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On Friday, following a call from a Cruz supporter making the case that the media has been treating Ted Cruz unfairly vis-à-vis Trump, Rush made a case that the media, broadcast and cable TV and others, have been “using” Trump to pump their own ratings and profits.
OK. So, given that the media is supposed to hate Republicans and support only Democrats, they are not totally stupid!
If they can make a buck they will make a buck especially when someone else, Trump, is doing all of the work.
It is called Capitalism.
People, Viewers, want to hear more Trump. The media are giving them what they want, more uncensored Trump!
And guess what, people watch, advertisers pour in, along with the $$$!
Rush commented that the Trump demand, (my comment, created by Trump) drives coverage, drives ratings and drives profits and it is a self-perpetuating circle. Rush said:
“You can get news in any way, shape manner or form. The network television guys and the cable news guys don’t own it anymore and, as such, they’ve suffered massive audience erosion — Fox News excluded here — and massive financial drain. So what has happened, they have found gold in Trump. Trump attracts and holds an audience like they can’t.”
“So they now know that eyeballs are watching them, and they’re doing it, and it’s happening because they’re carrying Trump, and so the beast feeds on itself. And if Trump is the reason for say, a cable news revival or a particular network revival, then more Trump is what we want. And then more Trump after that.” (1)
Rush was portraying the media’s pushing of “Trump Time” as being insincere and only being driven by viewership and profits. REALLY!! Of course the media will react to a cash cow when the cow walks into their pasture!
Rush, Capitalism and Loyalty:
I found Rush’s missives impugning the media’s profit motivation a bit disingenuous in light of his being FLUKED by his advertisers in 2012, then his subsequent welcoming back of those same advertisers today.
On February 29, 2012, Rush reacted, rightly so, to Sandra Fluke testifying before Congress in support of contraceptives being included in Obamacare. Rush referred to Fluke as a “prostitute” and a “slut”. Sandra Fluke was and still is a shill for the Left’s Women’s Rights movement. When you did the math regarding how much she paid per year for condoms, she was having sex 3 times a day! So, Rush’s characterization of Fluke was colorful but not without some merit but the media firestorm caused Limbaugh to lose over 100 advertisers over a short period of time.
Many of US, rushed to Rush’s side and stopped using many of those advertisers and I still refrain from doing so to this day. But, advertisers like Shari’s Berries, were welcomed back by Rush, I assume, for the purpose of increasing his profits!
That is perfectly fine with me but a little two-faced when he condemns the media for trying to increase their profits.
Trump is the master at creating media demand for himself, his candidacy and causes. No one is stopping the other candidates from emulating Trump’s tactics if they have the talent and MESSAGE. He expertly uses social media to create the demand then has huge events to drive interest and medial coverage. Trump is bigger than life and people, viewers, listeners and readers, can’t get enough. I dare say that Rush’s own audiences have increased due to the hyperbole surrounding the 2016 Republican Presidential race.
Would any broadcast or cable channel have had over 20,000,000 views for a televised debate without Trump? NOPE! The debate he skipped on Fox dropped to around 12,000,000 views when the other Fox debates drew in excess of 18,000,000 viewers.
I can just picture a Jeb, Rubio and Cruz debate drawing maybe 8,000,000 viewers, Maybe! Snore!
It is hard for Rush to view this race except through the prism that Cruz is a conservative and everyone else is not; Cruz is the best thing since sliced bread and everyone needs to see that; Cruz has been mal-treated and maligned by the GOP, media and Trump; Cruz is the only one qualified to be the President of the United States in this cycle.
But, Cruz cannot convince the GOP voters of this!
The other fact Rush left out when discussing the media and its quest for profits, is that the media today is no longer about news. The 24 hours per day “news cycle” is actually less than an hour of actual hard news and everything else is commentary or punditry! In other words, it is ENTERTAINMENT. Someone has to pay the bills to keep the lights on, like an “Obscene Profit Time Out”! (Rush’s phrase used when he has to take a commercial break)
The media now has to deal with free social media so the last thing the broadcast and cable media will do is kill the cash cow. Why analyze and try to tell audiences what Trump just said? We don’t need the media to interpret for us. We all speak English! We all know that the political season is all about sound bites with little substance. We see what the candidates have done in their lives, and can draw our own conclusions.
