Think the Republican’s will Restrain Trump–They Won’t.

The other day, two friends and I had lunch together. Naturally the conversation turned to politics. They were both voting for Trump and I was trying to explain why I couldn’t. One of the points they brought up was that if Trump was elected and did anything crazy, they were sure the Congress would rein him in. I argued that if they wouldn’t rein in a Democrat why would they rein in a President of their own party? Of course they wouldn’t. It would prove they’d all made a dreadful mistake.

With that in mind, I came across an article I think makes my point.

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it’s only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles. — Ayn Rand

If Trump wins in Nov. the GOP is finished as even a moderately conservative party. Arizona Congressman Trent Franks illustrates why:

A brewing civil war within the GOP has House Republicans picking sides, with plenty of members backing up party Chair, Reince Priebus in threatening consequences for those who don’t get behind nominee Trump.

“Ay person in this party that doesn’t support Trump at this point is increasing the chances of Clinton becoming a president and destroying the Constitution,” Franks told CNN Wednesday. “Therefore they are betraying this party. They are betraying the Constitution.”

This hyperbole on behalf of a guy who is explicitly running as a dictator and has zero respect for the Constitution is what we have come to expect as cowards scurry to toe the new line. But I didn’t expect it from Trent Franks, a respected “conservative, Reagan Republican” who backed Cruz in the primaries.

Hot Air’s Allahpundit considers some of the implications:

If you want to understand why #NeverTrumpers like me suspect congressional Republicans will rubber-stamp anything and everything Trump does, all you need is this quote and the logical conclusion it leads you to. …If President Trump decides that he meant what he said about the military obeying his orders even if they’re illegal, congressional Dems, will revolt and demand action to rein him in — hearings, court challenges, maybe impeachment. Trump will sustain some political damage from it. Whom does Rep. Franks side with in that case, his president who will send our troops out into the field to carry out illegal orders, or the party? If he and other Dems, will use it to bludgeon Trump in 2020 with the argument that he’s lost the confidence of both parties that he can govern responsibly and constitutionally. If Franks sides with Trump, he’s blessing the practice of illegal military orders. By his own logic, he’s forced to choose between “betraying the Constitution” and betraying the Constitution.

Also consider that Trump was a liberal his whole life prior to trying to pass himself off as a conservative to secure the Rep. nomination. He learned the tactic from fellow NY’er Michael Bloomberg, who switched to the Rep. Party to achieve the office of Mayor, then renounced his party affiliation afterward. Trump’s views have not been moderately liberal; they have been hardcore, including support for partial birth abortion, wanting Bush impeached for removing Saddam Hussein from power, and denouncing America for being too racist to appreciate Obama. 

Over the past year, the mask has slipped many times, revealing the leftist behind it. Examples include:

9/11 conspiracy crapola, spewing Code Pink talking points during a debate, praising Planned Parenthood in the aftermath of the body parts scandal, supporting the intolerable Kelo decision, averring that our fundamental right to bear arms should be contingent on not having been arbitrarily placed on arcane government watch lists, backing wasteful crony capitalist ethanol subsidies, siding with the worst of the so-called GOPe against conservative resistance, calling for increasing the national debt, promising to raise taxes, denouncing Antonin Scalia for opposing Affirmative Action, supporting the large scale importation of “refugee” from Islamic world, et cetera.

Already he has proposed another federal entitlement, even as we plunge toward national bankruptcy

We have seen how fast invertebrates like Priebus scuttle to line up behind Trump, and how avidly talk radio personalities like Hannity and Rush, who formerly opposed him kneel to kiss his ring. If Franks is doing it too, there’s little doubt that Trump will enjoy Republican support even for a progressive agenda once in power.

As I told my friends, Republicans  will justify it by asserting that people like Hillary are even worse. Which is what my friends argued. Maybe they are, if that’s possible — except for one thing: when Dems, force us toward ever greater collectivism and authoritarianism, Reps., often put up some resistance. No one will resist when both parties are controlled by progressive statist. Our national future will be bankruptcy and tyranny, regardless of who wins our meaningless elections. We will become Venezuela where the rate of inflation at the moment is 700%. and babies are born and put into laundry baskets because there are no beds for them.

Trump supporters sneer at the concept of principles. That is like a farmer sneering at the concept of food. Principles are the sole point. The moment you abandon them, the game is over and you have lost. It’s not as if those who have surrendered them to support Trump can ever get them back, they can’t. They will always be reminded they voted for Trump.

Now sadly, even Ted Cruz has knuckled under to endorse Trump, effectively signing his name to everything Trump is. Rest in peace America, Rest in peace, “Grand Old Party.” It’s time to start a new party if we’re allowed.

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The Next 4 Years, Regardless Who Wins, Will Destroy Our Military

One symptom of a country in decline is a widening rift between civilian leadership and the military. In our case, it’s been caused by our recent stupidity in selecting decent presidents.

As the four armed forces chiefs testified in the Senate las week about national security dangers and mandated budget caps, Sen. Graham asked each officer if he had discussed the readiness crisis with the Pres. They were unanimous in saying No. The president maintains a wary approach in dealing with the four-star generals and admirals who direct his wars. That is to say, Obama openly dislikes and distrusts them.

