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Trump’s Convention Message: Doom and Gloom

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

dark pathThe irresponsible rhetoric of Donald Trump reined at this week’s Republican Convention in Cleveland. He painted a picture of America in chaos as violence and crime gripped our communities’ streets. Like a scene out of Mad Max, he painted a dark and gloomy picture of America. Only him alone, [He promised] could deliver us from evil and liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threaten our communities. It was a message reminiscence of a third world dictator, not that of a candidate for president of the United States of America.

He offered no plans or solutions to the mountain of problems he claimed gripped the county. In pure Trump style, he attempted to use fear to rally support. He said, “Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life”. The main message of the Contention seemed to be only I [Trump] can save America and the world and he proclaimed, “I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon — and I mean very soon — come to an end. Beginning on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored”.

Other than basis doom and gloom, the Convention seems to focus on two issues: Hatred for Hillary Clinton and Making America Great Again. Anger and hostility toward Hillary Clinton was key as Trump’s hot rhetoric played very well with delegates, as mob mentality took hold and delegates shouted “lock her up”, in reference to Hillary Clinton. Republicans seem to forget that in dictatorships, opposition party candidates are sent to prison while in America, we vote against those we don’t support.

The Make America Great/Safe Again slogans imply the country is no longer great or safe and is an attempt to scare Americans into buying into the Trump’s empty [doom and gloom] vision. He relies heavily on the illusion that our streets are in chaos and he is only one who can save us. This illusion of chaos is the foundation of Trump’s campaign. Since he has, nor offers plans or solutions, his only path for victory is lined with fear.

This irresponsible rhetoric of Trump is a real threat to American prosperity and world stability as he threatens to not support NATO [or oppose Russian aggression] alliances and suggests that he would not object to other nations gaining nuclear weapons. He has no understanding of world affairs nor will he listen to those who do know the dangers. His poor business decisions and abuses will decimate the economy.

Trump is attempting to divide America to conquer America. Never before has a president campaigned on pitting one group of Americans against another group. Never before has a presidential candidate said although our constitution protects religion, I disagree with it, an obvious justification for his war on Islam. Does this mean he will not follow the Constitution if he disagrees with it? Will the GOP’s Convention and Trump’s dark message based on lies be embraced by voters?

GOP TO TNGOP = NO TRUMP

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Donald Trump’s campaign has accused the Tennessee Republican Party of “doing the bidding” of the national GOP establishment in a calculated attempt to “steal” pro-Trump delegates and stop them from being a part of Tennessee’s GOP delegation.

It’s part of a national effort by GOP party leaders, the Trump campaign has alleged, to stop the Republican frontrunner from becoming the nominee.

Recently his supporters made threats, passionate protests and accusations of theft with Tennessee delegates. Donald Trump backers protested what they said was an attempt to “steal” rightful delegates from the GOP front-runner in Tennessee.

At issue were the state’s remaining 14 at-large delegates. From the results of the primary, which Trump won by 14 points, he was due to receive 7 delegates from the 14 but only received two delegates.

The Trump campaign says 5 of the appointees slated to vote for Trump have loyalties “to vote for the establishment,” and if a contested convention goes to a third ballot – the round of voting in which Tennessee frees its delegates to vote for whomever they please – Trump could lose the backing of his own.

Acts of “intimidation” from the Trump campaign continue. Mean spirited behavior and violence has plagued Trump events as Trump continues to whip his supporters into orgies of violent pandemonium.

The Tennessee GOP hired extra security for the meeting of the TNGOP Executive Committee because of a number of threats sent by Trump supporters on social media. And Haynes said his cell phone was flooded with calls from angry Trump supporters, to the point that he now has to get a new phone.

Trump campaign continues to suffer delegate struggles – as it struggles to understand and operate within the sometimes arcane rules that govern delegate allocation at the state level. Those struggles have set him back in the delegate fight in a list of states as Ted Cruz continues to out maneuver the Trump campaign.

This battle for delegates has become very important for the remaining campaigns as it’s become increasingly likely that the GOP primary will head to a brokered convention, where delegates will engage in multiple rounds of balloting until a candidate can cobble together a majority.

If Trump is unable to win the nomination outright on the first round of voting, many of his and other candidates’ delegates will be released and can vote for whomever they please. Experts claim Trump will not be the nominee if the vote goes to a second ballet. With that in mind, the GOP establishment is in a mad rush to stop Trump. This is resulting in candidates jockeying to get their loyalists elected at the state level as delegates to the national convention.

