours is off to a fabulous start!


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ValKaras 10 months ago from Canada

Paula...Allow mw to reuse my often mentioned metaphor. When you ask a 4-year old "Do you want scrambled eggs or cereal for breakfast?", he may say "I want an ice cream". One day when human consciousness evolves to that level, they will see how they are being taken for a ride by given a limited choice - and then they may say "I am not voting for either, I want such and such government to SERVE the interests of the majority".

You see, it's not the rich and influential to be blamed, but all of us who are giving them that power. If I show you an ordinary pen and charge you $50 for it - don't blame me for such an outrageous price, blame yourself if you buy it. Just recently I saw some statistics on TV about 60 richest people on earth possessing half of the global worth. Why not? A lawyer makes up to $1000 an hour, and a surgeon about $110, so you may wonder, who sets those lawyers' fees? If you had ordinary folks for UN representatives, there wouldn't be any conflicts on earth, because people don't hate people, it's their leaders who instigate hate. And who gives that trigger power to them? People.

So what are we really complaining about, my dear friend? Democracy will work when we start taking it literally - "demos"= people, "-cracy"= government.


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Quite obviously, by reading my quasi-humorous take on the campaign, you can realize I agree with your comments. We little people have no power, no say.....in fact we are completely "over powered" by the elite (as they are referred to).

Will it ever be any different? Certainly not in our lifetime, if ever.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support.


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ValKaras 10 months ago from Canada

Paula...I am just a good neighbor up north, and I wouldn't stick my nose over the fence to smell what's cooking in the neighborhood - so I opt to say a general word or two about democracy, if I may.

In my modest opinion the problem of the so called "free world" is that we really think how we have a say in the Big Game. You said a few monumental words addressing exactly that. But then you went on patriotically concerned about your country, and I deeply respect that. Except that I don't share that sentiment. We have just about as much say in decision making as a thrown pebble decides were it will fall. But I must admit, the illusion of democracy IS sweet.

You see, it ultimately doesn't matter who gets to be to top dude or dudese, because either way there can't be much difference for people. As a universal rule, leaders are just exponents of the richest class, and regardless of the candidates' "agenda" - what a deceiving word - they have to dance to the music dictated by the interests of those most influential, domestic ones and those abroad.

It's not easy to run a country since the market and international chess game became so complex that no one can enjoy self-sufficiency anymore. In other words, it's not easy to be a president, and you can bet that no matter which party gets to power, economy issues will hardly change. The classical excuse is : "We inherited problems from the former administration and changes can't be made without our collective sacrifices".

It's all predictable. The election routine is so full of clichés, that you can freely imagine one speech-writer preparing speeches for both candidates. And we are just a part of that routine, doing our thing, as if that will ultimately make any difference. Democracies are made to keep the masses peaceful because convinced that they are participating - while the rulers will always be doing their own thing.

Well, I may be wrong, and it wouldn't be my first time - but such are my impressions.

Again, I admire your patriotism, Paula, and above all I admire your free spirit. - Be well my friend. Val


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I think you've found the answer, Catherine. Our expectations are often ludicrous. After all....candidates are just PEOPLE!


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CatherineGiordano 10 months ago from Orlando Florida

The problem is too many people are looking for the perfect candidate. There is no such thing and there never has been. You have to vote for the candidate that comes closest to your own wish list even if that is not very close.


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vee........I feel like you. I'd like to stay hidden & by myself until this craziness is over with. It's the same crap every 4 years. A lot of hoopla, mud-slinging, blah blah blah......I rarely like any of the candidates, but have to try to choose one.

I love our wonderful country just as much as the next patriot. I just wish it wasn't so damned hard to find a decent leader!

"Happy New Year, GF!!" Peace, Paula


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Victoria Lynn 10 months ago from Arkansas, USA

This was so, so enjoyable to read. haha! I haven't looked much into the candidates yet, but I DO know I do not want Donald Trump. I can't imagine looking at his comb-over for 4 years, can you? It's nice to see a woman (from my state!) in the race. I do hate election years, though--all the opinions and arguments--even in my own family. Ugh. I think I'll try to stay to myself until it's all over. LOL! Happy New Year, Effer! May it be a good one!