Robert Gates, wrote in his memoirs that Obama deeply distrust senior military leaders and believes they conspire against him. He recalled one meeting in which the president resorted to a clipped “That’s an order” to the top brass.

“The controlling nature of the Obama White House and the staff took micromanagement and operations meddling to a new level.” he said.

Those top officers who will not subordinate winning wars to Obama’s loony-left ideology are removed. Army Gen., Stanley McChrystal, fop commander in Afghanistan was fired for publicly disagreeing with Obama’s fail strategy. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was fired for insisting we acknowledge the obvious connection between Islamic terror and Islam. Four-star Marine Corps Gen., James Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, was pushed out for being anti-Iran while Obama was pushing his nuclear deal.

The situation will not improve under President Hillary:

As a senator in 07, Clinton famously ridiculed the testimony on the Iraq troop surge from Gen., Petraeus. “You have been made the de facto spokesman for what many of us believe to be a failed policy,” Clinton said. “Despite what I view as your rather extraordinary efforts in your testimony both yesterday and today, I think the the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief.”

Despite Hillary publicly calling Petraeus a liar, the troop surge worked, winning the war.

Nor will the situation improve under Trump who sided with Code Pink during the Iraq war demanding W’s impeachment.  Gates, a respected, nonpartisan figure who served in both Rep. and Dem, administrations wrote an op-ed critical of bot candidates. Even-handedness does not go among Trump and his supporters; either you’re behind him 100% on everything or you are the enemy. Trump’s response to Gates:

“We had a clown today, an absolute clown. Robert Gates — he’s supposed to be an expert; he’s been there forever,” Trump said.

“Never met the guy, never saw him. I saw him on television, didn’t like him. The end result is look where we are. He’s a mess, OK? He’s a mess, so he goes out and he says negative things about me. I never met him; I never talked to him. Believe me, I am so much better at what he’s doing than he is, you won’t even believe it.”

Yeah right. Never even shook his hand but he knows all about him. Terrifyingly, Trump may actually believe that his experience at bankrupting casinos and hamming it up on a reality show qualifies him to make crucial military decisions. He also called Gates “dopey,” “stupid,” “incompetent,” and still more ironically, “a nasty guy.” At least he didn’t accuse Gates of having silly-looking hair and orange skin.

This sort of personality working as Commander in Chief — is completely unacceptable. Any serious adults who are not purged from the Pentagon for suspicion of disloyalty will not enjoy working with a petulant, unbalanced child like Trump.

For 8 years the military has suffered under our country’s abysmal leadership. It has at least 4 years to go, at the end of which regardless who becomes commander, the military will be in shambles and we’ll be a sitting duck to the worlds bad guys.

 

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At Least He Ain’t Hillary! And Your Point Is?

JUST IN—One week after the National Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Trump, he threw them under the bus. Pandering to a black church in Ohio “I watched the shooting, in part, in Tulsa, and that man was hands up. That man went to the car, hands, up, put his hands on the car. To me, it looked like he did everything you’re supposed to do. The young officer — I don’t know what she was thinking. But I’m very, very troubled by that. Did she get scared? Was she choking? What happened? People that do that — maybe they can’t be doing what they’re doing.” Come on people. Didn’t Trump just do what we accuse Obama of doing all the time. Sticking his nose in where it doesn’t belong. And since when does a real Republican candidate not side with the officer.—-Oh, I know, it’s OK cause he ain’t Hillary. Hope you guys are prepared to deal with this stuff if he’s elected.

And now back to normal programing.

Before we get started, I want to ask this question. Answers please. If Trump was doing what he’s doing now, saying what he’s saying, lying, cheating, hanging around with Putin and the gang, and more as you’ll see below, and if he was lying about being pro-life and building a wall, would you, if it was a D instead of an R in front of his name be screaming from the highest towers that this guy whose not Hillary has no business running for President and should be in jail. Bet you a coke, you would. Tell me if you think you’d be just fine with it. That is tell me if you have the courage. I’ll put out the names of yes I would’s in a couple of days if anyone out there is honest enough to tell me.

Yes, you’d be fine with it,    No, you’d be screaming like you are at Hillary. You can e-mail me or put yes or no in the comment section.

Say, you know that guy many of you want to be our President. The guy you’re going to show your kids a picture of and tell them that someday they can be just like him. You know–yes, that guy.  Well, I know you won’t care because beating Hillary is all you think about, but he’s now campaigning with Don King the convicted murderer. Want to know what King did? Good, I’ll tell you.

King was convicted of second degree murder, though the judge took pity and sentenced him under manslaughter guidelines, so he only served four years. The guy he killed, by the way, was a poor employee of his who owed him a whopping $600. King beat him unconscious with his bare hands and then stomped him to death over $600. For a guy who has made millions lubricating the wheels of corrupt professional boxing, that’s chump change. But never mind. He’s a Trump favorite. You know, the guy you’re kids are going to look up to.