The only difference this year is someone, Trump, is making politics and current events and issues interesting!
Rush is adamant that he is remaining neutral on the 2016 Republican Presidential Primaries. Maybe Rush needs to have someone who is a disinterested third-party give him some honest feedback. The real issue for Rush is that his bias for Cruz is clouding his ability to analyze current events accurately and to objectively see Cruz has others see him. Rush needs to ask himself the questions, “Why don’t I understand the real motivation behind Trump supporters and why Ted Cruz cannot gain any traction”? Here are a couple of recent campaign events that Rush just flatly got wrong!
Speaker Boehner, speaking at an event at Stanford University this week described Ted Cruz as: “Lucifer in the flesh.” Then Boehner went on to say, “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
This comment was no surprise as practically all establishment Republicans and the Congressional Republicans have disdain for Cruz and his approach to the government shutdown and other tactics. They feel that he is a “grandstander”, and show boats for his own political gain. (With the GOP Congress at about a 12% approval rate, I am not sure any of them are able to take much of a high moral ground!)
That said, Rush concluded that the Boehner remarks, and his apparent support for Trump over Cruz, would be a big benefit for Cruz as Boehner is the epitome of the “establishment” and, paraphrasing, would give Cruz “street creds” as an anti-establishment candidate. But…
The only people who see this as a benefit for Cruz are the died in the wool Cruz supporters like Limbaugh and Levin.
The Trump supporters see the comments as a confirmation that Cruz is not a team player, cannot motivate others to join his position, and deepens their distrust of Ted based on the fact that only a handful of his Congressional colleagues have backed him.
The Republican establishment totally agree with Boehner! So, how is this going to help Cruz?
In the past few weeks, Cruz had been working delegate rules in various states in an attempt to Stop Trump. His efforts have not been opposed by the Stop TrumpGOP Establishment so Cruz has been even more successful at pealing off 2nd ballot delegates that one would have thought possible.
Cruz’s reaction to Boehner’s comments was to slam the Speaker, and by extension, the GOP Establishment. OK. But, the people Cruz needs at the convention are, you guessed it, those same GOP insiders that support Boehner! For someone who is supposed to be brilliant, this reaction by Cruz was not in his own best interest. Sometimes it is best to just walk away and ignore comments like these.
Everyone already knew Boehner had nothing but contempt for Cruz so it would have been a 10 second spot on the 11:00 PM news. But, Cruz kept the comments alive with his tweets and comments while lessening his chances of having the GOP continue help him to pick off more candidates and Stop Trump.
Also, he played into Trump’s narrative of Cruz that none of his colleagues in Congress liked him! Cruz should have also been smart enough to see that after last Tuesday’s massive win for Trump, the GOP insiders, establishment and donor classes all but gave up on their Stop Trump movement. His chances for continued institutional finance contribution are pretty much nil.
Rush overestimated any benefit that accrued to Cruz as a result of the Boehner comments. In fact, Cruz’s reaction probably turned this into a net negative for Cruz and a benefit for Trump, but Rush would never agree with this!
Governor Mike Pence’s “Endorsement” of Cruz:
It was clear this morning listening to Rush that he had not previewed the two sound bites his staff had clipped of Governor Mike Pence regarding his very tepid “endorsement” of Cruz. If Rush had listened to the clips, the first thing he would have realized was that this really was not an endorsement in the traditional sense but a statement that Pence would vote for Cruz next Tuesday. There were no comments regarding campaigning for Cruz in Indiana like Scott Walker did in Wisconsin.
Rush told his staff to run soundbite 20 of the Pence endorsement. The transcript from Rush’s website describes the conversation as follows:
RUSH: I want to get a couple bites in from Pence, Mike Pence, governor of Indiana, and his endorsement. Sound bites 20 and 30. Here is the first one.
PENCE: I like and respect all three of the Republican candidates in the field. I particularly want to commend Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration —
RUSH: Wait a minute, what? (my comment, Rush caught off guard)
PENCE: — of millions of working Americans with a lack of progress —
RUSH: I thought this — (my comment, Rush caught off guard)
PENCE: — in Washington, DC.
