Posts Tagged ‘Cruz’

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Fox News Republican Debate

Posted by Troy on 28th January 2016 in Uncategorized

Without a doubt, this was the best debate.  It was nice to focus on the policy without the moderators making everything all about Trump.

Donald Trump – Turns out he was the big winner of the night.  Assuming that he maintains the support of 1/3rd of the people,   His followers are very loyal, so it is going to be hard for someone to take support away from him.  The big worry tonight was that Cruz would make use of Trump’s absence to demolish him.  Instead, Ted overplayed his hand and fell flat.  The only danger of the night resolved, Trump won.

Ted Cruz – He had a golden opportunity, and started off well.  But then he started complaining about how everyone was out to get him.  He came across as whiney and weak.  He attempted to turn it into a joke at Trump’s expense, and it fell flat.  This is very much like Jeb’s demand for Trump’s apology.  I don’t think it’s fatal, but it ruined what could have been a very good night.  He made a very good recovery on the immigration question.  He did a good job on ethanol in a state that makes a lot of money on ethanol.

Marco Rubio – Good showing for the Senator.  He came across as positive and earnest.  Rand savaged him early.  Rand is Rubio’s counterpoint.  Liberty vs Security.  And like all such discussions, it turns out that security is merely an illusion and falls apart when Liberty is talking.  He does a good job of trying to deny he supported amnesty considering how many clips show that he pretty much supports amnesty.  He is doing a good job of brining energy to his message.  That’s going to help him.

Ben Carson – Fantastic opening for Ben Carson.  He is speaking with a resolute tone of voice, and his message of Truth resonates as all messages of Truth does.  He gets so little screen time.  He gives great answers!  Loved his answer about 1 in 10 being a terrorist coming into your home.  Carson did a great job with the hardest question of the night regarding Putin invading Baltic states.  I think he had the most striking closing statement.

Jeb Bush – He is a statist.  He wants expanded war powers.  He also wants to bring Puerto Rico into the union, which is Krazi!  Why on Earth would we bring in an economic unpowered house full of crime?  He is chained to his past record, and that’s not a good record to be on.  I like how he dumps on Rubio on amnesty when he like amnesty.  Here’s the truth.  If you “give a path to citizenship,” the Democrats will attempt to “acceletrate the process.”  It will be a “one time thing” that will happen the NEXT time we have millions of “undocumented workers.”  If he thinks he would be Clinton, he is delusional.  Nothing would motivate Democrats more than running against Bush.

Rand Paul – He makes great arguments.  It is a shame that his presentation is so low-energy.  He did some great work regarding “criminal reform.”  He had a lot of good points.  He did a great job on the abortion question.  I do believe he is the only one that could balance the budget.

Chris Christie – It annoys me that he always sounds pretty good even though I believe that he is an imperial scumbag that would take a lot of vacations and have Bruce Springsteen to the White House.  Really good answer on Planned Parenthood.  That really gains him some ground.  I will say that he gets a bad rap on Bridge-gate.  He fired the people.  As such, I believe him.  This is the key principal difference between him and Obama with his scandals.

John Kasich – He seems to be speaking in platitudes tonight.  I think it’s because no one likes his plans.  Great…government equals charity…this is why I don’t like him.  Did Bret listen to Kasich at all on the Iran question?  Weird.  I mean…he is boring, but that is Bret’s only job, isn’t it?

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