And feeling like a fool, wanting to vote for both of you is breaking all the rules (And I can’t do that, this isn’t the Illinois Democrat Primary).
After the UFC GOP debate in Detroit last week I came to a couple of conclusions. One, my alternative choice to Ron Paul (Marco Rubio) isn’t going anywhere. And while he may be a better general election candidate than Ted Cruz, he has taken the worse of it in this primary process where the establishment candidates decided to declare war on each other rather than challenge Donald Trump. Bush’s pack alone spent about 100 million attacking Rubio. And the reality is between that and Cruz and Trumps attacks Marco Rubio would be better off out of the race, as would the country. Sadly I do feel he would have made one of the best general election candidates
This leaves me with Donald Trump, while I’m convinced that the GOP and the DC establishment deserves a big middle finger, and I don’t doubt the size of Donald’s hands. I’m not interested in the size of the rest of his anatomy. I’m not convinced the Donald is a conservative or libertarian on far too many issues. Unlike many I’m convinced he would be a strong candidate against Hillary, she is a far more feeble politician than her husband. And Donald seems to be the Teflon Don, also there is no doubt in my mind that the moderation he began to show last debate will be full on if he gets in the general.
This leaves Kasich and Cruz. I like Kasich a lot, and don’t get the conservative angst against him. Even Reason magazine argued he was the truest conservative left in the race after Rand Paul left. The one thing I do think he’ll do that none of the other GOP candidates are talking about is get the Pentagons procurement process under control. My two hesitations with John are this, one, I’m not sure he’ll bring it against Hillary, while there is no doubt in my mind the Clintons will fling every thing in the book at whoever is the GOP nominee. And Two, I don’t believe he come close to Trump in the delegate count.
So we’re left with Ted Cruz, in the debate two weeks ago he gave a pitiful performance and at times appeared almost sleazy. While this may be a good thing in the general, to get down to Clinton’s level it’s off-putting in the Primaries. But last week we saw a different Cruz, the Brilliant debater who argued before the Supreme Court and was a captain of the Harvard debate team.
The reality is this, Cruz is not an establishment candidate, he’s made a real effort to control the deficit when he was in the Senate. And most importantly of all he has beaten Trump in seven states and in closed Primaries he’s appealed more to Republican voters than any other candidate, he’s actually close in the delegate count. There are things he needs to get better at, most notably his Pentecostal Preacher speaking style, but he is a true conservative, and he runs about even with Hillary, while I think Kasich is a better general election candidate, I think Cruz might suprise some people in the general especially in the debates.
So I may be flipping a coin in the voting both tomorrow.
Upon his election our current President embarked on an apology tour, touring the world to apologize for the American excesses of the cold war. From the Mossidgh coup in Iran to our involvement with Allende in Chile. It’s almost as if he doesn’t believe we were the “good guys” in the cold war. On one hand, I get it, a bit of introspection is good for the soul, and we certainly want too prevent as many evils for a greater good as we can.
But what about the other side? Oh I don’t mean Stalin and Kruschev, the heartless butchers of the supreme Soviet. I mean their enablers in the West. When are they going to apologize to the citizens of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Estonia, the Ukraine. They justified the Soviets evil tyrannical rule for years. In some cases like New York Times sought to activly cover it up. And they fought every effort of the US to counter the Soviet Union prolonging the enslavement of millions.
So perhaps the next time Kissinger and Mossdigh come up in a Democrat debate why doesn’t someone ask the Clintons and Sanders (who honeymooned in the Soviet Union) for their apology? From Bill Ayers Weather Underground, to the Nuclear Freeze movement, to the Venezuela today the American left has at best been naive to the “Evil Empire” but at worse been on it’s payroll. Yep, the KGB poured millions into the nuclear freeze movement and radical groups like the Weather Underground. Don’t you think it’s time Sanders the Clintons and their ilk apologize to the millions who were enslaved by the blot on world history that was Communism?
Well, I write this one with mixed feelings, on one hand, Donald Trump did not win Iowa, in fact he barely came in second. Which certainly means that whatever he said to those huuuuuuge crowds did not translate into enthusiasm. On the other hand Rand Paul, my first choice for President pulled out of the race. I still believe Rand had the best chance to bring minorities and more working class voters to the GOP’s “Big tent”.
