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Right Hook! 11 Must-Reads for the Politically Mature

I Know, 11 Must-Reads.  Why Not 10, right?

I wrestled with labeling this list as “conservative”. Anyone who reads it will learn something. This is especially true in the case of the Goldwater book. I came down on the side of truth-in-labeling. Conservative writers did write these books.  I consider these books to be arguable must-reads.

As I point out in Street Politics…, the terms Conservative and Liberal mean little in today’s discussion. There are few more stodgy and pig-headed than the modern American “liberal”. And people who would be slapped with the label “conservative” are often more willing than the Center and Left to try new ideas and cut loose the creative juices of their fellow citizens. Please bear this in mind as you browse the following books.

Also this is not presented in the rank order the books sold in. But most have spent time on the Amazon and NY Times best-sellers lists.

Just click on the book to go straight to it.

From Good to Best:

1. Are You Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused? (An Uncle Eric Book) 2nd Edition


by Richard J. Maybury (Author), Jane A. Williams (Editor)

I started with this book because it addresses directly the observation I made above. It properly diminishes the political labels that have been popular since FDR and challenges popular myth. Not every observation in this book aligns with my own, but at least we have a cogent argument about labels and why we must see past them if we are to have a hope in hell of ever getting this country back on a sustainable, successful course.

 

2. STREET POLITICS: It Ain’t Your Daddy’s GOP Anymore!

by Matt Jordan (Author)

Aw, c’mon! You didn’t think I was going to publish a list of conservative writers and not put my own masterpiece on here did you? Besides, I didn’t let hubris overwhelm me, placing SP ahead of everyone. I think I could have moved it much higher on the list, but I’ll be coy and keep it here.

This is your chance to deal with the new reality in Washington. Whether we like Donald Trump or not, we need to understand how got elected in the first place. Only then can we build on his unorthodox success.

As of this post, we are failing to do so. We are watching Republicans ensure the permanence of government-controlled health insurance while we miss entirely, the danger of a President who tweets WHAT HE IS THINKING, everyday, unedited, without an ounce of forethought or maturity.

Please remember:  50% of ALL AUTHOR PROCEEDS will go to support Lt. Jeff Kerr, super cop from Virginia, in his fight against Multiple Sclerosis; his fight and helping others as well.  Due to the way book sales are reported, we don’t have much time before the Bike MS event in late spring. I hope you’ll help and share this book on your favorite social media.

3. Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America

by David Horowitz (Author)

Here’s an in-your-face book that I hesitated to include. But Horowitz is no blushing virgin on the political scene. His book takes square aim at all who disagree with the new President, including to some extent your host. I have yet to be enamored with Trump’s antics and don’t yet see how his big agenda is going to be much different from Paul Ryan’s.

I’ll give this example: If the Republicans repeal Obamacare and then “replace” it with something, they will have permanently crippled our health care system with a government insurance program. The only valid disposition of Obamacare is to dump it by a date certain, allowing insurance companies time to come up with real policies people can afford.

But there is cadre of folks on the right who think I’m wrong. Horowitz is their siren.

4. The Conservative’s Handbook: Defining the Right Position on Issues from A to Z 2nd Edition

by Phil Valentine (Author)

Westwood One radio personality, Phil Valentine does a fair job of defining conservatism in this easy-to-read work. His opening premise is most important to understanding the books general direction; America is Good. He correctly points out that despite our rocky beginnings we are not only a great power, but a force for good.

This will only remain so if we can, as a nation, back away from the self-destructive behaviors of political apathy and ignorance of economics.

Valentine has some other interesting things to say in The God Players and his DVD An Inconsistent Truth.

5. Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America

by Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. (Author), Nancy French (Contributor)

Sheriff Clarke puts his common sense views on paper. It is more than passing strange that his views would be considered controversial. I suspect that in most cases, they actually aren’t.  But his detractors need a position to attack from.  Still there are many who think David Clarke is wide-eyed, right-wing doctrinaire.  That doesn’t speak well of our education system.

6. Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

by Mark R. Levin(Author)

There are two Mark Levins. One is a radio host who seems to spend 90% of his airtime playing to the lowest common denominator in his audience. For a constitutional lawyer, one may opine, he sure spends a lot of time mired in emotionalism. And he insults his callers. It is often clear, due to a lack of active listening, Levin has completely missed a caller’s point. It makes him look even worse when he barks at a caller who agrees with him and is in the midst of making a very instructive point, and then hangs up on the caller. This is often followed by insults (dummy, jerk) when the caller was expounding on LEVIN’S point! So who is the jerk in this equation?

I try to wade through the BS showmanship and listen for cogent points. There are many. But too often he wrecks his own argument by behaving like a non-thinking progressive.

Fortunately, there is the other Mark Levin. His writing is far more palatable and enjoyable than his radio show. His intent is clearer and his legal education and experience come through on the page. He is an enjoyable read. If you love his radio show, then you have two reasons to love his work. I only have the one.

In Liberty and Tyranny Levin pulls no punches in his assessment of America under the boot of progressivism since FDR. And his assertions are correct. His argument is sound. Liberty and Tyranny is a fast moving read.  You can always count on Levin for spirited argument. His other works include Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America and Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America.  Also recommended reading.

7. Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand (Author)

This is the third rail of “conservative” literature. There are two reasons. First: Rand is [gasp] an atheist! As a result many will never read the clear-minded, conservative thinking which supports a free-market worldview as well as Rand does. Many of this cadre have an equal and opposite view of their religion-infused politics as their liberal counterparts. On the left there are those who believe Christ was a Marxist rebel and welfare maven. The religious on the right, who reject writers like Rand, believe if Christ were alive today he’d be a Republican hedge fund manager (with a heart of gold).

No matter the god you to which you might ascribe, it is folly to include him in our political squabbles. No all-powerful omnipotent would ever sully itself by wading into our petty politics and economics. That is a strictly human concern. If divine providence were ever a part of the American political experience we’d have neither Obamacare nor a President Trump.

The second reason is the dated, simplistic style of Rand’s novels. While her essays and arguments are concise and edgy, her novels incorporate those elements in a 1950’s romantic package. Her novels also belie her pure “objectivism” and demonstrate her passion and lust for life.

However, to understand Rand is to understand pure, free-market thinking and the rejection of needless government intrusion into our lives. One does not need to come away from her books as a committed Objectivist to benefit from the experience. Surely, many who think they are to the right of center, when confronted with the unvarnished portrait of that position, might actually question their position.

I find Rand’s work to be a reaffirmation of my own worldview with a bit of an edge added.

Read also: Fountainhead, We the Living and Anthem. If you would like to explore Ayn Rand through the eyes of a writer who is neither acolyte nor enemy, consider Goddess of the Market by Jennifer Burns.

8. A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America

by Bruce Cannon Gibney(Author)

Here’s an interesting one. I would take the author to task on a few of his conclusions (baby Boomers caused global warming or too little taxation led to the impoverishment of government) as a bit too simplistic and not quite accurate. Also, the writer is not what we’d call the modern “conservative”.   But his observations deserve attention. His hopeful goal is to lay naked the party Boomers have had, and continue to have, at the expense of their grandchildren.

Gibney’s warnings are very much in line with those responsible fiscal conservatives have been putting forward since before Bill Clinton.

If you are a hard right doctrinaire, you will have the wrong argument with this book. But if you are open to a discussion which may not originate inside you political wheelhouse, then this is a must-read.

9. Right Reason

by William F. Buckley(Author)

I’ve said that Bill Buckley could say in a paragraph what some writers need a book to say.

I chose to include this book because it offers a look inside the mind of a true conservative. There are other interesting aspects as well.

Written in 1985, this book lets you revisit the period ’79 to ’85, and hear it discussed by a man with few equals in the world of clear expression. It was Buckley’s robust and unrivaled use of language that first inspired me to consider writing about politics as a living. If you enjoy reading George Will or Christopher Hitchins, you’ll prize this book. From Buckley’s treatment of Hitchins’ election commentary on 1980 to his eulogy for his mother, we see glimpses of Buckley and the way his mind worked.

It should be noted that he and Hitchens were at opposite ends of the political and religious spectrum, but were good friends. Hitchens stood as best man for William Buckley’s son, Chris.

I am fairly certain Buckley would chafe at appearing on this list with Ayn Rand. There were times when Buckley showed real intolerance, while angered by intolerance toward Catholicism. Gore Vidal and Ayn Rand were among his favorite targets. This is odd in the case of Rand. Other than Rand’s atheism and more robust hedonism, there was little light between the two philosophically.

10. How To Be Right: The Art of Being Persuasively Correct

by Greg Gutfeld(Author)

This was intended to be a list of ten books and I wanted to include all the others. But I had to put Gutfeld in here. Not only does his work match or surpass any of the others, it does so in entertaining fashion. His books read even better if you know his voice and can hear his impish tone as you read.

Gutfeld’s approach to being right is not about shouting down the opposition. It is about reasoned argument, properly understood and delivered for the right reasons.

GG has a way of poking you in the eye and leaving you laughing about it. If we could all learn his timing and delivery, while arguing serious facts over Lefty fairy tales, there would only be about five self-loathing liberal left on the planet.

So, okay, I exaggerate. But the world would be a better, funnier place.

I’ll call this a tie with number 11 if only for the fun of reading it and your chance to actually learn something.

See also, The Joy of Hate, by Gutfeld

11. Conscience of a Conservative

by Barry Goldwater(Author)

Here, I go straight to the source. One on the most senselessly maligned and least understood people in modern politics is Barry Goldwater. He is also the father of the conservatism we know today.

In this book you will find principle that history has validated again and again. Over the centuries, people could be forgiven for not understanding the lessons of each passing era.

But since FDR, we have had an immediate audio and video record of the of big government, left wing failings and vindication of right thinking repeated over and over again. It seems society is either willfully ignoring the obvious answers or is breathtakingly apathetic about how their liberties and their hard-won treasure are being taken from them. And EVERY time this is done on a grand scale, the utopian programs the theft supports fails miserably.

