#DumpTrump–How Did we Get Here?

 

March 25, 2016

“Stopping Trump is a short-term solution. The long-term solution, and it will be more difficult, is fixing the education system that has created so many people ignorant enough to vote for Trump.” Andy Borowitz

The above quote would be funny if it weren’t true. How did we get here with Trump as the front-runner?

Donald Trump’s Background

Then there’s this information to ponder. Donald Trump has had three wives and four bankruptcies, he created a fake university, he outsourced jobs to Mexico and China, he was a draft-dodger who claimed that his sex life was his own “personal Vietnam,” he paid $1 million dollars to hire Polish workers at substandard wages, and he wants the courts to change libel laws so the media can be sued.

Of course, he also wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. He offered to pay legal fees for his most violent supporters who attack protesters. We know the rhetoric but the background information is also eye-opening.

Donald Trump’s Rhetoric

The rhetoric he uses applauds violence and shows how he wants to wield power. He stands behind his podium at rallies and says to the audience, “Get them out of here.”  His rhetoric has escalated since he started campaigning and now he’s avoiding appearances in some places because of anticipated riots–riots that he has fomented with his rhetoric of hate.

The rhetoric of hatred has no place in our society. Who is left for him to like other than white Anglo-Saxon men? He’s a misogynist, he is xenophobic–just ask the Mexicans, and he’s singling out Muslims with his rhetoric to deny them entry into this country. His rallies single out African-Americans–notice, they’re usually the ones being pushed out of the convention. Yet, there’s always one black face in the audience and the camera focuses on that one person. 

The Education System has Failed Us

We would hope that there are enough intelligent people in this country to know that Donald Trump is a loose cannon. He’s the best, he says, or the toughest, or the biggest or whatever other superlative he chooses to use.

Our educators and parents should have taught us that scapegoating is wrong as is hatred and intolerance. Perhaps the educators did teach us that but many people weren’t listening. Others were being pushed ahead to the next grade despite not being able to read or write. Many of Trump’s supporters aren’t tomorrow’s rocket scientists and to those who are, maybe it’s time for them to learn some compassion and tolerance

Should Mental Health Check-Ups be Required for Candidates?

To paraphrase Bernie Sanders, we need to invest more money in mental health treatment because of what the Republican Party is doing. That got a big laugh at one of the Democratic debates. Unfortunately, it’s not so ridiculous. Maybe we should require mental health check-ups for our candidates for President so the person in the White House isn’t a dysfunctional baby or tyrant who doesn’t have a clue about foreign policy. Maybe it’s a good idea so our President doesn’t seek the office for the wrong reasons, and so he or she doesn’t bring instability to the highest office in the land.

Should mental health check-ups be required for Presidential candidates? What do you think? Please feel free to leave a comment, either for or against. Why do you think they should or shouldn’t?

Ronna Lambiasi DeLoe

 

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#FeeltheBern–Can Bernie Still Win?

 

March 25, 2016

If you’ve been watching this election, or even if you’ve been doing everything you can to stay away from it, you know Hillary Clinton is leading in delegate counts among Democrats, even without the so-called Superdelegates. You also know that Bernie Sanders’ supporters have more passion for him than Hillary’s supporters have for her. Can Bernie pull off a major upset?

Caucuses on March 26, 2016

Look no further than the caucuses on Saturday, March 26, 2016 and we’ll all be in a better position to know where he stands. Caucuses in Washington State, Alaska and Hawaii will give us an idea if Bernie Sanders can make as much of an impact in the west as he did in New England and in some of the states in the Midwest.

Bernie’s supporters are passionate, ready to debate about their candidate, and will stand on lines for hours to vote for him. While many Hillary supporters feel strongly about her, she doesn’t bring out the passion in a lot of her supporters as Bernie does. The smartest thing both candidates can do is run together, but most news articles say that’s not going to happen. Nothing would bring the Democratic Party and Independents together as a Bernie/Hillary or Hillary/Bernie coalition but you know Obama didn’t ask Hillary to be his running mate so it’s unlikely to happen here.

What Happens in the West May Determine the Rest

Whether Bernie can pull off a major upset depends on what happens in the next few weeks, before states like New York and Pennsylvania vote. Then perhaps he can fool the pollsters again. They thought Hillary was going to beat Obama in 2008. Surprise! Didn’t happen. Can Bernie pull an Obama-like comeback?

Statistically it’s an uphill battle for him and he’d have to win by large margins, similar to the ones he won in Idaho and in Utah. But wait–Idaho and Utah gave him approximately an 80% lead in both states. That’s a landslide. If that’s any indication, he may have some life left in his campaign.

Tune in tomorrow to see what happens with the Washington, Alaska and Hawaii caucuses. And yes, many Democrats will end up voting for Hillary if she’s the Democratic candidate, if only to stop whoever the Republicans put up, although that’s a story for another day.

Social Injustice?

By the way, why is politics on a page about social injustice? That’s what Bernie Sanders wants to fix. And he’s got the moxie, momentum and brains to do it.

Ronna Lambiasi DeLoe

 

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