I suspect a lot of Paul’s support wound up in the hands of Trump, Cruz and Carson. I also think Rand Paul who did a great job reaching out to those outside the GOP tent during the fall of 14, pulled back a bit in early 15 when he needed to keep that momentum. Either way he’s a good Senator, and I’m sure he’ll contribute some more ideas as he continues there.
Now what’s left? First, I agree with Mark Steyn. The biggest issue of this campaign is the cesspool in DC, and I would also suggest that judging from the Flint water crisis that the cesspool extends to much of what we call “government service”. At best much of our government is well meaning incompetent tenured bureaucrats piling up catastrophe’s on top of paper work, at worse it’s greedy power hungry commissars starving every initiative of what use to be a free people. DC is a Sewer, I think even Stalin would be embarrassed by. This leads me to my first and guiding principle about this political season.
Hillary Clinton is fundamentally corrupt and must be stopped unless we want tyrannical immoral sleazy leadership. The Clintons are corrupt to the core, wether it’s shady land deals, committing sexual assault, committing perjury, making millions giving speeches to special interests who have State business issues you are deciding on, or risking the safety and security of the nation to provide plausible deniability for their future endeavors. Whatever they touch is about one thing, concentrating power in their hands. And for the record:
As much as I despise Donald Trump and believe his run is a sad reflection of the pathetic quality of our education system I would enthusiastically pull the lever for Donald ahead of Hillary. He is the ultimate Kardashian candidate, in some ways we deserve him. (No Nation deserves Hillary). He is the result of two presidential cycles where the leader of one party prided his organizations ability to turn out low information voters. Well now we have the fruit of the low information turnout, they were disappointed that the Messiah didn’t meet their every need now they want to make the nation “Great Again”.
In the ruling party we now have two inheritors of the landmark political philosophy of the late 1800’s arguing over who should carry the mantle of Progressive. It’s never about ideas or issues with this crowd, it’s always about the title. With titles comes power, and if your in power with progressivism you keep it. A great example of this is Sanders idea to “tax the rich” with an income tax surcharge. A hint for Sanders, the rich already have their income. All a surcharge does is keep the rif raf from joining them and interrupting those swell parties in the Hampton’s. Didn’t Obama raise the top rate already? And yet income inequality has exploded.
The problem isn’t that the rich are too powerful, the problem is there isn’t enough of them. We need more rich people, who hire more people lifting them to the middle class. The current Progressive is about to leave the White House as the first two term President with less small businesses then when he came into office. “Those who doesn’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it”. Someone needs to give the party of the progressives a history book.
Well, I tried to watch the Dems debate tonight. I should have painted the bedroom, it needs it, watching the paint dry would have been more fun. You have to love it when ABC news calls Bernie Sanders apology “fireworks”.
The Winner: No one, I don’t get this party. They view the American people as a collection of victims that needs the government to take care of them. At least Bernie Sanders claimed he would raise taxes on the middle class, the one honest moment of the entire debate.
Second place: Hillary Clinton, she’s already campaigning like she’s judging VP choices, but don’t worry she’ll change her positions again before the general.
Third Place: Martin O’Mally, he actually spoke of his dubious accomplishments. Obviously the Baltimore he left behind isn’t the shinning star on the hill, and it looks like most American cities after 40 years of Democratic Socialism. The sad thing is this parties vision is to make all of America look like Baltimore.
Fourth Place: Bernie Sanders, I just don’t feel the Bern. He simply doesn’t challenge Hillary on anything except where she gets her donations from. The reality is Hillary has two main vulnerabilities. 1) Her dubious non record of accomplishment 2) Her fundamental lack of personal integrity. Bernie refused to challenge her on either one.
The Clintons have earned between 160 and 221 million since leaving office in 2001. And yet Bernie who is running on “income equality” failed to challenge her on her on vast and somewhat questionable accumulation of wealth. The real question how is someone who has earned income comparable with any of the “greedy CEO’s” she so decries have any legitimacy to lecture anyone on income equality? And why would Bernie not question her on it?
