Stunt to Serious Contention


A funny thing happened on the way to the forum earlier this month in Cleveland, Ohio. What started out, as I believe, as another publicity stunt turned into a serious contention for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

I am talking of course of the loud-mouthed, brash, in-your-face businessman turned entertainer turned (gulp!) politician, Donald J. Trump.

The billionaire who has set off an out-of-control wildfire has pulled in the forces around him to contain the conflagration, shepherding it into the corral of a real-life, organized bid for the White House.

Trump is still shooting before knowing the facts. Trump is still being so politically incorrect.

But I have noticed over the past couple of weeks there has been a mellow to his bark with less bite than before.

Yet, he has piped into a well-spring of discontent with the American people, cutting across the lines, who are fed up with politics as usual and walking on egg shells, careful never to offend anyone.

The subtle changes are a result, in my opinion, of the Mouth That Roared realizing he could actually pull an upset and win not just the nomination, but the whole game – the Oval Office.

Many are voicing concern over what a Trump presidency would be like.

Many are concerned that Trump would alienate the world and start fires in other locales or add fuel to the ones now burning.

While I empathize with the concern, I also retain faith (perhaps foolishly) in our system of checks and balances.

We have all heard the outlandish claims and promises of candidates over the years. We knew there was no way to keep those promises, but we voted for the candidates any way. We knew once in office, reality would take over.

Yet, we still like to hear those lies, those empty promises.

The same will occur if Trump does get the nomination and eventually moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

But one thing is for sure at this point in time, Trump has moved on from a stunt to get attention to a serious run for the nomination of the Grand Old Party.

Will primary and caucus voters begin to demand more details on what Trump plans to do or at least try to do once he is president?

Will voters demand more than sound bytes and speeches that tap the nerves?

Will the Trump Summer and Trump Primary fade into the sunset as voters get serious as winter arrives and ballot boxes beckon?

From the Desert with my feet planted firmly in the Cornfield, for now enjoy the show.

For now, see which candidates can weather the Trump storm.

Those who blister or are blown away were not ready nor fit to become the nation’s next commander-in-chief.

Only the strong will survive.

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton’s Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton’s affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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