1-28-16 Republican 7th Debate: Updated With Observations

Here is a video of the full debate. No commercials.   Watching.  Comments to come. Will observe this. The journalists running the debate have overblown egos. They remind me of children in a schoolyard egging other children to fight.  Sick.

Frankly, even though I don’t support him, I don’t blame Donald Trump for sitting out the debate.  The Republican National Committee (RNC) is not doing its job. The RNC is selling out our candidates.

Fox wants ratings. The moderators want the show to be about them. In this format, the American people lose out.

OBSERVATIONS:

  1. Did Ted Cruz gain anything from being at the debate? Perhaps. He stood his ground and let the Establishment — and Fox News is part of the Establishment — openly demonstrate its hostility to him.
  2. The Establishment candidates, Bush, Christie, Kasich got a surprising amount of time and for the most part softball questions. Wonder why?
  3. The moderators used videos edited to portray Cruz and Rubio as liars.
  4. Moderators Kelly and Wallace were essentially hostile to the candidates. These two took the lead in setting the candidates against each other.
  5. The moderators gave Carson and Paul very little opportunity to talk. They did their best to take down Cruz.

Here, paraphrased somewhat, is the message I think each candidate wants to convey. Each of us needs to examine that message and determine the truth.

  • Ted Cruz:  Who do you trust? I tell the truth, and I do what I said I would do.
  • Ben Carson: Americans are scared. More of the same — more government — won’t fix our problems. It is still not too late to save our Constitution.
  • Marco Rubio:  When I am president, America’s light will shine again…..
  • Jeb Bush: I have a proven record….
  • Chris Christie:  I am a governor and a former prosecutor and tough as nails. Only a former governor is qualified to be president….
  • John Kasich:  Ohio has a great economy because I have a positive attitude.  We can, we can, we can…..
  • Rand Paul: I am for liberty, and I am the one true fiscal Conservative.

 

WHO IS YOUR CANDIDATE? IN VIRGINIA NOW IS THE TIME TO DECIDE.

vote for americaAt the Virginia Dept. of Elections, what happens if we click the center-top button? We get Presidential Primary Information. That page contains a table with dates. What are some of the critical dates?

  • Presidential Primary Election Day. — Tuesday, March 1, 2016
  • Deadline for presidential primary petitions and the combined Consent/Declaration of Candidacy to be filed with the State Board of Elections. — Thursday, December 10, 2015 (5:00 p.m.)
  • First day on which presidential primary petitions may be circulated. — Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In Virginia, those farseeing activist who wanted to get their candidate on Virginia’s Presidential Primary ballot started circulating petitions. Why that soon? Lots of signatures must be collected. Deadlines, Duties and Ballot Access Requirements describes the requirements. Here is the big hurdle. The petitions to be on the ballot:

Must be signed by not less than 5,000 qualified voters in Virginia, including at least 200 qualified voters from each of Virginia’s eleven congressional districts, who attest that they intend to participate in the primary of the same political party as the candidate named on the petition.

Because many people who are not registered to vote will sign a petition, it is recommended that 7,500 – 10,000 signatures be obtained with at least 300 signatures from each congressional district. (from here)

That’s why in Virginia’s 2012 Republican Presidential Primary Election only two candidates made it on the ballot: Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Both men, because they had run before, started early, had the money, and had the organization, were able to get on the ballot. The rest? Well, their supporters did not step forward, volunteer, and get the job done (see AN EXAMPLE OF HOW WE SHOOT OURSELVES IN THE FOOT UPDATED WITH OTHER VIEWS).

Well, since the establishment likes Virginia’s stupid rules for getting on Virginia’s Presidential Primary ballot, we still have those stupid rules. So what do we do? We get to work.

I have a friend who is a dedicated political activist. What is he doing? He is out collecting signatures for a couple of his favorite presidential candidates. Others are doing the same. When I was at the Prince William County Fair on Saturday (August 22, 2015), I stopped by a booth for Ben Carson and signed a petition for him.

What do you have to do?

  • We have to decide which of our favorite candidates have a real chance of winning, and we have to give them our support.
  • We must carefully read the rules (Deadlines, Duties and Ballot Access Requirements ), print petitions (PETITION OF QUALIFIED VOTERS FOR PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY), and collect signatures.
  • We must find out how to get our petitions to the campaigns we support. We must go to their websites. We must find a local office. We must let them know we want to volunteer, but we cannot wait to hear back from them. They still don’t have the people. We don’t have the time. We must get to work now.