Remember all those blogs I wrote about Trump being in Putin’s pocket. Yeah, those. Anyway, it seems that when the President of Ukraine, you know, the guy trying to keep Putin out of his country? When he came to NYC, that guy you want your kids to look up to because he’s not Hillary, snubbed him. Wonder why. Could it be because Putin hates the guy and Trump well– he thinks Putin is great thing since cheating old folks, because he doesn’t mind using the power of his office to get what he wants and he’s not Hillary.

And then there’s this. It seems that guy that’s not Hillary met with Egyptian Pres. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Monday evening. Trump was trying to look Presidential so you’re kids can look up to him. Anyway Sisi said he doesn’t anticipate that Trump intends to follow through on his “extreme vetting” of Muslims, after meeting with that guy that isn’t Hillary. He continued, “It’s also important for us to know that during election campaigns, many statements are made and many things are said. However, afterwards the actual governing of the country would be something different and it would be subject to many factors. ” To cut to the chase, that’s the impression that the guy you want your kids to look up to, made on the Egyptian Pres.

El-Sisi said he wasn’t insinuating that Trump was trying to hoodwink voters…

Alright, since he won’t, I’ll say it. That guy that’s not Hillary is claiming a tough stance for his duped followers now, but he has no intention of following through on any of it. He’s being twisted in the wind by every world leader he meets, because he’s weak, has no clue what he’s doing or what he should do, and he’s the biggest fraud to ever be pulled on the American people, but at least he’s not Hillary.

Hey, this should make all you “anybody but Hillary” want to run out and vote. Donald Trump, the guy that’s not Hillary, spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal document.

Those cases, which together used $258.000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures, in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves.

WOW, that’s something to tell your kids about. In one case from 2007, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club faced $120,000 in unpaid fines from the town of Palm Beach. In a settlement, Palm Beach agreed to waive those fines — if Trumps club made a $100,000 donation to a specific charity for veterans. Instead, Trump (not Hillary) sent a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a charity funded almost entirely by other people’s money according to court records.

In another case, court papers say one of his golf courses in NY agreed to settle a lawsuit by making a donation to the plaintiff’s chosen charity. A $158,000 donation was made by the Trump Foundation, again, according to tax records.  Think what he can do once he’s in charge of the IRS? But it doesn’t matter, he’s not Hillary.

But don’t stop there. On Tuesday, Trump (not Hillary) bragged about using other people’s money. “It’s called OPM. I do it all the time in business. It’s called other people’s money,” Trump said. “There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money because it takes the risk — you get a good chunk out of it and it takes the risk.” Again I say WAIT TILL HE’S GOT THE IRS UNDER HIS CONTROL. But at least he’s not Hillary.

This is a man who feels untouchable. He can do no wrong. He’s entitled and he’ll never have to pay the piper. If you think the Clinton Crime Family are arrogant and see themselves as above the law, Baby, you ain’t seen nothing yet. And all you people telling me I don’t know what I’m talking about — I won’t say I told you so. I’ll just say “AT LEAST HE ISN’T HILLARY!”

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I Can’t Support Susan B. Anthony List Any Longer

As a Christian, and an adoptive mother, I am whole heartedly pro-life. I have over the years supported as much of the pro-life movement as is possible. But certain of these groups I will no longer send my hard earned money to for any reason.

The Susan B. Anthony List, was one of the top groups I supported. Now they’ve taken a 180-degree turn since their January press release, strongly titled Pro-life Women Sound the Alarm: Donald Trump is Unacceptable. I was under the impression that “unacceptable” meant something. The language in their beginning-of-the-year warnings indicates a complete lack of trust in Trump.

On the issue of defending unborn children and protecting a women from the violence of abortion, Mr. Trump cannot be trusted… The next president will be responsible for as many as four nominations to the Supreme Court…Mr. Trump has said his sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who struck down the Partial Birth Abortion Ban in New Jersey, would be a “phenomenal” choice for the court. 

Moreover, as women, we are disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular. America will only be a great nation when we have leaders of strong character who will defend both unborn children and the dignity of women. We cannot trust Trump to do either.

But once September comes and Trump as GOP nominee taps you to head his shiny, new “ro-Life Coalition, you cave. At least that’s what Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List, did. Other pro-life leaders, who signed the urgent warning in Jan. are listed below.

  • Jennifer Bowen, Exe. Dir., Iowa Right to Life
  • Denise Bubeck, Member and Iowa Volunteer, Concerned Women for America
  • Kendra Burger, Dir. of Ed., Outreach, Iowa Right to Life
  • Maggie Gallagher, Columnist & Author
  • Christine Hurley, Iowa Pro-life Activist
  • Beverly LaHaye, Founder and Chairman-Concerned Women for America
  • Aimee Murphy, Founder, Life Matters Journal
  • Marilyn Musgrave, Fmr. Congresswoman, VP of Gov. Affairs, SBA List.
  • Penny Nance, Pres. and CEO, Concerned Women for America
  • Melissa Ohden, Iowa Native, Abortion Survivor and Pro-life Activist and Speaker
  • Star Parker, Founder and Pres. Urbancure
  • Jill Stank, National Campaign Chair, SBA List
  • Luana Stoltenberg, Iowa Leader, Operation Outcry.

