Thursday, April 28, 2016

Establishment aligns behind Trump, demonizes Cruz

So we're supposed to believe Cruz is establishment and Trump is the savior of the Republican Party, right? So how then do you square the KING of establishment appeasement, disgraced former Speaker Johnny Boy Boehner, not only completely embracing Trump, but viciously demonizing Cruz in doing so? I guess they've all evolved...or rather devolved.
StanfordDaily: Segueing into the topic, Kennedy asked Boehner to be frank given that the event was not being broadcasted, and the former Speaker responded in kind. When specifically asked his opinions on Ted Cruz, Boehner made a face, drawing laughter from the crowd.

“Lucifer in the flesh,” the former Speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

Boehner described other Republican candidates as friends. In particular, he said he has played golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were “texting buddies.”
Hmm, I recall Boehner golfing with Kasich and Obama as well.

Related link: AWESOME: John Boehner basically just endorsed Ted Cruz

Bosom buddy and fellow establishment POS Petey King joined in the hatefest...
Examiner: Rep. Peter King said Thursday that he agrees with former House Speaker John Boehner's shocking assessment that Ted Cruz is "Lucifer in the flesh."

"I fully agree with John Boehner. Maybe it gives Lucifer a bad name by comparing him to Ted Cruz," King said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Thursday afternoon.

Cruz's response was EPIC!
TRS: The Teddinator has responded to John Boehner’s absurd comments insulting Cruz by calling him out on lying about “working” with him and reiterating his feud against the GOP establishment.

Boehner, who appears drunk 95% of the time, said that Cruz was a “miserable son of a bitch” and “lucifer in the flesh.” This amounts to an endorsement of Cruz in a year where the voters have made it clear that they are absolutely fed up with the ineptitude of morons like Boehner who have made so many promises and failed to fulfill them.
But it was fellow statesman Sen. Mike Lee who EPICALLY UNLOADED...
TRS: Mike Lee was in rare form as he responded to John Boehner on the Mark Levin Show tonight, ripping him for the insults he leveled at Ted Cruz today. Lee pointed out that Boehner never speaks this way about anyone else, noting that he’s heaped praise on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. But for Cruz he calls him the devil!
On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, John Boehner, the quintessential big government Republican, made vile comments about Ted Cruz. His comments reveal all that is wrong with Washington DC and the establishment. Sen. Mike Lee calls in and said the fact that Boehner said this is appalling and he called on Boehner to apologize. Lee explained that what Boehner said should be a wake-up call for Americans and it shows the Republican Establishment’s true colors.
Indeed. So are you awake yet, Republican electorate, or sucked too deep into the Apprentice? Or more directly on the heels of a make-it-or-break-it moment in the Indiana primary: Will the Republican electorate focus and remove the rose-colored glasses, or be fooled yet again?

Boehner, King, Trump...they all lead to more centralized government control under the 'D' Party.

Related links: EXCLUSIVE!! TED CRUZ statement SHOOTS DOWN Boehner claim calling him a LIAR!
Ted Cruz says Boehner is LYING, destroys ‘Trumpkin’ talking points with Megyn Kelly! [FULL INTERVIEW]

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Clear, Principled Choice: the Cruz/Fiorina ticket

Cruz provides a clearer choice today...
CR: Senator and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz hopes that his choice of Carly Fiorina as his running mate will provide voters with a “clear choice” for both the Republican Primary and general election.

“Elections are about choices,” stated Cruz as he announced the former Hewlett Packard CEO and presidential candidate would be running as vice president along side him, should he clench the Republican Nomination this Summer in Cleveland. “The Republican party is faced with a choice today; the American people deserve a real choice in November.”

“This fight is about far more than a ticket. This is about more than Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina,” said the newly-appointed running mate. “This fight is about all of us.”

It was also a choice that stands opposed to candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump “Two big government, New York liberals and Washington insiders.”

Cruz referred to Fiorina as an “extraordinary leader,” adding that she had the “knowledge,” “judgement,” and “honesty” necessary to hold the office of Vice President.

The announcement comes on the heels of rival candidate Donald Trump’s sweep of five northeast states on Tuesday night and widely criticized foreign policy address the following afternoon. A full morning’s worth of insider speculation was confirmed by unnamed campaign advisors early Tuesday afternoon.
On Wednesday’s Mark Levin show, Carly Fiorina calls in for her first radio interview after being named as Ted Cruz’s VP pick. She discussed her candidacy, the path forward for the Cruz campaign, the role of outsiders this year, and how Trump and Hillary Clinton are two sides of the same coin. Also, Donald Trump is not the presumptive nominee. If Trump doesn’t get to 1,237 he will be in big trouble and will most likely lose on the 2nd ballot at the Republican convention. In addition, getting over 50% is an achievement for a candidate who is running in the primaries. Reagan had over 70% of the vote in April and by June he had 80%. Trump doesn’t have the numbers that Reagan had when he was running. If Trump has a majority of people supporting him in the Republican primary, shouldn’t he have a bigger percentage of the popular vote? Later, if you could prosecute Trump for being a liberal, he would get a life sentence. Trump has filled his staff in south Florida with mostly foreign workers at his club Mar-a-Lago. He was using and abusing the H-2B visa system as much as he could. Finally, Andrew McCarthy former, U.S. Attorney in New York, calls in to talk about Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech.

Trump is nowhere near the ‘presumptive nominee’, so Dear @TedCruz: Fight to the end!

