The View from Pelham
Warning: This is a political essay. There are no pretty pictures!
Thoughtful comments, pro and con, are welcome. Please, make sure you read the entire essay before commenting.
“I want specifics; not platitudes, not tantrums, not whining about other candidates.”
I forget which football game it was, but I think it was a playoff game, and in the last minutes of the game, an official made what was clearly an error—actually there were several of them in the final games of this season. There is a lesson here for Donald Trump—and any other candidate or would-be candidate.
There was an error. Yes, the coaches complained, stomped their feet, and yelled at the officials. The officials were not overturned. There was still a game to play. The only thing left was to move on to the next play.
The lesson there for Donald Trump is that we—well at least I—want to see what is his next play. Complaining about Cruze’s foul, however bad as it was, just like in the football game, will not get the Iowa caucuses replayed. My advice, move on to “the next play.”
And while I am handing out advice that I am sure will never pass in front of the Donald’s eyes, let me add, that I am in favor in “Making America Great Again.” But, we are at the point where I need to know how that will be accomplished. Donald, we know how you feel about the other candidates, and the people who support them, but I don’t see any platform there—not even any planks. Building a wall to keep out illegal aliens, I guess, is a plan, but the United States faces many more challenges, starting with the budget.
To many people who live and work here do not really care about the United States, except what the Government can do for them—not how they can be productive members of society. Also, too many people do not understand that we, the people—all of us—ARE the country AND the government.
Donald (and every other candidate), I want to see some “meat” on the campaign table. My question is, “How are you going to make American great again?” I want specifics, not platitudes, not tantrums, not whining about other candidates.
I actually have a good idea what Clinton and Sanders have in mind for the country. I fear, however, the country cannot afford their plans—financially or socially. Please give us some real suggestions, proposals, commitments that lay out a better path to a true and safe republic.
Donald, are you serious about a “better America” or just an empty-suit closet-politician? I am a voter and I am not only allowed to ask that question, I should be expected to ask that question. And, we all deserve the to hear the answer. I vote in the Super Tuesday primaries. No answer, no vote?
[Earlier in this political silly season, I posted a political essay titled “Trumped!”]
I am not sure whether I want Donald Trump to win the nomination or not. Unfortunately, at the moment I am ambivalent about most of the other front runners for the Republican spot on the ticket. Even more frightening is the “progressive” message from the “other side” that suggests they want those who have succeeded in life, at least financially, to support those who have not succeeded, but that is a topic for a different day.
I ask, Gentle Reader, what say you?