Our Unqualified Candidate Is Better Than Theirs?
The countdown is on for 2016, and as much as we hate to admit it, the Presidential campaign is already on, albeit in the infancy stage. I was bemused by the eMail I got yesterday offering us a guest who interviewed Dr. Ben Carson with the hook of “Yes, Ben would run!” Of course, when you drill down what you find is that what actually happened was Dr. Carson answered a ridiculous question posed in a way that is not functionally possible and whether or not if this amazing miracle and impossible thing happened he would “accept the nomination? Duh, of course he said yes. I would have said yes. You would have said yes, Daniel Webster would have said yes.
I was asked via the text machine what I think of Dr. Carson, I presume that the texter meant as a Presidential Candidate. So, I think that by all accounts he’s a great surgeon with numerous honors and published papers. Other than give a speech about one issue in the nation, he’s not shown me that he is all that connected to the job, and frankly we’ve already had one too many amateurs in the White House. Make him the Surgeon General, I’m cool with that. But what exactly has he shown that says this is the guy that you want with “phone and a pen” and his finger on the button? You can tell me all day long that you “think” or “believe” that he “has what it takes,” but what evidence of that do you have?
If we are going to be intellectually honest here, and we are critical of the press and the current President for being less than qualified to be President, then we are required to apply the same criteria to those candidates we like. We cannot accept an unqualified candidate simply because he believes in the same Deity and prays in a way of which we approve.
By the by, in the context of Presidential campaigns, General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked what he THINKS ABOUT FLAG OFFICERS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. His answer is spot on.
In what has to be a nightmare, the little boy who stabbed to death another little BOY WILL BE TRIED AS AN ADULT. Something is terribly wrong here, and whatever that might be, does it make sense that a 12 year old is competent as an adult?
The State Assembly killed a bill to ban e-cig vending machines. Not because the science is still unclear on the effects of vaping or because there was some technical or legal hurdle to overcome. They killed it because they were BUSY ACCUSING EACH OTHER OF NOT CARING ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH. So… in other words, in a fit of playground logic, the have allowed e-cig vending machines to be okay as a result of not caring about public health. Oh, and how much money from the tobacco lobby did the Democrats on the panel get?
The President said yesterday (again), that he cannot just bypass the Constitution. The Constitution contains a clause on it being Congress’s job to regulate immigration. So the POTUS said that he will SCOUR THE RULES AND REGULATIONS, presumably to find a way to get around said Constitution?
The Manteca City Council was supposed to take up the issue of the homeless dregs in Library Park this past week (If you’ve never been there, it may be one of the best examples in the Valley of homeless policy gone wrong), but NOBODY SHOWED UP FOR THE MEETING. And by “nobody” I mean the Council itself. Only one Councilmember show up. Now, in case you aren’t following the issue, the homeless problem in Manteca is (a) out of control and (b) a political football with the Council trying to figure out how to return the tax payer funded park to the tax payers without a bunch of lawsuits from “do-gooders” who spend their days feeding and preaching to the homeless in Library Park. I took Ben there once – before I understood the nature of the place – and literally, before we could get out the car, we were approached not by homeless (who were an obvious presence), but by Church folks who wanted to give us food and the Gospel. And it’s not just Manteca, STOCKTON HAS A VAGRANT PANHANDLING ISSUE AS WELL.
My friend Steve Frank takes up the issue of Prop 14 today. I believe that it is un-Constitutional and that it was agreed to by the GOP simply as a (mistaken) way of eliminating both the Libertarian Party and its influence in the GOP. Pointing out that California has THE most polarized legislature is THE EVIDENCE OF THE COMPLETE FAILURE OF PROP 14 – as advertised – is quite correct. The influence of Unions and the Munger is equally dangerous under the effects of the Prop. My issue continues to be its effect on third parties, but until we get to n election where the Greens and Libertarians (and others) have been wiped off the ballot – even in the Primary – nobody has standing to sue under the 1st and 14th Amendments.
Posted on August 7, 2014, in News & Notes and tagged 2016, Ben Carson, City Council, Dr. Ben Carson, General Martin Dempsey, Homeless, Illegal Immigration, Library Park, Manteca, Panhandling, Presidential campaign, Prop 14, State Legislature, Stockton, Tobacco Lobby, Tried as an Adult, Vaping. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.