Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Anti-establishment Republicans Shoot themselves and Become Victims of theirOwn Device

Yesterday was the kickoff of the 2016 Republican national Convention and it was all that Donald Trump promised.. Not Boring!!

Beside Rudy Giuliani's speech, which was awesome, Sheriff David Clark's powerful speech and Melania Trump's stunning appearance and speech, complete with The Donald's “Rock Star” entrance, the day began with some controversy.  The news all day, up until the speeches was the supposed RNC Rules fight in the afternoon. In the end it was not as big of a deal as the MSM wanted to make of it, but there is one take away that I do not think most people got. That's what I am here for.

This morning, the day after, you still have Glen Beck and others whining and complaining about the trampling of Democracy they perceive as having occurred. They are upset because an individual vote of each delegate was not taken on the rules. Interestingly, this comes mainly from the same people who thought it is perfectly okay not allow people in their states to have a vote on the Party's presidential candidate. In fact those who complained in those states were called babies, and people who do not understand The Constitution and Republican representation. When it was used on them, however, they went into tantrum mode and cried that Democracy was trampled upon and their rights violated. Just like children who did not get their way.

Here is the tragedy of this struggle though.  After things settled down, those wanting to affect the rule changes complained that it was not about “Stop Trump,” or “Never Trump.” They are now saying it was about other rules which would have given greater power and influence to the common man and woman vs. the establishment. This was even Glen Beck's spiel this morning.

I actually agree with many of the changes they wanted to propose and am sorry that they did not get a hearing or vote. BUT, it is their own fault that these things did not get a hearing. No one heard about any of that before now. Almost the entire time leading up to the convention, and the rules committee meeting last week, all we heard was that “Stop Trump,” had some tricks up their sleeve and planed to still stop the nomination of Donald Trump. Kendall Unruh the main antagonist and face of this movement was all over media, making it known that they still had plans. Then after their plans failed in the rules committee Unruh and others were again in the media saying they had some surprises for the convention floor.  All we heard was that they wanted to foil the nomination of Donald J. Trump. As late as yesterday afternoon I was getting attacked by #NEVETRUMPERS,” on Twitter, telling me that he was going down.  Nowhere did I hear one word about any positive rule change proposals. It was all STOP TRUMP!!! Then they got shut down and the whining began.

It reminds me of something that happened in my senior year in high school. There was a girl interested in me and I had shown some interest in her. I really had no plans to go after this girl but there was another guy who apparently liked her more than me and became really jealous. He let it be known that he was going to lure me into a trap where some guys were going to jump me outside of the school the next day. That was his mistake making his plans known, as my friends found out and let me know. So that next morning I dressed in clothes that were suitable for a fight and I went prepared. Just before class was to start he challenged me to a fight and told me to meet him outside. I said no, I am staying right here. He said he did not want to get into trouble by fighting in the school building. I said I did not want to get into trouble either but that I was not going outside. He called me a “punk,” which is slang for sissy or chicken, if I didn't follow him outside. As he turned to go, I grabbed him drug him back in and began beating the crap out of him. From a corner on the floor where I had knocked him he pulled out a box cutter out of his pocket and came after me. I ran into the music room, found a collapsible note stand, and then turned on him. He then tried to flee but my friends grabbed him and took the blade away from him. Why did I tell you all of this and how does it relate? Just as this guys early threats and bragging about what he wanted to do to me had me prepared for the fight and resulted in this guy getting a beat down, the constant negativity, threatening, and just plain nastiness of the #NEVERTRUMP movement had the RNC prepared to deal with what they saw as a planned ambush. The ambush, however, was that of “STOP TRUMP” being ambushed at the hands of the RNC.

Please forgive me if I do not feel bad about the way the RNC handled the matter. #NEVERTRUMP hurt not only their mission, but sadly hurt innocent Republicans that would have brought about needed change in the RNC rules. NEVERTRUMP was selfish and arrogant thinking only of their own misguided interests.  

I can only hope that those behind this are dealt with in the manner they sought to deal with the rest of us and removed from the ability to harm others any more.Maybe then those of goodwill can rise up and bring about the changes needed in the Party of Lincoln and Reagan.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A House Divided Still Cannot Stand

It really is amazing, as Solomon said, in Proverbs, “there is nothing new Under the Sun.”   In the Bible passage Mark 3:5, Jesus  said, “ A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  At the second Republican National Convention in June of 1858, Abraham Lincoln borrowed this passage and repeated that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” He was referring to our nation, but first of all he was referring to the still new Republican Party.

