Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ads, polls, townhall demonstrate Ted Cruz is the only serious candidate left in this race

With the rollout of three optimistic ads prior to Easter...







...followed by a virtuous Good Friday/Easter message and a long awaited endorsement...



...polling continues to build on last week's, showing that Wisconsin is falling into place for the only serious candidate left in this race...
Related links: Ted Cruz leapfrogs Donald Trump in latest Marquette Poll
New Wisconsin Poll Shows Cruz Pulling Away from Trump
Poll: Cruz leads Trump by 10 in Wisconsin


...along with a new ad demonstrating that point well:



But this phenomenon is not just happening in Wisconsin...it's spreading!


And it's likewise reflected in last night's CNN townhall where such forums allow Cruz to genuinely connect with citizens (h/t: TheRightScoop):
This is a really great answer that Ted Cruz gives to the question about bringing women into the Republican party.



That is a pretty awesome story about his mom, and a nearly perfect answer to the question, especially when his opponent’s campaign manager is going around hurting women at rallies.

Ted Cruz gave a very moving answer to a father who had also lost his son Jason, a former Marine, to the over prescription of medication in the VA in 2014.

America, it's time to get this right and #ChooseCruz!

Related links: Cruz campaigns in the name of 'strong women'
Strong Conservative Women Terrify the Good Ol’ Boys
Trump Campaign Manager: Ted Cruz Had Nothing To Do With Nekkid Melania Trump Ad
See How Trump Answers When Asked to Name the ‘Top Three’ Functions of the Federal Government
Donald Trump endorses tax hikes, unlimited federal government a week before Wisconsin primary
Ted Cruz goes on offense with Mom at ‘Women for Cruz’ rally! [WATCH FULL EVENT!]

ADDENDUM: Here's the new Scott Walker endorsement ad fresh off the presses...

TRS: Scott Walker appears in a new TV ad for Ted Cruz telling voters to join him at the polls next Tuesday to vote for Ted Cruz, as he’s the one who can beat Hillary and win in November.

Walker has an 80% approval rating among Republicans in the state, so this endorsement ad may just make a difference in helping Cruz win most of the delegates in the winner-take-most state.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Take note, Media: Charlie Sykes ACTUALLY CHALLENGES Trump (ADDENDUM)

And here's that rare moment these days where Trump is actually challenged by someone in the media...
TRS: Donald Trump was on with Charlie Sykes in Wisconsin this morning for a radio interview and it’s a doozy. Charlie Sykes began the interview holding Trump’s feet to the fire for his retweet attack on Ted Cruz’s wife which clearly made Trump uncomfortable.

At one point Trump even attacks Sykes suggesting that he thought this was over until he came on Sykes’ show, and that he’d rather talk about policy.

So then they talked about policy and it didn’t get any better.

Finally someone who isn’t afraid to hold The Donald accountable for what he says.

But even more than that, I love how he got Trump to admit that his threats to raise tariffs on Chinese imports was JUST A BLUFF.

What? I thought The Donald was the best negotiator in the known universe!

RedState: This is why it’s important to have a competent campaign. Donald Trump’s people should have never allowed him to go on Charlie Sykes’ show. Sykes is a well known critic of Trump – moreover, he’s intelligent, articulate, and a relentless interview. As a communications professional, you have to always know what kinds of interview you are sending your boss into.

Charlie Sykes is probably the biggest talk radio personality in the state of Wisconsin, and he’s good enough at his job that he’s pretty well nationally known. However, he is an avowed #NeverTrump supporter. A competent communications person would have known this and at the very least told Trump.

Trump’s comms people, though, are Katrina Pierson, et al, as opposed to competent people. And so you get debacles like the one that unfolded on Charlie Sykes’s show, where Sykes flat out tells Trump he’s #NeverTrump and Trump clearly didn’t know.

Brutal. The rest of the media should take notes on how to actually pin Trump down on an answer to a question. If Charlie Sykes can do it, why can’t anyone from any of the major cable news networks?

I don’t think Wisconsin is going to go well for Trump a week from tomorrow.
Drumpf walking right into the #NeverTrump radio buzzsaw should provide a teachable moment for sane voters in the areas of this guy's personality and policies (or lack thereof).

#NeverTrump #ChooseCruz #Wisconsin!

