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Campaign 2016 (The Whittling Is Done)

Updated on June 8, 2016

The Donald And The Donna

She says he's not fit.

But regular folks will choose.

He says she's a twit.

There will be significant challenges.

Dealing with 50 different state governments, governors, legislatures, and their US Representatives and Senators is just one of the challenges the next American president will face.
Dealing with 50 different state governments, governors, legislatures, and their US Representatives and Senators is just one of the challenges the next American president will face. | Source

And the two successful combatants are .....

As of June 8, 2016 Americans still had five months to decide who will lead them for four years starting in January 2017. Their major choices are an insider who knows little about business, and an outsider who does. An outsider who knows little about all the mechanisms of the federal government, and an insider who does.

We can all contemplate about the balance an American president must have between personal knowledge and inclinations, and tapping the knowledege and the expertise of others.

Business knowledge is such a case, as are military knowledge, and diplomatic skills.

Americans aren't going to get a president capable of doing everything alone. Even a president of a stamp club can't do it alone, much less deal with 50 state governments, a District of Columbia, assorted territories, a National Debt of 19 trillion dollars, and members of Congress who think their voters elected them to tell the president what to do.

So Americans need to be looking for someone who can delegate wisely, surround themself with knowledgable people who have the expertise that is needed, and at the same time look for someone who can see and manage their nation's priorities within the bigger picture.

Sagacity is a desirable trait together with empathy and compassion. Demonstrated leadership skills are essential.

Now the choices are narrowed, whittled down to two major parties and their candidates, along with some others that are likely to be "also rans" in an election with ramifications for the entire world.

The Republican voters have chosen Donald J. Trump, a wildly successful businessman whose brash and bigoted successful campaigning has taken him to the top of the heap in a mad scramble that saw 16 other experienced Republican candidates withdraw from the field in bewildered amazement.

The Democrat voters have chosen Hillary R. Clinton, a former president's wife, senator, and Secretary of State, whose polished campaigning saw her rise to the top of the Democrats' heap in her second attempt for their nomination. She had a spirited and sincere challenge from another senator, Senator Bernie Sanders from the New England State of Vermont.

Whoever American voters ultimately choose, they can't have it all, but let's hope they get the best leader they can.

As it stood on June 8, 2016, every indication was that the fur will fly in an epic battle for the pinnacle of power and privilege in the modern world.

Both leading candidates have already experienced wealth and privilege that are almost unique in world history.

Mrs. Clinton has the full roster of expert political advisers and an experienced nationwide apparatus to seemingly assure her a victory.

Mr. Trump in his climb to the top has stepped on toes, insulted minorities and his own party leaership, all to the point that no reasonable experts would give him a chance for success.

But, and it must be added, no reasonable experts originally gave him any serious chance of obtaining the Republican nomination he has now won.

In what has traditionally been a male-dominated political scene controlled by insiders, Mrs. Clinton is the quintessential insider favorite, and Mr. Trump is the outsider who relishes his underdog role and the ongoing challenge of thumbing his nose at traditional politicians, such as Mrs. Clinton.

In what has been described as an unprecedented American presidential campaign, the real fireworks are just beginning in earnest, and potential American voters are registering to vote in record numbers.

Some American voters have claimed that neither major candidate is a suitable choice to lead America forward in 2017.

With no apparently viable third candidate those disaffected American voters could rally behind, the political war is on once again between the two major parties with control of the American republic hanging in the balance.


It will all be decided when the voters vote in November 2016.

There will be many rounds in this championship fight, and there are sure to be bumps ahead on the way to November 2016.
There will be many rounds in this championship fight, and there are sure to be bumps ahead on the way to November 2016. | Source

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    • norlawrence profile image

      Norma Lawrence 

      23 months ago from California

      Who will make the best president. No one really knows. Clinton has shown us where her loyalty lies and it is not with the people or the country. Trump lets his mouth hurt him. He needs to think before he speaks but if he did he would not be Trump.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - I suspect "the fur will fly" anyway. At the very least we can't say this time around has been boring.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wow, you're a wealth of information. Since we're going to have two people where neither is really a top presidential choice, perhaps they should just run together. Then the fur would fly on who will run the show.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Note: Senator Goldwater won only five southern states and one western state when he ran against President Lyndon Johnson.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith a Republican had 27 delegates vote for her nomination for president at the 1964 Republican Convention which nominated Senator Barry Goldwater as the Republican nominee that year. History has shown that she might have had a better chance of election than did Senator Goldwater that year.

      Interestingly, it was Senator Goldwater's hawkishness that contributed as much as anything to his defeat.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I believe that Donald Trump will be the first major party candidate that has never held public office or served in the military. That is interesting to me more than Hillary Clinton being the first female. Change versus continuation. Hmmm.

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