"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Monday 15 February 2016


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "AS BAD AS IT SEEMS": 

In the first year in office, the (let us assume new) president spends his time learning the ropes from his trusted inner circle of advisors, who themselves have little or no experience governing. He has made promises, commitments while running for office, but turning these into legislation seems to be impossible.

In the second year the opposition party starts in on shredding him, as with mid-term elections in the offing it does not want him to accomplish anything substantial.

In the third year his own party starts in on shredding him for being weak and ineffective. Alternatives start popping up out of the woodwork. 

In the fourth year he is facing a dog-fight with a handful of his own party members, all seeking his party's nomination for president for the next four years.


Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 15 February 2016 at 17:55

The first year of a second term is the (no longer new) President's fifth year in the office. He and his administration are as experienced and sure-footed as they are likely to be in the context of urgent matters that cannot always be predicted but always require immediate response. 

The fourth year of a second term is the eighth and last year of his or any other presidency. 

His  legacy is established or it is not. The  determination is never immediate.   

Nor is his legacy the issue before voters . 

The choice of president is not a grocery store brand.

At this time, the choice is .....who will be the NEXT PRESIDENT.

The legacy of former  President George Bush has not yet been assessed. 

President Obama has not even completed his second term in office. 

Americans everywhere are engrossed in making the decision. 

People of every stripe and colour and every level of social structure. 

Even those  who have no stake....and yet we do....people world- over have an interest in who becomes  President of the United States Of America. 

Americans may not  not  be aware  or concerned  about the interest of the world. 

But the  world is interested nevertheless. We are holding our breath. 

A person without experience  in the business of government is unthinkable. 

The contest does not even begin until the wheat is separated from the chaff. 


Anonymous said...

People in other countries are terrified of Cruz or trump getting in. I am too old to be building a bunker but it is that scary.
If that happened, Canada might face an influx of Americans greater than the draft dodgers.

Anonymous said...

Did Trudeau have any experience in government? He didn't have any experience in business either...but we got him. And now we have to live with him for the remainder of this term. Whoever gets chosen will continue to turn the old wheels of government. Nothing changes, except for the amount of debt. That will only increase.

Anonymous said...

11:21.... how dramatic can you be?

Anonymous said...

GW is the poster boy for Republicans. It is too bad that Justice Scalia decided to give him that election over Gore. It
would have been a very different world without a couple of foreign wars upsetting the balance.

Anonymous said...

Gore? The "Nobel" Peace prize winner?

Anonymous said...

Beats wars in my book.

Anonymous said...

Trump keeps threatening to sue. I guess he has used that as a tactic his entire life just because he could afford the
lawsuits and his opponents were unable to match him.