Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Op-ed: Marco and Ted Took On Trump...Now It's My Turn

Marco and Ted Took On Trump...Now It's My Turn
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on http://americanpbn.com/

Today folks head to the polls for what's been called 'Super Tuesday,' with 13 states and one territory casting their votes.* Here's but a few critical facts about 'Super Tuesday' that you should be aware of...the Republican candidates have a chance to win about half of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination...the Democrats about 880 delegates which is about a third of those needed for the nomination. Also, in 2014, the Republican National Committee (RNC) decided that all states holding their primaries before March 15 must award their delegates to the candidates proportionally, rather than on a winner-take-all basis...which I believe is the smarter and fairer thing to do. This means that in most states the delegates will either be awarded based upon the overall statewide vote or based upon who wins in each congressional district. Democrats, however, award all of their delegates (aside from superdelegates) proportionally.

And Super Tuesday, like all primary dates that follow, is all about numbers...with the critical number of delegates needed to win the Republican nomination set at 1,237 out of the 2,340 available. And remember, roughly 7% of the total delegates are what's called 'unbound delegates'... delegates who may make the difference between a narrow victory and a (hopefully) brokered convention. And it's a brokered convention that would prevent Donald Trump from getting the nomination...more on that later in this article.

So what of Donald Trump himself...the leader of the candidate's pack according to the media and a sure bet, they say, to secure the Republican nomination. I say that Trump is and has always been a liberal progressive Democrat now dressed in Republican clothing... and was put into the race to assure that the Democrats keep the White House whether it's via Hillary herself or via Trump dressed up in his 'Made in China' thousand plus dollar suits and 'Made in Mexico' ties. Remember, Trump needed Billy-Boy's approval to run against his wife...that in and of itself says a lot.

And Donald Trump, the very man who relishes in telling everyone how much he loves America, proves by his actions and words that he does not. Let me explain with five touch points, the first being his slogan 'Let's Make America Great Again.' What a unpatriotic thing for any true American to say as while some of our leaders might have fallen from political grace the fact remains that our country remains as she has always been...the greatest and freest nation the world has ever known.

Second, Donald Trump has not brought supposedly undiscussed issues to the forefront as those very issues...illegal immigration, terrorism, and of course the economy...have always been discussed...it's just that Trump's big mouth screams them ad-nauseum as he panders and plays to the anger of the masses and the disenfranchised...and the bought and paid for media ratings whores lap it up and give Trump's voice and his voice alone almost 24/7 coverage to do so, with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz...the only two true candidates...being given little air time to counter anything he says. And notice that Trump's recently saying that while he supports the all-important Second Amendment he wants the First Amendment revised because he doesn't like what some reporters say about him...that breech of the Constitution the media pays no attention to.

Third, Donald Trump is the most unpresidential of any candidate who has ever run for our nation's highest office. He continuously insults and bullies not only his opponents but his followers as well. Trump loves to insult the other candidates personal appearances, their mannerisms, and even their religious beliefs. And when he's not insulting his fellow candidates he's demeaning any and all who do not support him or bow down to the Trump machine...just read some of his daily tweets. This would never serve him or our country well when going against the likes of say Vladimir Putin, as those who have put the Trump kool-ade down have finally seen.

Fourth, Trump loves to say that he has no special interest groups to answer to. And why is that...simply because Donald Trump is his own special interest group. The very man who used to stay behind the political scenes has moved into the spotlight with his 'Donald Trump Presidential Reality Show' and the media is eating it up as tune-ins equate into dollars, never mind that Trump has no depth of policy...in fact no tangible policies at all to back up any of his media driven 'sound bites.'

And not to be forgotten is that government negotiations, especially those on the foreign policy level, are a vastly different animal than business negotiations...meaning it's not about making deals but about putting American interests not the all-mighty dollar first. And we all know that Donald Trump worships said almighty dollar before anything else...so much so that he tells us how much money he has every chance he gets. And with Trump not being able to single-handily pick and control the so-called players like he can in his private business dealings, it becomes even more apparent that foreign policy negotiations require the very finesse that Trump simply does not have.

Fifth, simply put, Donald Trump is a liar...we've had one of those for seven plus years now we don't need another one now do we. The very man who has said he will spend “whatever it takes” to win the nomination...translation: to buy himself the nomination...can easily be shown to be a liar of the first degree with the fact that Trump constantly loves to say that he is self-funding his own campaign.

However, nothing could be further from the truth as proven by his last quarter financial statement... simply he is not funding most of his campaign as the majority of his campaign funding comes from donors. In said last quarter, Trump's campaign took in 73,942 'unsolicited donations' totaling about $3.7 million, accounting for most of the $5.8 million the campaign has taken in and spent to date. Trump's actual out-of-pocket financial contributions have been through 'in-kind' gifts and loans...in other words the multi-billionaire wants his money back, and he can pay himself back for the loans with doner-given campaign funds at any point from the donations received. This is not what I'd call self-funding, and if Trump lies about this what else is he lying about...plenty for sure.

