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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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Republican National Convention

As we move into the last primary of May, Donald Trump is just 68 delegates short of the 1237 needed to have the nomination all wrapped up before the convention in July. It includes today’s (May 24th) primary and the last primaries on June 7th. There are 347 delegates available. It should be an easy win for The Donald.

But as the saying goes, ‘the opera isn’t over until the fat lady sings.’ In this case that “opera” is the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. And the “fat lady” is the first round voting where the delegates are bound to vote according to their state’s popular vote.

One would think it would be a formality. Donald Trump will have the delegates and therefore should have the nomination. But other forces are at work in this election cycle that would like to change that outcome.

The “establishment” doesn’t want a nominee or President that cannot be bought or controlled by the party’s string pullers. And Donald Trump is the only candidate out of the 17 that holds that distinction. Not being able to pull those strings leads to a questionable future for these establishment insiders. They would be in danger of loosing their jobs and power.

Then there is the #CruzCrew faction of the GOP that believes in the Holy Cruzade of their cult leader Ted Cruz. And Ted Cruz has stated since the beginning that he would do anything to win. For the #CruzCrew, the ends do justify the means.

We saw him lie his way to a victory in the First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. By spreading a false rumor against Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign. He attempted to cheat John Kasich in Indiana by having Kasich supporters vote for Cruz instead. This backfired on the Senator causing him to “suspend” his campaign. And in lawyer-speak that will be used to reassert his candidacy at the convention.

Ted Cruz has courted the delegates in many states, even before his campaign was suspended. He has not endorsed Mr Trump. He is keeping alive his own bid still for the White House. Silently waiting until the convention.

I have not attended a GOP convention or meeting where someone has not attempted to change the rules. And the National Convention will not be an exception.

I firmly believe and predict that the Cruz faction will attempt to change the rules at this year’s convention. They will attempt to remove the bound delegates so they can freely vote against the will of the people in the first round. Thus changing the nominee from Donald Trump to Ted Cruz.

Those in the Cruz camp will do this because they mistakenly believe that this action will unify the party behind Ted Cruz. And it will lead to a victory for the Republican Party in November. Both of these thoughts are out of touch with the voters. It will lead to the death of the Republican Party and a Democrat victory if allowed to happen.

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The Colorado Situation

There is a lot of talk about the GOP delegates from Colorado. And I’ve been asked by a few folks to shed some light on it. So here goes.

Colorado is a caucus state. Like most states that have a caucus there is usually a presidential preference vote taken at some point during the event. Just as we did here in Iowa.

Colorado held it’s GOP caucus back on March 1st. We didn’t see any media coverage of the event because no presidential vote was taken or recorded.

When the RNC ruled that that the national delegates were bound by the results of a caucus presidential preference vote, the Colorado GOP executive committee had another ideas. They changed the rules of the caucus, long before it happened, so no presidential vote would take place. Thus allowing the delegates to be either unbound or bound by a different set of criteria.

What this did however is removed the choice from the people and gave it to the elite and power hungry within the Colorado GOP. Without a vote there is no way of knowing how much support any particular candidate might have had back in March other than polls.

So when Colorado held its GOP state convention on the 9th of April. It was determined that all their delegates would go as bound to Ted Cruz.

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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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Term Limits

I have long been an opponent of term limits but now I believe them to be the saving grace for our Republic.

We have an issue with voter apathy in our great nation. It causes the Republic to fail at all levels of government and has created our political elite class of career politicians.

So we can do nothing and watch the Republic continue to fall and eventually collapse on itself. Or we can institute mandatory voter registration and participation statues. This makes sure everyone votes but the quality of those votes may slip drastically. As it has in other nations that currently have such legislation.

That leaves us with the only option of mandating term limits on all branches of government at all levels of government.

In my home state we have a governor currently in the middle of his sixth term. He is now the longest serving governor in the United States. Although he did have a period between terms, it is still a very long time. 22 years thus far being governor. He might as well be a King. My mother before her death back in 2007 called him “governor for life”.

