Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Primaries Over, it's Trump vs. Clinton & all about Romancing the Swing State Voters.



The Republican voters nominated a supposedly anti-establishment populist candidate who promises to Make America Great Again by restoring the economy with good paying middle class jobs and changing foreign policy to a far less neocon interventionist approach.  The Democrats nominated a psychopathic, bankster owned, warmongering, genocidal, neocon maniac who is likely to explode the world into more wars and even nuclear wars.

All that matters now is the general election on November 8th and specifically a handful of swing states that are the general election kingmakers.  While different pundits have identified different swing states, generally, critical swing states have been loosely identified as FL, OH, VA, PA, NH, IA, NV, CO, WI and NC, here (270ToWin.com)

States are dubbed swing states because margins of victory can be close and they can go Republican or Democrat.  Indeed, many do in fact flip R or D but most states are reliably red or blue; hence predictability is never an issue.  Swing states however are quite volatile and romancing persnickety voters who tend to focus on specific issues while harboring zero party loyalty is indeed a challenge for candidates.

In 2016, the economy will be front and center because America and Americans cannot survive and thrive as a minimum wage economy that offshores its high wage manufacturing jobs.  Yes, other issues will come into play like foreign policy and war weary Americans are ready to embrace the 'America First' concept as espoused by Trump.

Interestingly, Breitbart had a remarkable piece on how Romney lost in 2012 and how only winning 4 swing state could have resulted in victory.  Swing state power is indeed formidable.

333,000 Votes in 4 Swing States Would Have Given Romney the Presidency 

Other factors come into play like voter turnout according to the Breitbart article.  When folks aren't motivated to get out and vote, that's bad news for candidates.
Overall, voter turnout was down, from 131 million in 2008 to 122 million in 2012. Obama won 7.6 million fewer votes than he did in 2008, and Romney won 1.3 million fewer than McCain in 2008.
Yeah, Romney was a terrible candidate who was perceived as arrogant, uncaring, indifferent and nauseatingly elitist.   Trump however built a campaign on populist rhetoric and slogans. The GOP itself must be shocked that primary turnout for Trump set a record high.

HISTORY! Trump Shatters Republican Primary Vote Record by 1.4 Million Votes

For Trump to win the general election all he really needs to do is focus on the economy and foreign policy in the swing states. Florida with 29 electoral votes and OH with 18 electoral votes are always the biggest general election swing state prizes.  Trump's highly successful 'Make American Great Again' slogan by emphasizing 'America First' is music to voter ears, especially with the poor and vanishing middle class. Trump also needs to reinforce his powerful themes by constantly attacking the corporatist trade agreements that are responsible for destroying high paying manufacturing jobs.

On his website, Trump emphatically states that he believe in free trade but free trade must also be fair trade.  None of our trade agreements like #NAFTA, the #TPP and proposed #TTIP are fair.  They are nothing more than protectionist corporatist boondoggles,

The Kleptocracy of Cannibal Crony Capitalism. Bill Clinton and his Republican NAFTA Baby Co-Conspirators






Winning in the swing states translates to winning over a percentage of voting constituencies - the black vote, the female vote, the Libertarian vote, the anti-war vote, the independent vote, the economic vote etc.  Never underestimate the power of a less interventionist foreign policy. Foreignpolicy.com actually penned an article that vigorously asserted that Romney lost in 2012 precisely because of his aggressive foreign policy.

Why Mitt Romney’s foreign policy platform might cost him the 2012 election
....for Romney to win, he’s going to have to run the table with the tiny sliver of undecided independents. 
And here is where foreign policy becomes a real problem for Mitt Romney — because if the Chicago Council results are accurate, independents basically want the exact opposite of what Mitt Romney is selling them. 
Let’s stipulate that a President Romney might not actually do what he’s promising during the campaign — certainly the smart money doesn’t believe him. Still, based on his rhetoric to date, let’s also stipulate that Romney really wants America to lead the world. He wants to boost defense spending rather than cut it. He certainly wants to give the appearance that he would pursue a more hawkish policy towards Iran, Syria, Russia, North Korea, China and illegal immigrants than Barack Obama. 
That’s great — except it turns out most of America — and independents in particular — want pretty much the opposite of that. Indeed, as Marshall Bouton says in the Foreword to the report: 
Over time, Independents have become more inclined than either Republicans or Democrats to limit U.S. engagement in world affairs. Because Independents are an increasing share of the electorate, this development in American public opinion warrants attention.
Clearly, the vigorous hawk talk hurt Romney and American voters are even less susceptible to hawk talk in 2016 than they were in 2012.  Even the traditionally hawkish Republican voters rejected foreign policy hawks in the primaries and embraced the least hawkish candidate (except for Rand Paul).

For reasons that make no sense, Hillary Clinton has framed her entire campaign on a muscular foreign policy.  It's a strategy that hasn't gone unnoticed on the left or the right.