Know Goldwater and you will know what we must do to right the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Convention of States Movement

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The Convention of States Movement is now gaining real traction.  I find this exciting for a few reasons, which I’ll discuss below.

What is the Convention of States?

There is a process, championed by George Mason, inserted into the Constitution whereby citizens, can seek to directly make amendments.  This is done by persuading 3/4 of the states to call a Convention of States (CoS). 

Independence Hall, Philadelphia,blue sky, convention
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Site of the First Constitutional Convention. The signatories endeavored to correct flaws and abuses in The Articles of Confederation.

In the face of profligate spending and broad overreach by the federal government, a problem stretching back to FDR, the present battle for a Constitutional Convention has been joined.  We are on the cusp of success!  The framers of this movement have chosen wisely to limit the scope of the convention. 

Some people fear that when seated, the CoS will declare itself an open convention.  This is unlikely.  But this author, for one, wouldn’t be opposed to such a move.  While the CoS will move to make a few reductions in federal power, the sad fact is, we are in need of a major reset back to an adult adherence to the Constitution.

But the present CoS is not looking to upset the apple cart to that extent.

You Need to AT LEAST Look at the Project

This process is going to be an interesting one.  And you should be interested.  If a convention is seated it will have a profound impact on how business is done inside the Beltway.  By reigning in the power of the federal government, we will expand the power of your state and local governments.  This is a benefit few people appreciate, so dependent have we become on the big Mommy State.  Most importantly this convention, and the trend in thinking it will inspire, will be a windfall for your personal liberties.

But there is more to it than even that.  One of the most unseemly aspects of the American political scene is the level of ignorance that exists among citizens.  People have no idea even what conservative or liberal means anymore.  Many don’t know, or in some cases do know but don’t care, that their government has ruled over them illegitimately for generations.  

People actually think it is the job of the president of the United States to “run the country” or show “leadership” to congress.  This is the exact opposite of what the founders intended.  And we, as a nation, have bought off on these wrong-headed notions to our detriment.  

But with the CoS movement we have a chance to relearn what we used to know from elementary school Civics classes.   And the learning will be far more interesting than any political campaign; even more exciting than the bread and circus we experienced with the 2016 debacle. 

By just by paying attention to the issues being discussed you will find yourself drawn to the discussion.  Ideas that you might think boring will suddenly take on new meaning.  You will find out quickly where you truly stand on the political/philosophical spectrum in this country.  This is the kind of event that can inspire a renewed sense of true citizenship, far more than petty, partisan politics.

So even if you presently see yourself as disinterested in politics, give the movement a look.  I hope some of you will come back and thank me later.

This movement is for everyone, but I have a special note to conservatives.  We on the right do a lot of shouting about the way things ought to be.  And some did a lot of crowing after the’16 election. Some actually believe we achieved a conservative victory.  Well, if you consider yourself a conservative and a proponent of the Constitution and you don’t get your hands dirty with the CoS Project, you’re not really a conservative. At least not one who can hoot about making America great again, or about respect for our founding documents, in a substantive way.

If you haven’t visited the link to George Mason yet, please take a moment to do so now.  It is short and instructive. Mason.

There are discussions below directly from the CoS website.

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Keep Calm You Feckin Eejits

Keep calm. Good advice.

This title is emblazoned on a tee shirt my wife gave me. It’s a green shirt with a shamrock on it. You get the idea.

It is not helpful that we’ve elevated the office of POTUS to the level of royalty. It is not helpful that people who should know better, speak of the president as the one who “runs the country”.  We got that ourselves, thank you very much.  But we seem to have lost that sense of individual responsibility to run our lives, this nation, on our own. The president’s job is to run the Executive Branch according to the will of our elected representatives in Congress. He doesn’t “run” the country.  We do. Every time we buy a pack of gum, or a house, or decide where to place our kids in school, we are running our country.  That’s how the system was designed.

But it is understandable, as far as we have drifted, to see how people tend to get their panties in a bunch over who gets the brass ring every four years.

What is not understandable is how we treat each other as a result. This has been a growing problem for as long as I can remember. And it seems to have hit a new low this year.

If you are a reader here, you know I pull no punches in my politics. I calls ‘em as I sees ‘em. But I don’t treat my friends better or worse based on my assessments of the political zoo. I don’t expect them to see life as I do. I want them to.  Why would I write about this silly crap if I didn’t?  But the measure of friendship is NOT whom you voted for last night or who tells me they agree with me.

To Trump fans: You have practically beatified this guy.  Two years ago, admit it, you saw him as a caricature of himself.  You cringed as everyone else did when he would make appearances at “professional wrestling” events.  But now he is your man. I see a lot of mindless crowing out there today. Celebrating is one thing.  But getting in your friends faces over election returns marks you as shallow and not very bright.  Take a page from your guy.  His speech last night was about as classy as I have seen him.  Try a bit of that yourselves.

Hillary and Obama fans:  I offer you similar advice. In the last two hours we saw both of them speak optimistically about what we need to do in the coming months and years.  They threw their support behind Trump.  Will they cheer his every move from the sidelines for the next eight years? Hell, no.  But they are also not saying if you voted Republican you are an enemy of the state.

