The following is a short synopsis of the current situation as I see it concerning the Presidential Elections.
After watching Donald J. Trump at the Republican National Convention (RNC) and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in July, I am still at a loss on who would be the best Candidate to put our Votes behind in the upcoming Presidential Elections.
As of yet, the U.S. Marijuana Party as a group has likewise not decided who we should promote for the White House as well.
Bernie Sanders did his best at the DNC to push the Democrats over to Hillary Clinton, in his speech. I am not sure how that is going to work out for them.
Hillary Clinton has had virtually continuous access to the White House since her Husband, Bill Clinton was elected President in 1993. This is 2016 and I do not see anything that can be construed as positive changes for the American People in a long, long time. You could argue that when “Bill” was in the White House things were different. However, after gaining a few years wisdom on the matter, there are things that I could disagree with during his reign, that at the time I thought he was one of the best President’s we ever had. And, sadly enough, he probably was.
William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, American politician who was the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Clinton was previously Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992, and the Arkansas Attorney General from 1977 to 1979. A member of the Democratic Party, ideologically Clinton was a New Democrat, and many of his policies reflected a centrist “Third Way” political philosophy.
The Omnibus Crime Bill, which Clinton signed into law in September 1994, made many changes to U.S. crime and law enforcement legislation including the expansion of the death penalty to include crimes not resulting in death, such as running a large-scale drug enterprise. During Clinton’s re-election campaign he said, “My 1994 crime bill expanded the death penalty for drug kingpins, murderers of federal law enforcement officers, and nearly 60 additional categories of violent felons.” It also included a subsection of assault weapons ban for a ten-year period.
Here are a few more items from the “Bill Clinton Era that are notable;
Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Act) of 1993. When signed into law in November of that year, the Brady Act included a GCA amendment that created the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
The Glass–Steagall separation of commercial and investment banking was in four sections of the 1933 Banking Act.
What I do not like about each of the Candidates:
Hilary Clinton – (Democrat)
After having been in the public spotlight since Bill Clinton’s Election in 1992 and even prior to that in Arkansas, she has had plenty of time and plenty of access to all the most valuable areas in the Executive Branch of the Government and beyond to make change happen.
Hillary’s own personal access to the White House includes the following:
She served as the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, the junior United States Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, First Lady of the United States during the presidency of Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, and First Lady of Arkansas during his governorship from 1979 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1992. Following the September 11 attacks, she voted to approve the war in Afghanistan. She also voted for the Iraq Resolution, which she later regretted. She voted against the Bush tax cuts and in favor of the Patriot Act and TARP. Clinton responded to the Arab Spring, during which she advocated the U.S. military intervention in Libya.
She served as the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, the junior United States Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, First Lady of the United States during the presidency of Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, and First Lady of Arkansas during his governorship from 1979 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1992. LINK to more information.
She arguably has the most experience and the most activism experience as well, in her background. But there has just been so much drama in her past decisions and she has been in the circle for 25 years already. You can definitely argue that it is time for change. Period.
Donald Trump – (Republican)
Corpocracy /ˌkɔrpɒkrəsi/ coined in 1995 by Nickolas Falvo, is a term used as an economic and political form of Oligarchy that is controlled by corporations, corporate interests, or the wealthy owners of corporations. It is different from both corporatism, which is the organisation of society into groups with common interests, and Corporatocracy, which is an economic and political system controlled by corporations or corporate interests while not being necessarily an Oligarchy.
Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, author, and politician. He is chairman of The Trump Organization, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests. He is also the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
Here are some quotes from Donald Trump’s opinion –
Millions are helped by Planned Parenthood, but defund it.
Cut defense budget, & entire EPA & Dept. of Education.
1989 full-page newspaper ads: “Bring Back the Death Penalty”.
Green energy is just an expensive feel-good for tree-huggers.
Additionally, here are a couple of reported facts;
Disposal of national public lands;
The Republican platform committee met this week to draft the document that defines the party’s official principles and policies. Along with provisions on pornography and LGBT “conversion therapy” is an amendment calling for the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of national public lands.
“Congress shall immediately pass universal legislation providing a timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to the states,” reads the adopted language. “We call upon all national and state leaders and representatives to exert their utmost power and influence to urge the transfer of those lands identified.”
We as a People cannot let this happen on our watch! It must be stopped! National Public Lands are supposed to belong to the People of this Country. If they are sold off to Private investors the land will be at their mercy.
“…leaving national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and national forests apparently up for grabs and vulnerable to development, privatization, or transfer to state ownership.”
Cut spending by targeting the Department of Education and Environmental Protection Agency;
Asked on “Fox News Sunday” how he would cut spending, Trump named the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency as potential targets.
Although I believe both “Departments” could use some restructuring I do not believe it is in anyone’s best interest, (except maybe the “Corporations”), to dispose of these Agencies. They make an honest (?) attempt to regulate two of the most important “Departments” in the U.S. Without them who would monitor the health of our environment or be responsible for our Children’s learning structure and environment? While I would also say that private education is the best education and it would be nice if we could eradicate the Department of Education, it just does not seem viable to me to do so at this late date. Our Children deserve to be educated to the best of the Student’s ability to learn. Education should be free and equal to all Citizens as long as their participation in their education continues and passing grades are achieved. This should include at least a basic four year College or University Curriculum.
