Which President Did The Best Job During His First Six Years In The White House?
Hat/Tip to Lance Thate at Examiner.com.
Of course this is a very unscientific poll, but it makes you wonder what a head-to-head match up between the two of them would be like, huh?
Hillary Decimated by Palin in Today’s Poll
The media and party polls continue to play each other off with this candidate or that one being beaten by Hillary. When another candidate beats Hillary, there is the proverbial declaration of “within the margin of error too close to call”. This is a never ending theme to fill airtime. The Town Criers ask you to consider their random poll. The Town Criers are a Committee of the St. Augustine Tea Party and have been conducting polls and interacting with the national audience in historic St. Augustine for over four years. [http://www.examiner.com/review/a-look-at-town-crier-s-history]
The poll taken April 18, 2015 is actually the second time the Criers pursued this question, “Who would you vote for Sarah Palin or Hillary Clinton?” On January 31, 2015, the Criers first asked the question. The purpose was to gauge the effectiveness of the media’s distortion and ridicule of Sarah Palin, and to test the effectiveness of the rejection of Sarah Palin by both political parties. The results of that poll were: 74% Palin, 6% Clinton and 20% neither.
Now that Hillary Clinton has announced her candidacy for president, the question was asked again. The reader should bear in mind that this is not an opinion poll strictly from St. Augustine residents. Very few people on St. George Street, on any one day are from the city. St. George Street is populated by people from every state in the union, and many countries of the world. The poll was random and face-to-face. Only American citizens of voting age were allowed to participate.
Hat/Tip to Newsmax.
Looks like Ted Cruz is going to make it official. If so, he’ll be the first one to officially throw his hat into the ring.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz plans to announce Monday that he will run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican to enter the 2016 contest.
Cruz has hinted openly for months about his intentions to seek the GOP nomination, and his plan to jump into the race formally was confirmed by a strategist for the first-term Republican senator, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity so as not to preclude the announcement.
While Cruz is the first Republican to declare his candidacy, he is sure to be followed by several big names in the GOP, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and two Senate colleagues, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Florida’s Marco Rubio.
The Texas Senator has an impressive resume, even if “Community Organizer” isn’t on his list of accomplishments.
Cruz, 44, has considerable appeal among the Republican Party’s base of conservative voters.
Following his election to the Senate in 2012, the former Texas solicitor general quickly established himself as an uncompromising conservative willing to take on Democrats and Republicans alike. Criticized by members of his own party at times, he won praise from tea party activists for leading the GOP’s push to shut the federal government during an unsuccessful bid to block money for President Barack Obama’s health care law.
One of the nation’s top college debaters while a student at Princeton University, Cruz continues to be a leading voice for the law’s repeal. He also promises to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, scrap the Education Department and curtail federal regulators, likening them to locusts.
Read the full story here.
Hat/Tip to Newsmax.
It’s all but official, we’re going to have a real estate mogul, billionaire, television star running for President in 2016.
Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will form a presidential exploratory committee in anticipation of joining the race for the 2016 Republican nomination.
“I am the only one who can make America truly great again,” the Republican businessman and reality television star declared in a statement announcing the move.
While a step short of a formal campaign launch, the formation of an exploratory allows him to begin raising money and hire staff as he weighs a White House bid. Trump said he’s already hired political aides in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, which host the first three contests on the presidential nominating calendar.
“I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble,” Trump said in a wide-ranging statement that called for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, improving border security, strengthening the military and improving the economy. “Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians who are all talk and no action.”
Even though NBC wanted him to return for a 15th season of Apprentice, but in an unprecedented move, Trump effectively fired NBC.
Trump has decided not to renew his arrangement with NBC for the television reality series “The Celebrity Apprentice,” Corey Lewandowski, a senior aide to Trump, said Wednesday. Producer Mark Burnett had telephoned Trump to ask that he take on another season, but Trump declined.
Lewandowski, brought on board in February as his senior political adviser. “Nobody in the history of television has turned down a renewal. But Mr. Trump can do that.”
Trump, a wealthy businessman, investor and television personality, has established a reputation as a critic of the political establishment.
So no more Apprentice for now, and the Donald is getting his political ducks in a row.
In addition to Lewandowski, a New Hampshire resident and former director of voter registration at Americans for Prosperity, Trump has hired staff to operate in key Republican primary states like Iowa and South Carolina. He also has political advisers based in New York.
While in New Hampshire on Thursday, Trump will meet with veterans and members of the business community. He is set to talk to the media before an early evening gathering at the home of Republican state Rep. Steve Stepanek.
Trump is also scheduled to address the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First in the Nation” leadership summit on April 17-18 in Nashua, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.
Hat/Tip to John Blosser at Newsmax.
