Caucus Afterthoughts

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After watching the top three speeches from last night I have no doubts that I voted for the best candidate at my caucus.

Marco Rubio took advantage of his 3rd place win in Iowa. And he congratulated Ted Cruz on his victory. Rubio did talk more on the issues and still looked forward to future wins and the White House.

Donald Trump didn’t speak on the issues but did thank the people of Iowa on taking 2nd place in the caucus. Donald also thanked his good friend and fellow candidate Mike Huckabee, who dropped out of the race. Donald also congratulated Ted Cruz on his victory and was looking forward to future wins in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

By stark contrast, Ted Cruz talked endlessly about himself. Never mentioning his opponents who came in just 4 and 5 points behind him. And he took the win in Iowa as if it was a definitive landslide victory. He repeatedly called again for a coalescing of the Republican Party behind him. Again this is too early in the game for such a play by Ted or anyone. The party is not ready yet to move in that direction after just one contest. So if Ted wins in New Hampshire and South Carolina, then that talk is warranted. Otherwise waiting until the SuperTuesday results is the best time to determine who should coalesce and with whom.

Ted did thank the people of Iowa for his win. He also thank Congressman Steve King, Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader, who happens to be his National Co-Chair. And Steve Deace.

It’s ironic on how Ted Cruz calls for a coalescing of the Republican Party so early in the 2016 election cycle. When, in the Senate, he can’t get his own party to side with him on many issues. And none of his fellow Senators have endorsed him either … that should be a sign of how he will lead this country.

The media is just being stupid at the results of the Iowa caucus. They seem surprised. They seem confused by the results vs the polls. But they are very similar. Trump and Cruz have both polled well in Iowa. Both have held the lead in those polls. And Rubio surged ahead after the last debate before the caucus. So it comes as no surprise to me that Cruz, Trump, and Rubio took the top three spots. And they only have 5 percentage points spread between them. Hardly a clear victory for anyone.

But let’s look at some fun facts. Since 1972 three Democrats who won in Iowa moved on to become the nominee and win the White House. And two of those were Barack Obama.

On the Republican side it’s also been three who have won Iowa and became the nominee to win the White House. And in two of these, the Republican ran unopposed.

So congratulations on Ted Cruz’s win here in Iowa. If history is any lesson for us, he will not become the nominee or win the White House. But his camp can gloat in their victory and have their false sense of security while another candidate takes the nomination and the White House for the Republican Party.

Caucus Report

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I attended my caucus this evening. I am a registered Republican and of course went to my local precinct location. I arrived around a quarter after 6pm. Within the lobby area Marco Rubio had several people with signs. Inside the meeting room, Donald Trump had a good showing with buttons being handed out to anyone who wanted one. I didn’t take one for any candidate.

My precinct mostly consists of the older generation, with an average age of the caucus attendee around 55 years old. But there were a few younger couples that filtered in before the official 7pm start time.

Our caucus was held in a local church. The sanctuary was almost totally filled by 7pm. A very good showing. The highest I’ve ever seen at a caucus.

We did have a late start around 10 after the hour. The precinct chair indicated that we had people still in line who were registering as Republican before the cut off.

Our caucus proceedings opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. From there we appointed the temporary Chair and Secretary to permanent positions. And began the business of the caucus.

We had 7 speakers for the Presidential candidates. Bush, Christie, Fiorina, Gilmore, and Kasich did not have any representative at my local caucus. Not even someone from out of the area or state.

The speaker for Carson was not from our precinct. He spoke from the heart and made eye contact with everyone.

The speaker for Cruz read from a written speech. Probably one written for all the precinct speakers. He was from the area but never made eye contact with the audience.

The speaker for Huckabee got an applause before speaking. Was from the local area and made eye contact with us. She also stated good things about Trump.

The speaker for Paul got a “whoo hoo” from the crowd as he came on stage. He made eye contact and was from the area.

Rubio’s speaker had a mix of eye contact and reading from notes. A bit of bad mouthing against Trump, but not by name.

Santorum’s speaker was late due to traveling from another precinct. She is from PA, not IA and has been a long time friend of the family. Spoke without notes and made eye contact with the audience.

Lastly for the speakers was for Trump. He also had an applause before speaking. And he was making periodic eye contact while reading from notes for his speech. But he did open with a joke.

We cast our vote around 7:40pm. And then continued with other business while the vote was tallied. Electing our county central committee members, platform committee members, and delegates to the county convention in March. I am one of the delegates.

