“Where is everyone” ~Donald Trump
“Where is everyone” ~Donald Trump
The best response from Trump’s misguided view of trade comes from Milton Friedman, one of the greatest economists in American history. Let’s hear from both sides on this issue:
Import tariffs v. free trade, argued by Donald Trump and Milton Friedman.
Milton Friedman was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and the complexity of stabilization policy.
“But why does he have to make provocations with these declarations of his?!”
I was shocked to hear this sentence come out of the mouths of my Jewish American relatives. Yes, they were referring to Trump (who they hate) and to the Jerusalem Declaration.
I love my relatives but they live in a completely different universe than I do.
Slowly, carefully, I explained that a declaration does not “provoke” violence. It can be an excuse for violent people to unleash violence but a statement doesn’t actually create violence.
Would anyone accept the statement that Kristallnacht was a result of Jewish provocation? Of course not! Kristallnacht was a result of Antisemitic propaganda and the government condoned environment, sending the message that violence against Jews was perfectly acceptable, even desirable… There is no difference between that and the Arab “Days of Rage”.
To state otherwise is both Jew-hating and racist against Arabs…
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This says it all. Evil has struck America. President Trump calls it right.
As he said later in his statement, “May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost. May God give us the grace of healing. And may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on.”
“My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil.”
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation, and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.
I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts, and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous, and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.
Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one —a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.
Scripture teaches us, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.
In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff. I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims.
In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one — and it always has. We call upon the bonds that unite us— our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity.
Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today— and always will, forever.
In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light, and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.
Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded, or lost the ones they love so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace. And we pray for the day when evil is banished, and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.
May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost. May God give us the grace of healing. And may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on.
Thank you. God bless America. Thank you.
Jesus correctly stated that we are born male and female. Jesus isn’t confused on the issue. As also correctly stated in the Nashville Statement,
WE AFFIRM that self-conception as male or female should be defined by God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption as revealed in Scripture.
WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.
From The Federalist:
Tom provides a balanced (much needed, thanks Tom) perspective.
As expected, the news media is using the riots in Charlottesville, VA to tar President Trump as a white supremacist. Trump’s statement on the matter (see BIGOTS FIGHTING BIGOTS) was not politically correct. He did not hate on the white supremacists enough. When is it going to occur to these people that adding more hatred to an already inflamed situation is not necessarily the best solution?
Sometimes, when we dealing with a tyrant like the guy running North Korea, for example, our leaders do have to graphically explain the consequences. Of course, plain language disturbs the news media. They are cowards, apparently. Someone who has nukes scares the little babies.
On the other hand, because the number of white supremacists is small, it is okay to say the nastiest things we can about those people. We can also deduce that the news media identifies with the supposedly “anti-fascist” counter…
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Alan Dershowitz is a staunch liberal. He is very principled in his approach and I respect that greatly. Recently he has been accused of racism, by the left, for comments he made about Grand Jury in the Russian investigation.
Is Trump right on this?
“Each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood as long as it’s for the sake of Allah. Every shahid (martyr) will be in heaven and every wounded person will be rewarded, by Allah’s will,” said the PA leader during the peak of the 2015 wave of terror throughout Israel.
Our constitution is a marvelous document and a tremendous governmental framework. Combine that with the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights and you have a true trifecta.
We seem to keep wandering down the path of executive authority. Congress and the Supreme Court should keep our presidents in check by using their constitutional authority.
That said, the president has the authority, under the constitution, to fire the FBI director.
The president doesn’t have the authority to approve treaties or start wars, just to name a few “no – no”s.
“Trump has an authoritarian impulse,” Ian Bremmer tweeted after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, “But incompetence is a better explanation of his administration’s challenges to date.”
Donald Trump is not the only authoritarian leaning president we have had. We have had two in a row.
The constitution is important for all political parties to honor, respect and defend.
Trump has an authoritarian impulse,” Ian Bremmer tweeted after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, “But incompetence is a better explanation of his administration’s challenges to date.
Levin, the editor of National Affairs, argues in his brilliant new book The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism, that both parties are besotted with nostalgia for the mid-20th century. Conservatives tend to stress the social cohesion of 1950s America (or its seeming renaissance under Ronald Reagan), while liberals yearn for the economic security of the 1960s.
Although they have different goals, leading Republicans and Democrats alike want to go back to the way things were — and they think they can take us there from Washington. Trump says he’ll cut deals in the Oval Office that will make America great again; Clinton promises “universal” everything (education, retirement, health care) to restore the American Dream.
Donald Trump sees the world in an interesting way. He is also very certain of it. It isn’t a great trait, but, it is all about Donald.
