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Thursday, March 31, 2016

How Much Smoke Does It Take To Know There's Probably A Fire?

Here's the Nonsense:  When a candidate says they're religious and stand on integrity, that's a good reason to follow and support them blindly.

Here's the Horse Sense:  It doesn't matter who the candidate is, if there are continued signs popping up that show a lack of integrity, deception, and unwillingness to bring facts out in the open, then it's time to be concerned about who they really are.  

The old idiom that where there's smoke, there's fire is an important one for us when we're supporting political candidates.  Sometimes the smoke turns out to be from a smoke bomb thrown by a political opponent that should be ignored.  But sometimes there really is fire there that needs to be dealt with.  It is up to voters to determine the truth and act accordingly.  

If we're honest with ourselves, we should be noticing a lot of smoke around Ted Cruz.  At this point, even a diehard supporter should be concerned enough to ask some serious questions. 

You probably think I'm going to write about what Washington insiders have been referring to as "The Thing" in recent months.  "The Thing" has gained the title #CruzSexScandal on Twitter and is being referred to by many as the Cuban Mistress Crisis.  It is the scandal that claims the media has evidence that Ted Cruz has been involved with at least 5 mistresses.  As much as there is a lot of smoke there, and I will write about that story when the time is right, that is not what this is about.

But just as troubling as it would be if that scandal proves to be true, this is another issue raising serious concern for those who believe in integrity.

While it may not be as interesting to gossips as a sex scandal, we should be concerned and demand answers when we see things that could expose violations of the law or dishonesty before the public.  We are nearing the time to nominate the Republican candidate for the general election and it is important that these things be cleared up to avoid getting the wrong person as the nominee.

Before I go on, let me say that I've lost readers and invitations to be on talk radio shows that I was on regularly because I've had the audacity to question Ted Cruz and support him no longer.  

Many months ago, when I was a Cruz supporter, I found too many inconsistencies and problems to continue my support. Because there were so many problems I didn't just stop supporting him, but have continued to watch and research to determine how accurate my views were.  As I kept digging I came across more and more information of concern. Unfortunately it is very hard to penetrate the protections put up around candidates so I have not been able to substantiate much of it to a level that I would write about it.  I believe these things should only be raised when there is enough information available to support your point.  If not, keep it to yourself unless or until you can come up with more information.

So, while I will remain silent about some things for now, the issue I bring forward today is clear and important to talk about if we want to be sure Ted Cruz is who he claims to be.

One of the things that needs to be looked at has come out recently with Ted Cruz refusing to give the Federal Election Commission the information about loans he received from Goldman Sachs. Yahoo is reporting:

"Ted Cruz has rebuffed a request by the Federal Election Commission to disclose more information about some $1 million in loans he received from two major Wall Street banks during his 2012 Senate campaign.

"In a letter to the FEC this week, the treasurer of Cruz's 2012 campaign turned down a request by agency auditors to reveal in writing "the complete terms" of two personal loans Cruz received from Goldman Sachs and Citibank - the proceeds of which, he has since acknowledged, he us used to finance his upstart race for the Senate."

Ted Cruz has decided to avoid going through the FEC's compliance section, which would make this information available to the public right away.  Instead, they are going through the FEC's enforcement section, which will delay the information from becoming public for over a year.  Which, of course, means that the public will not be able to see what happened before the presidential election.

That seems a little odd since Ted claimed it was just an oversight.  Why wouldn't he get it straightened out right away?

What originally happened was that Ted's campaign failed to disclose the $1,300,000 in campaign loans that he and his wife, Heidi, were said to have received from Goldman Sachs and Citibank for his 2012 Senate campaign.  

The FEC requires these to be listed in financial reports.  Ted says it was an oversight.  But that does seem a bit hard to believe since Ted is known to have an amazing memory.  He showed us how good it is at one of the presidential debates where he repeated back to the debate moderators all the questions they'd asked the participants up to that point in the debate.  It would be valid to question his "oversight" when he seems to remember everything else. 

Two watchdog groups, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, filed a complaint with the FEC about the failure to disclose the information.  The Cruz campaign does not appear to want to disclose to the FEC the information they requested.

Remember when Ted tried to make a big deal out of taxes to get Donald Trump to release his?  Yet Ted won't release the details regarding these loans.  What could he have to hide?

As I mentioned earlier, by taking the path they've chosen, the Cruz campaign knows that it will take over a year for this information to become public.  By then the general election will be over and it will be too late for the information to impact voters. 

The problem for Ted is that if his amended reports show the same reasons he gave to the public about financing his Senate campaign, then he could face a violation of campaign finance laws.

It is illegal to use an unsecured signature loan to finance a campaign. 

Plus, the spouse of a candidate is subject to the same limitations on donations as any other contributor.  So, if Hedi co-signed the loans, or if there were loans collateralized by assets owned in whole or in part by her, they may have exceeded the legal financial limit that she could provide to the campaign.