I have to say that the fund raising e-mail I just received for the SBA List, took me by surprise. It was absolutely gushing with praise for their new hero and all that they were going to accomplish if he were elected. I thought, just a moment…. I went to my files and pulled out the letters I received during the primary. They were so anti-Trump they burnt my fingers. Now, it was all goodness and light. Folks, these things don’t change overnight. Well, anything Trump says can, but not your fundamental beliefs. But then our religious leaders all seemed to have a “Come to Trump” moment as well.

It’s not as if these women espoused mild dislike of Trump’s loathsome record and reputation. They had serious issue with him regarding the subject matter upon which their life’s work is based.

Dannenfelser was a vocal Trump critic during the primary. Before the Iowa and South Carolina contest, she joined other female pro-life leaders in urging Reps. to back anyone but Trump. They found his kind words for Planned Parenthood to be very disturbing. And Trump’s decision to bail on a meeting with a group of pro-life Catholic priests didn’t do him any favors with the pro-life community. And when the Supreme Court leveled a devastating blow to the pro-life community by overturning Texas’s abortion regulations, Trump stayed mum. And they didn’t like it.

This is a prime example of where supporting the “lesser of two evils,” still sets you on the side of evil. 

In no way is Trump trustworthy on abortion or any other issue. He has shown little natural pro-life inclination since January. The only thing that’s changed is he’s moved up to the front of the pack.

Dannenfelser and others just don’t want to get left behind. I truly believe the pro-life platform is a foundation on which to base other conservative ideas. Believing life is precious from conception through old age molds a person’s worldview. It shunt change according to whose running for president on with side of the aisle.

Dannenfelser and others who are considered leaders in the pro-life movement aren’t bravely standing for the unborn. Their move from sounding the alarm on Trump’s deplorability to embracing him has nothing to do with principle, and everything to do with pride.

Sudden Dannenfelser see’s nothing but goodness and light in Trump’s pro-life proposals but what they’ll discover is that like Obama, committee’s can be created but listening to them is an entirely different matter, and once they aren’t needed to get him votes, he’ll toss them overboard, as little more than bilge water.

I’m extremely disappointed that they’ve taken this stand. As of this moment, Americans United for Life have not caved. They appear to be sitting out the general election. If so, good for them.

More on all this tomorrow.

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No Thanks, I’ll Wait for the Next Train If You Don’t Mind

It seems that as the death star draws closer during this election cycle, I’ve spent more time remembering the past. They say that’s what happens when your near death. Your life flashes before your eyes and then your gone. Mine’s been flashing like the neon signs of a late 50’s hamburger joint. Not so much the stages of my life, but the stages of my political missed chances.

I was too young to understand my Nixon vote so I start a little later in my political history. I’ll start with the DuPont campaign. Remembering how George H.W. Bush smeared Reagan with his “voodoo economics” broadside, DuPont seemed a better candidate and one that would follow more closely to Reagan’s view points. I knew the Delaware governor was a long-shot but I liked the idea of his buy-out of Social Security. I never got a chance to vote for him as he flamed out in New Hampshire a month later.

At that point I switched to Jack Kemp. You know, “Kemp/Roth”–? It was Anyone but George H. for me. Anyone. 

I didn’t like his elitist sneering contempt for all things conservative, and I thought there was a blade of truth in his perceived Wimp Factor. There was just something about him…And of course I was right because he later, without Congress’s approval signed the Agenda 21 suicide pact.

But then he slapped Dan Rather like a redheaded stepchild, gave a good speech at the convention, “thousand points of light” and I dutifully jumped on the Bush Train. I mean what was I to do–let Dukakis, a bilious scold who made Hubert Humphrey look like Groucho Marx, win? “Anyone but Bush” morphed effortlessly into “Anyone but Dukakis“…

Somewhere between Bush’s first and second terms his lips fell off. Remember–“read my lips” because he signed into law Drayman’s disastrous tax-raising scheme in the spring of 91 and his own death warrant, as well.

I gave a look at “B-1” Bob Dornan for awhile till he put down rumors he was running by endorsing Bush. Pat Buchanan–no–not once I heard him talk despairingly about his dislike of Israel and Jews in general. So what was I to do? Vote for Clinton and his lamprey of a wife. No, “Anyone But Bush” now became “Anyone but Clinton.” and I climbed back on the Bush train.

By now my nose was turning slightly pink from having to hold it so often, but hope springs eternal. In 96 Dole was exhumed for the duration, but his days of attacking Reagan in Gerald Ford’s stead still left a bitter taste in my mouth. Bob Dornan came back but flamed out rather quickly. Probably because he shaved his beard before he entered the fray and the thrill was gone.  Anyone but Dole. Anyone. But of course it was Dole but he seemed to understand he was it only because it was his turn.

