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Biased Media Gets What it Deserves in Trump White House

I am finding it very amusing to see the various press organizations whining about lack of access to President elect Trump and how his Chief of Staff has indicated that there will be changes in the White House press corps. Organizations like CNN, MSNBC, Reuters, AP and others are freaking out about the idea that they might lose their special access to the White House. I would love the opportunity to have a conversation with the heads of these organizations.

I would ask these organizations very bluntly how they can expect to be treated any differently. They actively worked against Donald Trump to defeat his campaign. They actively colluded with the Hillary Clinton campaign to do anything and everything they could to help her win. They derided him and sometimes blatantly lied about him to the public in the hopes of influencing the election. And now they expect him and his ministration to act like none of that happens. Laughable!

I would love to ask the many journalists who were revealed by Wikileaks to be actively working with the Clinton campaign the question “why should you be treated as an objective professional journalist when it has been proven that you are in fact a Democrat operative who uses the access provided by your profession to further your ideology?”

If these journalists ever got into trouble with the law, they would expect to have a professional lawyer who would represent them regardless of their ideological beliefs. They would expect a prosecutor who would prosecute the case with in the confines of the law regardless of his or her ideological beliefs. And they would expect a judge who would ensure the trial was conducted fairly and professionally without any regard to ideological belief. That level of objectivity is expected in every profession. The leadership of our news organizations should demand a similar level of professionalism from their reporters.

The media is currently one of the least trusted professions in our nation. It will continue to be a distrusted profession as long as viewers continue to see biased reporting. We should be able to read a newspaper article or watch a news segment on TV and have no idea as to whether the reporter is more liberal or conservative. If the leadership of the majority of news organizations in our country tried to enforce this basic standard of professionalism, they would be forced to fire a large percentage of their reporters.

A Few First Thoughts About a Trump Presidency

img_3692-trumpThere are a few things that immediately come to mind about what we can expect to see from President Trump.

First and foremost is the Supreme Court. Kudos to the Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnnel for holding off the nominee of President Obama for replacement of Justice Scalia. We will now see a true conservative majority in the Supreme Court for decades to come.

Second, there will finally be action on illegal immigration. The wall Donald Trump constantly talked about during his campaign will be built. It will be a combination of physical walls in certain areas and sensor walls at others. It can easily be paid for by imposing a tariff on all funds being wired to Mexico, Central and South America.

Third, watch how many executive orders are overturned almost immediately in a Trump presidency. The EPA, the IRS and the Justice Department are going to see some incredible changes in the extremely short period of time. Those that used their positions in these agencies to target conservative groups should probably start packing up their desks.

Fourth, the environmental movement is going to need to make some major adjustments. America has rejected their faulty science. If their projections are correct, then the world is in for some events worthy of a major motion picture. When those events do not happen, the intellectually honest among them are going to have to admit that their beliefs, which bordered on pseudo-religion, were totally wrong.

Fifth, there are going to be some major changes in foreign-policy. You are going to see some major changes in how we deal with Russia, China, ISIS, etc. You’re going to see some cooperation between the Brexit leaders in Great Britain who share many of Trump’s political beliefs. You are going to see NATO members reaffirm their support of the organization and commit to meeting their NATO Funding obligations.

Sixth, you’re going to see some huge changes in health insurance before Donald Trump even takes office. Obamacare is effectively dead. It was dying on its own with the ridiculously large increases in premiums each year. Liberals had hoped to impose a single-payer system but now you will see a total drop in government controlled healthcare. Contrary to what the liberal media have been saying, the Republicans do have a plan ready to replace Obamacare once it’s been repealed.

Also, you’re going to have to see some type of change in the Democrat party. Over the past eight years, they have lost thousands of positions throughout the country. They have become a distinct minority in state legislatures throughout the country. They are a small minority of governors. The Democrat party has depended on demographics carrying the day for so long and it has not happened. They are going to have to make some major changes or they will no longer function as a national party.

