Democrats Panicking over Trump Turning America Red

The Democratic National Committee sent out multiple emails after Donald Trump’s landslide victory in New York. It appears they fear him as the GOP nominee.

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Image sent in DNC email with the statement, “And after Donald Trump’s huge victory in New York last night, one thing is clear. We CANNOT allow him to be our president.”

The DNC states:

Donald Trump just got one step closer to becoming the Republican nominee. Make sure we’re ready to beat him.

Donald Trump just won New York, and he’s closer than ever to securing the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States.

Which means his dangerous policy proposals — from mass deportations and banning Muslims from entering the country to punishing women for seeking abortions — are one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Democratic strategy is to focus on abortion, illegal immigration and increasing Muslim migration. However, these are three areas in which the majority of Americans side with Donald Trump.

In February 2016 Rasmussen, in its Immigration Update, reported that border control is still the top immigration priority for most voters.

A December 2015 Rasmussen report titled “Voters Like Trump’s Proposed Muslim Ban” states:

Despite an international uproar and condemnation by President Obama and nearly all of those running for the presidency, Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims coming to the United States has the support of a sizable majority of Republicans – and a plurality of all voters.

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New York voter poll on a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Gallop provides the below infographic showing 70% of Americans support controlling abortions in some or all circumstances:

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Is the  DNC depending on the abortion, illegal alien and Muslim migration issues to win in November? It appears so. Their objective is to portray Trump as anti-women, anti-illegals and anti-Muslim. The voters, however, see these three issues differently.

As the primary process winds down, it looks more and more like Trump will be the GOP nominee. The DNC certainly thinks so, and it is using his name to raise campaign funds.

What does that tell you?

To view the current delegate count for the Democratic and Republican nomination for president click here.

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured infographic of the states won by Donald Trump is courtesy of the DNC.

Influencer2016: Who’s behind each candidate’s presidential campaign?

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“With Bush, Carson, Rubio and the other former hopefuls out of the running, many politicos are looking for a new home,” said Michael Petruzzello, president of Qorvis MSLGROUP, “Meanwhile, the Clinton, Cruz, Kasich, Sanders and Trump camps are ironing out all the kinks to be ready for the home stretch. With Influencer2016, you can see, in real-time, who is who in the campaigns and where the sphere of influencer exist.”

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Demographic and Economic Infographics of States Holding April 26 Primaries

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following tip sheet was released today by the U.S. Census Bureau:

In advance of the April 26 primaries, the U.S. Census Bureau presents a variety of statistics that give an overall profile of each participating state’s voting-age population and industries. Statistics include:

  • Voting-age population and estimate of eligible voters (i.e., citizens age 18 and older).
  • Breakdown of voting-age population by race and Hispanic origin.
  • Selected economic characteristics, including median household income and poverty.
  • Selected social characteristics, including educational attainment.
  • County Business Patterns (providing information on employment by specific industries).
  • Statistics on voting and registration.

Profiles are provided for the following states:

Connecticut
Delaware
Maryland
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island

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A Video Message from Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly gives an update on the status and upcoming events of Eagle Forum. Among other things Schlafly speaks about the upcoming GOP convention, her new book and Republican “king makers.”

Schlafly quotes former Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois, who at the 1953 Republican National Convention, took to the floor and accused the king makers of leading the Republicans “down the road to defeat.” Dirksen received mixed boos and cheers rang out from the delegates.

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star spangled shariahThe wolves have been at work for a while preparing for such a time as now. These wolves are cunning, patient, low profile, and terribly focused like a laser beam on their target; only their target is not simply a herd of sheep but an entire country that daily becomes increasingly like a herd of sheep. The country is the United States, and the wolves that have been at work are members of the Muslim Brotherhood and affiliate Islamic groups sworn to fulfill the Quran’s commandment to establish a Caliphate; a One-World Muslim religion, culture, law, and maniacal allegiance to their Prophet Mohammed. Any obstacle standing in their way of total achievement and domination is to be fully and completely eliminated – not tampered with, coddled or made friends with, but eliminated.

While a prodigious number of elected officials work diligently to make nice to all people everywhere, and struggle to bring about “political correctness” to win favor and reelection rather than lead for the sake and safety of the citizens to which elected them, and many citizens mumble and resent political correctness but go along with the ever multiplying tentacles, the wolves continue to pick off an institution or significant politician here and there, as they never once stray from their intended target, the elimination of our country! Many law enforcement senior commanders and chiefs have become politically neutered from being the once strong, respected, and proud sheepdog that historically stood post placing himself between the vulnerable flock and the wolves. Add the many facets of “transformation and change” Obama has brought forward, and very few have aggressively opposed, and the public herd is all the more confused and overwhelmed, and simply returns to eating and enjoying life for the moment. Thinking past the moment is too difficult, too scary, too mind boggling so the herd simply continues to enjoy the moment. All the while the wolves continue to focus on their target(s). One target in particular that has been illuminated is the American political process. The wolves’ intention is to become their own political force, but only insofar as to use this force to establish the Islamic Faith form of government and law supplanting the Constitution of the United States with Sharia Law!

You scoff and say this can’t happen! My very good colleague, Clare Lopez, Senior Vice President of The Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. shares the evidence to demonstrate otherwise. Watch the five minute YouTube presentation below. Please take steps to understand what is transpiring all around you as the culture and fabric of America is deliberately being shredded. Some of us “sheep dogs” have already engaged in the fight against the wolves consumed with diabolical schemes to eliminate the whole herd, America. While a remnant of the herd have heeded our warnings and have responded to being educated on the clear and present danger, most of the herd continues to eat placidly with not a care on their mind – just as the wolves would like.

Star Spangled Shariah: The Rise of America’s First Muslim Brotherhood Political Party

“The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s stated goal in America is to ‘destroy the Western civilization from within.’ Star-Spangled Shariah: The Rise of America’s First Muslim Brotherhood Party reveals the newest weapon in their arsenal for doing so – a self-described Political Party called the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). This new monograph connects the dots between the Muslim Brotherhood’s secret plan to impose Sharia in America, and the insidious use it intends to make of our democratic political system to that end.”

EDITORS NOTE: The Muslim Brotherhood centrist US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), which is holding a Muslim Capital Day during the week of April 18th is made up of: American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed).

Sane Jews Do Not Vote for Hillary

At the beginning of January 2016, an organization called NORPAC—a lobby whose mission is to support candidates and sitting members of Congress “who demonstrate a genuine commitment to the strength, security, and survival of Israel”—invited its members to “an exclusive and intimate” cocktail reception for Hillary Clinton for people willing to pay $2,700 per individual or $5,400 per couple.

The invitation included a synopsis of Hillary’s credibility vis-a-vis Israel, stating that she had “been a supporter of the US-Israel relationship for many years…and, as Secretary of State, she had stood up against Israel’s enemies….”

Then, NORPAC promptly betrayed its pretense of impartiality by stating: “Please join us in support of Secretary Hillary Clinton for President and share your concerns about the US-Israel relationship with her at this pro-Israel event.”

But the subject here is not the magical thinking of leftists or the suicidal ideation of liberal Jews. Rather, it is to correct the decades-long fantasy that Hillary Clinton is even remotely supportive of Jews, Israel, Zionism, in fact anything to do with Jewish life.Of course, all of this hype was pure fiction, but fully embraced by the leftwing Jews who have essentially abandoned genuine Judaism for the Social Justice causes embraced by the Democrat party, causes that make them feel like “good” people—everything from the redistribution of wealth (aka Communism) to saving the environment (from the colossal hoax known as climate change) to equality for women (except when it comes to speaking out against the vile abuses of Sharia law, the mass rapes by Muslims in Europe, and the rapacious behavior of one Bill Clinton) to the Holy Grail of leftism, abortion, which amounts to the de facto approval of the over fifty-eight-million infants murdered by this gruesome procedure since it became the law of the land in 1973.

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE…

So let us forthwith dispense with the fiction that Hillary Clinton is a friend of Israel, of Zionism, of Jews. In fact, she loathes all three, and her ignominious track record of nearly 40 years in public life proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt.

In an article in Newsmax.com in December, 2002, writer Carl Limbacher reported that as far back as 1979, when Bill Clinton was the governor of Arkansas, “it was quite common” for both Bill and Hillary to refer to each other as “a Jew mother f-cker” or a “Jew bastard.” This was reported by Arkansas state trooper Larry Patterson, who guarded the couple for six years. Patterson also said that he “won’t go into their generous use of the N word,” but only seven years ago, Bill told Sen. Ted Kennedy of Barack Obama, “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”

When Hillary was First Lady of Arkansas, there were few if any Jews in her orbit…simply a demographic phenomenon. So where did her Jew hatred come from? Her reported-to-be Republican parents? Her upbringing in generally leftist Chicago? Her education at elite Wellesley College? Her religion, most often described as Methodist—you know, that lovely Protestant denomination that is relentless in pursuing the Boycott-Divest-Sanction campaign against Israel ? In Wellesley, she was introduced to the writings of America-hating Saul Alinsky, the author of Rules for Radicals, a man she maintained close ties to, wrote her thesis about, and, to this day, echoes his “America is bad” beliefs.

It’s useless to speculate about where Hillary’s leftism or antipathy to Jews came from, sort of like wondering about the genesis of a particular malignancy. Yet, speculating can sometimes shed light. Perhaps Hillary’s Jew hatred came from the experience she had when, at age 27, the Yale Law School graduate served on the committee to impeach President Richard M. Nixon, and a Jew, Jerome Zeifman, Chief Counsel on the Watergate Committee, fired her for lying and being unethical, according to writer Carole Fader.

In Zeifman’s 2006 book, ‘Hillary’s Pursuit of Power,’ Fader reports, he wrote that, “Hillary Clinton is ethically unfit to be either a senator or president—and if she were to become president, the last vestiges of the traditional moral authority of the party of Roosevelt, Truman and Johnson will be destroyed.”

In an earlier book, ‘Without Honor: The Impeachment of President Nixon and the Crimes of Camelot,’ Zeifman wrote: “During my 14-year tenure with the House Judiciary Committee, I had supervisory authority over several hundred staff members. With the exception of Ms. Rodham, [special counsel John] Doar, and [senior associate special counsel and future Clinton White House counsel Bernard] Nussbaum, I recommend all of them for future positions of public and private trust.”

Talk about an early warning system!

AN IRRESISTIBLE ATTRACTION TO JEW HATERS

According to Jeff Dunetz, blogger of The Lid, when Hillary graduated to become the First Lady of America, she continued her anti-Israel, anti-Zionism, anti-Jew fetish.

