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American reasoning in this year’s presidential elections
By Ray Hanania
In order to understand this presidential election, you have to throw out everything you want to believe, and accept the reality of what you dislike. This election is not about issues. It’s about the candidates themselves.
Let’s start with Donald Trump, the one candidate who understands how to get saturation public attention, something every politician strives to achieve. Trump is a major candidate not because he has the backing of the powerbrokers who pull the strings from the smoke-filled backrooms.
Trump is a major candidate because he says what he believes and that is a rarity in politics. Too many politicians stick their finger in the air, feel which way the winds of public opinion are blowing and then go in that direction.
I don’t like everything Trump says, but I admire his courage. Trump doesn’t allow the honesty of what he says to be giftwrapped to make it more appealing. The other politicians are dishonest and say what they think you want to hear.
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Trump is fearless and is speaking about immigration, street gangs, drug dealers, crime, international politics, and Washington politics in the way the American people want it to be addressed.
Trump says what he believes. He doesn’t say what makes you feel good. I don’t think “Mexican” immigrants are drug dealers and criminals. But I do believe that among many of those entering this country are drug dealers, criminals and members of the Sinaloa Cartel. El Chappo is a crook not the hero many Mexicans claim he is.
I applaud Trump for standing up to FOX News biased politics and refused to attend the latest Republican Debate. FOX News “anchor” Megyn Kelly is a political activist who pretends to be a professional journalist.
Bernie Sanders is a good candidate, too. But I’m not sure America is ready for a White House that would be more like a Seinfeld Episode. And Ted Cruz? Well, honestly, that guy is insane. He’s a George W. Bush with no personality or a Dick “Snidely Whiplash” Cheney on the sidelines to pull his strings.
What about Hillary Clinton? Let’s be honest. Why do most people want Hillary Clinton? Her husband Bill Clinton was the most popular president second only to Ronald Reagan.
Hillary supporters believe they will restore the Bill Clinton presidency, which ended because of the Constitutional term limits on the presidency. (That should be changed.)
Hillary’s big problem is Trump. She can handle the criticism from the typical politicians. But Trump isn’t a typical politician. He says what he believes, and the public believes. Instead of sounding like a leader, Hillary sounds like she is trying to make everyone happy, a politician who says whatever it takes to make voters happy. Voters don’t want that.
Many women believe it’s time to elect a woman. But the desire to help women overcome centuries of discrimination in this country might not be enough to get Hillary elected.
Did electing Barack Obama America’s first African American president bring equality to African Americans? No. We have the same racial problems. Will the world change for women with President Hillary Clinton? I don’t think so.
One solution is to remove term limits and allow Bill Clinton to run again. He’d win hands down. Short of that, maybe he can do a “Caitlin Jenner” and become a transgender “Barbara Clinton.” The sex change operation might make it possible to sidestep Constitutional term limits.
This election is what it is. It may prove to be exciting, but I doubt anything will change.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and columnist. Email him at email@example.com.)
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Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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