On the eve of the Iowa primaries, the media is now swarming into small Iowan towns where the candidates are campaigning, in search of the “ultimate story.” In a previous article that I wrote on January 16, 2016, titled “Sex, Lies and a Video Tape,” I wrote about the Clinton machine and how they are unfit to reenter the White House. I also raised my disgust with how our political process is shaping up in this Presidential election year. Since then, the State Department acknowledged that more Clinton emails recently released contain highly classified special access program information. Then came Donald Trump’s childish stunt of not showing up for the Fox news / Google debate and yesterday, Press Secretary Josh Ernest, made the pronouncement that according to his sources in the Justice Department, he doesn’t think that Hillary Clinton is the focus of the email server investigation. I now understand the reason why over half of eligible Americans simply just don’t turn out to vote anymore. It’s dirty, it’s dishonest and maybe, it just doesn’t matter anymore, only time will tell.
For thirty-eight years, I have been serving my country both in uniform and after retirement, in a business suit. I consider myself a conservative independent who loves his county more than self. Throughout my career, I have taken an oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic many times. It is clear that politicians who take the same oath, are more willing to put self before nation. Like everything, there are always exceptions to the rule, but one look at our nation’s problems and clearly only elected officials have benefited for this calamity. There are a lot of people hurting out there…we just need to open our eyes and not be so self-absorbed.
The past eight years have been a great disappointment for me and I believe the majority of Americans share my sediment. I also believe that we do not need four more years of a dishonest politician who claims it’s time to elect the next President based on gender. Equally disappointing is the number of politicians who have never served in the military but yet now openly profess that somehow they are qualified to be the next commander-in-chief.
The American people’s anger at Washington and this current crop of politicians is reaching a fever pitch never seen in the history of U.S. politics. They want change and they want it now. This is the sole reason for Donald Trump’s popularity, but with this anger, comes blindness.
In the Gospel of Mark 10:46-52, we hear the story of the blind beggar Bartimaeus, his chance interaction with Jesus, and a performed miracle where Bartimaeus is given sight based upon the strength of this faith. Backing up, there is a point where Bartimaeus who is on the side of the road begging, throws off his cloak so he can move to Jesus. It is believed by many that by throwing off his cloak, Bartimaeus is throwing off his worldly possessions in order to follow the word of God.
On both sides of the isle today, I see Americans blindly following candidates based upon money, gender and love or lack thereof for their political party. They have for sake of symbolism, thrown off their cloaks to follow “their” candidate blindly, thinking that some miracle is going to occur, so they can wipe their brow and exhale. Now call me Machiavellian, but that’s not how our system of democracy was designed to function by our Founders or our founding documents.
During my 2012 Senate campaign, I was known as an “outsider” in a field of “insiders.” Back then, being an “outsider” was uncool and the establishment made me pay. But like 2012 and as is true today, money drove the media coverage, the polls, and people’s opinions. The frenzy with Donald Trump today in certain circles [real or perceived] is similar to the Barack Obama frenzy we all saw in 2008, which is in my view, is more akin to a popularity contest, then whether the person can solve the serious domestic problems staring our nation in the eyes. Look where that has gotten us.
I believe that the American people are very concerned about the nasty and corrupt nature of our political system, but feel helpless that they can do anything to fix it. Some quite frankly, just don’t give a damn any more. Yet everywhere I go today, working class people tell me that they do not trust the elite class with their future or their children’s future, nor do they have faith and confidence in these same class of candidates that they have the ability to solve our nation’s current or future problems. So why is it then, that people are lining up to support a candidate who has mishandled classified material that likely damaged national security or whose companies have filed for bankruptcy and who is an insulter verses being a leader? Two words; blind faith. Apparently, it’s socially easier to run with the herd than to think independently and stand out.
In my book, Angels Watching Over Me, [https://americanwarriorpress.com] I wrote about the true power of faith, how it guided my life and how people, not government officials affect the lives of everyday Americans by their deeds, not empty words echoed in the halls of Congress. On this Sunday, candidates as I mentioned earlier are in Iowa campaigning before the first Caucus vote event tomorrow. I hope and pray that people of faith on his election eve will find the wisdom to caucus with courage as our election nomination cycle officially gets underway.
Lately, many of my conservative friends have committed to a candidate while others have changed from one candidate to another candidate. Some of these people are more famously known in conservative circles such as Mark Levin. Thus far, I have heard the gambit of logic reasoning for candidate selection, from he’s not a “true conservative,” to she’s the closest candidate to “Ronald Reagan.” Now, depending on who you speak with regarding the definition of what a “true conservative” or what being compared to “Ronald Reagan” actually is, you get a different answer, so in many ways it just more code for anyone but this candidate. So, the real question that remains to be asked to candidates is, what have you personally done for your country?
I believe that if a candidate cannot answer that question in succinct and clear language, they have no business in my opinion, running for public office. After all, this election is really about this great nation and its people, not the political elites looking to climb the ladder of power.
Colonel (Ret) John D. Vernon, USA, is the author of “Angels Watching Over Me” and is the CEO, American Warrior Press. Learn more at http://americanwarriorpress.com and follow him on twitter @JOHNDVERNON1. ©JohnVernon2016