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Updated on January 2, 2012

They can be kept, but not now.

What the country has been witnessing in Iowa, has been a microcosm of what was termed as Democracy, which has afforded America the right to count its blessings, of liberty, sprawling lands and awful amounts of opportunities.

No other country on earth, now or ever before, has those qualities, in a profound sense; and therefore Americans must be proud. A nation with every discipline; such as sports, politics, art, science/technology, and agriculture; as well as a myriad forms of liberal education being open to all of its citizens.

The Republican Party is in the process of choosing a challenger for the present occupant of the White House; with the candidates making their promises on the campaign trail for citizens to evaluate them on or to become aware of their intentions.

The occasion is scheduled for November of 2012 in a general election that will eventually produce an individual to be the president of the United States.

The field of candidates may dwindle, in the speculation that one or two of them may decide to drop out, as time goes by; but the promises will keep on coming, and they will not slow down, until one person is capable of convincing the party's membership that he or she can do a better job as president.

To many of them, though, any type of outlandish promise will be alright, because to become president, that is what one needs more than any other arsenal. However, even if they are believable, can they (candidates) live up to them?

Not necessarily; but they will make them anyway to get the nomination; and that is what they all have to do to clinch the victory; never mind the attacks they will inflict on each other, or to answer questions in the debates on the campaign trail in which the moderators will be asking for accurate and direct answers to controversial questions, but they will be getting none.

In some of these exchanges, the candidates will say anything to even bamboozle themselves. Yet, eventually, a nominee will surface as the Republican Party's choice.

He or she will be cast against a person, who has the experience in protecting Americans and conducting the nation's affairs for the past three years.

However, he or she is going to come with nothing but promises, personal background and other minuscule qualifications, as compared to the one, who has been doing the job up until this very moment. Financially, though, they may be more liquid; but that is less important.

Suffice it to say that, Al Qaeda, America's number one enemy and terrorist group, has been demoralized, there has been a downturn in Iran's behavior on the International political front, that it has no chance of facing America for the Super power it is, and that Iran is having second thoughts of obtaining nuclear weapons, the troops withdrawal in Iraq and the scaling down of hostilities in Afghanistan are policies that are making the country safe, if not safer than before. America's foreign policy is being tested and respected the world over.

On the home front, the economy is on the rise against a backdrop of lowering rate of unemployment figures, while jobs creation in the private sector is gaining momentum, showing that capital investments are coming back to make it (economy) more lucrative. Besides, 30 million people are having health insurance coverage for the first time in their lives.

My friend, that is a really good record, won't you say?

One is not making these stories up. They are there in black and white for anyone to see; and so, the rhetorical question is, must Americans trade realistic achievements for mere promises? Nobody can categorically answer that question. It is up to the electorate to decide, come November, 2012.

Moreover, nobody is saying that the promises being made are hollow or even vain; but only that they may be useful in some other fashion at some other future date.


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      Larry Wall 6 years ago

      I do not disagree with your concept, but there is a problem with the current system. The caucus method of electing delegates is used in some states and not others. Some states have presidential primaries. Some states, like Louisiana, where I live have a presidentai preference primary, where the elected delegates are not bound to the candidate that wins the majority. When I look at the electoral college system, I always say there has to be a better way, but I have not found one. If we left the election up to a popular vote, the candidates would spend all of their time in California, Texas and New York. We need a primary system that is uniform throughout the state. I do not pay attention to state caucus or state primaries. The candidates often tell those people what they want to hear and then alter their message in the next state. We need a system where all states use electronic voting machines, so we do not have smudged paper ballots or hanging chads. Electing the leader of the free world is one of our most important obligations as Americans, yet we approach it in a much too casual manner. The party conventions are an absolute waste of time. The decision is always made before the convention. The only thing the convention provides is a platform for the next crop of candidates and we get to find out who the vice presidential candidate will be.

      Before national television and news coverage the caucuses possibly had some meaning. Today, they are simpy methods to get free television exposure.

      The stock market changed by one point or less during the past year. I have been unemployed for a year. Oil prices are high because the United States government keeps putting limitation on domestic drilling and threatens the industry with more taxes. Do I blame the current president for all of these problems--not completely. Do I think the current president has the ability to solve all of these problems--not completely. Do I think any of the candidates to solve these and all the other problems that face this nation--not completely.

      The person I want to be president is the one who will identify the major problems, set a tentative list of priorities and offer plans for dressing those priorities.

      Decreasing the size of government, creating jobs, bringing out troops home and other similar topics are things everyone supports, but seldom happen. Congress once passed the national paperwork reduction act. It was about 200 pages long. I was a newspaper reporter then, I received four copies. The government, at least at that time could not coordinate its mailing lists.

      My point in this rambling comment is that it is way too soon to pick a favorite or to commit to a candidate. The governor of my state Bobby Jindal, keeps being mentioned as a presidential or vice presidential candidate. He has done some good things as governor, but he has made mistakes, so even if he were an active candidate in the race, I still do not know who I would select in the voting booth on election day.