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6/28/2015  articles

Hillary Clinton

The old saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” never seems to die.

Henry Ford never gave up on building an automobile in his garage. The Wright brothers succeeded at Kitty Hawk with their flying machine—the airplane.

Today’s politicians, once bitten by the political bug can’t stay away from the campaign trail where like warriors of old they fight it out till one side surrenders.

Joan of Arc, a young French girl of 19, who defeated the English in the Battle of New Orleans in 1420, was burned at the stake for her valor, which the establishment of those days called witchcraft.

In today’s American political world, Hillary Clinton behaves as though she is Joan’s successor. And she believes she is the heir to the Democratic throne and with it the presidency of the United States.

Hillary in her anxiety has moved to a tough un-lady-like radical political stance.

Recently she came out against the Confederate flag: “I appreciate the actions begun yesterday by the governor and others in South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse, recognizing it as a symbol of our nation’s racist past that has no place in our present or our future. It shouldn’t fly there, it shouldn’t fly anywhere.”

Wall Street Journal columnist and Editor Daniel Henninger penned an interesting column on Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. Hillary is running for president rather than retiring after eight years, because in 2008 the Democratic left defeated the Clinton machine, got Barack Obama elected president and captured the party’s policies.

Now a Clinton is running as a woman of the left, and the bonfire this week over her volatile statement, “all lives matter,” suggests she hasn’t arrived yet in the land of solidarity.

She says that Jeb Bush’s “path to the nomination” is that he has “competitors of substance” bunched behind him, such as Marco Rubio and Scott Walker. But for all the carping about political rust, Gov. Bush retains the top spot in virtually every new poll. Businessman Donald Trump came in second in some polls.

This week’s Wall Street Journal NBC Poll puts Mrs. Clinton’s lead over Jeb at eight points, which would probably translate into a dead heat by October 2016.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Bids for President 2016

“We have a bunch of great talkers running for president,” Jindal said at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La., a suburb of New Orleans.

Jindal, 44, is the son of Indian immigrant parents and is the first of his race to become a serious political candidate and winner.

He broke the news of his candidacy when he ran for governor and lost but won on his second try in 2007 at age 36.

It was politics that Jindal had trouble with as he pondered his political fate and future—a run for national office.

During his first years, he impressed people of Louisiana as a data driven, hard charging governor.

Recently, He seemed to fall back into a vicious negative feedback loop. To address doubts among national conservatives he singled out former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as insufficiently conservative.

And he concluded by saying that Republicans, to have a chance at winning the presidency need to take a chance on a purist.

Senator Rand Paul

Incidentally, don’t forget Sen. Rand Paul’s run for the White House. With help from top economists Art Laffer and Steve Moore along with business man Steve Forbes Rand Paul’s plan for a flat tax is specific, thorough, and well thought out.

Senator Ted Cruz, Texas

The Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare could proceed in spite of the ambiguous words used regarding subsidies. “Every GOP candidate for the Republican nomination should know that this decision makes the 2016 election a referendum on the full repeal of Obamacare,” said Ted Cruz, Washington Post, June 26, 2015, p.1.

Other contenders including Ben Carson, M.D. and Gov. Bobby Jindal have prepared plans to replace Obamacare.

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