Major Election Concern – Supreme Court

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On Monday, the US Supreme Court begins its new term without a full bench. The vacancy left by the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia remains unfilled.

President Barrack Obama has put forth a nominee, Merrick Garland. The Senate has refused to consider his appointment, saying the empty seat should not be filled until the next President is elected.

In addition to Scalia’s seat, with the ages of the current Justices, there is a real possibility the next person to fill the big chair in the Oval Office may have the opportunity to appoint up to four other people to the High Court.

At stake is the ideological bent of the Supreme Court, which has been decidedly conservative for decades, to a more liberal persuasion.

Yet on the campaign trail we have heard only a small amount of talk of such an important duty of the presidency.

As the new term begins and the Presidential Election just over a month away, what do voters think of the Court?

In timely fashion, Pew Research has revealed the results of its most recent subject on the highest court in the land and Americans opinions about the Court.

As can be readily seen from this chart, the Justices are viewed much more favorably than the other branches of government. Americans with a 60% sentiment look kindly on the Court.

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But there is a sharp difference in how Republicans and Democrats view the Supremes.

partylinesIndependents and Republicans may have a majority favorable view of the Supreme Court, it is much lower than the opinion of Democrats.

When Americans look at the Court from an ideological perspective, there are diverse ideas.

ideologyAs the chart depicts, Democrats see the Constitution as being a living document and changing with changing times. Republicans tend to interpret the Constitution to say what it means and meaning what it says. Independents tend to be evenly split between the two points of view.

Moderates tend to be evenly split between POVs, while conservatives and liberals are decidedly encamped in opposing perspectives.

How does appointments to the Supreme Court factor into your decision on who should be the next Commander-in-Chief?

Does it have any sway?

Here are five takeaways identified by Pew:

  1. Americans’ opinions of the court hit a 30-year low last year after controversial decisions, but have rebounded after a quieter term.
  2. There is a significant partisan gap in views of the court.
  3. Partisans have starkly different views over how the justices should interpret the Constitution.
  4. Conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats are particularly likely to see court appointments as very important to their vote.
  5. Most Americans disagree with the Republican-controlled Senate’s decision to not hold hearings on Obama’s court nominee.

Get the details: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/09/26/5-facts-about-the-supreme-court/

From the Cornfield, as I continue to evaluate the candidates – Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and Evan McMullin – who gets to make these vital appointments to a term for life is a  deciding factor.

Iron Cage Free-for-All – Dems Debate

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From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield

The expected yawn turned out to be more like a mixed martial arts iron cage free-for-all as the five presidential wannabes took to the stage for the first Democratic presidential debate.

Right from the start Lincoln Chafee came out swinging with a sly insinuation about front runner Hillary Clinton noting that he had been around in politics for over 30 years without any hint or accusation of scandal.

From there the fists and the kicks kept coming.

Most of the punches thrown were at Clinton, who kept trying to deflect by swinging at her long-time foil, the Republican Party.

All five, Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Webb and Lincoln Chafee all acquitted themselves well.

The weakest of the lot, to me, was Chafee. He also, I believe, had the least amount of speaking time. But when he spoke, he did not inspire any desire to follow him down the yellow brick road.

Clinton time and again seemed to base her right to be the next president because she is a woman. In fact that was what she noted would make sure if she won it would not be a third term for President Barack Obama.

Sanders was Sanders, He came across knowledgeable of the issues and attempted to lessen people’s concern about him being a democratic socialist. Sanders even came to the aid of Clinton saying that the American people are tired of hearing about the email server which has the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigating her and the use of the private server.

O’Malley tried, but failed in my opinion, to jump the questions raised about his term as mayor of Baltimore. He did his best to justify his policy of no-tolerance on criminals and jailing 100,000 people in one year. O’Malley denied his policies were to blame for the riots and unrest that erupted following the death of Freddie Gray.

To me, Webb was the most centrist and moderate of those on the stage. He seemed to have a better grip on foreign policy and the dangers America is facing around the world. However, Webb seemed out of step with the Democrats in the hall and the other candidates on the stage.

