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Monday, May 02, 2016
Cruz, Boehner, and the Narrative
Last week, John Boehner said Ted Cruz was “Lucifer in the flesh” and I have “never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch.”
Cruz’s response was:
“I’ve never worked with John Boehner. The truth of the matter is—I don’t know the man. I’ve met John Boehner two or three times in my life. If I have said 50 words in my life to John Boehner I’d be surprised, and every one of them has consisted of pleasantries.”
Cruz I Don’t Know the Man
Picking up on Cruz’s explanation, some poor guy named Doug Ross, writes this whole piece painting Boehner as the antichrist and Cruz as this innocent patriot. His thesis is that Trump is the ultimate insider (corollary: Cruz is not) Get a load of this:
…As it happens, Cruz and Boehner barely know each other. They overlapped in Washington for a little over one congressional term, in different chambers. They’ve exchanged few words (none of them cross, apparently) in the few times they’ve spoken, and they’ve never worked together — at least not directly. Cruz, however, is a principled conservative,…
Trump is the Establishment
The only problem with Mr. Ross’ thesis is that it’s not true. While it does echo Ted’s recent speech in Indiana, this is wrong.
The Texas senator, who is deeply (and outrightly) disliked by many of his colleagues on Capitol Hill, encouraged voters to support Republican front-runner Donald Trump if they are content with the legacy of Boehner—who left Congress last fall as the least popular House speaker in three decades. Before a rally in Indiana Thursday, Cruz told reporters he hasn’t spoken more than 50 words to Boehner throughout his entire life.
Cruz, like the Apostle Peter has been proven a liar when he states: “…I don’t know the man”
It was the late 1990s: Boehner was a congressman from Ohio, and Cruz was a rising legal star who had clerked for Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. Cruz had not yet turned 30. Boehner was suing Democratic Representative Jim McDermott of Washington state for allegedly defying wiretapping laws, according to The Washington Post.
The case stemmed from an illegally intercepted telephone call that involved Boehner and other GOP leaders in December 1996. The call was about then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, who later admitted to a wrongdoing in an ongoing House ethics subcommittee investigation. A Florida couple intercepted the conversation from a police scanner and recorded it while Boehner spoke on a cellphone, then gave the tape to McDermott, who at the time was the chief Democrat on the House Ethics Committee. McDermott presented the tape to media outlets, including The New York Times. Boehner then sued McDermott, seeking punitive damages for violations of his First Amendment rights.
And who did Boehner hire for his legal team? None other than a fresh-faced Cruz, who at the time had finished two clerkships and was working with a law firm in Washington, D.C. Cruz, who worked at the firm for a year until 1998, was one of the attorneys who briefly defended Boehner during litigation against McDermott. The case dragged on for years, until in 2008 a judge ultimately sided with Boehner, awarding him more than $1 million in legal fees. McDermott was forced to step down.
Cruz Boehner History
I don’t know about you, but if I was a lawyer and won a million dollar settlement that also forced a sitting U.S. Senator to resign, somehow I think I would remember it.
Ever after their shared past was unearthed, Cruz has still not corrected his remarks.
Cruz’s narrative continues:
“John Boehner in his remarks described Donald Trump as his texting and golfing buddy,” Cruz told reporters. “So if you want someone that’s a texting and golfing buddy—if you’re happy with John Boehner as speaker of the House and you want a president like John Boehner, Donald Trump is your man.”
Cruz I don’t know the man
Trump is also a texting and golfing buddy of Rush Limbaugh and many other folks whose names you would recognize. For Cruz to equate Trump with Boehner is dishonest and the type of political stunt that I would expect from a seasoned politician.
At the same time Doug Ross is feebly trying to portray Trump as an insider, insider George Will is having a meltdown over Trump. The truth is Will would rather have Hillary for president than Trump.
The Will article is entitled, “GOP Must Oppose Trump Even If He Wins Nomination”
Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun.
After praising Cruz and Clinton, Will claims Trump will result in Republican Armageddon. Here are excerpts of his scenario of doom.
