By Mike Wilcox
Here’ my two cents concerning the candidates for the most significant office in the world- the President of the United States. In a nutshell, I don’t like’em.
As I predicted two months ago, the election will come down to Clinton versus Trump. Because the deck has been stacked against Bernie Sanders, he has no chance to be the Democratic nominee. Ted Cruz has a slim chance to trump the Donald, but the keyword is “slim” and I don’t foresee anything but a Texas fishing expedition in Cruz’s future.
That is fine by me. The first term senator, has managed to piss off nearly every colleague in the United States Senate. Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader of the Senate, whom is another useless politician in my opinion, has called Cruz nothing short of Lucifer. Cruz, much like Obama, has no experience and will stop short of nothing to get elected. He won’t win this time, however. The silver-tongued debate champion should be preparing his farewell speech and not choosing a vice-president.
By the way, that vice-presidential choice was a helluva pick. Carlie Fiorini has done nothing but practically bankrupt two publically traded companies. Hewlett-Packard, one of those, was so happy to send her packing.
On the flipside of the aisle, Sanders was voted by his peers as the most popular senator on Capitol Hill. Voted the least popular by the way, was not Cruz, but Michigan’s own Gary Peters. Apparently in two short years, Peters has made a lot of enemies.
Sanders is clearly the most popular presidential candidate as well. If an election took place now, I have no doubt he would swamp Hillary and the Donald. The problem Sanders faces is he doesn’t have the delegates. Hillary cleverly swept up most of the super delegates before Sanders became a household name. With those in her pocket before primaries even began, there was little chance another candidate could win. In other words the process was rigged. Imagine that.
If elected, again I have no doubt, Sanders would not be able to deliver on his campaign promises. He is much too liberal for the country as a whole, and as his opponents point out, his policies would add billions of dollars in taxes if Congress were to pass them- which they never would. His Socialist agenda is a pipe dream and he knows it, but it does sound good on the campaign trail.
Ditto Trump, and his far right agenda. You really think he can force the Mexican government to pay for his wall? Dream on. I certainly like how the man talks about making America strong again, but can he really get his isolationist policies agreed to by Congress. Not. It won’t happen.
First, however, Trump has to figure out how to beat Clinton, with more people actually claiming dislike of the Donald, than like him. I predict he will be less bombastic, and more conciliatory with his demeanor as we approach the General Election. Likewise his conservative ideology will moderate to a great degree. These things have to happen for him to get elected. It is true, most of us dislike the federal government, but that anger can only go so far in electing a candidate.
Which brings us to his opponent, Hillary. I guess if we want to continue as we have under the Bill Clinton’s, the Bush’s and now the Obama regime, Hillary might be your candidate of choice. She brings a world of experience in both domestic and foreign affairs.
That experience however, has come with a price. She has lied so often (most politicians do) that she can’t separate the truth from what is false. The Benghazi debacle will forever be around her neck, but even worse is the private server she used to send and receive classified emails. When it comes to the Clintons, a whole host of lies and deceit have existed for dozens of years, and I really don’t what someone in the presidency, who will continue to hide the truth, because it is the expedient thing to do.
Did I mention these are the candidates for the most prestigious position in the world (my apologies to The Pope)? It is our duty as U.S. citizens to crown one of these candidates as our top leader. As of right now I’m at a loss. Hopefully I won’t be saying the same come November.
But then again look who we elected the last two terms. Our supreme leader never had a real job and was serving his first term in the United States Senate. Do you really think he was such a quick study that he became well-versed on domestic and foreign affairs before he took office? No way. He learned while on the run.
So that being said, maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on these candidates. If Obama could do it, so can they. Maybe the office isn’t as difficult as I envision it to be.