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How Much Time do We Have?

August 25, 2016

Twenty-three years have passed since William Jefferson Clinton was elected President in 1993 and seven years since Hillary Clinton was appointed Secretary of State in 2009.

Only in 2016 are the activities of the Clinton Foundation and allegations of conduct by Hillary Clinton been portrayed as “Pay to Play.”

What is it about American politics that responsible citizens react too late to bad policies and questionable activities?

William Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were each elected to second terms when it is clear in hindsight that none was worthy of re-election.

In a recent post titled “Irresponsible Generation,”  I wrote that “this generation did not do the hard work to understand forces in the world that wanted to destroy the United States, nor to prepare to sustain that world leadership.”

We were worse off at the end of each of these second term Presidencies than we were at the end of their first terms, yet the American people seemed to yawn and moved on to more important decisions.

Well, we now face a decision in the current Presidential election between a reprise of the Clinton and Obama Presidencies and something so totally new and unexpected that none dare name it.

What is Donald Trump? And what forces within the GOP allowed Trump to gain control of the Republican Party.

“Do Nothing” Congress comes to mind, especially since 2015 when Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress. If Barack Obama was as bad as the GOP claimed, why didn’t the House and Senate immediately introduce an Impeachment resolution?

Indeed, why didn’t they do that when the GOP took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010?

Clearly, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell were “insiders” who were consumed by the legislative process and ignored the educational role of Congress.

Even though they wouldn’t have succeeded in Impeaching the President in 2010, they should have begun that process when the GOP controlled the U.S. House of Representatives six years ago.

Blame may be placed firmly on Cong. John Boehner (R-OH), but surely there is blame to be placed on his successor Cong. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for not immediately understanding that Republicans were dissatisfied and would bolt the GOP for an alternative.  Ryan, too, is a Congressional “insider.”

Donald Trump is the “outsider” that Republican primary voters have chosen and that will force a total realignment of the Republican Party which can easily take three to four Presidential cycles to sort out.

Unfortunately, if there is no forceful opposition party that comes into being during that time, we may not have the luxury of politics as usual..

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