April 28, 2016 in Politics
Indiana, You Can Save Us from Having to Choose Between Two Disasters
We are coming to the end of a long primary season, and both political parties have been undergoing upheaval in which many of thee people who belong or believe in the ideals of either party are fed up with how that party has been governing and how the majority of our governing officeholders are so out of touch with the people and what they are doing to us. As a believer in the U.S. Constitution, individual liberty, personal responsibility, less centralized government, lest wasteful government spending, less debt, less job-killing regulations, less social manipulation, and less just about everything from government, I am like most others who believe in Conservatism, I am fed up with the Republican Party not standing up for its own stated ideals, many of which I listed above. We are sick and tired of the Washington Cartel lumping more and more burdens upon us, squeezing our hard earned money out of us, and constantly ignoring us, if not outright insulting us. I am tired of each primary season ending with some Republican in name Only being the lesser of two evils winding up as the Republican Party nominee. I am extremely disappointed this season in that we are nearing the end of our primary season and we are seeing the SAME DMAN SCENARIO HAPPENING AGAIN. About 38% (the minority) of Republican primary voters have selected a man who proclaims himself to be an “outsider” who is a Conservative Republican and who is, in actuality, just as much of a name-only Republican as John McCain, Mitt Romney, Bob Dole, and George W. Bush, only a lot less well-spoken and a lot less graceful. Sorry Trumpsters, but those of you who at least think you are Conservatives, you have been suckered big time. Those of you who are big government leftists should be quite happy with yourselves. If any of you do not want to be living in a third world country with a tyrannical central government have been suckered, whether it be led by the more likely Hilary Clinton or the lot less likely Donald Trump.
I Gave Mr. Trump a Chance
When Donald Trump first announced for president, I was in the same position as many conservatives were. I was wondering who would be the best REAL REPUBLICAN to select as the nominee. I was already closed to Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Cris Christie, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Huckabee, because I had enough primary knowledge of them to know that they were RINOs and despised conservatives and were whole-hearted supporters of illegal immigration, big government, government-run healthcare, high taxes, corporate welfare, and all the other laundry list items that are the hallmarks of both the RINO establishment and the Democrat Party. I already had been quite knowledgeable about Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and Marco Rubio. Because of Rubio’s whole-hearted support for illegal immigration, I had already wrote him off as a “no,” although he was better on other issues. I just couldn’t take the backstabbing turn he took on supporting illegal immigration, and as a Floridian who voted for him, probably never will forgive him for it. I wasn’t hot on Carly Fiorina, although she sounded a lot better as she went on. I did get a little wary of her when many RINOs took a look at her after the prime time debate she participated in. At that time, I was a supporter of Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump as good possibilities. Unfortunately, Scott Walker had already dropped out by then.
After Donald Trump announced and through the first few debates, I had thought of him as a pretty good secondary possibility. I thought Ted Cruz and Ben Carson were the strongest, although the light faded early for me as far as Carson is concerned, because he started diving some pretty weird, illogical responses to important questions, such as not agreeing with striking Afghanistan after 9-11. I thought that that was the logical response since that was where Osama Bin Laden and Al-Kaeda were located. I also didn’t like how he didn’t seem to know some facts that anyone running for president should know, and that I, as a musician, actually did know. I had, however, a few misgivings on Donald Trump because he really didn’t speak in many specifics and spent most of his campaign speech time speaking about himself and the story behind him running than on things he wanted to do. I also heard some things that worried me in his speeches, such as personality as president putting taxes on specific businesses moving their manufacturing overseas. It’s not that want them to move overseas, but I know clearly that the U.S. Constitution does not give the president such power to just declare taxes on his own. I also didn’t like his thuggish tone in making such threats. I also didn’t like times when he referred to many of us as “you conservatives,” when he was professing to be one.