Clinton’s Aggressive Foreign Policy The American Conservative

How Hillary Clinton Became a Hawk New York Times
Throughout her career she has displayed instincts on foreign policy that are more aggressive than those of President Obama — and most Democrats. 
Hillary Clinton Attacks Donald Trump in Foreign Policy Speech (Video) TruthDig

Hillary Clinton Promises A More Muscular Foreign Policy As President Huffington Post

Hillary Clinton vows more aggressive foreign policy if she's President Daily Kos

Clinton is fundamentally in opposition to the foreign policy goals of the American people who seek peace and peaceful solutions to issues and problems.  Trump prefers negotiation to military intervention but Clinton is the reincarnation John McCain's BOMB, BOMB, BOMB IRAN rhetoric.

Trump holds the power to crush Clinton on the economy and foreign policy. It's all that he really has to do to win. American want peace and the restoration of good paying manufacturing jobs.

Yes, defeating Clinton really is that simple.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Favorite Movie Recommendations From My Facebook Friends - Enjoy!!




I asked my Facebook friends for their favorite movies, anti-government movies and pro-liberty movies and documentaries.  Enjoy!!

8 Men After, here, Gabriel Brown

12 Angry Men, here, Stephen Bone

2012, here, Kathy Skoda

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, here, D. Frank Robinson

Akira, here, Gabriel Brown

Alongside Night, here, Stephen Bone

America: Freedom to Fascism, here, Deborah Barclay

Amistad, here, Joseph Gay

...and justice for all, here, Bryn Fish

Assault on Wall Street, here, Lorna Case

Atlas Shrugged, here, David A. Fryling

The Big Short, here, Anil Mitha

Braveheart, here, John Oetken

Brotherhood of the Bell, here, Todd Gladieux

A Bug's Life, here, Stephen Bone

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, here, Thomas E. Tollett

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, here, Kelli Lasley Brochon

Dances With Wolves, here, Audra Hughes

Dr. Stranglove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, here,  John Brierly Jr.

Eagle Eye, here, Thomas E. Tollett

Echelon Conspiracy, here, Anil Mitha

The Edge, here, Stephen Bone

Empire of the Sun, here, Audra Hughes

End of Liberty, here, Audra Hughes

Enemy of the State, here, Judy and many of her Facebook friends

Fahrenheit 451, here, Pat Jack

Fail-Safe, here, John Brierly Jr.

Following, here, Jennifer Hyatt

Footloose, here, Amanda Hughes

The Fountainhead, here, Kevin Mullis

The Game, here, Audra Hughes

Gangs of New York, here, Keith Doiron

Gattaca, here, Stephen Bone

Ghostbusters, here, Eric Frounder

The Giver, here, Donna J. Hawkins Walsh

Gran Torino, here, Stephen Bone

Harry's War, here, Ken Van Doren

The Hunger Games, here, Kyle Labore III

The Hurt Locker, here, Audra Hughes

I, Robot, here, Stephen Bone

Inside Job, here, Chuch Reichmuth

Jeremiah Johnson, here, E Christopher Carolan

Jin Roh The Wolf Brigade, here, Gabriel Brown

Kill the Messenger, here, Shawn Davis

Law Abiding Citizen, here, David Robins

Legends of the Fall, here, Michael W. Lurie

Lifting the Veil, here, Audra Hughes

Luther, here, Barbara Marie Inman

Malcolm X, here, Audra Hughes

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, here, Lori Schulz Dougan

The Man Who Would be King, here, Kathryn Weitzel

The Matrix, here, Base Aransas

Meet John Doe, here, Stephen Bone

Mercury Rising, here, Anil Mitha

The Money Masters, here, Kelli Lasley Brochon

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, here, Christopher Dillard

Network, here, Timothy Byrne

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), here, David F. Fryling

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, here, David Simchock

The Outlaw Josey Wales, here, Joseph Gay

Passport to Pimlico, here, Stephen Bone

The Patriot, here, Anil Mitha

Pelican Brief, here, Bonnie Rudzik

Persepolis, here, Michael J. Weber

Point of No Return, here, Audra Hughes

Rampage: Capital Punishment, here, Pony Bell

Red Dawn, here, Patrick Mahoney

Rendition, here, Danya Guynn Sammons

The Saint, here, Audra Hughes

Scarface, here, Audra Hughes

The Secret of Oz, here, Kelli Lasley Brochon

The Seige, here, Anil Mitha

Selma, here, Audra Hughes

Serenity, here, Stephen Bone

Shenandoah, here, Jack Jones

Shooter, here, Wolf Onnie

Slumdog Millionaire, here, Audra Hughes

Snowpiecer, here, Stephen Bone

Sound of Music, here, Liz Moser

Still Mine, here, Stephen Bone

Star Wars, here, Stephen Bone

Three Days of the Condor, here, Jack Jones

Three Kings, here, Stephen Bone

They Live, here, Estrella Eguino

Thrive,here, Anil Mitha

To Kill a Mockingbird, here, Stephen Bone

Tucker, The Man and His Dreams, here, Stephen Bone

V for Vendetta, here, Judy and many of her FB friends

Vaxxed, here, Chuck Walden

Venus Wars, here, Gabriel Brown

The Winter Soldier, here, by Thomas E. Tollett 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sleazy Lying Ted Cruz Attacks Trump for Being Grandson of Successful Immigrants



Every day Ted Cruz reaches new lows in outright lies, misinformation, disinformation and twisting the facts. His latest rant has been interpreted as an attack on Donald Trump because his immigrant grandparents were successful immigrants.

