Trump’s Still Rolling 7

Once again, Donald Trump trounced everybody else in the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday. His lead remains substantial compared to everyone else, and his followers don’t seem to be bothered by one faux pas after another as Trump manages to insult every living being on the face of the earth. Strong opinions in sensitive areas can lead to strong defeats in general elections.

And then, along came Marco Rubio. Marco managed to come in second place to Trump, out-distancing Ted Cruz by a mere 0.2% of the Republican primary vote. This is not a big lose for Cruz, but I think it underlines the possibility that people are starting to see Cruz for the sleaze bag he really is. First, he and his campaign lied about Ben Carson abandoning the campaign for President while Iowans were caucusing. Second, there have been some pretty shoddy tricks the Cruz campaign has tried in South Carolina. I think Ted Cruz senses he is on the downhill of his run for the Presidency, and he is trying to eliminate at least some of the competition.

We can talk about winning all we want, but there is only one true winner in South Carolina, and that’s the candidate that has walked away with all fifty of the state’s Republican delegates, Donald Trump. I don’t see any change in this movement if Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, and Carson remain in the race.

If Rubio or Cruz can get lucky with the other candidates backing out, then there is a chance for someone other than Trump to win the nomination. However, come March 1, somebody other than Trump needs to win all those delegate votes in the Super Tuesday block of state primaries. If an alternate candidate does not win any states, the game will start to look like it’s over.

Personally, I like Marco Rubio because he is intelligent, articulate, and has his goals set in the right direction. Ted Cruz has some positions that I don’t favor. Donald Trump needs to get out of his “deport them all” position on illegal aliens. We need immigrant labor, and it is a lead-pipe cinch that we will wind up with some sort of amnesty. The proper Republican position is to make sure the borders are secured.

This election season is going to be long and drawn out, and I have yet to comment on the Democrats in the race for their own nomination. True, they area a couple of old white people who have no clue except for outmoded, nineteenth century models of economic and social constructs. Even at that, one of those lack-luster aged politicos could win the election.

 

 

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Clinton Takes A Whooping – Trump Keeps Rolling 2

Communist and wannabe Democrat Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders got some kids in New Hampshire excited and unleashed a whooping on Hillary Clinton for the ages. Bernie Sanders got 60.4% of the Democrat vote while Hillary stumbled across the finish line with only 38%. If you remember the Iowa caucuses from last week, Hillary was declared a winner based on a coin flip. Hillary is on a downward slide, and has no one to blame but herself. She is not a likeable person, and the world is getting to know her.

In the Republican primary Donald Trump trounced the entire field and collected 35.3% of the Republican vote, with John Kasich garnering 15.8 %. Kasich vaulted to the number two slot in New Hampshire after being ninth in Iowa just last week. Bush, Cruz, and Rubio were in a vitual tie for third place with about eleven percent, each. Christie, who successfully attacked Rubio in the last debate, has since suspended his run, as has Carly Fiorina.

Here’s the interesting thing. With Hillary Clinton in a downward slide is it possible that we can see a Trump/Sanders election? The match in itself would be classic in that it would pit a died-in-the-wool communist against one of the richest capitalists in the nation. Current national polls reveal that Sanders would probably beat Trump, but the election season is young.

So far, Donald Trump’s style on the election trail is not as I would like to see from a front runner. His campaign is similar to Barack Obama’s in that there’s lots of talk about how good things will be, but no substance is offered on how all that is going to happen. Donald will have to improve his delivery to beat the pseudo-intellect that is Bernie Sanders.

In the fray Jeb Bush has risen to double digits in votes. Does this mean that Bush’s campaign is no longer moribund, but has a chance at a competitive life? Some think so, but I think it would be very hard for Bush to knock off Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich before getting into the top levels of the race. I have always liked Jeb, and it looks like he is getting some much needed fire in his belly. It is too little, too late. Good luck, Jeb.

It is all coming down to the southern states, now.

South Carolina is huge for Hillary Clinton. Her campaign believes she will get most of the black vote in that state. In a state with a total population of around 4.6 million people, 1.3 million of them are black. The Democrats always make race a big part of their politics in South Carolina. Clinton is counting on winning South Carolina with the help of black people who reportedly love the Clintons.

Interestingly, the highest ranked black politician in the state is US Senator Tim Scott, staunch free-market Republican. The entire state of South Carolina, especially the black population, should be very proud of this very smart and articulate man representing them in the US Senate. The Republican Party has been able to attract intelligent, articulate, and competent racial minority candidates, much more so than the Democrats.

With another week there will be another primary. Stay tuned and see how all this plays out. With football having run its course, and baseball not starting up for several months, politics is the biggest entertainment on TV.

Politics is the game that is played for keeps.

 

You Cannot Be Racist Against White People (And Other Inanities) 4

Sometimes you just have to sit down and address the craziness of the world around you. First, we are blessed to have all the entertainment and culture we can handle on a daily basis, much of which can be found on the Internet. Second, we are often perplexed by those very things that are supposed to be culturally elevated when we see how dumb they can be.

