At Least Iowa Is Over…

| January 4, 2008


Well, the circus that is the Iowa Caucuses is complete, and I am thankful for that. Never before have I seen the media make a bigger fuss over a tiny handful of voters and what their whims were. To see teams of analysts and pundits attempt to draw broad conclusions over what is (apologies to Iowa) a throw-away test vote is oddly fitting for this race among some of the worst candidates ever.

First of all, Obama won the Democratic side. As I have said before on this blog and in person, I believe this man will (one day) be our first black president. I thought that when I saw him speaking at the 2004 convention. I honestly hope that he is not the candidate this time around. Why? The man is young and has a lot of potential, but he lacks the kind of experience that will make him the kind of leader he could become. That won’t come from sitting around the stuffy old Senate playing dumb policy games with Harry Reid or the rest of those fools. If I could recommend something for Senator Obama – get out of the race early before the Clinton hate machine really starts to take you down. Take a few good victory laps, you have earned them! (Scoring on the Clintons is not easily done). Then get out of the race, get out of the Senate. Go be governor of Illinois or CEO of a big company for a while. You are more than up to the challenge. Get some executive (not legislative) experience going for you. Then come back and clean up

Gov. Huckabee won on the Republican side. He should enjoy it while it lasts, there is zero chance that the conservative power machine is going to let him get the nod (my opinion). He has already picked a fight with Rush Limbaugh, and I am guessing that Romney and Giuliani opposition research have more than enough to take the shine off of Gov. Huckabee when the time comes. That time will be a bit closer to the real races later in January and early February. Should he somehow manage to hang on, I don’t think the American public is ready to elect a priest/rabbi/imam/minister any time soon.

Overall, I consider this to be the absolute worst field of candidates that I have ever seen in my life, even surpassing the lackluster Jimmy Carter / Gerald Ford race in 1976. In addition I am well sick of the campaign stupidity that has been saturating so many aspects of the media. The election is still 11 months away and I would guess that a growing number of people are, like me, sick of it.

The next administration is being handed a lit bomb with the fuse getting very short. The current crew is trying very hard to kick the remaining cans down the road as hard as they can, allowing them to leave office with a fairly good record. The next poor slob to take over (and yes that could be Hillary) is going to have a lot of problems coming home to roost. More than likely the current campaign issues will be long forgotten with 12 months of taking the oath of office.

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Bruce Henderson is a former Marine who focuses custom data mining and visualization technologies on the economy and other disasters.

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  1. loscielos says:

    On my way to work this morning I took a detour to sort out my thoughts and feelings on the Iowa circus. I found myself on an old bench outside a forgotten VFW building looking at rusting WWII cannons and thinking about the senseless loss of life and our dying republic. As a society, have we forgotten or hidden from view the pain and carnage of war? I just let my feelings bleed out, and for a minute I think I might have touched on the feelings that families who have lost a loved one in Iraq might feel.

    Then the first thing I see at work is this depressing blog post. But I think what I took away from this morning, and that I will cling to, is that we have to take courage, like the men and women who fought for freedoms we used to have and the ones that still remain. The forces of evil WANT men of courage and commitment to get sick of the election right now, they want us to lose hope, they want to carry on the status quo of reinvesting war profits into elections to make an even bigger war next time, because they know as well as you do what happens when good men do nothing. Do the military endorsements at stir anything in your soul? At the very least we can use this time to educate our family, friends, neighbors, everyone on how things work.

    I was born in the 70’s and you wouldn’t believe how hard it has been for me to learn about Vietnam, WWII, etc. growing up. Because of Ron Paul I just now feel like I am getting an education in true conservative principles for the first time – the principles the party used to stand for, the principles that grew the Republican party in times past. Taking a historical look at the real implications of socialism, how a country gets to totalitarianism, what the writ of habeus corpus is all about, why national sovereignty is important, how individual liberties are eroded, how secretive central banks and hard to understand monetary systems play into our economy, etc. These were never taught to me in the public school system, all of my teachers were afraid to talk politics in the same way they were afraid to talk religion. I’m so glad to be able to teach myself some of these principles now and start understanding what the conservative movement is really all about, but oh how I wish I had been able to grasp these concepts earlier and taken a stand earlier. I have been able to talk with people from earlier generations who have spent time with me and taught me in their own way some of those concepts that were never passed on to me by anyone else. I think some of them were so intimately involved with the concepts of freedom that sometimes they think younger generation like myself understand them, and we’re just taking it for granted. But honestly, we’ve just never had very good opportunities to learn about them.

