Finally, the Republican Party has a clear-cut choice for their nominee, and the GOP is getting on board with it. Or are they?

There is still talk of a possible contested convention. There are still those who say the delegates could change their minds and nominate someone else. Really, this is the problem with a system run by, developed by and controlled by career politicians and those willing to be led by such. The Republican Party, the “people,” have made their choice clear. Good or bad, the choice has been made. We are not sheep to be led. We have a mind of our own and we have made the choice. This is what the Republican and Democratic parties do not and will not come to grips with. They feel that no matter what our choice is, we don’t know what is good for us.

Gov. Larry Hogan was not a career politician. Yes, his father was, but he chose to go into business. He ran for governor and he was elected by the people. And here is what the Democratic and Republican parties cannot come to grips with. Maryland’s governor would not have been elected if it were not for the joint effort of the Democratic and Republican party members voting for him.

We are all fed up with politics as usual, Republican and Democrat. It has been working well for Maryland so far, and I believe it could work for the country. You do not need to be a career politician to run for office or be good at it. What experience did Obama have before the presidency? And was his presidency a good one?

It is our choice — the people — to have Donald Trump as our nominee. It is no different than any other choice in the past. Only time will tell if it was a good choice. Isn’t that the measure of any nominee, time?

If we are wrong, and I am sure most voters will admit they have made bad choices in the past, it is on us, and we will try again next time. Get behind who we have selected and stop the threats of a contested convention, or that delegates can change their minds. There are many other political offices up for election and if those candidates continue to ignore their constituents, they may also be looking for new jobs.

Charles E. Hubbard

Middletown

(66) comments

public-redux

Now here's a fun parlor game. Suppose Trump had run as a Democrat and was now the presumptive Democratic nominee. Cruz is the Republican nominee. Who do you vote for?

vicdavy

How about this, Joe DiMaggio in Fenway Park and Ted Williams and Yankee Stadium?

public-redux

C'mon, they didn't even play the same position. Besides, the answer is obvious. Willie Mays, any stadium.

vicdavy

You didn't understand my post,Gladys. It was about Stadium dimensions and Lefty vs Righty. If there are some knowledgeable Baseball Fans on this forum, they get it.

DickD

You are trying to drive us crazy, Gladys. [scared]

gary4books

"The Price is Right" every morning at eleven.

Oscarpot14

A good many of us out here are in quite the conundrum. When Trump shows dis respect towards ANYONE that disagrees with him it is very, very, troubling. The anger of us voters is very real. WE are sick and tired of the "same old saw" If one chooses to "sit it out" this election because they cannot stomach the thought of Trump and his obvious chameleon thought process-that is understandable. Then there is Hillary.... Do many of you really think much will change with either of these two? Many will be holding their nose & hoping not to vomit if the do vote.
If EITHER candidate cannot solve our 18 trillion dollar debt (that is 1 million times 1 million times 18-let that sink in) we will ALL feel the pain. Term limits for the legislative branches of "OUR" government for either candidate should absolutely be part of their platform. Remember, they are supposed to be working for us.....
.... Please-oh great Jehova- give us a 3 rd party candidate that espouses honest logical moral thought, will not sell their soul to the establishment, can remember at all times that they work for all of the citizens, can remember that character matters (even when no one is watching) and on and on and on........

DickD

There is no doubt the Republicans are looking at a third party candidate. Who it will be, I have no idea. Paul Ryan would have the best chance, but from what he said previously, I am guessing it will not be him. I will never vote for Trump.

b1sellers

“Please-oh great Jehova- give us a 3 rd party candidate that espouses honest logical moral thought, will not sell their soul to the establishment, can remember at all times that they work for all of the citizens, can remember that character matters (even when no one is watching) and on and on and on........”

He did – Bernie Sanders

BstD59

I'm backing Sanders too...but....I will ignore my better judgement and vote for Clinton if she is the Democrat candidate. While I much prefer Bernie I'm also not willing to split the Democrat ticket so that Trump could slink in.

threecents

I feel similarly about both Bill and Hillary. I don't like some things they have done, but both are are among the most qualified to be president.

DickD

It should be Hillary. If not, we all are in trouble.

