Posts Tagged ‘Ted Cruz’

What is Causing the “Cruz Collapse”?

May 2, 2016

image It appears that the Campaign of Senator Ted Cruz, who is seeking the Republican Nomination as their Presidential Candidate, is in the rapid state of descent which parachuters refer to as “free-fall”

Nationalreview.com reports that

Down in the polls and with zero margin for error heading into Tuesday’s crucial Indiana primary, Ted Cruz could be forgiven for seeing a silver lining in his apparent strength with unbound Republican delegates. Until Donald Trump’s romp through the Northeast last Tuesday abruptly changed the subject, the political world was captivated — and Trump supporters were infuriated — by the Cruz campaign’s successful effort to elect large blocs of friendly delegates at a series of state-party conventions.

“But friendly delegates are as subject to shifts in the race’s momentum as anyone else, and Cruz’s strength with some of these crucial first-ballot convention voters may be overstated — particularly in North Dakota, where his campaign declared victory after filling 18 of 25 unbound delegate slots with its chosen candidates at the April 3 convention. Those delegates are vital to Cruz’s quest to deny his rival the 1,237 delegates he’ll need on the first ballot in Cleveland. But as they’ve watched Cruz struggle to tread water in a primary increasingly dominated by Trump, many of them, wary of a bitter convention battle that could rend the party at its seams, are rethinking their commitment to the Texas senator.

I think [last Tuesday’s vote] spooked a lot of people,” says Jim Poolman, a North Dakota delegate who had previously committed to a first-ballot convention vote for Cruz. “But I want to be clear, I think the will of the people does mean something, as well,” he says. “Donald Trump has gotten a lot of support across the country, and just [last Tuesday], winning five [states] is one heckuva showing.” Poolman now says he will opt to see how the remaining primaries play out, and is “not necessarily” a first-ballot vote for Cruz. He’s not alone. Of the ten North Dakota delegates on the Cruz slate reached by National Review, five express serious reservations about backing the Texas senator on that crucial first ballot. “I have to admit I’ve been vacillating,” says David Hogue, a state senator and Cruz-approved delegate who insists he’s “firmly uncommitted.”

Hogue’s senate colleague Dick Dever is also getting cold feet. “What I have said is I’m leaning towards Cruz, but I’m not committed to anybody,” he says. “And after [Tuesday’s vote], I think Trump has the momentum going forward.” Dever was impressed by the way Trump broke fifty percent in all five of last Tuesday’s primaries, after relying on pluralities to propel him to victory in previous contests. And he finds it just as telling that Cruz lost to John Kasich in all but one of those contests. “I think that was a real shift,” he says.

With Trump on a winning streak that’s seen his popularity and electoral success continue to grow past the long-assumed “ceiling” of 35 to 40 percent of the Republican electorate, many North Dakota delegates who privately support Cruz are rethinking the wisdom of challenging the real-estate mogul’s commanding lead on the convention floor. Rick Becker, a former North Dakota gubernatorial candidate who is still loyal to Cruz, says one delegate who he believes would like to support Cruz is nevertheless warning peers about the damage they could do to the party’s November prospects by angering the millions of voters who support Trump.

In a related story

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll finds Mr. Trump ahead by 15 points among likely Republican primary voters in Indiana, pointing to a victory that would significantly boost the businessman’s chances of clinching the Republican presidential nomination before the party’s convention in Cleveland.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, his chief rival, continued to voice confidence that he could keep Mr. Trump from getting the 1,237 delegates needed to claim the nomination either before the convention or on the first ballot. But Mr. Cruz needs Indiana’s primary to be a pivot point.

What has caused the spectacular collapse of the campaign of Senator Ted Cruz?

I recently wrote that

In the case of Senator Ted Cruz, his image of not being just another politician, was tarnished by the actions of those working for him, in regards to the political shenanigans that were being played against Donald J. Trump.

Also, instead of trying to reach out to other parts of the voting base, as Trump is done, Cruz instead reached out to fellow politicians, seeking their support.

However, upon reflection, I believe there is even more to the story of the collapse of the Cruz Campaign.

As I have documented before, the success of Donald J. Trump and his Campaign, is one of a visceral and palpable anger, that is presently held by Americans for Professional Politicians.

I believe that this anger has not only been caused by the blatant self-serving interests of those we have elected to serve us in Washington, DC, but also by
the realization by average Americans that our country is under attack by enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Average Americans, like you and me, love our country.

We are tired of being told by the present Administration and their Liberal Minions in the Main Stream Media, that America is “just another country”, when we have been raised to believe, by those who exemplified it, in American Exceptionalism.

Our ancestors, relatives, and friends have died in the defense of our nation and our Traditional American Values.

And, our love and respect for those who have gone before us, simply will not allow us to stand idly by, and watch the continued degradation and purposeful destruction of a nation that was built through their sacrifices.

Modern American Liberals call this attitude “Nationalism” and/or “Jingoism”.

Those of us here in America’s Heartland, simply call it “being an American.”

The bold and brash nature of Trump and his “Political Correctness be d*mned” way of speaking, continues to strike a resonant chord in the hearts of average Americans, who, quite simply, are fed up with being told that we’re wrong for believing in these Traditional American Values.

What the Liberals do not seem to understand, is the more that they send paid protesters out to stop Trump from speaking, the more average Americans will support him, because, despite all of their best efforts to turn America into a Democratic Socialist Nation , we remain the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

If this was any other time in the history of presidential elections, Senator Ted Cruz would probably be faring better.

Unfortunately for Senator Cruz, at this point, with the American people solidly behind him, as evidenced by the Overflow crowds that the Main Stream amedia has been very careful not to document, Trump appears to be unstoppable.

Sir Isaac Newton once stated that

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction

Professional Politicians, by ignoring the wishes of average Americans, and acting in their own self-interests, have brought this whole phenomenon upon themselves.

In other words, the “Trump Train” is an “equal and opposite reaction”.

To paraphrase the classic cartoon character, Popeye the Sailor Man…

We’ve had all we can stands. We can’t stands no more.

Until He Comes,

KJ

The Sanders and Cruz Campaigns: Of Viability and Desperation

April 28, 2016

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As the Primary Election Season gets closer to its end, signs of desperation are becoming apparent and newsworthy on both sides of the Political Aisle.

Cnn.com reports that

 

Bernie Sanders’ campaign is laying off more than 200 workers, campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Wednesday.

The campaign is downsizing from its current 550-member team to between 325 to 350 workers, said Weaver, who added that at one point the Sanders’ staff numbered more than 1,000.

The decision follows a bad night for Sanders, in which he lost four out of five East Coast states that voted on Tuesday.

“The calendar is coming closer to the end and there are not that many states going forward … it’s the natural evolution of every campaign,” Weaver told CNN.
Sanders announced the layoffs in an interview with The New York Times.
“It will be hundreds of staff members,” Sanders told the Times. “We have had a very large staff, which was designed to deal with 50 states in this country; 40 of the states are now behind us. So we have had a great staff, great people.”

 

When someone is let go from the World Wrestling Entertainment Corporation, what Bernie just did to his staffers is known as being “future endeavored”.

As in,

 

We wish them well in their future endeavors.

 

Evidently, America is not”Feeling the Bern.”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Political Aisle…

CBS’ New York Local Affiliate reports that

 

Despite being mathematically eliminated from clinching the Republican nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz has picked a running mate.

Cruz tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina to run as his vice presidential nominee.

The Texas senator unveiled his decision Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis, calling Fiorina an “extraordinary leader.”

“It is unusual to make the announcement as early as we’re doing so now,” Cruz said.

