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Thinking about 2016?

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Are you thinking about 2016? I'm not yet, although there are plenty of folks on both sides of the aisle who apparently are. Actually I guess that (since I'm writing this post) I am thinking about it! A lot of speculation is floating around about Chris Christie as a potential GOP front runner, as well as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and on the other side, everybody's favorite "what does it matter" candidate Hillary Clinton.

Where we go from here (and the future of the Republican party) will have a lot to do with the outcome of the 2014 midterm elections. By all accounts, with the plethora of scandals, lack of economic progress, disastrous roll-out of Obamacare [and subsequent lies told around that] it should be a cinch for the Republicans to clean up. But, then again, I scratch my head at the GOP's choice for nominee and the spectacular loss he suffered to Obama.

If there was ever a time for a truly conservative presidential candidate, this is it. With liberal big-spending ideas proving to be ineffective and ultimately more harmful--and the lies told to push these things through in Congress and by the American people, those who have typically been opposed to those ideas should win in landslides against their liberal Democratic components. They should. However, it is one thing to have conservative principles and quite another to be effective. What this country doesn't need is to continue in the stalled, ineffective grip of a Congress who can't get along with each other or the executive branch. We need a conservative who can act as a centrist when necessary to achieve the kind of compromise necessary to truly govern a country. We don't need a make-believe conservative who will say whatever is necessary to get the nomination and then, after being elected, turn into another big government "RINO." Remember Richard Nixon? Frankly, George W. Bush wasn't exactly the conservative poster child, either. We need balance. While I admire Ron Paul and many of the ideas and values he stands for, I think he would be the wrong choice for president. There are things that can't be left unattended for long periods of time while we stand on principle and refuse to budge in order to get things done,.

One of the biggest things that conservatives need to overcome to get elected is the desire for free stuff from the government. I've heard it described as an American issue; I tend to think it's part of the human condition. We like free things. One thing I have noticed is that the items I get for free I tend to care for less. There seems to be a deeper attachment if it is something I have worked for, except for God's grace--which is a whole different matter for an entirely different blog.

My hope and prayer is that we can find a common ground and come up with an electable candidate to change direction in this country. Hillary Clinton would be the wrong choice. her failed leadership as Secretary of State, her disposition and her dishonesty (Benghazi) make her undeserving of the highest office of the land and a BAD choice for America. "What does it matter?" It matters a lot. Ask the families of those dead Americans.
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