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CatherineGiordano 10 months ago from Orlando Florida

I hope you will vote for the Democratic candidate. They may not be perfect, but they are so much better than any of the Republicans. If you don't vote or vote third party, you help the Republicans win. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Do your really want Donald Trump to be president. Running a country is not like running a company. On eof the reasons for Hillary is that I have observed presidents flounder their first year or two as they learn how to be president. Hillary already knows how to be president because her husband was president. She will not have to climb that learning curve.


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

CG.....I have absolutely no clue at this point if I even want to vote AT ALL this year. I don't recall ever being this disgusted and weary.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great 2016!


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CatherineGiordano 10 months ago from Orlando Florida

I voted an excellent selection to choose from, but I was only referring to the Democratic candidates, any of them would be fine with me. On the Republican side, there is not one I can stand. If Trump gets the nomination well he's no worse than the other Republicans and his positions are just the same as their's.


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sujaya venkatesh 11 months ago

Good Luck folks!


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I recently made up my mind that I can no longer watch or listen to any more of the Political Hogwash. I've had it! It's a nail biter, that's for sure. In the long run, you're right......for US, it really is a waste of time!


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Jo_Goldsmith11 11 months ago

This is too funny for words! Yet, I must add just a few. :-) I have been watching all the 2015 debates. And I began to feel the "Bern" for Mr. Sanders. Mr. Trump makes me want to send him a letter letting him know a thing or two. Ms. Clinton, oh my! Hollywood would have to come up with a sequel for the movie Primary Colors which was loosely based on Mr. Clinton. Did you know that?

I have enjoyed watching Madame Secretary, I know this idea was swirled around from Ms. Clinton as SOS. Anyway, Ms. Paula, I think I am going to sit this election out. As far as "American right, responsibility" goes.

I would much rather stay true to the responsibility of ensuring my soul goes to the right place after this world completely goes. If Jesus was on the ballot. I would vote

I care more about my soul than anyone wanting to blow smoke up my ... nose! (smile )

. I just think it's a waste of time, because in all reality it is. Loved this message. Shared..:-)


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fpherj48 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nell....I'll grant you, it would be really nice IF that was a toupee on Donald's head. Then we could take it off and shoot the damned thing! That sleeping squirrel on his head IS HIS REAL HAIR!!

It can't be very interesting for my friend from across the pond to read about our Presidential campaign.!!! I can barely tolerate it and I live here!!......Thanks for the visit, GF.. Peace, Paula


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Nell Rose 12 months ago from England

All I get to see about the Presidential campaign is what's his name with the toupee! lol! you know, the rich guy with no sense! Haha! Trump by name.....lol! always great to see you!


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fpherj48 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

It's so early in the game for me to be this tired and frustrated over an election. I vowed to stop getting frustrated and just take the wait and see route. You've got a healthy attitude, peeples. Whatever is going to happen....there's not a damned thing either one of us can do to help it or change it. Isn't that a horrible thought.


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peeples 12 months ago from South Carolina

I with tillsontitaan on this one. Whoever I vote for always loses. I hve yet to vote for anyone who wins. Then again I like voting outside of the 2 parties, which leaves very little to be excited about this year. I have yet to feel like any election was as important as this one. I guess if once again I vote for a loser, at least I can say I didn't vote for the winner when they screw up! It's been nice knowing I didn't vote for Obama! Oh the joys and confusions of voting!


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Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago

Paula, love your satire. I wish the Electoral College could be disbanded and let the majority of the people decide. but that is scary too.

Mary (tillsontitan) if Ted Cruz wins you will be in Canada. Ted Cruz will give America to Canada. He is Canadian that is where he was born and that is where his allegiance lies, that is why he wants to be president so Canada can install the Keystone XL pipeline.