Will it be easy? No. Will our favorite candidates be well organized in Virginia? Probably not, but that is why we need to help. We are electing human beings. By ourselves, none of us can do what needs to be done. The best we can do is to set a good example.

CANDIDATE PROFILE: CARLY FIORINA

Fiorina at Republican Party conference June 2015 (from here)
Fiorina at Republican Party conference June 2015 (from here)

One of my most astute commenters, Keith DeHavelle, likes Carly Fiorina.

There is no trace of liberal in Carly’s recent speeches and discussions. Nor was she ever a leftist or progressive, it seemed to me. Rather, there were instances in which she had bought into the Republican establishment party line. And even then, she was merely like well over 90% of visible Republicans at the time.

Now, all of that is gone — and has been for the past year or so. I just listened this morning to a speech by Carly to the Federalist Society last year, which was nicely done and had some material about her father, a conservative justice on the Ninth Circuit Court. (continued here)

Here is the speech mentioned.

Monica Crowley has a glowing editorial.

When Carly Fiorina speaks, people lean in to listen. It’s not just because she speaks in measured, almost soft, tones. It’s because she projects an extraordinary calming presence, even when discussing the most dangerous threats and vexing problems facing America today.

Prior to the first Republican debate, Mrs. Fiorina had been struggling to break through in a very crowded field. After her masterful performance, however, she immediately vaulted into the top tier, with the attention and fundraising prowess that brings. She was confident, fluent on the issues and delivered solutions-based answers. She was particularly strong when she laid out the philosophical differences between conservatism and progressivism. More candidates should be doing that. All the time. (continued here)

The Atlantic has what appears to be a favorable analysis of Fiorina, but they sure don’t like The Donald.

It’s hard for any Republican to stand out in a presidential field of 17—certainly when an impossible-to-ignore loudmouth is hogging the spotlight, and especially when your big chance to shine in a debate comes during a glorified dress rehearsal airing when most voters are still at work.

But if anyone can be said to have won last week’s GOP doubleheader in Cleveland, it’s Carly Fiorina. While Donald Trump has spent the last few days insisting he didn’t make a crude reference to Megyn Kelly’s menstrual cycle, Fiorina has leapfrogged several of her fellow also-rans in the national and state polls taken since the debate. Relegated to the “Happy Hour” debate last Thursday, the former HP executive may not have been facing off against the cream of the GOP crop, but she came off as poised and self-assured, speaking cogently on policy and landing a few well-timed zingers that would have hit even harder had she not been speaking to an empty theater. Fiorina followed up her debate performance with a solid showing at Erick Erickson’s RedState Gathering, and she’s been a fixture on the Sunday and morning news shows in the days since. (continued here)

The Christian Post considers Christian faith.

A former adviser to John McCain’s 2008 bid for the presidency, Fiorina officially launched her own campaign for the White House in February. Fiorina was interviewed by The Christian Post in February, 2015. Below are six interesting facts about her Christian faith:

(from here)

So what do I think of the lady?

  • I am not especially interested in any candidate who thinks the way to gain political office is by running against someone else. So I don’t care how well any candidate rags on either B. H. Obama or H. R. Clinton. I want to elect a presidential candidate who is running to be the president of the United States, someone who can be trusted, someone knows how to do the job, someone who will support and defend our Constitution and our people. Fiorina could be that person.
  • I am not interested in the fact Carly Fiorina is a woman. I want to elect a presidential candidate who is running to be the president of the United States, someone who can be trusted, someone knows how to do the job, someone who will support and defend our Constitution and our people. What has a candidate’s sex got to do with that? Fortunately, Fiorina is running to be president, not the first woman president.
  • I will not vote for a candidate who wants to force Christianity on America. I want to elect someone who will protect the freedom we have to choose and practice our own religion, and Fiorina could be that person.

Fiorina has extensive executive experience, and she knows how to calmly convey her ideas. What she lacks is experience in political office. Given how difficult it is to find politicians who have not been corrupted by the system, Fiorina’s lack of experience in political office may not be a bad thing.