Cruz Mocks Trump’s Wealthy Upbringing

It's true that Donald Trump was raised in upper middle class comfort in a house in Jamaica Estates in Queens NY.   Trump's childhood house.




The real issue however is how it happened that Donald Trump was lucky enough to grow up in comfort.  The answer is that his grandfather was hardworking and successful immigrant who instilled those values into his son.

Trump's grandfather immigrated from German to the US in 1885. He worked as a barber in NYC for 6 years according to Wikipedia, here.  He moved to Seattle where he leased a storefront and opened a restaurant.  He eventually opened hotels and restaurants in mining towns in Washington, British Colunbia and the Yukon Territories and yes his hotels-restaurants-bars were also viewed as brothels, a vital service in mining towns.

In 1901 Frederick Trump returned to Germany and married but he ran into troubles with the German government who accused him of leaving Germany to avoid taxes and conscripted military service, something any freedom loving, anti-statist Libertarian would cheer.  In 1904 he returned to the US with his wife, baby and worked as a barber and restaurant manager.  He lived in the Bronx and died of the flu in 1918 at the age of 49.

His son Fred (father of Donald Trump) started a business with Trump's grandmother and widow of Frederick.  They built modest homes in the Queens that sold for $3,900. They were very successful and  expanded into commercial construction which was also successful.  It's that success that bought Fred the house in the Queens that seems to enrage folks like Cruz who object to the success of immigrants.  Donald Trump's grandfather was a hardworking entrepreneurial man who strove to achieve the American dream for his family.  That dream and success was further magnified by Fred Trump.

The so-called silver spoon in Donald Trump's mouth is a classic American immigrant success story that would generate praise had the successful immigrant been anybody but Trump's grandfather and father.

For Ted Cruz to insinuate such a disparaging attack on Trump and his successful immigrant heritage is appalling to the point of being evil.  The father of Ted Cruz, Rafael Cruz, is some brand of a firebrand Pentacostal Dominionist preacher whose views on Christian theology would terrify anybody. The Daily Beast has an excellent summary of the religious beliefs of Raphael Cruz and ilk.

Does Ted Cruz Think He’s the Messiah?
Rafael Cruz, father of Ted Cruz, is a preacher of the far-right doctrine of dominionism, which holds that Christians should take over the government and save it from the wicked. 
When Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for president, many assumed he would quietly distance himself from his father, Rafael Cruz, since the elder Cruz has long been extreme in his religious views, and outspoken in proclaiming them.

But the opposite has been the case. Rafael Cruz has been the senator’s primary surrogate on the campaign trail, particularly with the evangelical voters who are now Ted Cruz’s base....

Historically, dominionism began as an offshoot of Christian Reconstructionism, the sect founded in the 1960s by defender-of-slavery R.J. Rushdoony that seeks to replace secular law with Biblical law, stonings and all. More moderate versions of Reconstructionism began to take hold in the New Christian Right, which began in the 1970s as an effort to re-engage evangelicals in politics and fight back against the sexual revolution and the civil rights movement. Dominionism was one such version.
Many Evangelicals in America are indeed concerned enough about the religious beliefs of Ted Cruz that they voted for Trump.  The Evangelical south was supposed to be the impenetrable firewall of the Cruz campaign but Trump smashed it and won the south and its Evangelicals.

Cruz is unelectable in a general election because he's a firebrand religious zealot.  In addition to being very scary and a direct threat to the tolerance that we value, Cruz seeks to impose some version of a Biblical theocracy on America.  

Sunday, March 6, 2016

My Two Cents on 3/5 Super Saturday - a bad night for Trump and a Great Night for the Establishment and Religious Right But it's Far From Over





While Trump won Louisiana and Kentucky as Cruz won Kansas and Maine, it was Cruz who cleaned up on delegates on the 3/5 Super Saturday.  Cruz won 64 delegates, Trump 49, Rubio 13 and Kashich 9.   Trump leads the total delegate count with 382, followed by Cruz with 300; Rubio has 128, Kasich 35 and Carson 8, here.  

A recap of Super Saturday States from Politico, here:

Kansas: Cruz thumps Trump - 48% and wins 24 delegates, Trump 23% with 9 delegates, Rubio 17% with 6 delegates and Kasich 11% with 1 delegate.

Kentucky: Trump narrowly squeaks by 36-32, Trump, 36% with 17 delegates, Cruz 32% with 15 delegates, Rubio 16% with 7 delegates and Kasich 14% with 7 delegates.

Louisiana: Trump squeaks by 41-38.  Trump 41% with 15 delegates, Cruz 38% with 14 delegates and zero delegates for Rubio and Kasich.

Maine: Cruz thumps Trump 46-33. Cruz 46% with 12 delegates, Trump 33% with 9 delegates, Kasich 12% with 2 delegates and zero delegates for Rubio.

It was an ugly night for Trump as his 2 victories were narrow but the victories of Cruz were blowouts.

With regard to Trump's 382 total delegates thus far, it should be noted that the combined delegates of Cruz, Rubio, Kasich and Carson total 471.  Yes it's a trend and it's also entirely possible and highly probable that the RNC-GOP machine are indeed delighted that Trump can be denied the nomination at the RNC Convention.