As with many who pay attention to politics, I knew that Donald Trump was pretty much a hard core leftist Democrat in the past, and was even a big supporter of Barack Obama for the first few years of his presidency. This worried me greatly, but I was prepared to accept that perhaps he had change his views. As time went on, I got more and more worried by many things that Donald Trump said. After declaring his stance on building a “big big wall” (which I thought was good, but a little simplistic – security requires more than that), Trump soon started saying how he wanted to have a “big huge door” in the wall for legal immigration. Sure, legal immigration is fine, if well-managed and I’m all for it, but the word “big” and “huge” were troublesome to me. Then when he stated that everyone would be able to go back to their home countries and then get amnesty to come back and be put on a path to citizenship pretty much right away, then I started realizing that this guy was pulling the same trick that RINOs always do. They are firm on immigration when running, and then they become open borders promoters and full-throated supporters of illegal immigration in office.
As Trump continued his campaign and started trashing Ben Carson in a personal way, I found it disgusting. When Donald Trump started trashing Ted Cruz with false accusations, personal attacks, name calling, and on and on… I knew that this guy who I thought was distasteful was really a lying asshole. That solidified my support for Ted Cruz, since I had already been studying him and was well aware of the fact that the attacks from Trump and Rubio were false. I had liked Ted Cruz all along, but was only worried that perhaps his stiff personality might be a detriment to being elected in the general. Yet, I was confident that Cruz was the best candidate to have run for the presidency since Ronald Reagan and agreed with him on everything. As I studied even more about Cruz and saw how his debating skills were excellent and bar-none were the best in the debates, I only got stronger and stronger confidence in him. As the primary season went on, it became clear that Ted Cruz had a real shot, and I was all in.
Donald Trump just went further and further downhill for me. He has the maturity of a 14 year old brat, and the mind of an ignorant putz. As it became time for more specifics, he was unable to deliver them. As it became time for Trump to start making clear policy statements that had substance, I got sick and tired of the same old one liners and bumper-sticker statements. I also got very frustrated with his vicious, personal (not policy-based) attacks with the other candidates. When Donald Trump, in a Sunday interview, pretended like he didn’t know who David Duke was, I was at the point where I could have no comfort in voting for the guy in the general. I despise Hillary Clinton nd pretty much every Democrat politician with every fiber of my being, but Donald Trump turned out to be, for me, just as evil! As Since Trump repeated the name David Duke back in the interview, I knew his excuse of having a faulty earpiece was BS. I knew at that point, the evil Democrat lie that Republicans are racist had some truth to it with Donald Trump! In this refusal to denounce David Duke, I couldn’t find any way to defend Trump’s behavior.
At this point, after all of the lies, the immaturity, the thuggish behavior, and the outright support of a lot of left-wing policies (which I will list below for you deniers), I am at the point where I cringe just as much when I hear this bastard speak as when I hear Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders speak. Hell, it’s one thing to vote for the lesser of two evils, but at this point, it’s getting pretty damn ridiculous with Donald Trump. I am at the point where I don’t think he’s any better than Hillary Clinton. Hell, he was her biggest supporter for over a decade and has been giving her a hell of a lot of money to get elected ever time she ran for an office, right up until now.
Donald Trump is a Big Government Leftist
I know that the Trumpsters out there are mind-numbed drones and don’t pay any attention to logic in their slavish following of “The Donald,” but I am hoping there are still a few undecided Republican primary voters out there that do have open minds and do respond to logic and rationality. Here’s a list of reasons why I believe, like MANY MANY other conservatives, that Donald Trump is a big government leftist.
- Donald Trump praises Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer, the three leading left-wing Democrats in the congress. They are despicable leftists that constantly grow government, crush the middle class with taxes and Obamacare, and are vitriolic haters that constantly call anyone who disagrees with them or Barack Obama racists. Donald Trump not only says he will make deals with them (like Jon Boehner and Mitch McConnell), he had been a big donor to their campaigns! Just doing business? Buying favors form despicable politicians like these? That’s what insiders do! Hello! By the way, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are not in his state nor district, so what favors did they do for him? Can’t anyone ask Donald Trump what favors he received for his payments? By the way, the buying of favors from elected officials is a felony.
