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Cruz – Kasich Deal is Reincarnation of the Keystone Cops

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In the early 20th century, as the film industry was coming into being, a series of comedy shorts called the “Keystone Cops” was highly popular. These films depicted a squad of “cops” who were outlandishly incompetent. No matter what these cops did, they screwed it up. What created the comedy was that these supposed cops were so bungling and inept they could not catch a cold, let alone the bad guys.  (Click here to see an example of a “Keystone Cops” film.)

Each of these Keystone Cops comedy farces followed a set pattern. There always had to be a wild chase with the cops futilely trying to track down their prey. The Keystone Cops never had a coherent plan, but would franticly zig-zag their way through the chase as if they were bouncing off invisible walls. The cops always ended up frustrated and out-foxed by the nefarious bad guy.

Keystone Cops Reincarnated

When the Cruz, Kasich “arrangement” to work together to stop Trump was announced, my first thought was of the Keystone Cops reincarnated. These two – Cruz and Kasich – are frantically zig-zagging their way through the Republican presidential nomination process attempting anything – no matter how frenzied – that might allow them to arrest Trump’s momentum toward the nomination.

It seems as though Cruz and Kasich have adopted the same patterns as the Keystone Cops films.  While their goal is to take down Trump, the effort has become little more than a wild chase without a coherent plan. Cruz, for all his lovability, seems to be the leading Keystone Cop as he zig-zags from one desperate effort to the next; always bouncing off the walls of Trump support.   

The idea that Cruz and Kasich would collude in an effort to stop Trump is not only a sign of desperation and the failure of their own campaigns, but proof that desperate men do desperate things. And in true Keystone Cop fashion, this attempt to “team-up” against Trump only plays into the strength of his narrative.

Proving the System is Rigged

For weeks now Trump has been railing against the Republican nomination process, claiming that it is an anti-democratic fraud that is rigged against him. And now along comes these two Keystone candidates entering into a combined effort to stop Trump that, on its face, seems to be nothing more than an unseemly effort to rig the process. Trump could barely conceal his glee when the announcement was made.

Under the arrangement announced in the dead of night on Sunday, Kasich will step back from the May 3rd Indiana primary to let Cruz go one-on-one against Trump. Cruz will do the same for Kasich in Oregon and New Mexico. The deal itself is not even fair and balanced. Cruz has out foxed Kasich because he is giving up nothing by ceding Oregon and New Mexico to Kasich. The reality is that Cruz has about as much chance of winning those states as he has getting named “most popular” in Congress. Indiana is the most important state in the agreement, only because if Cruz loses it he is clearly finished. According to recent polls, the only way Cruz can win Indiana is if all of the potential Kasich voters switch to Cruz. Thus the Keystone Cops strategy.   

In true Keystone Cop tradition, Cruz and Kasich could not even get their stories straight as they zig-zagged through their explanation of the deal. First Cruz, in his normal pompous and self-important fashion announced, “This is a big deal that will end up saving America from the clutches of Hillary Clinton.” At almost the exact same time, Kasich was telling reporters (between gulps of his breakfast) that, “This is no big deal and I still want the people of Indiana to vote for me.” Then later in the week, Cruz changed direction again and claimed there “never was an agreement with Kasich.” Keystone Cops at their best!

It is difficult to understand the logic of this arrangement, unless you view it in an atmosphere of desperation; recognizing that desperate people take desperate actions. It is not unusual for politicians to get together and make a backroom deal, but the success of this “deal” depends entirely on the voters buying into their scam and following along in lockstep obedience. Initial polls indicate that a majority of the Kasich voters in Indiana not only don’t want to vote for Cruz, but that they are offended to be considered pawns in this plan. A large chunk of the Kasich voters have indicated they may even vote for Trump as a protest to the deal. Talk about inept Keystone Cops!

Cruz is now the “chosen one” of the establishment Republican Party, but did you read what former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said about Cruz? Boehner said in a speech that Cruz was the “Lucifer in the flesh” and the most miserable “SOB” he had ever known or worked with in Congress – Republican or Democrat. What does that tell you about the health of the Party? How weak must the establishment of the Party be if they have to encourage two weak, flawed candidates to band together against a strong front-runner? Do two negatives make a positive? I now know why Trump, despite all his weaknesses and wackiness, has been winning. His opponents have been so inept at attacking him, they make him look stronger.

Fiorina in Bed with Lucifer

Kasich seemed to disappear after this deal was announced, but Cruz has doubled down on his Keystone Cops antics. On Wednesday Cruz made the dramatic announcement that he would select Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential candidate. Talk about running into another wall. At a time when keeping and creating jobs in America is a critical issue in the election, Cruz selects Fiorina who has lost every election she has entered and was fired as CEO of HP after laying off thousands of workers and earning the moniker as the “outsourcing Queen” for outsourcing thousands of jobs to foreign  companies. The Keystone Cops would be proud!

There is one thing we can all learn from this: Trying to understand the actions of a politician – especially a desperate one – is one of the great causes of insanity.

Reasons to Support and Vote for Ted Cruz

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Do we really want to roll the dice with our future by electing someone like Trump who promises to radically change the way the government in Washington functions?  And does not explain how he will do it.

