Why Voters should watch Clinton vs. Trump First Presidential Debate – 8:00pm Central Time Monday 26 September 2016


Posted Saturday morning 24 September 2016

From TV Guide, NBC TV schedule for primetime Monday night 26 September 2016:

The Voice

The Voice

The Blind Auditions, Part 3 7:00 PM CT on KFOR 4 (NBC TV), 1 hour, 2016, TV-PG
  • The blind auditions continue.

If Clinton and Trump were to be on The Voice for politics instead of singing, I wonder if any of the judges would turn their chairs for either one.


NBC News Special: 2016 Presidential Debate #1

8:00 PM on KFOR 4 (NBC TV, 2 hours*, 2016
  • NBC’s Lester Holt moderates the first 2016 presidential debate between Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

* The actual debate is commercial free 90 minutes no breaks. I expect the additional 30 minutes is for any overtime for this live event, and for follow-up review.

Other networks providing live coverage of the end-of-the-world political Armageddon:

  • ABC TV with lead-in Dancing With The Stars during the hour before the debate.
  • CBS TV with a couple of half-hour comedy shows before the debate, so you can laugh for an hour before you cry for two hours.
  • FOX TV with Gotham for lead-in, then only covering the 90-minute debate – followed at 9:30pm CT by Fox Primetime News @ 9.
  • MSNBC has Debate Preview during the two hours before the debate.
  • CNN has Debate Night in America during the two hours before the debate.
  • FNC (Fox News Channel) has as usual The O’Reilly Factor during the hour before the debate.

Of course, reviews of the debate will go on and on and on, days and nights, until Election Day Tuesday 8 November 2016 when the voters, We The People, will decide our fate and destiny by who we choose. It’s what we call the news!

It basically is another election for the lesser of two evils, but this time there is a third choice – the Libertarian candidate – so maybe the least of three evils?

Why Voters should watch Clinton vs. Trump First Presidential Debate – 8:00pm Central Time Monday 26 September 2016 

Editorial Article by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma

This First Presidential Debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (Democratic Party) and Donald Trump (Republican Party) could help some undecided voters decide which candidate to vote for on Tuesday 8 November 2016. It could also cause some voters who presently support one candidate to instead vote for another.

Some famous Republicans have already surprisingly announced their intention to vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. Fewer Democrats are switching to Trump so far, and might include some former supporters of Bernie Sanders although most of them now support Clinton.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is not allowed to participate in the debate. He is former Republican twice elected governor of a blue Democrat state, as is his running mate William Weld. Most Libertarians are supporting him, but a few are leaning in favor of Clinton and fewer are leaning in favor of Trump. A greater number of Democrats than Libertarians will vote for him, and so will some Republicans. He does not need to participate in the debate to benefit from it. If Clinton and Trump both perform badly, then more voters could switch to Johnson for President and William Weld for Vice President. The Libertarians are on the ballots of all 50 states and Washington DC.

I predict Trump will be Trump – spending more time engaging in personal attacks on Clinton than clearly presenting his position on issues and related solutions to problems. On the issues, I predict Clinton will mop the floor with Trump because of her greater experience with those issues. Even so, will her solutions if clearly presented be better than his solutions or otherwise appeal to a greater number of voters? Watch the debate and see.

No matter who wins on Election Day Tuesday 8 November 2016, the country will not be the same – will not be business as usual. Each in a different way will have significant impact on the day-to-day living of all Americans. I believe…

  • The least impact will come from Clinton as a continuation of Obama, but for a few differences – such as some changes to health care being her version of it.
  • The greatest impact will come from Trump as he creates a police state, having promised to federalize and militarize police to begin on 20 January 2017, which amounts to Martial Law, in order to achieve all he has promised to accomplish regarding crime, immigration, and terrorism.
  • Expect significant economic cuts to government and military by Johnson and Weld, with greater personal and social freedoms for each American. Of the three choices, Johnson and Weld are the most honest, and would be the first to sacrifice their own lives if to save those who they care for.

I average out to be a Centrist, similar to Libertarians, registered as an Independent (unaffiliated) voter.