The days of Hollywood reflecting everyday America’s patriotism are long gone. Yes, gone are the stars who proudly served their country and then came home and made movies which also served America’s interests. Gone are names like Jimmy Stewart, Ernest Borgnine, James Arness, Richard Attenborough, Steve McQueen, Alan Ladd, Lorne Greene, Peter Graves, Eddie Albert, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable and even Elvis Presley.
No, now Hollywood is the safe haven for ultra liberals who make money by selling their world view of what America is supposedly about. Now we have names like Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin and Janeane Garofalo, to name but a few.
Well Newsmax is hitting back with their top 30 Hollywood Celebrities who are unabashedly Conservative. Here is the list in it’s entirety:
1. Clint Eastwood – Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood kicked off a firestorm of liberal criticism with his latest production, “American Sniper.” But Eastwood’s conservative credentials go well beyond mere movies. At the 2012 Republican Convention, Eastwood famously and critically addressed an empty chair representing candidate Barack Obama and supported GOP candidate Mitt Romney. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Eastwood, 84, once said, “I became more of a libertarian. Let’s leave everybody alone, quit screwing with everybody and don’t over-regulate.”
2. Shannen Doherty – “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Charmed” star Shannen Doherty once termed herself a “conservative” who was an “avid” supporter of Ronald Reagan, and commented, “I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats. I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I’m a Republican.”
3. Robert Downey Jr. – Star of the “Iron Man” and “Sherlock Holmes” franchises, Robert Downey Jr. is an avowed conservative who told The New York Times in 2009, “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal.”
4. Melissa Joan Hart – Actress Melissa Joan Hart, star of “Sabrina The Teenage Witch,” says that when she supported Mitt Romney, “I got called every name in the book. It schooled me in the fact that you just don’t talk about politics in Hollywood. It is sort of like a blacklist. It’s a little scary.”
5. Kelsey Grammer – “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer backed Rudy Giuliani for mayor of New York and founded the now-defunct RightNetwork, a conservative entertainment company. The actor told Jay Leno during a 2012 appearance that he believes he did not receive an Oscar nomination because “I’m a declared out-of-the-closet Republican in Hollywood.”
6. Victoria Jackson – “Saturday Night Live” alumna Victoria Jackson is a very active conservative who supported the presidential candidacies of Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. She once described her beliefs to Politico as “pro-life, less government, strong military.”
7. Dennis Miller – Former “SNL” star Dennis Miller converted from being a Democrat to becoming a well-known conservative pundit with his own daily radio talk show and regular appearances on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.”
8. Rob Schneider – Comic Rob Schneider has expressed admiration for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The California resident once reportedly said, “I’ve been a lifelong Democrat and I have to switch over because it no longer serves the people of this great state.”
9. Patricia Heaton – Christian pro-lifer Patricia Heaton from “Everybody Loves Raymond” publicly took Rush Limbaugh’s side in blasting Sandra Fluke over free birth control. She campaigned for the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008 and the Romney/Ryan ticket in 2012.
10. Angie Harmon – “Law and Order” and “Rizzoli and Isles” star Angie Harmon is no fan of Barack Obama. “I’m just not crazy about what he’s doing,” she said in 2009, according to Fox News. “I do think (Sen. John) McCain would have done a better job.”
She also admires former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. When she “came out” as a Republican, Harmon, who considers herself a “liberal Republican,” was heavily criticized. “Call it naïveté or stupidity, but I didn’t know that unless you are a Democrat, you aren’t allowed to talk politics in Hollywood,” she said in the September 2013 issue of More magazine.
She also addressed the Republican Convention in 2004.
11. Jerry Bruckheimer – Producer of the “CSI” series and a host of movies such as “Blackhawk Down,” Jerry Bruckheimer has supported Republican candidates and told Sean Hannity it has not hurt him in Hollywood. “It is always about the work and if you do good work, people will honor you and work with you again. It is never about your politics.”
12. Vince Vaughn – “Wedding Crashers” star Vince Vaughn was an avid supporter of libertarian Ron Paul’s presidential candidacies in 2008 and 2012.
“I’ve always been, you know, more conservative than not,” he told Adam Carolla in a 2013 interview.
13. Tom Selleck – “Magnum P.I.” star Tom Selleck endorsed Sen. John McCain for president in 2008 and is a board member of the National Rifle Association
“It’s not that conservatives don’t care,” Selleck said. “We do. We just have different answers than liberals do. It’s a difference of the mind, not of the heart.”
14. James Woods – Award-winning actor James Woods once said, “I think Barack Obama is a threat to the integrity and future of the Republic. This President is a true abomination.” Woods has taken to Twitter on many occasions with a stream of conservative postings, adding, “I don’t expect to work again.”