There are people out there losing friends right now.  Take heart. If someone cuts ties with you because of your political beliefs, you have lost nothing. Their friendship was a lie.  They were not your friends.  Don’t worry too much about it. If they come back, let them earn your friendship, should they wish to do so.  In the meantime, you can take the high road.  In your circle of people, let them know you are still going to keep them with you based on the quality they bring to your life, not whether they are as freaky for your candidate as you are.

More than friends are being lost as we speak.  Already people are out protesting violently.  People are rioting and assaulting individuals.  While many were surprised by a Trump victory, the psychotically immature reaction of many as a result of such an outcome was far from predictable.  If you look at the behavior of people over the last two years pretending to be upset over thugs correctly being put down by police (there have been bad shoots and the cops involved are being dealt with) it isn’t a stretch to see the same people committing acts of vandalism, violence and theft, while complaining about how awful the Donald is.  I know, the irony is so thick it makes you gag.  But the behavior has become the new norm.  One writer in particular, The Unablogger, nailed it as the primaries were winding down.  See his call here.

For everyone: We will not be living like Mad Max by next week.  Nor will we be living in a utopia.  We will be living as we do now. Can the future bring opportunities to correct what is wrong? Sure! Will we screw up again, from time to time?  Absolutely.  What in the hell does that have to do with who we go to ballgames with or who we hang out with at social events?

A little side note:

Hanging out with people who don’t think like you makes you smarter.  That’s a fact.  You can look it up.  Living in an echo chamber dulls the mind and gives you a myopic worldview.  That’s why I am always asking my liberal friends to do some counter-point stuff here.  So far, no takers.  I’d offer to pay them, but this is still a free site.

A ridiculous side note:

I swear, I am not making this up. As I wrote this I was getting FB notifications.  I ignored most.  But I noticed a family member had popped up.  I always look at her posts.  She was quite upset by last night’s results for a very specific reason.  I told her not to worry too much and told her that she had the only tools to deal with this new Trump world as she saw it.  That was considered an attack. It didn’t fit into their interpretation of last night’s events.  I am guessing their assumption was that I must be a Trump supporter and therefore a racist and a misogynist.  Clearly, they don’t read my stuff.  Anyway, this election, and my outright gall to speak of it in the context of offering alternative views, has cost me a chunk of family and a wedding invitation – at least for the time being.

Shit happens.

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Nehlen v Ryan, Kahn v Trump and Other Stinkers

Keep your eye on this Nehlen guy. He is demonstrating, honestly and accurately, how Ryan and his ilk play bitch to “progressives” to make their own incumbency easier to protect.

This and more…

Why So Quiet?

A friend mentioned that I’d gone quite quiet recently. Indeed I have written more in my travel blog than I have Street Politics.

The reason is that the bullshit is piling up so fast on the political front, I can barely keep up with it. With people like Trump and Clinton, where do you begin?

But I’ll do better.

Let’s Dump Ryan and Others!

Things seem to be going poorly for Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan up in cheese country. It seems the folks in Wisconsin are thinking less about the imaginary status having the Speaker as your congressman provides.  They are starting to listen to a new-comer, Paul Nehlen. Nehlen’s resume would indicate he is a smart man. His policy positions are straight-forward. Many of Ryan’s positions are similar, though throttled by inanities and loaded with wiggle room.  Nehlen doesn’t seem to give himself such room to slither around in.

The truth is, Ryan is every bit the sellout his mentor, John Boehner was. He is utterly disinterested in anything that requires real effort on his part, if it doesn’t lead to political dollars and re-election. He is certainly not a conservative! Ryan and his ilk in congress, both houses, have become a national embarrassment.

I’m getting a kick out of listening to all the RINOs now crying that Trump won’t endorse them. Personally, I think it is suicide on Trump’s part to not tout all Republicans down the line.  He would be smarter not to say a single negative thing about another Republican (Chapter 17).  But he can’t help himself. He is not a bright man. Trump does nuance the way a gorilla would do ballet.  Still, to people like Ryan, who said Trump shouldn’t be nominated now whining for his approval is proof that they are not worthy of the offices they seek.

Let’s all send $5.00 to Nehlen and make noise on Facebook and Twitter.  Let’s encourage our friends in Wisconsin to do the right thing and dump Paul Ryan. Let’s get rid of McCain while we’re at it.

Whitman Endorses BJ Bill’s Wife! Hah!

If Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of NJ, were still a viable entity in politics, this might rile me more.  But it rings of a pathetic has-been exercising her immature urge to shock, and so gain notice.

So Christie, you don’t like Trump.  Join the club.  The line is long and distinguished. But at one time you claimed to have at least SOME principles by which you lived your life.  In this race, you have a serial felon, a reality TV clown and a successful two-term governor, Republican when he served.

Everything Hillary Clinton stands for, except for a few social issues (which should mean little to a TRUE conservative – Chapter 4) are the very antithesis of what you made your life’s work.  Aside from being the most corrupt politician in the last 100 years, beating even FDR, she would preside over the continued deterioration of the U.S. economy.  She would draw power unto herself, without a thought of laws or ethics.