No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” ~Donald Trump
I’m guessing Abraham Lincoln, James Abram Garfield (1881), William McKinley (1897-1901), and John F. Kennedy(1961-63). all assassinated while in office, might disagree.
Of course, what about Nelson Mandela? What about Ghandi?
And not so well known, John W. Stevens, a North Carolina tobacco trader who served in the Confederate army, Stevens became a Republican after the Civil War. He helped organize blacks and they, in turn, helped elect him to the state Senate. This didn’t go over well with some of the locals. Stevens was ostracized, denied credit and was even accused of murdering his mother. In 1870, Stevens was stabbed and strangled after being ambushed by more than a dozen members of the Ku Klux Klan.
And … the list could go on.
We all know that what president Trump said isn’t true.
We do know that everything is possible with God. I trust in God and Jesus. Anything else is dangerous.
Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope.
Our citizens deserve this, and so much more –- so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people.
President Trump is considering a religious freedom executive order. Here are some of the items it is expected to cover.
The Johnson Amendment is outrageous. I can imagine Jesus refusing to not speak out. In fact, he frequently did.
In 1954, Sen. Lyndon Johnson, worried about opposition at home, came up with an amendment to the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) that prohibited campaign speech by nonprofits and tax-exempt churches.
The effect of the Johnson Amendment is prohibit speech solely on the content of the speech.
Trump is correct to get rid of this.
I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.” ~Donald Trump
‘The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.’ ~President Trump
That is a great theme to start out with.
May it true. Amen.
General James Mattis is a Marines Marine. He is widely respected. He will present some challenges to getting through the confirmation process but I wouldn’t bet against him.
It can be a good thing to have on your resume that President Obama ffired you because of your position on the Iran deal.
It’s good to have a military man. It’s also good to have a military man who is known as ‘mad dog,’ because let’s say you’re trying to send a message to obstreperous Iranians who have been harassing our boats. I think you want to send a message that says something like if you don’t stop within 48 hours, I may have to turn the matter over to mad dog, translated afterwards into Persian. I think that can be quite useful.” – Charles Krauthammer on “Special Report with Bret Baier
Many of us were wrong about Mr. Trumps ability to win the election. He did and he will now be our President.
God is in charge and we must pray in earnest. God bless the United States of America.
What an election. Donald Trump outperformed every public opinion poll. He beat the odds and ran the table and he will be the President of the United States.
This morning I am like a broken record admitting in every post how much I got wrong. As I should because I did. And now I hope I am wrong about Donald Trump. He has the opportunity to unite people in ways no one thought possible, but that the results suggest he alone might be able to do.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families should be in our prayers. They now have a heavy burden on them and the weight of a nation in turmoil pressing down on them.
God always has a plan and I put my trust in Him, not men. But Donald Trump and Mike Pence are now explicit parts of God’s plans and I pray for them and wish them well.
HILLARY’S HAUTEUR by Chris Stirewalt – This is stunning. It is hard to imagine not understanding how this looks. But … “There’s hubris and then there’s the Clintons. The news is that former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea will stop raising money for the family’s foundation and that the organization would stop accepting foreign contributions if Hillary Clinton gets elected.
“Think about that one for a second.
“If Clinton’s critics are right and her family’s foundation was little more than a legalized form of bribing the woman who stands poised to become president of the United States, then what would the significance be of the foundation vowing to stop accepting foreign contributions if Clinton is elected?
“Why a gold rush of influence buying between now and Election Day, of course!Hurry, hurry everybody, this is a last chance to get in good with the next commander in chief.
“If Clinton and her supporters were right that the foundation is a unique and essential global charity that does essential work, why would one change course? Would Jonas Salk have ditched the polio vaccine because people complained about his funding? Would Marie Curie have dropped the radium just because she was getting cash from some unsavory sources?
“The answer from Team Clinton would be that the ban on foreign funds and diminished role for the family would avoid the “appearance of impropriety.”
“But if it appears that there might be an impropriety on Nov. 8, why not now?
“The pressure is growing on Clintons on the left to unwind their massive buckraking efforts. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and the Boston Globe editorial page both added to the weight this week. Rather than swift response though, we get what has been the hallmark of Clinton’s second White House run: caution imbued with arrogance.
“Clinton’s slow-walked response to her email scandal, her refusal to give press conferences and her tapioca-bland policy positions are all reflective of a candidate who is just kicking the can. Unworried about defeat, Clinton is simply refusing to engage and happy to keep the focus on her foe, Donald Trump.
“Whether or not that works will depend on whether Trump can ever shift the focus back to her. If he can go even a week without campaign drama or a distracting controversy, scrutiny on Clinton would intensify.
“If the race does tighten in the home stretch, that could prove to be a problem. If the race doesn’t get more competitive and Clinton doesn’t face additional calls for accountability, one can only imagine how these tendencies would play out to disastrous ends inside her White House.”
