Have Americans learned from eight years of Obama?
Forget about #NeverTrump for this election cycle, the relevant hashtags are #NeverHillary and #NeverDemocrats. It can’t be any more clear to any voter with half a brain that we should not be elected Crooked Hillary as president, and after eight years of the worst president in the history of the country, Barack Obama, we should never, ever, never, ever elect another liberal Democrat as president again. But have the American people really learned this lesson? There are many reasons to have doubt.
The polls shows that Hillary Clinton has a chance to win this year’s presidential election against Republican nominee Donald Trump. But how can Hillary even be in this race, given her own background of corruption and dishonesty, and her affiliation with the Obama Administration, and coming immediately after the last almost eight years of this disastrous Obama presidency?
Given that just over half the country voted for Barack Obama as president in the last two elections, and they might well do it again if Obama wasn’t Constitutionally barred from seeking a third term, it has to be concluded that tens of millions of Americans don’t realize what a mistake they made in voting for Obama in the last two elections. The polls that show Obama’s approval rating no lower than the high 40s in percentages show that tens of millions of Americans don’t realize how much of a profound mistake it was to elect Obama twice as president, and just how much damage his policies have done to our country.
It is important that Americans understand, because many think they do and actually do not, and truly understand just exactly what Barack Obama is about and how he has come to be inspired to pursue the Anti-American policies he has pursued for two terms as president. While there are many books and videos on the subject, the best book to read is Dinesh D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage as well as the movie he made about Obama, titled 2016: Obama’s America. If everyone read that book and watched that movie with an open mind, they would truly understand what Barack Obama is truly all about.
Obama is clearly the worst president in the history of the country, and in many ways, electing Hillary Clinton (who has been a disciple of Saul Alinsky just like Barack Obama) would be a third term of Obama. Hillary as president would continue the hard line march to the far left that Obama pushed forward on steroids during his two terms as president. The failed, big government, excessively regulating policies that have thwarted the economy from recovering from the recession under Obama, would be continued under Hillary Clinton as president.
The lesson should be clear, we need real change, and it will not change under Crooked Hillary. If we want a true recovery from the recession, if we want a foreign policy based on American interests and not one of nation building, siding with groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, and engaging in more failed international meals-on-wheels missions that involve spreading our military resources thinner around the world on a smaller defense department budget, we need to elect Donald Trump our next president. If we want to rebuild the military, protect and defend our country, and respect our law enforcement officers, Hillary can not be the next president. Have we really learned the lesson of letting the far left under Obama run this country for the last two presidential terms? The elections results this November will answer that question.
Electoral map shows Hillary leading in the presidential race
North Carolina alone illustrates the challenge for the Trump campaign, a state that Barack Obama won in 2008 and Mitt Romney barely won in 2012, it’s a must win to get elected this year. The latest CBS News/YouGov poll in the state shows Hillary Clinton leading by two percent, 44 to 42 percent, over The Donald. The newest PPP survey of North Carolina has Trump leading 48 to 46 percent. Trump should have an edge in North Carolina, but right now it is a toss-up.
The neighboring state of Virginia is more solidly leaning in favor of Clinton, who has a 4 percent lead in the Real Clear Politics (RCP) average of polls. Virginia voted for Obama in both 2008 and 2012 and looks likely to be in the Clinton column this year.
The state of Florida, which was won by Obama in the last two elections, also looks favorable for Hillary, who leads by 3.4 percent in the RCP average and 8 percent in the latest Quinnipiac poll. Four of the five polls of Florida, in the RCP average, show Clinton leading by three percent or more. It is clear, if the election were held today, Florida would be voting for the Democrat nominee for president.
Pennsylvania is truly a toss-up state right now, and that may be good news for Trump, since the state has been won by the Democrats in the last three elections. While Clinton leads by just a half point in the RCP average, Pennsylvania is a state where Trump can win many traditionally Democrat-learning swing voters and win the state in November. If Trump can hold some of the close states that usually lean Republican, such as North Carolina and Indiana, and win some of the “light blue” states like Pennsylvania, he has a chance at beating Hillary in the Electoral College.
New Hampshire has been very closed, and based largely on turnout in the last several elections, but Hillary is holding a rather large 6.5 percent lead in the RCP average. While New Hampshire casts only four electoral votes, those four votes were key for George W. Bush reaching 270 electoral votes in 2000. Odds are, the candidate that wins New Hampshire will win the election, and right now it’s not looking good for Trump in New Hampshire.