Related links: Ted Cruz Awesomely Mocks Trump’s ‘Late at Night’ Twitter Antics As Meaningless

Here’s Trump’s trainwreck interview on the Today Show where he showed how scummy he can be

ADDENDUM: And Tuesday morning, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finally pulled the trigger and joined Charlie Sykes to make a big announcement!

Friday, March 25, 2016

CRUZ: "The Light of Truth is stronger than the darkness of terror"

An Easter message from the virtuous candidate this election cycle...
TedCruz: Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz today released the following statement on Good Friday and in advance of Easter Sunday.

“This weekend, Christians of every denomination remember the most transformative event in history – Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection – the ultimate sacrifice that redeemed the whole world.

“The light of Christ brings hope to every corner of the world. This year Heidi and I pray that in the wake of the Brussels attack, as we mourn for the victims who lost their lives in the subway tunnels and airport corridors at the hands of baseless terrorists, we will remember that the light of truth is stronger than the darkness of terror.

“I am reminded of Saint John Paul II’s first return to Poland as Pope. In 1979, upon his arrival, he kissed the tarmac. And the dust that had all but covered the churches ruptured as the bells rang out – one after another. Soon millions of people lined the streets. And when Saint John Paul II addressed the crowds before the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he spoke these immortal words: ‘On how many battlefields has that solider given witness to the rights of man, indelibly inscribed in the inviolable rights of the people, by falling for ‘our freedom and yours’!’

“And he asked for the Lord’s blessing upon the land:
‘Let your Spirit descend.
And renew the face of the earth,
the face of this land.’
“That is the redemption message. By His sacrifice we are made new. And as we remember the gift of salvation on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, let us be so bold to ask the same. We face a different enemy than in 1979 – but one with the same goal – to snuff out the light of freedom. But we also know that just like Communism in 1980 it can be defeated because good overcomes evil, truth illuminates the world, and freedom breaks the bondage of tyranny.”
Amen.

Related links: Ted Cruz: The Meaning of His Name
Hallelujah! HE Is RISEN!! Happy Easter from the Right Scoop!!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

12 year old explains why she supports Ted Cruz

"Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God." ~ George Washington
Truth from the mouths of babes...and what articulate brilliance this young lady presents...



BRAVO! Further evidence that there is hope for our future.

Thanks also for the perfect example of respect and civility, devoid of any Twitter tantrums or associated ailments.

Keep up the inspiringly positive activism, ma'am.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Patrick Henry's 'Liberty or Death' becomes more relevant today

On Wednesday’s Mark Levin show, our heritage is the American Revolution which promoted liberty and unalienable rights. There is a new American Revolution underway by constitutional conservatives to restore the Republic’s liberty and the principles upon which our nation was founded. Currently, this election is shaping up to be a lost opportunity. It has been hijacked by people who are projecting their own personal motives and ideas on what they think America should be. Substituting one autocracy for another is not going to bring our country back. America needs a leader who can stand for and articulate conservative principles.
Mark reminded listeners to his program that Patrick Henry articulated his "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death" speech 241 years ago today. As such, and as our current medium permits countless examples through the ages of this magnificent speech that changed the course of our history, I've selected a couple of the more powerful presentations below. LISTEN! For our modern cry draws nigh as Henry's message becomes more relevant day by day in America...

Patrick Henry's historic speech dramatized during the Golden Age of Hollywood. "Give me liberty or give me death..." rang out on March 23, 1775. Cherish those words and the tremendous courage of the man who in speaking them knew his life could be forfeit as a result. Taken from the 22 minute short film from 1936 "Give Me Liberty" which starred John Litel as Patrick Henry
On March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, Patrick Henry delivered his Liberty or Death speech at the 2nd Virginia Convention. Among the 120 delegates in attendance were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Robert Carter Nicholas and more.
In this special edition of PODIUM's "Historic Speeches, Contemporary Voices" series, acclaimed actor Norman Reedus reads Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech.

PODOIM shares the story behind Patrick Henry's 1775 "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" Speech. Award-winning author and Patrick Henry biographer Harlow Giles Unger discusses the power and impact of Henry's famous "Liberty or Death" speech, delivered to the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775. Unger has written nineteen books, including seven biographies of America's founding fathers.