Trump would be the most unpopular nominee ever, unable to even come close to Mitt Romney’s insufficient support among women, minorities and young people. In losing disastrously, Trump probably would create down-ballot carnage sufficient to end even Republican control of the House.
At least half a dozen Republican senators seeking re-election and Senate aspirants can hope to win if the person at the top of the Republican ticket loses their state by, say, only four points, but not if he loses by 10. A Democratic Senate probably would guarantee a Supreme Court with a liberal cast for a generation.
Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states—condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation’s civic life. Second, conservatives can try to save from the anti-Trump undertow as many senators, representatives, governors and state legislators as possible.
Newsmax: George Will: GOP must oppose Trump/
So there you have it, your duty is to vote for Hillary to insure Trump loses all 50 states in a landslide and vote Republican on all down-ticket races.
I don’t know if it’s that air or the water inside the District of Columbia but these guys are nuts. If Trump is unhinging the Establishment this much then maybe he’s not so bad.
George Will left the Conservative ranks decades ago but is still allowed to claim to be one. His baseball knowledge is much better than his political insight or at least it used to be. It’s sad to see how far this guy has fallen.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Rafael Cruz: Not a Christian Reconstructionist
More news stories are circulating today about Ted Cruz’s dad and his religious beliefs. All are raising the question of whether Ted agrees with his ole dad. This is not the same as Obama and Rev Wright because Ted is actively involving his dad in his campaign whereas Obama kept his distance from Wright—at least physically, ideologically might be a different story.
Here are the links on Drudge today.
The short version is Ted’s dad in a Pentecostal Reconstructionist. While both the Sith Lord and I find ourselves in agreement with Reconstructionism, what that looks like when blended with Pentecostal theology might be something altogether different.
Leaders of the Christian Reconstruction movement are post millennial and Calvinist. Pentecostal folks are pre-mil and dispensational so how that theological system looks to Rafael Cruz could be a different thing altogether. Some of the senior Cruz’s comments also imply an aspect of the prosperity gospel that is so popular in some dubious theological circles.
It is clear that neither Ted nor Rafael has read Gary North’s book on Exodus. Ted is drawing from Pharaoh’s toolbox and not from the faith of Moses. Ted can call himself whatever he wants but he is trying to run his campaign using the Power religion of the State and not biblical faith.
Christian Reconstructionism is a political theory that says what “ought to be” but does not map out how to get there. It does presuppose that it will not be imposed from the top down but from the bottom up. This I think is the Cruz dilemma. Cruz wants to force his idea of a Reconstructionist/Constitutional society from the top down.
I know of no leader of Christian Reconstruction that would agree with the tactics of Cruz. As I have mentioned elsewhere, North—during the height of the Reagan years—was saying that we are not ready. Our society has decayed significantly since that time. Only in the wake of a sustained national revival could Christian Reconstruction be implemented in our nation.
I’m not against standing up for what’s right and bringing reform to our society and government, but I fear that Ted Cruz would have us exchanging one form of tyranny for another.
Lastly, Ted maybe God told you to run for President but that is a far cry from promising you that you will win. Maybe he is refining you and thru this experience He will get the dross out of your heart so you will be a better candidate in the future. Next time do it His way and not yours.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Game, Set, and Match
New York Times says Trump no longer needs Indiana to win.
The main reason is Mr. Trump’s success on Tuesday among Pennsylvania’s 54 unpledged delegates. Even though none of them are officially bound to a candidate, 31 of the 54 spots went to delegates preferred by Mr. Trump. And before the election, others had said they would vote for the winner of their district (Mr. Trump won all of the state’s districts). My colleague Jeremy W. Peters reported that Mr. Trump “appeared to have won about 40 of Pennsylvania’s 54 unbound delegates.”