Dunetz reports that “even before her marriage to Bill, Hillary Clinton was opposing Israel and promoting the forces of terrorism.” On page 49 of his book, ‘American Evita’, Christopher Anderson wrote that “at a time when elements of the American Left embraced the Palestinian cause and condemned Israel, Hillary was telling friends that she was `sympathetic’ to the terrorist organization and admired its flamboyant leader, Yasser Arafat. When Arafat made his famous appearance before the U.N. General Assembly in November 1974 wearing his revolutionary uniform and a holster on his hip, Bill `was outraged like everybody else,’ said a Yale Law School classmate, but Hillary tried to convince Bill that Arafat was a `freedom fighter’ trying to free his people from their Israeli `oppressors.’”

In November 1999, Dunetz elaborates, Hillary made a trip to the Middle East and met with Yasser Arafat’s wife Suha, who proceeded to accuse Israel of “daily and intensive use of poisonous gas” that caused higher cancer rates in women and children, and of contaminating the drinking water or Palestinians with “chemical materials and toxic gases.” And what did Hillary do in the face of this barrage of Jew-hating lies? She “sat by silently” and then gave Suha a hug and a kiss, in essence endorsing her blasphemy.

When Hillary was the Secretary of State, Dunetz continues, both she and Bill “made mega- dollars from their extensive involvement with Dubai, a leader in the movement to boycott Israel, and a major commerce and shipping point for the `business-side’ of terrorism.” So deep are Bill and Hill into Dubai that “The Clinton Foundation has established Dubai Study departments in universities in the US and London. They worked hard at granting legitimacy to this Jew-hating, terrorist supporting nation.” And there is more. Dunetz reports that when Hillary ran for president in 2007, San Francisco Examiner columnist P.J. Corkery wrote that she “made $10 million a year from Yucaipa, a Dubai firm. Ron Berkle, the owner of Yucaipa companies, was a major fund-raiser for Bill and Hillary.”

The Clintons also had and have a connection to the world’s biggest exporter of terrorism, Saudi Arabia, and the Saudi Royal Family donated $10,000,000 to the Clinton Library. Hmm…they must be interested in literacy.

A BRIEF HIATUS

The above represents a drop in the ocean of Hillary’s longtime predilection to all things Arab and aversion to all things Jewish, with the glaring exception of her run for the U.S. Senate, during which time she was a quick study in learning how to pander for the formidable Jewish vote. And sure enough, Jewish Democrats ignored her paltry track record of public service, overlooked her former blasphemies of Jews and Israel, and continued their fetishistic embrace of all things leftist-cum-socialist, mixed with a dollop of gender politics, and generously laced with perpetual victimhood.

It’s relevant to note that Hillary’s tenure in the Senate yielded few benefits to New Yorkers and few accomplishments, and it didn’t take her long after leaving the Senate and becoming Secretary of State to dismiss a previous deal that had been made with Israel and to call for the end of the construction of new homes in what Israel’s enemies call settlements on the West Bank but which are actually the legally sanctioned territories in Israel called Judea and Samaria.

By this action, Hillary, in essence, told Israelis that they could no longer live in their neighborhoods, and for good measure she threw in Jerusalem as well. Then she and Barack Obama proceeded to keep up a steady drumbeat of vilification, public admonishment, duplicitous dealings, and relentless demands on Israel, with nary the mildest demand on the Jewish state’s fanatically bellicose neighbors.

So obsessed with Israel is Hillary in the basest of ways, she even spoke publicly in 2011 at the leftist Brookings Institute about Israel’s accommodation to the Orthodox community in terms of females singing in the Israeli Defense Forces, comparing the action to the way Iran treats its women. Right. In her mind, there is no difference between simply walking out of a singing performance and stoning the offending woman to death.

The next year, at a forum on US-Israel Relations, she scorched Israel for its supposed insensitivity, lack of empathy, and lack of generosity toward those poor victimized Palestinians, turning a malevolent blind eye to the serial violations by Palestinian of all their agreements with Israel.

SHE’S BAAACK!

But now that she’s running for president, Hillary the Panderer is back, pretending that she’s a friend of Israel, hoping that the Jewish public she considers quite stupid will forget that as Secretary of State she created and executed the most anti-Israel policy of the most anti-Israel president in Israel’s mere 68 years of existence.

“Old habits die hard,” writes Tiffany Gabbay for TruthRevolt.org. Only last month, Hillary hosted a panel that included Salam al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), “who openly supported Hezbollah in its 1983 bombing of a Marine barracks in Beirut and who blamed the 9/11 attacks on Israel.”

Hillary’s ties to al-Marayati go way back; Gabbay provides a detailed report developed by Patrick Pool of PJ Media. “Waves of controversy have not stopped Hillary Clinton from continuing to promote Marayati, including appointing him to positions during her tenure as Obama’s secretary of State.” To this day, MPAC continues to vilify Israel and even published “on its website in 2010 that Israel was harvesting the organs of Palestinians.” But he’s still Hillary’s pal! Mmmm… I wonder how much he’s contributed to The Clinton Foundation, which as I type is being investigated by 150 federal agents!

Gabbay also provides a list of these dubious figures tied to the Obama administration. I wonder how many of them have also provided hefty sums to the foundation. With the Clintons, isn’t it always about the money?

An editorial in The Jewish Voice this month cites recent history to describe Hillary’s unique unfitness to be fair and balanced as a president when it comes to Israel. “Her vicious attacks on Netanyahu and the Jewish State are legend during her four years of leaning unashamedly to the side of Palestinian causes,” the opinion piece states, and continues to list some of her egregious anti-Israel behavior:

  • Her grant of 147 million bucks to the Hamas controlled Gaza which was utilized to repair the terror tunnels and artillery emplacements after they attacked Israel.
  • Her 45-minute-long verbal phone assault on Netanyahu for his refusal to kowtow to Abbas’ demands.
  • Her unending calls for “a two state solution,” adding kindling to the fires of hate that the Palestinians keep burning in order to scorch the state of Israel.
  • Her comments in her book, ‘Hard Choices’,” where she repeatedly mentions, the “illegal occupation” of Palestinians by Israel.

That is not to omit what writer/editor Jerome S. Kaufman reported in Israel Commentary about Hillary’s recent speech at the American-Israel-Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) forum. “She told the outrageous lie that she led the policy of imposing `crippling’ sanctions on Iran to force it to the negotiating table and she supported the agreement that has put a lid on its nuclear program!” Then she said: “We will never allow Israel’s enemies to think a wedge can be driven between us.”

“Huh!” Kaufman writes. “Evidently she does not think that Ali Khameni, the current Supreme Leader of Iran, thinks that, after Obamasigned a lethal agreement with Israel’s mortal enemy giving them $150 billion in spending money plus a virtually unencumbered route to develop nuclear weapons and the unlimited launching of missile tests designed to carry them out, there is a `wedge between Israel and the US.’”

Calling Hillary’s presentation “a con job for Jewish audiences,” Kaufman pleads to her: “Please stop parading as Israel’s friend. That is a complete lie.”

And then there are Hillary’s closer-than-close ties to advisor, family friend, and former advisor to Pres. Bill Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal—he of her private unsecured e-mail server fame—one of those apologist “court Jews” who make the rest of us cringe in embarrassment and revulsion. Writer Lori Lowenthal Marcus describes in The Jewish Press what happened on May 31, 2010, when the Israeli Navy confronted six ships sailing from Turkey, “seeking to blow up the internationally recognized legal naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.”

“Starting the very morningof the incident,” she writes,” Sidney Blumenthal began emailing Hillary Clinton, haranguing her to treat this grave tragedy as a whip with which to lash Israel. Blumenthal also sent screeds written by his unhinged son Max, who insisted that the entire incident was orchestrated in advance by a bloodthirsty Israel as a means to blow up the peace process. By the next morning, Blumenthal had written a seven-point memo to Clinton suggesting ways the United States should respond to the flotilla incident, among them, “someone in authority needs to read Israel the riot act”…”

AmericanThinker.com writer Thomas Lifson fleshes out this ugly story. Hillary’s “reliance on Sidney Blumenthal as an advisor, despite the fact that she was forbidden by the Obama administration to employ him as a State Department aide, is now revealed to contain a reliance on the even viler son of a vile man. Just as telling is the way he plied her with his son Max’s articles. Max Blumenthal is a radical left wing writer and the author of ‘Goliath’, a vicious anti-Zionist polemic that attacks Israel’s right to exist and urges its isolation and ultimate dissolution.”

“Hillary is imbibing poison from Blumenthal,” says Lifson, “and went out of her way to do so. She should be shunned by all who care about the survival of Israel.”

A HATRED SO DEEP

Ari Lieberman titles his article in FrontPageMagazine.com ‘Hillary’s Emails: Hating Israel’. In it, he spares no passion in describing the candidate’s flaws (“unrepentant liar,” “unethical,” “serial hypocrite,” “likely a felon,” et al), and then prefaces a further critique with this damning caveat: “If you hate Israel and wish to see nothing but misfortune for the Jewish State, stop reading because Hillary is your candidate. If you care about Israel and its relationship with the United States, read on.”

Lieberman details the nefarious plots and plans suggested to a very interested Hillary by her close aides Thomas Pickering, never a friend of Israel, and Anne Marie Slaughter, Hillary’s director of policy planning. But he reserves his most scathing commentary for Hillary’s closest advisor.

“Another miscreant and perhaps the most troubling on the list of shady anti-Israel characters advising Clinton is Sidney Blumenthal, father and defender of the notorious anti-Semite, Max Blumenthal. Max has never met a Hamas or Hezbollah terrorist he didn’t like and subscribes to every single anti-Israel calumny and conspiracy theory winding its way through the blogosphere. So extreme are his views that even the German Communist party washed its hands of him. Sidney Blumenthal is a passionate defender of his son’s unscholarly, anti-Semitic dung and has passed much of it along via email to a very receptive Hillary. Among the articles forwarded was a lengthy conspiracy piece written by Max for the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Akhbar. Rather than rejecting it outright, Clinton responded, “interesting reading.”

Lieberman then discusses Hillary’s closest female adviser, Huma Abedin, noting that her history and involvement with the “fascist Muslim Brotherhood are undeniable” …Abedin and her Saudi-connected parents have held high-level positions with various Muslim affiliated organizations that have openly adopted extremely hostile views toward the Jewish State.

According to columnist Caroline Glick, “Hillary would continue Obama’s anti-Israel policies. Saying that her tenure as Secretary of State “was a disaster of epic proportions,” Glick adds that during those four years, “Clinton was a full partner in Obama’s hostile policies toward Israel.”