Related link: Patrick Henry Biography, U.S. Governor, U.S. Representative (1736–1799)

In Obama's mind, communism good, community policing (and Cruz) bad, ISIS not a threat

So Barry goes down to Cuba to pander to his communist buddy, Raul Castro, virtually glossing over the Brussels terror attacks as to not interrupt his Marxist love-fest (also glossing over the Cuban dissidence and Castro oppression, shhh). Then when an American statesman suggests perhaps we should simply surveil -- not raiding, not spying, but community policing -- areas where this radicalism is likely to spring up throughout our own nation, well, then the outraged hypocrite wants to weigh in on terror concerns...using the totalitarian nature of Cuban communism to bash Ted Cruz no less...
Obama called Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's proposal to patrol U.S. Muslim neighborhoods as a part of a counter-terrorism strategy as "un-American" and "counterproductive."


Obama just spent his political capital to give Commie Cuba a big hug, but now when he wants to slap a Republican, they’re the worst country ever? This is simply absurd. Obama did absolutely nothing to actually help those dissidents in Cuba with his visit and diminishing of sanctions, but here he is using Cuba’s oppressive policies against the one guy who’s arguing against that Cuban oppression!! And of course, the media won’t call him out on it. Unbelievable. ~ soopermexican
As if that wasn't enough, then our schmoe of a president had the audacity to proclaim that ISIS (or ISIL as he'd rather refer to them just to make certain Israel is encompassed in their terror) is not an existential threat!
TRS: On the day after ISIS blew up an airport and metro station in Brussels, killing over 30 and injuring over 200, Obama declares that ISIS is not an existential threat:



The only thing missing from his speech is him saying ‘believe me’, the way Trump was doing on Monday at AIPAC.

But that wouldn’t help. Obama has done very little to fight ISIS and for him to say something like this after so many attacks perpetrated by ISIS, from Paris to Brussls, well it’s just insulting our intelligence.
ISIS is not an existential threat? Oh really...
AP: Security officials have told The Associated Press that the Islamic State group has trained at least 400 attackers and sent them into Europe for terror attacks.

The network of interlocking, agile and semiautonomous cells shows the reach of the extremist group in Europe even as it loses ground in Syria. The officials, including European and Iraqi intelligence officials and a French lawmaker who follows the jihadi networks, describe camps designed specifically to train for attacks against the West.

The officials say the fighters have been given orders to find the right time, place and method to carry out their mission.
Sounds threatening to me, but don’t worry 'cause Obama says ISIS schmisis, so nothing to worry about. #PlausibleDeniability

Related links: ISIS trains 400 fighters to attack Europe in wave of bloodshed
Bachmann: Cuba, Brussels and an Unfazed President
Of 'presidential' reactions on the world stage
Horowitz: What is Homeland Security Hiding Behind Immigration Numbers?

ADDENDUM I: Via Levin...
Ted Cruz has come under withering assault for wanting law enforcement to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. This is not the tyrannical despotism that Pres. Obama claims Cruz’s father fled from, but community policing. Police need every tool available to prevent terrorists from harming us and need to be able to police their communities in a way that effectively fights Islamic terrorism.
If folks would cut the hysteria for a moment and see this as the simplicity it is (i.e., community policing on par with what's already done in rough neighborhoods, gang violence and the like)...ehh, that would be rational thinking, and it's an election year, so that's out the window!

Related link: BOOM! Ted Cruz Schools Three CBS Leftists On Radical Islamic Terrorism [VIDEO]

ADDENDUM II: And his socialist mindset continues the indoctrinated creep leftward into economics when the opportunity is presented before impressionable foreign youth...
DailyWire: Speaking to an audience of Argentinian youth at a town hall in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, President Obama presented his view on capitalism versus socialism and communism. Telling the young audience that they shouldn't get so hung up on the terms, but just "choose from what works," the president suggested a little of both approaches is necessary to balance "equality and inclusion" with economic viability.

Dismissing debates about the differences between capitalism, communism and socialism as merely "interesting intellectual arguments," the president told town hall participants not to "worry" about all that, but to just do whatever is "practical."

"So often in the past there has been a division between left and right, between capitalists and communists or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate," Obama said. "Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical, and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works."


