Politics 2016


I have spoken about my distress over what is happening in politics this year, and said I was dropping out, yet after so many years of being involved, I find I am not doing that. I don’t know if this will be my last posting this year or not, but I am seeing things that really, truly puzzle me.

I do not, for a New York minute, believe Donald Trump is serious about his run for the presidency. I think he is using his money to buy himself all the publicity he wants, for being in the peoples’ eyes everyday, for winning popularity polls. I do not think he is a stupid man; I believe he knows exactly what he is doing. To see him, as of today (February 18, 2016), putting himself at odds with Pope Francis, is part of his systematic plan for keeping himself at the top, where he stays, because he brings out the worst in people, for the benefit of himself. I have watched him for too many years to think he is any more than he is appearing to be these days, and I suspect that what is going on will bring him more money, and popularity, than he ever will need.

It is clear to me that nobody can say anything to criticize him, for any reason, because he will come back with another insulting comment against whoever had the nerve to say anything critical of him. He pouts like a little boy, and tells everyone how bullied he is being, and poor little ol’ me, why does anyone think I am not the best, the ideal for everyone to look up to.

As I watch Democrats fighting with Democrats over Bernie/Hillary, and Republicans fighting with everyone else over non-political ideals, but issues which they wish they could rule over everyone with, I do not think there is any seriousness going on at all in the political process. There is so much hate, and so much racial bias, and so much fear of someone losing a dollar, that they don’t even understand the political process in this country any longer at all. Just a wish to make things hard for every other person, including themselves.

When I see someone like Marco Rubio making sweeping statements about rape, and especially those who want to make it legal, I wonder what they have been drinking, or putting into their system. I can predict that if it ever happens to one of their own wives or daughters, especially if pregnancy occurs, there will be some 180 degree turns from what they have said.

I have never seen so much lying among politicians. Eduoard Rafael Cruz seems to be the worst. Because I think he is totally delusional, and he reads what he wants to into anything he hears, and then talks about.

At my age, I have the privilege of voting by mail, and have done so already. In Austin, Texas, I have voted a straight Democratic ticket, and my presidential vote went to Hillary Clinton. My reasoning is thus: I still like Bill Clinton, and would love to see him in the White House again; I still believe in Howard Dean, who was my candidate in 2004, and he and others I have respect for have pretty much endorsed her, even if not officially; and while I am very much an ultra-liberal Socialist Democrat, believe in free education, free healthcare, and equal rights for every human being, no matter who they are, or who they love, I do not, in 2016, believe this country is ready for a Socialist president. I think it will eventually happen, but probably not in my lifetime. So Bernie says a lot of things I agree with, but I doubt Independents and Moderates will vote for him in a national election.

On the Republican side, I do not think Trump would want to be president. It would be too much work for him – he likes being rich and free to do exactly what he wants to do. I don’t think the majority of Evangelical Conservatives will vote for Cuban-Americans, which includes Cruz and Rubio. I do think Rubio has a better chance than Cruz (whom I don’t think has the right to hold office, which I’ll get a lot of argument about, but I believe anyway) because unless the Evangelical is really ready to die and go to “heaven”, I cannot see sensible people voting for him based on his thinking he is equal to Jesus, and hopes to bring about the Rapture. Really? Are you ready to leave this earthly plain? Do you think you can continue to live exactly the same way you are now on those streets of gold, under that man looking on you from a great golden throne? I tend to doubt such a thing.

That leaves basically Ben Carson (who is a black man, and does not seem to know anything at all), Kasich, and Bush. Of them all, I believe Kasich is the only one who offers any sense at all, but even if everything else he said appealed to me, I will never vote for anyone who is anxious to send our young men, and women, into war, standing in front of the war machines that are so expensive, and considered of less importance than the expensive toys. I do not want to see any more deaths of young people, or more disabled. Anyone who has lived through Vietnam, and three wars in the middle east, has no appetite for more blood and guts.

I think we have more problems in our own country that need to be fixed before we waste any more time trying to change other countries that are simply not going to change. I say leave them to their own problems – allow them to solve their own problems.

Whatever happens, I will vote for whoever the Democrat is who wins the primary. If any of the Republicans wins, I do not know what I will do. But having defeated depression and suicidal thoughts, I would never go for killing myself just to stay out of it. I would hunker down and live whatever Life and the Almighty I believe in give me, but I rather expect I would end earlier than I hope right now.

I am so anguished over what so many Americans have become, and what they are doing to one another, but there is little I can do except mention it, and then do what I feel is the right thing to do for everyone. God/dess help you all.

Carol Stepp
Austin, TX

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About carolstepp

Music is about the most important thing in my life, and I follow a large number of musicians, particularly Irish, Scots, Classical, Crossovers of any of these. I was writing a blog about Celtic Thunder regularly on MySpace, and now I have left them after a year, and will start writing my blogs here. I am 70, retired, living on Social Security, and have a lot of social network fans.
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