Ohio, considered by most a swing state, should be a toss-up right now. But it leans in favor of Hillary by 2.7 percent in the RCP average, which includes a CBS News/YouGov survey showing Clinton leading by five percent, and the last Quinnipiac poll showing them tied at 40 percent each. Ohio is a state that Trump should be able to win, and needs to win, in order to become president. But if attacks ads from Priorities USA against Trump as anywhere near as effective as they were again Mitt Romney in 2012, where they clearly helped Obama in Ohio, Hillary Clinton will win both Ohio and the presidency this coming November.
Michigan is one of the states the Trump campaign supposedly will put into play, despite it having been a “blue” state in most recent elections. But the polling data says otherwise, where the last four polls listed by RCP shows Hillary Clinton leading by an average of more than 10 percent in those four surveys. Michigan is clearly going to be in the Clinton column in November.
Iowa has been close in the last few presidential elections, and this year should be no different. Lacking recent polling data for the state, it only seems reasonable at this point to consider the state a toss-up. The last survey listed by RCP, a PPP poll, show Trump and Clinton tied at 42 percent in Iowa.
While many consider Colorado as becoming a “blue” state, and it has voted Democrat in recent presidential elections, a recent CBS News/YouGov poll show it a toss-up, with Clinton leading by one percent, 40 to 39 percent over Donald Trump. Colorado could be a key pickup for Trump if he can win the state, as it could off-season losing another state elsewhere.
Arizona is closer than it should be, and like North Carolina, illustrates the weakness of the Trump campaign right now. That could change, but the Trump campaign will need to do the changing. Clinton holds a one percent lead in the RCP average for Arizona. That average includes one poll where Trump leads by four percent, one that has Hillary leading by seven percent, and a third older poll showing them tied. Arizona is a must win state for Trump, and if Hillary somehow wins it, it becomes almost impossible for Trump to win this election. The mere notion that Arizona is a toss-up, which it is, shows that Trump has some real challenges in winning this election.
As the map shows, the toss-up states are worth 61 electoral votes, and that includes Arizona and North Carolina (26 electoral votes) that Mitt Romney won in 2012. The fact that any states won by Mitt Romney are in play in this election at this time, shows serious weakness electorally for Donald Trump. The remaining 35 electoral votes (Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Colorado) of the states that are toss-ups were won Obama in the last two elections.
But the real challenge for Trump is the 297 electoral votes in the states that are leaning in favor of Hillary Clinton right now. Even if Trump won all those toss-up states, and holds on to the 180 electoral votes of the states that lean toward him now, he would only win 241 electoral votes, falling short of the needed 270. Trump would have to, at minimum, also win New Hampshire and Florida (33 electoral votes) to have a shot at reaching 270.
The Donald is going to have to spent a lot of time and resources in Florida and New Hampshire while holding on to many of the other close states where Hillary Clinton has a chance. It’s an uphill climb for Trump, but the electoral map looks much better for Clinton right now. But, we have nothing but time between now and November, and a lot can still change.
Congressman Phil Roe was elected to congress in 2008 on a platform of change and economic populism. Not only has he not lived up to expectations, he has failed on every basic level when it comes to helping ordinary Americans. He voted for the Trans-pacific partnership. It is such an awful proposal that Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts, refused to support the legislation. She stated that we already have trade agreements with over 30 of the countries involved, and went on to say that the bill was written for the special interests who formed the committees who helped shape the legislation. The Global Development and Environment Institute did a study that found the legislation would cause the United States to lose 448,000 jobs. Phil Roe supported this legislation in spite of this finding. He voted to kill jobs and hurt our workers. In doing this, he voted against America’s best interests.
He also voted for $940 billion dollars in spending on a farm bill that would have established new farm subsidies and programs. The legislation would have granted funds to farmers who failed to sell all their product. The government would buy up all the excess product and artificially raise the prices of milk. Families continue to struggle, but Phil Roe, being as out of touch as he is still doesn’t see the wisdom in not subsidizing an industry that should be more than market viable. We use milk every single day in a variety of goods, and many of us cannot afford these price increases because they are crippling.