Finally, I wonder about what’s going to happen with Hillary Clinton. A regular politician would drop the investigations but I don’t think Trump is going to do that. I think you’re going to see a lot more about the criminality of the Clinton Foundation. I think you’re going to see a trump Justice Department that seals the lid on this corrupt organization. A regular politician would shake the hand of his failed opponent and enjoy the day. But a business person like Donald Trump has no problem kicking his downed opponent repeatedly to ensure they never get back up. Pundits will say this is not the way things are done but they will once again be wrong. I believe Donald Trump will use the Clinton foundation as an example of the “drain the swamp” that he has spoken of repeatedly. It truly is a new day in America.

Voting For A Blowhard Or A Crook

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Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson recently wrote that Republican leaders should put country before party and not support Donald Trump. I wonder where he gets such audacity. He is about as far left as political commentators go and is clearly going to vote for Hillary Clinton. How does one say we should not vote for a short-tempered blowhard like Trump but instead should vote for a crook like Hillary Clinton?

I have heard some people question whether someone with Donald Trump’s temperament should be president of the United States of America. They typically say something like they don’t want somebody with his temper to have their “finger on the button”, referring to nuclear weapons. I hope those people understand that the president doesn’t really carry around a suitcase that has a red button that will launch all of our nuclear weapons. If they do believe that then they have been watching some really bad B-rated movies. The reality is that there are many checks and balances that keep a president from making rushed or hotheaded decisions.  

Those checks and balances limit what a president can do in the performance of his or her duties. But they do nothing to stop a president who would use their power to do things outside the system. Hillary Clinton has mastered the art of using positions of power in government to achieve personal financial gain. That’s a really nice way of saying she’s a political crook. There can be no doubt that a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to put into office a person who has no integrity or honor.  

There is also no doubt that Donald Trump is a blowhard who often speaks off-the-cuff. He is a successful businessman, which in this modern world means you really have to know how to work the system. But he has always worked within the system. He’s done business as the law allows him to do business. There is nothing dishonorable about using legal business practices to achieve personal financial gain. Trump has a big personality and that sometimes grates some as much as it pleases others. But he is at heart a good man and achieved his success honestly. Despite many liberal media efforts, it is well known that he is neither racist nor anti-Semitic. He has the potential to be a honest president that will work within the legal constraints of our government.

There are checks and balances in place that would allow Congress to stop a President Trump from doing pretty much anything outlandish or hotheaded. But there are no checks and balances in place that would prevent a crooked President Hillary Clinton from using the office of the president for personal gain. If America elects a crook to be president, then we cannot be surprised when she acts like a crook when she’s president.

When it comes down to voting for either a blowhard or a crook to be our next president, I will choose a blowhard every time.  An honest blowhard might make the occasional embarrassing comment.  But a crooked president that uses her position for personal financial gain and to reward followers and punish detractors is something our country cannot handle.   Integrity is one of the key requirements for that office. Hillary Clinton has none. So Democrats must put their country before their party and support Donald Trump.

Excellent Article on How Trump Will Attack Hillary Clinton

This is a well written and comprehensive look at the main issues Donald Trump will use against Hillary Clinton in the fall election campaign:
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/278220-five-ways-trump-will-attack-clinton

It really is an effective list, made even more so because each of the items is already well known to the public so Trump won’t have to work hard to establish any of the narratives. The “Crooked Hillary” will work nicely to inspire the Republican base and to peel off those independents that are already not quite comfortable with her past.

The “woman card” angle must be played carefully so as not to get liberal women fired up or excited about her campaign to become the first woman president. So far that hasn’t really happened. Older women, with the memories of Bill Clinton’s many accusers of unwanted sexual advances and even rape, remember that Hillary was the lead attacker of every one of her husband’s alleged victims. Younger women have been raised to take it as a given that there will be a female president at some point and they don’t seem really inclined to get energized about Hillary Clinton as being that first female president.

I don’t think the Physical Health issue will get much ground unless she either has a public health issue revealed. She’d almost have to pass out on stage for any real traction to gain hold on this issue.