One of the better websites for a collection of a links is the Instapundit blog, written by University of Tennessee Law Professor, Glenn Reynolds. Today, Reynolds linked to a Huffington Post article by Barbara Holm, a comedian. This particular essay is titled, Sexism Against Men? I Wish.

Holm has a story to tell about being an MC to an all male audience where she was hit on pretty hard. Some of the men in the audience thought hitting on a young comedian was cool. If they scored, it would be even better. She cried. That’s understandable but from there she poses the idea that it is impossible to be sexist to a male.

Sexism (definition): 

1. Discrimination based on gender, especially discrimination against women.

2. The belief that one gender is superior to the other, especially that men are superior to women.

Although sexism is a term usually reserved for women to use against men, it is also defined as applying to men. Women can obviously be sexist with relation to men, although the opposite is supposed to be the norm.

My point is that her statement is wrong by definition. She goes on with the fallacy that “one cannot be racist against white people”. There is certainly a cognitive disconnect here.
This is about as inane as one can get. If this is Holm’s entry for a critical thinking essay, she has a problem. Let’s look at the definition of the term.
Racist (definition):
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.

2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

Notice that there are no directional arrows in the definition. Discrimination works in all directions, between all races. If you are white and make a trip to Mexico, you will find that you are discriminated against in many ways. I understand that the Japanese are among the most racist people in the world. Ditto for the Chinese. Racism knows no season or bounds.

It is also a recognized fact that many black people don’t like white people. Black people can be racist toward white people. Institutions in the United States discriminate against white people in favor of blacks. College admission practices have been argued in the Supreme Court (U of Texas and U of Michigan) because black and Hispanic kids are given preference over other races. These cases are well known and documented. There certainly is such a thing as reverse discrimination, especially when people like Holm define discrimination as white against black. This is not rocket science.
I am not discussing the issue of affirmative action. I am simply addressing the fact that white people are subjected to racism, too, although not as severe as what black people suffer.
Barabara Holm is wrong in her assertions. Sometimes all it takes is a little experience and a dictionary to get it right.

They Was Robbed! Reply

Donald Trump was robbed!

Donald Trump was robbed!

This kind of stuff can only happen in the movies, or with Donald Trump. Reality TV shows be damned, the real thing is much more entertaining.

There were some irregularities going on at the Iowa Republican caucuses. Well, the Democrat caucuses was a little irregular, too. The whole exercise is a commentary on American politics and how we elect our leaders.

Sometime during the evening of the Iowa caucuses a CNN reporter tweeted that Ben Carson would be headed home to Florida to get a fresh set of clothes before going on to New Hampshire. I remember this coming over cable news that evening. Apparently, the Ted Cruz campaign read the same tweet and took advantage of an easy misinterpretation of the context.

The Cruz people began telling Iowans that Ben Carson was withdrawing from the campaign and going back to Florida that night. This had the effect of many evangelic Carson supporters throwing their support to Cruz, another evangelical favorite. The number of votes that resulted in Cruz’s column is not known, but the total result of votes were enough put  Cruz in first place in the Republican caucuses.

Enter Ben Carson. Ben is extremely angry at what happened, and is convinced (along with the rest of us) that Cruz’s staff twisted the truth, knowing full-well what they were doing. I have never seen Dr Carson as animated as he was last night on TV. If he could get his hackles up that much, he would be polling better, and would not have the legend of being from Sleepy Hollow.

Donald Trump, not known for missing an opportunity to dominate the news cycle, has glommed onto this incident to demand a re-run of the whole Iowa Republican caucus. His insistence is that without Cruz’s shenanigans, Trump would have won the Iowa Republican caucuses outright, just as the polls predicted.

I believe Trump is right. He was robbed!

Bernie Sanders got robbed.

Bernie Sanders got robbed.

Bernie Sanders got robbed, too. This part of the story is classic Clinton. If there is anything famous about the Clinton’s it is their ability to lie, cheat, steal, smear their opponents, or possibly erase them. Hillary has always been a vindictive person, a well known character trait of the former Secretary of State and First Lady.

The voting in the Iowa Democrat caucuses was VERY close, forcing the determination of the winner into the next afternoon. The differences in the totals were oscillating in values much less than one percent, and the final total was that Clinton won by a scant 0.3%. If this were a government mandated election, there would be a recount. Instead, the rules were enforced by a Clinton weighted group of administrators.

The Democrats discovered that there were nine precincts that had not reported, and the chase was on to get to the precinct captains to get the totals in. People were rousted out of bed, and numbers were produced, whether or not they were correct. The fun comes in when we learn that there were six precincts where the precinct captains reported ties.

Now, it may not have been unusual for six precincts out of several hundred to have ended in tie absolute ties. The truth of the matter is that those precincts did not send in their results before people started leaving their caucuses, thereby making it impossible to get accurate counts. This is like being caught relieving yourself on Main Street. It is embarrassing and you will find any way out of your predicament.

The Democrat resolution was to flip coins to determine the winner. FLIPPING COINS! Why go to the trouble of having elections if in the end you are going to determine the outcome by flipping a coin? This is insanity.

