Who Will Run for President in 2016
Our Government Needs A Housecleaning
Decisions Will Be Made Soon
The recent death of Mario Cuomo, three term Governor of New York, and past contender for the presidency, stirred within us thoughts of the 1992 presidential race in which Cuomo was favored as the Democratic presidential candidate. When he declined the honors, the torch was passed to Bill Clinton and a whole new world was awakened.
The Clinton’s reputation was slightly shaded to be sure but as no one could prove where the bodies were buried, Clinton was a prime choice as a Democratic candidate. I can recall the race was unusual as it involved a third party candidate by the name of H. Ross Perot. A wealthy entrepreneur, Perot drew just enough votes to skew the election away from George H.W. Bush and gave the win to Bill Clinton. I would think he was paid by Clinton but when he again entered the race in 1996 that theory went out the window.
Clinton’s sexual indiscretions did not begin during his presidency yet they extended far into it, even taking place on the floor of the Oval Office. The second President to ever be impeached, Clinton weathered the storm and the two-thirds majority in the Senate was not achieved, thus Clinton was not voted out of office. Despite all of this, Clinton was a very shrewd man. You could easily say he was and still is cunning as a fox. He knew how to preserve his legacy in spite of his failures. Clinton worked closely with a Republican controlled house to leave his office with the country having a balanced budget and the economy on an upward swing. Today he is still one of the most popular American Presidents.
Next we saw the Bush years marred by 911 and the war that followed throwing the economy into freefall. Rumors abounded that Clinton’s actions of omission brought about the attack of 911, but nothing was ever proven or brought to the forefront.
President Barack Obama
Where are we at today?
We all know the story of Barack Obama and his promise of hope and change. There have indeed been changes but hope has fallen by the wayside. The scandals alone that have permeated his administration and been overlooked since 2008 must have Richard Nixon rolling in his grave. Nixon was forced to resign over the Watergate scandal which seems to pale in comparison to Obama’s record. There are constant innuendos and even disillusionment from fellow Democrats, bringing us to say Barack Obama will easily go down in the history books as one of the most arrogant Presidents of our time. Sadly, his actions often seem to pontificate contempt for the Constitution of the United States. He is the first African American President yet his stance on racial injustice has done more to pull the country apart than bring it together. His silence when two New York City police officers were murdered caused much speculation that his lack of engagement told the nation he was not their President but only the President of African Americans.
The American people spoke loud and clear on this past election of 2014. They are tired of the career politicians, the ambiguous and disjointed congress, and a President who works with only himself. As the Republicans took over the Senate, the battle lines were already drawn. Obama made no bones about stating it is business as usual for him and that business is doing exactly what he chooses to do.
Obama’s Achilles heel is that he is not as crafty as Bill Clinton. He will continue to fight tooth and nail for his own agenda with compromise being a word he didn’t learn in school. It is said that the pen is mightier than the sword and in Obama’s case, he has used his pen exactly like a sword to punish, threaten and destroy his enemies. From executive privilege to downright exclusion he had made it his priority to work with congress as little as possible. Right now there are over 300 bills sitting in the Senate that were buried by Harry Reid. The Republicans say they will now be placed on Obama’s desk and, in his true fashion, Obama has promised to veto them. It’s one more reason something needs to change in Washington from all perspectives.
The Past We Remember
Off to the Races
Soon we will begin another battle for the White House with both parties hopeful of the outcome yet speculation already running rampant about the next President. It is very obvious from the moment Hillary Clinton resigned the office of Secretary of State, she began distancing herself from the lame duck President Barack Obama.
The American people will still have to make a very important choice in 2016. This election could bring us the first woman president and a third term for Bill Clinton.
The other day I saw a listing of 16 possible Republican candidates. Of course most of them are not even interested in running at this point thus the list is just pure supposition.
Depending upon your political affiliation you might lean towards a tea party candidate, a rhino Republican candidate, or perhaps someone that is new to the political scene. Just for the sake of giving the conservatives an equal footing in the game, I’d like to review some of them whom I think will actually run or have a chance at being part of the race to the top.
Will it be between these two?
Who are the Best Candidates?
First of all let’s discuss the ones who have hinted that they will actually throw their hat in the ring. If I were going to choose a traditional candidate I would look at a governor rather than a senator as history has shown their administrative experience tends to make them a better president. Of course it is a proven fact that the people with whom a president chooses to surround himself will contribute to the success or failure of his administration. I could give tons of examples using the current administration but we’ve already wrung that towel out to dry.
Most people will agree that notoriously governors have made better presidents. The exception to that rule (and we all know there are exceptions to every rule) would be Abraham Lincoln whom I believe was an attorney by trade before being in Congress.
Lincoln was without a doubt the most outstanding president we’ve ever had. John Kennedy was a senator before becoming President, but still I think JFK would have left his mark on history had he lived. I know we would never have gotten into the Viet Nam conflict so heavily and numerous lives would have been saved. Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman but I will personally never believed Lee Harvey Oswald was alone in the actions.
It is interesting to note that JFK was Clinton’s role model and they both had a weakness for women. JFK had his own moral code yet I truly believe he loved his family and his country. The most understated and overlooked president was Calvin Coolidge. He too was a governor at one point. I believe Governor Ronald Reagan was the best President in my voting history. There has not been a leader since to match him. Hopefully that will change someday soon.
Outstanding President in My Lifetime
A Review of Republican Hopefuls
Let us then examine the governors in contention for the nomination.
