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Crossing the red line

The 2016 Election

Trump versus Clinton was a dilemma in which many sincere patriotic Americans simply could not bring themselves to vote for either unqualified candidate. Both campaigns were totally egocentric and devoid of substance.

We knew what Hillary was like from her time as First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State. She had already proven herself unfit to lead.

Those of us who are not into celebrity worship had never paid much attention to Donald Trump. He was just a rich guy from New York who always took every opportunity to draw attention to himself.

He certainly jumped into the GOP Presidential campaign to serve as spoiler and to bolster his own public image. It’s unlikely the thought of what he would do if he actually won the election ever crossed his mind.

One of the first people he consulted when he thought about running was his old golf buddy Bill Clinton. Slick Willie probably thought that Donnie getting into the race would just benefit Hillary. Then he could be First Dude and Tomcat around the corridors and stockrooms of the White House with young interns.

But, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton will almost certainly someday lose an election to an opponent named Fido! Just being “Not Hillary” is enough to elect virtually anyone or anything that runs against her.

There is a very strong parallel between how conservatives absolutely loathe Hillary and how liberals completely despise Donald. It is a blinding rage that causes all issues to be totally submerged.

Where We Are Now

I anticipated the untenable situation that exists today. Having abstained on November 8th, 2016, those who did not put Trump into the Oval Office are now faced with another dilemma.

We see Democrat candidates trying to outdo one another showing just how far beyond all reason and common sense they can actually go. It’s more than just same-sex marriage and abortion these days.

Democrats fundamentally want to discard the United States Constitution altogether. They have no concept of national sovereignty. They want open borders to get more illegals to come in and vote for Democrats. They want to eliminate the Electoral College to focus their efforts on blue urban areas while disenfranchising voters in the red American Heartland.

Look at any and all of the Democrat contenders right now. There is no way to know where any one of them would go and take us all with them if they get elected on November 3, 2020.

The Choice We Must Make

What makes the disenfranchised conservatives’ situation so untenable is that now we must either defend and support President Donald Trump whom we did not want to ever become President Donald Trump ~ or ~ we face the unthinkable prospect of a radical Democrat President who would far surpass Obama in further transforming our beloved country into an unrecognizable banana republic.

Given his performance, and that’s exactly what it was, a performance, during the 2016 debates, my conclusions about Trump would be the same if we had it to do over again.

He has done some things that are much, much better than what Hillary would have done. Pretty much everything, actually.

His first Supreme Court pick was good and his second one was mediocre. If RBG ends her tenure, his next one could truly turn the tides for a generation of high court decisions.

He has thus far had Israel’s back in the Middle East. If he has Manila’s back facing down China, this will increase the positive aspect of his legacy.

Being Honest

But there are truly disconcerting things also about Trump. It’s greatly disappointing that he and his Secretary of State have our foreign diplomats promoting LGBTQ months.

But the most alarming failure of our incumbent President and Commander-in-Chief is his admiration for authoritarian world leaders. He feels right at home with Kim, Xi, Putin and Erdoğan. Their hostility toward the United States does not seem to matter as much to him as his personal relationship with them.

He really needs to remember that his legacy is really not about himself; it is about how he governs the United States of America and safeguards us against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

What Next?

Which brings us to the crux of the issue. Disenfranchised conservatives rightly believe that Donald Trump has corrupted the conservative base of the Republican Party. He has shown that the cult of personality supersedes all value judgments by voters.

So, where do we go now?

There is some truth in the fact that if the Republican party is out of power for the next four years, it will cause conservatives to re-evaluate their priorities. But it will also put our national destiny in the hands of an erratic President, much more so than Trump has been or would continue to be.

We have had two narcissists in the White House in a row. At least two. But especially the most recent two.

Avoiding Myopia

Despite that, I don’t believe Donald Trump would intentionally send our country down the drain. He might do it inadvertently. But, many Democrat hopefuls today would do it intentionally just to perpetuate their own power.

The red line has indeed been crossed. We can no longer stand back and let things take their own course. We need to place our bet on the person least likely to do harm.