Source: Hillary’s hauteur | Fox News
Is everything just a deal? Let’s just see what develops can be your approach.
When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail. All you have to do is show up and hammer away. No planning or great strategy there.
The answer to all these painful questions may lie in the opening chapter of his best-selling book, “The Art of the Deal.” In fact, you may be able to crack the “Trump Code” on the first page. (Dan Brown he is not.)
On page one of a book written almost 30 years ago, Trump tells the reader, “Many people are surprised by the way I work. I play it very loose. I don’t carry a briefcase. I try not to schedule too many meetings. I leave my door open. You can’t be imaginative if you have too much structure. I prefer to come to work every morning and just see what develops.”
“Just see what develops.”
Here is a pretty good question. Where is Donald Trump’s short list for Supreme Court nominees? It would go a long way to “calming the waters” with conservatives.
Back on March 21, Donald Trump, sensing there was some conservative anxiety about whom he would nominate to the Supreme Court, promise to compile and release a list of five to ten “great conservative judges” with “great intellects.”
“I will guarantee that those are going to be the first judges that I put up for nomination if I win,” Trump said. “And that should solve that problem.” It’s mid-May now, Senate Republicans are holding the line against hearings or a confirmation vote on President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, and there remains no sign that a list of potential Trump nominees is forthcoming.
George Will is a part of the “pundit class” that has grown in disfavor. Perhaps it was never in great favor.
There is something to consider here. What is the “down ballot” effect to Senate and House races if Trump is not successful?
Worth considering but it is almost too late for that.
Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun.
~George Will — Source: If Trump is nominated, the GOP must keep him out of the White House – The Washington Post
The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of “establishment,” an epithet now descending into meaninglessness.
What does it mean? It is hard to tell. Is it really important if you are “pro establishment”, “establishment” or “anti establishment”?
You can be the “establishment” and conservative. Does the one really matter in that case?
Do Emotions Trump Facts? – It is hard to know what to do about Trump leading the GOP. I am a conservative. He doesn’t appear to be.
“Those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational can sometimes have a hard time trying to explain what is going on in politics. It is still a puzzle to me how millions of patriotic Americans could have voted in 2008 for a man who for 20 years — TWENTY YEARS — was a follower of a preacher who poured out his hatred for America in the most gross gutter terms.
“Today’s big puzzle is how so many otherwise rational people have become enamored of Donald Trump, projecting onto him virtues and principles that he clearly does not have, and ignoring gross defects that are all too blatant.”
I am tired of the mean-spirited attacks. It is wearing me down. “Mean-spirited slander is heartless; quiet discretion accompanies good sense.” ~King Solomon (Proverbs 11:12)
Or consider this. “A mean person gets paid back in meanness, a gracious person in grace.” ~King Solomon (Proverbs 14:14)
But wait, there is more. “Mean-tempered leaders are like mad dogs; the good-natured are like fresh morning dew.” ~King Solomon (Proverbs 19:12)
Let’s move on to James, the brother of Jesus. “Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.” James 3:13-16
Donald Trump pummels Mitt Romney as a failed Presidential candidate.
So, Mr. Romney ran in 2011 and won the nomination.
Mr. Trump started to run and pulled out.
Who was a failed candidate?
Seems like Mr. Trump has a short memory. The definition of failed may well be defined by someone who pulls out in May before a single primary and not the person who ran and won.
After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret, especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. ~Donald Trump – May 16, 2011
Consider these tweets.
Mitt Romney is a mixed up man who doesn’t have a clue. No wonder he lost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2016
Here is another.
Failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the man who “choked” and let us all down, is now endorsing Lyin’ Ted Cruz. This is good for me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2016
And this one.
Going to Salt Lake City, Utah, for a big rally. Lyin’ Ted Cruz should not be allowed to win there – Mormons don’t like LIARS! I beat Hillary
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2016
I think this graph says a lot.
Here are some pretty good thoughts from Chris Stirewalt at Fox News about tomorrow. I think he is right that we have reached the break-point in all of this. I am very tired of Mr. Trump’s tirades and absurdities. He is mean, cruel and devoid of consistent conservative ideas.
He may end up being our nominee. I hope not. I will not accept his behavior and I will not get on board with him. Continue reading
I don’t understand Dr. Carson. I really like him and had hoped his campaign would gain traction. It didn’t. I’ve written very favorable about him.
He dropped out. Last week he endorsed Mr. Trump. Has he simply forgotten what Mr. Trump said about him? Or has he forgiven him? We don’t know exactly.
This morning, Ben Carson appeared on the Today Show and made the case for the man he endorsed, Donald Trump, as only he can . . .
