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Donald’s Jesus Trump   3 comments

Paul Kengor over at the American Thinker as apparently been receiving some of the same posts I have on my personal social media. He almost exactly echoes my thoughts on the subject, but he wrote it better than I would have.

I especially liked the part – halfway down the article – where he quotes a “pro-life evangelical” who says voting for Donald Trump is a sign that the religious are becoming faith-filled and trusting Jesus for the answers in politics.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Lela

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/04/donald_jesus_trump_comments.html#disqus_thread

Donald ‘Jesus’ Trump

It has been hard enough for me, as a Reagan scholar, to forebear claims by Trump supporters of alleged commonalities between Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. Some lost soul, in a fit of madness, composed a list of 15 uncanny “similarities” between the two. The list has gone viral and has been sent to me too many times. I’ve resisted responding to it, and — pray God — I will not need to. But speaking of God, other analogies are being made by Trump supporters that wrench my stomach so hard that I need to vent as a form of therapy. It started about six weeks ago when a family friend posted something on Facebook. It was an Old Testament verse, a prophetic one, invoked in the name of and alongside a photo of Donald Trump. I initially thought it was a joke. I will not repeat it here. It’s plainly blasphemous. Then, three weeks ago, another incident during one of my regular appearances on a syndicated Christian talk-show that I do frequently, a wonderful…(Read Full Article)

Donald Trump Can Clear the Field   Leave a comment

I will tell you honestly that I am not a Trump supporter, but I have been trying to figure out what others see in him. I have been especially perplexed as to why more libertarian observers seem to be embracing Trump, who loudly and happily embraces tariffs, which are usually kyptonite to free-market libertarians.

I think I’ve figure it out. They don’t expect Trump to be a libertarian. They expect him to dismantle the Washington elite power structure, which would give libertarians a real opportunity to finally be heard in the resulting political vacuum. It’s an interesting strategy that they might end up regretting, but it has merits … especially what Stockman suggests about Ted Cruz. Lela

Toward A Grand New Bargain: How Donald Trump Can Clear The Field And Realign American Politics

It’s actually pretty easy. At an apt moment very soon, Trump should offer Governor Kasich the VP slot and Senator Cruz the vacant Supreme Court seat.

Such a grand bargain would not only clear the primary field and quash any backroom hijacking of the nomination by the Washington GOP establishment; it would also permit each man to play his highest and best role at this great inflection point in the nation’s history.

Source: Donald Trump Can Clear the Field

Trump Announced Health Plan   2 comments

And, it’s actually good. I don’t trust that’s what he’d actually do when in the office of President, but the promise sounds good.

Anyone with even a basic understanding of economics knows that the ACA is going to collapse under its own weight sooner rather than later. It appears to have been designed that way, probably to usher in fully socialized medicine and claim that manipulation is the “only way to save medical care in the United States.” Which is BS, but ….

So, I’m still not voting for him, but I will give him credit for this. His team should probably get credit for co-opting Ben Carson’s plan; I don’t see Trump actually having thought this through on his own. He’s more of a “big picture” thinker. Although I suppose it’s possible that he was listening in the debates when Ben Carson got to speak on the issue.

Five main points –

  1. Eliminates the individual mandate. Yay! For those of us who are healthy, being forced to spend thousands of dollars every year when we really only need to spend hundreds is draconian invasion into the lives of Americans. (I would note that Trump liked the mandate just a month or so ago during a CNN townhall.)
  2. Open insurance up across state lines. Yay! “As long as a plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer insurance in any state.” This creates competition which will drive insurance costs down and improve customer satisfaction. Going nationwide and providing price transparency worked for auto insurance in the 1980s.
  3. Tax deduction of insurance premiums. Poor people would now be able to afford their premiums. This was a Ben Carson idea, but it works.
  4. Health Savings Accounts that become part of individual estates and can be used by any member of a family. This allows the contributions to be passed on without being subject to the estate tax. This was another Ben Carson idea that I believe could eliminate insurance for most of the population.
  5. Federal block grants to states for Medicaid programs. Which would give states more discretion in spending and allow some innovative solutions. Alaska is not New York. “State governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead.” I still think this is an entitlement that is helping to drive federal and state debt and will eventually destroy the national economy, but it’s the current elephant in the medical office, so it did need to be addressed.

Trump also called for reforms that the presidency and Congress doesn’t really have control over — drug prices and mental health programs.

