Editorial Article by Jim Lantern
1:oopm CT Tuesday 21 June 2016
Excerpts from INDEPENDENT (.co.uk) NEWS:
- The organisers of a renewed Republican effort to deny Donald Trump the party’s presidential nomination say they now have the support of several hundred delegates, with just weeks to go until the GOP convention. The group is seeking to alter party rules by adding a “conscience clause” allowing delegates, if they so wish, to vote against the presumptive nominee – and against the results of the Republican primaries.
- “This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement,” Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate and member of the convention’s Rules Committee who is helping to organise the anti-Trump faction, told the Washington Post. “Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that. We’re just doing that job to make sure that he’s not the face of our party.”
This might be similar to Buyer’s Remorse (defined online as):
- Buyer’s remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as a car or house. It may stem from fear of making the wrong choice, guilt over extravagance, or a suspicion of having been overly influenced by the seller.
Or, maybe Voter’s Remorse – but the reality is more along the lines of Remorse of Sore Loser Candidates, RNC Remorse – GOP Remorse, and Remorse of Ultra-Conservatives.
During the primary, they engaged in despicable dishonest acts to try to derail Trump and failed.
Although Trump won the majority of votes – delegates – during the primary, 70% of U.S. voters dislike him according to most recent polls, and other polls now show Hillary Clinton is likely to beat him – even though a majority of voters also dislike her.
“Anybody” is WRONG. It should be “Any Conservative” or maybe “Any Republican” other than Trump. “Anybody” implies the possibility of voting for another candidate in the general election on Tuesday 8 November 2016. Some Republicans – even Conservatives, have threatened to vote for Hillary Clinton, or the Libertarian candidate, or any Independent candidate. A few have threatened to not vote at all – to not vote for any candidate.
I agree with Speaker Paul Ryan saying “Better Trump than Hillary Clinton.”
If “Anybody” is to be used, then it should be “Anybody but Hillary Clinton.”
I’m NOT opposed to delegates considering other options – to “vote their conscience” during the Republican National Convention July 18-21. IF they come up with a better choice, THEN I’ll seriously consider him or her. I’d prefer a current or former governor of a state for what I believe is the right kind of experience to be President of the USA. That’s one of the reasons why I’m considering the Libertarian option – both Johnson and Weld are former governors. As a Centrist I’m similar to Libertarians – but not as Conservative as they are on government issues and not as Liberal as they are on social issues. I’m an Independent voter. Also, a Populist and Nationalist Patriot like Trump is.
There are two main problems with Trump:
- Too much time on personal insults instead of on the issues that matter to voters.
- He is not consistent on his position on major issues, which change hour-to-hour faster than any politician.
Trump does act like an Internet Troll…
Flip-flopping on issues and the way he modifies his own statements causes me to believe he is similar to an arms dealer trying to make money and profit by selling weapons to both sides or all sides of a conflict. Fact is, he has given money to Liberal Democrats and Conservative Republicans at the same time and different times in the past. He gave money to the Clintons in the past and invited them to one of his weddings. He has supported both sides. He bets on more than one horse in a race. He complains about China, Middle Eastern countries, and others, while doing business with all of them. However, on specific issues, I believe it is acceptable to “average out” to be Centrist (like I am) by agreeing with Liberals on some issues and agreeing with Conservatives on some issues. I don’t believe a person must be all one way or another, and I oppose the extremes of both far Left and far Right. Maybe Trump is a Centrist Republican or a Left-Leaning Republican, rather than a Conservative Republican.
There is another but related concern, which raises the question – has raised the question from the beginning of this race for several reasons: Is Trump a Trojan Horse? Trump talks about Obama letting more Muslims into the country who might be of radical Islam as being a kind of Trojan Horse. Open the gate, let them in, and then they attack us. Trump himself could be a different kind of Trojan Horse. Some people have speculated he might really be a Democrat – a Liberal – pretending to be a Republican – a Conservative. Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Even worse, he could be a Statist in favor of a totalitarian dictatorship, pretending to be a Conservative Republican. I have no doubt Hillary Clinton is a Left-Leaning Statist instead of a Liberal Democrat, while believing Trump might be a Right-Leaning Statist, so either of them could take the USA from democracy and representative government into a totalitarian dictatorship like in Orwell’s “1984” novel. Trump is, after all, a businessman, a business owner. Most businesses are run like aristocratic or autocratic dictatorships, rather than democracies or representative governments (except for employee-owned companies and labor unions). Trump as President (or dictator) is more likely to tell Congress to go to hell and do whatever he wants, similar to how Obama has acted but more so.
Hillary Clinton is presently facing a similar problem – a potential challenge from Bernie Sanders as a Socialist Democrat at the Democratic National Convention July 25-28. The majority of his supporters will not support Hillary Clinton if Sanders finally drops out of the race. He could go Independent, but it might be too late for that now to be able to get on the ballots in all 50 states. Trump could likewise go Independent, and has repeatedly threatened to do so, but faces the same problem. The potential loss of votes for Clinton and Trump going to Sanders, and a different Republican picked at the RNC, could result in the Libertarian option having a better chance of winning, or at least getting more votes than they otherwise would in a 3-way race instead of a 5-way race. Johnson (and Weld for VP) need to start getting at least 15% in the polls in order to participate in the presidential debates.
Some difference could be made by who Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pick to be their Vice President running mates. I don’t have an opinion for who should be Clinton’s VP. It is my opinion that Trump should pick Chris Christie to be his VP, which would give me a reason to vote for Trump instead of Johnson.
The only thing that could knock Hillary Clinton out of the race is prosecution for the emails issue. That it hasn’t happened yet is more likely because of fear of retaliation by Hillary Clinton after she becomes President if prosecution were to fail, rather than lack of enough evidence to proceed.
Meantime, Trump is falling in the polls, Hillary Clinton is fluctuating with short falls then holding and then shooting up in the polls, Sanders is likely to fade away, any potential Republican or Conservative replacement for Trump is not likely to have any chance, and the Libertarian option is not likely to exceed 10% in the polls and general election. The bottom line: I believe Hillary Clinton will win but not by more than 60% of the popular vote. Trump 30%. Johnson less than 10% and all others taking up the difference. So my advice is to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst – to get ready for what life will be like under Hillary Clinton for at least the next 4 years.
I can’t say it is the best line in movie history, but it certainly is my number one favorite line in movie history…
“The emperor is not as forgiving as I am.” – Darth Vader (Star Wars IV – Return of the Jedi).
…I can now imagine Hillary Clinton as being like the Emperor after Election 2016, and Donald Trump as the future Darth Vader – having gone over to the Dark Side of The Force under Clinton. He will want to maintain some control of his business world after she establishes her dystopian totalitarian dictatorship, and starts building a Death Star to obliterate anyone who dares to disagree with her. She might also make use of Bernie Sanders to hand out free shovels under a Socialist system for victims to dig their own graves. Further, it would not surprise me if they were to sell the “Red” Republican states to “Red” China in order to pay off the National Debt, show a profit, and punish all of the Conservatives who opposed them during Election 2016.
There is a great disturbance in The Force.