Category: political primary

Trump’s Mouth A Weapon Of Self-Destruction

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Don’t you just love it? The Republican Presidential Primary debates have been entertaining and educational. We are learning more and more about these candidates and I think that is a good thing.

The RNC has scheduled twelve debates for the primary election season. Fox News and CNN will hold three debates each, with the rest distributed among ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC, and Fox Business News. There will be one debate per month through February, 2016, and two will be held in March, 2016. There are lots of chances for all candidates to say great things, and lots of chances to achieve a foot-in-mouth posture.

And then, there’s Donald J Trump. The guy seems to be able to say anything he wants and not be held responsible. Trump seemed immune to blowback from his trash-talk until the moment Carly Fiorina gave him a one sentence slap-down. It was a BIG DEAL! Trump tried to recover with an inane comment that Carly was a beautiful woman, a stupid thing to say. He seems incapable of saying that he made a mistake, and this particular quip at Carly may cost him key support.

There is a Biblical injunction about those that live by the sword, die by the sword. Donald Trump is using his speech like a sword. He will inevitably suffer in some way when his own words come around to bite his generous rear end. You know, the one he is always showing the other candidates?

The blowback is already starting. A supporter of Trump’s asked him a question at one of his town hall meetings about when we can get rid of Muslims in this country, and that Obama is a Muslim, not an American. Trump went along with the premise, and that was a huge mistake. Where was Trump’s head?

This was one of those political land-mine questions. It should be easy to anticipate that kind of question and Trump should have had a ready reply. At some point a candidate for a political office needs to demonstrate some sort of political ability to dodge, or minimize the effect of those kinds of live audience hand grenades. Trump has yet to learn that lesson.

Trump is not a stupid man. As a matter of fact, he is very intelligent and quick on his feet. The fact that he went along with the questioner tells me that that is exactly what Trump believes.

Then Trump commits the universal sin of calling a lady ugly. That’s unforgivable. Carly Fiorina is 61 years old, and looks great. Remember, I used the word, lady. Trump would be well advised to use that word when talking about Carly from now on.

So, will The Donald start falling in the polls because of his explosively bad trash-talk? Will he be the instrument of his own demise? Only time will tell. Maybe he has learned something in the process.

I wouldn’t bet on either proposition.

Our Populous America, Today

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Populism is a political ideology. It can be used for left wing politicians to rally popular opinion against rich people, the banks, and anybody making more than minimum wage.

Populism is also used by political right wing politicians to rally popular opinion against the socialists, communists, and corrupt Democrat politicians.

One of the early populists in American Presidential Politics was Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of The United States. Jackson was also the first Democrat in the office. He campaigned against the national bank, and anything to do with the American Indian. He hated Indians and the British.

His popularity was based on his military performance during the War of 1812 where he slaughtered a tribe of Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and at the Battle of New Orleans where Jackson ended the British threat to the USA.

After being elected, he forced the national bank to close because Jackson had a personal beef with the director of the bank. Then, Jackson created the Trail of Tears, forcing Indians in Tennessee, Georgia, and other areas into the bleak wilds of Oklahoma. Jackson was anything but brilliant, and his administration was an economic disaster complete with economic depression, and the states printing their own currency.

Populism is what you want it to be. To be a populist, all you have to do is come up with a laundry list of things that people are against, and another list of things that people are for. These things do not have to be real, or even make sense. You can be against a “gap in income” just to advocate a failed nineteenth century ideology called, socialism. New word, same old BS.

So, in this election we have HIllary Clinton and Bernie Sanders trying fake definitions to push abortions, communism, and outright theft of peoples money. On the political right, we have lots of standard candidates, but the most popular is Donald Trump that is harnessing populism. Donald is tapping into the sore points of illegal immigration, outrageous taxes, socialized health care, the stupid Obama Iran deal, and anything else Obama tried to do. You can take it for granted that anything Obama advocated is stupid.

Plus, Trump is taking a page from Barack Obama and is using playground, in-your-face, bad-boy tactics on the campaign trail. He constantly disses Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and anybody else mentioned as being competition. He needs no reason, he just does it. And, he gets away with it, too. The crowds love him.

The nation is so hungry for real leadership that we are in danger of putting the wrong person into office. If Donald Trump is the Republican candidate, I will vote for him. If he is not I pray that he will not run as an independent. I really hope he is better than I think.

