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The Long Game

The 2016 elections are already shaping up to be one of the most divisive in modern history. It’s getting to the point the Crips and the Bloods might need to hold an intervention for the Republicans and Democrats, and considering both major parties wear the colors of said gangs, it might be pretty easy to figure out which one is going to side with which.

Either way, the Republican nomination process is under fire by…the current Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump. As the states start picking delegates, Trump’s campaign is starting to see there’s more to winning a state than winning the popular vote. It’s also important to make sure your people are in place at the state level so they can represent you at the national convention. And what we’ve seen in Iowa, Louisiana, Colorado, North Carolina, and possibly other states, the Trump campaign has been left flatflooted as the Ted Cruz campaign has racked up additional delegates simply by…following the rules.

I know! That bastard! How dare Ted Cruz play by the rules!

Seriously, though, the Cruz campaign is being accused of using “Gestapo tactics” because they’re playing the long game. In politics, like in war, you cannot just win a battle and claim victory for the entire war. As conditions change, strategy must adapt to ensure more victories can lead to winning the war. Like it or not, Cruz’s approach focusing on winning delegates is strategically wise because it shows knowledge of the current process. Is it a perfect process? Heck no! But it is the process all the candidates agreed upon as they decided to run.

At the risk of getting flamed worse than the Hindenburg, the Trump campaign is trying to change the rules in the middle of the game. Instead of learning from the mistakes made in the aforementioned states and adjusting to reduce the likelihood of mistakes in future contests, the Trump campaign is…salting the ground by trying to delegitimize the process. Although this may work in the short term, it can only end badly in the long term.

Let’s say Trump does better than expected and wins 1237 or more delegates at the Republican National Convention. Will he accept the nomination, or will he reject it? If he does the former, it makes it look like he’s buying into the very process he’s attacking right now. If he rejects it, it makes him look like a quitter and not a serious candidate.

That leads to another question: what will happen with the Trump voters? In the former scenario, it doesn’t hurt Trump very much, but it does hurt in the credibility department, and you know Hillary Clinton will not hesitate to use something like that should she overcome Bernie Sanders and gets her party’s coronation…I mean nomination. In the latter scenario, Trump and the GOP gets crushed as Trump voters may not be motivated to vote in the general election. It would rip the heart and soul out of a lot of people, people who could cause candidates further down the ballot to lose.

This is why the long game is important. Ted Cruz may not be your cup of Earl Grey, but he’s not to blame for the Trump delegate situation. Cruz is playing the long game, and playing it well. Trump’s team needs to take a look at itself closely and readjust their strategy in dealing with the delegate issue in a constructive rather than destructive way.

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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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If You Break It…

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.

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There’s Something About Bernie (and Donny)

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.

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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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Shooting the Laughter

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.

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Evangelical Vote

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.

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Gun Control by Executive Order

An open letter to the President of the United States of America

 

Today President Obama issued several Executive Orders on gun control. The reason, the same one he has always used, Congress has failed to act.

Let me assure you Mr President, Congress has not failed to act. Congress is, at least in this case, doing it’s job well. Voicing the Will of the People that elected them as their representatives.

In your speech Mr President you stated that the member of Congress are more concerned with getting re-elected than they are with passing gun control laws.

This is a half-truth. Yes, members of Congress are concerned with getting re-elected and that is precisely why they have NOT passed any gun control laws. They are listening to their constituents who do not want more government intrusion in their lives.

The majority of people in this country are not who you think they are Mr President. The majority do not want more gun control laws which clearly violate the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution. And Congress does listen to them, but not to you on this matter.

Fortunately those Executive Orders you signed today can easily be undone by the next president with another stroke of the pen. They will be short lived and many may be simply ignored.

This will not deter you though Mr President. You will continue to bypass Congress and attempt to rule by decree using Executive Orders. But this is still a Republic despite your efforts in rebuilding the nation into something else. And we still stand on Liberty for all.

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Endorsements and Secret Meetings

Here in my home state of Iowa, we have the unique privilege of vetting the candidates for President before anyone begins to vote on them. This is an issue we take very seriously. Our caucus is next month and many people are still undecided when it comes to the Republican field.

