A few final thoughts on the midterms and looking ahead

For the past several months, many of my Democratic Facebook friends were really looking forward to the 2018 midterm elections. Talk of this massive Blue Wave or many Democratic wins across the country were being predicted by them. It was a night that could not come soon enough. Finally, a chance for a little redemption after the humiliation they endured in the general election of 2016. I know a few Democrats pulled off some nice wins, but if you are a Democratic supporter, I have a hard time believing that you got what you had hoped for. In fact, it sounds almost like many Democrats came away feeling defeated again. That Blue Wave turned out to be nothing more than some ripple. Sure the Democrats took control of the U.S. House, but they actually lost a few seats in the very important Senate. Furthermore, many of the high-profile races that the Democrats were counting on for victory ended as huge losses despite a lot of money being spent on their candidates. As a somewhat hack political observer, I have a few observations about the results of last Tuesday’s election.

1. The Trump effect. Our president did a fine job of rallying support for several key Senate races and his hard work really paid off. Several candidates that he supported won. It is a complete myth to believe that President Trump is so unpopular that many people would use this election to vote against him. The results ended up showing that Trump still has a lot of support from many Americans.

2. Health Care. Remember when the economy used to be the biggest factor on voters minds. If the economy was going well, the incumbent could run on that and have a huge advantage. Maybe I am wrong but it seemed like health care was the biggest topic on people’s minds during this election. More specifically, it was about protecting pre-existing conditions. I believe many Democrats used this topic to their advantage.

3. A big lesson for Democrats coming up in 2020. I know it is a dream for Democrats to beat President Trump in the 2020 election. They will no doubt find many candidates who they feel will fulfill that huge challenge. Perhaps they might want to consider a candidate who is a more moderate Democrat rather than some wacky far-left candidate. Many of those moderate Democrats did quite well and the far-left candidates struggled in last week’s election. The American people at this time have no appetite for some crazy Socialist running the country. The party seems to being tilting further left all the time and that will come back to haunt them in 2020 and beyond.

4. City versus rural areas. I found it rather interesting that many large cities continue to heavily favor Democrats while many rural areas favor the Republicans. The election results really showed this especially in my state. If anyone wants to look at the great divide that is currently going on in this country, all they have to do is pull out a map and see where the voters are from each party. We have a battle going on between the country and city folks.

5. A huge political hypocrisy. Remember when Judge Kavanaugh was being accused of sexual abuse just a few months ago. Many protesters lined the streets over his nomination and appointed to the Supreme Court. Does the name Keith Ellison ring a bell to anyone? Ellison won the Attorney Generals race here in Minnesota despite several sexual abuse allegations against him. The same people who hollered that Kavanaugh must not be nominated because of those allegations are also some of Ellison’s biggest supporters. Funny how that works in politics.

As far as what lies ahead now that the dust has settled and the 2020 elections on next on the agenda, I just see more gridlock in Congress and many more investigations against Trump by Democrats in House. Trump will retaliate and demand investigations against the Democrats. It will be just a continuous war between Trump and the Democrats. If the Democratic party wants to have some success beating Trump in 2020, they might want to legislate and come up with some ideas that would actually help the average American. Having your main goal as impeaching Donald Trump will not cut it with the typical American. Legislate not investigate should be their motto going forward. Sadly, I do not think that will register with many Democrats in the House and that will result in more future disappointments for the party.




The uneducated voter

There is a huge election in this country coming up on Tuesday. Many critical seats, both at the national and local level, are at stake. Yours truly is extremely eager to make the long 1/4 mile trek to my local polling place. I think many people in this country feel the same way as I do. We feel very excited to exercise our civic duty as citizens to elect people we feel will best serve US and I mean US! People tend to forget that these politicians work for us; we are their bosses and we are responsible for hiring them. One of the things that I find really fascinating about elections are the people who show up and vote. I wonder what drives people to vote the way they do. Some voters are strictly one issue voters. A particular candidate may be appealing to them because they are strong supporters of education and education alone. Others like myself are more driven based on the party of the candidate. Unfortunately, many folks show up at these polling places with completely no knowledge of what they are voting for.