Just to make clear the type of danger signature loans or unsecured loans create, let's understand what can happen if a candidate's loan exceeded the normal amount he would qualify for, then the lender (or some power behind the lender) could have influence over the candidate.  For example, if a candidate could only qualify for a $1 million loan but is given a $3 million loan, there would be leverage over the candidate.

Another question this raises is could this be a way for Wall Street bankers to get a senator elected that would help them be supportive of their interests?

Ted has tried to sell himself to voters as being funded by grassroots donations with no ties to big money donors.  But he's got a large list of big money donors as shown below (originally shared by Sarah Palin in one of her Facebook posts):

cruz donors 2

All of this raises concern that Ted Cruz is not the man he puts himself out to be.  We must be willing to ask the tough questions about his inconsistencies and deceptions.  This is just one more example of "smoke" around Cruz's campaign. With so much smoke, we need to find out if there's truly fire there.  Putting your head in the sand won't do any good if you're wrong.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Republicans Who Won't Vote For Trump vs. Republicans Who Won't Vote For Cruz

Here's the Nonsense:  There are too many Republicans who will never support Donald Trump as the nominee for him to win the general election.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The Republicans who say they will never vote for Trump are outnumbered by those say they will never support Cruz.  Cruz as nominee would assure a Democrat victory. 

We keep hearing that Trump has lots of Republicans who won't vote for him in the general election if he's the nominee.  We had that problem in 2012 when some Republicans wouldn't vote for Mitt Romney.  So now, in an attempt to convince you to run as fast as you can from supporting Trump, we are being told that people should get behind Ted Cruz.  But has anyone bothered to compare how many Republicans there are who won't vote for Trump  vs. how many won't vote for Cruz?

In a new poll the New York Times has found that there are more Republicans who would not support Ted Cruz than would not support Donald Trump.  Here's a chart from their results:

Something Cruz supporters don't seem to understand is that their candidate is not only unelectable in the general election, but he is also rejected by more Republicans than Trump.  He has a very narrow portion of Republicans who support him and, even though many who don't support him would if he became the nominee, fewer would support him than Trump.  

When you add to this fact that Cruz does not win over Democrats or disenfranchised voters who have not voted in years, yet Trump draws in many of both categories (20% of Democrats say they'd vote for Trump and many people who have never voted or haven't voted in many years are registering to vote for him), it boils down to the fact that Cruz would lose the general election probably by large numbers to the Democrat nominee.

Now there are people like Erick Erickson from Redstate that says he wouldn't vote for Trump and that Trump would lose to Hillary but Cruz wouldn't.  Of course Erickson hates Trump so much that this week on her radio show he even told Laura Ingraham that if Cruz and Trump became running mates, even if Cruz were at the top of the ticket, he would not vote for them because Trump was part of the ticket.  

But Erickson's ridiculous point about Trump not winning against Hillary because of some polls he's read is really pointless.  Before Trump entered the presidential race the polls said he would not do well and his campaign would fail. Yet about a month after entering the race he hit the top of the polls and has held a commanding lead ever since.

The problem with logic like Erickson's is that he doesn't realize that polls between people who aren't running against each other really don't mean much.  Once they are actually in a race against each other and the voters see how they are dealing with each other, then the voters get more serious about their poll responses.  So, if Trump is the Republican nominee and Hillary is the Democrat nominee, at that point when the general election is in full swing, then polling will have more merit.

In the meantime, the issue Cruz supporters need to grapple with is that their candidate cannot succeed if he is the nominee because he not only can't draw people in as well as Trump can.

Our nation is in more trouble than at any time in our history. This is because of all the failed policies of the politicians the voters have kept in office.  If you believe that the real issue in the general election is beating the Democrats, then it's time to end the back and forth and get behind the person who can draw in a large coalition to win.  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

What Really Happens At Trump Rallies

Here's the Nonsense:  Donald Trump is inciting violence at his rallies and his followers are attacking those who don't agree with them.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The media are portraying Trump rallies as violent events with hatred spewing from the mouths of Trump and his followers.  As usual, the media is not presenting truth.  But a firsthand account from a black police officer tells the real story.

You can listen to the lies of the media as they try to portray Donald Trump as inciting violence at his rallies.  

You can even accept statements by other candidates that Trump is the cause of the problems at the rallies.

Or you can listen to an eyewitness who has more credibility than any of them.  

An off duty black police officer decided to find out what really goes on at Trump rallies this past weekend.  (And if this man doesn't have credibility with you, then it's not even worth trying to talk to you.)

After attending Trump's rally in Tucson, AZ, he made this video that exposes who really is causing the trouble:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Florida Governor Rick Scott Gets It

Here's the Nonsense:  There's still a chance that another candidate could beat Trump.  We need to keep fighting this primary battle all the way to the convention, even if it means that the GOP establishment chooses someone as the nominee.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The time to battle is over.  It's time to unite to beat Hillary.  Anyone who thinks she's a better choice than any GOP candidate is just being foolish.  We don't need her and we don't need an establishment pick for the nominee.  It's time to unite.