He continued, “Why now? No one is getting to 1,237 delegates. We must unite.”

Already Wednesday, Fiorina seemed comfortable playing the traditional vice presidential campaign role of attacker, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.

“Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both will be disastrous for this nation,” she said.

Cruz praised Fiorina’s path from secretary to chief executive officer and her past willingness to challenge GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

“Carly isn’t intimidated by bullies, because she’s faced challenges a lot worse than someone bellowing and yelling and insulting her face,” he said.

The remark was a reference to a Trump magazine interview where the frontrunner said of Fiorina, “Look at that face – would anyone vote for that?”

In lauding Fiorina, Cruz added, “Over and over again, Carly has shattered glass ceilings.”

Fiorina actually started singing on stage after accepting Cruz’s offer.

 

Funny, I thought it was the fat lady who was supposed to sing.

Ted Cruz’s actions in naming a vice presidential running mate, when he has not even gained the Republican nomination as their presidential candidate, is not only unprecedented , but is also a classic case of putting the cart before the horse

It is a move of desperation.

Make no mistake, Senator Cruz’s move is designed to not only generate buzz, is also designed to try to generate some momentum in a failing and flailing political campaign. The problem with this maneuver is the fact that, just as Johnny Mathis sang all those years ago, it is

 

Too much, Too little, Too late.

 

Both Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, at this point in their campaigns, did not have a chance of becoming the Presidential Candidate of either of their political parties.

In Sanders case, he had several things going up against him. While most of his fellow Democrats do not have the guts to overtly call themselves Socialists, even though they are, Sanders went ahead and did it. By doing so, he limited his voter base to millennials, a generation of Americans who have not seem to grasp the concept that Socialism, in Marxist theory, is the step before Communism.

In fact, the only part of Bernie Sanders’ Political Platform that they appeared to have grasped, is his promise to provide Free College Tuition and to bestow upon them other free stuff from the largesse of a Nanny State Central Government, bought for with the money of Americans who actually work for a living.

Sanders’ Campaign was doomed from the start, as the powers-that-be had already chosen Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Presidential Candidate and had placed a political system within the Primaries to ensure that it happened.

In the case of Senator Ted Cruz, his image of not being just another politician, was tarnished by the actions of those working for him, in regards to the political shenanigans that were being played against Donald J. Trump.

Also, instead of trying to reach out to other parts of the voting base, as Trump is done, Cruz instead reached out to fellow politicians, seeking their support.

So now, as the chance to secure their respective political parties presidential nominations is an impossibility, these two Professional Politicians have chosen to try to remain, at least in their minds, viable candidates.

Unfortunately, for both of them, it appears that their campaigns are over, even if they don’t realize it.

The Political Primary Parade has passed both of them by. All that is left, is for the street sweeper is to clean up the mess.

Until He Comes,

KJ

The Moment of No Return: If Trump Reaches 1,237 Delegates Tonight, What Then?

April 26, 2016

GOP-for-H-600-LII believe that the Republican Party is stuck in a cycle in which their desire to protect their own hindquarters and cushy “jobs” have lead to a self-imposed isolation from the very American Citizens who were responsible for their having those cushy “jobs” in the first place.

I believe that average Americans, like you and me, have the power to relieve them of the burden of such a stressful job, and send others to Washington, who will listen to their “bosses”. – kingsjester, 2/27/16

The New York Times reports that

The temporary alliance between Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, formed to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican presidential nomination, was already fraying almost to the point of irrelevance on Monday, only hours after it was announced to great fanfare.

With the pact, the two candidates agreed to cede forthcoming primary contests to each other. Mr. Kasich would, most crucially, stand down in Indiana’s primary on May 3 to give Mr. Cruz a better chance to defeat Mr. Trump there, while Mr. Cruz would leave Oregon and New Mexico to Mr. Kasich. It appeared to be a measure of last resort, but initially it seemed like a breakthrough.

Mr. Cruz trumpeted what he called the “big news” in Indiana, a state that appears pivotal to stopping Mr. Trump from winning a majority of delegates. “John Kasich has decided to pull out of Indiana to give us a head-to-head contest with Donald Trump,” he said.

But at his own campaign stop in Philadelphia on Monday, Mr. Kasich tamped down Mr. Cruz’s triumphalism. Voters in Indiana, Mr. Kasich said, “ought to vote for me,” even if he would not be campaigning publicly there. He added, “I don’t see this as any big deal.”

Under the best of circumstances, the arrangement between Mr. Cruz and Mr. Kasich would seem to be a long shot — more of an expedient to stop Mr. Trump from taking a big step toward winning the nomination next week in Indiana than a permanent joining of forces.

Far from forming any kind of unity ticket, Mr. Trump’s surviving challengers have both vowed to triumph in an open convention in Cleveland, and they remain irreconcilable on key matters of policy. Their agreement dealt only with three states, leaving an open question as to how directly they might compete with each other everywhere else.

Mr. Cruz’s campaign privately advised supporters on Sunday not to endorse tactical voting, whereby his supporters might switch their allegiance to Mr. Kasich in states where the Ohio governor is running stronger against Mr. Trump. “We never tell voters who to vote for,” read the suggested Cruz talking point. “We’re simply letting folks know where we will be focusing our time and resources.”

Mr. Trump, who has taunted his opponents throughout the race for their Keystone Kops approach to undermining his campaign, seemed to relish the continuing strain between his remaining rivals. On Twitter, he mocked “Lyin’ Ted Cruz” and “1 for 38 Kasich,” referring to the latter’s dismal winning record in the Republican race, for being unable to beat him on their own.

“So they have to team up (collusion) in a two on one,” Mr. Trump wrote. “Shows weakness!”

At a campaign rally in Rhode Island, Mr. Trump boasted that his opponents were united against him, and said he welcomed their “collusion.”

“Actually I was happy,” he said, “because it shows how weak they are.”

Allies of both Mr. Cruz and Mr. Kasich did not exactly disagree with that assessment, and acknowledged that the prospect of imminent disaster in Indiana had been the impetus to reach their deal, such as it is.

Still, aides to Mr. Cruz and Mr. Kasich seem acutely aware that they risk turning off voters who find the arrangement unseemly. Even before his rivals’ agreement, Mr. Trump had complained repeatedly that the nominating process was “rigged” against him.

With Mr. Trump expected to win all five of the East Coast states that vote on Tuesday, the next opportunity to slow his campaign will come a week later in Indiana. Republicans believe he must be stopped there if they are to deny him the nomination.

“Unseemly”

What an interesting word.

The word “unseemly” is associated with the world of “Professional Politics” like peanut butter is associated with jelly, or Michael Moore with All-You-Can-Eat Buffets.

How does an action become perceived as unseemly?

Usually, an action becomes perceived as “unseemly”, when it goes against the moral and/or ethical standards of those who are witnessing it.

Other words for the polite word, “unseemly”, are “shady”, crooked”, “slick”, and “conniving”.

However, in this case, perhaps the word “desperate” would serve the description of the situation better.

Kasich has only won one state, of all of the previous primary elections held. Politically, he is now a non-entity. He is only serving himself by remaining in the race, feeding his own ego.

Cruz, was, by all reckoning, mathematically eliminated from a first ballot nomination after the New York Primary.

Little did I know that, as his campaign for the Republican Nomination progressed, this “New Maverick”, Ted Cruz, would align himself with those whom he had fought so hard against in the Senate “on behalf of the people”.

I realize that Donald J. Trump has his shortcomings, as well.

However, as a political candidate, when you promise to fight against the “Washingtonian Status Quo” and then you join forces with its purveyors, in order to get elected, you may gain some potential voters, but you also disillusion a lot of your base.

