Monday, August 22, 2016

'A mistake of historic proportions' means more all-around loss for Americans

And not even the Lewandowski-Manafort-Bannon roulette table of a campaign can outshine the catastrophe of the candidate himself. If terms can be broadened, though, Jason Taylor manages to do so...

Once each four years we in these United States choose a president and our vote symbolizes all that is fair, decent and right about freedom and respect. The democratic way is admired around the world and we are suppose to hold our heads high and let the others looking in see us, enjoy our process and learn from our country’s long established order. This election fails to impress the world, and it’s embarrassing us as a nation. We are better than lies, bigotry, racism, sexism and the insane waste of intellect to churn more useless commentary on wrongs that are wrong.

We are the greatest country on earth. Our lifestyle and comforts are second to none and yet we complain, blame and chatter like children on a playground discussing what’s fair about the game. To be the president of this great country, one must have great intent to lead with thought and ideas that can be discussed, modified and followed. The world watches as we embarrass ourselves.
The Presidential campaign, bizarre as its been for over a year now, is reaching a dangerous point never seen before. There is really nothing left to say about Trump that hasn’t been said except perhaps that, no, people do not change, and expecting this man to stay on point or to use a teleprompter to deliver his lines, will alter our perception of him, is nonsense. How the flawed GOP leadership can feign hope while they await a turn-around by Trump, is laughable and offers a rather dimwitted deprecation of their own self-esteem. ...

The whole Trump Circus has damaged, perhaps beyond repair, the dignity and importance of our revered democratic process of electing the leader of our country. Pick up any paper, or turn on any “news” media, and you have Donald in your face. Nothing seems to be out of bounds, and I strongly suspect that he is enjoying his stint on the “Road to the White House” reality TV show with its daily script adjustments…UnReal. He has had to spend little on his ride to international fame and infamy as our profit/ratings-driven media have given him his tent. Perhaps he will not “win” the presidency, but he certainly has won his notoriety upon which I am sure he will build another “billion dollar” empire. We reacted negatively to Hillary Clinton fees for speeches to Wall Street. I wonder how we will perceive in retrospect the capitalization of Donald’s bid for the highest office in our nation.
Finally, I turn to Erickson for some perspective on...

Republicans are heading to November’s White House loss for one overarching reason. They decided to do nothing controversial, to play it safe, and to make sure, above all else, that they were not disliked. The result is a party that was perceived by many of its early tea party supporters as cowardly, unwilling to hold Barack Obama accountable, and too beholden to special interests instead of willing to keep promises. The Mitch McConnell “play it safe and don’t rock the boat” approach has thrown the GOP into the rapids and is about to cause the party boat to capsize. ...

In 2014, despite all the hysteria that Ted Cruz was going to make the GOP disliked, the GOP won again. In fact, in the Age of Obama the GOP has won and kept on winning virtually everything other than the White House. But still the GOP doesn’t want to be disliked. Still the GOP refuses to stand up to Barack Obama.

Eventually, the base of the party got frustrated. That frustrated base was joined by a group of political outsiders not really affiliated with either party who finally had enough of both parties. They all felt desperate and betrayed. The felt like their very culture and way of life was under assault by a Washington elite who did not care about them, could not relate to them, and decided they were all hateful bigots who couldn’t write checks anyway. Desperate times call for desperate measures. So they turned to Donald Trump to burn down Washington. The Republican voters who sided with Trump early, when asked why they liked Trump, knew very little about him, but they said, “He fights!” That became the joke. Trump is a Clinton donor, pro-abortion New Yorker who bragged about his affairs, but “he fights!”

Trump isn’t interested in being liked or loved. He’s interested in fighting and being blunt. At least that is how voters perceive him. It is worth noting too that for a time the very establishment Trump’s voters want burned to the ground rallied to Trump. Behind the scenes, D.C. lobbyists, Senate Republicans, and Republican outside groups heaped praise on Trump as a way to stick it to Ted Cruz. They wanted Trump over Cruz. When it became Cruz vs. Trump, they demanded Cruz kiss McConnell’s ring if they were going to act. He refused so they decided they could accept Trump. They decided they could work with Trump, but could not and would never work with Cruz. Now they attack Cruz for failing to endorse the man they all privately hope loses to Hillary. And privately they worry that Trump, who they now realize they cannot control and who will never pivot, is going to cost them the power they’ve tried to horde by doing nothing and standing still.

That makes this coming loss so ironic. The GOP is going to lose with Trump because its leaders were too scared to stand for anything and refused to stand with the only candidate who, in the end, had a shot at stopping Trump. By standing for nothing, they got stood up by their voters and stomped into the dust by Trump. The only question that remains is this: after the loss, will the GOP learn the right lessons?

I suspect not. The party leaders and their editorial mouthpieces still cannot even acknowledge that there is both an elite and an establishment within the party. The talking heads of Fox who are long tied to guys like McConnell and the editorialists at the Wall Street Journal who openly disdain heartland voters both deny there is an establishment.

