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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump great president, the best of times, smart Republicans and employment & disability

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Today on Context Florida:

Stephen Kurlander forced himself the other night to watch – in totality – Donald Trump speak at two rallies in Ohio before that state’s primary. Initially, he had significant reservations about voting for him. But Kurlander says there is something inside him that says that Trump will prove himself — that he will be an evolutionary politician that will lead America into an era of prosperity and democratic leadership in the world. Deep down, Kurlander thinks Trump is the anti-Obama who will prove once he steps into the Oval Office that he has the same attributes that the founding fathers had.

For Donald Trump, Marc Yacht says it appears to be “the best of times.” For the rest of the candidates in the Republican National Committee, not so much. Will the Republican Party stand behind Trump if he is the presidential nominee? Is he really a Democratic donkey in elephant’s clothing who is trying to win the election for Hillary with his bombastic remarks? After all, he has donated to Hillary and other Democrats in past campaigns. Is his pompous demeanor designed to reduce his support and thereby assure defeat? Yacht says to stay tuned, because, as Al Jolson used to say, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

Smart Republicans need to start thinking and acting on their own, says Martin Dyckman. “I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything where I was capable of thinking for myself,” Thomas Jefferson once said. “Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven…” Party discipline, the plague that Jefferson deplored, gives us a U.S. Senate whose majority party leader refuses even to permit the body to consider fulfilling its constitutional duty to approve or reject a president’s nominee to fill a vacancy on the nation’s highest court.

Florida’s economy has rarely been stronger than it is now with our state’s unemployment at 5 percent and strong growth predicted for the state’s future. However, JR Harding and Dominic Calabro say there is a critical segment being left behind in this economic expansion. Floridians with disabilities account for more than 20 percent of the population, yet only 30 percent of those are employed. It is important that Floridians recognize that a growing rate of unemployment for persons with disabilities is a concern for everyone.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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