DickD

All parties have the right to set the rules for their party and this is nothing new, they were voted on before the primary. So, anyone running for the office of President, knew before filing what the rules of their party were. This should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Now Trump is no Republican, never was until he saw an opportunity. Trump, being the charlatan that he is, realized his best opportunity was to run as a Republican. So, he changed parties Then he looked at what most people were saying about what was bothering them the most and using all of his past experience on TV used that, along with all of his name calling, mud slinging, vulgarity, racism, religious discrimination and hate.

Now you are ready to accept Donald Trump. A person that has succeeded in destroying the Republican party and if elected will destroy the U.S.

tonyc51

The fact that a person saw an opportunity and jumped at it also describes Bernie, wouldn't you say?

DickD

Yes, but I do not support Bernie, either. I am no Socialist.

b1sellers

DickD May 6, 2016 1:22pm
Yes, but I do not support Bernie, either. I am no Socialist.
Neither is Bernie Sanders. He is a democratic socialist.

DickD

Bernie calls himself a Socialist, not a democratic socialist, if there is such a thing.

BstD59

b1 has it right, Sanders is a democratic socialist. There is a big distinction between socialist and democratic socialist. Look it up.

DickD

This is what I looked at previously and I still believe there is no difference between socialism and what you are referring to as democratic socialism. Besides, Bernie does not call himself a democratic socialist, he calls himself a Socialist that is a Democrat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_socialism
"Democratic socialism is a political ideology advocating political democracy alongside social ownership of the means of production, with democratic management of enterprises within a socialist economic system. The term "democratic socialism" is sometimes used synonymously with "socialism"; the adjective "democratic" is often added to distinguish it from the Marxist–
Leninist brand of socialism, which is widely viewed as being non-democratic.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism
"Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterised by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production, as well as the political ideologies, theories, and movements that aim at their establishment.

DeDeuceCoupe32

Destroy the U.S.? DD you need to lay off the soap opera dramatics. What game piece represents you in the game of monopoly?

DickD

No game playing when you have someone that is willing to use nuclear weapons, will withdraw from NATO, is willing to allow Putin to do what he wants, etc. Trump is dangerous!

Brent Grimes

The people have spoken, both for and against Mr. Trump -- so be it. There is no compelling political or moral rationale, however, for the many people who did not vote for him in the primary to now support a candidate they believe is inept, unprincipled, unstable, morally repugnant and altogether unfit to hold the office of POTUS. When Hillary Clinton wins the election (God help us), the blame will be on those Republicans who supported Donald Trump, not those who, in good conscience, could not.

tonyc51

[thumbup][thumbup]Exactly

DickD

Unprincipled, unstable, morally repugnant and altogether unfit to hold the office of POTUS. Sounds like Trump.

vicdavy

Bernie Sanders is the Answer,but the establishment 2 Party People won't admit it! Bernie is FDR!

DickD

Well, I am not a Republican, but I can agree those that have voted for Trump, in the primary, help to elect Hillary. With her experience, I believe she will do a good job.

threecents

I don't think there is any more serious talk of a contested Republican primary. Once Cruz dropped out it was over because Trump was assured to have the majority of the delegates, barring something unforeseen, like him dropping out of the race...

BlueDawn666

We can only hope....that he drops out.

DeDeuceCoupe32

Or maybe Ashton Kutcher Punk'd all of us with the Celebrity Apprentice star.

BstD59

Oh how I wish your joke was real! Sigh.

DeDeuceCoupe32

The Supreme Court is whats at stake here. 4 years will come and go.

threecents

He will nominate his kids.

DeDeuceCoupe32

Or his sister.

MCEDDE21

Who's Yer Daddy? Sheldon Adelson Signs on with Trump
-- So much for Trump's "balanced" Mid-East policy
"Mr. Adelson said, "... that he thinks that Mr. Trump “will be good for Israel.” http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/05/05/sheldon-adelson-says-he-will-support-donald-trump/

richardlyons

GOP not looking very 'grand" these days

DickD

Now it means the "old" party was grand, not Grand Old Party.

BstD59

Trump is not the choice of the people, he is not even the choice of the Republican people, he is the choice of angry Republican people. He certainly is not the choice of the Republican establishment, the Democrats or the Unaffiliated who together I hope will defeat him in November. And should by some stroke of really rotten luck he should win the election? Then woe be to every man, woman, and child whether they voted for him or not.