He thinks deeply, and does have some openness to spiritual things, which is not the impression you would get from the persona on stage . . .
There is a reason, I think, non of us get that impression. I don’t think it is true.
On Trump’s “punch them in the face” comments:
That’s not the way I would handle that, but recognize that the people of America are at a different place than I am at. They’re so frustrated, angry, they’re tired of people trying to manipulate them. And I think you’re seeing a magnetic phenomenon going on here. He actually represents where people are. Now does that mean we need to stay at that place? No, it means we need to work towards something very different. We the American people have to realize that we are not each other’s enemies. There are others out there, like radical Islamic terrorists, who want to destroy us, those are your enemies. We have to stop and focus on the real enemy here.
If you think “we need to work towards something very different” from where the people are, why would you think Donald Trump would be the right guy to do that? Does Carson genuinely think a Trump presidency would lead to a less angry America? A less divided one?
I think certainly if the protesters continue with their Alinsky-ite tactics, there is a real possibility of escalation. Because those who are the victims of them have two choices: they can submit to them, and meekly do whatever those protesters want them to do, or they can fight back. If they decide to fight back, there could be an escalation.
Trump, back on November 13, discussing Carson:
He wrote a book and in the book, he said terrible things about himself. He said that he’s pathological and he’s got basically pathological disease . . . I don’t want a person that’s got pathological disease.’
I said that if you’re a child molester, a sick puppy, a child molester, there’s no cure for that — there’s only one cure and we don’t want to talk about that cure, that’s the ultimate cure. No there’s two, there’s death and the other thing. But if you’re a child molester, there’s no cure, they can’t stop you. Pathological, there’s no cure.”
Going on about Carson’s life story: “How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?”
DICKERSON: But that’s what I want to ask, about the playing of the game, because when you were with Ben Carson, who endorsed you this week, you said he was pathological. And then both of you said, well, oh, that was just politics. So, you’re saying it’s just the game. But if the most serious things you say about a person are just politics, it’s just the game, then why isn’t everything you’re saying just a game and just politics and totally open to revision?
TRUMP: Well, that is politics. I say bad things about people and they say bad things about me. And actually Ben wrote it in his book. I just read sections of his book. I read what Ben wrote. I’m not going to make up anything.
And for this he gets endorsed? I think something else is going on. I guess, in time, we may see.
War is horrible. It is a nasty business for sure. We have, however, agreed to how war is conducted. Our enemy isn’t following the rules. What do we do?
This is disconcerting. Do we stoop to their level? I don’t think we should. Because they are beheading people doesn’t mean we should. There is a better way. We should find it.
Did somebody tell ISIS, ‘Look, we’re going to treat your guys well. Will you please do us a favor and treat our guys well?’ They don’t do that. We’re not playing by — we are playing by rules, but they have no rules. It’s very hard to win when that’s the case,” Trump said, adding that the United States’ ban on waterboarding is a sign of weakness.
Now Jesus had something to say about this. We should listen. It is called “Love Your Enemies”.
Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.
Briefly slipping into an impression of Mr. Trump — “We’re stupid,” he deadpanned in a throaty baritone — Mr. Christie said he empathized with voters who want to “burn Washington down.”
“But who’s going to rebuild it once it gets burned down?” Mr. Christie said. “That’s what you’ve got to think about.”
By nominating the wrong candidate, he continued, “We could wind up turning over the White House to Hillary Clinton for four more years.”
That prospect, he said, would be “like the eight years we’ve just had, except worse.
We do not need to endorse that type of activity, nor should we,” Christie said of the proposal by his Republican presidential rival during an appearance on conservative talk radio host Michael Medved’s show. “You do not need to be banning Muslims from the country. That’s, in my view, that’s a ridiculous position and one that won’t even be productive.
Things don’t always go your way,” Christie told Sean Hannity in a clip circulated by the New Jersey governor’s campaign on Thursday. “You remember. I got sent down to the undercard debate by Fox News. I didn’t think it was fair. But I didn’t whine and moan and complain and walk away. I went to the debate. I argued my points.”
“He sits in his jammies in Trump Tower and phones in. You guys don’t let any of the rest of us do that,” Christie told Hannity, adding “I’m not picking on him. It’s the truth.
Showtime is over. We are not electing an entertainer-in-chief. Showmanship is fun, but it is not the kind of leadership that will truly change America.
You’re telling me it wasn’t this weird when Herman Cain was winning nationally four years ago or Michele Bachmann was winning nationally? I mean, this happens…. Some people are feeling the pressure to try to be outrageous to try to get on the news.
If you’d like me to say it another way, I’d be happy to say it another way, it didn’t happen,” Christie said. “The fact is people can say anything, but the facts are the facts and that didn’t happen in New Jersey that day and it didn’t happen since.
