Tag: President

The people who chose Trump.

 

My brother voted for Trump. He owns his own business. He is a mechanic, he opened up his own shop in August 2009. He works hard, at least 65 hours a week. He is an Iraq War veteran. He owns his home. He owns several rental properties. He has a wonderful wife and a 3.5 year old daughter. He works hard to provide for them and to prepare for their future. He is a success. He has no college education, for that reason elites would think that he is a failure.

My father voted for Trump. He is a widower. He is retired, he worked for 25 years in a state penitentiary. He has three good kids (if I can brag). He also has cerebral palsy, it affects the way he walks — he has a limp, yet refuses to use a cane or a wheelchair because he doesn’t want people to see him as disabled. He refused to have a handicapped parking tag for years, only got one when he turned 55. He has worked hard his whole life. He goes to church every week. He is a success. He has no college education, again elites would think that he is a failure.

One need not look further than Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the top of the GOP candidate heap to know that Americans have become disillusioned with the political establishment. James Piereson takes a look at previous political ‘revolutions’ that have already taken place in this country. Piereson tells us that another is on its way. His latest book, Shattered Consensus, is a masterwork of historical and political analysis and should not be missed. On a positive note, Piereson is not another crying out from the wilderness that America will fall. On the contrary, he believes that any current political turmoil is a precursor to another period of growth for the nation.

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I’ve grappled with a question since the presidency of George W. Bush: just how important is the president? I think most Republican voters agreed that he meant well, and the constant media harping about how dumb he is was overdone. I liked him, I voted for him. But I was never really convinced that he […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Mike Pence for consistently articulating conservative principles in Tuesday’s vice presidential debate. They’re unimpressed with moderator Elaine Quijano for failing to stop Tim Kaine’s incessant interruptions and tons of cross talk. And they slam Kaine’s overall performance and question the Democrats’ strategy in the debate.

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Anyone who can’t figure out to whom the headline of this post is directed has been under a rock, in a basement, for the last 8 years. After reading on Townhall that the President could veto the bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia—on 9/11, it makes my brain and heart weep. I can’t […]

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People like to talk about favoring a small, efficient, streamlined government. Yet, when an opportunity arises to begin that process, we move in a completely different direction. We continue to ask the question, “What will the government do about this, that, or the other thing?” We seem to shy away from asking, “How can we […]

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There’s a lot that can still happen but holding everything else equal it looks likely that Trump will win the nomination. This isn’t good news for me because this will be the first time in my life when I would probably not vote for the republican candidate for president. I’ve had philosophical differences with McCain […]

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Desperate Times?

 

I often feel that the basic disagreement between Status Quo Conservatives and the more radical Tear-it-Down conservatives is between those who think the government is basically doing a good job — with perhaps some adjustments needed at the fringes (think of Speaker Paul Ryan’s budget plans) — and those who see a $20 trillion debt bomb and growing government tyranny and are desperately seeking a fix. I am in the second camp. Moreover, I think we all can agree that Congress, for one reason or another, does not lead the nation. Nevertheless, there certainly are good people in both the House and Senate who would follow a president who was willing to take the heat for proposing and executing on a radically constitutionalist platform.

Which brings me to why Senator Ted Cruz has always been on my shortlist. Any anti-status quo leader has to be able to take the heat and stay in the kitchen: this is precisely what Cruz did in the Senate. People hated and ridiculed him, and he kept at it, without getting defensive or losing his cool. I can only imagine what it is like to be in that position and not taking it personally.

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We are in the first 100 days of President #45, a Republican (please!). He takes his pen and reverses every one of #44’s illegal, unconstitutional executive orders—great! What happens if the elephantine, cumbersome, LIBERAL bureaucracy refuses to stop the actions generated by those orders? I hope I get lots of answers requiring popcorn and adult […]

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Highly classified Hillary Clinton emails that the intelligence community and State Department recently deemed too damaging to national security to release contain “operational intelligence”—and their presence on the unsecure, personal email system jeopardized “sources, methods and lives,” a US government official who has reviewed the documents told Fox News. This is about the 22 Top […]

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The Constitution declares that the President of the United States shall “… from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient …” (Article 2, Section 3) The history of the State of the Union reflects […]

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Fellow Ricochetti, this is my final dispatch from Bucharest. Politics, such as it is, looks like its heading towards normality, such as we have it. The process of normalization is as full of disappointment as you would expect. There is very little reflection on the difference between the two states, though everyone can tell abnormal […]

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I have written breathlessly, for my Ricochet audience, about the protests that led to the fall of the PM & his government, creatures of the party that nevertheless runs the bicameral legislature. There is great embarrassment in the country now. Again, there are thousands of people protesting in the streets of Bucharest, so rapidly successful […]

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Dispatch from Bucharest: Are we Having Another Revolution?

 

shutterstock_171837251Greeting from troubled Europe, Ricochet and America! Romania is in political turmoil. I write from calm, prosperous, populous Bucharest, probably the safest, least troubled capital in Europe. The protests and political turmoil here have nothing to do with immigration. Horror came over the weekend — I thank again my fellow Ricochetti who inquired as to my safety! — when a nightclub burned down; there are nearly three dozen dead, another seven dozen wounded. These poor souls have somehow been connected to a political anger that is rarely voiced and never articulated here.

It is no explanation, but the facts are as follows: Prime Minister Victor Ponta will resign. The leader of the party running the legislature — and, therefore, the government — made the announcement; Ponta himself has not yet spoken. In name, this is a socialist party or social-democrat party. In deed, it is the party of the oligarchy. The PM runs the country, but it is not clear on what leash he runs.

The man who runs Ponta’s socialist party is Mr. Liviu Dragnea, of whose criminal deeds no one is in doubt. He is a new, corrupt man of ambition representing one of the more important fiefdoms. He has risen through the party without any connection to popular politics. He resigned from government earlier this year — in happier times — because of an unfortunate indictment. This is not necessarily held against him by the oligarchy (I hope to explain the basics of Romanian politics in a sequel post). For now, let me give you a view of democratic politics here.

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At last count, twenty individuals formally declared their intentions to seek the office of President of the United States of America. Each of these men and women is stating a case to the people of our great country. Each candidate is demonstrating to us why we should support his or her candidacy by casting our precious vote […]

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Usually it’s not wise to post Rico links to a Drudge sourced article, as most likely everyone has already seen it and by the time you read this, it’s probably old news. However, this (heavy ad laden) Radar Online article refers to an upcoming book Unlikeable — The Problem with Hillary by Edward Kline that states Clinton is […]

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