Campaign 2016 (What does it really come down to?)
The biggest issue of Campaign 2016 is Peace!
If you are among the 14% of the American public that is satisfied with our current governance from Washington, DC, you will probably vote for Secretary/Senator/First Lady/ Mrs. Clinton.
If you are among the 86% of the American public that is dissatisfied with our current governance from Washington, DC, it seems you have two choices other than Hillary.
You can choose not to vote at all, as has been the choice of millions of eligible voters in recent national elections. Or you can choose to vote for Bernie's Revolution or for Mr.Trump.
What the Republicans needed this time around was not another President Reagan, but rather another General Eisenhower.
General Eisenhower was invited to run as a Democrat, and invited to run as a Republican. History suggests he could have won running with either party. He chose to run as a Republican for its international view of the world America faced at the time. We can all, Democrats and Republicans, be glad that he was who he was, and where he was for his eight years in office.
Mr. Trump could have chosen to run as a Democrat or a Republican, as some others have pointed out. He correctly saw the weaknesses and divisions within the Republican Party and divided and conquered his way to what is now his apparent nomination in July.
Keep this thought in mind as you watch the ongoing Campaign 2016, and it is a thought from President Eisenhower's farewell address. Ike warned that we need an informed citizenry, or the Military/Industrial Complex of the Pentagon/Industrialists/Lobbyists can spell disaster for America and the world.
A resurgent Russia under Putin, and thermonuclear China and North Korea, not to mention other nation's with existing nuclear weapons, will tempt us to a reliance on the same Military/Industrial Complex that President Eisenhower warned us against making too powerful.
When you vote in November, or think you might just sit this one out, decide what you want America's and the world's future to look like.
Russia, China, and North Korea each have their own Military/Industrial Complexes to deal with. North Korea's leader is celebrating his. China is barely controlling its. Russia has unleashed its.
Where does Peace stand in all this?
President Eisenhower lost his chance at his goal of world peace when the U-2 spy plane was shot down and Krushchev, under the control of his military, ignored President Eisenhower's hopes, and the hopes of the Russian and American people. Russia went on to heighten the Cold War.
There may not be another time when world peace is ever that close. If not, who do you really want guiding America through today's troubled seas?
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