I can only come to the conclusion that Senator Sanders isn’t really interested in occupying the White House, perhaps the hike in income and nice digs would be offensive to him? But he does not debate as someone interested in winning.
Usually stays in Vegas especially if it’s carried on CNN. But there are always exceptions, and Trump mania and a very dissatisfied electorate changes things.
Last night was suppose to be the “thrilla in Manila”, the “cage match of the century” between Trump and Cruz, and the winner was:
RAND PAUL: The reality is the debate between Trump and Cruz never really materialized. And Rand Paul did a far better job of defending a true conservative view of foreign policy than Cruz did. He had one small slip up with his comment about Bridge-gate to Christie, but all in all, his answers were consistent and filled with amazing common sense. This was especially true in his remarks to Trump about censoring the internet. And second place goes to:
JEB? No I’m not becoming a neo-con, and spreading freedom across the globe while laudable is a bit of an Alice and Wonderland foreign policy, and admittedly after the other debates he had a low bar. But Jeb was consistent and defended his world view concisely and handled Trump about as well as anyone has in a debate. I still think it’s too little to late, but Jeb was the most “presidential” person on that stage,
CRUZ-RUBIO The third place tie. This was the lower card but proved to be the real debate. In some ways I think this was the worse performance for either one. Both seemed to be off their games. Rubio scored points as he always does for being well versed, but his answers on immigration seemed weak. Cruz on the other hand did not give near as quality a defense of protecting civil rights while fighting the war on Islamic radicalism as Paul did.
CHRISTIE: Fourth place, Christie is the best politician in the race on either side. And he brings a unique political style, kind of the toughie with a soft inside. But it appears to be wearing thin, and sounds more cliched in every debate. He’s running to be the establishment replacement for Bush against Trump. But the reality is that spot is already taken by Rubio. OTOH, I’d love to see him kicking butt and taking names as an Attorney General to clean up the cesspool in DC.
FIORINO: The Republican equivalent of Al Gore. Smart-Boring. She isn’t running for President, but she is running for VP, and she is perhaps the second most well versed candidate on the platform. I hope the nominee has the common sense to chose her. She fails the PJ O’Rourke test though, best candidate to have a beer with. It’s hard to like her, she says the right stuff, but says it like a scolding Jr. High teacher.
KASICH: This was his best performance since the first debate. But he appears to me to be almost as much a lose cannon as Trump. He held back a bit this time. But he really doesn’t bring anything to the table that Rubio-Bush-and Christie bring, and he has less name recognition.
TRUMP: For all of his foibles, and I’m no fan, he is doing some brilliant stuff in this campaign. At his campaign stops and on some interviews when only political junkies or true believers tune in he is the bombastic equivalent of Dr Strangeglove. But in the last two debates when tens of millions are watching he’s been the mellow uncle on the middle of the platform. Millions who haven’t followed tune in and he’s the reasonable guy on the stage. Although his defense for killing the terrorists “women and children” was lame. There is no doubt in my mind he appeals to the low information voter especially the ones who voted for Obama twice. I wonder how many of them will pull the lever in a Republican primary.
CARSON: I have nothing but respect for the guy, and I thought he answered intelligently and with a grasp of the issues on foreign policy last night except for the first question where he complained about the time he’s gotten in the debates (a valid point) and then took a pass on a question. I cringed on that one. He has the best health care plan of anyone, and against Hillary or Sanders he would make an infinitely better President. He also may have the most personal integrity of any of the candidates, something that is sorely lacking in Hillary or our current President. But in this field, he’s an also ran. I’d love to see him in the Senate though. He’d be a breath of fresh air in the chamber of wind bags.