Phil Roe also voted to raise the debt limit, which caused the debt to skyrocket another $2.4 trillion dollars, and also voted against an amendment that required the government to reduce spending by just over seven percent down to 2008 spending levels. In the past, Roe has also supported continuing resolutions that do not balance, and are not a budget. He voted for the Ryan-Murray budget deal, which blew the deficit even more. Phil Roe never met a big-government spending bill he didn’t love.
In typical Roe fashion, he also voted for legislation that funded the government fully without repealing Obamacare. Known as “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act,” it didn’t restore americans’ freedom, because it still funded the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. Congressman Roe’s cadillac healthcare plan isn’t impacted Obamacare, so maybe that’s why he’s chosen to give lip service to the voters in his district, and not deliver actual results when the rubber meets the road. Voters are having their premiums increase by large amounts, and the ones who qualify for the subsidies are still on the hook for deductibles that can reach or exceed $5,000. If voters in the district can’t afford the premiums, how can they afford the deductibles? Roe defies common sense again.
It’s time we retire Phil Roe. He may have had good intentions at the time of his original congressional run, but he has clearly sided with the special interests on a whole host of issues. From his support of Obamatrade, which will ultimately kill hundreds of thousands of jobs, his support of the bloated farm bill that benefits the wealthy millionaire farmers while leaving the hard working farmers out in the cold, and finally his disastrous vote to fully fund Obamacare which continues to undermine families well-being to this very day, he’s been nothing more than a big government Republican looking to enrich those who have power in Washington DC. He’s Paul Ryan’s congressman, not ours.
John McCain is considered by many to be a maverick in Washington, DC. What you may not know about Senator McCain is that he is also a maverick on ethics. What most of us would consider largely unethical and suspicious is John McCain’s way of life. He’s fought political battles against campaign finance reform that has since been overturned by the Supreme Court, and it appears he’s taking advantage of that fact.
John McCain founded a group in 2008 called the McCain Institute for International Leadership. While John McCain isn’t directly tied to the organization, the Senator has done fundraisers for the institute in the past, and in March it was reported in Bloomberg News that the McCain Institute for International Leadership has received $1 million dollars in a donation from Saudi Arabia. Federal Election Commission rules prohibit McCain from accepting money from foreign donors, but apparently the law does not apply to foundations not directly connected to the politicians. Bloomberg also reported that the organization was started by an initial donation of $8.6 million dollars in left over campaign finances from John McCain’s disastrous failed 2008 campaign for president.
Another instance of John McCain’s corruption lies in his ties to Elon Musk, a billionaire who donated to the McCain Institute, according to Patriot Update. John McCain is currently being investigated by the Inspector General at the defense department, facing allegations he put his thumb on the scale in favor of Elon Musk and his company SpaceX over another competitor, United Launch Alliance (ULA) when the two companies were bidding head to head for government contracts. John McCain fought to outlaw the specific kind of rockets used by ULA that had been made in Russia. The Senator got this legislation passed in Musk’s favor simply by arguing we shouldn’t be supporting Russia, much to Elon Musk’s convenience, of course doing this after Musk’s donations were made to the McCain Institute.
These scandals are just the newer scandals, there’s plenty of old ones to review. One that comes to mind of course is the Keating Five scandal, where John McCain came under investigation in the 1980’s for allegedly conspiring with Charles Keating, the man who ran Lincoln Savings and Loan. Keating met with four Senators: Dennis DeConcini, Alan Cranstan, John Glenn, and John McCain. Keating’s business was under investigation with regard to his banking activities, and keating reportedly feared that the government would seize his Savings and Loan company, according to Slate. Senator McCain attended regulatory meetings, effectively representing Keating in front of a bank regulatory board in San Francisco. Ultimately, due to Keating’s illegal activities, the government bailed out Lincoln Savings and Loan to the tune of $2.6 billion dollars, and shareholders lost millions of dollars in the process as well. Keating was convicted of 77 counts of Wire and bankruptcy fraud, before the sentence was overturned.
