CALIFORNIA MAY MATTER THIS ELECTION PRIMARY!
The 2016 Presidential Primary
state elections to select our two major political party's candidates
convention delegates continue to be the most unusual, even bizarre, in my lifetime -- considering the rhetoric used.
This year, candidates need to
acquire western states delegates to reach the necessary total to become their party nominee at the convention. For so many election
years the required total would be achieved much earlier in the year, following
mostly eastern states primaries vote tally. So...California's June 7th primary
is taking on more significance.
Once ignored Californians can now
anticipate for the next couple months or so being subjected to all the hoopla first hand we've read about
taking place in other states as candidates seek votes for their respective July political party conventions. In fact, some
candidates have already been in the Los Angeles area holding campaign appearances. I suppose we'll soon have TV commercials, phone calls, and mail flyers to plague us voters which we've largely been spared previous years. I've been signed up several years with our local "No Knock Registry". That means I have a decal on my door also stating "No Solicitations", so I won't have those door-to-door campaigners.
Here's how it looks up to this point from my perspective.....
Democratic party candidate-choosing has proven to be more of a two
candidate competition than anyone had anticipated. They each are
defining their positions on the major issues facing our nation and the
world, allowing those who are paying attention to distinguish how they're
different and how they're the same. They stress intent and action, but they also have an underlying design toward national and international unification. Personal attacks and negativism have been absent, fortunately. The front runner candidate continues to be expected to achieve the required nomination numbers by their July 25-28, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania convention.
The multiple Republican party candidates have continued being whittled down in number and now are three.
The third -- whose behaviors indicate he may be the only sane sensible one in the group -- has acquired the least number of delegates and is said to be unable to obtain enough more to become the candidate.
Debates of the other two most prominent Republican candidates have revealed intent to institute alarmingly extremist irrational approaches to addressing our nation's and the world's issues in a destructively divisive manner. Their debates, and I use that term loosely, have waffled all over the place from focusing on actual issues to denigrating one another -- and lately even disparaging each others wives.
The current Republican leader offers what appear to be overly-simplistic knee-jerk type problem solutions reflecting a failure to understand and consider all of an issues complex nuances, coupled with a repelling enthusiasm for initiating personal attacks on his opponent(s). Frankly, I find it scary, even dangerous, to think that leading candidate is expected to secure enough votes for the nomination. One fly in this ointment is despite gradual increasing overt support, there continues to be a lot of open and covert opposition to his becoming the nominee. How, or even if, the Republican party can prevent that, should they decide to do so, will be interesting to observe in the months ahead, then later at their July 18-21, Cleveland, Ohio convention.
The Democratic party is expected to continue as a political force, basically consistent with their long established principles, whatever the outcome of their convention. The same may not be true for the Republican party which long ago strayed from principles for which they always said they represented. Years ago a vocal Republican party minority segment began disrupting congressional legislative function, then more recently has been trying to hijack their party's election primary.
Voting outcomes to date in both party primary results clearly reflect a desire for change, but..... from what to what?