Posts Tagged ‘carson’

CNN Republican Debate

Posted by Troy on 25th February 2016 in Current Events, Political

Nice opening comments.  Hey, Wolf Blitzer, I sold more books than you!

A lot of fireworks early on.  I will say that people trying to pick on Cruz for supporting amnesty is nuts.  That’s just factually inaccurate.  So far, Trump’s getting a little blood on his face between the comments of Cruz and Rubio who seem out for blood today, but Trump had a good rejoinder regarding how many jobs he’s created.

Heeeeey, Kasich and Carson get to talk too?  That’s nice of them.  Of course, Kasich is just saying “If you’re here or get here quickly, we’ll let you stay.”  Yeah…that won’t encourage more offenders.  I’m a little bummed by Carson’s stance on immigration.  They broke the law.  The punishment for breaking the law is being deported.  I’m also not interest in trying to improve the economies of other countries.

Trump did a good rant against the trade deficits.  However, Rubio is really giving him hell tonight.

I do like Rubio’s lip service to “we can’t do something Unconstitutional just because we’re sympathetic.”  I don’t really trust him on that sentiment, but there ya go.

I really hate the “I met this little girl/old lady/whatever” antedote that Kasich and other people use.

Thank God…something other than immigration.

Kasich is all over the place with his answer on religious freedom.

Rubio has a pretty decent plan on healthcare on the surface.

I do like Trump’s shout out to competition.  Kasich does seem to be under the assumption that government spending creates healthy people.  Carson gave a great answer.  I can’t believe they were going to skip Cruz.  Come on, man.  That’s not fair.  CNN needs to cut people when they are talking over each other, but everyone should have a chance to answer a major category question.

I hate to say it, but Kasich is starting to grow on me.  He does very well being passionate regarding the economy at least.  With less people on the stage, he does stand out more.

In fairness, audits are usually not fraudulent.  Those wrap up pretty quickly.  They are just proving your position.  Cruz is using the perception of an audit to mislead here.

I do agree with Marco.  There’s only one issue that matters, really.  That’s the debt.  Well…that and the Supreme Court.  But seriously, the debt is our biggest national security concern.

I do applaud Marco taking it to Trump, but he waited way too long.  I think Trump has managed to rebuff Marco for the most part.  Trump supporters are pretty loyal, so waiting this long to try to take him on is a bit toxic.

Carson really does get the shaft.  He really had a lot of good answers and managed to fit it into a time frame that should have been for one issue.

I really wish they would have talked more about the debt.  That’s the single most important issue.

I have to say…no clue who won the night.  I think it really depends on who you are supporting or not.  The biggest loser was CNN who couldn’t control the debate at all and gave Dr. Ben Carson almost zero airtime.  FAIL!

Long Live The Constitution!

Cruz’s Dirty Tricks

Posted by Troy on 3rd February 2016 in Current Events, Political

I do not believe that Cruz gave the order to mislead the voters of Iowa.  However, by not firing the offending party, he gave his tacit approval to it.  What I find most disgusting is the wholesale defense Cruz supporters have given him on the subject.  They blame it on the CNN report and played it constantly.  They blamed it on Dr. Carson not knowing how to run a campaign.  I listened to that clip so many times.  I never once took it to mean Dr. Carson was leaving.  If they thought Dr. Carson was inept or something, that is truly irrelevant.

So you have two choices here.  Either an inexperienced, young staffer got his hopes up and “ran with it as soon as he heard Dr. Carson wasn’t continuing and didn’t bother to verify the story” or someone in the Cruz campaign saw a chance at plausible deniability.  Honestly, I think it’s the second.  As I’ve always said…no one was fired.  As such, I have to assume that someone has the approval of his superiors.

To those defending Cruz…let me ask…If Trump or Carson or Bush had done THE EXACT SAME THING to Cruz, would you be so forgiving?  I doubt it.  I seriously doubt it.  I like Cruz, but this was a severe display of dishonor.

