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Playing Politics-Glib Old Politicians Backing Trump…again

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So, how do you like that. This week, we see a lot of false piety and fake anger, calls for Trump to get out of the race and let Mike Pence run (who’d get clobbered by Hillary, for the same reasons as Jeb Bush would have been) now have recanted of their anger and have said they would vote for him now. Here’s the list of those who supported, pulled their support, but are now supporting…again.

  • Senator Deb Fisher (Nebraska)
  • Senate Candidate Darryl Glenn (Colorado)
  • Senator John Thune (S. Dakota)
  • Rep. Scott Garrett (New Jersey)
  • Rep. Bradley Byrne (Alabama)

Didn’t take the Times long to report it. Read it here

This is precisely why I hate the Glib Old Politicians now and why the establishment simply must die. These idiots will play games, not showing what they really feel. They suck up to whoever they have to get elected. Makes you wonder about what makes them tick inside – it’s certainly not anything truthful.

And for the record, I burned my GOP card back early in 2015, after John Boehner being wishy-washy as speaker. Sad that Paul Ryan has turned out the same way, given that the Tea Party gave him props, only for Ryan to call them the “problem” back in February, when talking about fracturing the party between the establishment and conservatives.

In any case, it does not at all surprise me. Not in the slightest.

Oh, and as I was reading this article, this popped up. Seriously, already using Ken Bone in advertising? I still want to know how this crap happens. Maybe it’s a sort of buyout, since he makes his living on coal, the liberals out there might think the Right wants him to become the “everyman”. Can’t have another Joe the Plumber running around.  Let’s throw cash at him, so he doesn’t get all bent up if Hillary wins and she continues the Left’s assault on fossil fuel energy.

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Written by The Rabid Conservative

October 12, 2016 at 3:44 pm

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False Piety Part III-GOP Exodus

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No one is impressed with the GOP elite’s so-called exodus of support for Trump. Except maybe for CNN.

So we keep hearing noise from the GOP elite’s sycophants, the NeverTrump crowd, and the liberal-leaning RINO’s out there. Noise about how “folks were going to start withdrawing support” and how much they need an emergency process to replace the nominee.

As if they ever supported Trump through ANY of the campaign process. All that’s going on and their reaction to it is about as fake as a three-dollar bill: trying to pass counterfeit emotions in hope it will buy them sympathy.

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To rewind, it all started with seventeen candidates of every band of the GOP. No one expected Donald Trump to make it as far as he did.  The establishment was going for candidates like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. As the lower tier candidates kept dropping off the radar, candidates like Mike Huckabee, or Carly Fiorina, more emphasis is being placed on the top-tier candidates. But it seemed like in the back of everyone’s head, people were asking the question, why is Donald Trump still in the race?

And then Jeb Bush dropped out of the race. He was supposed to be the establishment’s standard bearer. But he failed to impress, particularly in a race that was becoming more heated by the second. The field very quickly dwindled down to Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump. It was at this point that the GOP establishment began to very much worry. They were fans of Ted Cruz either, but at least they have a shot Marco Rubio.

And then Rubio failed to carry his home state of Florida and bowed out of the race. The GOP establishment was not at all happy with this dichotomy candidates. Both of them were populist-leaning. The battle lines were redrawn and heading into the convention it seemed that Trump Train couldn’t be stopped. There was talk about changing the rules of the convention, a very deeply unpopular use of party power. It was at this point that the NeverTrump crowd was as its strongest. They were pulling for the convention to use some sort of nuclear option in order to thwart Trump and install Cruz as the candidate.

That didn’t happen, and the GOP was begrudgingly forced to accept Donald Trump is their presidential candidate. Establishment names like John McCain and Paul Ryan as well as Ted Cruz withheld their support because they could see themselves supporting a candidate like Donald Trump. Paul Ryan particularly was in a precarious situation. Either he had to support Trump, something that he didn’t at all want to do, or withhold his support and anger the more populist leaning GOP base.

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Support for Donald Trump came from those people who follow him, and who continue to follow him. They have eschewed the GOP establishment feeling like the establishment did not represent their interest; that in many ways spent more time colluding with Democrats than promoting the Republican agenda.

What we have seen so far is not at all impressive. Why would we even care about a bunch of politicians who begrudgingly put out the very bare minimum support, or no support at all, only to withdraw it simply because someone dredged up to tape from 11 years ago. Of course the only group of people that seem to be impressed by this are ones who are positioning themselves to be sycophants of Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump to had to play nice with the GOP during the convention season. But truth be told, the reason why Trump is even running in the first place is because the GOP establishment has gotten tired and irrelevant. The rank and file feel like no one listens to them anymore, and that no one in Washington has the gumption to actually change anything. Trump comes along and campaigns as a Republican. The elites cry that their nomination has been taken over.

