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Friday, August 26, 2016

What Do Hillary Shills Actually Think?

Here is a question from Quora with an Answer from Francis Dickinson with over 25k Views and over 500 up-votes (!)

Q: Do liberals really believe that Clinton did nothing wrong, or do they just not care?

A: To be blunt, the Republican Party has been crying wolf about The Clintons’ supposed misdeeds for the past 25 years. They’ve wasted over a hundred million dollars in investigations and trying to turn everything from the White House Christmas Card list to Bill Clinton’s haircut into a scandal. They went all out after Bill Clinton by giving Kenneth Starr an almost unlimited budget and on their best day they came up with dick (and a blue dress). They went in guns blazing on Benghazi - and after a ridiculously expensive investigation the best they could come up with was Clinton kept her emails on a private server, as was SOP for the administration before the one she was Secretary of State in. And that the republican head of the FBI despite his best efforts to declare things classified and throw everything she’d done into the worst possible light couldn’t actually make a case.

I believe that no one on the planet has been investigated more and more publicly than the Clintons (I just don’t know which of the two has been more thoroughly investigated). If she is guilty then (a) she is an amazing criminal mastermind and (b) the constant crying wolf by having her investigated for non-scandals and non-stories means that just about any real scandal is going to look as ridiculous as the (eighth) Benghazi Investigation.
If over $100,000,000 wasted in investigations and witch hunts while coming up empty handed isn’t enough to clear someone from a smear campaign then what is?
I also believe that the Clinton Cash documentary is a steaming pile - and was quite literally funded by the person who is now in charge of the Trump election campaign. As for the links between Laureate University and the State Department, to quote Politifact “We ultimately found that there is zero evidence that Laureate received any money from the federal government while Clinton was at the State Department.” This is yet another case of the right wing crying wolf when the evidence does not support their claims about the Clintons. (So no, I don’t believe in that claim of pay-to-play either).

So there you have it - the view of a out to lunch liberal - good grief.

Trump Talks Immigration with Sean Hannity and its Aftermath

Here is an interesting Town Hall on Immigration with Sean Hannity.
See here:

Apparently the whole MSM and many conservative pundits lost it yesterday, because when Hannity asked Trump if he would change current parts of the law to accommodate law-abiding citizens or longtime residents who have raised children in the U.S. Trump answered, "there could certainly be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people […] we want people -- we have some great people in this country". 
In other words, and as stated by FOX News here, "His remarks were the latest sign he is considering softening a position he has taken since the onset of his campaign".

However in a interview shortly after with Anderson Cooper, Trump takes a strong position as always. As stated on Info Wars herewhen asked if there would be a path to legalization for illegal immigrants who haven’t committed a crime, Trump said, “No, there’s not a path. There is no path to legalization, unless people leave the country — well, when they come back in, if they come back in, then they can start paying taxes, but there is no path to legalization, unless they leave the country and come back.”

See here:

So is this a softening, or is it just using o softer tone for the same policy - you decide....  

When Principled Acts of Heroism Fail

#NeverTrumpers don't cease to amaze me in their so called principled acts of heroism (that is their current coarse and ill-mannered antics)

Listen, trying to either push Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, or #NeverTrump candidate Evan McMullin is one thing – non forgivable, but the nevertheless we live in a democracy, and I am all for freedom of expression – no matter how boorish.

For the record however, I think it is rather amusing - and was pointed out by Stephen Moore here - how for the last few election cycles the "GOP establishment" would lecture us about putting aside our differences so we can build a so called “big tent.”- That is, for the greater good of the party... And like a good sheep, that is exactly what I did...Because despite of the fact that I did not like McCain or Romney (being that I felt very strongly that they were week candidates who did not stand up enough for the for the voter base, and instead of giving Obama a run for his money they pretty much gave him a free pass...
The day they were up for election, I stepped into the ballot and voted for 'em because not only was the opposition was far worse - but because as a true conservative, I vote for the conservative candidate no matter who he is, and I still believe that...

However, apparently Chutzpa of some of the #Never Trump camp knows no bounds - as the Washington Post gleefully reports - apparently “dozens of big-name Republicans (who) [will be] supporting Hillary Clinton for president”...

