Politics is sometimes a fascinating sport, especially at this stage. Election seasons begin with high hopes, lofty speeches and great plans for, and anticipation of the future. Often, the most unlikely characters enter the races. Washington insiders tout their lengthy “public service” resumes and others claim that their positions as outsiders makes them a better choice because they are not sullied by lobbyist payoffs, special interest bribes or moral compromise.
All Americans, regardless of party or personal political viewpoint, want a champion who will makes their lives better we simply disagree over what “better” means. In general, conservatives want leaders who will uphold the U.S. Constitution, keep the country safe, inspire people to live better lives, keep the burden of government small and keep its heavy foot of oppressive regulation out of their lawful enterprises.
Liberals want a champion who will give them something that they do not already have and may not be entitled to, who will not ask much from them personally or morally, and will promise to “level the playing field,” or slope it to their advantage. For them, the means are justified by the end result, even if the U.S. Constitution and federal or state laws have to be violated or abrogated to achieve the goal.
Every national election is, in part, a referendum on the previous administration. In my lifetime, there has never been an administration as demonically-corrupt, craven and scrofulous as the current one. For this reason, it’s puzzling that Republican candidates are not making more of the gross public failures of the Obama administration. The field of Republican candidates has largely been consumed with posturing for the favor of the people, much like body-builders flexing their various muscle-groups and holding poses for cameras in their sport’s competitions.
At this point in most previous presidential contests, the candidates would be attempting to show that they can and will make needed changes to current policies. They would be defining themselves as the one who can carry the banner of their party all the way to the White House. But instead, they have been unable to present an image of someone who is determined to make great changes.
All except Donald Trump, that is.
This past week, something amazing was revealed. In the wake of numerous recent terrorist killings, Donald Trump announced a plan to ban Muslims from coming into the United States unless and until the federal government can make certain that ISIS members and other terrorists are not among them. Media liberals predictably reacted with outrage, indignation and condemnation of the very actions they frequently denounce. Right behind them, Republican candidates Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio joined in, adding their own condemnations. (Ted Cruz is the only major candidate who declined to condemn Donald Trump).
Unexpectedly, Trump’s popularity has increased and the others have decreased. In fact, polls show that if the election were held tomorrow, Trump would win against scandal-ridden Hillary Clinton.
The self-serving responses of Republicans who chose to side with media liberals, eliminates all of them except Ted Cruz from serious consideration. America needs a president who can make bold and sensible decisions and stick with them. America was built by people like Trump, not by the timid who must consult with a political advisor or pollster before deciding what to believe. Donald Trump is not a politician, and many Americans find that refreshing.
America is broken. Our national security is nearly non-existent. The Obama administration has exalted evil and depravity and condemned what is good, righteous and lawful. Obama has emboldened and empowered our enemies and rebuffed our few loyal friends.
Our Supreme Court is out of order and our streets are not safe. The economy is collapsing under the enormous weight of entitlement programs, debt and fraud. There is much work to be done to rebuild and safeguard the United States and the top job requires a bold leader who is willing to take bold action. At the moment, Donald Trump appears to be the only man up to that challenge.
If there is one thing we all know about Donald Trump, it’s that he’s not afraid to fire people who will not do their jobs. Washington is bloated with such. Republicans had better rethink any plans they may harboring to expel Trump from the party. He doesn’t need them or their money, but one thing is certain. Republicans cannot win in November if they have to put up a candidate against him.
Election day is still a long way off, and almost anything can happen between now and November, but America needs a strong leader like Donald Trump. We need someone who knows what he believes and is determined to make the United States the best nation on earth, that we know it can be. As an added bonus, we don’t have to wonder whether or not he is eligible for the job.
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