Except for Webb, there seemed to be a jockeying going on to see who could be the most liberal and the farthest to the left.

Who won?

Personally, I was more enamored with Webb’s responses.

But for the room, I would say a toss-up between Sanders and O’Malley. Yet for the pundits and media, Hillary is still the darling.

The clear loser was Chafee. Do not expect him to be around for the next debate November 4 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Due to his more moderate positions, Webb may not be there as well. He is not where the Democratic Party is at now.

The differences between the candidates, except Webb, were paper thin.

Except that both Sanders and especially O’Malley are very much for a return to the Glass-Steagall Act which would separate commercial banks from the more free-willing, more risky investment banking. Clinton, on the other hand, is not for a return to the bill that was rescinded and allowed to expire in 1999.

The biggest refrain at the debate was on income inequality. Over and over the wannabes talked of taxing the rich more and spreading the wealth around through profit sharing, higher wages with a minimum of $15 per hour, free college, lower student loan debt.

Neither Sanders nor O’Malley wanted to repeat the mistakes on the campaign trail when asked if black lives matter or do all lives matter. Both focused on the lives of blacks and ignored the last part of the question. If you recall O’Malley had to apologize for saying all lives matter earlier this year.

But don’t think because Sanders was nice enough to say no one wanted to hear any more about Clinton’s email scandal, the gloves were off. Several times punches landed on Clinton, who smiled, ignored and shook it off as if saying, “You can’t touch this.”

From the Cornfield, while I did not hear much I can agree with on the way the Democratic candidates want to take the country, the discussion was lively and informative.

Of the five, I could vote for Webb, but he will never make it to the convention and maybe not even to Iowa or New Hampshire.

Clinton in her responses actually answered the question posed by moderator Anderson Cooper, which she deftly batted away, on whether she changed her responses and stands on issues for political expediency.

The revelation – yes, she does.

What I will say about Sanders is you know what you are getting and where you stand with him. That is a plus.

2-Party System Mutating

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From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield

For the past several years there has been outcry about the captivity that our 2-party system has on our elected government from the local and state level all the way to the nation’s capitol.

This year as the country is once more embroiled in another presidential election season, it appears, from where I sit in the Desert this last Saturday in September, the system is mutating right before our eyes.

This is even more certain following the announcement on Friday by US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner that he is not only moving down from his position as the man in charge of the august body and second in line for the presidency, but he is giving up his seat representing the people in and around Cincinnati, Ohio.

Boehner noted that his decision was sealed following a meeting with Pope Francis during his visit to a joint session of Congress. The Pope pulled Boehner aside and asked him to pray for him.

Going on, Boehner pointed out that he did not want to put the members of the Republican caucus, which he leads, through another vote to try and oust him from his position. A move, which Boehner believes would be detrimental to the institution of the House and the Speaker’s chair.

This speaks volumes when also considering the tumultuous race for the presidency, especially among the GOP candidates. Not that there is much to hope and be proud about on the Democratic side either.

Looking across the country and through the corn stalks being harvested back in the Cornfield, it is evident to me that what we are seeing play out on the national stage is a mutation which will split the governance of the nation into two factions.

The one faction will control and govern from Washington DC on matters of national import. The other faction will control and govern in local areas and in the states and territories.

While currently both chambers of Congress have a majority of Republican lawmakers and may for some time yet, that may transform within the next six years or so to a predominance of Democrats in both chambers.

As to the White House, there is a good chance we will see history made when the Democrats capture the White House for a third consecutive term.

The only other time in our national history this has happened was when George H.W. Bush followed Ronald Reagan’s two terms in the White House. This was short-lived as Bush was upended for a second term.

I say the likelihood of a Democratic rout of the presidential race is from observing how Republican candidates and the very vocal, though small-in-number primary voters are reacting to the outlandishness of the current crop of wannabes.

As to the governorships and state legislatures, those are poised to remain firmly in control of the GOP while Democratic losses may continue.