His delusions continued as he went on to once again praise the notoriously repressive and economically crushing communist regime in Cuba for its "great progress" in education and healthcare.

That a current American president believes this is practical thinking disgraces every president before him and is so destructive and harmful to our near 240 years of existence as a republic, not to mention the utter ignorance on his part.
Who is Obama to tell us what works and what doesn’t when it comes to capitalism? Free market capitalism is what created the vast middle class in this country, not socialism nor tariffs. What Obama is promoting is the opposite of capitalism and wealth creation. ~ Mark Levin, 3/24/16
Related links: Obama’s Priorities
Traitor Obama Tells Argentine Students That 'There Is Little Difference Between Communism And Capitalism’

Drumpf dupes Arizona, Cruz CRUSHES in Utah...what's it all mean & where do we go from here

Arizona goes Drumpf, Utah CRUSHES for Cruz. Let's talk about what some of this means...

First, Arizona. The Republican primary is still feeling the continued aftermath of Rubio’s decision not to withdraw before Florida, which was on full display last night with Rubio garnering 16%!
Of Arizona early voters cast ballots for Marco Rubio, according to an MBQF Consulting poll taken last week. Washington Examiner: “As of last Wednesday afternoon, at least a quarter million registered Republicans had already voted in Arizona, taking advantage of the state’s 26-day early voting period. Based on the timeline, this means those 250,000 Arizona Republicans all voted without knowing Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) would no longer be a candidate by election day.” By our math, that’s about 40,000 votes Ted Cruz won’t get.
That also gives credence to another thought: John Kasich came in fourth in a three man race! But he's got a shot, don't ya know...NO WAY IN HELL.

Related link: Early votes for Rubio helped skew the system

And though Trump won Arizona last night, there's another component that isn't being discussed in the mainstream media (and they'd like to keep it that way). The Don still didn't clear 50%...Three weeks after Super Tuesday and he still hasn’t cracked 50% once...
RedState: Never before in GOP primary history has a frontrunner gone this long without cracking 50% in a single state. In fact, it’s not even close. We are now three weeks beyond Super Tuesday; by now every other Republican frontrunner since 1976 has run away with the nomination. That’s right, it took the pall of Watergate and the pardon of Nixon to generate a Republican front runner as weak as Donald Trump is right now.

If, after all this time, and after the media constantly telling us that Trump is inevitable, and after the Establishment lining up to kiss his pinky ring yesterday in DC, Trump is still opposed by over 50% of the Republican electorate in a non-Evangelical state like Arizona, that means that Trump is likely to never get above the 50% mark nationwide, and he will always be seen as the child of a fractured field full of egos who wouldn’t quit when their time was up (looking at you, John Kasich) rather than a nominee with any legitimacy.

In fact, the candidate most likely to break the 50% barrier tonight is not at all Donald Trump, but Ted Cruz. And if Ted Cruz is cracking 50% when Trump is not, then that means that the #NeverTrump phenomenon is NOT a momentary blip, but is here to stay for good.

The Republican electorate is giving every sign that they will not bow to Trump or his supporters. Now it’s just up to the NeverTrump faction to coalesce around an alternative candidate, for good.
We'll get to the necessary coalescence in a moment, but this brings us to Utah...

Early totals began leaking out on social media that showed Cruz was CRUSHING it in the Salt Lake State, and it turns out they were right on! (This speaks volumes to the previous post of Cruz cracking 50%!)
RedState: Ted Cruz has crushed the competition in Utah. NBC has called it at 2:25 a.m. Eastern, CNN shortly after, and the AP after that. The vote totals are not released but at last count Cruz was over 68%. I will update this post with the official results shortly but it certainly appears that Cruz has exceeded 50%. [update:] Cruz dominated with 69% of the vote.

Having exceeded 50% of the vote, all 40 of the state’s delegates will go to Cruz, majorly offsetting Trump’s decisive Arizona win, which was a winner-take-all race.

Tonight was key for the #NeverTrump people, and the folks who are in that group no doubt heaved a sigh of relief. They can relax for a day.
That LANDSLIDE leads to what needs to happen next. If Mitt and Jeb can get behind a Cruz nomination, it's time for those who are vastly more conservative to STEP UP! (i.e., Ben Sasse, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, etc.)
TheResurgent: Last night, Trump took Arizona and Cruz took Utah. Trump got more delegates, but Cruz made it more difficult for Trump to get to 1,237. And Kasich? Kasich got stomped in Arizona by Marco Rubio, a man no longer in the race. It is clear that Trump can be stopped, but some folks need to step up now.

