Sunday, July 26, 2015

More Research Needed

With the 2016 political season heating up.. yes, I know it's still 2015- that's how it goes. Anyway, with the 2016 US presidential race starting, I want to share some of my thoughts on some of the candidates. (These are just my rough draft notes.)

Democratic:
Hillary Clinton:
Former first lady of Arkansas, former first lady of the nation, former secretary of state.
Also corruption, bribery, treason (Bengazi), violating security (emails).. and the concerning habit her (and her husband's) political opponents in AK had of dying. Once can be explained away.. but five?.. that's a downright disturbing trend! Btw, about Bengazi and these hits.. does that count as conspiracy to commit murder?.

Bernie Sanders:
First, let's look at that name. Sorry, but even Obama ditched the diminutive "Barry".
Anyway.. mayor, senator of Vermont, self-described "democratic socialist".. and with that, I'm done. I'm not voting for a socialist. Socialism has proven time and again that it doesn't work. Sure, the numbers are swell, but in practical application, the thing just doesn't work.


Republican:
Jeb Bush:
Again with the nicknames. Seriously, nobody's gonna take us seriously if we're representing with a guy named "Jeb".. can you say Beverly Hill Billies?
Florida governor, campaign manager extraordinaire... and toker...? Dunno if anyone else has seen the pattern, but we've had two POTUS's who have admitted to smoking pot in college. Neither were exactly impressive in my book. Sure, one said, "I didn't inhale".. and the other was dubbed "Interceptor" by his clam-bake buddies for reaching across the toke circle and taking a drag out of turn.
While both his brother and his dad did alright, I'm not seeing the same patriotism and conservative pattern in him. Oh, and there's just not much to go on here.

Ben Carson:
Surgeon.
While I love his stand on Obamacare, I'm not digging his stand on the 2nd Amendment. I think he's very ill-prepared for the high stakes of the national arena.

Chris Christie:
At least his nickname (born Christopher James) isn't hill-billy or a diminutive.
Attorney, Atty general for New Jersey, chief federal law enforcement officer for NJ, governor of NJ.
Sometimes played a little fast and loose with penalties for corruption, simply to get the thing done. While I like the idea of someone who will get the job done, after Obama's phone/pen attitude, I don't know I'm wiling to back someone who will play "fast and loose."

Ted Cruz:
Attorney (helped prosecute then-POTUS Clinton), Texas solicitor general (supporting conservative cases), TX senator.
Supported conservative cases- gun rights, 10-commandment displays, fought Obamacare.

Mark Everson:
Cabinet member for Indiana governor, IRS commissioner, board of governors for Red Cross
What has he done?... Again, not much there

Carly Fioina:
Ok, the name. Carly is fine for a woman as it is a feminine form. But her last name.. I still stumble over it. Not sure what can be done about it though.
Business executive for AT&T/HP, an advisory board for the CIA.
Supports the conservative agenda in many ways- abortion, gay rights/gay marriage. She hasn't said anything about the 2nd Amendment, though. Also, breast cancer survivor... and she went on The View and represented well against the liberal women there.

Jim Gilore:
Military service, attorney, governor of Virginia.
As governor, figured out how to reduce taxes AND maintain a balanced budget AT THE SAME TIME!!!
That's some kind of magic in the political world, something I'd love to see in the next administration!

Mike Huckabee:
Pastor, Lt governor and then governor of Arkansas,
Opposes abortion, gay marriage, Obamacare, evolution, illegal immigration. Supports the military and the 2nd Amendment
Kinda mixy with the Dem/Rep thing. Is he a Democrat or a Republican? I'm not sure.. is he? If it weren't for the party-waffling, I'd be tempted.

Donald Trump:
Businessman, celebrity, bazillionaire.
Made and lost fortunes. Claims to be Republican, conservative.. but he supports gun control?
In addition, I really don't think he's prepared for the reality that we have a nation built on checks and balances. Is he capable of working WITH Congress to fix this nation? To the detriment of our nation, Obama bulldozed over Congress and bullied the Supreme Court. If Donald does that, is he any better?

Scott Walker:
Wisconsin state assembly, WI governor.
Fought big unions, balanced the state budget, supported voter ID laws, made abortions a little more personal. Not sure how he feels about 2nd Amendment, though. But so far, so good.




In conclusion, I think I need to make a chart:
The two Dems listed are not even worth talking about as one is a joke (ie: believes that even though thousands of years proves otherwise, he can make it work) and the other is a criminal.
And the Reps are a mixed bag of good-but-not-much-to-go-on and are-they-serious-?.. so I'm gonna work on this a little more. Maybe come back with a chart.

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