Just like Captain Jean Luc Picard in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, it appears that “Man of the People” Ted Cruz has been “assimilated”, with the Vichy Republicans playing the role of “The Borg”.

If Trump gains the magic number of 1,237 Delegates in today’s Primaries,  the Professional Politicians, are going to face a situation that they have denied the possibility of, since Donald J. Trump announced that he was running for President of the United States of America.

The Republican Establishment is about to be hoisted on its own petard.

Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t the Republicans supposed to be the opposition party?

Just like the slavish Main Stream Media believe that President Barack Hussein Obama walks upon the water, the Establishment or “Vichy” Republicans, must idolize or at least respect the Democratic Party, because for the past 7 years, they were Hell-bent on copying them in their actions, words, and deeds.

Just look at their track record over Obama’s tenure in the Oval Office.

As we say in Dixie, they ain’t done squat.

Inconceivably, like a bunch of Democrats, when Primary Season arrived, they expected us to forget their lack of intestinal fortitude, while in office, and elect those who were just like them to the Presidency in November 2016.

Oh, we  remembered them all right. But, not in the way they wanted us to. We did not remember them as leaders. Oh, no. Rather, Americans, here in the Heartland, remembered them with all of the fondness that the French Resistance remembered the Nazi collaborators, or Vichy French, after World War II.

What slays me is the fact that the Establishment Republicans still seem to be quite content, in their moderately left-leaning stupor, to be totally oblivious and tone deaf of their Base, average hard working middle-class Americans like you and me.

You know, the people who actually put them into office.

They keep on making bad choices.

They have pushed for maintaining the Washingtonian Status Quo because they erroneously believe that new citizens, provided through amnesty, will vote for them instead of the Democratic Party, who are ready to be their own personal Santa Claus and buy their votes with free admission to the Welfare State.

Spineless Vichy Republicans have been a barrier to Republican victory for as long as I can remember. Like Quakers, Establishment Republicans seem to believe that passive resistance and reaching out to their sworn enemies as “friends”, is the way to defeat those who oppose you.

It has been especially bad during Obama’s reign, as the House and Senate Republican Leadership apparently cherished their friendship with the Democrats more than they did the wishes of the folks back home. Yes, they talked a good game, but so did Jon Lovitz in those “Liar Sketches” during the old days of Saturday Night Live, back when they were actually funny.

Yeah,  my wife Morgan Fairchild. Yeah, that’s it. That’s the ticket!

And, now, with the reality of this evening’s results upon them, like Godzilla rising from Tokyo Harbor, the Republican Establishment are looking ridiculous in their scrambling desperation, as a Benny Hill Chase Scene (cue Boots Randolph’s “Yakety Sax”).

Note to the GOP Elite:

You guys are now facing the same situation that faced Victor von Frankenstein, in the classic movie: You have created this “monster”.

…a pi$$ed-off base who are voting for an outsider, a non-professional politician talking directly to the people.

And, you have lost control.

Your only hope is to catch this lighting in a bottle and to ride this lightning bolt all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

However, if past actions are any barometer, I doubt that you are smart enough to grasp this reality.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

 

New Poll Shows Trump Has Best Chance to Beat Clinton. Why? “It’s the Economy, Stupid.”

April 18, 2016

Deja-VuAs Donald J. Trump’s Campaign for the Republican Presidential Candidate Nomination continues, the reality of a Trump Victory is beginning to crystalize in the minds of both his Political Opponents, in both parties, and the American Voter.

The Washington Post, in an op ed disguised as a news article, reports that

NEW YORK — The volatility of the Republican presidential race threatens to undermine the ­party’s July convention, putting potential donors on edge, raising security concerns and prompting some GOP politicians, including those in competitive reelection battles, to skip the Cleveland gathering altogether.

A bungled and possibly contested convention could have lasting repercussions not only for the eventual nominee but also for the Republican brand. Party leaders fear that a week of contentious floor fights, inflammatory rhetoric and potentially violent protests could project a negative image to voters nationwide.

Compounding the challenges facing organizers are the expectations of Donald Trump, who asserted in an interview that he should have at least partial control over programming, stagecraft and other issues by virtue of his front-runner status — even if he does not have the delegates to secure the nomination beforehand.

Trump blasted the GOP’s last convention, in Tampa four years ago, as “the single most boring convention I’ve ever seen.” The billionaire real estate mogul and reality-television star said it was imperative that this year’s gathering have a “showbiz” quality — and he cast doubt on the ability of the Republican National Committee, which oversees the convention, to deliver.

“It’s very important to put some showbiz into a convention, otherwise people are going to fall asleep,” Trump said in a 45-minute interview here last week in his Trump Tower office. “We don’t have the people who know how to put showbiz into a convention.”

Speaking of dull…

…Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, a Trump critic and unsuccessful 2016 presidential candidate, will not go. Sen. Mark Kirk, facing a tough reelection challenge in blue-state Illinois, announced last week that he would not attend, while Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and Richard Burr (N.C.) told CNN that they probably will stay away.

In that same article, Trump blasts the Republican National Committee for placing this year’s convention in the hugely Democrat City of Cleveland.

In a related statement, the writer describes into detail, preparations being made by the Municipal Authoritities to equip the police with right gear, amid preparations for the Republican Convention.

There has been a lot of buzz among the Establishment Republicans and the Main Stream Media, that the expected violence, following a possible Trump Nomination, will be reminiscent of the 1968 Convention, during which riots occurred.

What they fail to mention, is that, unlike the 1968 Convention Riots over the Vietnam War, these riots will be bought and paid for, by sponsors such as billionaire Puppet Master George Soros and the Communist Party of the United States, who played a part in financing the protesters who camped out during the Occupy Wall Street Debacle, during which the unwashed wannabe hippies, left the safety of their mom’s basement, to set up tents and cities, in a protest against capitalism, during which they attacked female protesters and defecated on police cars.

Make no mistake, the Main Stream Media will report these protests as something noble. However, as seen during the Trump Republican Primary Campaign, they will be simply a means by which to disrupt Trump’s momentum and to deny him and his supporters their Constitutional Rights, in order to preserve the power of the Wisconsin professional politicians, especially on the left side of the Political Aisle, and to preserve the Washington Status Quo.

Why has so much money been spent, through the purchase of political ads and the paying off of professional protesters, by both sides of the political aisle, in their efforts to stop billionaire entrepreneur Donald J. Trump?

After all, if you believe the polls, as put out by Liberal Organizations, such as the Washington Post and NBC, Trump does not have a snowball’s chance in Hades of beating the presumptive Democrat Candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Well…as the late, great Paul Harvey used to say…

And now, Anericans….the rest of the story…

Last Friday, Foxnews.com reported that

A new FOX News poll shows Republican Donald Trump leading Ted Cruz by 18 points, while Democrat Hillary Clinton now only has a two-point lead over Bernie Sanders.

Voters polled believe Donald Trump has the best chance of beating Hillary Clinton this fall, but they don’t think he’s the right person to negotiate with Russian President Vladamir Putin, Clinton fits that bill instead.

65% of Republicans think Trump has the knowledge to effectively serve as President, while only 12% of Democrats do.

So why do you suppose, that Trump was picked by the Americans participating in this poll, to have the best chance of beating Clinton?

The answer is simple.

It’s the economy, stupid.

In that same poll, those responding said that the economy is the single most important issue in the upcoming presidential election. Donald J Trump is a self-made billionaire. He knows how to create jobs. He understands Capitalism, the engine that runs America and her economy, don’t want a trumpet some self made billionaire. He knows how to create jobs.

Hilary, just like her former boss, Barack Hussein Obama, believes in “sharing the wealth”. She is just as big a socialist as Bernie Sanders.