The Foreign Policy issue is very interesting because it’s one of the issues that could cause some switch over from voters that would otherwise automatically vote for her because she’s the liberal democrat in the race. Her vote for the Iraq War is extremely unpopular among the anti-war at any cost faction of the liberal base and Trump is positioning himself as the candidate less likely to engage America in the next war. Trump has a possibility here to bring some liberal voters over to his side and at the very least this issue will likely make some liberals stay home on voting day.

The Trade Issue is the other issue that Trump can potentially use to attract switch over voters. NAFTA and other trade pacts have cost America millions of jobs and Hillary is very vulnerable on this issue. Unions are particularly against these agreements and Hillary Clinton will lose a lot of the get out the vote effort that unions usually devote to the Democrat candidate. Look for trump to use the current TPP pact as a central issue for TV ads and watch him us the Kerry-like “She was for TPP before she was against TPP” line.

Bernie Sanders has helped Trump establish the last two issues in the minds of likely Democrat voters and this will give him a distinct advantage. It is often the candidate that can get through the primaries first to establish the general narrative of the campaign that ends up winning. The fact the Hillary has been in the spotlight for so many years with so many of the above issues already established and then reinforced during the Democrat primary with Bernie Sanders means Trump has the narrative established before he even became the presumptive GOP nominee.

Ed Ruth

The Trump Running Mate Question

I continue to watch in dismay as many of the people I consider to be great conservative minds flounder each week as they write articles about Donald Trump. Half of their articles are about trying to convince the GOP base to vote against Trump and the other half of their articles seem to reflect their confusion as to why none of the base is listening to them. It is clear that many of these astute minds have been going to DC dinner parties for too long and would do well to go live in “fly over” America for a while to regain perspective. The latest of these articles are being written as commentators across America are accepting that Republican voters have decided that Trump will be the nominee and are starting to discuss who his Vice Presidential running mate might be.

George Will is one of my favorite writers and I had high hopes when I saw he’d written a new article titled “In case of Trump nomination, break glass“. I had hoped that perhaps he was referencing the so-called “glass ceiling” and was going to reference that wisdom of perhaps choosing a female running mate to shore up his supposed problem with women voters. Instead, I read an article about how the GOP should help him lose in November so Republicans can preserve their 162-year old party identity. It’s a shame really. I respect George Will but have to conclude that he’s been “inside the beltway” for too long and can’t see that conservative voters and like-minded independents are drawn to Trump specifically because they no longer fit into that old party identity.

Next, I read a National Review article titled “Weighing Trump’s Running-Mate Options” with hopes of a more balanced outlook on potential Trump running mates. Instead, it’s just a rather simplistic analysis of running mates suggested by Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza’s recent article. Both articles accurately suggest why several possible candidates would not be helpful and both articles fail to mention several much more likely candidates. Both articles correctly mention Iowa Senator Joni Ernst as one smart possibility and both correctly mention that Ohio Governor John Kasich is basically throwing paper plane-folded resumes in Trumps direction but those are about the only smart comments in either article.

It is reflective of their deep dislike of Donald Trump that so many good writers are ignoring the many more likely candidates for the Vice Presidential running mate position. My first pick would be South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a popular female conservative governor of Indian descent. Showing South Carolina much love, I would also suggest that their Senator Tim Scott, a well-liked black conservative who is also an awesome public speaker, would be on the short list of potential nominees. Governor Susana Martinez, the female governor of New Mexico, would also be a very good pick. Also look at Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada. And closing out my wish list would be the ideal candidate, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Any of these would bring solid conservative credentials to the ticket and eliminate many of the supposed negatives that Trumps blunt speaking style have generated.

The GOP establishment has spent the past week starting to come to terms with the fact that Trump is going to be the Republican nominee. And some are starting to see that he even has a better than even chance of beating Hillary Clinton in the general election. They are starting to notice that Trump is consistently bring in crowds of over 10,000 wherever he goes while Hillary Clinton’s events usually generate a few hundred. They see that Bernie Sanders has damaged her with the youth vote and that she is no where near as popular among black voters as the liberal media portrays her to be. This has every possibility of being a wave election that Trump rides to victory because of the dissatisfaction among all Americans with both major parties. I wonder when many of the more established conservative columnists will notice.

