Beyond the Cusp

August 26, 2015

The Soul of the Democrat Party

 

The Democrat Party will be facing a decision this election that may determine the future of the United States and most definitely the future of the Democrat Party. The battle lines are the same as they were in 2008 and the adversaries are also the same. The choice which will be before the Democrats is whether they wish to return to the era of the Clintons and the now old school of the party or if they desire to continue with the change which was begun by President Obama and the new school of the party. So it will be ‘hope and change’ against triangulation. The one thing we have seen in the past is that triangulation formulates results that many Republican and middle of the road Americans can live with which the ‘hope and change’ is now viewed as either hope for change or hopeless if changes are not made. We know the ‘hope and change’ wing of the party as those who are out to transform the world to meet some idealized model where language and debate are molded by the leadership and the people fulfill their lives through the aid from government. Everything is part and parcel at least defined if not demanded by government and government takes the society where it will be best cared for so every person is cared for and nobody is left out, that is until government decides that there are those who are so incorrigible that they cannot be brought within the acceptable limits of the eventual all-corrigible society where those who do not conform to the message and goals of the future must be made to see the folly of their ways and resistance is highly discouraged. This is the future where all is for the greater good and the greater good is this Utopian view which has been presented and accepted as the right and proper goal which everybody has to see as desirable as it is society perfected.

 

The other choice is the views from all sides are considered and compromises are made until the people at both extremes are less than satisfied but the core of the people can live with or actually support any initiative. This society would have no real enforceable all-powerful government which could dictate the desired end because rather than take the people to some defined Utopian goal, this future the majority molds the societal path through pure democracy with everything voted upon by every citizen. Rather than finding the way to bring those disrupting influences, those reactionary conservatives who have some view of the past as a better ideal to be embraced, such members of the society would be removed and retrained before being permitted to return. Those powers which desire to remold society to match some Utopian fantasy taught by college professors have already taken hold in the themes of the entertainment industry to produce themes looked upon as favorable and to denigrate those who might be different. They are also working through the education system to limit the discussion by limiting vocabulary by removing ‘charged words’ and defining the debate through political correctness and ostracizing those who people react by needing ‘safe zones’ where disagreement is not heard and there are coloring books and kittens to calm the poor unfortunate who heard the disturbing words. Those who have a nostalgic view of the past must be turned towards this brave new world where we are informed of what is best for us and the future of humankind. The choice offered by the other side of the Democrat, the ever shrinking side which believes that there are those things from the present or recent past which would be great to hold dear and not to change them unilaterally to form the Utopian society and triangulation allows that person’s and the millions like him to not pay taxes or be put out into some full care facility where they can be educated and hopefully illuminated and retuned to society once it is clear that they have embraced the positive aspects of a modeled and molded society where the desired ones are permitted to take charge and the lesser Neanderthals are eventually rounded-up and removed from the body public in order to protect it from fringe elements which ignores the plan for the future and needs assistance. The other way allows for that other’s view to be considered and sometimes that view is seen as preferable and its inclusion is desirable.

 

The choice for the Democrat Party is to complete the vision of President Obama and those behind his administration or Hillary Clinton who is far less for designing the future societal norms than she would desire to take society down a path which includes every part of the progressive agenda as defined by the current administration. As things are right now it does not appear too favorable for Hillary Clinton and her more centered path of inclusion through compromise than inclusion by education and laws drawn up and enforced by an all-powerful government and enforced by that very same all-powerful government. We will know which side is most prevalent in the Democrat Party in the next three to six months by whether or not Hillary’s campaign has completely lost steam or if Hillary is on trial for treason or if not treason then at least compromising government secrets and allowing for them to be vulnerable to hacking and theft undermining the safety of the nation. She may end up taking the entire blame for the Benghazi murder of the American Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans. The one overriding influence thus far in this primary season is that Hillary Clinton is running more against President Obama and those who have his ear and the older and more central politically, though the Hillary supporters are extremely left wing, and see much about the United States worth saving.

 

 

Political Machines Looking in Opposite Directions but both Left of the Republican to be Chosen During the Primaries. The Democrat Primaries Might very well be far More Exciting than Everybody Thought as Hillary Clinton Will Have an Opponent with Big Financial Backing from the Same Sources as President Obama was Financed By. Meanwhile, Should Hillary Falter or Come Under Charges for the e-Mail Scandal or Benghazi, the Democrat Field Opens Wide. The Democrat Party Leadership Will Oppose Bernie Sanders as they Cannot Stomach a Pro Israel Candidate, Especially a Pro Israel Jew, so Unless Bernie Sanders Finds a Presidential Candidate with Jim the Vice President Providing Experience, thus Elizabeth Warren Could Enter as a Potential Candidate and Take the Nomination.