So it is no surprise that among the other anti-Israel people Hillary has hired to help her win the presidency is former Congressman Earl Hilliard, who, writes Carol Brown in AmericanThinker.com, “was a reliable anti-Israel voice in Congress”—voting against increased military support for Israel and accusing Jews of buying the election that defeated him.

Three-hundred and thirty million people in the U.S.A., and these are the best Hillary could do!

‘Who does Al Qaeda want in the White House?’ is the title of an article by Lisa Daftari, who writes that, “The Wall Street Journal has obtained a translated report of the text which suggests that…former Sec. of State Clinton `will be an extension of the policy of Obama and the Democrats in the region.’” Precisely!

It’s astounding to me, who reads daily newspaper reports of people being arrested and incarcerated for relatively innocuous crimes, that Hillary has not yet been frog-marched into a courtroom, on her way to Leavenworth. Clearly, someone doesn’t want that to happen because of the guilt-by-association that would land that someone in a cell in the same institution. And the media’s reassurances that FBI Director James Comey “is nonpartisan” ring hollow when you consider that on more than one occasion, he has found no criminal wrongdoing in several of the Clintons’ fishy cases.

Tiffany Gabbay comments that Hillary’s associations, which I’ve described above, “are nothing new to the Obama administration, nor to the Clintons. In fact, it is one of the primary reasons why voters concerned about terrorism and national security, or who care for the preservation of Israel, are best advised to refrain from voting for Clinton come November.”

No sane American, no sane Jew, can give that premise a serious argument.

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Some of my best friends are Trump supporters

TRUMP supporters are, perhaps, the only group of voters in America’s history who have been so viciously and consistently maligned, and in such a coordinated manner, by both political parties.

At the same time, not much is known about them, despite the recent spate of articles attempting to explain the phenomenon. The problem with that is that the authors admittedly don’t know any of the Trump supporters themselves. Well, I happen to know quite a few of them personally.

Full disclosure: first, I can’t vote because I’m not a US citizen yet, despite my best and decades-long efforts — but let’s leave the immigration system’s misplaced priorities for another day.

Second, I like to form my opinions about the candidates and their supporters independently, without taking advice from media pundits or Facebook messages from pro-Cruz acquaintances.

Third, I like both Cruz and Trump. I’m not as passionate about them as some; I’m merely pragmatic: I like anyone who can stop America’s descent into socialism or, better yet, reverse the course entirely. I also realized that America has come to a point when having big ideas is no longer enough; in order to shake up the system and get the economy moving the next president must also be a bigger-than-life mover and shaker.

Oleg in Ukraine in the early 1980s.

Oleg in Ukraine in the early 1980s. Source: Supplied

Oleg Atbashian. Picture: Larissa Scott

Oleg Atbashian. Picture: Larissa Scott

Since I’m not allowed to vote, I remain simply an objective observer of American politics, judging the process from the perspective of a former Soviet citizen, who during the times of the glorious Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was forced to cast single-name ballots for candidates I didn’t know nor cared about. A total 100 per cent voter turnout in practice meant total apathy: most people dropped paper ballots into the boxes without reading them.

The occasional rare signs of passion were the ballots with crossed-out names and large capital letters saying, BLOODSUCKERS ALL; those were extracted by the KGB for handwriting analysis. Voting had become a periodic ritual of obedience and surrender before the powerful state and a reminder that we were all equal slaves in the eyes of our masters.

That memory makes American elections even more interesting. First it’s the primaries, where candidates from each political party position themselves in a circular firing squad, trying to assassinate each other’s character and reputation.

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Once only a few of them remain standing, their supporters start fighting and demonizing each other on social media to the point where to an objective observer every candidate looks like the most corrupt and immoral scoundrel and the worst human being who ever lived.

Finally, the two surviving candidates from each party, badly wounded and bloodied, begin to punch each other in the wounds during the general election, as their supporters continue to fight and demonize each other on social media. The one who still stands by November is then declared Leader of the Free World.

At least that’s how most foreigners see it, especially if they are unfamiliar with the differences between the two parties and get their facts from the mainstream media which always promotes one party and pretends to be fair to the other.

Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others, said Winston S. Churchill, and he had his own political wounds to prove it.

This year’s election especially fits the above caricature. The strongest fire from all media portholes and loopholes is directed at the Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, and his supporters. They are being described as uneducated, angry, vengeful, racist, xenophobic, and plain stupid. Authors of these assumptions, mostly writing from within the Boston-New York-Washington corridor, admit that they don’t even know anyone who likes Trump.

But how can they write about what they don’t know? When the electoral map is fluid, when things are happening rapidly in real time, and when no reliable historical data exists, we rely on personal experiences and anecdotal evidence.

In the absence of such, the writers simply fill the gaps in their knowledge with their own prejudices, similar to how medieval mapmakers marked unexplored areas with “here be dragons.”

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Supporters listen to Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa. AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall.

There’s a big probability that Trump supporters are, in fact, all around them, even in their own families — and the reason why these writers don’t know it, is their own snobbery.

No one likes to be called stupid, his IQ questioned, or presumed to be an unthinking herd animal, and many simply don’t have the time to stop and explain their reasons whenever a #NeverTrump activist feels like trashing Trump voters. Many simply choose to remain silent.

This study explains why many polls underestimated Trump’s support: Trump has consistently polled better on anonymous online polls than on phone surveys because some of his supporters were unwilling to identify themselves publicly. In other words, public shaming didn’t unwean Trump from his supporters but caused them to go underground.

Doesn’t this also describe how the majority of Americans have felt in recent decades, being constantly shamed into silence by the “progressive” media, education, and the cultural establishment?

I know this too well, having worked in New York’s “progressive” corporate environment. My co-workers would ask me about life in the USSR and I would tell them exactly what I thought about socialism and political correctness until I realized that most of them didn’t like my answers and I was only hurting myself by speaking my mind.

Some gave me frightened looks, others stopped talking with me. I might as well have told them that life in the USSR was similar to life in New York, where people had to learn to keep their mouths shut and to look over their shoulders before saying anything remotely political. So much for emigrating into a free country. It felt like history was about to repeat itself. Until now.

Consider this story: there lived an apathetic silent majority, maligned and shamed by its leaders and the official media, and they thought it would never end.

But one day a miracle happened: they suddenly heard a voice that articulated their own forbidden thoughts — something they had been afraid to articulate in public, even though it was common sense — words not dressed in flowery rhetoric and rounded sentences, but delivered roughly, in a regional accent of the common man — plain and truthful words coming from the highest pulpit in the nation.

Millions of people recognized their own voices in his, lending him their support — silently at first, but more and more vocal as time went by — to a point that they went out into the streets to defend him in the face of violent and dangerous opposition from the far Left.

I am talking, of course, about Mikhail Gorbachev and the reaction he first received from the Soviets when he started his Perestroika and Glasnost in the USSR. I remember it clearly because I was one of them.

Gorbachev wasn’t perfect by any measure, and yet he started a process that shook up the corrupt establishment, ended the rule of the powerful Communist Party, liberalized the economy, and opened the country to an honest debate about its problems.

The parallels with Donald Trump, his message, and his appeal with America’s silent majority are unmistakable.

That the Soviet Union’s problems turned out to be irreconcilable wasn’t Gorby’s fault; the country had already been damaged beyond repair by seven decades of ruthless socialist experimentation.

America hasn’t yet gone that far, but the wild popularity of socialist Bernie Sanders with the “screaming minority” of young voters may be an indication that this election may be America’s last exit before the road ends off a cliff.

Giving voice to the silent majority is one of the factors why Trump leads in the race. Some other factors will become clear if we look at some of his individual supporters. I know who they are because they aren’t afraid to open up to me.

They know that unlike the above established essayists, I won’t be calling them names or trying to shame the silent majority back into silence. For the same reason I’m not using their real names.

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev makes a point to News Corporation chief executive Rupert Murdoch during the latter's Kremlin visit in Moscow, 1991.

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev makes a point to News Corporation chief executive Rupert Murdoch during the latter’s Kremlin visit in Moscow, 1991. Source:Supplied

JACK

Jack is an accomplished classical musician, a fine wordsmith, a long-time conservative, and a devout Christian. When a broken shoulder made him unable to hold the instrument, he used his sharp, perceptive mind and his degree in economy to make himself a fortune in the financial markets. Now he can afford to relax and write novels.

Jack gave me his take on the demonetization of Trump and the stereotyping of his supporters as poorly educated, low-information rubes.

According to Jack, both the Republican and the Democrat establishments are corrupt and dysfunctional, but the one thing they can do well is manufacture media narratives that infect people’s minds with notions that are beneficial to the respective branch of political aristocracy, while causing aversion to anything that endangers it.

Trump is a clear and present danger to this corrupt and elitist system. He is willing and fully able to blow to smithereens all their carefully established social hierarchies and to change the entire political culture, which will make the elites unnecessary and expose the uselessness of their cherished and very expensive apparatus.

The GOP establishment’s fear and loathing of Trump is so intense that even losing the election to Hillary seems to many of them a lesser evil.

The same establishment remained ineffective throughout the Obama presidency. Obama didn’t threaten their careers and each one of his disastrous policies was to them a lucrative fundraising opportunity.

In contrast, Trump threatens their very survival — and suddenly the establishment’s speed and effectiveness is phenomenal. Their quickly constructed #NeverTrump narrative is targeting conservative “purists” and die hard Ted Cruz supporters, infecting them with hostility that reaches and surpasses the ill-famed Bush Derangement Syndrome.

The sad irony of the #NeverTrump movement is that these self-proclaimed “true conservatives” and “anti-establishment rebels” have swallowed the establishment’s narrative hook, line, and sinker.

Worse yet, they now indiscriminately share social media links from previously despised leftist sources, as long as they attack Trump. So much for their stereotyping of Trump supporters as gullible, angry jerks.

Jack isn’t a Cruz-hater. In fact, he would just as much like to see Ted Cruz become president, if he can win in the general election — which is unlikely. Like most Trump supporters I know, Jack doesn’t treat other candidates with the same hostility.

There’s no organised #NeverCruz movement to speak of, and no one except Cruz supporters are creating blacklists targeting the other side. Jack is sad to see that so many good, previously sane people have succumbed to the #NeverTrump lunacy.