Florida Governor Rick Scott understands that the Republican Party needs to come together to beat Hillary Clinton in November.  Today he gave all who love America an important message on his Facebook page:

For those who are set on not supporting Trump, even if it means supporting Hillary or a 3rd party candidate, it's time to understand that Rush Limbaugh is right when he says the positives with Trump far outweigh the negatives.  People need to remember that we have not had a candidate who will fight for the American voters since Ronald Reagan.  We know Trump will fight.  And we know he won't be politically correct in dealing with Hillary.  Mike Huckabee, who has fought the Clintons in his own elections of the past says that Hillary has the ride of her life coming in dealing with Trump.

People who say that Trump doesn't win against Hillary in the polls are making some mistakes.  They are only looking at some polls.  There are a number of them that show Trump would win.  But the more important point is that they said the same thing about Trump last spring before he announced his candidacy.  But a month after he got in the race everything changed.  Until he is actually running in the general election against Hillary the voters won't really give much usable information to the pollsters.  He most likely will do in the general election against Hillary just what he's done in the primaries against all his Republican rivals.

The future of America is at stake.  Under the Democrats our constitutional rights have been eroded more and more each year.  And the GOP establishment has helped them every step of the way.  If Hillary is elected there will be no stopping her from taking away more rights and there won't be another chance to turn America back.

America, it's time to unite and win!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dealing With Protesters: Comparing Reagan and Trump

Here's the Nonsense:  Trump is responsible for the violent protesters at his rallies.  Megyn Kelly on Fox News was right when she said Trump and his followers must give up some rights and be more politically correct to have a more civil society.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Trump and his supporters have as much right as any American to gather peacefully and talk about their views.  If we do not stand for every American's right to do that, whether we agree with them or not, then we have lost the First Amendment, which is the foundation stone of our free nation.

The left, the media (including many on Fox), and even the other GOP candidates are all blaming Trump for causing the violent protests at his campaign rallies.  It should be no surprise coming from the left and the media (I know, they're the same thing), but Republicans should be standing together against the violence and for the First Amendment rights of Trump and his supporters.  But they are showing their true colors by what they are doing and it is obvious that the GOP candidates just see this as an opportunity to try to damage Trump instead of an opportunity to stand for the freedom and rights of American citizens.

Steve Malzberg, on his show in NewsmaxTV, nailed it this week when he compared how Reagan dealt with protesters to Trump.  Watch below or click here to watch the 5 minute video.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Ted Cruz You May Not Know

Here's the Nonsense:  I've heard enough about Ted Cruz to know that he's what America needs for president.  I don't have to know any more than I already do.

Here's the Horse Sense:  As American citizens we have an obligation to do due diligence when selecting candidates. The reason America is in the trouble it is in is because voters have taken their responsibility too lightly.  What we hear about Ted Cruz does not paint a full or clear picture of who he is or what his qualifications are.  We need to do our homework.

I was one of the first to throw my support behind Ted Cruz for president, and it was long before he announced he was running.  I worked hard to promote him and got a lot a flack from people who thought I was too set on Ted to consider other candidates.  

But as time went by and I learned more I became concerned and started to reevaluate my choice.  Instead of just accepting the campaign pitch and the story that is put forth to get people to support him, I did more serious homework.

The result of that homework (which is still ongoing because I keep learning more and more all the time) was for me to back away from supporting him.  

Now, you may ask why you should care what I think. You're right, I'm no more important than anyone else.  The difference between me and most people, however, is that I dig deep and spend countless hours doing research to make sure my choice is a good one for America.  

So, while you should be open-minded enough to do homework yourself to learn the rest of the story about Senator Cruz, most people never will.  Most people will only hear someone they like say they support him, or accept something they hear about him at face value, and decide to support him.  

I think that each citizen's civic responsibility is a very serious and important one and I don't take it lightly.  My purpose here is to share with you some of those things I've learned that have made me very concerned about his ability and qualifications to hold the biggest job on the planet.  And please understand that I have enough information that this could be 3 or 4 times as long as it is.  But in an effort to keep it somewhat reasonable I've tried to give enough information so that any person who is honest with themselves will be willing to do homework on their own.

As a businessman, I have to ask myself if a candidate has the experience, knowledge, and ability to run the United States, which could be called the most important organization in the world.  For a long time we have hired politicians, many if not most of which have been attorneys, to run our government.  Where has it gotten us?

There is this false notion that has been accepted that a person has to be a politician or a lawyer to understand the government and run it effectively.  But this has met with nothing short of disaster.

The fact is that attorneys rarely know how to effectively run an organization, create jobs, motivate staff, create efficiency in administration, grow income, or hire employees.