15. Jon Voight – Actor Jon Voight switched from liberal to conservative and has said in the past that “economically, we’re headed for disaster. And politically, philosophically, we’ve been raided in the United States by the left.”
16. Gary Sinise – A major supporter of the military, Gary Sinise has traveled to entertain U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Europe, Asia, and Guantanamo Bay, and started the Gary Sinese Foundation to help America’s military members and families. The “Forrest Gump” star also is a founding member of Friends of Abe, a Hollywood conservative group.
17. Bruce Willis – “Die Hard” star Bruce Willis denies the label “Republican,” claiming to dislike both parties, but has espoused conservative ideals, including opposing gun control and blasting the 75 percent French “millionaire’s tax.”
“I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone,” Willis said in a 2013 interview, according to Last Resistance.
18. Adam Sandler – Funnyman Adam Sandler is a registered Republican and once donated $2,100 to Rudy Giuliani’s campaign for president. He also performed at the 2004 Republican Convention.
19. Chuck Norris – Tough guy actor Chuck Norris of “Walker, Texas Ranger” fame is a committed Christian who supported GOP candidate Mike Huckabee in 2008 and regularly writes conservative columns for World Net Daily. In 2012, Norris recorded a video aimed at evangelicals urging them to vote against Obama.
20. Gerald Molen – “Schindler’s List” producer Gerald Molen supported Romney over Obama and once told IndieWire, “I’ve always been basically a fiscal conservative. Today, those on the right have a tendency to hide their politics because the left is vindictive.”
21. Stacy Dash – “Clueless” star Stacy Dash was widely blasted when she voiced her support for Mitt Romney over Obama, posting on Twitter, “Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future.” Dash’s conservative leanings led her to sign on as a Fox News contributor last year.
22. Robert Duvall – “The Godfather” and “The Judge” star Robert Duvall backed Mitt Romney in 2012 and narrated a video for the Republican National Convention in 2008. He also raised $800,000 for Romney and appeared on stage with Sarah Palin and John McCain at a New Mexico rally.
23. Gene Simmons – “Kiss” rocker Gene Simmons publicly supported Mitt Romney in 2012.
“The 1 percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the one percent didn’t exist, there would be chaos and the American economy would drop dead. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job,” he told The San Diego Union-Tribune in a July 2014 interview.
He’s also said of Obama, “I think that our president is not being a leader.”
24. Dwayne Johnson – Wrestling and acting star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson performed at the 2000 Republican Convention, expressed admiration for President Reagan, and said he hopes for a political career when his acting days are done.
25. LL Cool J – Rapper LL Cool J backed former GOP New York Gov. George Pataki in 2002 and attended the Republican Convention in 2004, where he supported Sen. John McCain.
26. Arnold Schwarzenegger – “Terminator” star and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger served two terms as the governor of California. Describing himself as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate, his pro-choice abortion stance and support for gun control and stem cell research made some conservatives uncomfortable with the GOP governor.
27. Sylvester Stallone – “Rambo” and “Rocky” franchise star Sylvester Stallone has long been regarded as a hardcore conservative, announcing his support for McCain in 2008. He’s a registered Republican, although his strong advocacy for gun control earned him a place on the NRA’s “enemy list.”
28. Pat Boone – Longtime singer and one-time teen idol Pat Boone, well known as a conservative Christian, has called Obama a “Marxist” and insists that the president is a Kenyan-born Muslim. He campaigned for Ronald Reagan and recorded voter drive messages for McCain in 2008. In 2011, Boone received a lifetime achievement award from the Conservative Political Action Conference.
29. James Caan – “The Godfather” star James Caan told Fox News in 2010, “I’m an ultra conservative. I’m not a GD Hollywood liberal. I’m not.” He has said he is a fan of Fox News and only watches Bill O’Reilly. He once told Larry King, “I am, at the present time . . . a conservative.”
30. Susan Lucci – “All My Children” soap star Susan Lucci is one of Hollywood’s outspoken conservatives. A registered Republican, Lucci held fundraising events for New York City GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani. However, she also is a converted supporter of LGBT rights, since her daughter, Bianca, came out as gay in 2000.
Hat/Tip to Sean Piccoli at Newsmax.
History.com had this to say about the demise of the Whig Party which was brought about, in part by the birth of the Republican Party:
Ultimately, however, the Whigs are best understood as an American major party trying to be many things to many men, ready to abandon one deeply held ‘conviction’ for another in the drive for political power. The party died not because its unique aura no longer appealed to voters but because it could not cope effectively or persuasively with what after the Compromise of 1850 became the great issue of American politics, the expansion of slavery.
Let’s take a look at that simple, yet honest statement and break it down, like Mark Levin might do.
Ultimately, however, the Whigs are best understood as an American major party trying to be many things to many men, ready to abandon one deeply held ‘conviction’ for another in the drive for political power.
