Did you watch any of the Iowa Caucus coverage last night? I did. It was very interesting, VERY interesting, indeed.
I started watching the results after my beloved Tar Heels got smacked by Louisville (I know all the Duke fans are rejoicing because they’ve been really taking it on the chin lately), I wasn’t in the best of moods. Yet, after watching the returns coming in from Iowa I was encouraged. Why? Because I really breathed some air of hope in what I saw last night.
I stayed up and watched five speeches in this order:
- Marco Rubio
- Donald Trump
- Bernie Sanders
- Hillary Clinton
- Ted Cruz
And yes, I was encouraged by what I heard from 2 of the 5 speeches. Now let me offer “full disclosure” here. I marked this blog post as “Culture War,” and here’s why. Because there are some very distinct and different directions this country can take in November of this year. Who will win it? It’s way too soon to tell, but if last night was any indication, it’s going to be interesting, VERY interesting!
Let me put it this way. This country is in an election cycle unlike anything I’ve ever seen. We’ve got a socialist (Feel the Bern) who wants to take your money and give it to deadbeats, who is actually challenging a lady who has, (without question in most people’s minds), lied about a TON of stuff from Benghazi to TOP-SECRET emails on a private server. And to trump it all, (pardon the pun), we’ve got a billionaire who has hosted a reality TV show, who has been married three times and made lots of money with gambling casinos rivaling two established US Senators and gaining a ton of Bible-believing Christians’ votes. Can you say: “Wow!” Indeed, truth is stranger than fiction!!
But, last night I saw something watching those “after the caucus” speeches. As I said, 2 out of the 5 encouraged me. Encouragement #1: I learned Marco Rubio is one of the most intelligent and gifted communicators I’ve seen in a long time. I learned he is extremely passionate and gives credit to Jesus Christ, whom he calls his “Lord and Savior” repeatedly. He is rising “big-time” and I really think he could ride this momentum and overtake Trump by mid-spring. I might be wrong, but Uncle MO is now in his corner and Cruz’. He talked a lot about his family during the speech.
Here’s his full speech:
It’s one of the most inspiring I’ve heard in a long time. Give it a watch.
I learned last night that Donald Trump really doesn’t have much more to say than, “I’m going to build a wall” and “I’m going to make America great again” and how much he “absolutely loves Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, that I can tell you!” And he ended his only 1 minute and 58 second concession speech by saying:
Typical “Trumpian language.” And then he said, “I love you so much that I might come back here and buy a farm.” Again, typical for Trump. Honestly, as I watched his family standing there on stage, I thought “Do any of them have any idea how much a loaf of bread, gallon of milk or gallon of gas costs?”
I doubt it. Here’s his speech:
Then I got to FEEL THE BERN! Good old Bernie Sanders gave his speech indicating how anyone and everyone who has any money should give it to those who don’t.
I want to ask people who like Bernie…would you ever consider adopting a child? I’ve adopted two. Would you ever consider working for minimum wage and being thankful for a job in which you could “work your way up?” Bernie is a socialist and apparently there are a lot of people who have their hand out and they are more than glad to FEEL THE BERN. He’s got college students drooling over the idea that they might get all their college paid for and then get a job sleeping till noon and working three hours playing video games, but the rest of America won’t by that socialist propaganda. Watch his “give away” speech here…
Then I listened to our former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. I thought of saying, “But what difference does it make?”
But, I thought I’d listen anyway. Well, I wish I hadn’t. She talked about how she was going to take care of every special interest group known to man. She tried to sound like a preacher, but her husband, good ole “teflon Bill,” is so much better at that than her, it’s not even funny.
She’s stiff with a crowd. It almost seems that she feels that she “has to do this,” versus really wanting to run for President. Even Jeb Bush is more at ease in front of a microphone than she is…and folks that’s saying something! :) I believe she is going to be relieved (just like she said last night) when all of this is over for her. Hillary is in trouble. She’s way behind in New Hampshire and she is feeling the Bern. And she now describes herself as a progressive. (Hey folks, that’s what Bern calls himself and in case you didn’t know…that’s code for “socialism.”) Hold on to your wallets! Hear her full speech here:
Encouragement #2: I listened to Ted Cruz speak. Honestly, it was a bit long (but, I’m known for that too… Ha! I guess it takes one to know one :)). He spoke for over 31 minutes with his wife, Heidi, by his side and his pastor, father in the audience.
Cruz is much better in front of a microphone than most politicians out there today. Hear his speech here:
He is firm, resolute and strong. He delivered an encouraging word of hope and renewal for this country. And to be honest, for folks like me, who have felt so decimated by the Obama administration policies that are anti-God, anti-life, anti-family, anti-man/woman marriage, anti-business…I breathed a sigh of relief. I thought, “Wow! Cruz or Rubio could actually win this thing!” Hillary is in crisis mode and might still be indicted for her email scandal and I really don’t believe America will “feel the Bern.” And that thought gave me hope for the political side of life for my tired, old brain.
So, that’s the upshot of what I thought of last night’s caucus results from Iowa. Hold on to your seats. It’s going to be an interesting…might I say, VERY INTERESTING ride! :)