Obama has scrambled our brains. Intelligent people are not thinking clearly. How could they be when a man like Donald Trump emerges as a frontrunner in a party that has seemingly lost its compass. The Republican party disappointed a large swath of our voting population. A woman scorned… but this is more like the genderless scorned full of furious Americans who are in no mood to forgive. Victims of this unprecedented political cycle include Jeb Bush who dropped out of the race and seemed out of step from the beginning. A recurrence of disappointing, overpaid political consultants and Jeb himself could not adapt to changing times resulting in millions of lost donor money down the drain. Did his lack of insight fail to capture the people’s interest? Perhaps, but his candidacy in this political climate may not have had much of a chance to begin with.
Donald Trump’s stunning victory in South Carolina and now Nevada with 45.9% of the vote, far exceeding Rubio’s second place win at 23.9%, makes Trump a candidate who can no longer be contemptuously dismissed. He has tapped into the people’s frustration and appears to know how to win. The stakes are high and here’s why.
Many believe the United States has approached a point of no return, that this election is pivotal in determining whether we maintain the freedoms and opportunities we’ve taken for granted that have characterized our country. As many as seven in ten Americans are seriously concerned and it crosses party lines. Their consternation reveals considerable discontent about national security, our trillions in debt, opportunities for our children, unemployment, stifling regulations, illegal immigration…..where our country is headed.
Obama has turned our country on its ear. He has altered America demonstrably. The electorate finally woke up, many of them, and gave the Republican Party control of both houses in 2014. It was time to stand up to Obama. That never happened. Nor did any discernible pressure come from the conservative establishment demanding change. It seemed the only animosity they mustered was toward Trump. They awoke from their comfy political class slumber and confronted Trump when his appeal grew beyond their worst fears. They lacked the gumption to attack Obama in the same way but the more insults hurled at Trump, the more supporters he got.
Trouble begets trouble. Obama came along and perhaps the same can be said of Trump. When the oppositional party surrenders to the technocratic soft despotism of a man like Obama, there are going to be consequences.
Obama has no respect for the rule of law or our constitution and exercises his compunction to overreach for whatever he wants. His bottom line – does it benefit his ideology and his desire to alter America which he has largely accomplished. He is not finished. Scalia’s ‘timely’ passing will present more Obama opportunities. We’d like to believe no Supreme Court justice will come to light in the next ten months to skew the high court, but if these past seven years are any indication, he may well do as he pleases.
Obama decides and we the people tolerate it cheerlessly with increasing frustration. At least that’s how it’s been for the past seven years. The result has been a growing aggregate of angry Americans.
We’re in this mess because reason has ceased to exist. Intelligent people may not be thinking clearly as some suggest but many are overwhelmed by cumulative developments these past seven years. Little has been done to counter the impeachable offenses committed by Obama. No one has stood up to the mainstream media who distorts, concocts, fabricates stories that support their ideological views unrelated to truth. No one stands up against the unacceptable idea of Hillary, an untrustworthy continuation of Obama whose candidacy is objectionable for many reasons.
For seven years there has been no consequence for bad behavior. Trump, the GOP bad boy may be all the things he’s purported to be, but he is also a manifestation of a pathological culture that allowed this country to crash and his unusual candidacy to emerge. His rise is not an isolated development. It is a desperate attempt to right our country and a result of far more egregious insults that came before. Is he the man to do it? Better to ask, will the establishment candidates take on a broken political system and begin to fix it? Who will have the courage to slash federal funding, seal our borders, eliminate stifling business regulations, trounce Obamacare?
Some have reservations. They point out the ramifications of a Trump presidency. But the condition of America isn’t good and those who warn know little more than the rest of us. This mess did not begin with Donald Trump. He presents as a can-do non-politician, a billionaire businessman who wants to restore America’s greatness. He also presents as a bombastic bully who could be uncontainable as president. Many don’t fully understand the range of his beliefs or the substance of the policies he would implement though his stated intentions are clear. Conservative Jews worry about his regard for Israel, a viable fear after Obama’s despicable treatment of our closest ally, a fact most liberal Jews still miss as their entrenched ideology overpowers regard for Israel. If he wins, we can only hope he proves to be a good leader but the same can be said for Rubio or Cruz, both senators and more establishment than Trump. Interestingly Cruz warns us when he says, if you see a candidate Washington embraces, run and hide. He would know and the electorate appears to agree. Rubio is the only viable candidate who is embraced by DC.
Last nights debate was an all out attack from Rubio and Cruz in concert against Trump. They finally realized their nit-picking attacks against each other weren’t working. Their combined assault belittled Trump in a last ditch effort to diminish him in the eyes of the undecideds. Will it have traction? With five days to go till Super Tuesday we’ll soon know.
There are lessons to be learned in this sad chapter that may have altered America. We owe our children some lessons. They’ll look back and wonder how all this happened. Those, at least, who are able to deduce how badly we screwed things up. We can only hope we get some of this right in the next election.