Category Archives: Donald Trump

Phyllis Schlafly, 1924-2016

Phyllis Schlafly’s final book is to be published on the 6th, according to Amazon. Pat Buchanan writes on this, at VDARE.

Ann Coulter, Julia Hahn, and Peter Brimelow have three solid obituaries. I never knew she went to Harvard and had been so highly praised there.

Justin Raimondo tweets:

Phyllis Schlafly was against the Kosovo war: link, because she opposed “interventionist escapades.”

Source: https://twitter.com/JustinRaimondo/status/772944680459784192

Unlike the neocons, Phyllis Schafly predicted US could be “bogged down” in Iraq “for the next 50 years.” https://t.co/tuk9jkYkaQ

Source: https://twitter.com/JustinRaimondo/status/772943883940401153

Alan Tonelson tweets:

Whatever you think of #Phyllis #Schlafly on social issues, she was a staunch friend of US #workers on #trade & immigration issues. #tcot”

Source: https://twitter.com/AlanTonelson/status/772973396799946752

I’m glad Schlafly didn’t go down as a CruzBot but instead fought for America until the very end. Trump has continued to live up to Coulter’s and Schlafly’s high expectations.

Teamsters Betray Trump, Endorse Hillary

Teamsters Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

Teamsters have the audacity to say Hillary “I will raise taxes on the middle class” Clinton would be best for the middle class. Yet Trump is the guy running against the “elite”, meaning largely against the wealthy. And his support base is Middle America.

Because the Teamsters support the Keystone Pipeline, it was thought they might endorse Donald Trump. But there’s more to it. Trump’s entire platform is built around expanding the middle class, growing America’s economy.

To highlight: Hillary has praised TPP numerous times. It is only Donald Trump (and Bernie) who made trade into an issue, and Trump has been talking on trade for decades.

Teamsters surely know that Hillary will not veto Obama’s three trade deals.

Trump Produces Brilliant Foreign Policy Speech

The text can be found here at Trump’s website. The actual speech is slightly different, because as always Trump improvised. No more Obama teleprompter reliance if Trump is president!

The speech is brilliant and something supporters can rally around. Previously we had been forced to cobble together our favourite statements, but that made for a rough advocacy of the candidate. Because it was said Trump says many things. With this speech, we have a solid, professional outline of Trump’s worldview and strategy.

My favourite parts:

“We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide.”

Who would expect a president to dare defend Christians like that? How unPC; Trump is essentially saying Christians also matter!

Trump also focuses criticism on Obama-Clinton, not Bush. That is significant and highlights how he will go after Clinton in the main election.

“Many Americans must wonder why our politicians seem more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than their own.

Americans must know that we are putting the American people first again. On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy – the jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.”

Wow! And Americans also matter. How unPC!

“Under a Trump Administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of foreign countries.”

There’s plenty more to like in that speech. Trump has essentially gone Paleo/Populist and America-First in all the right ways.

On divisive social issues like abortion and “gay” marriage, Trump is for returning them to the states, not dividing over them. And I believe that to be the appropriate position for such a diverse America. On education, Trump again wants the states and localities to direct their futures.

In other news, TrumpASAP has predicted Trump will now win. This is a reversal from before. The South might be Trump territory, but the North is clearly the Trump homeland! We have an odd East-West divide in the GOP, with the West a little more interested in Cruz. If Trump wins Indiana, he’s in.

David Stockman likes Trump better than Hillary. Quoth Stockman:

“So is there any chance at all that Trump will make America Great Again by erecting trade barriers, a Trump Wall on the Rio Grande and an end to America’s imperial beneficence and meddling abroad?

Stayed tuned. There may be more to The Donald than meets the eye.”

And in the comments section there, a conservative supporter of Trump, named Protogonus, makes an appropriate assault on Stockman:

“Stockman is a CLOSET ANARCHIST who believes everyone ought to live quietly in his own bungalow like Bilbo Baggins and IGNORE THE WORLD TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE.”

That is hilarious. Stockman says government is a “necessary evil”, but business is also a “necessary evil”. Man is fallen. In the ideal, we want an appropriate government run by the best and most virtuous in the society. Libertarians call for less government; socialists call for more government; and conservatives call for appropriate government. That’s how it’s always been. Conservatives are just fine with “statism”. We simply want a society that functions well, based on tradition and the tried-and-true. And in Trump, we finally have a conservative hero to rally around, as with Pat Buchanan.

In closing:

Trump Can Make Mexico Pay for the Wall

James Kirkpatrick explains at VDARE how Trump really could make Mexico pay for the wall. Trump could threaten to block or tax remittance payments, and if necessary, he could use tax money from them to pay for the wall. More likely Mexico would just pay for it directly.

