The political campaign dominates the news. From my viewpoint, it is one of the worst – nastiest campaigns in memory. On one hand it is entertaining while at the same time it is frightening. It appears that the GOP is on a path of self-destruction. For the viewer, it is difficult to determine truth from lies and for many who vote for a party, it doesn’t seem to matter, so long as they win. Recent comments by Romney concerning Trump make Romney appealing whereas when Romney was running for President, he carried too much negative baggage. It is anticipated that the conventions to select the party candidate will be a fight to the finish. Finally, when the voter enters the voting booth there is no guarantee that they will vote for the candidate their party chooses. There are reported statements by Republicans who will vote Democrat if Trump is the nominee. As for the Democrats, even though Clinton is leading, she still doesn’t have a lock on the nomination. Current surveys/polls will change as the date for voting nears. Eleventh hour statements made by candidates can change a vote. Although it is an American election, foreign influence can affect the thinking of the voter. The most negative candidate, based on news reports, is Trump. The most positive reviews from an international standpoint are for Clinton and Sanders. I just responded to a remark on FB where the person said: “Trump will be a better President than Obama.” That is an assumption/opinion without merit. Trump has never been a President and what works in the business world doesn’t work in government. You can’t fire congressmen or senators when they don’t do what you want. The government is not a business. Diplomacy is needed for cooperation both domestically and internationally. Bullying will not replace diplomacy or persuasion to get what you want. World events play a role in how a person is viewed. Will he/she be able to handle the problem peacefully or will it lead to another war?
There are two major issues that deal with our survival. One is the environment where food and water is already being impacted, and the second and more threatening is nuclear. The following are interesting comments by Pat Buchanan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L033M6wqNCI
Considering that the President can push the Red button that will launch nuclear weapons, it requires someone with a clear head who thinks rather than someone who may react irrationally just to prove how tough they are. We need a President who is intelligent, who can use the power of persuasion (diplomacy) and one who has the interests of the citizens of the world foremost in his/her mind. A power-hungry President can not only be the downfall of our country, but affect the entire world. The job of President is not a popularity contest. It is the most important job in our land. Vote wisely for the sake of our children and grand-children.