THE VALUE OF SPEAKING UP

desperate-enough-yetMost of the time we should be quiet and listen. Because we don’t know very much, very few of us have much say. Yet there are times when we should say something. What is funny is how often we have to tell indiscreet elected officials to leave well enough alone.

THE MARSHALL MESSAGESee No Evil Republicans

Dear Friends:

Your calls and emails are having an impact on the Obama Trans-Pacific Partnership trade legislation contained in HR 1314, but we can’t stop now!

The two-part Obama Trade bill will be reconsidered Tuesday, June 16 in the House of Representatives to overcome a temporary setback for Obama.

The first vote was on Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA provision), which provided job retraining and other assistance to American workers who will lose jobs from the Obama Trade bill (HR 1314). If Obama’s Trade proposal is such a good deal, why will Americans lose jobs?

The TAA vote lost 126 Yeas to 306 Nays. Representatives Beyer, Comstock, Connolly, Hurt, Rigell vote YES. Representatives Brat, Forbes, Goodlatte, Griffith, Scott, Wittman voted NO.

The House then voted on the Trade Promotion Authority provision (TPA). That passed 219 Yeas, to 211 Nays. Representatives Beyer, Comstock, Connelly, Forbes, Goodlatte, Hurt, Rigell voted YES. Representatives Brat, Griffith, Scott, and Wittman voted NO. (Please thank these four Congressmen for their opposition.)

POLITICO notes that the TPA’s provisions are treated as national security secrets with tight restrictions on who can read the bill and under what conditions:

“If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.

If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving.

And no matter what, you can’t discuss the details of what you’ve read.”

Congressman Dave Brat, commenting on the TPA bill, said: “fatal conceit is to think that I’m smart enough to walk in a room and read 400 pages of legalese and believe it and know everything that’s in a trade bill that’s 400 pages long and digest it with everything that can go wrong … Ask your congressmen to explain to you what they know about it. And if they don’t tell you anything, say, I don’t trust the current regime. And I want a no vote out of you.”

Senator Sessions (R-AL) responded to the mixed vote on the Obama Trade bills:
“A vote for TAA next week is a vote to send fast-track to the President’s desk and to grant him these broad new executive authorities. … it will empower the President to form a Pacific Union encompassing 40 percent of the world’s economy and 12 nations—each with one equal vote. “Once the union is formed, foreign bureaucrats will be required to meet regularly to write the Commission’s rules, regulations, and directives—impacting Americans’ jobs, wages, and sovereignty. The union is chartered with a ‘Living Agreement,’ and there is no doubt it will seek to expand its membership and reach over time.

Fast-track … can expedite an unlimited number of yet-unseen international compacts for six years. … which includes labor mobility among more than 50 nations, further eroding the ability of the American people to control their own affairs. …The same people projecting the benefits of leaping into a colossal new economic union could not even accurately predict the impact of a standalone agreement with South Korea … which promised to boost our exports to them $10 billion, instead only budged them less than $1 billion, while South Korea’s imports to us increased more than $12 billion, nearly doubling our trading deficit. … opening our markets to foreign imports while allowing our trading partners to continue their non-tariff barriers that close their markets to ours.

If we want a new trade deal with Japan, or with Vietnam, then they should be negotiated bilaterally and sent to Congress under regular order. Under no circumstances should the House authorize, through fast-track, the formation of a new international commission that will regulate not only trade, but immigration, labor, environmental, and all manner of commercial policy.”

The vote on TAA will be on Tuesday, June 16th. Please let your Congressman know that you want to know how they voted, and that you will share how they vote with family and friends. Contact your representative by visiting the House of Representatives website and fill in your zip code in the top right corner to be connected to your Congressman’s website or contact the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, ask for your Congressman by name and you will be connected. If you call ask to speak to either the Chief of Staff or the Legislative Assistant who handles Trade issues.

Thank you so much for your help!

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

P.S. If you would like to donate you can do so below or if you’d like to volunteer to help my campaign you can do so at my website at www.DelegateBob.com

Because Marshall is a Conservative, he is rarely indiscreet. He has taken the time to understand why things are as the are. He also displays an understanding that his job is about serving the people of Virginia, not his own ambitions.

We have an election coming up in November, as is usual here in Virginia. In Prince William County, we will be electing our delegate and senator to the General Assembly. In addition, we will be filling all the elected offices in our county. So as Marshall suggests, if we want to make a difference in the outcome, there is no time like the present.