Around 2/3 of the states are governed by Republicans. Not quite 1/3 have a Democrat in the state mansion. The legislative bodies follow the same general percentages.

The nation’s electorate are splitting into these two factions where Republicans will be the party of the locals and states while Democrats will be the national party legislating and administering from Washington.

As hardcore conservatives and hardcore liberals become more obstinate and more averse to finding common ground, the ability to govern becomes increasingly difficult.

Now that compromise is considered a capitulation rather than the trait of a statesman, this mutation is moving more rapidly to the harm of the nation.

Most recent research and surveys reveal that around 23% of Americans consider themselves diehard liberals. Of stalwart conservatives the numbers has dropped to around 27%.

It is these two ideologies in the extreme which are determining who will be elected and what will be for the majority of the nation. Being polar opposites, the result is seldom in consideration of what is for the “general good and welfare”.

What is being considered is the selfish positions of the two opposite camps.

From the conservative side we are hearing a cry to “shut it down” as the Congress contends with a budget crisis with the new fiscal year starting October 1.

Does this promote in any way the “general good and welfare” of the nation?

From liberals we are hearing a cry of “shut it down” to show the American people how evil Republicans are.

Again, does this promote the “general good and welfare” of the nation?

If the current trend continues, the evolution will be more a mutant strain that will be even more devastating to the country as a whole rather than a transformation into a system set out and envisioned by the Founding Fathers.

From the Desert with my feet planted firmly in the Cornfield, we asked for a change.

But is this the change we want?

A change where the nation is more polarized than ever before?

A change where one party controls Washington and the other party controls the Heartland?

My Favorite Martin – Not

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From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield

The former governor of Maryland and former mayor of Baltimore is doing his best to become everyone’s “favorite Martin” especially Democratic primary voters, but is having real problem finding the traction to move his campaign for the presidency forward.

No matter what O’Malley seems to do, he is unable to get out of the shadow of others in the Democratic presidential nomination process.

The media and the establishment, including money people, ignore O’Malley for Hillary Clinton who has the higher name recognition and can bank on her former positions, including having once been the nation’s First Lady.

Then there is that independent, out-of-box politician from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, who keeps stealing the thunder and the crowds. Sanders is the Democratic equivalent to the Republicans’ non-politicians.

So what is a liberal former governor to do?

Even in Maryland and his hometown of Baltimore, O’Malley is running into barriers to his favorability. With the death of Freddie Gray in April, O’Malley became a symbol of the policies, which he implemented as mayor which led to the outrage which set the city on fire. O’Malley has had to fight back against charges that he aided and abetted the abuses of police officers in one of America’s premier cities.

Who is Martin O’Malley?

Besides being a former mayor and governor, O’Malley believes he is the answer for a continuation of Democratic control of the White House. He is lined out 15 goals for what he terms a way to “rebuild America”.

1.  He wants to increase American families’ median net worth by $25,000 over the next 10 years once he is president.

2.  By 2050, O’Malley wants all electricity in the country to be generated by renewable energy.

3.  The former governor wants to cut the unemployment rate of 16-24 year-olds to 7% from the current 14% within three to four years.

4.  O’Malley is shooting for full employment of America’s veterans by 2020.

5.  The candidate wants to reform immigration while providing a path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented aliens.

6.  The governor is proposing a plan to allow college student the option to graduate debt-free in five years.

7.  His goal is to up the college complete rate by 25%.

8.  Childhood hunger should be, but a memory by 2020.

9.  We need to save and redeem lives in the criminal justice system, O’Malley espouses.

10. Cutting gun deaths (homicides, suicides, accidents) in half by 2025 is another of his goals.

11. Cutting in half deaths from drug overdoses, the governor wants to accomplish by 2020.

12. By 2020, O’Malley wants a drop in the infant mortality rate by 10%

13. Separation of commercial and speculative banking needs to happen with five years, the candidate contends.

14. Within his first year as President, O’Malley wants a restoration and more enforcement of anti-trust laws.

15. Public funding of all congressional elections is O’Malley’s final goal to be accomplished within five years.

At least O’Malley on his web site (http://martinomalley.com) calls the 15 points goals and not promises. Many of his goals have a populist ring and will find a likeness and kinship with many voters on all sides of the political spectrum.

