Campaign 2016 - Part IV (What have we learned so far?)

And our flag waves its lessons proudly, when we remember them.

Remind ourselves of what the stars, stripes, and colors stand for, and when necessary remind the candidates for Congress and the White House.
Remind ourselves of what the stars, stripes, and colors stand for, and when necessary remind the candidates for Congress and the White House. | Source

Nationhood

How much American History do you remember?

The Alamo, Guadalcanal, the Ardennes, Korea, Vietnam, Challenger,

"Do nothing", Executive Orders, National Debt, trade imbalance, stagnant wages?

How much do you know about today's world, capitols, cultures, wars, religions?

How good a citizen are you?

Are you ready to vote? Are you concerned about the nation's future,

its schools, veterans, medical care, infrastructure, and the elderly?

Does it matter who leads us?

What do you look for in a future leader?

Must they be ethical, moral, hard working, determined, strong convictions, compassionate?

You and I will decide, along with 143 million more or less who have a preference.

Who will lose? Who will "win"? Who will care?


Sizing them up....

Papers (editors really) have spoken up in Iowa and New Hampshire, New York, and South Carolina. Do you trust the collective wisdom of just four people? Wouldn't that epitomize elitism?

Is it time to hold the vote today, eliminate more wasteful spending? Can't we decide based on the candidates' lifetime stories and what we already know about their personal and professional lives? What difference can the next nine months make that the past 45 years or more haven't?

Of course, the next nine months can focus in on past mistakes, character flaws, innuendo, and how much any given candidate's character can be assassinated, distorted, and manipulated in those same editors' papers, in talk show hosts' blather, and social media pontificating by folks of differing powers of discernment and outright gossip.

I say let's get it over with, draw sides and hold 50 real debates (one in each state), give folks time to mull it over and vote. Skip the laudatory and accusing fliers and ads, the robocalls, and the rest of the nonsense. Then vote and try our best to put the country back together again moving forward supporting the chosen leader who comes out on top of the heap of Congressional "also ran" victors and those with tenure who didn't even have to campaign.

I know that by law we can't vote earlier than next November, but I surely wish we could.

How much will 143 million voters change by then, and will the changes be for the better, or will it be like second guessing our initial wisdom and just hoping we come up with something better?




How long is an American voter's attention span?

Right now the box is empty, but opinions are all over the spectrum.  Who will influence yours?
Right now the box is empty, but opinions are all over the spectrum. Who will influence yours? | Source

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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

The backgrounds of the wives of the remaining candidates has been interesting to explore. Obviously a "First Lady" attends the affairs of state alongside her husband (or his wife, as this year's case could be.)

I have to admit that I am still a little troubled by a new term of "First Gentleman" as I hope that one might be reserved for someone who is a gentleman first, there being somethings a true gentleman would never do.

Perhaps in his own case Bill repented long ago and Hillary can truthfully attest to that having happened, so we can all feel comfortable with that title, if it needs to be used in 2017 following the next inauguration.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

An added thought:

President Obama came to office with a clean slate and fine expectations coupled with his party's control of both houses of Congress. Only later did the confrontations start that led into the still prevailing gridlock.

A second President Clinton would not be so fortunate, and could very well be faced by both houses of Congress opposed to her, if she should attain the power she is seeking. Shudder the thought.


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Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago

Demas, I appreciate what you are saying, but the election cycle is like a circus that goes on for a year, giving each candidate a chance to eat shoe leather as they put their foot in their mouth and this year some are walking around on their cheeks because both feet are in their mouth.

I don't think the President has the power that it is believed they have.

I shudder the thought that a none natural born citizen born citizen might be deposited in the seat of our country's White House and give him the opportunity to give our country to Canada.

Have a blessed day my friend


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FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

I like the political debates but not the ads and calls.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Shyron E Shenko - Are you serious in saying, "I don't think the President has the power that it [sic] is believed they have"? Be careful in this election, for the current president, and the next president have now and will have the power to end life as we know it....if not completely end it. Like any human, Canada is thankful they don't have our problems, and we are equally thankful we don't have theirs. We invaded Canada once and failed to get reinforcements to our troops. They, to my knowledge, have never indicated a desire to adopt their southern cousis, even though I believe we love each other dearly.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

FlourishAnyway - How is it the Super Bowl ads we will see this Sunday will mostly be bell ringers, while the political ads all seem to have a sameness about them? It will be rare, if you can find any American voter next November who will say they liked the calls or the political campaign ads, even the calls and ads of the candidate they finally voted for, if they even voted.

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