These delegates put Trump within spitting distance of 1,000
Also, why did Cruz give Carly half a million dollars? That’s strange.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Trump Victory Certain
Trump got 109 delegates out of a possible 118 yesterday. Pennsylvania is a little odd. Of their 71 delegates, 17 are based on the popular vote and Trump got all of those while 54 are based on that screwy ballot as shown in my previous blog yesterday. (Per RPC, these delegates are “At Large” and not pledged to any candidate.) That mess apparently has yet to be sorted out and isn’t included in the delegate totals shown on the Real Clear Politics website. Both RCP and Fox agree that Trump is now at 954 delegates.
There are 502 delegates remaining in the delegate hunt. Trump needs 283 to win outright.
Trump will clearly win in California and New Jersey. In California, Trump has increased his lead over Cruz by five points in the last week and Trump is just starting to campaign in the state. California and New Jersey are worth 223 delegates Thus Trump needs to pick up 60 delegates between 8 other states. He is leading in Indiana-another winner take all state—worth 57 delegates.
I’m still saying by this time next week, Cruz will be suspending his campaign.
The next question is who will Trump select as his V.P.?
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Cruz plus Establishment Equals Mischief
Pennsylvania ballot from today. Don’t tell me the Party Leadership wants an informed electorate. Pick three what?
It’s really bad when the Democrats have a more informed choice.
from Sean Hannity
Trump is right when he says the system in broken.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Why Ted Cruz Deserves to Lose
Ted is campaigning as a Christian and a Constitutionalist. Unfortunately, he has failed miserably at both.
As a legislator, Ted has had many years to offer his ideas for solutions to what he sees as ailing this country. Has he done so? NO. Ted has held it back from his constituents and fellow legislators. None of the ideas he is putting forward as solutions now has he previously put forward as proposed legislation. There is no legislative package of bills that he can point to and say this is what I think should be done to make this country great again.
Ted has failed at the most basic of all government: Self-government. The gulf between his actions and words is a vast chasm. Ted claims to be a Christian. At the very least, a Christian should love his enemies and pray for them. He should strive to exhibit the love of Christ to those around him.
So does Ted Cruz love Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and the rest? NO. Ted acts like General Sherman marching on Atlanta. If he can’t have it, then he burns it to the ground. Does he respect the process and system that has allowed him to run for President? NO. He wants to win at all costs and if he can’t then he’s willing to tear down the whole Party just to advance himself. Strip away all his rhetoric and B.S. and you will find that it’s all about Ted.
Another thing a Christian should be is a man of his word. Again, Ted Cruz seems to operate according to “Rules for Radicals” or “The Prince”. Look at what happened this weekend in Maine.
The fiery and controversial governor claimed on Friday that the Trump and Cruz campaigns had previously reached a “unity deal” to elect delegates to the national convention in proportion to results of the state’s 5 March caucuses.
Such an allocation would deliver 12 Cruz delegates, nine for Trump and two for John Kasich, the Ohio governor.
However, LePage, a Trump supporter, said on the eve of Maine’s state convention that the Cruz campaign had reneged on the deal, believing they could fill all 20 elected delegate slots on the ballot. “I can’t stand by and watch as Cruz and the Republican establishment forcibly overrule the votes of Mainers who chose Trump and Kasich,” said LePage.
Maine Governor and Ted Cruz
This pattern of repeatedly stealing delegates that he did not earn is something that is harmful to the political process not just in this cycle but forevermore.
God created government and gave us this nation. Cruz has repeatedly proven that he has a contempt for the system that he says he wants to lead. This is troubling. Isn’t that our complaint against Barack Obama?
Ted Cruz is willing to ride roughshod over anyone to thwart Donald Trump from being President. The allies of Cruz are the Republican Establishment that will do the same thing to Cruz once his utility is no more. Cruz has turned this campaign into a suicide pact. He will win at any cost or burn the place down; at this point, maybe both simultaneously.
Cruz has also joined forces with John Kasich. On social issues these men are opposites but the enemy of my enemy…
Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio have agreed to coordinate in future primary contests in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican presidential nomination, with each candidate standing aside in certain states amid growing concerns that Mr. Trump cannot otherwise be stopped.
In a statement late Sunday night, Mr. Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, said that the campaign would “focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Governor Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico.”
