When 78-year-old Bernie Sanders had his recent heart attack I wondered if it would ruin his chances for election. I recalled that in the 1950s Dwight Eisenhower suffered heart problems and he finished out two terms in office. I couldn’t remember if he had experienced his attack during his first or second term.
So, I did a little Googling and learned that the four-pack a day smoker suffered an attack while playing golf in September 1955. He was aged 64 and in June of 1956 announced he would run for a second term.
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One of the things future historians will argue over is whether the presidential election of 2016 gave Americans their worse choice ever. I don’t have to look far from home to find people saying they are being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. Matter of fact, I can look inside my home and find this sentiment. To some degree it is how I feel.
From day one of the primary season I did not want anyone named Bush or Clinton in the mix and I especially didn’t want either to win their party’s nomination. My hope was that a couple of new names with new faces might help curb some of the divisions names Bush and Clinton evoke.
Well, that’s not to be. We got ourselves a Clinton and a name that makes me wish we had a Bush. Donald Trump’s success at winning the GOP nomination has and will continue the growing division between our people. Trump is anything but a healer, anything but a uniter, and anything but an honest, transparent, full disclosure candidate.
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Some place in American History Thomas Jefferson said an informed electorate was necessary in a democracy. Jefferson was a strong advocate for public education and taking his advice America has poured billions, if not trillions, into trying to create that informed voter.
Given the opinions so many Americans profess and how they vote makes one wonder if all the money has been well spent. Before the 2014 general election polls concluded that most Americans felt the economy was the number one issue and expressed the continued attitude that America’s economy was still in the dump.
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