The 2016 Presidential Race: Too Crowded or Not?


The amount of contenders that are now officially in the race for President in the
Republican primary is mind blowing. It now stands at 16 contenders, (I believe
unless I lost count). There is a question out there, if it is a good thing or
bad that the Republicans have so many contenders. I myself take the position
that while there might be a few downsides, overall the fact that we have so
many, especially ones with good résumés for the most part, is a very good thing.

At least for the Republican nomination, it does not appear to be a coronation like it may very well be for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic nomination.
Yes, it is a very crowded race so far and that will cause some problems
with each contender having trouble getting his or her message to the voters as
well as a crowded field for donations. Yet, at the same time as the weeks and months
go by the weaker contenders will be weeded out and those that have more promise
will be able to stand out more. Until then Republicans should celebrate the
fact that they have such a large field of people running for president, that is
a strength, not a weakness.

For those who are concerned about the fact that there may be too many Republican contenders for President, I have to ask how would you propose to limit the number? No matter what way you may come up with for making the whole process better, it would still be saying to someone “no you may not run for the nomination for President of the United States.” To do that is just plain un-American and against the whole premise of letting the
people choose their leaders.  Instead, we need to just bear with any small problems that may come up as a result of this crowded field and let the voters decide who is best not some backroom decision makers.

By having so many contenders in the Republican primary, not only does the party get choices in people, but ideas and philosophies for what direction the country needs to go
in. Thus, during this primary Republican voters will not only decide who their
nominee will be but what ideas a,nd policy issues they want taken to Washington
D.C. It is a good thing that we are having this process with so crowded a
field, for the more ideas that are presented the more likely the right ones
will get chosen. After all, is not the Republican Party referred to as the party
of ideas?

The Donald: A Bull In A China Shop


Ever since Donald Trump had thrown his hat (or is it his hair) into the ring for the Republican nominee for President of the United States, he has created quite the upset over the comments he has made on the Illegal Immigration issue by implying that a large portion of those who come into this country illegally are rapists and criminals. Ever since he has faced the mother load of criticisms from everywhere and even lost some business
opportunities as a result. Nonetheless, he has refused to back down or explain
away his comments like most politicians do. Whatever you think of him and his
comments, you have to give him credit for speaking his mind and not caring for
the consequences.

Donald Trump is resonating in the polls among Republicans because regardless if they completely agree with him or not which I don’t think most do, at least not completely, they do see problems in this country that are not getting fixed and Washington is doing nothing to fix the problem. Then here comes this outspoken man that takes no prisoners and has made a career out of getting things done and is putting to voice just what the
problem is.

The thing with Donald is that when he speaks about the problems that he sees facing the country, he has no tact, he calls it exactly as he sees it and damn the consequences. He is very much like a bull in a china shop, which may actually be appropriate for him since China is his main punching bag.

It’s that type of attitude towards the problems of this country that is making Trump so popular among a large segment of Republicans. It is refreshing that there finally is anyone running for public office that is able and willing to say things that may be considered
politically incorrect and/or offensive to some. They may very well still cringe
at some of the things he is saying, I know I do, but at the same time, they and I
nod heads saying he has a point to an extent.

For instance, his comments on the fact that a lot of the illegal immigrants are criminals and rapists are while perhaps painting too broad a brush if not completely true; there is some semblance of truth at least for the first. The fact is that by the definition of illegal immigrant, if someone comes into this nation bypassing our laws and procedures for entering into the country, by definition they are breaking the law/laws of this nation and are thus criminals. So by making statements such as the ones Trump made on the
issue, he is getting nods from those who understand that even when they disagree
with the rest of what he is saying.

It is not only with how he talks about the problem of illegal immigration that is making Trumps’ poll ratings climb but how he talks about every issue. It is the fact that he does not run away from his wealth, but takes pride in it. Long ago this country actually took pride in the people’s business success and making it big. With Trump, people see that and want that type of
country back.

Though Trumps Bull in a china shop mentality is not all good, for example, he just recently attacked Senator John McCain on his status, as a military hero due to his prisoner of war status in the Vietnam War. I do not care how much someone may be striking a cord with people, you do not go after the military. They are the only institution left in the United
States that is not only still respected and trusted but are actually revealed.

I doubt very much that Donald Trump will get the Republican nomination for President let alone actually win the Presidency, yet I do believe he has and will have much to offer in the debates to come over the future direction of this great nation. This is because he is putting voice to a lot of fears about the problems facing this great nation. The problem is that he is not at the same time putting forth real attainable solutions to those problems. One thing for sure is that the coming campaign for the Republican nomination will be both entertaining and filled with some good if unorthodox substance.  The bottom line is that while in the short-term Donald Trump may be very popular among Republican voters, it will not last in the long run.