Signs of the Times #9: And then there were???

And then there were???

We are entering the pre-convention period of the U.S. presidential election cycle. The Republication convention will convene in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, and the Democratic Presidential Convention will convene in Philadelphia, PA on July 25.  As of this writing, there are three candidates still in the Republication race for placement as the Republication candidate on the official election ballot: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich; there are also two candidates still running for the Democratic position on the official election ballot: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. For those reading this posting whom may not know, Bernie Sanders, an Independent, is running in the Democratic race against Hillary Clinton who is a “registered” Democrat. Our political system allows for “independents” to run for public office as well as the two political parties recognized in the United States, i.e. Republication and Democratic political parties. However, the Independent candidate(s) must choose to run on either the Republication or the Democratic party’s ticket. He or she could try to run as an “independent” as a third-party candidate but the money that funds Presidential elections flows much, much faster and freer if one is on one of the two dominant political party ballots.

Republication Convention site:   http://convention.gop/

Democratic Convention site:  https://demconvention.com/

As I mentioned in another posting, there may be a contested contest at the Republication convention. John Kasich and Ted Cruz are planning to “allow” each other more opportunity for acquiring delegates in a couple of state races. Ted Cruz should have a better chance of acquiring Indiana delegates while John Kasich will be supposedly allowed to acquire delegates in New Mexico and Oregon. Here’s a New York Times article which discusses the “deal”:   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/upshot/cruz-kasich-deal-means-a-much-better-chance-to-stop-trump.html?_r=0

There have been contested Presidential conventions in the past in the United States. Here’s a link to the Pew Research site where these past events are discussed.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/02/04/contested-presidential-conventions-and-why-parties-try-to-avoid-them/

There are some who say the U.S. Republication party is dying. It is certainly going through a dramatic upheaval. Ideas are powerful motivators. There is a deep chasm in the Republication party. It seems to be very evident in the diverse rhetoric being using by Republican candidates Trump and Cruz. Trump is very popular because he vocalizes several issues that the “silent majority” has been seething with for a very, very long time.

Bernie Sanders has also stirred up the electorate. He has motivated the younger generations to be involved in the electoral process. That is a good thing. These political debates are certainly an example of free speech.

Free speech is a constitutional right in the United States. Here’s a link to Cornell University’s website regarding the U.S. Constitution:  https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment

My hopes are that free and reasonable and ethical speech ensues during our political conventions this summer.

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