And for those who are saying, "But lawyers can understand the Constitution and that's the most important thing,"  they are missing 2 very important things.  

First, America's founders did not write our founding documents to make them only understandable by attorneys. They formed our government to be of, for, and by the people and the last thing they would have done is want to restrict understanding of the very document that our nation was based upon.  It may take a little effort on our part as 21st century Americans to understand the way they spoke in colonial America, but it's far from impossible or difficult. 

Second, we can get a much better understanding of what our founders intended from historians than we ever will from attorneys.  Historians are the ones who seek to put things into perspective of their times and make them clear to later generations.  Those are the people we should more often turn to than attorneys when we are trying to understand our past.

So, as I look at Ted Cruz I have to admit that he has no experience ever running anything.  He has never created jobs, met a payroll, created or maintained a budget, motivated employees, or anything else that is important to the successful operation of an organization.  You may not think that's a big deal, but we've seen in Barack Obama that same lack of experience.  And it's ridiculous of us to think that a person who doesn't know about any of those things will know how to manage them.

In fact, Ted Cruz is not only a first term senator, but he started the process of running for president within a few months of taking office as a senator.  Clearly there was no intention or effort to serve in the Senate and build relationships that would be important to form coalitions needed to succeed in our 3 branch system of government. And it certainly wasn't in keeping with his promise to work "every day" to stop corruption in Washington that he made to the Texans who put him in the Senate.

In fact, his attendance record in the Senate is terrible.  His record is 8.9 times worse than the average senator.  And even though he's a member of the Armed Services Committee, he's missed over 50% of its hearings.  (That's worse than Al Franken, Diane Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer combined!)

Ted Cruz only worked for a year and a half as a lawyer in a private firm.  The rest of his career has been working receiving a government paycheck.

Ted and his campaign are closely tied to the Bush team.  He and his wife worked for George W. Bush.  His wife is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  His campaign is full of Bush people.  He gets the same advice on things like foreign policy and the economy from the same kind of people who advised the Bush Administration.  If you think a Cruz presidency would be different from George W. Bush's, you are sadly mistaken.  And like it or not, the Bush years did not work out that well for America.

Cruz is constantly compared to Ronald Reagan, but there's a huge difference.  Let's not forget that Reagan was famous for his ability to work with other politicians, even Democrats, to get a consensus that could get legislation passed.  His relationship with House Speaker Tip O'Neil is a perfect example of how Reagan won his adversaries over.

Cruz, on the other hand, has never been able to win fellow senators over to his positions, except when he sold out his constituents and joined the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee) and gave them $240,000 to stop challengers to establishment candidates, particularly protecting Thad Cochran of Mississippi.  (Cochran retained his seat when the GOP establishment got Democrats to cross over in the primaries to vote for him instead of the conservative challenger Chris McDaniel.)

Ted Cruz wants a VAT tax, which is known to increase government size and power in every country in which it's been done.  

Cruz has consistently lied about and misrepresented the positions of other candidates.  For example, it is common for him to say that Trump is for Obamacare or some form of socialized medicine.  Yet Trump abandoned any interest in that position years ago and a quick read of his healthcare plan shows it is solidly free market.  The only thing he holds on to is the requirement that pre-existing conditions be covered.  He also wants to make sure the indigent have healthcare coverage and has said that it would most likely be provided through the Medicaid or Medicare system.  But by making the false assertion that Cruz defends because many years ago Trump said some positive things about a national healthcare plan, Cruz gets people to think it's still true.  This is exactly how trial attorneys work in front of a jury.

His continued lies about Trump's position on Obamacare are numerous, but possibly the most disgusting is when he and Glenn Beck lied to the Morningstar Fellowship Church group about Trump's views.  Cruz did this despite accepting an invitation to Trump's Mar A Lago resort to speak about his filibuster on Obamacare in the Senate where Trump spoke supportive of it when he introduced him and also gave Cruz a $5000 donation.

He also told them that Trump opposed the 2nd Amendment, even though Trump's a lifetime NRA member and his son, speaking for the Trump family and campaign, said that they believe in the right to carry and the right to shoot back.

Probably the most well known lies told by Cruz and his campaign were about Ben Carson during the caucuses in Iowa.  They told the caucus goers that Carson was dropping out of the race and suggested that voters switch to Cruz.  While many have said it didn't happen, bought into Cruz's excuses and spin, and/or said that it's just politics, they have not really considered the actual timeline of events that exposes what the Cruz campaign did.