Kirkpatrick notes the US has already banned remittance payments to Somalia, due to concerns the money could end up with extremists within Somalia.

And he notes that Israel has proposed a law to ban remittance payments by “infiltrators” (Israel’s term for illegal aliens), resulting in harsh punishment:

The bill proposes that the penalty for transferring money abroad by infiltrators will be six months imprisonment or a fine of 29,200 shekels. The penalty for a person who will assist an infiltrator in transferring money aboard will be one year`s imprisonment or a fine of 29,200 shekels, or twice the amount he intended to help the infiltrator take out of Israel.

Kirkpatrick adds:

Note also that Trump’s plan to block remittances isn’t just an end in itself. The Republican frontrunner’s strategy was partially crafted by the great patriot Kris Kobach, who accurately noted the purpose of the plan is to give America an advantage in future negotiations with Mexico [Kobach: I helped write Trump’s border wall plan, by Eliza Collins, Politico, April 11, 2016].

Additionally, Ann Coulter recently noted: “– Building a wall: Cruz was against it, and now is for it.” And how will Cruz pay for the wall?

Trump continues to come up with these brilliant solutions, but he gets too little credit for them. Cruz’s BTT is smart, but it’s a regressive tax. Even Hartman’s original BTT was progressive, included rebates. What else has Cruz proposed that is praiseworthy? He otherwise just follows Trump along.

Trump ASAP Website

A new Trump website is up: http://www.trumpasap.com/
It’s full of neat information. These are my favourites.:

Total Delegates Won – Projected*
Trump: 758 1181
Not-Trumps: 891 1291

* based on current polling and state by state rules

TED CRUZ ELIMINATION WATCH
Delegates Until Elimination: 82
Elimination Date: APRIL 26

* Once Trump wins 85 more bound delegates, Cruz will be eliminated from reaching 1237. Cruz needs 738 delegates of 823 remaining, to reach 1237.

It’s clear, however, that both Cruz and Kasich are aiming for a convention.

Trump has hired Paul Manafort to help him with delegates.

Manafort recently accused Cruz’s campaign of using “Gestapo tactics, the scorched-earth tactics” in Colorado, after an important loss there. I don’t know what he’s referring to, but I can agree that the Cruz team is despicable.

Eagle Forum Members Turn on Their Founder, Schlafly

Eagle Forum members seek to oust Schlafly over Trump endorsement:

Over the weekend, Eagle Forum president Ed Martin emailed the group’s members about a recently uncovered “scheme to push Phyllis Schlafly out of Eagle Forum.”

She praised Trump highly in December:

He does look like he’s the last hope [for America]. We don’t hear anybody saying what he’s saying. In fact, most of the people who ought to be lining up with him are attacking him.

And she fully endorsed Trump, March 11.

There should be no surprise in Schlafly’s rejection of Cruz after this. And from NumbersUSA:

Sen. Cruz, during an April 2015 speech, boasted of trying to raise H-1B visas five fold and said, “There is no stronger advocate of legal immigration in the U.S. Senate than I am.” Source: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/ted-cruz-tiptoes-around-immigration-hispanic-business-event

Schlafly is a big deal. The Republican Party has struggled this year to figure just what conservatism is. We hear it’s pro-life. We hear it wants tax cuts. We don’t hear much else. Well, Schlafly is indisputably a conservative, one with substance. Like Senator Sessions, she’s chosen to endorse Trump, and that’s a problem for the fanatical Cruz Kool-Aid drinkers. Cruz has rightly praised both conservative heroes.

I’m likely repeating myself here, but Trump has 3 revolutions backing him: 1. immigration. 2. trade. 3. foreign policy. Some of his supporters emphasise one area or another. I’ve also seen excitement in how Trump is an end to “small government conservatism” which is seen as serving big business interests, not conservatism. I’d argue that Trump is focusing on the most important issues. And Trump does want to reduce waste in social security.

A quick list of some of Trump’s brilliant arguments and solutions: 1. End anchor baby interpretation of the 14th, which is against the amendment’s spirit. 2. NAFTA and similar trade deals are bad for America. 3. NATO is outdated. 4. The Iraq War, Libyan War, and similar excursions have been unnecessary, expensive failures. 5. America shouldn’t support so much of others’ defence (Germany, S. Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia), nor so much of NATO. 6. NATO is outdated, should focus on terrorism. 7. US foreign policy has been especially unkind to ME Christians.

Perhaps I should say: Those are 7 taboos Trump has broken. Candidates are most certainly not supposed to speak any of those. Even Cruz with his deeply trade protectionist platform praises NAFTA and pretends to not realise he’s advocating for protectionism.