I’m a big Ben Sasse fan, but I’m at the point where I think his actions need to live up to his rhetoric. He, like Rubio, has gone in all #NeverTrump, and he, like Rubio, is sitting on the sidelines really doing nothing but speechifying.

It’s all well and good to hear him preach on what conservatism is, but Nebraska is coming up, he’s popular, and I haven’t seen an endorsement for Ted Cruz coming from him.

Same with Scott Walker in Wisconsin. The man has ambitions for future campaigns, but won’t stand up now to stop Trump from wrecking the GOP. Already, I’ve got to imagine that Ron Johnson’s future political career is burned toast. No way Ron Johnson gets re-elected with Donald Trump on the ballot. Reince Priebus too could be pulling strings in Wisconsin behind the scenes to stop this insanity. As far as I know all of them are doing jack.

We’ve reached a point where grown ass men think giving a speech is taking action. Actually, taking a stand, being bold, and telling the party faithful it is time to stand with Ted Cruz is doing something.

Hand wringing about never, ever, never voting for Trump, but refusing to endorse the only viable alternative is kids play.

It is time for Ben Sasse, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and the rest to stand up, be bold, and loudly reject Donald Trump in favor of Ted Cruz. That can actually make a difference. Moving political operations, supporters, and donors behind Cruz can stop Trump. Kasich cannot. Every day moving forward a vote for Kasich is just a vote for Trump.

Get off the fence, Ben. Get off the fence, Scott. Get off the fence, Marco. We can stop Trump if we unite.
We'd much rather you PUT UP than shut up, fellas. NOW is the time.

Otherwise, we'll have to listen to more threats of violence if he's short the necessary delegates, more threatening the other candidate's wife over unaffiliated PAC ads that the other candidate had nothing to do with, and then of course ponder the big 'what if' of alternatives in the plausible case that Donald Trump kills the Republican Party!?!?

However, we'll likely endure more of the Trumpertantrums to come anyway, because this primary is likely to last until June...
It’s time to settle in for another 2 months of the Republican primary, at least. Barring some miracle, this thing will not be settled until the final primaries on June 7th.
That TrumpU trial in May can't come soon enough!

Related links: Delegate chess: How delegates are won in the remaining GOP contests
Accused Of Fraud, Trump Will Take The Witness Stand

ADDENDUM: Here's some positive next steps!
BOOM!! Cruz LEADS in Wisconsin, and NATIONAL poll has him within 3 points of Trump!!
Scott Walker hints at Ted Cruz endorsement next week, for ‘maximum impact’
Why a Contested Convention Favors Cruz
Related link: Brokered GOP Conventions Often Produce A Winning President

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Of 'presidential' reactions on the world stage

So much in the arena of what is and what isn't presidential can be gleamed from both the current POTUS and the hopefuls over these past few days. There's no need to go over the continuation of Obama 2.0 with Clinton (or Sanders) at this moment. I think we all understand that (or I'd like to think so, but...). Where I'd like to compare/contrast, is where the current race resides in what may or may not be the Republican Party after these primaries conclude. So let's dive right into it...

ON CUBA:

Rather than expounding on what a joke Obama has made of us down in Cuba (amongst elsewhere in the world), what Levin said last night sets the situation in clear perspective...
President Obama wants to have a frank conversation with the dictators who created the situation in Cuba. However, he should really be talking to the Cuban people who are continually oppressed and live in the iron-fisted police state. In the end, it is the people of Cuba who will continue to suffer under the Castro regime. What Cuba needs is a free market system without the tyrannical Castro brothers in charge. ~ ML, 3/21/16
Related links: State Dept. Reports Major Human Rights Abuses by Cuba's Communist Regime
Cuban Repression Accelerates for Obama's Visit

But in a time of presidential campaigning, what is amazing is to watch the stark difference between Cruz and Trump on Obama's visit to Cuba:
TRS: Very solid comments by Cruz on how Obama is basically spitting in the face of the Cuban dissidents by going to drink mojitos with the dictators that are oppressing them.

