Well, a few months of time went between this post and my last one. I am still not back into blogging as I thought. So much went down between my February post and now! I get teased by my Democratic family members and friends about all the possible Republican presidential candidates. One online Democratic friend enjoys teasing me about how the Republicans love eating their own. That person is looking forward to the Republican debates to see that in great action. This person also feels the Republican eating of their own is the main reason the RNC cut down the number of debates for up and coming Republican presidential debates.
Of course, I responded with the fact that they had no choice and that there were plenty of Democrats who were not all that happy with only having Hillary Clinton as their only choice as their Democratic presidential candidate. Now, that has changed. Even though it is not much of a challenging choice, self-described Democratic socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent announced he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. I hear the former Democratic Baltimore Mayor and former Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley most likely will also be a Democratic presidential candidate.
On the Republican side, I do not have one sure choice. I do like Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Scott Walker. For now, I am not even considering possible presidential candidates, Jeb Bush or Chris Christie or Republican presidential candidates who do not have any elective office experience. I admit due to sentimental reasons, I do care for Mike Huckabee. He has the RINO label, because of his taxing record as Governor of Arkansas. I was for Huckabee for President as a new Republican in 2008. I did not get to vote for him because Sen. John McCain had won enough votes and delegates to get the Republican presidential nomination before the PA presidential primary took place. Well, not being able to have my vote counted in the presidential primary/caucus season is another blog post.
Republicans are putting forth a great range of choice. We even have the one thing that we face accusations of not having and that is diversity. Besides whites, Republicans have a black man, latino men, and a woman as declared presidential candidates. The Democrats so far have two aging people of the same race, one being a woman. The third/new party cry is only coming from the conservative and Republican side. Oh, that would considerably split the conservatives and Republicans and again give the presidency to the Democrats. I do not want another Democrat elected to be our next President.
A Facebook friend asked who were the black men in the photo. I was the first to respond. I recognized the first on the left, Charles Evers right away. He went on to be a mayor in Mississippi and go Republican. He was also the brother of the late civil rights activist, Medgar Evers. The other two black men in the 1980 photo with then Republican presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan are civil rights activists/leaders were Hosea Williams and Rev. Ralph Abernathy. These men endorsed Ronald Reagan for President. In my mind, I only remember Rev. Abernathy endorsing Pres. Reagan. I also remember my thinking that something was wrong with Rev. Abernathy for endorsing a Republican presidential candidate.
I tried to listen to and like Ronald Reagan as President, but back then, I was too engulfed in group black think. That had me viewing Pres. Reagan through the ‘Democrats only for blacks’ tunnel vision. So yes back then, I did mistake Ronald Reagan’s belief in keeping government out of the average American’s life as a cover for doing nothing about racial injustice. My thinking was also shaped by my Democrat voting parents and the legislative branch of government passing laws against segregation and against denying some legal citizens of color the right to vote in the 60s during my junior high years. Times grew different and finally so did my thinking.
I remember when career politicians had a large admiration society. I remember the Kennedy’s getting high praise for devoting their lives to public service and elective office, because they did not have work for a living due to the family wealth. No so these days. Old career politicians do not seem to be able to relate to the every day working voters who put them into office. It eventually becomes what is best for them over their constituents. And then, many of us do not care, do not keep up with how they are serving us and continue to extend their years in office through our votes.
I feel it is time for term limits for elected officials in both Houses of Congress. Maybe the term limits should be around 5 terms/10 years for the House and 3 terms/18 years for the Senate. Whoever is Speaker of the House could only hold that position for 4 years and the Senate Majority Leader position would only be for 1 term. Here are some elected officials who are still in office, but their time came and went.
Rep. Henry Waxman on the bottom row far right is retiring after being a Congressman since 1975. He needs to go and so do the rest pictured, both Democrat and Republican.
It looks like Hillary Clinton will be making another run for President. I was a Democrat during her years as First Lady. When Mrs. Clinton decided to run for New York’s next Senator, I was all for it. In all honesty, my heart-felt support came from my pity for her after she experienced public humiliation at the hands of her President husband, Bill Clinton and his sexcapades with Monica Lewinsky. My support had nothing to do with any qualifications she possessed to represent the people of New York.
I wonder if people think Mrs. Clinton is due the presidency, because she was supposed to be elected President in 2008. In the early days of that presidential season, the projection was that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic presidential nominee and Rudy Giuliani would the Republican presidential nominee. Now how wrong was that? Mr. Giuliani quickly went down the drain early in the primary season. Barack Obama came on the presidential scene on the Democratic side and just took Mrs. Clinton’s presidential hopes with him as he became the Democratic presidential nominee and then our President. People changed their mind and went with electing the first black male President over the first white female President.
Next year will be here faster than most of us will realize with the start of the presidential campaigns in both major political parties with the debates. Then 2016 will bring the primaries, national political party conventions, that heavy September/October presidential campaigning with the two-party candidates debating and then the election. It seems like Hillary Clinton has already received the Democratic presidential candidacy. One would consider what happened in Benghazi under her tenure as Secretary of State to be a glaring stumbling block in her efforts to be the next President. But then on the Democratic side, people like her.
Now think! Can you name a Hillary Clinton achievement? Well neither can these Democrats!
My Republican Senator, Pat Toomey is up for reelection in 2016. So far, I am generally okay with him. Unfortunately, I have PA reelected Democratic Senator, Robert P. Casey for another 6 years in 2012, but I want all of you who live in the states of the 10 vulnerable Democrats to vote and to legally and ethically do whatever else you can during the campaign season to replace these Democrats with conservatives in 2014. Hey! Even all of you who live in the so-called safe states do what you legally and ethically can to rid your state of the Democratic Senator up for reelection.
It would do the conservative and Republican side good to have the majorities in the House and the Senate. I constantly read naysayers’ comments about the President vetoing legislation from a full Republican majority Congress. They do not think about proposed Democratic bills being held at bay, not getting out of committee like what happens now with Republican bills in the Senate. Please do not sit out 2014 and give the Democrats another victory. Do not blow this opportunity.