Dwasserba

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DickD

Canada will have a large influx of people, if Trump wins.

b1sellers

Agree BstD

MCEDDE21

If anything, Trump has followed the Republican Party line on race and gender issues but has differentiated himself from its original, 17-member pack of pygmies with his big mouth and his rhetoric on campaign finance, foreign relations (especially military interventionism), and trade. The Party and, most egregiously, the media, have given him a free pass on the details.

His reality-TV, in-your-face style has won the favor of those who feel their leaders have been too soft on torture, respect for individual rights (anyone who dared to protest his inflammatory speeches), and everything that can possibly be disparaged or maligned as mere political correctness. The Republican Establishment has feared him (so far) because he was, ostensibly, what the voters want most—a man who would return power to the little guy.

Trump’s critics, of course, saw through the masquerade and now, Trump has revealed himself to be just what the Establishment ordered; another fraud. After fooling just enough people to secure the nomination, Trump has now abandoned the masses and authorized his own SuperPAC! Now, at last, the rich have the man they can buy—like all the rest of the pygmies.

Meet the “new boss”, Charlie!

teapartier

MCEDDE21,
Describing the 17 republican candidates as pygmies are you saying (1) that they are “members of any human group whose adult males grow to less than a specific height” or 4'11". Or (2) using the term as a Pejorative “also called a derogatory term a term of abuse, or a term of disparagement”
If it’s the first, then you are incorrect.
If it’s the second, then you should support Trump because you sound just like him!

MCEDDE21

Oh, my! I sound like Trump? Where does that come from? And, even if YOU think that I "sound" like him, there is no logical process by which you might infer that I would support him. Truth: You support him... Am I right?

teapartier

No not really, And I was correct its number 2. My process was that in reading your comment and reading Trump comments the similarities are obvious. You let your emotions cloud your intelligence.

MCEDDE21

Oh, teaperson! Your swill is poisonous, albeit slow-acting… You don’t know if you support Trump or not? Keep drinking!

teapartier

How did you know? I'm drinking a diet Pepsi (straight) as I type . Is the cloud lifting?

public-redux

I took MCEDDE21's meaning to be something like "an insignificant or unimpressive person." Which is one of Merriam-Webster's definitions.

The comment also reminded me of Gary Hart and the seven dwarfs from the (pre-Monkey Business) 1988 campaign.

vicdavy

T you're being disingenuous criticizing Trump doesn't mean you're Trump supporter if that was true 2+2=5

teapartier

OK I'll fess up, I not a Trump supporter. His meteoric rise has been fueled by anger and emotion.I do not support or vote on that criteria. Anyway my preferred candidate dropped out a long time ago. But let's look at the math equation. In politics the equation might have some validity. I will call it Hillary math.
2 delegates for Hillary + 2 delegates for Bernie = 5 superdelegates for Hillary.

threecents

Despite what he keeps saying, he has been collecting donations all along and has spent very little of his own money on his campaign. Now, he will need PAC money to be on a level field with Hillary. Obama said he would address campaign finance reform but never did - maybe because congress would not support it.

gary4books

People do have choices. I remember when President Eisenhower was elected there were groups that liked him called "Democrats for Eisenhower." They also voted for people like Sam Rayburn and Lyndon Johnson and kept a divided Government. But they voted for the person they liked. If one sorts out the lies and the propaganda they can still find someone to vote for.

BlueDawn666

We are not sheep to be led. We have a mind of our own and we have made the choice....to be led down the road of ruination by Trump, who has made America hate again. He has made it okay to open and honest about your hate, made it so you do not have to be ashamed to hate out loud and be proud of your hate. He has tapped into people's fears of the OTHER, brown-skinned people, Hispanics and Muslims and next will be African American people, and since we prefer to live in a perpetual state of fear of the OTHER we now have Trump as the presumptive nominee. If you are FOR Trump you have been led, your fears have been played and exploited to the point that you have voted a hate monger into perhaps being President.

Thing is how do you know you are not an OTHER, how do you know the hate will not be turned against you at some point?

phydeaux994

Exactly! [thumbup] Trump has tapped into a segment of the population who identify with his rhetoric. Sadly, these people have finally found a Candidate that says what they think.

gary4books

You know I expect Trump to say all who fought in Vietnam are "losers."

