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The Republican brand is sinking with Trump at the helm

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In May of last year, when it became apparent that Donald Trump had won the Republican primary, conservatives across the country were faced with a dismal choice between Hillary Clinton and a Hillary Clinton donor. Some caved, clinging to the lesser of two evils argument. Some became NeverTrump, claiming he was just as bad. Some, like me, argued that he wasn’t actually a lesser evil because he supported Planned Parenthood, abused eminent domain, supported gun control, higher taxes, and socialized medicine. On top of all that, his vulgar demeanor would destroy the only vehicle constitutional conservatives had, the Republican brand, in the process.

What was obvious to many of us was that he would play right into the Left’s playbook. The Left had been trying for years to portray anyone on the Right as being selfish, greedy, bigoted pigs. Up to that point, this portrayal was only a straw man… a caricature. Giving them Trump as the leader of the Republican Party was a gift because he would be on display to confirm that caricature every day for the next four years. The Left, as they always do, would once again say that Republicans are selfish, greedy, bigoted pigs, but this time they could rest their case simply by pointing to the President. All those years we spent denying accusations that Republicans were bigots were nullified by nominating the only man among all the candidates who fit their description to a T.

So, where are we now? Were we blowing it out of proportion? What does the country think of Republicans now, with Trump as their leader? What do his supporters think of him now, after his apparent DACA flip-flop? What does the world think?

One thing is clear: A growing number of Americans associate Trump with division. In a recent Fox News poll, 56% of Americans believe Trump is tearing the country apart.

Poll after poll after poll has found a majority of Americans to believe Trump is a racist or a bigot.

On the international stage, America’s approval rating in the world has dropped from 64% under Obama to 49% under President Trump. So there you have it.

I’m not writing to say I told you so, but… Wait – Yes I am. That’s exactly what I told you!

Perspectives

Poll: 56 percent say Trump ‘tearing the country apart’ – POLITICO

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/30/trump-tearing-country-apart-242188The findings underscore a string of increasingly negative perceptions of the Trump White House, which continues to register low ratings on a wide array of issues, including its handling of North Korea, Russia, the environment, health care and race relations, with a majority of voters registering disapproval of each. A majority of voters did not approve of Trump’s handling of any of the major policy areas covered in the poll.

 

 

 

Majority of Americans believe Trump is ‘tearing the country apart’: poll | Lia Eustachewich, New York Post

http://nypost.com/2017/08/31/majority-of-americans-believe-trump-is-tearing-the-country-apart-poll/A majority of Americans believe President Trump is “tearing the country apart,” and nearly two-thirds are unhappy with the direction the US is headed, a new Fox News poll has found.

Forty-eight percent said they had a “strongly unfavorable” impression of Trump. Thirty-six percent marked him favorable — the highest of the three leaders. Pelosi got a 30 percent rating and Ryan received 31 percent in the “favorable” categories.

 

America’s global standing plummets under Donald Trump

https://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/06/daily-chart-19America’s president is often described as the “leader of the free world”. Mr Trump may be making that moniker an anachronism. Given his reluctance to reiterate America’s commitment to NATO’s collective-defence policy, it is little wonder that Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor and a staunch defender of liberal internationalism, inspires more confidence than Mr Trump does. However, he also fell short of leaders with far weaker democratic credentials. Even autocrats like Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin scored better.

 

Final thoughts

He never was a lesser evil. Politicians talk out of both sides of their mouth. So you must look at what they do. “But Dan, he wasn’t a politician!” You’re right. But the reason we hate politicians is because they sell out their principles and make shady deals. Well, who do you think they make deals with? Shady businessmen who rub elbows for their own personal favor… Not unlike the very man who won the Republican primary.

Deep down, those who pulled the lever for him knew. They knew he was a terrible option and they knew that he really didn’t represent them in any way. But what else could you do, right? Let Hillary win? No, you could stand by your principles and stand for what you believe. After all, what good is knowing yourself and your principles if you’re not prepared to stand by them when the choices are hard?

A full time engineer by trade, Dan is a conservative, Christian, father, and veteran. He considers himself a rebel against the dominant liberal culture.

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

My Take

There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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The number of companies helping employees thanks to tax cuts is 164 and rising

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The number of companies helping employees thanks to tax cuts is 164 and rising

Republican tax cuts were met with instant success on the business front when the President signed them into law last month. Companies across the nation rewarded their employees and customers by passing on some of the saving they’ll get. It’s helping to push the economy even higher than it was last year.

As Nick Givas covered over at Daily Caller, the total number of companies giving back to their people is 164 and rising:

164 Companies Credit Tax Reform For Bonuses And Pay Raises

One hundred sixty-four companies have gone on record stating they gave bonuses and pay raises to employees because of the new tax reform law, according to Americans for Tax Reform. The list has been continually updated and jumped from 40 companies to 164 in 10 days, The Washington Examiner reports. The businesses include: American Airlines, AT&T,… (more…)

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Romney swipes at Trump over ‘s***hole’ comment

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Romney swipes at Trump over shole comment

Some celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by honoring the civil rights leader. Others just take the day off. Potential (nearly certain) Senate candidate Mitt Romney used his national holiday to take a swipe at President Trump’s comments about “s***hole countries” that were reported last week.

My Take

It was a strange play. It’s obviously a populist view that goes against a semi-populist President who sees his greatest divergent from American culture in his opinions about race and immigration, but for Romney to tie it into MLK Day is a little odd. There is plenty of time to demonstrate he would be a candidate who opposes the President. There’s only one strategic reason to do it now: If he intends to support the President in the near future.

By Tweeting this, Romney could be doing two things to help his cause. First, he builds credibility as a GOP Senator who is not beholden to the President’s every whim. Second, it gets that out of the way up front so he can turn around and talk about the good things the President is doing.

Then again, it’s probably just a politician playing politics.

Further Reading

Mitt Romney Calls Out Donald Trump With MLK Day Tweet

https://www.redstate.com/arbogast/2018/01/15/mitt-romney-calls-donald-trump-mlk-day-tweet/With Orrin Hatch (finally) retiring, the recruitment efforts to get Mitt Romney to run for that seat started immediately. With the revelation that Romney received treatment for prostate cancer over the summer, it may not be a slam dunk he runs, but if he does, Donald Trump shouldn’t expect Mitt to just get in line.

The fallout from the “s**thole” comments continue for President Trump, providing another means for him to get in his own way. The economy hums along. Corporations continue to announce wage increases and bonus payouts due to the GOP tax cut. Trump had the opportunity to get something done on DACA (which 2/3 of the country supports), and he chooses instead to yelp to the press that he’s the least racist person in the world.

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