Yes, I do realize how terrible it is to have to formulate the options in such a dire manner. We can default and let a Democrat be elected who is overwhelmingly likely to destroy America. Or we can stay with Trump and encourage him to choose and listen to good advisors.

The 2020 Election

There is a very short time window for a GOP Primary challenge. Right now I wouldn’t give it more than a 1% chance of transpiring. So, come next year, we’re going to face that binary choice that we so much dread.

President [Fill in the Blank*]

~ or ~

President Donald J. Trump

*Only with names of actual Democrat candidates.

You will do what your heart and mind tell you to do. I will cross the red line of Never-Trumpism and balance idealism with realism.

Rationale

In a second Trump term, we can expect at least one more Supreme Court nomination to give it a conservative majority. Our overall national security and our border security in particular will be in better hands.

It will be easier to articulate the clear choice as we see which Democrat candidate emerges victorious in Milwaukee next year. Then Trump will be re-nominated in Charlotte.

Any one of the Dems would be less like the Archangel Gabriel and more akin to Lucifer. I wouldn’t characterize Trump as either one.

Food for Thought

I’ll leave you with this. When you go into a fast food restaurant that has hamburgers and hotdogs on the menu board ~ please don’t order lobster tail!

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Most Americans must pull their heads out of the sand on the national debt

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Most Americans must pull their heads out of the sand on the national debt

How do you stop any conversation at a cocktail party in America? Bring up the national debt. Boredom will overcome everyone listening as the complacency associated with a very simple topic that has been rendered falsely complicated sets in. Everyone will go glassy-eyed. People will nod in agreement while simultaneously not listening to anything you’re saying.

That’s the state of the national debt in the collective consciousness of Americans. Ask if it’s a problem and everyone will agree. Ask if it needs an immediate solution and most everyone will agree. Ask how they’ve voted to fix the problem or how they’ve demanded their leaders address the issue, and suddenly the drinks in their hands become much more interesting than they were moments before.

The problem with the debt isn’t that people don’t know about it. It’s that they just don’t care. Every American alive today who has paid even a little attention to the news in their lives has heard about the crippling effects of the national debt ever since the first real warning bells were sounded. Those bells rang out following the passage of the New Deal when expected GDP growth didn’t match expenditure growth. The result was the debt breaching the 40% mark of GBP. It was the end of the world for many economists who saw no way out.

At the time the national debt was 40% of GDP at $34 billion. Today, it’s 106% of GDP at nearly $23 trillion.

This is a problem that has no face, no tangible effects on the population, and no easy solutions. Entitlement reform is grossly unpopular, yet absolutely necessary to even start the process of fixing our debt issue. But entitlement reform would mean politicians would lose elections, most likely Republicans. Most of them have no intention of taking on something that’s desperately necessary yet immensely unpopular.

The Manhattan Institute’s Brian Riedl took to PragerU to discuss the omnipresent problem that nobody likes to think about. We need to start thinking about it immediately. Otherwise, the problem will “solve” itself.

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Moderate vs progressive: Democrats on both sides tell the other they can’t beat Trump

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Moderate vs progressive Democrats on both sides tell the other they cant beat Trump

Moderate Democrats are busy in the media delivering a message to progressives. Meanwhile, progressives are sending a message to moderates in the same manner. You can occasionally see both types of messages from different authors on the same left-wing publications from one day to the next. The funny part is, they’re both trying to deliver the same message.

Your candidate can’t win.

Moderates are pointing to polls. They’re pointing to logic. They believe Trump is polarizing enough that if the Democrats put up a “moderate” candidate like Joe Biden (though his moderate reputation doesn’t seem to match his radical views lately), they give themselves the best chance of winning the general election by appealing to the middle.

Progressives are pointing to recent history. They say they fell for that sales pitch in 2016 when Hillary Clinton was forced onto them and look how that turned out. Fool me once, they say…

Both have valid points. Biden is currently polling higher than anyone else against Trump, but polls are for suckers (see 2016) and are essentially meaningless at this early stage (see 2015 frontrunners Scott Walker and Jeb Bush). On the flip side, progressives believe their champions have more passion to inspire the middle and possibly even some Republicans who aren’t happy with Trump.