In Tennessee, delegates are bound on the first two rounds of voting, and then set free. But Bennett said the Trump campaign is also concerned about ensuring Trump supporters get appointed to a handful of key committees that decide the rules governing how a candidate qualifies for the nomination.

Trump continues to rail against the will of the voters not being considered in the battle for delegates.

But, how can anyone reasonably expect anything less from the party that brought us Republican Voter Suppression?

GOP Presidential Race Sinks into Gutter

Monday, February 29th, 2016

il_570xN_383378165_4tk4The GOP candidates take a nose dive into the gutter. Trump has hit Cruz and Rubio hard with charges of both being liars. He points out that Rubio sweats because there is something wrong with him. He sweats so much they have to cover the sweat with makeup using a trawl to apply it to his face. He now calls him little Rubio and reminds all that he is a very nasty person. The last few days Rubio has come back strong with comments about Trumps plane as Hair force one and he points out that Trump is not going to make America great again, he is going to make it orange in reference to his spray tan. Cruz claims Trump has ties to New York Crime families and he can’t be trusted to be president.

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday and Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.) are increasing the personal attacks against the other’s appearances and personal backgrounds. They are sinking to the lowest levels of profane discourse and personal attacks unprecedented in a presidential campaign. Rumors increase of a brokered convention as Republican Party leaders fear the long term damage of Trump as Trump victories becomes more increasingly likely. Voters are the real losers as the insults fly, while Republican Party leaders can only fear that the gutter tone of the race could have longer-term implications. As the tone becomes more and more personal and sinks even lower in the gutter, Democrats can only wonder, is this Republican implosion — manna from heaven?

The TeaParty Giveth and Taketh Away

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner, who rode a conservative wave to one of the highest positions in government, said today that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, undone by the very Republicans Teabaggers who swept him into power.

His rise and fall are noted in the following timeline:

Feb 2012 – He was swept into power on the Tea Party wave of 2010, the new speaker is immediately confronted by his powerful right flank with H.R. 1, the first bill of the new Republican House, which tries and fails to defund Planned Parenthood.

Jul 2012 – Pressed by conservatives, John Boehner dug in against raising the government’s statutory borrowing limit, risking a potentially catastrophic default on the federal debt. The White House blinked and signed the Budget Control Act establishing a “super committee” to slash the federal deficit, with strict spending caps set by law if the committee failed. The committee did fail and the Sequester was born. This is the only real victory can claim against President Obama but time has proven the Sequester is no victory for the country.

Dec 2012 – With all of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts set to expire on Jan. 1, John Boehner faced a major predicament. Most Republicans were elected on a pledge not to raise any taxes. President Obama had vowed to raise taxes on the rich. If they all did nothing, taxes would go up for virtually everyone. Mr. Boehner lost to President Obama and taxes went up on incomes over $400,000.

Oct 2013 – With the federal government set to run out of money, conservatives demanded on defunding the Affordable Care Act. He knew a shutdown would hurt the GOP politically but he could not avoid it. The government shut down on Oct. 1 for 16 days, until Republicans caved in to pressure and negative PR. Once again, President Obama won.

Feb 2015 – Conservatives once again forced the Speaker to stand their ground on continued funding for the Department of Homeland Security, demanding that any funds be tied to stopping Mr. Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Again, Mr. Boehner faced a threat on his speakership. Again, President Obama prevailed.

Sep 2015 – With the end of the fiscal year approaching, conservatives are again demanding that Planned Parenthood be defunded and the Teabaggers are prepared to shut down the government. John Boehner knew that a bill to fund the government beyond Sept. 30 would pass with Democratic votes, but conservatives said such a vote would end his speakership.

Sep 25, 2015 – One day after Pope Francis addressed a joint session of congress, an invitation from the speaker, John Boehner announced his resignation. He said he wanted to resign last year but when Eric Cantor was defeated by the Teabaggers, he said he decided to stay on for one more year.

Minority Speaker, Nancy Pelosi called Boehner’s resignation “a stark indication of the disarray of the House Republicans.”

Teabaggers claimed credit and victory for the Boehner’s resignation.Dont Laugh at ME

Koch Political Industries: The GOP’s Shadow Party

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

ImageProxyiiiThe Koch brothers have poured millions of dollars into controlling the turnout in state elections and they have gained control of a political party in the process.

They have also expanded their activities in the area of messaging, polling, medial buying, election law and their political operation exceeds that of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in many important areas.

They also control several for-profit companies and their party infrastructure funds and controls Americans for Prosperity, youth voter outreach groups and a Latino outreach group in several states. This gives Republicans. in Koch controlled states, support of two parties [the RNC and the Koch shadow party]. This unholy alliance has allowed the Koch brothers to buy legislatures in many states including Tennessee. As the acquire state legislatures they impose laws crafted by ALEC.

