This year will determine who will be the next President of the United States, along with various other offices in America as well as other countries. The Democratic Party candidates consist of Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders, while Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee, and Lawrence Lessig have withdrawn from the race. The Republican Party candidates consist of Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump, while Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, and George Pataki have withdrawn from the race. There is also a handful of Democratic and Republican candidates whose names are on at least one state ballot. There are also several Third Party and Independent candidates.
Needless to say, much is at stake. The economy, social issues, foreign policy, national security, and freedom are among the issues for this year’s elections.
It is a good bet the fate of the United States (and the world for that matter) rests upon the presidential election. For conservatives, it could be the last chance to restore America’s greatness. For Hillary Clinton (the leading contender among the Democratic candidates), it might be her last chance at being the first woman to be elected President.
There will be several more debates among the candidates from both parties this year; but once again, the Democrats have chosen a poor time slot to have one of their debates, January 17 (a Sunday, albeit at night). Keep in mind the Democrats had a previous on Saturday, December 19. I don’t think too many people tuned in for that debate, and odds are the January 17 debate won’t have a whole lot of viewers either. Why? Because not too many people are interested in watching political debates during the weekend. They are dining out, going to the movies, attending parties, watching their favorite shows, watching sports events, etc. Thus, it is better to have these debates during the week.
So far, it is too early to predict how the election(s) will turn out.
Meanwhile, in 2016 the following events have taken place: armed protesters occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon over the arrest of a father and son who burned 130 acres of land (claiming it was to stop the spread of invasive plants), Saudi Arabia cutting off diplomatic relations with Iran in the aftermath of a Shiite cleric being executed, Indian troops fighting off gunmen on an airbase near the Indian-Pakistani border, and Obama deciding to implement gun control via executive order (in defiance of the Constitution).
Let us hope that this year, things will change for the better.