Long Live the Constitution!

Republican Debate Result

Posted by Troy on 14th January 2016 in Political

First of all, I miss having Rand Paul in the mix.  Rubio and Christie benefited tremendously from his absence.  I hated the first part of the debate which was basically a Jerry Springer show episode.  It was rather distasteful, but then it got very substantive.

Trump had a good night.  He didn’t blunder.  He stood his ground on points, as he always does.  Without a doubt, his frankness has done more to shape this election cycle more than anything else.  The best exchange of the night was on China tariffs.

Cruz had a pretty good night as well.  However, he got bloodied a bit by Rubio a bit.  Also, this was Cruz’s night to rip out Trump’s throat.  He failed to do so.  That’s gonna hurt.  The thing I didn’t like from Cruz was his VAT tax.  I hate the VAT tax in general.  My real problem with it is “Sure!  Let’s add ANOTHER kind of tax.  I’m sure future Congresses will keep it low!”  Remember, the tax would NEVER go above one percent.

Rubio had a great night.  He came across as passionate.  He had a couple of great exchanges.  In particular, he was very honest and passionate about the Second Amendment.  I think he helped himself out a lot tonight and will continue to grow.  I personally find his views on the NSA abhorrent and he’s broken to me on that.  Also, he is a very nervous guy.  I really don’t like that.

Christie got a big win.  Rubio failed to answer the question on entitlements.  Christie used it to slap him down.  That being said, I do not trust Christie.  I believe he is going to be an emperor, just like Obama.  Look for executive orders and private parties and Bruce Springsteen playing at the White House.

Carson did his normal thing.  He was calm and rational.  What he said made sense.  I really like him.  If the media hyped him up, I think he would be a shoo-in, but they minimize the hell outta him and tell people that there’s no way he can win, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  They tried the same with Trump.  It’s just that Trump flat out don’t give a shit and his personality overcame it easily.  Gotta say…that is impressive when you think about it.

Kasich was forgettable.  I really hate to say it.  There was something that he said that I was like…”Oh, so big government…” but he was so forgettable that I can’t even remember what he said.  Oh well.

Jeb Bush actually had a pretty good night.  I could rip him to shreds on pretty much all his positions, but he presented them well.  I think it’s too little too late.  If I’m the establishment guy, I’m going to Marco Rubio.  He has the energy, the likability, and a last name that’s not Bush.  Sorry Jeb!

Long Live the Constitution!

The Media Bias Makes Me Sick

Posted by Troy on 21st November 2015 in Current Events, Political

Headline:  Trump wants a national registry for Muslims.

Fact: The reporter asked if there should be a database for keeping track of Muslims.  This was an off the cuff question and could have been easily mistaken for using a watch list (which is an understandable interpretation).  He also said that he would build a wall and would do so if in office, that illegal immigration is the biggest threat.

Headline: Carson compares Syrian refugees to a rabid dog.

Fact: Carson used an analogy about a rabid dog being in a neighborhood.  If you know one is in the area, and you see a dog, you’re going to approach that dog a lot differently than if you didn’t know about the rabid dog.  You might also take steps to protect your kids.  Having just had my first run in with a rabid dog (which ended in hand to tooth combat that I fortunately won), I can say that he has a real point.

Meanwhile, Obama has been called a God.  He has been protected and coddled and exulted.  Hilliary has been elevated and protected as well.  At every point, the bias is real and blatant.  The latest examples are disgusting.  They are painting Trump as a Nazi and Carson as a bigot when it is amply clear this is not the case.

Long Live The Constitution!

Obama weighs in on Dr. Carson

Posted by Troy on 9th November 2015 in Current Events, Political

Wanna bet on what he said?

Dr. Carson has been complaining about the level of scrutiny that he has been under.  In particular, the press have questioned his word choice (scholarship to West Point), a formative life event (trying to stab a friend), and the title to one of his courses in college (turns out, he got the number wrong, the course does exist).  Dr. Carson has said, “Enough!” and doesn’t remember Barack getting this kinda treatment.