... They will again rally to the brilliant strategery of Mitch McConnell that got them in this mess in the first place. They will ignore that Republicans have a lower opinion of congress right now than Democrats and that congress’s popularity has gone up because it is not in Washington right now.

Until they figure it out, the desire to be liked will trump (pun intended) the desire to hold the President accountable through any and all means necessary. And that will just perpetuate the helplessness of a lot of people with real needs and fears who want a political party to stop wanting to be liked and start leading. Perpetuating that, in turn, leads even further down the rabbit hole of anger in the voting population.

When a voting base thinks they are on the brink of disaster, in large part because of the rhetoric of elected Republican leaders, a play it safe strategy is just asking to be curb stomped.
Not to detract from Obama's lawlessness and hypocrisy, but the Democratic-leaning media seems to be paying as much attention to those as Republicans are to the above points. Unfortunate, because it means more all-around loss for Americans.

Related links: Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

McMullin's awesome 'Letter to America' is another example of what might have been...

On second thought, I will mention that long shot, even if it is too late, to at least share Evan McMullin's pretty awesome "Letter to America(along with some good ol' Leon Wolf commentary):
RedState: I don't really know if this campaign is going to get off the ground or what will become of it, but independent conservative candidate Evan McMullin's "Letter to America" is pretty awesome. Here's a sample:
Like millions of Americans, I had hoped this year would bring us better nominees who, despite party differences, could offer compelling visions of a better future. Instead, we have been left with two candidates who are fundamentally unfit for the profound responsibilities they seek.

Hillary Clinton is a corrupt career politician who has recklessly handled classified information in an attempt to avoid accountability and put American lives at risk including those of my former colleagues. She fails the basic tests of judgment and ethics any candidate for President must meet. Moreover, she only offers stale economic ideas like the same old top-down government control that has brought us eight years of historically low growth.

Donald Trump appeals to the worst fears of Americans at a time when we need unity, not division. Republicans are deeply divided by a man who is perilously close to gaining the most powerful position in the world, and many rightly see him as a real threat to our Republic. Given his obvious personal instability, putting him in command of our military and nuclear arsenal would be deeply irresponsible. His infatuation with strongmen and demagogues like Vladimir Putin is anathema to American values. We cannot and must not elect him.
Read, as they say, the whole thing. McMullin sounds like the kind of guy I could easily vote for; the problem is that he has already missed the ballot deadline in roughly half the states and unless he busts his butt, he's going to miss another 10 before the week is over. Timing is everything, and the timing of this is really just too late to make any sort of national impact on the race.

Another example of what might have been.
...if the electorate had chosen wisely.

Related links: Evan McMullin to Run as a Third Party Candidate
Anti-Trump Republican Launching Independent Presidential Bid

Trump is conservatism's Dunkirk

"Absolutely 100% correct." ~ GB
I suppose we could further discuss the news of an indie run that came yesterday; but honestly, I think Steve Berman concisely captured the skepticism of most: Best wishes, but it's just too late. For now, instead of delving into another long shot, I'd like to share something a bit more retrospective regarding the situation we're in.

From the untouchable intellectual conservatism of Ben Shapiro comes a sober assessment of what Trump means for the conservative movement, not just now, but for generations...brilliantly accomplishes through a more accurate, substantive, historical analogy than simply tossing around the names Stalin or Hitler...
DailyWire: Trump fans have spent the last few months assuring conservatives that even if they don’t like Trump, they must vote for him: after all, they say, the West even sided with Stalin to stop Hitler. Why then can’t conservatives consolidate around Trump to stop Hillary?

This historic analogy doesn’t work. It doesn’t work not only because Hillary isn’t Hitler. It doesn’t work because the Allies didn’t make Stalin president and grant him leadership of the West. They formed a temporary alliance, which ended the moment that Hitler had been defeated. Donald Trump will not become the object of some sort of Republican Cold War after becoming president.

There’s another historic analogy that may work better: Dunkirk. (For the historically ignorant who want to wait until the new Christopher Nolan film comes out to find out what happened at Dunkirk, here’s your spoiler alert.) After the Nazis ran roughshod through France, pushing the British Army all the way back to the English Channel, the British had two choices: they could fight to the last man and be annihilated, or they could evacuate across the Channel back to Britain. The British mobilized, down to the smallest fisherman, to smuggle the soldiers back across to Britain, preserving the Army.

But didn’t they understand the cost of leaving France to the Nazis? Didn’t they have an obligation to fight to the last man?

Of course not. They had an obligation to preserve the British military - the only actual hope of winning the greater war. Churchill spoke in the House of Commons, where he called “what has happened in France and Belgium…a colossal military disaster.” He then added:
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…
In the end, the British Army’s flight from France preserved Britain itself, and perhaps the entirety of Europe.

That’s the choice Republicans face now: annihilation or strategic withdrawal.

