For most countries presidential elections bring out the best and brightest. In the United States we seem to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Next year, in 2016, the American voters will once again go to the polls to elect the next president of our once great nation. Unfortunately we have very little to choose from.
For instance, we have a gentleman from Texas whose only claim to fame is when he read “Green Eggs and Ham” during a filibuster. Ted Cruz is his name and his father thinks he is the second coming of Christ. We have a Governor from New Jersey who loves to go on the campaign trail. His name is Chris Christie and you can never pull him away from the buffet table. Then we have a former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, who once again is riding on the coattails of his older brother and father. They have been called a political dynasty along the same lines as the Kennedy clan, but who come up sadly short.
Another candidate from Florida is Marco Rubio. Unfortunately this man does not have a clue as to what it means to be a political figure. He can’t even decide what college football team to root for. At one time there was approximately twenty-five candidates who were running for president. Little by little as their money wains and the voters lose interest, these no name politicians are dropping like flies.
Now, let us take a look at the front-runners in the 2016 presidential race. Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont has been gaining momentum on Democratic front-runner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As much as he gains momentum he always seems to shoot himself in the foot, and will probably not make it to the Democratic convention. America is not ready for a socialist president. Coming out of the woodwork and leading the republican charge is businessman Donald Trump. Trump has for many months been getting free publicity with every stupid remark he makes. Unfortunately sticking your foot in your mouth doesn’t work for a president as we have seen over the last seven years with President Barack Obama. Another drawback to a Trump presidency is the fact that as a business man he has gone bankrupt many times. The United States does not need to go bankrupt.
Finally, from the starting gate, Hillary Clinton has been the leader of the 2016 presidential campaigns. On paper she would make a great president. In reality there are many who question her ability to govern. Of all the candidates she has more experience in foreign relations. What she lacks is the understanding of the needs of the American people. A plus in her corner is the fact that she is married to a former president. This would make great fodder for late night television. The reality of it all is that she will probably be elected and will become our first female president. Sadly, if elected with a republican congress the U.S. citizen will once again be the loser.
As we have seen over the past seven years, a democratic president and a republican congress don’t work well together. The United States can not survive if compromise can not be achieved. If both parties stand firm after the 2016 election, America will be the loser.