RUSH: It says here —
PENCE: And I’m also particularly grateful that Donald Trump has taken a strong stance for Hoosier jobs when we saw jobs in the Carrier company abruptly announce leaving Indiana not for another state, but for Mexico, I’m grateful, I’m grateful for his voice in the national debate. Let me say I’ve come to my decision about who I’m supporting, and I’m not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican primary.
(My Comment: Rush clearly did not expect Pence to go on singing the praises of Donald Trump and when this sound bite finished, Rush was flustered and cut to a break. He clearly wanted to hear the next sound bite from Pence before continuing)
RUSH: Wow. Okay. I don’t have time to play, he goes on about Cruz, there’s another 40 seconds. I just don’t have time. I’ll do it right when we get back, top of the next hour. It says right here: “Pence endorses Cruz.” I gotta take a break here. I gotta be very careful on how I characterize — just hit the break, let’s go, Snerdley.
After the break, Rush played both segments of the Pence promise to vote for Cruz:
PENCE: I like and respect all three of the Republican candidates in the field. I particularly want to commend Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration of – of millions of working Americans with a lack of progress in Washington, DC. And I’m also particularly grateful that Donald Trump has taken a strong stand for Hoosier jobs when we saw jobs in the Carrier company abruptly announce leaving Indiana, not for another state, but for Mexico. I’m grateful, I’m grateful for his voice in the national debate. And let me say I’ve come to my decision about who I’m supporting, and I’m not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican primary.
RUSH: Okay, that first sound bite was 40 seconds, and then about 35 seconds into it, Ted Cruz was mentioned and mentioned as the candidate that Mike Pence is supporting. Here is what he said next.
PENCE: I see Ted Cruz as a principled conservative who’s dedicated his career to advocating the Reagan agenda. And I’m pleased to support him. I really admire the way Ted Cruz has been willing to stand up for taxpayers in opposing runaway spending, deficits, and debt, calling for and leading on repealing Obamacare. And I also have to tell you I’m very impressed with Ted Cruz’s devotion and knowledge of the Constitution of the United States, of the freedoms that are enshrined there in our Bill of Rights, from our liberties to our Second Amendment. And of course, I appreciate his strong and unwavering stand for the sanctity of life.
RUSH: And so it is being dissected, as I mentioned on cable networks left and right, and I’m sure other places too, the analysis of this endorsement, and you’re gonna hear all kinds of takes on it. I probably imagine you having your own reaction to it in one of a number of different ways.
While it is commendable that Rush viewed Pence’s promise to vote for Cruz as a resounding endorsement, however, not many others do. Pence spent almost half of his statement praising Trump for actually setting the agenda for 2016 and for standing up for Indiana against Carrier Air Conditioning who is moving to Mexico! Rush’s enthusiasm for Cruz once again led him to overstate a fact and really miss the impact, or lack thereof, of this event.
Bobby Knight Endorsement of Trump:
In that same segment where rush was discussing the Pence pledge to vote for Cruz, Rush threw cold water on the real Endorsement by Bobby Knight of Donald Trump. (A real endorsement includes actually working for the campaign on the trail and not merely voting for the candidate.)
Rush: On the other side you have Trump, who was endorsed by Bobby Knight. And Bobby Knight said that he doesn’t know if Trump is a Republican or Democrat and he doesn’t even know what a conservative is. Bobby Knight: “Is a conservative a guy that goes to bed early? Is a conservative a guy that goes to bed too early or too late and doesn’t get enough sleep? I really don’t know what a conservative is.”
Rush knows better than to try to deflect to ideology rather than state that the Knight endorsement was huge in Indiana. No one in Indiana cares whether Bobby Knight knows the definition of what a conservative is. Bobby Knight put Indiana on the map and everyone in the US who follows college sports knows that Knight is a giant in college basketball and a legend in Indiana. Knight is seen as a WINNER. This fits into Trump’s narrative of him being a winner and the US will once again become a winner.
Rush cannot seem to get back to his long hitting streak of calling events as they are. He seems to be in a Cruz fog and cannot penetrate through to reality. As a conservative, Rush should be focused on Clinton and her shortfalls rather than working on discrediting the frontrunner and supporting someone who will not win the GOP nomination. I have written before, the GOP insiders hate Cruz worse than Trump and will make sure that if Trump is inevitable, he will win. If Trump is not inevitable, they will use Cruz to go to a 2nd ballot and nominate Kasich if they can tear him away from the buffet line. Cruz, Limbaugh and Levin are all living in a dream world devoid of reality.