I hope he doesn’t, but I wonder how long it will be before Ben Carson speaks out in favor of Donald Trump’s health plan and throws his support behind Trump.

 

Posted March 3, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in politics, Uncategorized

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Trump Media   1 comment

This is 4th in a series.

So has Fox essentially endorsed Trump as my friend claims? Umm, no, but kind of yes.

Fox News commentators clearly do not like Donald Trump, but … given his accusation of bias in their coverage of him, they appear to have gone overboard to counter the claim. A quick read of the online front page shows a lot of Trump-centric reporting. Within those articles you find hints that the reporters are puzzled by Trump’s ascendancy, but I found very little evidence that they think a Trump presidency is a good idea.

Just to reiterate – Trump is not a conservative on pretty much any issue. I will not be voting for him. If he were the only candidate of any party on the ballot, I would write someone in.

But he is newsworthy, especially now that he is winning primaries. I do think that some of the reason he’s winning those primaries is the media coverage of him. There’s a lot to be said for name-recognition. He’s the primary (not meant as a pun) reason that I plan to vote in the Alaska Presidential Preference Poll next week. I have to change my party affiliation to do it. I’ll be a Republican for two hours like I was back in 2012. I plan to vote against him, if for no other reason than to help show that Alaska isn’t as insane as New Hampshire. I will be so disappointed with my fellow Alaskans if I am proven wrong.

In analyzing the news coverage from CNN, Fox and PBS, I have to say I see a lot of media manipulation from CNN and PBS. They don’t like Trump, but they sure want to make it seem that Trump is acceptable to the broad spectrum of conservatives (not necessarily Republicans) in this country. He is not. When we talk among ourselves, we keep asking the same question — “What the hell is wrong with the voters of … (name that GOP primary state)?” CONSERVATIVES are not the ones voting for Trump. So why does he keep winning GOP primaries?

Firs, the GOP has not the American conservative party. It represents business interests which are, by and large, moderate progressives. They want money from the government to help them advance their commercial interests. The struggle in the GOP right now is that the business interests thought that they could woe political, fiscal and social conservatives into the party and that we would vote without thinking, but the Internet has made us all more informed these days and those political, fiscal and social conservatives are becoming very dissatisfied with the GOP. Many actual conservatives stayed home for the 2012 election because they didn’t want to vote from Romney and they couldn’t vote for Obama. For whatever reason, they have not elected to vote 3rd party … yet. I think that time is coming.

So, others are voting for Trump, mostly in a wave of populism by voters who don’t ordinarily vote in GOP primaries. These are the people who might be considered moderate, who have little interest in actual politics, but they saw their health insurance costs increase by 25-40% with Obamacare and they see their college-graduate offspring unable to find jobs commensurate with their education and they are angry and want change. They see Trump as a change agent — regardless of whether they would actually want the change he would bring about. They aren’t sophisticated voters who study the issues before they go to the polls. They are voting emotionally.

Moreover, at the risk of making a provocative statement that I might have to defend — it seems almost as if the coverage of the latest Trump moment acts as campaigning for him. Is it possible that the liberal press prefers Trump to be the GOP nominee because then the Democrats can pretty much nominate anyone they want and be assured of a win?

I don’t know. I don’t really care much anymore. I’m probably voting Libertarian in the general. I think if the GOP nominates Trump, the GOP won’t be around to nominate anyone in 2020. They’re the Whigs circa 1856, about to slide into the dustbin of history. But hey, don’t worry. I suspect the Democratic Party is not far behind them. Especially if they nominate Bernie Sanders, they don’t have a long time left. Whether the nation just decides it needs new political parties (or none, please!) or there simply isn’t a nation in the 2020s will be an interesting thing to observe … from a state that has natural resources that can be sold on the open market so that the federal government isn’t all that necessary for our survival. Remember, we’re $19.3 trillion in debt and President Obama wants Congress to pass a budget that would add more than $9 trillion to that debt over the next 10 years. The prediction that there might not be a nation to elect a president becomes more and more believable with every year that passes.

Trump Meltdown   2 comments

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/03/donald-trump-tweets-that-ted-cruz-stole-iowa-illegally-and-quickly-deletes-the-illegally/

Wow! I saw it coming, but for all those folks who liked Trump – wow.

I will say this again — all the polls in the world mean nothing. Elections are what count. Trump’s “popularity” may well have had to do with how the pollsters were wording the survey questions … or name recognition … or entertainment value.

