In the last few days, Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to become the Republican nominee for president in 2016.  A few remaining unpledged delegates pushed him over that threshold.

You would think that would be cause for celebration.  In many camps it may be, but then it also gives rise to panic.  Donald Trump’s wife has been claiming “My husband’s not Hitler.”  Many in the media claim Trump will become an authoritarian figure if elected president – that quite literally scares a few folks. That would explain where the analogy of Hitler comes from.

It was also announced recently that Donald Trump will have to testify in the fall in the fraud case that awaits him pertaining to the now defunct Trump University proceedings. Trump’s response was: “The judge is a Donald Trump hater.”

Lawsuits aren’t anything new for Trump – since the 1980s, he’s been sued in Federal Court one hundred and fifty times.

Although Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton’s opponent, keeps racking up primary wins he won’t be the Democrat party nominee for the fall election. The fix was in a long time ago and Bernie pretty much knows it.

At a festival I went to recently I saw a vendor printing up T-shirts that said: “Hillary for prison 2016.”  Many in the media claim Hillary Clinton should be in an orange jumpsuit, not the Democrat nominee for the president.

It wouldn’t surprise this columnist at all if Barack Obama keeps his promise to close Guantanamo Bay.   With the stroke of a pen Obama could, during his last days in office, give a presidential pardon to the remaining terrorists at that prison.  It would essentially close the place and the radicals would be free to commit jihad again.

While the President’s at it, don’t be surprised if he gives Hillary Clinton a presidential pardon as well.

To say Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton don’t have their demons would be a fairytale.  A recent survey made of perspective voters asserted that 66.2% of those participating claimed both Clinton and Trump are extremely poor candidates.

I got into a lengthy discussion with a superior of mine once pertaining to respect. It was his claim that respect is always a given, pertaining to the social ladder one is on.  I vehemently opposed that assertion, claiming respect is earned and not a given which drew his ire.

Respect is earned, it’s not a given, but many feel that if you’re a sports star, an actor, or even a politician, respect is a given – I’m of the opinion that’s delusional.

Someone once gave me a T-shirt that says: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”  The backdrop on the T-shirt is the Capitol dome in Washington DC.  When I wear that in public I get a lot of responses from people in agreement with the claim.

Americans are frustrated with the way the country is being run.  We’ve been inundated with mediocre beatitudes for the last eight years and the next four will be a Crapshoot.

Just think about it, the choice will be Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.  Is that the best America can come up with?  Seriously?  To say the government is broken is an understatement.  It’s corrupt, in immoral dissension, self-indulgent in the pursuit of individual appeasement, it’s mired in the mud and off the rails.

One would hope things are going to get better, but few are holding their breath for the light has revealed the underbelly of American government.

I’ll end on a humorous note though, not depress you anymore with dread reality.

I’ve always liked comical bumper stickers, but for some reason I’ve only had one on a vehicle I owned.  It said: “Next time wave all your fingers at me.” The other day I saw a bumper sticker on a Volvo that read: “Teenagers are God’s punishment for having sex.”

Let’s poke some fun at what the last eight years of chastisement has been for America; we’ll take a jab at what a perverted progressive sense of leadership is and the anxiety of not having a clue what’s in store could further mean.

For all those entrepreneurs who still believe in the blessed idea of capitalism, feel free to create a new bumper sticker that claims: “America:  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are God’s chastisement for choices made.”  You have my permission to run with the idea.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at

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