Then there is the reality. Much of what O’Malley would like to accomplish and what is politically feasible are worlds apart. Much of what the governor is proposing comes across as a counter to that Democratic Socialist in the race, Bernie.

O’Malley also seems to be courting the Elizabeth Warren wing of the party and moving to the left of Hillary.

So far in the polls, O’Malley is barely making a dent. The rally is around Bernie while Hillary tumbles down the hill with Jack. Even non-candidate, Vice President Joe Biden, is nearly 14 times more the vote-getter than O’Malley.

Martin’s current composite ranking is 1.5% nationwide.

From the Desert with my feet planted firmly in the Cornfield, the pudding will come on October 13, when the Democratic wannabes square off in a debate hosted by CNN.

Will O’Malley last for another month and a half to make his case to the Democratic voters or will he have to fold his tent and wait for another year to join the carnival?

Will the candidate be able to convince enough people to make him their favorite Martin?

Desert Poll Results

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This past week I conducted another unscientific, presidential preference survey. This time it was of residents in the Desert Tri-State area of Arizona, California and Nevada.

Not surprising, the results mirrored the results in the survey the week before of readers of From The Cornfield, Kernels From The Cornfield and CNN’s iReport.  In both surveys, participants overwhelmingly leaned Republican.

Here in the Desert, the median age is 55 years old. Older Americans tend to be more conservative and to vote. This area also holds as a bedrock of American society the Second Amendment.

Here are the results:

Party Preference –

79% Republican 7% Democratic

Democratic Nominee –

Hillary Clinton 50% Other 50% (Extrapolated)

Libertarian Nominee –

Marc Feldman 33% (Need more info) Other 67% (Extrapolated)

Republican Nominee –

1/2 tie Donald Trump 21%, John Kasich 21%

3/4/5 tie Jeb Bush 14%, Dr. Ben Carson 14%, Other 14%

6/7 Scott Walker 7%, Other 7%

One of the others had a write-in candidate of Ronald Reagan – Stan did you vote in the Desert Poll?

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From the Desert with feet planted in the Cornfield, there you have the latest survey from Cornfield to Desert Polls.

This weekend following Thursday’s first presidential debate among Republican candidates, I plan to survey who you thought were winners and losers in both the debate and the earlier forum among the seven who don’t make it on to the debate stage.

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Take Back The Vote

cornfieldlogoIn 15 short months from now, those of us who vote will hold our noses and enter a booth to cast our chose between the people offered to us to become the next President of the United States of America.

Leading up to that day, following the party conventions, you will hear, wherever you go, people bemoaning the nominees.

You will hear people asking if this is the best the parties could offer to the American people.

You will hear people asking why the most qualified person never seeks office.

You will hear the lame excuse that the good ones do not want to have the media spotlight shown on their lives. They do not want their families subjected to the public sticking their noses into their private business.

That is a cop out excuse and has little to no weight nor value.

The truth is: The reason we do not have better candidates running for office, and better choices when we cast our ballot on Election Day, is because the vast majority of us have abdicated our responsibility to selecting a nominee to the fringes – the extremes on both right and left.

In every political opinion or news story about the candidates and the upcoming primaries and caucuses you can read or hear of how the candidates must play to the base. And it is the base – which is really not the base – who are either conservative zealots or liberal fanatics.

The vast majority of the American voting public resides not to the far left nor in the far right. The vast majority of American voters are more centrist or moderate.

But, the vast majority of Americans do not vote in the primaries and the caucuses.

While the vast majority of Americans – not just voters – sometimes move to the right on some issues and sometimes move left on other issues, where they live is in the eye of the political hurricane.

Americans do not take the time to learn about the candidates, their positions, their policies, about what the issues and concerns are.