Sound familiar? This idea is still alive and well within the GOP today. It’s been espoused by so-called Conservatives, Progressives and of course what we today call the RINOs.
And ultimately, this “big tent” idea led to the downfall of the Whigs.
The party died not because its unique aura no longer appealed to voters but because it could not cope effectively or persuasively with what after the Compromise of 1850 became the great issue of American politics, the expansion of slavery.
In other words, since they didn’t stand for any one thing, they fell.
Study up on your history there, GOP.
A leader of the conservative tea party movement, which has alternately energized and divided Republicans, told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that right now it’s the divisions that are becoming pronounced — and could result in a permanent rupture before the next presidential election.
Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, told “MidPoint” host Ed Berliner that “instead of a huge Republican majority” beginning in the next Congress in January, “you’re going to see the GOP shattered in 2015, and we might see the GOP in 2016 go the way of the Whig Party in the 1850s.”
No, there isn’t a third party, viable and ready to take off, but if the GOP establishment keeps ignoring the base, then you’ll see it happen. Mr. Phillips agrees.
Phillips offered no proof that a mass exodus of conservatives toward a new third party is imminent, but said last week’s budget negotiations prove Republican leaders in Washington are already ignoring the conservatives who mobilized on Nov. 4 and helped the GOP to stunning victories.
The $1.1 trillion budget passed last week by the House and Senate, with Republican support, provides partial or full-year funding in 2015 for some of President Barack Obama’s top priorities, including the Affordable Care Act and an executive order allowing millions of illegal aliens to stay.
“What little the Republicans ran on this past year [in the midterm elections], one of the things was, ‘Oh, we’re going to stand up against Barack Obama and his [executive] amnesty [for illegals],'” said Phillips.
“Well what’s the first thing they did when they get back to Washington? They haul up [House Speaker] John Boehner’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender and give up,” he said.
And then the Karl Roves of the world try to say that it was a strategic move…
Phillips brushed aside the idea that Republicans strategically saved their powder for the next Congress, when they will control both chambers and enjoy more leverage over the White House.
“It is strategic, but not in the way you think,” Phillips said of the budget and its immigration provisions.
“This is the end game of the great Republican civil war that has been going on for years now, and this is the victory of the Chamber of Commerce wing of the Republican Party. So, in a lot of ways, this is very strategic.”
The only pushback to the budget and funding of amnesty came in the Senate, from Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Jeff Sessions of Alabama, said Phillips, alluding to a floor challenge led by Cruz that delayed, but did not derail, Senate approval of the budget.
“These are the guys who are standing up for the principles that the Republicans at least allegedly believe — the key word there being ‘allegedly,'” said Phillips.
Here are three videos highlighting Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy’s prosecutorial skills and his sense of humor.
In this video, Trey Gowdy explains that he had a disturbing dream and he’s a bit worried about it’s interpretation.
In this video, Gowdy asks the media why they’ve been derelict in their duty on Benghazi.
And in this last clip, he shows us why he was such a successful prosecutor, never having lost a case. You almost, almost feel sorry for the IRS Commissioner.
Nah! Not really!
While we on the Right have been enjoying some well deserved Schadenfreude at the expense of President Obama and the Democrats over the diasterous rollout of Obamacare, with some of our pundits going so far as to claim that the public’s awakening due to Obamacare will be the end of liberalism in America, the Left has been planning their counter attack. Rather than concede that Obama’s program to provide health insurance to everyone, including those with preexisting conditions, was too big of a move to the Left, the left Left-wing of the Democratic Party is looking at Barack Obama and his potential replacement, Hilary Clinton, and finding them wanting. The left Left-wing is thinking that Barry and Hilary are not far enough to the Left. They are not planning on conceding anything to the Right. To the contrary, they are planning a big push further to the Left.
“More liberal, populist movement emerging in Democratic Party ahead 0f 2016 elections” is the title of this Washington Post article. The author points out that left Left-wing rising stars, like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, are not happy the Mr. Obama has indicated a willingness to consider some reforms to the rapidly failing Social Security system in exchange for more taxes and more spending. Sen. Warren is instead supporting a bill to expand Social Security benefits.
And, you may want to read this article about the movement to raise the minimum wage to 15 per hour.
From my years living in South America, I can tell you that populism is an easy sell. Blame everything on the rich and promise the poor everything under the sun. I use to think that Americans were different; in that they would never fall for that populist garbage. I’m not so sure that’s true anymore.