I see many high level people on the campaign trail this week urging people to get out and vote. Former President Barack Obama was at a rally yesterday urging people to make a difference and get out and vote. I certainly praise him for saying that but I might add that we need more educated and informed voters. It is sad that in today’s political climate, style over substance usually wins over people. A particular candidate may appear on a television ad asking people for their support. He or she may appear to be very personable, physically attractive and well spoken. They may say all the right things. A voter is instantly hooked when they see these people running for office. But do you know the background of this person who you are about to hire? What kind of past record do they have? What issues did they support and are currently supporting at the present time? The internet is full of information on candidates, but unfortunately, many voters are just too lazy to do their homework before entering the polling place. If you are one of these people, maybe you should just stay home and not vote! It is a strong disservice to not only the candidates, but to your fellow citizens, to be an uneducated voter.

I have a lot of respect for people who seem to be very knowledgeable of the issues and can explain and articulate in great detail on why they vote a certain way. Even if their views are completely different from mine. I do NOT have respect for those narrow-minded people who only vote because that candidate seems to be a very nice man or woman. We have had many very nice people in the past who are terrible politicians! Or some simple-minded individual who claims that they are voting against someone because that person will take away their health care. Believe me, no candidate wants to do that! Maybe you have been watching too many political ads if you believe in that nonsense. Regardless, I hope everyone gets out on Tuesday and exercises one of the greatest rights we have, the right to vote. In the meantime, take a little bit of time to brush up on the candidates and do your homework. The candidates and our voting system is much better when we have many strongly informed and knowledgeable voters going to the polls.

Sorry but a little civility in politics is needed

A couple of news clips really caught my attention this week. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on some news show and was asked about the current uncivil nature of politics in this country. Clinton explained to the interviewer that it is impossible to be civil when you have people trying to take away what you strongly believe in. Another clip involved former Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder brought up a quote from former first lady, Michelle Obama. She said ” If they (political opponents) go low, we go high”. Holder rephrased to quote to say “No, if they go low, we kick them!” So there you have it. That is all you need to know about the attitude of many politicians regarding staying somewhat civil in today’s political climate. Forget about winning over people by articulating your ideas better than your opponents by using facts and past history. No, that is simply not good enough. You need to harass them at every opportunity. Even former President Barack Obama encouraged his disciples to get into the faces of those who disagree with you.

It is extremely unfortunate that politics have now become this. We are now seeing members of Congress and members of the White House staff being harassed in public places by very radical people. Just last month, a member of Team Trump was harassed in a restaurant over Trump’s policies on illegal immigration. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was told to leave a restaurant because she is committing the unforgivable sin of working for President Trump. A congressman was shot during a congressional softball practice by a deranged man who was a harsh opponent of his party. The list goes on and on and these events will probably become more and more common in the upcoming months especially if the Democrats do not get their much promised so-called “Blue Wave”. I am scared to death that these little acts will lead to something far greater, like assassination attempts. Something has to be done quickly before it is too late. It is rapidly getting out of control.

I know many people, especially many leftists, probably feel that these means of intimidation will result in more votes and greater power. If they feel that way, they are sadly mistaken. Harassing people in these examples is just pure and simply rude and classless. If you want your beloved people to win elections, articulate in great detail and truthfully why their policies will help the people in this country. Spend time campaigning in all areas of the country to get your message out. Explain why your policies are so much better than your opponents. The voters are willing to listen. It is as simple as that. Maybe these acts of rudeness and mob mentality are acts of desperation by angry people who have no decent or reasonable plans to fall back on.

As a voter, I am very turned off by bully politics. It has no place or time in this country. People should learn to respect the views and ideas of their opponents and give them an opportunity to express those views instead of shouting them down. Are there any members of the Democratic party who are willing to take a stance and condemn these sick acts? I would be very disgusted if some member of a party who I supported did some of these same things. Can we PLEASE have a little civility in politics? Is that too much to ask?

