Trump Is Destroying The Republican Party?

Posted July 23, 2016 by zukunftsaugen
Categories: 2016 Presidential election, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Donald Trump, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Republican Party, Uncategorized

The news media is flooded with articles and commentaries about the demise of the GOP. The cause is laid at Donald Trump’s feet. The Grand Old Party will never be the same again, these media sages say. Hmmm.

IMO, there is little that separates a career Democrat from a career Republican elected official. First and foremost, both party members are set upon personal wealth generation, just as if they were still in private business. One must look much deeper to discern a difference.

Some will point to one party being “progressive” and the other “conservative”. Why would suddenly “conservative” approaches become out of fashion? Could it be that this approach does not work with the type of problems facing Americans? I doubt it.

By the same token, is the “progressive” party fully on target with solutions to America’s problems. No chance of that either.

Trump is most likely a red herring.

The Republican Party is a broken and defunct political organization and Donald Trump’s ascendence only serves to highlight the GOP’s dysfunctional ideology. Trump hasn’t destroyed the GOP, the GOP has destroyed itself through all the incompatible factions the GOP gladly has bundled together in order to gain majorities in Congress.

The 16 other Republican candidates who began the primaries (and who lost out to Trump) stood little chance of winning in the general election and may have fared even poorer than Trump.

A party can’t put women, gays, and immigrants back in the genie’s jar and move on as if nothing has happened. Tax reform may be a non-partisan and worthwhile objective, but passing a tax cut for the wealthy is unconscionable.

Repairing the infra-structure is another worthwhile goal but doing so by cutting entitlements is tone deaf. Cutting entitlements while increasing defense spending is cruel as well as wasteful.

And championing religious freedom as a thinly veiled cover for legal discrimination is tantamount to political suicide.

Donald Trump is a very clever imposture. His political views are a compilation of Democrat and Republican pledges. Most likely there are no Trump pledges that he would die for, other than promising what’s necessary to win.

This behavior in no way endangers today’s Republican Party, the GOP has done itself in.

The Law And Order Candidate

Posted July 22, 2016 by zukunftsaugen
Categories: 2016 Presidential election, Barack Obama, Conservatives, Democratic Party, Donald Trump, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Law and Order, Politics, Republican Party, Uncategorized

Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, told Americans last evening he was the “law and order” candidate. In a one hour and fifteen minute exhortation, Trump gestured with both arms for emphasis while he recited all the things he viewed as wrong today, and how under a Trump Administration America will be great again. Hmmm.

At least on one point, the crumbling infrastructure, Trump was spot on. The only problem was that fixing the infrastructure will require billions if not trillions and with Trump’s promised massive tax cuts, one must wonder where the money will come from?

Our world is out of control, Trump says, and Americans are afraid. If Trump is alluding to the numerous cases of police shootings of African Americans, he was going off the reservation since most GOP members are more concerned about the fewer incidents of fellow Americans shooting police. With Trump it is unclear what he means and that’s just how he likes it.

Terrorists acts around the world were also featured in Trumps speech. Some how, as if magically, under President Trump ISIS is going to disappear and the world will be safe again. Hmmm.

In the seventy-five minute speech, Trump managed to avoid any details on what specific actions his Administration would take toward anything he had listed as something he would fix. What was clear, however, was that everything that was wrong (in Trump’s mind) was the direct result of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Gratuitously, Trump distilled the issue down to elect him and life will be good again.

Morning after poll numbers showed a dead heat between Trump and Clinton. This reflects a bump (increase in poll numbers for Trump) from four days of constant TV exposure. It is normal for each party to get a bump in ratings directly following its national convention. Hillary’s turn is next. Hmmm.

Trump’s promises are full of inconsistencies, both with reality (like more spending and lower taxes) and with the Republican platform itself. Clinton’s strategists may have a problem choosing the best points to refute since there are so many.

The over arching theme of “law and order’” is perplexing. Trump’s selection as the GOP standard bearer was a direct result of so many Americans worried about jobs, particularly good jobs. Most Americans have seen a life time’s worth of riveting TV about the shooting by police of African Americans than they have seen shootings of police officers. Trump should not expect to make the tragic shootings of police officers his central theme without equal time to the senseless killings of innocent Americans by police mistakes.

And, to underline this point, the one factor in common in all these killings are guns which are freely available. Trump’s beating of this horse will lead right into Hillary’s position on better gun controls. Hmmm.

A Presidential candidate’s shelf life should be a concern for Donald Trump. While he says many provocative statements, his oratory skills are narrow and not impressive. He has spoken like a bully and bluffer, and we should not expect much change during the general election campaign.

How About Some More Division?

Posted July 21, 2016 by zukunftsaugen
Categories: 2016 Presidential election, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Donald Trump, George W Bush, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Republican Party, Ted Cruz, Uncategorized

When President Obama was elected, the Republican Party decided to just say no. For President Obama’s first two years, the Democrats enjoyed a Senate majority (thanks “W”) and some legislation was passed, notably the Affordable Care Act. Beginning in 2011, however, it was “NO” in capital letters.

The height of Republican “no-ism” came early this year when Senate Leader Mitch McConnell promised not to consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee vowing to wait until the next President was elected. Unprecedented and clearly outside the spirit of the Constitution, this was a politically divisive act of the first order. Many Republicans cheered McConnnell anyways.

