Friday, September 30, 2016

Most Qualififed Candidate? That's a Crock of....

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So, this little gem appeared in my Facebook timeline...and after laughing out loud, I decided I had to comment on it. Is Hillary truly the most qualified candidate? Is Trump the least qualified?

In the past 36 years or so, I can think of 2 candidates who are MORE qualified than Hillary is.

1) George H. W. Bush (#41) - The Left ridiculed Bush relentlessly when he was running for re-election against Bill Clinton, but that doesn't in any way diminish his many accomplishments.

He was:
- one of the youngest naval aviators (age 19) in World War II.
- was in combat during the War
- was a US Representative from 1967 - 1971
- was Ambassador to the United Nations from 1971-1973 (having been confirmed unanimously by the Senate)
- was Envoy to China 1974-1975
- was Director of the CIA 1976-1977

And, most importantly, was Vice President of the United States from 1980 - 1989.

Of course, he had a marriage and children along with running businesses, etc. The man was highly accomplished. And, unlike "co-president" Hillary Clinton, Bush's Vice Presidential role is actually a Constitutional role and not some made up crap like "co-president".

2) Bill Clinton (re-election) - When Bill Clinton was first elected President, he had been his state's Attorney General and Governor beforehand, both impressive leadership roles from which to launch a Presidential campaign. When he was running for re-election, he could add "President of the United States" to his resume - again, solid training for becoming President of the United States a second time. These were real Constitutional roles, not made up roles such as "First Lady" or "co-president" like Hillary has on HER resume.

So right there, we can see that Hillary is NOT the "most" qualified candidate in modern history. She has some laudable qualifications but her ONLY true Constitutional role was as Senator from New York (NB: Secretary of State is not a directly created Constitutional role).

Now, the bigger question: is Trump the LEAST qualified? In some cases, he may be, only because many Presidents were previously Governors or had other direct government experience. In other instances, he does have some solid qualifications in his role as CEO of Trump Corporation. He's run the company for almost 40 years, has properties around the world (thus having to deal with various laws in each country) and has interacted with various levels of government here in the US and around the world wherever he has built something. Whether his company is worth $1.00 or multi-billions, he is still a successful real estate developer. Having executive experience such as his is fairly valuable. It would be more re-assuring had he had some government position under his belt (Mayor, Representative, Governor, etc) but such is life. Some Presidents with lots of "knowledge" failed miserably at the job such as Jimmy Carter.

In the end, I'd take the above meme with a grain of salt .. a large grain. She has some qualifications, but certainly is NOT the "most" qualified in modern history.

Share your thoughts below!

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Are Mexicans Criminals? YES! But....

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When Donald Trump announced his run for the Presidency, one of his first policies was to state that he would rid the country of illegal aliens. The crowds roared approval, but the Leftists and their media accomplices began gnashing their teeth and wringing their hands.

"Racist!" "White Supremacist!" "Demagogue!" "Populist!" "Nationalist!"

Those were some of the words thrown about by the Left.

Yet, on an almost daily basis, newscasts have reports of illegal aliens murdering Americans or pushing drugs, etc. The occasional drug tunnel is uncovered to remind us how the drug lords will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to push drugs into the United States. Ironically, as Anderson Cooper was interviewing Trump on CNN, the crawl below the video had a breaking story of an illegal alien murdering a young American woman.

Yet, the Left continued to be appalled that Trump and his supporters would call Mexicans murders, rapists and drug dealers.

The fact of the matter is that Mexicans ARE murders, rapists and drug dealers...

Just like Italians.
Just like Irish.
Just like Russians.
Just like Asians.
Just like Cubans.

ALL massive immigrant waves, from the Irish and Italian waves in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, to the Cubans in the 1980s to the Mexicans in the 21st century, have had their share of bad apples. Why? Because they are human! And that's what humans do - rape, kill, push drugs.

WHY are we suddenly appalled when Trump brings this up? Why is it taken out of context and turned into something it is not (racism)? Why? Well, that's the way you win elections - you keep badgering the other side with "racism" and hope it sticks. Your side is, of course, "pure" and only sees immigrants, legal or illegal, as saints.

I'm not advocating that harm come to illegal immigrants - I'm not for vigilantes. But, EVERY major group of immigrants has gone thru a "hazing period" while they were assimilating into American culture - they were feared, shunned, run out of town...until the next bogeyman came along.

Let's call it what it is - The Truth; there ARE bad Mexicans and they need to be deported. Good Mexicans need to help that effort. Illegal immigrants need to be dealt with (even those law abiding ones) in a humane way, but we MUST recognize that they broke the law by crossing the border without permission. Can everyone be deported immediately? Of course not and truthfully, more than likely, very few (percentage wise) will be deported at all. But we should at least go after the criminal elements and start to secure the border to slow down and/or prevent more illegal crossings. We need to come up with a guest worker program that is fast, efficient and workable so people can come to America and fill jobs as needed.

Enough with the rhetoric on both sides. It's time to do something.

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