For the record, I'm personally supporting Trump for reasons outlined in The Top Ten Reasons To Vote For Trump.

That said, certain trends and patterns are emerging.  Specifically, Trump seems to perform poorly in caucus states and the mid west. Ironically, Cruz viewed the south as his solid Evangelical firewall but Trump demolished it.  With Trump cleaning up big in the south from the South Carolina primary (winner take all where Trump bagged all 50 delegates) and Super Tuesday, it appears that the momentum is shifting away from Trump and toward Cruz.

Both Cruz and Trump are disdained by the establishment RNC-GOP but for different reasons. Trump is disdained by the Republican elites because he's an independent thinker, he's not likely to take orders, he's bashed Republican foreign policy and he vigorously oppose the nasty corporatist trade agreements that will continue to decimate US manufacturing and high paying middle class jobs. Cruz is disdained because as a fundamentalist Domionist religious right whackjob, he's unelectable in a general election.  On the other hand, bat shit crazy as Cruz is, he's a solid neocon that has the support of Wall Street and the banksters.

The top 2 candidates of the RNC-GOP elites were Jeb Bush (now out of the race) and the backup Rubio who is floundering badly in the primaries.  If Rubio can't change the momentum by winning his home state of Florida 3/15 and start racking up primary victories, he's toast.  It's appearing that Rubio is already toast.

So what will the RNC-GOP elites do?  Well, they are rather delighted because they now see a real clear path to general election victory with a bankster loving, warmongering Democrat named Hillary Clinton - a favorite of Wall Street, defense contractors and the military industrial complex.  Many Republicans have publicly stated that they would support Clinton over Trump.

If Cruz can win the Republican nomination, the RNC-GOP elites won't have to worry about the nasty business of endorsing a psychopathic Democrat over a Republican; all they have to do is wait for Clinton to demolish Cruz in the general election.

However, it's far from over for Trump.  While I predict that Trump momentum will continue to decline for a while, I also believe that Trump momentum holds the potential to accelerate once the primary moves out of the mid west and into late primary states like Pennsylvania, New York and California where the Dominionist religious right tends to perform poorly.  Also, except for Nevada which Trump won big with 46%, the west hasn't voted and will become a primary wild card.

Meanwhile, everyone is waiting with baited breath for March 15 when Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio vote.  Florida and Ohio are viewed as the most significant Republican primary states because they are the home states of Florida Senator Rubio and  Gov. Kasich, the sitting governor of Ohio, in addition to being winner take all states.  If anything, March 15 will indicate how long and drawn out the Republican primary season will be.  If Rubio can't win Florida, he will have to drop out and it's clear that he really doesn't even have a path to victory regardless of what happens in Florida.

Meanwhile, all we can do is wait as the Domionist religious right and RNC-GOP elites temporarily celebrate their victories as they plot their strategies to defeat Trump - the only real game on the GOP agenda because Cruz can be dispatched in the general election.  Trump can't.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Trump




As a Ron Paul and Rand Paul supporter, I'm disillusioned with the political system, the systemic corruption of the RNC and DNC machines, the obnoxious elites of the political cesspool and their media, and every policy decision promulgated by the sellouts of America. I long for an America that works for Americans and American workers.  I also care deeply about other issues so I've outlined them and have included Trump's positions on these issues.

To be clear, Trump is no liberty activist, Libertarian or constitutional purist.  Moreover, it's 100% accurate to assume that most Americans could care less about the issues that are important to us. Liberty doesn't win at the ballot box, never has.  That said, Trump does hold positions on a lot of issues that are important to the American people to various degrees and I find myself in agreement with a lot of Trump's positions.  They hold the potential to rollback a lot of nasty policy decisions that have decimated America and American workers.  More importantly though is that Trump is truly kicking GOP establishment ass and I love it.  So do the American people.


#10 Common Core Trump has consistently blasted Common Core and vows that he is determined to repeal it.

#9 Vaccines I personally oppose forced vaccinations and do share Trump's concerns over their safety. Trump has stated that vaccines cause Autism, here, and there is ample evidence to support his assertion. Trump obviously isn't owned by Big Pharm who peddles poison.

#8 Marijuana Legalization Trump 100% supports medical marijuana and believes that the states should have the right to make the decisions on recreational marijuana.  That's a position that will make a ton of voters happy!

#7 Immigration: Trump has raised the issue of immigration. America keeps getting flooded with low wage immigrants and many of them are taking jobs from Americans who are actually getting fired and replaced with cheap foreign labor. Moreover, many of those comprising the 'cheap labor' workers are in fact so impoverished by low wages that they are entitlement dependent. I blogged about the immigration issue in depth - Let's Talk IMMIGRATION.

With 92 million Americans out of the workforce, here, I absolutely believe that we should make it a top priority to get Americans back to work.  Besides, many of those Americans are weighing down the welfare system.  Americans need jobs and if that translates to a temporary halt on immigration, then so be it - it makes sense.

There are many situations like the now well publicized Disney case where Disney fired American workers and forced them to train their foreign replacements.  Even the open border immigrant loving NYT penned a piece on this absurdity.