Once again, I sighed in resignation as the more thoughtful, fresh-faced candidates were discarded for the ancient patrician liberal white guy with the highest name ID. Yippee. Four more years slipped by.

Then came 1999. We had several choices. Alan Keyes, John McCain and George W. McCain I couldn’t warm up to, though he was a hero, Keyes for me was to bombastic but I liked him, and then TaDa–another Bush. I all so sort of liked Bush. He was a Born Again Christian and didn’t hide his faith under a basket. At least there was that. Christian, yes. Conservative? Not so much at least as far as Dub-ya was concerned. But I did think Keye’s would’ve been good in the debates. Especially against Gore.

And of course we got Bush. I tucked my principles back under my hat, held my nose as other candidates fell in the primary to the most prominent, wealthy, liberal white guy with the highest name ID, and jumped back on the Bush Train. I keep wondering if Keyes had got the nod would we have had all those dangling chads in Duvall County. And the first black President would have been a conservative. But of course as they say, you can’t go back.

Same deal in 08. A field of some worthy candidates, which in the early going was rumored to include the Newt. and still we managed to nominate the most antique white guy whose turn had arrived, with the highest name ID. At first Huckabee’s homespun oratorical gifts had merit, but for me it soon lost its charm, and of course Fred Thompson jumped in. Anyone-Anyone but John McCain…Please, Please, Lord: Let us, just the once, have a conservative.

Alas, alack. McCain it was, complete with his Albino Yosemite Sam impersonations. By now I was beginning to see a pattern here. So I put my foot down and said “no more money to the RNC until a fresh faced conservative was put on the ticket.” Bingo, on went Palin. (OK I had nothing to do with it but I did send the letter.) And so, my wish fulfilled I climbed back on the McCain Train. Toot-Toot…! The rich, white guy express with the most recognizable name was our nominee….

We had the same candidate in 12 that we had in 08, just with a different name. Mitt Romney. Elderly Wealthy, east-coast Patrician liberal white guy with the most recognizable name. I never really wanted Bush Senior, or Dole, or Bush Junior, or McCain or Romney. They were my second, third or fourth or even sixth choice. Still my nose by now was bulbous from holding it so much and breathing in the election booth was becoming a problem.

I queued up every four years in the general election, ignored my remaining ignominy from the primaries, and did my duty. The guy with the “R” by his name got my vote.

Year after year, Primary after Primary. I yearned for a conservative, and what was my hope? Anyone but Bush, but I voted for him anyway. Anyone but Dole, I voted for him anyway. Anyone but GW and I voted for him anyway. Anyone but Romney, and well–you see the pattern. It was firmly ingrained in my psyche.

The GOP express has become a set of old worn out box-cars, shunted onto a long abandoned narrow-gauge spur, covered with the graffiti of past campaigns. Every election, I’m implored, threatened, and cajoled to jump on the train. Hurry! Quick! Jump on before it’s sizzling diesels roar to life.

Anyone but the Democrat! Right!? So now it’s (gulp) Donald Trump. Donald Trump! The oldest, wealthiest, most liberal white guy with the highest name ID. Hurry Up! Jump on the Train! There’s still room, up here on the roof of the Pullman Cars!

Well… No thank you. I’ve already seen this movie. For years I bought the yard signs, the t-shirts, the bumper stickers. And though I didn’t really care about most of them, I was at least relatively sanguine that the nominee was a decent, honorable person–even if they were a dud of a conservative. I would have sighed the sigh of the eternally frustrated, and watched as my candidate–this time Senator Cruz–faded into the ether.

Like Levon Tostig in the Elton John song, I watched my candidates as balloons, sailing away, vanishing in the clouds: DuPont, Kemp, Steve Forbes, Dornan, Keyes, Thompson, Newt. I got over them all, upon my honor, I did my duty to God and my Country, to be square, and obey the law of the Pack. I voted for the Republican Nominee.

…But Donald Trump? Nope. No thank you. This time I pass. That Hillary is a vile, detestable, loathsome grotesque woman is beside the point. I wouldn’t vote for her under any scenario that doesn’t involve vast quantities of inebriates, explosives and radioactive fallout, and a rapture of some description, at which point an election is rather trivial.

Simply put. Donald Trump is a dick. (Pardon my language) He’s a liar. He’s a confidence man. He is of middling intellect, and morally bankrupt. He is the caricature of moneyed vulgarity and excess. He is spectacularly vain (–spray tan? whitened teeth? skin peels? scalp surgery to cover a bald spot? French Cuffs? C’mon, man!) and exhibits absolutely no self deprecation. He is a later-day Mongol Warlord, partying in splendor while his battle captives are crushed beneath the dance-floor.

Legions of everyday Americans tell tales of being defrauded, ripped off, and conned by Donald Trump, while he walks between the raindrops, neatly balancing between legal and illegal, declaring bankruptcy when convenient, leaving the less well-off holding his bag.

Nope. I’ve done my share of water-carrying —almost fifty years of it now. But this time I’ll just sit on my front porch and wave to the Trump train passengers as they clickity-clack down the main street of town heading no where. I’m not Hashtag NeverTrump. I’m not Hashtag Anything. Being a conservative means you are a sentient, thoughtful, observant, knowledgeable–and not a joiner of fleeting causes.