People get into the polling booth, however, and they take it more seriously than they did answering the question on the phone while dinner was getting cold. Trump doesn’t meet the serious candidate standard.

This also speaks to a larger issue. There is a move among some to make voting something you can do from the comfort of your home. How many people would have opted for Trump after their after-dinner cocktail? I’m just suggesting that we might want to realize that people make sloppy decisions when they’re allowed to be sloppy in what they’re doing. They say “yes” to Trump to the pollster on the phone, but “maybe” to Cruz and Rubio when they get to the polling booth. Something as important as voting should not be turned into a casual behavior.

Against Trump   8 comments

National Review argues against Republicans embracing Trump

THOMAS SOWELL In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one—Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after seven years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning to another glib egomaniac to be his successor.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430126/donald-trump-conservatives-oppose-nomination

 

And the leftist Salon claims its evidence of a conservative implosion.

The big release of the latest National Review edition, with a cover declaring “Against Trump,” on Thursday night was above all other things a wonderful gift not just to liberals, but anyone who lives outside of the conservative tribe. Because it gives us a glimpse, however temporary, of what it feels like to be a Trump supporter. I defy readers to take one look at the cover and not feel an overwhelming surge of contempt for these establishment conservatives who love to pander to the camo-crowd when it suits them, but get fussy when the rubes rise up and start demanding real skin in the game. You want to rub their smug little faces right in Donald Trump’s ridiculous hair and ask how they like those apples.

http://www.salon.com/2016/01/22/conservatives_in_a_meltdown_national_reviews_confused_against_trump_issue_is_an_amazing_testament_to_the_rights_implosion/

 

 

What I found truly hilarious was that liberal progressives think National Review represents the Republican establishment. They don’t. If anything, the Republican establishment has more than shown its contempt for the conservative movement represented by thinkers like Thomas Sowell.

 

The National Review message – loud and clear – is that conservatives (not Republicans) should not vote for Donald Trump because Donald Trump is not a conservative. That is a completely correct observation. Trump is not a conservative, though he may be leading the Republican polls.

So why are Salon and the other liberal media cheering the “Republican base” (whoever these people might be) into the Trump camp?

I tend to want to avoid conspiracy theories. They’re useful premises for apocalyptic novels, but espousing them in real life tends to make you sound like you’re crazy. But, I’ve had a sneaking suspicion for some time that someone on the left encouraged Trump, probably with large amounts of cash or some iron-clad promise for the future, to run on the Republican ticket. Right now, he’s got folks who claim to be Republican excited, but what happens when he wins the nomination? Will he suddenly do something that makes him thoroughly unelectable and thereby assure the victory of the Democratic candidate?

No! That couldn’t possibly happen.

Right …????

I can write that as someone who is conservative-libertarian and feels no obligation to the Republican party to vote for their nominee. I’m going to vote my principles and if those don’t align with the Republican Party (and they rarely do), I’ll vote Libertarian or some other party that more closely aligns with me. Yes, I may be “wasting” my vote on a non-winning candidate, but I will not be voting for Trump as meglomaniac in chief because frankly, we’ve had 8 years of meglomania and I think we should be done with that by now. I’d rather “waste” my vote sending a message than play go-along-to-get-along with the Republicans.

Chasing the Shiny Object   2 comments

No to Donald.pngPoliticians will always disappoint you. While it’s tempting to suggest they’re pawns of Satan, the fact is that they are just politicians and their focus is on votes. Votes are what drive their cranks and put them into office. Principles are secondary. That’s true of all politicians, even the ones who talk about principles a lot. Yes, some of them may have principles, but if they stick to them when the electorate wants something else, they become former politicians. A politician’s principles are only as good as the principles of the voters. As long as Americans voters have no idea what our principles are, the average politician – interested in election results – will embrace whatever we are rushing to and shouting for at the moment.

I wish I could say that the “low information voters” are the ones to blame, but I’m really wondering about the increasingly partisan slices of the electorate who reflexively vote along strict party lines for irrational and emotion reasons. They think they’re voting on principle while ignoring the fact that their candidates are not acting on principles or even keeping the promises that convinced these supposedly issue-savvy voters to vote for them in the first place.

Will you vote for Trump in the primary if he’s the front runner? Yes? Why?

That’s bandwagon voting. Everybody likes a front-runner — that’s how the GOP ended up with Gerald Ford in 1976, GHW Bush in 1988, Bob Dole in 1996, John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. But they all lost.