Think about the 2016 presidential election. It’s not that far away. For whom are the retired and about to retire Baby Boomers going to vote? The Republican that is promising to fix (reform) Social Security or the Democrat who is promising to expand Social Security benefits? Who are the growing numbers of minimum wage workers going to vote for? The Republican that says increasing minimum wage results in higher unemployment or the Democrat who is promising to double the minimum wage? And, what about the college students and recent graduates? Are they going to vote for the Republican who promises them nothing or the Democrat that promises to forgive part of their student loans?
Populism really is an easy sell. And, please don’t worry about how they could possibly pay for all of their largess. Remember that we have a very accommodating Federal Reserve that can and does create money out of thin air. It’s called Quantitative Easing or what I like to call QEasy, where the “Q” stands for quantity of money. Every time the Treasury runs low, the Fed makes an accounting entry and all is well again. (Think Japan)
In 2016, we will learn what America is made of once and for all.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?
Original Post: Asylum Watch
One thing that you can always count on is that the mainstream media will cover for the Obama Administration. It occurred again today when Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security, went to Congress, and lied her carcass off. Conservative Daily News has more…
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) inquired about Abdul Rahman Ali al Harbi, about whom Napolitano refused to answer questions at a previous hearing. “Before the [Tsarnaev] brothers became the focus of the investigation, authorities questioned a Saudi student who reportedly was on a terror watchlist,” said Grassley, “…if so, how did he obtain a student visa?”
Napolitano’s response contradicts itself in just a few short sentences.
“He was not on a watchlist. What happened is — this student was, really when you back it out, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was never a subject. He was never even really a person of interest. Because he was being interviewed, he was at that point put on a watchlist, and then when it was quickly determined he had nothing to do with the bombing, the watch listing status was removed.”
So which is it? Was he on a watchlist or not? If he wasn’t a “person of interest,” why was he being interviewed? If he was never a “subject,” why was he issued an event file designated 212 3B by federal authorities?
Just imagine if the President had an “R” after their name. this would have been on the nightly news of all the alphabet networks, adding to the refrain the blame the POTUS that would have began 15 seconds after the bombing. however, since the POTUS is Obama, they will instead cover for him, and make sure that no political harm comes to him.
We here at the worldwide headquarters of Manhattan Infidel pride ourselves on our knowledge of words. For words are the medium through which we communicate. The wrong choice of words can lead to misunderstanding. Like the other night at the bar when I asked the college girl if she would like to touch it. She misunderstood me. Hence the taser. Perhaps a different choice of words would have resulted in a different outcome. I’ll never know. Especially now that I’ve been ordered to stay 50 feet away from her.
What was I talking about? Oh yes. Words. As as service to my readers who may be confused by the happenings in Washington I now present the Official Dictionary of Barack Obama.
For example: The bill to to raise taxes and confiscate guns was a bilateral agreement.
For example: The Republican cried when he realized he was not invited to the Democrats’ party that had all the Hollywood celebrities. He felt shame and promised to vote Democratic so his Democratic friends would think he was cool.
For example: The Teabagger put on his Klan hood and burned a cross on a person of color’s front lawn. He did this because he wanted lower taxes as a way of keeping the black man down. And after burning the cross he will rest his testicles on your chin.
For example: Man did you see the way that Boehner folded? He gave me everything I wanted. I’m going to make him mine and he’s going to love it.
One man one vote
For example: We all have one vote. This will disenfranchise minorities since the white man outnumbers them.
The Chicago Way
For example: You wanna know how to get the Republicans? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of theirs to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way. And that’s how you get the Republicans!
For example: Being President is hard. Those Republicans are racist. I deserve a vacation. I think I’ll jet off on Air Force One to Hawaii. Lots of good golf courses in Hawaii.
For example: Yes, we are 16 trillion dollars in debt but only a teabagging, racist Republican would think this is a bad thing. Debt is good. I mean, I’ve never held a private job or taken a course in economics but it’s all good. Right?
And there you have it readers. The dictionary of Barack Obama. Hopefully this brief sampling will help you to make sense of the goings on in Washington.
Original Post: Manhattan Infidel
The defeat of the Republican candidate for president was in large part due to the loss of the all-important Hispanic (or is it Latino?) vote.
Having spent the entire week since the election pouring over the available data moving the bodies from my crawlspace to a remote upstate location I now present my exclusive ten-point program to win the Latino (or is it Hispanic?) vote.
But first let me address a few words to my Hispanic (or is it Latino?) friends. My Spanish is faulty so I apologize for butchering your fine language that has brought the world so much besides the Spanish Inquisition.
Why-o You-o No-o Vote-o for-o Us-o?
Anyway, on to my ten-point program.
Burn their crops.
Studies have shown that burning the crops of a peon will have a dramatic effect on their vote.
Granted, most Hispanic in the United States live in urban areas so burning their crops might be difficult. As a replacement I suggest burning their pit bull.
Get a Hispanic celebrity to endorse the Republican candidate.