This is a fantastic hub Paula.

Blessings and Hugs dear friends.


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fpherj48 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL....quite honestly Til......I wouldn't want anyone I love or even care about to have that dreadful job! Thanks for the visit, GF!


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tillsontitan 12 months ago from New York

If this isn't the scariest election ever, I don't know what is. Your satire is right on, the problem is, it is right on!

The Electoral College has baffled me for years. Now, here's the thing, whoever I vote for usually loses so I have to choose very carefully. We have decided if Hillary wins we're moving to Canada. Talk about going from the frying pan into the fire! Is there honestly a candidate, on either side, that's worth voting for? Better yet, is there a candidate that is worth being POTUS?


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I have no idea what tptb means, I have been out and about and so has blue. I usually don't respond to the same commenter on one hub more than twice. My schedule is pretty tight. Have a nice evening.


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mybrianthe fixer 13 months ago from Northern Ireland sometimes feels like Earth

48 what's up both you and blue have gone quiet maybe it's the control of tptb


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Bless your heart savvy....at least you're interested and paying attention. It's only just begun and already I need to distance myself & take a break. It all becomes so frustrating & maddening. Hate to think of what we're in for in the coming year.

Sooooo much can happen. Anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by.


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savvydating 13 months ago

I hereby promise to do my homework before voting. I'll gladly go out on a limb here---I do not hate Jeb Bush or the Bush's in general. At least they showed respect to their secret service servant agents. Maybe Jeb is falling out of favor, but in my opinion, he's a steady Eddie. I happen to like that about a man...,

But like I say, I'll do my research.

As always, enjoyed your wit! ;)


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

lawrence......You get the picture. After a year and a half of endless campaigning nonsense, we barely care who wins the election! We're exhausted, frustrated and confused.

No doubt this is the way it's planned.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate your interest.


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lawrence01 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Paula

An entertaining view of politics, especially for us who live in countries where the whole election process is 'done and dusted' in a few weeks with us knowing the leaders of the parties long before!

Not that we don't get the 'backroom deals' and the like. By the way we get fed up with elections even when the stuff only lasts the four weeks.

Enjoyed the hub

Lawrence


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Awww...what's wrong, GF...don't you like Donald's pet squirrel that sleeps on his head?? LOLOLOLOLOLOLO


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Sunshine625 13 months ago from Orlando, FL

The GOP must have a better candidate than Trump the Chump. I am so tired of hearing his name. And voice. And seeing his face. And that mop top. Haha!


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mybrianthe fixer 13 months ago from Northern Ireland sometimes feels like Earth

gobbledygook is now called spam on the web on which all of us post. origonal meaning was too much crap. One word will do instead of 5 two may be better, for tptb, up yours, shut it, or the best one, No Vote.


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Insane....."Gobbledygook." You've summed it up quite well! Thanks for your input!


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Insane Mundane 13 months ago from Earth

Yeah, there is way too much presidential oozing going on at the moment, but things will become more clear & dry after the political foreplay is finally over. It's a good thing that gobbledygook isn't an actual tangible substance that spews from politicians' orifices or else they would all be seeking dentists and proctologists on a daily basis! LOL!


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mybrianthe fixer 13 months ago from Northern Ireland sometimes feels like Earth

Seems to me that the trixters or (trixtress) is winning the pull the wool over your eyes, Trump is a disinformation ploy a distraction hate or dislike him enough, who is left all the other candidits are fodder. Don't believe don't vote Clinton. Get a human on the ticket vote for someone who is not infected by the cabal, there must be one true being in America. Peace all


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Doc......I watched intently, every minute. My "viewpoint?" LMAO!

Just before the debate, I'm quite certain: Hillary took a couple of hard hits on a Jamaican gold tightly-wrapped joint....and unlike her hubby she DID inhale! Bernie had a little roll in the hay with his sweetie-pie, Webb forgot to eat his prunes the day before, and the other 2 (or was it 3?) lost souls, left home intending to go gambling on the strip but got hopelessly lost and decided they may as well stay and join in the fun debate!

