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Saturday Column: Presidential campaign triggers high voter interest

March 26, 2016


In about eight months, American voters will select the individual to inspire, lead and defend this country for the next four years. He or she will inherit a confused, angry and frustrated citizenry, a majority of whom are fed up with what is going on in Washington.

It’s likely, although there is no way to prove it, that a greater percentage of thinking Americans are concerned and interested in this year’s primary and general elections than during similar elections in recent years. Interest in the primary elections is sky high, with proponents and opponents of candidates becoming increasingly adamant. How they express their likes and dislikes should spur concern that those expressions could get out of hand.

There are three likely finalists for the job: Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They may not represent the best or most qualified candidate to move into the world’s most powerful elected position, but they are what they are: good or not so good.

Clinton, 68, embraces and endorses much of the Obama political and social philosophy. She has been a political insider since 1976, when her husband, former Arkansas governor and U.S. president Bill Clinton, was elected attorney general of Arkansas. Hillary Clinton has served as a U.S. senator and as this nation’s secretary of state.

She has far more experience in politics, 40 years, than either Republican candidate, but there are strong opposing opinions about whether she did a good job as a senator or secretary of state.

Cruz, 45, was a clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and served as the solicitor general of Texas, arguing nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, before returning to private practice in Texas. He served as an adviser to former President George H.W. Bush in 2000 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He is a staunch conservative, a gifted speaker and debater, and, for whatever reason, does not enjoy strong support from his fellow Republican senators.

Trump, 69, is a New York businessman, entrepreneur and developer who has been highly successful despite experiencing some major reversals during his highly publicized career. As a businessman, he supported both Republican and Democratic candidates, but he has not been a candidate for any political office prior to his current campaign for the presidency.

Voters should realize partisan politics is a tough and, often, a mean business. Unfortunately, the name of the game is for candidates to pledge and say whatever will get votes and, if elected, figure ways to justify abandoning the grand-sounding commitments.

Obama, however, broke this model when he pledged, if elected, to make “fundamental changes” in America. He has followed through on this pledge and made major changes, many by executive action, rather than by gaining approval from Congress.

Many of the changes have altered the level of respect that many world leaders have for the strength and resolve of Uncle Sam. America’s armed forces have been reduced, the nation’s debt is at an all-time high and the government has become more involved in the lives of most Americans. World terrorism has grown, racial relations are not good, there is little cooperation between Democrats and Republicans in Washington and the Obama health care plan has failed to measure up to the president’s assurances.

The battle between Cruz and Trump is ugly and could end up damaging GOP chances of winning the White House in November. On the other hand, does the country want, or can it afford, four more years of greater government control, a weakening nation and growing numbers of Americans being dependent on government subsidies?

There is every reason for Americans to learn as much as they can about the candidates, what they stand for, their level of honesty and the impact their election would have on this country. Remember, far too often, campaign promises turn out to be hollow. America could suffer deep and dangerous consequences if the wrong person, with the wrong motives, should be elected.

It all boils down to more or less government and the ability, honesty and motives of who is elected.


Richard Crank 2 years, 1 month ago

So, Mr. Simons, you prefer Cruz or Trump over Hillary or Bernie. I presume you want GOP control of the House and Senate, too. Have you paid any attention to what's happening in Kansas with total Republican -- of the radical-right subspecies, at that -- control?!?!?

What's a nightmare for Kansas is headed nationwide if that happens. Sorry, you're just another GOP hack.

Michael Kort 2 years, 1 month ago

Oh let's face it !

The republicans have two main candidates for the presidency who are not exactly welcomed or liked amongst their own party elite, as a whole .

So it all falls back to the Pseudo Christian arm of the party, to pick and chose what interests them and their Pseudo moral agenda, the most .

So out come the "good old modeling days" pictures of Mrs Trump . Oh, how scandalous !

And now the National Enquirer ( because enquiring minds (?) want to know.....( what ) ? ) has accused Ted Cruz of having multiple affairs that were not of the political type . OH, my !

There we go again !

Your basic Republican morally packaged hatchet jobs on the opponent and it's not even the week before the election.......or maybe it is, if you're counting delegate votes to be accumulated for the nomination process !

You have to kind of wonder if the Republican religious wing nut right ever gets tired of this stuff right before a critical vote ? Do they ever get enough of this bedroom peaking stuff ?

Hilary is wisely staying out of it ....but as we all know,...... her day is coming soon, when the Republicans will accuse her of doing something strange with small furry animals !.......or something bad !.......and sexual ?.......whatever it get votes of the the inquiring minds (?) of religious right !?

Well, I guess that it's Republican politics ......and somebody needs to be morally manipulated !

Thomas Bryce Jr. 2 years, 1 month ago

The GOP Has 2 candidates. It is up to them to choose between a narcissistic, greedy , adulterous idolator or a theocratic, totalitarian dictator. Hoping that more reasonable voters show up at the polls. A one party rule has consequences and you have to look no further than our own state of Kansas to see what the GOP has in store, for the entire Nation, if they gain control of all three Branches of Government.

Michael Kort 2 years, 1 month ago

By the way, what greater government control of everyone are you talking about ?, as we have accumulated Trillions of dollars in debt because of deregulating the banking industry, to the joy of mindless so called business types everywhere, to the point that your blessed republican candidates are not likely to make it to the next federal election, before the next major financial collapse occurs !