Supporters shout for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as he speaks at a campaign rally Monday, April 11, 2016, in Buffalo, New York. Picture: Mel Evans/AP

Supporters shout for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as he speaks at a campaign rally Monday, April 11, 2016, in Buffalo, New York. Picture: Mel Evans/APSource: AP

MIKE

My other friend, Mike, who is a conservative writer, approaches this from a different angle. He likes Ted Cruz because Cruz has all the right answers, but that’s not enough. Mike compares Cruz to a professor who can recite the chemistry textbook by heart.

Trump, on the other hand, is a wild man who wants to use the formulas in that same textbook to blow away our enemies. At this point in history we don’t need a professor, we need the wild man.

BRENDAN

Brendan is an immigrant from Ireland, who says that when he came to the U.S., he expected to see an American leader to be more like John Wayne — a decisive and confident guy with swagger — and not like Pee Wee Herman or a European-style spineless socialist.

Brendan has spent years working on New York construction projects, including some that involved Donald Trump. He witnessed Trump getting personally involved with contractors and workers without any mediators, not afraid to get dirty and drive a hard bargain.

Trump has never lost his lower-class accent he picked up growing up in Queens, and he was never accepted by the snooty New York elites as their own. But he has always been liked and accepted by the working classes as a “people’s billionaire.”

He doesn’t see anger among Trump’s supporters, but rather optimism and love for the country. He also scoffs at those who compare Trump to Mussolini or Hitler. Trump has been in the public eye for almost 70 years, running a large business, producing a TV show, and nobody ever complained about him acting like a despot.

Don’t you think that if Trump had the slightest trace of a dictator in him, someone would have brought it up and the media would have trumpeted it all over the world?

Brendan also likes Ted Cruz and shares many of his ideas. But even if Cruz is president, says Brendan, he’ll be lucky if he’s able to implement at least 10 per cent of those ideas in practice.

Trump, with his ability to overcome obstacles, will probably get at least 70 per cent done. Brendan may not share 100 per cent of Trump’s ideas, but he would rather see 50 per cent of them implemented by Trump than 10 per cent by Cruz, or 0 per cent by Bernie or Hillary.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reacts to a fist waving supporter as he speaks at a campaign rally Monday, April 11, 2016, in Buffalo, New York. Picture: Mel Evans/AP

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reacts to a fist waving supporter as he speaks at a campaign rally Monday, April 11, 2016, in Buffalo, New York. Picture: Mel Evans/AP Source: AP

ANN

Ann has recently parted with feminism and quit the National Organization for Women (NOW) over what she describes as the betrayal of women’s rights by feminist leadership.

The politically correct, leftist feminist establishment has done nothing to oppose the oppression of women in Sharia-dominated societies, and continues to oppose any attempt to prevent the spreading of the patriarchal and misogynistic Sharia values through Muslim immigration in America. In Ann’s words, by supporting pro-Sharia multiculturalism, NOW effectively sided with male chauvinists over women’s rights.

Ann isn’t buying the divisive argument that Trump is anti-women, saying that giving women special allowances because of their gender is condescending.

You can’t eat cake and have it, too. If you demand equal treatment, be ready for equal treatment. One can’t beat Hillary if one is too concerned with sparing her feelings. We are all adult individuals.

While fighting patriarchy in our society, she says, the radical leftist feminists went too far and destroyed manhood itself, along with fatherhood. It’s bad for the families, for the children, and especially for women.

Ann sees Trump as a successful male role model and a father figure. If he weren’t one in real life, his own children wouldn’t have turned out so well.

The Left has emasculated our men, she says. Fathers in popular culture changed from “Father Knows Best” to Homer Simpson: the butt of all jokes and the last to get the joke.

Fatherless children who grew up watching The Simpsons are father-hungry. Trump, she says, will be like the dad who comes home to an out-of-control house party, makes the kids clean up, kicks out the troublemakers, and sues their parents for damages.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz addresses a rally at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center on April 11, 2016 in San Diego, California. Picture: Bill Wechter/AFP

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz addresses a rally at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center on April 11, 2016 in San Diego, California. Picture: Bill Wechter/AFP Source: AFP

Ann sees today’s emasculated warrior class, with new recruits using time-out cards if under too much stress, and she is worried about their ability to defend us.

She sees the European “men” who do nothing to protect their women or their nations from organised, systemic rape by Sharia-fuelled “guests,” and predicts that will happen to us, too, if we don’t change course.

She sees the spineless millennials wishing for Bernie Sanders to ensure their perpetual childhood, and she blames the leftist education for crippling their minds and souls. The worst part is that these young doormats hate, not those who disabled them, but those who keep spines intact.

Ann believes we have entered the age of fear and denouncements, where anyone with a spine is automatically perceived as a fascist, racist, homophobe, Islamophobe, and so on.

Trump is giving American men permission to be men again, to say what they think, and to stand tall without guilt or fear, says Ann. She quotes Billy Graham: “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”

No wonder Graham’s son endorsed Donald Trump. With Trump as president, a new generation of Americans will have a chance to grow up having a spine, with a positive male role model to compensate for their fathers who are either missing or have been neutered. His campaign slogan may as well be, “Men! Take back thy manhood!”

After seven painful years of watching our Commander-in-Chief bunny-hopping down plane and helicopter steps, struggling to lift one-pound barbells, girl-throwing first baseballs in mom jeans, and dressing up in little cowboy outfits, the country needs a masculine reset.

The return of a strong, manly man to our culture will be great news for women, who have grown tired of being single-income mothers, leaders, fighters, and protesters, Ann says. And America will have a chance to get back its emotional and psychological health, confidence, optimism, and positive disposition that’s been missing for too long.

COLIN

Colin had a successful international career as a dancer and choreographer, ranging from performing and teaching classical ballet to modern dance, from acting on Broadway to choreographing dances for some of the most famous pop stars, whose names I’m withholding for obvious reasons.

In case anyone is wondering, Colin is not gay and lives with a long-time girlfriend. He also has a sizable collection of guns, likes hunting and fishing, and drives an SUV. Having been to every corner of the earth, he retired and became my neighbor here in Florida, where we became good friends and have spent many evenings playing music and sharing stories.

Colin never spoke about politics and whenever I or anyone else touched on that subject, he would start singing some silly tune in a loud, raspy voice, ending any possible debate.

That was until this summer, when he decided to support Donald Trump. Not only did he tell this to all his friends and neighbors, some of whom were die hard liberal leftists; he also called everyone in his phone book, encouraging them to vote for Trump as well, thus becoming an unaffiliated Trump campaign volunteer.

His reason for the sudden change of heart was that for the first time in his life he heard a presidential candidate whose words made perfect sense. All the others, according to Colin, were trained weasels giving rehearsed performances, which he could instantly spot with his professional background.

Unlike the rest, Trump spoke off the cuff, didn’t mince words, called things by their real names, and used strong language when necessary, unconcerned about what society and the media would say about that behind his back. I couldn’t help noticing that, in a way, Colin was describing himself. If he were ever to go into politics, he would’ve done it pretty much the same way, except for the hairstyle.

Donald Trump holds up a sign handed to him by a supporter after speaking at a campaign rally, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Bethpage, New York. Picture: Julie Jacobson/AP

Donald Trump holds up a sign handed to him by a supporter after speaking at a campaign rally, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Bethpage, New York. Picture: Julie Jacobson/AP Source: AP

CHRISTINA

Christina has a PhD in literature, but her academic career ended when she evolved from a liberal into an outspoken conservative. All her previous activism in helping the inner city families, being involved in refugee resettlement programs, working with the ACLU, and other liberal credentials didn’t matter anymore.

She became an untouchable and soon lost her job. Since then she has been active in local Republican politics and Tea Party circles, exposing the rot in America’s education system, fighting Common Core, and organising book tours for conservative authors.

She sees Trump as the only candidate who is not buying into the neurotic identity politics that’s currently driving both political parties.

In her experience, identity politics and political correctness are the drivers of fascism in America today. In that sense, Trump is the most anti-fascist candidate in the race — and the most optimistic one, too.

The first Trump rally she attended was different from all other political events she has seen, which usually attract party regulars and the party elite. The people in this crowd weren’t very political; many of them first-timers — those who don’t live and die over the latest little fluff-up in DNC or the GOP or even the Tea Party. Christina thought that was very significant.

There were old people, young families, teenagers, blacks, whites, and a good number of Southeast Asians. This was in Norcross, Georgia, which has one of the most ethnically varied populations in the South and maybe even the U.S.

It’s a major refugee placement site and also attracts immigrants from India, Asia, and Africa. So there are a lot of immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners in Norcross, and she saw a lot of that actual diversity — including economic diversity — in the crowd, says Christina.

Donald Trump greets supporters during a rally at Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Saturday, April 2, 2016. Picture: Marisa Wojcik/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP

Donald Trump greets supporters during a rally at Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Saturday, April 2, 2016. Picture: Marisa Wojcik/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP. Source: AP

She doesn’t understand how anyone in the GOP could be so recalcitrant as to not see this as an extraordinary opportunity to grow the GOP brand. Trump alone has the ability to move people towards conservatism: doesn’t the GOP get that? Christina sees Trump as an object lesson in moving towards conservative values in his own life, and he can move other people in the same direction.

She objects to the description of Trump supporters as angry. There was no love lost for either political party or for the media in that crowd, she says, but the people weren’t angry at all: they were optimistic. It was the sort of optimism people felt when Reagan was elected.

Trump’s message was patriotic and positive, praising America’s virtues and the value of hard work and self-sufficiency. It’s sad that the Republican Party couldn’t see the extraordinarily positive message Trump was delivering, and the positive spirit with which it was received.

At that moment, the election could have been in the GOP’s hands, had they not launched a coordinated assault on Trump and his followers.

The editors at National Review and others of their ilk ought to be on their knees celebrating their good luck that someone like Trump has come along at this particular moment in American history. But instead, they’re so angry they’re overturning their sandboxes and pitching tantrums, she says.

Imagine how different this race would be if the GOP hadn’t tried to salt the earth around Trump and his supporters, says Christina. She believes that if they had only remained neutral, the party would currently be growing by leaps and bounds.

The very landscape of the electorate would be shifting towards conservatism and away from liberalism. But it was more important for the party elites to control people than to listen to them.

EDITORS NOTE: This article originally appeared in American Thinker and was reproduced with permission. The featured image is courtesy of VictoryGirlBlog

Cruz’s Extra-Marital Problems Continue

The National Enquirer generally has a good track record in exposing politicians in a dim view and now, Ted Cruz has come under the microscope of the National Enquirer. The National Enquirer has taken flak and it still stands by its story.  The National Enquirer has only touched the surface of Senator Ted Cruz’s problem of sexual escapades and more information has been slowly coming out.

