Writer’s warning: The following post may contain material that may be offensive to some people. Reader is advised.
Spoiler alert: This post contains information that it is a major part of my other blog about Staples. If you don’t want to know things ahead of time just skip that segment when it comes up. It will be indicated as such.
It was 32 years ago this year that while in college I took a course called “Introduction to Political Science”. This 3 time a week, 50 minute course was probably one of the most interesting courses that I took during my time in college.
It was during this time that the primaries of the 1984 election were happening and much of the conversations in class were the discussion of that. Since I sat in the front of the class, I always had to turn around to see who was talking and to listen intently to what they were saying. Of course, it was also a good excuse to look at the pretty redheaded girl Rebecca, who sat right behind me and seemed attracted to me (that is a story for another post).
Since this was a core class, the room was filled of people with various majors and the love or hate in the political system. We did have a textbook but it was rarely used except for the occasional test we took. The professor was retiring after this semester and seemed to let the class run loose with their various comments of the current political environment.
While the conversations were always cordial, one thing was obvious: the people were not deciding this or any other Presidential election. It are the delegates who make all the decisions no matter what the will of the people is.
This is exactly the same sort of thing that we are seeing this Presidential election cycle. We have states that have primaries, caucuses like Maine, and others like Colorado, where the residents don’t even get a vote.
Really, does all this seem fair?
Of course not, while people in Maine spent hours in line for a chance to caucus in their town or a nearby one, I figured that this time would be better spent elsewhere and not wasted on expressing my political choice.
Now the question is what political choice?
This year it seems that people are picking the person who they hate the least rather than those that they really support. This is exactly the way that I feel this time around.
Sorry people, I am not really attached to any candidate this time around nor do I think that some should even be elected at all. However, now that the field has whittled down to 5 major candidates, I think it is fairly safe to give my opinion of each of them.
First we have the three Republican candidates:
By far the furthest ahead for now is Donald Trump. He is the most outspoken person on either side and enjoys putting people down and calling people liars or stealers. Overall, he does have a good point as many states award their delegates at disproportional level. You can have the most votes, but still lose in the delegate count. I call it math gone wrong and Donald may have hit on something that has always been part of the establishment.
In second place, we have Teddy Cruz. I call him Teddy because he likes to use the name Ted as part of the word “Trusted”. To me, he cannot be trusted as he seems to have connection to SuperPACs and has his people send out false emails saying to vote for him as his competition were going to be dropping out. While he seems to talk like someone who should be more of a preacher, his actions are less than religious.
Lastly we have John Kasich. Ironically, this guy sits in fourth place in a three-man race. Marco Rubio, who dropped out a few weeks ago, still has more delegates than Kasich does. Unfortunately, Kasich seems like he is the most qualified and part of the establishment that everyone is avoiding in this election cycle. Every interview that he is in, he seems to get angry that people have already cast him off as a no-chance candidate. Do we really want an angry guy to be our next President? Why do I keep thinking that this guy is going to change into some big green creature when he gets angry? (To those who remember the old “Incredible Hulk” TV show of the 1970’s, you will understand the reference.)
Now the Democratic candidates:
The most well know Democratic candidate is Hilary Clinton. Given her email scandal, she may be more qualified for the real life “Orange is the New Black” or maybe she is trying to be just like us by saying that she always tells the truth. If you believe that, then you have not been reading my other blog as liars seem to be running rampant. How many of us really want a 3rd Obama term? Do we really want to continue to fail?
The other Democratic candidate is Bernie Sanders. This socialist wants to change the country in ways that would destroy our economy. He wants to ignore the ISIS problem. He wants to break up big banks, but has no clue on how to do that. He wants to have free college and healthcare for all, at the expense of big corporations and raising taxes even more on the general public.
I have a couple of Facebook friends, who seem to be very supportive of Sanders’ social destruction of our economy. It is unfortunately that they don’t understand that such radical behavior would cause huge job losses and many companies to leave the United States.
During my time at Staples, I wound up in the hospital because of a leg problem caused by them. It cost thousands of dollars for the treatment that I needed during my weeklong stay in the hospital. Because I had used my insurance, I received a letter threatening me that I would be terminated if I did not follow the procedures that Staples had in place regarding using vacation time to offset my time in the hospital. While I did not follow that directive, I was constantly harassed on a weekly basis by the management because I required the use of a stool because my legs were still infected and I was still being treated by a doctor. They kept asking when I would no longer need the stool because they felt that I was abusing the “privilege”, despite the fact that I had my leg constantly wrapped in bandages to help it heal. Seven years later, I am no longer under a doctor, but walking is difficult and standing in one spot still hurts significantly. Sadly, Staples was always in denial of the harassment and just considered me a “bad employee” after my termination. This is why I have not been able to get a job since as their lies have continued to follow me all these years later.
Do we really want people like Sanders to have businesses dictate the healthcare of employees? Given my own case, let me say that NO employee should have be subjected to the type of harassment by the management just because they needed to use their insurance. Under a Sanders administration, employees would be fired for similar reasons as I did.
Sort of puts forth the following quandary: Does Sanders support big business to destroy its employees? My answer is yes.
***End of Spoiler Alert***
So overall, I expect that the delegates this year will pick someone to alienate most people in both parties. There is no reason to think otherwise given that how fractured the parties are this year.
My personal choice this year right now is NONE of the ABOVE. I could only imagine what that same “Introduction to Political Science” course would be like this year. I know it would not be as civil nor would it have Rebecca and I together in it.
Sometimes if I could turn back that clock…