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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?

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!

CNN Republican Debate

Posted by Troy on 15th December 2015 in Current Events, Political

Not a huge fan of the CNN debate.  I felt like they gave Cruz and Rubio way too much time, and this prevented others from showcasing themselves.  Also, the question, “So you’re for thousands of dead Syrian kids,” was a bit much.  I mean… seriously, guys…

Trump – I think that Trump may have finally shot himself in the foot.  Saying that he would go after the ISIS families is a bit much.  I mean, it’s effective.  It’s the Total War approach that Sherman used against the South.  In all honesty, its the only thing that might work…or lead to a true religious war ending with the extermination of one group or the other.  The statement though, does make him look unhinged.  It’s a shame because he said some good stuff too.  Such as: We either have a country or we don’t.  If we have one, we have to enforce our borders.  Anyone here illegally, gets shipped out.  Yep, true true.

Cruz – I think he was the big winner tonight.  He didn’t say anything stupid and made a few good points.  He also avoided picking fights with the conservative candidates (although he did go after a few of the Establishment ones).

Rubio – I think that he is going to be the Establishment candidate.  So, here’s the take-away for the night: he is pro-pathway to citizenship [he does say that the border must be secured and legal immigration system fixed, and then we'd look at the people who were already here...but let's be honest, that's not he the way it would actually go down], he is pro military adventurism in the Middle East, and he is pro-spying on American citizens.  Needless to say, I can’t support him.

Carson – He had a pretty good night.  I don’t know if he will move up, but he is calm and measured.  What he said made a lot of sense too.  I don’t like the moment of silence at the beginning of his night.  It screams of “I don’t have anything to say,”/time eating.  I know that’s not the case, but that’s how it kinda reads.  I thought he did a good job of arguing that you don’t have to scream to be tough.

Fiorina – Man, she is so reasoned and calm.  Shame she blends into the background so much.  In particular, after debates, she just disappears.  She doesn’t have a good promotion team.  However, the lady understands messaging.  I have to give her that.  Shame CNN focused so much of their time on Cruz and Rubio.

Rand Paul – He was one hundred percent correct on everything.  We are moving away from the Constitution.  Our debt is our biggest national security weakness.  Several people up there either don’t understand what they are saying or don’t truly believe what they say.  It is a shame that he doesn’t have a more outstanding personality.  Still a big fan of his, but he cannot win the nomination.

Christie – He is someone that sounds good if you don’t know who he really is.  Although, I really enjoyed Rand Paul taking him down over the no-fly zone.  Oh, if looks could kill…

Kasich – Everybody was kung-fu fighting…have you ever noticed how much he moves his hands when he talks?  He did make some good point during the night, but I honestly cannot say what it was.  It seems his entire campaign strategy is, “Look, I can give you Ohio.”  I don’t know why he doesn’t dropout.

Bush – Did anyone else catch the Kermit the Frog impression?  ha ha ha.  He’s got nothing.  He actually did stand up to Trump this time, but it’s too little, too late.  He has zero credibility.  The sad thing is that he lost his credibility by not being able to go toe to toe with Trump previously.  Now, he’s trying to regain it by going after him constantly.  Unfortunately for him, it just makes him look rude and annoying.

Long Live the Constitution!

Republican Debate Fox Business

Posted by Troy on 10th November 2015 in Uncategorized

Fox Business really showed how it’s done.   A great debate.  Very well moderated.  No theatrics.  Very informative.  A+ Fox Business.  Can’t wait to see the Democratic debate on Fox Business.  HA HA HA…

Okay, let’s do the same format as before.

From the biggest loser to the biggest winners:

John Kasich showed his true colors.  He believes that government is the answer.  Free enterprise is all well and good until things get rough, then it’s up to the government to step in and save the day.  He’s toast.

Jeb Bush needed to shine, and he didn’t.  He’s gone.

