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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to what the liberal media have been saying, the Republicans do have a plan ready to replace Obamacare once it’s been repealed.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

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.

Carson and Rubio would be Unbeatable

With Ben Carson leading in most GOP presidential primary polls, it seems likely that he will be a contender for the length of the campaign season.  Soon America will be distracted by the holiday seasons and the poll numbers will likely settle down without much change for a month or two.  When the early primary elections occur in the early part of next year, we will start to get a much clearer picture about who is the more likely GOP nominee.  If it is Ben Carson, then picking a running mate like Marco Rubio could make him a favorite to win the general election.

Ben Carson is an incredibly motivating speaker.  His personal story and his professional accomplishments make him a very likeable candidate.  And his calm and consistent manner project a presidential gravitas that Donald Trump is seriously lacking.  An outsider not tied to the Washington establishment, he has all of Trump’s outsider benefits with none of his gaffes or un-presidential bluster.  In addition to being energizing factor among the GOP base, Ben Carson could also offer the possibility of attracting a significant percentage of the black vote.   Black voters who have voted Democrat in past elections have been economically hit very hard over the past several years of the Obama administration and might be more open than normal to looking at a Republican alternative.  The brilliant retired brain surgeon is too successful and capable to ever bring up how his race might be a benefit in the general election but it would indeed be such a benefit.

Barring an unlikely indictment or a hereto for unknown health problem, Hillary Clinton will be the Democrat nominee.  She hopes to maximize advantage among female voters looking to elect the first female President of the United States and to keep the advantage among black voters that President Obama enjoyed in both of his elections.  But repeated polls over the past several months leave both of those in doubt.  One of the worst kept secrets in Washington DC is that she plans on choosing HUD secretary Julian Castro as her running mate as a strategy to get more of the Hispanic vote.  Ben Carson could easily eliminate any advantage she might get from this maneuver by selecting Marco Rubio as his own running mate.

Selecting Marco Rubio as his vice presidential running mate would offer several advantages. First of all he’s a much higher profile candidate then Julian Castro. Most people outside of Washington DC have never even heard of Julian Castro where is Marco Rubio will continue to be building his national profile throughout the candidate selection process.  Also, as a Florida Senator, Marco Rubio would very likely guarantee a GOP win of Florida’s electoral votes.  Julian Castro is a former three-term mayor of San Antonio, TX but it is highly unlikely that a very Red State like Texas would end up voting for Hillary Clinton regardless of who she picks as a running mate.  And Marco Rubio could match Julian Castro word for word in the very likely large amounts of Spanish commercials and public events likely to happen during the election process.

Republicans are not as comfortable as Democrats in using identity politics as a tool in elections.   And both Ben Carson and Marco Rubio are gifted and talented enough to never need to stoop to using race or ethnicity for political benefit.   If they were to become the eventual nominees for the GOP, it would not be because of their race or backgrounds but rather because both have incredible abilities and offer a leadership vision that America badly needs.

Ed Ruth

Dem Debate: A Hillary Win Because No One Threw Punches

During the very boring liberal lovefest of the first Democratic presidential debate there was very little that could be called surprising or shocking.  With CNN deciding to format the debate in a way in which there would be no direct conflicts between candidates there was little opportunity for fireworks. So it was without surprise that Hillary dominated the debate and had the liberal audience screaming with joy at every sigh and smirk.
It was not surprising that former Governor O’Malley of Maryland and former Virginia Senator Webb (Flip Flopping Lincoln Chafee isn’t even worth mentioning) did nothing to bring their campaigns out of mediocrity.  The only thing they really could have done would be to publicly call out Hillary Clinton on her dishonesty and only  Chafee, who has no traction at all, made even a slight attempt at that during the debate.   O’Malley and Webb seemed to understand that if they even attempted to draw any blood from Clinton’s weaknesses that the liberal crowd would boo them into submission.  Neither seems to really want the job of president. So they’ve  achieved their goal of becoming a minor footnote in history.
So with no opportunities for anything surprising coming from the other candidates, it was up to Bernie Sanders to bring any life into this debate.   But he came at Hillary with padded gloves during every opportunity for conflict during the debate. And his biggest cheers came when he said the only shock of the night…he said that everyone is tired of hearing about the ‘damn emails’ and wants to hear about “the real issues.”
This is a standard line for any politician who is trying to get the media to stop talking about a scandal. It is highly unusual for the lead competitor of such a candidate to make such a statement.  Regardless of who is making the statement, it is disgraceful. Is Bernie Sanders really saying that we should ignore a lack of integrity and willful breaking of the law?  Is he really saying that we should ignore the intentional breach of national security because he thinks people are tired of hearing about it?
Hillary Clinton did not return the favor, coming at Sanders strongly on what she called a weakness of his when it comes to gun control.  She attacked him on socialism saying she believed in the power of small business, a cornerstone of capitalism.
Not that she had much competition in the first place, but all of the other candidates might as well throw in the towel after this debate.  They’ve shown they will not seriously go after Hillary Clinton, an already very damaged candidate.  If they are not going to even try to engage her on lying,  her “I play by different rules” attitude and her use of her position as Secretary of State to make the Clinton Foundation gobs of money in direct violation of the law.  If they aren’t going to bring up her failure and her cover up in the Benghazi disaster.  If they aren’t going to say that America deserves a better leader than one most associated with the word “Liar”, then they do not deserve a chance to be President either.  America can do better than the whole lot of them.
Ed Ruth

