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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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

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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.

Florida: Broward and Palm Beach GOP hand pick delegates who are Cruz supporters

TO: Michael Barnett, Chairman of the Palm Beach County, Republican Party
Robert Sutton, Chairman of the Broward County, Republican Party

I got an email from a Trump supporter in District 21 who was at the Boca Marriott Hotel for the Florida delegate selection and she tells me the Palm Beach and Broward County GOP leadership only picked Ted Cruz supporters as delegates.

When Mr. Trump won Florida he also won all 99 delegates as a winner takes all state. This includes Congressional District 21. Your district.

May I humble remind you that the Republican Party of Florida rules state that your delegates are bound to the winner of the Sunshine State primary through 3 rounds of voting. We do not expect there will be a round four.

If this is true I would like to remind you all that Mr. Cruz won only 13% of the votes in Broward County and only 12% in Palm Beach County. Mr. Trump won 49.2% and 52.13% respectively.

I speak frequently speak with Governor Scott and this will be on the agenda with my next phone call with him.

I will also send a link to his column to my friend Sean Hannity and others at Fox News as a heads up for further investigation.

Perhaps they will add this to the Colorado story I initiated on Fox News with a former Trump delegate from Colorado who asked for my help when he was denied his vote.

Copy to: Fort Lauderdale, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach, GOP State Committeeman/woman

RELATED ARTICLE: As Miami GOP picks delegates, Trump backers say they’re being left out

RELATED VIDEOS: Donald Trump’S Speech at Palm Beach County GOP Lincoln Day dinner after winning the Florida primary on March 20th, 2016.

Trump Colorado supporter not allowed to vote at State Assembly. Trump’s National Delegate Candidate from Colorado, Kimberly J, was not allowed to vote at the Colorado GOP assembly on April 9th, 2016 in Colorado Springs. Her County had ballots from A through H and K through Z skipping I & J, conveniently.

Clinton Caught In Lie About Guns

BELLEVUE, Wash. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton has been caught in a cleverly crafted fib about Vermont being a major source of illegal guns in New York, which should give voters in both states pause, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

“Today’s Washington Post Fact Checker just handed Hillary a brutal ‘Three Pinocchios’ for what it says is ‘a significantly misleading impression’ Clinton created about Vermont being a major source of crime guns in the Empire State,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.

The Fact Checker referred to Clinton’s assertion that Vermont is the source of the “highest per capita number of” crime guns in New York. But the Fact Checker noted, “The number of crime guns in New York from Vermont is so small that it could even be attributed to one or two bad actors. Using the per capita measure of trafficked guns originating from Vermont is as pointless as counting guns trafficked per 100,000 head of cattle.”

The Fact Checker, which twice challenged Barack Obama’s claim that 40 percent of gun sales are done without background checks, said “Clinton has carefully crafted her talking point to find the particular government data that support her point, which gives a wildly different view than how trafficking flows are tracked. We do not find the per capita measure as a fair assessment of gun flows from Vermont into New York. The difference between this point using per capita calculation and the raw number (1 percent of crime guns with source states identified in 2014 came from Vermont) is so stark that it creates a significantly misleading impression to the public.”

“From her tale of landing under fire from snipers to her email controversy, Hillary Clinton has created an aura of dishonesty,” Gottlieb observed. “She crafted this meme to discredit rival Bernie Sanders, who representsVermont in the Senate. It is dishonest and it reminds people why a Washington Post/ABC News poll last month said 57 percent of the people don’t think she is honest or trustworthy.

“New Yorkers should think about this as their primary looms next week,” he said. “This is the kind of political sleight of hand that one expects from a person who could not say for sure if she’s ever lied to the American people.”

ABOUT THE CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.

Demographic and Economic Profiles of New York’s Electorate

WASHINGTON, D.C. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In advance of the New York primary on April 19, the U.S. Census Bureau presents a variety of statistics that give an overall profile of the state’s voting-age population and industries. Statistics include:

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VIDEO: End of the GOP

The GOP is committing political suicide by stomping on the will of the people.

Where Do The U.S. Presidential Candidates Stand On Human Rights In Trade Agreements?

WASHINGTON, D.C. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As the candidates for the next president of the United States head to the Northeast for the New York State primary on April 19th, the topic of human rights has not been a focal point in the presidential conversation.  President Obama’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal on February 4th this year made few headlines, despite its massive implications on millions of U.S. and foreign workers. Yet fair trade, labor, and human rights are issues critical to everyone in America – Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike – and are fundamentally rooted in American values.  To quote U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the TPP is “a trade agreement that affects jobs, environmental regulations, and whether workers around the globe are treated humanely …This trade agreement doesn’t matter to just the biggest corporations – it matters to all of us.”