Trump…?  Who the hell knows what he stands for?  His campaign spends every day trying to explain the stupid thing he said yesterday.  As of last weekend, Trump forgot the Russians had taken half of Ukraine.  So, for not endorsing him, you are forgiven.

But then you have Gary Johnson.  He does share positions on some of your social issues.  He likely differs on some other issues as well. I know I disagree with his stand on the military and immigration.  But he isn’t an idiot and he isn’t a felon.  And he was a successful governor; more so than you were. 

Have you no dignity, Ms Whitman? Did you actually endorse someone who is a standing insult to everything this country is because you both have vaginas.  Were you stupid enough to buy into that con job?  Here’s a thought.  Why don’t you get together with Hillary and Barbara Streisand and their Democrat friends and form the Vagina Party? Or would that just be redundant?

Trump vs Khan

If you wait long enough, all the smelly shit eventually oozes out, doesn’t it? I will dispense with the now cliche preface of “Sorry for your loss”.  It has been said so many times this week it has lost its meaning, even to the Khan clan. So there we were, watching the couple who lost a son in war 12 years ago. that son was said by Larry Sabato to be a good man and a top-notch soldier.  If Sabato says it, I believe it.  So the greater the tragedy it is.  We need good men like him.

Lo and behold, the Clinton campaign plucks this couple from obscurity.  It seems Khizr Khan sees the banning of Muslims from this country (a false flag, a straw argument) bothers him because his Muslim son died for this country.  We watch as Mr. Khan pulls out his pocket Constitution and scolds Trump on not understanding what is written there.

Sigh, sniff.

But there are some problems here.  We can simply mention that the Constitution makes absolutely no prohibition against a congress or a president throttling immigration in any way they chose, certainly not against the same officials using immigration restrictions as a means of security!  I’d be more comfortable if the immigration moratorium were simply expressed in terms of geography, leaving people’s personal superstitions aside.  But their is still no constitutional restriction even there.

The second problem lies in the Latin question, cui bono?  Whenever something smells funny, like a speaker at a Democrat convention pulling out a pocket Constitution, you should always think of that question; cui bono?  Pocket Constitutions are punchlines in Tea Party jokes.  “Progressives” going all the way back to Woodrow Wilson have chafed at the Constitution.  They insult those who stand by it because it restricts their ability to “manage” the population and all their activities as “progressives” fit.

I knew Khan was a stage prop, but where was the benefit for him? Fifteen minutes of fame?

Well!  It turns out Khan is a long-time associate of Hillary Clinton with a motive to advance her ambitions and thereby his own.  Khan is also an immigration lawyer.  He makes lots of money gaming the system to get green cards for people. The influx of hundreds of thousand of refugees from unknown, unverifiable dung heaps, Clinton’s plan, would channel millions of dollars worth of business to Khan’s law firm. 

Okay, show of hands; who doesn’t think the deal from Clinton was, “you give me a good speech and get me some mileage and I will make sure you are overrun with Syrian, Yemeni and Iraqi clients.  We will instruct INS to direct them to you.”

If anyone doubts that, if anyone thinks Khan dragged his wife onto that stage without a solid quid pro quo, you need to go outside and slam your car door on your head several times. It won’t do you any good. But it feels good to picture you doing it.

As for Trump, he was stupid to engage.  But since he can’t help himself, his handlers should have taught him a better approach.  It would have been smarter still if he had waited.  He could have beaten Khan over the head with this information and accused him of whoring his own son’s death for financial gain which, of course, he did!

Gary Johnson, are you listening?  This is your chance. Speak up. Get in the news cycle. Controversy is good, so long as you are on the side of honesty.

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What You May Not Have Considered!

My old boss used to say, give me the bottom line up front. He used the acronym BLUF all the time.

With that in mind, I know there are many people who won’t need the detail in this piece. So I will sate my case here. In this election, much more important than who we make president is who we send to the DC and state legislatures. No matter who goes to the White House we need to send them with a huge Republican majority. You can noodle that out for yourself, take it on faith or read on to understand why this is critical for voters in ANY party.

As of last night, 3/1/16, we need to get our heads around only two possible scenarios for the remaining election season. One is Donald Trump getting the nomination. No one has been harder on Trump than I have. Some have called him more names, but those people tend to ride on pure emotion, lacking documentation or argument. I’d like to think my remarks carry a bit more heft. I do not apologize for a syllable of those remarks.

I will continue to pound away on him unless and until he is nominated. That said, I will support him in the general election. In such a case, I would be asked to choose between a narcissistic populist and a felon. As potentially dangerous as Trump’s personality disorder might be to the nation, we already know that Clinton is a criminal. People who think they are clever usually correct me on this point and like a college professor put a finger in the air and say, “alleged criminal.”

At the risk of breaking progressive hearts everywhere, the words alleged and allegation are restrictions placed upon the police and the courts who are required by law to treat everyone as innocent as a matter of gaining a clear disposition of a case. I have no such burden. We KNOW Clinton had highly classified material on an illegal server (that is not legal theory) in her home. We KNOW she had cut and pasted some classified material to unmarked documents to facilitate the transmission of those documents across her illegal server (again, not legal theory). We know she convinced a low-level IT tech to install the illegal server, yet another crime. And these were just the latest string of offenses in a career blanketed with criminal or unethical activity.

