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The Republican Party is the party of civil rights and the four F’s: faith, family, freedom and fairness.
The Democratic Party is the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and socialism (Quote By Author Michael Scheuer).
In the welter of cable commentary over
Donald Trump's overwhelming victories in the so-called "Acela
primary" Tuesday, among the most startling was an aside by CNN's Van
Jones that Trump could win the election if he got just 25% of the black vote.
Now this didn't make the African-American activist who co-founded and is
the current president of Dream Corps, a “social justice accelerator,”
particularly happy. Nor did or does it please BET's Tavis Smiley, who has made
similar mention of Trump's possible inroads in the black community. But it's
Donald Trump really could win
the general election by being the first Republican in years to gain a
significant percentage of the African-American vote. He just has to make a
serious and sustained effort, with genuine proposals, to do it. If
the attempt is simply self-referential bluster (like bragging about the
actually paltry number of Hispanics who voted for him in Nevada) coupled
with unspecified pledges of "greatness," he might as well not bother.
It will end up a disheartening misfire that will not only be an
insult to his supporters but a continuing -- and worsening -- wound to our
Nevertheless, the auguries for Trump
in this area are extremely good, certainly the best in recent years for a
Republican, if he should choose to act upon them. And for the sake of all
Americans, he should. In fact, he'd better.
The African-American community is in a
miserable condition that has been getting worse for decades and has reached its
nadir under Obama -- two-parent families disappearing, unemployment rates
skyrocketing, incarceration rates catastrophic, drug addiction epidemic. We all
look on in despair as gang members shoot children in the streets of
Chicago and murders -- almost all black-on-black -- proliferate in Baltimore
after years of decline.
What is to be done about all this?
Hillary Clinton will certainly have plenty to say, but it will all be the same
old disingenuous bilge. She can't be part of the solution because she
-- like the Democratic Party she has served loyally for almost her entire
life -- is part of the problem. For reasons of moral narcissism and
political expediency, beginning with the Great Society that party has set
up a system in black communities that has trapped African-Americans
into a non-stop cycle of government dependency, turning them into what
talk show host Larry Elder dubbed "victocrats," believers in
perpetual victimhood, a self-fulfilling prophecy, if there ever was one. The
#blacklivesmatter movement is only the most recent avatar.
Many black people -- just not the
brilliant minds like Thomas Sowell and Elder -- know this. They are just
constrained by the atmosphere in their communities, the evil influence and
machinations of those like Reverend Al and Maxine Waters, against speaking
up. Others have simply given up. It's hard to blame them. How do you
break this cycle?
Enter Donald Trump.
No, Donald cannot solve the problems
of black America by himself -- not by a long shot. That job goes to
African-Americans themselves. But he can do something, get things kick started
and possibly win (in this case deservedly) a presidential election in the
process. Here's why and how:
WHY: This is easy. He's Donald
Trump. As the biggest celebrity ever to run for president, he'll get the full
attention of African- Americans, especially if he goes to their communities
personally, which he must. (Do you think any other Republican of recent
vintage would raise a stir? In a recent episode of Watters' World,
several Harvard students didn't even know who John Kasich was.)
HOW: This is the important part. As
luck would have it, one of Trump's signature campaign goals -- bringing jobs
back to America -- refers directly to one of the key problems of black
America -- rampant unemployment. But it gets more specific. Trump speaks
continually of American corporations -- Carrier, Pfizer, and Ford, among others
-- moving their factories out of our country to lower their taxes and
other costs, while we lose jobs.
What if Trump were to propose that
those corporations could return to America tax free (for a certain
amount of time), if they were to build those new factories not in foreign
countries but in our own disadvantaged communities? (This is a variant on the
old Jack Kemp opportunity-zone idea.) In the case of a Ford, Trump could go
further, talking to the UAW and asking them to reduce their minimums in those
communities as well (for a similar amount of time) until the local work
forces were sufficiently trained and the factories humming. The man who
invented, or at least wrote, The Art of the Deal should be able
to get this done. It would be a win, win, win for everybody.
claim capitalism is the true motor of society and that earning a decent
wage for honest work is far better for the psyche than a welfare check. And
they're right, of course. But they don't do anything to demonstrate it --
all talk and no action. This is their opportunity. At the same time it
could begin to put a dent in the loathsome identity politics that drives us
apart and help get rid of ugly hyphenates like African-American, which I use
only regrettably. We should all just be Americans. There's nothing worse
for black people -- or any other group -- than to continue voting monolithically for
one political party.
