Posts Tagged ‘Cruz’

Of Dog Fighting and Gun Control

Posted by Troy on 22nd February 2018 in Current Events, Political

People fight dogs.  It happens.  They take them as puppies and train them to fight to the death.  It is horrible, but it happens.  However, when a dog fighting ring is discovered, we do not say, “It is horrible how some people mistreat dogs.  We can prevent these abuses if we just get rid of all the dogs in America.”  No.  We understand that dogs are a good thing.  We understand that the people that abused them are the the bad ones.  We punish the humans for their offenses.  Even the most vicious dog in these circumstances is innocent of any crime other than being abused by a human with evil in his heart.  And yes, there have been cases, while decidedly rare in modern times, of murder by dog.

Statistically speaking, there are about 33,000 gun deaths in America per year.  Over half are suicides.  Once you whittle it down, it comes down to about 5,000 homicides a year.  Statistically speaking, this is nothing if you want to compare it to drug overdoses, death by medical malpractice, or a host of other causes where a fraction of effort could reduce deaths by 10% and easily outpace cutting gun deaths to zero.  You can say, “Every gun death is a tragedy,” and I will disagree.  When a rapist is killed by an innocent woman who is being attacked, that is NOT a tragedy.

Going back to the dog analogy, I compared these school shooters to a dog that’s been kicked.  I liked that analogy.  Let’s go back to the dog fighting example.  Some of these dogs, when they are discovered, are too vicious and have to be put down.  That is what these kids are.  Maybe the bullying had pushed them to these dark deeds, much the same way the abuse pushes these dogs to be killers, but that does not excuse their nature.  Their nature, at that point, is real and must be dealt with.  However, when they put these dogs down, there is nothing but sadness at what must be done.

That is how we need to execute people when it is necessary.  There should be no joy.  No self-righteous anger.  There should be a calm sadness.  It should be more like “And so it’s come to this…”  A sense of pity that we have failed these individuals.  We failed to identify that they needed help.  We failed to steer them back to the righteous path.  In so doing, we may learn to identify those who need help, to prevent such failures in the future.  This would be my fondest hope.

Long Live the Constitution!

School Shooting Solutions

Posted by Troy on 15th February 2018 in Current Events, Political

This kid was on Youtube saying that he was going to be a professional school shooter.  He was reported to the FBI.  Everyone that knew this kid knew that he was dangerous.  They knew that this was going to happen.  But I guess the FBI was too interested tracking down Russian collusion than following up on some kid threatening to shoot cops and school kids.

This kid was screaming out for help, and no one listened.  That’s why 17 people are dead at his hands.  Plain and simple.

You want to stop these things?  Identify people with mental issues and get them they help they need.  I am also a fan of increased CCW.  You say that schools should be a gun free zone.  Yeah, it was…until he brought a gun there.  Then it was suddenly NOT a gun free zone.  At larger schools, one or two armed guards would be a good idea as well.  Frankly, I am sure that there are plenty of retired military that would gladly volunteer their time tot he community in this service.

If you want to point to the “assault rifle,” as the issue, I hate to break this to you… a sawed off shotgun and a 1911 .45 would have had a similar body count in those packed conditions.  So either be honest and say you want to total gun ban or understand that your solution really isn’t a solution.  Let’s also be honest, there are over a million “assault rifles” in circulation.  How do you plan on getting rid of those?  Are you going to kick in people’s doors and take them?  And what if the people take offense at that and are willing to die over it?  How many law-abiding gun owners are you willing to turn into criminals and subject to fascist tactics and/or kill?  Just curious.  I want to have an honest conversation here.

Ask the people of France how their ultra-strict gun laws protected them from the AK-47s used by the Muslim extremists.

It’s like I always say: “Guns should be illegal.  That way, no one will be able to get them…just like drugs.”

Long Live the Constitution!

Bernie Sanders vs Ted Cruz

Posted by Troy on 26th July 2016 in Current Events, Political

Bernie Sanders betrayed his supporters and “philosophies” by supporting Hillary Clinton.  Hillary Clinton is the antitheses of what Bernie professed.  No one exemplifies Wall Street and trade deals like Hillary.  Not to mention the crooked deals, the email scandal, and the rigged primary.  Of course, many people would say that I’m just playing favorites.  They might ask why I came down on Cruz for not endorsing Trump but I am coming down on Bernie for supporting Hillary.  So here’s the difference:

Trump won.

Trump won straight up.  If anything, he was able to win despite the deck being stacked against him, Hollywood being against him, commentators being against him, and Republican leadership against him.  Cruz lost fair and square.  If anything, the aforementioned items gave Cruz a leg up, but he still lost.  Cruz also agreed to support the winner.  I will agree that Trump’s personal attacks may have made it so that Cruz could not support Trump.  However, the honorable thing to do in that case is to just not show up, which is de facto not supporting Trump but would at least give the appearance of not going back on his word.