We don’t KNOW Trump will act intentionally against the citizens. So that low bar persuades me that if what I am about to discuss does not happen and Trump becomes the Republican of record, I will vote for him. But to make sending Trump to the White House a responsible move, we must send him with HUGE coattails. Most people haven’t even considered this yet. We get fascinated with all the hype surrounding presidential politics and forget there are more important things to consider. I’ll explain in a bit.

There is only one scenario that would spare me this unpleasantness of voting for the huckster. Glenn Beck – yeah, I know, drama queen –  outlined a suggestion on his radio show today that I have favored for a while now. It’s likelihood of occurring is minimal considering the mindset and egos of the players. Eric Bolling[1. totally in the bag for Trump] used very sound figures this evening to demonstrate that the suggestion I am about to offer is the only sound option.

The Five, Fox News, 2 March 16
The Five, Fox News, 2 March 16

In an effort to show the Trump is inevitable, Bolling laid out the likely impact of the next several states. I found it so useful I took a shot right off the TV. WTA = Winner take all.

If you examine what the polls say about the upcoming states, many of which are WTA, you must admit that a three-way match up of Trump, Cruz and Rubio, almost guarantees a Trump lock in just a few weeks. If Kasich figures at all, he just accelerates that outcome.

So what to do? Well, as Beck suggested, Rubio should drop out and Cruz should name him now as a running mate. Beck went on to say the two should name cabinet members and their pick for Supreme Court justices as well, but that isn’t necessary.

For all the Rubio folks out there, take a moment to catch your breath and I’ll explain. With all three men in the race, Rubio will never see the nomination unless Trump drops dead of a heart attack. The polls, very accurate this year, say Rubio will not even win in Florida. Just to get  out before facing that humiliation would be a smart move. But here is the kicker. If Cruz quits, a vast majority of his people will either go to Trump or walk away entirely. Rubio is too much tarred with McConnell and a business-as-usual congress. But if Rubio drops, and this must happen VERY soon, his folks will gravitate toward Cruz as a rebel type but not as crude as Trump. With the way Rubio is finally characterizing Trump, there is no way his supporters jump to Trump.

If Rubio can swallow his pride and see being Vice President as a better deal than going home after spending ALL his money and losing, then it is more than likely the Donald will be sidelined. And Rubio is still young enough to run as a sitting vice president later.

I have said the Hermanos Cubanos have been too clever by a half for several months in their decision-making. This concept cannot be faced with the same ineptitude. Egos must be set aside. Cruz needs to reach out to Rubio NOW! Rubio needs to take a day, buck up and accept. If we see Florida before this happens, Trump will have likely gained enough of a lead and momentum that he will be unstoppable.

Marco Rubio’s supporters can wish all they want. Marco will not win the nomination this year. It would be irresponsible to drag this out and lose the White House to Trump. It would be treasonous to hand BJ Bill’s wife the victory.

In my BLUF, I mentioned coattails. With the choices we have, we must have a backstop for the two crazies or real support for Cruz.

Starting with Cruz; he is the only one of the three that has a real agenda to pursue. He wants to create an environment where the economy can be cut loose to perform at the optimum.

In the case of Clinton, I know there are more than a few Democrats out there who won’t switch parties, but have real trepidation about sending someone who is clearly a felon to the White House. But since the FBI and DOJ are clearly slow-walking the investigations into her criminal activity, the Dems may get stuck with her as a nominee. The only way to control her corrupt impulses is through the use of the legislature. Everyone knows that the leadership of both parties is presently lazy and corrupt. But with a veto-proof Republican majority in congress, both sides would be forced to work together while controlling the felon.

As for Trump; this is a man who announces which journalists media outlets should fire. Their crime? Not praising Trump. He makes policy pronouncements based on who likes him and agrees with him. He has an ego infinitely larger than Obama’s, and BHO’s ego has been a huge problem. Where BHO fails, he simply weakens the rule of law and the Constitution. He feels entitled. Trump already talks of the White House as if it would be his throne. He is more likely to try to RULE by executive orders than BHO ever dreamed of doing. We also don’t know, to this day, if he isn’t just an alternative to Hillary who was asked to run (as a “Republican”) just in case she gets busted. The left would kiss his ass and get Supreme Court nominees and support for laws more to their liking. But the reality is, you don’t know if it ends there. With his ego and inability to understand nuance, he could be very dangerous. Anything he screwed up would be good news for Dems in 2018 and 2020. But they could also be catastrophic for the country. To prevent him from ordering the construction of a border wall, or changing of banking regulation, or an attack on Lithuania by presidential fiat, we would need a veto-proof Republican majority. Trump says he’ll repeal Obama’s executive orders. What idiot doesn’t know he’ll just undue the ones he doesn’t like and keep the rest to maintain his power. Congress will have to do it.