Are you as confused as I have been regarding transgender restroom & shower facilities rights versus the need to maintain public safety, especially for children?
Do you have any idea how many Americans identify as transgender individuals?
Do you know what the terms gender identity, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, bigender, pangender, genderfluid, agender, or transvestite/cross-dressers?
This may come under the heading of “TMI” but you need to be conversant on these terms as this phenomena appears to be creeping into the national debate, the 2016 electi0ns, and a bathroom near you or your child’s school campus!
Let’s Start with the Easier Parts of this Debate.
How Many People Identify as Transgender? Efforts have been made since 2000 to try to determine how many transgender individuals there are in the US. Part of the issue lies in which definition of transgender is applied and how the survey is conducted. Survey estimates range from .05% to .3% of the US population identifying as transgender. This equates to 175,000 to 1,050,000 transgender people in the US.
What Gender Identity terms are used today to describe various individuals?
Note, many of these definitions were supplied by American Psychological Association (APA)
Transgender & Transsexual: Are people who experience a mismatch between their gender identity or gender expression, and their sex at birth. (Can also include Transsexual, Genderqueer, Bigender, Pangender, Genderfluid, and Agender.)
Transvestite/Cross Dresser: This person cross-dresses, or dresses in clothes associated with the opposite gender then the one they were assigned at birth.
LGBT:This stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender. The “LGB” portion of this acronym indicates SEXUAL PREFERENCE, and not a sexual identity. The “LGB” and the “T” bear no relationship to one another other than the Gay-Lesbian groups have included the Transgender “victims” to bolster their ranks.
Do Not Confuse the Issues or the Discussion of Transgender “rights” with those of lesbians, gay, or bi-sexual persons.
Before we move on, we should define a couple of terms associated with Sexual Predatory Behavior. (No association is made here with transgender people)
Pedophiliais a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children.
Sexual Predators includes persons trying to make sexual contact with another person in a “predatory” or abusive manner. Sexual Predators include people who commit sex crimes, such as rape or child sexual abuse, are commonly referred to as sexual predators.
The Transgender Public & School Rest Room & Bathing Facility Issues
Activist Transgender Position: They believe that they should be able to use restroom or shower facilities based on their own perception of whether they are male or female regardless of their birth gender or their current gender assignment post hormone treatments and/or surgery. Public policy may have to differentiate between the two.
Public’s Position:Society has the right to insist that persons using gender designated restrooms and bathing facilities, according to their own biological gender, and not to share these facilities with those who do not identify with their own biological gender? Non Transgender people represent a minimum of 99.997% of the total population while the Transgender people represent from .05% to .3% of the total population. Society has the right to protect its citizens against sexual predators and pedophiles who would use the open access to restrooms and shower facilities to legally enter restrooms of the opposite sex for nefarious reasons.
Top Question: Is Transgenderism a Mental Disorder?
Pro: (Note: The LGBT and American Psychiatric Association disagree strongly with Dr. McHugh’s findings and conclusions. But, Johns Hopkins is one of the few institutions who actually studied transgenderism for any length of time so I thought it may be helpful in this discussion)
If a person has difficulty accepting their birth gender as reality, is this a physical or mental issue? Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and its former psychiatrist-in-chief stated “…that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.”
In an article in the Wall Street Journal he elaborated by stating that “…transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.”
McHugh went on to say: “The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.”
Con: The American Psychiatric Association does not agree and believes that Transgenderism is not a mental disorder. Their website states: “A psychological state is considered a mental disorder only if it causes significant distress or disability. Many transgender people do not experience their gender as distressing or disabling, which implies that identifying as transgender does not constitute a mental disorder. For these individuals, the significant problem is finding affordable resources, such as counseling, hormone therapy, medical procedures and the social support necessary to freely express their gender identity and minimize discrimination. Many other obstacles may lead to distress, including a lack of acceptance within society, direct or indirect experiences with discrimination, or assault. These experiences may lead many transgender people to suffer with anxiety, depression or related disorders at higher rates than nontransgender persons.”
It is obvious that there are polarized positions among psychiatric professionals regarding whether Transgenderism is a mental disorder or a physical misalignment between a person’s brain and his or her reproductive organs that can be cured with hormones and/or surgery.
