Since When?

Probably the most important question to be asked right now… since when?

For example: after the Iowa caucus, Ben Carson did exactly everything he could to damage Ted Cruz in favor of Donald Trump. Then, when there wasn’t any more strategic damage to do, he dropped out and shortly thereafter endorsed Trump.

Chris Christie destroyed Marco Rubio in a debate just before New Hampshire, a move that also showed him as his unlikable self. The damage Rubio took was probably enough that it is why he did not pull the extra couple percent to beat Trump in South Carolina. Shortly thereafter, Christie dropped out of the race and then proceeded to endorse Trump.

I realize that this sounds conspiratorial but think about it happening like this:

  1. Carson feels cheated out of a strong finish in Iowa
  2. Phone rings
  3. Trump says ‘You were robbed! Ted lied and lied and cheated you (and me) out of our rightful Iowa wins (slash second place).
  4. Together we can take him down…
  5. And so Carson runs with Trump’s attack lines, thinking (as implied by Trump possibly) that Cruz’s support will evaporate and drift mostly his way.
  6. Trump nurtures the delusion
  7. Carson only gets out after he cant hurt Cruz any more, and is promised a position in Trumps admin… illegal, but basically he admitted there was an offer made in exchange for the endorsement…
  8. Carson may still not realize that he was played… or he participated the whole time.. either way, his voters (who would probably not have voted for Trump) ought to be outraged.

As for Christie

  1. Cant gain any traction in NH
  2. ‘Phone rings’
  3. I have a great line of attack against Rubio… but it wont work from me… says Trump
  4. Christie dices Rubio
  5. Christie realizes that he was played for a fool…

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So, at what point did Carson and Christie become Trump supporters… Since When? Supporting a candidate after dropping out is normal… doing so beforehand is at the very least fraudulent in ethical terms… not sure about legally though.

Which begs the most important question: What is Kasich doing the the race? If we list his actions, it would seem that everything he is doing disproportionately assists Trump. He campaigned in Utah, on the off beat chance he could keep Cruz under the 50% cutoff. He tried to take delegates in WI when, camping in NY and Pennsylvania would be certain to gain him delegates, where spending time and money in WI would almost certainly not, and also almost certainly affect Cruz, not Trump….

Since when?

Or better yet: When will Kasich exit the race and endorse Trump?

Trump: A True Conservative

Well, it appears that Donald Trump must be a true conservative: a real Republican. There is so much evidence for that, it barely requires enumerating, but for the logically challenged among us, I will deign to do so. The evidence falls into three categories. First, high profile supporters, second, the type of people who vote for him in the primary and third, stated policy positions.

Just look and marvel in awe at the huge amazing list of rock-ribbed conservatives, social and economic, that support him! I mean, Chris Christie… I mean just look at the admiration Christie has for Barack Obama!

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And then there is Ben Carson: my what a conservative stalwart there! (Except for his longstanding and recently memory-holed support of gun-control…)

And of course, there is Ann Coulter! Whew, I mean who wouldn’t just take her word for it… when she dubs someone a true conservative, well there can be no more debate there (except that apparently by her book Romney is somehow the best conservative ever).

Well, if that wasn’t enough, the people who repeatedly vote for Lamar Alexander voted for Trump in the primary. The people who supported Schwarzenegger in CA support Trump at this point. And in Wisconsin, those known squishy RINOs who support the establishment Trojan horse Scott Walker from constant assault from the leftists in the state, those people voted for that other establishment fraud Ted Cruz… who lies and stuff…

And look! Trump says things about abortion… like six different things… one of them has to have been the conservative response! Even Rudy Giuliani (known pro-lifer…) supports Trump!

What more evidence do you need? If Trump and his plurality won delegates (He won all 50 SC delegates with a lower vote share than he lost 36/42 in WI)  don’t win at the convention, the nomination was STOLEN!

(Seriously now… when did ‘conservative’ come to mean ‘Trump Supporter’ rather than ‘Scott Walker’ … and ‘Establishment’ come to mean anyone other than people like Christie? Totally weird. This primary is like the Republicans are drunk, in a carnival hall of mirrors… and I’m not sure if people like Limbaugh  will ever really recover… Who will trust them now?)