How about if Trump wins the nomination? Will you vote for him then? Yes? Why?

The GOP has a long history of picking duds for the nomination. It’s not just McCain and Romney. Go back and take a look. With the exceptions of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, all of the nominees were party-approved establishment choices. Goldwater was running against the Barack Obama of his era, so he didn’t really have a chance, but Ronald Reagan, product of a negotiated nomination because of a rebellion in the GOP convention, won and was a highly successful president.

Yeah, I’m angry at government too. I detest politicians and I think the party leadership of BOTH major parties is corrupt to the core. Yes, I think the whole partisan electoral system needs to be turned on its head and reorganized. And these are all reasons NOT to vote for Donald Trump.

Let’s just look at Trump for a moment, conservatives.

I hear he has declared himself pro-life. When asked who he might put on the Supreme Court, he named his extremely pro-choice sister, Maryanne Trump Barry. Politician-like?

Trump claims he’s a fiscal conservative, but he has contemplated a flat tax, the fair tax, maintaining the current progressive tax system, a carried-interest tax, a wealth tax and … yeah, he has no idea what his presidency would do if elected. Politician-like?

During the Obama administration, no issue united conservatives more than opposition to Obamacare. And, yet Donald Trump favors a single-payer health car system. So, not a conservative on three issues, but very much a politician.

Interestingly, when news of Trump’s position came out, support for single-payer health care jumped from 16% to 44%. But, wait, Republicans absolutely hated Obamacare, so why would they support single-payer when Trump is advocating for it?

For me, the arguments against single-payer health care remain the same regardless of who I am talking to and regardless of how much charisma that person wields. Health care is an exceedingly intimate decision and should not involve government bureaucrats. Europeans are permanently enslaved by the high-cost of their health care entitlement. For 15 years, I worked for a Medicaid-recipient social service agency and I have seen how really, truly awful Medicaid really truly is. Those reasons don’t change for me because some political figure espouses a differing opinion.

And yet, a lot of Republican “conservatives” are talking about voting for this PT Barnum-esque figure. Why?

Is it just that we are like ravens, attracted to the flash and too foolish to realize it isn’t food?

 

Are We Really That Foolish?   Leave a comment

By now, everybody has heard that Sarah Palin has endorsed Donald Trump. I am still not voting for him.

I used to like Sarah quite a bit and I still wish she’d stayed governor of Alaska for a full two-terms. We could have missed out on Sean Parnell’s incredible stupidity and this downturn in the price of oil would be a concern only in that our non-Permanent Fund savings would be going down. You see, Sarah refused to grow the State of Alaska during the high oil prices and she put the extra revenue in savings for a day very much like what Alaska is going through now. Sean Parnell immediately began increasing the size of the state government and spending that savings as soon as he became governor. Had Sarah remained governor (term limited in 2014), we wouldn’t need to discuss an economy-killing and population-draining income tax. I blame John McCain and the GOP establishment for dragging her away (and still wonder if that was not planned). I blame her own greed for turning her into a caricature of her former self. Power corrupts and, apparently, power denied and then redirected corrupts even more. I knew there was a reason why I never wanted to run for political office. She is Exhibit A.

But enough about what if … this is what is. She endorsed Donald Trump. Why?

Donald Trump is not a conservative. Of course, neither was Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon or, truthfully, either of the Bushes (which ought to tell you something about Jeb).  These Republican presidents were not fiscal or political conservatives. Eisenhower had such broad support from both sides of the aisle because he was a moderate who championed the Interstate Highway System that more than any other program of the federal government has taken away the sovereignty of the individual states, but was also a huge boondoggle that spent lavishly from the public treasury.

Richard Nixon was arguably the most liberal president between LBJ and Barack Obama. He considered the conservative movement to be a “threat more menacing” to the GOP than the John Birch Society. He told his aide John Whitaker, “There is only one thing as bad as a far-left liberal and that’s a damn right-wing conservative.” Nixon created the EPA (the Employment Prevention Agency – thank you, Marco Rubio, for that), institutionalized affirmative action, loved regulation, and pushed for huge increases in domestic spending, including a massive government takeover of health care.

Bush 1 is known for raising taxes after he promised he wouldn’t and Bush 2 ran on a platform of “compassionate conservativism.” The new drapes had not been hung in the Oval Office when he began working with Ted Kennedy on education (No Child Left Behind). He passed the biggest expansion of entitlements since the Great Society (Medicare Part D), increased the federal workforce, and increased federal spending per household. Yes, he lowered taxes. So?