Pink Slips at Disney. But First, Training Foreign Replacements

It's as if war has been declared on American workers who are being cast aside as irrelevant and expendable scum.  This is simply wrong.

#6 Trade Agreements America's nasty, job-destroying trade agreements that began with NAFTA and are now ballooning have decimated US manufacturing and those good paying middle class jobs. Trump is on record vociferously opposing these trade deals. Trump said "I am all for free trade, but it's got to be fair" and the "TPP is a horrible deal; no one has read its 5,600 pages".

On NAFTA, Trump says "I think NAFTA has been a disaster. I think our current deals are a disaster. I'm a free trader. The problem with free trade is, you need smart people representing you."

Trump has blasted the loss of US manufacturing jobs and the off-shoring of America's once legendary manufacturing industries that produced a prosperous middle class.

#5 2nd Amendment  Trump is fairly solid on the 2nd Amendment and his position on the issue from his website is here.

#4 Trump Is The Only Republican Who Stands a Chance of Defeating Hillary Clinton (or Bernie Sanders) in a General Election The POTUS general election is likely be close, very close, and will boil down to 6-8 critical swing states.  The POTUS kingmakers will be independent voters (they always are) and whoever can win over a percentage of the African American vote.  While the Dems tend to have a lock on both constituencies, there is no guarantee that they will vote Democrat.  In fact, polls have disclosed that 20% of Dems would vote for Trump over Clinton.

"Trump Could Win It All": 20% Of Democrats Say They'd Vote For Trump Over Hillary

20% is an incredible percentage and definitely is sufficient to swing the results in a swing state that are typically very close.

With POTUS 2016 almost entirely focusing on the economy, Trump is rapidly winning over the voters who view the economy as their top concern.  American voters are indeed very worried about their jobs, futures and prosperity because they view the present elitist run system as exclusively beneficial to Wall Street, mega-corporations and the cheap labor lobby.

#3 Foreign Policy The damn wars that have cost American taxpayers trillions are a thorn in everybody's side except the hardcore neocon nutjobs.
Trump is not a hardcore neocon like Cruz, Rubio, Bush, Clinton and even Sanders; in fact the neocons hate his guts. He's on record opposing the Iraq War and way back when Bush started the damn war. Trump opposed the Iraq War when it was popular and long before the horrors of Abu Ghraib emerged.

Not only is Trump on record opposing the Iraq War, during a GOP debate he blasted the Iraq War, its cost and the horrid damage to the Middle East:
"We've spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people that, frankly, if they were there and if we could have spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges, and all of the other problems — our airports and all the other problems we have — we would have been a lot better off, I can tell you that right now.

We have done a tremendous disservice not only to the Middle East — we've done a tremendous disservice to humanity. The people that have been killed, the people that have been wiped away — and for what? It's not like we had victory. It's a mess. The Middle East is totally destabilized, a total and complete mess. I wish we had the 4 trillion dollars or 5 trillion dollars. I wish it were spent right here in the United States on schools, hospitals, roads, airports, and everything else that are all falling apart!"
For a Republican candidate to make such an anti-war statement during a Republican primary debate is no less than astounding but what is even more astounding is that his remark didn't hurt him in the least and he continued to rise in the polls despite the consternation of the neocons. I remember when Ron Paul got dissed in a South Carolina debate for suggesting that America follow the Golden Rule on foreign policy. He got booed. But the times they are a changing! Even Republican voters seem to have finally lost their appetite for never ending wars. Trump doesn't suffer in the polls when he attacks US foreign policy and on GOP sacred turf no less.

#2 Supreme Court Nominations  Few folks pay attention to this critically important issue. Even if Republicans, conservatives, Libertarians etc. seem blind to this issue, the left certainly isn't.  In fact, the left is freaking out over it because it believes that the next president could appoint 4 Supreme Court Justices.

How could the next president reshape the Supreme Court?
In the next few years, the Supreme Court may face as many as four vacancies as some of the justices age or enter retirement. That means the outcome of November's elections could be critical in determining the court's future composition.

Nearly half of the court -- four of the nine justices -- has served on it for 20 to 30 years and are either over the age of 80 or approaching it.

While stumping for Hillary Clinton on the New Hampshire campaign trail on Monday, former President Bill Clinton mentioned the next president could nominate between one and three justices. His wife's campaign posted a blog post last month titled, "A Republican president could nominate as many as 4 Supreme Court justices. That should terrify you."
Who in their right mind wants Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders nominating up to 4 Supreme Court Justices?  Considering the extreme longevity of their lifetime tenure, a progressive takeover of SCOTUS would have profound effects on America, Americans and the constitution that would require decades and generations to undo and unravel.

While I haven't the slightest clue who Trump would appoint, whoever he appoints to SCOTUS won't be as bad as a Sanders or Clinton appointee.

What few liberty oriented and/or sane rulings that are decreed by SCOTUS presently come with 5-4 decisions. A few days ago, SCOTUS shot down an Obama's climate change order that was supposed to be implemented by the EPA in a 5-4 decision.

