9/16/2015

The GOP Debate Tonight, Sept. 16, 2016

Perhaps I need to precede this by no attacks are needed. I am merely reflecting on the current state and all opinions, actually of my own, are not endorsed. 

The GOP debate at CNN is tonight. I really do not get into public discussions on politics. Two reasons, I don’t feel well enough informed on all the candidates. Secondly, I don’t want another reason for people to hate me. Let’s face it, people, in general, are strongly opinionated on politics and throw venom at people that don’t support their views.

It is so interesting to see someone who so many never thought had a chance would become so popular.  In a way, being a celebrity and being involved in politics is nothing new.  We have seen tons from Sonny Bono, Clay Aikens, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura to the top office, Ronald Reagan. Perhaps it is fitting that this debate takes place in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Here we have our celebrity candidate, Donald Trump in the center stage, the middle podium tonight as he is rated the highest in popularity.  Yes, even in the very state Ronald Reagan got his political career started. 

Is it possible, being the most widely known to the public has something to do with his popularity?  Being a household name puts you in the forefront of people’s minds. According to marketing strategies, it doesn’t get any better than having the entire general public know who you are. Infact, that matters more than what you say.

Many Americans don’t know much about any other candidates so they are supporting Donald Trump. I am not voicing my opinion one way or the other, just stating that it is kinda funny to watch how fickle our society is, even, yes, in politics.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Here we have our celebrity candidate, Donald Trump in the center stage, the middle podium tonight as he is rated the highest in popularity.  Yes, even in the very state Ronald Reagan got his political career started.  

Americans are the first to throw daggers at their government and the very system that was created when thousands of young men died fighting for freedom, to have a democracy.  And yet, when it comes to having a say, more people are supporting the candidate that doesn’t talk about his strategies much or his policies he will enact but focuses on what government isn’t doing and what he strongly dislikes about other candidates. In any of his companies, this type of controversy or behavior such as mutiny would be met with his famous line, “You’re fired.” 

However, negative campaigning is nothing new. Wherever there is competition involved, folks want to throw their competition under the bus.  We, as Americans, often do the same to anyone who doesn't agree with our political views. Thus, perhaps we are to blame for some of the antics that go on in politics. 

This election campaign is not just about Trump but what is good for the country.  Republicans have somehow aided the media in letting one candidate dominate the news.  Infact, our process does not limit the number of candidates that can run, thus we have a sea of candidates running. How in the world is the general public supposed to learn and research each one to make an informed decision?  With so many to consider, it takes time to become informed and most of us are living on scarcely time to get our daily tasks accomplished.

I have to say, I love being in a democracy but in a country where many are starving, have no way of affording medical insurance, I find it somewhat embarrassing so much money is throw into the campaign ring! When only one Republican candidate will come out at the end carrying the ticket, why are there so many running?  And Obama has somewhat taught us that with a Congress not on your side, you can’t pass legislation whether it is good for the country or not.

So perhaps the easiest way to get a President in office that can accomplish what they set out to do is to let Congress nominate who the two candidates are they want running. Oh, I am sure folks are reading this saying it won’t be fair because it is dominated by one party or the other. I am just being facetious here. But perhaps our voting for Congress folks in our areas gives us more control over those candidates than who is running for the presidency.

As you watch the debate, see how much opportunity you have to learn equally enough about any of the candidates to really say one is better for the job than any of the others.