Baby we ain’t the first
I’m sure a lot of other lovers been burned
Right now it seems real to you, but it’s
One of those things you gotta feel to be true
Tom Petty “Live like a refugee”
“When candidates say we shouldn’t admit three-year-old orphans, that’s political posturing,” President Obama on the GOP’s opposition to his Syrian Refugee plan
“The whole point of terrorism is to do what hasn’t been done before, before 9/11 planes were never used to go into buildings——So if you would have said what’s wrong with giving Islamic radicals flight lessons—–because that’s the new idea that occurred to them (Islamic radicals). I’m simply saying now, that why should we put it past them to use refugees to smuggle bad guys into the country. It’s just common sense.” Dinesh D’Souza on Huffington Post 11/24/15
A few Issues:
Sorry Mr President, they are not mostly “women and children”, according to the UN’s own numbers 72% are men, and 54% are men between the ages of 18-34.
Contrary to the Presidents assertions about “religious tests” the United States code on asylum seekers demands one. And one of the highest scoring grounds for refugee status is religious persecution. It actually makes sense in a country founded by people fleeing religious persecution.
A few points about the Refugee debate: Neither side can claim moral or biblical superiority, to do so is exactly the arrogance that many in political debates engage in when they complain about imposing morality. While there is plenty of that on both sides, the reality is both sides also have plenty of serious moral standing. It’s not any more moral to want to welcome the innocent from abroad then it is to want to protect the innocent within. I don’t want Syrian children to suffer in bombed out hulks, but I don’t want our children to be victims of suicide bombers. Both are moral and biblical positions.
And please there are two memes we can do without. One is the comparison to Jewish refugees fleeing gennoacide pre WW II. In all sincerity that was a totally different situation, to compare the two is a gross admission of ignorance. Those Jews had no sanctuary, Hitler was invading their homes and hunting them down, they had no homeland to retreat too, no Jewish enclave to take them in. Todays Syrian-Muslims on the other hand live in a world with 52 other Muslim nations and twenty plus Arab-Muslim nations, many of which are wealthy and in far better position to take them in than any nation in the West. The fact is the wealthy gulf States have so far taken in zero of the Syrian refugees, perhaps we should ask why?
Another meme we can do with out is a comparison between todays Syrian Refugees and the early European settlers that came to North America. As Samuel Huntington rightfully points out in “Who are We”. The Europeans that came here were not “immigrants”, they were entering a largely undeveloped uninhabited land (you could take the entire population of Natives in North America-estimated at roughly 15-25 million and stick it in the NYC corridor fairly comfortably). The Settlers that came to North America, came to an empty land with the purpose to build something.
Many of todays immigrants are coming to a Nation with the desire to take something, or be beneficiaries of that Nations largess. And considering we’re running an 18 Trillion dollar deficit, that largess is getting pretty unaffordable. Among the hundreds of radical Imams living off Welfare in the UK included Abdul Salem (the man who led rioting against the Danish cartoons) and Abu Qtada, and Anjem Chaudary all hate preachers who specialize in inciting violence against the very system that pays their checks. I’m not interested in financing Jihad with our tax dollars.
My take is this, to me this is pretty simple. Caution in protecting the country should abound. The reality is teenagers attending a concert or Black Friday shoppers are just vulnerable as many of the refugees fleeing war torn Syria. We should start by taking in children, women and families. This is just basic human decency, and the reality is unlike the 54% of the refugees who are fighting age men, the need to protect the truly vulnerable is undeniable. The next group we must look at is Christians. Christianity (a faith community that pre-dates Islam by several hundred years in the Levant) in the Middle East is truly facing massive ethnic cleansing and gennoacide, and we should apply every method to protect them and rescue them when necessary.
As far as the majority of young single men that are refugees, ecspecially those without families in the US, we should first try to protect them in Syria in safe-no fly zones. And then to repatriate them with our so-called allies in the Middle East like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar. The reality is we simply can’t vet them, we don’t have access to Syria’s criminal or military records, so the “vetting” process is basically a crap shoot, and admitting them in the country with out good records is risky at best. I lock my doors at night for a reason, it’s not because I hate outsiders or I’m a racist, it’s because I want to protect the individuals and contents inside. A Nations first duty is to protect it’s citizens.
President Obama said this yesterday on Good Morning America “ISIS is not getting stronger, we have contained them”. Last night after the attacks he described the attack as “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share”. In both cases he was sadly mistaken.