As for the Republican electorate: Be different. Be principled. Our future depends on it.


Related links: Cruz-Fiorina 2016
Top 6 Reasons Carly Fiorina is a Good Pick for Ted Cruz
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on the Constitution

Cruz explains why Media is in the tank for Trump

Ever wonder why the media is in the tank for Trump? Well, reasonable, principled conservatives know, but for all other potential Republican voters, Cruz helped us understand in Knightstown, Indiana yesterday, fiercely hitting back at the media narrative that everything is now decided...
"You don't have to look any further than [yesterday's] USAToday front page. '40% of GOP doubt they'd vote for Trump' 40 percent. Now I want you to think for a second, the netword executives, are they Democrats or are the Republicans? Every one of them are ready for Hillary. And Donald Trump is the one man on earth Hillary Clinton can beat in a general election. And so the media has told us the candidates in this race, the Republican and Democrat, they're both gonna be New York liberals."
Cruz proceeded to point out that the campaign now shifts to more favorable states for him like Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, Washington and California.

He was also spot on with his announcement...
"Hillary Clinton has decided on her Vice Presidential nominee. Hillary has picked Donald Trump!"
Sharing healthcare, education and housing as 'top functions' of the federal government as Democrats see it says so much about where Trump's policy and principle lie.
"Donald and Hillary, they are flip sides of the same coin."
(H/t: TRS)

Related link: Poll shows Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump, but losing to Ted Cruz, John Kasich

Monday, April 25, 2016

Not 'collusion', simply Art of the Deal!

"I'm starting to think Trump never read his book 'Art of the Deal' and Ted Cruz did!" ~ Mark Levin, 4/25/16
Apparently, the word of the month according to Trump changed Sunday evening from 'rigged' to 'collusion' as Trumpertantrums abound on news of Cruz and Kasich campaigns simply striking an art of a deal to stop Drumpf...
ABCNews: The campaigns for Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich announced in statements tonight that each candidate will cede states in the 2016 presidential race to one another in an effort to stop GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

Cruz’s campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a statement that “to ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead.”

Kasich’s campaign manager John Weaver wrote in a memo that, “We are very comfortable with our delegate position in Indiana already, and given the current dynamics of the primary there, we will shift our campaign’s resources West and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.”

Officials in both the Cruz and Kasich campaigns told ABC News that the campaigns coordinated on the decisions...
Tuesday night will win Drumpf more delegates, but it won’t win him the nomination, and Cruz and Kasich are doing whatever humanly & legally possible to keep Trump as far away from that magic 1237 number.

Related links: WATCH FULL Ted Cruz presser on new deal with Kasich (UPDATE: PART TWO ADDED)
Ted Cruz Statement On Deal To Cooperate With John Kasich; Donald Trump Has An Aneurysm

Meanwhile, Cruz is still crushing Trump again over the weekend in winning second ballot delegates!
TheResurgent: Ted Cruz had another stunning weekend upsetting Donald Trump’s plans to control the path to 1,237. In multiple states, Cruz swept delegate wins at conventions thereby setting the stage for a convention fight against Trump. Cruz won a minimum of 65 of the 94 total delegates up for grabs and may ultimately win more than that.

The downside for Cruz is that these wins are coming on weekends when the press is on autopilot and not on election nights. In fact, Trump is about to have a very big election night grabbing New England from Cruz and Kasich. But even with Trump’s coming wins, Cruz stands to neutralize Trump in Indiana. The ad blitz is taking off there and there is time to impact the race. Likewise, Cruz has a strong strategy in California in a place Trump is still struggling to recruit delegates.

The goal is to stop Trump from getting to 1,237 delegates. Cruz is setting the stage for a second ballot win at a contested convention. It is still possible. Those opposed to Trump must absolutely rally at this time. Ted Cruz had huge wins this weekend and is coming closer to making a second ballot win not just possible, but probable.
And to circle back around to the way the primary and delegate systems have always worked for those still not understanding...perspective!

Despite the parroting Trump-obsessed media, this is not collusion. This is the primary effort to become the nominee for president. It's tough. And if we were so unfortunate to have Trump as a nominee, how would he react when losing to Hillary in November?

Related link: Ted Cruz campaign confirms Carly Fiorina being vetted for VP

ADDENDUM: Via Levin...
On Monday’s Mark Levin show, Donald Trump has been whining against the “Art of the Deal” for the last month. He certainly has been dealt by Ted Cruz in states like Wyoming and Colorado. Now Trump is complaining about collusion by John Kasich and Ted Cruz teaming up to stop him. There is nothing illegitimate about trying to stop the other guy from getting the nomination. In 1952 Robert Taft and his supporters sought to stop Dwight Eisenhower from being nominated by forming a coalition against him. Despite Taft’s efforts, Eisenhower won the majority and never complained about having to get it. This is part of the process. Right now, it looks like Cruz has read the “Art of the Deal” and Trump has not.
Over the past week, Levin has attempted to educate people on the election of 1800, along with the Republican conventions of 1860, 1952 and 1976. We are once again in a position to fight for principles all the way to the convention floor, yet all we hear is one camp inciting the cool-aid drinkers with a media circus in tow demanding the other side give up, stop fighting for the nomination, accept defeat before the delegates are tallied, don't allow this to go to the convention. Why not, pray tell? I suppose those same voices would suggest similar demands of Jefferson, Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan?
CR: All day, everywhere you turn, all you heard about is the "Cruz-Kasich alliance" to stop Donald Trump. It goes as such: the Kasich campaign agreed to not spend its time and resources in Indiana so as to clear the path for Cruz, and the Cruz campaign in turn agreed not to compete in Oregon and New Mexico to clear the path for Kasich.