So they’ve been waiting for all this. Don’t be fooled. Just another round of false piety trying to dissuade people from what is actually happening. Just like the fake emotional outburst regarding Trump’s taxes, or his locker-room talk.

To my friends – what few I have left.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

October 11, 2016 at 1:56 pm

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Seventeen Governors – Could It Be True?

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So, I finished up on my vacation, a restful and fun few days to be sure – and the subject of a post later this week.

But for the moment, I wanted to share something that caught my eye that was just too intriguing to ignore.

Question: What do the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have in common?

Answer: They all elected Republican governors in 2010.  States that are pretty staunch blue states, like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, battleground states like Ohio and Florida, seventeen in all.

However, that’s not what is most interesting here.  Turns out that these states have all seen decreases in their statewide unemployment rates.  All of them.  Now I wouldn’t take the bait on a few states (unless it was something significant), or even a handful, but we’re talking a third of the entire Union has seen a drop in the unemployment rate, and on average, far faster than the national average.

The lowest of these states was Maine with just a 0.6% increase, from 8.0% to 7.4%.  The greatest of these is my home state of Michigan where the decrease was from 10.9% to 8.5% – a 2.4% drop.

Before I let any jubilation get the best of me, the pessimist inside me urged caution.  Now, I had to dig a little more to see what was actually happening.  Not that I don’t welcome news like this, but sometimes, it can be too good to be true:

Michigan is dropping because nearly 224,000 residents have left the Great Lakes workforce.  It seems the spike in improvement isn’t coming from the fact that there are more jobs, but less people in the unemployment line.  It’s estimated that 94,000 have left the state, so the other 130,000 have either retired out of the workforce, gone to school, of just gave up looking.  This is the more dangerous of the unemployment figures because it disguises the real problem – that the true level of unemployment just isn’t being talked about.

Florida seems to be showing the same pattern.  With a 2.3% drop, a very encouraging number, the number isn’t something to completely believe.  Florida is a haven for retirees – retiring baby boomers that have lost their jobs and had trouble securing new employment.

So, while I always think that electing Republicans are better for business than Lib-crats, we need to make sure that our celebrations are earned, when we see the results of real policies generating real results.  But of course, we need to remove those who believe expanding government is the way to fix the economy.

Hat Tip: Breitbart

Written by The Rabid Conservative

July 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

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Health Care Summit – More of the Same

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Obama has no intention of actually listening to what the GOP is saying because the GOP has already been saying it – and he’s been ignoring it.

I’ve been listening to this debate regarding the re-address of the health care reform effort and I can’t really say that I’m surprised by the whole thing.  It’s really a big partisan fight, when you get down to the brass tacks.  And despite Obama’s efforts to demonstrate a change to the way things are done in Washington, he’s only showing that nothing ever changes.  This is the latest example.

Obama decides to call both parties into the room in a make-shift summit to discuss the health care reform – which is admirable.  But then, today, he announces the Obama plan, which is really nothing more than the Senate’s plan with a few tweaks here and there. In a sense, it’s "more of the same", the very thing that got the Dems into the pot of water that continues to get hotter and hotter.

So rather than actually starting a meaningful round-table about how to make health care even better in this country, Obama and the Dems want to dictate to the GOP members in the room what the plan will be.  Obama has no intention of actually listening to what the GOP is saying because the GOP has already been saying it – and he’s been ignoring it.  The whole point here is to break the partisan bloc and gain some sort of validation for the plan that more than half of Americans simply don’t want.

If there is to be any real reform, it should be started by thoroughly going over what the problems really are.  After the problems have been identified, then we look at ways of solving each problem, piece by piece.  Both the House and Senate, and now Obama’s plans have been a solution in search of a matching problem.  This is not an over-simplification of the matter – it’s the common sense answer to the solution to any problem.

And as conservatives have noted before, the problem that the Dems are attempting to solve isn’t about ensuring that all Americans get health care, since not all of them do under either the Senate or House plans, but rather, the problem is how to push the country to Single Payer coverage.  Progressives are all about growing government and using that power to influence people to the progressive will.  A government run single-payer system forces the people to comply with the government’s mandate, which would be, optimally, pushed by the progressive agenda, rather than allowing people to make their own decisions about their source of health insurance.

If I was the chair of the GOP, I’d tell President Obama that no GOP member is going to this summit until there is a solid promise of starting over, from scratch, with an assessment of what the problems are.

