Time to Coalesce

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The evangelical insiders are calling for a third party alternative to run against the 2 potential nominees of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. According to reports it’s an 80% majority who would support such a move.

This is wrong. At the very beginning of this political campaign season the evangelicals were calling for a coalescing of GOP supporters to their favored candidate before a single vote was cast.

Now a good majority of the primary/caucus votes have been cast. Now is the time to coalesce. But not around the candidate who is constantly coming in 3rd or 4th place in these votes. It is time to coalesce around Donald Trump.

Love him or hate him. He is the only chance the GOP has of defeating Hillary Clinton in November.

If an evangelical third party were to get on the ballot who would be it’s nominee? It can’t be Ted Cruz. He made a promise to support the GOP nominee even if it was Donald Trump. He would be a liar if he were to be a 3rd party candidate.

No third party candidate has ever won the White House. In our system it is a wasted vote. And usually one that favors the liberal progressive Democrat who is running for President.

All a third party candidate has ever done is to take votes away from the primary parties. And in this case it would be taking votes away from Donald Trump. And allowing Hillary Clinton to win the White House.

And staying home and not voting has the same result of voting third party. Four years of Hillary Clinton. Four years of more failed progressive socialist doctrine. Four years of more pushing the country further left. Four years of more assaults on liberty and Christian beliefs.

It has been rumored that if Hillary Clinton is elected President. She will nominate Obama to the Supreme Court. Do you REALLY want that to happen?

So now is the time to coalesce unless your goal is to see Hillary Clinton elected as President of the United States. And if that happens it will be even harder four or eight years down the road to elect a conservative to any office again.

The President We Deserve

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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.

Answer to The Blaze

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On Tuesday the Ides of March (interestingly enough) a blogger by the name of Matt Walsh wrote an anti-Trump post for “The Blaze”. An online publication site owned by Rafael Edward Cruz supporter Glen Beck.

In his post, Matt attacks not only Trump, those that generally support Trump, but those conservative leaders who also support Trump. Following the lines of other Cruz slappies Matt goes on to imply that if one supports Trump that you are anti-Christian, and not really a true conservative.

He also uses Holy Scripture to prove his point of view. Quoting Ephesians 5:6 and 11, and mentioning the Books of Colossians and 2nd Timothy.

But he forgets, conveniently, to quote Scripture that would have a lot to say about the end times of our day that would put Rafael Edward Cruz in a bad light.

Matthew 7:22-23
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

2nd Timothy 3:5
having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

Mark 13:21-23
At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.

2nd Peter 2:1-3
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them — bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. There condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction had not been sleeping.

The fabricated stories out of the Cruz leadership at the Iowa Caucus that resulted in the greed of a Cruz win. In Iowa, most people outside of politics just don’t understand just how easy that could have been avoided. All the Cruz leadership had to do was call the Carson leadership to confirm. They all have each others numbers here in Iowa. But it’s obvious it wasn’t done which indicates the deception towards Iowa voters was planned.

I could name names as Matt did in his post. But the Cruz leadership in Iowa know who they are and they know full well what they did was wrong.

Those of us Christian Conservatives who are supporting Donald Trump know he isn’t the ideal candidate. But he is an honest one. Our nation has drifted so far away from the original intent that someone who stands firmly in that spot is truly unelectable. Small steps are needed to bring us back. And we start with Trump.

Remember to check Holy Scripture into the character of the men that God himself chose to lead His people. Many of them are not at all godly and all of them had deep character faults. God qualifies the called. He does not call the qualified. This is all for God’s Glory not ours.

2 man race

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Looking over the numbers for delegates needed and available for the GOP nomination. This really is a two-man race between Trump and Cruz. The majority of the remaining delegates are in winner-take-all states.

Kasich has no chance at all in this race. Even if he wins his home state of Ohio. That’s only 66 more delegates. He would finally break over 100 at that point. But to win the nomination he needs 1,183 more delegates out of the 1,435 remaining delegates. Kasich would have to win all of the 17 winner-take-all states and the majority of the remaining states. So Kasich needs a miracle to win at this point.

Rubio is doing better than Kasich. But he too would need the 99 delegates from his home state of Florida and the rest of the winner-take-all states just like Kasich. Rubio has a better chance than Kasich but its still a long-shot. And not a bet I would take.

Cruz, the only contender to Trump, is going to have to sweep the winner-take-all states as well. He needs 878 delegates to get the nomination. 898 are available in the 17 winner-take-all states. Cruz will fall short if he doesn’t get all of these states. He just doesn’t have enough delegates at this point.

Trump on the other hand has the winning cards right now. He is ahead in delegates and by popular vote as well. But he still needs 779 more delegates to get the nomination. If Trump can get the majority of the proportional states and half of the winner-take-all states he can win the nomination. Given Trump’s current record this is very much a possibility.

With all four candidates in the race up to the GOP convention it is highly likely that Donald Trump will be that nominee.

