Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Few Random Political Thoughts..

So...Trump has handily won Nevada, but since it is not a winner take all state, Cruz and Rubio also received some delegates.

What's going to happen from here? If Kasich and Carson do not drop out, there will have to be a major event to stop Trump from getting the nomination.

Even if Kasich and Carson do drop out, all or nearly all of their support would have to go to only Cruz or only Rubio.

It doesn't look like Kasich and Carson will drop out anytime soon. Course, it never looks that way until they actually do it. We can hope.

The Trump phenomenon  has me completely baffled. Otherwise intelligent people are all transfixed by him. I'll grant you that there is something appealing about a politician with no filters.

But Trump not only has no filters, he also has no policy. No one knows what a Trump presidency would look like. Is he conservative? We don't know, but what we do know is that he appears to not be.

Is Trump for fiscal responsibility? I have not heard him talk about balancing the budget, reducing the debt or reducing the size of government. You think he can do that because he's a successful businessman? Well, sure, he probably has the ability, but does he have the desire? We really don't know.

Is he conservative on the social/moral issues? I don't know. He has flip flopped a great deal on abortion, even supporting partial birth abortion at one time. When someone has changed to that degree, I like to hear an explanation of the conversion.

What kind of Supreme Court justices would he appoint? We don't know. We don't even know if he understands the role of the Supreme Court, do we?

What kind of commander-in-chief would he be? Well, he has blamed 9/11 on George W. Bush, in a rant that seemed completely unhinged. He also blamed Bush for the current state of the Middle East. That sounds more like a democrat to me.

The bottom line is that we don't know what Trump would do as president. Yes, he would build a wall. Is that so important that all the other issues don't matter? And is his mass deportation plan perhaps just a bit lacking in Christian charity? Not to mention his derogatory remarks about Hispanics.

And while on the topic of Hispanics, why the heck does he keep questioning Cruz and Rubio's eligibility to run? It looks suspiciously as though his own race and ethnicity are those traits he most associates with being an American. The Let's stick it to our trade partners who are ripping us off theme is along the same lines, not to mention the wall, the mass deportations, and the anti-immigrant rhetoric.

I think the guy is a loose cannon, and I can't believe there is a large number of voters (ostensibly republicans) who are actually voting for him.

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