It is so much easier to stay in the serene eye as the storm rages around them than to muster the will  and energy to vet the people who would govern us.

Why don’t we have better nominees to choose from?

Because we, the people, are letting the extremes determine who the nominees will be.

It is time to put up or shut up.

From the Desert with my roots firmly planted in the Cornfield, I believe it is time to #TakeBackTheVote.

It is time for those of us who live to right of center or left of center or dead center to get out and vote in the primaries and caucuses and make our voices heard.

It is time to #TakeBackTheVote.

It is time to say, “Enough is enough. This is my America. It is not conservative. It is not liberal. It is not moderate. It is America.”

Who will join me this election season and #TakeBackTheVote?

The State of Our Union

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As President Gerald Ford told Congress and the American people in 1975, “The State of our Union is not good.”

The same can be said as I sit here in the Desert and look out across our land from sea to shining sea in July of 2015, 40 years, a generation, later.

The country is at its most divisive since the mid 1960s. The country is nearly as torn as it was in the mid 1860s. But so far, insurrection, taking up arms, has not occurred.

For the past few years there have been calls by some quarters to secede once more from the Union. There was a movement, including an online campaign with thousands of signatures, for Texas, which once was a republic in its own right, to pull out of the national association of states and return to the time of Sam Houston.

At times over this last year, where many of us had thought the racial divide was giving into the melting pot, we have learned that there is a segment out there where we have a white America and a black America. There is an abyss between suburban, small town and rural areas of the country and the inner cities and areas of urban concentration.

Even between suburbia and rural, small town communities there is a divide.  The more liberal occupy urban America and much of suburbia, while conservatives claim rural and small town America.

Each day we turn on the television and go online with trepidation wondering if we will be dismayed, our hearts torn, by yet another mass killing or disaster. Each day we wonder if a rogue country will launch the bomb.

Radicalism is growing and not just with those pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. Some threats are homegrown. Some threats are white supremacists, black power enthusiasts, free nationalist anarchists and so on.

Crime may be down over all, but police are backing off from serving and protecting. In many parts of the country – urban areas predominantly – police are under fire, afraid doing their job will lead to being arrested.

Politicians are playing to our baser nature, garnering large crowds. Politicians are playing on our fears to keep us in an uproar. Politicians have forgotten their duty to do best for the nation and not for their personal careers.

Then there are the millions going about life, ignoring it all. If it does not knock on their door, these millions stay in blissful ignorance, dashing toward the cliff and destruction.

These millions will wake up, but will it be too late?

While the annual budget deficit may continue to track downward, not a word about the national debt of $18 trillion plus and growing. Not a word about the generations to come already buried in red ink. We run merrily along from bubble to bubble, from crash to crash.

Yes, my friends, the State of our Union is not good.

From the Cornfield, should the national anthem be changed to “God Bless America, Again”?

Or have we traveled to far down the road of perdition where even the Almighty cannot intervene?

Polls – Should We Care?

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Dateline The Desert: Quiz time –

2008: Who was way out in front of the pack for the Republican presidential field?

2008: Who held a commanding lead to be the Democratic presidential nominee?

2012: Who was the name on everyone’s lips and in the polls for Republican wannabe presidents?

Rudy Giuliani, America’s Mayor, was the hands on favorite in the polls by a wide margin back in 2008. Rudy never made it passed Iowa or New Hampshire.

Hillary Clinton, just like this year, was the Queen-in-Waiting on the Democratic slate. We all know how that played out when the freshman Senator from Illlinois stole the throne by June 2008.

Herman Cain, former CEO, had the whole country chanting, “9-9-9” for a short while as the “Non-Romney du jour”. That is until the debates and by the time Iowa and New Hampshire rolled around, Cain was steeped in scandal.

Currently many in the media are hyping how Clinton is falling in the polls and Bernie Sanders is lapping at her heels. Donald Trump has pushed Jeb Bush out of the way as well as all other candidates.