Minutes after Mr. Roe’s statement, the Kasich campaign put out a similar message. The Ohio governor’s chief strategist, John Weaver, said that his campaign would shift its resources to states in the West and “give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.”
Cruz and Kasich Team Up
Ted has given up winning outright because he can’t and is now committed to trying for a contested convention. Ted, by your willingness to put your thumb on the scales, you have proven you are unfit to be President.
When words like: lie, steal, defraud; are the hallmarks of your campaign, I think it’s safe to say that you are not doing it for the love of God but for yourself. Cruz is the worst type of hypocrite because his actions actually blaspheme the Lord he claims to serve.
Many of my peers at church disagree with me but I have seen this playbook up close and personal. Some of us are trying to learn from the past and it makes us angry when folks are hell-bent on repeating it again. I told Ted to beware the Ides of March, unfortunately for us, Ted is charging full speed down the way that ends in destruction. Will he finally see the light or feel the heat?
Friday, April 22, 2016
Prediction: Cruz Will Suspend Campaign in Two Weeks
Cruz is toast but most of his followers are slow to realize it.
Trump will win all five primaries next week and Cruz is currently running third in most of these states. The result is that Trump will approach 1,000 delegates. Once this number enters the public discussion, support for Cruz will further erode. Remember success has many fathers but failure is an orphan.
Reality is setting in with the politically astute. Last week, my friend—the Sith Lord—was ready to be a city coordinator for Cruz—this is a volunteer position. After New York, he has seen the writing on the wall. Yesterday he accepted a paid position with the Trump campaign. Trump will get virtually all the delegates in California.
Donald Trump just began to roll-out a plan to campaign in California. Ted Cruz has had an organization here for the last year. So whatever Trump is polling at now is his floor. He can only go up from his current numbers. Statewide, he is leading Cruz in California
Trump 41 %
Cruz 23 %
Politico: Trump California Poll
Cruz hit the iceberg on Tuesday and many are heading for the lifeboats. Trump is the inevitable nominee and thankfully there will not be more than one ballot in Cleveland.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Scott Jones and Abortion
I saw Sheriff Scott Jones speak on Monday. This is the first time I have heard him speak since announcing his run for Congress. Jones is a champion of Second Amendment issues and was comfortable talking about everything touching on this issue.
When he fielded questions on abortion and federal funding of Planned Parenthood he stumbled badly.
First Jones said he was pro-choice and later corrected himself—after some audience prompting—that he was pro-life.
When asked about Planned Parenthood funding he gave a really peculiar answer—one that frankly can’t withstand any scrutiny.
He said he would withhold funding if PP couldn’t differentiate between abortions and other services that they provide to women. If Congress could fund women’s services except abortion, he would be OK with federal funding of PP.
Jones is trying to sound reasonable to the pro-choice crowd but this answer is a steaming load of .... and he knows it. In government, it’s not what you do but what you call it. Bureaucrats think in terms of funding and categories. If Jones voted to partially fund Planned Parenthood, all PP would have to do is a few simple budget gimmicks and they could be whole with no changes to their business model.
Let’s use a real world, non-abortion example.
Several years ago, California implemented a temporary sales tax (there’s an oxymoron for you) following a serious earthquake. Then when the tax was due to expire, the Dems said, let’s extend the tax and designate the revenue for law enforcement. This of course sounded good, so it passed. (Voters are so easy to fool.) But what really happened? If you said nothing, then you’re right.
The vast majority of counties in California—and there’s 58 of ‘em—had no funding increase in law enforcement. Surprise! They took the sales tax money and gave it to law enforcement as they were supposed to but then they took away other revenue and gave it to other departments in their counties. Other counties took the funds and spent them on road improvement and things like that. Their justification was that cops need roads to respond to emergency calls.
Bottom Line: No counties hired additional officers or did anything meaningful to improve public safety.
So if Jones agrees to only partially fund Planned Parenthood, how can I claim that they will be fully funded?
It’s simple. Planned Parenthood moves some budget numbers around and then increases the amount of money they need from the government. By boosting the amount requested for the other services, Planned Parenthood will be fully funded.