That brings us to Trump, who some (including Palin) are saying pits the GOP conservative base against the presumably more liberal GOP establishment. So lets get some terminology straight here.

Contrary to what MSN wants to portray, conservatives are generally for very limited government and strict adherence to the Constitution, which results in reduced spending, less need for taxation, a reduction in regulation, and more individual freedom. By that definition, Eisenhower, Nixon and the Bushes were not conservatives and neither is Donald Trump. Sarah was definitely a fiscal conservative while she was governor of Alaska, but let’s be honest about that … Alaska is the most socialist state in the union, not by choice, but by Congressional design (with a lot of input from the Eisenhower administration, by the way).  Thanks to oil wealth, Alaskan have been shareholders in the 13th largest government-owned petroleum resource development corporation for the last 40 years. If not for oil, the socialism of this state would and will bankrupt us. Sarah understood that the State of Alaska needed to be run like the corporation it is and she did that. When I vote for a governor, I am selecting a CEO … and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that in the reality that has been impressed upon Alaska through the Statehood Compact.

In a similar way, Trump appears to view the United States of America as a business that can be run just like his real estate and media empire.

Of course (and this is my #1 reason for not voting for Donald Trump) you can’t take the United States government into bankruptcy so you can reset and start anew.  What works for business when there is a government that lets businesses get away with that will not work with the largest economy in the world. I suspect Sarah knew that when she was running for Vice-President, but I doubt Trump has ever understood the catastrophic effects of an economic crash on everyone who isn’t a billionaire.

So Sarah endorsed Trump. I suspect someone paid her to do so – maybe Trump, maybe whoever else is giving to SarahPAC. Because I don’t walk in lock-step with any candidate or political figure, I don’t care that she endorsed Trump. I’m going to hold to my own principles and shake my head sadly at what has become of one of the best governors Alaska ever had. Trump will not be getting my vote.

Until yesterday, I honestly thought that the American voters might like Donald Trump from his entertaining populism when the telephone pollsters called, but they’d think better of their choices when they got into the polling booth.

I’m no longer that sure. If I look at recent history, I have to be honest. People are dumb. They gave Barack Obama a second term after he spent us into multi-generational debt, forced an unconstitutional health care bill down our throats, divided the country along racial lines, orchestrated the illegal sale of guns to Mexican drug lords, and left four Americans on the ground in Benghazi. And that’s just the highlight reel.

So maybe we really are stupid enough to elect Donald Trump as nominee to the GOP. We’ll see what happens in the next few months. But, for the record, I will not be voting for Donald Trump. I plan to explain that soon.

How the GOP could Trump the Left’s Rhetoric and Win in 2016   2 comments

I have no plans to vote for Donald Trump. Currently, I have no plans to vote for any candidate of a major political party and Donald Trump will not get my vote in any case.

But he is getting my attention and the temporary support of many conservatives in the nation. He’s bombastic, rude, politically incorrect and I’d likely need to restrain myself from shooting him if he were my neighbor. I think that’s what most people think of him. He’s also a former registered Democrat who gives liberally to both parties, has expressed support for single-payer health care and abortion … in other words, the antithesis of what most conservatives want in a president. So why is he a leading contender in the Republican presidential race?

I don’t think it has much to do with Donald Trump actually. He is getting a lot of attention because of his style, not his substance (of which there doesn’t appear to be much). I suspect he’s pursuing this election not because he particularly wants to be president, but because he sees it — and rightfully so — as a huge advertising campaign that will build his monetary empire. But really, why do conservatives like him at the moment?

Why do I, despite being absolutely certain that I will not vote for him, like his advertising campaign?

Trump is running like he has nothing to lose, which is true enough. I don’t think he expects to become the nominee. That’s not the goal for him. His goal is to get attention and he’s doing that by branding himself in a certain way. It is that certain way I think the candidates who want to be president ought to buy a clue from.

