Wrong, Wrong, and Wrong

Trump and CruzWrong, wrong, and wrong-that is what I have been for the past ten months. When it comes to politics, I have never been so wrong, so often, and for so long. As I prognosticate my way to November, all I can say now is that I hope I actually am wrong, wrong, wrong. That’s because I no longer see a path to victory.

Now don’t get me wrong! I have sensed the outright anger amongst the electorate and written about it for years. But I completely missed how this anger would manifest itself. How could anyone have possibly predicted:

–an avowed socialist is giving a completely untrustworthy, manipulative career politician a run for her money for the Democrat nomination, and

–a blowhard reality television star and self-declared business mogul is vying for the Republican nomination with a renegade Texas senator best known for reading “Green Eggs and Ham” while he single-handedly protested “Obamacare?”

The anger has not forged the band of Republican brothers united in a single cause; i.e., the defeat of Hillary Clinton to ensure (among other things) the:

–salvation of our economy,

–restoration of a cogent platform from which we will conduct our foreign affairs, and

–nomination of a Supreme Court justice who will ensure the Constitution will not be abused by decisions made by a 5-4 liberal majority intent on making new law.

No, instead, we have witnessed palpable anger that has rejected any Republican candidate (but perhaps for Governor Kasich) who can even remotely be associated with the “establishment” (whatever that is) and has gravitated instead toward unelectable blowhards.

Now, remember, I have been wrong, wrong, wrong, so logic would dictate that as I write I am wrong, wrong, wrong! That notwithstanding, I am pretty sure I am right, right, right that if Donald Trump is the GOP nominee, Hillary Clinton will be our next President. This election should be the Republicans’ to lose, and darn if we aren’t doing just that! What a national tragedy.

I want to be very clear. I will vote for the Republican nominee, no matter who that person is. We simply cannot afford 4-8 more years of this unmitigated national nightmare. I will hold my nose and pray, but the vote will be for the GOP. As we have clearly seen and as evidenced by my being wrong, wrong, wrong, I fear I will be in the minority. The votes we need (the independents, the Hispanics, more African Americans, the millennials) will either stay home or vote for Hillary. Folks, the numbers don’t add up. We could be headed for a Johnson-Goldwater debacle. If you are a Republican and care about your country, I implore you to commit yourself to stopping more progressive leftist destruction. To not vote is to open the door for Hillary.

Then there is the Convention. The talking heads cannot get enough of the Convention conjecture. Well, I am not going to be wrong about that because I am here to tell you that I have no earthly idea what will happen when the Republican rank and file congregate in Cleveland. There are any number of scenarios; my point is that none of them are very good!

So here I am, Mr. Wrong, wrong, wrong, and I’m here to tell you to expect more of the same. I mean, anyone who has been so wrong so often for so long has absolutely no reason to believe he will start being right anytime soon!

But before I leave you, let’s see if we can depart with a smile on our faces. So check out this video of Jimmy Fallon (playing Donald Trump) talking to Ted Cruz…It is funny!

More to follow-

The Rape of Dignity and the Rise of Bread and Circuses

Trump in NHWhat hath we wrought? How deeply must we plunge the knife of ignorance into our national gut? Will we die before it’s too late? Is it already too late? Is ours the greatest societal suicide story ever told? Say what you will about Jeb Bush (and many of you no doubt will) but here is (was) a dignified statesman. This was a thoughtful candidate whose sound judgment could have steered a necessarily sober path through the economic and foreign minefields that have been strewn in our path. He is gone, and we are left with a “bread and circuses” campaign. Let’s face it; the lowest common denominator has won. The manipulators of public fear (on the right) and envy (on the left) now rule the day. Mother Dignity has been disgraced and is no longer valued as an American virtue.

The pundits have already sliced and diced the rise and fall of Jeb Bush’s campaign. Even here on the American Thinker pages the common refrain is touted. Jeb and his team “were unable to adopt to the changing political landscape and were crushed by their own hubris and incompetence.” American Thinker Article

Let’s accept all arguments regarding the reasons for Jeb’s failed campaign. We’ll take them at face value. The point is this; it’s not the point!

We stand on the precipice of something momentous. We are fighting for the very soul of our nation, yet the vast majority of Americans seem wholly oblivious. There are so many anomalies occurring at the same time that one struggles with where to start in decomposing this moment in time in which we find ourselves. Shall we start with Donald Trump?

Who are his supporters? This article provides some solid information. Real Clear Politics on Trump Supporters The more things change, the more they appear to stay the same. Watch this video of Archie and Edith Bunker. Archie Bunker on Washington politicians

Can you honestly tell me Mr. Trump is not exploiting today’s Archie Bunkers? Mr. Trump is not a Republican. Mr. Trump is running a campaign based on fear and loathing. His greatest applause line now involves getting his audiences to respond to his question regarding who will pay for his wall with a resounding chant of “Mexico!” Trump manipulates crowd on border wall You can’t make this stuff up, and if you did, no one would believe you.

Mr. Trump may well be the Republican nominee. Since this author has been singularly wrong about just about every political turn of events for the past eight months, the reader will not see any predictions in this article. Suffice to say we are in uncharted waters and something very big and very different needs to continue happening if Mr. Trump is to have a snowball’s chance in hell of beating the Democrat nominee. The lessons of the last half-year are that maybe something that improbable may just happen.