The APA’s position basically says that if transgender people are not experiencing any distress due to gender identity, then medical treatment may not be necessary. If their birth gender identity is causing them distress, then hormone therapy and/or surgery, based on the individual’s gender identity, may be called for. Further that the procedures have been successful with practically all of the patients reporting both good mental and physical health post-op.
Dr. McHugh disagreed with this position and stated that even those who underwent gender reassignment surgery, and who were happy with the surgery, had the same psycho-social adjustment problems that those who did not undergo surgery! Others who have undergone the gender reassignment surgery disagree with Dr. McHugh.
Missing Link: What the APA nor other institutions have not tested or studied to any meaningful degree, is giving the person presenting as a Transgender hormones and therapy that match their biological gender! The assumption has been made that someone not identifying with their gender should be changed to the mental perception of their gender rather than to the physical fact of their gender. Simply stated, a male identifying as a female would be given testosterone treatments and a women identifying as a male would be given estrogen treatments. Associated psychiatric counseling would be required to insure that the person’s mental well being is being monitored.
Sexual Predators & The Restroom/Shower Facilities Issue
There is no doubt that society has to protect children and women from being subjected to sexual predators and pedophiles while using public, private and school restrooms and/or shower facilities. There cannot be any disagreement with this.
The issues are:
(These examples use men as the possible predators but you can substitute women as the predators although the incidence of female sexual predators is much less than for males)
If you allow men, who claim they identify as a women, to use the “Women’s” restroom, how do you preclude a sexual predator or pedophile, from falsely claiming that they identify as a woman and have a right to enter? Women and girls may be present in the restroom.
If an adolescent schoolboy identifies as a girl, should the schoolboy be allowed to use the “girl’s” shower and restroom facilities? In this instance there may be a low physical threat to the girls. But, is the co-mingling of boys and girls in shower and restroom facilities acceptable in our society?
If you allow men, who claim they identify as a women, to use the public showering facilities designated for women, how do you preclude a sexual predator from falsely claiming that they identify as a woman and have a right to enter? Women and girls may be present in the shower facilities.
Needed Public Policy:
Live and Let Live-Before the Courts Intervened: John Hayward wrote in Breitbart last week the following observation: “Moreover, Americans have already solved the problem: They just politely ignore the fact that public bathrooms are quietly used by transsexuals–both those who look like the other sex and those who really don’t look like the other sex. That decent-minded, live-and-let-live compromise means Americans don’t have to pretend that men are women, and they can call the police if they feel threatened, for example, when a transsexual wants to use a changing room in a school.”
Progressive Activism: But, the reality is that the progressive supporters of the LBGT/gay marriage are going to attempt to force unfettered access by transgender persons to whatever restroom, bathing or changing rooms they wish. They are coming off of victories in gay marriage and are off on their next quest. There is no acceptable middle ground to the progressive left nor will they support alternative medical approaches and procedures in dealing with the transgender condition.
The Courts and the Mississippi and North Carolina State Response: Recent court cases are forcing schools and public access facilities to allow transgender persons to be able to choose the gender designated restrooms, changing rooms and shower facilities of their choice based on their own perception of their gender. This caused North Carolina and Mississippi State governments to pass legislation that ties the access to gender designated facilities to the gender of the person at birth who wishes to use those facilities. The left claims that this is discrimination against transgender persons without regard for public safety.
Federal Vs State Laws Needed?
Since the lower courts have intervened and decided that gender specific facilities have to be open to all, the only way to protect women, children, and men who may become subjected to abuse by sexual predators and pedophiles who will seek to take advantage of this openness, is through legislation. Once again it is sad that we cannot engage in an open and honest debate on the best approach to this issue.
Once again, it is doubtful that our Gutless Congresswill attempt to address this issue. It will be left to individual States to protect the 99.97% of our population against sexual predators and pedophiles!.
Sadly, this will result in a fragmented remedial approach with each State codifying the remedy in possibly different ways. There will be some of the liberal States who may seek to adopt “Open Facilities” legislation leaving the nation with a hodgepodge of gender specific facility laws. Be that as it may, here are a couple of possible approaches to protecting those who may have been made vulnerable to abuse because of these court decisions.
Gender Definition: The gender of the student would be the birth gender of the student unlessthe student has undergone treatment and surgery to change his or her gender, and the parents have had the gender of the child legally changed.