In Malaysia, one of the TPP signatories, modern-day slave labor practices were uncovered in its electronic factories as recently as 2014.  In Brunei, another signatory, being homosexual is punishable by death.  Some of America’s trade partners in the Middle East have faced international criticism for a wide range of high-profile human rights abuses.  Reputable media outlets have reported that every week in the State of Qatar, approximately 29 migrant workers die – total deaths are estimated to ultimately total around 4,000 – building the 2022 FIFA World Cup soccer facilities in Doha as a result of deplorable working conditions.  Thousands more across Asia and the Middle East will suffer other horrifying abuses, as workers across business sectors have no protections, and can be legally held in indentured servitude.  All of these abuses bring into serious question how much trade the U.S. should have with nations that oppress human rights, and what sort of protections should be in agreements for the U.S. to enforce.

The mistreatment of international labor workers and human rights issues haven’t been discussed much during this election cycle, in spite of the fact that American companies and American workers are competing every day against slave labor.  The Alliance for Workers Against Repression Everywhere (AWARE), a multi-constituency effort working to bring national attention to human rights and American policies that can defend or destroy them, calls on Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, John Kasich, and Ted Cruz to consider labor and human rights abuses when working with America’s trade partners.  They should each ask themselves: “Does the United States want to do business with a company or a nation that oppresses labor and human rights? Do we want our businesses and workers competing against slave labor?”

Headed by progressive veteran Mike Lux, AWARE has a specific focus on the rights of oppressed workers. “Consumers are beginning to speak with their wallets and not do business with foreign nations and companies that offer absolutely no worker protections,” said Lux.  “Many are choosing not to buy products and goods from nations and companies with blood on their hands.  The U.S. government is in a position to do a tremendous amount for workers by employing the same tactic – let’s not engage in trade unless protections for workers are both firmly in place and actually enforced.”

The best American business strategies are those that treat their workers with dignity and give them high enough wages so that they have money in their wallets.  What’s good for American workers is good for workers everywhere, which is why it’s crucial we hear from our future leaders on these topics.

aware logoABOUT AWARE

AWARE is calling for the conversation around labor and human rights to happen now on the public stage of the presidential election. To learn more or to help continue the conversation, visit: allianceforworkers.org or @Alliance4Wrkrs #humanrights

Florida: U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Wilcox Refuses to sign Term Limits Pledge

Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits in an email reports:

I have some disappointing news about a GOP candidate trying to be elected our next U.S. Senator here in Florida.

At the Republican Liberty Caucus candidate forum yesterday in Melbourne, Todd Wilcox refused to sign the U.S. Term Limits Pledge. That means he will not commit to support the U.S. Term Limits Amendment for congressional term limits if elected. Wilcox’s opponents, Congressman Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, have both signed the pledge.

Wilcox has sung a different tune on the campaign trail, saying that he supports term limits and even creating a “stop career politicians” section on his website.

Here’s the problem: in political campaigns, talk is cheap. How many times have candidates paid lip service to the issues we care about — like term limits — only to arrive in Washington and embrace the privilege there?

The U.S. Term Limits pledge was created because voters deserve better than bluster. It is a commitment to finally change the system and return to a citizen government.

In the early 1990s, politicians in D.C. thought of a clever scheme. They’d all go home and tell their districts “I’m for term limits, but Congress can’t agree on how long that limit should be.” This way, they could pander to a majority of Americans while never having to take real action.

We cannot let it happen again. I am proud of our commitment to term limits here in Florida. We term-limited our legislature in 1992 with 77 percent of the vote. This year, we became the first state in the nation to call for the Term Limits Convention. Our outgoing Senator Marco Rubio is a USTL pledge signer who fights for citizen leaders at all levels.

Rubio’s replacement needs to listen to the people and sign the U.S. Term Limits pledge. Even though term limits will come about through an Article V convention, maximizing our support in Congress will put wind behind our sails.

That’s why we will continue to hold these guys accountable.

Todd Wilcox should hear from you. Contact Wilcox and ask him to reconsider his refusal of the U.S. Term Limits Pledge. Let him know you’d like him to make a strong commitment to this issue by signing the pledge.

EDITORS NOTE: Readers interested in the term limits issue may contact Todd Wilcox at 407-534-0084 or via email at info@ToddWilcox2016.com. The featured image of Todd Wilcox is courtesy of The Shark Tank.

Obama’s Willing Executioners in the Media by Victor Sharpe and Robert Vincent

Some of the most disturbing aspects of the times in which we are living include the utter corruption of the mass print and broadcast media and the lack of awareness of this fact by a large portion of the public.

It seems that most Americans operate on the assumption that the media is making a good-faith, if imperfect, effort at objectively informing its audience.  That so few are genuinely aware of the outrageous manipulation of public opinion now taking place is the single greatest threat to the republic, to the extent that we can even say that our republic still exists.  A glaring example of this would be the treatment of Nixon 42 years ago over Watergate compared with the treatment of Obama today over any one of several far worse scandals.

It was recently reported in the WSJ that Obama used the NSA to spy on Congress during the deliberations related to the Iran nuclear deal.  It was reported on at one time, but this story has now disappeared completely from media coverage.  Consider the implications.

