The 2016 Presidential Election: America's Midlife Crisis

 
 

We are at a time in our nation’s history when the status quo will no longer work, when just kicking the can down the road for four more years can no longer push off the inevitable…America is in an identity crisis. We could call this a midlife crisis, but at this rate this Union may not last for another 240 years. And if this nation hopes to endure, we have to reclaim the heritage and identity of our nation -- who we are and have always been as Americans.

Looking at the mistakes and critical errors of our policies, especially over the last half century, we need a major overhaul to right the ship and then another step to change some of the egregious errors of specifically the last twenty years.

There are parts of our history as a nation that needed to be changed -- from the horrors of slavery to Vietnam and even to prohibition. We fought a war to dismantle the scourge of slavery, we repealed prohibition and, for better or worse, we vacated the jungles of Southeast Asia and extricated ourselves from the middle of that civil war.

The problem with the mistakes in the last quarter century is that little is being done to rectify them…or even to identify them. What of our failed policy of starting a war on two fronts and then not seeing either one through to victory-- not even clearly defining what victory is? Our troops and their families gave their lives, their youth, and sacrificed when their nation said their service was needed; and after all they gave, our leaders can’t even define the mission. Are we fighting a global war on terrorism or trying to force democracy on nations that have not first chosen it for themselves? We have removed leaders throughout the Middle East, like Gaddafi in Libya, to be replaced with what? History has shown we have a history of shortsightedness in our king-making decisions in the region from the fall of the Shah to the funding of Pakistan’s nuclear program when we were trying to fund the mujahedeen against the Russians. It doesn’t always go as we planned, but do we learn anything from our mistakes? From Korea to Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, how many times do we plan on handcuffing our troops and playing to a draw or worse? The problem when you topple a regime, even a corrupt one, is what is coming up behind it? As they say, “the devil you know is better than the one you don’t.” The Bush Administration led by the Rumsfeld strategy of shock and awe -- while ignoring the Powell Doctrine learned from Vietnam to have a clear mission with overwhelming force and a clear exit strategy -- thought starting war on two fronts was a good idea. And now the Obama administration has been recklessly and naively knocking down dominoes in search of a new world and leaving only a trail of destruction and chaos. Looking through Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the list goes on, what stability and order has the U.S. brought to the world lately?

This brings us to the current presidential election. While voting “none of the above” may seem like the right answer, this time around we need a leader to emerge who can try to right some wrongs and help reestablish our national identity and sovereignty. If you look at Sanders and Clinton on the “left” and Trump, Cruz and Kasich on the “right” is there any candidate who can make any steps towards true leadership?

The goal of this website is to start a conversation -- to be a voice in our democracy and to encourage others to do as well.  The status quo in our nation isn’t working. The “establishment” factions in each party are the problem. There is a lot of anger built up in our nation. Unfortunately, the flames of disenfranchisement have been fanned repeatedly by a ruling class that cares little for what the citizens of the Republic are saying. There seems to be an opinion in Washington on both sides that they know what’s best for the perceived proletariat, and consequentially, we are truly no longer experiencing a representative government.

Let’s keep the passion and fight strong for our country! We need to hold all of our public office holders responsible for doing their job which is to represent us. In this election look at all the candidates and do your own research outside of what the non-stop politico agitators tell you.  The mainstream media is a corporate shill bought and sold to the highest bidder. Don’t let them tell you your opinion on a candidate. There are plenty of opportunities in this day of instant and seemingly limitless information to hear and see the candidates speak for themselves. You decide your important issues. There isn’t a perfect candidate; in fact, looking at this year’s roster some would agree “perfect” isn’t even in the ballpark. But as President Reagan stated:

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”