Donald Trump made a horrible misstep when he diluted his position on deporting illegal aliens. It’s been one of the primary reasons that he’s been as successful as he has as a first-time candidate. He seems to have corrected course (mostly), but he’s done his brand some lasting damage. I don’t believe that he can withstand making that mistake again. No matter what the media and the two political parties tell you, this election is all about the specific issues that Donald Trump has put forward — it’s not about the likability or popularity of either candidate.
Many people on my side of the aisle are celebrating the release of Democratic National Committee emails that show that they were in the bag for Hillary Clinton all along. This is unsurprising to anyone who pays attention to politics. It’s been the disgust with the corrupt ruling elite that has fueled the candidacies of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. The emails confirm that both of these candidates were completely correct – the system was rigged against them. Trump was adept enough to decimate a field of 16 candidates, despite the wishes of his party’s ruling elite. Sanders was not as fortunate — and that is partially his own fault.
For years, the two-party system has been failing the American electorate. On one side, we have the Democratic Party who’s packaged itself as the party of the people. They claim to be for higher taxes on rich people and greater benefits and services for everyone else. They’ve been the natural home for progressives, socialists, communists, and leftists of every stripe. They call for greater government powers, more regulation, and bigger budgets.
Who does Paul Ryan think he is? He’s not royalty. We shouldn’t need to court him like some reluctant school girl in order to get him to support the Republican nominee. He just came out and pointedly refused to support Donald Trump… again. For God’s sake, he’s the Republican Speaker of the House! Someone needs to explain to him that the #NeverTrump crowd has lost — and they were never a significant portion of the Republican Party in any case. He’s just an elected representative, not some sort of potentate. If Ryan can’t enthusiastically support Trump as the Republican nominee then he needs to be removed as Speaker — he is not representing the will of the Republican voting base.
I’m a “live and let live” type of guy. I don’t care who you sleep with, what you wear, or what affectations you’ve decided to adopt. I am unconcerned with other people’s sexual proclivities. As long as you aren’t attempting to bed children, I couldn’t care less about your sex life. That doesn’t mean that I approve of every behavior a person could adopt — I just don’t care.
If a guy wants to dress up like a woman, I am not interested in preventing him from doing so. If a woman wants to wear a suit and call herself Charlie, it doesn’t matter to me. I might think that they’re odd — but once again, it’s none of my business. I don’t care.
I have been an enthusiastic supporter of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul for years now. They have both proven themselves to be principled conservatives rather than tools of the Party establishment. I started off this election season as a fierce Cruz supporter and dreamed of a Cruz/Paul victory ticket in November. But then Donald Trump showed us that a populist could break the accepted rules and knock the presumed nominee out of the race. He electrified the race in ways that we hadn’t seen on the Republican side in decades.
For decades the working class base of the Republican party has voted for one loser after another. We didn’t like the candidates who made it through the process, but we understood the implied contract of party politics. Sometimes we had to deal with establishment insiders, like John McCain and Mitt Romney, but we sucked it up and voted for the party’s choice. Most of the time we thought that the candidates were outright tools of the corporate elite and donor class — but we were willing to respect the will of the voters and rally around even the weakest of candidates.
Political opportunism is nothing new to billionaire Michael Bloomberg. As a life-long Democrat, he had no problem with switching political parties in 2001 to ride Rudy Giuliani’s Republican coattails and win the mayoralty of the city of New York. It didn’t take long for him to show his liberal, big-government, nanny state proclivities.
In recent years, the Democratic Party has lurched so far to the left that we sometimes forget that there used to be rational and conservative politicians who were associated with it. In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected president on a platform that included a promise to lower taxes in order to spur economic growth and thereby increase revenue to the treasury. Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 promising to “end welfare as we know it.” I doubt that either Kennedy or Clinton would be able to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016 — they would be considered too horribly right-wing for their party’s taste.
Donald Trump is still dominating the Republican field despite the dire predictions of everyone in politics and the media. Every time Trump says something politically unconventional, he is attacked by the professional political class. Currently we see the establishment in an uproar over his comments promising to temporarily stop Muslim migration into the country. Yes, he did say temporary, and he says it’s only until the nation’s leaders figure out how to address the incredible amount of hatred coming from the Muslim world. Unsurprisingly, his opinion is shared by a large segment of American society.