America, The Rule of Law and a Republican win in 2016

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The Orange County Register recently published an editorial on the slow but sure loss of the rule of law in America.  It should be read by all who are concerned with the direction this country is going.  In one short article they discuss the amazing damage to the rule of law that has occurred in this country since the 1970s and particularly during the Obama administration.  It describes how the law today is now something that can be molded by whoever is president into a heavy hitting ideological weapon.   Liberals have cheered this on during the Obama administration saying the president has no choice but to do these things since Congress will block him if he doesn’t.  Those cheers will change to shrill rage should a Republican win in 2016.

Let’s imaging for a moment that a Republican actually does become president in 2016 and that he (or “she” if the wonderful Carly Fiorina were to win) decides to use the executive power exactly as their predecessor has done:

First, they’ll pick an Attorney General who is himself or herself a partisan activist and who will protect both the president and anyone under them that shares their ideology regardless of whether or not they are actually breaking the law.   Then the president will put into the IRS and other agencies new leaders who will use their power to punish those of the opposing ideology.  They will be able to do so without worry of repercussion since any investigation would have to be approved by the Attorney General.

Next, the Republican president will be able to repeal Obamacare easily with the Republican majorities in the House and Senate.  They will use the same reconciliation process that Obama used to pass it.  And to those who say it’s too late because it will cause pain to millions who depend on Obamacare for coverage, the president will answer that they are just relieving America of a law that has never been popular and which forced millions out of coverage they were happy with in the first place.

The hesitation to use the “Nuclear Option” and other relics of past Senate restraint are now gone so the Republican president will use that lack of restrain the same way Obama and Harry Reid did to force through laws that previously would never have passed.   The EPA will be gutted.  The Obama administration has shown that the EPA in the hands of a liberal administration is too dangerous to be allowed to continue to exist.  It will have to be dismantled to a point where it would basically have to be restarted from scratch by any future Democrat president.  It’s a shame that an organization created by a Republican president to protect the environment became so corrupted by ideology that it must now be done away with completely.

The IRS is almost in the same boat as the EPA.  A Republican president would never allow the IRS to target liberal groups and to actively work against the free American election process as President Obama did with Lois Lerner.  But that does not mean nothing will be done to the IRS.  No, the best way to counter the IRS so that it cannot be used as a political weapon is to permanently defang the agency with massive tax reform.  A simplified tax code would remove most of the IRS’s investigative and punitive capabilities.  It would also boost the economy in many ways.  That’s a win-win for the next Republican president.

Then there’s the international policy.  When is a treaty not a treaty?  When the president of one ideology has a Congress controlled by the other ideology, that’s when!  Forget the Constitutional requirements of passing a treaty through Congress.  All you have to do is declare that it’s not a treaty.  Then you can pretty much enact any foreign policy you want without worrying about Congress or that pesky Constitution.  And don’t forget that the Secretary or State won’t have to worry about doing illegal.  Hillary Clinton has already shown that a ideologically protective Attorney General can even shield Cabinet-level administration officials from investigation.

And this article would be dreadfully incomplete if we didn’t discuss the greatest tool the Obama administration used so effectively and that future presidents will wish to copy wholeheartedly:  The threat to shut down the government!  That’s right, the president can now tell the Congress that he or she doesn’t care a bit about their supposed Constitutionally empowered control of how tax dollars are spent.  Congress will either pay for what the Republican president wants or he or she will not sign the spending into law.  Then the cameras will show how evil Congress is for not “doing their job” in paying for the government.   So a Republican president will now be able to push through and expensive border wall, Keystone pipeline, etc without too much trouble.

That’s of course assuming the media will cover a Republican president the exact same way they’ve provided cover for President Obama when he did the same thing.  I almost couldn’t type that last sentence because I was laughing so hard at the idea of the media being fair to a Republican president.  But even that doesn’t matter as much as it has in the past thanks to President Obama.

Despite the cover the liberal media has provided for the Obama administration again and again, this administration has shown utter disdain for the news media class.  Instead of being “the most transparent administration in history”, we have had an administration that has closed out the media and created layers of secrecy like none before.  A Republican president has in the past always known the media weren’t with them but they also knew they had to be somewhat kind and respectful to the news media in order to keep on message with the public.  But with the Internet providing so many alternates and with the Obama administration example of how to close out the news media, a Republican president will not have to worry about the liberal media as they have in the past.

Basically, a Republican president will be able to use the powers of the Executive Branch, drastically enhanced as they have been in the Obama Administration, to push right wing ideology as far as they wish for four to eight years.  And then the next Democrat will do the same in the opposite direction.  How exactly does a country survive such drastic swings with pulling apart?  The answer is that it doesn’t for long.

Ed Ruth