Donald, are you listening?
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‘They say every powerful man is good
in bed,’ I once asked Donald Trump. ‘That true?’
He smirked. ‘I think there is a
certain truth to that, yes. Put it this way, I’ve never had any complaints. A
lot of it is down to The Look. It doesn’t mean you have to look like Cary
Grant, it means you have to have a certain way about you, a stature. I see
successful guys who just don’t have The Look and they are never going to go out
with great women.
‘The Look is very important. I don’t
really like to talk about it because it sounds very conceited… but it matters.’
I thought of this
exchange when Trump launched into Hillary Clinton today about her lack of
appeal to women.
‘I think the only card she has is the
women’s card,’ he scoffed. ‘She has got nothing else going. Frankly, if Hillary
Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote. And the beautiful
thing is, women don’t like her…’
He was instantly and roundly ridiculed
for being a revolting pig, of course.
Such is the habitual reaction from the
sneering swathes of America’s political and media elite to everything Trump
says or does.
They’re the same experts who predicted
Trump ‘won’t last three weeks’ when he entered the race last summer, and who
more recently predicted with equal confidence that he’d ‘never win the
Now they assure us just as vehemently
that Trump can’t beat Hillary because women hate him.
That’s what I keep reading and hearing
as the cocky billionaire tycoon continues to steamroller his way to what now
looks like an inevitable confirmation as Republican nominee.
(Seriously, Senator Cruz and Governor
Kasich, it was over from the second you two clowns decided last week to
tag-team against The Donald, thus making yourselves look utterly incapable of
beating him on your own. I’d quit the race now before you both lose the last
remaining vestige of dignity..)
The Women-Hate-Trump theory dictates
that if he IS the nominee and comes up against Hillary Clinton, then he’ll be
crushed not just because women loathe him but also because they all love
As Goldfinger used to say to 007: ‘Not
so fast, Mr Bond….’
I suspect Trump’s a lot more popular
with women than people think, and Hillary a lot less so.
I spent well over 100 hours observing
Trump in his former Celebrity Apprentice boardroom lair. First as a (winning)
contestant in 2008, then as one of his advisors in every subsequent season.
He was whip-smart, very funny and
brilliantly provocative at creating compelling television drama.
He was also extremely charming when he
wanted to be, especially with the female contestants. Many of them, including
sports stars, actresses, supermodels and rock stars, ended up melting like
fawning putty in Mr Trump’s famously delicate hands.
Even the legendarily ferocious
comedienne Joan Rivers used to blush from his effusive compliments. I know,
because I was there and saw it happen.
Part of this was because they wanted
to win, obviously, so sought his approval.
But part of it was undeniably also
because Trump is genuinely at ease with women and seems to love their company –
unless it’s Rosie O’Donnell - as much as they enjoy his.
I always think you can judge a man
pretty well by his relationship with his former partners.
Trump’s remained good friends with
both his ex wives, Ivana and Marla. He even let Ivana get re-married at his
His current wife Melania has proven to
be a very effective electoral asset, combining brains with beauty and a feisty
side which shows she’s no pushover.
And his daughter Ivanka is by common
consent, a beautiful, vote-winning working mother superstar whose respect for
her Donald is touchingly unequivocal.
Even fearsome Fox News star Megyn
Kelly has made up with the man who attacked her mercilessly in public after
they locked horns in a poisonously personal way after a heated presidential
If Trump can get Ms Kelly back onside,
after mocking her menstrual cycle, then surely he’s got a good chance of
persuading millions of other women in America that he’s not such a bad guy
I watch how the women behave at his
gigantic rallies in all parts of America and I don’t see much hatred in those
ecstatic eyes; I see fevered adoration.
Recent primary results, especially in
his thumping 5-state clean sweep last night, suggest that adoration is
beginning to translate into votes with more and more woman coming out for
He’s charismatic, that’s why.
They like his swaggering
self-confidence, his non-PC and non-politician style, his fierce ‘I’ll make
America great again’ patriotism, and his often outrageous, off-the-cuff sense
I spent some time in Texas and Florida
recently and most of the women I met there were positively cooing over the
prospect of a President Trump, and snarlingly scathing about the very notion of
Hillary likes to boast that she’s the
only possible candidate for women, but I know a lot of women who can’t stand
They think she’s hard, elitist, they
don’t really trust her after Benghazi and the email scandal, and they find it
hard to forgive her own repeated forgiveness of her husband’s brazen
They also feel she has a sense of
entitlement to become the first female president, and has sold her soul to Wall
Street through chums like Goldman Sachs.