An Open Letter to President Obama

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President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC

Mr. President,
Hey! How are the wife and kids? How’s the short game treating ya?

If I may be serious for a moment, I know you’re in the process of picking a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and you’ve run into some opposition from the Senate Judiciary Committee (who is using the same argument you, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Charles Schumer, and Senate Democrats in 1960 used, but, hey, who’s paying attention right?). You and I are not on the same page politically, but it’s time we put that aside for the betterment of the country.

That’s why I’m offering to be your nominee to replace Justice Scalia.

Now, before you start sending the authorities to my house to determine my sanity and whether I’m a threat to myself and others, let me explain. I have given this a lot of thought and I think I would be the perfect candidate for many reasons, the most compelling of which are as follows:

  1. I wouldn’t consent to a Senate confirmation hearing. The Constitution states the role of the Senate is to give “advice and consent” to any nominations the President makes. As a Constitutional scholar yourself (or as your followers…I mean supporters keep reminding us you are), you can see there is no requirement to hold any hearings on my nomination, just to give advice and consent. Instead of a stuffy Senate meeting room, we could have the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee come over to either my house or yours and just hang out with a few beers. And from what I’ve heard, you guys do make a pretty good brew in the White House!2. I wouldn’t allow my feelings to get in the way of doing my job. This country is fractured on many levels, so clear thinking from the highest court in the land is essential. Unfortunately, the High Court has allowed emotions and political leanings get in the way of making just decisions with respects to the Constitution. I may not like some of the things you’ve proposed, but I would give them a fair hearing before I rendered my decision. If your ideas are great, they should be able to stand on their own merits in the marketplace of ideas.

    3. I’m not a lawyer or a judge. Yeah, at first that sounds like a knock against me, but hear me out. I have been studying the Constitution since 1987 and feel I have a pretty good grasp and respect for it. That cannot be said of some of the people on your short list. Instead of relying on the simple language of the Constitution, too many lawyers and judges attempt to use legal reasoning so tortured it’s against the Geneva Convention just to get what they want codified into law. I don’t care about being famous; I just want to make something complex simple, and I bring that to the table.

    4. I would make both major parties mad at me at some point. Again, this seems like a negative, but it’s actually a positive. Democrats and Republicans (and their lawyer buddies) love to push for their agendas to be reflected in judicial rulings. I eschew that kind of thinking in favor of original intent. That’s bound to put people’s panties in a bunch!n I mean, how DARE a Supreme Court Justice do his or her job the way the Constitution says!

    5) I would be a LOT of fun! Ask anyone who has worked with me in a cubicle farm about how I would decorate my desk. Imagine that kind of spirit in a black robe and, BINGO!

    The ball’s in your court…er, green. I will await your call, email, Secret Service detail, cease and desist order, whichever you feel is appropriate to address my offer.

Why I support Donald Trump

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It is more and more looking like Donald J. Trump will be the GOP nominee for President of the United States in 2016. A champion to stop the tide of destruction that has come upon our Great Republic. I personally like The Donald and I supported him in the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucus. The reasons are simple.

I am not politically correct. Only two candidates have ever talked about the PC dangers in our society. The Donald and Dr Ben Carson, whom I also like as a candidate.

I find Donald Trump to be an honest man. Even with his billions, he is approachable by the common man. There is a connection not felt with the other candidates. He has changed his views on a number of issues, but so have I over the years as I have matured.

Donald Trump is a leader of men but he is not a boss of men. He seeks out advise from those that know more or better than he does. And he listens to that advise as well. Although the buck does stop with him.

He has stated many times that he would hire the other GOP candidates on stage with him in his administration if elected. Another good sign there and one shared with Gov Mike Huckabee before his campaign ended. None of the other candidates have stated that. So it’s not about the power and shows humility.

Trump says he is a Christian. And I believe he believes he is a Christian. For far too long most Christian’s in America are of the “Sunday” variety. They go to Church on Sunday and at Easter and Christmas and believe that is all that is necessary. But that is really just the first step in many to being a believer. And I am not going to deny Donald my support because of it. In fact I will give him my prayers as well so he can become born-again as a believer.

So I cannot support Marco Rubio. Like Obama, he is a young and inexperienced. He hasn’t raised a teenager at home yet. How can he withstand crisis from without when he has never had one within. It is not Marco Rubio’s time. Maybe in 2020 or 2024 he can run again for the highest office.

The State of Florida sent Rubio to the Senate. But he has consistently missed votes while campaigning for President. If he can’t do the job he was sent to do, why should he get a promotion?

I also cannot support Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz. Ted Cruz professes to be a born-again Evangelical Christian. And with that I hold him to a higher standard and expect him to behave as he claims.

He, his national campaign staff, and his local campaign staff and supporters have consistently behaved in an unChristian like manner. Ted Cruz and his staff and supporters have lied and cheated there way to a victory in Iowa. Fortunately other states have not been hoodwinked by those lies.

