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High Stakes

Not high stakes poker but high stakes politics. Unless you have kicked your TV and busted the darn thing or live on Pluto, you are probably in overload with the politics. Am I right? I know I am. There is so much corruption, misinformation, political speak, and outright lies that make it very difficult to get a good picture of the candidate running for the highest office in the country. This is not a popularity contest, social experiment, nor is anyone owed the highest office. We are going to elect someone that has our safety and probably our way of life in their hands.

I know there are many people that are too busy to pay attention to what’s going on; always vote straight party because that’s the way they have always voted; someone told them to vote for a specific candidate; or they simply aren’t interested in voting. A tremendous number of military and civilian people have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We owe it to them to elect the best person possible. The same as if we were hiring someone to work for us. If we have a serious health issue we want the best doctor possible to take care of us; if we must defend ourselves in a court of law, we want the best lawyer; or if the United States is attacked or threatened, we want the best trained and equipped military with the best qualified leaders. The same applies when we elect someone.

Unfortunately, corruption has crept into every level of the government and the political process. It is virtually impossible to fire a career government employee or vote out an incumbent. Many of the politicians spend twenty to thirty years or longer as a congressional representative or senator. The government employee can only be terminated after every conceivable appeal has been exhausted, and then the employee can be terminated. Political appointments are just a little different; they serve at the discretion of the President. So, no matter what they do, as long as the President is pleased with their performance, they are in the position as long as the President wants. Yes, they will also be the fall guy if something is about to embarrass or look bad for the President. Just ask David Petraeus.

The stakes for a political office are high and the higher the office, the higher the stakes—not only the salary but also the power that goes along with the office. Far too many have become corrupted by the power. The old adage, “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” is very true today. Politicians get into office and you can’t get rid of them and they become very rich, not because of their government salary, but because of the kickbacks and payoffs. If they screw up, they are exposed. A number of politicians go to extreme lengths to get into office and stay in office. This is why the congressional approval ratings hover around 15%.

One of two current candidates will become the next President of the United States. I frequently hear or read where people think Donald Trump is not worthy, not qualified or unfit to become President. I agree he has faults like all of us. I always ask where I can, “what specifically or why do you feel that way about Trump?” I never get a real answer. I am usually told that he is too brash; speaks too direct; or he will be bad for the country. Never the specifics, just generalities.

Hillary Clinton has long been associated with corruption or a shady past. You may remember the mysterious death (suicide) of Vince Foster in 1993. The White House (Clinton) spun the story and with the help of the news media, ensured the incident was called a suicide and the President protected. Hillary was appointed to the Secretary of State by President Obama after losing her bid for President. Obama appointed her although the Clintons and Obamas don’t exchange Christmas cards. He was keeping his enemies closer. Hillary was running guns in Libya when the annex in Benghazi was overrun and four Americans were killed—including the Ambassador. She didn’t send help as it would expose her. She, with the administration and the news media, tried to cover up the incident and has lied about it ever since. Recently more incidents have occurred. Seth Conrad Rich was murdered in July supposedly because he was a “whistle-blower” who was exposing DNC election fraud. The news is calling it a robbery that went bad. Julian Assange (Wikileaks) now suggests Rich was his source for information. Victor Thorn, a Clinton researcher and author of several books exposing the Clintons, was found dead in August from an apparent suicide. Shawn Lucas was found unconscious in his bathroom on August 2 (now dead). Lucas had filed a lawsuit alleging, “that Wasserman Schultz and the DNC were fraudulent, negligent and misrepresented their true motivations in the Democratic presidential primary.” Don’t forget that I mentioned in my July 18 post, Gobsmacking (, that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton just happen to have an impromptu thirty-minute meeting in Phoenix. That meeting was the day before the public release of the House Benghazi Committee's report on the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya. The news reported that the meeting was a social event and they discussed the grandkids. Then the President of the United States started campaigning and chauffeuring Hillary around on Air Force One (at our expense). Don’t forget about Hillary’s private email server scandal.

The political polls, regardless of which one you choose, publicized by news media show Hillary leading Trump, sometimes it does flip and Trump is leading. Trump has been great at photographing his campaign events showing overflowing crowds of thousands. Hillary, when photos are shown, only has hundreds or dozens at her events. Take a look and see for yourself. So how can she be leading or the race so close?

Yes, I know this could all be coincidence and its being blown way out of proportion. It could also be a “vast right wing conspiracy” against Hillary. Perhaps, just Kabuki Theater. Usually, when you see smoke coming out of a building, you call the fire department or when you detect a foul smell wafting from the fridge when you open the door, you look for something bad. Chico Marks keeps whispering in my ear—“Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”

The candidates are essentially interviewing for a job. We want the best qualified to lead the country. That is how we should approach the election.

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