Please don't tell me you expected me to give you a SERIOUS response!.....The only thing serious about liberals are their delusions, Doc.............Love, Paula


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drbj 13 months ago from south Florida

Had to come back, Paula, to tell you that it would be interesting to get your viewpoint on the Dems (debate?) last night. It looked like a set-up to me, with little challenge for the star ... if you know what I mean. ;)


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes Nell, there are a few too many running on the Republican ticket.....Put them all together and they still couldn't take care of things as we the people would hope! Trump, whoever or whatever he really is, has caused a stir, made some laugh, some cry and others curse......but Lord, please don't let him win!

It will be Hillary for certain as the Democratic candidate....but who she'll be up against isn't really crystal clear at this point. (At least not to me) We really have to pay attention and LISTEN.....can't trust "politicians."

I hope your election process across the pond is much easier than ours, Nell! Thanks for stopping by.


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Nell Rose 13 months ago from England

Hiya, well I never knew there were that many candidates! to be honest I cn't get past the fact that Trump, by name and nature is even going for it! over here he is a bit of a joke! I have no idea who any of them are, I just hope they pick Hilary! LOL! only joking!


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

POTUS : President Of The United States.


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes, in order to run for POTUS, one must be an American born citizen.


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mybrianthe fixer 13 months ago from Northern Ireland sometimes feels like Earth

Hi, Paula, if I may under the current rules to be President does one have to be resident (born in the USA) to be eligible or can family roots apply. I have close roots to all the presidents from N. Ireland. Ps there is still an unspoken feud with Kennedys and cassadays ongoing north and south same religion but for me insane. This tiny Island is still infected with past crap.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

Bring back Abe Lincoln I say :)


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jodah.....LOL. The "Eyes" speak the truth!! I think if Trump actually becomes our POTUS (which is highly unlikely) and he leave our country in ruins..................

He will have done what the vast majority of them have done. Have you heard of Barack Obama?


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

I just read your reply to me Paula. Well I have been told that I have "bedroom" eyes lol. I just watch a show on tv about Donald Trump and how he left Atlantic City in a mess and declared four of his businesses bankrupt. All his casinos abandoned and decaying. It's a bit of a worry to think he could do the same to an entire country if he was President.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi Mike....always nice to see you. I vaguely remember also being taught that bit of nonsense by someone at one point in my youth. Then I grew up and became "Me." My version of that is, "If you don't have anything good to say about someone or something------You may be on to something!!"

I'm an independent, contrary little snot! Have a great week-end, Mike. Thanks for the visit! Peace, Paula


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mckbirdbks 14 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Regarding the topic - I was taught (incorrectly) if I did not have anything good to say, not to say anything at all. So, throughout my life I have barely spoken.

We have all heard of 'Bread and Circus' - this is just one of the circus'


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yep! That describes the American voter------Used, bruised and neglected! The Politicians have taken over our every move and give us a kick in the butt for good luck!

Have a great week-end, ps!!


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida

Awesome...that much over-used word describes this to a T, Paula.

You nailed it...we lead them down the garden path, through the Rose Garden, and into the White House and then kablaaam....the doors shut.

Got it...so many do not realize....and the whole voting process...I do not thing the powers that be want anyone to understand it!!!

Well done!!!

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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mybrianthe fixer 14 months ago from Northern Ireland sometimes feels like Earth

Go girl! I don't think you would let the sarcasm get in your head you are way above that and love will keep the bad vibes away. New York New York. It's good to say it twice.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Why,THANK you......Yes we are wonderful, but we must contend with an unfairly tagged reputation. All the jokes and comments, peppered with sarcasm about the fast pace, rudeness & lack of demonstrative individuals from "New York."

My repeated defense is that ...first of all, what this is directed at is NEW YORK CITY= The Big Apple." All of NY is not NY City!

