Tag Archives: politics

Super Tuesday, littered with dumb voters

Super Tuesday, the make or break for many in this election cycle. On the Republican side, Ben Carson, John Kasich will most likely see the end of their runs. Ted Cruz, well he needs to do well and win some states, as does Marco Rubio.

Super Tuesday for the Democrats who are down to just Sanders and Clinton? Well neither will be bowing out after Tuesday but we the rest of the country will have a much clearer picture.

I am not a fan of the primary season. With states being left out of the process as a winner generally is crowned before the primary season has ended. But, the process is what it is as they say. “WE” still have a right to complain. More like an obligation to complain about the process of selecting the candidates who may lead our great nation.

DUMB VOTERS>

Based off the rankings of the dumbest states in our union, ranked by The Street back in 2014 a few of our Super Tuesday states appear on this list. Arkansas, a Super Tuesday state is the highest ranking of dumb. With their average IQ coming in at 97.5 and 80% of the population with no degrees beyond high school. And why they are the 50th ranked state in the union for income. They will be involved in deciding the fate of our candidates :/

Alabama the Beautiful who ranks as the 7th dumbest state and another Super Tuesday participant. 95.7 IQ average. SAT scores average 1608. It’s no wonder the top 5 employers in the state are the STATE.

Oklahoma is 9th in the dumbest awards from The Streets list with a 99.3 average IQ and a mere 23% with educations beyond high school. Tennessee closes out the dumb voting states ranking 10th on the list, a 99.7 IQ but a whopping 24% with educations beyond high school! Good for them 🙂

All isn’t a disaster this coming Super Tuesday as we do have some smart states. Colorado, Vermont, Virginia will be voting!! And the SMARTEST STATE IN OUR UNION, Massachusetts.  With their whopping 104.3 IQ’s will be helping decide the fate of America.

Some may feel that this post is mean-spirited. It is not. I wrote this to express frustration with our system. Should a handful of states decide for the entire nation who will be the respective candidates? We have heard complaints in the past of the delegate system. Bush losing the popular vote to Al Gore. Today we have the complaints in regard to Super Delegates and the ignoring of the voters will in Bernie Sanders case.  Our election process is flawed. The popular vote should be the only vote that counts in the primaries and in the general election. With full participation of the dumb and smart.

The 2016 Presidential race, don’t forget the Libertarian Party

As the presidential candidate list gets carved down by the primary process in both parties we have a few names not discussed yet. NO it is not Michael Bloomberg. We have the candidates from the wrecking ball of parties, the Libertarian Party. All the names are not recognizable (as is the party) except for one which we will begin with, former governor….

Gary Johnson of New Mexico, who has also previously ran for president,

Libertarian Gary Johnson 1,275,821 1% +1%

The rest of the list, Steve Kerbel Author and CEO, Cecil Ince Actor, Marc Feldman Physician, Joy Waymire Veteran and Spiritual Visionary, Darryl Perry Author/Publisher/Radio Host, Derrick Michael Reid Lawyer/Engineer, list taken from the parties web page 

Maybe you are like me and have no idea who these candidates are. But to have interest in one of these candidates you would need to understand their party’s platform would you not? We will keep it short and sweet.

The Libertarian party believes in little to no taxes, abolishing the IRS and paying for this with the elimination of entitlement programs. YES, gone will be Grandma and grandpa’s Social Security. But strangely they believe in Universal Health Care. ( no taxing how does this get paid for?)

Transfer all public services to the private sector, ex: Post Office, Schools. Eliminate all public owned property and transfer rights to the people. ( how does the new ownership get chosen?). Opposes all forms of gun control, border protection, the draft.

The Libertarian Party would legalize prostitution and eliminate drug laws.

So in summary, the Libertarian believes in little to no government. Open borders, Drugs and Prostitution, no social responsibility to others. Universal Health Care. While they do take positions on other issues, these, are where they lost me. Leaning toward a future of a hedonistic USA in the image of the collapsing Roman Empire?

For more on the candidates

sources: Wikipedia, Libertarianparty.org

 

 

 

 

Ted Cruz does half citizen qualify?

Donald Trump believes Ted Cruz is ineligible to run for the nations highest office as he was born in Canada. Not new news as this fact has dogged Cruz throughout his political life. Cruz did have dual citizenship but decided to renounce his Canadian roots in 2014. (Just in time to run for president!!)  Trumps attacks have coincided with Cruz’s rise in the polls and predicted winner of the Iowa Caucuses.

