One of the first things every elementary schooler learns in an American history course is that America fought the Revolutionary War against the British to gain their freedom and end the rule of monarchs. George Washington, when offered a third presidential term, said no as he didn’t want the American public to view him as a monarch. Now, in 2016, are we seeing a candidate that wants to run our country as his own Fiefdom?
Donald J. Trump has consistently proved that he has no interest in promoting a democratic regime. If he were to be elected he has shown every sign of his intent to turn our great republic into the “Trump Kingdom of America”. While this may sound dramatic, let’s look at the facts.
Trump has shown throughout his campaign that he is a bigot and sexist; not exactly democratic values
Trump has flip-flopped numerous times, on numerous important issues, such as second amendment rights, and his refusal to take a stand on our greatest ally Israel
Not immediately denouncing noted KKK leader and hate-mongering David Duke
Claiming his campaign was “self-financed”
Lying about meeting Putin during a 60 Minutes taping
Lying about predicting the danger of Osama Bin Laden
Lying about seeing footage of the Iranian money drop
The lies, flip-flopping, and degradation of millions of Americans, leads to a candidate that is certainly not qualified to be the President of the greatest country in the world. Mr. Trump’s values are certainly far from Republican and would make our party’s flag-bearers; Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, and Abraham Lincoln cringe. The circus campaign of Donald J. Trump must be denounced by Republicans all across America and funding from the RNC needs to be immediately ceased. Only when this occurs will the message be sent that the Republican party and the United States of America does not want a Trump Kingdom of America.
Ted Cruz was not our first choice for president. He’s not very palatable to the general public and his positions are way extreme. That said, we would have welcomed him as our nominee as, if nothing else, he is a truly authentic conservative Republican. For a moment after the Iowa caucuses (when it appeared that might happen) we were looking forward to seeing him debate Hillary and present his unfiltered vision for a conservative America. And if he could convince 65 million Americans to vote for him in order to win? We were fine with that.
Now, though? With the prospect of a lunatic who reportedly is ready to stab our NATO allies in the back as President? Ted Cruz might as well be Abraham Lincoln. And after the incredible stunt he pulled off at the Republican National Convention he has solidified himself as the only Republican with any semblance of principle or morals.
His speech, was one of the best he ever gave even BEFORE all the drama erupted. He actually succeeded in presenting his conservative principles in a way that could be acceptable to a large percentage of the American public.
Then the demands began for Cruz to endorse the charlatan who has hijacked his beloved Republican party. And the boos started to rain down upon him when it became clear that would not happen. The video screen, as if reflecting the absolutely toxic energy in the room, literally blacked out. As he always does, Cruz soldiered on through to the end, urging everyone to “vote their conscience” and reminding people that principles and values actually matter.
And THEN just the morning after, he doubled down!
In addition to his amazing sound bite about refusing to be a “servile puppy dog” and supporting the man who “maligned” his father and wife, Cruz had this to say:
“It was somewhat dismaying that…some of Donald’s biggest partisans…when they heard that people should vote for someone you can trust to defend our freedom and…the Constitution, immediately began booing.”
That’s a great point, Ted!
Later on, in response to questions from a decidedly pro-Trump crowd, he followed up with:
“We either stand for shared principles, or we’re not worth anything.”
“If we can’t make the case to the American people that voting for our Party’s nominee is consistent with voting your conscience, is consistent with defending freedom and being faithful to the Constitution, then we are not going to win and we don’t deserve to win.”
A lot of people are claiming that this was just a cynical attempt to position himself for the next election cycle. That may be true. But anyone who knows Ted Cruz’s record, should know that Cruz has, on numerous occasions sacrificed his own political currency for something he believes in.
For example, Ted Cruz is a huge supporter of Israel. Take a look at what happened when he addressed a clearly anti-Israel group of Christians:
Can you imagine what would have happened if he had been doing this since the beginning? If he and Jeb and Rubio and the rest of them had taken a principled stand against this train wreck from the beginning, instead of treating Trump like a sideshow? We would never be in this position to begin with.
Instead one by one, they all surrendered and bent the knee to an imposter. Maybe Trump should not have tried to link Cruz’s father to the Kennedy assassination. Perhaps that was just a bridge too far? Maybe threatening to leak slanderous stories about his wife pushed him over the edge? Or maybe Cruz, like everyone else NOT under Trump’s spell, recognizes that anyone who would behave in this manner is not worthy of the Oval Office.
And if anyone doubts for one minute that Cruz does NOT believe that if the Republican Party gets behind someone they do not trust to defend the Constitution they don’t deserve to win…well, you just have not been paying attention to the guy John Boehner once referred to as “Lucifer” for not falling in line.
But for Cruz to go into the (almost literal) lion’s den and stand his ground, despite a cascade of roars and boos and threats at his expense?