Remember that in Washington, budgeting doesn’t work like the real world. You ask for money and if you get less funding than you asked for then that is a budget cut—even when you get more than last year.
Suppose Homeland Security wants a seven percent increase for the next fiscal year. They end-up getting five percent from Congress. In Washington speak; Homeland Security suffered a two percent budget cut for next year—even though they got five percent more money.
In like manner, Planned Parenthood can play budget games and still be fully funded. As a bonus they get the public relations opportunity to claim that they suffered a huge budget cut at the hands of heartless Republicans while laughing all the way to the bank.
Jones knows that this is how the game is played which is why his answer is so weak. It’s disappointing, but I think he would be better than the current officeholder.
Presidential Update: April 20, 2016
Here is latest on the presidential race.
Bottom line is Trump needs 63 percent of the remaining delegates to win outright.
Both Cruz and Kasich are mathematically eliminated from winning under any scenario.
Trump will win most of remaining delegates in April. He is strong in the North East. This will put him to about 950 delegates.
May looks good for Trump also. He will likely win most delegates from these states. I think the 2/3 delegate goal is achievable for him. This would put him near 1,081.
If this scenario plays out then California might be in play for once. I’d be surprised by this if it really happens. Trump will win New Jersey, New Mexico, and California and thus the presidential race for the Republican nomination.
From this point on, Trump will be perceived as the nominee and momentum will begin swinging his way. Prior to the June 7th vote, I think Cruz will see the light and suspend his campaign.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Cruz Memo Proves He doesn’t Care How People Voted
Here is a detailed memo of how Cruz is systematically stealing Trump delegates.
Who cares how you voted, Ted wants his thumb on the scales; but its OK because God is on his side.
full Cruz Memo to Delegates can be found here
Cruz instructions to hijack delegate process
This is a variation on the “gut and amend”
Hey Ted, what would Jesus do?
How a legislator should be judged
If a person is a member of the legislative branch of government and they aspire to higher office, then is it reasonable that they have demonstrated some leadership quality that makes then more worthy than their peers to run for higher office? I think this proposition is a reasonable one.
As a legislator, I would expect this person to:
• Sponsor legislation featuring innovative solutions
• Ideas that may not actually be law yet but would be in writing for all to see
• Respected by folks on both sides of the politic aisle
• Be an effective communicator of his ideas
• Have a reputation of virtue and charity
• Campaign ethically and treat opponents with respect
• Stand for what is right as opposed to politically expedient
When a legislator has no track record but his rhetoric, and little experience in his office then voters should be concerned about the qualifications of this candidate. In recent years this is especially true of junior United States Senators. Three names immediately come to mind.
Barack Obama-most known for voting “Present” in the Illinois Senate and one speech at the Democrat National Convention
Hillary Clinton-most known for sleeping with the President and killing people in Benghazi. The only Bill she ever sponsored was her husband.
Ted Cruz-a lawyer born in Texas who disrupted the U.S. Senate for a few hours many years ago and admits to going to a protestant church
All three people are trying to ride their thin legislative resumes to the White House. One did and look how that turned out. The old saying about “fool me once…” comes to mind.
I think eight years of junior Senators in the White House is enough.
So what do I expect?
I expect a series of legislative proposals (bills) that the candidate has introduced and defended in various committees. He is committed to his principles enough to put in writing what he hopes to accomplish to make his county/state/country better. His legislation and his rhetoric are in agreement and proven in the crucible of the legislative process. I’m not saying that his ideas are signed into law, but they are understood and clearly delineated.
His campaign for the Executive level is based upon two things, here are my legislative ideas and a track record of principle and perseverance working to make them a reality, and secondly, here are the legislators or candidates for legislative office that will help my ideas become law. When it comes to state or federal elections, the candidate will have a Contract with America type idea that unifies his campaign and should he prevail in the election, give a clear mandate for his ideas.
None of the three mentioned above (Obama, Clinton, or Cruz) has such a record. Neither does Rubio.