Scott Walker coming into the race has kept Marco Rubio at bay. Rubio is in his mentor’s shadow while Walker is taking a breather after being cleared to take-off from the runway by the Wisconsin Tower of Power (Supreme Court).

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are crying for attention. Mike Huckabee is trying to get the choir singing as members are checking out other churches. Rick Santorum has gone to the cupboard, but the cupboard is bare. George Pataki has people asking, “He was governor of where?”

Dr. Ben Carson keeps looking into the waiting room to find no patients waiting for his surgical skills. Chris Christie is asking, “Is there a bridge I can close to keep Trump out?”

Carly Fiorina has learned that being a woman is not enough. For Lindsey Graham he has yet to find a television opportunity he won’t turn down, but people still don’t recognize him.

Border Schmorder, Rick Perry is holed up in the Alamo. Bobby Jindal has found out that he really is “Down in the Boondocks”.

Standing in the shadows and ready to toss his hat is John Kasich of Ohio. But with such a crowded field, does he stand a chance?

Do we go by the polls?

Or is it all just whoever can shout the loudest or hit enough high notes?

When the debates begin, will we see another Perry Minute?

Who will make it onto the stage in August?

Who will be left standing?

And what about the Democrats?

No date yet set for the first Democratic debate only that it will be this fall. Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina will each conduct one.

Hillary is by far the candidate to beat. Bernie is nipping at her heels in Iowa and New Hampshire.

But is Bernie this election round’s Ron Paul?

Martin O’Malley can’t get his name mentioned. But even if he does, there are those annoying questions about his tenure as mayor of Baltimore.

There’s that Lincoln no one is interested in driving…oh yeah, Chaffee. He was a Republican, then an independent, and now trying as a Democrat. Looking for someone to take a test drive, but no takers so far.

Jim Webb, probably the most competent candidate of any on either side, seems trapped and can’t break out like a fly caught in a spider’s web.

Do polls matter before that first appearance on a debate stage?

Do polls matter months from the first caucus, the first primary?

From the Cornfield, as I look through the recently planted seed corn with sprouts peeking through the ground and try not to get stuck by the cacti in the Desert, I would submit that it does not benefit anyone to make a decision yet nor to put too much stock in any poll.

Come August we will begin to see who among the GOP hopefuls has that “it” quality to be president. We will have to wait a bit though on the left side of the aisle.

 

Trump Effect Or How to Throw an Election

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One thing is certain. Donald Trump knows how to fill the airwaves, social media and print.

The cagey businessman, who has filed bankruptcy more times than I can recall, is banking on his ability for brash and questionable talk to keep the spotlight clearly on him to the groans and moans of the Republican presidential field and glee of those would-be Democratic presidents.

Was the tragic shooting and killing of a young woman walking with her father in San Francisco by a Mexican national with a long criminal history and who has been deported five times a publicity stunt gone awry?

Considering the timing of this horrible murder, it is a question which has crossed many a mind and dangled on social media as The Donald has railed against Mexicans crossing illegally into the US of A. Trump has called them murderers, rapists and the worst of the Mexican people.

Trump has tapped into the frustration and anger of people in rural communities and the border states who are frightened with what they perceive as an invasion of the nation.  The validity of The Donald’s claims is not  questioned by far too many. Even when given evidence that Trump is incorrect in much of his assessment.

The man with the hair had to change venues on Saturday to accommodate the thousands who showed to hear him speak in Phoenix, Arizona along side “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio. Trump did not back down.

His fellow contenders for the GOP nod are demanding, begging The Donald to shut-up and sit down. Trump is ignoring them as if the others in the field are nothing more than the sound of distant thunder, barely audible.

While there is an anger and resentment around the country with the current Administration and the refusal of members of both chambers of Congress to actually address and fix an immigration system broken and in need of an overhaul, Trump’s mouth, for which he is best known for after his ill-conceived hairdo, is causing more harm than good for the Grand Ole Party.

The most recent polls have Trump pushing frontrunner Jeb Bush toward the back of the bus. Other candidates such as Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have run into a buzz saw keeping them in the back sections of the newspaper, far from the front page.