The lovely, wholesome, healthy & happy Upstate New York is the best place on the planet to be raised and raise your own children. This is exactly what I did.

Thanks, Brian.


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mybrianthe fixer 14 months ago from Northern Ireland sometimes feels like Earth

I believe that most of the beings in New York are wonderful, that goes for the humans as well. :)


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

For future reference, I won't hold it against you if you are not polite. I'm from New York, after all......................!! :)


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mybrianthe fixer 14 months ago from Northern Ireland sometimes feels like Earth

I was being polite, plug that old chair in let the trixters sit down, have a truth test. If they pass listen, if they don't Buzzzzzzz. What a game show that would be, or not, don't think there would be many contestants. It is beautiful here especially today sun is shining warm and me and my babe have a day of just chillin. Might even have a beer. Peace and loving thoughts to you as well as we Become.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

mybrian......Hello & welcome to my site. I'm always happy to see a new visitor.

Northern Ireland? Seems to me that must be a lovely place to live.

"Tricksters," is a very good way to describe U.S.A. Politicians, but we have been known to refer to them as much worse.

Thanks for your comment! Peace, Paula


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mybrianthe fixer 14 months ago from Northern Ireland sometimes feels like Earth

Hi 48 I'm a simple guy from UK we have a voting system here that votes for the party who (for me best represents my best higher intentions) has the most votes. Your country has a Constitution, rights. In the UK that does not exist. We only have the right to comply and endure. There are rules imposed on us by Brusseles. Sometimes our bananas don't comply and we can't sell them. Ps ( bananas don't grow in UK unless you got a really big greenhouse). Was in Orlando a few weeks ago watched the debates and to me they they were all trixters none with a mandate from the people by the people for the people. I'm people from Earth and I am starting to engage with anyone who had an open mind or happens to walk by.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Makes sense to me GF. Believe me, you're not missing much but a lot of B.S! Typical Political rhetoric. Just enough to piss you off. I can't tell you what I'd like to do with the whole lot of them.

When you get 2 minutes to spare....email me about the new job! I've been thinking of you.


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bravewarrior 14 months ago from Central Florida

I agree that our votes don't matter. I voted in the last two presidential elections for the mere fact that if I didn't the one I didn't want to take office would have a chance. So much for that thought!

Nevertheless, I'll vote. Honestly, I'm not paying attention to any of the candidates at this point. I feel they're all auditioning and, frankly, the job isn't open yet. When it gets closer to time to vote I'll see who's made the cut what they have to say. Of course, they'll all be blowing smoke up our asses, but I'll see if my opinion really counts when it needs to.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

FA.....I'm so glad you stopped by and mentioned "cat memes"!! Here's my dilemma. I know the term "meme" was first coined & introduced by the brilliant Richard Dawkins. I know the definition of "meme"....basically, I THINK. I hear it used a lot but I cannot always make the connection of the word to an idea. I know I'm FAR from stupid, so since you brought this up, FA.....I would really appreciate it if you would give me YOUR best explanation of "meme" and how you use it.......(in other words: tell me please how "Trump your cat," is a cat meme.) I'll be so grateful!


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FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

Youve gotta give it to Trump. No other candidate has given us such awesome cat memes (Trump your cat.)


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oops! OK. One short trip down Google Lane and I learned it was NOT Ben Franklin.....it was Abe Lincoln! I knew it was one of those old guys from our grammar school history books. So you see, I guess learning all that antiquated history stuff can have a purpose after all!

Nowadays, I'm so happy to remember my name and address. OK, so my sons pinned a note on me. This is why we have kids, isn't it?


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ruby girlfriend, Let's face it. If we couldn't laugh and find humor in all the craziness around us, we'd be assuming our position on the edge of the closest cliff. Not wondering if we're going to jump, but when!

