Ah, I miss the good old days. Now how many times do you think you’ve heard that great adage in the last few years. I know I’ve not only heard it from others, but I often think it and say it myself. At a later time, we will debate the changes since those good old days, pointing out the contrasting pros and cons of: people’s behavior, scientific discoveries, entertainment, education, world events, sports, the state of business, the government and many other areas.
One of the things I really miss, is the way the news was disseminated back then. Nowadays, we live in a 24/7 news cycle. We have multiple numbers of network news shows, cable news shows, radio news shows, newspapers, magazines, blogs, tweets, and many other types of social media constantly bombarding us with news AND lots of politically influenced commentary. Much of it is not only politically incorrect, but a huge majority significantly slants left or right.
The old days had solid, serious, non-political anchor men and reporters, who honestly told us what happened in our world that day. They were enormously respected by the American public. Every weekday evening, these giants of broadcast news came into our home to honestly and fairly report the news. Most Americans watched the evening news usually at 6 to 6:30P.M. In my opinion, todays so called news shows, or print stories, either lie to us, lean left, lean right, or leave out important facts, which heavily influences people to more strongly align with their own political interests.
I miss the truth. I kinda got used to trusting the newscasters of the 50’s and 60’s, not so today. Same thing for me with politicians. I have a knee-jerk response when I hear the word politician, and that is “follow the money.” Maybe I’m jaded, but I’m certain the hundreds of lobbyists (each earning approximately I million dollars a year) prowling the halls of Congress are very effective buying political votes for their clients. The only honorable thing the politicians do, is when they get “goodies” to guarantee their vote, they actually vote the way they promised. By following the money, you recognize that the primary goal of these Congressmen/women is to get re-elected. Should the members of the House of Representatives, who have to run for election every two years, care ONLY for their district and it’s voters, or should the problems of all the other Americans have any bearing on their votes in the House of Representatives?
Every four years when we have a Presidential election. I get excited because I feel the person I voted for will win and live up to their campaign promises, and then we will all live happily ever after. Not so fast! Unfortunately things happen, lingering wars flare up, almost daily we have an international crisis or two, a weather tragedy, but a constant, is the total lack of cooperation from the opposing party, which effectively renders the President powerless. That pretty much sums up where we are today. On Obamas first day in office, Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader from the GOP, stood at the rostrum and vowed that he and his party will do anything and everything within their power to make sure President Obama does not succeed. Not only is that statement absolutely unacceptable and outrageous, it is totally un-American.
We as a nation have a great history of bi-partisanship, whereby both parties work together to thrash out required legislation. But you can’t negotiate by yourself if the other side constantly says NO, even if the subject was originally their idea. The GOP created the Romney Health Care Plan. It started slowly and had some problems getting started, but eventually it turned into the medical plan that the residents in Massachusetts enjoy today. Obamacare was patterned after Romney care, but it was vehemently rejected by the entire GOP from the time it was voted into law, well before it was even scheduled to be implemented, even though it was their idea in the first place.
The implementers who are responsible for making Obamacare work, have made a mess of the situation, embarrassing the President and his team. The major victims are the unfortunate folks who have lost their insurance coverage and cannot even get thru to the web site to have questions answered, and have their healthcare problems solved. It’s a huge blunder of gigantic proportions and it may taint Obama’s legacy forever.
This blog is much longer than I anticipated. You’ll notice that the point I was going to eventually make, as hinted at in the blogs title, hasn’t yet been discussed. So thanks for allowing me to get some nagging things off my chest and let’s get into the question at hand.
At the onset, let me clarify what the title meant. Hillary Clinton appears to have a huge lead and an easy path to the presidency in 2016. But just like the very similar position she enjoyed in 2008, a challenger has appeared on the horizon which may make the Democratic Party’s nominating process very interesting. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have been receiving glowing media coverage for her tough stances on the financial markets and her recent Social Security challenge to Congress. Although as of today, any thoughts of an Elizabeth Warren challenge to Hillary is somewhat far fetched, perhaps it would be exciting and very informative for the women to engage in a political discussion. We may have to wait to see it, and I’m rooting for it to eventually happen.
When a candidate has a huge lead, like Hillary had in 2008, the best strategy is to play it safe. Don’t take a position on any issue, because the down side is alienating voters who disagree with your stance. We need Hillary to prove to the American electorate that she is worthy of being President. It’s not only her wonderful resume that matters, (some media people say she is the” most qualified person” to ever run for the Presidency), her positions on specific issues also are significant. The title of this blog asking to make Hillary “honest,” simply means to challenge her in a debate to find out where she stands on major issues. The way the media is running towards Elizabeth Warren, they have already chosen the format and the moderator for the debate between these two extremely competent women, neither of whom has even declared that they are running.
We’ll have to wait three years until the next Presidential election, and probably close to two years before we find out who is actually running. I think it will be fascinating, now that the media has jumped on the Warren for President bandwagon, how much ink and tongue wagging will be spent dissecting the Democratic Race of 2016. Both women are very capable, and we will hear all about their similarities and differences in the weeks and the months ahead.
I know as a news junkie, my eyes and ears will be pealed reading and listening to whatever is mentioned about this exciting upcoming race. Stay tuned, I will keep you informed.
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