The wild and crazy Kavanaugh hearings

You would think that a highly qualified candidate for the Supreme Court would have no problem getting confirmed. Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified potential justices that has ever been nominated and his appointment as one of the justices should be a slam dunk. But in the very divisive world that we live in these days, his nomination hearings this week has been hardly anything but smooth. Kavanaugh is believed to have conservative views on many of the important issues that this country is facing and that apparently is not sitting too well with many of the radical left-wing Senate Democrats. They are desperately trying to block his nomination at all costs even have protesters disrupt the hearings. The hearings this week have turned in some sort of political circus and I hope voters will remember these obstructionist Democrats this November when the mid-terms take place.

One of the biggest fears from those critics of Kavanaugh is that he is to help overturn Roe vs Wade. Several lies have come out against Kavanaugh alarming women that if this guy gets confirmed, your rights with regards to your body will be taken away. There is absolutely no evidence to indicate that Kavanaugh would even consider overturning this piece of legislation. Why is there so much hysteria over basically an unproven belief? Others worry that he will basically turn this nation’s set of laws in a bunch of conservative only laws. Nothing could be further from the truth.

While Senate Democrats continue to try and dig up more mud on this guy, they might want to remember what Kavanaugh said about the role of a justice on the Supreme Court. He stated very clearly that a justice has the role of following the Constitution and has a duty of FOLLOWING THE LAW, NOT MAKING THE LAW. That answer alone should score major brownie points with anyone who has concerns with Kavanaugh.

Maybe the Senate Democrats should put aside their own little political biases and consider how qualified this man really is. Unfortunately this hearing is nothing more than a political circus and yet another attempt to discredit the presidency of Donald Trump since Trump was the one who nominated Kavanaugh. In the end, Trump will get yet another win under his belt with the confirmation of Kavanaugh and the Democrat obstructionists will lose again.

Remembering Senator John McCain

The political world in the United States is dealing with the loss of a very iconic politician this morning. Senator John McCain, who was a 6 term senator from Arizona, died yesterday after a year-long fight with cancer. As a somewhat lukewarm political junkie, I have many thoughts on the legacy of Senator McCain and what he has meant to this country.

First of all, I cannot honestly say that I did not always agree with Senator McCain on every issue and some of his stances. For instance, his sudden partial support of the Affordable Care Act last year was rather puzzling to me considering his total opposition to the bill during the Obama years. At times, I wondered if he had changed parties during his later years. He had a deep, personal feud with President Trump which was very unfortunate considering that I believe McCain let his dislike for Trump affect his support on several key issues. On the flip side, I believe of all the criticism and name calling that Trump has dissed out to his critics, his mocking of McCain’s capture in Vietnam was totally uncalled for and definitely led to this feud.

Although I didn’t necessarily agree with the Senator on every issue, I had a great deal of respect for who he has and how he handled his great responsibility of being a Senator. One word can sum it up, class. He had a great deal of respect for members of all political parties, not just his own and was willing to sit down and work with them. Gosh, wouldn’t that be nice to have more politicians like that in today’s political climate? Senator McCain was very unique in that way and I have a great deal of respect for lawmakers who can work across the aisle and try to achieve things for the good of the country.

Many people have talked about Senator McCain’s toughness and determination this morning and that pretty much sums up his character. How many people could have dealt with being held captive in Vietnam for several years and having to endure countless rounds of torture? That speaks volumes for whom McCain really was. And furthermore, he led the peace efforts with Vietnam. Instead of wanting to seek revenge against those who harmed and did him wrong, Senator McCain was more concerned about the future and future generations of people. That is true leadership!

We often can learn a great deal from studying a person’s legacy after they pass away, and in McCain’s case, that is especially true. Senator McCain took his role as public servant very seriously and served as a public servant with a great deal of respect and honor. He felt the need to serve this country, not only on the battlefield of war, but in making this country better. McCain has passed on but the way he conducted himself serves as great reminder to others who many want to enter into politics. Class and dignity do count.