Two planks were sent on to the county convention and platform committee for consideration submitted by the precinct.

We had a record of attendance of 258 Republicans. 60 of those were newly registered either from independents or former Democrats. It’s a great showing at a presidential caucus.

The results of the voting for my precinct is as follows:

Marco Rubio (75)
Ted Cruz (68)
Donald Trump (59)
Dr Ben Carson (21)
Dr Rand Paul (10)
Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum (6 each)
Carly Fiorina, John Kasich (3)
1 vote was undecided
Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee did not get any votes at all.

As I finish writing this report up, the results are in for the state for the Republican side. The top 5 are:

Ted Cruz (28%)
Donald Trump (24%)
Marco Rubio (23%)
Dr Ben Carson (9%)
Rand Paul (5%)

And on the Democrats are still neck and neck between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Time will tell but Bernie Sanders could take it easily.

And now we have two candidates who have dropped out of the race. Martin O’Malley on the Democrat side and Mike Huckabee on the Republican side. Now its on to New Hampshire.

Grading the Candidates

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The Des Moines Register had an online scorecard to find out who one should support in the upcoming caucus. Even though I am fairly decided already, I thought I would take the quiz to see where my candidates stand.

This is of course just using the information provided in the Des Moines Register. Well known for not being kind to the conservative movement or the Republican party.

There are 9 issues and several parts to each. And you must agree or disagree with the candidates position listed. In some cased the candidate has no position listed. I will admit on these I generally gave the candidate the benefit of the doubt, but not always.

Here are my results (out of a possible score of 900)

Cruz: 830
Huckabee: 836
Carson: 786
Trump: 746
Fiorina: 696
Paul: 690
Santorum: 608
Rubio: 561
Christie: 546
Kasich: 363
Bush: 307
Sanders: 114
Clinton: 14
O’Malley: 0

Using a standard % grading scale. Cruz and Huckabee have A’s. Carson and Trump have B’s. Fiorina and Paul have C’s. Santorum, Rubio, and Christie have D’s. And the rest all have F’s.

Now these points/grades are just based alone on the Des Moines Register’s questions and information. Nothing of my own from speaking with, hearing the candidates during the debate, prayer about the candidates and gut instinct. That does change the grade.

Days before the caucus

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In the few days leading up to the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucus. There are 5 candidates that have loyal supporters. And this is to be commended.

Of those 5 candidates, 2 will go on to become nominees for President of the United States in the 2016 election. The other 3 will not make the cut.

The problem arises on how these loyal supporters of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders treat the supporters of their party’s opponents.

I have seen the supporters of Cruz and Paul verbally attack the supporters of Trump. This is not a way to win friends or influence people to join your cause and switch sides to support another candidate.

I have witnessed the majority of Trump supporters ignore the taunts from Cruz/Paul supporters and instead focus on the character, record, and policies of the other candidates.

The same is true with the democrats. The supporters of Hillary do not attack the supporters of Bernie or vice versa, they attack the records and policies presented by the candidates. And this is why they usually end up winning elections. Their party isn’t attacking itself.

The worst offenders of these attacks on supporters come from the so-called Cruz evangelical camp. Their character is anything but Christian. They are the type of people that give Christianity a bad name among unbelievers and provide a poor witness to the glory of Christ.

No matter which candidate of the liberal left wins the nomination, the Democratic party will unite behind that candidate. Be it Hillary or Bernie. No Democrat will stay home because their candidate wasn’t nominated.

But on the Republican side, because the party is so blinded by internal hatred. The evangelicals will stay home and not vote if their idolized candidate is not nominated. And the Rand Paul supporters are already calling for Rand to run as a 3rd party candidate.

The loss of all these voters will give the liberals the White House once again in the general election of 2016. Four more years of failed socialist agenda and progressive polices that are anti-Christian and anti-American.

When I go to my caucus on Monday the 1st of February. I will cast my first vote in the POTUS election cycle. My vote may not be for the candidate who eventually gets the nomination. But it will be for the person I think will do the best job of bringing our country back from the brink in this darkest of hours.

And when the Republican party does finally name the nominee for President, I will put my full support behind that nominee. And it doesn’t matter which one of the candidates is named. Until that point however, I keep an open mind. Convince me by facts and truth with prayer. Not by name calling and insulting me.

Shooting the Laughter

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Humor seems to be a lost art when it comes to politics and American society these days. This is the very thing that both Dr Carson and Mr Trump have stated time and time again. We must get out of the culture of being Politically Correct.