Fifty some odd years of jumping on trains that wind up in some abandoned fright yard with no hope of every being attached to a long haul carrier rather proves the point, don’t you think.

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Is Everyone Else Crazy or Just Me?

I hate to say this but lately I get the feeling that America, and the world in general have become one big insane asylum. No one seems to have any common sense anymore and if you still have a teaspoonful left, you’re condemned out of hand by those who have none. I keep telling myself I’m wrong. That on the whole we are still in control of our sanity at least the vast majority of us, but each day that view seems to get dimmer.

Yes, there are breakthroughs. Someone will do something that gives you a glimmer of hope, but it quickly dies, when in the next moment rampant stupidity rears it’s ugly head.

For example. We are about to spend millions on the “Emotional Wellness” of the refuges coming into this country. In fact, Obama plans to spend 4.6 million next year on this very subject. You see, when you are taking over someone else’s country you’re likely to feel depressed and under appreciated. You’re emotions simply can’t handle the fact that the people you’re trying to destroy don’t really like you. The money will be going to services, including “Preferred Communities,” a job placement program for refugees. So what this means is that communities imported from the Islamic world are preferred to American communities. Each “refugee” cost taxpayers $64,370 to resettle. But that’s only in the short term. Meanwhile 99% of the deforming hordes of refugees imported into Germany remain unemployed.

Moving on—-Ann Coulter, for all practical purposes, has become slavishly devoted to Trump. “I worship him like the North Koreans worship the ‘Dear Leaders’ — yes, I would die for him.” Only I don’t think worship means what she thinks it means. In N.K. if you don’t worship dear leader, your dead. Hopefully that won’t happen here. And there’s absolutely no sense talking about Hannity. He’s obviously smoking something stronger than weed.

And then Ladies and Gentlemen we have this–The Dept. of Interior is spending almost $5,000 for a 10-foot blow up Smokey the Bear costume. They purchased the “Air-inflated WalkAround Smokey Bear” on Friday for a reserve in Lame Deer, Montana. The agency awarded a contract worth $4,832.76 to the Akana Group a Native American–owned small business based in Michigan. The Costume can be worn for up to 10 hours and is said to “exceed military specification.” Multiply the Smokey Bear costume by $billions and it becomes clear how Obama could collect $18,764,164,000,000 in taxes as of last April and the federal government can still be over $19,500,000,000,000 in debt.

I have a question. what happens when a strong wind blows him over and he can’t get up. Will he have one of those buttons that you push to call for help like old folks have or will a wolf who sees him lying helpless, his arms and legs flailing about, decide to make a meal out of him? Just wondering.

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And Finally— Both major candidates are to the left of Obama on healthcare, and are likely to move us quickly toward socialized medicine like in Britain. Only there’s a problem. The health care system in Britain is about to collapse. “Years of underfunding have left the service facing such impossible demands that without urgent extra investment it will have to cut staff, bring in charges or introduce “Draconian Rationing” of treatment. For those who have a problem with “Draconian Rationing” that means you won’t get the help you need. Already if you are over a certain age, say 63 in some cases, you won’t get that surgery you require. Cancer patience over 70–forget it. Heart transplant, or other heart surgery and your 70 or older, prepare to meet your maker. Joint replacements (not the kind you smoke) two year wait. Many of these age limits are already in place. There are no private or semi-private rooms, no bathrooms in rooms, you’re all thrown in together. One big happy family. And Trump thinks it’s great. Bet he won’t have to wait in line.

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The Freedom of the Internet Will Be Gone In Two Weeks

 

While everyone’s watching this dumpster fire of a Presidential race, Obama is trying to give away the Internet to China and Russia. By voluntarily giving up American stewardship of the fundamentals of Internet, Obama is placing prosperity, security, and liberty online at risk.

Fortunately Ted Cruz is fighting the battle. “America built the Internet, and we shouldn’t be giving it away to our enemies.” –Ted Cruz.

This is of dire importance to everyone with a computer in their home. On Oct 1, of this year, Obama will sell out to an international body. We need to contact Ted, and as many Senators and house members as possible and say no to this.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

http://www.house.gov/representatives/

Ted held hearings on this today, and here is his opening statement and a round of questioning. To think this man could have been President and people followed the Pied Piper. Can you imagine Trump asking these types of questions? If you can, you are lost forever.

Opening statement–

Opening questions–

 

We have just two weeks before this happens and have you heard Trump even mention it? Cruz would be talking about this twenty-four-seven if he were the nominee because it is that important. But instead we Trump reviving the Birther controversy and threatening an American business if they move to Mexico.

Oh, and for all you tea party folks who were out fighting for smaller gov. and voted Trump. Congratulations, he’s going to expand paid pregnancy leave and Medicaid. Yeah, bet you wouldn’t be for it if he had a D in front of his name.

