Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Remaining Republican Candidates


Obviously, there is a lot of disagreement going on among elected Republican officials, party leaders, and voters.  They’re having a difficult time sorting out, who they want as their presidential candidate.  A close examination of what those candidates have stood for reveals that they’re much closer in their ideology, than those hostil remarks made towards each other suggests.

The Democratic nominee will need to be prepared to take on the eventual GOP nominee’s position on the economy, because we can’t go back to trickle-down economics that doesn't work.

The Democratic nominee should also be prepared to prevent congressional Republicans from repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.  Unfortunately, Bernie Sanders said that he’d start over.

The remaining Republican nominees have very strong positions, when it comes to ideology and issues.  They are peddling the same failed policies Republican politicians have stood for the last 40 years.  Whoever emerges as the Republican nominee isn’t going to be the type of person that our county needs.  Our next President will have to produce positive results in peoples' lives, by starting with good jobs and rising incomes.

As commander in chief, our next President will need to keep us safe, and demonstrate strong, effective, smart American leadership in the world.  There is no evidence that any of the remaining candidates on the Republican side can bring our country together.  

Donald Trump is the Republican frontrunner.  He presents himself as a different kind of Republican.  The budget he has presented would throw our federal government into a huge deficit hole, and increase the national debt beyond anybody's wildest imagination.  He is also commitment to repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Trump would solve our undocumented immigrant problems by deporting over 11 million people.  His personality, divisiveness and the way that he expresses himself appeals to many Republican voters.  They don’t seem to have a problem with labeling Mexicans as rapists and criminals.  Insulting women, or barring all Muslims from coming to the United States.

Those kind of remarks aren’t actually different from those that some Republican politician have been repeatedly expressing, campaigning on, and winning elections on for years.  The Republican party is responsible for creating the environment for Trump to emerged as a frontrunner.  His abrasive personality and candid remarks appeal to many Republican voters, who strongly agree with Trump and the belligerent tone that Republican politicians have encouraged for decades. 

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