In the former case, Nixon apparently directed or sat by and knowingly let his immediate subordinates direct a third-rate burglary of the campaign headquarters of an election opponent.  In the latter case, Obama authorized one of the most sophisticated intelligence-gathering organizations in the world to spy on American legislators, en masse, in pursuit of the most important – and egregiously flawed – international agreement impacting American national security and world stability – namely, with the chief sponsor of international terrorism: the Islamic Republic of Iran.

This is a thousand times worse than Watergate!  Where is the media?  Where are today’s equivalents of Woodward and Bernstein?  The media doesn’t focus on this outrage at all, so to the overwhelming majority of the public, it is as though this never even happened.  And this is only one of several comparable scandals we could name.

Another case of the selective focus of our mass media took place in 2009.  Barack Hussein Obama said publicly that the U.S. is “not a Christian nation” and that America is “one of the world’s foremost Muslim countries.”

These statements amount to utter lunacy in a country in which at least 70% self-identify as Christians, where Christian holidays are official national holidays, and where Muslims number, at most, three to four million out of a population of over 330 million.  This provoked not even a whimper of incredulity by the mass media.  Then, in 2012, during an unintentional “open mic” moment, we overheard Obama making assurances to Russian president Medvedev that once he was able to get past the election, he would have “more flexibility.”

Here we have a sitting U.S. president apparently ready to make some huge concession to America’s most important major power rival on the world stage, a concession so drastic that it apparently couldn’t even be revealed until after the election.  And the media did not hound him over this.

Could one imagine a President Nixon, or a President Reagan, making such a statement during arms control negotiations with the USSR and the media simply giving it a pass?  But that Donald Trump, he says such “crazy” things…and that Ted Cruz, he’s a “religious fanatic.”  Why! just look at all the terrible things Trump and Cruz say about one another.

The media focus is entirely on setting the major GOP candidates against each other, in order to tarnish their images – letting the candidates themselves do the actual tarnishing, while not giving even a fraction of their coverage to the Democratic contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders or their actual qualifications to be president.

How many journalists in the mass media have focused on the fact that despite having held positions such as senator from New York and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has not even one major positive accomplishment she can name?

And what about Hillary and Bill Clinton’s foundation, which has amounted to little more than a money-laundering, influence-peddling racket aimed at amassing a vast campaign war chest funded by numerous foreign interests?  Or that Hillary’s amply documented mishandling of highly classified information likely represents the greatest breach of trust by a cabinet-level government official in U.S. history?

Does the disgrace of Benghazi, the brutal loss of a U.S. ambassador, mean anything to anyone in the media?  Does it even count for a fraction of the consternation eighteen years ago over a stain on a dress?

How about the qualifications of Bernie Sanders, who did not so much as earn a regular paycheck until he was 40, who ran for Congress while collecting unemployment, who supported himself for a time writing about masturbation and rape fantasies for leftist publications, who has served in Congress for 25 years without having written even one piece of legislation that ever passed?

Who, in the national-level print and broadcast mass media, is giving more than scant attention, if any, to these issues?  Instead, we are hearing endlessly about Trump’s latest gaffe, or the latest smear against Trump by the Cruz campaign, or sleazy allegations about Cruz’s personal life, etc.

As an illustration of the power of today’s mass media to shape public opinion, one might consider the first time Obama experienced a major drop in his approval ratings.  This was early in his second term, during the rollout of Obamacare, and proved to be such an unmitigated and obvious disaster that the mass media had no choice but to report on it honestly and across the board.

Obama’s poll numbers suffered dramatically, and in short order, all over this one debacle.  One might imagine how his presidency might be viewed if so many other debacles, often of an even more serious nature, received comparable treatment.  But this has not happened.

Thus, in such an environment, is it any wonder that despite presiding over the most anemic economic growth experienced under a two-term president since WW2, the lowest labor force participation rate in over 35 years, a more than doubling of the national debt, and the most catastrophic decline in America’s stature and prestige on the world stage under one president in the whole of our history, Obama’s approval ratings incredibly still hover around 50%?

Add to that not one, but several major scandals that by themselves would likely have sparked impeachment hearings under any previous president.  This is clearly the result of a mass media that is as controlled, literally, as what we saw in the Cold War-era Soviet Union – except that in the old USSR, people knew the media was peddling nonsense, so they took it with a big grain of salt.

Here, people aren’t fully aware of the extent of the corruption.  In terms of degree, this is a relatively recent phenomenon, so their guard is down.  The individual exercise of independent critical thinking, the commonsense skepticism that would be needed to counter this, is largely absent, since there is no perceived need to make this effort, even on the part of people who consider themselves “informed.”

For these reasons, the fear and expectation have to be that the American public are now being herded by the media into electing Hillary…or even Bernie.

May God help us all.

ABOUT VICTOR SHARPE

Victor Sharpe is a freelance writer for conservative websites.  Victor Sharpe is also the author of several published books, including The Blue Hour and the trilogy Politicide.

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