Here's the chronology (timeline according to Talking Points Memo here and timeline according to Breitbart here):
  1. 6:41 pm CNN tweets Carson going to FL after IA but NOT dropping out of the race.
  2. 6:44 pm CNN’s Dana Bash says it's unusual but DOES NOT SAY CARSON dropping out.
  3. 6:53 pm Cruz campaign does NOT verify report with Carson, but sends email/text/post that "Carson taking time off with big announcement next week."
  4. 6:53 pm Carson campaign clarifies report that he is "only going home to get clean clothes" not dropping out of the race. Carson campaign tweets "We're here!"
  5. 7:00 pm Iowa Caucus Begins
  6. 7:01 pm Cruz campaign sends text/email blast to 1500 precinct chairpeople implying Carson getting out of the race, and to tell Carson supporters to vote for Cruz. (Cruz Tweet here.)
  7. 7:05 pm Carson campaign spokesperson clarifies Carson is in race.
  8. 7:07 pm Cruz sends audio message to campaign that Carson is getting out of campaign, "tell Carson supporters, and tell them to vote for Cruz."
  9. 7:12 pm National Cruz Co-Chair, US Representative Steve King equates "leaving early is same as suspending campaign."
  10. 7:20 pm Even AFTER others protest to Rep. King, King tweets, "guess he's out. hope people vote for Cruz." 
  11. 7:29 pm Second audio goes to all Cruz supporters saying same as 7:07 pm message.
  12. 7:30 pm Major news broadcasters continue denials of false report, and Cruz continuing to send out false messages - CNN AGAIN sends clarifying tweet Carson is in.
  13. 10:52 pm Cruz Public Relations chief sends multiple tweets trying to blame Trump campaign, then deletes it.
  14. Cruz LIED that CNN had inaccurately reported that Carson was suspending his campaign from 6:30 p.m. to 9:15, and didn't correct that story until 9:15 that night.
  15.  Cruz finally admits wrongdoing, apologizes to Ben Carson - WHILE blaming CNN.

thanks Politijim for outline

About this incident, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said that Cruz's tactics were "unethical and unfair."  Ben Carson said, "One thing is now clear - while Senator Cruz may preach against the Washington Cartel, he will still adopt, or at least not condemn, Cartel tactics for his own political gain."

Cruz also sent out a campaign mailer in Iowa that got the Iowa Secretary of State to speak out against his campaign saying the mailer misrepresents Iowa election law.

Cruz even called Donald Trump's supporters low information voters.  Upon hearing it, Sarah Palin had had enough and posted a response to Cruz on her Facebook page.

Something Cruz supporters seem to not be willing to accept is that a president cannot make changes in Washington without winning people to his side.  Cruz's original plan was to rally evangelicals and disaffected conservatives behind him and steamroll the nomination process followed by another steamrolling of the general election.  But his problem is that he can't even get the majority of evangelicals or conservatives behind him.  His followers may think he's another Reagan, but he is not like Reagan at all in his ability to get a large group of people behind him, let alone his focused demographic of evangelicals and conservatives.

Cruz supported Obamatrade but later changed his position saying that Mitch McConnell lied to him.  Even though support of the legislation is terrible, his lack of good judgment was well represented in this instance.  Mitch McConnell is a known liar and for Cruz to trust him in the first place shows terrible judgment of the kind we cannot afford in our president.

Cruz's claim to be an evangelical Christian causes much of his problem for many of us.  Not only does he embrace radical unbiblical theology that is rejected by true Christians, but his actions expose his failures to live the faith he says he embraces.  The perfect example is when he was Solicitor General of Texas.

Michael Wayne Haley was arrested for stealing a calculator from a Walmart store.  The maximum sentence for the crime was 2 years, but due to a mistake by the court he was sentenced to 16 years.  When Haley realized what had happened he tried to go back to court to get the sentence overturned.  As Solicitor General, Ted Cruz had the authority to let him go for time served, but chose to fight lower court rulings that would allow Haley to go free and took it all the way to the Supreme Court to make Haley stay in jail for the full 16 year term.

This immense waste of time and the Texas taxpayers' money was highlighted when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy asked Cruz, "Is there some rule that you can't confess error in your state?"  The court system did finally let Haley out of prison, but it was after he served 6 years for a crime that was only punishable for up to 2 years.

In spite of the the fact that evangelical Christianity teaches mercy, compassion, and grace, Cruz showed none of those. Jesus railed against the religious leaders of His day who were known as Pharisees because of their hypocrisy.  Lashing out at them, Jesus said in Matthew 23:23, " have neglected the more important matters of the law - justice, mercy and faithfulness." 

Ted's dishonesty about his faith when he lied to David Brody about his tithing was far worse to true Christians than to have simply admitted that he hadn't lived up to being as charitable as he should be.

And many see it as hypocritical that he raised money from gay donors in New York and then turns around and condemns homosexuality at campaign events.  Certainly a candidate can't control who donates to them, but to many people it's different when you seek donations from those with whom you take a stand against.

Cruz's inability to show the faith he claims in his personal life has turned many away from him because they see him as a hypocrite in situations like this and others.  They see him as a phony no better than the counterfeit televangelists that scam people for their money. Ted is seen by many who hold their faith dear as a self-righteous, egotistical and power-hungry sham kind of Christian that society has come to disdain.  

All of these are the kinds of things that have caused people, both Christian and non-Christian alike, to reject Ted Cruz as a candidate.  

