Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Reason -vs- Fear and Paranoia...

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Mr. Trump’s bet: When the politician most fluent in American rage roars, the movement she gave voice to in the fall of 2008 will roar back today.

With his call to deport illegal immigrants, especially because Mexico sends us its “bad ones,” his proposal to bar Muslims from entering the country, his emphasis on the threats to lawful gun ownership and his promise to protect American goods and workers from China, Mr. Trump is riding the wave of anxiety that Ms. Palin first gave voice to as Senator John McCain’s running mate. Mr. Trump has now usurped and vastly expanded upon Ms. Palin’s constituency, but the connection between the two movements is undeniable.
Sarah Palin introduces Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Tulsa, Okla. Credit Brandi Simons/Associated Press        


Full story HERE.



And now on to THIS.

Donald Trump’s outreach to Christians is bearing fruit, if results of the NBC News/Survey Monkey weekly online tracking poll out Tuesday are any indication.

Among white evangelical Republican voters nationally, Trump earned the support of 37 percent, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whose father is a pastor and has played a key role in recruiting faith leaders to support his son, is at 20 percent. In the same survey conducted the previous week, Cruz registered 9 percentage points higher. Below the top two contenders, Ben Carson earned 11 percent among evangelicals, and Marco Rubio took 10 percent.

The Manhattan business mogul, who is Presbyterian, made headlines throughout the course of the past week for his various interactions with fellow Christians, including a stop at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, last Monday. Delivering the weekly convocation address, Trump caused a stir when he made reference to a book in the Bible a “Two Corinthians,” rather than the usual nomenclature, “Second Corinthians.” (Trump later claimed that it was written that way in his notes, and besides, his mother was Scottish and would have said it that way.

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The Boston Globe has an article with a saner view that recommends republicans use good judgement rather than fear and paranoia when making their selection.

New Hampshire Republicans can do their party a critical service on Feb. 9 by voting for an experienced political figure with a record of results, and thus dealing a blow to the divisive, demagogic candidates running on nativism and other political simplicities.

The Globe urges them to support John Kasich, whose record as governor of Ohio shows him to be a pragmatic, fiscally responsible executive, but one who is also concerned with helping the poor. His success in that important swing state, and his record as a moderate conservative who is willing to compromise in pursuit of results, suggests he is the Republican hopeful most likely to be successful on the national stage.

By voting for Kasich, New Hampshire can reward a candidate whose politics have been largely positive — and rebuke those candidates who have spent their campaign appealing to voters’ fears and biases.


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There are clear choices for those voting republican. For the sake of the nation lets hope the majority use reason rather than fear and paranoia when they make their choice. America's future very could very well hang in the balance. A future built by Trumpf administration is one we absolutely do not want or need.



19 comments:

  1. Wimpy Trumpy backs out of republican debate cause he's a-scared of Megyn Kelly.

    Perhaps Wimpy T is the biggest political joke in the last hundred years.

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  2. He's no joke anymore, Les. This is really happening. And he's not stupid, either. Nuts? Yes. But not stupid. I'm not sure why he's avoiding this debate, but it looks like he's egging for a showdown with Roger Ailes, something Ailes certainly must be fretting. Trump could do worse to FOX News than what Jon Stewart did to CNN, and he really hurt them. Ailes is trying to play this off as Trump being buffoonish and belligerent, but Trumps polls suggest FOX News viewers may like him more than FOX. FOXenstein's Monster has been fun to watch. I hope he wrecks the right wing establishment, even if it means he wins the Presidency. It's time conservatives either got serious, or change course entirely. Their nastiness created the Monster.

    JMJ

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    1. Yeah Jersey, he's no joke. At the same time he's a mystery. We know he's a narcissist, misogynist, bigot, demagogoue etc., but do we know, really know what is core political values are?

      I've been checking him out. Past statements, posistions, etc. and it seems he has been all over the place. So how would he actually govern were he elected president?

      Personally I believe he's an opportunistic chameleon. Frankly he makes me very uneasy for that very reason.

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    2. He just wants to be adored. And his friends are all in Hollywood and New York. They are not all liberals, though. I think he fancies himself a Roosevelt. If he won, he'd renege on pretty much all his crazy promises. Trump's been a New York fixture for decades, Les. I'm quite familiar with him. He wants to be loved. But he'd sell his soul to do it.

      JMJ

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    3. He's an interesting piece of work to say the least. A good candidate for a psycho-babble book about what motivates a mega wealthy billionaire with delusions of grandeur.

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  3. "...his promise to protect American goods and workers from China..."

    How will Wimpy T protect anyone from anything when he's askeerd of a petite blond news reader? Seriously, this is the most comical of his comedy show -- so far. He's throwing a hissy fit over Megyn Kelly? But he'll make China tremble. And he's going to be GREAT! But not great enough to be able to face a Fox news reader!

    This won't hurt him, I'm sure, because his followers are in love with a caricature of a "strong" leader, when in fact, Donald Trump is the quintessential bully -- all bluster, but quick to turn tail and run away when someone intimidates him. In this case, an attractive petite blonde!

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    1. Love your post today. Trump could very well be a closet liberal (based on his past statements and self identified political identity) in wolf's clothing. Who knows for sure?

      I don't trust him as far as I could throw his ample a*s.

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    1. All I can say Dervish is this; Someone who has the time to go back over 6 years to 2009 to link to one of my posts probably has way to much time on there hands.

      BTW, I stand by every word I wrote.

      Have yourself a mighty fine week Dervish.

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    2. That day was my fiftieth birthday. The sunset of my youth.

      BTW. Trump is no kind of liberal that I would ever recognize. Remember this guy has a thirty-plus year history in the public eye. This is only his end-game. Hopefully it will signal the end of his popularity.

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    3. The post was in one of those "you might also like" boxes. I noticed it and clicked on it. I had read this one before, however. One of the weirdest RNUSA posts ever, IMO - which isn't to say I did not enjoy it. I'm LOLing just thinking about it. And I stand by that assessment. (Just tell me that comedy was what you were going for and my opinion of RN will rise considerably).

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    4. RN: I read it. and you said you weren't worried.

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  5. Hopefully it will Flying Junior. His support is not as solid as many think it is.

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    1. I hope so, RN. But he has gotten a lot more mileage than I thought he would.

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  6. Yeah dmarks, that's what I thought I said.

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  7. I think I shall leave to you to decide what I was going for based on whatever you takeaway from the post.

    Fair enough? Well, on second thought I guess it will have to be.

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    1. In all fairness, those "you might like" boxes do easily cause great leaps back in time. You've seen me commenting on the ones I've been sent to this way, as well.

      But I do think I can be certain that your view of any such ancient comments then, and now, had/has nothing to do with whether or not anyone found humor from misunderstanding them.

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  8. dmarks misunderstood. Or perhaps he was having fun (knowing I'd have to read the post again to make sure I was right). Which I was. The post says "there are things larger and more important than my security". Obviously this implies there is (or was) a worry, but RN was (still is?) willing to risk it.

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