This explains some of the
catastrophically bad results she had early on in this campaign. In the Iowa
Caucus, for example, she got just 14% of the under-30 female vote, while
74-year-old Bernie Sanders romped away with 84%.
The irony of Hillary’s position is
that there’s only one man in America who can possibly compete with Trump for
populist appeal right now, and indeed his ability to seduce women, and that’s
her husband Bill.
Unfortunately, he’s not running, she
If it comes down to Trump vs Clinton
in November, as now seems likely, I think a lot more women are going to vote
for him than she assumes.
And that could be enough for the man
with The Look to win the White House.
What an amazing Tuesday sweeping
all 5 states, with big wins – Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland,
Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island – Thank you!
Thank you for your support. I could
not have done it without you! We have traveled all over the country and
met so many incredible voters, who have joined this movement. We will
no longer be led by the all talk, no action politicians that have
failed us all.
Together, we will continue
this momentum as we continue into next month with Nebraska, West
Virginia, Oregon, Washington and Indiana where we will be campaigning
tomorrow with the legendary Bobby Knight.
I look forward to meeting you and
discussing the issues most important to voters across the country. With
your support, we will Make America Great Again!
awarded on an at-large and congressional district basis.
Delegates are winner-take-all based on the statewide vote.
Congressional District Delegates will be elected on the the primary
ballot from each of the state’s 18 congressional districts.
Delegates are technically unbound.
will elect the 14 people who will serve as At-Large Delegates at the
PAGOP State Committee meeting on May 21.
Clinton was supposed to have this primary wrapped up by the end of
March. Instead, heading into May she has still failed to capture her
The Clinton Machine is on the warpath
against Republicans because they’re desperate to hide all of the flaws in
her candidacy. Look at what she’s doing to Bernie Sanders--Republicans
will need to be prepared for how they’re going to throw everything
including the kitchen sink at our candidates up and down the ballot
because it’s her only hope for victory.
Bernie Sanders has already
done irreparable damage to Hillary Clinton as she’s tried to run
to his left on many issues. In November, voters will remember that Hillary
Clinton is a dishonest creature of Washington who will say and
do anything to get elected.
55% of voters have voted for
Republican candidates this year.
GOP turnout is up in 30 of 35
states/territories, but Democrat turnout is down in 29 of 34
More than 8.7 million more Republicans
have voted in 2016 compared with the 2012 primaries and caucuses.
rules for how Republicans chose a nominee have been transparent and effective
for decades—this year is no different. The rules say a candidate has to have a
simple majority, 1,237 delegates, to be our nominee.
Fairness and transparency will be the
hallmarks of the Republican convention. The whole world will be watching
our democratic process at work, and they’ll see Republicans standing side
by side with one another and a party that is stronger than ever before.
Our party is the party of the open door,
of liberty, of equality, of opportunity for all and favoritism for none.
We will live up to these principles as we prepare for a fair, democratic,
and transparent Convention.
Having a committee write a set of rules
that govern the body isn’t unique to the Republican National
Convention—it’s true for the Boy Scouts, the Rotary Club, or any other
group that has organizational structure. It only makes sense that the 2016
Convention is governed by rules written by 2016 delegates.
J. Gillman This two picture
combo of file photos shows Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz,
R-Texas, left, and Donald Trump. (AP Photo/File)
Donald Trump has spent months making the case that if he’s leading in delegates
by the end of the GOP primaries, it’s only fair to award him the nomination,
even if he’s fallen short of a majority.
Ted Cruz, among
others, counters that rules are rules. If you don’t clinch, you’re not the
nominee. That’s correct.
But for at least
one group of Wal-Mart moms – an umbrella demographic that stands for much of
the electorate – a sense of fair play trumps arcane rules. As focus groups in
Pennsylvania this week revealed, depriving Trump of the prize if he’s
ahead would deeply offend many voters.
That doesn’t mean
it can’t happen. It doesn’t mean it won’t happen. It does mean that Cruz, Ohio
Gov. John Kasich, and their allies in the stop-Trump movement will face
enormous public backlash if they wrestle the nomination away from him at a
contested convention in July.
So they’d best be
crafting a marketing plan to make that outcome more palatable.
“If there’s a
chance that Trump goes in with the most delegates and then Cruz comes out with
the nomination, I don’t think that’s fair. That’s terrible,” said a woman named
Melody, a stylist who supports Trump.