Supreme Court deals blow to Obama by putting his climate change rules on hold

It's becoming increasingly apparent that Trump is succeeding in winning over Republican primary voters. Moreover, he's probably the best candidate to defeat Clinton or Sanders in a general election. Even if I hated Trump on every issued, which I don't, I'd take the chance and vote for him based on Supreme Court Justice nominees alone.

And the #1 reason to vote for Trump is to royally bitch slap the RNC-GOP elites who lord over us like a Nazified crime syndicate.  If Americans want change, a better future, the restoration of the American Dream and a chance reversing all the damage that has been done to the American people then they need to reject the bankster lovers, warmongers, open border advocates, globalists, one world government supporters, corporatists, fascists and the Republican elites responsible for destroying America (along with their Democrat partners in crime). 

Is Trump the man?  I don't know but he's certainly raised a lot of issues that are very important to the American people, issues that were formerly verboten and banned from discussion by the RNC elites. Trump has given the average American a powerful voice and while delivering will indeed be a challenge, if anybody has the courage, smarts and determination to try and fix all that is wrong with America and our corrupt to the core political system, Trump is the only option.  I believe he will try but succeeding in that pit of vipers known as the District of Crime (DC) will require one tough and seasoned son of a bitch.  Trump is tough, seasoned and READY.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Trump - Is He Worth Voting For? Things to Consider



As a Rand Paul supporter, I am disappointed but not shocked that Republican primary voters rejected Rand and liberty. Liberty has always been a tough, tough sell at the ballot box. However, the candidate that is looming large in the Republican race for the POTUS nomination is Donald Trump.

I do not view Trump as a liberty candidate.  However, I do view him as pragmatic, practical and supremely in touch with issues that affect all ordinary Americans.  Trump the billionaire NYC real estate mogul has managed to captivate Republican primary voters and even Democrat voters.

What's to like about Trump?

2nd Amendment Trump is fairly solid on the 2nd Amendment and his position on the issue from his website is here.

Foreign Policy Trump is not a neocon; in fact the neocons hate his guts. He's on record opposing the Iraq War and way back when Bush started the damn war. Trump opposed the Iraq War when it was popular and long before the horrors of Abu Ghraib emerged.

Not only is Trump on record opposing the Iraq War, during a GOP debate he blasted the Iraq War, its cost and the horrid damage to the Middle East:
"We've spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people that, frankly, if they were there and if we could have spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges, and all of the other problems — our airports and all the other problems we have — we would have been a lot better off, I can tell you that right now.

We have done a tremendous disservice not only to the Middle East — we've done a tremendous disservice to humanity. The people that have been killed, the people that have been wiped away — and for what? It's not like we had victory. It's a mess. The Middle East is totally destabilized, a total and complete mess. I wish we had the 4 trillion dollars or 5 trillion dollars. I wish it were spent right here in the United States on schools, hospitals, roads, airports, and everything else that are all falling apart!"
For a Republican candidate to make such an anti-war statement during a Republican primary debate is no less than astounding but what is even more astounding is that his remark didn't hurt him in the least and he continued to rise in the polls despite the consternation of the neocons. I remember when Ron Paul got dissed in a South Carolina debate for suggesting that America follow the Golden Rule on foreign policy. He got booed. But the times they are a changing! Even Republican voters seem to have finally lost their appetite for never ending wars. Trump doesn't suffer in the polls when he attacks US foreign policy and on GOP sacred turf no less.

Supreme Court Few folks pay attention to this critically important issue. Even if Republicans, conservatives, Libertarians etc. seem blind to this issue, the left certainly isn't.  In fact, the left is freaking out over it because it believes that the next president could appoint 4 Supreme Court Justices.

How could the next president reshape the Supreme Court?
In the next few years, the Supreme Court may face as many as four vacancies as some of the justices age or enter retirement. That means the outcome of November's elections could be critical in determining the court's future composition.

Nearly half of the court -- four of the nine justices -- has served on it for 20 to 30 years and are either over the age of 80 or approaching it.

While stumping for Hillary Clinton on the New Hampshire campaign trail on Monday, former President Bill Clinton mentioned the next president could nominate between one and three justices. His wife's campaign posted a blog post last month titled, "A Republican president could nominate as many as 4 Supreme Court justices. That should terrify you."
Who in their right mind wants Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders nominating up to 4 Supreme Court Justices?  Considering the extreme longevity of their lifetime tenure, a progressive takeover of SCOTUS would have profound effects on America, Americans and the constitution that would require decades and generations to undo and unravel.

While I haven't the slightest clue who Trump would appoint, whoever he appoints to SCOTUS won't be as bad as a Sanders or Clinton appointee.

What few liberty oriented and/or sane rulings that are decreed by SCOTUS presently come with 5-4 decisions. A few days ago, SCOTUS shot down an Obama's climate change order that was supposed to be implemented by the EPA in a 5-4 decision.

Supreme Court deals blow to Obama by putting his climate change rules on hold

It's becoming increasingly apparent that Trump is succeeding in winning over Republican primary voters. Moreover, he's probably the best candidate to defeat Clinton or Sanders in a general election. Even if I hated Trump on every issued, which I don't, I'd take the chance and vote for him based on Supreme Court Justice nominees alone.