Politics is as much about culture as anything else. Hispanics will not vote Republican until they feel it is socially acceptable.
Therefore I have contacted legendary Hispanic celebrity Speedy Gonzales
and he has agreed to campaign for the Republicans in 2016. I thank Speedy for his contribution and will now let him speak in his own words:
“The duck with the pistola seems to be tied up at the moment. So back to the Mexican Bandstand with nothing but twist music. Everybody twist!”
I believe what Speedy means is that we should all twist to the Constitution and a limited government.
Thank you Speedy. You are a true patriot-o.
Points Three through Nine:
The numbers three through nine are racist and will not be included in my ten-pint point program.
You know what else is racist? The NYPD for forcing me to move the bodies in my crawlspace to a remote upstate location.
There! I said it! I’m not afraid of the NYPD. (Well, except for their small Hispanic female officers. They are scary and I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of one of them.)
I don’t really have a point ten yet. Between moving all the bodies from my crawlspace to a remote upstate location and doing my laundry I haven’t had time to formulate it yet.
But when I do, trust me. It’ll be a good one.
Now if you’ll excuse me I have just made the unfortunate discovery that one of the bodies in my crawlspace is still alive.
Where the hell is my shovel?
Original Post: Manhattan Infidel
Last week at a political event I had an interesting conversation with several other Republican city officials regarding what to do with a local vacant shopping mall. These were all nice people- one owned a local business, one was a nurse, another worked for a charity- and all of them have a vote on the city board and all of them were properly concerned regarding the vacant and non-taxpaying property in the city. But, and I think this is very important, none of them were real estate investors or successful operators of shopping malls.
They were simply nice people with no knowledge of how to make that particular business work who found themselves holding a little bit of local political power. And they let that little bit of political power go straight to their heads. They told me that they had sat down with the owner of that property and told him how that property should be developed, that acting as agents for the city they had lectured him about what sorts of businesses they thought would be great to put in there (with no market research to back those up), and they proudly told me how they tried to make this private business owner (who was sitting on a bad investment) do what they wanted to do.
Government officials at every level- unless you are an expert in real estate redevelopment or unless you are a private investor who wants to use your own money to do whatever you want to do- stay out of other people’s business. You are not elected to play lord and master, you are not elected to ignorantly lecture businessmen, and you are not elected to try to impose your vision on other people- you are elected to do a job and to do it right.
The only conversation that a government official should have with a property owner of a vacant shopping mall is one where the government official asks what sorts of laws, regulations, and government barriers can he/she remove to encourage the development of that property. That’s it.
These Republican amateur meddlers asked me what I would do if I had been on the city board, and I told them I would do nothing, and they laughed- but the truth of the matter is that the first instinct of a government official should be ‘do no harm’ and this means not meddling, lecturing, or getting in the way of private businesses.
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or if you are a Democrat- as a government official, you are a servant of the people and that thought should always be foremost in your thoughts. Do not attempt to meddle in affairs that you have almost no knowledge of, do not attempt to boss around a business without knowing its market or seeing its books, and do not try to use the little power given to you by taxpayers to impose your own views and vision on others. Freedom, liberty, equality before the law, and protection of property should guide your actions, thoughts, and decisions.
Original Post: A Conservative Teacher
Wow, someone in the White House, or perhaps Spooky Dude’s minions, must have said, “get this guy!” Because, the full fury of the MSM has been turned on Rick Santorum.
Today’s edition of Attack Santorum comes from 2008, when he spoke at Ave Maria University. The following is from Ben Shapiro at Big Government…
Here’s what the Republican frontrunner said:
Satan has his sights on the United States of America! … Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition …. This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age? He attacks all of us and he attacks all of our institutions.
File this one under WTF. Santorum’s attack on Satan is an ill-advised, horribly misguided attempt to play on his religiosity yet again – and yet again, he has painted himself into the “religious nut” corner. The vast majority of Americans are religious and believe in the evil of Satan, but they also find such talk alienating when its speaker is now a candidate a mainstream political campaign. Santorum may win the anti-Beelzebub vote, but he isn’t likely to influence Americans who are more concerned about the economy and foreign policy.
OK then, let’s take a step back, and put this in perspective. First off, he wasn’t a candidate for POTUS when he made this speech. Ave Maria University is an Uber-Conservative Catholic University. To illustrate, here is some background from Wikipedia…
In a May 2004 speech, Monaghan expressed his wish to have the new town and university campus be free from pre-marital sex, contraceptives, abortion, pornography and gay rights. This elicited sharply critical statements from the international press, who saw such proposed restrictions as violations of civil liberties. Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Unionbranch in Florida, challenged the legality of the restriction of sales of contraceptives. He said, “This is not just about the sale of contraceptives in the local pharmacy, it is about whether in an incorporated town there will be a fusion of religion and government.” An opinion column in The Wall Street Journal quoted an Ave Maria faculty member who exaggeratedly called it a “CatholicJonestown“. Frances Kissling of Catholics for Choice compared Monaghan’s civic vision to Islamic fundamentalism, and called it “un-American”. In response, Monaghan announced a milder form of civic planning in which the town could mostly grow on its own, except that it would not have sex shops or strip clubs, and store owners would be asked rather than ordered not to sell contraceptives or porn. Contraception and porn would still be banned from the university.