Both campaigns recognized that working together to deny Trump the nomination before the convention was in their best interests. Donald Trump responded to the strategy by repeatedly calling it "collusion," and arguing that the Cruz and Kasich campaigns were essentially admitting failure.

Mark Levin had a strong response to the news, and more specifically, to the Trump campaign's collusion claims.

Levin explains that the strategy is not collusion, it's the "Art of the Deal," and it's all a part of the necessary process of selecting a Republican nominee.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Trump team tells GOP: Donald has been 'projecting an image', he's 'now evolving'

"So who is the real Donald Trump, ladies and gentlemen? The one who gets out in front of the crowd and demagogues it, who some of you have been cheering? Or the Donald Trump in private? Who's the real Donald Trump, ladies and gentlemen? The Donald Trump on the Today Show? Or the Donald Trump who says he's evovled, he's a conservative? I think many of you have been played for suckers. More and more this is appearing to be a sham. I'm sorry to say this. I'm not happy about it in the least. This isn't a joke to me. We're trying to save the republic." ~ Mark Levin, 4/21/16
Who is Donald Trump? The LIAR that he's telling us he is! It's simply an act, and his closes surrogates are saying so... 
AP: Donald Trump's chief lieutenants told skeptical Republican leaders Thursday that the GOP front-runner has been "projecting an image" so far in the 2016 primary season and "the part that he's been playing is now evolving" in a way that will improve his standing among general election voters.

The message, delivered behind closed doors in a private briefing, is part of the campaign's intensifying effort to convince party leaders Trump will moderate his tone in the coming months to help deliver big electoral gains this fall, despite his contentious ways. ...

Trump's newly hired senior aide, Paul Manafort, made the case to Republican National Committee members that Trump has two personalities: one in private and one onstage.

"When he's out on the stage, when he's talking about the kinds of things he's talking about on the stump, he's projecting an image that's for that purpose," Manafort said in a private briefing.

"You'll start to see more depth of the person, the real person. You'll see a real different guy," he said.

The Associated Press obtained a recording of the closed-door exchange.

"He gets it," Manafort said of Trump's need to moderate his personality. "The part that he's been playing is evolving into the part that now you've been expecting, but he wasn't ready for, because he had first to complete the first phase. The negatives will come down. The image is going to change."

The message was welcomed by some party officials but criticized by others who suggested it raised doubts about his authenticity.
Authenticity? The guy's a celebrity who's made millions off a persona! And now that evolving persona agrees with all the social engineering and quite literally drags the party to the toilet! (H/t CR)
"Is it too much to ask the Republican front-runner to get this right? ... If you are unmoored from certain principles and belief systems and values, this is how you respond! ... The man is instinctively a liberal. ... Should he be the nominee, I honestly believe we’re gonna get crushed."

Levin also spoke with the principled candidate of this election, who in the reality of reason which is broadly lacking these days, should be the unquestionable frontrunner. In the brief time Mark had with Cruz, he asks, "Who the hell is Donald Trump?"
"It's actually not complicated. Donald is a New York liberal who is pretending to be a conservative to try to fool Republican primary voters. And the amazing thing [is that] all of us are frustrated with politicians lying to us. I'm actually going to give Trump a little bit of credit here: He's being candid! He's telling us he's lying to us. ... If you're tired of being lied to, you ought to at least listen to it when Donald Trump tells us he's lying to us!"

You don't have to take my word for it, Levin's or Cruz's, or even the Associated Press. Take it on the word of his own people and from his own mouth. Donald Trump is playing you, Republican electorate. That's who he is.

Related links: AP: Trump’s team tells GOP leaders he’s been PROJECTING AN IMAGE and is now EVOLVING
Trump’s Handlers Want Us To Believe We Haven’t Seen the Real Trump
Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show (4/19/16)
Wednesday’s Mark Levin Show (4/20/16)
Thursday’s Mark Levin Show (4/21/16)
New Crushing Cruz Ad Takes Down TWO New York Liberals With One Fell Swoop

Crony Capitalist Donald Trump Doesn’t Mind People Trumping Bathroom Privacy
Trump Begins Moving Left on Abortion. What Will Phyllis Schlafly Think?
Trump: I’m all for RAISING TAXES on the rich
‘They CAN’T stop you… I’ve looked at EVERY scenario’ – Bill O’Reilly coronates Emperor Trump
LOL!! Donald Trump IS SO BAD at organizing, SEAN HANNITY says he’s going to HELP him out in Pennsylvania!!