Political Machines Looking in Opposite Directions but both Left of the Republican to be Chosen During the Primaries. The Democrat Primaries Might very well be far More Exciting than Everybody Thought as Hillary Clinton Will Have an Opponent with Big Financial Backing from the Same Sources as President Obama was Financed By. Meanwhile, Should Hillary Falter or Come Under Charges for the e-Mail Scandal or Benghazi, the Democrat Field Opens Wide. The Democrat Party Leadership Will Oppose Bernie Sanders as they Cannot Stomach a Pro Israel Candidate, Especially a Pro Israel Jew, so Unless Bernie Sanders Finds a Presidential Candidate with Jim the Vice President Providing Experience, thus Elizabeth Warren Could Enter as a Potential Candidate and Take the Nomination.

 

 

 

There are definitely forces out there on the left who desire to end any hope for Hillary to become the Democrat candidate and are willing to change whatever it takes to prevent her and her supporters from taking over and bringing the Democrats back from the brink, as Hillary and gang view the state of the nation. So, once again into the breach where one must choose the side they are going to join because, as many conservatives have yet to understand, whomever wins the primaries and gets the selection at the convention becomes every Democrat’s and leftist’s candidate no matter how far apart your views may be because we all know that when the time comes, whomever was chosen will, even if not support, will do little harm to any leftist’s main issues. In the case they might oppose your view, you could depend that they would not do harm and do anything to protect that view from some setbacks. That would be the least a Democrat in the White House would not seek to destroy any leftist’s dreams like would be possible, or even a certainty, under a Republican in the White House. That is the core belief in the Democrat Party, advance whatever leftist dreams you may have and your fellow leftists and Democrats will all vote for you if you are the candidate with the magical ‘D’ after your name trusting that you will first do as little harm as possible and use your veto or vote to your best ability to protect any leftist cause.

 

But the fight with Hillary and the Obama Administration and all of Obama’s minions is personal and all the rules have been thrown aside as, ‘This is War! ’ It is not exactly a well-kept secret that there is bad blood between the Clintons and the Obamas and nothing can remove that from the picture. There animosity for each other has little to do with the 2008 election cycle though Bill probably holds some grudges as he saw 2008 as already promised to Hillary as it was her time and her turn except the fanatical take no prisoners forces behind the Obama campaign did not see her as worthy nor promised anything and so simply took what they could take. These backers who have run President Obama’s two campaigns and all the main international decisions of his administration and a relative few but what they saw as vital parts to his domestic policies. The one thing the Clintons have learned is that the election of a President of the United States has become an international election as far as assistance both financially and in the international media. It was the media which assisted greatly in placing President Obama in office in 2008 and played a defining role in his reelection. The press coverage Obama received spanned across Europe and beyond even reaching into the Middle East beyond the Israeli arm of the leftist American media and into the Arab media. It mattered little if the people were supportive of President Obama, or should we say candidate Obama, as that has been the main theme of his years in office, win at any cost and sell your soul if need be, though it is much easier to destroy your opposition’s soul and everything else even to the point of having false charges levied against them because winning is the only goal, costs and human carnage be damned. If nothing else, that must be remembered as their price of glory and it matters not who pays the prices along the way. One need only look back at Obama’s political history to see how many times good Democrats who got in the way of the Obama machine were sucked up, chewed to pieces and then the remains spit out and left mangled and unseemly by the side of the newly paved Obama highway to the White House, and that highway began in Chicago where most of his skeletons are buried.