In 1858 Lincoln was referring to the divided opinion within our nation and the Republican Party on slavery.  He said at that time that we must decide to either eradicate slavery or accept it, throughout the entire nation.  He of course favored abolition and in the end saw that through.

We are in a similar situation today.  The fight within the GOP in 2016 is but an, albeit large, microcosm of the national debate over not just one issue, SLAVERY, but over several issues. Those issues are, primarily,  immigration, abortion, the sanctity of marriage, national defence and the economy.  While many candidates are wanting to focus on specific issues, they tend to use political speak and buzz words, i.e., constitutionalist, family, faith, etc..  One candidate, however, Donald Trump, is speaking to a greater vision.  That vision is making “America great again.”  In this vision he encapsulates all of those issues, but also the dreams and visions of a time when we were not divided and preoccupied with segmented wish lists.  

The Trump Vision says, we need to come together again and decide what we want to be. We cannot continue to cater to any and every group to the detriment of others.  Divisive race, gender, sexual orientation, economic and other issues, must be returned to the consideration of their effect on the whole and not the few.  Trump is often attacked for not being specific enough in the details of how he will deal with issues, but that is not necessarily a wrong approach. That is actually a trap that politician fall into.  You cannot, in all honesty be specific without know all of the details involved.  If you speak in specifics you only set yourself up for failure or being called traitor if you change your position.  The greatest example of this is George H.W. Bush when in 1988 his said those infamous words, “read my lips, no new taxes.”  When he saw the need to raise taxes and raised them, he betrayed his promise.  Also look at our current Republican members of Congress and the promises they made. Obama Care will be repealed, we will seal our borders, we will reduce the budget and on and on.  Those who voted these people in trusted in those specifics and now that they have failed to keep those, they are despised for the most part.

Cruz and Rubio are making many specific promises that sound good today,  but I can make my own promise; they will break one of many of those once elected. It is the nature of the position.  Trump has made NO specific  promises except one, “We will build a wall.”  Other than that his only promise is to make America great again in the important areas jobs, and quality of life. He has not said how he will do it and should not until he gets to see what is involved.  He will of course be judged on that one main promise, but I think that, if elected, it will be an easy task for him, now that he will have the will of the people behind him on that one issue.

Having said all of this, let me get to the main point I want to make  regarding “A house divided.”  As it was in 1858, the Republican Party is once again divided.  How can we affect a nation, in uniting, if we cannot even unite as a Party?  I know there are many who have given up on the hope of a united nation, and some are actively working to divide it, but we cannot continue this way.  Jesus is right.  

At this writing we are a day after the protests which delayed the Trump rally in Chicago.  The reports are that MoveOn.org organized this protest hoping to create chaos.  They were successful in cancelling or delaying the rally, but, in this they may actually have given people more grounds to support Trump.  

Meanwhile, you have Trump’s competing candidates Cruz and Rubio blaming Donald Trump for the actions of MoveOn.org, and their supporters promoting that view.  I understand that at this time candidates may be grasping for whatever help they can get, to boost their campaign, but this is insane.  Let’s get real the protests are not because of what Trump said or his supporters did, they are because he is the lead dog in this race and to the left it is no holds barred. Do Cruz and Rubio really think that Trump caused these protests because of what happened at earlier protests?  It is like those who say Muslims hate us because of Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib. They flew planes into the Twin Towers before that; remember?  Do they really think that if they were to get the lead in the polls, or get the nomination that those same protesters would not attack them as viciously or even worse?   In fact, if Trump and others give in to these protesters I predict they will only feel more empowered to go after those within the Party, who are currently attacking Trump. It will be seen as a sign of weakness, and the smell of blood will energize them.

I know this will sound like I am trying to trick people into supporting Trump, but I am not. There is no trick here,  just reality.  The GOP needs to take this opportunity to circle the wagons and say “We Stand With Trump,” freedom of speech, and the right to hold out gatherings free of disruption and coercion.  I am not asking the other candidates to drop out and support Trump for the nomination, but I am asking that they and their supporters come together in unity at this time, and say this behavior on the part of the “Left,” will not be tolerated.   If we do not do this, future rallies and the July convention will be threatened and with a much worse outcome than that last night, March 11th, 2016.

Let us unite for this time and le tit be know, whoever our lead candidate or nominee is, we support the right of their campaign and their supporters to rally, speak freely and in peace.

This is America, not 1932 Germany, or a modern day  3rd World nation.