[vs]

Trump’s only criticism is that Raul Castro didn’t meet Obama on the tarmac? Trump literally said THAT is the reason why Obama should have turned the plane around. Not because he wasn’t allowed to meet the Cuban dissidents. Not because Castro is a brutal dictator oppressing his own people. No, because Castro wouldn’t show up to meet Obama when he arrived.


Related links: WATCH: Here’s your photo and video of the day and they’re DESPICABLE
Feeding the Castro Regime With Crony Capitalism Won’t Make Cuba Free

ON ISRAEL:

Here's yet another stark difference between Trump and Cruz when it comes to Israel (we know how Obama feels). While Trump says, "Pay us back!" without any consideration of Israel's geo-politically sensitive station...
TRS: Trump was asked about his criticism of countries who we send foreign aid to that can defend themselves, like Germany, Japan, and South Korea, suggesting they should pay us back for our help. He was then asked if that same standard applies to Israel and he said yes, they should pay us back as well:

...Cruz exhibits the closeness of alliance with the Jewish State, not through neutrality, and certainly not in reference to Palestine...


(Entire AIPAC speech here)

Related links: 'The Barrier to Peace Is Not Israel': Cruz Slams Trump Over 'Neutral' Comment

ON BELGIUM:

Then in Brussels this morning, we received word of another ISIS atrocity...
TRS: The death toll and number of injured continue to climb after explosions rocked a Brussels airport and metro station this morning. The current number of dead are 34 and those injured from the blasts number close to 200 already:
FoxNews: As many as 31 people were killed and more than 180 injured as coordinated terrorist bombings rocked the Brussels airport and subway system during rush hour Tuesday morning in the Belgian capital.

Two bombings at Zaventem Airport, where 11 people were reportedly killed, and another at the metro station in the Maelbeek section near the European Union headquarters, where the mayor's office said 20 were killed, were almost immediately confirmed as terrorism. The attack at the airport was reportedly accompanied by shouts in Arabic and gunfire, and an unexploded suicide belt was reportedly found in the aftermath. ...

DEVELOPING: ISIS has claimed credit for Tuesday morning’s rush-hour attacks in Brussels, which left at least 31 dead and more than 180 injured.
Well, Obama doesn’t let these horrifying TERROR ATTACKS get in the way of jockeying for an alliance with his commie Cuban comrades...
TRS: Probably the only thing more disgusting than the terror attack in Belgium this morning was this damn degenerate-in-chief who made sure not to let the horrifying attack disrupt his jokey speech to Cuban commies in Havana.



Yes, while the rest of the world reels over the Brussels terror attacks, Obama's enjoying a baseball game in Cuba with his favorite commie dictator...#OutOfTouch
More details are pouring out of Belgium from the terror attacks on the West from the religion of peace, but Obama can’t be bothered – he’s enjoying a baseball game with his favorite commie dictator boyfriend.
These two should be behind more than netting!

Meanwhile, the first person the media sticks a microphone and camera in front of this morning is none other than Donald J. Trump...
Politico: Shortly after news broke of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Donald Trump was on television. He didn’t wait to consult with the foreign-policy advisors he announced a day earlier; instead he quickly condemned the attacks and argued that they serve as further rationale for some of his most controversial ideas...
Apparently, death in Brussels means more Trump votes!
ValueWalk: ‘Well I think I’ve said it. I would close up our borders until we figure out what is going on,’ said Trump.

‘Look at Brussels, look at Paris, look at so many cities that were great cities. Paris is almost as bad. Paris is no longer the City of Lights, Paris has a lot of problems. All you have to do is speak to the people who live there where the same thing has happened and they are in fear. The city is in fear. And we have to be smart in the United States,” he continued.

Trump returned to his familiar discourse on immigrants ... He went to lampoon the Belgian capital and used it as an example of how not to run a country.

“We have to be very vigilant and careful who we let into our country. I know Brussels well and Brussels is a total mess, and I’m not talking about the attack today,” said Trump. “I’m talking about, generally speaking, it is a city that used to be one of the finest, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and now its a catastrophic and very dangerous city where the police have very little control.”

He was later pressed to provide more concrete details about what he would do as president.