If you want an effective President, picking a junior Senator has proven to be a terrible option.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Where’s the Beef?
Many years ago, Wendy’s did an advertising campaign centered on the question, “Where’s the beef?”
A similar question was running thru my mind today after reading a blast email from my church’s Google group. It was sent by a person that is a hardcore supporter of Ted Cruz. The guy is a CPA and figured that since today was tax day, he would blast it out to us. I’m sure it’s based on an email from Cruz’s campaign.
I’m including a link from the Tax Foundation that gives an analysis of Cruz’s tax reform plan, but here is a summary:
Ted Cruz’s tax reform plan is brilliant:
—> A 10% flat tax on individuals and families (on all income);
—> Eliminate itemized deductions, except charitable contributions and the home mortgage deduction;
—> Eliminate all individual tax credits, except the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (for poor people) by 20%;
—> Eliminate the first $36,000 of income from tax (people making less than $36,000 per year would not pay any tax at all);
—> Eliminate the estate tax;
—> ELIMINATE THE CORPORATE INCOME TAX! (YES!);
Replace the corporate income tax with a flat 16% consumption tax - YES! (This would cause corporations to pay taxes on what they consume (pay for) in the U.S. (like salaries, rent, goods, services, etc.) and would eliminate all the game playing corporations do to off-shore their profits - what the government calls “inversion”.) - It is the RIGHT thing to do!
—> ELIMINATE ALL CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES! (YES!).
I wrote a reply that was not forwarded to the mail list so I’m putting it on my blog just to I can be on the record.
Thanks for the Cruz plug but I respectfully dissent.
1. If this tax plan is so great then where is the legislation?
Cruz is in his second term in the US Senate and this is the first that I’m hearing all this. If this economic proposal is his heartfelt belief and is so great for the country where is the bill package? Who are his co-authors?
Cruz has been campaigning for President since he took part in the filibuster many years ago. He has given the run for President much thought and planning.
2. After New York votes tomorrow, he is mathematically eliminated from an outright win. (I’m getting told this by people involved in the Cruz campaign.)
3. The biggest practical problem in changing the tax code is how do we get from where we are to something new without ending up with both. The Federal Income Tax was a temporary tax to pay for World War I and we still have it.
What Ted Cruz says and what he does are frequently different. This is just another example.
These ideas may have some merit over the current system but I see no path for Cruz to get to the White House except possibly in the Vice Presidential slot.
I’m getting really tired of being told that I have to vote for Cruz because of his religion. I thought we are supposed to look at the content of a person’s character. Cruz’s faith has no impact on how he conducts his political life so why should I let it influence my vote?
Monday, April 11, 2016
Cruz’s Machiavelli Values
At my church, it is traditional that after the service, we have refreshments and then regroup for a question and answer period. This is an opportunity to ask the pastor any questions that you have on his sermon or to clarify what application to our lives that he was trying to advocate. In the course of the discussion, two folks decided that sharing the gospel was not enough, they were adamant that we must get involved in politics. Of course, for them, this means Presidential politics. Like many others, they have fallen for Ted Cruz. To them, he is God’s gift to the American electorate. They said, look at the great things he has said.
Not wishing to cause problems, I waited until the question and answer period was over and went up to one of the Cruz advocates and said to him, “I respectfully dissent. Cruz may say the right things but look at what he is doing.” Instead of this being an opening for an intellectual discussion, I got a knee-jerk emotional one. This man—that is highly respected—began to list all the moral failings of Donald Trump and concluded how can any Christian vote for such a person. For him, only Cruz is worthy of his vote.
I had hoped to point out that no Christian in politics actually brings a Christian worldview to bear in the political arena. None believe that their faith has any influence on government or public policy. Somehow Christians in politics think they are immune from the commands of God. They—like their secular counterparts—compartmentalize the world in such a way that their faith is excluded from the public square.
Unfortunately for them, the Bible has much to say about how we treat each other. Friends and foreigners are not to be treated differently. Lying, cheating, stealing, murder, and bearing false witness are wrong. Equal weights and measures are honoring to God, dishonest scales are abominable in his sight. The concept of equal justice under the law comes from the Bible.