So then, Santorum was speaking as a very Conservative Christian, to other very Conservative Christians, at a very Conservative Christian University. It’s called context kids!
Secondly, every Evangelical Christian that reads Santorum’s comments are going to respond as follows…
…and so what else is new?
Then, they’re going to donate money to him, and eagerly await the opportunity to vote for him.
Of course, everyone is concerned that this will drive away moderates-and it might scare off a few. However, as long as Santorum can keep getting back to the economy, and hammer away at Obama, he has a shot. That’s going to be a tall order, as anytime he is interviewed, or shown on the MSM, they are going to ignore the economy and go after him on the social issues.
Secondly, this is the primary season, when candidates try to lock up their base. And, even though this speech predates the campaign by several years, I believe it will clinch it for Christian Conservatives. The real challenge will be to deal with this when he’s facing Obama. Let’s face it, if Obama’s people, or the MSM, can’t find more speeches like this, they’ll just make it up anyway.
And for the third point; while people are going to make a big stink about this, it isn’t going to be remembered on election day. However, if gas prices rise to the levels that they are expected, people WILL notice. That, and no matter how uber-Christian Santorum sounds, he still isn’t Romney, who has enough money to air-condition Hell (Which is Satan’s home town, don’t you know), but still can’t put the underfunded Santorum away.
In an, shall we say, interesting turn of events, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has endorsed Rick Santorum for POTUS…
“Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable,” Mustaine recently told MusicRadar.com. “… You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I’m hoping that if it does come down to it, we’ll see a Republican in the White House… and that it’s Rick Santorum.”
What this means for Santorum is unclear, but what is clear is that Mustaine gets it….
“I’m just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican,” he said. “I can’t bear to watch what’s happened to our great country. Everybody’s got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, ‘Oh, Obama’s doing such a great job. …’ I don’t think so. Not from what I see.”
Well, that was somewhat of a surprise to me, but he at least seems to be observing what is going on in the country. And, since we discussed a metal band, I thought a video would be in order…
After surging in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich crashed and burned in Florida, and shows no signs or recovering. After several poor showings in a row, the vultures are circling over the dying campaign. One influential source, The National Review, has called on him to drop out of the race, and lend his support to Rick Santorum. Teresa, at Teresamerica, has more…
Today the National Review has taken a bold move and requested that Gingrich drop out of the race and endorse Rick Santorum. With Santorum’s rise in popularity and continued surge, and Gingrich’s implosion I think this is a good idea.
It isn’t yet a Romney–Santorum contest, but it could be headed that way. We hope so. Gingrich’s verbal and intellectual talents should make him a resource for any future Republican president. But it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee. It is not clear whether Gingrich remains in the race because he still believes he could become president next year or because he wants to avenge his wounded pride: an ambiguity that suggests the problem with him as a leader. When he led Santorum in the polls, he urged the Pennsylvanian to leave the race. On his own arguments the proper course for him now is to endorse Santorum and exit.
Santorum has been conducting himself rather impressively in his moments of triumph and avoiding characteristic temptations. He is doing his best to keep the press from dismissing him as merely a “social-issues candidate.” His recent remark that losing his Senate seat in 2006 taught him the importance of humility suggests an appealing self-awareness. And he has rightly identified the declining stability of middle-class families as a threat to the American experiment, even if his proposed solutions are poorly designed. But sensible policies, important as they are, are not the immediate challenge for his candidacy. Proving he can run a national campaign is.
This should be seen as the sentinel event that it is. Some major sources on the right are turning on Gingrich. The real question is, will Gingrich step aside for the good of the Party and Movement, or will he hang on for the sake of hubris?
The fall of Gingrich can be blamed on the same source that brought about his surge. He is well known for debating off the cuff, with little preparation. Given his incredible fund of information, and his ability to communicate, he could hit them out of the park. However, swinging for the fences is a double edged sword. Sluggers like Gingrich do hit a lot of tape-measure shots, but, they also strike out a great deal. And, in the end, that was his failing. Playing off the cuff works brilliantly sometimes, and causes embarrassment at others. That is not a way to run a Presidential campaign, no matter one’s level of intelligence, or grasp of the issues.