A Theory on American Voters

At this point, despite the fact that he is clearly not a Republican, Trump appears to be set to win the nomination for the Republican party.  So I’d like to propose a theory, sort of a unified theory of American voting. That is, that American voters belong to three parties… but we only have two parties to choose from. (Perhaps due to the constant, and idiotic, political binary of right-left-center.) The three actual parties are socialist, populist and small-r republican. But what we have are the Democratic and the Republican parties.

I suspect that roughly 1/4 -1/3 of both the Republicans and the Democrats are actually populists. And Trump is the ‘Populist party’ nominee. This would explain how he manages to get roughly a third of the primary vote every single time.

To push this further, I think that the populists in the country, not having any party apparatus through which to express their political desires, generally gravitate to belonging to whatever party, Democrat or Republican, that runs a given state if that party is dominant enough. So, for example, in Alabama, where the Democrats are becoming an endangered species, the populists (roughly 33% of the electorate) vote something like 80/20 republican/democrat. But in New York state, the populists vote roughly 80/20 democrat/republican. This isn’t just a cynical ploy on their part. Anyone who would be a ‘Populist party’ politician at the state level would have to run and get elected in the dominant party.

If we did actually have a populist party, we might have states that are ~40% republican, and about 25-30% each democrat and populist (like maybe Texas) and some other states with ~40% democrat and the other split (like maybe Pennsylvania) and some that are run by the populist party… Not sure if this would disproportionally harm either the Republican party or the Democrat party since I suspect that every state has at least 20% populists…

Anyway, the main problem (other than the 20-?% of the country that are socialists) is that while our country has voters for a Leftist party, a populist party and a republican (small r again) party, we are governed by a small cadre of senators and representatives and bureaucrats who are in their own little, powerful and power-hungry ‘globalist party’…

Anyway, its a theory and it isn’t a conspiracy, which already puts it far above the general fever-swamps of Internet theories…

 

 

 

Rubio voters supported Trump

Rubio and Kasich must go… It has been proven that they are merely vanity candidates whose effect is making the nomination easier for Trump to win. Whether you like it or not, the choice is not between Trump, Cruz, Rubio and Kasich, the choice is only between Trump and Cruz, and every vote for the perennial losers Rubio and Kasich helps Trump.

Think that is wrong, consider this: if Rubio’s voters had stayed home in Idaho, Trump would have won no delegates there. If you look at the vote tallies in ID  (from RCP), Cruz had about 101k, Trump about 62k, Rubio 35k and Kasich 16k. With those numbers, Cruz took about 45% of the vote. If all Rubio voters had stayed home, those same numbers would have given Cruz about 56% of the vote (leaving Kasich voters in the calculation) and all 32 delegates. (The same method, just leaving out Kasich gives Cruz 50.7% of the vote… so this goes for Kasich voters too.) So, intentionally or not, those 35k people who voted for Rubio, by voting for Rubio, gave Trump 12 delegates. They actively, though unintentionally, supported Trump… That should turn the stomach of anyone who voted Rubio or Kasich yesterday. (With some exception to the Kasich voters in MI… at least it seemed plausible from the polling that he might win. But now, he is clearly in the same category as Rubio.)

Its hard not to be frustrated…. But this is why Cruz ought to crush Kasich and Rubio in their home states. If those two stay in, Trump will win the nomination. If they don’t, we get to at least have a choice. You may not like Cruz, but consider if you actually want to hand delegates to Trump (as Rubio voters did in ID).

 

(And yes, two days ago I finally broke down and gave a few bucks to Cruz… because I figured this was coming… but I figured that in all honesty I should let people know that I am writing this as a very small dollar donor to Cruz…)

Justice

Not everything that is right is sweet. Not everything that is righteousness makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Good and evil are not synonymous with comfortable and uncomfortable. Often, evil is pleasant. Frequently, justice (and even mercy) are terrifying.

Sometimes, the righteous and holy action is stomach churning.

This is the story of Gibeon fight-
Where we smote the lords of the Amorite;
Where the banners of princes with slaughter were sodden.
And the beards of seers in the rank grass trodden;
Where the trees were wrecked by the wreck of cars,
And the reek of the red field blotted the stars;
Where the dead heads dropped from the swords that sever,
Because His mercy endureth for ever.