ADDENDUM: Doesn't get any clearer or more damnable than this...
TRS: CNN has obtained the audio from Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, admitting that Trump has been ‘projecting an image’ to win the Republican Primary and is now evolving:
It’s amazing. After all these primaries the truth finally comes out, that he’s been taking people for a ride all along. The Trump that all these Trumpers thought they liked was just a false image, and now he’s going to evolve back into a Democrat.
Related links: Trump to Republican Leaders: I’ve Been Lying to my Supporters
To Trump Supporters: Congratulations Suckers, You’re Almost There

Donald Trump: I Was Just Making It Up That Crap About Paying Off the National Debt
Ted Cruz HITS Trump HARD: He has now told us repeatedly that he’s LYING TO US — [AUDIO]
Ted Cruz is more likely now to be the Republican nominee than he ever has been

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yes We Will! Cruz on uniting the party and restoring America

No shocker that Trump and Hillary collectively won on home turf. If only the constituency of the Republican Party could come together and UNITE behind an articulate, conservative, principled leader to help pull us out of our 21st century mire. There's still time with one candidate...
"God bless New York and God bless the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
I am so excited to share with you what America has learned over the past few months.
And it has nothing to do with a politician tonight winning his home state.
It has everything to do with what we’ve seen in the towns and faces that have been weathered with trouble, joblessness, and fear. It is what we learned looking at the factories that have been shuttered and the hearts that are closing.
We have learned that America is at a point of choosing.
The media will say it is about choosing a president.
But it really isn’t.
Our real choice is personal, and every generation must make the same choice.
Will we continue to live in the past with what we know no longer works, or will we move forward to a new and better place?
The people in state after state have made it clear. They cry out for a new path."
On Tuesday evening, Ted Cruz gave a riveting speech in Philadelphia on uniting the party and restoring America, expressing that we are at a point of choosing, but first we must unite together, and though we don’t always agree on everything, we must focus on what we do have in common, which is our dissatisfaction with the direction of the country.

"This generation must first look inward to see who we really are, after years of being beaten down.
Years of being told we couldn’t, shouldn’t, or wouldn’t.
This generation needs to answer a new set of questions.
Can we? Should we? Will we?
Are we still those people?
Those dreamers and doers?
Are America’s greatest generations in our past?
Or are our best days yet ahead?
We must unite the Republican Party because doing so is the first step toward uniting all Americans.

The question is not whether all Americans can or will agree on a majority of issues all of the time.
The question is whether a majority of Americans are hungry to rally around a set of principles larger than any single issue that a politician may use to divide us."
Cruz said that once we’ve united, we can reclaim the vision of John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, and yes, even that 'hope' that Obama promised and failed to deliver upon in his 2008 motto of ‘Yes We Can’, proclaiming that now is the time to say ‘Yes We Will’.
"Our sitting president ran on a slogan that should have been a great first step…
It promised us, “yes we can.”
Now is the time to take that slogan and put it into action.
“Yes we can” was a recognition of the hope that we can and should recover. The problem was that Barack Obama’s prescriptions only led to more elitist control from Washington. Less freedom for the People.
But now is the time, as Americans, to once again reclaim that hope.
To take another giant leap for mankind.
To speak the words with all the power and might that we can muster and use the words that have changed the world time and again:
The words that the slaves yearned to hear from the American people and Abraham Lincoln when they cried out for freedom.
The words, that Europe and Britain heard when they cried out for help defeating totalitarian evil in the 1940’s.
The words that led two men in North Carolina to be the first in flight.
And half a century later the first man to reach the moon.
And decades later, two men in their garage to come up with Apple.
They are the words that will repair our tattered spirit, lift up our economy and those who are barely making it, they are the words that will vanquish the evil of ISIS. and return the rule of law.
They are the words that when Americans come together and say with conviction – they change the world.
They are the vision of this campaign:
Not yes we can, but now: Yes we will.
We will restore our spirit;
We will free our minds and imagination;
We will create a new and better world;
We will bring back jobs, freedom, and security;
We will find new ways to ignite an energy revolution with more jobs and greater choices;
We will defeat the evil of Islamists and ISIS;
We will live as neighbors, friends, and family in peace once again;
We will heal the sick, feed the poor, and defend the defenseless;
We will restore our rightful place in the world.
We will do what Americans do best.
We will live for others – we will change the world through the hope of freedom’s enduring promise and our unrelenting spirit.
You can be empowered, and in a digital age it is all the easier for your voice to be heard. Your choices to govern your work, your education, your future. If only Washington will get out of the way.
Join me now on this journey of less talk and more action, real solutions, because I know you. You may have been knocked down, but America has always been best when she is lying down with her back on the mat and the crowd has given the final count. It is time for us as a nation to get up, shake it off and be who we were destined to be.
Don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise.
Here is the truth: You don’t need me or any politician.
But we do need each other, all of us, coming together as one, as We the People, because not only do we say – yes WE can, beginning here and now we pledge to each and every one of us, yes we will.
And now my friends, onward to victory."
Now is the time, America. Choose unwisely and lose it all to Hillary and the Democrats: the Presidency, the Senate, the House, the Judiciary. Or #ChooseCruz and begin anew in unity and restoration.

It's up to you.

(H/t: TRS)

Monday, April 18, 2016

SCOTUS appears split over Obama's lawless executive amnesty

"It's as if the president is setting the policy and the Congress is executing it. That's just upside down." ~ Justice Anthony Kennedy
As if? PRECISELY! Oh, how Justice Scalia is missed...

Oral arguments began today on the fate of American sovereignty vs imperial presidency...
NewsMax: The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday as it weighed whether to revive President Barack Obama's plan to spare from deportation roughly 4 million immigrants in the country illegally, raising the possibility of a 4-4 deadlock that would block the program.

Based on questions asked during the 90-minute oral argument in a case that tests the limits of presidential powers, the court's four liberal justices seemed poised to back Obama while the four conservatives were more skeptical.