Is it surprising to learn that Hillary Clinton was the winner in six out of six coin flips? How does that happen? Only a Clinton would see nothing wrong with this process. Statistically, it is possible for this to happen, although the probabilities get remote.

What’s the result? Bernie got robbed! The fool actually agreed with the outcome.

Here’s the situation. Politics in the United States of America is alive and well. They was robbed!

 

Join, Or Die 2

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One of the problems Republicans now have is who do they elect as their candidate for the 2016 elections. So far, eleven people are still running. The New Hampshire primary may winnow the field somewhat, but some candidates are convinced they can make it through the February primaries including Navada and South Caroline, to Super Tuesday when most of the southern states have their primaries.

It’s a pipe dream of many in the field, and it is possible that Donald Trump will only be a memory by that time. This is not likely, but anything can still happen.

The problem to which I am alluding is caused by this wealth of really good Republican candidates. It is time to get the field down to a precious few. Two is a good number with which to exit Super Tuesday, which means that any candidate that is polling less than 20 percent should hang-up their spurs and get out of the rodeo.

The reason is that we need to stop the bleeding that is part of a tough primary season, and start concentrating on the real competition, the presumptive Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton. The Republican Party needs to come together by thinning the intra-party competition. This means that several candidates have to go.

The Republican Party needs to come together like hippies in the Age of Aquarius, hair and all. Remember the old “united we stand” motto? Well, thanks to the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin there is another appropriate phrase that even has its own logo.

Join or Die!

If the Republicans cannot join together the disparate parts of their Party, well, the Party could die. This may be the best opportunity to gain the White House in a generation, and we cannot afford to waste it.

Ted Wins -Hillary Ties 5

Ted Cruz handily won the Iowa Republican primary tonight, with Donald Trump scoring as number two. Marco Rubio came in a strong third place, almost tying Trump’s second place. If there was a loser it was Trump.

Hillary and Bernie ended up in a tie in the Democrat Iowa primary. This is a just finish because, philosophically, you cannot tell the difference in the candidates. This finish answers the question, “What’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?” There is no difference.

The really disappointing thing about this primary is that socialism, the often debunked and failed nineteenth century social system, has reared its ugly head in our college aged youth. This reveals a dangerous failure of the American education system. This is the direct result of liberalism in our college class rooms.

Now that the Iowa spectacle is over, it would seem that we could get back to life as normal. Don’t bet on that. With the New Hampshire primary coming up next week, things will start to get really noisy and busy in the political world. Cable news will get more frantic, and internet postings will get absolutely frenetic.

So, what’s a calm and thoughtful person like me going to do to keep my cool and not get an ulcer in the next ten months? I will work on NOT turning on the TV, and try reading more books. I might even get a library card.

God help us all. If the nominees wind up being Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz, I think we can look forward to the nastiest election in history. After all, Hillary is the nastiest person in history, and Ted loves to fight.

What do you think will happen?

 

Tonght’s The Night Reply

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

This is what we have been waiting for. This is the night that all those wannabe tv stars in Iowa go to their chosen precinct meeting houses and talk about all the Presidential candidates. The Republicans have a straight forward method such there is a spokesperson for each candidate to do the selling to the others in the room. The Democrats have a different system in that they will glumly stand around waiting for something to happen. If one standing group is smaller than fifteen percent of the total, the smallest group is broken up and forced to take their dunce hats to another group.

The Democrats have a system known in certain circles as the * “Least Dis-Satisficing” election. If your candidate does not make the fifteen percent cut, they are out. In other words the Democrats do not use a positive system at all, it is like one of those reality shows where people are voted OFF the island.

I can see it now in a Democrat caucus. There will be a bunch of people milling around playing musical chairs, all the while not seeing any difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both avowed socialists. Bernie just wants to give away more stuff. When the music stops, the supporters of Governor Edward O’Malley, the political genius responsible for much of the corruption in Baltimore, will find their chairs missing. Sayonara, Ed.Hillary Clinton Speaks At Event At Center For American Progress

The Republicans have in my opinion a more rational system. In the Repubilcan Iowa caucus, the members listen to the various spokespersons make their cases for their respective candidates. They will then vote for the candidate they like. This approach, attitude wise, is light years different from the negative Democrat approach. The Republicans just choose up sides based on positives, where the Democrats demote based on a negative approach.

My prediction for the Republicans is this:

1st Trump

2nd Curz Cruz

3rd Rubio

4th Christie

5th Fiorina

My prediction for the Democrat Iowa caucuses is: Who Cares? OK, It looks like Bernie may be in the lead, and we will just have to see if Hillary is going to do another crash and burn. Maybe Hillary should confess her national secrets crimes, and serve her jail time. That would be a great excuse for her losing. She will need one.

 

What are your predictions?

 

 

*Note : The term “least dis-satisficing” is one used in business schools when describing how many corporate meetings function. Many times, the alternative passed for action is the one that is the least satisfying alternative, but one that will suffice for the whole group. In life we often vote for the least onerous alternative.