sunset from behind the wire

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Monday, September 21, 2015

A Nation in Decline

Bush? REALLY??

Many pundits and members of the political elite currently suggest that Jeb Bush will be the Republican Party's nominee for President irrespective of his currently dismal showing. They say that the fix is in and the person (Jeb) who is entitled to the nomination will receive it. The Democrats say the same thing about Hillary Clinton.

I hope that the American political system is not so broken that this happens. The nation's founders did not conceive of a political elite that would run the nation in much the same way as the succession of Caesars ran Rome (into the ground).

The Republican Party had a dismal showing with John McCain, who I had difficulty voting for. I liked Mitt Romney far better than McCain, but he carried with him the same old establishment big government baggage and voters didn't like him. Many objected to Romney's faith, though they had no problem with Obama's Muslim roots, which mystified me then in the same way that it does now.

Whether the presidency would be won by a Bush or a Clinton, the signal sent to the world would be that American decline will continue and that we as a nation are not serious about anything

There is nothing that insiders fear more than outsiders. The good old boys/girls club knows this and the mandarins (reading national tea leaves) believe that a Bush/Fiorina ticket would gather support of both the establishment Republicans, waiting for their turn, fighting for scraps at the national trough, and would be a sop to Americans in search of hope and change.

I have no problem with a Fiorina presidency, maybe Bush can be her Biden in the vice president's chair?

Should Donald Trump Defend Barack Obama?

When Donald Trump shrugged to the question of Obama's faith of choice, Megan Kelly (Fox News - HATES Trump) lashed out at Donald Trump. We expect this because Ms. Kelly has an axe to grind despite her official position as a neutral reporter of facts...

At the same time, many Americans believe that Obama is the first Muslim-American/Indonesian President. Current polls say that as many as 1 in 5 Americans believe that their president is a Muslim.

I'm surprised that Obama doesn't own his Muslim roots since his father was a Muslim and his mother converted in Indonesia at roughly the same time that young Barack was attending Muslim parochial school, back when Lolo Soretoro adopted him and he was known as Barry Soretoro.

We know that Barack Hussein Obama attended a Black Liberation Theology congregation in Chicago for twenty years but that's about as far from Christianity as Islam seems to be. Other than being a narcissist who worships his own image, I don't know what faith Obama follows, but it would seem to be that he's more Muslim than Christian based on the evidence.

I am not picking on Obama. I don't think that anyone knows what Barack believes with the caveat that he seems to be very reluctant to represent America's best interests.

Bernie Sanders is Promising Everything

Socialists promise to give what you have worked for to others in exchange for a vote. They never worry about paying for it because "other people" will foot the bill. Because he's promising more free stuff than Hillary (The Bitch of Benghazi) Clinton is, he is beating her among liberals.

Biden (who is reportedly entering the presidential race this week) and Clinton will have to double down and promise more and better Obamaphones to a lazy and dissolute crowd of voters who pine to eat the bread earned by others.

Free rent, free college tuition, free cheese, etc. appeals to a class of people who would rather ride the backs of the earners than do it themselves. It's part of a nation in decline and it's a large part of why ancient Rome fell apart. Bread and circus is nothing new in the political landscape on this planet.



16 comments:

  1. The more things change, the more we look Like Rome just before the Civil wars. Bread and circuses and mobs hired by politicians to raise hell. Starting with the conflict between Julius Caesar and Pompey in 49 BC, there were almost continuous civil wars before the end of the republic in 32 BC. I imagine ours would last as long as the ammo holds out.

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    1. Something between Rome and Atlas Shrugged.

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  2. Oops, that was supposed to be 30 BC for the end of the Roman Republic.

    If nominated, Bush doesn't have a chance of winning. The money crowd has pretty much left him and the base was never there. It's three Bushes and yer out.

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    1. He has $100 million in his war chest. If he drops out of the race, he gets to keep it. But for Jeb, he has all the money he could ever spend anyway, so that is the value of money?

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  3. Don't discount Donald Trump, LL. No mention in this post of his potential ascendency to the Oval Office.

    The guy has gobs of money, WAY more than Bush's measly $100 million, and the guy is wildly popular among the low info crowd in addition to the disgruntled GOP faithful in fly over country - two almost unbeatable factors at play here. Don't be surprised if The Donald ends up in the White House.

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    1. My post started out as a reaction to people who (should know better) believe that Bush is still the anointed one.

      As to Trump, he launched his political career, he's very savvy, and if it's sunk, it will likely be him who sinks it. I would NOT be surprised to see him in the White House, but as many pundits suggest, it all remains to be seen how that tale runs.

      If Trump is the nominee, I think that he will do well against Biden or Sanders. Clinton (if she stays unindicted) will get to Donald and will bait him remorselessly. He doesn't react well to that. His weakness isn't a big checkbook, it's his ego, easily bruised. And that isn't necessarily a good trait for a US President.

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  4. I liked your Weiner/Holder ticket best. How's the campaign going?

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    1. I haven't swung into full swing (knocking on doors, becoming a talking head for the campaign on Fox News, etc) because I'm still waiting for my blood money from the Clinton Foundation. But never fear, I'm sure that it's coming.

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  5. Any Republican over any Democrat.

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  6. NO MORE BUSH ... or McCain or McConnell or Boehner .....

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  7. I couldn't agree more...

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    1. Highly placed public officials have forgotten that it's "Public Service" and not a sinecure for them to lap at the public trough without serving the people who pay for their country club lifestyle.

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  8. If Bush gets it, we're in trouble... And I know it's rhetorical, but why SHOULD Trump 'defend' Obama... Probability is that guy was OPFOR...

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    1. Manchurian Candidate? The size 13 wingtip seems to fit.

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