“I would be very tough on borders and I would be not allowing certain people to come into this country without absolute perfect documentation.”
Related links: UNREAL: Trump asked about using nukes, starts talking about how he’s a COUNTERPUNCHER!
WHAT THE HELL?? Did Donald Trump Actually Say He Might Nuke ISIS?
Trump Wants To Leave NATO, Which Is Headquartered In Brussels. So Dumb.

Then we FINALLY received a presidential address from Cruz...
“Today radical Islamic terrorists targeted the men and women of Brussels as they went to work on a spring morning. In a series of coordinated attacks they murdered and maimed dozens of innocent commuters at subway stations and travelers at the airport. For the terrorists, the identities of the victims were irrelevant. They –we—are all part of an intolerable culture that they have vowed to destroy.

“For years, the west has tried to deny this enemy exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear. We can no longer afford either. Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods.

“We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here. We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.

“We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration. And we need to execute a coherent campaign to utterly destroy ISIS. The days of the United States voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show how progressive and enlightened we can be are at an end. Our country is at stake.”
Related links: Brussels and Willful Blindness
Cruz Right about Empowering Law-Enforcement to Prevent Terrorist Attacks

...who also held a presser this morning regarding the Brussels terror attacks...
These are the remarks of an adult who knows the gravity of the situation, and the source of the problem.
RedState: “In the wake of Brussels, we don’t need another lecture on Islamaphobia from President Obama.” There is nothing truer than that.

He is also right about our woefully inadequate vetting process. It is not something liberals or the media really care about. They don’t care if it’s effective. They just want to feel good about themselves.

“When you don’t define the enemy, then you don’t have screening programs designed to keep them out,” says Cruz. This is entirely logical. So much so you have to be willfully ignorant in order to disagree. You cannot screen what you will not identify. Utterly irrefutable.

Answering a reporter’s question about Trump, Cruz highlighted the difference between his and Donald’s policies. A stark difference. On the one hand experience and knowledge, on the other a blowhard with neither.
“Donald Trump is wrong that America should withdraw from the world and abandon our allies. Donald Trump is wrong that America should retreat from Europe, retreat from NATO, hand Putin a major victory and while he’s at it hand ISIS a major victory.”
Again, for the haters, that was in response to a direct question, not some volunteered political spin.

There’s a lot more in the ten minute clip. I suggest watching the entire thing. And then compare to Trump who discussed his own poll numbers.

There’s at least one serious person left in this primary election.
And there's the crux of it, particularly when it comes to pressing matters on foreign affairs and their probable domestic effects. We desperately need a presidential leader, not showmen. There's one left in this primary cycle.

Related links: Cruz: "We Don't Need Another Lecture on Islamophobia"
Cruz tells Obama: Leave Cuba, come home or go to Brussels

Cruz criticizes Obama and Trump in wake of Brussels attacks
Cruz: Trump's plans for Europe would hand ISIS 'a major victory'
On Muslim Hate And Xenophobia, New York Goes After…Cruz?

Monday, March 21, 2016

Data point: Understand that a vote for Trump is a vote for Hillary Clinton

"Stop for a minute, take a look at the data, and realize Trump is a road to nowhere except Hillary Clinton’s inauguration come January." ~ Steve Deace
“Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are flip-sides of the same coin. Donald Trump has made billions buying influence in Washington. Hillary Clinton has made millions selling influence in Washington. ... But if you are fed up with Washington, with the corruption of Washington, then it doesn’t make any sense to support Donald Trump who has been enmeshed in the corruption of Washington.” ~ Ted Cruz
You've summarily heard (and hopefully understand) why at this point in the primaries a vote for Kasich is inevitably a vote for Trump. What some, too many actually, still can't comprehend is that a vote for Trump is ultimately a vote for Hillary Clinton!

The latest polls show Trump halfway to the magic number, but there's some REALLY BAD NEWS awaiting Republican voters if they so choose to push him over: Trump won't win.
ABW: A new Reuters rolling poll shows Donald Trump nearing the magic 50 percent number among Republicans – at least among the Republicans Reuters asked.

No matter what his political opponents, enemies or the media throw in his way, Trump’s polling figures keep on rising.

But that’s just among Republicans.

There’s bad news for Trump when you look at head-to-head match-ups in the general election, and REALLY bad news for the GOP in general.