Of course a Hillary presidency will be an utter disaster. Like the loss of France, it will be an unprecedented defeat that will cost us dearly. But at least we will live to fight another day. If we chose this moment for our last stand, we will truly lose the greater war.

That’s for two reasons.

First, there is no victory for conservatives here. Trump is not going to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices outside of a pipe dream; he’s not going to govern in a small government fashion; he’s not going to restore constitutional boundaries to government itself. Trump is a typical union Democrat, and he will govern that way.

The danger to conservatives is that their movement is fully coopted by a man who already insists that his allies eagerly lie for him and cover up his myriad sins, lest he unleash hell upon them publicly. And that will have an impact for years to come.

If you believe that conservatism is the only philosophy that can save the country, the army must be preserved, not perverted or marginalized. Right now, polls show that young Americans prefer not only Hillary, but Gary Johnson and Jill Stein to Trump, who earns approximately 9 percent of those under age 30. He’s running at 1 percent among black voters. His numbers are negligible among Latino voters. He’s not even running on par with Mitt Romney among white voters. Not even close. If conservatives convert to Trumpism, they lose a generation of voters. Better to disassociate and live to fight another day, conservatism still intact.

Second, Trump is not going to win. That’s not because of disaffected conservatives. That’s because he’s a joke of candidate. Right now, he’s down more than seven percent in the latest RealClearPolitics poll average. He’s losing in Georgia. He’s running even in Arizona. He’s putting South Carolina and Utah in play. If polls hold even close to where they are now (a big if, but a plausible one), he’s not just going to lose, he’ll be destroyed on a historic level. And Republicans in the Senate – people like Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson in Wisconsin -- will pay the price for having to answer questions about him day after day. So will Republicans in the House. All to defend a guy who has no loyalty to conservative principles or legislators, and who says he doesn’t care if the Republicans lose the Senate.

And even if Hillary does somehow snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and Trump somehow becomes president, many of his own policies – to the extent he has articulated any – are themselves far to the left of any modern Republican president.

In other words, the battle is already lost.

This is Dunkirk.

Save your army.

You’ll need it later.

Or you could simply look at how bad Hillary will be and decide that it’s worthwhile to burn all your ammo and destroy your men on the cannon shells of the enemy, all the while bragging that you're doing the right thing because hey, somebody has to stop the bad guys right now. That, after, all, would be the dedicated play, wouldn’t it?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Stuck riding this bomb to detonation...

“Something better change, or this could be a landslide victory for the detestable leftist, the unindicted fraudster and felon, Hillary Clinton!” ~ Mark Levin, 8/4/16
Boy, oh boy. Missed opportunity might soon be a moot point.

We've heard about the polls throughout the week. They're abysmal, considering the competition. But this is what happens when you nominate a contemptible candidate loathed more than the lyin' crook on the other side. Not to mention the messaging differences between either convention. And speaking of, notice what's happened to Trump's supposed convention bump? Now ya see me, now ya don't...

We've also heard about the whispers of senior GOP officials exploring options if Trump, gulp, drops out!
ABCNews: Republican officials are exploring how to handle a scenario that would be unthinkable in a normal election year: What would happen if the party's presidential nominee dropped out?

ABC News has learned that senior party officials are so frustrated — and confused — by Donald Trump's erratic behavior that they are exploring how to replace him on the ballot if he drops out.
This is not about 'I told you so,' this is the cold hard truth of the matter. And where the stats might not reach those still on the train...well, they're unreachable. But allow me to just segue to Steve Berman's compilation of what many Republicans are now telling Trump, albeit way too late: "Get Out!"
TheResurgent: Donald Trump is about to get his “Rocky IV” moment. Either he is going to train in the Siberian snow while an 80’s music montage plays and return in glory to defeat Hillary Clinton (“He’s not human, like a piece of iron!”) or he’s going to implode.

Most Republican insiders are betting on implode. The POLITICO Caucus, “a panel of activists, strategists and operatives in 11 swing states” has a message for Trump: Get Out.

A stunning 70 percent would like to see Trump quit the race. No candidate in history (of either party) has ever been this unpopular among their own. It’s literally unprecedented, like everything about Trump’s cult.
“I’d rather take our chances with nearly anyone else than continue with this certain loser who will likely cost the Senate and much more,” said a New Hampshire Republican — who, like all respondents, completed the survey anonymously.
“The effect Trump is having on down-ballot races has the potential to be devastating in November,” added a Florida Republican. “His negative image among Hispanics, women and independents is something that could be devastating to Republicans. Trump’s divisive rhetoric to the Hispanic community at large has the potential to be devastating for years to come.”
Most of the survey respondents don’t think Trump will go. Leon Wolf summed it up nicely.
But come, I will level with you: Donald Trump is not going anywhere until November. End of story. He’s not going to quit, and none of you are going to force him out of the race. The idea that Trump can be talked out of three more months of his face constantly being on television for any reason at all is absolute wishcasting. The idea that any mechanism exists at this point for removing him from the ballot in favor of some other candidate is just not factual.
Trump thinks he will roar back for the win. Though anything is possible, depending on unicorns, rainbows, ISIS attacks, race wars, mass shootings, Russian hackers, or general chaos to win is at best delusional.