Yet, according to the track record of the National Enquirer, they have managed to crack open major sex scandals and expose politicians and their escapades.  According to Drew Johnson’s tweet, he stated two of the women named by the National Enquirer is accurate (theHornNews, 2016).

During an interview with Steve Malzberg of Newsmax, TV, Roger Stone stated, of the five women reported by the National Enquirer, Malzberg asked point-blank if he had slept with any of them and Roger Stone said, yes (Wilmot Provisio, 2016).  Considering, Roger Stone found it quite odd that Cruz is not suing the National Enquirer for false allegations.  Cruz knows the scandal is true and he may be worried about his ability to survive discovery (theHornNews; Wells, 2016).

Ted Cruz attempted to deflect the blame on Donald Trump for the National Enquirer story (Wells, 2016), Roger Stone stated, it was private detectives who were hired by the Marco Rubio campaign and the article specifically cited these private investigators.

While there is a certain amount of speculation concerning Cruz’s super PAC giving Carly Fiorina’s super PAC $500,000, Sarah Isgur Flores is at the heart of the speculation about this money being used as “hush money” (theHornNews, 2016).  The Fiorina and the Cruz campaigns were in direct competition with each other (Ruffini, 2016).  According to Kellyanne Conway, the donated money was to allow Fiorina to say what was important.  This is a profound statement due to the fact that each were vying to be the nominee for president.  The point of these campaigns are to best each other.

The FEC is now asking questions about this transfer of funds, yet, does it not seem strange that Carly Fiorina is now supporting Ted Cruz?  As odd as it seems, with Sarah Isgur Flores and this money transfer, Carly Fiorina seems to be the “Red Herring” to try to enforce Ted Cruz’s lie that Donald Trump had something to do with the scandal that broke by way of the National Enquirer.

The Daily Beast (Burke, 2016) stated by Cathy Burke, that Breitbart News was given a video by a person allied with Marco Rubio.  The problem was if this person was part of the Rubio campaign, Breitbart News might have run it.

The story that the National Enquirer ran, with the five women indicated, two have spoken out against the article.  What is troubling, are some tweets from Amanda Carpenter.  Though, she denies any relationship with Ted Cruz, her tweets indicate otherwise.  Such tweets were, “Cruz about to do something very sweet.  I may cry”, 9/25/2013 and “Daddy Cruz is coming to get you Washington Post”, 12/22/15.  What is revealing about these tweets, others have replied and re-tweeted her tweets.  Replies to these tweets included: @JoePrich, “Just think if you had deactivated immediately this might’ve never been seen” #cruzsexscandal, @DebraMax “#cruzsexscandal why would a woman tweet stuff like this then say things are not true”.  (Debra Max copied a tweet of Amanda’s ((shown))

@AmandaCarpenter “Really going for it today @Salon: Why I date married men: There’s warmth and there’s space, there’s intimacy and there’s distance …”

Yet, Amanda Carpenter interviews with Jake Tapper, stating she never had an affair with Ted Cruz.  Some of her tweets and the pictures she posted states otherwise.  To a point, when she referred to Ted Cruz as “Daddy Cruz”, there was a reference of a baby involved.  When babies are involved, things become a little sticky.  During the Republican convention, of 2012, Ted Cruz and Amanda Carpenter were seen together between the timeframe of August 27 through 30, 2012.  The baby who was born, his name is Harry Carpenter.  According to a pictorial analysis, it has been determined that Harry Carpenter is Ted Cruz’s son.  This is based on a variety of factors:

  • Amanda and Ted were together between, August 27 – 30, 2012.
  • Gestation period was between, September 2012 through April 2013 with the birth of Harry on May 28, 2013 at 4:01 am.
  • Certain facial features of the child match both Amanda and Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz had sealed his records and the question of true citizenship of Harry Carpenter may be in question.  Though, Harry Carpenter is not the main focus of this paper, it does affect him.  The sealing of these records causes more questions than answers.  Yet, what are the concerns?

  1. Cruz is not suing the National Enquirer because he knows the allegations are true.
  2. What was the real reason for Cruz’s super PAC giving Carly for America super PAC $500,000?
  3. Why does Carly Fiorina now support Ted Cruz and endorse him for president? What does it mean since there is $500,000 involved?  Is this “hush money”?  Is this money a pay-off for Carly to suspend her campaign?  Maybe a way for this money to find its way back to the Cruz campaign.  The FEC is inquiring for answers now.
  4. What is the story behind the Cruz affair video that was given by a person who is affiliated with the Rubio campaign?
  5. While Amanda Carpenter stated there was no affair, her tweets and pictures indicate otherwise. Is this tweet, “Daddy Cruz is coming to get you Washington Post”, cryptic?  Daddy Cruz is really a Daddy and “Washington Post” really means Harry Carpenter.

If there was no “affair”, then, why, during the 2012 Republican convention, did people see them leave together; only to net a baby nine months later.

  1. What was the purpose of sealing his records? Does it mean he has no record of US citizenship?  Does it mean he has a child he is hiding?

There are more questions to be answered, yet, it is doubtful they will be answered; not by Ted Cruz anyway.

The sealing of records is hiding information from the public by elected personnel, in this case.  Sealing records is what Obama did to hide his eligibility for Office.  Considering, Pres. Chester A. Arthur burned his records to keep from being discovered.  Obama sealed his records to keep from being discovered and now, Senator Ted Cruz sealed his records to keep from being discovered.  And, like Bill Clinton, Ted Cruz cannot keep his hands off women and keep his pants up.

As we know, Bill Clinton, a Democrat, was a philanderer and could not keep his hands off of women and could not keep his pants up.  Now, Ted Cruz, a Republican, has followed in Bill Clinton’s footsteps as a philanderer.  The only difference between Bill and Ted’s “Excellent Adventure” is that Bill is a natural born citizen.

References:

Allahpundit. (2016)  Amanda Carpenter: No, I didn’t have an affair with Ted Cruz.  Hotair.com.  posted at 6:41 pm, March 29,2016.

Burke, Cathy. (2016)  Daily Beast: Marco Rubio Allies Spread Cruz Affair Story.  Newsmax.com, Friday, March 23, 2016.  09:20 p.m..

Citizen Analyst. (2016) #CubanMistressCrisis: Is Ted Cruz Father To Amanda Carpenter’s Son?  CitizenAnalyst.net posted 04.04.16

Guy, Tony. (2016) SEALED RECORDS…AGAIN?  Ignored Political Reality.com.  February 9, 2016.

Ruffini, Christina (2015) Why did Ted Cruz’s PAC give a half a million to Carly Fiorina’s?  CBS News, October 1, 2015, 5:04 p.m.

Twitter Feed. (2016) #cruzsexscandal. 

Well, Rick. (2016) Roger Stone – Ted Cruz Won’t Sue Because It’s True, Not Trump, Rubio Was The Source.  Constitution Rising.com Rick Wells.US.

NG: “GOP Hit-Man Splits Cruz Sex Scandal Wide Open With Bombshell Claim.  Conservative Tribune, March 30, 2016, 4:45 am.

EDITORS NOTE: Photo: AP

Law Professor Files Emergency Petition in New Jersey Demanding ‘Canadian’ Cruz Be Disqualified

Victor-Williams-300x263BETHESDA, Md. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Washington D.C. Law Professor Victor Williams has filed an Emergency Petition with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie demanding that the Canadian-born Ted Cruz be disqualified from the ballot.

Click here for the full details of the Emergency Petition filing.

Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada and held his resulting Canadian citizenship until May 2014.  Scholars across the nation agree that Edward Rafael Cruz is not a “natural born [American] Citizen” as required by Article II of the U.S. Constitution.

Victor Williams charges that Ted Cruz falsely certified his constitutional eligibility for office to gain ballot access in states across the nation.  Williams demands that Cruz be disqualified from New Jersey’s June 7 ballot and from several other late-primary ballots. (California, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington).

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno Rubber-Stamps a Specially Selected Hearing Judge’s Pro-Cruz Decision

On April 11, at an Administrative Law Office hearing just outside Trenton, Williams personally argued that the Canadian-born Cruz was not a “natural born Citizen” and thus not eligible for the presidency.

It was no surprise to Williams when hearing judge Jeff Masin ruled in Cruz’s favor finding that it was sufficient that Cruz’s mother was an American citizen.

The retired Jeff Masin had been specially chosen (“recalled”) by Chris Christie’s Office of Administrative Law to preside over the hearing.  Masin’s long-held views on the issue were well known to all.

It was thus predictable that the specially chosen hearing judge would rule in Ted Cruz’s favor.

It was also not surprising that the hearing judge was able to produce a detailed, 27-page ruling in a one-day period. Clearly, Mr. Masin had come prepared.

While Mr. Masin’s decision was no surprise, it was shocking that Chris Christie’s Lt. Governor Kim Guadagnorubber-stamped the pro-Cruz decision without genuine independent review of the decision and a fulsome investigation of the “special” appointment of Mr. Mason.

Williams demands that Christie and the New Jersey Attorney General conduct a review of the decision and launch an investigation of the appointment shenanigans.

Williams as Late-Entrant GOP Candidate Asserts “Competitor Candidate Standing” to Disqualify Cruz; The “Republican Lawrence Lessig” Puts His Law School Theory to Practice

Williams states that he is “giving Governor Chris Christie an opportunity to clean up the mess that his Lt. Governor and Office of Administrative Law have made.”

If Chris Christie fails to take immediate action to reverse the erroneous decision, Williams’s Emergency Petition notes that the next step in the election law is the Election Law’s statutory route to the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.

Williams is registered/declared as a “write-in” candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in multiple states, and thus he has unique “competitor candidate” legal standing to take action. His litigation strategy is as disruptive as election year 2016.

ABOUT VICTOR WILLIAMS

Williams’ website — VictorWilliamsforPresident.com — details the law professor and presidential candidate’s litigation strategy and unique policy positions.

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Exactly how many delegates will Donald Trump get? Take our online survey!

There has been wild speculation about who the delegates will vote for at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Donald Trump has led the delegate count since the start of the GOP primary season. He has been followed by Senator Ted Cruz and in a distant third place by Govern John Kasich.

Many pundits and political websites have given predictions about what the final delegate count will be for Mr. Trump.

I have found the most insightful and thorough analysis on this topic to be from FiveThirtyEight.com.