Mike Huckabee, still pouncing on same-gender equality, can’t find an inroad. Carly Fiorina, the major woman in the GOP field, can’t even rate a footnote. Ben Carson and Rick Santorum are not even ranking distant memory status.

The bombastic, in-your-face Chris Christie is looking for anything – maybe a scandal – to get his name back on the ticker running along the bottom of the screen of 24/7 news networks. While Scott Walker plans an official announcement on Monday, an “accidental” tweet on Saturday failed to trend on Twitter.

An “autopsy” by the Republican Party following its trouncing in 2012 revealed that the GOP must become more diverse and welcoming if it has any hopes of winning back the White House within the rest of this century. Trump has now reopened a wound that the party has tried to suture.

While closer-to-home GOP politicians may fare well in local and state elections, The Donald is throwing up speed bumps and road blocks along the road to Pennsylvania Avenue.

What is the Republican establishment to do?

Trump has more than enough money to see him through to the convention. Trump has more than enough stashed away without soliciting help to run an independent campaign which would only benefit the Democratic Party.

Yes, Trump knows how to manipulate the media and to reach out and touch the people in the pews. But it is the people standing on the outside which are the problem.

From the Cornfield, as I look through the stalks and the Desert cacti pricking me when I get too close, the Trump Effect on the 2016 presidential race will very likely be a lesson for the GOP of how to lose an election.

For The Donald it is an easy way to throw an election.

Trump, a friend of President Bill and Hillary Clinton, sitting on the front row of Chelsea’s wedding, giving to Hillary’s campaigns, for years backing Democrats, is now crowing about being a Republican.

Looking out across the Desert, it is no mirage. Trump is neither Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or even Independent. Trump is Trump.

What The Donald says, does, how he acts, are all for the benefit of only The Donald – America’s interest takes second place to Donald’s self standing.

Madame President?

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Will 2016 turn out to be the year when American voters get tired of the testosterone-laden, heavy hand of a man sitting in the big chair behind the desk of the Oval Office?

Will 2016 be the year when American voters turn to the more gentle, estrogen-laced woman to lead our military in times of peace and war?

Many across this nation are crying out that it is indeed the time for a female president. The leader of the free world is the prize and the top of the “glass ceiling” which the “gentler” and “fairer” sex has yet to break through.

The choice of a Madame President is not limited, as many seem to believe, to either a Democrat or a Republican. Most people immediately think of Her Royal Consort Hillary Rodham Clinton as the woman to make the break. Some talk of former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as the right female.

But not all women are Republicans nor Democrats. There are countless independents out there who sway this way or that way depending on the issue or the candidate.

If you are ready for a woman president, but want someone other than a Democrat or Republican – read Clinton or Fiorina –  or maybe a Democrat or Republican you haven’t heard about, here are some options:

Declared Republican Candidate

Shawna Sterling – MORE

Possible Democratic Candidates

Amy Klobuchar – Minnesota Senator – MORE

Claire McCaskill – Missouri Sneator – MORE

Janet Napolitano – Former Homeland Secretary & Arizona Governor – MORE

Elizabeth Warren – Massachusetts Senator – MORE

Declared Green Party Candidate

Jean Stein – 2012 Green Party Nominee  & Physician – MORE

Potential Green Party Candidate

Cynthia McKinney – Former Georgia Congresswoman – MORE

Libertarian Party Declared Candidate

Joy Waymire – Veteran & Spiritual Visionary – MORE

Independent Declared Candidates

Lynn Sandra Kahn – Executive Consultant – MORE

Tami Stainfield – Computer Science & Political Studies – MORE

Samm Tittle – Entrepreneur – MORE

From the Cornfield, looking through the stalks and the cacti in the Desert, while at this point in the political time clock it is not possible to know how valid the claim that 2016 will be the year that estrogen beats out testosterone, there are choices to be made.

American voters are not limited to HRC or Carly. The chances of the other women running to stake a claim for Americans hearts are slim, but doable.