TIME FOR CONSERVATIVES TO UNITE AROUND DONALD TRUMP

elephantgop.pngDonald Trump is not a Conservative’s dream candidate, but he is giving Conservatives causes around which we can unite.  That includes his picks for the Supreme Court.

At the beginning of this month, I attended the Republican Party of Virginia’s convention in Harrisonburg, VA.  As this article attests, Cruz wins most Virginia GOP at-large delegates (www.dailypress.com), the Republican Party’s rank and file supported Senator Ted Cruz’s candidacy for President. A week later, after Cruz had suspended his campaign, I attended the 1st District Convention of the Republican Party of Virginia in Fredericksburg. Again, the Cruz delegates won. The delegates who would have supported Cruz will attend the Republican Party’s Convention in Cleveland, OH (RNC Issues the Call of the 2016 Republican National Convention (www.gop.com)). Yet this time the delegates said they would support Donald Trump’s candidacy. Why?

When the Republican Party selects the people it sends to the national convention, that process is controlled by conventions at the state level and at the congressional district level. Who goes to these conventions depends mainly upon who wants to go. What matters is caring enough to show up. Whereas many of Donald Trump’s supporters either did not either care enough or know enough to participate in the conventions, Ted Cruz’s supporters did. Cruz’s supporters, those sneaky fiends, showed up as the majority, and now they had a different choice.

An Aside

When the Virginia Republican Party decides who “Virginia’s” delegates to the Republican Party’s National Convention should vote for on the first ballot, a primary election and requires the “Virginia’s” delegates to vote based upon the primary results. Others have described the process. (Here is a reference =>  Everything you want to know about Virginia’s RNC delegate selection process (thebullelephant.com)).

The problem with primaries is that people who don’t actively participate in the Republican Party can easily vote in a primary. If such people vote in large numbers in a primary, they can prevent the Republican Party’s rank and file from holding its nominees accountable for what the party stands for. Hence, because they interfere with our First Amendment rights to “peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” primaries should be banned. Instead, we could and should use runoff elections so that voters don’t feel that are throwing their vote away when they vote for a third-party candidate.

Back To The Point

So if Trump is not really a Republican, why should Republicans support him? In spite of all his whining and immature name calling, Trump played by the rules, and he won the nomination. He is effectively the Republican Party’s nominee, and the only viable alternative (the only other candidate with a chance of winning) will be the Democratic Party’s nominee.  Whereas voting for Trump may force us to hold our nose, voting for the Democratic Party’s nominee may require an awkward explanation at the Final Judgement. That is, Trump is not nearly as bad as the alternative.

Further, there is some possibility Conservatives actually have something to gain if we support Trump, and he is elected.

  • From the beginning of his campaign, Trump has sought the support of Social Conservatives (see Trump’s inroads with social conservatives). Whether Trump is a sincere Christian is anybody’s guess. Nevertheless, Trump has demonstrated he wants the support of Social Conservatives. Hence, we can expect he will fight for religious freedom as well as Pro-Life judges.
  • In his book (see CAN DONALD TRUMP DELIVER ON HIS PROMISES?), Trump indicates he supports school choice and restraining the wild environmental activism of the EPA.
  • Of course, Trump has made a commitment to do something about illegal immigration.

Unfortunately, Trump has no record as a politician. We know he is a good businessman (only four bankruptcies), a successful actor on reality TV (He fires people.), and that he has contributed lots of money to politicians, including those he now complains about. Hence, the man is something of an enigma, not giving us much reason to campaign for him with wild enthusiasm. Still, given the alternative we can righteously campaign for him. At the same time, we can also work to get as many solid Conservatives in Congress as we can.

Never forget, if it should to use it, Congress is still the most powerful branch of the Federal Government. In 2008, I wrote this post, CONGRESS: WHERE THE WEIGHT OF POWER RESIDES. Subsequently, Barack Hussein Obama became our president, the the Democratic Party dominated both houses of Congress. The result has been disastrous for our republic and our children.

Every two years we elect Congress and one-third of the Senate, and this is one of those years.  We cannot just focus on the presidential election. We must also elect the best Congress we can.

Anyway, check out Donald J. Trump’s website => https://www.donaldjtrump.com/. Trump may not be our dream candidate, but there are still things to like.

THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATERS VERSUS CNBC

THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATERS VERSUS CNBC
THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATERS VERSUS CNBC

Here is copy of the video of the third Republican Presidential Debate of 2015. It is CNBC’s website, but at least they don’t have many commercials.

What I found notable about the debate is with exceptions of John Kasich and Jeb Bush the Republicans candidates stood together. They had the good sense to understand they were under a direct and transparent assault by the CNBC moderators.  They understood that CNBC’s  goal is to elect a Democrat.  Even Chris Christie had enough sense to call the CNBC moderators rude.

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 FIRST AND SECOND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES — UPDATE

UPDATE:  Found an active link => Republican Presidential Debate – 6 August – Fox News

ORIGINAL COMMENTARY

Frankly, I am a bit annoyed the 2016 presidential election is already getting this much airtime.  Why? I am supposed to be something of a political junkie, right? Well, here in Virginia we will have elections in 2015 for state and local offices. Shouldn’t we be focusing on that? Instead, we have to study up both for elections in 2015 and 2016.

Keep in mind that among the first tier candidates we have some Conservatives. I think Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Scott Walker, and Senator Ron Paul our best choices. Unfortunately, the corporate news media and our nation’s “elites” have little interest in electing Conservatives.

How does that work?

  • The corporate news media will cast smoke bombs over the candidates, clouding their positions and their records. Instead of a serious discussion of the issues and the candidates, they give us a juicy story, “The Donald.”  Consider, is Donald Trump a serious candidate or a smoke bomb? Does anyone in the corporate news media think he has a chance of winning? Not likely. Trump polls well. However, because “The Donald’s” also has high negatives, his polling numbers may already be near their maximum.  Nevertheless, because of free news coverage and The Donald’s “frankness,” none of the other candidates has had an opportunity to stand out.
  • The big money “elites” fund RINOs. The big money “elites” feed off government spending, and RINOs buy their support with our dollars. That leaves Conservatives a difficult task. We must correctly identify the best Conservative candidate and unify behind that candidate as soon as possible. Otherwise, once again we have a dismal choice, voting for a RINO or simply not bothering to vote.

As President Barack Obama has demonstrated, our president can exercise power, including power never authorized by the Constitution. Hence, we must pay attention to 2016 election now. We must closely examine the candidates and choose the genuine article. We cannot rely upon the corporate news media or big donors to choose our candidate for us.