While Hillary is ignoring the media and cruising toward the 2016 democratic nomination, we are overrun with candidates seeking to be the republican nominee for President. Every day I hear questions asked about candidates, issues, policies, qualifications, experience, etc., and what is my opinion?: “Who do you like?” “Who are you going to vote for?” “What about Trump?” “Can Hillary survive another scandal?” I’ve also heard statements that are reasons for not voting like: I won’t vote for a candidate because he/she is: “Too liberal”…”Too religious”… “Advocates Pro-choice”… “Supports common core”… ” Believes in amnesty for illegals”…”Not tough enough” “Tea Party favorite”…”Warmonger”…”Too moderate”…”Thinks global warming is a greater threat than terrorists”, etc.
I don’t know why people have made up their mind this early, especially on a single issue, but I understand their frustration. I am going to pay attention so I can better understand candidate positions. There are a lot of choices and a talented field of republican candidates. I want to hear every idea from every candidate. Even if I don’t agree with every position of a candidate that becomes the nominee, I cannot imagine not voting. Not voting because of one issue [abortion, immigration, gay marriage, race, religion, common core, etc.] will likely elect someone who you disagree with on every issue.
What I do know is that I’ll vote for a candidate that is a uniter, not a divider. I want someone to represent all of the people. I want someone that will appeal to all Americans, regardless of race, gender, age, political party, sexual preference, religion, education, wealth, or ideology. I want a candidate that can communicate solutions to economic, social, environmental, and national security problems. A candidate that follows this campaign approach won’t have to use negative ads and smears. I do not expect any candidate to have the perfect solution to every problem, but I want a candidate willing to listen and act on expert advice regardless of political affiliation. I want a candidate that is willing to meet the needs of America, not a political party.
I am more worried than ever about the future of our country. The next president will be faced with all the problems that Barack Obama inherited, plus all those that he has created. Most of the problems we face today have been caused by Socialism. It is a failed ideology that leads to economic ruin, and never solves the social problems that Socialist politicians promise to fix. Socialism is a monstrous ponzi scheme that politicians use to buy votes and gain power. Examples of Socialist failure are everywhere. Greece is the latest failure: bankrupt, borrowing money from other countries to pay for promises it can’t keep. Cuba is a prime example of a Socialist country achieving income equality…make everyone poor. We don’t have to use another country as an example, our national debt is increasing by hundreds of billions of dollars each day! This is a threat to Social Security, to Medicare, and to every welfare program that needs funding. This is why our military capability, our ability to defend our country, is shrinking.
The Great Recession of 2008 that caused so many American workers to lose their jobs was a direct result of a failed government Socialist policy that attempted to provide home ownership to millions of people who couldn’t afford to own homes. The failure to deal with the recession after seven years of mediocre enonomic performance is typical of Socialist politicians. Rather than implement economic reforms recommended by the Bowles-Simpson Commission, the Socialists enacted ObamaCare, which is a perfect example of Socialist deception and failure. Nothing was done to save the economy. Socialist “solutions” inevitably lead to more failure: Raising the minimum wage, expanding the food stamp program, increasing unemployment benefits, forgiving student loan debt, providing government benefits to illegal immigrants, increasing overtime eligibility, are all examples of failed Socialist attempts that don’t solve the problem, but do more damage to the the economy. Adding and expanding welfare programs, increasing taxes, and demonizing big business, wall street, banks, energy companies, drug companies, and “the rich”, are nothing more than Socialist attempts to buy votes.
Many voters have been, and continue to be manipulated, and deceived… not because they are stupid, but because they are uninformed. Sadly, in addition to the uninformed, some minds are so poisoned with blind Socialist ideology that they will never accept the truth…that Socialism is the enemy of freedom. For two hundred years, economic freedom has consistently proven to be the better path to solving social problems.
My choice, and I hope the choice of conservatives, moderates, Libertarians, Tea Party members, the religious right, independents, Latinos, African Americans, and millions of Americans, will unite to vote for the candidate that has a plan [not a promise] to undo the damage done by Socialism: A plan that will restore economic growth and create good jobs; A plan that will rebuild military strength; A plan that will provide safe streets and a quality education for all Americans; and A plan to rebuild relationships with our allies around the world.