Ted Cruz goes on to question the ability of other candidates to pick Supreme Court nominees, yet he pushed hard to get John Roberts appointed.  Even though he now denies it, his support was full-throated for Roberts, as an op-ed he wrote in support of Roberts that was published by National Review shows.

And one of the most recent was when Ted Cruz did not stand up for free speech rights, but blamed Trump for the violent protests at rallies like his one in Chicago.  In standing with the violent protesters that included Bill Ayers, Black Lives Matter, and other radical leftist groups, he lost law enforcement as supporters.  

Any candidate and their supporters have a right to express their views regardless of whether we agree with what they say or not. Ted claims to stand up for the Constitution and when the chance came to stand up for the 1st Amendment, the most important amendment to the Constitution, he chooses to join sleazy leftists and attack his competitor.  

Free speech is the right of every American, even if we don't agree with what they say.  If Ted won't stand for the free speech rights of every citizen, what else will he selectively choose to fight for?  The constitutional rights of all Americans must be defended regardless of whether we like what that allows someone else to do.  In doing this Cruz forgot that the very same type of thing could happen at his rallies if he were the front-runner and, according to his actions, he and his followers would be wrong for using their right to free speech. We either must stand for everyone's rights, or everyone will lose their rights. 

People like Senator Jeff Sessions, former Governor Sarah Palin, Dr. Ben Carson, and former Governor Mike Huckabee (who is also a former evangelical minister) chose not to endorse Cruz because of what they see and know.  In fact, Mike Huckabee is known by people on both sides of the political aisle as a really nice guy who rarely says negative things about people, yet he called Cruz, "Nasty... Stealing... Lowlife... Sleazy..." when he left the presidential race.

These are just some of the things I've seen about Ted Cruz that caused me to realize that he is not fit to be president.  I haven't raised here anywhere near all the things I've learned about him that have pushed me away from supporting him. But these will give you an idea why there should be serious concern about the thought of a Ted Cruz nomination. Voters who are serious and do their homework will find he should be UNTRUSTED

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Will The GOP Establishment Get Behind Cruz To Stop Trump?

If you didn't read my post from yesterday about Mitt Romney, you should because both that post and this one are tied together in their goal of exposing what the GOPe (GOP establishment) are doing to take control of the outcome of the primaries.  You can read my last post by clicking here.

Here's the Nonsense:  The GOPe has realized that Ted Cruz is a good candidate and they need to get behind him to stop Donald Trump.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The GOPe hates Ted Cruz as much (or maybe even more) than they do Donald Trump.  But they are thinking that they might be able to stop Trump by temporarily getting behind Cruz.  What they don't realize is that there is very little chance they can stop Trump because his followers see through them and are demanding change.

There's rumor that the GOPe is considering supporting Ted Cruz in order to stop Trump from winning the nomination. Would they do that?  If they did, would it work?

The Cruz followers are all excited that the GOPe may be considering working with them instead of fighting them.  They think that this means the GOPe might be starting to concede to the idea of Cruz as the nominee.  But they've got short memories if they believe this.

It wasn't too long ago that the GOPe was looking at a much larger field of candidates running for the nomination.  But now that it's down to 4 candidates, Trump and Cruz seeming to lead the rest, they are trying to decide how to get what they want without supporting either.  However, the Cruz followers forget that the GOPe has talked about supporting Cruz long enough to destroy Trump and then turning to destroy Cruz, because they hate him just as much as they hate Trump.  Their idea is to do whatever they can to get the candidate they want, even if it means temporarily backing Cruz to get rid of Trump.  But like the wild animal that is caught in a hunter's trap, the animal may be still while the trap is removed, but it doesn't mean that once it's free that it won't turn and devour the one who saved it.  That's exactly what the GOPe would do to Cruz once Trump is out of the way.

The GOPe has no idea why the electorate are so fed up.  They have no idea what causes their anger.  They have no idea that they have brought this situation upon themselves and that the rise of outsider candidates has been entirely of their own making.

That's why the GOPe is working towards a brokered convention where they could eliminate candidates they don't like and replace them with the candidate of their choice.  Most recently the rumor is that they'd draft Mitt Romney as the nominee.  And, while Romney has said as recently as last week that he wouldn't be the nominee, now he's said he'd accept the nomination if it came to him.

But even if it weren't Romney, it doesn't mean that the GOPe doesn't have others in mind, too. Whether it would be to bring back Jeb Bush or some candidate who already left the race, or bring in someone else, the point is that they want anyone but Trump or Cruz.

The GOPe is deaf to the voters calls for change.  As you travel around America you find that large numbers of Americans no longer feel at home in their own hometowns.  The loss of jobs to other countries as the global economy has been put above the American economy by politicians and big business, gives them a feeling of desperation.  They see not just their futures as bleak, but even worse, they see the future for their children and grandchildren as hopeless.