We have to roll out of bed at least once in a while and promise ourselves that no matter what happens, we just aren't going to let it destroy us. Somebody many decades ago (I think maybe Ben Franklin?) said, "We are about as happy as we make up our minds to be."

Thanks for stopping by!


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always exploring 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

OMG I haven't laughed so much in days. I love this! Your wit is funny and soooo true. I think I want to vote for Hillary then I think about how she's messed up with the emails. I know for certain I won't vote for Jeb, I'd be scared to death he'd let Bubba punch the button. BANG we're all gone. I hope you write again. We need a good laugh as we move forward into the unknown.


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Sunshine625 14 months ago from Orlando, FL

Hahaha! I love you.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Doc.....It certainly is anything but DULL so far. No doubt it's going to get close to out of control if some of them don't settle down a bit. On the right, I think the craziness has a lot to do with the number of candidates. It can't be easy to relax when they know from the start they're up against 16 others! It stands to reason we're going to see a rapid succession of people backing out.

Thanks for stopping by Doc. Always happy to see you and I appreciate your input!


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drbj 14 months ago from south Florida

This is so special, Paula, I had to read every single word ... twice. You have wrapped up the 2016 contenders in a nice, neat, and very funny package.

On one side, the 'outsiders' are giving the career politicians a run for their money. On the other, we have a socialistic independent sparring with a former Secy. of State who is becoming less believable and trustworthy by the minute. And the VP who is waiting to see which way the wind blows.

No one can say this U.S. presidential election is dull, that's for sure.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jodah....Did you just say that your comment was simply "Pillow Talk??" I'm shocked! LMAO! (just teasing...stop blushing.)


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh Girlfriend here we go again.The only time we have to agree to disagree.....when it comes to parties & politics (and I'm not referring to Birthday Parties!)

Really???!! Swear, Girl Scout's Honor? HILLARY? I am stunned into silence. I guess I should have known. You believed Obama walked on water. (Biting my tongue) LOL

It sure is helpful to love YOU more than I hate HER! (I won't even say her name).......I'm happy that we have millions of other things to talk about. We can leave out the campaign! :)


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

I just retread my comment and it's full of typos and spelling mistakes. I wrote it in bed when I was obviously needing sleep, besides I need to keep edit out in a job.


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Sunshine625 14 months ago from Orlando, FL

I had to Google "whence!" I learned a new word! Thank you. I would also add to the list among kissing babies and shaking hands, to appearing on Ellen and Saturday Night Live. Hillary is a funny one. Oh, she is also my choice for 2016. Or maybe, Joe Biden. I just don't know yet. I do know who needs to back the heck up along with his mop top...Trump the Chump. He is so fake and annoying, no other words needed. But, excellent article! May the best person for the job win.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Maria

Pop

Billybro

Faith &

Phyllis

So nice to see you all! So, some of us have made a choice, most of us are still watching & listening. I had to use some humor just to keep from imploding.

As soon as all of our candidates get Serious about the outrageous condition of our country (in so many areas!) and ADDRESS THE ISSUES WITH VIGOR & HONESTY, That is when I will take them seriously.

While they continue to run around the playground, slinging mud and playing bully name games, it's a stretch to pretend I'm interested.

None of them are stupid. Quite the contrary. At this stage of the blatant disaster our Nation has become....WE ALL KNOW OUR VERY EXISTENCE IS ON THE LINE. It cannot possibly be more dire than this. Just as vital as it is for us to have a magnificent leader, he/she must be extremely selective in his/her choices of those individuals who will work closely & diligently along side our POTUS.

Thank you all for your input. Your comments mean so much to me.


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Phyllis Doyle 14 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Fantastic hub written with the unique class that only fpherj48 can muster up and present with aplomb. Bravo! Paula. I so enjoyed reading this.

I know who I will vote for and vote I will. When my finger hits that button I pray it blows the demons of the last eight years to Kingdom Come.

