By George Smith
Okay, I get it.
There are X-million people who plan to vote against giving President Donald Trump a second term in 2020. Good and dandy; that is not enough to get the job done.
The one predicable item that one can assign to the president is his unpredictability. One cannot surmise what he is going to do because he does not know what he is going to do until he does it.
How do you plan for that?
There is one way and one way only to guarantee that Donald J. Trump is defeated in the November election next year, and it has nothing to do with whom the Democrats decide to nominate.
To make sure his pious, chaotic and disruptive administration ends and that Trump and his COT (Cult of Trump) followers go the way of the wild geese is for a branded-name Republican (are you listening, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio and John Kasich?) to put country over politics and run as an independent.
Listen! You can hear the outcries already!
While such a decision would be harder to contemplate than a granite hemorrhoid, it is just such an action this country needs to stop the hateful acts of violence, startling racial comments and attacks and global economic and fraternal disasters perpetuated by Trump and his cronies.
This country has never seen the likes of Trump, and his mystic hold on so many people who totally disregard his constant lying (and easily provable lies, at that), his use of racist language to stir up his base, his undeniable obsession with “anything Obama” that has led to a decline in programs to enhance the environment, wean the country off dependency on fossil fuels, advancements in education and creating global building blocks of strong allies.
Will anyone leave his or her party to save the country? Probably not, but the 2020 election is too important to leave to a coin toss on election day. A Mitt Romney, for example, could solidify his name in history as an unselfish politician who put his personal priorities on the back burner of history to save his country – and his party – from going down in inglorious flames after an accomplished flim-flam man has driven the GOP wagon into a deep ditch.
In 1992 Texarkana-born Ross Perot ran an independent race for president, garnering 19 percent of the national vote and denying George H.W. Bush a second term. Bill Clinton was elected to the first of two terms on the strength of Perot’s showing.
The billionaire Perot’s main campaign platform plank was the deficit, and in a convoluted way he was successful: The last balanced budget was realized in the Clinton years.
Romney, or Rubio or Kasich or even GOP Sen. Susan Collins, could potentially draw enough support from die-hard Republicans who held their nose and voted for Gropenfuhrer Trump in 2016 to tip the election in 2020 to the Democratic nominee.
A Trump challenge from a third party candidate could focus on any number of issues to make inroads: The ever-rising deficits, the administration’s threat to cut Social Security, the rise of hate crimes, racial and religious incidents. Of course, he or she could point at the daily lies Trump says or tweets, his appointment of cabinet officials totally unqualified for the positions, his embracing dictators and despots with no positive results to show for the flowery praise and kowtowing.
The 2020 election will show the ‘real” United States of America; it will tell us and the world who we are as a people, what we think about civil liberties and freedom to pursue life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
Do we need a movie-type hero riding in on a white horse to save the day? What we don’t need is four more years of a former TV villain running his high-stakes scam on 330 million Americans.
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