Restrooms: Gender specific restrooms should be restored and only those who are biologically the same as the restroom designation should be allowed. If a student is identified as possibly being a transgender adolescent by the parents to the administration, at the parents request, the administration should make an effort to allow that student to use restrooms that have been set aside in the faculty lounge area or other suitable restroom that is not being used by the other students. The student has the option to use the gender designated restroom that is the same as their biological gender and utilize the segregated stalls.
Non-Private Shower and Changing Areas: Gender specific non-private shower and changing area should be restored and only those biologically the same with the shower and changing area designation should be allowed. If a student is identified as possibly being a transgender adolescent by the parents to the administration, at the parents request, the administration should excuse the student from activities that would require him or her from using the shower or changing areas; or, if available, other facilities could be designated for the student’s use.
Public Restrooms, Bathing Facilities and Changing Rooms:
Gender Definition: The gender of the person would be the birth gender of the person unlessthey have undergone treatment and surgery to change his or her gender, and the person has had his or her gender legally changed.
Restrooms: Gender specific restrooms should be restored and only those who are biologically the same as the restroom designation should be allowed. The person has the option to use the gender designated restroom that is the same as their biological gender and utilize the segregated stalls.
Non-Private Shower and Changing Areas: Gender specific non-private shower and changing area should be restored and only those biologically the same with the shower and changing area designation should be allowed.
It is doubtful that this issue will be resolved anytime soon. At some point, since Congress will never act, this issue will be decided, poorly, by 9 men and women in black robes at the Supreme Court.
Do you sometimes scratch your head and wonder why on earth the government, our politicians, and the media are focused on really stupid, idiotic, insane, ludicrous, inconsequential, inane, ridiculous things while the rest of the world is on fire?
We have 15% of our citizens suffering Underemployment today, and yet we are reading that Lindsay Lohan is converting to Islam. Hope she looks into Sharia and female genital mutilation, polygamy up to 4 wives, death penalties for gays, and death penalties for “immorality”.
China tested a multiple warhead ICBM last week and we are reading that our Treasury Department, who overseas our $19 Trillion debt, is worried whose pictures are on $10 and $20 dollar bills.
The 28 missing pages from the 9/11 Commission Report is too sensitive to our ally, Saudi Arabia so Americans may not see them but we are reading that Saudi Arabia will pull all of its Trillions in US investments if we allow our citizens to sue Saudi Arabia if our citizens are harmed by Saudi sponsored/paid for terrorists!
Our government continues to ignore all of our problems with border security while we are reading that we just discovered a 800 yard long tunnel carrying tons of drugs including 2,242 pounds of cocaine and 11,030 pounds of marijuana.
The EU continues to deal with sexual assaults on their citizens by the Muslim immigrants and refugees while we read our President just landed in London to convince the UK to stay in the EU and subject their citizens to the same insane immigration and lack of assimilation polices that the rest of the EU is being subjected to.
Russian fighter jets came within 30′ of our warships last week while we read that the US took no action but “EMPHATICALLY” stated that the act of aggression was “unsafe and unprofessional.” Wow, I feel safer!
The Zika virus is spreading rapidly into the US from South America and the CDC needs Billions to fight it while we read absolutely nothing about killing the mosquitos who carry the virus using a tried and true pesticide, DDT. It’s once thought detrimental impacts have been scientifically disproved. We could eliminate malaria at the same time!
The murder rate in Chicago has increased 72 percent in 2016, and 88 percent in the first three months of 2016, while we read that Hillary Clinton is chiding Whites for not confronting their own “privilege”! I don’t even know what that means but I assume that I need to feel guilty that I am White!
Black abortions comprise about 40% (17 Million since 1973) of all US abortions while Blacks make up about 13% of the US population but all we read about from Black Lives Matter is that the cops are systematically eradicating the Black population.
Bernie Sanders is an unapologetic Socialist who is convincing our best and brightest that everything they want is free and will be paid for by a Capitalist working hard and paying taxes, while the RNC is doing everything they can to derail the only popular candidate the RNC has had since 1976 (Reagan, not Ford).