Bernie lost in a rigged system.  You have the DNC colluding with news media to assist Hillary Clinton.  You have Debbie scheduling debates at times when no one with a life would be home to watch it.  At every turn, Bernie was maligned.  Even when he was still in the running, the DNC was pushing him out.  In all cases, the DNC sought to control the direction of the election and choose their candidate.  He also never agreed to support Hillary.

What people don’t realize is that Bernie is not the leader of Bernie supporters.  Bernie has given them a choice: reject Bernie or become hypocrites.  I think that Bernie supporters realize that.  Bernie has sold his voting block.  We don’t know what the price is, but Bernie supporters aren’t stupid.

I don’t know if Bernie supporters will support Trump, but I think at least some cannot possibly support Hillary.  Doing so makes them hypocrites.  I also would be sickened by the DNC’s treatment of them, invoking Bernie’s name like they were invoking Jesus’s name.  “Bernie says,” and they are but puppets on the string.

That’s the difference.

Long Live the Constitution!

Whinin’ Ted Cruz

Posted by Troy on 22nd July 2016 in Current Events, Political

I voted for Ted Cruz in the primary.  However, Glenn Beck really turned me off from him when he kept referring to Trump supporters as “Brown Shirts.”  If I want to hear Republicans referred to as Nazis, I will listen to someone on the Left, thank you.  In fact, I would say that Trump was my fourth choice in the primary (Rand > Carson > Cruz > Trump > then maybe Rubio if I have enough Scotch…).

I find Ted’s behavior at the convention to be intolerable.  Everyone knows what he intended when he referred to “voting your conscience.”  It was a reference to the movement to unbind the delegates so that people would not have to vote for Trump.

After it blew up in his face, he turned around and said that there was no way that he could support Trump because of the attacks against Ted’s wife and father.

I’ll be frank, if Jeb had mounted similar tactics and attacks in an attempt to steal the nomination away from Cruz, the Glenn Becks of the world would talk about how the establishment is trying to steal the election from them after they won fair and square.  This is clearly a case of sour grapes.

It is also clear that Ted Cruz WANTS Trump to lose against Hillary.  He would prefer it.  It’s a punishment to America for not picking Cruz and after four years of Hillary, he will be able to say two things:  1) that if they had chosen Cruz, he would have beat Hillary (unprovable) and 2) that he is the antithesis of Hillary (which, in fairness, is probably true).

What he neglects to point out that is that we will lose the Supreme Court.  As such, his election in 2020 would be absolutely meaningless.

I think that he has killed any chance he had for a shot at the Presidency.  He may have even destroyed his own Senate seat.  But maybe not.  Maybe he’s popular enough in Texas where he will be forgiven, but it is going to be difficult for anyone to trust him after his behavior.

He made a pledge to support the eventual nominee.  Apparently, like everyone else, they just wanted that pledge to prevent Trump from running third party.  Since Trump won, that agreement has been voided.  Interesting.  I understand the hurt feelings regarding the comments about his wife and father.  However, if Cruz felt he could not support Trump, the honorable thing would either to 1) use his speech to completely bash Hillary and end with “We must not allow her to become President!”  (This would have been effective), or 2) just not go.

This episode only cheapens Cruz, does nothing to defeat Hillary, and leaves Trump largely unaffected.

Long Live the Constitution!

Never Trumpers want to Unbind the Delegates

Posted by Troy on 4th July 2016 in Current Events, Political

I get sick of the Never Trumpers.  Now they want to unbind the delegates to officially steal the election from Trump.  This is pretty much the entire reason why people talk bad about the Electoral College.  Let me be clear, there is no faster way to utterly destroy the Republican Party than what they are doing.  Honestly, I don’t see any use of keeping the Republican Party around anyway.  They have been completely ineffective at either accomplishing their goals (at least any of those that don’t involve spending a crap load of money or taking away rights and freedoms from people) or from slowing down the Democrat agenda (which also seeks to spend a crap load of money and take away rights and freedoms from people).  Basically, what does it matter if we spend ourselves into oblivion on wars or we do it on social programs?  In either case, our country ends up destroyed.  So, what’s the point of the Republican Party?  So what you have is four factions of the Republican Party: Establishment, Conservative, Libertarian, and Populist.  The Establishment and the Conservative branches are annoyed that they didn’t win.  I think the Libertarian section understands that we’re kinda screwed nationally.  Expecting people to be responsible for themselves will never make you popular.  However, the Establishment and Conservatives think that the future belongs to them.  If the Conservative (Ted Cruz) had won, I think Trump voters would have supported him.  If the Establishment started talking about changing rules to get Jeb in, the Cruz-missiles would have blown up in anger!  If Rand Paul had won, I think Trump voters would have supported him as well.  I actually am not sure that Trump supporters would have supported a Jeb Bush.  Perhaps if it came down to Jeb and Hillary, but in no case would the Trump supporters seek to change the rules and steal the election.  Changing rules to get your desired outcome is a feature of Fascist parties (which is ironic since that’s what they say Trump is).  Here’s the thing, more voters voted for Trump than any candidate in Republican Primary history.  The ones that voted for him are enthusiastic to do so.  If the Never Trumpers LITERALLY steal this election from Trump, they will disenfranchise these voters, and those voters are GONE.  The Republican Party will wind up in the ash bin of history.

