Who in their wildest dreams could have imagined The Donald leading the poles for the Republican Party? Or the FBI sniffing-up Hillary’s pant suit with potential criminal charges (well, maybe not a total surprise). Or the non-politician, black Republican neurosurgeon capturing so much attention.
I have a favorite. Most people do by now – even as we watch to see who flip-flops, squirms, or commands attention. It doesn’t really matter until the finalists are chosen. It’s just fascinating how it’s all playing out. No less interesting is the media and it’s role. They seem confused.
First, so you know where I stand, I call myself Libertarian. It’s my firm belief, my guiding principle, that individual liberty is essential. Anything that degrades my liberty is an offense.
I’ll compromise willingly for certain benefits to society as a whole, provided there is actually some benefit. There usually isn’t. The more we all mind our own business and get on with living, the better for everyone.
Liberals don’t think like that whatsoever, so I have little regard for anything they say.
They are driven by perceived injustice. They wear a mantle of righteous compassion for minorities – gender, race, sexuality, income – you name it. If there is a voting block to buy-off with some kind of sham, grievance-relief platform, they are on it. Add to that their boogeymen – the enemies they stand against – Republicans first and then the rest of the human race.
Seriously, man has destroyed the climate. Man is killing the wildlife, the oceans, the coral reefs, the polar bears, the whole friggin earth. We’re over-populated, over-fed, over-indulged by excess energy. We don’t pay enough money – for electricity, for taxes, for their corporate jet lifestyles. They want a world where you and I don’t exist, basically.
I can’t think of any liberal idea I agree with. We are in a natural climate change driven by the Sun. The scientific evidence is overwhelming. Yet they perpetuate the lie we are causing the Earth to warm and have the audacity to say it’s the biggest problem facing mankind. What crap.
Our skinny-arm President is giving billions of our dollars to Iran. In what fucking parallel universe is this a good idea?
Take my guns away…Fuck-off! I’m going to need them for the civil war liberals are pining for.
Conservatives don’t thrill me either. They pay lip service to liberty, but don’t do anything to enhance it, at least in this country.
Adjusting corporate tax rates, or bombing Iraq some more, won’t do much to create a better world. That is why the Tea Party arose, and in spite of the biased media bullshit, the Tea Party ideology is alive and well and assimilated into the Republican Party so much they are driving the debates and the popularity of Carson and Trump.
It isn’t just that they are from outside Washington and people are tired of politicians. It’s because they say things the politicians won’t. They are outside the guidelines. They are talking about things that matter. It’s what people need to hear, not the airbrushed, committee vetted messages of the politicians whose past performance has been abysmal.
The Donald is a breath of fresh air.
I don’t even know everything he stands for yet, or know whether I agree. I just love to hear him poke a stick in everyone’s eye. He twists the media around his little finger. He’s not a politician, he’s a promoter. He’s two steps ahead of everyone around him. I love that.
He doesn’t offer some tweak to the tax code that is supposed to make everything better, which we all know won’t make a hill of beans. He says he’s going to negotiate our financial strength back from China and some of the third world toilets we pump our money into. He knows countries like India are on the move and want to keep going, which makes them a good partner. Invest in success.
He’s not saying that out of an over-fluffed ego. It’s because he knows the U.S. government is failing the people. We are giving away welfare to others when we need to fix things here, only to buy allegiances that are as thin and worthless as a wet noodle. Look at what a decade in Iraq got us.
The things everyone expects from Trump – the showman promoter and real estate hustler – is all there…but no one expected his sincerity and intelligence. I hope he’s in the race to the bitter end for the nomination. He stimulates the entire event.
Ben Carson is the opposite.
I really like Ben. He’s the one talking about the things that matter most, to provide our nation the best possible future for ourselves and our children. He’s got the long view and the big picture. Without doubt, he is the smartest of the candidates. He’s so low key, though. I’m surprised anyone even hears him over the din of the others. Yet when he speaks, people listen.
From a purely crass political standpoint, Ben Carson is the best thing the Republican’s could hope for – they just don’t seem to know it. I hate to point out the obvious, but he’s black. The black vote is a given for Democrats. Democrats cater to racial angst and have, for decades, fooled black voters into thinking they have their best interest in mind and Republicans hate them. Of course, Republican’s don’t hate them, and the Democrat’s policies haven’t done any good – the demographics haven’t changed. Blacks are still poor and under-employed, and all the same grievances still hold. No hope, or change for the better. Blacks have caught on to this, and are ready to hear a credible voice with better ideas.
Carson is the credible candidate who can do that. If he’s on the ticket, Republicans will win black votes and it will change longstanding paradigms. Carson can shed daylight on the Democrat’s sham like no white person ever can.
They sham everyone, but nowhere is it more evident than with blacks. Carson is a living example of courage and common sense, unafraid to stand on his own beliefs and speak, unfiltered about how to improve our lives, instead of harping about injustice and inventing some legislative band-aid to fix it. He’s making liberals shit their pants.