Ed Ruth

Trump on Abortion and Misspeaking

There is a reason that “polish” and “politician” sound so much alike. Politicians spend an entire career perfecting the art of controlling their words to hide their actual feelings and positions on any and all issues. Believe it or not, your favorite politician pays big money to polling firms and focus group companies so they can steer their message in a way that will gain the most votes. Then, like a movie star practicing for a roll, they practice their lines so they don’t slip up when making a public appearance.

Donald Trump is not a professional politician. If you ask him a business related question, he can talk at length and in depth about the issue. But when you ask a question about a social issue, especially a social issue like abortion which very few people have an absolute feeling on one way or another, then you’re opening Trump up for trouble. Which was exactly the intent of Chris Matthews, the MSNBC TV personality that asked him the question.

I call Chris Matthews a TV personality because I would never think of calling him a journalist. He gave up many years ago the mantle of an unbiased journalist. He’s about as far left as you get and why any Republican presidential candidate would agree let him do an interview, I do not know. If I were a GOP presidential candidate, I would agree to do a Chris Matthews interview when Hillary Clinton agreed to an interview with Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity.

Donald Trump is running as a pro-life Republican candidate but he has decades of comments in print and on TV showing his pro-choice views. He says his views have changed over the years and that he is now pro-life with conditions related to the safety of pregnant women. It’s a pretty mainstream way of thinking and should serve him well with women voters in the general election. Liberal reporters know this and have been targeting him as a women-hater because capturing a large portion of the woman’s vote is the only chance Hillary Clinton has of being elected president.

Not being a professional politician is one of Donald Trump’s strengths. But there are weaknesses that come with that benefit. One of them is that he is not trained to look into a camera and lie to us like so many politicians do on a daily basis. If we truly want to get away from having professional politicians Who can lie to us without batting an eye, then we have to give nonprofessional candidates the benefit of the doubt and let them clarify a position when they misspeak.  

Time for Conservatives to Unite Behind Trump

  With the March 15, 2016 primary behind us and with Marco Rubio dropping out after his defeat in the Florida Primary, Republicans are now at a point where they need to look for a way to unify. The misguided efforts by some conservatives to create a brokered convention situation will only lead to a President Hillary Clinton. To avoid this horrifying outcome in November, conservatives need to begin immediately to take actions that will create a united Republican Party that can provide our candidate with solid support at all levels.

One of the first actions that need to be taken is that conservatives need to stop demonizing Donald Trump. Whether you like him or not, Donald Trump has a better than even chance of becoming the Republican nominee and we don’t need any more prominent Republicans or conservative media personalities making videos for future Hillary Clinton commercials.

Next, Republican leaders need to be very public and make it very apparent to the public that the Republican nominee will be either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz and that no brokered convention will involve anybody but one of those two as the nominee.

At this point, my preferred outcome would be that Trump and Cruz continue with more civil primary battles and end up with Donald Trump 100 or so delegates short come convention time. Being short the number of needed delegates would make Trump willing to negotiate and being so close to having the required number of delegates would make Republican leaders willing to negotiate Trump can come together with Republican leaders and come out of the meeting room with the agreement that Donald Trump will be our nominee and that an acceptable conservative will be his vice presidential running mate. Cruz or Rubio would have been ideal but I think there’s too much bad blood there now. I think the next best option would be picking Ben Carson as his running mate but others like SC Governor Nikki Haley, NM Governor Susana Martinez, OH Governor John Kasich or Iowa Senator Joni Ernst. This would unify the party more than any other option.  

Trump could then also announce the Republican leaders that would be members of his foreign and domestic policy teams. With a solid conservative as his running mate and experienced teams of advisers at his side, Trump would unite conservatives to his nomination and he would be able to begin running against Hillary Clinton from a position of strength
If there’s one thing conservatives of all types can agree on its that anyone will be better than Hillary Clinton as our next president. We have to unite behind the “Anybody but Hillary” line of thought. That means it’s time for us to unite behind Trump and position him as strongly as possible to beat her in November.

