I work in media. I actually sell advertising on a radio station with a News/Talk format. Not NPR, but conservative talk radio. Some of the stuff I hear, I agree with, some I disagree with.
We begin each day with a 4 hour local news program that is jam packed with information followed by 3 hours of Glenn Beck, 3 hours of Rush Limbaugh, a 3 hour local talk show and then 3 hours each of Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.
Those national hosts I believe are sincere.
I also believe those national hosts are adept at showmanship. They know how to work their audience to push their views in such a way that they gain lots and lots of listeners. Most of the listeners agree with a lot of what each host says but there is also a considerable number who disagree. Doesn’t matter, these 4 guys, Glenn, Rush, Sean and Mark have a ton of listeners and have attracted advertisers due to this success.
The liberal counter balance that I listen to is often MSNBC and the hosts there including Chris Mathews, Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Laurence O’Donnel do the same as the radio hosts I mention.
One more thing about the work I do… Because our radio station attracts so many listeners, smart business people advertise with us and with a news/talk format, we produce results. I have some very liberal minded business people who spend money to advertise with me because the advertising works, not because of any political stance.
April our radio station was flooded with political ads. When Indiana became an important state for the presidential candidates, that increased even more. We had to bump some of our non-political ads for the political ones. It was crazy.
Fort Wayne is the second largest metro in the state and we were also flooded by visits from 4 of the 5 campaigns. Ted Cruz was here Thursday and again on Monday. Bill Clinton came on Saturday and Donald Trump was here on Sunday. Bernie Sanders packed them in on Monday too.
Sunday afternoon, I received an internal work email telling me that Glenn Beck was going to use one of our studios to broadcast his 3 hour show on Monday morning and so certain parts of our building were off limits. As I drove to the radio station on Monday, I heard our morning show host on the phone with Donald Trump.
Crazy, crazy, crazy.
I voted early last week, 7 days before our election day May 3rd.
I got to sit back and watch all of this unfold.
As I type this, there is only one of the three Republican candidates left in the race as both Ted Cruz and John Kasich have dropped out.
Representing the Republicans in November will be Donald Trump. Odds are still in favor for Hillary Clinton to be the candidate for the Democratic party.
There is another 3rd party candidate that my son-in-law reminded me about last night via Facebook that will be representing the Libertarian party.
Before I voted last week, I ranked 4 of the 5 candidates as follows:
- Bernie Sanders. I believe that he has been a straight shooter and honest. His opinions did not flip back and forth, and when there was a position change, it was well thought out. He stood on principles. Two things I like about Bernie is his desire to take big money out of elections and out of the running of the government; and his push for universal health care. The health care system we have now is still broken and while it was never a personal priority for me, I believed that if the system was going to be overhauled, it needed to be done completely, not the half-assed mess we have now. Our parents/grandparents had a sweeping change take place when Social Security was put into place and I thought we needed to bite the bullet and do something radical if the federal government was going to jump in. Problem with Bernie was that it is constitutionally impossible for the President to make the changes he proposed. Also Bernie was getting screwed over by the establishment Democratic party and their super-delegate system.
- Ted Cruz. This is the guy I voted for. My second choice out of the 4. He was the one who was most likely going to follow the constitutional powers of the president and hold Congress to do the same. My vote for Ted was simply because I wanted him to win Indiana and slow down the Trumpster. Yet I saw he doing plenty of dumb stuff leading up to the Indiana primary so I wasn’t surprised that he lost the Hoosier state. I was surprised when I saw him quit.
- Donald Trump. He’s the guy you vote for while you hold your nose. He’s a creation of the media that thought that if they exposed him, it would be the end of his campaign. Instead, the media gave him so much free time and coverage that he didn’t have to spend much at all. As I listened to his speech after winning in Indiana, he said his opponents spent 8 or 9 million bucks compared to his less than 1 million in campaign ads and yet he didn’t need to. For me the only reason I would vote for Donald in November is to stop:
- Hillary Clinton. Sure, I’ve been influenced by the Hillary Haters. But I have yet to hear a compelling reason to trust her. She made her own mistakes that I won’t go into here, but when she lied about them, it simply reinforced my distrust of her as a leader of our country.
Not on my list at all was John Kasich, who turned into a caricature of a disillusioned candidate who thought he had a chance to be President but turned into a whiner. Too bad because at one time, he was at the top of my list of these five.
With 6 months to go before we have our final election, we don’t know who will be our next President. I know that I wish it was someone that would examine the Constitution and follow it along with holding Congress to their constitutional powers. I’d also like to see the removal of all the influence buying in elections and in government. And give me term limits and a flat tax too as I dream…
Here’s what I do know will happen. Hard Core Hillary fans and Hard Core Donald fans will vote for those candidates no matter what.
But how many of the Bernie fans will vote for Donald because he’s an outsider or how many will not vote at all because they were sold on Bernie, not the Democratic party?
Also how many Republicans will vote for Donald because they simply don’t want Hillary under any circumstances, or how may will vote for Hillary because they hate Donald so much, or will they stay home too?
Only time will tell.
Pray for those who are running and pray for those who are elected.