The Brexits Are Coming

          Perhaps the  ultimate  achievement  of  liberal progressive politicians in 20th century Europe was  the establishment of the EU.  Fed up with  borderless nation states, unrestricted immigration, multi-culturalism and regional economic integration, a narrow majority of British voters, comprised mostly of  older working class, less educated citizens,  decided that Great  Britain will exit the  EU. There will surely be more votes  like Brexit in other EU countries in the near future.  The future of the EU is now certainly in question, and with it the future of the liberal progressive political movement.

          The dissatisfaction with  established liberal progressive politicians is also being  manifested in America, as evidenced by  the Trump phenomenon. The 2016 presidential election is shaping up to be a vote on whether America should exit from  the liberal progressive movement which has dominated American politics for most of the last 100 years. Commonsense tells me that such an exit is more likely than not, probably also by a  narrow margin similar to  Brexit.

          Commonsense also tells me that the new majority, however narrow, will not break along traditional political party lines. The new majority will stretch across a broad spectrum of  citizens  fed up with  political correctness, unrestricted immigration, underemployment , runaway national debt, military indecision against radical Islamic terrorism and, most importantly, the establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle who have created the mess.

          Good Day! Better Days are coming soon!

Presumptive Nominees?

         The dictionary definition of a presumption is the belief that something is true that has not yet been proven to be true. In spite of nearly 60 million votes cast by Republican and Democrat primary voters, delegate revolts at the Democrat and Republican conventions are possible in 2016 given the high unfavorable ratings among the electorate of both so-called  presumptive nominees due to serious  character and temperament issues, not to mention the knock-out blow that will be inflicted on the presumptive Democrat nominee in the event of an unfavorable  outcome of the  FBI’s criminal investigation  of  her email practices while serving as Secretary of State.

          Commonsense   tells me that it is far from certain that the requisite proof will be forthcoming  for either of the  so-called presumptive nominees  of the two major political parties for President of the United States of America in 2016  to actually secure the nomination of their respective parties.

Good Day! Stay tuned for additional commentary following the Republican and Democrat conventions in July 2016.

 

The Practical Candidate 2016.

          Okay, folks, it’s over! Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will become the 45th President of the United States of America. With all his rudeness, crudeness and crassness, Donald Trump has spoken truth to power and the American people are listening.

          Some people say Trump is a conservative; some people say Trump is a liberal; some people say Trump is a populist; some people say Trump is a nationalist; other people say Trump is an idiot. Nobody says Hillary Clinton is anything other than a  liberal(progressive) politician. Nobody attaches the politician label to Trump.

          Commonsense tells me that most political labels are meaningless except for the one political label that really means something: the practical politician. The practical politician is the candidate who wants to be surrounded by  knowledgeable people  to solve problems in the most practical way. Donald Trump is the epitome of the practical politician.

          Today has truly been an historic day in the history of the United States of America. Let’s hope the voters  of America have gotten the message and will do the right thing in November 2016.

          Good Day!

 

Presidential?

          In the 2016 presidential election cycle there is a lot of commentary today by the political pundits/talking heads in the modern digital media about what it means to be “presidential” as if there was some universally recognized trait possessed  by all legitimate candidates for the President of the United States of America. If there is such a trait,  would it be honesty, dignity, intelligence, knowledge, kindness, tolerance, charisma,  gray hair, white hair, bleached hair or no hair  at all. Get the point? The term “presidential” is a meaningless term, signifying nothing!

          Was No. 2 (John Adams) any more or less  “presidential” than No. 1(George Washington)? Was No. 16 (Abraham Lincoln) any more or less “presidential” than No. 32 (Franklin Roosevelt)? Was No. 40 (Ronald Reagan) any more or less “presidential” than No. 42 (Bill Clinton)? Will No. 45 (???) be any more or less “presidential” than any one of the previous 44 presidents of the United States of America?

          Commonsense tells me that every one of the 44 occupants of the Whitehouse is presidential because that person is the President of the United States of America, not because that person possessed  a universally recognized “presidential” personality trait. Commonsense also tells me that so it will be  for the 45th  President of the United States of America who will be “presidential” because that person will be the President of the United States of America.

          Today Americans have lot more to be worried about that which candidate is “presidential.” Good Day!

 

 

The Soft Underbelly of Primary Presidential Politics

          The  current  frontrunner  for the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America complains that establishment politicians have  rigged the delegate selection rules unfairly.  The establishment politicians respond that “the rules are the rules” admonishing all candidates to play by the published delegate selection rules adopted by the various states, but they never explain why those rules are fair. The Republican frontrunner has exposed the soft underbelly of the American primary election system at a time when many middle-age Americans are out of work with their college educated, debt-ridden children unable to find meaningful work while two breadwinner families struggle to survive as day-care expenses for their children spiral out of control.  It should come as no surprise  why the Republican frontrunner resonates with primary election voters,  in spite of his many  faults.

           Commonsense tells me that  Republican primary voters in 2016 would rather have an election of the  nominee based on votes rather than a selection of the nominee based on rules. Commonsense also tells me that a similar sentiment  exists among  Democrat primary voters because of the ‘superdelegate’ system established by the delegate selection rules of the Democrat party which guarantees the nomination of the current Democrat frontrunner regardless of primary voter sentiment.

          While we may be discouraged Today, better Days are ahead on election Day  in 2016.