Trump unabashedly champions America and her citizens. The Democratic Party has branded conservatives and libertarians as racists, sexists, Islamophobes, homophobes and bigots and fairly effectively tongue-tied most reasonable voices in our end of the wading pool. Shouting “I am not!” doesn’t appear to be working, so instead, they dissemble and apologize and backtrack while the left is now using the full force of government to force compliance with a whole range of activities that conservatives and particularly Christians find abhorrent. Many Americans are fed up with having our tax dollars stolen from us to pay for an agenda that turns us into the enemy and seeks to teach our children that they live in an evil country and that their parents worship a racist, homophobic god. Worse, no amount of reasonable debate is allowed. We just are what we’ve been deemed unless and until we agree to violate our beliefs to be allowed to have a voice … except then we’ll have nothing to say. Along comes Trump and instead of saying “I am not a racist, homophobe, sexist and let me beg for the opportunity to show you that is true by agreeing with you”, he shouts “I don’t care what you think” and conservatives think “YEAH!” When Trump says “Stop making Americans the enemy”, Americans take notice. It is a message that resonates with us. Yes, it resonates with me, even though I will not be voting for Trump.

But, oh, my, the GOP could woe my vote back if they’d only learn from Trump’s advertising campaign. If a GOP candidate or three would learn to not care about the left’s agenda, to be unapologetic in the left’s attacks, to stand on facts and refuse to cave to PC intimidation tactics … yeah, I could be convinced to vote Republican again.

When Trump’s outrageous comments about Mexico and illegal immigrants — predictably — made folks mad , he faced a media storm and even lost business partners, but he refused to apologize because …. well, he’s mostly right. It’s a verifiable fact that 71% of non-citizens in the United States federal prison system are from Mexico. Mexican citizens make up 16% of our federal prison system population. And if you live in a state with a large illegal immigrant population, you know someone — often a teenager or young person fresh out of school — who has tried to find work and can’t while the primary language in the businesses they apply to is Sonoran Spanish. His facts are right, so why should he apologize?

Trump is a verbal pugilist who says what he means (or at least what he’s decided his campaign means) and means what he says and he has the courage to stick by it. He points out what most of us already know — that while the professional political class works to retain its ruling power, America is eroding faster than a beach during a hurricane. Trump isn’t the only American who believes that the 2016 election is the last chance to wrest the country’s political system from the jaws of statism. The Donald gives voice to that fear and frustration and the anger that comes with it. He’s willing to fight back when so many of us feel like we might end up in the statists’ prison if we do.

Trump doesn’t sound like a politician. He makes statements that are true, but not couched in weasel phrases. We haven’t heard that sort of honesty from the governing class for a very long time. From Trump we hear “China is eating our lunch” and “Mexico … is killing us at the border and on trade”.

Trump also speaks to a growing anti-establishment ethos among conservative voters who feel deeply betrayed by a GOP establishment who has relentless marginalized them. When Reince Priebus asked Trump to “tone it down”, we feel the ancillary pressure for conservative voters to be quiet as well.

Just let the governing class take care of everything and don’t worry your dumb little heads about $18 trillion in debt and a 23% long-term unemployment rate that hasn’t budged in six years. Just let the GOP rule and all will be well. Well, we tried that and got eight years of George Bush, $10 trillion in debt, two wars that appear never ending, a gigantic pre-takeover of health insurance (Medicare drug expansion) and a federal takeover of local schools (No Child Left Behind). That is got worse under the Obama administration does not mean we have forgotten what happens when the GOP is allowed to follow a “centrist” agenda.

When Trump’s fellow GOP candidates criticize him for these stances, it makes them look “establishment”, conciliatory, weak, ignorant, and downright sympathetic to the left. They SAY they’re on our side, but they act like they might not be.

I’m standing back and saying they’re all statists and I’m not going to vote for any of them (Ben Carson, I think may be the only non-statist in the entire race including Trump), but for those conservative voters who still believe in the party system — the GOP mainstream looked lukewarm on issues conservatives care about BEFORE Trump started making these outrageous statements that so agree with the conservative experience.

Donald Trump doesn’t need the presidency. Being really rich means he has liberty to say and do things that lack nuance, subtly and grace, but that resonate strongly with an electorate that is exhausted by being lied to by the political class.

I’m currently not voting for anyone with a major party affiliation, and I would not vote for Trump in any case, but the other candidates in the GOP race might want to take note of what he’s doing and why it’s working. He’s running as if he has nothing to lose. Either voters will like what he has to say and vote for him or they won’t. And right now he’s leading the Republican pack.

Maybe voters are looking for some truth and some honesty about the situation we’re in and Trump is the only candidate out there telling the truth.

The other candidates should take note: Running as if you have nothing to lose may, in fact, be the way to win.

Posted July 20, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in politics

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