    Bruce, with your background in Mormonism, what do you think of this quote? “I say unto you with all the soberness I can, that we stand in danger of losing our liberties, and once lost, we of this Church will, in order to keep the Church going forward, have more sacrifices to make and more persecutions to endure than we have yet known, heavy as our sacrifices and grievous as our persecutions of the past have been.” (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Conference Report, April 1944, pp. 115-116)

    More recently, Gordon B. Hinckley recommended that members memorize 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

    We’re not electing a King to rule over us. There are still three branches of government and we can start refilling those seats as well. If we can educate and get the word out we can still restore checks and balances in Congressional races and otherwise until we have enough good men elected that we can start binding our leaders by the chains of the Constitution so they start working for us again and not the other way around. The whole American experiment depends on it. As America’s children it’s now our turn to turn our hearts to the founding fathers. Let’s tap into that and make a difference where we can, putting principle first. May the negativity you and I sometimes feel never extinguish the hope remaining in others who still burn the true flame of liberty in their own life, and work tirelessly to save their own souls and perhaps even their country.

  2. Actually, it was Bruce Henderson, not myself, who authored the original post here.

    I’m not quite as disgusted/discouraged as BruceH appears to be above, in large part because I’ve been watching the cycle long enough to see it correct itself. Of course, that doesn’t prevent truly boneheaded mistakes by any or all of the 3 branches of government, some of which have decades-long implications (read The Forgotten Man by Amity Shales to see how we’re still dealing with the aftermath of some of FDR’s great experiments).

    I’ve previously stated my own preference for President, and I pretty much stand by that. I think this will be an interesting campaign; I just wish we could find a way to compress it like the British do. ..bruce w..

  3. Bruce Henderson says:

    I have to confess, I am not a fan of Dr. Paul. I understand lots of people are and they are welcome to support the person they feel is best suited to lead the country – that’s part of what it’s all about.

    I have not lost hope in this great country or her people, simply in the crowd that is now running for election. I think we are headed into an exceptional period of challenge in this great land of ours, and we need a bit better than the crop of people we have to choose from now.

    I do confess to thinking that I may be looking at this wrong, perhaps the last thing the US needs is any kind of strong leader that can motivate and rally people. Perhaps we need a spineless clown in charge so that the American people can remember or re-learn that they are the real power here, and everything that we have been or can become relies strictly on them. Not some government program or tax break.

    In response to your most welcome comment, I would say that our republic is not decaying or even in decline. We have been distracted and self-absorbed, as has oft been in our past. The time is come when we will awake, and I firmly believe we are within a few decades of another golden age for this country, and by extent much of the world.

  4. andrew31 says:

    Bruce: You raise a very good point that a good number of people seem to be overlooking in the year-long feeding frenzy that is the quadrennial election cycle.

    The next administration will have a tremendous number of major problems that they will have to solve. There will be little opportunity for them to punt on these problems, as they will be severely limited by the way the current administration has been operating.

    As for your comment that this field is a lackluster one, please forgive me for not sharing the same opinion. The first national election that I participated in was in 1948, and even that Republican field (with Stassen, Vandenberg, and Dewey–the eventual nominee) was unimpressive until after the primaries. I have since seen many nominating fields, from both parties, that are weaker than the current one.

  5. Bruce Henderson says:

    andrew, I will bow to your superior depth of field for how crummy this field of candidates are. I remain open to re-assessing my opinions should someone start to impress me.

    It may, in fact, be over saturation of the media nonsense that seems to be crowding out the more important (my opinion) news of the day.