 

Lefty or Righty ?

          A good friend of mine, Jimmy K_________,  lost his left arm….it matters not how or why. We all call him Lefty. I wonder why we call JImmy K Lefty.  Why not call him Righty?  Commonsense tells me that Righty is as good a moniker as Lefty! So why do we call Jimmy K Lefty? Think about it…is there no answer to this imponderable?

          Just one more imponderable in this crazy world in which we live in 2016….but stay tuned, things are about to get better on another Day soon to arrive, I hope and trust!

The Next Giant Sucking Sound

          It has taken 24 years for the American people to finally understand  what  Ross Perot, the last anti-establishment candidate to run for President,  meant when he said in 1992 that NAFTA would create a “giant sucking sound.” Today, 90+ million Americans are involuntarily out of work, with many more millions underemployed,  as industrial jobs have been sucked out of America as a result of NAFTA, threatening the middle class, backbone of America in the process.  The real unemployment rate is currently somewhere far north of the figure periodically published by the  Bureau of Labor Statistics.  NAFTA was supported by the current  frontrunner for the Democrat nomination for President and the  Governor of Ohio who is  currently running  a distant last for the GOP nomination for President.

          The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiated secretly by the administration of the 44th President of the United States of America,  coupled with currency manipulation by many of the TPP countries and China promises to make the ‘giant sucking sound’ created by NAFTA look like a whispering wind in comparison.

         The victorious candidate for President of the United States of America   in 1992  aptly stated that  “it’s the economy stupid.” Commonsense  tells me that in 2016 ‘it’s the economy stupid’  in spades. Commonsense also tells me that the loss of middle-class jobs can only be reversed  by electing a  President of the United States of America who has a realistic understanding of  economic matters. That person is unlikely to be an establishment politician from either side of the aisle.

          Stay tuned for a DAY when things have got to be better than they are on this Day. After all,  things cannot get any worse, can they?

Mitt Romney’s Legacy

          Mitt Romney  ran unsuccessfully  for President of the United States of America as the nominee of the GOP in 2012. Mitt Romney’s speech on March 3, 2016 assailing the  frontrunner for  the GOP nomination for President of the United States of America in 2016 goes a long way to explaining why Mitt Romney lost in 2012.

          It is one thing to disagree with the 2016 GOP  frontrunner for very valid reasons eloquently expressed by Mitt Romney on March 3, 2016; but it is quite another thing to disparage the 2016 GOP frontrunner for reasons that are exactly opposite to the reasons  Mitt Romney praised the 2016 GOP frontrunner in 2012 when the 2016 GOP frontrunner endorsed Mitt Romney for President of the United States of America. Commonsense tells me that such duplicity demonstrates a lack of loyalty, character and integrity. Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney, who ran an honest but unsuccessful campaign for the GOP nomination in 1968 must be rolling over in his grave with anguish about his son’s duplicity in 2016.

          Stay tuned for what promises to be an exciting time in American politics on another Day not too distant from this Day. Good Day!

The American Velvet Revolution

          The anti-establishment fervor in the current election cycle is as much a reflection of widespread dissatisfaction with the federal bureaucracy as it is a rejection of elected congressional politicians on both sides of the aisle who have conceded legislative power to a  hoard of nameless, faceless, unelected bureaucrats whose daily work is closely monitored and supervised by another hoard of nameless, faceless, unelected consultants, lobbyists and functionaries paid by special interests directly affected by the various federal rules and regulations. Not one member of either hoard has  a clue about how federal rules and regulations affect the general welfare and the economic well-being of common ordinary citizens of the United States of America.

          The growth of federal regulations can perhaps be best understood by the page count  of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). In 1950 the CFR contained 9,745 pages in 47 Volumes. By 2014 the CFR contained 175,268 pages in  236 Volumes. In 2014 the Federal Register  published 20,731 pages containing 2,383 proposed federal rules.  During its first six years  the administration of the 44th President of the United States of America added 17,294 pages of new regulations to the CFR; and the ‘pen and phone’ mindset of the  44th President of the United States of America has compounded the growth of the federal bureaucracy through the now infamous Executive Order.  Federal regulations are stifling the economy and the economic interests of common, ordinary citizens have been  ignored in the federal bureaucratic process. Federal regulatory reform is urgently needed.

          As Super Tuesday approaches, it is clear that a vast majority of the citizenry has collectively decided that enough is enough. Commonsense tells me that a rollback in the federal government is coming soon. Commonsense also tells me  that the candidate who advocates  commonsense solutions to the nation’s problems with clarity  and integrity will likely be the next President of the United States of America. If this velvet revolution at the ballot box does not suceed in 2016, a more vigorous and rigorous revolution, hopefully non-violent,  will surely follow.

Good Day on this Day in the dawn of a revitalized America on its way to reaching its full potential.

 

A Profound Death

          The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, 2016 during the primary election season in a presidential election year is a profound event for the future of the United States of America because the replacement for Justice Scalia represents the swing vote on many critical constitutional questions soon to be decided by the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

          Commonsense tells me that as a result of Justice Scalia’s death, the composition of the  Supreme Court of the United States of America will be the defining issue in American politics in 2016, surpassing all other issues in importance. Commonsense also tells me that the replacement for Justice Scalia is best left to the next President of the United States of America.

          That is all I have to say on this day! Better days are ahead! Good Day!

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