Americans understand that fact.

When the only jobs that an economy is adding every month are government jobs, that country is moving in the wrong direction.

Too many Americans have been out of work for too long a period of time.

Americans are tired of the empty promises that they have heard since 2009, made by professional politicians on both sides of the political aisle.

That is why Donald J. Trump is presently enjoying a wide lead in the state of California, Pennsylvania, and his home state of New York.

The majority of Americans have had their fill of Professional Politicians, who promise the Moon, but deliver dust.

It is time to try something new.

Until He Comes,

KJ

“You Say You Want a Revolution?” Palin Warns Republican Elite Not to “Underestimate the Wisdom of the People”

April 16, 2016

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To say that things remain heated, regarding the possibility of a Republican “Brokered” Convention occurring this summer in Cleveland, would be an understatement.

USNews.com reports that

Voters will “rise up” in opposition if Republican power brokers try to take the presidential nomination away from Donald Trump or Ted Cruz at the GOP convention this summer, Sarah Palin said Thursday in a wide-ranging interview.

The 2008 vice presidential nominee told The Associated Press that GOP voters have the right to decide the party’s nominee and will rebel if House Speaker Paul Ryan or some other “white knight” is chosen at a contested convention. Ryan said this week he will not seek or accept the nomination.

Palin said voters know better than to be fooled by party leaders.

“How dare they?” Palin asked, denouncing “arrogant political operatives who underestimate the wisdom of the people.”

If party leaders try to intervene at the July convention, “we will rise up and say our vote does count, our activism does count,” she said.

Palin said she is not convinced by pledges from party leaders that the GOP nominee will be chosen from among those running for president.

“There are some snakes in there,” she said of party leaders. “I’ve had to deal with the political machinery my whole career.”

Palin said she plans to attend the convention in Cleveland, but she conceded that she may have to “invite myself to the party.”

“I can’t see any of them inviting me,” she said of party leaders. “I think they are afraid of what I would say.”

Palin, who has endorsed Trump, said she is confident he will win the GOP nomination, but said she can support Cruz if he emerges as the nominee.

She said she backs Trump because he is “so reasonable and so full of common sense and knows that for America to be great again we have to develop our natural resources” such as oil and natural gas.

While some GOP leaders worry that Trump’s disparaging comments about women, minorities and others have him struggling in the polls with key voter blocs, Palin said Trump would be the GOP’s strongest nominee. Trump has created the “big tent” that party leaders have long been seeking, she said, citing the billionaire businessman’s appeal to independents and “blue dog Democrats” in the South and other rural areas.

Palin said she was not concerned about some of Trump’s comments about women, saying she has known him for years “and I know the respect he has for women.”

Trump “doesn’t have high-paid consultants and pollsters and spinsters trying to spin him into something he’s not,” she said. “He takes advice from strong, confident women in his life, like his wife and daughter.”

While Palin said she could support Cruz, she said it was “unfortunate that he has people around him who are not truthful. I sure want to believe it’s the people around him and not Cruz as a person who would flip-flop on so many issues,” including trade and immigration.

“He was there at the border incentivizing illegal families coming on over the border with gift baskets of soccer balls and teddy bears and now he says he was never for amnesty. Yes, you were, dude, come on,” Palin said.

Political Operatives, like Liberals, on both sides of the Political Aisle, love to brag that they are the most intelligent and the most tolerant people in any room that they walk into.

That is a bunch of self-conceit and downright baloney.

When a Conservative (the political ideology of majority of Americans) calls them on their overestimation of their intelligence, and humiliates them in public, if you will (as Legendary Professional Wrestler, the “American Dream”, the late Dusty Rhodes, used to say), they stalk them, like a hyena stalking a wounded gnu, waiting for the opportunity for revenge.

For example, even though they insist that the Arctic Fox is nothing but a has-been, reality show-starring ‘chillbilly”, they still secretly view her as  a thorn in their Collective Side.

And, that is why Governor Palin endorsement of the Republican Primary Front-runner, Donald J. Trump, continues to be a BIG DEAL.

As I continue to write about the 2016 Presidential Primary Campaign Season,  mistake about my political ideology:

I AM STILL A REAGAN CONSERVATIVE.

That being said, I am enjoying the stew out of Trump’s gigging of the Washingtonian Status Quo and his expertise in the art of “Political Jiu-Jitsu”, through the trumpeting of his own horn, in order to achieve free publicity for his campaign.

Since he announced that he was seeking the Republican Nomination, Americans have heard self-appointed Liberal and “dejected Conservative” Political Pundits grouse and whine that Palin’s endorsement is an albatross around the neck of Trump, and that she brings nothing to the table.

They’re full of it.

If these “pundits” are anticipating trying to defeat Donald J. Trump and Sarah Palin, in a battle of wits…they are woefully unarmed.

Of the 41 candidates Palin endorsed in 2009,2010, and 2012, 30 of them earned victories.

In 2012, she endorsed the following winners: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Pat Toomey, Nikki Haley, Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake and Ted Cruz, himself.

That is the reason that he was so gracious and kind toward her, when her endorsement of Trump was announced.

Not too shabby, huh?

Former Governor Palin is right.

Both Trump and Senator Cruz have struck a resident note with the majority of American people because they are saying the things which we would like to say to these professional politicians, who have forgotten who gave them their phony baloney jobs.

Those protecting the Washington Status Quo, both Liberal Democrats and Vichy Republicans, have had their way in the course of a great many things, during the nightmarish Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.

Plain talk and forthrighteousness have been replaced by weasel words and political correctness.

The fulfilling of promises made to constituencies by Republican politicians, has been replaced by “Vichy Republicans” “going along to get along” with their drinking buddies from across the Political Aisle.

Just as the colonists revolted against taxation without representation, I believe that we are seeing, through the support of these two men, especially the support given to the “Political Outsider”, Donald J. Trump, the beginning of a revolt by average Americans, like you and me, living here in the Heartland of America, who have had enough of lies and broken promises, given to them, by Professional Politicians who are supposed to be serving them and not the other way around.

Last summer’s backlash against Barack Hussein Obama’s reluctance to lower the American flag on all government buildings after the massacre of five of our Brightest and Best, after he and Valerie Jarret immediately bathed the White House is a rainbow of spotlights, after the Political Activists in the Supreme Court legalized Gay Marriage, was just a prelude to what we are experiencing in the Republican Primary.

The American people are getting ready to exercise their Constitutional Right to determine the future of our nation, in a mighty way in November of 2016.

I have a Word of Warning to the Republicans on Capitol Hill:

It is time to man up, boys and girls, and actually represent your constituencies, and not yourself.

Vichy  (Establishment) Republicans, if I were you, I would heed “Sarahcuda’s” warning.

As actor Kevin Kline, playing the title role in the movie “Dave”, in which he impersonated the Presidency of United States, said about the presidency,

This is just a temp job, at best.

Truer words have never been spoken.

Those words apply to Congress, as well.

Get the hint, Republicans Party Leaders.

Lead, follow…or, get out of the way.

Until He Comes,

KJ

Colorado: A Cockeyed Caucus Born From “Condescending Benevolence”

April 11, 2016

Victory-Run-color-600-nrdBy now, I am sure that you know that, following a change last August in Colorado’s Publican Primary System, Ted Cruz has received 34 Republican Convention Delegates from that state and has been declared the “winner” of that state’s “Republican Primary”.

The Denver Post reports on the aftermath of Cruz’s “appointment”…

…”The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!” Trump posted on Twitter on Sunday evening.