Nate Silver in a column titled, “A State-By-State Roadmap For The Rest Of The Republican Primary” writes:

Three weeks ago, when we last took a detailed look at Donald Trump’s quest to win 1,237 delegates, his path looked rocky but endurable. The panel of eight experts FiveThirtyEight assembled projected Trump to wind up with 1,208 by the time California and four other states finished counting their votes on June 7, a number that would leave him tantalizingly close to clinching the Republican presidential nomination — probably close enough that he’d be able to get over the hump by persuading some uncommitted delegates to come his way before the convention.

Since then, Trump has gotten mostly bad news. Last week, he lost Wisconsin, which our panel originally considered a toss-up state leaning in Trump’s direction. Then this weekend, he was shut out of delegates at the Colorado state convention. He’s also had a couple of minor setbacks; Trump got no delegates in Utah when we thought he might get a few. All told, Trump would finish with 1,175 delegates if he hits our panel’s original estimate in the remaining states. That’s far enough away from 1,237 that winning over enough uncommitted voters will be challenging, especially given Trump’s lack of success at finding pro-Trump delegates.

But we also have a lot of new information at our disposal. Trump’s polling has held up well in the Northeast, and he has a good chance to beat the panel’s original projections in New York and Connecticut. On the flip side, his loss in Wisconsin bodes poorly for his performance in Indiana, another state we originally had as leaning toward Trump. So it’s time to revisit our projections, going through the remaining states one at a time. (Given how much delegate rules vary from state to state, there’s really no avoiding this level of detail, much to the bane of my editor.)

Read the FiveThirtyEight state-by-state breakdown of the remaining primaries with projections by clicking here.

So according to FiveThirtyEight Trump will end up with 1,175 delegates, more than Senator Cruz and Governor Kasich combined.

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Voting Cruz: Has God Abandoned America?

As Cruz-mania skyrockets exciting millions, I still get emails from professed Christians ripping me to shreds for choosing Cruz over Trump. These anti-Cruz Christians dig deep, coming up with reasons so weak not to choose Cruz that they equal saying Cruz took another kid’s candy when he was seven. Then, they fall back on rehashing Cruz’s eligibility

Frankly, anti-Cruz Christians have me scratching my head. Clearly, these Christians are willing to overlook all of Mr Trump’s shortcomings, anti-Christian political positions and liberal leanings

Meanwhile, they “passionately” leave no stone unturned, relentless in their attempts to discredit and disqualify the only presidential candidate with a proven record of faithfully standing up for Godly principles and values. What is up with that?

A highly respected theologian used Romans 1:18-32 as the text for his sermon. The verses speak of people so stubborn and in love with their sin that God turned His back on them; giving them over to reprobate minds.

The theologian asserts that our nation has become so evil that God has turned His back, abandoning America. Unarguably, wickedness is reigning supreme, unchallenged everywhere you look in America. Religious freedom in America is under assault like never before; Christians jailed for not embracing behaviors which God calls abominations.

Romans 1:18-32 not only condemns certain behaviors, it expresses God’s wrath against those who “approve of those who practice them.” I thought, “Whoa, by demanding that believers speak approvingly of what God calls sin, government is mandating that Christians defy God, subjecting themselves to His wrath.” Could you imagine a day would come in America when Christians would be persecuted for not placing government’s authority above God’s

God calls Christians to be salt; to make a difference in our world. Sadly, far too many churches are silent regarding sin, afraid of financial loss and federal government retaliation. Some churches tolerate everything in the name of love. “…if the salt loses its saltiness…it is no longer good for anything…” Matthew 5:13.

Then there are Christians who believe we have already lost America’s culture war; causing them to concede social issues. They ignore their selected presidential candidate praising and supporting Planned Parenthood; exposed as a dead-baby-body-parts-chop-shop for profit; intact heads selling at a premium. These Christians are willing to turn a blind eye to PP’s horrors; put the issue of Americans killing over 3,000 babies per day on the back burner. Yeah, that’s what Jesus would do.

Cruz is the only GOP presidential contender who believes social issues are a priority; vital to who we are as a nation.

Ted Cruz has a long history of defending religious liberty on numerous occasions including defeating atheists who sued to tear down a cross from a veterans’ memorial. 

Decades of allowing the anti-Christian movement to go unchallenged has many Americans flat-out afraid of having a man of God in the Oval Office. Countless movies and TV shows portray Christians as over-the-top fanatics, haters and wackos.

Ironically, America was founded upon a foundation of Christian principles and values which have made America great and exceptional. Flipping through TV channels confirms how far off-the-rails our nation has fallen folks.

Anti-Christian zealots, typically liberals, love to point out the shortcomings of those professing Christianity. Liberals despise behavioral standards of morality which explains their visceral hatred for Christianity. Liberals absurdly claim that unless you can walk-on-water, you have no right to espouse behavioral standards.

Well, Christianity “ain’t” about being perfect or doing enough good works to outweigh one’s bad. Christianity is about repentance and totally trusting Jesus to get into heaven. Surrendering one’s life to Christ gives them a heart for God. They desire and strive to do the right thing, though they fail repeatedly.“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41

Ted Cruz does not profess perfection. The man was wise enough to realize that he is a sinner in need of a savior, Jesus. He surrendered his life to Christ.“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10

History chronicles that people have suffered severely when ruled by leaders who believe there is no power above theirs. “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2

Another liberal position has me scratching my head. Islamist believe their faith permits them to kill a disobedient wife and behead homosexuals. Islam advocates violence against non-believers (infidels).

Fight those who believe not in Allah…” Qur’an 9:29.

And yet, liberals passionately defend and protect Muslims while throwing everything including the kitchen sink at Christians; claiming that Christianity is the arch-enemy of women and homosexuals. Christianity says, “…with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3

What is up with liberals’ not seeing the obvious contrast between the religion they hate and the one they demand that Americans respect? Obama’s DOJ vows to jail anyone speaking badly about Islam

I am voting for Ted Cruz, the only candidate I know will fight the Left’s relentless insidious quest to turn our nation away from God. I pray that the theologian’s scary sermon is wrong; that it is not too late – that God has not abandoned America.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Video: Bernie Sanders’ Islamist Adviser

WASHINGTON, D.C. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) today released a new video that examines an outspoken radical Islamist adviser to the campaign of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Titled “Bernie Sanders’ Bad Adviser,” the video examines the past statements and actions of Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.

She describes supporters of Israel as inherently racist and creepy, defends the Islamist terror hegemon Hamas as a legitimate political force and accuses advocates for the Jewish people as being white supremacists.

To learn more about Linda Sarsour click here.

Sanders featured Sarsour her in a recent speech for a political rally in Wisconsin and in a new campaign advertisement.

The following is a transcript of the IPT video:

Title: Bernie Sanders’ Bad Adviser

In an April 1st New York Daily News interview, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders grossly exaggerated the number of Palestinian casualties during the 2014 Gaza war.

Sanders: Anybody have – help me out here because I don’t remember the figures, but my recollection is over 10,000 innocent people were killed in Gaza. That sound right?

NYDN: I think it’s probably high, but…

Sanders:  I don’t have it in my head, but I think it’s over 10,000.

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Sanders’ estimate of 10,000 innocent casualties is seven times higher than the Hamas estimate adopted by the United Nations.

And it makes no reference to Hamas fighters killed by the Israel Defense Forces after firing rockets from schools, hospitals and other densely populated areas, who were tallied as civilians.

It isn’t clear where Sanders may have heard such an erroneous estimate.
But among his key surrogates is a stridently anti-Israel activist.

Someone who sees Zionists – people who support the existence of a Jewish state – as inherently racist and creepy.

Despite her hateful rhetoric, Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, is taking on an increasingly higher profile within the Sanders campaign

When Sanders needed someone to introduce him at an April 3 rally just before Wisconsin’s hotly-contested primary, he chose Linda Sarsour.

Linda Sarsour: See, I’m a person of faith. And not everybody believes in God and that’s cool. I do. And what that means is, when I go to the polls, I’m making a moral choice. And the only moral choice you have if you are a person that believes in a higher being, is to walk into that polls and proudly vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders. 2:36 (cheers follow)

Sanders: Let me thank Linda, except that she gave about three-quarters of my speech.
In 2014, between labeling Zionism as creepy and her Sanders advocacy, Sarsour pushed a false story. She said that the terrorist group Hamas no longer called for Israel’s annihilation. While she said she wasn’t defending Hamas, she made it seem like a responsible party which should have a seat at future peace talks:

Sarsour: So I’m obviously no expert on Hamas and on their charter, but what I do understand is that their point of contention is that Hamas has in their charter that it will not recognize the state of Israel. And people will say, how do we then acknowledge a Palestinian state or Hamas if they don’t recognize the existence of the state of Israel? My understanding is that in 2006 they moved away from that position as they were getting ready for elections that they obviously won.

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Sanders would be well advised not to listen to Sarsour on this one.
In 2012, Khaled Meshaal, the top Hamas political leader, gave a speech saying the exact opposite of what Sarsour claims.

Meshaal: “First of all, Palestine – from the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea, from its north to its south – is our right and our homeland. There will be no relinquishing or forsaking even an inch or small part of it,” Meshaal said in a December 2012 speech carried on Al-Aqsa TV.

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In a speech during the “Million Man March” in Washington last October, Sarsour called supporters of Israel white supremacists.

Sarsour: We are one, sisters and brothers, and our liberation is bound up together. The same people who justify the massacres of Palestinian people and call it collateral damage are the same people who justify the murder of black young men and women. //That common enemy, sisters and brothers, is white supremacy. Let’s call it what it is. 1:13

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Inflammatory rhetoric isn’t new for Sarsour.

After Islamist terrorists massacred the editorial staff at the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, Sarsour was a featured speaker at a banquet at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

CAIR is a radical Islamist group that was designated as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest Hamas money laundering case in US history.

At this banquet, Sarsour adamantly refused to stand with the slaughtered cartoonists because she accused them of “vilifying” Islam.

Sarsour: “I am absolutely not Charlie. I am absolutely not going to say Je suis Charlie. [Applause.] Because Charlie Hebdo chose to use his publication to vilify my faith, dehumanize my community, demoralize my prophet, and I absolutely will say you can have freedom of speech and I have the freedom to call you a bigot and a racist. This [applause over several words]. No I am not Je suis Charlie.

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Charlie Hebdo mocked all major religions. It was considered to be harsher on Christianity than any other, but for mocking Islam, Sarsour condemned terrorist victims as bigots and racists.
Sarsour leapt to similar, baseless conclusions in 2012, after a Muslim woman was found beaten and dying in her San Diego area home.

A note found near her made it seem like she was targeted because she wore a hijab.

Likening the case to the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, Sarsour took to CNN.com to proclaim Shaima Alawadi the victim of a hate crime.