A lot of this internal strife has been prompted by the rise of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Mired in laughable obscurity in the polls following her Native American DNA test debacle and extending through most polls until the last month, the radical progressive has been throwing out socialist policy proposals like candy to the masses. And it’s working. She has now overtaken Senator Bernie Sanders in many polls to be slightly ahead of three of the five current favorites.

A former Clinton pollster is taking Warren seriously and believes she can’t beat the President:

The rise of Elizabeth Warren spells bad news for the Democratic Party

To be victorious in 2020, the Democratic Party must focus on pushing moderate economic policies that do not involve radical wealth taxes, on fixing the health care system without adopting extreme “Medicare for All” policies, and on compromises on immigration. To be sure, I believe in the Democratic primary process and that competing ideas and challenging the status quo is what we should do in a democracy. However, looking ahead to 2020, if the main goal of the party is to beat Trump, we must advocate for center of left policies that result in steady progress for the country, while still appealing to crucial moderates and independents.

The echoes from the other wing of the party are trying to paint Biden as worse than a moderate. They’re not even sure he’s really a Democrats, at least not one by today’s standards.

Beware Joe Biden’s “national unity” campaign: Win or lose, it’s a bad idea

Biden is willing to perform a little pseudo-wokeness on command — and to ditch supposedly cherished and considered principles to make the millennial snowflakes shut up — but he doesn’t pretend any of that matters. Liberals and progressives will have to make their peace with Biden (or not) if he becomes the nominee, which is par for the course in Democratic politics. But any talk about “pushing Biden to the left” or insisting on a progressive platform at next year’s convention is idiotic. That’s all dust in the wind in the general election, when his only pitch will be that he’s a normal adult who can beat Donald Trump.

These are both very different tunes than the ones being whistled during the 2016 Democratic nomination race. While Sanders’s fans were still very passionate, they weren’t really bashing Clinton. It was hard to remain “woke” and still attack the first major female contender for the White House for the sake of an old white guy. The two sides were generally nice to each other, especially compared to what we’ve seen in the press lately. They left the bickering to the Republicans, whether it was Chris Christie hitting Marco Rubio, Marco Rubio hitting Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz hitting John Kasich, or Donald Trump hitting everyone.

Again, look how that turned out. Democrats saw the bickering. They saw that in the end, it worked. Never-Trumpers notwithstanding, the GOP put the bickering aside when the dust settled and rallied behind the MAGA call.

Democrats are hoping for same thing for themselves, which is why the daggers are out now. They’re going to attack each other. Their fans are going to attack each other. Media personalities are going to attack each other. And whoever comes out of it with the nomination will call them all together for a group hug before taking on the President.

Maybe they’re both right. Maybe the progressives are right that a moderate can’t inspire enough people. Maybe the moderates are right that the progressives won’t get the middle. Either way, Trump looks poised to win.

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Steve Hilton: Democrats ‘are totally corrupted by foreign government lobbying and cash’

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Steve Hilton Democrats are totally corrupted by foreign government lobbying and cash

Anyone American who’s been awake at any point over the last three years has heard of the Russia scandal. Following President Trump’s comments last week signaling a willingness to accept information from foreign governments, the Democrats were apoplectic. But as Steve Hilton noted on Fox News last night, the real scandal actually surrounds them.

Hilton called this segment, “The people versus Democrat hypocrites.” He cited known examples of foreign lobbyists from Mexico, Saudi Arabia, China, and even Russia paying the very Democrats who are beside themselves stirring up the media to attack the President’s comments. But in the battle of his words versus their actions, the hypocrisy is thick. Watching Democrats make accusations about foreign powers influencing him would be like watching Bill Cosby complain about how the President treats women.

It’s imperative for every patriotic American, whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent, to see through the lies being told by the swamp and disseminated through the mainstream media. Their hypocrisy is thick on multiple levels, which is why we encourage our readers to help us spread the truth by donating to our cause.

There truly is corruption in DC by foreign powers, but it’s not happening at the White House despite what the “news” outlets report. Foreign influence runs through Capitol Hill and the Democrats are their favorite targets.

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