If Cruz is really God’s guy in this election, wouldn’t it be reasonable that he would show God’s love in how he treats other candidates? Or as Glen Kaiser once preached, “The way you treat the person you love the least is the way you love God the most.”
• Would a Christian man be upright in his dealings with others or the first guy to put a knife in your back?
• Would a Christian man lie about others for advantage?
• Would a Christian man take things that are not his?
• Would a Christian man resort to duplicity and deceit?
• Would a Christian man move his neighbor’s boundary markers?
• Would a Christian man take what he has not earned?
• Why should God honor such a man?
• Then why should you vote for such a man?
Christians in politics think only in terms of “power”. This is Satan’s paradigm not God’s. Gary North’s commentary on Exodus and his book Political Polytheism both show that if we do things like the other guys then ultimately we will fail. The paradigm of the Christian is not the power of the state (Pharaoh) but submission to God (Moses).
I have seen how this scenario plays-out. Can you say CRA and Barbara Alby? I told Cruz, “Beware the Ides of March” but he took the bait from the Establishment.
Trump has been calling Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” since before Florida and I now think he is correct.
Cruz isn’t just lying; he is stealing too. He is trying the steal delegates earned by Trump. I have previously documented some of these efforts but this is what is on the Internet today.
Manafort, a veteran GOP strategist who worked on White House campaigns for President Gerald Ford in 1976 and Kansas Sen. Bob Dole in 1996, told NBC’s “Meet The Press” that the Cruz campaign was using a “scorched earth” approach in which “they don’t care about the party. If they don’t get what they want, they blow it up.”
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump erupted on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning after a weekend that saw Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sweep all of Colorado’s 34 delegates without any votes being cast by citizens in a traditional primary process.
GOP leaders have never provided a satisfactory reason for forgoing a presidential preference poll, although party chairman Steve House suggested on radio at one point that too many Republicans would otherwise flock to their local caucus.
Imagine that: party officials fearing that an interesting race might propel thousands of additional citizens to participate. But of course that might dilute the influence of elites and insiders. You can see why that could upset the faint-hearted.
By contrast, far-sighted party leaders should have welcomed the extra attention to their caucus and the potential activism on the party’s behalf it would have spawned.
The Cruz campaign ran the table in Colorado, capturing all 34 delegates at a series of seven congressional district meetings this month and the state party convention Saturday in Colorado Springs.
Colorado GOP leaders canceled the party’s presidential straw poll in August to avoid binding its delegates to a candidate who may not survive until the Republican National Convention in July.
Instead, Republicans selected national delegates through the caucus process, a move that put the election of national delegates in the hands of party insiders and activists — leaving roughly 90 percent of the more than 1 million Republican voters on the sidelines.
Despite Donald Trump winning Virginia on Super Tuesday, two of three delegates elected in the first district convention here are supporters of rival Ted Cruz — which could matter if a second ballot were to take place at the national convention.
In the 9th congressional district, Donald Trump took over 47 percent of the votes on Super Tuesday. In Virginia’s primary for this district, Ted Cruz won only about 19 percent of the votes.
In Nashville a week ago, supporters of Donald J. Trump accused Republican leaders of trying to stack the state’s delegate slate with people who were anti-Trump. The Trump campaign posted the cellphone number of the state party chairman on Twitter, leading him to be inundated with calls. Several dozen people showed up at the meeting at which delegates were being named, banged on the windows and demanded to be let in.
The Colorado GOP is getting some backlash after someone with access to the party’s Twitter account posted, and quickly deleted, the following message: “We did it. #NeverTrump.”
Rush Limbaugh 04-11-2016
CALLER: I’m a disenfranchised Colorado voted who attended the non-caucus caucus.
RUSH: Yeah, how was it?
CALLER: It was a sham. (chuckles) There were a few people there, all Republican office people who wouldn’t even tell you who they were going to vote for as your delegate. So you had no idea.
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! They wouldn’t tell you who they were gonna vote for as your delegate?
