"People who want to be president of the United States should be able to answer tough questions." - Brian Steel, NBC Spokesman
In response to overwhelming criticism that they were partisan, personal, and trite in their moderating protocol of the recent Republican presidential debates, CNBC doubled down yesterday saying:
CNBC and the mainstream press in general just do not get it. They think they are part of the debate. It’s like they are participants also running for President. That is not their role. They are there to facilitate and maintain discipline in soliciting cogent, clear, and concise answers with solutions to solve our country’s problems. In their handling of the debate, they are the problem. The American public does not want the press’s opinion or could care less if they disagree with the candidates’ opinions. The American public is perfectly capable of coming to its own conclusions when in receipt of all the relevant information.
"The stability of our country in the present, and the hope of our children in the future, depends upon navigating a course that steers away from the status quo to a new destination. It is either European socialism or free enterprise – one or the other."
Both major parties have now conducted presidential debates. The path for America’s future has not become clearer or more defined. In fact, the public now seems more divided than ever. Is this because we are galvanized in our politics, beliefs, and persuasions? Or does it have more to do with politicians carving out political ground for themselves founded upon philosophical conclusions that are not based in principle? We are in agreement as a society that the world is a mess. Ninety percent of Americans continue to say that the country is on the wrong track. Eighty-eight percent continue to declare their dissatisfaction with the achievements of Congress. What is it then that the average citizen wants for leadership? Each of us has a moral obligation to decide for ourselves what we demand from elected officials based on principles that we hold sacred as an inheritance for our children.
What is it that we are being offered by the leading candidates?....
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"We damage ourselves by only thinking of ourselves. And we jeopardize our children’s future by not remaining committed to our founding principles."
There are times in world history when issues and their determinants seem so complex that they defy logic. Why, for example, would Scotland resent the English as a common culture for centuries and then, by democratic vote, refuse the option of independence? William Wallace fought a bitter battle with the King of England at Stirling in 1297 AD to establish independence from England. He won that battle, but later lost the war. Fast forward 700+ years to 2014. Scotland negotiated the right for a referendum to establish independence from the United Kingdom. They voted to remain in the U.K. What is the difference between this cultural conflict and the one in the Middle East today?...
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"Today we find ourselves in a quandary of what to do about government services and programs that not only are producing inadequate results, they are unsustainable."
The creed of Thomas Edison was to never give up. When experimenting on the incandescent light bulb, he used numerous materials in an effort to develop a durable filament that would emit light without burning up. He was successful only after hundreds of attempts. Each time he was unsuccessful in his experiments, he would say that he had not failed, he had found 10,000 ways not to do it. In other words, he never would accept the status quo as the best that we can do. People marveled at his persistence to never give up. His reply was said to have been, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”...
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Marc Nuttle is a lawyer, author, consultant and businessman who's had a varied career. He has represented and advised Presidents of the United States, leaders of foreign countries, state officials and corporations. Marc has worked on government policy and has predicted economic trends. Marc managed the successful Right to Work campaign in Oklahoma in 2001.