THE REPUBLICANS MAY HAVE FINALLY FOUND A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WE CAN ALL SERIOUSLY CONSIDER
I am a registered democrat. That’s well known. As a naturalized citizen, I have only been able to vote in the last four presidential elections. I have voted three times for an independent candidate (Nader), and the other vote went to Barack Obama. In the past I never felt republican nominees offered me much as an option: thus they were minimally considered.
Next year we will encounter another series of republican primaries. You can round up the usual anti-Obama suspects. In the field we will find those who say nonsensical things like this: Obama is a socialist; or that Sharia law is coming; or that Obama was born and raised in Kenya; and Obama hates America. Take your pick. Stupid stuff carries the day, while millions of Americans are unemployed -or structurally underemployed (as is the case for almost half of the black-male population of this country).
Given the many complicated issues facing our nation, you would think that republicans -as one of the two major political parties- would go deeper than their daily mantra of tax cuts for the rich, the corporations and well to do businessmen. You would think that any republican who studied basic capitalist-economics, would realize that the heavy-handed cutting of government spending during a recession can lead to disaster. You would think by now they would accept the scientific evidence that exposes global-warming, so that willing minds can come together in search of some political remedies.
Year in year out, I try to scour the Republican Party for individuals who make sense; individuals who ignore the standard party-line(s). Individuals, who think, walk straight and chew gum, all at the same time. There are always those who you will disagree with on singular issues, and still respect for their honesty, human-decency and common sense; but when you watch republicans operate live in Congress (via CSPAN), you get the sense that most of them live in another world: they just don’t get it.
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