At worst, it’s the mark of a man who will crush American democracy with an iron gauntlet; who despises our laws, despises our allies, despises everything but the blood and soil he proclaims to love. If there’s a way for Trump to exit with his ego intact, now would be the time for that fake health issue (hey, bone spurs, right?) to pop up.

But I’m afraid we’re stuck riding this bomb to detonation.
Yes, I added that last link. Wished this candidacy was anywhere near as epic as that cinematic shot. Unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), the results of the party's future might be that much more literal than figurative.

Related links: When Does a ‘Smart Businessman’ Like Donald Trump Consider Brand Damage?
Hey GOP, I think it’s time to start PANICKING!!
It's not like Ted Cruz didn't try to warn you, Republicans
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Observing the new Republican political correctness

Andy Woods elaborates on the Crucifixion of Ted Cruz by the union of the RNC, Trump campaign and Establishment acolytes that has already been discussed here across several posts. But it is the second half of his discussion -- the New Republican Political Correctness -- that I'd like to turn attentions toward...
What would most likely get me the most accolades from my conservative friends is to write a blog piece criticizing this week’s Democratic National Convention. After all, we are routinely told by pseudo-conservatives that we all need to rally behind the Republican Nominee, unify the party, and defeat Hillary Clinton in November. She is the personification of all evil, as the new Dinesh D’Souza movie Hillary’s America appropriately and accurately argues. However, the Democrats and their predictably outrageous behavior this week is not the real story here. The Democrats kicked conservatism (and authentic Christianity for that matter) out of their party a long time ago. Criticizing the Democratic Party is too easy of a target. Finding a conservative Democrat today, such as the late Robert Casey or Zel Miller, is like trying to find an animal on the endangered species list. However, the real story here, for anybody who actually desires to see the evidence, is how the Republican Party, at least at the national level, is now also going very clearly in the direction of the Democratic Party in terms of purging and ostracizing conservatism from its ranks. ...

Ted Cruz is but a mere vessel for the ideas of limited government espoused by America’s founders. On today’s political scene, he is one of the few in public service who actually believes in these principles. In so doing, he represents those of us who also embrace these principles. Thus, any attack on Cruz for his beliefs represents an attack on the rest of us who also embrace these same ideals and principles. In other words, how the Republican Party treated Ted Cruz last week represents the actual revulsion, hostility, and disdain that the Republican Party establishment has towards true grass roots conservatives within its own base and ranks. Part of the agenda is to trample Cruz so vehemently that he and his limited government agenda will not be a threat to the party establishment in 2020. Welcome to the new Republican Party. Like what the Democratic Party accomplished long ago, the Republican Party is now in the process of purging all vestiges of true conservatism from its very own ranks. With one party already gone, the other is now in the very same process of closing itself off to any conservative influence. The bottom line: true conservatives will soon have no place to call home. This is what the Trump takeover of the Republican Party really represents.

What I have said thus far is not even the worst part about it. The worse part about all of this is the new political correctness that some “conservatives” are now imposing upon their own members. Rather than calling a spade a spade and exposing this hostile takeover for what it is, many within the conservative movement that once stood on principle are busy bullying and silencing anyone who dares to say that the king is naked. Because the goal of defeating Hillary Clinton in November has become the central rallying cry, anyone who points out the self-evident deficiencies of Trump and the current trajectory of the Republican Party is deemed as deliberately weakening the Republican Party and consequently being pro-Hillary. “You don’t want to elect Hillary do you?” has become the common response. In other words, “shut up, move along, and fall into line.” If you do not, Hillary Clinton will become the next President of the United States. For example, here is what one of my Face Book “friends” posted on my page after I posted something recently critical of Trump: “Feed and tend sheep and lambs. Jeremiah 22:10. God executed His purposes so stop whining…” I could furnish numerous other similar examples of such “conservative” self-policing.

Such self-censorship is tragic since it involves an abandonment of the very principles conservatives say that they stand for. In other words, conservative and Christian principles matter so long as you do not apply them to our own nominee. There are innumerable people I know that have spent the bulk of their lives and ministries articulating valid principles, only to demonize others who apply these very same principles to Trump and the new Republican Party. The conservative movement has certainly now reached a new and epic low as it finds itself turning upon and devouring its very own. We often legitimately decry political correctness in academia and politics. Sadly a new form of political correctness has entered the ranks of the conservative movement. That new political correctness entails the overt and subtle pressure to never criticize Trump and his party.