Our national debts dwarf our Gross Domestic Product ( much of that is from bail outs of the banking monsters and financial systems that we created with deregulation ) our stock market is propped up by stock buy backs, by corporations with their borrowed money shopping habits, who aren't out investing as much in research and development as they should be and the banks are no longer too big to fail but are now too big to bail out ( so the will be confiscating people's accounts to bail themselves in from depositors who are just unsecured creditors, as derivative losses under the law now have first call on a banks assets meaning your accounts ) .

Mean while Ks State government is all over the map into people's lives and they are mostly Republicans with more of their big business ideas that have made our country into a financial house of cards .

Michael Kort 2 years, 1 month ago

Oh, yea. Tell us again why our US CONGRESS refuses to even give a polite hearing to the Obama nominee to the Supreme Court ? .......more Re-publican fascist plutocratic nonsense ! They just up and said no publicly and dug in to their position as usual .

If you wonder why the President uses executive orders so much it is because it is the only way that things get done with the Re-publican Congress that made it no secret that their goal was to make Obama a one term wonder !

Second term;.....same as the first !

They obviously FAILED but that didn't stop them from their political bitter works !

What excuse will they come up with if Hillary wins the presidency and leaves the current Supreme Court Nominee in play ?

Will a Re-publican Congress then insist that they will see no nominee, that they didn't choose for a president to nominate ? Or will they insist that only a second term president should be able to nominate for the Supreme Court for some reason ? GIve us a break !

Re-Publicans in Congress ( particularly the tea party of guys like Cruz ) who have worked to poison cooperation in government are the problem and their actions and are on the record and in the press daily with it all ! Why do you think Cruz "the insider" is so not beloved by the rest of the Re-Publican Congress ? We's Obamas fault !!! all Re-Publicans are just the innocent victims of Obama that secret Muslim........or whatever !!!???

Marc Wilborn 2 years, 1 month ago

Who deregulated the financial industry? - Bill Clinton Who signed NAFTA? - Bill Clinton Who started the practice of shortening maturities on our debt to reduce interest payments? - Bill Clinton

Our debt will never be repaid as more and more money will be consumed through interest payments. Bush definitely added to the problem so he gets the blame too.

Barb Gordon 2 years, 1 month ago

The "for whatever reason" you were searching for on Cruz's Republican likeability is that nobody who has ever worked with him likes him. He's got reverse charisma. He looks like your creepy uncle, and his legislative history so far is trying to shut down the government.

Calvin Anders 2 years, 1 month ago

Well Dolph, Cruz currently has about 35% of pledged delegates in the Republican race. Bernie is running at 44% of pledged delegates in the Democratic race and some key Western states will likely go his way. While I'll agree that Bernie is still a long shot, your insistence that Cruz is still a viable candidate combined with your complete dismissal of Bernie speaks volumes. The institutional right and left all seem to want to put their heads in the sand and ignore the possibility that real change is possible. Bernie is within 6% of having the majority of pledged delegates going into the convention. And Ted Cruz is an almost universally reviled sneak who's negatives are almost as high among Republicans as among Democrats. Cruz's only redeeming quality among most of his supporters is that he seems not quite as horrible as Trump. Bernie supporters are motivated. If Bernie can secure the nomination, turnout will be big in November.

Marc Wilborn 2 years, 1 month ago

I agree Bernie is a viable candidate but there are only two caucus states left which is the real issue here. Clinton has waited him out because of this and his reluctance to draw clear distinctions between him and Clinton early in the campaign clearly was a mistake now.

I mean how many times can Chris Matthews, et al interview Clinton? If Bernie had Trump's skill of showmanship, Clinton would already be out of the race. What a shame.

Calvin Anders 2 years, 1 month ago

There are 19 states left with 2049 delegates yet to be determined. California alone has 475 delegates up for grabs. Bernie is currently down 268 pledged delegates. The media may want us to believe the numbers say Bernie can't win. It's just not true. If Bernie can close the gap on pledged delegates, I think most super delegates will realize that it's unfair and unwise for them to subvert the will of the voters. Either the Democratic party is a party of the people or they don't deserve to call themselves the Democratic party.

Marc Wilborn 2 years, 1 month ago

Super delegates are for Clinton unless she is indicted. No more caucuses for Bernie and the end is near. He cannot convince the Clinton faithful that he is better because, well, they believe she is right which is clueless to begin with. Looking more at Gary Johnson now.

Bob Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

Does Bernie hate America more than the current resident of 1600 Penn. Ave? Could the country withstand 4 years of pay-to-play corruption under Hillary? Stay tuned.

Joseph Jarvis 2 years, 1 month ago

The nonpartisan, human part of me hopes that Dolph looks forward to writing these columns like a child waits in anticipation for the chime of an ice cream truck. Because if not, what a futile exercise for reader and author both.

Bob Summers 2 years, 1 month ago

Good news!!

Clinton has the White Privilege vote!

If Donald Trump is ambivalent about the Ku Klux Klan and other fringe groups he has been linked with, he can rest assured that - for some, at least - the feeling is mutual. The demagogic Republican frontrunner has come under fire for failing to adequately disavow the support of David Duke, a former KKK grand wizard who told listeners to his radio programme that voting against Mr Trump would be “treason against your heritage”. Will Quigg, a grand dragon of the Klan’s California chapter and responsible for recruitment in the western United States, is less keen to give Mr Trump the dubious benefit of his support. “We want Hillary Clinton to win,” Mr Quigg told The Telegraph. “She is telling everybody one thing, but she has a hidden agenda. She’s telling everybody what they want to hear so she can get elected, because she’s Bill Clinton’s wife, she’s close to the Bushes. [But] once she’s in the presidency, she’s going to come out and her true colours are going to show.

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