Santorum, on the other hand, has engaged in a wise strategy of sticking to issues, and communicating Conservative principals. For a case in point, kindly take the time to look at his CPAC speech, courtesy of Catholibertarian…
Slowly but surely, Santorum is uniting Conservatives. While it might simply be that he is the most consistent Conservative in the field, or that he “isn’t Romney,” he is galvanizing support for the right wing of the GOP. The real question now is if he can fend off the well funded, and unethical Romney smear machine. If he does take Michigan, Romney’s home state, it’s a race.
And frankly, that’s where Gingrich comes in. With Santorum running close to, and sometimes ahead of, Romney in the polls, he needs an additional bump to get over the top. This is especially vital when Romney’s money advantage comes into play. While Gingrich is getting 10 percent or so in races, most of his supporters would gravitate towards Santorum. With an endorsement, almost all would go. And, since there is little bad blood between the two, Santorum would likely take most Gingrich voters. That would go far to help Santorum take on Romney and his deep pockets.
Any way it goes, it should get exciting.
Yes, I know that we can’t run him for POTUS, but I really wish we could. For the evidence, behold this rhetorical masterpiece.
I know this is a long shot, but given all the conspiracy theories of late, perhaps we can say he was born in, for the sake of argument, Hawaii? Now, does anyone know Photoshop? We need a birth certificate!
Seriously though, Mr. Hannan has a better grasp of our founding documents, and he ideas of the founders, than most of our own so-called Conservatives. We’d do well to listen to this man, even though we cannot elect him.
H/T: Hot Air
It’s yet another debate! This time, it’s on CNN, and they aren’t a nice as NBC, so the live feed cannot be embedded. However, we do have the link, and the comment section is available for highlights, or lowlights, as the case may be.
Considering the way that Romney and Gingrich have been attacking each other, it out to be interesting to see if there are some more fiery exchanges tonight. It might be fun to watch.
UPDATE: As it turns out, it was fun. Here is the CH 2.0 Analysis…
Mitt Romney: It seemed to me, that for about the first half of the debate, Romney did the following…
“Let me use this question as a rationale to attack Gingrich”
I all honesty, his new debate coach does have him being more aggressive. but he seemed to blast away at Gingrich more than discuss actual policy ideas or basic Conservative principals. In that effort, he did get the better of Gingrich, as he was mostly able to effectively hit back at when Gingrich threw out an allegation.
Newt Gingrich: Newt appeared to be flat tonight. He was outmaneuvered by Romney on several occasions. He did do well in trying to draw himself close to Reagan, but he seemed unprepared for Romney’s counter-punches. Newt was also kind to Ron Paul tonight.
Ron Paul: Dr. Paul was more engaging tonight, but I wish he would prepare to give succinct answers that flow well. He, as usual, beat the others on economic issues, but, also as usual, he alienates NeoCons on foreign policy. Also, he had the best laugh lines on the stage, and that can endear him with people. He might also have a point in that his foreign policy may appeal to many more people, who are frankly weary of all the military actions in which we have been involved.
And, we have the man that I think won the debate.
Rick Santorum: Santorum’s lines on the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and unalienable rights, were food for the Conservative soul. He hit more on principals, and WHY we should do, or not do things. That, and he was able to present himself as being above the Romney-Gingrich slap-fight. Also, at the same time, he was able to go after Romney, in particular-not on picayune aspects of his investment portfolio, but on policy.
As always comments are welcome.
It ought to be interesting.
UPDATE: The link will remain up, so people that missed the debate can watch for themselves.
I thought that Romney came out far more aggressively tonight, and had his sights set on Newt Gingrich. However, I have to agree with the MSM talking heads in that Gingrich seemed to brush aside Romney’s attacks. Romney did seem, at least to me, to come off as a bit more childish, and needlessly so. Here is a dramatic recreation…
Gingrich, as usual, is a great speaker, and I think he got his points across rather well. It is also interesting that he and Congressman Paul seemed to have had a mutual admiration society tonight. Could it be that Gingrich is courting the Paul supporters in anticipation that Paul will eventually drop out? Time will tell.
As for Congressman Paul, I thought he did well in articulating his points, though I must say that the moderators let the Gingrich/Romney “Wabbit season-Duck Season” exchange go on for so long, that Paul and Santorum had to think that they were window dressing. I get that Paul is great on the economy-stronger than any other candidate, if you ask me. However, it still have a hard time thinking that his foreign policy will resonate with Conservatives. I doubt that it will win him points with the large and vocal Cuban constituency in Florida.
Rick Santorum tried to display himself as the more consistent Conservative. He rumbled and stumbled less tonight, and he made his points. Will that be enough to sway enough voters to get him out of single digits? I doubt it.
Disagree? Great! Exercise your free speech in the comment section.