The way out of our immoral ditch is not to have two Democratic parties. Since the majority of those registered are already Democrats, if the public perceives the same message coming from both parties, they will just vote for the party that they are already affiliated with, and the Democratic Party will continue to win big time. The Republicans win and win in a huge way when they are able to articulate clear differences between the two parties. The conservative message still sells as evidenced by the sweeping Republican victories at the Presidential or Congressional level in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2010, and 2014. Let’s not go the way of the Whigs. Let’s resist the current self-censorship and instead continue to point out the wrong headed direction of the current Republican Party establishment. Hopefully, this process will return the Republican Party to its foundation and also its winning ways. If it does, then the future looks bright. If it does not, we should get used to the encroaching socialism and cultural Marxism that we see all around us because that will be our future.
God knows we don't need two Democratic Parties! But this certainly seems as if that's precisely what's occurring. It's my personal feeling that the Republican Party has already chosen the path of the Whigs. The threshold has been crossed. The party bosses continue to vehemently reject conservatism, including the current nominee. I think instead of embracing this 'new' Republican political correctness, we should not only continue pointing it out at every turn, but genuine conservatives need to take action NOW and turn towards a New Conservative-Republican Party. Will it win the election at this point. No. But I'm also convinced that the Republican Party has thoroughly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. So, at this late date, conservatives have got to start thinking long term. We must start anew to get there...and that need not wait on any election. #PrincipleMattersFirst

Related links: CBS Poll: Trump’s Alienation Of Conservatives Is The Reason He’s Behind
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Friday, July 29, 2016

A work of art to explain the outcome of either convention...

This is actually two separate portraits painted by the same artist, but with an appropriately combined working title, "Two clowns in the same circus"... 

Related links: The One Thing I Trust About Donald Trump
Don’t patronize me, Madam Secretary

Along comes a conservative statesman...

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
You know, I often find myself frustrated with the way language is thrown around so lightly. Our pop culture sees fit to freely misuse words, redefine words, and even censor non-offensive words when they reveal too much truth to bare. I've felt this way about a couple words in particular for quite sometime: conservative and Republican.  The two are too often used synonymously when we've seen all too often, particularly as of late, that these words don't actually have the same meaning. Another word that comes to mind amidst these is Principle.

If you've gotten this far, perhaps with an open mind, the following might help illuminate where I'm going with this...
TheResurgent: All my life I have heard conservatives and conservative pundits cry out for a statesman not a politician, for a man (or woman) that would stand for principle not party. Yet last Wednesday night, when Ted Cruz embodied exactly that type of leadership, many conservative pundits and fellow Republican politicians were apoplectic. Of course we all expected Cruz to be vilified by Democrats and the main stream media no matter what he had said in his speech. But it was beyond disappointing to hear such a negative reaction from fellow conservatives. Even media figures and politicians who had been very supportive of Cruz throughout the primaries joined in the piling on.

I could understand it a little better if these conservative critics simply thought Cruz made a tactical error politically, but they went further than that to question Cruz’s motives. I am stunned by how many consistently label Cruz as only self-serving; as though he couldn’t possibly be genuinely trying to do what he thought was right. As with his filibuster on Obamacare, where Cruz is blamed for single handedly shutting down the Government, (last I checked Harry Reid had the capability to avoid a shut-down had they not been so inflexible themselves) it seems never to occur to conservative talking heads that Cruz might actually have been trying to do what he had promised his constituents he would do if elected. Also last week, as was done following the filibuster, the term “stunt” was thrown around quite often on Thursday when evaluating Cruz’s speech.

Is it possible that conservatives have gone so long without truly principled leadership that many didn’t recognize it when they saw it? Isn’t it more of a condemnation on the current jaded state of conservative punditry than it is on Ted Cruz that so few saw his stand as courageous? We talk about the founders and founding principles constantly. So what do the so called “experts” suppose a George Washington or a John Adams would have done in a similar situation? Pundits are free to disagree with Cruz’s conclusions but Cruz genuinely believes that Trump will be harmful both to the country and to the party, a position most of Cruz’s critics held until eight weeks ago. Had Washington or Adams believed the same would they have endorsed for the so called “greater good”.

...many conservatives only think they want statesmanship. ...

Conservatism cried out for decades for a selfless leader who was willing to stand against the tide and articulate conservatism. Then when that leader showed up and did exactly that, we discovered that conservatism has been so compromised, so watered down, that three fourths of our own movement didn’t recognize true leadership when they saw it.
Now, I know I will invariably hear more static that distracts from this truth: "Why you still talking about Ted Cruz? Get over it! Donald Trump is our nominee? What, you gonna vote for Hillary?" But this is noise, not honesty.

What's honest is that throughout Ted Cruz's life, the man -- pardon me, the statesman -- has vigorously pursued conservative interests prior to holding office, and similarly that of his constituents once elected, seeking a much needed return of principle and values to the arena of politics, which has grossly dispersed from those who would now lord over us.

Many have rhetorically and physically fought for similar ideals of liberty throughout human history...