Transgender confusion with bathrooms is dominating every aspect of the news while no one is upset that Social Security recipients have been denied a COLA increase again while their Medicare premiums have been increased. (How many transgender people are there? .001%?,)
The problem with writing this is knowing when to quit. I guess the best time is just before you get depressed knowing that no one has their eye on the ball or, are watching our backs!
In spite of the Cruz and Kasich rhetoric in the aftermath of the New York wipeout, Trump is clearly the presumed GOP Presidential candidate for 2016.
The #NeverTrump crowd is losing steam and bravado after the Big Apple’s humiliation for their cause.
While Trump & Co. have to keep winning through California, and keep working the delegates to be on call and committed should they need allies in the first convention ballot, Trump could “seal the deal” by naming a near perfect Vice Presidential running mate.
Who Should Trump Select as his VP?
My nomination would be none other than Speaker Newt Gingrich! Why Newt?
The Speaker led the GOP House of Representative from 1995 through 1999 capping his 20 years of legislative experience.
The Speaker is well-respected by many within the GOP as well as the Democrat party.
The Speaker is arguably one of the most knowledgeable persons in US politics when it comes to the “art” of the legislative process.
The Speaker was the Co-Architect of the 1994 “Contract with America” which could morph into the “2016 Make America Great Again Agenda”. (Ok, the sound-bite needs a little work but it would set the agenda before Ryan and McConnell can try to co-op a Trump agenda!)
The Speaker is a premier coalition builder who can shepherd Trump’s ideas to legislative fruition.
The Speaker has been privy to years of intelligence and can provide Trump with the counsel of history as Trump traverses the mine field of foreign policy that will have to be rebuilt from scratch.
The Speaker has been around the block and understands the need for a powerful President, with a supportive Vice President, to lead the nation out of the morass of the post-Obama failure.
The Speaker has always been “on the edge of acceptability” and pushed the envelope when trying to change the party, the legislative process, or even our culture. He and Trump would be on the same page in terms of approach.
There are many more advantages that I could include but the bottom line is that Newt brings a lot of positives to the Trump table. Typically, the VP is selected based on what State the presidential candidate needs assistance to win. Trump carried Georgia in the primary and would probably repeat in the general election. Trump is strong enough on his own in the Mid-Atlantic region and Eastern seaboard so someone like a Kasich would be more of a detriment than an asset.
Choosing someone like the Speaker would also pretty much assure that the GOP closes ranks around Trump sooner rather than later. Cruz and Kasich would cease to exist the day after the announce by Trump to name Gingrich as his VP.
At this point, it makes no sense for Trump to wait to name his VP unless Newt would not want to serve. This move would allow Trump to back his closest advisor, Jeff Sessions, as the Majority leader in the Senate! He could tap Christie and Giuliani for Homeland Security and the Justice Department. The balance of his cabinet can wait but these two departments sets the tone for law enforcement, anti-terror, border security, and immigration. Gingrich, Christie and Giuliani would be excellent surrogates throughout the balance of the primary in through the general election.
Rush Limbaugh was exasperated again today, thinking he had to restate his monotonous diatribe explaining the GOP “RULES! We the People NOW understand the RULES and understand that ALL OF THE CANDIDATES knew the RULES going into this election!
What you are missing is that the vast majority of We the People ASSUMED that the GOP Primary Process was based on democratic principles. But, it is not!
We the People were Wrong, we now know it,
and do not like it! Period!
We also get that the RULES cannot be changed before the convention in Cleveland. But, we want the GOP to know that We the People, will be watching the GOP, and we will apply a FAIRNESS test, not a RULES test on any of its, or its surrogate delegates actions at the convention.
IF you fail the FAIRNESS test, We the People will hold the GOP responsible during the Presidential Election!
Please know that if you fail the FAIRNESS test, we will consider your actions corrupt. Voting for your corruption or Hillary’s corruption is just a matter of STENCH!
You, your Elites, and your Donor Class have proven over the past 7.5 years that even when the GOP holds the House and Senate, the progressive, anti-individual agenda continues to roar ahead! Your Elites are threatening to Impeach Trump based on his use of Executive Orders. You have failed to hold Obama to any Constitutional standards over the past seven years. We have been watching and are fed up with Ryan, McConnell and your “leadership”. You spat on the Tea Party Movement. This is Phase II and we are even more ready to TAKE AMERICA BACK!
