Trump’s Use of Eminent Domain is a Problem of Character, Not Politics
Eminent domain is part of the United States Constitution for a reason. It can be incredibly useful for the sake of the common good of the nation when applied properly. Donald Trump has a history of utilizing it for projects that do not benefit the common good. In fact, the way that he’s used eminent domain should be drawing very pointed investigations into the politicians | Read More »
The Real Reason Trump Lost Iowa (hint: it wasn’t because he skipped the Fox News debate)
History books will try to compare Ronald Reagan’s and Donald Trump’s losses in Iowa as examples of why skipping the debate just prior to caucus is a bad idea. In the case of Reagan, it was true. For Trump, it didn’t hurt him. If anything, it gave him a little bump.
Debunking the ‘Rubio is Most Electable’ Myth that Gave us McCain and Romney
Following the last GOP debate, much of the conversation is focusing on the idea that Marco Rubio is the most electable GOP candidate. He’s charismatic. He has some conservative chops. He’s a solid speaker and a great debater. He can supposedly bridge the divide between the various components of the Republican party. All of this is basically true. However, there are several reasons why he | Read More »
Donald Trump is Setting Up Fox News to be the Scapegoat for an ‘Unfair’ Iowa Loss
We are about to witness bankruptcy #5 for a Trump-related entity. This time, he’s filing a strategic bankruptcy on behalf of his campaign to establish protection against the blow back from his upcoming loss in Iowa. If he pulls this off, it will be the rallying cry he needs to convince his current and future supporters that it’s them versus everyone else. He’s going to | Read More »
Donald Trump Preys on the Weak-Minded
When 1st term Senator Barack Obama took the lead in 2008 for the Democratic nomination for President, he did so through two intertwined strategies. First, he made campaign promises that were completely untenable but that appealed to the gullible low-information voters. Then, he got them fired up with powerful speeches at rallies while maintaining a strong hold on the attention of the media. They followed | Read More »
Cruz Will Almost Certainly Win Iowa by a Lot if His Supporters Ignore this One Message
In the movie The Usual Suspects, Roger ‘Verbal’ Kent declared that “the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” At the Iowa Caucus, “the greatest trick the Devil (mainstream media, the Republican Establishment, and Donald Trump) will try to pull is convincing Ted Cruz supporters that he can’t win.”
The Greatest Con Ever: Donald Trump Convincing Conservatives He’s Not a #RINO
Republican In Name Only. Donald Trump is the paragon, the epitome of the phrase. He’s conservative on immigration. On every other topic, he’s moderate at best and often more liberal than even Hillary Clinton. He pulls his calls for tariffs straight out of Bernie Sanders’ playbook. Why, then, are so many Republicans and likely a good number of conservatives supporting him?
Can Trump’s Supporters Feel Shame About Their Feeble Authoritarianism?
There are two ways of looking at the results of a recent University of Massachusetts study showing that Donald Trump’s supporters are authoritarians: we can assume that they’re too weak-minded to discern the reality of the regime they support or we can use this trait to shame them into seeing the truth. For the sake of the Republican party and the United States, I’m hoping | Read More »
Why the Trump/Sanders Tariff Plan is Great for Campaigning, Terrible in Practice
One of the most boring parts about debates is that the candidates normally agree with each other over the general issues. There are semantics and details where they might differ, but only a handful of issues require completely different strategies. One of those strategies that emerged into the spotlight in the Fox Business GOP Debate was the idea of placing tariffs on countries such as | Read More »
There’s a Very Clear Path to Victory Over ISIS with the Peshmerga, but the Door is Closing
All of the pieces to the puzzle of defeating the Islamic State without American combat troops doing the heavy lifting are in place. The United States and our allies can destroy all but a remnant of the Islamic State if we act quickly. If we continue to pursue the current atrocious policy regarding them, the window of opportunity may be closed, leaving nothing short of | Read More »