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Ten More Election Surprises?

May 20, 2016

This has already been one of the weirdest election years in American history, but it could get even crazier.Political parties

The Democrats have rigged their nominating process to hand their presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton — who with her husband are masters of crony capitalism and the fine art of using politics to achieve enormous personal wealth.

The Republicans weren’t as clever and will apparently end up with Donald Trump as their candidate — a braggadocio “I’m smarter than anyone” showman whose wealth exaggeration and tax-dodging are apparently so brazen that he is the first candidate in decades who refuses to release his tax returns.

What additional surprises could come out of this stranger-than-fiction election?  Perhaps some good developments if citizens are disgusted with “politics as usual” and are willing to fight for real change.  Such as:

  1. Will Democrats ditch Hillary? Whether or not she is indicted for one of her many scandals, will the Democrats turn elsewhere if they become convinced she won’t win?  Because she is so untrustworthy?  Because so many in her party are rejected her in favor of the outrageous socialist, Bernie Sanders?  But of course they wouldn’t dump Hillary for Bernie.  They would likely turn instead to Joe Biden or John Kerry.
  2. Will Republicans dump Trump?  Very unlikely.  Too many Republicans have already chosen Trump as the best way to give the “middle finger” to “politics as usual”.  They are so disgusted that they are willing to take a chance on an egomaniac who has a nonsensical platform but promises to shake things up.  For better or for worse?
  3. Will Trump become “presidential”? Also very unlikely, unless he is actually as smart as he thinks he is.  Could he overcome his habit of insulting everybody who doesn’t agree with him?  Could he actually study an issue before taking a knee-jerk stance?   Could he explain that he has learned that “building the wall” can more efficiently be achieved by high tech approaches and real immigration reform?  And that he has learned that America can become more competitive in the global economy with tax reform, without starting trade wars?  We will see, but I’m skeptical.
  4. A rejection of both political parties? Will citizens finally wise up to the fact that there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two major political parties?  Will they finally recognize that both Democrats and Republicans are equally guilty of promising too much and delivering too little, wasting tax dollars, handing out special favors to their supporters, and increasing the national debt?
  5. The rise of a third political party? Perhaps the two “major” political parties have sunk so low that disheartened citizens will finally consider alternatives, such as the Libertarian Party — especially if the “third” party nominates as formidable a ticket as proven former governors Gary Johnson and  Bill Weld.  This is the party that stands for minimum government and maximum freedom — the principles that made America great before the self-serving Political Class started screwing things up.
  6. A rejection of the Elite Political Class? Will citizens finally realize that they are being duped by career politicians?  That gridlock has become a major profit center for politicians of both parties, at the expense of “we the people”?  That politics in America has become the easiest path to enormous personal wealth?
  7. The rise of the No Labels movement? This group bills itself as being “for all those who have had it up to their eyebrows with all the petty infighting, party-first agendas and hyper-partisan wheel-spinning that are keeping the government from doing the people’s work”.  I wish they were more disciplined about limiting the federal government’s roles, but perhaps that will come later.  For now, their efforts to encourage non-partisan problem-solving are worthwhile.
  8. A demand for election reform? Congress won’t do it, so we need a citizen-driven Constitutional Amendment along these lines: “Candidates for elected federal offices shall accept campaign contributions only from individual citizens. Campaign contributions by businesses, political action committees, labor unions, trade associations, and other groups shall not be permitted. All campaign contributions must be made a least one month prior to the applicable election, and full disclosure of the amount and source of each contribution shall be posted online at least two weeks prior to the election.”
  9.  A demand for congressional reform? Unfortunately, Congress won’t reform itself — the members love things just the way they are.  So, once again, we may need a citizen-driven reform movement like the one outlined here.
  1. A demand for fiscal reform?   Politicians find it all too easy to engage in deficit spending.  Voters want goodies, and they don’t like taxes.  So, give them the goodies, lower their taxes and let the next generation worry about the rising national debt.  Congress won’t reform itself despite the efforts of groups like Fix the Debt.   Deficit spending will never stop unless citizens rise up against the political class and impose a Constitutional Amendment like the one being pushed by the Compact for a Balanced Budget.
One Comment
  1. Tom Basso permalink

    Already a Convention of the States movement underway and Arizona has signed on along with a bunch of other states. When they reach enough totals, they can propose amendments to the Constitution and correct some of deficiencies mentioned above.

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