I would correct them and I would say, ‘The President’s a Christian and he was born in this country.’ Those two things are self-evident,” Christie said. “Donald Trump’s got to decide, as we’ve seen, I’ve said this all along. He’s got to decide how serious a candidate he wants to be, and how he handles different problems like this are going to determine that.
While I’m as entertained as anyone by this personal back-and-forth about the history of Donald and Carly’s career, the 55-year-old construction worker out in that audience tonight who doesn’t have a job… they could care less about their careers. They care about theirs.
This would be the 50th time I’ve answered now,” he continued when pressed by Doocy. “It’s inappropriate, the comments were inappropriate. But listen, Donald is a friend, and I’ve known him for 13 years and I like him personally. But his comments were inappropriate. That’s now the 50th time I’ve said it; it will be the last time.
This from Ben Domenech, editor at The Federalist. I understand why he is suggesting it. I don’t disagree. It is distasteful that this is where we are with things.
One day, Jesus said “Snakes! Reptilian sneaks! Do you think you can worm your way out of this? Never have to pay the piper? It’s on account of people like you that I send prophets and wise guides and scholars generation after generation—and generation after generation you treat them like dirt, greeting them with lynch mobs, hounding them with abuse.” (Matthew 23:33-34)
Jesus recognized that sometimes you have to call someone out.
And then this from the Apostle Paul. “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people” (2 Timothy 3:2-5).
I saw this live. It was classic. This attitude that candidates (like Donald Trump) can’t be criticized is maddening. It almost breaks out into a fist fight. Kennedy just sat back and watched.
Jesse, you have for months been singing the praises of the most identity-politics candidate for months,” Domenech said. “You’ve been debasing yourself at the feet of his golden throne over, and over, and over again on Fox.”
“I don’t think principles matter if you can’t get elected and institute those principles,” Watters said several weeks ago. “I would hate to see people not soldier up and support the nominee.”
Domenech, who was one of the authors to pen a response in the “Against Trump” symposium, pushed back against Watters’ criticisms.
“You accused me of putting my principles ahead of my country just the other day on Fox News because I said that Donald Trump wasn’t a conservative,” Domenech said. “You criticized every single person participating in that National Review symposium as putting principle ahead of the country.”
“My point then was that you have a guy who is winning, and you don’t want to take him down if he’s going to be the nominee,” Watters said. “The guy is going to wrap this up. Let’s not nitpick him for small issues.”
“Today he’s in New Hampshire calling for protectionism and calling for sanctions against companies,” Domenech said of Trump’s history of shilling for some not-so-conservative ideas on the campaign trail.
Here are some reasons I have no obligation at this point to support Donald Trump.
Jonah Goldberg nails it. Continue reading
I am dismayed. I am a constitutional conservative (not a “Tea Partier”). I believe I’ve looked fairly at Mr. Trump’s positions. Historically, he seems to be more of a progressive than a conservative. He is clearly running as populist more than anything. That is just my opinion. Some share it, many do not.
Palin’s endorsement of Trump (and it sounds like Jerry Falwell Jr. will follow suit) confirms what many conservative pundits and political scientists have been highlighting the past several weeks: The GOP grassroots are not nearly as conservative as was thought. They, like Palin, were sick of big government on an instinctual level, not a philosophical one.
This was a bad day for Ted Cruz. He got hit hard when the popular Republican governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, said he supported anyone but Cruz. Now Palin has given Tea Partiers and evangelicals the cover they need to support a heterodox Trump. To top it all off, Cruz was campaigning in New Hampshire today because he was confident of his standing in Iowa.
I don’t agree that this is the right way to go. It will be sad if it happens. We should all be above this kind of thing. Jesus challenges us to love.
I do believe it will happen.
Donald Trump isn’t going anywhere until someone attacks him personally, in a way so sharp-edged and relentless that the deflecting, dismissing, obfuscating and trivializing techniques that have so far served him improbably well stop working. It will require nothing less than a full-frontal assault on the Trump mythos, who he purports to be, the whole Trump mystique.
I personally think that evaluating someone who wants to be President should mean evaluating someone’s policy philosophy, particularly as it relates to Constitutional principles and leadership capabilities.
I object to pure meanness and so does God. Here are a couple of examples from Proverbs.
Mean-spirited slander is heartless; quiet discretion accompanies good sense. Proverbs 11:12
A mean person gets paid back in meanness, a gracious person in grace. Proverbs 14:14
Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn. Proverbs 16:27
Mean-tempered leaders are like mad dogs; the good-natured are like fresh morning dew. Proverbs 19:12
Or consider this from Jesus. “It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution.” Mark 7:20-23
What about the Apostle Paul? “Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!” Romans 1:28-32
What did James have to say? “Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.” James 3:13-16
While not “disqualifying” I am personally tired of hearing it.