The bottom line on Cruz’s background. His father was a Cuban born citizen. His mother born in Delaware. They resided in Calgary Canada when Ted Cruz was born. So, the mother was recognized a citizen of the United States, the father was not. Does being a half-citizen count for the purposes of satisfying our constitutional requirement?

As we know this isn’t the first time Trump has raised the birth issue.  Obama who eventually provided his birth certificate  proved Trump wrong. Cruz’s  predicament is a bit different. He was born in Canada.

Is Trump showing desperation in this latest attack? Or is it and or will it be an issue for Cruz?

The real questions:

  1. Is being born with one parent a United States citizen in a different country qualify you as a citizen?

2. Should the United States Supreme Court weigh in on the subject to solidify the meaning in the constitution.

3. Does the Constitution need to be clarified?

My struggle,  why did Cruz wait until 2014 to renounce his Canadian citizenship?

source articles:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/ted-cruz-mother-canadian-voter-list

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/01/06/donald-trump-keeps-dwelling-on-ted-cruz-citizenship-issue/

Immigration in the 2016 election

My belief is we need to give people a path to legal status. “You pay your fines, you get provisional work permits, where you come out of the shadows, you pay taxes, you pay fines, you don’t receive government assistance, you learn English, you don’t commit crimes. Any of those things that you do would be a deportable offense.” Jeb Bush Feb 2015

Reforming immigration, a campaign topic that will again be a campaign issue in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Jeb Bush’s statement above made while speaking to the Club for Growth in Florida. Bush’s statement is far from cutting edge. In Novemeber 2014 President Obama was making the same statement when he bypassed Congress, “If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law President Obama Nov. 2014. (http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/20/politics/obama-immigration-speech/)

Although not the same position on the subject overall this statement is the same. Make right with the government and all will be well. Both Jeb Bush and Obama believe illegal immigrants have an overall desire to come out of the shadows and pay taxes? Myself and I am sure many American’s struggle with the idea of this.

Immigration and the need to reform? If we do not enforce the plan we already have, why would we enforce a new plan? President Obama took executive action in 2014 simply because Congress would not pass any bill. Why would they not pass one? Because they lack character and more so fear voter rebellion.

So can Jeb Bush change the direction of the country, who has been wthout direction for the last twenty years on immigration? I would have to say NO. Big business wants cheap labor. Big business is getting cheap labor for the “jobs nobody wants to do” and MORE! Jeb Bush will not change immigration. And for that matter neither will any of the other candidates. The country is BROKEN not the system. The illegal immigrant can come to this country. Work for higher wages then they have ever earned. They also can get healthcare and, attend our schools free of charge. This the bottom line on why reform will not work. To the illegal immigrantthe system is working just fine.   The businesses who make money off their labor, the system is working just fine, the same group who buys elections.

“In it to win it” Bernie Sanders 2016

“Only God saves more then Bernie” If you are from the Philadelphia area you know that this slogan is tied to Flyer great Bernie Parent. The usefulness of it in regard to Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential bid? Well fellow Americans, Bernie Sanders will certainly need some divine intervention if he is to come away with the Democratic nomination. Sanders is a true underdog. He is not the parties choice, so the donors sure won’t be lining up to fill his campaign war chest. So where will the campaign donations come from? Or where should they be coming from?

The importance of a Sanders victory to the 99%. We are dying a slow economic death at the hands of the 1%. This will end quickly and not without mercy. That is unless “we” dig into our pockets, raise or voices and scream “we need Sanders!” Sanders has spoken out against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The trade agreement that will finish off the middle-class, and eliminating hope for those who want to be with us. No candidate so far has taken such a firm position against the TPP. Sanders also took his position against before he was even asked as a candidate. There are many issues to consider when selecting a candidate. But, none more important than economic survival for the 99%.

Educate yourself on the devastation that was the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA). Can we the 99% continue if another trade agreement that is equal to 40% of the worlds economy is signed? The shrinking middle-class, and the increasing ranks of those in poverty, have a life raft available. That raft is Bernie Sanders and I hope we will be saying, “Only God saves more than Bernie Sanders” in 2016.
Know your candidates and Vote Smart.

Suggested: http://www.defenderofthemiddleclass.com/the-new-constitution

http://www.defenderofthemiddleclass.com/?s=trans+pacific+partnership

 

image source:http://egb63.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/
image source:http://egb63.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/