This is what Democracy faces in America. The sad news is elections are now bought and sold by the Koch bothers [dark money]. They have bought legislatures and congressman but can they buy the presidency?

GOP Trumped!

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Donald Trump is taking heat from Republicans officials for his comments—but the controversy has only made him more defiant and pushed him to the top of national field among Republican primary voters, according to new polls released this week. Trump is surging in the polls and this has a lot of Republicans worried.

Trump comes in as the first choice of likely GOP primary voters in the latest national poll, conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University.

Donald Trump – 17%
Jeb Bush 3.0 – 14%
Scott Walker – 8%
Ted Cruz – 6%
Marco Rubio – 5%
Ben Carson – 4%
Rand Paul – 4%
Mike Huckabee – 4%
Chris Christie – 3%

The rest of the large GOP candidate field received less than 2 percent support each.

Trump also leads two other polls including the Fox News poll.

In all scenarios national Democrats can rejoice as a Trump-Clinton general election, with Hillary Clinton coming out far ahead. In a theoretical matchup, the GOP business tycoon trails Clinton by 17 points, 51 percent to 34 percent. She also leads all GOP presidential candidates by large margins.

While GOP party leaders are concerned about the consequences of the large size of the field of contenders and the surging popularity/power of Donald Trump – Republican voters are happy with Donald Trump and the large field of candidates.

The party insiders remember the long 2012 fight and the rotating flavor of the month as a host of all presidential hopefuls held the number 1 seat for at least a month during the battle for the GOP #1 position.

Then there is the matter of the number 1 GOP problem: Donald Trump. His remarks are toxic among Mexican-Americans, highly damaging and inflammatory among other Latinos, and unpopular among other minorities and white moderates. Overt racism or racial intolerance toward members of a group tend to inflame all minority groups; resulting with a profound negative impact.

Is there any good news for Republicans? Many Republican’s pray that Trump’s numbers will collapse and the novelty will wear off, and GOP voters, who hate Hillary Clinton, will come to their senses and vote for a more electable candidate. But, it is the mean spirited words of Trump that has fueled his growing popularity among Republicans. He is saying what they believe and that is scary.

Even more alarming is that Trump is receiving all the attention and sucking all the air out of the GOP room. It does not advance the GOP cause with the general election more than 15 months away. Many in the GOP field may be wiped out before they even get a chance to be heard if Trump does well in early primaries. There is also the hellish GOP possibility that Trump will run as an independent candidate and become the ultimate spoiler. His celebrity status is the asset that has become like oxygen for him while removing oxygen for the remaining GOP field. As Trump gains support and climbs in the polls, other candidates are not being heard and face defeat before the race even begins.

Even if the Trump nonsense ends, how will the Republican nomination race sort out? What damage will Trump reap on the GOP before his nonsense ends? The GOP civil war continues: 60% are conventional mainstream Republicans, while the other 40 percent are of a somewhat more wing-nut fringe. The wing-nut fringe group consists of three subgroups: tea-party activists, secular, and anti-establishment and these groups fuel the Trump bubble and will have an even stronger impact on the selection of the GOP presidential candidate.

47 Republican “TRAITORS” Senators

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The following is an excerpt for the editorial on the 47 Senators who sent a letter to Iran, undermining US efforts to forge a nuclear treaty with Iran:

“They are an embarrassment to the Senate and to the nation.

How the executive and legislative branches come to terms in the event that Obama presents his version of a done deal to America will be of grave national and international concern. There will be no place for juvenilia, and there should not have been at this expectant juncture.

Rather than offer objections domestically in robust debate, as is their obligation, ringleader Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and his band trespassed on presidential turf by patronizing Iran’s leaders with the suggestion “that you may not fully understand our constitutional system.”

The plain intent was to sabotage Obama by pushing the Iranians into balking at a deal out of fear that a turn of the U.S. political wheel could doom the pact in the not-so-distant future.”

Ted Cruz: Top of the Cuckoo’s Nest

Monday, February 16th, 2015

lead_largeOne flew over the cuckoo’s nest [not the movie] is the best description of the Republican field of 2016 presidential candidates. It is the largest and most divided GOP field in over 40 years and Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) has about the same odds of becoming the Republican presidential nominee as former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Am I kidding? Not at all… After all, the conventional wisdom is that Bush is the Republican establishment standard-bearer, while Cruz, the wing-nut darling, a real conservative’s conservative, would be the hands on favorite in most GOP [wing-nut driven] primaries and he could actually win the nomination.