Donald Trump has been a presidential candidate for about six and a half months. And this year, he has insulted at least 68 people/groups– an average of about one every three days as a candidate — according to a great compilation by Gillian Brockell, Thomas LeGro and Julio Negron of The Washington Post’s video team. It’s almost amazing that this video is only three-plus minutes long.
What has happened to Constitutional conservatism? Shouldn’t our world revolve around circumventing the law? What happened to due process? What has happened to freedom of religion, speech and property?
Since he announced his candidacy, Trump has:
The warnings in Proverbs are strong: “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Proverbs 29:20).
And, “A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11).
What bothers me most is the mean statements about people and then the lying about it afterwards saying you didn’t say it. There are too many examples to go into but the latest mocking the disabled reporting and then lying about it afterwards is just too much.
We already have a president where this is a problem. We don’t need another any time soon.
Interesting perspective on how the best way to think about Donald Trump is to look at Jesse Ventura’s rise and fall. We desperately need leaders with integrity. Integrity is a good filter to evaluate our prospective leaders. Bombast, as we saw with Jesse, is a dime a dozen!
“More than his thin skin and grandiose personality, the worst thing about Ventura was what he did during his tenure as governor. Being a governor worked out well for Ventura, but not for the citizens of Minnesota. Jason Lewis, a former Minnesota talk show host, wrote about Ventura at The Weekly Standard more than a decade ago and described him in a nutshell: “A Playboy interview, appearances on late night television, two book deals, action figures, a million-dollar color commentary contract for the now defunct XFL—politics turned out to be a profitable venture for one James Janos of north Minneapolis. He ran for office on a lark, and lightning struck.”
This is clearly getting out of hand. Dr. Carson is not an enemy of Mr. Trump. Clearly Dr. Carson was redeemed by Jesus. Clearly Mr. Trump doesn’t understand how that can happen.
Jesus challenges us:
“You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.” Matthew 5:21-22 The Message (MSG)
Using the starkest of terms, a physical re-enactment, and no small amount of showmanship, Trump blasted Carson, his violent past (from more than 40 years ago), his mental stability, and even the sincerity of his religious conversion:
So I have a belt … Somebody [tries to stab me] me with a belt, [the knife is] going in because the belt moves this way. It moves this way, it moves that way. [Carson] hit the belt buckle [with the knife]. Anybody have a knife? Want to try it on me? Believe me, it ain’t gonna work. You’re going to be successful, but he took the knife and went like this and he plunged it into the belt and, amazing, the belt stayed totally flat and the knife broke.
Trump then questioned whether or not Carson could ever truly be cured by what Carson himself has described as a “pathological” temper. Trump compared Carson’s pathology to that of a child molester:
That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that. That’s like, you know, I could say, they say you don’t cure — as an example, child molester. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure the child molester.
In his biography, Carson has written about finding God after one of his violent outbursts, and doing so while sitting alone for hours in a bathroom. Trump wasn’t buying it, and appeared to attack as “fools” and “stupid” voters who have, specifically Iowa voters:
He goes into a bathroom, comes out and now he’s religious. … And the people of Iowa believe him. Give me a break. Give me a break. It doesn’t happen that way. Don’t be fools. …
How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?
And this on the media and how he feels about the campaign right now.
“I may leave here and you may say oh that was not nice what he said. Who cares? Then, you know, I go back to my life, I don’t have to do interviews, which I don’t like doing to be honest with you. I can leave this scum back here, the press, alone, I don’t need ’em anymore. They’re garbage, no they’re scum. I don’t have to deal with ’em anymore.”
Republican presidential contender Ben Carson is firing back at Donald Trump this morning, responding to Trump’s attacks on Carson’s “pathological stories” by saying the New York real estate mogul needs to learn the definition of pathological.
“It’s not the kind of dialogue that I would ever engage in,” Carson said in a news conference in Greenville, South Carolina, today. “I’m hopeful maybe his [Trump’s] advisers will help him to understand the word pathological and recognize that that does not denote incurable.
“It’s not the same. It simply is an adjective that describes something that is highly abnormal. And something that, fortunately, I have been able to be delivered from for half a century,” he said of his escaping a violent past.
Still, Carson took a much more subdued approach than Trump, insisting that he would not engage in personal attacks and does not “have to get into it.”
“The wonderful thing is, it’s not really up to me. It’s up to the people,” Carson, 64, said. “They will listen and they will be able to make a decision about whether they want to listen to the usual politics of personal destruction or whether they want to deal with something better.”
We are all acting rationally, as objectionable as that is.
We deserve better. We must demand it.
