The 2016 presidential race got a lot more complicated last week especially after the Supreme Court rulings making the Affordable Care Act practically indestructible and same sex marriage legal in all 50 states.
For Republicans, that takes two major social issues off the table. Like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, people have gotten comfortable and have come to expect the Affordable Care Act will make it possible for them and their children to have health insurance.
Taking that away as Republicans had hoped to do if they win the White House will be like wrestling dinner away from a hungry lion. Anyone who tries is destined to get cut to ribbons.
The Supreme Court ruling affirming same sex marriage also makes that concern untouchable for most Americans. Although people who are against it won’t walk away without a fight.
A billboard on Interstate 70 just east of downtown Kansas City went up over the weekend aimed at traffic traveling into the city. It quotes the Bible, insisting that gay marriage is wrong.
Also don’t forget the Confederate flag and how big that became after nine African Americans were gunned down inside the historic Emanuel AME Church by a white gunman.
In addition to domestic concerns, candidates will have to address monetary issues such as the Federal Reserve keeping interest rates near zero, Greece’s debt crisis and how it is pulling down stock markets worldwide and the European Union and its shakiness.
Don’t forget climate change and what to do to curb greenhouse gas emissions from human consumption of fossil fuels, raising the temperature of the planet and creating more violent weather patterns doing more costly damage. Then there are terror attacks, the war in Afghanistan, the Islamic State, the Taliban and al-Qaida and fighting throughout the Middle East — occasionally striking Western people and targets.
Nuclear negotiations with Iran will likely be ongoing in addition to sanctions against Russia over threats to Ukraine and talks with China over its show of power in the South China Sea.