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The Primaries Come to the Boonies


This is truly an unusual primary. Usually New York State conducts its primaries quietly in solitary splendor. In general, the Empire State does not play a deciding role in selecting a general election candidate for either party, even though we have a lot of delegates. The New York primary is so late that the early states have already settled the issue.

So it is really quite bizarre to have the candidates I have been writing about traipsing around even the most out-of-the-way places in NY, such as my city (Syracuse), Utica, Rome, Dexter – Dexter!

It started two weeks ago with Hillary. She met her public in a large roofed shed usually used by crafters at the Farmer’s Market on summer weekends. I thought I would have to stand in a long line for hours, and I did stand in a longish line for about half an hour, before I walked through the metal detector and slid my shoulder bag over to the secret service so they could pat it down.

I did see Hillary. She looks nice in orange (SU was in the Final Four) and, when I left, when the concrete floor got too hard to stand on any longer, I still liked her and wanted to vote for her. I took a few pictures. One is of Adam (no last name) who was in line by me for a while. He is in the teacher’s union and had on his AFT tee shirt.



The second person is called Jovan (John to us), an eighty-four year old man who came to America from Macedonia and still has a thick accent. (He worked in Bldg. 7 at GE, my Dad was in Bldg. 5.) His children have done very well, one graduating from an Ivy League school, one a doctor trained at John Hopkins. He wants nothing to do with socialism even if it does have the word Democratic in front of it. Jovan has boundless confidence. He wended his way to the very front of the rally.



My third picture is of Hillary and was taken by the tall man in front of me – the one I had to sway back and forth to see beyond, taken with my camera. We yipped and cheered and raised our arms in the air and even did a slightly disorganized wave. No signs were handed out but I don’t know if the concerns were for security or cost. I bought three Hillary buttons on my way out.



Since then John Kasich came to town, Bernie Sanders has been here, then Ted Cruz, then Donald Trump, then Bill Clinton. I don’t think we have ever, in my lifetime been romanced by so many politicians in any election season. I did not go to any other rallies – I watched them on TV as if they were happening somewhere else. There are only so many concrete floors I will stand on in any two week period. But my spidey sense felt them buzzing around and I wish I could have hovered comfortably overhead, or been the proverbial “fly on the wall”. (I have no idea where all these bugs came from.)

It was interesting to see that Ted Cruz held his Syracuse rally in a northern suburb, Cicero, where a group of locals publish a newspaper called “The Patriot”, full of some well-known right wing conspiracy theories from which I culled the phrase “Luciferian Church of the United Nations”, because Agenda 21 and the UN plan for world domination.

Dexter – Donald Trump went to Dexter – a small rural town west of Watertown, NY on Ontario Lake, a town full of campers, hunters, fishermen, aging hippies, and farmers, and these days, very few factories. Fort Drum is nearby though, so perhaps he attracted a lot of soldiers and their families. That would have to be fact-checked. I’m sure Dexter is still in shock having rarely been singled out by such a famous (infamous) personality. It’s been a helluva* two weeks in the North Country (*also, until recently the name of a local cheese company).

It’s sort of fun feeling like the hot center of America for a while. We can use the excitement. Primary day is Tuesday, April 19th and then the entire circus will move on. Most candidates have left already. I think Donald Trump will be the last one out.

By Nancy Brisson


Ted Cruz and Scott Walker

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Ted Cruz and Scott Walker3

It probably will not surprise you to learn that I would not favor any Republican for the Presidency right now. Rand Paul shows poorly in these days when the right wing is so extreme. He doesn’t really fit anywhere and he cannot find his footing. He does not seem to have the confidence, or is it just the chutzpa, to be Presidential. Chris Christie is just a bully. Teddy Roosevelt spoke bluntly but he was not mean with it. Chris Christie does not have the patience to be the leader of our nation. Mike Huckabee is too much of an evangelical to get elected. Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, and Bobby Jindal are too politically clueless to get elected. Jed Bush I could probably listen to if I absolutely had to without constantly shaking my fists at the heavens.

The potential candidate I feared most until now was Ted Cruz. Now I can add Scott Walker to that list. I have not seen any reason to believe that Ted Cruz has any policies in his repertoire that a Democrat would find palatable. He is morally stern and unbending. He seems to always be sneering at us peons. He mistakes compassion for communism. He is an educated man who supports ignorance and dogma. He is a son of a refugee who feels superior to immigrants who may have come to America for almost the exact same reasons Ted Cruz’s father did.


I cannot imagine what laws America will pass should he reign (and it will feel like we have a monarch). He seems to have a passion for Federalism which does not bode well for a strong central government. Because Republicans know that Democrats fear him it is highly likely that they could elect him from spite, although they will not enjoy his policies any more than the rest of us will.

However, now that Scott Walker has arrived on the scene I have another opportunity to worry. I don’t think he has been around long enough to be elected President but Republicans do love the havoc he has raised in Wisconsin. They are thrilled to let us see “the new world order”, a truly privatized society with all aspects of our lives controlled by business and corporations. Republicans will enjoy electing whichever of these two men upsets us most and it remains to be seen what tactics will be brought into play to convince the undecided or sway the discontented.

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I hated when right wing talkers used Hitler references when talking about Obama but I cannot look at Scott Walker without thinking of Hitler. There is just something about the way he looks and acts. Scott Walker, however, does not seem like someone who makes policy; he actually seems as if he enjoys enforcing policy. He also seems able to make people fear him more than they love him.

I don’t know which man would make me more nervous were he to be elected our President in 2016. I know, with all my heart and soul and mind that I don’t wish for either one of them. Usually they say “don’t wish for what you want because you might get it; in this case I am worried that the universe might be perverse enough to change that to “don’t wish for what you don’t want because you might get it.”

By Nancy Brisson

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