 

There will be one contributor to the Hillary campaign that will be a page taken out of the Team Obama handbook and this time used for her in a contest beyond the United States borders. It would behoove every Democrat before deciding that Hillary is the next hope realize that compared to her e-mails, there will be another side to her campaign which takes a page right out of the Obama playbook, foreign campaign monies sent to the campaign in small donations of under one-hundred-dollars made with a credit card account from the United States. For those foreign interests interested in controlling the next President if you think if will be Hillary, then you can hedge your bet with a donation to the Clinton Fund as that will be their slush funds. After watching Obama rake in campaign cash from overseas almost without a care in the world, almost an in your face dare for anyone to claim they had committed any wrongdoing, they just dared people to try and do something about it and that was sufficient warning once his past was examined, foe was not a healthy position with any promise of a future, or so it appeared. Bill and Hillary have been amassing a war chest under the title of the Clinton Foundation. There may be some direct contributions all legal and above board, but how much will be hidden within the bundles with other campaign funds all grouped by location. These contributions will be made with cash cards as they are of varied denominations as those are often used as the greatest, safest, and least trackable of all donations, which is why anybody can make a donation. They just need to take a name, address and phone number from any phone listing and there you have all the information necessary to buy and contribute using cash cards. Expect this primary season to be the most expensive ever and that will be just on the way to the convention. The biggest spending campaigns, you ask? That’s an easy one to answer. The big three will be Hillary Clinton, whomever the Obama machine backed candidate will be, and quite probably the greatest spender and cash candidacy this primary season will be Jeb Bush who is potentially going to spend more on the primaries than the remaining sixteen candidates combined. Well, OK, maybe that is a stretch but we are standing by that one until proven wrong. Keep in mind that Jeb Bush has to buy his way past his last name, butt his way past having James Baker as an advisor for international affairs on his team, and most importantly, he has to butt his way past a field with at least five others more likable, more electable, and actually three of them are more qualified than he and, did we mention getting past his last name? That name thing may be one of his biggest problems.

 

So, where do the next Presidential elections stand? On the Republican side we are still trying to finalize the list but it may come down to a surprise, and a nicer surprise than a Trump putting the Republican possibilities in the dump while on the Democrat side it currently stands with Hillary with a weak but sufficient lead if she can get the media to drop the scandals before Christmas or she herself might become a Christmas gift the Democrats will return for a refund. If the scandals continue beyond Thanksgiving then we know that the Clinton plan of getting it all out and out early so it would be old news before Christmas is in deep trouble and the Democrats need to look elsewhere. The Democrats, or at least some democrats, are already seeking an ‘other’, an alternative to Hillary and the powers and influences in the Democrat Party will refuse to allow Bernie Sanders to be their candidate for two main reasons, he supports Israel and he supports Israel because of his Jewishness. That leaves the Obama candidate which at the moment is Joe Biden. Joe Biden, really? Oh the articles would write themselves simply by listening to him and getting two juicy tidbits each and every week. There was an interesting meeting which might produce an alternative which might just sell to the Democrats and which would be the not Clinton and not Obama candidate, though the Obama machine handlers might believe there was hope there but might find a stronger willed person than they expect. Bernie Sanders met with Senator Elizabeth Warren though there has been little reported about the outcome of their little tête-à-tête. Should Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren decide to run as a team, then we would bet that as long as she is at the top of the ticket and he is her Vice President and they can come across convincingly that he will be a large and steadying figure deeply steeped into her decision making and her number one and indispensable advisor, then they would storm the ramparts and conquer the Democrat Party nomination hands down and very likely continue on to take the Presidency despite the obvious drawbacks. Yes, Elizabeth Warren is an untested with as shallow a record as President Obama had and many would claim even less qualified, but she has the gifts of, like Obama, a natural campaigner, and should Hillary falter she would likely have the Clinton’s support, unless she did not need it and had the backers behind Obama come to influence her. They might find her someone far more independent and free thinking and less likely to just take orders, so the Obama people would likely choose somebody more easily managed and molded, somebody without the necessary brains and backbone to resist having their strings pulled, and we are in no way suggesting that Joe Biden has these characteristics. Where we think a Warren-Sanders ticket would work well with the public, it might not work as well as Sanders-Warren ticket, which was likely their discussion and it is doubtful she would take that deal. So, there is everything we know and up to date analysis from out there beyond the cusp.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

