Observations: Hillary, Trump, Politics, the Presidency…


The debate; the measure of a candidate; what makes America truly great; Edgar Allan Poe; more…

  • Remember how Hillary prepared and prepared and prepared and prepared for the debate, while Trump relaxed and, well, seemed to take it less seriously?  Then, the commentary should have been unanimous: She should have mopped up the floor with him. Which she did, if the test is to see which candidate has a plan to control every moment of every day of every week of every year of our lives.
  • The real, the correct measure of a candidate should be (and it’s a serious shame that I’d have to say this): the extent to which a candidate assures  us that he or she can get the government out of our lives. That’s the one vital function of today’s government, and there are precious few people in America supporting that goal.
  • Did you notice that the microphone malfunctioned in the debate … for Trump. Of course. Also, Lester Holt did a really stupid, pro-Hillary job of moderating. Did you notice that has never, ever, not once happened in favor of the Republican candidate? Gwen Ifill, Candy Crowley, Lester Holt, the mic, and on and on and on and on and on and on… All the flubs, the incorrect “fact checking,” the arguing, the hectoring, the bias and the tilting of the playing field always happen in favor of the Democrat candidate. It should be stated that at least part of that dishonesty happens because the moderators know that the Democrats will always lose debates in which they aren’t, well, significantly helped.
  • Did you ever get the idea that the following is a perfectly possible encounter with Hillary? Citizen: “Help us, oh Great Hillary! The McDonald’s at 326 Main St in Smalltown, Nebraska is experiencing hard times and might have to lay off five employees!” Hillary: “Don’t worry, Citizen, I have a five-point plan for that store, with targeted beef subsidies, lettuce production enhancements, we’ll fire the manager, fine the franchise owner, and provide housing and food benefits for any displaced employees. Everything will be okay! We’re stronger together!”
  • People (ie: the media) are always asking whether one candidate or the other can “identify with ordinary Americans.” I sure hope not! The Presidency is an extraordinary job requiring an extraordinary person who, likely, has no clue, and should have no clue, how “ordinary Americans live.”
  • The Presidency is a “vision position.” The last time we had some schlub — Jimmy Carter — who had all this empathy for you and me, it was a disaster from which everyone — especially ordinary Americans — suffered mightily. Worse, with America circling the drain under Carter, the rest of the world suffered too. A simple truth: When America goes bad, the rest of the world goes bad. Much of the responsibility for today’s horror in the Middle East sits on the timorous, feeble shoulders of the pusillanimous Carter in the 1970’s.
  • The best President is the one who has a clear, high-level vision, the ability to hire good people to execute the communication of that vision, can work with Congress, can himself communicate that vision effectively, and then gets the heck out of the way.
  • The one thing that made America the greatest country that has ever existed — by far — is the idea of the government being constrained by powerful limitations in terms of its ability to govern. The expression “That government governs best that governs least” still has power in the American mindspace, though that power is rapidly diminishing.
  • That idea — that the government should do only what the governed permit it to do — is the most radical political idea ever conceived. It’s really sad that the idea is dying. The idea of “the consent of the governed” is the only persuasive evidence ever that there might be something to this “evolution” thing. The idea is dying. Maybe there’s really nothing to this “evolution” thing.
  • A thought that struck me: the Democrats are the doomed people locked up in the castle in “The Masque of the Red Death.(1) The Red Death is liberalism/leftism; America is the country afflicted with it; Prince Prospero is who? Hillary? Yep.

— xPraetorius

Notes:


(1) Here’s the Wikipedia synopsis of the story:

The Masque of the Red Death“, originally published as “The Mask of the Red Death: A Fantasy” (1842), is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. The story follows Prince Prospero’s attempts to avoid a dangerous plague, known as the Red Death, by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, hosts a masquerade ball within seven rooms of the abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. Prospero dies after confronting this stranger, whose “costume” proves to contain nothing tangible inside it; the guests also die in turn.

The story follows many traditions of Gothic fiction and is often analyzed as an allegory about the inevitability of death, though some critics advise against an allegorical reading. Many different interpretations have been presented, as well as attempts to identify the true nature of the titular disease. The story was first published in May 1842 in Graham’s Magazine and has since been adapted in many different forms, including a 1964 film starringVincent Price. Additionally, it has been alluded to by other works in many types of media.

 

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