“The problem is not that voters are stupid, or that accurate information is unavailable. Rather, for most voters, political ignorance is actually rational. No matter how well-informed you are, the probability that your vote will change the outcome of an election is tiny — only one in 60 million in a presidential election. Few Americans know the exact odds. But most have an intuitive sense that there is little payoff to carefully studying political issues. Quite rationally, they act accordingly.”
While manufacturing employs fewer Americans than it did in Donald Trump’s youth, total U.S. employment has risen, as more Americans find work in other sectors of the economy. If Trump would give up gains in efficiency solely to boost employment in manufacturing, then he may want to consider this famous piece of advice attributed to Milton Friedman:
Milton recalled traveling to an Asian country in the 1960s and visiting a worksite where a new canal was being built. He was shocked to see that, instead of modern tractors and earth movers, the workers had shovels. He asked why there were so few machines. The government bureaucrat explained: “You don’t understand. This is a jobs program.” To which Milton replied: “Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal. If it’s jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.
Does the Donald want America to build things, or does he want us digging with spoons?
Of course, facts can be pesky creatures. Here is what real manufacturing output looks like from 1965 to 2015.
U.S. manufacturing industry added jobs in the years immediately after the North American Free Trade Agreement was passed. Trade restrictions sometimes even inflict harm on domestic manufacturing. Tariffs on manufacturing inputs (e.g., hot-rolled steel) may protect U.S. workers making that specific product, but harm all the U.S. manufacturers who need those inputs to create other products (e.g., airplane parts) further down the production line. On the whole, trade enriches us.
I’m glad Glenn Beck brought this up. I think it is very fair and more than reasonable. Some of it seems to be about “speaking the truth to power”. There is real anger with the Republican leadership. I certainly understand it. But that will only get us so far.
I think we ought to look for leaders who demonstrate real wisdom. King Solomon was richer than Donald Trump. That isn’t what he is know for. When God asked him what he wanted, Solomon responded that he wanted wisdom.
“God gave Solomon wisdom—the deepest of understanding and the largest of hearts. There was nothing beyond him, nothing he couldn’t handle. Solomon’s wisdom outclassed the vaunted wisdom of wise men of the East, outshone the famous wisdom of Egypt.” 1 Kings 4:29-34
Here is what Glenn asked.
“He is part of the problem when he by his own admission, buys politicians; he said he identifies his “policies more as a democrat”; he makes President Obama look truly humble; he was very pro abortion until very recently; he still says ‘don’t defund planned parenthood’; he is pro ‘assault weapon ban’; he is in favor of a wealth tax that would just ‘take money out of people’s bank accounts’; he is for boots on the ground in Iraq and ‘taking the oil’ from the Iraqi people; he is a progressive ‘republican’; he says single payer health care works; he said he would give people more than just Obama care; the First Lady would be the first to have posed nude in lesbian porno shots; he said that he keeps all the bibles he is given in a “special place” out side the city – and he only goes to church on Christmas and Easter; he is generally not a likable guy; he has around 16% favorability with Hispanics and he has gone bankrupt 4 times,” he wrote.
Beck then asked, “Why are big name “conservatives” supporting him?” He listed Fox News host Sean Hannity, author Ann Coulter and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh as examples.
“These are smart people. What am I missing?” Beck asked. “Just based on his favorability ratings he could never win in a general. Research shows that he may be near his ceiling now.”
You can find Sean’s complete response here.
You are a friend and a patriot who has asked an honest and thoughtful question, and I will attempt to answer it in this post.
You asked, “Can we actually have a civil discourse based on facts? Not on emotion or feelings?” Of course we can! For all of you leftists out there in the media and elsewhere hoping this will become a “food fight,” you will be extremely disappointed.
Let me first point out that I am personally UNDECIDED as to whom I I will support in the GOP primaries. The good news is the Iowa Caucus is February 1, 2016. That gives us over 5 1/2 months before the REAL process begins in deciding who the Republican presidential nominee will be. Five and a half months is an eternity in political terms.
A lot can and will happen between now and then. Some candidates will trip and fall or stumble. Some will recover and others may not. Polls will shift, debates will hopefully enlighten, and voters (that is, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE) will decide which way this is going to go.
Megyn Kelly announced on Wednesday’s “The Kelly File” that she and her family were taking a vacation. By Friday, Donald Trump was back to causing trouble.
This time, for suggesting that Megyn’s 10-day hiatus just might be the result of her “inappropriate” treatment of him during the GOP debate, saying “all the sudden, she decided to go away for ten days.”
This may be a shock to “the Donald” but people take vacations and they have nothing to do with you. This is vain and selfish. Wisdom leads you to agree with your enemy rather than attack them. Megyn was doing her job as a journalist. If you don’t want someone asking you questions about what you say, control your tongue and don’t say it.