September 26, 2012

So Many Meaningless American Voters

Up front we encourage everybody who has strong, honest, compelling feelings about who they desire to win the Presidency to vote in the November United States Presidential Election. Vote in person or make the necessary arrangements to cast an absentee ballot. If you have strong feelings about a Township, City, County, State, Congressional or Ballot Issue that will be on the ballot, go vote and be heard. If nothing else, everyone who votes is heard even if it is simply as a number in a column in some registry that will be recorded for posterity, in this way your vote holds immeasurable value. But let us be rational and honest here. The vast majority of Americans voting in the Presidential race are casting votes which will have absolutely negligible if any impact on the election. If you live in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, or any number of true through and through Democrat bastions and you are voting for anybody other than the reelection of President Obama, you are wasting your time more than likely as these states are not in doubt. On the other hand, if you live in Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming or any of the dyed in the wool Republican Strongholds, your voting for anybody other than challenger Mitt Romney is going to be meaningless.  By meaningless is that it will have absolutely no effect upon the final Electoral College vote. Sure, if Romney breaks 45% in Maryland or Obama breaks 45% in Wyoming, that will make news and there will be talk about how no State is truly out of the running and how candidates cannot take any State for granted, but that will be the limit of such a result. Such anomalies will be useful only to those of us writing editorial columns to use to denigrate the victory as being so very close and how the candidate could have lost or does not have such a mandate, but other than such posturing it will not make one whit of a difference.

 

None of this is of any surprise to most of us and is kind of liberating to an even smaller group. Among this small group are those who will be pounding their chests about their brave vote for some third party candidate and how they fought bravely against the two party monopoly. Humor them though I have a feeling there will be a greater number of such people this time around. It will not change the end result but it does mean there is some hope of real change coming. Some of us have felt this coming change for a while though not in sufficient strength to actually matter. Hopefully, that may be in the wind and blowing closer every day. There are two groups in our society who may be on the vanguard of such a change. One group are the true believers who may have thought the Occupy Wall Street Movement was the start of a new vision for the future. The other group is the combination of the Tea Party and the 9/12 Movement who are currently attempting to bring about change through the Republican Party and either will take over the leadership of the Republican Party or we may see the birth of a new political force named The Tea Party. But for this election, that day has yet to arrive. Despite the fact that this election will remain as a choice between the Democrat incumbent candidate and the Republican elite chosen candidate, the first election where a sea change may sweep in and surprise the establishment elite has begun as a small wave, a little swell in the middle of the ocean, but that swell, like its counterpart in nature, will possibly become a tsunami as it comes closer to fruition and crashes onto an election day shorefront in the near future. As many know, the two established parties have rigged the system so as to minimize any challenge to their preeminence and made the successful formation and election of a candidate from outside their ranks extremely difficult. There is evidence that there exists a large and growing number of Americans who have simply had all they are going to take from the corrupt two party system where a small elite cabal controls the path to election victory and power. The masses are growing restless and that can forge a new path to office and a new set of rules where for the time being the people’s will is heard and refuses to remain stifled.

 

In the near future we have the Presidential Election this November and a campaign in full swing. We will hear on the news almost nightly what one candidate or the other said today at some rally or in a press release or in response to questions from the press at a conference or when pressed at an appearance. Of course, depending on which news source you view, the slant will favor one candidate or the other. For most of us everything we hear will simply echo how we feel as most people tend to watch the news reports from people who share their views whenever possible. This trend has grown even more intense with the flood of choices between the internet and cable and satellite news sources providing both a wider range of choices and allowing a personal choice that is very tailored to one’s views. This has had two related affects upon the voting public. The first is new people often are so isolated into their particular viewpoint and do not receive any news or information which is contrary to their own viewpoint that they may actually start to believe that everybody believes as they do as they seldom if ever have cause to interact with news or people who hold differing views. This leads to the other effect which is an inability to understand or accept any results which are contrary to one’s seemingly universally held positions as such results run contrary to everything they have seen, heard or discussed with others. This is much of the reason why the American society has become so polarized and partisan. Most everyone has the ability to live in a closed world where everything with which they interact is a reflection of their beliefs and views. Some claim that this phenomenon is very debilitating as it secludes people from dealing with opposing views and leads to a more isolated existence insulating one from new or different ideas thus causing a kind of political and social tunnel vision. This is often exhibited by people expressing complete bewilderment when confronted with results from elections and such which are diametrically opposite of those which they expected. You will know you are witnessing such when you hear somebody claim, “This makes no sense because I do not know anybody who would have supported this.”

