Category Archives: Election 2016

Gary Johnson Shrugs Global Warming, Says Sun Will Destroy Earth Eventually

The latest bizarre story on Gary Johnson:

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, takes what he calls the “long-term view” of climate change. “In billions of years,” he said in 2011, “the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth, right? So global warming is in our future.”

The former New Mexico governor did acknowledge that humans are making the world warmer in the near term, too—but he doesn’t think the government should do much about it. In the same speech, he denounced “cap-and-trade taxation,” said we “should be building new coal-fired plants,” and argued that the “trillions” of dollars it would cost to combat climate change would be better spent on other priorities.

H/T: Justin Raimondo’s Twitter feed.

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 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.

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.

Governor Kasich Education Scandal

From Marilou Johanek at The Blade:

But there’s no excuse for the largely apathetic in-state coverage of all the dirt swept under the rug by the Kasich administration to hide education fraud at ODE. Top officials at the department — handpicked by Governor Kasich to advance privatization of public schools — presided over illegal activities last summer.

Former ODE school choice director David Hansen, the man in charge of charter school oversight, engaged in a fraudulent scheme to boost the evaluations of some charters. Mr. Hansen, whose wife worked as the governor’s chief of staff until she left to manage his presidential campaign, admitted scrubbing data on failing online and dropout recovery-charters to improve their standing in the state.

Some outraged state school board members charged Mr. Hansen with breaking the law and demanded an impartial investigation. Team Kasich quashed that notion and contained the political damage.

Then-state superintendent Richard Ross professed no prior knowledge of the fraud perpetrated on his watch by his subordinate to promote an administration mandate. Unexplained is why Mr. Ross forwarded Mr. Hansen’s falsified data to the U.S. Department of Education for funding, despite the controversy over his cooked books.

ODE’s discredited charter czar quietly resigned from the department, followed by the retirement of the superintendent months later. The department that had allowed the data scam to proceed in a calculated move for public dollars — without regard for educational accountability — vowed to enact internal reforms. No need for outside scrutiny.

But the candidate is trying to hide other dirt. The Kasich chiefs at ODE, who were required by law to judge charter school sponsors with the same academic and administrative performance criteria used for traditional public schools, broke that law. The GOP power brokers who control Ohio lined up to protect the governor and let the ODE fraud slide.

From State Auditor Dave Yost, one of Mr. Kasich’s campaign co-chairs in the state, to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, who prosecuted similar data scrubbing in Columbus City Schools, top Republican officials are reluctant to pursue acknowledged fraud at the highest levels of the state education department.

To do so might compromise political careers and ambitions in a crucial election year. But Prosecutor O’Brien has no reason not to initiate a grand jury investigation of the ODE affair.

Providing cover for partisans caught in the political crossfire, instead of holding them accountable for violating the public trust, does not serve justice. Mr. Kasich has political insurance that insulates him from the fallout of a corrupt charter school industry that has thrived under his leadership, and forfeited the futures of thousands of poorly educated children.

New Englanders may not know the candidate’s secret, but it’s out in the open here.