Here it the list as it stands – and a video from the InfoWars with a list of all #NeverTrumpers to top it off for good measure:

Members of Congress
  • Rep. Richard Hanna (N.Y.), a moderate Republican who is retiring this year, told Syracuse.com that he will support Clinton and that Trump is unfit to lead. He cited Trump's criticism of Khizr Khan. "I think Trump is a national embarrassment," Hanna said. "Is he really the guy you want to have the nuclear codes?"
Bush administration officials

  • Henry Paulson, treasury secretary
  • Carlos Gutierrez, commerce secretary
  • Rosario Marin, U.S. treasurer -- "I will stand up for my communityagainst the menace of a tyrannical presidency that does not value the countless contributions of immigrants."
  • John Negroponte, director of national intelligence and deputy secretary of state under Bush, five-time ambassador and Reagan deputy national security adviser
  • Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state and adviser to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — Trump "doesn't appear to be a Republican, he doesn't appear to want to learn about issues. So I’m going to vote for Mrs. Clinton."
  • Brent Scowcroft, chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board and adviser to three previous Republican presidents — "The presidency requires the judgment and knowledge to make tough calls under pressure. ... [Clinton] has the wisdom and experience to lead our country at this critical time."
  • William Reilly, Environmental Protection Agency adminstrator
  • Alan Steinberg, regional EPA administrator
  • Robert Blackwill, former deputy national security adviser and ambassador to India
  • Scott Evertz, former director of the Office of National AIDS Policy
  • Lezlee Westine, former White House director of public liaison and deputy assistant to the president — “Our nation faces a unique set of challenges that require steady and experienced leadership. That is why today I am personally supporting Hillary Clinton."
  • Shirin Tahir-Kheli, special assistant to the president and ambassador and senior adviser for women's empowerment under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
  • Ashley J. Tellis, special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia
  • David A. Gross, State Department coordinator for international communications and information policy
  • James Kunder, assistant administrator for Asia and the Near East at USAID
  • Matthew Waxman, senior official in the State Department and Defense Department
  • Kori Schake, National Security Council and State Department aide
Officials in previous GOP administrations

  • Frank Lavin, former Reagan political director and ambassador to Singapore — "It might not be entirely clear that Hillary Clinton deserves to win the presidency, but it is thunderingly clear that Donald Trump deserves to lose. From this premise, I will do something that I have not done in 40 years of voting: I will vote for the Democratic nominee for president."
  • Doug Elmets, former Reagan spokesman — "I could live with four years of Hillary Clinton before I could ever live with one day of Donald Trumpas president." Elmets spoke at the Democratic National Convention, along with other Republicans now backing Clinton.
  • Jim Cicconi, former Reagan and George H.W. Bush aide — "Hillary Clinton is experienced, qualified and will make a fine president. The alternative, I fear, would set our nation on a very dark path.”
  • Fred T. Goldberg Jr., former assistant U.S. treasury secretary and IRS commissioner under George H.W. Bush
  • Charles Fried, former U.S. solicitor general under Reagan and current Harvard Law professor — "Though long a registered Republican, this will be the third consecutive presidential election in which my party forces the choice between party and, in John McCain’s words, putting America first. ... It is to [Mitt] Romney's credit that this year, like John Paulson and George Will, he is standing up against the brutal, substantively incoherent, and authoritarian tendencies of Donald Trump."
  • Pete Teeley, press secretary to then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, former U.S. ambassador to Canada and U.S. representative to UNICEF
  • Richard Howill, former deputy assistant secretary of state and ambassador to Ecuador under Reagan
  • William Ruckelshaus, former Environmental Protection Agency head, deputy attorney general and acting FBI director
  • Carla Hills, U.S. trade representative under George H.W. Bush
Foreign policy leaders
  • Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, former Reagan State Department aide and adviser to the presidential campaigns of John McCain and Mitt Romney
  • Max Boot, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and adviser to GOP presidential candidates — "I'm literally losing sleep over Donald Trump. She would be vastly preferable to Trump."
  • Peter Mansoor, retired Army colonel and former aide to former CIA director David Petraeus — "It will be the first Democratic presidential candidate I’ve voted for in my adult life."
Business leaders/donors

Former Republican elected officials

  • Chris Shays, former congressman from Connecticut — "I have friends who are up for office and they say, you know, if you don't support Donald Trump, you're hurting us because then we have to answer the question.And now I'm going one step further. So I am hurting them. But, you know, there's a time when you put your country first."
  • Connie Morella, former congresswoman from Maryland
  • David Durenberger, former senator from Minnesota
  • William Milliken, who served as governor of Michigan from 1969 to 1983 — "Because I feel so strongly about our nation's future, I will be joining the growing list of former and present government officials incasting my vote for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.”
  • Larry Pressler, former three-term Republican senator from South Dakota who lost an independent campaign for his old seat in 2014 — "I can’t believe I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I am. If someone had told me 10 years ago I would do this, I wouldn’t have believed them."
  • Arne Carlson, a former two-term Republican governor of Minnesota who supported President Obama
  • Robert Smith, former judge on New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals — "This year, I’m going to vote for a Democrat for president  —  the first time I’ve done it in 36 years  —  and I think the decision is easy.Hillary Clinton is the only responsible choice, and I don’t understand why so few of my fellow conservatives see it that way."
Political operatives

