The nucleus of a winning message

The nucleus of a winning message

We are still over three months away from Primary season for the 2016 General Election and sensory overload from candidate interviews and rhetoric seems to be the new normal.  Turn on any cable news outlet or talk radio program and much of the time it is like trying to take a drink of water from a wide open fire hydrant.  As is often the case at times such as this when everything is said and done there will be much more said than ever done.  One thing that I hope gets done is the walking back of certain statements and the clarification of policy positions by certain of the GOP frontrunners.  Forget about anyone out to “Make America great again.”  Dr. Ben Carson has been making a lot of statements that at the very least are going to require further...

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Propaganda, nonsense and a thinning herd of candidates

Propaganda, nonsense and a thinning herd of candidates

It was a very newsworthy week in both the nation and along this, the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  Yes, we had a visit from a GOP Presidential hopeful in Tulsa this past Thursday.  Dr. Ben Carson, who has surged past Mr. Donald Trump in some polls, was on hand at a local Barnes & Noble bookstore for a book signing.  A fellow blogger, Mr. Ray Pearcey, attended that event and gave his take on the candidate, his background and position on the issues in his post The Ben Carson Conundrum Part I. It was duly noted that Dr. Carson has also made some seemingly extremist comments this week as to how he would use the Department of Education to squelch liberal free speech on college campuses.  In an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press this morning,...

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The pre-primary project of reinvention

The pre-primary project of reinvention

Evolution of the adult character, persona and political credentials is a fascinating phenomenon.  The value of education is that it affords enlightened minds an opportunity to change opinions and embrace new values based on established evidence and reason.  Experience likewise allows for the releasing of viewpoints, doctrines and policies that fail more than they succeed or outright do not work and the formation and/or grasping of ones that do.  A person who evolved such that they no longer resemble who or what they were thirty years ago has likely had much education and experience.  I personally can vouch for that statement as I am one individual who is 180 degrees opposite what I was thirty years ago.  Change for me came slow over time as a result of intense...

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Benghazi, Planned Parenthood and the point of diminishing returns

Benghazi, Planned Parenthood and the point of diminishing returns

Much has happened in America this past week in spite of the fact that inside the Beltway our government, specifically the GOP-led House of Representatives, is languishing in indecision.  For a political party to have such overwhelming success during a midterm election a year ago, they sure have had a disproportionate degree of difficulty getting their leadership organized especially in the wake of the announcement that House Speaker John Boehner is stepping down next month.  To call the House GOP a train wreck in progress would be an understatement. The entire body is at an impasse as to who should take the reigns of leadership as Speaker of the House, the third office in line to the Presidency.  The frontrunner for the position,  Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy...

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Embracing the right to not get shot

Embracing the right to not get shot

The Constitution of the United States is a beautiful document not so much for its literary elegance but more for the ideals it embodies.  In short it is the heart, soul and character of a grand experiment that is still in progress.  As the next election cycle heats up it seems that there are a lot of purported experts on its contents using it to make the case for their candidacy.  The constitutional right of highest priority on the lips of so many running for office along this, the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66, is the one delineated in 2nd Amendment.  Seriously, to hear some of these pro-gun rights candidates you would think that the Constitution begins and ends with #2 out of twenty-seven.  What’s more, you would be amazed at the number of...

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