There's been many comparisons drawn between Cruz and other great men of the past who struggled through righteous causes. Reagan, Goldberg, Martin Luther, William Wallace, and others. Maybe Ted Cruz actually was our Wallace after all...
MadisonsCPC: ...a line was drawn between true constitutional conservatives, and those who see themselves as conservative, but are quite willing to accept a loss of liberty to quell their anger- those who see rhetoric and bombastic statements as superior to constitutional ideals and principles.

As Wallace lost his battle, he lit a fire of independence in the hearts of his countrymen, so Cruz has ignited a flame that burns hot and bright for those who seek to return the republic to its constitutional foundation.
Just because a nomination was lost, don't let the flame of conservatism burn out. We live to fight another day, and fight on we shall. We just need a political apparatus, a party, to join us in that fight.

Until we desire a 'new party' that 'speaks to the heart', we find ourselves here...

I heard Glenn Beck talking about a topic of interest this morning on his program (I'll attach that to this post if it happens to appear on the interweb). It's one that I started thinking about last night while viewing the powerful video of Khizr Khan addressing Trump at the #DNCinPHL.

Folks, THIS should have been a part of the #RNCinCLE had Republicans chosen a viable nominee...

TheResurgent: If you are a Republican, you should watch this video clip and be ashamed. That mother and father lost their son. He died on the battlefield while serving the United States against our enemies in the Middle East. This is a muslim family. They immigrated from the United Arab Emirates...

They are proud American patriots. If Donald Trump had his way, they’d have never been allowed into the United States.

“You sacrificed nothing and no one,” is a line that is going to echo through Campaign 2016. It was the most powerful moment of the past two weeks and the most powerful words spoken in either Cleveland or Philadelphia.

Shame, Republicans. Shame on you.
Related link: Father of slain Muslim US soldier to Donald Trump: 'You have sacrificed nothing and no one'

This emotional moment will of course be used by Democrats like all other expressions of the heart, but then isn't that the point? This was the most effective display of average people who responded to Trump's offensive antics throughout the campaign season (others included a Texas military widow who was scammed by Trump University and a wheelchair-bound young woman with cerebral palsy responding to Trump's mocking of a disabled NYTimes reporter).

I wished that there existed a party with the sincerity behind these kind of messages. The Democrats are not, they just exploit them, quite effectively I might add, and we all know it. But the Republicans used to be that party; however, it no longer subscribes to such unity in values or principles, and it nominated a man who rejects those very provisions of conservatism.

We have allowed the years of successful divisions promulgated by leftists to fester, seep and adhere to the sensibilities of an exhausted and frustrated right-of-center people. And in so doing, we are losing the hearts of our people to the Big Government facade of compassion that would use such sincere messages for its own benefit, not that of ours.

As I heard Beck plainly speak to this conundrum, I agree, we need a new party that knows what the 'F' it's doing...that genuinely speaks to the hearts of Americans, devoid of Big Government solutions, but with a reinvigorating, honest message of liberty, truth, justice...real independence. Until then, we find ourselves here...

ADDENDUM: Here's some of those Beck radio segments that I was referencing from the 7/29 program...

This first segment was earlier in the program ('Thanks!' to the lefties at RWW for posting, HA!), where Glenn explains how the 'RNC idiots' have completely missed out on reaching the impassioned, somewhat uninformed, average American, who desires a change for the better towards our inherent 'red, white & blue' values (i.e., tea party, Constitution, Founders)...but while the Republicans were reaching out the Sanders Marxists, completely jettisoning our Founding documents & tea party people, the Democrats recognized the void and were reaching out to these very people, making an entire week out of it!
"GOP, RNC idiots. You idiots! Maybe after you get your ass handed to you by a bunch of Marxist, revolutionary radicals, who have just cloaked themselves as YOU, maybe you'll figure it out that maybe we should stop moderating to the left."

...and here's the segment where Glenn explains how the Democrats effectively used 'the message of the heart' to reach the undecided (@11:34)...a message that completely escaped the RNC the previous week. After Glenn mentioned the Gold Star muslim father, the wheelchair-bound disabled woman, and the black Trump University military widow, he asks a poignant question aimed at the Republican-voting electorate:
"Who do you think moved the needle further? That person, or us screaming about how horrible Hillary Clinton is? Or them screaming about what a racist Donald Trump is? They positioned this the entire time with the three things I have been saying are missing: 'You don't feel like you belong'...[second] 'I hear you'...and the third thing they didn't accomplish is 'You don't feel like you have any control of your life,' but I think in a way they can't ever accomplish that because they're for Big Government. But through marketing, they made you feel like 'I'm in a group that hears me; they're gonna give me control of my life!' Those three things are the main thing that I believe America feels right now and is the source of our problem. We did nothing, NOTHING, except inflict more pain on the people who feel those three things. And we did it with anger and fear instead of love and charity."

