Hoosiers Are Savvy Voters

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Apparently Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina do not know Hoosiers. We can see through the ruse and understand the optics. We will not be fooled.

For Cruz, who is mathematically eliminated from winning the Republican presidential nomination going into the summer convention to be so audacious to choose a running mate is be overly presumptuous.

Cruz is also insulting Hoosier intelligence.

We can do the math. We can read the papers. We know that Hoosiers will either keep your campaign alive or seal your fate.

Choosing a vice presidential running mate does not make you more acceptable or more likely to become the nominee.

For this Hoosier, Cruz reminds me of the huckster at a medicine show hawking snake oil. Or Cruz brings back memories of televangelists living lives of sin while scamming Grannies out of their pennies to support their lifestyle anathema to their preaching.

Hoosiers will not be pawns. Hoosiers will make up their minds without gimmicks and pandering.

Hoosiers may not agree with Donald Trump or John Kasich on all issues, but that does not mean Hoosiers find your shutting down the government and being so rigid as to disrupt governance all that palatable either.

The stunt on Wednesday naming a running mate only makes this Hoosier determined to not vote for Cruz.

While I do like Fiorina, I find this a kink in her armor by accepting the Cruz “Hail Mary” and trying to run with the play. I expected better of Fiorina.

From the Cornfield, give us a break. Don’t misread Hoosiers and do not malign our intelligence or ability to cast an informed decision on your candidacy.

Hoosiers are independent stock.

We will vote not on stunts, but on realities that hit home.

Hoosiers, Time to Roar

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Indiana may be one of the smaller states in the Union in geographic size and population, but Hoosiers have much of which to be proud.

We have our share of Vice Presidents: Schuyler Colfax, Thomas Hendricks, Charles Fairbanks, Thomas Marshall and Dan Quayle.

Ties to Presidents: General William Henry Harrison, whose Grouseland is located in Vincennes and his grandson Benjamin Harrison, born here as well as being Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home. 

Celebrities: James Dean, Anne Baxter, Carole Lombard, Karl Malden, Steve McQueen, Sydney Pollack, Clifton Webb, The Jacksons, Florence Henderson, Phil Harris, Red Skelton, Axl Rose, CNN’s Kate Bolduan, Joyce DeWitt, David Letterman, to name a few.

Sports Figures: Larry Bird, Don Mattingly, John Wooden, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, to name a few.

Authors and More: James Whitcomb Riley, General Lew Wallace, Jim Davis, Theodore Dreiser, Phil Dresser, Ernie Pyle, T.C. Steele, Kurt Vonnegut, to name a few.

  Universities: IU, Notre Dame, Purdue, ISU, Ball State, to name a few.

Supreme Court Justices: Chief Justice John Roberts was born and raised here.

Astronauts & Aviators: Amelia Earhart, Gus Grissom, Joseph P. Allen, Frank Borman, to name a few. And of course some we are not so proud of such as John Dillinger, Jimmy Hoffa, Sam Bass and Johnny Ringo.

But this year, the voters in the Cornfield and coal mines of Indiana will have a chance to do something which has never happened in my lifetime – determine who will be a presidential nominee and impact the other party’s selection.

Traditionally, the state’s late-to-the-game May 3 vote is merely lip service to the process. The decision has long been made as to who the presumptive nominees will be for the two major parties.

Not this year.

If all goes as expected tonight in the Atlantic Seaboard Primary of Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware, Hoosier voters may well determine whether Donald Trump becomes the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

At the same time, Cornfield ballot-casters could seal the fate of Bernie Sanders and push Hillary Clinton to the presumption for the Democrats.

Never has there been such an important primary season for Hoosiers. We have the power. It is time for Hoosiers to roar.

A week out and Donald Trump leads on the GOP side. Clinton is ahead, but Sanders is closing.

Ted Cruz and John Kasich, Governor of neighbor Ohio, struck a deal to target resources which would be of the most benefit. At the same time, both are calling on supporters to continue to vote for them.

Hoosiers hold in their hands the ability to either confirm or stop Trump’s Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Which way will Hoosier vote?

Indiana is more conservative state – both with Republicans and Democrats. I have often claimed that our Democrats would be Republicans in other states and vice versa.

Hoosiers are rather independent in that we go our own way.

Look at one of our longest serving and most powerful Senators, Dick Lugar. Lugar was the consummate moderate, which is where despite some socially conservative veins, most Hoosiers will identify as being.

It is, therefore, surprising that our next door neighbor’s Governor is not doing so well in the polls. Kasich not committing resources to the state does not serve him well. He could upset the general consensus if only tried.

From the Cornfield, next Tuesday I will be walking across the street to the Ruritan Building and casting my vote.

When I sign in I will declare as either a Republican or Democrat and receive the appropriate ballot. How I will vote I am keeping quiet at this time.

Now is the time for Hoosiers to let the nation hear our voice. This is the primary of our lifetimes.

Come on Hoosiers, let our roar match that of our most famous sporting event – the Indy 500!

More on influential Hoosiers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Indiana

 

Ignoring Voters?

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We are hearing from both Republican and Democratic candidates that the voice of the people, the voters, is not being heard or ignored.

But is this reality?

This is not the time when what we, the people, want matters.

Now is the time when political parties, the faithful, the insiders and operatives decide who is the person best suited to win an elected office come November. This is not the time when voters actually matter.

Right now the various parties – not just Republicans and Democrats – including Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Reformers, Greens decide who best represents that party’s goals and agenda.

As it has been pointed out, the purpose of the party conventions and selection of candidates is to win. That is the primary goal. If you can’t win an election in November, it is pointless to run.

There are those who are running that claim the system is rigged in favor of the party establishment. To this I say, “Duh!” Of course it is.

This process that is currently playing out is two-fold, to find the person for the office who first and foremost can win that office and secondly best represents that party’s platform and values.

Why is this such a hard concept to grasp?

If you cannot win come November, how can you forward your party’s agenda?

We are not a true democracy. We are a representative democracy where we choose delegates, representatives to make the hard decisions for us even when sometimes those decisions fly in the face of what we want.

What we want and what is best for the greater good is not always the same.

From the Cornfield, is the voice of the people being ignored?

No.

Come November, that is when we, the people speak. Come November that is when we elect our delegates to the Electoral College who will choose the best person to lead the nation for the next four years.

For now it is a party function, not a general election voter decision. It is the respective party’s right to select the person that party wants to place before the voters, before we, the people.