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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Our Surreal Presidential Campaign

The internet is awash with justifiably indignant commentary regarding the dangerous direction of the country. Clearly, these internet commentators are extremely angry about a smothering, corrupt, overreaching and increasingly self-serving federal government run by political party hacks who have precious little interest in reining in the cancerous growth of unbridled government.

But, what I don't understand is how some of us can be so fired up about returning the country to constitutional order and the rule of law, but can so cavalierly ignore the very real ineligibility cloud hanging over two of the current GOP candidates. Political loyalty is fine, but blind loyalty is simply reckless.

If we are willing to easily discount the real possibility that two of the top four  GOP contenders are ineligible, then we have effectively subverted our own high-minded efforts to return to first principles.

What a terribly ironic--even surreal--state of affairs: a notorious felon and self-avowed socialist running for president on the Democrat ticket, and a swaggering empty vessel (Trump) and two most likely ineligible, albeit patriotic, guys (Cruz, Rubio) among the other candidates on the right, the latter who clearly appear no less eligible to be president than is the current White House usurper, a transformational neo-Marxist.

One thing seems certain, that being that the left will not caterwaul about Cruz's and Rubio's likely ineligibility as that would expose Obama for the fraud he is. So, maybe either Cruz or Rubio will end up winning the GOP nomination and go on to be elected to the highest office in the land on the strength of their being elected--not because they are constitutionally eligible. For me, this unseemly scenario underscores the obvious: the Constitution has become truly irrelevant and faithlessness to same is, at best, tenuous on both the left and the right.

Talk about uncharted waters. What a mess we've created for ourselves. Like it or not, in a democracy candidates DO, in fact, accurately reflect who we are as a people. As such, our leaders mirror our character flaws as well as our level of virtue and faithfulness to first principles.

("It is in the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigour. . . . degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats into the heart of its laws and constitution." Thomas Jefferson)