He doesn’t manage the press like Trump. He let’s them ask their “gotcha” questions and he answers, with perfect clarity and common sense, and let’s the press twist in the wind trying to make his words sound bad. The media ends up sounding stupid – because they are – and he rises in the poles.
Just look at the flap when he said he wouldn’t vote for a Muslim President. He never said, or even implied a Muslim couldn’t run for President. He just said he didn’t want to see one elected. Well who does? A real Muslim follows Sharia law over any other laws of the land.
I know “moderate” Muslim’s will argue this, but they aren’t in charge of anything and don’t really matter. They may call themselves Muslim, but they won’t go to the Middle East and attempt to change Islam to this “moderate” viewpoint, because if they did they would be killed in an instant – by real Muslims.
A real Muslim – real in the eyes of their Prophet, and leaders, and followers, and doctrine, and Koran – is required to follow Sharia law and that is not compatible with a job description to uphold the laws of our Nation. Ben Carson pointed that simple fact out. He never said that disqualifies a Muslim from running for President, but that is what the Media tried to portray. Why?
Obviously, the people understood Carson quite well. It should be obvious the media did too – they know the English language. They dishonestly reported in an attempt to discredit him. A Black Republican is not allowed.
The media’s prejudices are exemplified in discredited journalist Dan Rather. Its intellectual honesty is exemplified by liar, liar, pants-on-fire, Brian Williams. It’s fact checking competence comes from John Stewart – a comedian.
They are all cut from the same bolt of cloth. Trying to be sheepdogs, herding us into their line of thinking. Hear what they say, but don’t believe it.
Ben Carson made CNN’s Wolf-man look like a twerp. He is a twerp, so that wasn’t hard. Carson challenges conventional wisdom. Everyone knows deep down, at some level, regardless of party affiliation, that conventional wisdom is just convention now. The wisdom isn’t there.
I’m not religious. Hard line fundamentalists scare me. Ben Carson is the most religious – and unafraid to say so – of the whole field of candidates. Yet it does not bother me.
Being Christian in action is the best thing one can do, regardless of literal belief in the Bible, or not. Regardless if the “brand” of Christianity is some flim-flam, new age prophet, or even Talmudic Judaism. Or if like me, say, “I doubt it, but let’s do more science to figure things out.” The Christian values still hold. Christian values are the best social medicine ever invented.
Ben Carson understands that better than any other candidate. He may interpret a few things different from the way I do, but everyone has a convention. Everyone has a line they believe divides what is okay from what is not okay.
Carson doesn’t want to legislate morality. That’s a liberal gig. He wants to bolster the family with Christian values, which is what we need more than anything. Legislating morality doesn’t work. Liberal and Conservative attempts have only unhinged everyone, resulting in divisive craziness. It has to come from moral individuals – we all need an internal compass to guide our actions and fix the core of all problems – raising children.
Children raised right won’t be racist. Children raised right won’t enter a gang, or think drive-by-shootings are hip, or walk into a classroom and machine gun their classmates. Children raised right will be good parents and pave a world for their children to thrive in. They will know how to think for themselves and not let someone do it for them. Children raised right won’t have the unobtainable goal to be a celebrity and own glitzy things, and spend their lives miserable they can’t get them.
Parents who care about their children will not let the schools be the nanny, continually abusing the education of our children for the sake of their bureaucracy and self-serving ideologies. We can teach every one of our kids a Bachelor’s Degree education with the best teachers in the world, right in their own homes with the internet. It can be done for chump change.
Parents who care about their children will vote to forge military supremacy and foreign policies that don’t require us to send the kids to war, unless we must to protect ourselves. And that is when we use our military supremacy to maximum effect. Shoot to kill.
Actually, we will never have a professional politician leadership that is truly smart and concerned. Their concern is in being professional politicians, winning the next election and building their power. People need to understand this is fundamental. Don’t rely on government, or professional politicians – they will fuck us and make things worse for everyone the more control we give them.
Lifelong politicians are corrupted by their profession and ambition. They only have the one avenue, which is to be part of the establishment with all it’s flaws. So they will never correct the flaws. Carson and The Donald are the kind of gentleman statesman we need.
Few people will agree with me on specifics, I’m sure. Don’t worry, I’m not the one with my finger on the button. But a lot of people agree we need an out-of-the box thinker and doer in the White House. Somebody who will inspire and lead us to find our individual spines, get off our hind-ends and clean-up our act, because nobody is doing it for us. Carson isn’t promising to make things right for us. He’s offering to show us how to do it ourselves.
I think that is the point I want to make. That is what people are looking for. We are like kids who know Dad is right, but don’t like it. For the good of our society people are understanding, even if it means going against some personal preferences and showing individual responsibility. We need a leader with a real, working moral compass.
That’s what I get from Ben Carson. The government is us, so let’s keep it and use it wisely before the chance slips away.