The court is evenly divided with four liberals and four conservatives following the February death of conservative Antonin Scalia. That raises the possibility of a 4-4 split that would leave in place a 2015 lower-court ruling that threw out the president's executive action that bypassed the Republican-led Congress.
And it's time for the SCOTUS to backup the lower court ruling and DEMAND the executive enforce law, not create fiat.

Related link: U.S. top court appears unlikely to revive Obama immigration plan

As Josh Hammer eloquently describes, this is about Texas defending U.S. Sovereignty on behalf of the states versus Obama ripping apart separations of powers, federalism and once again attempting to neuter the Constitution...
TheResurgent: U.S. Supreme Court oral argument took place today in the high-stakes U.S. v. Texas case. The case is about the scope of the President’s “prosecutorial discretion” power to confer de facto lawful status and sundry government benefits upon roughly one-third of all illegal aliens presently in the country. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled last year that the program — officially known as DAPA, and frequently referred to as Obama’s executive amnesty — violated the Administrative Procedure Act, and affirmed the trial court’s preliminary injunction. Upon deciding to hear the case, the U.S. Supreme Court added the intriguing constitutional question of whether the executive amnesty additionally amounts to a violation of Article II’s Take Care Clause — that is, the duty that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

When DAPA was pronounced seventeen months ago, I argued that the program wildly abused any preexisting norms of “prosecutorial discretion,” and specifically urged House Republicans to — at minimum — publicly ponder filing formal articles of impeachment. For law buff readers, I’d highly recommend reading this amicus brief on the Take Care Clause inquiry, filed by my friends Josh Blackman of South Texas College of Law and Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute.

The stakes in this case are, frankly, enormous. Barack Obama repeatedly denied he had the authority to do what he did here, pretty much right up until the November 2014 unilateral decree. That it is even a live question as to whether or not the President possesses this power speaks volumes as to just how imperial — and, indeed, lawless — the Executive Branch has become under Obama. The President has historically enjoyed far greater discretion in the realm of foreign affairs — where “secrecy” and “dispatch” are most acutely needed, as Alexander Hamilton argued in Federalist No. 70 — but it is much more intuitive and natural to think of immigration as being more inherently domestic in nature. And the Supreme Court has long recognized congressional plenary power over immigration, consistent with Congress’s Article I § 8 prerogative to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.”

Quite simply put, if the Court upholds DAPA, the Take Care Clause will be rendered a superfluous nullity, and future Presidents will have nearly limitless discretion to stretch and abuse “prosecutorial discretion” to choose which laws to enforce and not enforce according to their idiosyncratic whims. Such unfettered discretion would, for instance, directly abet unprecedented politicization of the IRS. And regarding DAPA, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are both on record as supporting an increase in the mass amnesty’s breadth. When you have a “pen” and a “phone” — not to mention a politically powerful and eager open-borders lobby — who needs Congress? ...

Conservatives should keep an eye on this case. In a term filled with many blockbuster cases, U.S. v. Texas might just be the most important of them all. Justice Scalia’s death looms large over the proceeding, and a 4-4 split is a distinct possibility. Given the Fifth Circuit’s affirmation of the district court’s preliminary injunction, such a split would not be the end of the world.
It'd be a saving Grace in the absence of Antonin.

Related link: full transcript of the oral argument

Tax Day...and 45% of Americans pay no federal income tax

Fair share? Hardly. Today is Tax Day, so this is the perfect opportunity to show how the statists conquer a society through the creation of a welfare state that doesn't give a damn...
MarketWatch: Many Americans don’t have to worry about giving Uncle Sam part of their hard-earned cash for their income taxes this year.

An estimated 45.3% of American households — roughly 77.5 million — will pay no federal individual income tax, according to data for the 2015 tax year from the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington-based research group. (Note that this does not necessarily mean they won’t owe their states income tax.)

Roughly half pay no federal income tax because they have no taxable income, and the other roughly half get enough tax breaks to erase their tax liability, explains Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.

Despite the fact that rich people paying little in the way of income taxes makes plenty of headlines, this is the exception to the rule: The top 1% of taxpayers pay a higher effective income-tax rate than any other group (around 23%, according to a report released by the Tax Policy Center in 2014) — nearly seven times higher than those in the bottom 50%.

On average, those in the bottom 40% of the income spectrum end up getting money from the government. Meanwhile, the richest 20% of Americans, by far, pay the most in income taxes, forking over nearly 87% of all the income tax collected by Uncle Sam.
Tax the rich? Sounds kinda like we already are. Maybe, just maybe, we've got an out-of-control government promoting the out-of-control governed? And by the looks of it, the middle class is being ripped apart between the makers and the takers: those who make more are taxed more; those who make less are given more all at the bequest of an all-powerful, centralized Leviathan...but don't dare call their progressivism by the 'S' word.

Related links: 45 Percent of Americans Won't Pay Federal Income Tax
57% of Americans Say Their Income Taxes Are Too High. Only 55.5% Pay Income Tax. What?
Bernie Sanders Took $60,200 in Tax Deductions!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wyoming sweep! Cruz clenches all of state's delegates

It's official: Cruz clenches Wyoming in the delegate count!
TRS: Trump abandoned the effort here a long time ago, calling all those voters a “waste” of his time and money.

In fact, he didn’t even speak at the Wyoming Republican convention this morning, which Ted Cruz ROCKED!!!

And for those keeping tally...


Friday, April 15, 2016

So easy, a 12 year old gets it...

Another young patriot steps forward to present logic and his parent's generation!

