What Are The Candidates Thinking?
Last evening Republican Presidential hopefuls debated again. CNN scored well on ratings and the network was generally given positive reviews by media observers. But what would any disinterested party say about the candidates’ message, and what they must think of the electorate?
The overall theme seemed to be “fear”. According to the candidates, Americans are fearful and the GOP candidates are here to help. One only has to look as far as President Obama to know the reason why there is so much fear. Hmmm.
Each candidate sketched his/her view how terrorism and immigrants were at the root of this fear. Until a functioning plan was in place, the candidates were sorry to say, Americans faced real danger. Hmmm.
A quick search of the internet will reveal the following list of how Americans die each year. Thanks to the CDC, the following causes should be of interest:
- Heart disease: 611,105
- Cancer: 584,881
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
- Alzheimer’s disease: 84,767
- Diabetes: 75,578
- Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 47,112
- Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149
- Traffic accidents: 32,000
- Shooting Deaths: 32,000
Of course, there is no good reason for any preventable death. But immigrants and terrorists do even make the score card.
If these candidates were serious about preventable deaths, they would be boast how if they were President they would declare war upon heart disease, cancer, or any of the other diseases and illnesses. Have you heard that with this group?
So what does the debate say about the GOP and the electorate? The word can be nothing more than disdain. The candidates must think Americans are ignorant of simple facts and easily frightened with fear laced words.