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“In America, terrorism has become synonymous with Arabs and Muslims. We see that clearly stated in the note left next to Alawadi.”

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But the note that Sarsour mentioned turned out to be a forgery by Alawadi’s husband  who was convicted of her murder.

Sarsour hasn’t had much to say about that.

Despite a record of angry rhetoric and hate toward Israel and its supporters, Sarsour’s profile in the Sanders campaign continues to grow.

She is featured prominently in his latest campaign ad:

Sarsour: Bernie Sanders sees all of me, he sees all of you, he sees us as a whole people, a whole country. That’s why I’m voting for Bernie Sanders.

Sanders: I’m Bernie Sanders, and I approved this message.

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of Linda Sarsour unraveling a Palestinian flag in New York City, NY.

At the Donald Trump Rally: ‘Let’s talk about Rochester’

When Trump mentioned Bausch & Lomb and Kodak, I was reminded about seeing the adults in the neighborhood leave early in the mornings and come home from these workplaces, as well as factories like Bond’s, Hickey-Freeman, and Rochester Products.  Most of these have either closed or downsized; workers in foreign countries now do the jobs my parents and relatives did. The neighborhood I grew up in began its downward slide with the 1964 riots.  With the loss of manufacturing jobs, working class families fled not only the neighborhoods but Rochester itself.  In my old “14621” neighborhood, the modest houses with neatly kept yards now feature trash and boarded-up windows.

Full Speech: Donald Trump Rally in Rochester, New York:

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I had some apprehension about going to the Donald Trump rally in Rochester, New York, on Sunday, April 10, after seeing the footage of the violence at the March 11 rally in Chicago.

Even before entrapped Trump supporters had gotten beyond George Soros-supported thugs blocking their way out of the University of Illinois at Chicago arena, and before they could fix their smashed car windows enough to drive home, all three of the other remaining candidates—Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and Ted Cruz—weighed in.  The New York Times reported that while all three “condemned the disruptions,” they claimed that Trump was responsible for the “tenor.”  Cruz said that Trump “affirmatively encourages violence.”  Kasich said Trump created a “toxic environment.” Rubio waffled, but implied that Trump’s language was in part responsible for the violence.

Since then, media outlets bent on eliminating Trump have ramped up their “discourse” against not only Trump but his supporters.  Libertarians have called them “cultists” in “thrall to a vicious culture,” corrupted by a “‘sense of entitlement.’”  Their communities, devastated by the loss of their industries, “deserve to die,” wrote Kevin Williamson. Weepy Mormon convert Glenn Beck, who has laid hands on Cruz as an anointed leader, proclaimed that “no real Christian” would vote for Trump.  Attitudes have ranged from pity to contempt.

Videos of a 78-year-old man who punched a protester giving the finger and an African American Air Force sergeant hitting a long-haired ne’er do well have been played over and over, as have a couple of Trump’s off-hand comments.

So, I wondered if the billionaire from Queens would say anything that would lead to fisticuffs.

I did not see that and I was relieved.

The media did not see that and was disappointed.

The day of the rally was one of those cold and dreary spring days that I remembered from growing up in Rochester, when I insisted on walking through the snow to Easter mass in my patent leather shoes.

I drove past the hangar on Scottsville Road at around 11:15 a.m. and saw about 150 people lined up.  Doors opened at noon and Trump was scheduled to speak at 3:00.  I had driven in from Clinton, so I went to get some lunch at the Dunkin Donuts down the road. When I got to the hangar about an hour later, it was almost full.

Yes, there were a lot of white men, many of them wearing attire indicating they were military veterans.  A lot of them looked like they could be off-duty policemen.  There were quite a few college-age people, among them Asian men who looked like they could have been attending the Rochester Institute of Technology down the road.  Some of the guys wore jackets emblazoned with the names of motorcycle clubs.  One 40-ish woman in front of me displayed tattoos on her hands that crept up under her winter coat.  Two men in front of me were discussing the price of ammunition at Wal-Mart.  Standing next to me was a black couple who looked like they had just left church with their two boys, around seven and ten.  Everyone stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the concrete floor of an airplane hangar for over two hours to hear Trump.  The mood was upbeat. The father next to me entertained his younger son with a hand game.  A guy in the front was waving around a paperback copy of one of Trump’s books to the beat of the music.

In spite of the freezing temperature, the cavernous hangar was heating up with all the people, and doors opened about an hour after I got there.  A short time later the top hatch of an old military plane opened up and Trump volunteer coordinator Carl Paladino hoisted up an American flag and an Airborne flag.   The crowd erupted in cheers of “USA, USA!”

When Paladino came to the podium later and began with “God bless America,” the crowd again cheered. He talked about how people in Washington want to control the media, how “unbelievable” it was that they would discuss a brokered convention, using arcane rules.  “How can people be so out of touch with reality?” he asked and followed with references to Obama’s disregard of the rules and the Constitution.  A few shouts erupted from protestors embedded on the fringes.  From my place in the middle of the crowd I could not hear their words but learned later that they were laced with profanity.  These pathetic yells were drowned out by “USA! USA!”

Paladino continued, saying that the American people are tired of “wimps,” “appeasers,” and “apologists,” alluding to Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and Barack Obama.  He talked about veterans getting “the respect they deserve” by requiring that all those in the government use a VA card.  He attacked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s restrictive gun laws (the S.A.F.E. Act) and his misuse of Hurricane Sandy relief funds intended to help the “little guy,” for an advertising campaign that helped him in the election.  When he said, “build the wall,” a cheer went out.  He ended by saying, “God bless America and God bless Donald Trump on his adventure.”

Pastor Mark Burns then used his oratorical skills to denounce Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton (who he said belongs in jail, echoing some of the slogans on t-shirts in the crowd), Obama (blaming him for the San Bernardino attack), “Lying Ted,” special interests, the media, GOP puppets like Romney and Rubio, and the slur against “New York values” from Ted Cruz.  He talked about how hard New York has been hit by lost manufacturing jobs and fighting back “harder.”

He also attacked the racial divisiveness encouraged by Obama and Clinton. “Declare to the world,” he intoned, “all lives matter.  A-a-ll lives matter.  There are no white people.  There are no black people. The only colors that matter are red, white, and blue.”  He was right about the media misrepresentation.  One headline indicated that he had claimed that “black people don’t exist” Donald Trump, he said, was watching the crowd on TV.

When Trump came on, and began, “Let’s talk about Rochester,” the crowd was ready.  The points were familiar to those who follow this election, and they primarily involved economic issues and safety.  He addressed fracking, the budget deficit, the Iran deal, Common Core, and the Second Amendment. He sounded the familiar themes about NAFTA, Asian currency, China, and the lost science and manufacturing jobs.  In Rochester, 4,000 jobs have been lost in six months.  Bausch and Lomb has moved out and Xerox is outsourcing.  Trump promised that SentrySafe, which is moving manufacturing to Mexico, would face a stiff tariff when it tried to sell its products here.  He promised large tax cuts for the “most forgotten,” the middle class, ending TPP and the need for smart negotiators in free trade.  “I love free trade,” he said, but “we lose to China, Mexico, Canada. . . everybody.”  Trump presents himself as a skilled deal-maker and called not only Kerry and Obama “incompetent” but also the Republicans elected to Congress in 2010 who voted for the Omnibus bill that funds illegal aliens, Obamacare, and refugees.  Boehner “gave away all the cards,” when he said “‘we will not shut down’” Washington, Trump charged.

Trump segued into the dishonesty of the press, blasting the New York Times, the Washington Post, and especially the Boston Globe for its fake apocalyptic front page about a Trump presidency and for those who misleadingly report in empty arenas after rallies.  Pointing to the press area on the platform in the back, he said, “Look who I brought to Rochester.  Turn around.”

The crowd did.  Some shook fists; a few held up middle fingers.

Trump speaks in an associative style and his slam of the press included the selection of German chancellor Angela Merkel as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, which led him to charge that “We are the world’s policemen,” and then to ask, “Who are better than our policemen?”  In response to cheers, he said, “I love these people.”  He used the word “love” several times.

He talked about a rigged and “crooked system.”  In a point of commonality, Trump and Bernie Sanders have energized both parties, bringing in record numbers of primary voters.  This has not translated into delegates all the time (as happened to Trump in Louisiana).  It’s supposed to be “You vote and the vote means something,” Trump asserted.

While he brags, Trump speaks to the forgotten middle class, the wage earners, those who believe in “America first,” a phrase he uses.  Noting that people on buses had to be turned away, he apologized to the people in the buses, but promised “I’ll come back.”  He apologized for not being able to seat us.  Noting the positive mood he said these are the safest rallies.  “Our people protect each other.  We have to love one another.”

Commenting on the safety in the rallies, he predicted that the headlines would be about protestors.

Oddly, even his braggadocio has an element of sincerity. When he started talking about immigration on June 16, it “hit a button,” and now Ted Cruz is talking about building a wall, he said.   He said he wrote about Osama bin Laden in his book, The America We Deserve, published in 2000.  He implied that we would still have the World Trade Center towers had others heeded his warnings.

He said that when Obama announced the withdrawal from Iraq, the “enemy said he can’t be that stupid.  But he adhered to the date,” and now Iran is taking over Iraq and Yemen.  They want Saudi Arabia.

The middle class or former middle class has been beaten down by the Obama administration in the last seven years, and has certainly not found champions in the Republicans they elected to Congress.  No one has talked about “winning” like Trump has.

He called his campaign “a movement,” but “not a movement of hate.  It’s a movement of love.”  While such words may come off as odd in print or in a sound bite, at the rally they came off as sincere and spontaneous.

The mood carried over even as our exit was delayed by a long jam at the exit as buses loaded up.  But even after standing on their feet for several hours, no one got testy.

The two dozen protestors on the other side of the road, with signs telling us, “bigots go home,” looked like a miserable, hateful bunch in contrast.

I walked alongside the road back to my car and passed a young WROC reporter who intoned about the protestors and “clashes.” I heard him say, “As far as we know, there have been no arrests, yet.”   A story on WHEC began, “Thousands of people gathered outside the Trump rally at Rochester International Airport, many of them protestors.”  The story focused on a few dozen misfits among tens of thousands and quoted their allegations that Trump supporters screamed at them and tried to start fights.  I saw nothing of the sort. Trump was right about that.

Reporters had come looking for a certain story, the story of Trump opponents.  I saw the same narrative play out with tea party rallies, where ordinary citizens enjoyed patriotic music and speeches with their families, and police officers and sanitation workers enjoyed easy days.

