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   It’s a difficult time…I would not allow any of the 20 or so aspirants to the American Presidency (except maybe 3 or 4) through the front door into my home…without a warrant.

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   The 2 leading candidates are not among these exceptions .

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   [This is written 3 days before the Republican National Convention.]

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   Some general comments–and a confession:

   (1)  I’m sorry if this sounds un-Christian. God, of course, could change my mind.

   (2)  For about 3 decades I’ve been a political “Independent,” neither a Democrat or Republican. I generally vote Republican or conservatively, however.

   (3)  Recently, to get both “halves” of the news I follow the popular ABC News (to learn about “Planet A”) and the popular cable Fox News (to learn about “Planet B”). Oddly, perhaps, the usually radically different newscasts from the 2 planets report on cities, states, and countries that have the same name! Both stations are about 1/2 news and 1/2 commercials. The only other observation that I’ll mention here is that I hardly ever met a person who “hates Fox News” who’s watched it in the last 3 years. It seems like if you lean to the left you’re supposed to automatically hate it because someone told you to. For the record, Fox News and the O’Reily Factor have both Republicans and Democrats on their staff who will argue vociferously for different points of view. Two of their major on-air poll experts are Democrats, by the way.

   (4)  Here’s what I see as the basic problem in our faces, and soon the faces of our children and grandchildren. I’ll stop and put it in boldface:

   Everyone in America¹–except for the few filthy rich who don’t understand money–from the poor up to and including the “ordinary” rich has a developed an unrealistic set of expectations or entitlements that they are unable or unwilling to pay for, and that they expect someone else to pay for them.

   Anyone, however, who steps back and observes such idiocy, can see this is true.

   But no one is doing that.

   Our nice new “things” and opportunities are amazing, but our national debt of 19+ trillion dollars is insane. It cannot go on forever. And when it the “stopping point,” arrives, America will be radically changed into something very different whether we like it it not.

   (5)  Once again, we recommend the [secular] book, The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy written (in 1997) by the historians William Strauss and Neil Howe, who have studied repeating 80 to 100 years cycles of history since the 17th century. They are right on target about what’s happening now–though the possibilities of returning to their “first turning” now may be far more extreme. (Refer back to our post #536.)

   All this said, let’s go straight to the heart of our A Dozen Seconds post. You’ve heard, or perhaps have been screaming about and swearing over all the reasons for one candidate over the other. Even Bernie now loves Hillary. Sounds like a Hallmark movie where the contrary but solid male hero finally “comes around.” (Watch out Bill!) There have been so many lies and deceptions and so much personal invective you may wonder what to believe.

   One of these candidates will lose² and the other win. Here’s my take why that person will lose. Forget the distorted, irrelevant, and deceptive “platforms.” Rationality has long ago disappeared. I’ll keep it simple.

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   If Trump loses, here are 3 words to describe the main reason why:

   His foolish petulance

    One doesn’t have to repeatedly win the hearts of the exuberant choir who will sing your hymns at any opportunity. Right or wrong, they’re already on your side. There’s far more sitting in the congregation who are tone-deaf, scared, or feel insulted, and are wondering about the words of the other stanzas that follow the first one and its forever-repeated chorus.

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   If Hillary loses, I offer 4 words (and one is a conjunction):

   Her pandering and dishonesty³

   What is so freely promised simply cannot be done, and her simply renaming solutions for what caused the disasters that have occurred abroad and at home of the past 8 years will only take us further downhill–without  brakes–on the slope that will lead to a new America hard to recognize, much less welcome.

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   Business as usual cannot continue–for long.

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   So what then should happen?

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   A first order of real business alongside everyday matters is to determine what things really cost. The second thing is to understand that everything has risk, then find ways to measure and accept it. (But all that’s a whole another story…)

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   Hard to do in a true democracy where real truth is necessary.

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   Do I have a further word?

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   Yes, I do…in fact 2 of them:

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   The next President will determine the direction of the Supreme Court for the rest of my lifetime, and, most likely, much of the lifetimes of my children and grandchildren. Remember how untouchable the lifetime appointments of justices are and the power they hold. Even the New York Times hours ago has criticized octogenarian justice Ruth Bader Ginzberg for 3 public out-of-bounds tirades against the (apparent) Republican nominee.

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   If not totally unprecedented, this type of mudslinging from on top is inappropriate, if not in part illegal. And, yes, Trump should also take note from this.

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   A self-righteous voting for 3rd party Joe Scholtznik, however, or staying at home on election day is putting your head in the sand.   

 

   [Notice I have not put these comments in religious wrappings. That doesn't mean I don't think Christian practice or biblical prophecy is irrelevant here. Christians may reluctantly think, and for good reason, that whatever comes for America in the days ahead is simply putting more fingers in holes in the dike that will eventually be broken through when the world falls apart. Ironically, even Norse myth is instructive here. The Norse gods all know that the world is doomed, and the best a person can do is work hard to stave off, or postpone the coming disaster. Such a person is considered a hero.]

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   ¹ Most of the western world, really.

   ² One prays that extreme violence, assassination, or sudden death (such as has happened in the past and that no one dares mention) will not change everything here.

   ³Some may prefer “deception.”  I don’t.  And yes, some may accuse Trump of the same thing. But, right or wrong, many Trump supporters aren’t even listening to what he says (and I’m not recommending that), but they’re responding to something else: a tone of patriotism, the need for getting real things done, for kicking political correctness in the teeth, and the need for people to “freely” be able to speak their minds in public without being prosecuted for “offending,” as is now springing up on university campuses.