Assessing the Presidential Candidates
As usual, we are left with a motley group of very, very wealthy individuals as our “choices” in the presidential election. Without much thought, we can eliminate nearly all of them. Chris Christie? Mobster wannabe warmonger. Lindsay Graham? John McCain clone- wrong on every issue. Marco Rubio? The dream candidate for open border advocates- absolutely awful. Carly Fiorina? One of the worst CEOs of all time, and a die-hard warmonger.
The mainstream media will do everything in their power to get Hillary Clinton elected. She is the clear first choice of the establishment. Her long record of corruption goes back to the Senate Watergate hearings. She would be perhaps the perfect person to reside over the inevitable economic and cultural collapse we’re headed for. There will be lots of inferences that “it’s time for a woman to be president,” but do we really want another Clinton? Does anybody really want this woman?
Hillary’s main party competitor is long-time “independent” Senator Bernie Sanders. Bernie is not independent- he is merely an extremely left-wing Democrat. Sanders talks a good game- his anti-rich rhetoric stirs my blood. However, he recently proposed a large payroll tax increase. Payroll taxes are only paid on the first $119,000 of income. So it’s clear that no truly wealthy individual will be hurt by this kind of tax. Instead, the burden, as always, will fall on the poor and working class. Sanders also supports most of our military misadventures overseas, unlimited immigration, and is gung ho over our phony, seemingly perpetual “war on terror.”
On the Republican side, Jeb Bush is obviously the establishment’s choice, but his campaign has been so ineffective that they seem to be giving up on him. Ben Carson is about as dull and unimpressive a candidate as I’ve ever seen. He appears to have zero charisma. He is in favor of forced vaccinations for everyone, and is a suitably enthusiastic warmonger. The mainstream media have been insisting lately that Carson is “surging” in the polls. Much as they claimed, in 2012, that Rick Santorum’s campaign was “surging,” despite virtually no one showing up at his speeches and events, no one shows up for Carson’s events, either. Carson appears barely conscious most of the time. The media are clearly trying to create a monumentally false impression here.
Rand Paul should ideally be the Republican front-runner. Even considering that he plays politics far too much, and doesn’t match his father’s principled stands on important issues, Rand is the only candidate in either party who is against our war-first foreign policy, and the only one with the least concern for our civil liberties. But Rand has run a lackluster campaign, and failed to ignite the enthusiasm of young people the way his father did. It is true that he has been all but ignored during the debates, getting less air time than most of the other candidates, but Ron Paul had to deal with this, too, and still managed to retain hardcore support.
I realize that there may be good candidates running on Third-Party tickets. Certainly, I could support Jill Stein. I could vote for the Libertarian candidate again. But frankly I’m tired of doing that. No matter how hard we wish, the establishment is not going to break up their two-party monopoly. I voted for Ralph Nader enough times, and the media will invariably claim these Third-Party candidates received less than 1-2% of the vote.
That leaves us with the Republican seeming front runner, billionaire businessman-reality TV star Donald Trump. If someone had told me I’d be supporting Trump for president six months ago, I would have laughed. And yet, Trump continues to be the only candidate talking about the most important issues we face as a country. He is the only one on either side addressing the huge problem of immigration. We absolutely have to do something about the number of illegal immigrants in America, or we face a near future every bit as bleak as the worst years of the Great Depression.
Trump is the only candidate to address the reality of our massive unemployment. He has said, “That 5-6% unemployment rate is the biggest joke in this country.” Of course it is- they are only reporting on the number of applicants for unemployment benefits. In the same reports, they tell us that 94-100 million Americans of adult working age are unemployed. That doesn’t add up to a 5% unemployment rate, even using Common Core math.
Recently, Trump gave a remarkable interview with Breitbart News, in which he excoriated Disney for laying off their American I.T. workers and forcing them to rehire their H-1B foreign replacements. Trump blasted Disney and other American companies, and the government, for importing these unnecessary foreign workers, who are not more “qualified” than large numbers of unemployed Americans, and like illegal immigrants serve only to lower wages and reduce benefits. Everyone else in either party is adamant about the dire need for these H-1B workers, because of a totally imaginary “shortage” of qualified Americans.
Now it’s entirely possible, perhaps even probable, that Donald Trump is being insincere. He may just be a front for the powers-that-be, designed to implode on command. He certainly isn’t my ideal presidential candidate. But he is talking about crucial issues like immigration and bringing jobs back to America. No one else is. You know what you’re getting with all the other candidates in either party, with the exception of Rand Paul, who has been marginalized and realistically has little chance to win the nomination. War and more war. More state control. More laws that restrict human liberty. More legal and illegal immigrants taking dwindling jobs and resources. More massive concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people.
Trump may be arrogant and egotistical. But there are no allegations of corruption and incompetence surrounding him. He doesn’t have the taint of insider corruption on him like Hillary Clinton does. He doesn’t have at least six malpractice lawsuits pending against him, for the most incomprehensible mistakes imaginable (leaving a sponge in a little girl’s brain, puncturing a patient’s eardrums during a routine procedure, etc.) like Ben Carson does. He isn’t advocating a huge tax increase for the lowest wage-earners in the workforce, like Bernie Sanders is.
People behind the scenes whom I respect have told me that Donald Trump is the “real deal.” Perhaps he always harbored these kinds of “America First” views, and simply hesitated to air them publicly. Like any businessman, he was about making money, first and foremost. Criticizing our immigration policy, and the outsourcing and global trade deals which have wrecked our economy certainly wouldn’t have been good for his business. Trump may indeed have hired illegals himself, and played “the game” in order to keep succeeding financially. But he isn’t talking like a corporate insider now. All we can judge him on at this point is his campaign rhetoric, and much of that has been about as revolutionary as it gets in our controlled campaign process.
Trump has struck a chord with people because his politically incorrect, no apologies-style is refreshing. There is a rogue honesty about him that is undeniably attractive. He may be completely phony, and if he’s elected he may very well forget his campaign promises and follow the globalist, corporatist game plan. There is little in Trump’s background to suggest a political maverick, but he is saying things that no front-running candidate has said in a very long time.
As anyone who’s read my book Hidden History knows, I believe voting fraud has been rampant in American elections for decades. So even if Trump is legitimately interested in turning the country around and rationally addressing our monumental economic problems, the vote could easily be rigged. Trump’s wealth and celebrity certainly help him; unlike other real or seeming renegade candidates, he cannot be easily ignored by the mainstream media. His campaign in many ways reminds me of Ross Perot’s 1992 effort. Let’s hope that Trump doesn’t mysteriously drop out and blame it on the Republicans threatening to disrupt his daughter’s wedding.
Thus, even though I strongly suspect voting is futile at this point, if Donald Trump gets the Republican nomination, and continues to speak rationally about the economy, I will cast a vote for him. It’s hard to imagine that I would ever be saying this, but he may just be our last desperate hope.