 

The most obvious side effect of this phenomenon is that the candidates for President only end up campaigning in those select States where the outcome is not yet a guaranteed known. President Obama is not going to waste his time attempting to gain a majority of the voters in Oklahoma or Wyoming as they are two of the most conservative States. Likewise, Mitt Romney is not going to spend much time in Massachusetts or Maryland as this would be a waste of his resources. What is possible is each candidate making appearances in States they already know they are going to win for two basic reasons. The first is they are guaranteed a huge turnout of wildly supportive and friendly crowds which will play well on the nightly newscasts. The second is that even though a Candidate is guaranteed to win a particular State, you do not want your supporters to think that you are taking their support for granted; you will want to spend some time, energy and resources as thanks for your support events in these places. To figure out which States are the ones where it is very possible that every single vote will be acutely important, just observe which States where both candidates spend the majority of their time, campaign appearances, advertising dollars, and have every locally known celebrity and politician hitting the stump for them and, of course, appearing with them giving laudatory speeches and introductions. The one advantage for those who do not live in what is called a swing state is that they do not have to suffer through the final ten weeks push with endless campaign commercials on their local television and radio networks. The local politicians usually only have sufficient funding for two or three weeks of such heavy hitting the airwaves while national candidates have not only their funding for commercials, there are Super PACs (Political Action Committees) running advocacy advertisements which are actually candidate ads carefully camouflaged in order to get around campaign laws and restrictions.  So, if you live in one of the swing states, you have our sympathy as you endure the last few weeks of being berated and barraged by campaign glitter, and the rest of you, enjoy the quiet and do check and see who it is that your fellow voters are going to choose so you do not get caught claiming, “Who won? How? I don’t know anybody so idiotic as to vote for them!” The rest of us will appreciate not having to explain and you very likely do not want to know why or how, just accept that they did win, even without the votes of anybody you know.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

August 29, 2012

Much Ado About Nothing Unexpected

Well, I do not know if you have heard, but the Republican Party at their windswept convention have voted for Mitt Romney to be their actually declared candidate against President Barack Obama in this November election. No surprise there, was there. I guess this means we have finally seen the last of that phrase which has been driving me absolutely loony for the last many months, Mitt Romney, the presumptive candidate for the Republican Party. I hope this event came as much of a surprise for you as it was for me, which is somewhere down there around none. The biggest complaint I have heard from commentators has been the complete lack of confetti, balloons, and other signs of reverie. My opinion is it is about time the childish rah-rah cheerleader and homecoming style celebratory goofiness may have finally been relegated to the good-old-days where such silliness was cute and fun. With the problems the United States is facing and the serious nature of the choice the American people will make, which may very well define the future of the United States and all that entails and that will result from the coming election, perhaps it is best that the lightheartedness has been put aside for some future time when it will once again become appropriate.

I, for one, am glad that there was a more subdued response where the many delegates who represented presumably adults who voted in the many and various primaries actually treated the solemn and serious execution of their duties with the respect it deserves. I suspect that I will be among a small minority in this opinion as many would rather say not having the customary balloons, confetti, noise-makers, kazoos, and other raucous stupidity will be interpreted as a lack of enthusiasm. Which would you rather have leading the United States going forward, somebody who was serious and thoughtful and did not bother with traditions of reverie or somebody who treats their nomination to represent one of the major political parties as their candidate for the most important office currently in the world as if he was just elected homecoming king. I would not be the least bit upset if this marks the beginning of these conventions taking a more serious and businesslike approach to the nominations and elections. Yes, I know that there will still be the catchy tunes and phrases run in ads ad infinitum as such tactics have been proven to be effective and I unfortunately have to agree with the idea that nobody ever went broke by underestimating the immaturity of the American public. Needless to say, many of the little quips which stood in place of seriousness from many of the state delegations’ chosen speaker were further proof of playing to the lowest intellects among us. This is something I relegate to the personality of those who would go to any extreme in order to attend a convention.

All that is left now is for a train of Republican Party members who are being honored or featured for reasons that, for some, escape the rational of any reasoning person, to stand before a captive audience that would likely cheer anything trotted out to the podium to have their fifteen minutes of fame, and many will attempt to stretch that time limit and overstate and overstay their welcome. There will likely be some actual work done such as approving the planks and rejecting others building a platform which will forever be completely ignored but treated as if it held actual importance when the other party takes pot shots and attacks it. There will also likely be rules voted upon which were likely made the old fashion way, in a semi-dark room full of cigar smoke hidden out of the sight of the vast majority of regular folk. None of this is a symptom that is part of just the Republican Party as it happens in the Democrat Party as well as the Constitution Party, Libertarian Party, Green Party, and every other political group. Then comes the great finale where we will likely see the balloons, confetti, noisemakers and the rest of the silliness we fortunately escaped today. Some things in life are just plain and simple unavoidable, but one can always hold out hope that the adults have taken hold of the reins of power, if only.

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