SOME THOUGHTS ON THE ELECTORAL PROCESS

30 12 2015

Authored by William Robert Barber

The purpose of political persuasion is to form an electoral consensus. Consensus unities divergent interests; inevitably, this convergence of interest creates political affiliation which formulates a declarative political belief and the persuader into a leader. The politician, because political affiliations are fragile, whether fair or unfair, must perform the act of persuasion repetitively with certitude. There it is, the raison d’être of political speech; seems simple enough: A successful political campaign requires persuasion.

However, the truth is an elusive. Facts are controversial. And seemingly, for every verity there lurks a deceit. This back and forth between the distinction of truth and empirical fact (for the listener) is a beguiling challenge. When coupled with a media’s particular predisposition, the counter-persuaders purposeful misdirect and outright distortion the persuader’s message can degenerate into garbled even befuddled ambiguity.

Political persuasion is subject to deliberate askance as well as insensitive rebuttal. However, the single mortal sin that a persuader can commit is hypocrisy. Lies are subject to artful adjudication but hypocrisy is forever damming. But then there’s “the Donald,” his hypocrisy is obvious and he opportunistically lies. His constituency ignores the lies and refuses to consider the hypocrisy. Amongst the series of politicians, since the Clinton era of celebrity Hilary is the only politician that outdoes the lies and profound hypocrisy of “the Donald.” Of course, Hilary’s lies are far more meaningful and damaging whiles the Donald’s lies are almost amusing and — similar to his thoughtlessness — callously insignificant.

Contrary to the demands of the presidency the candidate of substantive qualities, as evidenced in the series of debates, is often overlooked for the glib, superficial stand-up who can deliver amusing one-liners. The office of the presidency requires a unique leadership and follow-ship talent. Managing a corporation is NOT the same as managing congress with its entire bureaucratic infrastructure. Directing a foreign policy is NOT like acquiring an offshore enterprise. Because FEDX runs, a cogent streamlined business does not mean that business principles necessarily apply to government or governing. Government, all government since the inception of governments, is inherently corrupt. The level and intensity of government corruption is proportional to the nation’s constitutional viability and governmental size. The more the nation strays from constitutional covenants and the greater the size of government, the more corrupt the government.

I am waiting for a conservative to pull Excalibur from the rock, subordinate divergent interest into consensus, speak with certitude, and provide an ideal of politically interpretive meaningfulness to lead the Republican Party to electoral victory.

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PRECEDENCE DOMINATES THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

14 12 2015

Authored by William Robert Barber

Comforted by the president’s natural inclination to pretense hesitation as intellectual contemplation, precedence has — once again — routed ingenuity. Because President Obama will NOT define the enemy or admit policy mistakes, the initiative of redefining strategy in the interest of inventive tactics are set aside as counter-precedent, thus non-compliant. Therefore the president discards ingenuity and inventive for the ineffective policies of precedence. All of these presidential theatrics symbolizes a befuddled, overwhelmed, and rudderless presidency. As an example of policy priority, whiles Kerry and Obama discuss climate change, chaos dominates and ISIS plots and plans.

There is an existential Jihadist menace to the hearth of humanity — therefore a real viable threat to the homeland. Irrespective, the subjects of security and preparedness (for the Obama administration) are collateral instead of central. After several attempts by Jihadist to kill Americans, in San Bernardino, ISIS combatants attacked innocents attending a company Christmas party. Applicably, for many Americans the fear of more such attacks has triumphed reason. To calm the fearful the president expounds on the merits of gun control. In response, the fearful purchase thousands of guns…

The president and secretary of state preside in a fairyland of unicorns, rainbows, and wish-it-were-so delusion. These two Ivy League intellectuals cannot envision the “real world” other than as the predisposed liberal progressives they are.

Can the United States, can the free world contain ISIS long enough? Alternatively, will ISIS attain a chemical or nuclear weapon before the free world forcibly ends the Syrian War and eradicate the ISIS threat? Will more Americans be gunned down in their own country… when is enough, enough?

America is at risk from within and without, by enemies such as ISIS and liberal progressives with the best of intentions.

Nonetheless, issues of domestic concern are far worse than a Jihadist threat to the homeland. Abated and delegitimized by a republic adrift, liberty and personal freedoms accordingly suffer. The constitution as construed is no longer the basis of law. We truly have become a land of men instead of law.

In our world, information is voluminous and consistently inaccurate. Ideology has captured the free press and the press is subjected to ideological preferences. For our politicians assisted by a compliant media and an increasingly promiscuous culture, lying is accepted as a means to an end. Distortion and misdirection are interpreted as simply utilities of convenience.

Well, the electoral game of musical chairs is entertainingly afoot and of course there is always the positive perspective; so let us all be hopeful: after all, it is a joyous time of the year…





CLOWNING AROUND WITH TRUMP

9 12 2015

Authored by William Robert Barber

Donald Trump is a Democratic Party lobbyist. He must be… How else could one explain such a display of supernatural arrogant ignorance? Is he simply a witless blowhard who relies on extemporaneous impulse instead of deliberative contemplation? Considering his much-touted Ivy League education and his billions of earned dollars, one would think prudence could manage vector less rhetoric; but alas, an affliction of hubris self-regard in symbiosis with wanton disregard has rendered the Donald into a spasm of babbling dysfunction.

 In fact, no unaffiliated politician has wounded the Republican brand so damagingly while at the same time offending so many Republicans as Mr. Donald.

Thousands of voters have rallied to the call of Donald’s fatuous nonsense. These Trump followers are obviously inclined to the bellicose and confrontational. For this multitude, half a page of orally expressed deal points are detail enough. Other than a profane remark such as “bomb the shit out of them,” no need for a military strategy; “incompetent dummies” is enough of a declarative to solve America’s problems. Really?! Trade treaties, once in the hands of the Donald, automatically bring jobs to the U.S. and prosperity for every American. What a fine fellow!

I hope that the CNN debate will filter out Donald’s insistence on ranting and raving and render some degree of factual circumstance.

If not the debate, then certainly the voters in the early primary States… rational and reason must take form and overtake this clownish front-runner — or Hillary will be the next president.