Remember the Republican Party has at least four wings. Don’t forget… during the last State of the Union, President Obama received five GOP responses. In 2016, one must assume that there will be four wings : establishment, tea party, social conservative and libertarian.

Obviously, the fight for the top spot in the establishment wing is crowded, with Christie, Bush, Rubio, and possibly Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leading at the moment. The social-conservative wing, with Rick Santorum, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Texas governor Rick Perry and Ben Carson are running close for control. The libertarian wing consists of Sen. Rand Paul. This leaves the tea party wing which is both relatively large and entirely crazy and several favorites vie for control: Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz.

We can’t forget the 2012 GOP race and the favorite flavor of the month; where every month a different wing-nut ruled the roost until Mitt Romney finally moved into first place. What that means in 2016 — particularly in the early primary process in places such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — is that he Cruz will probably be able to win or run strong, strong enough to keep going even as the establishment and social-conservative candidates thin out. Cruz’s people are going to be for him no matter how much — or little — money he raises.

The trick for Cruz is to stay in the race long enough to be the preeminent figure of the tea party social-conservative wings.

So watch Cruz. The combination of his running room as the race’s one true tea party candidate, his debating and oratorical skills, and his willingness to always, on every issue, stake out the most conservative position make him a real threat.

The 10 candidates with the best chance of being the Republican candidate in 2016 are ranked below. The No. 1 candidate has the best shot as of today.

10. Mitt Romney. He has decided against running for president in 2016 but he could be drafted at the GOP convention in an attempt of the establishment to elect a potential roadblock to Hillary Clinton.

9. Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor is giving every indication he is running but in reality he is simply selling his new book and using a run for president as a way to increase book sales. He is a factor because of his strong following among social conservatives and was on top of the field in Iowa according to one poll.

8. (Tie) Rick Perry. Rick Perry is a favorite of the social conservatives and cannot be counted out as possible threat as a GOP candidate. He has started a PAC and is on the campaign trail.

8. (Tie) Sarah Palin. The wind-nut darling longs to rejoin the limelight and has recently hinted that she is interested in a presidential run. Sarah could be waiting in the wings if the wing-nut favorite, if Ted Cruz stumbles. But Sarah has to look over her shoulder at Michele Bachmann in the battle of queen of the GOP tea party.

7. Donald Trump. The Business magnet and billionaire has the money to run and he shown interest in making a 2016 run. He also will take issue if the leading candidate is not a certified wing-nut and he will see himself as the conservative savior of the party. His money makes him a threat if he wants to be a threat.

6. Chris Christie. Increasingly, it’s looking as if Christie missed his chance for president in 2012. The bridge gate scandal has scared off potential GOP money donors. In a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll, his favorable rating in New Jersey has dropped to 37 percent — after topping out at nearly 70 percent. And if he’s lost his home state appeal, he loses his perceived national appeal.

5. Rand Paul. The senator’s recent vaccine comments have hurt his libertarian appeal. Yes, there is a wing-nut segment of the GOP that likes the idea that he is taking on the “liberal media.” But there’s also a much bigger segment of the party that will looks at his vaccine flap at his death nail.

4. Rubio. Rubio suffered damage to his chances last year when he spoke in support of amnesty for immigrants. Now his path to the nomination is complicated by Bush’s all-but-announced candidacy. But if the GOP Republican candidate is looking for a running mate to court the Hispanic vote, expand the party’s appeal, then Rubio could be the VP candidate in the race.

3. Walker. The Wisconsin governor is clearly in a strong position, thanks to his harsh attack on labor and his recent strong speech at an Iowa confab a few weekends ago. His decisions not to answer questions in London during a trade mission were damaging and not a good sign of his ability to act of the large stage.

2. Bush. The former Florida governor remains the top GOP establishment candidate but that may also lead to his undoing, can he win the series of wing-nut primaries? His recent attempts to appear wing-nut to cater to the conservative base may hurt him with main stream appeal with independent national voters. He got a big break when Mitt Romney opted not to run. Bush is the obvious choice for GOP establishment types [big donors]. Is Bush fatigue an issue?

1.Cruz. See above. His colleagues — Democrats and Republicans — in the Senate, share mutual contempt for him and he embarrasses and angers his party every chance he gets. But he is closer to how the GOP base feels on most issues than any other candidate and this makes him extremely dangerous. In a year of GOP division, beware of the great divider – Ted Cruz.

