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At a Time When America Desperately Needs the Best and the Brightest, We Get Trump and Clinton

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Where are these best and brightest Americans when we need them? Well, they're out there somewhere across this country but most, no doubt, are involved with positive and constructive endeavors and want nothing to do with this polluted political system headquartered in Washington D.C.

The best and the brightest, let's think about what that really means. The best of Americans are those whose character reflects honesty, integrity, and ethical and moral principles; that have a strong desire to do what is right for this country and its people. The brightest are those who possess a high level of intelligence and, in addition, are creative, innovative, and have a vision of the future. Combine those two sets of attributes and you have the kind of leaders that this nation desperately needs during these very tenuous times.

Can we find this kind of American in the U.S. Congress? Well, I'd definitely say that Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren qualify for this distinction. Each has a high level of intelligence, integrity and conviction, and is offering up viable solutions for this nation's most critical problems. A few others might qualify, but the vast majority of the 535 members of this very dysfunctional institution would have a difficult time even earning an honorable mention.

Now in the absence of that special breed of Americans who possess the necessary attributes to lead this country, the door has been opened ever wider for those like Trump, the clever, cunning, opportunist and Hillary Clinton who many Americans see as someone they just can't trust, not nearly as progressive-minded as they would like, and who carries a heavy load of personal baggage.

But, like it or not the American people are stuck with Trump and Clinton unless some minor miracle takes place. As this general election gets underway they will hear Trump talking about "Crooked Hillary", saying that she is surrounded by scandal and should be prosecuted for using her personal server to conduct official government business. He will say she is merely a retread of Bill Clinton, and his attacks on her character, as well as his, will be relentless.

The American people don't want to listen to that political swill; they want, instead, to have him state in explicit terms, how he plans to restore the U.S. manufacturing sector, thereby, creating millions of jobs for Americans; how he will provide solid, workable solutions for this country's ongoing immigration problems; not about building that ridiculous wall on the U.S./Mexico border.

The loud, brash, but shallow-thinking Trump must be pressed to present the specifics of how he intends to make "America great again." The chances of him doing that in an effective manner are slim to none and, instead, look for him to launch into his usual, well-rehearsed act of sidestepping the issues and coming up with "I'll get back to you on that" or "We're working on that right now."

Trump is like a fish out of water; he doesn't know anything about politics or governing anything but his real estate empire. One of his greatest career achievements involved the orchestration of 4 bankruptcies of companies within his corporate group; he even boasted that this was an example of why he is such an effective businessman.

The media has recently reported that, just prior to the 2008 housing crisis, Trump made statements indicating that he would actually welcome a housing bubble which would significantly disrupt the housing industry, after which he would be positioned to reap large profits. Hillary is going to really jump on that one and will be reminding millions of Americans who were devastated by that crisis just what Trump is all about; yet one more greedy businessman.

Clinton, sometimes compared to Britain's Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady", will not hesitate to strongly retaliate against The Donald. She will call him a con artist, an opportunist, a misogynist, and continue to declare that he is extremely dangerous and not fit to be president.

But, again, that's not what most people in this country desire. They want Hillary, who President Obama recently said is the most qualified person to ever run for president, to show why she might deserve that politically-designed compliment by explaining how she would extend health care coverage to every American; how she would convince this Congress to appropriate the funds needed to rebuild our crumbling national infrastructure, and outline the steps she would take to revitalize our current stagnant, lifeless economy.

They want her to clearly state that she will not be beholden in any way to the masters of Wall Street; that she will join with Elizabeth Warren and others to rein in their illegal, abusive practices and develop effective measures that would allow major banks who mismanage their businesses to fail, rather than continuing to bail them out using taxpayer money.

A nice thought but let's keep in mind that Clinton is a card-carrying member, of the Establishment; she will not turn against those in the corporate world with whom she has been so closely aligned. She isn't going to take part in breaking up these banks and don't expect her to call for a ban on fracking across this country. Her strong support of highly aggressive military actions in the Middle East and other regions of the world will continue to provide a steady stream of highly profitable government contracts to the major defense industry corporations.

And talk about illogical, misguided thinking coming out of the Clinton campaign now we hear that the disgraced, manipulative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was just recently forced to resign as the DNC chairwoman, will still be allowed to remain in her position during the Democratic convention; and to the utter dismay of Clinton supporters Hillary has added to the stench over Schultz by naming her the honorary chair of her campaign.

The moderator chosen for the upcoming debates must be a strong, no-nonsense type who will ask hard-hitting questions on important issues and then demand forthright answers; It's also essential that this moderator have the capability to turn off the microphone of either participant who might get out of control; think Trump.

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