We have been hornswoggled by Mr. Trump. He raises key issues important to us but clearly not important to those politicians clamoring to represent us. For that, we owe Mr. Trump a medal plus palm leaf cluster. But we have followed him through his big time and so politically sensitive deals, his megalomanic TV show, his ‘friendship’ with the Clintons. His past Democratic allegiance. We have not known how to vote — reasonable enough, since we don’t yet know who will be running.
For the Democrats, we are so far, offered a choice between an avowed Socialist (an ideology that has so far, failed economically every time out) and a candidate of questionable health and energy lacking in any measurable accomplishment and generally thought to be not very nice.
Among Republicans, we are presented a handful of pretty much cloned Establishment types from Jeb Bush through Carly Fiorina (the female version) to Marco Rubio (the Hispanic selection). Dr. Carson is the nod to blacks but not a likely candidate, currently exiting stage left or right as you perceive it. At this point, the GOP seems to have two likely choices: Trump and Trumps creation, Cruz.
Cruz was set to be handled as the family nutcase until Trump came along and in response, the polls shot up for both Cruz and Trump. Trump’s presence and outspoken successes legitimized Cruz. Well, the Trumps’ poll results legitimized Cruz. (The confounded Establishment is likely trying to hire some Predator drone operators.)
Now, Mr. Trump has taken a heavily protectionist trade position, avowing that he would (if he could) clamp a 45% tariff on Chinese imports of “unfairly” cheaper goods. (We’re somewhat put off when a politician assumes he should decide what is fair in business.) We cannot but remember when the Smoot – Hawley Tarifff deepened and prolonged the Great Depression by in essence, shutting down international trade.
Mr. Trump may be ignorant of the Smoot – Hawley Tariff, he may be ignorant of economics or he may not care what he says so long as it sells. We cannot know that. But we do know that we want none of the above for our President in these times.
So, facing reality; we are seemingly left with Ted Cruz vs Hillary Clinton or … what? We at this moment, are unimpressed with Mrs. Clinton as our President. We are unsure of Senator Cruz; he is not now saying all the same things we heard earlier. We will have to see, as the months pass.
Meantime, a past governor of our state, Gary Johnson, is reportedly planning to run as a Libertarian. He wasn’t a bad governor. A vote for him might be wasted, with respect to reality but at least, we might have some confidence that we knew what we would be getting if he were to be elected. Of course, he won’t be elected …
But, we can’t have everything… (Good grief!)