Oh, and make sure all of that is televised on C-SPAN – like Obama promised.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

February 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm

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Getting Back on Track – The Right Way

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America doesn’t need to be remade; it only needs to go back to the principles to doing what actually brings prosperity and security. We don’t need a new approach. We need to do what we’ve already seen work everywhere it’s genuinely tried – true social and fiscal conservatism.

For many months now, the Grand Ol’ Party has been in disarray, damaged by its inability to stand up for the convictions that brought it into power back in 1980 and again in 1994. During the Bush 41 and 43 administrations, the GOP sacrificed its principles, a little at a time.  The GOP began to grow government, instead of shrink it.  It began to become “OK” with abortion and gay marriage. It began to acquiesce to financial madness and fiscal irresponsiblity, in order to satisfy a handful of vocal objectors.

We watched in shock and horror as the Dems took back control of the House and Senate in 2006 and how they strengthened their hold in 2008. We also watched as an unqualified, socialistic empty suit took the helm as President. The Dems are poised to seal the deal now that the power hungry Arlen Specter, jumped from GOP to Democrat, thus labeling himself as he always was and that diaper-wearing dumbkopf blowhard, Stuart Smalley, aka Al Franken, took the last two chairs and ensures that our party is silenced in the operations of the Federal Government for at least a couple years.

Then the finger pointing began. We accused John McCain of not being conservative enough, so the “holier-than-thou” conservatives stayed home instead of coming out in droves against Obamania. We accused Sarah Palin of being too conservative and a painted lady, a last ditch effort to score some points

The point is, we all blew it.

We got comfortable. We let our guard down and the Dems rushed in like a flood. Now we have to sit back as liberals, homosexuals, and godless socialists have their way with our country. And for now, we do so, hoping that they don’t wreck the country too badly, don’t start throwing us Right Wing extremists (you hear that, Napolitano?) into jail for hate crimes, and taxing us into oblivion to pay off anyone in the world who wants a free abortion. We sit back now and hope we can give our children a truly Godly education and hope the State doesn’t come in and take our kids when we stand up, ready to arm ourselves in the face of oppression. And we hope that, as Obama relaxes our defenses in the face of a bitter enemy who wants revenge for everything in the world that they don’t detonate a nuclear weapon in Kansas City.

Not only did we let our guard down, we allowed our message to get watered down. We started saying instead of limiting government wherever and whenever we can, we started making concessions. We started allowing little government programs pop up. And kind of like the one little dandelion in your yard that is too much trouble to uproot, we left it alone. Then two more appeared. Then three. And suddenly, a good deal of our government budget is spent on entitlements and programs.  Pork projects sprung up all over and we didn’t do anything to stop them until there were so many that it was too late to make an effective stand.

It’s not his fault, her fault. It’s our fault. We did this to ourselves.

So how do we fix it?  We go back and look at the Reagan playbook again, update for today’s landscape, and start winning elections.

First, we all owe God and the Founders a deep, bitter apology for our sin. Many of us refused to stand up when the time came. Many of us said, “it’s not our problem, we’re too busy”. We squandered away our victories and apologized for our affluence. God blessed us and we tossed it into the trashcan as we took things for granted. We started thinking of ourselves better (and so became careless) when it came time to build upon the foundations that Reagan helped us to see.

Second, we need to pick ourselves up by reinvesting in our roots. We need to get away from this ‘move a bit to the center so we get more support’ and stand up for our principles. In 1980, Reagan’s landslide came because he held his principles and the moderates came to agree with Reagan (or disagree with Carter).

Third, we work the grassroots. We talk to our friends and neighbors about conservative principles and more importantly, we weave them into our daily lives. We live the message we preach. (sound familiar, Christians?)  We learn to communicate in the 21st century

There’s been all this clamor as of late about getting past Reagan and getting on with the business of the party. Do you want to stop mentioning the name, “Ronald Reagan”? Fine. I’m alright with that. And I’m sure Reagan would be alright with that, too, since he surely didn’t believe it was about him, but values and principle. But that doesn’t mean we forget the principles of Reagan.

So, as we put Reagan in the rear-view, let’s put the principles of conservatism in the front-view and strive for the ideologies that have always made this country great. Let’s start getting back to the principles of limited government as well as limited government involvement in people’s lives. Let’s tell the government to stay out of our health care, stay out of our private sector and leave the economy the heck alone. America doesn’t need to be remade; it only needs to go back to the principles to doing what actually brings prosperity and security. We don’t need a new approach. We need to do what we’ve already seen work everywhere it’s genuinely tried – true social and fiscal conservatism.

We can stop saying the name Reagan, just as long as we never stop doing the fundamental principles of Reagan-style conservatism.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

May 5, 2009 at 2:43 pm

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