The More Candidates, The Merrier

I’ve got to congratulate Donald Trump for how fast he’s become more annoying to the Republican Party than a mouse in an air conditioning unit. He’s like that popcorn husk that gets stuck in the back of your molars; you can’t pry it out with a cord of toothpicks. He’s almost as grating as the Kars for Kids commercial.

The aerodynamically coiffed real estate developer recently announced that if the GOP big boys don’t stop saying mean things about him, he might run as a third party candidate. “Be nice or I’ll poop on your parade” is pretty much the bombastic billionaire’s blackmail. And the way he looks when he purses his lips in concentration, you kind of get the feeling he ain’t speaking figuratively.

In other professions, behavior like this is commonly called extortion; but with these guys, it’s just politics. It’s effective politics that rekindles memories of 1992, when Ross Perot deprived Jeb’s daddy of a 2nd term. Or so GOP party stalwarts would have you believe. Of course, they also would have you believe that Ronald Reagan never raised taxes and George W. was a wartime genius.

Trump is sucking up so much oxygen from the airwaves that his rivals have resorted to shooting off verbal flares trying to climb into the top ten of any poll and be considered FoxWorthy come debate time.

Ted Cruz accused his own majority leader of lying to his face. Lindsey Graham destroyed his cell phone on video because Trump gave out his private number. But the major takeaway by most viewers was that Lindsey Graham still uses a flip phone. Way to appeal to the young, Mr. Modem.

Scott Walker said if elected, he’s willing to start bombing Iran on Inauguration Day. And that’s if he’s in a good mood. God have mercy should he have a flashback and think he’s dealing with a Wisconsin teachers’ union. Jeb Bush talked about phasing out Medicare and moving on to some sort of coupon plan. Because old people love coupons.

So far, Republicans have managed to frighten minorities and seniors–and it’s 16 months before the election. Figure the over/under on a “legitimate rape” comment to be eight weeks.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders vowed never to run as a third party candidate; but that was before he started drawing stadium crowds like a rock star. A 73-year-old socialist rock star, but a rock star nonetheless. Without the leather pants. Thank god.

But say he does get rolled by the machine known as Hillary; Senator Sanders could easily return to his lovably independent ways and run on the Vermont Loon ticket. Besides, by then, he might not be a 3rd party candidate, but a 4th party candidate.

Then you consider Ralph Nader is only eight years older than Bernie, so maybe he could be convinced to return to the fray. And Pat Buchanan obviously has things left to say. The Green and Tea Parties both get into the act; and pretty soon we’re a 3rd world country with upwards of 20 legitimate candidates on the ballot, and the winner has to form a coalition with some of the also-rans and be forced to actually compromise.

Naw. You’re right. Could never happen here.

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Watch: Fired-Up Congressman Says What Needed To Be Said, Leaves Boehner In Shambles

As Western Journalism reported earlier this week, a North Carolina Republican congressman has launched an effort to remove John Boehner from his position as House speaker. Mark Meadows was joined in his pursuit by fellow North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones.

Jones appeared this week on CNN to explain why he wants a new party leader. Most of his criticism related to Boehner’s perceived use of intimidation to achieve his desired outcome.

“We are sent here to represent the people of our district,” Jones said. “Our first allegiance should be to the people we represent, not to the speaker of the House.”

Boehner has used his position “too many times,” Jones alleged, “to intimidate and coerce.”

As a recent example, he cited an intraparty disagreement regarding how a vote on the controversial Trade Promotion Authority would be presented to Congress. Jones insisted that three representatives who voted against Boehner were subsequently removed from their leadership positions.

“I don’t think anybody should be intimidated because they vote their conscience,” he said. “If you can’t vote your conscience, then you don’t need to be here for the people back home.”

Asked why some Republican lawmakers claimed to have been unprepared for Meadows’ proposal, Jones replied: “I’m sorry that they were caught by surprise. I’ve known this for three weeks.”

He continued, explaining that supporters of Boehner’s ouster must be careful in determining whom they can trust.

Jones concluded by dismissing the suggestion that this effort is merely for show, adding that he expects to see the sentiment spread across the nation.

“When we go home for the summer break, I hope that the American people – who, in my district, don’t have a lot of respect for the speaker of the House, they don’t think he’s a good leader. … But no, I think this thing has got legs to it.”

Should Boehner be replaced? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Trump Will Be Feeling Even More Confident Than Usual After This Big Announcement

Many might consider him the “shock jock” of presidential politics who continues to leave the Republican establishment as well as his GOP rivals in shock…and in the dust. Now, a brand new survey from one of the country’s most respected polling outfits will do nothing to lessen the disruptive Trump effect in the 2016 race for the White House, even as it does much to bolster the hopes of the billionaire businessman’s growing legion of supporters.

Rasmussen Reports has just released the results of its first national survey of likely Republican voters, showing Donald Trump well ahead of the rest of the crowded GOP field. Trump’s new nationwide numbers are especially significant as the first presidential debate looms on Fox News.