Something that makes Trump nearly unbeatable

A certain news item really captured my attention the other day. GDP growth was at 4.1 percent in the second quarter, which shows that the economy is just roaring along. It was just a short time ago when a 2 percent GDP growth was considered normal. On top of that, we are seeing low unemployment numbers and people working at levels not seen in years. Nearly all economic indicators show a growing and strong economy. If you are one of these Trump haters who desperately want him to be defeated in 2020, you cannot be too happy with those numbers. If the economy continues to remain strong for the next few years, it will nearly guarantee that President Trump will get re-elected in 2020. For those Democratic candidates who feel the need to run in 2020, you might want to forget about it. Why waste your time and money? What are you going to run on? How can you possibly find fault with those kind of economic numbers? Everyone benefits when the economy is this strong and Trump is knocking it out of the park when it comes to his handling of the economy.

This economic rebound should come as no surprise. President Trump has followed the same blueprint as a few other Presidents and we are seeing the results today. Cutting taxes and regulations is a sure fire way to stimulate the economy. It has been proven to work in the past and it is working today. This talk that his economic policies only benefiting the rich and top 1 percent is utter nonsense. We all benefit with lower taxes and regulations. The rich guys have more money to expand their companies and hire more people. Many people in the middle class are seeing more money in their pockets so as a result, they are apt to go out and spend more, thus creating the demand for more products to be made. This in turn will create more jobs for everyone. Those running against Trump want to raise taxes on high wage earners which only gets passed on to normal everyday people in the form of higher product prices and fewer jobs. Of the many criticisms of today’s Democratic party, this might top my list. They seem to be totally clueless when it comes to economic issues.

Barring some kind of massive terrorist attack or natural disaster, I expect the economy to continue to expand and grow in the next few years. Maybe this economic success will shut up those socialists who have never seen a tax increase that they do not like. It is nice to have a President who finally gets it with regards to growing the economy. A strong economy is a sure way for any President to get re-elected and if this economic success continues, Trump will easily get re-elected in 2020 despite what some of his critics and the media will lead you to believe.


Good for Kanye West

Kanye West is certainly one of the bigger celebrities in this country and maybe the world today. He is a huge icon in the world of pop culture. This week, Kanye committed a mortal sin among his peers when he declared his support on Twitter for President Trump. No say it isn’t so! A famous celebrity is actually throwing his support for President Donald Trump? That is grounds for many years of hard labor isn’t it? I have to take my hat off to Kanye for actually having the balls to come and say what he did. I have gained a lot more respect for the man and I would shake his hand and tell him “atta boy” if he were in this room right now. And the truth is, there are probably many other pop stars who wish they had the courage to come out and offer the same support. Far too many are worried about the backlash that will result if they ever come out and support our president. I guess it is an unwritten rule that celebrities, especially black celebrities, must not support any Republican president. You see, all Republicans are racists.

In one of his tweets, West expressed his desire for people of the black community to be freethinkers. So what is wrong with that? I find it rather puzzling that people of the black community continually support Democrat candidates no matter how bad they are. Why is that? All West is saying is that maybe those members of the community should take a second look at the two parties and decide what is best for them. It is not a crime to go outside the box and vote for a Republican once in a while. Maybe that Republican might have a good plan for getting your kid out of some crappy public school and into some private school where they might get a better education and thus a stronger chance for a better paying job. Or that free market approach that many Republicans preach or should preach will result in less poverty for many in these inner city areas. President Trump is very clear about his desire to help those living in harsh inner city conditions. He wants to uplift people out of those areas. How can somebody not support those ideas?

Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand why people continually vote for Democrats and their reasons could be seen as being very valid. Some see the Republicans as only being for the rich guys and the wealthy Trump only adds to their beliefs. But my point is, why not branch out and look at what both parties have to offer and most importantly, look at the history of what the two parties have done. I know if a certain party has ruled a particular city for years and poverty continues to increase, it might be time to seek and look for new ideas and maybe a new party to vote for.

I find it extremely disappointing to see this type of backlash against West who is doing and just stating what all Americans should be adhering too. We all need to be freethinkers. Equally disappointing and outlandish is the amount of hate and grief these celebrities get for actually supporting a president who is not “cool”. We need to stop this nonsense and respect others opinions. Threatening someone who does not agree with your political support goes against what this country is all about. I really admire West for his courage and maybe more could speak out against this ridiculous notion that we are not supposed to be freethinkers.