- Donald Trump supporter the bailouts of 2007-2008, and in fact, said at the time that they weren’t big enough. that’s not Conservative! Oh, that was 7 years ago, right. Trump is 70 now, and he was 63 then. I think he was old enough to know better if he really did have some semblance of Conservatism in him.
- Donald Trump also came out in favor of single-payer during the Obamacare debates, when the Democrats were trying to ram that down our throats. What? That was 6 years ago. That wasn’t that long ago folks, and single-payer is hard core socialism. What made him see the light? Actually, his answer is only that it’s too late to go single payer now. He doesn’t even say that he changed his mind on it or doesn’t support it anymore. He just gives an excuse for supporting Trumpcare now, and what the hell will that be? So far, the individual mandates would stay according to Trump. He also argues that it should be universal, in that everyone is paid for… except for those of us who work and pay taxes. We have to pay. There already is Medicaid, why the hell does he need something in addition tot hat? Because he wants to expand entitlement programs and get more people dependent on government, giving up their jobs, and just living off the rest of us EVEN IF they can work. He argues that “you can’t have people dying in the streets.” Hospitals treat EVERYONE as it is. No one is ever left to die in the stets, and they NEVER WERE. This is another left-wing Democrat LIE. The question is, who pays for it. I remind you that we already have and have had for a long time, Medicaid, for people who can’t afford it. Politicians who ignore this are just trying to build on the dependency class, so that they have a voting slave block. This is pure Democrat Party politics.
- Donald Trump makes insurance companies out to be the evil in Obamacare. Yeah, well, note to Trump, United Healthcare just left the exchanges because they had a billion dollar loss last fiscal year. They are not “making out like bandits” as Trump says. He is bashing the insurance companies like the Democrat that he is. I am no special defender for the insurance companies, but the problem with Obamacare is THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. yet, Trump doesn’t say that. That’s because he is a big-government guy and Trumpcare would bee the same big-government program that Obamacare is. Other than the individual mandates listed above and the universal coverage, he does not provide any other information about this plan that he is touting as “fantastic.” Once again, a Trump plan is “going to be great,” but he doesn’t have any details on it .Donald Trump is just a con man like ANY big-government POLITICIAN.
- Donald Trump promised the ethanol lobby in Iowa that he was going to increase the ethanol subsidies beyond Obama levels. In other words, he was buying support from this lobby using OUR TAX DOLLARS TO DO IT. Trump says that he doesn’t take any special interest money. He sure as hell makes deals with them WITH OUR MONEY. Yes, Donald Trump can be bought. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to buy him with money.
- Donald Trump’s tax plan is a progressive tax plan, in that it is not a flat tax, which Ted Cruz supports. Conservatives have been arguing for a flat tax for decades now. Seems like Donald Trump missed the memo. At the same time, the tax brackets for the middle class ARE THE SAME AS BARACK OBAMA. yeah, we’re still going to be burdened by confiscatory taxes. The only reductions are for the wealthy and those who will, under his plan, pay no taxes at all, and won’t have to work either. In other words, it’s the Trump welfare class. It’s typical Democrat politics, keep a non-working dependent class there as your voting and protesting foot soldiers. As with all Democrats, Donald Trump makes sure that the middle class takes it in the teeth.
- Do you know what a tariff is? The only answer that Trump gives about how he will bring manufacturing back to this country and promote “fair trade” is tariffs. Tariffs are taxes on us that get paid to the federal government when buying products that are imported. We already have 12,000 tariffs on goods now. We will be paying higher prices on just about everything witht eh money going to the federal government as usual. The foreign countries don’t pay, we do! This won’t make it easier for us to afford domestic products, because those prices won’t go down, the imported prices just go up. We won’t be able to afford anything. Simultaneously, you can be that these other countries will put tariffs on our exports, which will hurt our businesses. Our businesses will be hurt, and you can be sure there will be jobs lost because of that. Donald Trump doesn’t mention anything about the real solution, which is lowering the corporate tax rate, which is the highest in the developed world! That’s how you bring prices down on American goods, that’s how you allow companies to have more money to hire more. That’s how you entice companies to keep their manufacturing here! You need to stop taking so much money from them, you don’t achieve a better economy by taxing us more! We already are having a hard time affording the things that we need to buy.