Also, as noted here previously, Trump has been right on trade though portrayed as wrong. Trade is his primary issue, and he understands it very well. A point I’ll add: Bring investment back to the US, tie businesses thusly to the fate of the US, and they’ll be more interested in America’s future (less inclined to support candidates like Cruz). Trade is important.

While Trump has made mistakes, most of the official mistakes have been largely media fabrications. Trump also has not really flipped positions, only made small adjustments, whereas Cruz has flipped a great deal (eg).

I’ll try to make a complete post soon on Trump and Cruz, or complete with the information I have readily at hand. So much information comes out with each day that it’s difficult to keep up. The media says Trump has no substance, but the truth is there’s so much substance now that it’s time consuming to argue a complete case. Part of that substance includes how much dirt there is now on Cruz. Thankfully we’re down to a mostly two-man race, so we can focus on just the two candidates.

25-Year-Old Video: Trump Talked About Trade

Chronicles reported on a similar interview in Playboy from around the same time.

Another interesting comment, from Chronicles:

In the Playboy interview, Trump, who has had some recent run-ins with “Black Lives Matter” agitators, also supported the death penalty. When asked why he did, Trump said, “Because I hate seeing this country go to hell. We’re laughed at by the rest of the world. In order to bring law and order back into our cities, we need the death penalty and authority given back to the police.”

Israelis Like Clinton, Trump

A Walla news site poll surprises me:

The survey, commissioned by the Walla news site and carried out Thursday, found 38 percent of Israelis supporting a Clinton victory in the November 2016 race for president, followed in second place by Trump with 23%.

Runner-up candidates Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio trailed far behind with 7%, 5% and 4%, respectively. Republican contender John Kasich was not among the names polled.

Nearly one-quarter of respondents, or 23%, said they did not know who they preferred.

Pollsters asked 601 people, among them 499 Jews and 102 Arabs.

The study was led by Prof. Camil Fuchs and was conducted as part of the Midgam project led by Dr. Ariel Ayalon.

Not surprisingly, Trump’s support was higher among right-wing Israelis, where he enjoyed 33% support than among left-wing or centrist ones, where support lagged behind at 18%.

These results seemed to contradict another finding of the Thursday poll: Trump and Clinton were all but tied on the question of whether their presidency would be good for Israel.

In the US and elsewhere, Trump is seen by some as “anti-Semitic”. So, I very much like these results.

Ron Paul Adviser Explains Ways GOP Could Steal Nomination

How the establishment will now try to steal the nomination from Donald Trump

Doug Wead lists fifteen ways total:

What was at stake in 2012? Money. What’s at stake now? Money.

But why will low level party stalwarts who don’t get that money play along and do the bidding of the big party leaders?

To keep their positions as State, County or Precinct Chairmen. Power. Ego. Prestige. They want that all expenses paid trip to the Republican National Convention. Booze. Free corporate gifts. A box of Godiva chocolates left on their pillow in their room each night. They know that candidates like Trump come and go but the party infrastructure, financed by companies and their lobbyists, remain forever.

Here’s what the new Trump supporters can expect. (Carefully follow the links to stories below to see the actual videos and read the details of how these things happened in 2012.)

#1) Cruz, Rubio, Kasich and Romney will cooperate with each other to help block Trump outsiders at key County and State conventions. There is nothing wrong with this. Just don’t be taken by surprise. You may have most of the delegates at the local event and still lose to this combination. Make your own deals with Chairmen and other party officials before its too late.

#2) The RNC Rules Committee will likely change the rules back to a five state requirement needed to put a name in nomination at the Convention. This will make it easier to nominate Rubio, Cruz, Kasich and even Romney. Trump operatives should block this change and keep it at eight, which was originally designed to protect Romney, the expected incumbent.

#3) Make sure that you have your own people chosen as delegates to the convention. The insiders will fight you to the death over this, saying that it doesn’t matter, that you won the primary or the caucus and so the actual delegates are bound by law to vote for you anyway. (Not true.)

They will say that the governor and the senator and the old former chairman, who has been to every RNC since Eisenhower, should be able to represent their state. Be courteous and reasonable but you also need large numbers of your own reliable Trump supporters chosen as delegates.

Keep in mind, the only rules that bind the delegates are the rules of the party and those very delegates can change those rules.

What if there is a media hyped Trump scandal and the party votes to “unbind” the delegates on the first ballot? Then they can vote for whomever they wish.

What if Trump does not win on the first ballot and there is a second ballot? They will then vote their real choice and you will have lost all of those states you thought you had won in primaries.