Its time we retired John McCain. Whether it’s his corruption affiliated with his Leadership Institute, his political prostitution on behalf of Elon Musk, or the Keating Five scandal, he has shown to be nothing but a corrupt and out of touch elitist. Right now Arizonans have the opportunity to elect a constitution-loving American to the United States Senate in Kelli Ward. She won’t be anyone’s toy, nor will she create a foundation and use it for abusive and corrupt practices. She won’t stand up for a conman who made risky bets and lost investors millions of dollars and cost taxpayers $2.6 billion dollars in a bailout. John McCain is a war hero, but his conduct in the United States Senate warrants something that has been a long time coming. It warrants a reaction from the people who are sick and tired of being taken advantage of, and it warrants John McCain’s dishonorable discharge from the United States Senate. It’s time for change.
THIS IS A RE-POST OF AN ARTICLE ON FREEDOMIST.COM Bill Collier- Senator Ted Cruz is a true blue conservative and has done a lot to push the conservative agenda. His platform and policy pursuits are, in my estimation, stellar. I want a Cruz win for the nomination and the White House.
I have been repeatedly saying that Senator Cruz needs to sell his main asset, his prosperity plans, and stay focused on selling himself as the champion of popular prosperity!
I believe that if Senator Cruz, whose platform closely aligns with a prosperity agenda, would get to a prosperity message, and truly inspire people, he can still win the nomination, though it is a tough mountain to climb.
If Senator Cruz can increase his overall poll numbers to 50% or more, pull off some big wins in the final days of the race, and forge alliances with the also-rans who have delegates they can swing his way, he has a chance.
There is a slim and narrowing chance for victory, that’s why I hope he gets this message and takes it as constructive criticism from “family” as opposed to an attack by opponents.
In short, Cruz wants to be President and I want the same thing and for the same reasons: to make America prosper again!
A candidate rising in popularity with broadening support and fresh victories could win a contested convention and overcome the initial angst. This is especially true if his opponent is losing ground and people who voted for him have real buyer’s remorse. The key thing is narrative and messaging! And that has been Senator Cruz’s chief and, potentially fatal, weakness in this primary race.
Senator Cruz’s decision to announce his intention, should he win the nomination, to run with Carly Fiorina as his VP choice, has caused no small amount of head scratching among friend and foe alike.
Here then are the main reasons why, in my estimation, this move does not necessarily advance Ted Cruz and does not inspire some of his supporters, such as myself:
1. It can be argued that it undermines Cruz’s chief argument that Trump is not a proven true blue conservative. In the eyes of many conservatives, including myself, Fiorina is not a proven true-blue conservative!
My own support of Cruz has been based mostly on his bona fides as a rock-solid conservative. His actual platform and prosperity policies are still, I think, the best. But choosing Fiorina, who he is saying (by this choice) is qualified to be President, can be seen by some to disprove his argument that we should choose only a rock-solid proven conservative!
I have already seen this emerge among opponents who use it to neutralize arguments that Mr. Trump is not a proven conservative. This is a far cry from talking about prosperity and Ted Cruz as the champion of popular prosperity.
2. The move looks bad and feels like pandering. I have heard these words from a number of Cruz supporters.
Choosing ANY VP hopeful after losing 5 states, being way beyond securing the nomination, or even at this point in the race, is not the thing to do. It could indicate a candidate has the wrong focus. For instance, Cruz says he vetted her carefully. This takes personal time and energy and that time and energy would be better spent on the campaign honing a prosperity message.
But the idea that he is only choosing her to get the woman’s vote is a further digression from the real theme of his campaign: which is freedom and prosperity. (I think prosperity covers freedom and has a better appeal.) Bringing up old grievances and playing the “sexist” card, not a typical conservative thing to do, doesn’t in one way prove you are the champion of freedom and prosperity. What is more, should Mr Trump become the nominee, a now likely outcome, you have provided grist for the liberal mill to be used to hurt our nominee and our party!
3. It is a pure distraction!
I have argued, on Freedomist.com, that Cruz has utterly failed to sell his best asset, that he is the best prosperity champion! I voted for Cruz and wish somehow he could win, though in my opinion as a marketing and PR professional, I doubt he can even prevent Trump from getting to 1237 delegates now. By not going back to basics and pushing his main selling point, Cruz has, I believe, sacrificed potential support and ceded the prosperity debate to Trump, who is selling it to get votes.
Cruz could have made a press announcement that he was pushing to have the gold standard added to the GOP platform or to audit the fed or some major prosperity initiative. He could have done a speech on that subject, and compared his plan to Hillary and/or Trump’s plans and made his case for the party to rally to his prosperity banner.