Long Live the Constitution!

Why I’m Glad Trump Won

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

The Democratic process is clearly fixed.  With their super-delegate process, there was no way Hillary was ever not going to be the nominee.  The reason why I am glad Trump won is that his winning proved that the establishment cannot override the will of the people.  The people chose Trump.  Win or lose, the Republicans will get to go into the election with their candidate.  Also, it will be fun to watch this election.  Unlike past Republican candidates, Trump doesn’t care about looking “nice” or being liked.  He is going to go after Hillary to the max.  He is going to FIGHT.  Anyone that is signing over the election to Hillary now is kidding themselves.  He is going to destroy her.  He is going to point out every flip flop, every lie, every time she’s been phony.  He is going to go after that e-mail server big time.  He is going to pull out Benghazi.  She’s going to say, “These matters have been settled!”  But unlike every other Republican, he’s NOT GOING TO CARE, and he is just going to hammer her over and over and over and over and over again.

This is going to be fun to watch.

Long Live the Constitution!

CNN Republican Debate

Posted by Troy on 10th March 2016 in Political

This was a refreshing change from the Fox Ambush Debate.  I wonder if the candidates had copies of the questions, because they seemed very prepared this go around.  What I found most notable in this debate was how many of Trump’s talking points have become parts of the other candidates’ platforms.  I am seeing Trump move a little more to the center as he positions for the general election.  I will say that Trump was the winner in this debate.  Everyone else is running to his positions, and he didn’t do anything to hurt himself.

Long Live the Constitution!

Fox News Debate

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

This wasn’t a debate.  This was just Trump bashing.  The entire venue was designed to attack Trump.  This debate had little or nothing to do with learning more about the candidates’ positions.  The amount of time they spent on Trump’s civil case was insane.  If this had been a serious debate, the moderators would have reeled them in.  This is about Fox News and the establishment trying to stop Donald Trump.  I agree with Andrew Wilkow.  I wish that they had showed half as much interest in stopping Obama or Hillary.  It’s backfiring though.  I find myself wanting to support him more.  If they fear him this much, there must be more of a reason.  He has 49% of the vote nationally among Republicans.  This is the Establishment throwing a hissy fit.  When they force a Romney down our throats, we are told “Well, he’s the nominee…so you have to support the party because you don’t want a DEMOCRAT…dooooo you?!!!”  But when the people choose a candidate that the Establishment doesn’t like, they go NUTS.

I am very ashamed of Fox News.  This wasn’t a debate.  It was an ambush.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Death of the Republican Party

Posted by Troy on 2nd March 2016 in Current Events, Political

The Republican party is talking about how they can keep Trump from becoming the nominee.  This is basically “by hook or by crook.”  They want to be sure that they can have a brokered convention.  When that happens, they will give the nominee to Rubio or Romney or someone more suitable.  If they do this, the Republican Party is DEAD.  It would appear that close to half of Republicans want Trump.  If they give it to someone else when he legitimately won the nomination, these voters will be pissed.  They will feel utterly disenfranchised, and they will go third party.  The Republican Party will never be a national party again.  Hopefully, it would be replaced with the Libertarian party, but it’s entirely possible that the result will actually be a more nationalist party.  While I don’t think that there is a problem with nationalism, nationalistic parties never really work well.  Although, I would actually like to see our government more concerned about America than “America’s place in this world” or “our position at the table of nations” or any other such dumb concepts.  As though the rest of the world is thinking, “I wonder what we could do to improve the plight of children in Detroit.”

If the Republicans want to defeat Trump, they need to convince everyone but Cruz to drop.  If Cruz drops, at least 25% of his supporters go to Trump and Trump wins.  Get it down to a two man race, and let the best man win.

Long Live the Constitution!

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!