Ted Cruz’s treatment of Mike Huckabee at his Kim Davis Rally was also appalling. And a direct violation of “thou shalt not covet.”

Senator Cruz, his staff, and followers all say “look at me, we are the righteous and the religious among you so you should vote Cruz if you are too”. They are the scribes and Pharisees of today.

What the Cruz campaign did in Iowa to Dr Ben Carson was a dirty play. And his staff has boasted that they would do “anything to win”. These are not Christian values and ethics at work. And to have such a play come from the highest level of the campaign shows that the corruption goes to the very root of Ted Cruz core and character.

And most recently we have Steve Deace, a national radio personality, tweeting out false Trump quotes to his followers. Some believing them to be real quotes. And Steve Deace does nothing to prevent that from happening. In fact that is his goal. Another unChristian activity and one that bears false witness.

Lastly the other candidates I cannot currently support as they do not have the momentum to carry them to the nomination. And unless there is a miracle for them on SuperTuesday they should bow out of the race and leave it up to the 3 front runners.

I will state that I will support the GOP nominee if it is Donald Trump or someone else. Even if I currently do not support them. Any of the GOP candidates is better for the future of this Great Republic than Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

If You Break It…

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Former Senator and 1996 Republican Presidential candidate Bob Dole recently endorsed Marco Rubio, saying Rubio “wants to grow the party unlike [Ted] Cruz.” Dole went on to say in National Review:

We have to have a nominee, Republicans, who can bring the party together and reach out to moderates and independents and not just the far right-wing.

Although this is an admirable goal on paper, it hasn’t really worked out so well. Since Ronald Reagan, moderate Republicans won 3 out of the past 7 Presidential elections (which Dole should know considering he was one of the moderates who lost the Presidency). And the moderates who won? They both had the last name “Bush.”

Republican leadership loves to talk about attracting moderates and independents, but it tries to do it by acting more like Democrats. In a battle between real Democrats and Democrat Lite, the real Democrats will always win because they are the genuine article. Or at least as genuine as current Democrats can be.

So, this begs the question of why Republicans keep trying to be Democrat Lite when they keep losing Presidential elections using that approach. Say what you will about Ted Cruz, but he stands for something. Whether you agree with that something is immaterial to the point I’m trying to make. In fact, the rise of Donald Trump can be linked to the growing disappointment with how quickly Republican leadership rolls over for Democrats.

That’s right, kids. Trump is a monster created by…the squishiness of Republicans like Bob Dole. Of course, they won’t admit it, but they don’t need to.

But here’s the other thing Dole and his cohorts are missing. How many people would be willing to vote Republican if the GOP started acting like Republicans again? I have been greatly disappointed in Republicans in recent years because it seems most of the leadership seems to be ashamed to stand for the conservative/libertarian position. Perhaps it’s because they have spines of Jello, or maybe they’re afraid of what the media would say about them if they dared to challenge the Leftist narrative.

Guess what, kids. The media don’t care. They will continue to say whatever they want, regardless of whether it resembles the truth. Why try to curry favor with that nest of vipers? On the off chance they’ll say something nice about you (which usually only happens when these Republicans attack the ones taking a stand)?

It’s moderate Republicans like Bob Dole who broke the GOP, and unless grassroots Republicans stop settling, the party will be broken for elections to come.

There’s Something About Bernie (and Donny)

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This post may get me in a bit of hot water with frequent readers, but here goes.

Here’s a hypothetical situation for you. Let’s say there was a candidate named John Smith who decided to run for President. At first, he’s seen as a lightweight because of a decided lack of experience in the public arena. Yet, Mr. Smith overcomes this by promising the moon and the stars without actually providing specifics. The electorate, not being as informed as they should be, started listening to Mr. Smith and even agreeing. As a result, Mr. Smith gains enormous popularity with segments of the electorate and eventually wins office.

Of course, this isn’t really a hypothetical situation. It happened in 2008 with Barack Obama, and it’s happening again with Democrats and Republicans. In the blue corner, we have Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist promising free college educations, free health care, Free Willie, and anything else that comes to mind. In the red corner, we have Donald Trump, a businessman with a penchant for controversy and promises of building a wall and having Mexico pay for it. In both cases, their followers are as fired up as they can be and believe whatever the candidate tells them. When pressed for specifics…well, let’s say neither one has solid footing.

This is a problem, kids. Although this is still the prelims, it’s getting close to the time when candidates actually have to show their work. Repeating “red meat” phrases doesn’t do that and, if anything, shows there isn’t much meat there.

And when you consider those “red meat” phrases have already come under scrutiny (progressive economists say there’s no way for Sanders’ plan to work, and Mexico has already laughed off paying for the wall), it’s time we start looking for specifics, lest we get caught up in a cult of personality.

When you consider how the last one ended up, we should be very careful right now.

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.

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.