The Democrats and GOPe have allowed a liberalized immigration system that has decimated America.  When these Americans express their sense of loss, both Democrats and GOPe denounce them as racists.  They are saying these American citizens have no moral standing in our society.

And the Republican Party not only lets those concerns go unanswered, but they agree with the globalists who are destroying America.  But when the American people embrace a "make America great again" mantra, they're viewed by the political elite as vulgar populists and nationalists, not as citizens with legitimate concerns that want change to save the America they once knew.

But, if that isn't enough, you also have moronic accusations by people like Glenn Beck (who acts like he's off his meds and just escaped the asylum) that American nationalism is no different than what happened in Hitler's Germany, it just fuels the anti-outsider mindset of the GOPe, Democrats, and media (both mainstream and much of the "conservative" media).  (Note to Ted Cruz:  Having people like Glenn Beck campaign for you hurts your campaign far more than it helps it.)

So, don't think for a moment that the GOPe has any intention of allowing Cruz or Trump the nomination.  The only good news is that the GOPe are generally spineless and foolish and that may cause enough hesitation and stupid action on their part to let a Cruz or Trump gain unstoppable traction to get the nomination.

As for whether Cruz, or anyone other than Trump, can get the nomination.  History has certainly shown some last minute events that have impacted presidential races.  For example:

  • On March 13, 1976 California Governor Jerry Brown entered the Democrat presidential primary race to stop Jimmy Carter 
  • On March 23, 1976, after losing six primaries, Ronald Reagan won his first primary against President Gerald Ford
  • On March 26, 1980 Senator Ted Kennedy won in Connecticut and New York against President Jimmy Carter, and revived a lagging campaign to challenge Carter
  • On March 24, 1992 in Connecticut former Governor Jerry Brown upset Governor Bill Clinton's race (Clinton was the presumptive nominee at the time)

Yes, these are examples of times when there was upset in the primary process.  But in the end, all the front runners in early March ended up being the nominee.  So, not only does Cruz have other problems that limit his appeal to enough Republicans to get the nomination, he's also got history against him.  Does that mean that he absolutely couldn't be the nominee?  Of course not, but his chances are slim, especially as voters consider his inability to appeal to a majority of all voters who will vote in the general election.  He is seen as a candidate who couldn't win over enough people beyond his narrow demographic of followers to beat the Democrats.  For him, it's not just an uphill battle to win the general election, it's like a novice climbing straight up the face of Chaya in Chad (Here's a picture of an experienced climber taking on that task.)

Americans are not just upset or angry, they are demanding change. And there is huge support for someone who will tear down the establishment.  They are tired of what's happening in America. Trump is the front runner for a reason that his supporters see.

  • No other candidate has had Russia and China express concern, even threats, against the U. S. if they are elected, but Trump has. Those countries are not friends of America and they see Trump as too strong an adversary that they do not want to face.  He will lead America in making changes that will strengthen America both militarily and in foreign trade deals.  This goes against everything these countries want.  

  • No other candidate has had Mexico demand and threaten the U. S. if they are elected, but Trump has. Mexico's leaders know that our borders will close and the advantages they've got in trade from the U. S. will go away if Trump is elected.  And they will not be able to encourage their citizens to go to America, thereby eliminating the economic burden they place on Mexico.
  • No other candidate has had terrorist-linked CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) has made accusations to destroy their candidacy such as the ones they made against Trump for "inciting violence" against Muslims.

And yet the GOPe don't get it.  They are panicking as they see that every effort to stop him has failed. 

  • They dragged loser Romney out to try to bully Americans into turning against Trump.
  • They've suggested Romney or Paul Ryan as possible candidates to replace those in the race, but the electorate long ago abandoned them.
  • They thought having Rubio act like a hormonal teenager with control issues (thank you to Time magazine for that description) would derail Trump, but it backfired and now Rubio's campaign is barely on life support.
  • They've used Ted Cruz as he implies that something terrible is in this mysterious tape of a meeting between Trump and the NY Times, but it hasn't had an impact.  (Yes, even Ted Cruz is being used by the GOPe, whether he realizes it or not.  And by the way, if Ted knows what was on that tape, why doesn't he tell us instead of just implying it's so bad?  More likely he doesn't know and, like a trial attorney, is implying something to make people think it's bad when he doesn't really even know what's on it.  He only uses it to try to get people to think badly of Trump.  But Ted's used these kinds of arguments many times before and they've never worked.)
  • They've set up gotcha questions at every debate and stacked the audiences against Trump, but every time those have caused the voters to reject the attempted ambush and support Trump. 
  • They've even said they'd vote for the Democrat over Trump if he's the nominee, but Trump's supporters aren't buying it.  They held their noses and supported John McCain and Mitt Romney because as bad as they were, they still weren't as bad as the Democrat alternative.  And they knew it was better to have them in office than the Democrat because at least it gave us a little chance to save America instead of a guarantee America will be lost.

