is about the time you start to realize that there will be another
person presiding over the affairs of this country. In this era of
March Madness, the race for US President is narrowing down to the
“final four,” so to speak. Only two teams are really
playing, but those two teams have several rivals among them.
But, when the smoke clears, again there will be just two teams,
making for a pretty predictable outcome.
two-party electoral system in America cheats the rest of us who don’t
want that Hobson choice. It’s so unlike the “field of
64” that makes the NCAA basketball tournament so attractive.
Early on in the race for President, various factions with their own
belief systems (BS) stride about the country with great hope. That
hope is dashed pretty early in the election cycle because money - not
vision, principle, or ideas - assumes its royal factor in determining
who moves “to the next round.”
“rounds” in basketball tournaments are the equivalent of
Primary weeks: “First In the Nation,” “Rust
Belt,” “Super Tuesday,” or even “Super
Duper Tuesday.” The Primary voting contests show the
results of “game performance.” The several stump
speeches and candidate debates give snapshots of the candidates’
ideas and visions for shaping America; these are the actual “games.”
And, this year, my, have there been games!
the players is Donald Trump. He played the 2016 race like Shaquille
O’Neal and Moses Malone used to do with their opponents…simply
the big bully on the court. The other teams knew not what to do with
him. This made him ultra dominant though he may not have had many
technical skills. Donald Trump has been able to hide his lack of
skills requisite for the job, all the while, scoring by slam dunks.
race has looked like a teenage boy smacking back the efforts of his
little brother. The other Republicans in the race seemed like
undersized shrimps who kept getting their shots blocked by this “man
among boys.” Neither Sen. Marco Rubio nor Gov. John Kasich
could get a shot up and Sen. Ted Cruz couldn’t hit a 3-pointer
the whole primary! Maybe they just failed to practice? But was this
really the case? Was it really that they were outmatched in a
super-sized game of grand proportions?
the other side of the bracket, the Democrats matched up Magic Johnson
versus Larry Bird (Baby Boomers know what I’m talking about).
Former Senator Hillary Clinton came out the gate as the polished
veteran with international credentials, while her most formidable
opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders showed himself to be s scrappy
gadfly who got the loose balls, gave out assists and served as the
“Utility Man” on the team to score when points were
needed. No, he wasn’t the most graceful of players, but he
followed up his shots, grabbed rebounds and made his lay-ups when
they were needed…a real Larry Bird type of guy.
can’t fail to mention former Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley
who was the third wheel in the Democratic race for a minute (after
two impossible candidates, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee fell off in
the “play-in” round). He tried to look and talk
presidential, but his past performances soured Democratic voters from
the start. But as I asked earlier, was it really his past
performance that caused his elimination, or was there another factor
herein made these analogies, and I dare not stop now. In this Final
Four (or Final Five), I’ve got to keep an eye on, not the
scoreboard, but the scorekeeper! Who’s behind the shot
clock? You see the ball sinking in the baskets, but there are
outside forces telling you and I that those baskets are otherwise.
The polls tell you what’s supposed to happen - and it pretty
much does. And when it doesn’t, the media loses their minds!
watched corporate media downplay significant incidents that speak
volumes to a specific candidate’s racial attitudes of lack of
foreign policy knowledge. I saw a Black male punch, kick and stomp a
white opponent at a Donald Trump rally, and the press failed to
specifically address that violence - or that violent man. Now, the
protestor an unacceptable racist prop to make his point. Nonetheless,
the Sunday morning talk shows - all of them - chose not to
cover that story! All of them? Well, that sounds like a conspiracy.
That candidate got a pass - a media pass (pardon the pun) -
and is still “the team to beat.”
the team that scores the most points the one to decide the National
Champ? Well, watch out because the Republican Party is trying to
derail that American tradition (heading for a repeat of 2000’s
Bush v. Gore). In these times, the media, more so than in 2000,
appears to be determining the winners and losers of this Presidential
campaign game. That’s not how the game is supposed to be
played! Brace yourself for serious, case-history,
history-making shenanigans as Republicans and Democrats -
are currently conniving to change rules in the middle of the game.The
losers will be us, everyday people, unless we break our
decades-old winning streak of voting against our own