DickD

After what he said about McCain, I can believe that.

marylandmirage

I realize my previous comment deals with the general election and not the Republican establishment, but I do not think the establishment supports Trump because I think they believe he is not "electable" in the general election. Both parties have a history of producing candidates that let people think they "chose" them.

marylandmirage

In the end, the electoral college will decide. I checked on the reasoning for this system, and found the following: " James Madison worried about what he called "factions," which he defined as groups of citizens who have a common interest in some proposal that would either violate the rights of other citizens or would harm the nation as a whole. Madison’s fear – which Alexis de Tocqueville later dubbed "the tyranny of the majority" – was that a faction could grow to encompass more than 50 percent of the population, at which point it could "sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens." ******* The founding fathers may have been on to something.

gary4books

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JerryR

You folks are all lemmings of the liberal media. If you really looked into Mr. Trump's views, you would find some astonishing facts. He employs all these people you think he is against. Yes, some of the ding-a-lings that follow him have hate, but the majority of hate is against the career politicians we are so sick of. I've lived in Frederick for 40 yeas, grew up here and yep, I'm republican but have voted democrat too. I'm sick of Ding-dongs like the current POTUS that has weakened our resolve to our enemies like Russia. People say Trump has no experience, well folks, neither did Obama - he has not even run a lemonade stand. At least Trump has a built a huge business that employs thousands. Figure it out people!!

BlueDawn666

At least Trump has a built a huge business that employs thousands. Figure it out people!!..face palmed myself over this comment. You really are trying hard to justify your hate of brown-skinned people, but see it's okay now. Trump has made your hate viable, be proud of it Jerry. You have lived under a rock long enough, bring that hate out in the open...

vicdavy

"You folks are all lemmings of the liberal media"LOL,there is no Liberal Media. WFMD Redneck Radio.
"I've lived in Frederick for 40 yeas, grew up here" and herein lies the problem[beam]
Obama had Political Experience, as in Senator Obama(4 years) and Illinois State Senate Senator(8 years) and Trump who has 0(Zero) Political Experience! Obama,graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School where he earned a Juris Doctorate(Doctor of Law) and President of the Harvard Law Review. Trump silver spoon private schools, the to Fordham University Jesuit no degree transferred University of Pennsylvania Business Bachelors degree.
Trump is a Business Charlatan who was given million by daddy and went bankrupted 4 times! Figure it out Jerry!

JerryR

BlueDawn666 - the 666 explains everything there. Threecents - need i go on about that "name"? Ha! RickDavy - I've read your drivel and you just proved my point about career politicians. The founding fathers of our country intended for the people (read business people, lawyers (real lawyers), farmers, shop owners, etc, etc.) to leave their vocations for 4 years and represent their locales in public office and then go back to their vocations and let someone else represent - not have the career politicians we have today represent us. I have no hate for anyone of color or anything of that context (where BD666 got that is a good guess, talk about hate, you've got that down), we need some new outside the box thinking. Unfortunately for you all, Mr. Trump represents that. Go ahead and vote for Hillary, and let her take even more of your money.

BlueDawn666

JerryR could you please explain how BlueDawn666 - the 666 explains everything there..I would really like to hear you explain and that explains everything? thanks

threecents

Jerry, Thanks for complementing my name. I like it too, though BlueDawn 666 is really one of the best screen names ever. (My wife still swears by original Blue Dawn, though I don't think they even use the same formula anymore. She won't get it unless it is the right shade of blue, which is one thing, along with Donald Drumpf - his real name, by the way - just look at his birth certificate - the official one, that he paid to have destroyed, that drives me to drink. Oh, the reason BD thinks you are racist is that you lied about Obama. Her theory makes sense. So many hate Obama and call him communist and week on Russia. In fact he is usually to the right of Hillary and it is Bush V.2 and Donald Drumpf who have professed love for Putin, not Obama.

BlueDawn666

threecents-- Oh, the reason BD thinks you are racist is that you lied about Obama. Her theory makes sense. So many hate Obama and call him communist and weak on Russia--exactly. That is why I think Jerry is racist. Remember your words always reveal who you are, your true colors, so to speak.

BstD59

Yes, Jerry, Trump employs all the people HE claims to hate. According to him he must also be guilty of hiring illegals even though he brags he will throw them out and have Mexico pay for a wall between the borders. This is one time the so called liberal press cannot be blamed, Trump opens his mouth and out comes lies, hatred, filth, derogatory names for others, etc. He has taken ample opportunities to show the world what he is made of, and that scares the bejeebies out of me.

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