As far as whether or not our votes mean anything is a huge pain in the xxx. Where do our votes go? They go to the few people in each state that are the real harbingers of the next President. That person who holds our votes has a PERSONAL choice of which way to go. They can vote with the majority of voters or choose their own button. The Electoral College needs revamping something fierce.

Let us all pray that the right candidate who can get us out of hock is our next POTUS. I will push my button then put in the hands of God.


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Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

Yes, for sure ...Please no more of the same!!! I can't take it anymore.

I will never understand why our individual vote does not in reality count. I say, let's get back to where it actually counts and maybe something will change for the better. I mean it can't get any worse.

All of us truly need to weed through these "candidates" and see what they are made of in reality and what is best for our country. God help us all!

Your writing is entertaining and well-written, Paula, of course.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Frank....I'm pleased you enjoy my political satire. Why, of course they still kiss babies, Frank!! Some of them have even kissed their own babies. Just ask John Edwards. (BTW..he sure fell completely off the radar! Notice??) If only it was that easy to get rid of all the bad guys.


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billybuc 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

A fun read, Sis, about a serious topic....or maybe it's not serious. Maybe we should have an honest election and nominate the CEOs of the corporations that really run this nation. In the finals we could have Monsanto running against Chase for the Presidency. What do you think?

Always a pleasure reading the product of your mind. You didn't disappoint.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago

The only thing I am sure of is that Hillary must not set foot back in the WH. In fact, no Dem should be allowed in. Once upon a time the party exhibited common sense, but those days are over and our country is suffering. As for the rest of the wannabes, I'll just watch them duke it out. Did I tell you, I love the way you write?


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jodah, I can imagine it may be fun to keep track of U.S. politics from afar. Oh my, it's really that simple to vote in and vote out your Prime Minister in Australia? Wow. If that were the case here, we'd spend ALL of our time putting them in and kicking them out!

Anyway Jodah, keep watching because depending on how things work out, I may show up on your doorstep, asking for instructions on "How to be an Aussie!"


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marcoujor 14 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

You forgot to add Jimmy Kimmel to the list.....

......oh, darn, he's not running.

Thanks for putting the sass and class in satire.


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

Your political satire makes sense.. you go off on the clown and pony acts with taste and you're not too harsh.. they still kiss babies? LOL, sadly this might be the first go around that may find me not voting... Frank


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Paula, I loved being able to sit back and enjoy reading this without being distracted with any bias towards either side or candidate (due to my not being a US citizen). The only candidates I know anything about are Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, and that Jeb Bush is..well..another Bush. America must be such a lovely green country with all those Bushes everywhere :)

Her in Australia we don't have to go through anything like the Presidential race. It is much simpler. Each party simply selects their own leader (just one) to run for Prime Minister, then advertise the policies their party will bring in and we go to the polling booths and vote. Voting however is compulsory, o everyone over 18 has to vote or risk being fined...so know one can use the excuse I didn't have a say. That being said we are on our 5th Prime Minister in five years, because as soon as their party trails in the polls they start to panic and dump their leaders for someone they think will be more popular. That keeps things interesting but not very stable Government.

Anyway, good luck in the election and I hope the people make the right decision for the country..whatever that may be.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes, Jackie. I am as aware as the rest of us battered, scared and confused Americans that of any time in our lives, we HAVE to get this one right!

My ever-constant fear is that determining who is THE person we can trust the most, vote into office and then hold our breath long enough to realize if we did in fact, get it right?

Makes me think about the millions of individuals who chose their Mr or Miss "Right," love of our life, soul mate, before saying, "I do."

One simple check of the divorce statistics is an incredibly sad indication of our abilities to screw up.

We cannot take more of the same....No Way! I hear you loud and clear. I too fear it will be all over for us. Thanks for stopping by.


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

I know I will vote simply to help prevent certain ones from getting in! This may be the most important election America ever had. If we don't get the right one in I fear it is all over for us; I do not think we can take more of the same. I dread seeing what damage might be done getting up to the point of a new one. It is very critical, I hope everyone will get out and vote to defend this country.

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