I do not claim to be all-knowing, but it sure seems like Trump’s Campaign is just another Corporate Coup to me!
Gary Johnson – (Libertarian)
no farm subsidies;
In my opinion, the Farmer’s are the very people that we should be subsidizing! These are the very people who grow and produce our food! The only reason for not subsidizing Farmer’s would be to let Corporate farming take over the market. This may reduce the cost of food and maybe raise the quantity, but what quality of food would we be subjected to?
Built private prisons to replace out-of-state prisoners;
There is only one reason to promote the use of private prisons and that is Corporate prisons. Private prisons have been used for quite a few years and they have all been a failure. Cost is not the only issue when it comes to housing our prisoners! There are a lot of issues with private run prisons and there are a lot of links at KentuckyMarijuanaParty.Com to help you begin to sift through all those issues. In short, I do not like them.
State primacy over water quantity & quality issues;
Water is our most important natural resource. It is the lifeblood of the Human Race as a whole. Water should be regulated first on a Federal level so as to ensure that all of the water which is utilized in our homes and for personal use, i.e., drinking and bathing is safe to use not only at the moment of consumption but so as not to cause health issues later. I believe that Flint, Michigan is a very good example of what can happen when this resource is left untested – literally.
I am not a fan of the U.N. but it has “recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights.” The U.S. should take this declaration seriously and strive fast and hard for the access to clean water to all Citizens in all areas of the U.S. This should be a top priority! Since clean, safe water is essential to all of us the Federal Government should set standards and do whatever is necessary to make sure all the States have equal access to whatever services they may require to make sure that this is accomplished.
NAFTA benefits New Mexico; jobs lost are those we don’t want;
Unlimited campaign contributions by corporations;
It is my opinion that only individuals should be able to contribute to any given campaign! There should be no Corporate interests involved in any election! We are talking about Government of the people, by the people and for the people, NOT the Corporations! My belief is that a Corporation is not a ‘Being’ and should not be treated as such – It IS a business! Businesses always have ulterior motives in any given Election – It is called Sales and Marketing strategy!
In a January 2001 interview with Playboy Magazine, Governor Johnson stated that he opposed campaign contribution limits. “The problem isn’t large contributions. The problem is that we don’t know who contributed. If you limit contributions from an individual to, say, $1000, then I think just the opposite occurs. Then you have politicians beholden to way too many people.” In 2010, Johnson said he favored unlimited contributions by corporations as well.
Gary Johnson on Social Security issues: Raise the retirement age to 70 or 72; A portion of Social Security ought to be privatized; Reform all entitlements, including Social Security; Open to personal accounts for Social Security;
Jill Stein – (Green Party)
She wants to put much regulation into the ownership of guns which I see as a threat against an important part of our Constitutional Rights.
“A Democracy is when two wolves
and a sheep take a vote on what’s
for dinner. A Republic is when the
sheep is well armed and can beg to
differ with the vote.
” Benjamin Franklin”
According to Jill Stein:
- Gun ownership should be appropriately regulated.
- Gun ownership should be appropriately regulated.
She must have really strong feelings about this issue since it was inputted twice!
- More local regulations; more background checks.
Personally, I do not think we need any regulations in gun ownership. At this point everyone needs to own one and know how to use it. Regulations are not going to save your Ass when an intruder decides to do you harm. The intruder will not read the rules and regulations, I promise you that much!
- Reduce culture of violence via mental health & legal drugs.
This is very troubling to me as an individual because forced health care, especially mental health care, is a very slippery slope which can and most likely will turn into a disaster for many patients. Who gets to decide who needs mandated mental health care? We already have too much of this type of scenario playing out in the Courts currently. There is a BILL, H.R. 2646 which was passed out of Committee on June 15, 2016 deemed “Murphy’s Bill” which could very likely be the slippery slope that could lead into a very dire situation for any patient involved in the mental healthcare system.
In my opinion, the best way to get mental help patients the care that they need is to make sure that Physicians and services are available with easy access. If a patient feels good about the Physician that they are seeing and has ready access to those services it is a good bet that they will be open to receiving those services. We cannot mandate healthcare. If a patient has no right to choose whether or not he receives care then he has no right to determine who or where he receives the care from and what pharmaceutical drugs he may be mandated or forced to take! This Bill could possibly be a big winner for the pharmaceutical industry as well as the drug testing industry!
History tends to repeat itself, so with that in mind take a look at this historical information and do not ever think that it could not happen here, because it damn sure could!
- Address community violence with more mental health services.
Again, we cannot mandate mental healthcare!
- Gun at home more likely to cause injury than to defend home.
This may or may not hold true but it is still a Constitutional right to own firearms and we have a right to protect ourselves, our families and our homes – as well as to help protect anyone within our reach. It is an individual choice whether or not to keep a firearm in your home.
With all this being said, it remains who would be the most trustworthy of the Candidates, let alone who would be the best leader of our Country. Who can we trust the most to do what they say they will do? Who would be most likely to lead us into a massive war? Who would be most likely to take away even more of our individual rights through the guise of homeland security and gun control? There are so many issues at the front of this upcoming Election. I will continue to listen to the reports, and hopefully, come to a final decision soon, but this will have to have been the hardest Election that I’ve ever had to make a decision on.