Related link: Glenn Beck Radio Show - 7/29/16 Politics: Hollywood For The Ugly Podcast

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Effective Kool-Aid: #DNCinPHL concludes with PUNCH

"The GOP had a real opportunity to win in 2016. ... The GOP had the chance to lift the American spirit against a woman with 60% disapproval. Instead, they chose a man even less liked that her. I hate 2016." ~ Erick Erickson
If there's one thing the Democratic Progressive-Socialist convention has taught us this week, particularly in comparison to last week's Republi-something one, it's this: If people are gullible enough to elect Trump as a Republican, then equal gullibility (and culpability) exists within those who'd soak up this week's gauntlet of speeches as authentic, on top of electing Hillary as their next president...

The Monday into early Tuesday disarray...

...has shifted rather quickly. Actually starting with Michelle's speech Tuesday night, Dems methodically initiated effective punch, counter-PUNCH, both Tuesday evening with B.J....

The party of family values has just nominated a man on his third wife with numerous affairs and they are pitting him against a woman whose husband routinely cheated on her, but they kept their marriage together. Republicans are prone to cast aspersions on the Clinton marriage. “They did it for power” or “she stuck to him for her own benefit” are the most common ones. But in a day and age where marriages crumble and kids wind up spread all over between parents and step parents, the Clintons kept their marriage together. Judge not. They swore a holy vow and, though Bill broke the fidelity part, they have kept the bonds of marriage between them that Trump has so easily cast off.

That was a good speech. Bill Clinton is still the guy you want to have a beer with. He paraded through a tour of states on what Hillary had done for the little guy. He talked about their marriage. He completely skipped 1998. But he came to rehabilitate Hillary’s image in the eyes of the American people and I suspect the old charmer charmed a good number of people.

...and the following Wednesday evening with B.O....

The President gave a speech that was multiple things. It was an ode to American progressivism and defense of his record. It was the Republican response to Donald Trump. It was a flat sounding campaign for Hillary Clinton. The progressivism was nauseating. I cannot blame the President for ignoring the low economic growth rate during his administration. His values are not my values.

But I appreciate his denunciation of Donald Trump. He was accurate. The Republican Party is supposed to be the party of the individual that believes in the American people. It is now the party of Trump that believes only by electing Donald Trump can we make America great again. The party of Reagan that put faith in the people now puts faith in an orange braying jackass who is all talk and bankruptcies.

Effective doesn't make it right, but remember, I first mentioned gullibility...and there's a lot of it going around...

Look, like it or not, all Hillary has to do is keep Obama’s coalition from 2012. But she’s also starting to steal college educated white voters. They went for Romney in 2012. Obama’s speech might be particularly effective toward them.

... The Democrats are going to try to make a play at the middle now. They won’t get those who are strongly pro-life. But the moderate suburbanites who don’t go to church on Sunday, but vote Republican because of taxes may just decide Clinton is the safer bet.
So what's Trump doing to counter any of this throughout the week as the attack Cruz antics subside? Uhum...

Are these as troubling as Hillary & Co.? Remember the effective and gullible factors already mentioned...

Oh, and all 'part of the plan', though, ya see...?

Actually, sadly, it seems more like this to me...

We are now at the final day of the two major party conventions, and what we have witnessed so far has professional unbiased political analysts baffled, and partisan political operatives of the left elated. The GOP used it’s convention to scoff at, badger and belittle it’s base. After failing to consolidate the ground troops, Team R made an overt attempt to lure the base, not the fringe mind you, the base of the Democratic Party. The Commissar of Crazy directly appealed to the Socialist wing of the Democratic Party, further alienating his party’s own base and alarming the right of center moderates that are so crucial to carry in order to win. After jarring the members of his own party he then went full collaborator with his call for Russian intervention in our electoral process and probably pushed the last couple of undecided independent percentage points out of play.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party, deftly let their base air their grievances, and handed them the scalp of the party chairwoman as a sincere gesture of reconciliation before the first prime time speaker hit the stage. They devoted night one to the base with all the speaking slots, and they brought it all home to mama. The next two nights sounded like a victory chant for the moderate wing of the Republican Party and featured a Ronald Reagan impersonation that dropped the jaws of many moderates. If Secretary Clinton presents herself as a serious person, in a subdued and solemn manner tonight, the Team D grocery getter wagon may just pull away from the pack and glide to Pennsylvania Avenue on cruise control.

My party has capitulated and I’m not sure It will survive. When this is over, please send a search and recovery party to locate the buzzard picked GOP carcass somewhere on the side of I-95 way south and short of Washington D.C.

And conclusion:

One final clarification from Erickson: Conservatives cannot support her.
A lot of my friends who hate Trump are toying with the idea of supporting Hillary Clinton. ...

People want to pick a candidate. Americans want to vote for President. But sometimes it is far better to be a conscientious objector.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both thoroughly awful candidates. No amount of Wayne Grudem rationalization can convince me supporting Trump is the moral thing to do. But supporting Hillary Clinton is not a moral or conservative alternative.

Her speech may have played to centrist or center-right sensibilities last night, but her laundry list of programs was thoroughly leftist.