(The Ballad Of The Battle Of Gibeon: G.K. Chesterton)

I think Christians don’t read the Old Testament enough. We seem to gloss over the idea of Justice. We have become so obsessed with mercy that we fail to see that mercy is meaningless unless justice cries out for punishment. Another way to say this is that it seems we forget the Law in our rush to discuss the Gospel. But that fails us, as the Gospel’s power to forgive is in relation to the Law that condemns. We pay lip service to the fact that the God of the Old and the God of the New testaments are the same, eternal, changeless God. But it seems that the reality of the situation is sometimes sidestepped.

Was God wrong to slaughter the Amorites? What a ludicrous question:

‘By my troth, I care not; a man can die but once; we owe God a death. … he that dies this year is quit for the next.’ (Henry IV… you know who…)

Anyway, back to reading for my Old Testament class….

Coffee

A thought occurred to me. We only have K-cup coffee because of social security…

The thought process goes like this (thanks to Dr. Wolfram for they thought style).

It used to be that someone sitting in an office with a Ph.D. and busy being all professor-y would have had a secretary…  That secretary would have brought coffee… good coffee. (probably would have filed papers too I think…)

But now, no one can afford to hire a secretary to do such work because of how much it costs (outside of salary) to hire an employee. This is due to social security and suchlike. So we lost secretaries.

And lastly, you cannot convince me that a bunch of people in offices would spring for K-Cup coffee when they were already getting brought secretary coffee. On a tray, in a civilized cup, with actual cream and sugar… Alas for our society!

What a terrible trade, we got a debt monster Ponzi scheme in social security and we are also stuck with K-Cup coffee in our offices…

 

Trump is…. Batman?

Every conservative wants a hero, a Reagan reincarnated, a principled, constitutional president who can usher in a new era of limited federal government. Apparently they ran out of unicorn farts at the wish store. I’ve long thought that the true focus for conservative reform must be state and local first: because what we really need is a re-engagement of normal people into the world of politics. We have too many Law students, too many natural born politicians working in think tanks and running newspapers… even on the conservative side. We need more regular random people on school boards, in village government and in the statehouse. It is as if, when conservatives think about reclaiming our limited government heritage, they forget that America is in reality 50 semi-sovereign entities… I personally expect that the best we can do with the federal government and bureaucracies is to hold the line while we get our states in order. Wisconsin is becoming saner and saner by the week. That’s what really needs to happen.

And so, I present to you our much maligned hero, Trump. The rap on Trump is that he is not a conservative. National Review unloaded all the cannons at him. The entire conservative elite (and there is one, no mistake) is more intent on beating Trump than on winning in 2016. Because he is not conservative. And the general reply of Trump supporters is, I suspect… ‘Duh.’

So, Trump is not the hero we want… what if he is perhaps the hero we deserve? The hero we need?

What if Trump is Batman? (He’s a billionaire… so step one is complete)

Consider this: America is no longer lying to itself about Bill Clinton. And, as John Nolte put it at Brietbart:

…(W)hat did the serial losers in the GOP Establishment do when the media declared Bill’s past off-limits?  Even though Hillary and the DC Media were already laying the groundwork to War on Women them to death, these spineless cowards couldn’t wait to surrender. In other words, they agreed to play by the DC Media’s rules — rules specifically designed to destroy Republican candidates.

And then along came The Donald.

In less than a week, Trump performed a bona fide miracle. In less than a week, Trump did what no other Republican has been able to do in 25 years. In less than a week, Trump lifted his middle finger to the corrupt media and went on a truth-telling terror about an alleged serial-abuser and his enabler wife.

The clouds parted.

The sun rose.

A rainbow formed.

And after 25 long years, the truth finally stuck to Slick Willy.

America is currently choked, the very air that America breathes has been sucked out of the country by the political and educational elites. Where are our 1st amendment crusaders? The NRA and others do a fine job advancing the 2nd, but the 1st embodies the right to think and say and act on what you believe. The right to say what you think is the air that freedom breathes. And currently Donald J. Trump is doing CPR. He is breaking down the system that limits what you can say, what you can think. And at the same time he is taking not insignificant personal damage.

If Trump continues to smash the ‘Overton Windows‘ he will be (though largely derided and unacknowledged) a great American hero. A hero for leading a revolution against the tyrants of the mind. We can only hope that irrespective of the results of the 2016 campaigns, that this revolution is successful.

(I say all this as a Walker supporter😦, who now is generally agnostic about the race since the WI primary will be irrelevant.)