CALLER: Yes. We had to vote on delegates, but they would not announce who they were going to vote for as the delegate —
RUSH: So you were choosing delegates who would not tell you for whom they were going to support at the convention?
CALLER: That’s correct.
RUSH: Wow. Who was in charge of that, Ted Cruz?
CALLER: I have no idea. All I know—
RUSH: I’m just kidding! I’m sorry. Folks, I’m getting giddy here at the end of the program. I just made it up. I take it back. Who was in charge of making that decision?
CALLER: The Republican Party of Colorado. They don’t trust the voters. Last election we voted for Santorum, which they didn’t like, and the election before that we voted for Romney, who they didn’t want. They wanted McCain.
Friday, April 08, 2016
Vote for Mickey Mouse
Yesterday I got a call from my sister that lives in another state. She is upset with the remaining field of Presidential candidates from both Parties. I told her that if she really wants change that her choices are named Sanders and Trump; anyone else is the status quo. She said that she would rather vote for Mickey Mouse because he at least stands for something.
Really? Like what?
Having given it more thought, I think Mickey is actually a good example of someone living off a reputation that hasn’t been true in decades.
Walt Disney worked very hard to associate his brand with family values and patriotism. All his movies and his beloved theme parks were geared to be family friendly fare. Once Walt was gone, the company continued in the general direction that he had set for it. The first area where the company departed from Disney’s publicly stated values was movies.
Disney diversified to begin producing movies under various names in the 1970’s. They started making PG and R movies under different labels. One of the most prevalent was Touchstone. Once the PG-13 designation was created, many of their films earned that rating.
With the advent of satellite TV, they started several channels that targeted both younger and older children. Much of their programming is terribly mediocre; especially, that targeted to the pre-teen crowd.
About a decade ago they bought the ABC television network; which includes ESPN and Pat Robertson’s old Family Channel (later ABC Family and now Freeform).
ABC—under Disney’s ownership—is now a huge advocate of sin: homosexuality, abortion, pre-marital and extra-marital sex, false religious practices, and a whole pantheon of social decay. This includes its programming for children, not just the stuff they put on in primetime.
The most insidious part of this is that they are using Walt’s reputation as a smokescreen to get into your living-room and in front of your children without you parents actually checking the content because it has Disney on the label.
In the political arena, Mickey Mouse is just like John Doolittle, Dan Lungren, and Tom McClintock (just to name a few from my area of California); all were living off reputations earned decades ago that were no longer true.
Once people have an image of you, you can do pretty much whatever you want and they will default to their first impression of you.
In reality, Mickey Mouse is a symbol of the perversion and decay of our country. Furthermore, he and his subsidiaries are leaders in the corruption of our country morally and spiritually.
So this November, remember that a vote for Mickey Mouse is a vote to continue the current decline of our once great country.
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Dumbest Quote of the day
“Our key is continuing to acquire delegates,” Cruz spokeswoman Alice Stewart said. “Several of the states coming up ahead—they’re proportional, and we may not win overall but we can rack up some delegates by district and that’s what we see as our way to get to 1,237.”
Cruz has tough road
Translation: Cruz will lose the upcoming states but he will get some delegates and that is his path to victory.
Alice is clearly deluded and overpaid. Oh, she is also blond which explains much. Here is a video where she sings the praises of Ted Trump.
Ted Trump Video
Cruz is running a comfortable third place in New York which votes later this month but never fear.
Trump Tops 50 Percent
Meanwhile the Trump camp is calling Ted the Trojan horse candidate.
Trump national spokeswoman Katrina Pierson defended the statement on an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, saying the so-called establishment has no intention of supporting Cruz at the convention—suggesting the goal is only to use him to hold back Trump and force a floor fight, and then back somebody else.
“Their loyalty is not with Senator Cruz. However Senator Cruz has now made himself that Trojan horse to push this to a contested convention,” Pierson said. “This is going to be a very serious problem if Senator Cruz continues to go down this path, and then neither Trump or Cruz becomes the nominee.”
GOP using Cruz