 

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The Danger of the Alt-Right to Conservatism

Let’s see, Hillary thinks nobody died in Benghazi, Johnson doesn’t know what Aleppo is, Trump thinks Putin is great and illegals should serve in the military. Congratulations America. See what happens when you don’t pay attention and just vote for a name. Perhaps it’s just Divine judgement. But there’s another far more dangerous movement going on out there and it’s called the Alt-Right.

If you don’t know what the term means, this is critical viewing. But even if you already have a good idea, this discussion is amazingly enlightening regarding how to deal with the “movement” that has been in the news and that Hillary recently tied to the Trump campaign and to Breitbart dot com. There is almost nothing to add, but I would submit one note. Regarding the relationship between the Trump campaign, Breitbart dot com, and the alt right, remember Stephen Bannon’s own words on the subject. Read the whole article then deny that Trump is using this to get people to support him. If you want go to the comment sections at Breitbart and tell me you agree with these people. These are the people Trump is bringing into the party. I will not be associated with it, period!

Trump Camp Pretends They’re Unfamiliar With the Alt-Right

Then take the time to listen to National Review’s Jonah Goldberg and Downhill columnist and Salem Radio host Hugh Hewitt discuss just exactly what the “alt-right” movement is.

The most important point, I think, is that some people are erroneously self-identifying as alt-right. They should be given the benefit of the doubt as well as the information they need to reclassify. This is very dangerous stuff.

 

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Onward Christian Pretender

Over the past few weeks I’ve had extensive conversions with my fellow Christians and for the most part they have all, except one or two said they’ll hold their nose and vote for Trump. That is there privilege as a citizen. But is holding your nose and voting for someone you know uses Christians as props what God would want you to do? Think about the following.

God bores Trump.

Just let that sink in, because there’s ample proof to back up the statement. For those of us who count faith in God as the foundational principle of our lives, there’s no way to think of our Father in Heaven, and get bored in the process.

I’m talking about the God Who, by His breath, created all things in the heavens and the earth. The Father of all life, Who holds the stars in His hand, but Who also created us – me, you and everyone we know, making each one a unique individual, and He knows us all by name – and Trump finds Him less worthy of attention and honor than one of his golf courses.

McKay Coppins, with Buzzfeed picked up on this and discussed Trump’s Friday appearance at the Values Voters Summit, an annual gathering of Christian conservative voters.

There are no more decent voters or selfless people than our Christian brothers and sisters here in the United States,” Trump read aloud to the audience gathered for the 2016 VV Summit. “I’ve witnessed that incredible generosity all across this land.”

Coppins notes that Trump managed to squeeze out a few more prepared remarks from his teleprompter, meant to create some emotional bridge between himself and the 2,000+evangelicals in the room, but couldn’t quite maintain his focus, before doing what he does and drifting off into something bizarre and disconnected from how the world of faith actually works, and absolutely centered on himself.

At one point, after indulging in a lengthy tangent about his recent meeting with a cohort of admiring clergy (“It was a love fest!”) Trump suggested the country was becoming less religious because faith leaders were no longer allowed to endorse political candidates from the pulpit (lest their churches lose tax-exempt status). The candidate’s pledge to change this law and un-muzzle America’s pastors has been a key element of his pitch to social conservatives, on of the few concrete offerings he’s made to them. But even here, he struggled to focus. 

“I actually believe that’s one of the reasons why you haven’t seen Christianity and other religions with the U.S. going like a rocket ship — like our polls have been going in the last four weeks,” Trump said, to applause. “Rocket ship, right?”

Trump’s nonexistent grasp of faith issues couldn’t be more apparent. The nation isn’t becoming “less religious” because of an inability to endorse political candidates. That’s a problem with the culture and the heart of the citizens. It’s a concept that Trump, a purveyor of adultery, shamelessness, and other vices should know well. He’s an active participant.

Trump’s biggest problem with God, as a concept, is that to be a Christian, you’re asked to “die to self,” which you realize means it’s not all about you. You lay down anything that keeps you separate from God, and you follow after the teachings of Jesus. You humble yourself and ask the Maker to remake you, from the inside-out.

That’s not really what Trump does. It’s all about him, else he sees no point in keeping up the conversation. I’ll remind you of an earlier post where I talked about an interview Trump gave to Christian Broadcasting Network in which he was asked “Who is God to you?”And he immediately began talking about his golf course.

When Frank Luntz asked him in July 2015 if he’d ever asked God’s forgiveness, he replied that he didn’t bring God into the picture. In another interview he said he never asked God for forgiveness, because he hadn’t done anything to need forgiveness. That is a man convinced of his own perfection, and it is delusional. 

In 2014 during an interview at his Mar-a-lago estates, he was asked if he considered himself a religious person. “I do,” he replied. “I’m Presbyterian.” Then he began talking about the chamber music that would be performed that evening in the ballroom. He told the interviewer that “You should go down and listen. It’s beautiful. Very talented people. I’ll walk down with you. It’s nice, they are very much into it. It’s very elegant.” 

He paused for a moment than added, “And so…” Trump said tentatively. “Here we sit.” he had forgotten the question. The interview tried again. “You were saying you are Presbyterian…”  Trump replied, “Right, yes. I’m Presbyterian.” And thus concluded Trump’s theological musing.