Trade Agreements America's nasty, job-destroying trade agreements that began with NAFTA and are now ballooning have decimated US manufacturing and those good paying middle class jobs. Trump is on record vociferously opposing these trade deals. Trump said "I am all for free trade, but it's got to be fair" and the "TPP is a horrible deal; no one has read its 5,600 pages".

On NAFTA, Trump says "I think NAFTA has been a disaster. I think our current deals are a disaster. I'm a free trader. The problem with free trade is, you need smart people representing you."

Trump has blasted the loss of US manufacturing jobs.  He's also blasted immigration.

Immigration: Trump has raised the issue of immigration. America keeps getting flooded with low wage immigrants and many of them are taking jobs from Americans who are actually getting fired and replaced with cheap labor. Moreover, many of those comprising the 'cheap labor' workers are in fact so impoverished by low wages that they are entitlement dependent. I blogged about the immigration issue in depth - Let's Talk IMMIGRATION.

With 92 million Americans out of the workforce, here, I absolutely believe that we should make it a top priority to get Americans back to work.  Besides, many of those Americans are weighing down the welfare system.  Americans need jobs and if that translates to a temporary halt on immigration, then so be it - it makes sense.

There are many situations like the now well publicized Disney case where Disney fired American workers and forced them to train their foreign replacements.  Even the open border immigrant loving NYT penned a piece on this absurdity.

Pink Slips at Disney. But First, Training Foreign Replacements

It's as if war has been declared on American workers who are being cast aside as irrelevant and expendable scum.  This is simply wrong.

While researching info. on Trump, I learned that his Atlantic City casino labor unions and workers spoke highly of him.  Trump might be a ruthless businessman but when it came to his workers, he earned their praise.
By the end of 1991, Trump’s three casinos employed more than 12,700 people, nearly one-third of the entire Atlantic City casino workforce.

And Trump, gushed Theresa Volpe, 57, who served drinks at Trump Plaza for 26 years — including to the man himself — “was a very good boss.”

“Employee picnics, employee parties. I mean, he took care of us.”

“He was very receptive to our union and our benefits and pension plan,” said Volpe, who’s been cobbling together a living as a bartender and supermarket cashier since Trump Plaza closed in September.

Bob McDevitt, longtime president of Local 54 of Unite Here, which represents casino workers, declined to comment for this story. But in the past, the labor leader, who spent years as a Taj bartender, characterized Trump as a union-friendly, reliably cooperative partner in negotiations over labor contracts.

In 2004, when 10,000 casino workers went on strike at seven Atlantic City casinos for more than a month, the Trump casinos weren’t among them.

“He didn’t nickel or dime us,” Volpe said. Read the rest here.
Vaccines I personally oppose forced vaccinations and do share Trump's concerns over their safety. Trump has stated that vaccines cause Autism, here, and there is ample evidence to support his assertion. Trump obviously isn't owned by Big Pharm who peddles poison.

GMO It's not clear where Trump stands on the issue of Monsanto, GMO and food labeling but he tweeted back in October a statement that fired up the food labeling, anti-GMO and anti-Monsanto folks with "#BenCarson is now leading in #polls in #Iowa. Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain?". The tweet was perceived as so outrageous and insulting to Iowans that Trump withdrew it and blamed it on an intern. Since that tweet, Trump has opted to avoid the issue, something he does on issues that can backfire and hurt him.  In any event, Trump's sarcastic remark about GMO food indicates that he's aware of the issue and may not be a fan of GMO.

Common Core Trump has consistently blasted Common Core.

Marijuana Legalization Trump 100% supports medical marijuana and believes that the states should have the right to make the decisions on recreational marijuana.  That's a position that will make a ton of voters happy!

Trump Slams US Public Schools, Pledges To Kill Common Core 

BOTTOM LINE: Voting for Trump carries risk. However, voting for the 'same old, same old' creeps who are proven to be wholly owned subsidiaries of corporatists, fascists, defense contractors, banksters, corporate welfare queens etc. is an even bigger risk because America's ship is sinking FAST, America's middle class is vanishing and the poor are getting poorer while the rich are getting richer. Obama was supposed to be the Man of Change in 2008 but he turned out to be a big fail.

It's not likely that Trump will perform miracles but it's entirely possible that Trump would work to defend the 2nd amendment, end the wars, reign in the neocons, change foreign policy, nullify job destroying trade agreements, restore US manufacturing and improve the economy for the working class. That's a risk many believe is worth taking at the ballot box because if voters fail to act to change course, America's deterioration will only accelerate.

A McClatchy article summarized the mood of the American people in a piece titled America 2016: We’re mad as hell and not going to take it anymore 

MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA Craig Ziemke has voted for Democrats all his life, including twice for President Barack Obama. Not this year.

“The whole country is going to hell,” the 66-year-old retired factory worker said, standing against the bleachers at a high school gymnasium while waiting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to arrive. Ziemke’s fury is deep: Roads and bridges in the U.S. are falling apart, jobs are scarce and the U.S. border is wide open, he says.

“We’re letting all these people into the country. No one even knows who the hell they are,” he said. “We don’t need any more Arabs. The United States, anymore, is just a dumping ground for everyone.”

