Real Debate – Real Issues

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


The bottom four wannabes for the Republican presidential nomination came on stage ready to rumble and breakdown issues that mater.

George Pataki, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal and Lindsey Graham are setting the tone for the main event in a few hours.

Unlike what will probably happen where the “top” tier go after Donald Trump, the bottom four gave voters something to chew down on as the supper hour nears.

While I personally have not agreed with all that these four are saying, these four are doing a great service to the American voter by staying with the issues and contrasting their views on those issues.

Graham’s focus is almost entirely on defeating the Islamic State and terrorism in Iraq and Syria beyond all other issues. But he did join in the cussing about the minimum wage, religious freedom, the tax code and simplification.

Santorum, the social warrior, also came out swinging and talking about the Supreme Court, taxes, terrorism and the Affordable care act. Santorum is not coming across as so one-dimensional as he was in the 2012 race.

Jindal is showing how combative he can be with his pronouncement that Trump is no Republican and thus not subject to Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment to speak no ill of a fellow Republican. Jindal, whose family were immigrants 45 years ago, came out strong on securing the border and then deal with the rest of the issue as well as speaking strongly on taxes and other issues.

Pataki, who was governor of New York when Al Qaeda struck on 9/11, has come alive as a moderate alternative. Pataki is showing how as a Republican he won the governor’s mansion three times in one of the most liberal and Democratic states in the country.

These four gave us a lesson in how a debate for the top job in the nation should be.

Earlier today I noted that it was time for these four to get out of the race since they were not getting any traction. I may have to revise my thinking – not because I think they have a chance – but based on the substance of their appeal and performance in this the Kids Table debate.

Now, if only the “top” tier candidates will actually give us a debate of substance this evening.

We don’t need another dose of “reality show” rhetoric. Time to retire the hit series, To Catch a Candidate.

From the Desert with my feet planted firmly planted in the Cornfield, my hat is off to these four for giving us some meat, some protein, some vitamins, something to digest and cogitate upon.

Oh, who do I think won?

Surprise, surprise – George Pataki with a close second from Graham.

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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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