He’s a damn American hero for that.
We should be so lucky as to have ALL of the Republicans do the same.
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Donald Trump speaking in front of a giant pile of garbage.
The hits just keep on coming for Donald Trump. After a truly putrid month of May and June and nearly 60 days of missed opportunities to unite the Republican Party behind him, at least the presumptive Republican nominee has some positivity in the form of the Republican National Convention to look forward to, right?
Not so fast there, Donny boy…
A recent Politico story confirmed what many of us suspected to be the case since the primary season puttered to a close. No serious Republican wants to be caught within 100 miles of this radioactive sinking ship. The Donald Trump Convention is facing a full-on REPUBLICAN convention boycott.
With the convention less than a month away, POLITICO contacted more than 50 prominent governors, senators and House members to gauge their interest in speaking. Only a few said they were open to it, and everyone else said they weren’t planning on it, didn’t want to or weren’t going to Cleveland at all — or simply didn’t respond.
Ouch. Look, it really isn’t surprising, considering the absolutely tepid “endorsements” and “support” this idiot has received within the party. Just look at this website for crying out loud!
Some choice quotes:
South Carolina Representative Mark Sanford: “I’m not, but hope you have a good Thursday!”
Utah Representative Mia Love: “I don’t see any upsides to it. I don’t see how this benefits the state.”
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley: “The governor has not been asked to speak at the convention and has no plans to.”
Florida Senator Marco Rubio: Has not been asked, but if he did speak it would not be on Trump’s behalf.
South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy: Planning to go to the beach instead.
Ouch, ouch, ouch. It’s actually a little strange that Gowdy would not go since he just wrapped up his massive Benghazi investigation. You would think he would want the national platform, if only to promote his own profile, if not to promote Trump. But he’s down with the #ConventionBoycott too apparently.
Note also the recent news that Henry Paulson (Bush Treasury Secretary), Brent Scowcroft (H.W. Bush National Security Advisor), Christie Whitman (former Republican Governor) and Doug Elmets (Ronald Reagan spokesperson) are all endorsing Hillary Clinton, while George Will (lifelong conservative) is leaving the Republican Party entirely, expect to see more Republicans bailing out of the HMS Trumptanic once he is officially ratified by the party in a few weeks.
Trumptanic: The Republican Party in 2016.
Consider this: The two most recent Republican nominees for President will not be at the Republican National Convention. The two most recent living Republican Presidents will not be at the convention. The second (Ted Cruz), third (Marco Rubio) and fourth place (John Kasich) finishers in the Republican Primaries currently have no plans to be at the convention. The Republican governor of the state where the convention is taking place is not going to be at the convention. The current Republican Speaker of the House (Paul Ryan) recently offered to step aside from the chairing the convention.
And in the ultimate rebuke, the “Dump Trump” movement is gaining steam with their “Free the Delegates” campaign. These are conservative, lifelong Republicans like Steve Lonegan, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Erick Erickson all calling for Republican delegates to vote their conscience and nominate someone other than Trump. If carried through, this would escalate the convention boycott into a full-on REVOLT.
How, exactly, is Donald Trump the Republican nominee? Which “Republicans” are he leading, exactly? The crazy anti-Semites who attack everyone who speaks against him? 14 million people, who in many cases had never even been registered Republicans before this election, are going to hold the other 16 million people’s votes hostage? The 52% of Republicans, who just three weeks from the nomination STILL don’t want him to be the nominee? Not to mention the potential 65 million voters the nominee will at minimum need to win this election?
The fact is, Donald Trump is less of a Republican than Hillary Clinton. More and more people are waking up to that reality as the desperate attempts to deny him the nomination become less and less likely. Just wait until it’s official and there really will be no turning back.
No wonder he recently gave a speech in front of a literal pile of garbage. That’s what his campaign is and that’s what this year’s Republican National Convention Boycott signifies.
So, Bernie Sanders finally said he would vote for Hillary Clinton in November.
Speaking on MSNBC Friday morning, he was asked whether he planned to vote for Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in the fall election.
“Yes. Yeah, I think the issue right here is, I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump,” the Vermont senator said. “I think Trump, in so many ways, will be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president.”
Oh and his rationale for not fully endorsing her, is basically that he plans to use his delegates to force the Democratic Party to cave in to his communist agenda. Could he be any MORE of a stereotypical “leftist” radical? What’s next, are his supporters going to conduct a sit-in during the convention like some college student hippies?
What’s that you say?
The Democrats just did that in the House of Representatives?
Finally, the mere fact he chooses to make this announcement on Brexit Day, when it will get the least amount of coverage, while being buried under European chaos, is the quintessential Bernie Sanders move.
As bad as Hillary is, at least we don’t have to cast our lot with this socialist idiot.
Because that would just be too bitter a pill to swallow.
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