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.
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.
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.
Tuesday’s Democratic debate was nowhere near as compelling as either of the two Republican debates, but it was eventful because the front runner wasn’t knocked from her position. Hillary Clinton made it through unscathed, and she’s the automatic winner as nobody scored any political points at her expense. That’s the way things work in primary debates and boxing. You need to knock the champ out to be declared the winner.
As we all enjoy the spectacle of the Donald Trump candidacy, the other big story of the election season is being discounted by the media and the power brokers of the Democratic Party. That story is the unprecedented rise of an unabashed socialist as a legitimate contender for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency. As I write this, Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in the polls in the early primary states. In Iowa, Sanders is beating Hillary Clinton by 22 points in a YouGov/CBS News Poll. The Real Clear Politics average of polls has him dominating Hillary in New Hampshire 42.3% to 34.7%. And the new CNN/ORC poll has Sanders trailing Hillary nationally by only 10 points. If Sanders is consistently on the rise, and Hillary is steadily on the decline, why is there a movement by the Party and the media to find another candidate?
For quite some time our politicians have gotten away with lying directly to the American people. President Obama said that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” when attempting to sell us on Obamacare. That wasn’t exactly true. George W. Bush said that we shouldn’t engage in “nation building,” and yet that was the core strategy he utilized while waging war after 9/11. Bill Clinton lied to us so often that Democrats started bragging about what a great liar he was. Hillary Clinton has also been lying to us, and we’ve known it all along.