Thursday, March 24, 2016

Kings




The turnout for the election has been higher than it ever has been. Why not? This is the most fundamental election in decades. Certainly the most important since the 1980 election, and potentially as critical of crossroads as the 1860 election. The election has been among the nastiest of all, and supporters have been just as crude as the candidates themselves.

The Candidates

 

  • Donald Trump

Donald Trump is very politically incorrect, and self funded, which is more than any other candidate can say. Republican, conservative and progressive forces have stopped attacking each other and are all ganging up on him, a first in American politics. That alone says the establishment has something to fear from him, or else they would not be attacking him. However, would he really be a good president?

He has said he supports mass surveillance, and he has said he would do things that would legally require an act of congress. In the past, he has supported gun control and universal healthcare, and while that does not mean he supports those now, he has not admitted he was wrong to support those things in the past.

Overall, he is good for bringing out the true character of others, but what he will be as president remains to be seen. Even if he is everything he promised to be, he would need an equally anti-establishment congress, or he would need to be king and use executive power, which should not happen in a republic.


  • Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz was once okay as far as senators go. Early in his career, he did help Rand Paul fight an extension to the NSA spying, as well as the patriot act. However he has supported an extension to the H1B Visa system, while doing nothing to address the corporations' abuse of the program, and he has supported TPA until the very last minute, when he realized it could damage his career.

During the election, he pandered to the Evangelicals by acting like one, coming off as a shady televangelist in the process (which led Donald Trump to gain the majority of the Evangelical vote). His wins have primarily been in Caucus states, where the lack of secrecy has allowed him to shame the constituency into voting for him. He also claimed that Ben Carson was withdrawing, a month before it actually happened, and offered a half-hearted apology.

Ted has repeatedly claimed that he is an outsider, but he worked for the Bush Administration, and has gained the endorsements of Jeb Bush and Niel Bush, with the latter being a fraud. In addition to that, Heidi Cruz is on the board for Goldman Sachs, creating an obvious conflict of interest that should immediately disqualify both of them from access to the Whitehouse.

Ted Cruz's one positive now is his stance against gun control, but even that cannot outweigh the fact that he is a sleazy opportunist, and he probably supports the gun control industry anyway.


  • Hillary Clinton

Benghazi, private server, and security breaches. There is little that needs to be said. Hillary is so lacking in integrity that she makes Ted Cruz look like a man of principle.

The woman has nothing positive to offerother than demonstrating to the world that there is zero accountability at all levels of government - with her continued presence outside of a courtroom and ultimately prison.


  • Bernie Sanders

To his credit, Bernie is an independent and speaks out against the establishment, and he has been under constant attack by the establishment. Without Donald Trump's experience in business leadership, he has no chance against the establishment Ultimately it will not matter, because his proposals are completely unworkable.

His supporters constituted a majority of the rioters in Chicago and the traffic blockers in Arizona, and the fact that he has not denounced them means he is a shady person in general, regardless of his independent status.

The only thing positive about him is that he is not as extreme as Hillary on gun control (though he supports it), though he supports it in general.


Conclusion

The majority of Americans seem to think that one person has the answers for everyone. Will the country end up with its first king? Maybe, or maybe not with the upcoming election, but if this mindset continues, it will certainly have one in the future.

"It is impossible for a single person to control the fate of millions and be answerable to anyone but himself."
- Lise Meitner

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