In the past people could say things that was a joke. Sometimes in bad taste but still recognized as a joke and not something at all to be taken seriously. President Reagan’s mic test comes to mind. The one where he stated he had outlawed Russia forever and the bombing would begin in 5 minutes time.

That wasn’t politically correct at all. And possibly in bad taste. And all but the Russians understood it as a joke.

Jump ahead to the present day and we have Donald Trump giving his speech at Dort College on Saturday the 23rd where he talks about the loyalty of his supporters. There he states he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not loose a single vote. This again is a politically incorrect attempt at humor. A joke. Possibibly in bad taste for some. And not anything to be taken seriously by any sane and reasoning individual.

Yet the liberal media and a wide spectrum of our politically correct society is taking it very seriously. Even distorting it stating incorrectly that he said he could commit murder, which of course he did not.

This just proves the point presented by both Dr Carson and Mr Trump that our society has become too politically correct. We need to stop the madness of political correctnes new speak. And they are the only 2 candidates that aren’t afraid to be politically incorrect. It is part of their appeal.

Taking something out of context will allow anyone to prove their point and misrepresent what someone has said. Our media is well known for this as are politicians. It is used to discredit and demonize one’s opponents.

Don’t take everything seriously. Don’t get offended by everything someone says. Yes, voting and vetting the candidates is a serious mater, but have some fun along the way. Laughter is important. Know a joke when you hear one. Even if it is in bad taste.

Birther Craze

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Rafael Edward Cruz is a natural born US citizen and is eligible to become President of the United States.

Even in pre-Revolutionary times, a child born to a citizen who was living abroad was a “natural born citizen.”

That is the only way to be a natural born citizen of the United States. One or both parents must be citizens. If they are not, then the child is not a citizen either. The child inherits the citizenship of the parents.

And to clarify this position, “natural born” includes but is not limited to: breech born, cesarean section, induced and any other method that may be used. The child can also be born at home, a hospital, or anywhere else for that matter, even Canada.

As long as one or both parents are citizens of the United States at the time of birth, then the child will also be a citizen of the United States. It’s very simple to understand.

However, if a child is born to illegal alien immigrants, legal residents on a visa, foreign tourists, or recent legal immigrants. Then the child is not a citizen of the United States. There are no anchor babies. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was not and does not apply to children who’s parents are not citizens.

For those children who are born in the United States from recent legal immigrants who have applied for citizenship and have not yet been granted it. A court order can give those children natural born citizenship status after the parents become citizens.

So Senator Cruz, like Obama, is a natural born citizen of the United States. And he is eligible to be President.

Coalescing Nonsense

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Some leaders in the conservative movement are calling for a coalescing around one particular candidate, and the Iowa Caucus is still two weeks away.

Those in favor of coalescing right now like to talk about poll numbers of the other candidates. I think these so-called leaders need a bit of a history lesson. The Gallup Poll showed Jimmy Carter winning the 1980 election by 8 points just two days before the vote. But that wasn’t the outcome two days later. It was a landslide victory for Ronald Reagan. Polls and statistics can prove any conclusion you want them to prove, just manipulate the data.

This kind of “slappy” support is madness and a sign of desperation from that particular campaign. The Republican field is still full of exceptional candidates that we can all get behind. Let’s save the coalescing until after the big three caucus/primary states cast their first votes in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Once the first set of votes are in, that is when we will see some of the candidates drop from the race. They will give their support to another candidate and urge their supporters to do the same.

That is when we need to start coalescing. And we must continue to do so until a nominee is named. Once we have a nominee, then we must give that candidate 100% of our support and votes. Staying home is not an option in this election. And staying home is a vote for Hillary and the Liberal American death machine.

What’s in a Name

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Some good readers have pointed out that my legal name does not appear on the blog any place. This is true, it does not. The domain name itself is a nickname I’ve used since childhood which to me is my name. (At least one of them.)

A large number of people in our internet age know me only by the name “bynw’. Or that was the first name they knew me by before learning my given name.

For those that want my name it’s easy to get. You can just ask me for it. I’ve added a “Contact Us” page to the site to make it easy too.

The reasons that may need my legal name is for reprinting of blog posts and compenssation for blog posts and writings for other websites and media outlets. Some just want to give credit where credit is do, and that’s just fine.

Thank you very much for spreading the word about my blog. And thanks for reading too.

Evangelical Vote

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The Republican Party lost the race for the White House in 2012 giving us a 2nd term for Obama. This didn’t happen because the GOP was against any particular group, as the Liberals would want us to believe. No, it was because millions of evangelical Christians stayed home and didn’t vote in the election at all.