You might as well just recognize that as a nation and as a conservative movement we have been sold out and are screwed for the next four years.
Accompanying: Don’t Patronize Me

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

#DNCinPHL in disarray, until...

Even more feverish than Day 1 of the RNC, the #DNCinPHL was in disarray for most of the day...

After being discovered to have rigged the Democratic presidential candidate race against Bernie, and in favor of Hillary Clinton through over 19,000 leaked emails, Schutlz stepped down as the DNC chair. But while the DNC said "leave it," Clinton pulled up quick to retrieve it. Now Schultz is one of Clinton's chief campaign staffers, and Democrats are none too happy about it.
Related link: Democrats In Disarray: Sarah Silverman Rebukes Bernie Sanders Supporters At #DNCinPHL #FeeltheBern

It's been a rough night for people who socialist voters believe have sold out to Hillary Clinton. One such victim was Elizabeth Warren, who spoke at length on why Donald Trump is bad and why Democrats are good (so vote Hillary Clinton because she is one of us). During the speech, hecklers cried out "We trusted you!" to Warren...
It is amazing that in the twenty-first century the Democrats would resurrect the failed ideas of the twentieth century and try to run on them again. Bernie Sanders really wants free everything, but has no explanation for how he will get the money. More troubling, his crying supporters seem to have no idea that free stuff is really just stuff paid for by someone else. Who exactly will do that? Mexico?

The Bernie Sanders phenomenon is the Donald Trump cult of the Democrats. The Democratic Party at least had the presence of mind to snuff it out, unlike the Republicans and their cult of Trump. It is ridiculous to see people crying over a communist who celebrated the Soviet Union as it was exterminating its citizens wholesale.
Related link: Bernie Sanders Rallies The Troops… Er, The College Kids?

...and a valid point that Leon Wolf raises...

The problem, for Clinton, is that at first blush, Sanders's supporters were not ready to hear this message and seem to have largely rejected it. Of course, the wounds right now are especially fresh after the Russians (probably) gave Trump a huge assist by dumping the #DNCleaks material on the weekend before their convention. There are probably some number of Sanders supporters who are more tempted to vote for Trump out of spite for Clinton than they are to listen to Sanders and vote Clinton to stop Trump.

But will that dynamic hold all the way until November? It's a question that's likely to decide the 2016 election, either way.
BUT there were a couple of things that happened (and that will continue to permeate) that has united the former Democratic Party now merrily packaged with Marxist...

The crowd came and booed. They jeered and chanted. They tried to disrupt. The Bernie supporters could not be placated. They disrupted every speech, even the speech of their goddess, Pocahontas on the Charles. But when Michelle Obama took the stage, the Democrats had unity.

...Michelle Obama made a positive case for Hillary Clinton, even though she is purportedly not a Hillary Clinton fan. She passively made swipes at Donald Trump. She praised her husband. She made a case for America that was not bleak or dour. ...

Had Michelle Obama put her name into the hat in Philly tonight, she’d leave on Thursday as the party’s nominee for President. Instead, she’s with Hillary Clinton and because of her speech a whole heck of a lot of people not with Hillary going into Philly will be with Hillary going out.
It was humorous to listen to Democrat after Democrat lament the state of the Obama economy where the poor are getting poorer and only the rich can get anything passed in Washington.

...Throughout the night, effeminate Bernie Bros cried and jeered and chanted for Bernie. They lashed out at Senator Pocahontas for betraying them by standing with Hillary. Actually, Warren never said, “I’m with her,” just “We’re with her.”

But most striking of all was what was not there. The Democrats celebrated illegal aliens, some tried to justify and rationalize murdering police officers, they all attacked Trump, but not a damn soul in prime time bothered to mention the war against Islamic radicalism or ISIS.

Continuing in Barack Obama’s footsteps, the Democrats has far nastier things to say about the GOP and Donald Trump than about ISIS and Islamic radicals. That is rather telling and rather shameful.

The Democrats view the GOP as the bad guy, while thinking ISIS is misunderstood. ...they will only fight Republicans and Christians, not Islamic Radicals.
With everyone talking about Debbie's downfall, it may be hard to find much hand-wringing over it. But, barring some last-minute changes, here’s what the Democratic Platform looks likely to include, via the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel:
This stuff isn’t as sexy to most reporters... but it’s arguably more important to pay attention to, especially since the people pushing some of the really right-leaning stuff in the Republican Platform have basically no influence in the GOP, other than where platform fights are concerned, and the people pushing the leftward lurch in the Democratic Platform have enough power to, well, oust the Democratic National Committee Chair.
This isn't your grandfather's, or even your father's, Democratic Party anymore (and neither is its media arm). Regardless of the perceived tension, they always come together for the agenda. Party first, second, third, always.
"The Democratic Party of today has reverted to the Democrats of the late sixties and it is a damning indictment of our present culture that they’re more successful now than then." ~ Erick Erickson
This is something Republicans could stand to learn if they could find common cause to fight for Principle!