"Conservatives are angry. They are angry at the establishment and they are angry about untrustworthy politicians who didn’t do what they promised. Some believe the answer to this problem is Donald Trump. I, on the other hand, beg to differ.

We have a choice between two very different candidates. We have Donald Trump, a businessman who has used that title as a lifetime excuse to give money to democrats, including Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. There is not a Republican bone in his body, let alone a conservative one. This man’s ugly personal attacks on fellow Republicans shows very low character, and also breaks Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment- Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. Then, we have Ted Cruz. Ted has proven to be a constitutional conservative; he has done exactly what he has promised to do as Senator. He is even one of only four Senators with an “A” Liberty Score, with an astounding 97% grade. Cruz has proven again and again that he will fight for us. If you’re a conservative, Cruz should really be an easy choice.

The problem is that people are so angry they don’t even care anymore about electing someone who represents their interests and values. They just want change. Trump supporters don’t see the striking resemblance of Trump’s campaign to Barack Obama’s - hope and change. Americans were angry with George W. Bush; they felt as if he let them down, including conservatives who felt he spent too much money. They elected Barack Obama, and look where that got us. We have no idea what Donald Trump would do as president of the United States of America.

This could possibly be the biggest decision of our lives. This is from a twelve year old who can’t even vote yet - please, I beg you, elect someone who will stand for us. Someone who will consistently fight for us and our beliefs. The candidate we choose must be someone who can unite our party, not the democratic party. All of us- Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians- we all need to rally behind the candidate who can win the White House, and take back America."
America, are you listening?

Related link: 12 year old explains why she supports Ted Cruz

Nebraska: Another missed opportunity for Trump is another gain for Cruz

On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The Republican primary system is not set up to stop Donald Trump. If anything the system helps him as he has 37% of the popular vote in the primary but has 45% of the delegates. If we are going to play by Trump’s rules then he should return 8% of his delegates to make the process fair. Also, it is going to be very difficult to unite the party around a man, Trump, who threatens to bolt if he doesn’t get his way. This will only give the election to Hillary Clinton. If Hillary becomes President, we will have no one to thank but Trump and the pseudo-conservatives who are abandoning their principles to support his antics. Later, Ted Cruz has out organized Donald Trump in Nebraska in collecting delegates. Nobody from the Trump campaign showed up for Nebraska. The fact is the Trump team has gotten its clock cleaned when it comes to getting a hold of delegates. He needs to clean up and organize his operation if he wants to cross the finish line.
Return the 8%, Donald! Great point from Mark. But moving on, it looks like Trump is failing in Nebraska similar to how he failed in prepare for more 'liar-cheat-system-is-rigged' antics from Trump and his sycophants...
TRS: It looks like Cruz is going to win the winner-take-all state of Nebraska and all 36 of its delegates in May when they hold their primary. And that’s great news!

But that’s not what this article is about. Rather, it points out that Trump is missing a great opportunity to hit back at Cruz in Nebraska like he’s been getting hit in Louisiana, South Carolina, and elsewhere.

Just as Cruz has been converting Trump delegates into Cruz delegates for the 2nd round of voting at the convention, Trump could be doing the very same thing in Nebraska as they are now electing their delegates to go to the convention.

But just like in Colorado, Trump has no ground game there and thus all the delegates are going to be Cruz supporters:
Politico: Another week gone, another opportunity lost for Donald Trump to pick up Republican National Convention delegates.

Nebraska is tailormade for Ted Cruz, and when the state holds its winner-take-all primary on May 10, party leaders say Trump is an all-but certain loser.

Facing those dim prospects, Trump’s best hope in the state might have been to get a few of his supporters on the list of people who will fill those delegate slots — supporters who, in later rounds of voting at a contested convention, would be inclined to abandon Cruz and help Trump.

But that’s where the billionaire appears to have missed his chance: Party officials say they saw virtually no organization by the mogul’s campaign last week when Republicans in all 93 Nebraska counties held local conventions. Those county conventions picked 800 delegates to May’s Nebraska state convention, where 33 delegates to the national convention in Cleveland will be selected.

Because there was little resistance, many county conventions became Cruz pep rallies, according to interviews with party insiders and convention attendees.

“I didn’t see any Trump supporters,” said John Orr, chairman of the Washington County Republican Party. Party leaders, who attended dozens of the conventions around the state, reported similar voids.

It could have been the reverse of a phenomenon that has plagued Trump for weeks. Cruz allies have repeatedly parachuted into states where Trump won primaries — South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee — and helped turn the mogul’s edge into a likely delegate deficit. That could put Trump at a steep disadvantage should he fail to acquire the 1,237 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination without a contested convention in July.

In Nebraska, where Trump had a chance to return the favor, he didn’t.
If Trump is this bad at campaigning now, he’s going to get massacred in the general election by Hillary if he’s the nominee. Let’s pray it doesn’t even come to that.
Spare us, good Lord ...and deliver the righteous leader. #ChooseCRUZ

Related links: Trump’s Right That The GOP Primary Is Unfair — It Favors Him
Ted Cruz Picks Up Nebraska Delegates over No Show Donald Trump

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rubio encourages delegates to #ChooseCRUZ at the convention

In case you've been wondering which way Rubio's delegates might sway, here's where the Florida Senator is encouraging them to go! This came in Rubio's first interview since dropping out of the presidential race on LevinTV last night...
CR: When Levin asked Rubio who he would be supporting for the corner office, Rubio said that his delegates are bound on the first ballot. He added that on subsequent ballots, "I hope that they'll nominate a conservative." Rubio added, "the only one[presidential candidate] that fits that criteria is Ted Cruz."