And Barack has come out saying “Oh, yeah I did.”

And yes he did.  This is how it went:

Fox News:  What about all the leftist extremists you’re friends with?  Why are your school records sealed?  Why are you going to a Black Liberation church?  And so on and so on.

Obama:  This is just fear mongering and Fox News.  There’s nothing to any of this.

Every other news outlet:  Yeah, this is totally nothing.  Fox News is just racist as is everyone that doesn’t worship Obama.  We love you Obama!  Obama is sort of God! (Chris Matthews…seriously, look it up).

So yeah, he did get scrutinized.  And then it was sanitized.  He received his blessings and moved on.  I especially like how one reporter brought up the birth certificate as though ANY news source asked that question.  Only one person hounded that question:  Donald Trump.  The very fact that this was the ONLY example she could think of proves just how little he was vetted, and remains unvetted.  At first, it was to protect their messiah.  Now, its just to protect their own reputations and mask their incompetence and bias.

The fact that Obama has weighed in on Dr. Carson merely proves just how terrified they are of this guy.  I am looking forward to the coming year.

Long Live the Constitution!

CNBC Republican Debate Results

Posted by Troy on 28th October 2015 in Current Events, Political

Hmmmm…I think I am going to go from biggest loser to biggest winner.

Biggest loser without a doubt tonight was the CNBC moderators.  Oooooouch.  After Ted Cruz destroyed them, it was open season.  Before he made those comments, I was thinking to myself about their tone and how disgusting the tactics and lines of questioning was.  In fairness, they allowed Ted to answer a question after he squandered his time, but even if they hadn’t, he still won with that response. After that, the candidates (and later on the audience) would hit them back when they thought the moderators were being unfair or just trying to start a fight.  I think they might need a strong drink tonight.

Bush NEEDED tonight.  He is stuck in 5th place after spending way more than anyone else.  I hate to break it to him, but that is as high as he is going to get.  The only people that like him are establishment types.  After Chris Christie and Kasich drop out, there are no more votes coming his way.  Basically, that’s not even enough to put him in contention with Trump or Carson.  It didn’t help that every attack he made on opponents got turned back on him in a crushing fashion.  His campaign is DEAD.

Kasich had a bad night too.  He has some good selling points, honestly.  But he came across as a hater.  He felt like ripping into the favorites (making himself more unlikable) and didn’t bother to really spell out how his solutions were better.  Basically, he called other people vague (or fantasy) while being vague about his own plans.

Huckabee made some good points and came across as likable.  He is also forgettable.  He didn’t get a lot of airtime, which also hurts him.  However, I believe he does these things for exposure for his talk show, so I don’t think he’s too broken up about it.

Rand Paul didn’t do what he needed to do.  God, it breaks my heart to say this.  If you listen to his ideas and what he says, he is 100% spot on.  I agree with him near perfectly, and that doesn’t happen too often.  However, he needed to break out.  He appeals to people that listen to ideas and really thinks about it.  He just doesn’t have the personality and showmanship to stand out in this crowd.  This is not to say he’s not a GREAT candidate or that he doesn’t have GREAT ideas, but this night was a bit of a loss.  However, he has a MOTIVATED group of loyalists, and I believe that he isn’t out.  He can actually run his campaign much cheaper than any of the others because his campaign depends upon motivated individuals.  I think he will stay where he is.  People supporting Paul are doing it on principles.

Now for the winners.

Chris Christie actually made himself seem likable and funny.  He wasn’t as mean and nasty this go around.  His pollsters had a talking to him.  He also made a lot of good points.  However, I still don’t trust the slimy bastard and think he is an authoritarian.  Still, I think he will get a bump as Bush supporters switch over to him.