As far as the Democrats go, it’s almost a sure thing for Hillary Clinton unless the millennials come out in great numbers and call for the Socialist Bernnie Sanders. That is yet to be determined.

For the mainstream however, most of us are undecided. Myself included. I have leanings towards several candidates. But yet so-called Conservative leaders in our State and across the nation have taken it upon themselves to cast secret ballots in secret meetings and come up with the nominee for the movement and the Republican Party.

This cabal of un-elected power mongers, who like to think of themselves as Kingmakers. Have decided for all of us, with a vote behind closed doors that Ted Cruz should be our man. This is a bad mistake on a number of levels.

Ted Cruz isn’t above being a liar. He lied about the Huckabee rally in Kentucky for the imprisoned county clerk when he knew full well that it was a Huckabee rally. Yet he tried to crash it for his own political gain.

Ted Cruz also isn’t a fighter. He doesn’t stand up to the black robed tyrants of the court system. To him, the opinions of the court are law. Which means he isn’t even going to try to fight the courts on any issue if he becomes President.

Ted Cruz isn’t for the Fair Tax. So he still wants to have a smaller corrupt IRS system which taxes your income and keeps people in poverty. We all should be able to take home what we make. Now one alone isn’t enough to disqualify him. But it’s another nail in the coffin.

And I, and others, just don’t have a good feeling when it comes to Ted Cruz. Call it intuition if you will, or a Believer, you can also call it the Holy Spirit speaking to us. But either way Ted Cruz is NOT our voice.

Those conservative leaders who decided that Cruz was the man for the movement in their secret meetings and who have already endorsed him because of it risk alienating the base who is still majorly undecided. And it makes them angry and causes fractures that the cabal wanted to prevent with their meddling. And it may even lead to conservative voters staying home for the caucus and on election night. And that would open the door for Hillary or Sanders to take the White House without a fight.

We may be on our way to having new leaders of our movement in this election cycle. As our current leadership continues to fail us and costs us election after election.

Despite the polling numbers, the other candidates still have a chance to swell once the caucus and primary season kicks off. Come SuperTuesday we will know who is still in the running and who is not.

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Last 2015 Debate

Last night was the last Republican presidential debate of 2015. And the last before the Iowa Caucus ends up casting the first vote in the nation on choosing who will be the Republican nominee.

In the first debate of the evening we had Graham, Huckabee, Santorum, and Pataki. Graham doesn’t listen to anyone. Most of his answers are naive at best and dangerous to our national security. He is a fool. Pataki likewise just doesn’t have it in him to be President, he was a little better than Graham. Between Santorum and Huckabee, I believe Huckabee won the day and the debate. He would be a good VP choice for whomever gets the nomination.

During the main event. Trump was attacked, just as he was attacked during the first debate. But Trump defended and clarified his positions. He has come a long way since entering the field of being an active voice in politics. He even defended Jeb. But Jed still openly attacked him and shared some of the same lack of listening skills shown by Graham in the first debate.

The Gov of Ohio, I keep forgetting his name, is just a blowhard. He likes to talk but really doesn’t say much of anything.

Rand and Jeb’s idea about not using ground troops in the Middle East is absolutely absurd. Rand will not make the US safe at all from Islamic or other terrorists.

Cruz, who seems to think he is leading in Iowa, based on a poll conducted by the Des Moines Register, also is a blowhard. He talks, he talks over the moderators. And he keeps on talking well after his time has expired. It shows lapses in his character. His father would be a better candidate but unfortunately his father was not a natural born citizen.

Rubio has a few issues as well. He has no executive experience. He is in full time campaign mode. Reminds me of Obama, who was always campaigning. Rubio was sent to the Senate to vote but misses most of them because he is out running for President. What happens if he gets to be President, will he do his job then?

Ben Carson and Trump seem to have patched things up as Trump had good things to say about Ben during the debate. And like usual, Ben didn’t have many speaking opportunities.

Carly is dangerous when it comes to freedom. She would trade freedom and several of our Bill of Rights for safety. This cannot be allowed. The NSA spying on Americans and the collection of metadata and other data needs to stop.

Trump has the right ideas when it comes to national security issues. With the right Congress and the right advisors in place. His ideas would be implemented with great care and ease.

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