Moments earlier, he posted a tweet that asked: “How is it possible that the people of the great State of Colorado never got to vote in the Republican Primary? Great anger — totally unfair!”

The Cruz campaign ran the table in Colorado, capturing all 34 delegates at a series of seven congressional district meetings this month and the state party convention Saturday in Colorado Springs.

Colorado GOP leaders canceled the party’s presidential straw poll in August to avoid binding its delegates to a candidate who may not survive until the Republican National Convention in July.

Instead, Republicans selected national delegates through the caucus process, a move that put the election of national delegates in the hands of party insiders and activists — leaving roughly 90 percent of the more than 1 million Republican voters on the sidelines.

The decision sparked significant controversy at the time and removed Colorado from the Republican primary map in the early stages of the campaign. But Cruz supporters worked quietly behind the scenes to build an organization to get like-minded Republicans to the March 1 precinct caucuses and capitalized on the Trump campaign’s failure to adapt to the system.

Trump’s campaign didn’t put a visible paid staffer on the ground in Colorado until last week, when it hired Patrick Davis, a Colorado Springs political consultant, to organize national delegate candidates at the 7th Congressional District convention in Arvada. By then, Cruz had won the first six delegates. 

Even then, the energy behind Trump’s campaign didn’t materialize in support. He managed to win only seven alternate delegates.

The Trump campaign’s list of preferred national delegates distributed at the state convention on Saturday was riddled with errors and misspellings that only further hurt its chances.

The problems with Trump’s ballots — and the candidate’s comments — raise questions about whether Colorado will figure prominently into a challenge at the national convention about the state’s delegates.

Ahead of the state convention, a Trump campaign strategist said it made the strategic decision not to compete in Colorado because the caucus system favored party insiders.

Trump skipped the state party convention, where Cruz gave a rousing speech that galvanized his supporters.

In an interview at the event, Cruz said Trump was “scared” to attend because he “doesn’t handle losing well.”

Powered at first by volunteer organizers, the Cruz campaign began working to win delegates months ago and amplified the efforts in January when it brought U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, on board as state chairman. The campaign also teamed with controversial conservative organizations, such as the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Gun Owners of America and religious liberty groups, to rally support.

The Colorado Republican Party only exacerbated the fears of the Trump camp on Saturday when it tweeted after Cruz claimed victory at the convention: “We did it. #NeverTrump.”

A second after the tweet, a state party spokesman came running into the press box at the convention and shouted “it wasn’t us!”

The party quickly deleted the tweet and posted: “The last tweet was the result of unauthorized access to our account and in no way represents the opinion of the party. We are investigating.”

The party’s spokesman, Kyle Kohli, said Sunday evening the investigation is ongoing and the party is examining its IP login history.

The party declined to comment on Trump’s tweets about the process.

It appears that the Colorado Republican Committee, in certain lockstep with the Republican National Committee, accomplished what they set out to do last August.

They took the power away from the citizens of Colorado, and put it in the hands of Party Hacks.

Dick Wadhams served as Colorado Republican state chairman from 2007 to 2011.

In this excerpt from an op ed he wrote, published by the Denver Post, on  August 27, 2015, he blew the reason for the change in the Primary all to Blazes:

Colorado Republicans do not have to sacrifice the ability to play a major role in a contested convention even if a binding presidential preference poll is held. As candidates inevitably drop out of the race as the process moves forward after Colorado’s caucuses, any delegates won by those unsuccessful candidates would be released to vote for whomever they want at the national convention. And for those candidates who are still alive and competing, the delegates they won should be required to vote for those active candidates as a show of good faith with the grassroots support they won at the caucuses.Colorado Republican State Chairman Steve House is a good man who is doing an outstanding job. The Colorado Republican State Executive Committee is comprised of outstanding men and women who have devoted a great deal of time, energy and passion as Republican leaders.

I hope these leaders allow the full Colorado Republican State Committee, made up of around 400 county leaders and elected officials from across the state, to debate this decision when it meets on Sept. 26 in Pueblo and, hopefully, restore the caucus vote.

Our precinct caucuses are open to any Republican to attend and participate. Let’s keep the Colorado Republican presidential preference poll as a way to empower those attendees and quantify their support for a presidential candidate. And, most important, to allow Colorado Republicans to have a strong influence on who we nominate to be the next president of the United States.

Trump’s people were exactly right, when they explained that the new Colorado System for assigning delegates favored party insiders.

The “Preference Poll”, or Presidential Straw Poll, which was previously their way of doing things, often favored the anti-establishment candidate, as shown by Rick Santorum’s victory in the State Primary in 2012.

Make no mistake, this was a deliberate move, back in August, by the Colorado Republican Party Hacks, to take some steam out of what was predicted, and has proven to be, a Populist Election.

Dictionary.com defines “populism” as

1. the political philosophy of the People’s party.
2. (lowercase) any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.
3. (lowercase) grass-roots democracy; working-class activism; egalitarianism.
4. (lowercase) representation or extolling of the common person, the working class, the underdog, etc.:populism in the arts.

Pay close attention, if you will, to the 2nd and 3rd definitions.

Trump’s ascension to his number one ranking in the Republican Primaries, is entirely due to a Populist Resurgence.

Love him or hate him, he has founding political success through bypassing the Republican Establishment and speaking directly to the American Voter.

What happened in Colorado was Political Chicanery and Back-room Political Establishmentarianism at its finest.

The desire to win an election should not cause a Political Party to exclude the voters of their state from the Primary Process.

And, their own “condescending benevolency”, sprung from an overestimated sense of superiority, for dang sure does not bestow upon the Republican Colorado State or the National Committee,  the “moral imperative” to decide our Republican Presidential Candidate for us.

Now, I’m just an average American, sitting here outside Memphis, Tennessee (Detroit South) in the Northwest Corner of Mississippi, but it seems to me, as I’ve said before, that average Americans, especially here in the Heartland, are a stiff-necked people.

We tend to stand up on our hind legs when someone tries to force something (or in this case, someone) upon us that we really don’t trust, or care for.

Hey, Republican Establishment…

I thought you guys didn’t like Ted Cruz?

Hmmmm.

Interesting.

Until He Comes,

KJ

Call It “Nationalism” or “Populism”, There is a Reason That Trump is Still Leading The Republican Primary: Americans Are Voting For Him.

April 5, 2016

Final-GOP-Cut-600-LAAs I was perusing my usual sources this morning, in my preparation for writing today’s post, I found an article by Patrick J. Buchanan, who was twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the Reform Party’s candidate in 2000. He is also a founder and editor of The American Conservative. Buchanan served three presidents in the White House, was a founding panelist of three national TV shows, and is the author of 10 books.

The title of the article, “What Trump Has Wrought”, leads one into a descriptive summary of the movement that the Political Intelligentsia is referring to as “Nationalism”.

In other words, the old-fashioned, according to Liberals and Marxists (but, I repeat myself), concept of PUTTING AMERICA FIRST.

And, while the article is a very nice summary of exactly where we are and why Donald J. Trump is leading the Republican Presidential Primary Race, on behalf of my fellow contributors at www.hotgas.net, please allow me to quote John McClane (Bruce Willis, in the now-classic movie, “Die Hard”), when I say,

Welcome to the party, pal!

As we have been chronicling, this “Nationalism” that Buchanan refers to in his article, is actually a Grass Roots Movement, just like the Tea Party Movement was, and is.

It is a Populist Movement.

Dictionary.com defines “populism” as

1. the political philosophy of the People’s party.
2. (lowercase) any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.
3. (lowercase) grass-roots democracy; working-class activism; egalitarianism.
4. (lowercase) representation or extolling of the common person, the working class, the underdog, etc.:populism in the arts.