And frankly I’m sick of these goat scewing bastards believing that walking in to a concert hall with hand greenades and AK’s is a form of political expression. I’m sick that when thousands of them show up in Europe to protest cartoons, there aren’t hundreds of thousands marching in counter protest. The reality is ISIS is capable of paralyzing any major city in the West, Sydney? London? DC? Chicago? LA? Berlin? whose next?
These were not attacks on “Universal Values”, Freedom of Speech, Religion, Assembly, Expression, the Press, Freedom from undue search and seizure, and the Right to Bear Arms only exist in a small slice of the planet, and they are under attack there. Just this week, we had a protest at the University of Missouri which included an assault on freedom of the Press. At Yale, Freedom of Speech is clearly under assault. And sadly judging from my face book feed today many Americans are far more worried about micro aggressions, Safe spaces, and Islamaphobia than they are about an attack on Universal Values. Perhaps the President should define these “Universal Values” and explain to us, and the world, why they are superior?
To paraphrase Mark Steyn, the farmer in Yemen who thinks his daughter should be stoned because she was raped doesn’t share these values. The Goat Herder in Pashtun who believes in beheading those who blaspheme the prophet doesn’t share those values. The magistrate in Iraq who issued the order to throw homosexuals off the roofs of tall buildings doesn’t believe in those values, and the ISIS terrorist who opened fire in the concert hall in Paris certainly doesn’t share those values. They are not universal, the sad fact is, a vast majority of humanity doesn’t share those values Mr President. Even in France “hate speech” laws have rendered the Charlie Hebdo attackers successful.
Je Suis Charlie, neat hashtag, but don’t print copies of the cartoons here. They might offend. Evidently even “I am Charlie” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? But “Bring back our girls” worked great didn’t it? The girls were sold into sex slavery, but we showed our solidarity with them, we “did something”. We aren’t serious, they are. They believe in their values, we apologize for ours. They build bombs, we create hash tags. They open fire with AK-47’s, slaughtering innocents, we change our Facebook profile pics. They blow up a civillian airlinner we have candlelight vigils. They send millions of immigrants into Europe, we send fifty “boots on the ground” to Syria. Seriously is this an episode of South Park that I’m trapped in?
Hillary Clinton who now believes “Climate Change” is the greatest threat to the Planet, made the charge during the Primaries in 08 that Barak Obama would not be prepared to answer the call at Three AM for a world crisis. On Sept 11, 2012 that call came, at Seven PM, we STILL don’t know were the leader of the free world was that night, only that he rushed to a fundraiser in Vegas, and Ms Clinton whose asking us to become the new leader of the free world spent seven hours before any response. And then the response of the administration was to throw a harmless you-tube video-maker in jail. So much for “Universal Values”. It’s hard to defend them if even your own administration doesn’t share them.
It’s bad enough that the Leader of the Free World and the leading candidate from one American political party don’t promote those values, but it’s even worse when they are deluded. ” Isis is not getting stronger, we have contained them”. Lets forget for one minute the events of Paris last night. The President made these comments in a week when ISIS had brought down a commercial airliner and pulled off two suicide bombings in Beruit. Even before the attacks that is a delusional statement, with no basis in reality But in light of the events in Paris that same night one has to ask is he fit to lead?
The Free World needs an adult leader, more Churchill, less Valarie Jarrett. We don’t’ need a pacifier, a child who wants to get along, because ISIS understands weakness as one thing, an invitation to attack, something to exploit. And we’ve answered violence with weakness for far too long. An administration that calls spending Four-hundred million to train four or five fighters in Syria an ISIS policy, is not adult. An administration that yields leadership in the power vacuum of the Middle East to hegemonies of Putin and the Mullahs is not adult. An administration that percieves the Manbearpig of Climate change as greater threat than radical Islam is not adult, even in an episode of South Park.
For the good of the country and those Universal Values you claim to hold I ask you Mr President, please resign for the healing of the country and what’s left of Western Civilization? I am not sure we can survive another year and a half of your childish leadership. And another hash tag campaign with a candlelight vigil is not enough. You weren’t ready, and that’s not OK.