The Reason For Donald Trump’s Success

I’ve been thinking a lot about Donald Trump lately. He’s got some of my otherwise non-political friends very fired up and ready to vote for him. I like some of what he says but some of his comments seem off the wall. I haven’t been able to really see why he’s been so successful in this presidential campaign other than the obvious fact that people like his bluntness. They like that he isn’t afraid to speak his mind. I get that but it wasn’t enough to convince me to join the Trump bandwagon.

I’m still not there but a recent article by Tucker Carlson rings true on why he’s so popular and why he may very likely be our next president. Carlson gave several reasons that explain Trumps popularity and I agree with every one of them. They boil down to a) The establishment Republicans have failed us by never doing what they say they are going to do; b)He speaks many truths that many people feel but never hear from our elected leaders and c)He is a “doer” with a history of getting things done and he can make change happen because he has worked both sides of the aisle to build his business career. It is this last part that I find myself so completely in agreement. The best line of the article is “Anyone can peer through the window in envy. It takes a real man to throw furniture through it from the inside.” This is why I find myself joining with some many others around the country in saying that, while he may not be my first choice, I can definitely now see myself voting for him in the general election.

Yes, Donald Trump’s comments sometimes make me cringe. Yes, I disagree with some of his views completely. But as President Reagan famously said “If I agree with someone 80% of the time, they are my friend”. So I say, “If I agree with Donald Trump 80% of the time, then I could vote for him for President”. I still wont say he’s my first pick…I still think Marco Rubio would be a better pick. But I don’t agree with Rubio 100% of the time either.

Ed Ruth

Third GOP Had a Few Winners; Liberal Media Big Loser

The third GOP Presidential Debate, held last night on CNBC, had few big moments for the candidates but several long minutes of public defeat for liberal media.  The candidates were repeatedly asked questions that could be described as “unskillful” if one were trying to be overly polite to the moderators.  But several of the candidates stepped up to the challenge, calling out the moderators and delivering lines that should help them in the polls.

Donald Trump showed that he has evolved as a candidate.  He was much more disciplined than in the past but was still able to give better than he got from both his fellow debaters and from the moderators.  He won because he did no damage and may have helped his campaign by showing he’s got more substance than many have accused him of having.  No damage and some benefits makes him the debate winner because he’s already leading or basically tied with Ben Carson in most polls.

Ben Carson did well but didn’t seem to have much fire.  His answers were careful and humble on a night when many others were making risky comments and even some attacks to increase their profiles.  I don’t know that he hurt his campaign but I can’t really see where he helped it either.

Marco Rubio had a great night and may have positioned himself as leader of the mainstream candidates.  He was attacked by Jeb Bush and beat back the attack handily.  He was attacked on his finances by the moderators and slapped them hard while turning it to his advantage by speaking to the voters about how he was not born rich and how he feels voters financial struggles because he shares them.  A solid performance with several great moments that will undoubtedly be rebroadcast in the coming days.  This should help him with donors and make it so his campaign has no problem financing for the long haul.

Ted Cruz also had several great moments during the debate.  Some were substantive but his best lines were his attacks on the liberal media, including the debate moderators.  This debate will keep Cruz in the campaign for the long haul as well.

Carly Fiorina had a few good moments but was unfortunately not given enough time to really shine.  The moderators seemed to have made a point of not asking her or Donald Trump many questions so as to give the other candidates more time.  That is unfortunate as she is one of the best candidates on the stage.  Low contributions may make her leave the campaign at some point but she’s a solid candidate for the VP slot if she does end up dropping out of running for the top ticket.  If she does get some bump in the polls from this debate and can increase her campaign coffers, then she too will be in for the long haul.  But I don’t think she had enough time in the spotlight last night to do either.

The remaining candidates, Kasich, Huckabee and the lower tier candidates (Graham, Jindhal, etc) are on borrowed time.  They don’t have the money they need to last more than a few more months.

The big story for the night other than the candidates performance was the embarrassing performance of the moderators.  Their bias was clear from the get go and they didn’t even make an attempt to hid it.  Their questions were unworthy of the event for the most part, shallow attempts at either demeaning a candidate or pitting one against another.  In the end, they only made themselves look bad and further diminished whatever remaining credibility they may have had among conservative viewers.