Let’s be totally honest here and recognize that the only way to stop Trump from stealing the presidential nomination out from under the noses of the Republican Party establishment is to support and vote for Ted Cruz. Sure, Cruz has the uptight personality of a demented actuary and is as warm and cuddly as a coiled cobra, but if Trump is not stopped he will ruin the Republican Party as we know it. And even worse, if Trump is nominated, he will surely lose the general election to that liberal charlatan Hillary Clinton. Even worser, should Trump actually be elected president, everything in Washington and the government will be in flux and might be changed forever.

We just can’t take the risk of these things happening. Ted Cruz is the only one who can be America’s salvation by stopping Trump and leading the country back to the way it was. But preventing the catastrophe of a Trump nomination is only one of many, many reasons to support and vote for Cruz.

Allow me to offer just a few examples.

Cruz is rigid and inflexible in his beliefs – Unlike most politicians Cruz is steadfast in his views and will not allow the opinions of others, reason, changing times or the realities of the world to influence his thinking. Even though his unfaltering rigidity and unwillingness to compromise on any issue has caused nearly everyone who has ever worked with him – even in the Republican Party – to come to hate him, Cruz is exactly the type of intransigent, narrow-minded leader we need to get America back to the literal meaning of a constitution written 225 years ago.

Finally in Cruz we have a true conservative we can count on to not let us down once he gets in office. Compared to Cruz, Ronald Reagan was a left-wing liberal and even Barry Goldwater, that great icon of conservative thinking, seems middle of the road.  

Iran will be put in its place – Cruz has had the courage to call the Iranian Nuclear agreement a “moment like Munich” that will lead to the deaths of “millions of Americans.” He has promised that, “If I am elected president, on the very first day in office I will rip to shreds this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal.”

In a speech to the Values Voter Summit in Washington last fall, after reiterating his promise to terminate the Iranian agreement, Cruz went on to say that as president he will demand that Iran not re-start their nuclear program. He then reinforced this by saying, “And if the ayatollah doesn’t understand that, we may have to introduce him to the 72 virgins.” He was referring the belief of Islamic extremists that 72 virgins will be waiting for them in the afterlife upon martyrdom for Islam.

Tell me, what other candidate has exhibited the sharp strategic strategy to declare that as president, when the leader of another country does not do what we want them to do, we will simply assassinate them. That should be reason enough to vote for a strong principled leader like Cruz.

Solving the Syrian and ISIS Challenge

When we elect Cruz president, the Syrian turmoil and ISIS will soon be history. Once Cruz is president, there will be no more of the weak-kneed, lily-livered approach to ISIS followed by Obama. Cruz has repeatedly promised that, “We will utterly destroy ISIS. We will carpet bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.” Unlike Obama, Cruz has committed that our military might will not sit idly by as Syria disintegrates and ISIS marches on. We have spent trillions on our military and nuclear capabilities, and Cruz will not be afraid to use them to obliterate ISIS once and for all; as well as anyone else we don’t like. How can we not vote for a leader so committed to projecting American self-interests around the world?

Immigration that becomes emigration – Trump gets a lot of credit for his stance on illegal immigration, but he can’t hold a candle to the views of Cruz. Of course like Trump, Cruz has promised, “As president I will stop illegal immigration, build a wall that works, triple boarder security, and put in place the surveillance and biometric tracking to secure the border.”

Cruz has followed Trump in demanding that all 11 million undocumented aliens living in the United States be arrested and deported. This includes deporting an estimated 4.5 million illegal immigrants with minor children who are naturalized American citizens. But being the strong leader he is, Cruz has out trumped Trump by calling for “significantly increasing permanent detention capacity for illegal immigrants in the interior of the United States.” This is reminiscent of “internment camps” set up during World War II to contain Japanese living in America; even though over 60 percent were American citizens. Just imagine, if Cruz becomes president, you could have an illegal immigrant detention center near you. It takes courage for a leader to propose this type draconian action to solve a problem, but that is the essence of Ted Cruz, and that is another reason to vote for him.

Leading the way on social issues – No candidate has been as direct and clear on social issues as Cruz. In simple terms, Cruz is a devotee of the Constitution as it was written and not how it has been interpreted by the left-leaning liberal courts. With the possible exception of slavery, Cruz would like to see America return to the individual rights in place at the time the Constitution was ratified. Because of this, Cruz argues that equal pay for women has “been the law for decades” and he sees no need to do anything different. As for abortion, Cruz would make it illegal under all conditions, including rape, incest and the potential death of the mother. When it comes to LGBT rights, Cruz has consistently opposed any and all antidiscrimination laws. Cruz has referred to the issue of marriage equality as a “time of crisis” in America, calling it “fundamentally illegitimate, lawless and unconstitutional.” How could you not vote for a man with such strong fundamental Christian views on the rights of all individuals?