That word first reappeared in the American Lexicon, when Sarah Palin almost dragged John McCain’s RINO Rear across the Finish Line, in the Presidential Election of 2008.

The Grassroots Movement, which began back then has led us to a seminal moment in American Politics.

The American People are speaking, loud and clear.

Along with my fellow contributors at Hot Gas, I have been writing factual articles about why Donald J. Trump was winning in the Republican Primaries, so far.

And, we have all caught Hell about it.

We have been was called everything, but Children of God.

Heck, one guy of the Political Facebook Page of another Christian American Commenter, even reported a recent article of mine as “spam”.

If y’all have any doubts about my Christian American Conservative Bonafides, there are almost 2,200 blogs which prove them, going back to April of 2010, when I started.

Or, you can ask the “Missional Community” (it’s not called “Sunday School” any more, at this contemporary church) Class I led last Sunday Morning at my home church.

But, I digress…

The word “populism” first reappeared in the American Lexicon, when Sarah Palin almost dragged John McCain’s RINO Rear across the Finish Line, in the Presidential Election of 2008.

The Grassroots Movement, which began back then, through the hard work of average Middle Class Americans, like you and me, has led us to a seminal moment in American Politics.

A “Citizen Statesman”, such as our Founding Fathers envisioned, is on track to be the Republican Candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America.

The American People are speaking, loud and clear.

A Candidate has to build a coalition, in order to win the Presidency.

Ronald Reagan, and, again, I am not comparing Trump to Reagan, figured out in 1980, that, in order to win the presidency, you had to bypass the Republican Establishment and go directly to the American People.

That is exactly what Donald J. Trump has done.

The Godfather of Conservative Talk Radio, Rush Limbaugh, broke it down for us, during his program on February 10, 2016…

This is what the Republican Party’s been telling us they need to win.  I’ve had ’em come to my office.  I’ve told you.  I’ve had Rand Paul here, Mitt Romney’s here.  One thing they’ve all said in common is that Republican Party can’t win with Republican votes alone anymore.  We have to branch out, we have to reach out.  This is what they were telling me to prepare me for some of the campaign tactics that I was gonna see. That they were gonna have to reach out and immigration was one of the ways of reaching out, supporting amnesty. Well, all along Trump has built that coalition the Republican Party claims to want and they’re out there badgering it and bashing it.  It’s exactly what they claim to want.  They could have had it.  The Republican Party could have had the Trump coalition.  They could have had it at health care.  A majority of Americans opposed Obamacare from the get-go.  The Republican Party could have seriously attempted to form an alliance with the Tea Party and the anti-Obamacare people and been a dominant majority party on that issue alone.  And then on subsequent issues to come down the pike the Republican Party could have formed an alliance with majorities in other areas of opposition, and they didn’t. 

Donald Trump has the exact coalition the Republican Party, to a man, has told me they need to win, that they need to thrive.  And now they’re reduced to bashing it by virtue of bashing Trump.  And now they’re reduced to bashing it by virtue of bashing Cruz.  The two people who are showing the Republican Party all they had to do all these past seven years, but they didn’t.  They purposely, strategically, tactically refused to push back, refused to make a spectacle of stopping Obama, and they have themselves to blame for this predicament. 

People are not gonna donate and donate and vote and vote and hear the right things during campaigns, the promises to stop Obama, to oppose Obamacare, to seriously make an effort to repeal it.  Even if they don’t have the votes to override a veto, the effort, all it would have taken was the effort, all it would have taken was put the onus on Obama, make Obama illustrate that all this is his fingerprints.  No such strategy was ever seen. 

As I gave previously written, Trump is riding the crest of an ever-growing anger over the inaction of Professional Politicians, whom, after being voted into National Office by their constituents back home, have literally bitten the hand that feeds them, tossing Ma and Pa Kettle aside for Big Money Donors and the Political Prestige of “reaching across the aisle”, i.e.. “selling out”.

The results of today’s Wisconsin Primary, are promising to be very close.

All of the so-called “Political Pundits”, both Professional and self-identified, to use a Millennial Buzzword, have already given Cruz the victory.

The problem with their presupposition, is that several polls are showing a last-minute surge by Trump.

Things could get very interesting tonight.

I understand the ongoing frustration that Cruz Supporters are feeling.

I liked him, too. In fact, during his ongoing quest against the Establishment (Vichy) Republicans, I stood by him 100%.

However, this Presidential Primary Season has revealed, one thing, if nothing else:

There are no angels in these Presidential Primary Races. One either side.

The problem is, Moderates and Democrats, for whatever reason, do not trust Cruz.

Holding one’s breath until they turn blue, or telling a Christian American Conservative that they are somehow condemned to Hell and are Unpatriotic, for pointing out the reality that Trump is the Undisputed Leader in the Republican Primary Race, is not going to change the reality of the situation.

Neither will staying at home and not voting this November, if Trump receives the Republican Nomination.

That’s been tried before.

That is how we got stuck with Petulant President Pantywaist.

Finally, as I have observed in previous articles, if the Republican Establishment decided to have a Brokered Convention, as appoints their own Moderate milksop of a Presidential Candidate, America will be swearing-in President Hillary Rodham Clinton, next January.

However, I am beginning to believe that the Vichy Republicans. for all of their bluster, could care less.

They appear to be willing to do whatever it takes to preserve the Washingtonian Status Quo…including ignoring the wishes of the American Voters, who gave them their cushy jobs.

As it has  proven, without a doubt in the past, the Republican Establishment’s arrogance will be their undoing.

After all…

Actions (and Inactions) have consequences.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

Trump, Cruz, the RNC, and Our Right to Self-Determination

March 17, 2016

Trump-Pheno-600-nrdThey promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. – 2 Peter 2:19

According to cnbc.com,

Political parties, not voters, choose their presidential nominees, a Republican convention rules member told CNBC, a day after GOP front-runner Donald Trump rolled up more big primary victories. 
“The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That’s the conflict here,” Curly Haugland, an unbound GOP delegate from North Dakota, told CNBC’s ” Squawk Box ” on Wednesday. He even questioned why primaries are held.

There are 112 Republican delegates who are not required to cast their support for any one candidate, because their states and territories don’t hold primaries or caucuses.

Even with Trump ‘s huge projected delegate haul in four state primaries on Tuesday, the odds are increasing the billionaire businessman may not ultimately get the 1,237 delegates needed by the convention to claim the GOP nomination.

This could lead to a brokered convention, in which unbound delegates, like Haugland, could play a significant swing role on the first ballot to choose a nominee.

Most delegates bound by their state’s primary or caucus results are only committed on the first ballot. If subsequent ballots are needed, most of the delegates can vote any way they want, said Gary

“The rules haven’t kept up,” Haugland said. “The rules are still designed to have a political party choose its nominee at a convention. That’s just the way it is. I can’t help it. Don’t hate me because I love the rules.”

Haugland said he sent a letter to each campaign alerting them to a rule change he’s proposing, which would allow any candidate who earns at least one delegate during the nominating process to submit his or her name to be nominated at this summer’s convention.

If the GOP race continues at the same pace, Trump would likely have a plurality of delegates. So far, he’s more than halfway to the 1,237 magic number.

Trump split Tuesday’s winner-take-all primaries in Florida and Ohio.

The real estate mogul dominated in Florida over Sen. Marco Rubio , who dropped out of the race after losing his home state.

But Trump lost Ohio to the state’s governor, John Kasich . Trump also won Illinois and North Carolina. He held a slim lead over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Missouri early Wednesday.

Emineth, also a former chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, told “Squawk Box” in the same interview he’s concerned about party officials pulling “some shenanigan.”