She was one of 10
Pittsburgh-area Republicans gathered by GOP pollster Neil Newhouse of Public
Opinion Strategies and Margie Omero, a Democratic pollster with Purple
Strategies. The participants were granted anonymity. Like 60 percent of women
with a child younger than 18 at home, across a vast range of income brackets,
they’d shopped at Walmart in the last month.
able to observe the discussion in real time.
Only half the
women identified as Trump supporters. Several said they’d feel “cheated,”
including some who support other candidates. Nearly all agreed that if Trump
leads in delegates and votes, he deserves the nomination and if he doesn’t get
it, the system – and the Republican Party – must be rigged, fixed and corrupt.
“I would feel
totally misled,” said a woman named Melissa, a mother of three who works in
real estate and supports Kasich. “I would not even want to participate. I would
not want to vote. What is the point of us going to vote?”
sweep in the New York primary on Tuesday kept him on pace to just about clinch
by the final primaries on June 7, though it’s still possible he will fall
short. He’s more than two-thirds of the way there.
have to convince voters that Donald Trump coming up short of the goal line for
delegates isn’t a score any more than when wide receiver Dez Bryant was tackled
just short of a touchdown in this 2014 Dallas Cowboys game. (Tom Fox/The Dallas
arrived at the convention in Cleveland six weeks later within 100 delegates of
the magic number, unable to cajole enough uncommitted delegates to put him over
the top, and someone else won the nomination on a second or third ballot, or
“I just really
would be so lost and so confused as to how our process could be that way,” said
another Kasich supporter named Amy, mother of two and a college professor.
moms would empathize with Trump’s sense of betrayal. They’re well aware that a
three-way race would likely hand the presidency to Democrats for another term.
Their disgust still would drive them away. And don’t even get them started on
the possibility the GOP nominates a “white knight” such as House Speaker Paul
Ryan who wasn’t among the 17 original candidates.
“It would be
horrible,” said Pam, a secretary with three kids who supports Trump. “It says
that our voices aren’t heard and they don’t care about us.”
In a separate
session, Philadelphia-area swing voters echoed these views.
“It’s like taking
the guess on how many candies are in the jar. Whoever gets closest, even if you
don’t get that number, you win,” said a homemaker named Caitlin, a mother of
three who would probably vote for Trump over Clinton, and Clinton over Cruz.
Cruz and the
Republican National Committee have been stepping up their game on messaging,
seeking better and more relatable ways to explain the “rules are rules” mantra.
communications director Sean Spicer pointed out that in the recount election of
2000, Democrat Al Gore collected the most popular votes but readily acknowledged
that he needed a majority in the Electoral College. Spicer also pointed to a
close vote on the Affordable Care Act, the Obamacare law much reviled by
“No one said,
‘Hey, if it’s close, it should pass.’ That’s not how it works,” he told CNN’s Anderson
Cooper the other day. “There’s no other time that we would ever say —
whether it’s politics or sports — ‘Hey, if you get to the 2-yard line, well
that counts as a touchdown.’ That’s just not how the rules work.”
But hardly any of
the Wal-Mart moms find a Trump presidency alarming. That sets them apart from
GOP insiders who foresee electoral catastrophe with Trump atop the ticket, or rock-ribbed
conservatives dismayed by his ideological flexibility.
And Cruz found
little affection in this focus group. Asked to name an animal he reminds them
of, one said gorilla, “because it’s very close to being a human.” Another said
“your neighbor’s dog.… It might be OK, but you’re never too sure.”
So, they’re less
inclined to rationalize an outcome that keeps the nomination from Trump. And it
means the stop Trump alliance has a lot of explaining to do.
between now and July – that would be an incredible undertaking,” said pollster
Newhouse. “That fairness argument would be very difficult to overcome.”
Clinton's press corp might wanna grab some latex -- gloves that is -- 'cause
the private plane on which they're riding belongs to Dan Bilzerian, famous for
his Playboy-esque parties in the sky.
did some checking, and the tail number matches the one registered to
Bilzerian's company, Goat Airways LLC. A charter company made a deal with
Hillary's campaign org. to lease the plane.
it out ... the dirty bird appears in episode 11 of Showtime's "The
Circus" with political strategist Mark McKinnon grumbling the press
doesn't ride on the same plane as Hillary.
With so much attention (rightfully) being paid to Hillary's email scandal, Benghazi lies, foreign policy debacles, and domestic policy failures, other important stories and controversies often get short shrift.
