Praying for a president to fail is the same as praying for the country to fail because the president sets our national direction. It's very much like cheering for the captain of a ship to run his vessel into an iceberg, but the last time I checked we were in America and not aboard the Titanic. Unfortunately for us all, America is stubbornly charging forward on a certain path of destruction despite warnings to the contrary, much as the Titanic raced at full speed into tragedy despite warnings against doing so.
It's November. Now that the General Election is over and all the dust has settled, I have resumed blogging from within the unified land of peace and tranquility that is our sedate American nation. Gone is the old America, Obama's America, the land of vague and largely unfulfilled promises of nebulous "change" and "hope," blown away in its entirety by a raging storm of disaffection that grew from within the nation's heartland and which surged across the country as an electoral hurricane of epic proportions. The existence of the storm and its aftermath are both things the slanted liberal media failed to predict, for in the eternal left turn that is the mainstream media, a rightwards twist is accountable only in the form of navigational error. Yet happen it did, and America is now facing a plethora of "What Will Donald Do?" (WWDD) questions regarding every functional aspect of our Federal Government and the affect to be had on each and every nuance of American life.
"Vote your conscience," Ted Cruz said during the Republican National Convention. Shortly after saying those words Ted Cruz became many things: a GOP pariah, a vanquished spoiler, and most of all, he became the bravest man on the planet. Given the extremist nature of today's electorate, he knew he would be vilified for refusing to endorse a man against whom he exchanged every slight imaginable in pursuit of the nation's highest office. He knew he was driving his political career onto the rocks when he refused to explicitly state his support for the wildly popular Donald John Trump. He knew that standing up for his family would garner him not the respect of the otherwise "family values" GOP, but its bitterest enmity. "Vote your conscience," Ted Cruz said as he refused to genuflect before the Trump juggernaut. He knew his stance could lead to his political destruction, yet Cruz stood firm and spoke his conscience.
Despite his rapid vilification at the hands of the GOP faithful, the words of Ted Cruz ring just as true for the Democrats as they do for the party of Lincoln given the Democrats committed acts that greatly exceed the bounds of mere insults. No, their actions were absolutely treasonous. The Democrats set out to nullify voter intent and anoint Hillary from the start, so if a truly great candidate had emerged from the traveling freakshow that was the noxious field of Democrat challengers, that person would not have been able to win due to the vote-rigging of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, all those who actively performed a year-long act of vote tampering, and all those who gave (and currently still give) their tacit approval of such illegality.
There once was a candidate running for the office of President of the United States who traversed this great nation from coast to coast, drawing throngs of onlookers and supporters wherever he appeared. He spoke to the country about its fears, its aspirations, its recently troubled past, and its very uncertain future in orations that were at once fiery, yet comforting. And he did all of that without uttering one syllable of detail about how he would address the country's many issues and move us to a secure future.
The year was 2008. The candidate was Barack Obama. During the Democratic primaries, the neophyte senator from Illinois crisscrossed America and spoke in the most general of terms to all who would hear him. He pioneered the art of insubstantial oratory and proved that specifics are but a minor concern when one is able to mesmerize an audience and the media with a strong presence and fantastic oratory skills. Watching Obama command a gathering was like turning back time and watching Ivan Pavlov make his dogs salivate on command. For those who didn't see him at the time, let me assure you--he was that good.
As we know, Senator Barack Obama became President Barack Obama, and he did it by campaigning on a platform of nebulousness, of vaporous statements and insubstantial utterances. The Democratic machine sensed that the presidency could be recaptured and he was thus embraced by the Party faithful despite his lack of substance. To be fair, candidate Hillary Clinton was equally non-specific, but she did not have Obama's speech-making brilliance. She did, however, have an utterly creepy knack for pointing and waving to imaginary persons around her whenever she walked forward to speak. Vacuous and JFK-esque eventually won out over vacuous and creepy, so with the former in office we again have a candidate who is a powerful speaker, yet whose diatribe is utterly vacuous.
Democrats, meet candidate Donald Trump. Meet a man who espouses "Hope and Change" as much as candidate Obama did, complete with a lack of information about how Hope would be met and Change would be achieved. Trump is the Conservative Obama in this instance, an excellent speaker whose passionate oratory addresses hearts, but whose lack of detail leaves the mind wanting. I am puzzled, then, as to why Democrats vilify Trump for following a playbook that was perfected by the current Democratic president and one of the two current Democratic front-runners. The likely answer, of course, is fear. Fear that Trump--the unapologetic anti-Muslim Birther and nativist--could follow the Democratic playbook and return the presidency to the GOP. If so, then I wonder if the gods of the Democratic Party will blame the People for falling for such tactics again or shame themselves for perfecting the tactics in the first place.
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