Author: Alex Christy

A Modest Proposal For 2016

It appears that many Republican voters have taken Jonathan Swift’s 1729 writing and updated it for today’s political scene: they have their own “Modest Proposal” to determine who will carry the banner for the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. America is no longer great.  The Republican Establishment has betrayed “the little guy,” and political correctness is contributing to the downfall of American society.  The 2016 Republican Primary started with a field of 17 candidates, and this field was said to be the deepest and best field of Republican candidates in recent memory.  Now there are four candidates remaining, and if you still do...

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Ben Carson and John Kasich’s Delusion

Why are Ben Carson and John Kasich still running for President? After finishing fourth in Iowa, eighth in New Hampshire, and last in South Carolina, Carson said that “This is just the beginning.”  He then placed a distant fourth place finish in Nevada.  The Carson campaign’s burn rate has left the campaign is a position where it is almost out of money. In retrospect, Ben Carson should never have run for President.  Each day he stays in the race diminishes the image he has built for himself as a good and decent man.  Carson’s appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast thrust him onto a...

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The “Bush Lied” Lie

Let’s play a little game.  Without looking ahead or looking up the answer, who said the following? There is a problem—the probable possession of weapons of mass destruction by an uncontrollable country, Iraq. If you guessed George W. Bush you would be wrong.  Dick Cheney? No.  Donald Rumsfeld? Try Again.  Paul Wolfowitz? Wrong again. The person responsible for the above quote?  Former French President and noted Iraq War opponent Jacques Chirac. During the February 13 Republican Debate in South Carolina, Donald Trump went off on former President Bush.  Sounding like a deranged anti-war activist, he called the former president a liar.  But what’s more...

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What Qualifies Someone to be President?

The most memorable moment from the most recent Republican debate was when New Jersey Governor and former federal prosecutor Chris Christie relentlessly criticized Florida Senator Marco Rubio as not being ready for President.  Christie ironically criticized Rubio for rehearsing and repeating his talking points. Christie argued that executive experience will help a future president “solve problems” rather than simply giving speeches about problems.  The idea that simply being a governor makes you qualified to be President is wrong.  For example, Ronald Reagan was a great president, while Jimmy Carter–who served as the 76th Governor of Georgia–was a lousy president. The same goes...

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Reconsidering Iowa

There is a scene in the 1989 film Field of Dreams where Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) asks “Is this heaven?”  Ray (Kevin Costner) replies “No.  It’s Iowa.” While Shoeless Joe Jackson and the rest of his infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox teammates (more commonly known as  the Black Sox) may view Iowa as heaven, the Iowa Caucuses are certainly not a “heaven” for politics.  This is not because 72% of Republicans are saying “My candidate lost,” or that Republicans spend much of the run-up to the Caucuses fighting each other over small details.  Rather, it is the way the political scene has unfolded in...

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