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2017 Road to Perdition or the White House

July 31, 2016

2017 Road to Perdition or the White House

 

The GOP  does not have a chance at all in winning anything in America in the General Elections or for that matter in any of the states.  The candidate for President and his running mate will do more poorly than ever before going back to the Arizona candidate of 1964  general election when I was in 7th grade.

 

“The United States presidential election of 1964 was the 45th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 3, 1964. Democratic candidate and incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson had come to office less than a year earlier following the assassination of his predecessor John F. Kennedy. Johnson, who had successfully associated himself with Kennedy’s popularity, won 61.1% of the popular vote, the highest won by a candidate since James Monroe‘s re-election in 1820. It was the most lopsided US presidential election in terms of popular votes, and the sixth-most lopsided presidential election in the history of the United States[2] in terms of electoral votes. No candidate for president since has equaled or surpassed Johnson’s percentage of the popular vote, and only Richard Nixon in 1972 and Ronald Reagan in 1984 have won by a greater electoral vote margin.

The Republican candidate, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, suffered from a lack of support from his own party and his deeply unpopular conservative political positions. Johnson’s campaign advocated a series of anti-poverty programs collectively known as the Great Society, and successfully portrayed Goldwater as being a dangerous extremist. Johnson easily won the Presidency, carrying 44 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Goldwater’s unsuccessful bid influenced the modern conservative movement and the long-time realignment within the Republican Party, which culminated in the 1980 presidential victory of Ronald Reagan. His campaign received considerable support from former Democratic strongholds in the Deep South and was the first Republican campaign to win Georgia in a presidential election. Conversely, Johnson won Alaska for the Democrats for the first (and only) time, as well as Maine(for the first time since 1912) and Vermont (for the first time since the Democratic Party was founded). Since 1992, Vermont and Maine have rested solidly in the Democratic column for presidential elections, and Georgia has remained in the Republican presidential fold since 1996.

No post-1964 Democratic presidential candidate has been able to match or better Johnson’s performance in the electoral college (the only Republicans to do so since have been Nixon in 1972 and Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984), or Johnson’s performance in the Mountain and Midwestern regions of the United States.” Wikipedia

 

What we are seeing in the political landscape of this era is a well-spring of support for one side versus the other.  The GOP is finished.  Hopefully, the two-party system of generating candidates will also come to a convincing end.  We do not need a knee jerk response to crisis.  We have to begin finally to listen more and respond with conviction to the requirement that all victims of trauma economically, mentally, socially, ethnically will receive nurturing and sustenance for their life span, from birth to death. 

This election has the positive opportunity to make “America Possible.”  The America of which I speak is a place where all life is valued and upheld and where our civil servants care about all of us.  We must find a common ground to support families that will thrive and not be shunted from achieving their common desire of a life that is safe and secure, where a person can earn a living wage and look toward a future where the common domestic tranquility is shared world-wide.  We must forgive the crippling debts of abuse and suffering that has been imposed on all people who live in poverty.  We must finally come to see that by being free to care for others totally we create a common will for peace that transcends all boundaries.

 

I feel convinced that this election will define a new alignment of all people to reconcile our differences and be steadfast in preserving life and the natural resources of the earth.  May it be so this I pray for with all of my heart.

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