Let’s not forget Ted Cruz. He is a Constitutional originalist who bends from time to time to stay relevant. His is a campaign of rebellion. Washington is the enemy. This campaign speech sums it up As angry as we are at President Obama for his intransigence and refusal to negotiate anything with anyone, why would a rationale voter think Ted Cruz would be any better? Gridlock driven by the right is no better than gridlock controlled by the left.

The Republicans don’t own all the craziness. What has happened that millions of millennials now think socialism is cool? How can we have degenerated to the point where the promise of free stuff becomes a sustainable political platform? In one of Margaret Thatcher’s last stands in Parliament, she tackled the issue of socialism head on. Thatcher tackles socialism in Parliament Where are our leaders today? More importantly, do we even have the intellectual capacity to listen any longer to common sense?

Would Bernie Sanders have been given a moment’s notice in campaigns over the past century? Is it conceivable that he or anyone similar to him would ever have been more than a blip on the political radar? This is the man who says “”If Wall Street does not end its greed, we will end it for them!” See Sanders speech here Yes, this man has mastered the politics of envy.

And then there is Hillary. What can one write that hasn’t been written? Not much. So let’s just say this. This is one flawed candidate; one who is completely out of touch with mainstream America, and whose stilted, scripted performances are painful to watch. Then there is the honesty issue. Folks, there is a reason people do not trust Hillary. Compilation of Hillary Misstatements

The bread is baked and the circus is in full swing. Dignity has no home and statesmanship a thing of the past. Lord help us.

When Fiction Blurs into Fact, and No One seems to Notice

Saul AlinskyPierce Wire provides data to help you understand the shifting dynamics that ultimately dictated the outcome of the 2012 election. In doing so we hope to provide enough information to empower you take steps to prevent a repeat in 2016! Data is data and facts are facts. This article, however, is about something more insidious. I write today to help you understand the philosophy that has guided the Obama administration since well before its inception. This is a win at all costs strategy, and if the truth must be sacrificed to gain an advantage, then say goodbye to the truth. Indeed, in this administration, fiction has so often been blurred with fact that it is simply impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins!

To understand what drives the President and his closest advisors, one must start with Saul Alinsky. He was born in 1909 and died in 1972. In that short 63-year span, he became one of the most famous proponents of progressive politics in the world. He was a community organizer and political activist. Perhaps not surprisingly, he grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago. He was very popular with the anti-establishment crowd that developed in the late 1950’s and carried on until the Reagan Revolution.

Some of Alinsky’s best-known strategies were:

–“If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a   positive.”

–“A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

–“Ridicule is a man’s most potent weapon.”

–“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Read between the lines. Alinsky was smart enough to know that the cynical politician could manipulate his “base” by developing themes that appeal to the mass populace and simultaneously demonize the opposition. Community Organizer, Senator, and ultimately President Obama lauded Saul Alinsky. Look at the quotes above one more time, and think about how Barack Obama’s core campaign (the one that never ends) strategies were (and still are) drawn from those thoughts. Truth is wholly irrelevant; victory is the goal. Most important is to “freeze” and “ridicule” the opponent, while pushing the “negative hard enough” so it will “become a positive”. In other words, President Obama and his Chicago based team learned from the master. They did not (and do not) let facts get in the way of their use of fiction to pursue their agenda; all under the illusion of fact-based truth. While I could detail a laundry list of examples does one really need to look further than the current IRS scandal?

Ardent Obama supporters are activists in their own right. Without exception their implicit mantra is “the end justifies the means.” This comment is not made lightly. We are in uncharted waters with this administration, and it’s important that everyone who seeks knowledge appreciates this fact. If you are old enough to remember Richard Nixon and the Watergate fiasco, you will remember that hubris toppled the Presidency, and both parties in Congress lined up in opposition to the offending President. What a stark contrast to our present state. Today we have witnessed an unprecedented assault on the core values the majority of Americans (Republicans, Democrats, Independents, men and women) still hold dear.

History will remember the Obama years as some of the most bitterly partisan in our history. There is a reason. The President was never interested in compromise. His agenda was set, and he has spent (and will spend the balance of) his time in office pursuing his goals. The President believes the fabric of American society is woven unequally, and the only way to balance the weave is for government to make the rug.

All readers must make their own minds up about the role they believe government should play in their lives. The President fervently believes in legislated outcomes. I believe in minimal government involvement in our lives, and when government legislates it should do so in order to ensure the playing field is level, but the actual result (outcome) is left up to the participants; the American workforce.

One of the more disturbing features of this administration is its oft-repeated proclivity to simply “make law”. The Constitution makes it clear that Congress is responsible for making law. President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder clearly decided on day one that if they could not impose their will on Congress, they would ignore the law and pursue their agenda: all the while blaming Congress! (“Ridicule is a man’s most potent weapon.”)

This article is not written to implore the reader to reconsider his or her support for President Obama’s policies. I only ask you to understand his background, vision, and motives. To understand his agenda and roots is to better comprehend his rhetoric and actions. If one digs beneath the surface on matters ranging from the deficit debate, debt ceiling, Benghazi, Syria, Ukraine, IRS abuse, VA scandal, Keystone Pipeline, Fast and Furious, NLRB shenanigans, and the prisoner exchange of five murdering terrorists for our lone soldier, one will see a constant pattern of prevarication and obfuscation. In every crisis, the President invariably feigns initial surprise and dismay, which is then followed by a period of silence, and the circle is ultimately completed by a display of contempt and dismissal. “Ridicule” is a core component of the contempt and dismissal phase.

So when is enough enough? I would suggest enough is more than enough when Fiction blurs into Fact, and no one seems to notice.