“You have groups of people who are going to try to take over the rules committee,” he warned. “[That] could totally change everything, and mess things up with the delegates. And people across the country will be very frustrated.”

Emineth said he’s worried that such frustration would discourage Americans in the general election from voting Republican.

Everyone join in:

Gee, DiNozzo. Ya think?

Back on August 10th of 2014, as I was watching a PBS “Beg-a-thon”, featuring a “My Music” Rewind of the hits of the 50s and early 60s, hosted by Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, of the legendary Oldies Cover Group, Sha Na Na, I was multi-tasking and carrying on a “discussion” , concerning the Chris McDaniel/Thad Cochran Kerfuffle, in which the Sittiing Republican Senator, and dinosaur, along with Hayley Barbour, State Republican Leader, alledgedly paid poor black voters to vote for Cochran in the state Primary Election, in order to keep  Cochran’s phony baloney job and secure the power of the Vichy Republicans in my state. I had dubbed this chicanery, the “Mississippi Malfeasance”, on one of my favorite Facebook Political Pages, while on my phone.

The fellow that I was “conversing” with, flat-out told me that I should shut up and support feeble old Thad Cochran and the rest of the Establishment Republicans, even though they just screwed us Conservatives in Mississippi, because it was an important Senate Seat, and it was essential to hold onto it, in order for Republicans to gain control of the Senate this November in the Mid-Term Elections.

I told the gentleman that it was easy for him to write that advice, as he did not have to live down here in the Magnolia State.

Like many average Americans, I have since lost all faith in both my state’s and in the National Republican Leadership.

As regular readers know, I have gone after the out-of-touch National GOP Establishment incessantly, bestowing upon them the title of “Vichy Republicans”.

However, in my naiveté, it never occurred to me that a politician from the Magnolia State, where we pride ourselves on our gentlemanly manners and Christian upbringing, could be just as big a cold-hearted snake as the spineless Speaker of the House at that time, Cryin’ John Boehner, and that product of Chicago Backroom Politics, the fallen messiah in the White House.

Brother, was I wrong.

Political Corruption and moral ambivalence have become a national disease.

It troubles me to no end that, even though I know, in my heart of hearts, that there are plenty of average Americans who are just as upset over the dilapidated moral and fiscal condition of “the Shining City Upon a Hill” as I am, there are times when I feel like the little Dutch boy, with his finger in the dike, desperately trying to hold back the flood waters, which are about to destroy everything in its path.

I know that civilizations come and go. I am a student of history, and I have read about the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Their incredibly advanced governmental, military, and architectural legacy was eclipsed by situational ethics, immorality. and governmental corruption, caused by enemies foreign and domestic.

Sound familiar?

The United States of America has been one of the most noble undertakings in the history of mankind.

Our Founding Fathers came here to escape religious persecution. Not to get away from religion , as both Liberals, and their unwitting dupes, attempt to claim as truth.

Today 75% of Americans still believe that Jesus Christ is their personal Savior. You wouldn’t know that fact from exposure to our American Media, nor from following the anti-Christian actions of our present Administration.

I know. I am a Believer.

I suppose that’s why the relative morality and the situational ethics displays by today’s “public servants” (and, some of their constituents) troubles me so greatly.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I want the Republicans to win the Presidency.

However, with the Republican Establishment embracing the heathen philosophy of today’s Far Left-controlled Democrat Party, and to even being discussing the possibility to take away our Constitutional Right of Self-Determination through the use of the Voting Booth away, to quote that party’s inevitable next Presidential Candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton,

At this point, what difference does it make?

The desire to win an election should not cause a Sitting Republican Senator to go out and screw his own constituency, the Conservative Base, like Thad Cochran, Haley Barbour, and the Establishment Republicans did in Mississippi.

And, it for dang sure does not bestow upon the Republican National Committee,  the “moral imperative” to decide our Republican Presidential Candidate for us.

Until the good ol’ boys in the Northeast Republicans’ Club, or Vichy Republicans, as I like to call them, realize that the majority of Americans out here in the Heartland are still Conservative “bitter clingers”, who love God and country, they will continue to be out-of-touch victims of their own hubris, and will continue to lose Presidential and State Elections, alike.

And, it will be nobody’s fault but their own.

Until He Comes,

KJ

The Cautionary Tale of “Little Marco and the Mantle of Anger”

March 16, 2016

thR24YDPDXNot so long ago, in a Galaxy not so far away, there was a young man named Little Marco., who impressed everyone who ever met him, from those who sat imperiously in the Halls of Power in the Kingdom known as Capitol Hill, to the Commoners, toiling the fields in the fiefdom known as the Heartland.

Being the son of legal immigrants to this sovereign land, Little Marco was hailed as being someone special, an individual who could reach out to those who had walked a similar path, and yet, by view of his Conservative Credentials, having the ability to reach out to those who families had been here for several generations.

Little Marco’s affability, enthusiasm, and panache made his a popular speaker. Especially at the meetings in which the “common people” gathered in protest of ongoing “Taxation Without Representation”, a practice by which those who sat in the Halls of Power, burdened those who toiled the fields, in order to finance their own profitable schemes, through wich their own power increased.

Little Marco’s own power increased, as, thanks to those “credentials”, which I alluded to earlier, he was able to achieve a victory by convincing both Commoners and Lords alike, to elect him to a position to the very Halls of Power, which he had spoken so eloquently against, for such a long period of time.

The joy of the his supporters soon turned to dismay, when it became apparent that Little Marco slowly began to seemingly value the opinion of his fellow inhabitants of the Halls of Power, more than he did the Conservative “Commoners” who sent him there.

He soon joined a “council”, which became known as “The Gang of Eight”.

The purpose of this “Council”, was to provide a “Path to Citizenship”, for those, who unlike Little Marco’s parents, had broken the law of the Sovereign Land, by entering illegally.

In other words, this “Gang of Eight” sought to reward criminal behavior.

When that happened, whether he ever truly realized it or not, Little Marco had changed from being a part of “the solution” to the Sovereign Land’s woes…to being a part of the problem.

And, all those who had valued and supported him, as a leader in their fight against “Taxation Without Representation”, started to doubt whether he was ever the White Knight, the champion, that they believed him to be…at all.

And, their resentment grew.

As time went on, a stifling darkness continued to grow across the Sovereign Land, as the rights held by Commoners and Lords alike, which were promised to them in the Sacred Documents, written by their Fathers, began to be usurped, marginalized, and completely ignored by the Ruling Class, as decreed by their despotic King, Barack the First.

The growth of the stifling darkness continued unabated for seven long years, while those in the Halls of Power, sent there by the people of the Sovereign Land to represent them, turned a deaf ear to the cries of the Commoners and the Lords, preferring instead to make empty promises and play Parliamentary Games, several of which Little Marco missed through absences from the Halls of Power, due to “more pressing matters”.

The people of the land were dismayed by this, as they had spent their hard-earned money and gave their unflinching support, in their efforts  to send these “Leaders” into the Halls of Power and after sending them there, received nothing but their disdain in return.

The stifling darkness grew…and, so did the people’s resentment, which by then…HAD TURNED TO ANGER.

As the seventh year of the darkness approached, a cadre of those who walked the Halls of Power, accompanied by a few Citizen Statesmen, decided to seek the people’s support to be next King to be ensconced in the Halls of Power.

Among those who decided to seek to be the Ruler of the Sovereign Land was Little Marco.

Now, the way that this Tournament was held was in rounds, held simultaneously among two different factions in the Halls of Power. Unlike the “Old Country”, where those factions are, actually, known as Commoners and Lords, the factions in this Sovereign Land, were actually two sides of the same coin, who often extended aid to one another, in order to increase their own power, at the expense of those living in the Sovereign Land.