And that leads us to some of Trump's other lies...of which there are too many to list in a single op-ed, so I'll give you juust a few. First, remember Trump's claim that “thousands and thousands of people” in New Jersey alone celebrated the 9/11 attacks...well that is a statement that has been proven untrue by Glenn Kessler of The New York Post and Lauren Carroll of PolitiFact’s. Sure some muslims did celebrate...I personally saw the reports on television of handfuls of muslims celebrating...but “thousands and thousands of people”...absolutely and unequivocally not true. And Donald Trump wants you to believe that each and every muslim in America is a terrorist just so he can feed on the hate and build his voter base, common sense be damned.


Lie number two encompasses Trump's so-called 'Trump University'...which by the way was not a real university...and had to change its name to 'Trump Entrepreneur Institute' due to it's false advertising claim. This supposed institute was basically nothing more than a seminar program that promised to teach its students the real estate secrets that made Trump a billionaire...to a tune of $35,000 upfront that is. Now under lawsuits in at least three states, 'Trump Entrepreneur Institute' turned out to be a con job where students got to take their picture with a life-size cut-out of the man whose ego 'trumps' all. “We have an A from the Better Business Bureau" Trump said about his institute, however, the last rating on record for said institute by the Better Business Bureau was a 2010 rating, which was a D-minus.

Liar...liar...pants on fire...

Lie number three involves Trump's statements concerning the Iraq War. Saying that he was against the war from the very beginning, Trump claims he said, “Do not go into Iraq. Do not attack Iraq...You'll destabilize the Middle East," back when George W. Bush was first preparing for war, but the fact is that Trump did not utter a single word in public against the war until a year after the March 2003 invasion had begun. In fact, in a September 2002 interview with 'shock jock' Howard Stern, Trump said for all tuned in to hear that he supported the Iraq invasion. So I guess he's taking a play right out of the Democratic playbook...'flip' when necessary...'flop' only when political expedient gain is at hand.

Liar...liar...pants on fire...nose is longer than a telephone wire...

Lie number four has Trump earlier this month saying, "Right now we’re the highest taxed country in the world," which is one hundred percent not true. Saying that the statutory corporate tax rate ranks as the world's highest, the Wharton School business graduate left out the fact that deductions and exclusions lower the effective rate, which simply means that the U.S. actually has tax rates lower than many other industrialized countries. In fact, tax revenue as a percentage of gross domestic product, and tax revenue per capita are the two ways economists use to compare different countries, with the U.S. ranking 27 out of 30 in the first instance, and with the U.S. ranking 17 out of 29 countries in the second instance. So Trump lied again and this time it's in his self-supposed area of expertise...business.


And let's not forget lie number 5 concerning the monstrosity know as ObamaCare. Trump continuously spews the virtues of single-payer health care. In fact, in 1999, during his short-lived 2000 Reform Party presidential bid, Donald Trump told CNN's Larry King: "If you can’t take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it’s all over...I believe in universal healthcare." And in his 2000 book, 'The America We Deserve,' Trump pushed for universal health care using Canada's single-payer health plan as his example. And now a flip of sorts but a flip short of a the much needed flop as during the first of the presidential debates Trump said, "What I’d like to see is a private system without the artificial lines around every states...Get rid of the artificial lines and you will have yourself great plans. And then we have to take care of the people that can’t take care of themselves. And I will do that through a different system." And what is this exactly but a hodge-podge of untruths for at the same time Trump praises single payer he is vaguely advocating for a private system...well sort of.

And know that half lies turn into full lies more times than not.

And I can go on about all the lies Donald Trump has told...lies told to zero in on the public's anger against the DC political machine... but by now even his most ardent of supporters are aware that Trump lies but their anger has clouded their common sense leaving them to ignore the fact that Trump’s entire persona is not unlike Obama's...as in he will do and say anything when it serves his purposes. Over the years Trump has lied to his business associates, his employees, his personal friends, and of course to his previous wives, but the lies he's told to the American people are the most grievous of all lies as the future of our country is at stake.

And that brings me back to what I alluded to at the beginning of this article...that being that a brokered convention is the only way to stop this most politically dangerous of men. Simply, it's about the number 1,237, and I believe that in the end Marco Rubio will get the nomination not Donald Trump...and why...because Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are rightfully in the race until the end. And their delegates when added together will force a brokered convention by denying Trump the needed 1,237 votes to secure the nomination. And with Rubio the only one who can beat Hillary or Sanders in a head-to-head race, I also believe that in the end that Ted Cruz will give his delegates to Marco Rubio who in turn will nominate Cruz for the Supreme Court where he would serve this country well for 30+ years.

So as today is Super Tuesday I hope the 'Trump-drunk' put down their glass of Trump kool-ade and vote not out of anger but out of a genuine concern for the future of our country...our always great America who needs a true patriot as our country's steward instead of a liar extraordinaire...remember, been there, done that, and it has not served our country or 'We the People' well.

* Super Tuesday states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming, and American Samoa


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1 comment:

RomneyMan said...

But the question is...amongst sane people, who actually cares about your opinion?