Health Care – In simple terms Cruz believes that access to healthcare is a privilege and not a right. Because of this Cruz has committed to repealing Obamacare and a return to the old system that allowed insurance companies to decide who they are willing to insure and how much they want to charge. He is a staunch supporter of the “free market system” that will allow people the freedom to buy as much healthcare coverage as they can afford and not be forced by the government to buy coverage even if they don’t want it. If you are healthy and wealthy and not worried about getting sick, you have to vote for Cruz.

And so …

If you believe that Trump has to be stopped from stealing the Republican nomination and make sure he does not accidently get elected president, then you have to support and vote for a great American (even though he was born in Canada) leader like Ted Cruz. If we get Trump we don’t know what we will get, but if we get Cruz, we know exactly what we will get.

Trump and Sanders Share a Common Belief: They Think This is a Democracy

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As divergent in character, political beliefs, experiences and demeanor as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are, they share one abiding belief: The political system is rigged against them. They argue that the democratic nature of our political system is being corrupted in order to ignore the will of millions of voters and thwart their efforts to gain the presidential nomination of their Party.

Trump and Sanders are correct when they say the political system is rigged against them, but they are wrong to argue that our system of democracy has been hijacked and has been corrupted, because the Constitution never intended for our government to be a true democracy of majority rule. The political system is working just the way the writers of the Constitution intended.

In their writing, speeches and how they crafted the Constitution, the Founding Fathers of our country made it abundantly clear that they did not trust the people and were unwilling to empower the masses to determine who should govern them. The drafters of the Constitution were members of the original “establishment,” and they “rigged” the structure of government in a way that would keep the establishment in power and thwart any outsider from usurping power. What the Constitution created was a “representative government,” not a democracy.

For example, when the Constitution was adopted, only free white men who owned property were allowed to vote. (This disenfranchised almost 90 percent of the citizens.) Senators were elected by the state legislature, not the people. The president was not elected by the popular vote of the people, but by “electors” selected by the state legislatures. The whole idea of this political structure was to give the illusion that the people had the power to determine who would govern them, but the reality was that the system protected the establishment. And it worked. Not once in the history of our country, with the possible exception of Andrew Jackson, has a person from outside the establishment been elected president.

There is a telling parallel to the presidential election of 1824 between Andrew Jackson and John Q. Adams and the election of 2016. Jackson was a total outsider, loathed by the establishment and considered little more than a crude, back-woods buffoon. Despite the fact that Jackson received the most popular votes and a had the most electors, but not a majority, (sound familiar?) the election went to Congress where the establishment rejected Jackson and elected one of their own, Adams. (Eleven of the then 24 states did not even allow a popular vote for president and the “electors” were determined by a legislative caucus)

It should be noted that Jackson went on to win the next two presidential elections and introduced “Jacksonian Democracy,” which is exactly what the establishment feared he would do. Jackson was the first president not to have a direct line to the Founding Fathers and not to have been born in either Massachusetts or Virginia.

Living With the Past in the Present

When the modern political parties were formed, it was natural for them to mimic the type of “democracy” called for in the Constitution. In short, it was the establishment of the Party, not the body of members who would decide the nominee. The political party leaders were free to write the rules in a way that favored those they favored; and they did.

For example, in 2012, the Republican Party passed what is called “Rule 40.” The rule states that an individual’s name cannot even be placed in nomination, unless they have won at least eight primaries. The sole purpose of the rule was to protect the establishment’s chosen candidate – Romney – and prevent any movement of delegates in favor on Ron Paul. The Democrats are even less democratic in their nominating process. They have this thing called a “super delegate.” These super delegates make up as much as 20 percent of the total delegates and they are “elected” by the Party establishment. The sole purpose of the super delegate is to block any outsider who might challenge the establishment candidate.

So when you hear Trump and Sanders railing against the system as unfair and rigged in favor of the candidate of the establishment, even though that candidate might not be the favorite of Party voters, know that what they say is true. But when you hear Trump or Sanders say the system has been “hijacked” by the establishment, know that what they say is not true. The system has not been hijacked, it has simply been reinforced and the establishment leaders are circling the wagons to protect their power. The system  has always been rigged by the establishment of both Parties, in an effort to block any outsider from securing the nomination. That is exactly why Sanders can win the Wyoming primary by a large majority, while the loser Clinton comes out of the state with more delegates. That is exactly why Trump can win the Mississippi primary by a large margin, while the loser Cruz comes out with a disproportionate number of delegates.

To Win, Trump and Sanders Have to do the Hijacking

The truth is that the only way for outsiders like Trump and Sanders to gain the nomination of their Party is for them to hijack the system. Of the two, Trump is the only one who really has a chance to accomplish this feat. If he can corral the majority of delegates who are elected by popular vote, he can hijack the system. It is this possibility that has the establishment in fits of fear, bordering on panic. Yet note that while Trump does very well in those open primaries where the winner is determined by popular vote, he gets crushed in those closed caucus states, where only the establishment sets the rules and votes.

It is clear that both the Republican and Democratic establishment are doing all they can to make sure that the selection of their nominee for president is not a democratic process. And why not, after all the Constitution makes it clear that our government is not one based on democratic majority rule. It is rather a representative government intended to represent the establishment. And both the Republican and Democratic Party establishments are very comfortable with that concept of limited democracy.