Recently Rubio made it clear to state Republican parties that he has not withdrawn from the race completely. He did that in order to ensure that every one of his delegates was bound to him on the first ballot of an open convention. Most state GOP officials have complied with his wishes.

[Last] night was the first time that Rubio has made it clear that he would support Cruz on a second ballot, of all the candidates remaining.
So now Cruz has to continue his ground game of gathering delegates, while winning more states, to hold Trump from attaining that magic number. Still a tall task ahead of us, conservatives, but it can be done. #ChooseCRUZ
TheHayride: Rubio has hinted at a Cruz endorsement for a while, but hasn’t quite gone there yet. Even this isn’t what you’d call an official endorsement – he can’t really make one if he’s going to hold his delegates. This is as explicit as you’ll get until the convention.

Is it a big deal? It’s a pretty big deal. It shows that little by little, Cruz is stitching together the disparate elements of the Republican coalition. ...

That it happens only a few hours after Donald Trump mentioned that he likes Rubio as a potential vice-presidential pick adds a little flavor and irony to the proceedings.
You can bank on another Trumpertantrum over this one too.

Related links: Did Marco Rubio Just Endorse Ted Cruz?
VIDEO ADDED — Marco Rubio hopes his delegates choose CRUZ at the convention

ADDENDUM: By Levin's calculations, Rubio's attempt is to further prevent a Trump lurch on the first ballot at the convention, while encouraging them to head towards Cruz on the second...
On Wednesday’s Mark Levin show, On LevinTV Marco Rubio said he wants the Republican presidential nominee to be a conservative and that Cruz is the only one who fits that criteria, but fell short of a formal endorsement. Since then the media has questioned Rubio’s rhetoric, wondering why the he didn’t just outright endorse him. Rubio’s sort-of endorsement was for a distinct purpose. He wants to make sure his delegates are bound to him on the first ballot at the convention, so that they can’t support whomever they wish. If Rubio formally endorsed somebody it would appear that his delegates were free.
Related links: What's going to happen to Marco Rubio's delegates?
Cruz, Rubio join forces in Arkansas to block Trump delegates
Here's The Next State Where Cruz Is About To Outplay Trump

Monday, April 11, 2016

From Trumpsteria to rules and reason: Cruz camp understands the delegate game, Trump and supporters don't

"Trump's team still hasn't figured out this is trench warfare for delegates and that Trump better read the rule book and find a shovel." ~ Cruz campaign's dismissal of Trump's gestapo tactic accusation

“Donald, it ain’t stealing when the voters vote against you. It is the voters reclaiming this country. 65,000 people voted in the state of Colorado. They just didn’t vote for you. They voted for our campaign.” ~ Ted Cruz
One can disagree with a particular state's system of collecting delegates, but there's nothing shady about a candidate who actually understands these systems from state to state throughout the primary process (even if it ticks off Trump supporters). Sure, the Colorado system is a bit more complex, and there's already talks within the state of returning to a more easily understandable primary system. Nonetheless, there was no cheating going on here. It simply is what it is, and the man with the effective ground game seized the moment!

Let's allow ourselves to step back from Trumpsteria, and take a moment to reasonably assess the process...
TheResurgent: Donald Trump is again complaining about the delegate rules of the Republican Party — delegate rules that have existed in various forms for 156 years. In fact, the present delegate rules have not really changed in decades, requiring that the nominee of the party get a majority of the delegates of the party to be the party’s nominee.

Donald Trump entered the race knowing he would need 1,237 delegates. But the man who claims he surrounds himself with experts and top men to advise him on things surrounded himself with advisors who told him not to worry about the delegates. Now Trump is having to bring in new people to play the delegate game, which is an acknowledgement that the rule for a majority will not be waived.

But along the way, both Trump and his supporters have taken to whining incessantly about the majority requirement. Publicly they think it should be changed to a plurality, though neither the delegate rules nor the Electoral College rules will be changed from majority to plurality.

Just because Donald Trump has the most delegates does not mean he has a majority of delegates. The rules matter.

That Trump has, for this long, surrounded himself with people who clearly failed to accurately advise him on the delegate rules is troubling. We know that Trump’s foreign affairs advisors are not really top men and, frankly, some are staggeringly unqualified. Likewise, we know Trump has barely met with them.

But these are the people he’d take advice from on foreign policy. Trump, though, says he has a very smart brain and he consults with himself. On Meet the Press yesterday, his campaign surrogate said it was Trump himself running the campaign — a campaign that ignored 156 years of needing delegates.

If Donald Trump cracks over a 156 year tradition of requiring a majority of delegates for the Republican nomination how is he going to understand the demands of the Presidency? If Trump claims he surrounds himself with top men and those top men advised him so poorly on the delegate issue, how can we be reassured he won’t make the same mistakes in a Presidential administration?
Easy answer: We can't!

And the Trumpertantrum invariably will continue as Cruz returns throughout all the states winning over more unbound delegates with an amazing campaign team & a ground game to boot! Hey, it's not Cruz's fault if the other team can't figure out how to run a presidential campaign.

Despite the exaggerations and allegations, the rules have always been in play for gathering delegates. A candidate running for the office of the President of the United States should know that!
RedState: Donald Trump and his supporters have a message for the world: they are victims of cheating and stealing. That message will only amplify in the coming weeks and months, but it isn’t true.

