Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thinking About Choices for 2016

As we focus on the mid-terms in 2014, I can't help but think about the NEXT election. After all, what do we accomplish in 2014 if we don't gain the Presidency in 2016?

I hark back to the 1980 election, when Ronald Reagan stomped Jimmy Carter. The electoral map is above.

Ronald Reagan had a tough task after his election. The economy was in disarray and our foreign policy was a complete joke. Reagan stood, principled and unbowing, with the belief that free enterprise and a strong military was essential to the health of the United States of America.

He was right. History, at least the history that we were taught, not the history that our kids are taught, showed that Ronald Reagan's first term changed the course of our economy and world history.

Don't take my word for granted. There were a lot of people voting in 1984 that thought the same thing. Take a look at the electoral map from 1984, when Ronald Reagan was challenged by Walter Modale.

Yep, Ronald Reagan did better in his re-election bid.

Now, let's take a look at Barack Obama.

The electorate was torn, wanting to rally behind the first black Presidential nominee.

Barack Obama won in a fairly decisive victory.

What about his re-election?

Damn. Looks pretty similar to 2008 to me, not the overwhelming mandate enjoyed by Ronald Reagan. Then again, Ronald Reagan didn't try to suppress the liberal vote through the IRS, but I digress.

We're now at a crossroads, so what do we do in 2016?

To me, I think we follow Ronald Reagan's lead. I can't think of anyone who would bring that refreshing spirit and conservative drive besides Sarah Palin.

Oh sure, she's been maligned and "tainted" by all the adverse publicity drummed up by the left, making her a "questionable" candidate for the GOP. But don't forget, the same can be said of Reagan, and look what he accomplished! The fall of the Soviet Union and a huge surge in our economy were the fruits of his Presidency.

Unless I get really excited about the emergence of someone new that's truly Reaganesque, I'm going with the most Reaganesque person that exists in America, Sarah Palin. I have a really hard time seeing anyone emerge to take that place.

What about you?

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