Likewise our senior US Senator has been in office since 1981. He too is on his sixth term in office at 35 straight years.

These are just my own local examples. I’m sure they can be found in every state of our Republic. We need to end this political elite class and bring “We the People” back to government. Term limits sound like the best answer.

Based on the term limits for President found in 22nd Amendment. We can expand these by legislation to other branches of government and their offices.

For those executive powers, they should be limited to 2 terms. Generally 8 years for most governors. As this is the limit already in place for the President.

Senators, likewise, should be limited to 2 terms. At the national level that is 12 years in office as they have a 6 year term. States should also limit their own in a similar manner.

Members of the House get a bonus on the number of terms, since they have a 2 year term of office. Give them 5 terms, which is 10 years. About the average between other office holders already mentioned.

Lastly we have the black robed tyrants. The judges. This branch is not elected but appointed by those we elect. As appropriate in a Republic. But they have a life-time appointment to the bench. I am not against the life-time appointment of judges. But I think “We the People” need a bit of a stronger voice when it comes to who is sitting on the benches.

Many states already have some kind of a judicial retention vote. This should be adopted by all states at the state level and also adopted at the federal level. Thus all courts from the smallest county magistrate to the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court will face a retention vote.

Taking the play from my own state’s play book for the retention process. Every judge will come up for retention after their 1st year on the bench after they have been appointed. And then every 6th year from their appointment. This will enable “We the People” to have a bit stronger voice in the checks and balances of our Republic and government. And will bring about the end of the political elites.

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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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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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The Opposition to Trump

Many of the negative voices against Donald Trump for President come from the Liberals who don’t want to see an end to their pet programs. Open boarders, free flowing immigration, high taxes, gun control and the list goes on and on. So they call him a bigot, a racist, and host of other names. Although he is not “allowed” to call anyone names.

The rest of the negative voices come from within the GOP. These come from the Establishment side, which can’t stand to see a non-Establishment candidate running for the nomination and gaining strong support despite all their attempts to discredit the running. This is just petty. The Establishment will take the ideas from the Liberals and others to use in the attempt to stop Trump’s campaign.

The last of the negative voices come from the Christian Right of the GOP Conservative base. Their voice claims that Trump is not a true Conservative due to his past actions. Giving money to Democrats and Liberal causes. Yet Trump has given to GOP and Conservative causes.

This group is against Trump because he is also not currently a Believer himself. This somehow makes him inelligable to run for and hold office. This is a huge mistake for those that buy into this idea. Trump needs our prayers so his eyes can be opened and he becomes a Believer. But this doesn’t make him inelligable to hold the office of President.

There are Christian Conservatives in the GOP who have welcomed Trump and do support him. These supporters all have talked with Donald and know his heart is on the right track. Yes the man has faults. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Don’t discount and ingore Donald Trumps presidential campaign. He is here to stay. Hearts and Minds can change. Many of the others running have had changes of position but they are not being attacked as fakers like Trump is being attacked for doing the same thing.

I have a good friend who, when I first met him, he was pretty much a Liberal agnostic. Today. he is a Conservative and an Elder in his Church. Even my own opinions on issues have changed and evolved over the years. Have yours?

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Election Cycle

It’s 2015 and we are approaching the next big election cycle. Maybe I will get back into the grove of posting my thoughts as time gets closer and the candidates come to Iowa to be vetted. Every election is always given the title of the “most important election.” And the same will be for the 2016 Presidential Election.

Why is every election the “most important election” of your life time? Simply because in every election you, as the voter, reaffirms your belief in our Republic. You shape the future of our Republic.

Use your vote carefully so that future generations will still have our Republic the way it was intended to be. Even our Founding Fathers knew that the Republic they created would not be destroyed by outside forces. As no outside force would be able to take it down. It could be destroyed from the inside.

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