In 16 20 24:, I said that in order to wrest this country from the direction it is headed, the next president must execute that greatest surrender of power since Washington turned his sword over to congress. Neither Clinton nor Trump have it in them to do such a thing. Cruz might. But a huge Republican majority can simply demand it. The more fresh blood we get in there, the more determined the real rebels will be for such a showdown.

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THE REEMERGENCE OF THE AMERICAN SUCKER or GETTING HUMPED BY TRUMP

If you can believe the polls, you can assume by the end of the night Donald Trump will have carried Iowa in the first primary head count of the season. (Update: Iowa vindicated itself by NOT handing Trump a coronation.)

More curious than his meteoric rise in the run up, are the sources of support he enjoys in America’s heartland. To these eyes, his success in Iowa is one of the biggest con jobs in political history. But that’s just one man’s opinion. This is not, however, an opinion without some merit and thought.

New Hampshire, the “Live Free or Die” state, pay attention. You are in the midst of being flimflammed yourselves. If you love freedom, the polls say you are on a disastrous path. (Update: New Hampshire is no longer the Live Free or Die state. It is now the Say Anything and I’ll Buy It state.)

Consider: Donald J. Trump is the most left-wing candidate in the Republican field. But his victory will be provided by people who vote for someone because they are Christian[1. If you read my book or my blogs, you know that I find identity politics based on race or religion to be the sleaziest and most damaging to the social fabric] or because they say they are voting for the one who will be the most conservative.

If you are an informed voter, you are laughing at Iowans already. If you’re not I’ll tell you why you should feel free to do so.

We’ll deal with the ill-informed “conservatives” first. These facts are beyond dispute. Trump is a crony capitalist. He cemented a great deal of support, sapping it directly from Cruz, with his stance on government corn. That would be the food many Iowans grow to be put into gas tanks, on the orders of the nanny state, that the rest of the country doesn’t want in their gas tanks. But evidently, a majority of Iowa’s “conservatives” want that government corn to keep on growing, to the benefit of no one except the super farms that are cleaning up on the guaranteed cash. Some say that the direct subsidy given to the farms has ended. And so it has. But when it was ended, the law to keep putting food in our gas tanks remained in place and the percentage required to be mixed with our gasoline went up to 15%. The farms growing the government corn are still swimming in our hard-earned money.

Trump is a huge fan of eminent domain for narrowly focused private enterprises. Here’s the scam. Sleazy politicians get in bed with businessmen and tell citizens that their homes are to be given to the business men so the can build a condo community, or whatever. They will be compensated in the form of a price, agreed to by the government and the sleazy businessmen. If they refuse, they’ll be moved anyway. In his own defense he has said that those who say they don’t want to leave their homes are just greedy and holding out for more money. He also says they make 5 or 10 times what their property is worth.

The former statement is just another example of Trump’s shocking inability to see that there are things more important to people than money and his stupid condo project. The latter is simply a lie. Most people facing displacement under eminent domain are rarely compensated for the market value of their property. Those who are don’t see 10 times the value of their property. In other words, Trump is lying or ignorant of the facts. Neither would be a surprise.

It is important to point out that recently Trump has insisted that without eminent domain we’d have no road, bridges, pipelines, etc. This is a lie of misdirection. The uses of eminent domain people are complaining about are of the Kelo vs New London variety. These were not instances where a utility or major corridor would result, benefittig a huge swath of a state of region. These are cases like the one I cite above. People are forced from their homes, whatever the price, so one man or company can enjoy private profit from a narrow group of customers. When challenged on this, Trump simply avoids the specifics of the question and talks about roads and utilities again. But it is still a lie. You can bet, once nominated, the press won’t give him a break on this. He will be cross-examined in every interview. He’s not prepared for that kind of grilling.

Finally, the favorite of conservatives everywhere, Trump wants, and once in office will fight for, a single-payer healthcare system. He has yet to be called on this by another candidate. And he should be. His debating skills are that of a middle school girl. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel for a candidate to pick apart his argument on health care. But first that candidate has to have the guts to  make the case. As of the caucuses, there isn’t a gonad in sight. With all due respect to Carly, I speak metaphorically. Although she has shown more “balls’ than her counterparts on several occasions.

But the real belly laugh comes from the “religious right”. The latest surge Trump has enjoyed comes out of his embarrassing performance at Liberty “University”. It turned out to be a match made in heaven (pun intended). The guy who made billions wheeling and dealing in real estate meets the guy whose family fortune comes from the soaking folks with the religious angle. Trump swooped in, cocked up a bible quote, (one may safely assume he made a generous donation to the “university”), and voila, Falwell endorses Trump.

Within days the “religious” right is all about the Donald. Perhaps it is due to Trump’s similarities to Duck Dynasty. Successful business people, “reality” TV shows, no special displays of social maturity, but they say they’re Christian. Ya know, samey-same.

While your host disapproved of Cruz announcing his candidacy at the same “university” and felt the speech smacked heavily of theocracy, I still stand in awe at how easily swayed the”religious” right seems to be. They suddenly see Trump as Mister God, Mister Morality…over Cruz? Trump is a monument to pointless greed and empty vanity, among other of the deadly sins. Do you people research anything for yourselves?