Thanks to Trump’s tendency to hire the worst people, he has put forth virtually no effort in winning unbound delegate slots, nor has he bothered to get his supporters elected as bound delegates in the case that they become unbound. Oh, and Trump has ignored states like North Dakota and Colorado, which declined to hold primaries but instead chose delegates at their state conventions. In all of these scenarios, Ted Cruz continues to prevail.

Trump supporters allege that this is cheating. But cheating implies rule-breaking. Cruz’s superb campaign is actually being successful by understanding the rules and following them to the letter. And delegates can’t be stolen unless kidnapping becomes legal.

If no candidate captures the majority of delegates, which is 1237, the nomination process will head to the convention. After the first ballot votes are cast, almost all of the delegates will be unbound and can vote according to their personal preference.

A contested convention, contrary to what Trump and his supports claim, is not unfair. It is not subverting the will of “we the people.” In fact, Donald Trump has received just 37% of the votes cast (a plurality-more than anyone else-but not a majority), and many of those were from non-Republicans, perhaps liberals seeking a weak opponent for Hillary Clinton in November.

The entire purpose of a contested convention is to solve the problem that is created when no candidate gains majority support in the party. If the voters can’t coalesce behind one candidate, it is up to the delegates, who are strongly devoted to the principles and competitiveness of the party, to pick the best candidate. Undemocratic? Yes, but democracy has flaws as the Founders understood. And it should be noted that the Republican party is a private organization.

The GOP nomination process is not unlike the electoral college system that governs our general elections. If no candidate receives 270 electoral votes, the House of Representatives elects the next president. Most people don’t know that because it is rare (it has happened three times: 1801, 1825, and 1877).

However, a contested GOP convention is not rare. The Republican Party has had 10 contested conventions, three of which involved the most acclaimed GOP presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan.
God help Ted Cruz to join the ranks of those esteemed presidents come this convention. And his chances are that much higher since he actually understands the rules!

Related links: CBS News previews a convention fight for delegates, shows Trump getting outplayed by Cruz
Trumpertantrum still blaming GOP for Colorado loss by tweeting videos of ANGWY TRUMPERS
Rush Limbaugh: Ted Cruz isn’t cheating, he’s WINNING!
Cruz Expanding Donor Network
Cruz Can Unite The GOP, There Is No #NeverCruz
I’ll Stand With the Constitutional Conservative

ADDENDUM: Check out Levin's interview with congressman Ken Buck to get more insight into the Colorado process...
Mark Levin interviews Cruz Colorado Chair on why Trump is WRONG about disenfranchised voters

ADDENDUM II: Excellent explanation from Jim Geraghty of not only the Colorado process, but also why Trump has no one to blame but himself for a weak ground game!
NR: On March 1, the Colorado Republican party prepared for 60,000 voters to arrive at nearly 3,000 precinct-caucus sites across the state. Those voters would select men and women to attend the party’s county assemblies and congressional district conventions, in the the first step of a multi-part process that determined 34 of Colorado’s 37 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

To hear Donald Trump and his fans tell it, those tens of thousands of Republicans never arrived, never made their choices, and never had the chance to play a role in selecting the party’s delegates. Matt Drudge, the populist Right’s news-aggregating provocateur, contends that Colorado Republicans were given less opportunity to vote than Iraqis. Perhaps, he muses, “George Bush has to invade Colorado to make it a democracy.”

And yet, in high-school cafeterias, churches, and other community centers, registered Republicans in the Centennial State got together and cast votes that March evening. Those they chose went on to county assemblies and district conventions. At the seven congressional district conventions, held the first week in April, the attending delegates selected three national delegates and three alternates who will head to Cleveland. At the county assemblies, held throughout March, attendees selected more than 600 people to compete for the 13 at-large delegate slots filled at the state convention this past weekend.

Trump’s tantrum on Twitter obscured the fact that eight of the elected alternates said they would support him if given an opportunity to vote in Cleveland. But the story of Colorado is similar to the story that has played itself out in several other states this cycle: Ted Cruz and his campaign read the rules beforehand, organized to ensure their people packed the local conventions, and emerged victorious.

Quite a few Trump fans are insisting this morning that by having Colorado Republicans vote for delegates to subsequent conventions, the state party denied them a say in selecting the party’s presidential nominee. But most candidates for delegate were open about whom they supported. Cruz’s campaign set out to make sure its supporters showed up and voted for friendly delegates. Why was it so impossible for Trump’s campaign to do the same?

Team Trump had ample opportunity to prepare for this eventuality. The state party’s rules were adopted all the way back in September and posted online. The Colorado GOP went out of its way to help the public understand the process, publishing simplified question-and-answer fact sheets on its website. Colorado media extensively covered how the caucus process works and what people needed to do to participate.

Despite all that advanced warning, Trump’s campaign assumed he was invincible, and failed to organize at local and state conventions. Now, faced with the unpleasant reality of their tactical blunders, Trump and his team are reduced to arguing that any unfavorable outcome is a triumph of underhanded “Gestapo tactics.”
ADDENDUM III: And then there's this (not that it will make any difference to those pushing this mindless dribble)...
LOL! Trump’s favorite angry Trumper turns out to be a FRAUD!
Related link: Cruz on Colorado win: 'Donald, it ain't stealing when the voters vote against you'