Ziemke plans to caucus for a Republican on Monday – and likely for Trump, “the only one with brains,” he said..... In interviews with dozens of voters in both parties, the driving motivation across the state is anger and uprising. They’re fed up with lawmakers in Washington, who seem to work two or three days a week and get little done aside from raising money to stay in office. They’re mad about stagnant wages, companies sending jobs overseas and terrorists sneaking in across the border.

And there you have it - the voice of the people and how they intend to use the power of their vote to effect change. It's 2008 all over again except that the new man of HOPE and CHANGE is now Donald Trump. Call it a wing and a prayer vote that Trump won't turn out to be another Obama or Bush. I understand the desperation of the poor and middle class - they've been royally shafted by a system criminally stacked against them so firing somebody is all that they've got left.

Folks are taking their cues from Trump himself when it comes to the Republican and Democrat party elites.





A vote for Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and other insufferable traitors is definitely a vote for more wars, more job destroying trade agreements and more of the same.  Clinton and Sanders will definitely make it a top priority to disarm Americans; both endorse the wars. Sanders voted to fund every neocon request for more war money.

When put into the proper perspective, Trump looks awfully good to me based on the issues that are dear to me and I think that Trump is worth considering. 

Where Rand Paul Went Wrong



Rand Paul was my candidate as was his father.  He's suspended his campaign and probably because of poor poll numbers, a 4.5% finish in IA and a lack of money.  It's time to evaluate his campaign. Why did Ron Paul garner 20% in Iowa in 2012 while Rand only got a measly 4.5%?  It's a valid question.

Well, the answers are somewhat glaring, predictable and even unpredictable.  Ron Paul was anchored into liberty and the constitution like a mountain of steel beams and he NEVER did waiver the slightest, not in over 20 years of public life.  I'm not even implying that Rand did in fact waiver but Rand got somewhat mushy, squishy and wobbly.  He feared the Republican machine and because of this fear he pathetically tried to romance the Republican officials and the elites by playing nice.  If there is anything I learned from Ron Paul and even Donald Trump it's that you never play nice with these folks, you get in their faces and let it rip.  Granted, Ron's style was a whole lot more gentlemanly than Trump's more vulgar style but both men aren't noted for capitulation and they are both notorious for standing their ground.

Right out of the campaign box, Rand started harping on conservatism, especially accusations that Trump wasn't a conservative.  The term 'conservative' is meaningless and has been since the days of Barry Goldwater.  Heck, even John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, George W. Bush, John McCain, Lindsay Graham et al view themselves as conservatives.  They campaign as conservatives and get elected as conservatives.  Consequently, we can only assume that conservatives are big spenders, warmongers, bankster bailout lovers, NSA lovers, Police State USA lovers, fascists, corporatists, crony capitalists and well, you get the picture.  Accordingly, Rand Paul attacking Trump as not sufficiently 'conservative' is utterly absurd and bizarre. The strategy clearly failed because it was so laughable.

I suspect that Rand listened to his GOP advisors or just made a critical error in judgment. The'conservative' label went out with 8 track and the floppy disk. Moreover, attacking a man as not sufficiently conservative was indeed foolish especially since Trump was steadily rising in the polls and trumping everybody in the race, including Rand Paul.  Rand's attacks on Trump were pathetic especially since Trump was smashing records and winning voters by selectively pouncing on issues near and dear to both Republican and Democrat voters.

Immigration and the economy - the economy sucks, domestic manufacturing has been outsourced and offshored, American workers are getting fired and Americans are being forced to train their foreign replacements.  Rand didn't seem to care about these issues.  Trump did.

The US Economy - The Mother of All Hot Button 2016 Election Issues and Why #Trump is Winning.

Rand just couldn't connect with average workers, workers who are suffering from job losses and feeling profoundly threatened.  Trump connected with them in a big emotional way. Trump may not actually feel their pain but he understands it.  Trump went further and tied economic issues facing American workers to nasty job destroying trade agreements like NAFTA, Obamatrade, the TPP and immigration policies

Rand backed off from the big issues that Trump rode to being top in the polls.

However, at the end of the day, Rand's campaign was stodgy, timid and boring, unlike the campaigns of his dad and definitely unlike the highly energetic and passionate campaign of Trump.

Timing is also another factor.  It's a weird election season, unlike anything I've seen in my lifetime. Nobody predicted the rise of Trump and Sanders, especially the media that scorned and mocked both of them. The RNC and DNC machines along with their propaganda media were totally unprepared for the raw and absolute anger of the American people at the political class that robbed them of  economic opportunity and good paying jobs.  As the anger percolated, Trump seized upon it.

Rand pretty much ran a 'politics as usual' campaign although he did have a few stellar moments during the debates, debates where his speaking time was deliberately restricted to the practically non-existent.

Rand missed all the cues, he wasn't listening to the people, he wasn't learning from Trump and he should have.

Actually, I believe that Rand and Trump have more in common than the rest of the GOP heap. It's a pity there was so much animosity between them because they could have helped each other for the good of the country and the American people.  Together they could have worked to pave the road for a more free and prosperous middle class.  Both are smart, both understand the issues, both think outside the box and both truly seek to Make America Great Again.

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