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We’re for Kasich – the Sane One

We’re for Kasich – the Sane One

We agree with him that in the recent Republican presidential debates, he’s been “the only adult on the stage.” While there’s much not to like – his stands on labor and abortion, for example – in Congress, while the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, he helped balance the U.S. budget.

We’re for Kasich – the Sane One

BY DAN VUKELICH

If there must be a Republican in the White House, please, God, let it be John Kasich.

We agree with him that in the recent Republican presidential debates, he’s been “the only adult on the stage.”

That’s why we’re endorsing him in the GOP primary. Too bad there’s a chance he’ll likely be out of the race before New Mexico’s Republicans vote in June, but we can only hope.

This newspaper endorsed Hillary Clinton within a week of her announcement last year. We stand behind that endorsement, although we get an email a week urging us to “feel the Bern.”

But back to the Republicans.

Who can support Donald Trump, with his boorish, junior high insults and race-baiting behavior and call themselves a fair-minded, tolerant American?

In a recent phone call, a friend in Maine pointed out that Trump’s rhetoric mirrors perfectly that of Adolf Hitler as he rose to power in Germany in the 1930s: “Let’s Make Germany Great Again.”

Trump’s speeches echo another Hitlerian theme: Our nation’s problems are the machinations of “others.” Not Jews, but Mexicans and Muslims. Even Trump’s demand that his crowds raise their hands to swear they’ll vote creepily echoes the stiff-armed salute of the Nazis.

The other choices are hardly more appealing.

Fresh-faced Marco Rubio, hoping to be the GOP establishment alternative, has been clearly outclassed by his rivals. We reluctantly agree with Trump that Rubio – who has the backing of Gov. Susana Martinez – is a lightweight.

But we’ll go further and suggest Rubio will be little more than a stooge for the GOP establishment, which includes Wall Street, the War Machine and the fossil fuel industry.

When we look at Ted Cruz, we see a religious zealot who will roll back 75 years of progress on civil rights. And then there’s the likeability factor. Quoting Cruz’s fellow Republican, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.”

That leaves Ohio Gov. Kasich. While there’s much not to like – his stands on labor and abortion, for example – he has bolstered the economy of a faltering Rust Belt state and straightened out Ohio’s finances. In Congress, while the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, he helped balance the U.S. budget.

Rather than throw insults, Kasich talks about jobs and working with the other side of the aisle. That’s what the United States of America needs now.

Dan Vukelich is editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at editor@freeabq.com.

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  • J A
    March 21, 2016, 12:09 am

    Back to "Democrats"; I’m guessing you receive more than one "feel the Bern" email per week. Why? *Because, well, on almost every major issue, you know and will agree with me that: Sanders’ policies and message are by far the most obvious, principled, coherent, detailed, and equitable. Not to mention Sanders has the most experience and proven integrity of any candidate. Clinton and Kasich offer, at best, the status quo, -why on earth would ABQ Free Press continue to endorse Clinton? The only reason I can imagine to not support Sanders is because (90% of) folks are afraid of too much ‘radical’ change, or, maybe paying a few extra pennies on capital gains, or, perhaps they (media and platforms) have not taken a serious look at or ever gave Sanders’ ideas a fair chance. And that’s a shame for the rest of us, and a shame for NM, too. NM needs to start thinking for ourself and thinking ‘outside the damned box’, for once. You can assist that process gently or propel it.
    *I’m not discussing issues here.

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