  • David Nierenberg, finance chairman to Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign
  • Mark Salter, former top adviser to John McCain — "Whatever Hillary Clinton’s faults, she’s not ignorant or hateful or a nut. She acts like an adult and understands the responsibilities of an American president. That might not be a ringing endorsement. But in 2016, the year of Trump’s s campaign, it’s more than enough."
  • Sally Bradshaw, former top Jeb Bush adviser, told CNN that she had left the Republican Party to become an independent because of Trump's presence at the top of the ticket — and that if the race were close in her home state of Florida this fall, she would be voting for Clinton. "As much as I don't want another four years of [President Barack] Obama's policies, I can't look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump."
  • Maria Comella, former spokeswoman for two of Trump's top backers, Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani — "Instead of speaking out against instances of bigotry, racism and inflammatory rhetoric whether it's been against women, immigrants or Muslims, we made a calculus that it was better to say nothing at all in the interest of politics and winning elections."
  • Kurt Bardella, former top aide to Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) and ex-spokesman for Breitbart News -- "A big reason why I decided that Hillary Clinton is the candidate who I’m voting for -- the first Democrat I’m voting for in my life -- is because this is a time where what’s going on is much bigger than partisanship, bigger than Republican or Democrat, or single issues that traditionally these campaigns are about."
  • Mike Treiser, former Mitt Romney aide — "In the face of bigotry, hatred, violence, and small-mindedness, this time, I’m with her.”
  • Craig Snyder, former chief of staff to then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and an ex-colleague of former top Trump adviser Roger Stone and current top Trump adviser Paul Manafort.

The way I see it, it’s time to erect a wall of shame for these so called conservatives, who like Bret Stephens, want to “make sure Trump is the biggest loser in presidential history” so that we can “rebuild the conservative movement.”

Well I wonder how well that's going to work out for them. I firmly believe that Stephen Moore is correct when he states (full article here) “if Obama/Hillary win a third straight presidential race, there won’t be a conservative movement left to rebuild. The Republicans will move to the left. Worse, for Obama to win effectively a third term will be a voter validation of all of the destructive policies of the last eight years. This will be one of the greatest victories for liberal governance of all time.

 “Never Trumpers” apparently want to facilitate that…. They must want to hand the left its greatest victory for liberal governance of all time…. And yes, if they do, they are the unforgivable betrayers of conservative principles. And sadly, it is then that principled acts of heroism totally fail…

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Trump Reaffirms his Commitment to Conservative Values

Great Town Hall session with Sean Hannity over at FoxNews...

Watch the video right here:

Some of the of the key highlights:
  • Make a safe zone for the refugees and keep these immigrants out of our country.
  • Keep the Oil to pay for our wars in the region. 
  • Watching the terror victims is a very powerful piece. 
  • Vetting Muslims, including garnering assistance from the Muslim community. 
  • Staying on target and keeping his commitment to conservative values.

Ben Shapiro Just said What?

Ben Shapiro seems to think that he can lecture Donald Trump about restraint, and how “(he) [Trump] has no capacity what so ever to control himself”... Yet in the meantime he can’t seem to control himself either, calling Trump a turd tornado on live television…

Here is the transcript:

“As you probably know, I think Donald Trump is a turd tornado. But I also understand that he has no capacity what so ever to control himself and be this sort of stayed politician that many want him to be. I mean Reince Priebus isn’t going to convince him to become Mitt Romney and Trump doesn’t want to become Mitt Romney. I’m not sure he should become Mitt Romney. So telling him to double down is not necessarily a terrible strategy. If he’s going to go down, he’s going to go down being Trump. And I that’s probably what Steve Bannon is telling him to do.”

“A what tornado,” Keilar asked.

A turd tornado,” Shaprio replied.
“What is that,” Keilar followed up.

“It’s like a Sharknado except with poop,” Shapiro replied.

Covering her face with papers, Keilar replied, “Okay, all right. That’s not quite what I expected but okay.”

According to the DailyCaller, “one can surmise Shaprio said “turd tornado” instead using the phrase “shit storm.” …

Oh and that makes it any better? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, then talk about the planks of others.

You can watch the video here:

#NeverTrumpers Are they for Real?