Trump Has Trumpeted

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump
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Potential Trump Voter

I managed to catch the last few minutes of Donald Trump’s address at Mobile, Alabama. I don’t know how many people were there, but they did number into the thousands.

Maybe it was good that I only caught the last of his speech. I don’t think I missed anything at all. Let me see if I can remember what Trump said.

  • Obama Care – Repeal it. He will get rid of the restricted state by state rules. The Insurance companies make too much money through Obama Care. Trump will make health care so much better.
  • Illegal Immigration – Trump will make Mexico pay for the wall. No more anchor baby stuff. Things will be so much better.
  • ISIS  – Trump will get rid of ISIS. Things will be so much better.
  • Foreign Relations – Trump will make people love us. You will be so proud of your President. You will love him. Things will be so much better.

There is no question that I missed a few of Trump’s points. I’ll bet they all ended with the predictable, “Things will be so much better.” One thing is also sure, that Donald Trump used the singular personal pronoun “I” more times than any Presidential candidate in history, with the possible exception of Barack Obama.

I can’t wait until the pundits jump in with their word counters, and accurate observations that Trump really didn’t have anthing to say.

What do you think?

Modern Gladiators

Our political system has devolved into just another Roman circus.

Witness the Republican debates. They started with a bunch of pretty credible candidates, and they are now dwindling down to the precious few. Most of the candidates have taken themselves out of the race because of shrinking poll numbers, or shrinking bank accounts. In politics these two measures have a deadly equality.

Herman Cain did not take himself out of the race. Opponents found some women to charge him with inappropriate conduct, and each one was a he-said/she-said kind of thing. With the current bias in the media, these possible dalliances did not get covered up like the documented sexual escapades of Bill Clinton.

Not one of the Cain accusers offered any evidence of an affair. One was even represented by Gloria Allred, feminist lawyer and Democrat political operative who has a reputation of staging phony witnesses, as in the California gubernatorial race two years ago. Herman could not survive against a press hungry to kill off a legitimate black opponent of Barack Obama.

The whole nation looks on  waiting for either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum to kill his opponent.  They are waiting for a career ending gaff during one of the debates. Everybody is waiting to see blood, and nobody is going to give the Roman Emperor’s thumbs up gesture.

I don’t know who will survive the GOP debates, and become the great hope for America to escape the dreams of our first Marxist President. Maybe that person will have enough juice to finish the race, and win one for freedom.

Update: I watched the Arizona GOP debate last night. There was lots of back and forth, but no campaign ending mistakes.

Looking Presidential

In the South Carolina GOP Primary debate last night, John King, exhibiting the lowest common denominator of journalism, asked Newt Gingrich about his ex-wife’s statement that he had asked for an open marriage. This kind of stuff is interesting to us only in prurient ways, but has nothing to do with a Presidential Candidate’s ability to hold the office.

Newt responded as only he should have. The issues of divorced people are usually messy, and political campaigns are not the place to air them.

Iowa Caucused – So What?

I am so tired of seeing nothing on the news but the Iowa caucuses that I could, well, turn off the TV. That’s pretty much what I did.

You see, I don’t care what Iowans think about Presidential candidates. After all, those guys were on the other side during the historical unpleasantness between the Northern States and the Southern States. Plus, if I lived in Iowa, I would see no advantage to getting out in their super cold weather to talk about politics. No, I am more inclined to stay home with a fireplace and something warm to drink.

Who won the Iowa caucuses? Iowa won, and that’s about it. All the candidates got votes, some more than others. Some will drop out of the contest after having spent all their money at the Iowa State Fair. Didn’t our mothers warn us about such things?

Thank heavens that Michelle Bachman will leave the race, and hopefully Huntsman will get the message that he is not even on the playing field. History got repeated with the so-called young people voting for Ron Paul. We have seen this phenomenon before. Young morons voting for off-the-wall candidates. Nothing new, here.

The real race is the money race. The only significant thing about Iowa is that it exposes who has money, and who doesn’t. The eventual winner in the Republican Primary will be the person with the deepest pockets.

That’s the way the world works. We really didn’t need Iowa for that. Any old state will do, and the next boring contest is the New Hampshire primary. It is just another chance for the cash strapped candidates to throw their money away, and another case of a  totally unattractive state to get publicity. Like somebody is going to vacation in that deep freeze.

Ho-hum.