The World’s Smallest Political Quiz

  • Libertarians support a great deal of liberty and freedom of choice in both personal and economic matters. They believe government’s only purpose is to protect people from coercion and violence. They value individual responsibility, and tolerate economic and social diversity. Some of my friends have been Libertarians.
  • Centrists favor selective government intervention and emphasize what they commonly describe as “practical solutions” to current problems. They tend to keep an open mind on political issues. Many centrists feel that government serves as a check on excessive liberty. I’m a Centrist. I’m similar to Libertarians, but not as far left as they are and not as far right as they are. I’m Conservative on most but not all economic and government issues. I’m Liberal on most but not all personal and social issues. People “average out” to be Centrists. There is no true third choice for most issues to define a Centrist, who basically must “Agree” or “Disagree” on each issue. “Maybe” is not an acceptable choice. “Maybe” is the usual choice of Moderates. Centrists are not Moderates. Centrists know where they stand on each issue. Many Centrists are registered as Independent voters, like I am, or otherwise are Unaffiliated – not members of any political parties.
  • Left-Liberals, Democrats, generally embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but support central decision-making in economics. They want the government to help the disadvantaged in the name of fairness. Leftists tolerate social diversity, but work for what they might describe as “economic equality.” Over the years, most of my friends, co-workers, and employers, have been Liberal Democrats. They’ve always treated me right.
  • Right-Conservatives, Republicans, and Tea Party members have at times been the majority of readers here at The Lantern Journal. They favor freedom of choice on economic issues, but want official standards in personal matters. They tend to support the free market, but frequently want the government to defend the community from what they see as threats to morality or to the traditional family structure. I was born into a Conservative Republican family in the oil business with wells in Kansas and Oklahoma. I’ve despised upper class blue book social snobs because of the way they treat low income people.
  • Statists are the real enemy of everyone else. Statists want government to have a great deal of control over individuals and society. They are Totalitarians, like in George Orwell’s “1984” novel about “Big Brother” government. They support centralized planning, and often doubt whether liberty and freedom of choice are practical options. At the very bottom of the chart, left-authoritarians are usually called socialists, while right-authoritarians are generally called fascists. President Obama is a Statist, not a Liberal. So is Hillary Clinton, who is a left-leaning Statist. For comparison, President Bill Clinton was a Liberal, now a left-leaning Statist. Donald Trump is a right-leaning Statist. He has been a dictator in his business empire, and he has openly admired actual dictators of other countries. He knows nothing of the U.S. Constitution and democracy within a representative government.

Again, to note, Americans may expect changes to our country and day-to-day living of each individual, no matter which candidate wins on Election day Tuesday 8 November 2016.

The Times They Are A-Changin’
Bob Dylan lyrics

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’. 

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’. 

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’. 

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’. 

Are we at war with terrorists?

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Scene 5…
Anakin Skywalker: I don’t think the system works.
Padmé: How would you have it work?
Anakin Skywalker: We need a system where the politicians sit down
and discuss the problem… agree what’s in the best interest of all people… and then do it.
Padmé: That’s exactly what we do. The trouble is that people don’t always agree.
Anakin Skywalker: Well, then they should be made to.
Padmé: By whom? Who’s going to make them?
Anakin Skywalker: I don’t know. Someone.
Padmé: You?
Anakin Skywalker: Of course not me.
Padmé: But someone.
Anakin Skywalker: Someone wise.
Padmé: Sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship to me.
Anakin Skywalker: Well, if it works.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith…
Padmé: What if the democracy we thought we were serving no longer exists, and the Republic has become the very evil we have been fighting to destroy?

A favorite author and novel…


“Successful revolution is big business – make no mistake about that. In a modern, complex, and highly industrialized state, revolution is not accomplished by a handful of conspirators whispering around a guttering candle in a deserted ruin. It requires countless personnel, supplies, modern machinery and modern weapons. And to handle these factors successfully there must be loyalty, secrecy, and superlative organization.” – Excerpt from the story “If This Goes On—” in the novel REVOLT IN 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke, Whig politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism.

“No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.” – General George S. Patton.


Excerpts from Wikipedia article…

  • “If This Goes On—” is a science fiction short novel by Robert A. Heinlein, first serialized in 1940 in Astounding Science-Fiction and revised and expanded for inclusion in the 1953 collection Revolt in 2100. The novel shows what might happen to Christianity in the United States given mass communications, applied psychology, and a hysterical populace. The novel is part of Heinlein’s Future History series.
  • The story is set in a future theocratic American society, ruled by the latest in a series of fundamentalist Christian “Prophets.” The First Prophet was Nehemiah Scudder, a backwoods preacher turned President (elected in 2012), then dictator (no elections were held in 2016 or later).

The following paragraphs have been excerpted from the 1986 Baen Book printing of Robert A. Heinlein’s novel titled “Revolt in 2100” –from the story titled “If This Goes On—”:

  • I was kept busy but my work was fill-in work, since I was awaiting assignment. I had time to dig into the library and I looked up Tom Paine, which led me to Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson and others – a whole new world was opened up to me. I had trouble at first in admitting the possibility of what I read; I think perhaps  of all things a police state  can do to its citizens, distorting history is possibly the most pernicious. For example, I learned for the first time that the United States had not been ruled by a bloodthirsty emissary of Satan before the First Prophet arose in his wrath and cast him out – but had been a community of free men deciding their own affairs by peaceful consent. I don’t mean that the first republic had been a scriptural paradise, but it hadn’t been anything like what I had learned in school.
  • For the first time in my life I was reading things which had not been approved by the Prophet’s censors, and the impact on my mind was devastating. Sometimes I would glance over my shoulder to see who was watching me, frightened in spit of myself. I began to sense faintly that secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy . . . censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.
  • My thoughts did not then fall into syllogisms; my head was filled with an inchoate spate of new ideas, each more exciting than the last. I discovered that travel between the planets, almost a myth in my world, had not stopped because the First Prophet had forbidden it as a sin against the omnipotence of God; it had ceased because it had gone into the red financially and the Prophet’s government would not subsidize it. There was even an implied statement that the “infidels” (I still used that word in my mind) still sent out an occasional research ship and that there were human beings even now on Mars and Venus.
  • Maybe someday the United States would have space ships again.

“In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell.

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” ~ Mark Twain.

…The way government should be run…

Let’s not give up what we fought for!

Will Election 2016 have a happy ending?

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