Welcome to the post-South Carolina world.
Adult choices are between bad & worse. Rarely are they between good & bad. Voters looking for easy choices are going to be disappointed.
Let’s look at the remaining candidates.
Re: foreign policy: The American people aren’t going to allow the country to go non-interventionist. This is why Rand is out. The Right demands war all the time. The Left demands war when their guy is in power (Libya). They both demand overthrowing dictators they don’t like, and plunging nations into chaos and savagery (Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Syria…) or at least don’t complain about it when their team does it.
Reality: Outside the Western liberal democracies the world is ruled by SOBs. Overthrowing an SOB won’t change the culture that put him there and accepted him and made him necessary. Both Right & Left must learn this.
Frankly the world is going to have to learn to get along with a decreasing American footprint. We just can’t afford the cost, and we lack the voter & political will & understanding to pursue a strategic foreign policy, which would be intervening ONLY in OUR interest, ONLY to win, and ONLY to defeat enemies as decisively and quickly as possible, with whatever weapons & ROE required to do so.
And then go home.
To those insisting our presence is the only reason peace still exists: So?
Why is our going into ever-increasing debt a reasonable alternative? At some point we won’t be able to incur more – and the world will be forced to deal with it. That point may have been reached already. More great powers throughout history have fallen due to war debt than all other reasons combined. Our current course can only lead to America being next.
The only way the world settles down is to grow up. And the only way they grow up is for the American taxpayer to stop infantilizing them by providing all their defense needs.
Evolution works. If a nation chooses all butter & no guns, it’s going to be eaten.
And if this results in big powers taking over smaller ones? There’s a word for that: “history.” It’s how all nations came into being. Stasis is not the normal way of the world, contrary to what Baby Boomers think.
Had Bush41 & Bush43 understood this Europe would not now be overrun with savage civilizational invaders.
The history of the 20th Century is of the bloodiest century in history kicked off by the unnecessary American intervention in WW1. That intervention caused German hyperinflation, the Weimar Republic, the rise of the NAZIs & WW2 ETO. It caused the October Revolution, the USSR, the Cold War, Korea & Vietnam. It caused the forcible dissolution of the dying Ottoman Empire, the redrawing of the map of the Middle East & South Asia and led directly to today’s global terrorism.
(All over a few thousand square miles the Kaiser wanted, & Britain & France destroyed a generation of men to prevent. Dumb.)
Who caused this? A “Progressive” Democrat and academic: Woodrow Wilson, inarguably America’s worst president.
America learned the wrong lesson from WW1. Continuing that misunderstanding will continue creating the hundreds of millions of dead our intervention “to make the world safe for democracy” caused. (How’s that turning out?) This was Rand’s point, but we so far have been unwilling to learn it.
If you take foreign policy off the table for 2016, and in my view that’s reasonable right now because just about everyone agrees on the same stuff, it comes down to immigration, jobs & taxes, and our Constitutional rights as Americans.
We need more jobs, a growing economy, more labor force participation, and a tax structure that repatriates those overseas $T and encourages investing and job creation here.
Because both Democrats will do the opposite of what’s required here, one interested in America’s future has only Republicans from which to choose
Rubio is pro-illegal immigration, which harms jobs, the Middle Class, our ability to send our kids to college, and destroys the job market for American workers with only a high school education. Kasich isn’t much different. Both are a threat to the Middle Class every bit as much as Hillary.
We also need a president who will absolutely defend the Bill of Rights, without which this nation never would have been formed.
It seems both Cruz & Trump will defend the Bill of Rights. No Democrat even supports it anymore. GOPe hasn’t been defending it for years. Cruz could defend it better from SCOTUS, and may be too divisive to win the general in November.
Trump best understands the issues that will drive votes in November. He ought to make a deal with Cruz to put him on SCOTUS – where he’d have a far greater long-term impact, choose Sheriff Clarke as his VP, and wrap this thing up.