Monday, March 7, 2016

Presidential Politics - Time to Start Paying Attention

I must admit that I've only watched a portion of one or two Presidential debates over the past few months.  I don't know the political views of all the candidates.  I have not taken time to read information regarding what each candidate believes or what policies they are advocating.  The sound bites in the media or alleged "news" blurbs via the internet have been my main methods of staying in touch with what's been going on in the Presidential campaign.

My initial views are that Hillary Clinton has a wealth of experience that would make her a good President.  I don't know much about Bernie Sanders, but from watching him in one debate I did come away with a favorable impression of him.

On the Republican side, it seemed as if there were over 10 people running at one time.  Jeb Bush never reached people with a message that caught on.  The same with the governor of New York who now seems to be Donald Trump's torch bearer or water boy, whichever comes first.  Trump.  My initial reaction is that Trump seems to be a bully or the anti Christ.  I sometimes wonder if he has three 6's carved into his scalp somewhere?  Is he Damien from the movie "The Omen"?  Or is he a throwback to Adolph Hitler?  The people who are voting for him apparently are using him as a way to express their true viewpoints that are not politically correct.  Trump loves to attack people and say the mean things that we want to secretly say to minorities, and people we just don't like.

Now it's March with the election some 8 months away.  It's time to start paying attention.  It's time to ensure you are registered to vote, so you can express your opinion come election day in November.  The eight years of Barack Obama's administration are coming to an end.  Now comes the dawn of a new era.  That glimmer of sunshine you see over the horizon will either blind and burn you come January 2017 or provide you a warmth and promise for the future.

Now's the time to read about the viewpoints of the candidates and to even start asking questions.  After that comes decision time.  So, what's it going to be?  Do we elect the first woman president in the history of this country?  Do we tear down another barrier that has existed for years by actually giving a woman a chance to lead the country?  Or do we return to the days of hateful viewpoints, finger pointing, blaming others for our problems, and re establishment of racial barriers?  You decide by your vote.

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