Showing posts with label political thought. Show all posts
Showing posts with label political thought. Show all posts

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Is 2016 The Year Of The Libertarians?

There's an interesting article over at Reason.com on whether 2016 could be the year when the Libertarian Party - America's longest-running third party by most standards - makes its' breakout from minor party to political player. For what its' worth, given just how unpopular the Democrat & Republican choices are - or as I like to refer to them as, "Itchy & Scratchy" - it could be their year...but, there are caveats.

(1) People loathe both Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton: This is no understatement; most polls have both of them so far underwater in terms of favorability that one could potentially wonder how we'd gotten this far (a conversation for another time, of course) and it also makes one wonder if it wouldn't be a good thing to vote 3rd-party. On the other hand, unless there's an epic collapse by both parties prior to Election Night, the next president is going to be either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton...period, full stop.

(2) Is the Libertarian Party a viable option? If one goes through the vote totals for about the past 3 decades or so, one could be hard-pressed to find any other 3rd party and/or independent option outside of the L.P. that hasn't finished third behind both the Democrat and Republican parties; there have been exceptions (John Anderson in 1980, Ross Perot in 1992) to the rule there but most elections (whether presidential or mid-term) the L.P. usually finishes third....well-behind the two major parties, but usually third. However, as American history has well shown us, whenever a third-party becomes a viable political option, they generally collapse under the weight of their own expectations and/or hubris (just look at Ross Perot and the then-nascent Reform Party of the 1990's).

(3) Is 2016 a weird-as-hell election? In a word, yes: after all, did anyone predict Donald Trump as the GOP nominee? On the other hand, this time last month, there was still talk  - and lots of it - of a contested GOP convention in Cleveland come July and Bernie Sanders was still an annoying fly in the political ointment of Hillary Clinton. Thirty days later, Donald Trump has clinched the GOP nomination and now everyone thinks the Democratic convention in Philadelphia is sliding towards Chicago 1968 and the Days of Rage surrounding it.

...in other words, 2016 is turning out to be an interesting political season after all....

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Random Thought, 24 May 2016

Another day, another Trump rally, another protest-turned-near-riot.....if things are bad now, can anyone imagine what things are going to be like come July 2016?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Two For One Sale...


...I'm old enough to remember the first go-round of Bill & Hillary and despite voting for Bill in 1996 (I was only 17 in 1992; couldn't vote for him then)....it still ain't getting me to vote for that orange-skinned sonuvabitch Trump, though.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Political Thought, 17 May 2016

.....as bad as things were supposed to be going into the Republican Convention this July (remember Roger Stone's infamous "Days of Rage" comment?), the more I read about what happened at this past weekend's Democratic state convention in Nevada, I'm not too sure it won't be the Democratic Convention in Philly that erupts in rage this summer...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Political Thought, 3 May 2016

Maybe its' just me, but the more I read Reddit's r/Politics page, the more I get the feeling that once it becomes a straight-up Trump/Clinton general-election fight, that is going to be one very negative page...

Friday, April 8, 2016

A New Idea...


....this is how the Deluded Left thinks, folks; trust me when I say that this is how they think most times...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Political Thought, 5 April 2016

.....given how important tonight's results are to the #StopTrump movement, should we begin investing in flak vests and riot helmets for the GOP convention in Cleveland this summer?

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Seared Music: America - "Tin Man"

....with all the depths the Trump campaign have sunk to at times over the course of the 2016 presidential campaign, we may all be Tin Men by its' end....

The Top 3 Functions Of Government Are...



...maybe its' just me, but something tells me the Donald failed at Conservatism 101...

Friday, March 25, 2016

Seared Music: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Ohio"

...in a sense, NC's passage of HB2 on Wednesday was the political equivalent of what happened at Kent State over 4 decades ago; however, unlike Kent State, the whole world watched my beloved state become, as the New York Times put it, "a pioneer in bigotry"....sad, just sad.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Hey, Donald? The Whole World Is Watching....

....and the world has a long, long memory.....as for me, I will never - never! - support Donald Trump in any way, shape or form and that, to borrow the words of Stone Cold Steve Austin, is the bottom line! If we conservatives do anything this election season, we must not allow demagogues, would-be fascists and half-wit reality stars to run our Republican Party into the ground and that is precisely what Donald J. Trump will do if he becomes our nominee!