Fiorina also won, I think.  She is constantly moving up and down.  She is someone you like more when you are listening to her, but then she fades when she is out of sight.  She is so sharp and measured. Really like her, and I think she did well.

Rubio did well.  He had a couple of tight spots, but he also have some good shots at Bush and was able to turn attacks against him back on the attackers.  Still there were a few moments when he had some trouble and sweated a little.  Good job on him pointing out the hypocrisy of the Benghazi coverage.

Cruz did something he really needed to do.  He made himself likable.  I’m not 100% percent behind Cruz.  I do think that he is a little more big government on some things (like the military) than I would like.  I prefer Paul who is a pure Constitutionalist.  However, Cruz is still strong on the Constitution, and he helped his weakest spot–his likability and him coming across as a robot.

Trump did well too.  You see, the thing about Trump is he refuses to be beaten.  He had a lot of trouble moments in the debate, and he just bashed it down with pure force of will.  You can talk about his stances and such, but I’m talking about who had the best night.  Trump did great because he stayed at the fore and never backed down.  As long as he never retreats and never apologizes, he will be first or second.  That’s just the way it is.  That’s all he really has to do.

Carson was the big winner.  He continues to learn and evolve into more and more of a Libertarian.  He is still so damn rational and calm and just damn likable.  If he wins the nomination, he is going to DESTROY Hillary.

LONG LIVE THE CONSTITUTION!

On Obama, Islam, Trump, and Carson

Posted by Troy on 22nd September 2015 in Current Events, Political

Trump and Carson have fallen off the cliff.  One dared not correct someone who called Obama a Muslim, and the other said he wouldn’t advocate for a Muslim for President.

I think Trump had an excellent retort:  Do you think Obama would defend me if someone said something bad about me?

Hell no.  Of course not.  But I have another issue…so…is being a Muslim a bad thing?  Sounds that way.  If being Muslim isn’t bad, then why would Trump be inclined to correct the man?  The only way this criticism holds any water is if being Muslim is a bad thing.  If the man had said, “Obama is a child molester,” then maybe Trump should say something to correct a maliciously false critique.  Otherwise, why should Trump involve himself?  By now, one believes that Obama is or is not a Muslim.  Nothing will convince that man otherwise.

Then there’s Carson.  He said he wouldn’t advocate a Muslim for President because Islam is inconsistent with American values.  Everyone went nuts.  So…what is consistent with American values?  A woman having to provide 6 eye witnesses to prove rape?  Stoning for adultery?  Stoning for being gay?  Fill in the damn blank on anything related to women?  Their pretty narrow view on Freedom of Speech?  Shall we continue?  Not to mention the fact that we keep getting heavily involved in the Middle East.  Let’s just put that out there.  Their religion requires that they advance Shariah Law.  And their religion also allows them to lie in order to advance Shariah.  Honestly…based on these two facts, how could anyone in their right mind ever vote for a Muslim for President unless they, themselves, were Muslim?  You can’t even judge such an individual on their words or actions because their religion gives one over-riding rule: Advance Shariah by any means possible.  Could it not be that they acted and spoke of tolerance and of Americana just to gain such a position of power to fundamentally transform America?  Just saying.

Ya know what?  The Democrats should run a Muslim.  That’ll show us.  The first Muslim President.  But I guess they prefer words over actions.  Words are cheap and easy, aren’t they?

Carson said he would not advocate a Muslim President.  He didn’t even say that he would ask others NOT to support a Muslim President.  He never said anything regarding if a Muslim COULD run.  Of COURSE a Muslim is ELIGIBLE to run.  Carson just thinks that a Muslim for President would be a mistake.  Anyone being intellectually honest would agree.  Anyone that disagrees is either Muslim themselves or so wrapped up in their worship of tolerance they are not being logical or honest with themselves…or are ignorant on the Koran.  I guess that’s another possibility.  Pick it up and give it a read.  It’ll give you a new perspective on Islam other than what the media is advocating.

Long Live the Constitution!