I hope the polls and my assessment are wrong about Iowa. I hope they show some sense in their collective decision-making. Of course, I have been hoping since June that Trump was real and was going to get serious with no luck there yet. A low turnout would not bode well for the Donald. There is hope, but I’m not sanguine.

For the record, Rand Paul remains the most adult figure in the non-establishment group but he needs to get a lot louder. SOON. (Update: He’s gone back to Kentucky to pursue his Senate seat. Would Carly Fiorina please stand up and get loud?)

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Another Love Letter to the Left.

Update: Watching the polls, I have to give proper respect to a growing number of Democrats who are showing real character and are no longer supporting Hillary just because they were ordered to do so by the thought police. Well done to all. I mean that sincerely.

When I was a kid, my mother worked for the Democrats. My parents were FDR fans who once had the opportunity to drive his son to our hometown from the airport – big stuff for a small-town couple.

A man named Joe Burleson would come by the house a lot during election seasons. He organized the distribution of leaflets and saw to providing poll monitors (a job my mother did every election, in all weather). I’m sure Mr. Burleson did more, but I don’t recall the details. He was a nice man.

I do remember that as I got older, I started to ask him questions about politics. I asked the difference in the parties, how hard it was to get elected to an office and so on. I also remember him being different from other Democrats as I understood them to be. The party was multi-faceted in those days. Everybody from local business people to early hippies to hard-nosed blue-collar types were a part of the mix and discussion was lively.

It’s not that way anymore. The only “business” people on the left nowadays are looking to the government to protect them from competition. They don’t really give a hoot in hell about issues. They just want to purchase a politician or two. The free-spirited hippies are now the thought Nazis running the party and everyone else is expected to fall into line lest they be labeled a hater, a liar, a scab or worse. It’s a pretty lock-step affair.

And the standard-bearer is someone without scruples, who will sign on to any idea, use anyone and throw anyone under the bus in order to garner more personal power. Does she care about the “war on women”? Not on your life. But it sounds good.

I started to believe that there was nothing, and possibly no one, in Democrat politics left to respect. Then, almost out of nowhere comes Bernie Sanders. He is a brash, sometimes cranky, unapologetic Socialist. I am fairly confident that he doesn’t understand how his ideology is in itself a corrupting influence. That, in a weird way, makes him more appealing to someone like me.

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If Sanders were elected President, I (libertarian, fiscal conservative) would be disappointed, but would count myself as the loyal, if strident, opposition.

His chief opponent, HRC, is a complete contrivance of party and press. Real excitement for her candidacy exists only in the minds of Clinton doctrinaires, the press (often the same creature) and her staff. If you see her interviewed, you’d think the nation was on fire to see her elected and this illusion has been pushing the poles lately. Yet she still has a hard time filling even the smallest venues. That’s because many already think they have to hold their noses and vote for her. More on why in a minute, but that is the reason I am most bewildered by the modern lefty.

Who the hell says you must be so damned obedient? Look at Sanders again. Look at the folks who have ventured out to listen to him – by the thousands. Observe how steadfast he is to his principles. Can you say that about Hillary?

No, of course not. The fact is she hasn’t carried out a single post in government honorably or effectively. And that is not me talking. Every aspect of her political life has resulted in the need to lie, obfuscate, apologize or rationalize in order to justify her pending coronation.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets a supporter following her address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University in New York April 29, 2015. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
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I’ll give you one example among hundreds. I have watched with amusement as this woman’s campaign trotted out the misogynist-in-chief to stump for her. I hear pundits ominously warn the right not to go after Bill for his rapes and dalliances because he is so popular, being the first black president and all.[1. An interesting take on the term, discussing the woman who coined it] But the key to this discussion is not Bill. It’s Hillary. While Bill was mindlessly slapping his meat on tables across the country from California to Arkansas and DC, Hillary took it upon herself to be the lead character assassin, directing low-life operatives to destroy the character and sometimes the lives of those Bill used or abused. [2. Details here from Hitchens, no wide-eyed conservative, he.] In the present argument, Hillary is the problem and is most deserving of scorn. This can’t be spun.

In order to get past this, real liberals, honest Democrats must pretend it never happened so they can justify falling into line with the rest of the cattle and voting for this wretched political creature.

Look, Sanders is a Socialist. When she is not street-walking for big money donors, so is Hillary. While I see such politics as utterly wrong-headed, I still can’t understand why so many on the left would still give their loyalty, much less their vote to someone so undeserving as Clinton.

I hope many on the other side of the political divide consider this soon. I hope so as fervently as I hope Donald Trump proves he is not just a fly in the ointment before Iowa. What are the chances of either, would you say?

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To Vilnius, With Love.

I’d like to welcome my newest fan from Vilnius, Lithuania. I hope your English strong enough to understand nuance. Otherwise my book will hurt your feelings. And no one wants that…except, perhaps Hillary Clinton. She HATES Lithuanians. She’s pretty mean to Belgians as well. And don’t get her started on the Dutch. She’ll go on for hours. What can I say? She’s mean.

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