That, in a spiritually depressing nutshell, is why the nation is becoming “less religious.” When those who purport to be the people of God will support and cheer on a man who not only cannot relate to them on a spiritual level, but blatantly uses the base and heart of their faith as a campaign tool, that is evidence of the salt losing it’s saltiness.

“”You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13 NIV

Can you as a Christian vote with a clear conscience for a man who mocks God?

On this day of remembrance lets remember these statements made by Trump:

“My building was the 2nd-tallest in Manhattan, now it’s the tallest” (2 days after 9/11)

“Once they get it cleared–and that’s going to be a very long process–we will all have a better idea of what can be done on the site. The current mindset is to put up new towers, and I agree. But they shouldn’t be exact replicas. To be blunt, they were not great building. They only became great upon their demise last Tuesday.”

He mistook 7-11 for 9/11.
He said, 9/11 was worse than Pearl Harbor because “great people died,” when those building came down.

Finally he lied in order to take advantage of loan money being offered by the gov. for small businesses to rebuild. He collected $150,000 in grants.

Such a humble man of God. Remember, if you vote for the lesser of two evils, you’re still voting for evil.

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A “Fight 93 Election” Part 3

So getting back to Rush. The irony of the article he cites is that he thinks we who are #NeverTrump are the ones that think everything is fine and let’s just get through another election.

A thousand times no.

It’s the Trump supporters, specifically the ones that have “resigned” themselves to him that are doing this. They are essentially signaling to the American people that there is simply no line of decency, no expectation of principles, no standard of common sense that exceeds the desire to retain power. They’re saying “this is just another election.”

Why do you think the media is biased against Republicans? Could it be because we asked for it. Because we don’t even try to make a case that is palatable to the American people and instead choose to dog whistle to the type of scum we now find controlling the destiny of the party?

That during an economic stagnation, our best answers involved going to poor areas and complaining that they don’t pay enough taxes? http://www.redstate.com/aglanon/2012/02/22/we-are-losing-the-tax-debate-even-though-were-right/

That we respond to every single police shooting with the same uniformity (never the cop’s fault) as we claim BLS does (never the suspect’s fault) That we applaud when a little girl is told her dad will be deported because it’s not enough to simply have a position, we’re for some reason required to be jerks about it.

http://www.nashvillescene.com/news/pith-in-the-wind/article/13049566/crowd-cheers-as-scott-desjarlais-tells-11yearold-girl-her-dad-must-be-deported

The other day, a conservative activist actually mocked the idea of Republicans doing something that would make them look good on TV. Where exactly does that idiot think people go to form their opinions? As I said early, do we want to be right and lose? Or right and win?

Again, how did TARP work out for us? How did Homeland Security work out for us? We’re practically held prisoner by a dept. we created. How did the deficits work out for us?

Do you believe that in 2020, if we embrace Trumpism, win or lose, that the American people will not, on top of everything else, believe we are compassionate? That we are inclusive? That we have the best interest of the country at heart? If not, how do you feel about our chances of winning the next election? Or the next one, Or the next one?

You’re worried about losing the Court, between 2016-2020. How about losing them from 2016 to 2028? Is that a better or a worse scenario. Believe it or not this election isn’t a referendum on Hillary. I don’t care if she wins. It’s irrelevant. Primarily because we’ve already lost. Embracing what killed our chances takes us from mortally wounded to swinging from a tree branch.

We gain nothing. We lose everything. And the idea of a lost Supreme Court will be a relic of old thinking as we can’t even see what’s over the horizon because we’ll be so far out into the wilderness.

If you truly believe that conservatism, not Republicanism, is what saves America and helps her reverse course, then why would you ever even consider nominating and voting for someone that would destroy the opportunity for conservatism to advance, thus preventing if from being able to do those things?

All because the guys who have been in power for decades are now working with people that we generally despise and don’t trust and the two of them are telling us the world is going to end if we lose this election? The world will not end if we lose this election. But we ARE going to lose. The only real question is if we lose with an opportunity to recover, or if we lose in a panic, embracing the worst parts of us as we go down.

So lets go back to the “Flight 93 election” story Rush used. Think about it. Far from being comparable to running to the cockpit to try and save the day, what Rush and others are asking us to do, i to not rush the cabin at all. They’re not suggesting we try to save the plane, or even to force it down to prevent others from being harmed. They’re asking us to sit quietly in our seats, and trust that we can survive whatever the plane crashes into. To gamble that while we don’t know what the terrorists intentions are, we DO know that crashing causes death. So let’s go with the unknown. Besides, they’ve been on a hundred flights and they feel really certain that they can go about business as usual like nothing is different.

But finally we have to realize that everything is different. Those of us who recognize that will be tasked with rebuilding the destruction Trump has brought to the party. I’m guessing the rest will go to work at Trump TV.  Since that was his reason for running in the first place.

As for Rush, all I can say is that he should count his blessing for he never had to see his own conservative hero fall so far.

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