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We the People, in Cleveland

Both major parties will have their conventions this month and formally name their party’s nominees. For the Democrats, this will most likely be Hillary Clinton. And for the Republicans, the presumptive nominee is Donald Trump.

On the Democratic side, Clinton’s only rival, Bernie Sanders has not yet endorsed her. And his followers are young, strong, and dislike Clinton. Bernie could drop the “D” and run as an independent candidate. Voting for or even endorsing Hillary Clinton will only prove that Bernie’s “revolution” was a lie to sway voters.

With the Republican side, there is the faction that wants to destroy itself and the party by denying Donald Trump his well earned nomination. These #neverTrump’ers as they call themselves want the GOP to fail. All so they can save face and say “I told you so.” They are really out for themselves and not the party, the people of the United States, or the voters.

Keep in mind that we have a republic. It’s not just our Congressmen and Senators that are to represent our interests as “we the people.” No, our delegates are also are duly elected representatives at the party level. They too are to represent the people who elected them. And the people of the Republican Party of the United States have clearly stated that they want Donald Trump to be the GOP nominee for President.

This notion of “freeing” the delegates is just as unethical as your congressman going to Washington and voting against everything you believe in. This would be a terrible mistake to allow the delegates to become unbound at the convention. Just ask King George III about how “we the people” felt about not being properly represented.

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Next Stop … the Conventions

The primaries nation-wide are now over. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee. And on the Republican side, Donald Trump is still the presumptive nominee.

Hillary Clinton’s win over Bernie Sanders is mainly through the Democratic superdelegates. A measure enacted to insure that the DNC’s favorite wins the nomination. Bernie Sanders will continue to take the fight all the way to the convention. And may yet do a 3rd party run if he doesn’t get the nomination in July.

Donald Trump’s win comes as no surprise. He has been the favorite candidate of the people since he announced his presidential bid. And he is also the only Republican candidate still running.

Both of the presumptive nominees must face their party’s conventions in July. There their fates will be decided upon. Both presumptive nominees should have pledged delegates based on the results from the caucus and primaries. And both will have to face those delegates that are not pledged as well.

With the Republican Convention. We have the lost campaigns calling for the delegates to vote however they want. Without regards to the pledged rules. Or in some cases, those planning to change those rules at the convention. They falsely believe that if Donald Trump gets the nomination it will be the end of the Republican Party. They are wrong. If he doesn’t get it, the GOP will die.

At the Democratic Convention. The pledged delegates are very close. It will be the superdelegates who decide the fate of their party. Clinton or Sanders. Neither one will be able to defeat Donald Trump in November. But the fate of the Democratic party also hinges on its nominee named in July.

Sanders will go 3rd party if he doesn’t get the nomination. This actually is a good thing for the GOP as it will split the Democratic vote in November. Making an even easier win for Donald Trump.

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The “D” Question

It has been asked of those who support Donald Trump for President if one would support him if he had a “D” after his name instead of an “R“. Nothing else changes, he still talks the same, he still expresses his views the same. Only the party affiliation changes.

My answer to that question begins with a simple “No. I would not support Donald Trump if he had a ‘D’ after his name.” But the question isn’t really a simple question so here is why I would not support a Democrat Party Donald Trump.

No Democrat would ever act or speak like Donald Trump does. It would not happen. It cannot happen at all. The question is just a silly fantasy purposed by anti-Trump fanatics grasping at straws to defend their failed campaigns and false messiahs.

A barbarian cannot act like a civilized man any more than a Democrat can speak against liberal progressive policies. It’s just not done. A Donald Trump (D) wouldn’t be speaking against the tax system, government programs, or speaking about a stronger military, or securing the border and restricting immigration that favors national security. They wouldn’t do that even in jest. A Democrat can’t speak or act that way even as a con-job or to lie to voters. Even Obama, who did con voters, stated he would “fundamentally rebuild America.” He couldn’t hide his liberal progressive message it was right there.

These simple facts prove that Donald Trump (R) is the real deal. He is not a liberal progressive trying to con us. And he has moved to the right in the political spectrum in his thoughts and deeds and should be supported fully by every freedom loving American.

