Fall Beckons, Time to Prune

From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield
From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield

This evening at 6 and 8 (Eastern Time) Republican wannabes will face-off in two separate debates to cuss and discuss the issues.

OK, so issues will be a low priority. Trying to see who can one-up the other will be the real focus with Donald Trump the bulls eye. 

Autumn is around the corner. It is time to start pruning and cutting away the dead wood.

Some may disagree, but from what I see looking through the corn stalks and trying not to get pricked by the cacti, at least half or more of the 15 vying for the GOP presidential nomination need to pack it in.

Those candidates with no forward momentum need to be adult enough to realize a continued push is futile.

Here are the ones, who in my opinion, should “suspend” their campaigns, in no particular order:

Jim Gilmore

George Pataki

Lindsey Graham

Rick Santorum

Bobby Jindal

Rand Paul

Scott Walker

Mike Huckabee

Chris Christie

This would leave to continue the battle:

Donald Trump

Dr. Ben Carson

Jeb Bush

Marco Rubio

Carly Fiorina

Ted Cruz

Whether some of these candidates, which I believe should drop out, have the qualifications, the stamina, the wherewithal to be president is not the question. They may have some great ideas.

But when the voters are ignoring you, why climb on a cross and try to be a martyr?

From the Desert with my feet planted firmly in the Cornfield, for the good of the Republican Party, the process and the voters, prune the bush and allow new life to grow.

And what do you think?

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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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