Everyone who knows me knows I won't be voting for Donald Trump this year, or any year, even if he was the only person on the ballot. But if he's been right on anything during this campaign, it's how the process is rigged against anyone right of center running for office.
For all you people decrying people who post leaks about this government, they are the ones who are trying their damnedest to preserve our Republic. And in doing so, they're exposing the duplicity of the people who SHOULD have been, and have received Constitutional protections in the past in order to protect that Republic.
The so-called "Free Press".
Let's start off with donations to political candidates. Why are the people who are given Constitutional protections by the very nature of their "profession" allowed to donate money and time to political candidates and causes? If the press is supposed to be unbiased, shouldn't they be barred from participating in the electoral process, save their time in a voting booth every couple of years? And disclosure of any contributions isn't enough. They should be prohibited from doing so, and if they choose to take a political stand one way or the other, they should lose their Constitutional protections. The concept of a "Free Press" was another of the checks and balances designed into this nation's fabric by our Founding Fathers. It was meant to protect those who might expose things our government didn't do properly, but it has turned into an unpaid and unrestricted arm of the Democratic National Committee.
What do former campaign operatives do in between election cycles? Become part of the "press" by signing on to one or more of the cable news outlets, making sure that the message of the former party they used to work for gets out to the public without the party having to pay for that message. Fox News' Megyn Kelly pressed former Democrat operative Donna Brazile on her alleged feeding of a question to Hillary Clinton's campaign before a Town Hall meeting, and all Brazile could do is whine about someone's e-mail system being hacked. She even claimed, with no proof whatsoever, that the e-mail in question had been "doctored". How about this, Donna? Since this is (apparently to you) an ongoing criminal investigation, let the FBI have all your e-mails and give them access to your provider to prove you never sent any heads up questions to Hillary's campaign. Open up your life the way you want certain candidates (not your own supported ones, of course) to open up their lives, and let's see if YOU pass the smell test.
And if the vaunted "Fourth Estate" were actually doing their jobs, we wouldn't need people like James O'Keefe taking undercover videos of Democrat campaign operatives admitting that they rig elections. Who is following up on voting irregularities in Democrat precincts like in Philadelphia where out of THOUSANDS of ballots cast, NOBODY voted for the Republican in the last election, and over 100% of the registered voters in more than one precinct happened to have cast a ballot?
Nothing to see here, folks, move along . . .
A free and UNBIASED press is essential for the health of a Constitutional Republic, and we don't have one right now. If you want to see when the beginning of the end of America began, just look back to when the press stopped being a watchdog and instead became a protector.
You were warned.
You were warned by the pundits, warned by the media, warned by the establishment, and you were warned by me. The sad thing is that the warning signs were so obvious, yet you ignored them despite their nature.
Donald Trump, is, was, and always will be a hot mess.
You wanted an outsider? Well, you got one. He's so outside of the mainstream of AMERICA, that he's supported by no more than 40% of the electorate, and THAT'S on a good day! But here's the thing: outsiders are fun to watch, but outsiders NEVER get elected. That's because at some point, the electorate wises up just before they enter the voting booth and finds a bit of responsibility.
Historians will look back on the 2016 election and see that the GOP was handed the weakest opposing presidential candidate in recent memory. An open Oval Office with no incumbent running, an economy still in shambles after the worst recession in American history, a foreign policy virtually rudderless and ineffective, and a candidate who is the most dishonest and corrupt in American history.
They were practically handed the keys to the White House.
And then the GOP found a home for Donald Trump. Big mistake.
You allowed yourselves to be smitten with a braggart; a crude, vulgar, ultimately small man with a huge ego.
Oh, it's not officially over. Hillary could still be caught in bed with a live girl or a dead boy, which might just be enough for the fawning media myrmidons to finally turn on her, but I wouldn't bet on it.
But back to the warnings. Virtually every GOP candidate when polled head-to-head against Hillary Clinton during the primaries was beating her - except Donald Trump. Marco Rubio was the best chance head-to-head according to the polls (as much as 10 points), but the GOP outsiders wrongly painted him as supporting amnesty (he didn't). John Kasich was completely mainstream, and up by 5 points. Heck, even a creepy used-car salesman type like Ted Cruz was polling ahead of Hillary Clinton.
And yet you allowed the outsiders to choose Trump. You had the power and the duty to throw a monkey wrench into the convention and stop this train wreck, but as usual, you chickened out. And that lack of spine is going to cost you.
It's going to cost you the White House. It's going to cost you the Senate. And it may, despite massive gerrymandering in place to ensure a GOP majority through 2020, cost you the House, potentially bringing back the most disgusting and divisive Speaker to ever wield the gavel - Nancy Pelosi. And if that happens, the damage to this country will be irreparable, if we haven't already got there.
If there is any silver lining to this fiasco, we may well finally see the ascendancy of a viable third party which can challenge the dangerous two-party monopoly we've had for so long.
But the GOP had better get their act together pretty quickly after this election debacle, or they will be wandering in the wilderness for at least the next decade.
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.