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Tweedledee and Tweedledum

I see people and groups on various social media sites with the dual hashtags of #neverHillary #neverTrump. In a two-party political system like we have in the United States this is just plainly ignorant.

The two hashtags are mutually exclusive. In the United States we have only two parties with any chance of winning a presidential election. The Republican Party and the Democratic Party, all other 3rd parties will never see the Oval Office.

If someone is #neverTrump, then they are against the (presumptive) Republican nominee Donald Trump for President. Which means they are either voting for the Democrat nominee, throwing away their vote on a 3rd party protest candidate, or simply not voting at all.

In any of the above voting actions, not supporting the Republican nominee leads to a Democrat victory in the presidential general election. It’s just plain factual history. The Republican’s would have won in 2012 if the Evangelical faction didn’t stay away from the polls. But that faction didn’t want to vote for a Mormon nominee for President.

Likewise, if someone is #neverHillary, then they are against the (presumptive) Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton. Again this means they are either voting for the Republican nominee, throwing away their vote on a 3rd party protest candidate, or simply not voting at all.

Just as the last example, the only option that helps the Republicans win the White House is if the #neverHillary voter does vote for the Republican nominee. All other possibilities do not help that cause. And rarely has a registered Democrat ever gone against the party nominee. It just doesn’t happen. So most of those voters supporting the #neverHillary tag are either Republican’s or Independent voters.

If you are both #neverHillary and #neverTrump then you are ignorant of our political system and history. You need to get off the fence and choose one or the other to support. We have a binary system here, there isn’t a 3rd option that is viable.

Against Hillary is to be Pro Trump. Against Trump is to be Pro Hillary. All other perceived options are false. They are illusions and shadows. They are not real. But they will lead to a real victory of the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton in the White House come November if believed.

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Crossroads

Right now, there is a candidate for President few party members like, but is the presumptive candidate for said party. This candidate has been accused of being out of touch with the grassroots, too extremist, and utterly unlikable. Of course, this candidate’s supporters say if we don’t vote for the candidate, the candidate from the other major party is going to win and do far worse things, so voters should hold their noses and vote for the candidate.

Of course, opponents to this candidate are holding out for someone they feel is better, someone closer to their ideals of what a President should be. They are being told to stop holding out for their candidate and line up behind the presumptive candidate to preserve party unity.

The aforementioned candidates are…Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, respectively. Although, these same sentiments are being used by Donald Trump supporters to get Republicans and conservatives to climb aboard the Trump Train.

If Clinton and Trump are using the same rhetoric to force unity within their respective parties, how different can they actually be?

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Elitism in Politics

Political Elitism is what pushes people away from politics. But it attracts those who seek to gain power or prestige. This is not what our nation’s Founders intended.

Our nation’s Founders were bold men. They were God-fearing and well educated. And they succeeded in creating a nation and government like no other. The world had never had such a system before and it hasn’t been duplicated anywhere else since the United States was born. The United States is the exception and we are in danger of loosing it forever.

Our political structure was designed by and for a God-fearing and well educated people. This is the only way to have a government by the people, for the people, and of the people. Otherwise it will become a government of the elite and power seekers.

Every time I get elected to the county central committee, it is the same people. I try to rotate myself out so I do not fall and become one of them. And only step back up when there are no others willing to step forward.

But to see the same faces for 2-3 decades on the central committee is a bit disenchanting. And the Party Leadership wonders why it cannot attract new voters to their banner.

We are all disenfranchised. We have record numbers of voters participating in this election cycle. Yet we send the same people to the National Convention that we sent in previous election cycles. The same power brokers. The same losers that gave the GOP McCain and Romney as presidential nominees. And they scratch their heads wondering why we loose time and time again.

Well when you do the same thing over and over again and expect different results it’s called insanity. Unfortunately it runs high in political organizations. Because they are infected by the elitists and the power hungry.

We need to send new blood to our offices. From the county central committees to the state central committees and other standing offices. And more importantly to the National Convention as well.

The elitists and power hungry must be pushed out of the leadership positions within the GOP. The leadership needs to be made up of people that are called to serve, not called to power as a moth to the flame.

