Grading the Candidates

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The Des Moines Register had an online scorecard to find out who one should support in the upcoming caucus. Even though I am fairly decided already, I thought I would take the quiz to see where my candidates stand.

This is of course just using the information provided in the Des Moines Register. Well known for not being kind to the conservative movement or the Republican party.

There are 9 issues and several parts to each. And you must agree or disagree with the candidates position listed. In some cased the candidate has no position listed. I will admit on these I generally gave the candidate the benefit of the doubt, but not always.

Here are my results (out of a possible score of 900)

Cruz: 830
Huckabee: 836
Carson: 786
Trump: 746
Fiorina: 696
Paul: 690
Santorum: 608
Rubio: 561
Christie: 546
Kasich: 363
Bush: 307
Sanders: 114
Clinton: 14
O’Malley: 0

Using a standard % grading scale. Cruz and Huckabee have A’s. Carson and Trump have B’s. Fiorina and Paul have C’s. Santorum, Rubio, and Christie have D’s. And the rest all have F’s.

Now these points/grades are just based alone on the Des Moines Register’s questions and information. Nothing of my own from speaking with, hearing the candidates during the debate, prayer about the candidates and gut instinct. That does change the grade.

Shooting the Laughter

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Humor seems to be a lost art when it comes to politics and American society these days. This is the very thing that both Dr Carson and Mr Trump have stated time and time again. We must get out of the culture of being Politically Correct.

In the past people could say things that was a joke. Sometimes in bad taste but still recognized as a joke and not something at all to be taken seriously. President Reagan’s mic test comes to mind. The one where he stated he had outlawed Russia forever and the bombing would begin in 5 minutes time.

That wasn’t politically correct at all. And possibly in bad taste. And all but the Russians understood it as a joke.

Jump ahead to the present day and we have Donald Trump giving his speech at Dort College on Saturday the 23rd where he talks about the loyalty of his supporters. There he states he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not loose a single vote. This again is a politically incorrect attempt at humor. A joke. Possibibly in bad taste for some. And not anything to be taken seriously by any sane and reasoning individual.

Yet the liberal media and a wide spectrum of our politically correct society is taking it very seriously. Even distorting it stating incorrectly that he said he could commit murder, which of course he did not.

This just proves the point presented by both Dr Carson and Mr Trump that our society has become too politically correct. We need to stop the madness of political correctnes new speak. And they are the only 2 candidates that aren’t afraid to be politically incorrect. It is part of their appeal.

Taking something out of context will allow anyone to prove their point and misrepresent what someone has said. Our media is well known for this as are politicians. It is used to discredit and demonize one’s opponents.

Don’t take everything seriously. Don’t get offended by everything someone says. Yes, voting and vetting the candidates is a serious mater, but have some fun along the way. Laughter is important. Know a joke when you hear one. Even if it is in bad taste.