1) Scott Walker from Wisconsin would be my first choice. Walker has proven his forthright belief in doing the right thing above any obstacle. His tenacity and courage to stand on his principles no matter what his adversaries throw his way makes him a great personal favorite.
2) Mitt Romney had his chance and blew it royally in my opinion. In 2012 he won the first debate with Obama hands down but in the final debate before the election, he gave away the store. He had a perfect opportunity to slam Obama over foreign policy and the Benghazi incident and he simply walked away. It was a disgusting performance and lost him the election. Would he have been a better President than Obama? There is absolutely no doubt. But then who wouldn’t be?
3) Chris Christie – A possible contender if he could learn to keep his foot out of his mouth. Nancy Reagan and several others were really pushing him to run in 2012 but he declined. Now his popularity seems to be in the toilet. I wonder how the former First Lady feels about him today.
4) Rick Perry – A stand up guy but not enough finesse to get through the debates. Just think if he stumbled at the wrong time as president.
5) Mike Huckabee – A respectable man with a lot of good ideas but I’m not completely convinced he is presidential material. His celebrity status would win him votes as he has an avid following amongst Evangelical Christians. He would do well in the debates but would never win the election.
6) Jeb Bush – All I can say to this is ‘’arrgh”. I wouldn’t give a king’s ransom for him to sit in the White House. I didn’t exactly hate the other two and they had their good points but a third? No. Right now I’m so tired of Fox News touting Jeb as the front runner and things are just getting started. You have to ask yourself why they are promoting Jeb so heavily. We all know he can’t beat Hillary Clinton. Maybe that's the reason??
Let switch gears at this juncture and discuss those in congress up for the task.
1.Senator Rand Paul – If I had to settle on a senator it would be him. I find him refreshingly honest and a man interested in small government. To date he is the only one in Congress advocating a bill to put term limits on his fellow congressmen. I raise my glass to him. If the United States is to survive as a free country and a true Democracy, we need term limits instead of the career politicians that serve themselves instead of their constituents.
2.The Tea Party favorite is of course the Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz. He is one of three Latinos in the Senate; the others — also Americans of Cuban ancestry — are Republican Marco Rubio of Florida and Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey. Even though Cruz is a junior senator and very outspoken, he is willing to fight for what is right and is to be admired for his stance.
3.Senator Marco Rubio from Florida was touted as a vice presidential hopeful under Romney but as we all know the choice went to Paul Ryan. Rubio lost some credibility with Republicans when he joined the “gang of eight” to put forth an immigration plan. What say you? I say at least he was putting in an effort. Politicians are the best at being critical of their fellow congressmen
4. I can’t let any opportunity pass to show support for the younger upcoming congressmen. Talents abound and the future will be promising for Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy.
Perhaps the Best Hope for America - Ben Carson
Is there an answer for America?
There are many other governors and senators on the list of possible presidential candidates; however, I’d like to concentrate now on the one candidate that I believe can pull the nation together.
Ben Carson is not a politician; he’s not wealthy like Donald Trump, and he’s probably an unknown to most people. In the interest of those unfamiliar with Dr. Carson, I will take a few minutes to expound on his many talents.
Ben Carson came from a humble beginning to become the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Children’s Center. He studied neurosurgery at the age of 33 years and became a specialist in the separation of conjoined twins and pioneered work in radical hemispherectomies which is the removal of half the brain as method of treating seizure patients.
Dr. Carson is a renowned speaker and has written his own Memoir entitled Gifted Hands (1990) and the inspirational books Think Big (1992) and The Big Picture (1999). A movie of his life story was made in 2009 entitled Gifted Hands –The Ben Carson Story.
In 2004 he was named to the President's Council on Bioethics and in 2008 he was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. He came into the political limelight when he spoke out against Obama-care at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013. Since that time he has appeared on many talk shows and spoken out in various speeches against the current programs advocated by President Obama.
Does Carson have any political experience --- not a peep. Is he honest and truthful – indisputably. Would he make a good president? Only God knows that answer.
Will Clinton Again Be in the Oval Office?
The future for America
Let’s face it. Those in the political world have proven themselves to be poor choices in the past. It is true Carson does not have a great deal of foreign experience but he is currently showing interest in expanding his expertise in that area. I believe he is the only answer for the Republican Party if there is any probability of defeating Hillary in 2016. The American people are sick of playing politics. A non-politician offers us an opportunity to take back our country and make America the strong, respected nation it was in the past.
I firmly believe that unless the Republicans pull a magic bunny out of the hat, Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States. I think it would be another terrible mistake but there are many that would disagree with me. That is the beauty of America. As the French writer Voltaire would say, “I don’t have to agree with what you have to say but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”.
In an interview done by Diane Sawyer in June 2014, she gave Hillary ample opportunity to clear her name on the Benghazi incident; yet Hillary continued to put the blame on her staff. The last time I checked, a commander takes the responsibility for his troops and a manager loses his job when his staff drops the ball. I guess Hillary feels she’s exempt from all that. Some people have gone so low as to say her election would be Barack Obama in a skirt. I don’t agree with that assessment at all. She would definitely be a step up from our current President but anyone on the ballot would be.
Just think about the scenario for a moment if Hillary Clinton is elected. If Bill Clinton committed all his indiscretions as President just imagine his latitude as “first Gentleman” or whatever they decide to call him. I wonder which President would be making the life altering decisions for our country? Bill or Hillary?
I must defer to Hillary when she threw up her hands over questioning on Benghazi, “What difference at this point does it really make?”