Perhaps one of the best political quotes I’ve seen lately, “not a single problem resolved”, uttered by Dr. Ben Carson.
This is one of the most disappointing presidential election cycles since 1920, when Warren G. Harding ran against James M. Cox. The leads in both political parties at this point are, Hillary Clinton for the Democrats, and Donald Trump for the Republicans. Both have changed their positions more often than players on a scrimmage line. Neither of them appear to be trustworthy.
Yes, both Trump and Clinton have strong support but for entirely different reasons. Donald Trump has tapped into the general angst of the populace and their dissatisfaction with the way things have been handled by both parties. Hillary Clinton is attracting both progressives and women voters.
The Trump campaign is unique in that whatever he says, redounds to his benefit. Almost anyone who you could think of, saying things that emanate from Mr. Trump, would have been tossed aside by the electorate by now. Not so for Donald Trump. He’s the political equivalent of the Eveready Rabbit.
If you are a voter who says, I want an honest person to be the next President, well those choices exist. Bernie Sanders for the Democrats and Ben Carson for the Republicans. Both of them tell you what they think, are consistent with their speech and represent almost 180 degree different viewpoints.
Dr. Carson has been largely ignored by the news media compared to the top 3, especially Donald Trump, who like the class clown gets all the attention. He differs radically in temperament compared to Trump. Quiet, well spoken, self-assured, not aggrandizing, but he doesn’t look like he has the votes, so far in the primaries.
Bernie Sanders has to be commended for his honesty. Whether you like him or not as a candidate for the Presidency, he explains where he stands, and he hasn’t altered his viewpoint to suit the times. For example, Hillary Clinton supported the war in Iraq in 2002. Only six congressmen and one U.S. senator of the Republicans voted against the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq in 2002.
Here’s what Bernie Sanders announced then.
In October 2001, as a member of the U.S. Senate, Hillary Clinton voted for the Patriot Act. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Bernie Sanders voted against the USA Patriot Act in 2001. The Patriot act greatly expanded the surveillance powers of the federal government. This Act should have been set aside in court as a violation of the Constitution.
On the subject of Gays in the military and the Marriage Defense act of 1996, this is the position of Bernie Sanders.
Hillary Clinton for years disapproved of Gay marriage, supported her husband on DOMA. In 2013 her views changed, not unsurprisingly when the views of many of the electorate also changed. Some may say that she’s evolving with the times, while her critics suggest this is another about face to gain popularity.
Bernie Sanders is unabashedly a socialist. No one can argue that most of the Democrats are, but here’s someone that comes right out and tells you his position. Again, you may not agree with him, but you’ve got to give him props for honesty.
We go into Super Tuesday and may see more people drop out, but in the mean time, the Trump bandwagon will likely continue to roll, in spite of what may seem unusual or unexplainable position statements.