The GOP’s Obamacare Death Toll

Friday, September 5th, 2014

getcovered_medicare_map_110713In the past, voters never had to worry about their representative causing actual harm, with the exception of supporting bad policy and legislation, which was the extent of harm from even the worst of elected officials. If there is one thing a voter never expects of their representatives is that they would deliberately inflict death of their constituents, but this was before Obamacare and the extraordinary lengths Republicans will go to permit actual death for the people they were elected to serve. Republicans have even spread blatant lies about policies created to protect Americans to instill fear in the public and create fear-mongering lies to prevent people from receiving quality health care at a good price.

It was not that long ago that idiot Sarah Palin warned, “seniors and the disabled will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.” What has been [funny] sad is the cruel truth that in a sense Palin was right; the poor, seniors, and the disabled have faced the Republican controlled [death panels] legislations that decided they are not worthy of healthcare. Republicans rejected a major component of the Affordable Care Act [Medicaid expansion] and this decision resulted in a death sentence to thousands of Americans in many states including Tennessee. In Tennessee, two to three people will die each day that passes since Medicaid expansion was not enacted.

According to a recently published report by a Harvard Medical School team of researchers, Republican governors and legislatures will be responsible for sentencing thousands of their constituents to death every year due to lack of medical care and the GOP’s intense hatred of Obamacare and President Obama.

The report, “Opting Out Of Medicaid Expansion: The Health And Financial Impacts,” has calculated the body count in Republican states rejecting free Medicaid expansion for millions of Americans because they hate the Affordable Care Act more than they care about their residents. According to the Harvard report the projected death toll is shocking. All told, 24 Republican states will kill off up to 17,000 poor Americans every year and these deaths are totally preventable. What is sad is the cost of saving these lives in Republican states is nothing.

Wing-nut Options: Lawsuit vs Impeachment

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Speaker John Boehner continues to suggest that the House should sue President Obama for delaying implementation of the employer mandate — a provision that of the Affordable Care Act that Republicans in the House don’t want to implement anyway but when it comes to the wing-nut controlled congress… logic is not part of the equation.

It is interesting to note that the House actually passed a bill (that died in the Senate) to stop the implementation of the provision. If President Obama enforces the mandate, the House will pass another bill to stop its implementation.

None of these facts are deterring the lawsuit’s supporters who are more interested in making a broad statement — rein in presidential power — than they are about the employer mandate.

President Obama did not start the trend toward a dominant American presidency but –in the face of a do nothing congress– he certainly has accelerated that trend.

Some believe that the executive branch has assumed so much power, a lawsuit is necessary to re-establish the balance of power between the three branches of government.

During a recent speech in Washington, President Obama mocked Republican leaders who say they’ll go to court if the president acts alone on immigration. It appears the President is sick of the congressional games and the refusal of congress to do something to help solve problems.

There are currently no better lawsuit targets. Obama also arguably exceeded his authority when he established a process for those brought to this country illegally as children to obtain renewable work permits. But the GOP has enough trouble with the Latino vote without suing to put an end to this program.

Many Republicans believe that Obama is exceeding his authority with his climate change regulatory actions. But so far, the courts are generally upholding them. So, while this might be a less politically dicey lawsuit, it has less chance of succeeding. And there are already plenty of private parties mounting such legal challenges.

[Impeachment] While Boehner calls for a lawsuit – Sarah Palin calls for President Barack Obama’s impeachment. She slammed House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to sue the president and is demanding tougher action against the “imperial president.”

She railed, “You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight, and there’s no room for lawyers on our front lines.”

Palin is demanding Obama’s removal from office for what she says are 25 impeachable offenses that include actions taken on Obamacare and immigration.

She called for a great awakening in this country by wing-nuts and proclaimed the message will be sent to the imperial president and his lawlessness will not be accepted by the American people.

Palin, the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential nominee, accused Obama of deliberately leaving the border open and allowing undocumented immigrants to come in at will, ignoring American laws, and driving the country deeper into debt.

She also noted that Americans are frustrated that Congress because it is not exercising its constitutional power to impeach. “Washington is broken,” Palin squawked. “If people care about the future of this country and defense of our republic, they will join this cause of articles of impeachment against Obama because enough is enough.”

When asked whether he agreed with Palin that Obama should face impeachment, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on the Hill “I disagree.” Some believe his lawsuit is simply a ploy to derail Sarah suicidal path for the GOP. Boehner obviously remembers the damage that rained down on the GOP over the unfounded impeachment of Bill Clinton. While, on the other hand, [wing-nut] Palin has lost all rationale and longs to be in the public eye and at any cost.