Maybe there should be term limits enacted at the local party leadership level. To remove the power hungry and elitists from their thrones. And to allow those that are truly called to serve their communities to these offices of leadership.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

To say the 2016 election has been contentious wouldn’t be an understatement; it would be the Mother of All Understatements. Republicans going against Republicans, Democrats going after Democrats, Independents going out for pizza. This whole political season is insane!

But once both major parties decide on their candidates, everyone will be holding hands and singing campfire songs, right? Oooooooh, sor-ray. That’s going to be easier said than done for both the Elephant and the Donkey because they’ve decided the primary process is more of a bloodsport than a debate of ideas. And this is just the prelims, kids. Once Democrats and Republicans choose their respective candidates, it’s going to make the Hatfields and McCoys look like the Bradys and the Cleavers.

As someone on the outside looking in, I don’t see how the two major parties can reconcile completely. Both are struggling with a simple binary issue: winning vs. staying true to their core ideologies. The leadership (if you can call it that) from both sides is trying to make people believe it’s either-or when it’s not. You can win and stay true to the party’s core, but you need to have a candidate that is willing to do both instead of siding for one at the expense of the other.

We’ve been told it’s better to have someone who agrees with us 75% of the time win than to have someone who agrees with us 0% of the time win. In theory, it’s not a bad argument. In practice, however, sometimes the 75% with us candidates prove to be with us far less frequently. Remember when Republicans jumped for joy at John Boehner becoming Speaker of the House, wresting the gavel from Nancy “Botox Is Bad, Mkay?” Pelosi? Yeah, how’d that turn out again…oh yeah, Boehner rolled over like a submissive dog in a centrifuge. In fact, even the most seemingly conservative politicians occasionally get a case of Washingtonitis, a malady that makes principled people turn into jellyfish, but with less backbone.

Fortunately for the Republicans, Democrats have their own Washingtonitis epidemic to worry about. The very fact Bernie Sanders can garner more than 3 votes total shows me the Left is fragmenting even worse than projected. Say what you will about Sanders, but one thing you cannot say about him is he’s afraid to speak his mind. (Granted, his mind is filled with ideas that have gone the way of David Duke’s potential rap career, but at least he’s sticking up for them!) Yet, thanks to the power of the Super Delegates, Hillary Clinton is beating Sanders in the delegate count. Put simply, a Super Delegate is someone the Democrats pick to have additional voting power over the average person. And when you consider an absolute slug like Alan Grayson is a Super Delegate, you know it’s a stupid system.

At this rate, we may be seeing the end of the two-party stranglehold on the Presidency and moving towards a political system that is more confusing and segmented than the gender pronouns on Tumblr. If that happens, you will find me on a beach somewhere reenacting the final scenes from the original “Planet of the Apes” when Charlton Heston finds out he landed back on Earth.

And while we’re here, if there are any damn dirty apes reading this, keep your stinking paws off of me!

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The President We Deserve

If current events are any indication of future outcomes, we are looking at Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the Presidential nominees for the Republican and Democrat Parties respectively. People on both sides of the aisle are salivating at this possibility of these two titans locking horns in November.

On the one hand, we have a man who isn’t known for his tact being the head of the diplomatic corps of the most powerful country in the world. On the other hand, we have a woman who isn’t known for her integrity having the ability to sic the power of the federal government on anyone who dares oppose her. And when these two forces clash, we could be seeing a bloody political war that will make Thunderdome look like a church picnic.

There was a time when Trump and Clinton wouldn’t even be elected assistant to the assistant to the dog catcher, let alone to the most powerful position in the country. But here we are on the verge of electing either one of them.

Is anyone else really scared right now? As we prepare for the first post-Obama Presidency, we have to be careful not to give in to our worst instincts and elect someone unprepared for the gravity of the position. With both Trump and Clinton, I’m not sure either one is ready to be President. After nearly 8 years of an unprepared and unwilling student as President, we can’t make a mistake this time.

Trump could turn out to be a Republican Obama, and Hillary could be Obama’s third term. Neither one appeals to me all that much. But unless something major happens to one or both campaigns, we’re looking at the possibility one or the other happening.

And then we’ll get the President we deserve.

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Caucus Report

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.

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Days before the caucus

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.

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