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I've had many problems during my soon – to - be 71-year-old existence on the planet.
It’s my mother’s fault. She forced me to read anything and everything on which I could get my hands, and consider all points of view, even thought I may have vehemently disagreed with the positions of others.
And then to compound my wackiness (God knows she tried), when I asked a question, she would never answer it. Instead, she would point to World Book Encyclopedias (which she sold in her spare time), and say, “Go look it up, and then come back to me with your question.”
Thereafter, she forced me to attend engineering school where I slept through the acquisition of an industrial and systems engineering degree. Consequently, I think that everything in the physical universe can be fixed or tweaked, while conceding that humans cannot.
Now that we've had some time to appreciate the significance of the 4th of July, and perhaps ignore it, we peaceful citizens need to make an overwhelming statement as we approach the next presidential election. Simply put, it can't be close the next time around.
No frigging 51%- 49% BS so that the disappointed can perform their rendition of a Marx Brothers routine.
If: (a) Democrats are willing to "adopt" Liz Cheney (or write in her name); and (b) we can garner the support of moderate Republicans and Independents, we may be able to reach 70% - 75%. (I know what you are saying, "Silly boy!")
Complicated? Yes, but can anyone suggest another pragmatic way to assemble 70% of the popular vote so that the next President has a legitimate mandate?
Biden can't do it.
Harris can't do it.
Trump can't do it.
DeSantis can't do it.
(Check out the pictures and ask yourself why they are always wrapped in the flag.)
There is simply no way that we will have peace if either party runs with their preferred candidate. We ordinary everyday citizens have more power than we realize, and we need to defy and tweak the system that has been forced on us. (That’s the engineer in me standing on my shoulder.) We don't have time to form a viable 3rd party. We may not be able to get around the primary impediments forced upon us.
we can try to cross party lines and occupy the middle, where (I firmly
believe) there is a commonality of interests.
There is no way to get to 60% - 70%, unless we tweak the system, and
form a "peace coalition." Can't be done by either party separately.
For all of you naysayers who disagree with this goal, PLEASE tell me an alternate SOLUTION. If not, spread the word #LizCheney4Prez. (Mitt Romney is my 2nd choice but Cheney has been standing up more recently, and Liz and Prez both end with a z, which may be more important than we are willing to admit.)
Our country was founded through a balancing of competing interests so that we could all live as one people - citizens of one country. There has always been a "tension," and always will be should we continue to exist.
A wise former partner of mine once said, “A good settlement / compromise is when all parties walk away somewhat unhappy and partly dissatisfied," and I later added, "...not when one side bullies the other into submission through some type of power."
P.S. 1: This post is well under 750 words, which my now departed mentors horse - whipped me about repeatedly. That leaves time for you to watch one of my favorite movies about the power of ordinary citizens.
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