We have been talking about delegate legerdemain and now Cruz’s VP choice, none of which move his narrative and messaging about prosperity into public consciousness where it is certain to turn into popular support.
This is not necessarily to say I am criticizing the delegate legerdemain itself, nor that the VP pick is somehow going to doom the campaign.
The focus of my criticism is that we are not talking about the right thing- make America prosper again. If we were, we would be winning on all counts right now and if we do we might be able to win even now.
I am imagining a Cruz speech in which he lays out why he is the prosperity champion, why Hillary isn’t, and why he is the party’s best choice to defeat her prosperity killing agenda. He can then explain why he needs the people, the voters, to support him, and why if people have already voted against him they should support him now. I am imagining a petition saying “make America prosper again, select Ted Cruz as our nominee” signed by hundreds of thousands of voters.
In the end the only way Cruz will be able to legitimately win a contested convention is to be at over 50% of the popularity of GOP polls, showing he has won back people who already voted for other candidates. The only way to get there AND to start having some upsets is to inspire people with your narrative and promise, not by selecting someone as a potential VP running mate, someone whose own conservative bona fides are at least as uncertain as Cruz says are Trump’s.
Regardless, if Cruz and his new chosen running mate want to pull some upsets and grow his popularity, they need to hammer away at a simple prosperity appeal and Cruz needs to claim the mantle of the champion of OUR prosperity! He has the plans to make us prosper again, which is better than being great, if only he would sell those plans. (Being “great” is nebulous, but prospering is REAL, and will make us great!)
Of course changing the campaign focus and messaging this late is tough. Of course some might argue it is too late. But if Senator Cruz is still campaigning, regardless of what has already happened, I suggest he do it in a way that might at least truly give him a shot: win popular support for a popular prosperity PROMISE that his plans and policies can certainly deliver.
Senator Cruz, let’s stop the distractions and let’s work to MAKE AMERICA PROSPER AGAIN!
With Donald Trump’s resounding win last night in Pensylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland and Delaware, Trump captured over 60 percent in four out of five of these races. This signals the end of the Ted Cruz campaign, with him only winning 3 Delaware delegates. He has reached the point where he cannot reach a majority of the delegates on the first ballot, and because of this he must now deny Trump 1237 so he can win on a potential second ballot.
Cruz’s problems are more deep than just his losses last night, a new FOX poll has Trump leading Cruz by eight percentage points in Indiana, a mathematical must-win state for Senator Cruz. Analysts say that if Trump were to win Indiana, it would likely mean that Trump has the nomination at the end of this fight. He currently sits at 954 pledged delegates with Cruz at 562 delegates. There are a total of 502 delegates left outstanding. This count doesn’t include the 39 unbound delegates from Pensylvania who are likely to vote for Mr. Trump on the first ballot due to his resounding win on Tuesday. Only three unbound delegates who promise to vote for Cruz were elected in Pensylvania.
Mr Cruz appeared to have an ace up his sleeve today however when he chose former CEO Carly Fiorina to be his running mate, undoubtedly a play for female Republican primary voters. It’s unclear if this will have any impact in Indiana or anywhere else in the country because Carly Fiorina placed seventh place in both Iowa and New Hampshire before dropping out due to her extrordinarily awful polling numbers. We’re going to have to wait to see what kind of data we get from these states before we know for sure what the impact will be, but if the past is any indicator, it wont do much, and much of the news cycle today has been dedicated to Trump’s resounding win last night and Cruz’s desperation today.
Not only does it seem unlikely that Fiorina will help Cruz, but the move may play to Trump’s benefit. Trump has extensively campaigned as the champion of the middle class. He campaigns on bringing back jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan and anywhere else that has been the beneficiary of outsourcing in this country. Yet Carly Fiorina as CEO of Hewitt-Packard laid off thousands of workers to other countries as the .com boom busted. I expect Donald Trump to hammer this point home in the coming days.as he campaigns in various parts of the country.
Ted Cruz needs to do something he doesn’t appear apt to do: Concede defeat. He has damaged his brand significantly with the selection of Carly Fiorina as his running mate, not only due to her failed presidential campaign but due to her failed business record. We have a nominee of the Republican party, and I call on all Republicans to unite behind Donald J. Trump this november to defeat Hillary Clinton. There isn’t anything we can’t do together.