- I might as well give it it’s own item in the list. Donald Trump plans to keep our corporate tax rate as the highest in the developed world. You can forget about more jobs being available. You can forget about more full-time jobs.
I could go on, but I spent two hours on this post already. I need to conclude.
Does Ted Cruz Still Have a Chance?
YES! If Indiana goes for Cruz, he’s right back in it. The reason why Donald Trump is whining like a baby about the “steeling of delegates” and the “cheating” is because a lot of the delegates that have been selected from the elections that have already taken place are shifting their support to Ted Cruz. They can’t vote for him on the first ballot a the convention, however. They need to vote for Trump if they were designated as Trump delegates on the first ballot. If Trump does not get 1267 delegates by the end of the last primary, which is in California, in June, then the vote goes to the second and third ballots. At this point, t he delegates can then shift their vote. At this point, Marco Rubio and the other candidates can release their delegates, and they will likely vote for Cruz. In fact, Donald Trump knows that almost half of the delegates that are selected as Trump delegates will switch to Cruz after the first ballot if they can. Some states hold them as committed for more than one ballot. Trump says that this is unfair, but this is the way that it was since the founding of the Republican Party. Abraham Lincoln only had 23% of the delegate going in to the convention. The reason why Trump’s delegates are leaving him is because they, like many Trump voters in the earlier states, have BUYER’S REMORSE. They have had enough of this spoiled little leftist brat that threatens to put Hillary Clinton in the White House, or at the very least, be JUST AS BAD.
Donald Trump only has 38% of the Republican primary vote. Because there were 17 candidates at the beginning, so much of the vote is divided. Now that there are three candidates left, Donald Trump doesn’t want to debate, because he knows Ted Cruz would destroy him in e debate on the substance. Now that there are only a few candidates, the really poor performances that Donald Trump had in the last few debates would look average compared to how poorly he would look when he and Ted Cruz go one on one. This is why Donald Trump chickened out of the last debate and is refusing to debate anymore.
62% of Republicans don’t want Trump. In the primaries of new York and the last five states, which according to Trump, put it away, his vote total was FAR LOWER than that of Hillary Clinton AND Bernie Sanders. These are blue states, and Republicans cannot expect to win them anyway. Why should our fate be decided by them? In the red states, there were a lot of Cruz victories, and those where Trump one, like South Carolina, there were open primaries where Democrats came in to vote int he Republican primaries. In the general, the Democrats will go home to Hillary, and yes, a bunch will vote Trump, but a hell of a lot of Republicans won’t vote for either Clinton nor Trump. Count me as one of them, I can’t bring myself to support either left-wing Democrat. This is worse than before when we had Romney, McCain, and Dole. this time, we have to vote for the equal of two evils, and I for one, am not going to bother with voting on the presidential portion of the ballot. There are a hell of a lot of people out there like me who will not do it either. Donald Trump will be slaughtered in a landslide. He will bring out people in hoards to vote against him, because when it comes to Democrats, they believe the mantra that Trump is a “right-winger,” and do not realize how much of a leftist he really is, or that they are either for that matter. As for the independents… according tot hsoe polls that Trump used to like talking about… he gets MASSACRED. He has made a LOT of people hate his guts. That’s a tall order when you’re running against Hillary, but he somehow succeeded in being even more hated. Congratulations Donald.
INDIANA? What will it be? The true Conservative Republican, the best candidate since Ronald Reagan, or will it be the loudmouth left-wing, lying sack of shit asshole, Donald Trump?