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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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Why I support Donald Trump

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.

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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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Coalescing Nonsense

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.

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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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The Donald and Reagan

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.

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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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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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The Next President, Part 2

Back in August I had posted a topic on who I would possibly vote for in the 2016 Presidential elections. I divided up the candidates into 3 categories. The ones I liked, the ones I wouldn’t vote for at all, and the ones I wasn’t sure about yet.

    Since that time, there has been 1 Democratic debate and 4 Republican debates. These have helped to whittle down the field of candidates and to get a better idea of where these candidates stand on the issues facing our nation today.

    So here it is November and the caucus is just around the corner. And I still haven’t made up my mind on who I am supporting for the caucus or who is getting my vote yet.

    Candidates I Would Support
    Donald Trump (R)
    Ben Carson (R)
    Mike Huckabee (R)

    Candidates I Wont Support
    Bernie Sanders (D)
    Bobby Jindal (R)
    George Pataki (R)
    Hillary Clinton (D)
    Jeb Bush (R)
    Jim Gilmore (R)
    John Kasich (R)
    Lindsey Graham (R)
    Martin O’Malley (D)
    Rand Paul (R)
    Rick Santorum (R)

    Candidates I Might Support
    Carly Fiorina (R)
    Chris Christie (R)
    Marco Rubio (R)
    Ted Cruz (R)

    These changes to my candidate choices are based on the debates that have taken place in the last 3 months and the information released from their campaigns.

    So at this point I also have a new group of candidates. Those that should drop out of the race for President. So here are those folks too taken from the lists above.

    Candidates That Should Withdraw
    Bobby Jindal (R)
    George Pataki (R)
    Jim Gilmore (R)
    John Kasich (R)
    Lindey Graham (R)
    Martin O’Malley (D)
    Rand Paul (R)
    Rick Santorum (R)

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    The Next President

    As we move closer to the 2016 US Presidential elections. I look at the candidates running on both major parties and decide to toss them into 3 groups. So here they are:

    The Candidates I Currently Like
    Bobby Jindal (R)
    Carly Fiorina (R)
    Mike Huckabee (R)
    Donald Trump (R)
    Ben Carson (R)

    The Candidates I Will Not Vote For
    Jeb Bush (R) – Establishment Candidate
    Chris Christie (R)
    George Pataki (R)
    Rand Paul (R)
    Lincoln Chafee (D)
    Hillary Clinton (D)
    Martin O’Malley (D)
    Bernie Sanders (D)
    Jim Webb (D)

    The Other Candidates
    Ted Cruz (R)
    Jim Gilmore (R)
    Lindsey Graham (R) – Establishment Candidate
    John Kasich (R)
    Rick Perry (R)
    Marco Rubio (R) – Establishment Candidate
    Rick Santorum (R)
    Scott Walker (R)

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