For instance, her opacity and dishonesty regarding the Clinton Foundation and her lucrative speeches have simmered on the back burner for months, sporadically flaring up when she's confronted with questions about them.
On Good Morning America this week, Hillary rebuffed a young Democrat who challenged her to release the transcripts of her paid speeches that reaped millions in fees in between her departure from the State Department and the start of her presidential bid.
Facing entrenched opposition and populist-tinged rhetoric from Socialist Bernie Sanders (who offered a good rejoinder to Hillary's go-to transcripts demand), Mrs. Clinton has attempted to justify her high-dollar remarks to Wall Street firms by claiming she didn't know she'd be running for president when she delivered them, and that she merely accepted "what they offered" in terms of compensation. No, it's what she charged, among other demands. CNN Money reports:
The speech in 2013 was one of three Clinton made on behalf of Goldman Sachs. According to public records, Clinton gave 92 speeches between 2013 and 2015. Her standard fee is $225,000, and she collected $21.6 million dollars in just under two years. Clinton made 8 speeches to big banks, netting $1.8 million, according to a CNN analysis...The standard fee and her demands are outlined in a memo from the Harry Walker Agency in New York. According to the memo, Clinton requires travel by private jet, and even specifies that she prefers a Gulfstream 450 or larger. Her staff requires first class and business class tickets. And two members of her staff require up to three days on site to prepare, with all local transportation and meals included. The memo states Clinton should be booked into a presidential suite with up to three separate rooms attached. Clinton also requires a flat fee of $1,000 to pay for an onsite stenographer to record everything she says. However, Clinton is not required to provide the host with a copy, according to the memo. Costs associated with her demands are on top of her speaking fee.
She insisted that her host pay $1,000 for a transcription service, then hoarded the resulting transcripts. She's refusing to make them public, even as she risibly touts the virtues of transparency. In fact it's obsessive secrecy that's the coin of her realm -- except as it pertains to sensitive national security information sitting on her unsecure email server and Blackberry, of course. Fear and paranoia:
The speeches have been shrouded in privacy. Her staff has limited photographs and at times even confiscated cell phones. Attendees of some Clinton speeches complained vocally on social media that they were told to turn their phones off -- no photos, no live tweeting. In the summer of 2013, Clinton spoke before a major convention of human resources executives. The group had previously hosted speeches of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, both former Secretaries of State. John Hollon, an editor for an online trade journal attended both, and tried to attend Clinton's speech. He says he was kicked out due to Clinton's request for no media. "This is the only time in 10 or 11 years of going to to the annual event, which is the biggest human resource event of the year, the only time they have banned press from any speaker," said Hollon. There was no reason given, he says.
Amongst her sundry justifications and explanations, Hillary has defended her cozy relationship with Wall Street as an outgrowth of 9/11, and claimed at a Democratic debate that she used her addresses to financial sector audiences to speak truth to power and warn them to clean up their act prior to the 2008 meltdown.
In light of her dogged refusal to provide supporting evidence of this prescient courage, alongside multiple reports that her appearances before elite bankers were quite chummy in tone, this assertion requires a "willing suspension of disbelief" -- to quote Senator Hillary Clinton when she effectively tarred Gen. David Petraeus a liar during his 2007 testimony touting the verifiable gains achieved by President Bush's Iraq surge.
The Associated Press follows up with a report that most of the groups that shelled out big bucks for the privilege of listening to Mrs. Clinton's vapid sloganeering coincidentally had business before the federal government, including at her State Department. Why, it's almost as if these people were lining her pockets in order to ingratiate themselves with a powerful official and future presidential candidate:
It's not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are government contractors, an Associated Press review has found. Their interests are sprawling and would follow Clinton to the White House should she win election this fall. The AP's review of federal records, regulatory filings and correspondence showed that almost all the 82 corporations, trade associations and other groups that paid for or sponsored Clinton's speeches have actively sought to sway the government — lobbying, bidding for contracts, commenting on federal policy and in some cases contacting State Department officials or Clinton herself during her tenure as secretary of state...Clinton's 94 paid appearances over two years on the speech circuit leave her open to scrutiny over decisions she would make in the White House or influence that may affect the interests of her speech sponsors.
Hillary Clinton is the human embodiment of the Ruling Class' disdainful arrogance. For years, she and her husband have operated and enriched themselves at the nexus of influence and money -- which voters across the spectrum claim to abhor. And yet... I'll leave you with this, which is beyond parody: