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Tuesday, August 08, 2023

RFK Jr. - Not the Crackpot You Heard About


I confess that I have not spent much time on politics. Partially because the election is over a year away and because the two most likely candidates remind me of the movie Dumb and Dumber (I will let you decide which is which). The other day, I stumbled upon a short speech by Democratic candidate RFK Jr.

Like most of us, I’ve heard others say what a crackpot he is. They say he’s an anti-vaxxer. They say he’s anti-immigration. They say he doesn’t care about gun violence. “They” are talking for him because they are afraid that if we listen to what he’s ACTUALLY saying, we may agree with him.

The great irony is that it's a close call with Biden running against Trump. If RFK Jr. runs against Trump, it’s a landslide! Why? First, the party faithful will vote for him because they would vote for Bozo the Clown over the second coming of Jesus to support their party. So, check them off the list -- they’re not in play.

Next, you have the independent-minded folks who listen to what candidates say and make up their own minds. Most of these people know that Trump is a lying criminal who would do anything for his own self-aggrandizement. They may not love everything about RFK Jr., but at least the guy is running on the honesty platform.

Now let’s jump over to the Republican voter side of the fence (too many fences these days!). The diehard Republicans who would vote for the aforementioned Bozo notwithstanding, there are those who dislike Trump but know he will protect their gun rights. Guess what? So will RFK Jr.!  RFK Jr. also wants to build Trump’s wall. He’s a big proponent of closing the border.

Finally, RFK Jr. wants to stop big pharma from getting away with running the various health and regulatory agencies that are supposed to be keeping them in check in the name of public safety. If that’s being an anti-vaxxer, then I’m one too! He just wants people to have reliable, well-tested drugs. Seems like a reasonable ask.

I like RFK Jr. for the same reason I liked John McCain (I would have voted for him had his party not jammed Palin down his throat). He was not afraid to stand up against his own party when they weren’t acting in the best interests of the broader population of the American people. Like McCain before him, many people speak for RFK Jr. They will tell what he’s all about, so you don’t have to listen to him. They don’t want you to listen to him. They are afraid you might like what you hear.

Listen to him yourself. Think about why we are so divided right now, and ask yourself if he’s the guy that might bring us back together and…dare I say it…make America great again. One caution before you listen to him: you’ll hear him say things that sound counterfactual. Don’t take my word for it, but I have done my own research -- he is the one telling the truth.