Real Clear Politics has a selection of polls for New York, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio, and the results are ugly.

Not a single poll shows Donald Trump beating either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. Not a one. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
Steve Deace continues with a logical assessment of the data...let's call it an 11th hour WAKE UP CALL!
CR: I show you this today, but what I fear is that I will have to chastise you with it eight months from now.

Because with the most recent Super Tuesday results under his belt, you will no doubt hear a lot concerning Donald Trump’s chances against Hillary Clinton.

You know, like he actually has one. But while there is still time for Ted Cruz to defeat him one-on-one, please listen clearly to what I’m about to say:

Trump can’t win in November. He is, in fact, a total non-starter despite the mirage that is his current delegate lead. And that’s exactly why the liberal media loves him. They know it, too.

So if Trump becomes the Republican nominee, may God have mercy on those na├»ve or suicidal enough to believe that such a man could deliver us from a moral and anti-Constitutional plague he is deeply complicit in spreading. Please know this isn’t my opinion talking. This is the actual data that too many of you are ignoring in the midst of your justifiable anti-establishment revolt.
First, Deace pulls back the veil on the illusory Republican base of evangelicals...
Let’s start with the data on Trump’s struggles with the Republican base, including evangelicals. A sizable portion of these folks will want absolutely no part of supporting an unrepentant serial liar, adulterer, and fornicator who has funded virtually every anti-Christian cause and politician in the country.

“But wait,” some of you reading this will say, “I thought Trump was winning evangelical voters.”

It is true that Trump has won a plurality (not majority) of voters calling themselves “evangelical” in several states so far. However, the group that most consistently votes against Trump is those who “attend church regularly or weekly.”

In other words, the term “evangelical” has been watered down like virtually everything else these post-modern days. In this case there are lots of white folks who love guns, NASCAR, and rally around the flag, and they think that’s what makes them an evangelical. They’re conforming to a cultural norm more so than being transformed by the real Gospel.

That’s not to say there aren’t real born-again believers voting for Trump, because there are and I know several. It’s just that most born-again believers aren’t and won’t.
Then on to the rest (for brevity, I'll bullet-point these startling stats). Keep in mind that these are pulled from many of the same poll sources that Trumpeteers have relished throughout the campaign cycle...
  • USAToday says that Trump loses younger voters under 35-years old to Hillary Clinton by 33 points.
  • Trump also has a 77% unfavorable rating with Hispanics, according to Gallup, which is more than twice that of Ted Cruz (30%).
  • Since October, the percentage of women who have a “very unfavorable view” of Trump has gone up from 40% to 50% according to Reuters.
  • In the current ABC News/Washington Post poll Trump now has the highest overall unfavorable of any domestic politician in the survey’s history.
  • Since May there have been 50 general election polls taken of Trump versus Hillary Clinton head-to-head according to Real Clear Politics. Despite the fact during that span Hillary has been plagued by some of the worst headlines of her career, Trump has only beaten her in five of them (including only two in the last four months).
After Deace goes on to demonstrate the consistency of these polls, addressing those who'd ignore them now when they're telling them information they don't want to hear, he introduces one final nugget...
If all this data doesn’t convince you that Trump 2016 is a fool’s errand, perhaps this final nugget will. Last week a study by The New York Times showed that Trump has received more media coverage during this primary than all the other GOP candidates combined — valued at over $2 billion.

Which begs this final question that should give you cause for pause: if Trump’s negatives are this high after the best media coverage he could’ve hoped for, what will they be after that same media then turns on him and treats him like they do every other GOP presidential nominee? The only thing that gets higher ratings than building somebody up like Trump is the inevitable tearing him down.
There is still time for a positive conclusion, however...one that begins with T-E-D and ends with C-R-U-Z!
Thankfully, we still have a competitive GOP primary so the story doesn’t have to end this way. But that requires you, the reader, to set aside emotion for a moment and think critically. Just as I did last fall after initially flirting with hopping aboard the Trump Train last summer.

There is one candidate that can save us from this fate — and his name is Ted Cruz.

As for the rest of you so angry that you refuse to think critically, and are bound and determined to see your tantrum through regardless of the consequences, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Please don't begin another 4-to-8 years with another I Told You So, Republicans. #ChooseCruz

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