I’ve waited several weeks, months really, to ask this of my American friends: Seriously, WTF are you guys doing?

Most of us have been in some form or another, paying attention to the race for the White House in 2016. It seems the numbers who have watched debates, tuned into political TV and radio, registered to vote and actually voted in the first two primaries have shown the appetite for politics in America may be the strongest in generations.

And no, Trump is not the catalyst or primary reason I’m asking these questions. I’ll get to him a bit later.

It was a quote, first used in September of 2001 by then President Bush. It was subsequently made into a tag line and speaking point for the reason, not just for the attacks in NY, DC and PA but then to justify wars in Iraq and elsewhere.

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The quote goes something like this: “They hate us because of our freedom(s)!”

“They” refers to al qaeda or Muslim extremists of the day. And they hate us because we enjoy freedoms that we have earned in blood. Yes, we have earned them in blood but they do not hate us because we are free!

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They hate us because they are not free and we are the ones keeping them from their freedom. They hate us because they are not free, not because we are.

It’s a very distinct difference but a nuanced argument that has been totally missed by many of the 2016 Presidential candidates.

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These two idiots in particular. Both, a few months a go repeated the quote verbatim and I swear both on the same day. I understand that it’s the primary and you need to appeal to your base but what the hell is in and makes up that base?

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I would have thought by now that America would have learned that waiving it’s fists, threatening and actually attacking other countries is not the best first move.

It extends to today’s fight with ISIS. ISIS is the next logical extreme move to the Muslim Fundamentalist movement. al qaeda, quaint in a deadly kind of way, didn’t get the results that the fundamentalist movement wanted or expected. The next move is simply getting more extreme, or as we call it today, ISIS!

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Cruz is a snake oil salesman! He doesn’t wan to be President, he never wanted to be or though he could. He’s happy being a Senator from Texas, an outspoken ‘far’ right winger that upholds the light and principals of the far right wing.

He’s amassed a large enough and loyal following to keep the money flowing each month that he now enjoys a comfortable living off of his ‘supporters’ and never really has to do anything else for the rest of his life. He remains a Senator until he’s old and grey because he occupies a spot to the right of everyone else and the cheques ‘keep on a rollin in’.

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Rubio on the other hand, I really hate this guy. I think he’s noting but a pretty mouth piece. I’m no fan of Governor Christie but he was spot on about Rubio.

Besides spouting out the same BS as everyone else on ‘the quote’, he has said some unbelievably disrespectful and flat out wrong things when it comes to President Obama. I respect the as a conservative, with a small c, that you differ in philosophy and approach to the country but his attack on the man’s character and his job as a father is disgusting and he should have apologized and been ashamed.

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He did neither and it disqualifies him from the running as far as I’m concerned. Marco’s other problem, he is running to fufill the ajenda as set out by his donors and simply says what he needs to, to please them.

Some of these donors and potential donors are dangerous people. I don’t mean dangerous as in you have to worry that Sheldon Adelson will get up out of his wheel chair and crack you one with his cane. No, his(their) views of the world and how it should be lead and how the arsenal at the Presidents’ disposal should be used is what is so alarming.

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To put just a little bit of perspective on this argument about today’s candidates, it’s useful to remember who they learned from and how much of this is the ‘reward’ for past deeds and relationships.

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That’s Papa Bush, W(dubiya) and Bandar bin Saltan(aka Bandar Bush). We all know the follies of W, and while I’m usually not one to kick a man when he’s down, the praise being heaped upon Pres Bush 41 should bare some more scrutiny. I wont go into it here but it would be well worth your time to know what the powers that be are doing and have done with the company they keep.

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You didn’t think I would let that one get by me did you?

And now for the one, the only, the real King of Queens, your Mexican and Muslim hating and quaff sporting Republican front runner, Donald J Trump!

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Make America Great Again! WTF does that mean? It almost feels like part of his argument is that America needs to return to the status that America held in the 1950's. When it was only kept in check by a similarly nuclear equipped Russia.

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Bigger, badder and bolder than anyone else. That is what America was. Is it still that? I think it is. America hasn’t lost anything to anyone, it truly is the purveyor of it’s own destiny and plight.

The difference is that everyone else has just advanced and America has retarded it’s growth, by it’s own hand over the last 30-40 years.

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I find it disturbing and somewhat amusing that America is taking a long and serious look at a guy who exemplifies the very nature and construct that lead to the independence from England and the birth of America itself.

Trump is not a freedom loving constitutionalist, he’s a dictator and that is what, it seems in part, many of his supporters want. How is it that America is turning into England of 1816?

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We’ve heard over and over how illegal and just plain anti-American President Obama has been with his executive orders. Now you want Trump, who openly says that he is that kind of guy and that is what he will do and that is what America needs. I don’t get you guys at times.

I will enjoy watching the race over the next few months and I hope you vote more with your brains than your angry fists.