Fox News’ response was almost immediate and the message was blunt:
“The conspiracy theories about Megyn Kelly’s vacation rank up there with UFO’s, the moon landing and Elvis being alive. Megyn is on a pre-planned, annual summer vacation with her family, which is much deserved. To imply otherwise as Donald Trump and his campaign operatives have is not only wildly irresponsible, but downright bizarre.
Perhaps Mr. Trump thinks it’s advantageous to his poll numbers to keep talking about Megyn, but that doesn’t change the fact that Roger Ailes has fully supported her and her tough journalistic questioning since day one and is thrilled with the added exposure from the debate which resulted in even higher ratings of The Kelly File this week.
Anyone who knows Roger is aware of how historically and consistently loyal he is to all of his talent and how he protects them at all costs. As Governor Terry Branstad said today, ‘when you’re a candidate, you’ve got to basically answer the questions. You can’t just attack the person asking the questions. That doesn’t work.’”
This is just too unseemly. Men and women should be treated with respect. To not do so is just plain wrong. I think this is a case of let the buyer beware.
In 2007, Trump also referred to O’Donnell as a “degenerate,” a “slob” and a “pig” in a single speech.
In tweets sent last year, Trump described Huffington Post editor Arianna Huffington as “a dog.”
For good measure, Trump added that Huffington is “ugly both inside and out!” and some other things.
In 2012, Trump told his Twitter followers that the actress and singer Bette Midler “…kisses my [behind]. She’s disgusting.”
One year earlier, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote in that paper about a note she received from Trump after she wrote about his financial challenges. The note, written in true Trump form on a print-out of that very same column, consisted of a circle drawn around Collins’ face and these words: “The Face of a Dog!”
Megyn Kelly did not soften or in any way mince words. In the early part of Thursday’s GOP debate, she confronted Donald Trump with his own words — you know, various little comments he’s made about and to women over the years.
If Trump were to become the GOP’s eventual nominee, the comments, Kelly said, could leave him and his party vulnerable to claims that he is an active participant in the Democratic Party-alleged GOP “war on women.”
“When Republican front-runner Donald J. Trump was pressed during the first debate about his companies’ four bankruptcies in 18 years, the blustering business mogul called them routine corporate deals allowed by law and repeated by “many, many others on top of the business world.” Trump told ABC in 2011 “We’ll have the company. We’ll throw it into a chapter. We’ll negotiate with the banks. We’ll make a fantastic deal. You know, it’s like on ‘The Apprentice.’ It’s not personal. It’s just business.” WP
You agree to a bank loan and then don’t pay it back. 1,000’s of employees loose their jobs. You brag about that?
Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of—finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love. Romans 13:8-10 The Message (MSG)
But Trump was exaggerating, experts said, when he said that virtually every business leader has filed bankruptcy. An estimated 5 percent of the 500 biggest U.S. companies have filed for bankruptcy in the past two decades, Georgetown law professor Adam Levitin said. The first Trump-tied bankruptcy, in 1991, was of Trump’s biggest Atlantic City casino, the Trump Taj Mahal, whose $1 billion construction was financed by junk bonds at a staggeringly high interest rate of 14 percent. Its glitzy unveiling fell flat amid slumps in Atlantic City and the broader U.S. economy, leaving the Trump firm more than $3 billion in debt. Rather than the “fantastic deal” that Trump has celebrated, financial experts say the filing, and Trump’s guarantee of the debt, marked the moment when his personal fortunes were most in jeopardy
“Don’t take bribes. Bribes blind perfectly good eyes and twist the speech of good people.” ~God to Moses Exodus 23:8 The Message (MSG)
How about this from the book of Job?
“Don’t let your great riches mislead you; don’t think you can bribe your way out of this.” ~Elihu to Job (Job 36:16-21)
Donald Trump epitomizes what is wrong with our system. Mr. Trump bragged Thursday night that he could buy politicians. Trump was asked about something he said in a earlier interview:
“When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do. You’d better believe it,” Trump said. “If I ask them, if I need them, you know, most of the people on this stage I’ve given to, just so you understand, a lot of money.” And more “I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them, and they are there for me.”
Just because you can do something doesn’t make it right. He was repeatedly asked what he got in return for his donations.
“With Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding and she came to my wedding. You know why? She didn’t have a choice because I gave. I gave to a foundation that, frankly, that foundation is supposed to do good.” ~Donald Trump
Is this bribery or just undo influence?
Here is the legal definition and distinction:
“The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties. To offer or provide payment in order to persuade someone with a responsibility to betray that responsibility is known as seeking Undue Influence over that person’s actions. When someone with power seeks payment in exchange for certain actions, that person is said to be peddling influence. Regardless of who initiates the deal, either party to an act of bribery can be found guilty of the crime independently of the other.”