The Tournament began with Preliminary Competitions among the factions themselves, which were held to determine which two champions would battle for the right to ascend to the throne.

Heading into the Tournament, one faction had already decided whom their champion would be, and put precautionary obstacles in the way of her opponent, in order to secure the inevitability of their plans.

The other faction also had predetermined which competitor would be their champion.

However, their own hubris caused them to overlook a weapon which the common people were about to wield on their own behalf, in order to choose their own champion:

The Mantle of Anger.

As the Tournament got underway, it was clear why Little Marco thought that he had an opportunity to become the King.

His affability, enthusiasm, and panache were still potent weapons, which served him well, and eventually, moved him into contention, as one of the top three potential champions in his faction.

However, those weapons could not stand up to The Mantle of Anger, which the leading champions in his faction, Sir Donald and Sir Ted, both used to their advantage, making Little Marco’s weapons tarnished and ineffectual.

Finally, Little Marco had no choice but to admit defeat.

Little Marco addressed his followers, saying:

So, from a political standpoint, the easiest thing to have done in this campaign is to jump on all those anxieties I just talked about, to make people angrier, make people more frustrated. But I chose a different route and I’m proud of that.

That would have been — in a year like this, that would have been the easiest way to win. But that is not what’s best for [the Sovereign Land].

…The politics of resentment against other people will not just leave us a fractured party, they are going to leave us a fractured nation.

Little Marco, while still a very good man, had allowed his weapons to be tarnished through his affiliation with those whom the “common people” had sent him to the Halls of Power to fight.  Little Marco’s other problem was his support of some of the things which had caused the resentment and anger of the “common people” to grow in the first place.

The moral of this cautionary tale is:

In order to be a Champion of the People, you must recognize their concerns, and provide solutions which they will approve of, not just solutions that help you politically.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

 

Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows: Is Ted Cruz Being “Assimilated” By the Vichy Republicans?

March 15, 2016

th (62)Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. – Groucho Marx

The Washington Post reports that

CONCORD, N.C. — Sen. Ted Cruz stood on a stage straddling the lanes of a dragway at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, speaking directly to blue-collar workers with “calluses on your hands” and railing against the political establishment — prompting cheers and stomps on the metal bleachers.Meanwhile in Florida, a group of volunteers, including wealthy donors who supported Jeb Bush’s candidacy, was knocking on doors this weekend in Jacksonville, asking voters to cast ballots for Cruz (Tex.) in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

As Cruz hopes to land a knockout blow against Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida and narrow the primary contest to a two-man race between himself and Donald Trump, he is increasingly trying to appeal to two very different groups: working-class voters who may find themselves drawn to Trump, and voters from the traditional political establishment who want to stop him.

“For a lot of supporters I think it comes down to this sudden reality of a Donald Trump nomination,” said one of the Jacksonville door-knockers, Paul Dickerson, a Houston lawyer who supported Bush but is now backing Cruz, whom he considers a friend. Trump, he said, “would be a disaster for the country and embarrassment for the nation, and Ted is the best chance to defeat Donald Trump.”

The fit is not a natural one for Cruz, who pillories the political establishment on the campaign trail and wants to blow up what he calls the “Washington cartel” of lobbyists and special interests. He is detested in the Senate — Cruz jokes that he needs a “food taster” in the dining room there — and only one colleague has endorsed him.

But with Rubio’s candidacy sputtering and with Ohio Gov. John Kasich far behind, the establishment is warming to a man who called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a “liar” on the Senate floor. Even Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a longtime Cruz nemesis, now says the party may need to unite behind him. And Neil Bush, Jeb Bush’s brother, is supporting Cruz.

Many point to Cruz’s second-place standing in the delegate race and his organized and well-funded campaign as reasons to support him.

“Most of the people that I know would not have been naturally with Ted,” said Charles Foster, a Houston lawyer who backed Bush in the presidential race and Cruz’s opponent in the Republican primary for his Senate seat in 2012. “. . . Some are reluctant because that’s not where they were to begin with, and some are still sitting on their hands.”

The establishment world is hardly foreign to the Texas Republican. Cruz; his wife, Heidi; and his campaign chairman, Chad Sweet, all worked for George W. Bush and are making overtures to people who supported Jeb Bush, Cruz backers said. Foster said Cruz called him, while Dickerson said the campaign has been quick to extend a “welcoming hand” with no hard feelings. (Cruz’s campaign said there is no concerted effort to woo Bush supporters.)

Cruz is making the same type of overture to voters on the campaign trail, asserting that he is the only candidate who can beat Trump and directly appealing to those who support other candidates. But he is also infusing more populism into his stump speeches — a direct appeal to would-be Trump backers.

The Establishment warming up to an “outsider”. Now, where have I seen this before? Oh, yeah.

In the 1939 Frank Capra Classic, “Mr Smith Goes to Washington”, naïve and idealistic Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart), leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state’s senior senator–presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his noble goal of a national boys’ camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor.

However, in this case, as the political shenanigans pulled by his Campaign Staff have sadly shown us, Senator Ted Cruz is no “Jefferson Smith”.

He is as much a Professional Politician as Jeb! Bush.

Hence, the support by Jeb!’s brother, Neil, and the reluctant embracing of his campaign by the Vichy Republicans.

The well-worn phrase, “Politics make strange bedfellows”, has never been more appropriate when describing a political alliance, than this situation.

Back on March 22, 2015, in a post reporting on Cruz’s announcement that he was running, I wrote

Get ready for the worst attempt of character assassination of a politician running for the Presidential Candidate Nomination of their Party by a coalition of the Main Stream Media and the Good Ol’ Boys in the Beltway, since Sarah Palin.

Just after Midnight, Conservative Firebrand, the Republican Senator from the great state of Texas, Ted Cruz, announced that he was in the hunt for his Party’s Nomination as their Candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America.

…I’m not shy about stating that I like Senator Ted Cruz. He is a straight shooter, who is not afraid to tell it like it is.

The Republican Establishment, or Vichy Republicans, as I have dubbed them, are presently pushing potential Presidential Candidates for 2016 whose platforms are so similar to those of their potential Democrat Opponents as to be virtually indistinguishable.

Oblivious of their past failures (i.e., Dole, McCain, and Romney), while pursuing their milksop Political Philosophy, the Vichy Republicans, or GOPe, as an internet friend has named them, still cling to their mission to hold onto their cushy Seats of Power, recently given to them last November by us, their Conservative Base, by playing an old, tired political game.

Make no mistake, they will defend the Washingtonian Status Quo to their last breath, and savage anyone who threatens it, with the help of their allies from “across the aisle”, the Democrats and their minions in the Main Stream media. Look at how they have attacked Former Alaskan Governor and Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate, Sarah Palin, in the past, and, in recent years, Ted Cruz.

They have called them both everything but Children of God.

Little did I know that, as his campaign for the Republican Nomination progressed, this “New Maverick”, Ted Cruz, would align himself with those whom he had fought so hard against in the Senate “on behalf of the people”.

I realize that Donald J. Trump has his shortcomings, as well.

However, as a political candidate, when you promise to fight against the “Washingtonian Status Quo” and then you join forces with its purveyors, in order to get elected, you may gain some potential voters, but you also disillusion a lot of your base.

Just like Captain Jean Luc Picard in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, it appears that “Man of the People” Ted Cruz has been “assimilated”, with the Vichy Republicans playing the role of “The Borg”.

Only, in the case of Republican Voters,

Resistance is NOT futile.

We have a choice.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 


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