Trump, the GOP presidential hopeful who has dominated the headlines in recent weeks, is well ahead with 26% support among Republicans. Walker, the Wisconsin governor best known for standing up to labor unions in his state, runs second with 14% support. Bush, a former Florida governor and the third member of his family to seek the presidency, is the first choice of 10%.

As Western Journalism reported on Wednesday, Fox News has modified the rules of its August 6th debates — one to be held in prime time with the GOP candidates polling in the top 10, another earlier in the day with the remaining declared contenders for the White House getting somewhat less impactful TV exposure.

Also on Wednesday, we told you how Trump sent shock waves through the party establishment in the key state of Florida, as he was shown to be comfortably ahead of both former Gov. Jeb Bush and current Sen. Marco Rubio, two Sunshine State favorite sons. A separate poll showed the real estate mogul the favorite GOP contender among Latino voters, despite Rubio and Ted Cruz being of Latino heritage.

A new report on taxpayer-supported National Public Radio (NPR) questions whether Trump has staying power in the race, whether he will be able to build a strong and sustainable organization that can energize solid, long-lasting voter support.

The NPR report claims that, though he is staffing up and showing well in the polls of early primary states, Trump’s popularity seems to be built on “saying as many outrageous things as he can.” In other words, the NPR coverage suggests that Donald Trump’s audience ratings, if you will, come from his bold and brash “shock jock” persona.

“The easiest thing in the world is to tell a pollster, ‘I’m for that person,’ ” said Stuart Stevens, who was the chief strategist on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid. “The hardest thing is to get that person to vote.”

Still, with an impressive string of positive poll results in various states plus this new national survey from Rasmussen, the Trump train certainly seems to be gaining and maintaining a real head of steam from a significant segment of a steamed-up electorate.

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What Fox News Just Did Is A Game Changer For The Republican Presidential Field

There’s been a ton of speculation recently about which GOP candidates would make the cut for the first presidential debate to be hosted by Fox News on August 6. Some have even wondered whether certain candidates have tried to up their game and increase their chances by sharpening their rhetoric — witness Lindsey Graham’s repeated shots at Donald Trump, referring to him as a “wrecking ball” who is “selling fear and prejudice.”

Now, thanks to a big change just announced by Fox News, Graham and other low-ranking Republican contenders for the nomination will have a chance to make their case on TV in just about a week. Politico reports that the cable network will have an early debate that’s open to all contenders who haven’t polled high enough to qualify for the prime-time event.

“The change amounts to an insurance policy for candidates who were in danger of being disqualified from the vital first debate based on low polls — Carly Fiorina, former New York Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).” Politico notes that this change means all 16 announced candidates will get important TV time on the debate stage in Cleveland. Based on current polling, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal would also be in the lower-tier of debaters appearing in the earlier time slot on Fox News.

Prior to the rules change, the network was reserving the stage for only those candidates tallying at least 1 percent in national preference polls.

According to a Real Clear Politics average of recent polls, the current top 10 for the Fox News prime-time debate would likely be:

Donald Trump, former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), Sen. Rubio (Fla.), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.), and Gov. John Kasich (Ohio).

The early debate is scheduled to last an hour, the later one closer to two hours.

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Our Hope Is In God; Wouldn’t You Agree, Senator Cruz?

Despite being founded on the principle of limited, enumerated powers derived from the will of the people and subject to the transcendental Will of the Creator God, the current government in Washington D.C. is now a corrupt corporation acting as an organized criminal enterprise. Departing from its roots, wherein it acknowledged the God of the Bible as the Creator and Lawgiver, it has become Godless and grasping and now has its tentacles in virtually every aspect of our lives.

This situation has been created by the calculated collaboration of both major political parties and will not be solved by any electoral victory by the Republicans. The GOP is not America’s savior.

Recently, I heard an impassioned speech from Texas Senator Ted Cruz, stating: “There is a profound disappointment among the American people because we keep winning elections, and then we keep getting leaders who don’t do anything they promised.”

The Senator from Texas went on to explain: “We’ve had a Republican majority in both houses of Congress now for about six months. What has that majority done? First thing we did, in December, is we came back and passed a $1 trillion ‘cromnibus’ plan filled with pork and corporate welfare. That was the very first thing we did. Then this Republican majority voted to fund Obamacare, voted to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. And then leadership rammed through the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general.”

He then asked the question: “Which of those decisions would be one iota different if Harry Reid were still majority leader? Not a one. Not a one. This Senate operates exactly the same — the same priorities…”

This dilemma is nothing new; it is a byproduct of state worship, commonly known as statism. The Hebrew prophet Jeremiah warned: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes man his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come…” Contrasting this is the promise: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water…and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

The urgent need now is to return to the fixed standards found in the Law of Nature and of Nature’s God. Unless this Godly American agenda lives in the hearts of the people, we are at the mercy of evil and ruthless men.

I love the Constitution, but my work is worthless unless our foundation is the God of the Bible.

President John Adams insisted: “Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand…(The people) may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies.”

 

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