This wing of the Republican Party is currently the strongest wing and the most important when it comes to winning votes. But it stayed home and handed the election to Obama because they didn’t want to vote for a very moderate Mormon candidate.

What a mistake. The evangelicals prejudice against a Mormon is what caused four more years of Obama socialism in America. And yes, I do blame them for it. I voted for Romney, not my candidate of choice, but still better than Obama.

The evangelical wing of the Republican Party tends to set a high moral ethical code on all candidates running for public office. Although I agree we should strive for a candidate with strong Judaeo-Christian values. The bar set by the evangelicals is set so high that many of the Biblical heroes and prophets would not be able to meet it.

So here we are in 2016. We are ramping up the Presidential election cycle. We are weeks away from the First in the Nation Iowa Caucuses. And the Republican field of candidates is about to get a lot smaller.

Come November we will go to the polls and elect the next leader of the free world. On the Democrat side it will most likely be Hillary Clinton. And she is by far a more radical social-communist than her party opponent Bernie Sanders. He’s just honest enough to tell everyone that he is a socialist.

On the Republican side, some will tell you today that it will be Ted Cruz. But I don’t know who it will be, and I wont care either. The Republican nominee will get my vote even if it is Rubio, or Paul, or that guy from Ohio. Any one of them is better than Clinton or Sanders any day.

So all of you evangelicals who stayed home in 2012. For the sake of our nation’s future, please come out and vote this November. Even if the GOP nominee is Donald Trump or Jeb Bush. Without your vote we will again loose the White House to the Liberals. We will fall further down the progressive path of remaking “Amerika.”

And when that government takes away your right to have a Bible believing Church, because it’s “hate speech”. And ends your rights to have your children home schooled, because you aren’t teaching global values. And then finally openly criminalizes the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will be to blame for it and you will have to answer for it as well.

So vote in November 2016.

The Donald and Reagan

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I am starting to see a number of articles now that point out the similarities between Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.

I have had a few private conversations over the past 6 months where I was stating the same thing. So I agree with these articles. Donald Trump is this generation’s Ronald Reagan.

When the naysayers attack The Donald they say he isn’t a real Republican. It’s true that The Donald hasn’t always been a Republican and neither was Ronald Reagan. We all have to grow up at some point.

The GOP establishment, the media, and those supporting other GOP candidates all call Donald Trump’s campaign a joke. That it’s not a serious campaign. This too was the call from the same groups when Ronald Reagan ran for President.

Another claim to fame is calling Donald Trump an “entertainer”. Well here’s a newsflash. Ronald Reagan was an entertainer as well. A movie star instead of a reality TV star. Reagan got flack for it as Trump is getting flack for it now.

It seems to me that Donald Trump is in pretty good company with the Great Communicator. And there are more parallels between these two great men.

Now the evangelicals cry out that Donald Trump can’t be their candidate because he has been married 3 times over. No dispute there, it’s a matter of public record. However, let us remind everyone that Ronald Reagan was married twice over. Yet the evangelicals treat Reagan as a hero of the conservative movement.

Also both men are members of the Presbyterian denomination. And if the evangelicals were truly concerned about Donald Trump, they should be making sure he is Saved instead of nailing him to the cross.

Donald Trump is the kind of man that listens to his advisers. And like any true leader, he makes the final decision based on that advice. Only 2 others in the GOP field have expressed they would hire the others on the stage. The rest of them are selfish and seek political gain and power.

I think Donald Trump can win the nomination and surprise the media, the Liberals, and the GOP establishment. Just as Ronald Reagan did in the last generation. And he can win the White House too.

Reagan chose George H.W. Bush as his running mate, a former opponent in the race before the nomination. This was a move to help capture the GOP establishment vote back in those days. It was needed to have the party on your side back then. And it worked.

In the 2012 election, it was proven that the GOP establishment wing has lost its clout with the party. The wing that is needed now to win an election is that evangelical Christian voting block who stayed home and gave us 4 more years of Obama.

Donald Trump will need to win over that wing of the party in full force, otherwise we hand the election to Hillary Clinton’s 3rd term as President. If Donald Trump were to choose Mike Huckabee as his running mate, it would swing the majority of the evangelical vote to win the White House. And it would be unstoppable.

And we would get our America back from where the Left has lead it these past decades. We could also see our new President turning more and more to God and the Savior Jesus Christ with the helping guidance of his Vice President. It would be a win-win situation.