The GOPe has given us loser candidates time and time and time again and has continually over and over an over again failed on its promises to voters.  They no longer have influence over most voters. And those in conservative media who have acted, either knowingly or unknowingly, as their minions are also losing their control over the thinking voters.  

Will they back Cruz to stop Trump?  They very well may try. But those who support Trump aren't just voting for Trump. They are voting against everyone and anyone with ties to the establishment or are part of the Washington D.C. insider club.  They are sick and tired of being sick and tired and are ready to tear down the system created by the establishment to control the American people's lives. 

If the GOPe succeed in destroying the candidacy of Trump (or Cruz if Trump were to drop out), the electorate will bolt from the party.  The result will be the election of whoever is the Democrat nominee, many Republicans in the House and Senate being replaced by Democrats, and end of successes for the Republican Party. 

The GOPe is scared to death of an electorate that wants to take back control of its government.  And it is that attitude that will save America if there is any human way to do it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Let's Not Forget Who Mitt Romney Really Is

Here's the Nonsense:  Mitt Romney is basically the grand leader for Republicans.  We should take seriously what he's saying about the upcoming election.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Mittens is neither a friend to voters nor is he good for America.  He is on a mission assigned by the GOP establishment to stop any success of the voters to get an outsider candidate elected in 2016.

So, now we have the GOPe (GOP establishment) virtually assuring us a Democrat win in the presidential race.  Their attacks on Donald Trump are escalating with millions of dollars being spent in Florida and other states to stop him from winning enough delegates to get the nomination openly show that they are not willing to support a candidate that the people choose but they do not like.

They don't care what the voters want.  They only want to make sure that they retain their power and continue to control those in office, which is done through big donors who control them over the voices of the voters.  (And don't think for a minute that ANY other candidate isn't controlled by donors.  ALL of them have big donors who demand they be under their control in return for receiving funding for their campaigns.  Even Ted Cruz has big money donors even though he pretends not to.  That's why, even though they hate Ted Cruz more than other candidates, they fear Donald Trump because they cannot control him).

But, back to the point of this post.

Last week the GOPe trotted out good ol' Mittens Romney to give us all a lecture.  They assumed we'd be obedient little robots and heed the advice in Mittens stern lecture.  They actually believe that voters are stupid enough to be bullied into submission.  This is America.  We don't submit to tyranny willingly.  Liberty is in our DNA.

But the GOPe thinks that a has-been loser like Romney will bring us into submission, and just to make sure they are spending millions to destroy the frontrunner candidate in an attempt to make his candidacy seem not so viable.

The GOPe seem to forget that when Mittens lost a slam-dunk election in 2012 that anyone's dog could have won, the electorate was not just disappointed, we were aggravated and angry.  The way Romney refused to hold Obama accountable on the campaign trail or in the debates added fuel to the fire that had already made voters mad.  That, along with all the broken promises from Senators and Representatives all the way up to today has caused the majority of voters to want to see the GOPe either overthrown or their system torn down.

But, we can't forget that people do have short memories.  So, in an effort to help us remember just who Mittens Romney, this GOPe standard bearer they've brought out to "educate" us, really is, I've listed some examples to refresh everyone's memories:

  • Responsible for Romneycare in Massachusetts, a healthcare plan that became the blueprint for Obamacare.  It included tax-subsidized elective surgical abortions (including late-term abortions) and he signed it into law 3 years after claiming to have become pro-life.  (for source click here)

  • Increased funding for Gay education starting in kindergarten. (for source click here)

  • Committed to Log Cabin Republicans (a Gay Republican group) that he would not stand against gay marriage in return for them endorsing him.  (for source click here)

  • Opposed ban on Gay scoutmasters. (for source click here)

  • Instituted gay marriage while falsely claiming the court ordered him to do it. (for sources click here and here)

  • Forced Catholic Charities (America's #1 adoption and foster care service) to place children with gay couples without any legal obligation to do so. (for source click here)

  • Supported the passage of Employment Non-Discrimination Act to force churches and other religious organizations to hire gays and transvestites or face criminal penalties of fines and prosecution. (for source click here)

  • Increased taxes and fees by almost a billion dollars and opposed Bush Tax Cuts, thereby severely damaging Massachusetts economy. (for source click here)

  • Supported McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation, McCain-Kennedy comprehesive immigration reform with amnesty, and because of his concern about global warming he supported parts of McCain-Lieberman cap and trade legislation.  (for source click here)

Those are just some of the things we need to remember Romney for.  They are not conservative, but definitely what the GOPe stands for.

So, next time you hear a message from Mitt Romney, or anyone in the GOPe for that matter, don't just ignore it.  Fight back!  Educate friends and take a stand against it.  Their policies will continue to do destruction to America.  

Remember, their goals are the same big government goals of the Democrats.  They want control over every area of our lives.  They only give lip service to freedom.  They don't practice it.