 #NeverTrumper neocon pundits have lost their marbles, one such example, was a recent column by Steven Hayward, in the Weekly Standard, who seems to be advocating a campaign to ensure an extremely low turnout for president - so that whoever enters office cannot claim a mandate for his or her policy…

Steven Seriously? Since when did that stop Obama – or any other president for that matter…

In 2008, President Obama won the election by approximately 7 percent of the vote (a total of 69,498,516 votes from a grand total of 129,446,839), that’s not exactly a mandate and yet, that did not stop him for "claiming a mandate for his policies"… In fact, he pretty much shoved the Affordable Care Act down our throats. In 2012 he Obama won by 3.9 percent of the vote (a total of 65,915,796 votes from a grand total of 126,849,296), again not exactly a mandate… Yet this so called lack of mandate did not stop the erosion of religious liberty, the disastrous handling of national security, and the infamous Iran deal…

So with a Hillary win, there will be no mandate to appoint liberal judges? There will be no mandate to undo the 2nd amendment, create failing foreign national security policies, and leave allies like Israel to hang dry…

What is it exactly that has blinded all of you so called pseudo intellectual - #NeverTrumpers. Am I meant to take you guys seriously, I am looking at you Bret Stephens, when you profess that a democratic win will do good for this country, or I might add, the Republican party – after all it will teach people a lesson…

Ok I’ll go out on a limb here, and take a step in your direction... Assuming your right, and with Republican loss, we will just transition safely back to the pre Trump days... Hmm let’s see, what days are those?

Well, let me inform you, they currently represent infamous gridlock in Washington DC with no progress in sight (i.e. a liberal president constantly attacking a Congress - controlled by the Republicans, with 13% approval rating - probably for being uncooperative nor showing true opposition).

We all know, that our so called conservative Congress has also all but failed to put a stop to Obama's disastrous agenda, including the protection of religious liberty.

#NeverTrumpers out there seem to have forgotten that a large portion of their voter base, that is the main constituents of the Republican party, back Trump. It is as such that I do you think this base is going to be pleased with your rebellion, do you really think they will just fall in line and just recognize the error of their ways?

Hardly, this angry base, a base fed up with people like you. Sean Hannity is right, the finger will be pointed in the direction of the foolish establishment snobs, who thought they had it all figured out and knew better than the millions that they rely on to keep their cushy jobs - while in truth – as Kurt Schlichter pointed out - their base suffers.

Trust me retribution will be swift, this base - pretty upset and feeling rather duped by this whole ordeal - will punish the establishment, they will start out by not coming out to vote for their local representatives and the rest will be history...

What are Conservative Pundits Thinking?

The world is an odd place... The threat of radical Islam in on the raise, social norms are eroding all around me, AND Donald Trump is the republican presidential nominee. A nominee, which if I knew any better, everyone dislikes….

I am one of those young conservatives, I voted for McCain, I voted for Romney and never looked back... When it came to the media, things were no different, I remember how Sara Palin was treated like a trash and Romney was called out for his "binders full of woman"... So in this election cycle it was expected that the Republican nominee – whomever he/she would have been, less alone Trump -  that the democratic parties surrogates (the main stream media outlets) would do what they can to undermine him or her. 

Yet, this election cycle came with a twist of fate, where the republican nominee has managed to generate quite a revolt among the ranks of the republican party establishment – otherwise known as the #NeverTrumpers.

I don’t know what their issue is, I personally am not bothered by Trump. The way I see it, Trump was and will always be Trump - its like bourbon you either love it or hate it. I happen to love bourbon, and if you don't like Bourbon, that's your problem...  

Yet liking the candidates personality was not what made me vote for them, it was where they stood on the issues which were important to me... Yet apparently, I am not in good company, where the candidate stands on issues is not what is about - just ask the 60 percent of DC republicans who disprove of Trump. 

Being that I’ve been a long time reader of the weekly standard and other neo conservative publications on a regular basis, I had a feeling there was resistance to the Trump nominee prospect but not like this...

Let’s be clear about one thing, Trump is no Abraham Lincoln, nor is he the second coming of Gorge Washington, but let’s face it, to change the course of this country – that is in 2016 - we don’t a resurrection of Abe or a second coming of Gorge – we need a win for the republican nominee and the grassroots segments of our party…
And face the facts, whether you like it or not, that means we need Donald Trump to win…

But it also happens to be the Republican nominee is pretty much in line with what we need… That’s because we need is a candidate who will talk about issues that pose a true danger to this country – issues like illegal immigration, economic instability, the erosion of the African American community and the threats of radical Islam.

What we also need is a candidate who will blast the liberal media for their bias, and show the world how full of bogus their liberal agenda truly is…

So when neocons like Bret Stevens - over at WSJ - or Fred Barns and William Kristol - over at the Weekly Standard - have gone all out in their #NeverTrump crusade. I wonder to myself, the following: Do these men – whom I admired and have respected for years – have totally lost it? What can be their motivation to let the left destroy this country….

Honestly, I have no idea, it makes no sense to me, there is no moral high ground – it’s about the courts and religious freedom; it’s about our 2ND amendment rights; it’s about our foreign policies, policies which will protect the interests of our great nation and our allies; and it’s about our national security, keeping Americans safe.

Seemingly these issues are not important enough to those over in the #NeverTrump camp – Hell I wonder why…