Carly Fiorina needed to shine and she didn’t.  Also, Rand Paul took her to task over Russia in the Middle East and showed her up.  She didn’t do bad, and I would love to see her debate Hillary Clinton, but she didn’t do anything to help herself.  The fact that she lacks a magnetic personality also hurts her.

Donald Trump finally had someone slap him down.  Rand Paul took him to task over the Asian trade agreement and embarrassed him.  You can tell how bad it was by the way Trump did not lash back.  He knew it was a mistake and wanted the moment to pass.  It wasn’t a bad night overall for him, but it was a weaker performance that previous ones.  However, no one up there understands marketing the way he does.  He stays on message.  Whenever he talks about the future, it is GLORIOUS!  Vote for him, and America is going to be super awesome!!!!  Seriously, an election is just marketing, and he understands marking better than anyone else out there.  Do NOT count him out.

Ted Cruz had a solid performance with a couple of hiccups.  Nothing major, but not perfect.  He’s solid as a Constitutional hawk.  He will be the candidate that wants Constitutional constraints domestically while still allowing for “flexibility” in using the military for foreign policy without declaration of war.

Marco Rubio was a big winner.  He had a solid performance.  He got owned by Rand Paul at one point.  Still, he was a big winner because Bush and Kasich are losers.  Rubio will be the establishment’s guy in the end.  However, the establishment vote only represents 24% of the votes.  This is less than Trump and on par with Carson.  If I look at the remaining people, I don’t think they are going to go to Rubio. Rubio was a darling of the Tea Party.  He got to Washington and sold out.  Tea Party types assume that, once you do that, you will flip-flop whenever needed.  The only way he wins the primary is if the Super-PACs manage to convince Republican voters that only a moderate Latino could beat Hillary, and that is going to be the unspoken messaging for him.

Carson was a winner because he maintained his calm persona.  He spoke with such hope.  He gave good answers.  And he is just the most likable human being I’ve ever seen.

The biggest winner tonight was Rand Paul.  He showed everyone up and proved he is the only one that really has an interest in fixing the budget (regardless of what Kasich says…anyone for bailouts is for national debt).  He also did a great job advancing libertarianism and shaping the debate.  He will not be moving up in the polls to the upper tiers, but he did a great job of showing why he is relevant and why libertarianism is relevant.

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!

Rand Paul’s Epic Takedown of John Kerry

Posted by Troy on 3rd September 2013 in Current Events, Political

Thank you, Rand Paul.  You seem to be the only person in the government that actually cares about the Constitution.  Here’s a question for all of you peeps that say that the President can send our forces where ever, whenever.  If Canada fired some missiles into New York City, do you think we would buy it if they said, “Oh!  We didn’t declare war on you.  Our Prime Minister can just has the ability to do whatever he wants.”  Or do you think we would have the same caviler attitude if Obama was talking about shooting off some missiles into China for their numerous human rights abuse?  We are supposed to be outraged by the use of chemical weapons, but what is the difference between that and the human rights abuses of China?  The starving of citizens in North Korea?  All of the warlords and massacres throughout Africa and the Middle East?  Why do we seem to be so willing to get involved in this particular conflict and not any of the others?  1,400 people have died from chemical warfare.  Where was Obama’s outrage while 100,000 were slaughtered while he was busy pushing gun control and all his other pet projects?  The answer is that the only reason he cares about this is that he had to open his mouth and lay down this “red line.”  Now HIS reputation is on the line.  He doesn’t care about America’s reputation.  In truth, we should not view our reputation as in line with Obama’s reputation.  Just because you screw up and elect an imbecile for President does not mean you have to back every moronic stance he has.  Why are we determined to have innocent Americans and Syrians killed at our hands to save Obama’s reputation?  The Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war.  Presidents as far back as Kennedy have made the case that, as leader of the military, they can do whatever they want.  The fact of the matter is that an act of war is defacto declaring war.  Don’t believe me?  Have Obama throw a tomahawk down in China and try to explain the subtle differences to the Chinese.  It is clear from anyone that’s read the Federalist Papers, as Rand Paul obviously has, that Congress is supposed to declare war first before our forces are moved into foreign countries.  There is no upside at this point.  We can look like we chickened out or we can risk material and lives in war.  Obama can say that this is some sort of limited engagement, but will he still say the same thing if Russia sinks one of our war ships?  This situation is perilous and could drag us deeper into a bigger war.  And for what?  To help install Al Qaeda related forces to power?  Is that our big win then?  The other option is that the engagement is going to be so limited that it won’t accomplish anything at all.  If so, why do it?  If you’re not willing to actually fight a war, don’t fight it.  If you’re not willing to put boots on the ground and actually win the war, don’t fight it.  It’s that simple.