We the People will not longer vote for another of your puppet candidates for President. You can take that to the bank(ers) who own you!
Trump Once Again Exposes “That Which Is Not To Be Spoken”
If voters do not determine their preferred Candidate, then why vote at all?
Why should the RNC and the State GOP be able to determine who the Presidential Candidate will be without basing the Delegates on the actual votes by the people?
The candidates should be selected in a primary election process, by the popular vote of the people in each if the State’s congressional districts, with committed delegates awarded either on a winner-take-all or proportional basis. These delegates cannot switch after the State’s certified election and cannot switch their vote without the consent of the candidate they are pledged to. Neither the RNC nor the States can create “non-committed” delegates or super delegates. Period!
The head of the RNC, Reince Priebus said yesterday that the GOP primary process has been in place since 1860 and has not changed. What he means is that in roughly 160 years, we have allowed, using 2016 delegate counts, 1,237 people (delegates), chosen in various ways with only limited regard for the voters wishes, to select our candidate for President of the United States rather than rely on the popular vote by voters to determine committed delegates.
It is true that the RNC and the DNC are private corporations that are allowed to create RULES to select the candidate for their party. Each State has their own “sub-company” to select the delegates that support the candidate that is their State’s preference, almost. This process was created way back when to ensure that those who controlled the party, the donors and political insiders, controlled who would be selected as the Presidential Candidates. This is in the 1800’s way before social media, 24-7 news cycles, and the ability for candidates and their supporters to communicate real-time.
Enter Donald Trump!
The question that Trump is raising is whether or not the delegates should only be selected according to the vote of the electorate? Any won delegate must remain pledged to the winning candidate per the will of the people. Sounds like democracy to me?
Oh, but wait, this does not leave any room for the donor class and the insider elites to hand-pick the presidential candidate!
Over 20,000,000 GOP voters will participate in the 2016 Presidential Primary. Many citizens, like in Wyoming and Colorado, may not be able to vote at all and the delegates selected by a handful of GOP Party insiders in the State.
In some States, the vote by the people will be ignored, and through the States’ RULES, delegates of the winning candidate may be replaced by the losing candidate’s delegates! But, it is legal and according to the RULES!
Yes Mr. and Mrs. Voter,
once again Lawyers control your lives.
That is why Cruz the lawyer is winning the RULES battle. The Insiders and Donors are #NeverTrump and using Cruz to play the spoiler by pilfering votes, legally! He will be dumped on the 2nd ballot at the convention if Trump does not reach the 1,237 mark.
Trump is not lobbying for changing the system in 2016. The rules change would be for 2020 and beyond.
Why is it important to take this process back to the citizens?
While the Donor Class and the Insider Elites of the Party do deserve a voice, their money and influence should not exert control over the election for the highest position in the United States. The Citizens should determine the candidate.
We need to simplify our process and remove a great deal of the costs associated with running for office.
High Costs force candidates to seek huge sums of money from the Donor Class thus trading cash for influence. Don’t try to say that our candidates are above this. People are people. If you take my money, I expect a quid pro quo at some point.
The high costs are no longer needed as they once were if you can simplify the overall voting process and create a consistent primary voting process. Why?
Text/Graphic based social media and 24-7 competitive news coverage will provide a great deal of “free” advertising for candidates that are astute enough to use these recourses creatively. Trump has proven this!
Instagram, YouTube and other video based social media give candidates the ability to run free ads! Trump does this as well.
If candidates do not have to have a battery of attorneys engaged in scrambling to get or keep votes at the State level, the overall costs to campaigns is reduced.
TV Network and Cable TV hate the idea of losing all of the traditional ad money from campaigns. But, with many households now using DVRs, the effectiveness of TV political ads has diminished and will continue to decline. (Networks down play this fact)
Big networks and cable outlets, who have a symbiotic relationship with the Donor Class and the Political Elites, fight against any effort to streamline the primary process and lower the overall costs.
It is in the interest of the Big Donors and the Political Elites to keep campaign costs high and out of reach for a mere mortal to run without selling out to the donors/lobbyists.
Trump knows this is not a change that can be implemented in the 2016 election, but he is raising the issue for subsequent elections. Trump has led and set the agenda and talking points for this entire GOP Presidential Primary. Be careful GOP, you may end up controlling the GOP but the GOP may be dead in its tracks!