Ed Ruth

 

 

The GOP Debate and Who Seems to Be Doing Best

The first GOP Presidential Candidate debate on August 6, 2015 was held at the Cav’s Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  Debate host Brett Bauer started with a doozy in asking a question about who would commit to not running as a third-party candidate. This question was obviously directed towards Donald Trump and he rose to the occasion and raised his hand saying that he would not swear that he would not run as a third-party candidate. I had to think that really hurt him!  Rand Paul spoke up if if turn saying this showed Trump is not a true Republican and that he would be willing to hurt the party and get Hillary elected rather than endorse a candidate that might best him in the primary race.

Each of the candidates had a minute or so to discuss why they should be president. Then host Megan Kelly asked Donald Trump why he should be President when he has social media accounts that has comments that could be taken as disparaging to women.   She said he had called women some very bad names and he jokingly replied “Just Rosanne Barr”…a line that got huge applause.   He fired back saying he doesn’t always have time to be Politically Correct.  He said America doesn’t have time to be Politically Correct when we’re getting our butts kicked politically and economically by China and Mexico.

All of the candidates came obviously prepared.  Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, when asked how he could think he was ready to be President when he has no political experience, replied with the awesomely appropriate line “It isn’t Brain Surgery”.  Rand Paul had a great response on his question regarding ISIS and Jeb Bush had a strong response to his question regarding amnesty for illegal immigration.

Trump was once again in the spotlight when Host Chris Wallace asked him about immigration and how the Mexican government is sending its criminals across the border.   He responded strongly and got a good response from the crowd.  Once again I found myself saying “I know he’s too brash but I like his answers!”

Governor John Kasich started off the conversation after the break with a response that sounded very presidential. Marco Rubio was next and gave probably the most detailed response in regard to illegal immigration.   As I said above, each of the candidates came prepared and I saw no clear loser in the debate.

An hour into the debate, they started talking about Obamacare.  Donald Trump was first up on it and he used his business experience to give a solid answer.   Others had less memorable responses.  Floridians Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio talked about Common  Core educational requirements.  Bush had been taking some hits in the past few months about his openness to federal standards for education and I think he came out with a response that helped take some pressure of him for that issue.

As the clock passed 10pm, each of the candidates got to talk about how they would promote job growth.  Repeal of Obamacare, reduce regulation and reform of the tax code were common responses.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie showed strength in saying that Social Security would have to be reformed.  As the conversation swerved over to the economy, Donald Trump was hit with some very direct questions from Chris Wallace and he unloaded with both barrels, saying he was proud of his business record and was the person American needed to get rid of our $19 Trillion Dollar debt.

Rick Perry and Cary Fiorina’s responses from the forum that had been held earlier in the afternoon were so strong that they were played for candidates to respond to the Iran nuclear agreement.

Abortion Rights issues came up next and Marco Rubio gave a balanced response.  Then Megan Kelly asked Donald Trump a very hard hitting question that led with his background as a Democrat and pointedly asked him “When did you actually become a Republican”.  Trump replied that we should all remember that Ronald Reagan had been a Democrat at one point and that people can change their beliefs.  John Kasich gave a great response on Gay Marriage.  I think I was maybe the best response I’ve ever heard a Republican politician give regarding that issue.

Scott Walker was next in the hot seat as the hosts asked him about the “Black Lives Matter” he gave the kind of level headed response I’ve come to expect from him.  In other words, it was solidly answered but totally unremarkable.

The hosts then asked about Iran, the Russian and Chinese Cyber Attacks and other foreign policy issues.   Donald Trump gave a surprisingly strong response.   It was soon time for closing comments for each of the candidates  All in all, I don’t really think there was a loser this evening.    Rubio seemed to have more good moments than the others.

Governor Walker from Wisconsin came across as call him and very capable and he continues to be the person I think you’ll end up at the end of the day getting The nomination.   I think Walker leading the Republican ticket with a Marco Rubio or Carly Fiorita as vice president would be a very powerful ticket for the Republicans.