Long Live the Constitution!

Rand Paul and Personal Liberty

Posted by Troy on 15th March 2013 in Political

I’m sure he’s been reading the Swamp Fox.  Yes, the right wing party is officially dead if they are thinking that they can promote conservative values.  The Democratic party has been very effective at dividing us up into various groups and getting people to support their party based on special interest.  The only return the Republicans can have is to say that they are for economic and personal freedom.  You see, the Democrats have been offering personal freedom, and that’s what the people seem to value more than economic freedom.  That being said, if someone offered personal freedom and fiscal responsibility, that would be a selling point.  I think the vast majority of Americans want to have a balanced budget and get our house in order, but they also want the government to stay out of their business.  I couldn’t agree more.

Love Live the Constitution!

Go Rand, Go! – Support for Rand Paul’s Epic Filibuster

Posted by Troy on 6th March 2013 in Current Events

Much like when King Leonidas at Thermopylae, there is something very noble about a man standing against invincible odds and holding out until he is totally spent.  In the end, it will all be for naught, and he knows this.  His voice will be horse, his wits will be slowed, his body will ache, and he will have nothing to show for it other than the honor of having fought the good fight.  So, why do I praise him?  Because, in the end, that is all of us.  At the end of the day, this world destroys us all in the truest sense that we will all die.  All we can do is try our best and fight the good fight every day of our lives even though we know in the end, defeat is inevitable.  I think that’s why we support the valiant.  That’s why we root for the underdog.

I have to say, I love some of the points he is making.  This is his finest moment, and this is what he will be remembered for, especially if he breaks Strom Thurmond’s record.  I hope he does.  I hope they do a DVD collection of his speech.  I know I’d watch it.

For evil to triumph, good men need do nothing.  For our rights to be stripped one by one, we just remain silent.  Praise be to Rand Paul for making his stand and speaking his mind.

Long Live the Constitution!

Hillary testifies on Benghazi

Posted by Troy on 23rd January 2013 in Current Events, Political

Of course, timelines show that she isn’t telling the whole truth, but this thing’s a farce and the media has been content to let it die.  She strikes me like an ultra-defensive teenager.  ”What does it matter at this point!  Four Americans are dead!”  Yes, and that is WHY it matters, isn’t it?  After all, if everyone had lived, then there wouldn’t be a problem.  I like that Rand Paul said what was true: she should have been relieved of office.  In fact, the fact that she wasn’t is proof positive that there is a cover up.  When you see a scandal and no one gets fired, it’s a cover up.

My take on what really happened is this: The ambassador asked for help.  He was ignored because the election was going on and they didn’t want to either interrupt the campaigning to deal with something or give the impression that Obama’s crown jewel (Libya) was in trouble.  It happened, and the embassy called for help.  The armed forces were told to stand down because, in a ends justify the means thought, it was better for everyone in that embassy to die than for us to start another armed conflict which could cause the deaths of thousands.   There were then attempts at cover ups because the people are too stupid to understand.

Actually, they are too intellectual to understand.  This is where moral relativism falls apart.  The logical choice, the “smart” choice, is the wrong choice.  We should have fought like hell for those men.

Long Live the Constitution!