Posts Tagged ‘republican’

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!

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!

South Carolina Debate

Posted by Troy on 13th February 2016 in Current Events, Political

Man…I gotta say… what debate?  For good or ill… Trump won the debate and Bush lost the debate.  This was a night where Bush was Trump’s whipping boy.  Whatever good moments the other candidates had were just OBLITERATED by Trump just wearin’ Bush’s @$$ out!!!!!  Jesus!  I heard a theory by Glenn Beck that said that Bush was staying in it to take Trump down.  Seriously…if that’s the case, dude… give up and drop out.  All Bush did was create a distraction that everyone else got lost in.  I hate to say that because I like Carson and Cruz more than I like Trump, but all I can remember of the night was Trump just destroying Bush over and over and over again.  It was brutal.  Jesus…

Long Live the Constitution!

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!

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!

The GOP Debate Results

Posted by Troy on 24th September 2015 in Current Events, Political

I’m a little behind schedule, but here’s my breakdown:

Trump continues to mold himself as a populist movement.  I feel like his greatest strength is his desire to stand his ground and never back down.  He will face enormous challenges.  The main challenge is that the media is against him, and the establishment hates him.  As such, he’s just kinda isolated.  Still he has an ability to tap into the anger a lot of voters have and voice the opinions that the “cool kids” have deemed uncool but that the majority believes is right.  That can be a very powerful combo.

Carson is the epitome of reasonable, rational thought.  Nothing seems to really faze him, and he just continues to come across as calm and collected.  I like him a great deal.

Fiorina has been doing a very good job.  She is showing that she has detailed plans, and she is very quick on her feet.  She’s sharp, and I like her.

I love Rand Paul’s love of the Constitution and his Constitutional view of the Presidency and the Federal Government.  Unfortunately, he just doesn’t have the force of personality to garner support.  I hope that logical thinkers will follow him.

Cruz is okay.  However, he gives lip service to the Constitution while ignoring parts that he doesn’t agree with.  Still, he’s the second most Constitutional candidate.

Rubio is a false candidate.  He is pro-NSA, which I will never get behind.  Basically, being for NSA is being anti-Constitutional.  Any right that you can ignore is not a right.  It’s a privilege.  He is also pro-Amnesty which will give the right to vote to millions who came here illegally, do not respect our laws, and will vote for Democrats as part of the permanent underclass.

Jeb Bush is a Bush and is pretty much a Democrat.  Why the hell would ANYONE vote for this guy?

Christie is a slimy bastard.  He does not believe in the Constitution.  He believes your rights are subject to the government’s whims.  He would be another emperor.  He is unworthy of the position.

The rest are boring and are beneath my notice.

The Republican Debate

Posted by Troy on 7th September 2011 in Current Events, Political

I still don’t see people’s gripes about this group of candidates.  In the face of a hostile host (MSNBC), they all performed admirably.  I like a lot of Newt’s responses, but we all know there’s no way in hell he is going to get the nomination.  Even Huntsman had his moments (although I still maintain that he’s a Democrat plant in this race).  I will say that Perry has fallen in my estimation.  He isn’t very quick on his feet.  In that regard, he is much like Obama.  Great at speeches, but not so much when it’s live action. 

I think it’s anybody’s game, honestly.  On the upside, I think I could vote for any of these candidates without wishing to shoot myself, so that is always a plus.