The only anger at the Trump rally was directed at the media.

After spending the night at my aunt’s house, I left Rochester the following morning.  In my car, I listened to WHAM’s Bob Lonsberry Show.  Callers were still in the afterglow of the rally.  Todd Baxter, former chief of police for suburban Greece, said he had attended and recognized about 30 off-duty police officers in the crowd.  Another caller said he liked Trump’s positions on ending Common Core and Obamacare.

These are things that the other Republican candidates have talked about, and with more elegance. Cruz, especially, seems to have a grasp on the issues from a Constitutional perspective.  But for me, his statements have been ringing hollow since his comments about the aborted Chicago rally.

I also recognized the something missing about the other candidates in another part of the radio caller’s comments.  He noted that Trump mentioned Rochester “four times. Four times!”

I think it was more than that.

I remembered a man striking up a conversation with me as I had walked into the hangar, towards security.  The man said he voted Republican but had gone to Hillary Clinton’s rally and wanted to go to all the rallies in the area.  “The candidates usually ignore us,” he said.  After we passed through security I lost him in the crowd of 7,000. But when the radio caller spoke with feeling about how Trump had repeated the name “Rochester” I was reminded.

When Trump mentioned Bausch & Lomb and Kodak, I was reminded about seeing the adults in the neighborhood leave early in the mornings and come home from these workplaces, as well as factories like Bond’s, Hickey-Freeman, and Rochester Products.  Most of these have either closed or downsized; workers in foreign countries now do the jobs my parents and relatives did. The neighborhood I grew up in began its downward slide with the 1964 riots.  As was common then, rioting was attributed to bad “social conditions.”  But lax law-and-order and increased welfare spending only encouraged the troublemakers.  With the loss of manufacturing jobs, working class families fled not only the neighborhoods but Rochester itself.  In my old “14621” neighborhood, the modest houses with neatly kept yards now feature trash and boarded-up windows.

Kevin Williamson in a particularly vicious article about the disaffected white middle class asserts that such neighborhoods and towns “deserve to die.” I and tens of thousands of Trump supporters in Rochester disagree.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image of Donald Trump in Rochester, New York is courtesy of ABC News.

Stock Market Returns Can Be Impacted By Which Party Wins in 2016

BOCA RATON, Florida., April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Which party wins the United States presidential election in November could have a major impact on how investors play the stock market for years to come, says a Florida Atlantic University College of Business professor who has studied the financial implications of more than four decades of political power struggles.

These findings are outlined in the paper, “What To Expect When You’re Electing,” published in the journal Managerial Finance, and are based on an analysis of security market returns relative to the political party of the president, the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, the year of the president’s term and the state of political gridlock.

It found that political harmony – when the same party controls Congress and the White House – is better for the stock market than political gridlock.

“The conventional wisdom is gridlock is good for the market, but actually the data show the opposite,” said Luis Garcia-Feijoo, Ph.D., a professor of finance at FAU and the study’s co-author. “In fact, market returns are higher when there’s harmony, not gridlock.”

The study also found that stock market returns are higher during the third year of a president’s term — which means investors should have something to look forward to in 2019 regardless of who wins the White House in November.

Additionally, this and several other studies have found that overall stock market returns are better under Democratic presidential administrations.

“It’s not just this paper, it’s others, and they all find the same thing – that having a Democrat in the White House is better for the equity market,” Garcia-Feijoo said. “A Republican president has been historically better for bond markets.”

Garcia-Feijoo found in this study that the main driver for stock market returns may be monetary policy. Under an expansive policy – when the Fed lowers interest rates or buys Treasury bonds to inject capital into the economy – stocks tend to perform better.

Garcia-Feijoo produced “What To Expect When You’re Electing” with Scott B. Beyer, Ph.D., professor and interim dean at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of Business, Gerald R. Jensen, Ph.D., professor of finance at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business, and Robert R. Johnson, Ph.D., president and CEO of the American College of Financial Services.

A Tale Of Two Cities: Philadelphia And Cleveland Put On 2016 Political Conventions

PHILADELPHIA, PA /PRNewswire/ — While presidential candidates are going head-to-head in heated discourse, the great American cities of Philadelphia and Cleveland are pushing political banter aside to ready themselves for the national spotlight as they host the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) and Republican National Convention (July 18-21), respectively. Cleveland’s last political convention was the 1936 RNC; that same year, Philadelphia welcomed the DNC. The cities will be part of history again in 2016.

City Population (2013):

  • Philadelphia – 1.6 million
  • Cleveland – 390,100

Founding:

  • Philadelphia – 1682
  • Cleveland – 1796

Nicknames:

  • Philadelphia – Philly, City of Brotherly Love, The Place That Loves You Back
  • ClevelandForest City, Rock and Roll Capital of the World, The Land, The CLE

Economic Base:

  • Philadelphia – By the early 20th century, Philadelphia, called the “Workshop of the World,” was the driving force behind the Industrial Revolution. Today’s industry landscape looks much different: “Eds and meds” ranks as the city’s top industry, and leisure and hospitality ranks fifth.
  • Cleveland – Built by early 20th century industrial entrepreneurs in the steel and manufacturing sectors,Cleveland is now an advanced manufacturing powerhouse, with productivity increasing 92% from 1999 to 2015. Entrepreneurs are playing a significant role in the resurging economy, expanding in health-tech, high-tech sectors from flexible electronics to health care to biomedical engineering. The city is also a health care hub with more than 60 hospitals, including the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

Buzz:

  • PhiladelphiaLonely Planet ranked the city as the best place to visit in the United States in 2016.
  • Cleveland – CNN named Cleveland one of its “16 Intriguing Things to See and Do in 2016” while the city is the only U.S. destination on FoxNews.com’s “10 under-the-radar destinations for 2016.”

Quakers vs. Shakers:

  • Philadelphia – Finding religious freedom in William Penn’s colony, a pacifist sect of Christians called Quakers settled and grew in and around Philadelphia, contributing greatly to civic and philanthropic life.
  • Cleveland – After splitting from the Quakers in England, the “Shaking Quakers” (so known for their ecstatic movement during worship services), or “Shakers,” moved from New York to Ohio and other states where they led austere lives, practiced celibacy and set trends with their simple furniture and crafts. Cleveland suburb Shaker Heights was named for them.

Famous American Firsts:

  • Philadelphia – As the first U.S. capital and the site where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Philadelphia claims these firsts for the public good: first meeting ofCongress, public school, hospital, flag, newspaper, bank, free lending library, university, postal route, volunteer fire company, law school, stock exchange, U.S. Mint.
  • ClevelandCleveland is the home to innovative firsts: the first electric streetlight, electric streetcar, electric traffic signal and rapid transit system from the airport to downtown. Pop culture firsts include: first rock and roll concert, “Superman” comic, Life Savers candies and broadcast of a “Monday Night Football” game, which aired from Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Cleveland residents also elected the first African-American mayor, Carl Stokes.

History Of Political Conventions:

  • Philadelphia – Independence Hall housed the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Between 1848 and 2012, the city hosted one-quarter of the major national party conventions—most notably, the first convention of the new Republican Party in 1856; the Republican, Progressive and Democratic conventions in 1948, when Southern Democrats formed the “Dixiecrats;” and most recently, the Republican National Convention in 2000.
  • Cleveland – This year marks the third Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Previous conventions were hosted in the Cleveland Public Auditorium in 1924 and 1936. The 1924 convention delivered general election winner Calvin Coolidge.

Top Attractions:

  • Philadelphia – Independence National Historical Park (Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center, The President’s House, National Constitution Center, National Museum of American Jewish History), Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rocky steps, Valley Forge National Historical Park
  • Cleveland – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Playhouse Square, The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Metroparks, A Christmas Story House, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland History Center

Major Musical History & Attractions:

  • PhiladelphiaKenny Gamble and Leon Huff created the soulful “Sound of Philadelphia” in the early 1970s; a marker shows where their studios stood for more than 30 years. Another historical marker notes the location where Dick Clark broadcast “American Bandstand.”
  • Cleveland – DJ Alan Freed first coined the phrase “rock and roll” here in 1952, so it is appropriate that the world’s only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum calls the city home. The Cleveland Orchestra, one of the most acclaimed performing ensembles in the world, plays seasonally at Severance Hall in University Circle and has residencies in Vienna, Miami, at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York and at the Lucerne Festival.

Arts & Culture:

  • Philadelphia – The grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway is lined with the world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum and other institutions. Philadelphia is known as the “Mural Capital of the World,” thanks for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s 3,800 creations.
  • Cleveland – Playhouse Square is the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York with nine theaters in a one-block radius. University Circle is home to the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the always free Cleveland Museum of Art, which features 900 pieces of artwork on display in 16,000-square-feet of renovated space.

Classic Food:

  • Philadelphia – Almost no one leaves Philly without sampling a cheesesteak, roast pork sandwich or South Philadelphia’s Italian restaurants, where red sauce goes by “gravy.”
  • Cleveland – Eastern European cuisine—including pierogis, stuffed cabbage and the Polish Boy—is the “must-have” for any visitor to Cleveland.

Contemporary Restaurant Scene:

  • Philadelphia – Four words might best describe Philadelphia’s current food scene: alfresco, BYOB, Passyunk and Fishtown. The city’s first restaurant with sidewalk seating opened in 1998; today, Philly resembles a European city, with tables and chairs outside of almost every eatery. Because local liquor licenses can be hard to come by (expensive, time-consuming) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvaniacontrols all in-state liquor sales, BYOBing is a way of life in Philadelphia. Two of the hottest restaurant hubs are vibrant neighborhoods outside of Center City: Fishtown in the north and East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia.
  • Cleveland – Ranked number seven on Travel & Leisure‘s list of “America’s Best Cities for Foodies,”Cleveland’s food scene is booming with restaurants like Lola, from Iron Chef and “The Chew” hostMichael Symon, and Greenhouse Tavern, from James Beard Award recipient Jonathon Sawyer. Great Lakes Brewing Company, Platform Beer Co. and Market Garden Brewery have brought Cleveland to the forefront of the national beer scene. Restaurant hotspots include E. 4th Street and the Ohio City andTremont neighborhoods.

ABOUT VISIT PHILADELPHIA®:

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy. On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages.

ABOUT DESTINATION CLEVELAND:

Destination Cleveland is Cleveland’s convention and visitors bureau. This private non-profit organization’s mission is to drive economic impact and stimulate community vitality for Greater Cleveland through leisure and business travel. Cleveland welcomes nearly 17 million visitors annually. For more information, visit  www.thisiscleveland.com.