This past week in Cleveland, Republican conventioneers have bemoaned the division of their own party, the division gripping Congress, and the division drenching America. Calls for unity and making America great again were heard everywhere. Has the GOP decided to turn the page on division and go back to governing in the entire country?

Hmmm.

Senator Ted Cruz had other thoughts.  Cruz called for all voters to vote their mind. Read that no endorsement for Donald Trump. Cruz is all for GOP leadership… as long as Congress acts the way he thinks it should. And Cruz is just not so sure about Trump.

Most of the GOP speakers have been in agreement on only one subject. Hillary Clinton.

Each speaker tried to out vilify Clinton compared to the other speakers. The hyperbole went as far as to call for sending potentially the next President to jail for acts which up to now have not been judged criminal by any competent authority.

These anti-Hillary chants are not likely to sway any Clinton supporters and the raw demographics currently point to a Clinton victory. So, what is the real message to be taken from the Republican Convention?

How about more jobs, improved foreign policy, ending poverty, immigration reform, or tax reform?

Hmmm.

There has been no road map for new and better jobs laid out. There has been no plan revealed on how American foreign policy can be made more effective. There has been no ground swell behind ending poverty or dealing comprehensively with immigration and the 11 million undocumented living here now. While there has been broad support for tax cuts (a gift to the rich), there has been no discussion how such cuts would be offset with spending decreases.

In short, the only totally agreed upon position has been to demonize, if not outrightly label Hillary Clinton as a criminal.

Does anyone think these charges befit a party which claims it wants to govern the entire Country, let alone bring unity back?

Make America Safe Again

Posted July 18, 2016 by zukunftsaugen
Categories: 2016 Presidential election, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Donald Trump, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Republican Party, Uncategorized

The Republican Presidential Convention opens today with the theme “Make America Safe Again”. Media reports predict record TV audiences for the four day convention even while pundits are non-stop pointing out the division within the GOP. With so many main stream Republicans “unavailable” to speak, the actual evening agendas and specific speakers will likely surprise many. What will the Donald do?

Trump has set the opening nights theme is “Make America Safe Again”. Such topics like Benghazi are said to be featured. Hmmm.

I wonder whether the Trump team will speak to deaths by traffic accidents (30,000 per year) or slips and falls (20,000 per year)? And while they are at it I wonder whether they will speak to deaths by guns (33,000 per year)?

The first night’s theme is a telling indicator of the duality of purpose. Making America safe is hardly the GOP’s purpose. Instead, Republicans want to make Americans afraid and channel that fear into votes.

If the GOP can be so far off base on a measurable subject like safety, what else will they be wrong about?  Hmmm.

Hillary’s Move

Posted July 17, 2016 by zukunftsaugen
Categories: 2016 Presidential election, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Donald Trump, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Republican Party, Uncategorized

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GOP presumptive Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, announced his pick for Vice President, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Most view Trump’s pick as politically wise and much out of character for Trump to go “establishment”. For the Republican establishment, there was an audible sigh of relief.

The pick also telegraphed Trump’s willingness to do whatever is necessary to win the Presidential election. Pence, a one term Governor and otherwise a quite boring personality, faced a difficult reelection battle for all the right reasons.

Pence had during his term ushered in tax cuts and “religious freedom” legislation. The State now has major fiscal difficulties and Pence had to back track on the religious freedom bill when major businesses threaten to leave the State if the law stood. There were better VP picks but other than Christie and Gingrich, no one else seemed that interested.

Trump can now send Pence off to pander to the evangelicals and “less taxes” groups while he sits back and throws bombs at the Democrat ticket. GOP supporters will be more ready to accept Trump and overlook his inaccuracies (lies?) with Pence on board.

Hillary Clinton’s turn to name a VP pick is next. Wise and safe picks like Labor Secretary Tom Perez or Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will have to be rethought. Will the resulting ticket be exciting enough to motivate the Democrat base? Will it be dynamic enough to energize former Bernie Sanders supporters?

Mike Pence’s selection also foresees an electoral college showdown. Trump is aiming to get all the usual “red” States and win the key battleground States. Hillary should do well with women, African Americans, GLBTs, and Hispanics. Will that be enough?

Logic would suggest Clinton should win in a walk (after a good scare). The GOP platform is a recipe for the past, open season on discrimination, and a pot of gold for America’s wealthy. But with Hillary’s high “mistrust” poll numbers, how can she make these points?  If not, who can help?

Elizabeth Warren anyone?

Conflating Unrelated Issues

Posted July 16, 2016 by zukunftsaugen
Categories: guns, Politics, Uncategorized

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The killing of 5 Dallas police officers in an ambush style tragedy was an horrific event and its timing made it worse. Coming so soon after “police officer on civilians” shootings in Baton Rouge and St Paul, the “police on civilian” causes and prevention steps have been made vague with the public focus being shifted to “how defenseless” police officers can be. Hmmm.

The Dallas shootings are an example of “statement killings”, not unlike the 2009 Fort Hood killings by Major Nidal Hasan, where an individual makes an unambiguous statement though the use of weapons.

The Baton Rouge and St. Paul killings, on the other hand, were accidents resulting from possibly prejudice, inadequate training, or psychological sturdiness. Diverting attention from the preventable Baton Rouge and St. Paul killings by focusing upon the senseless shooting of police officers is a disservice.

Why Are Republicans Called “Conservatives” And Not “Revisionists”?

Posted July 13, 2016 by zukunftsaugen
Categories: 2016 Presidential election, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Donald Trump, GOP, LGBT, Politics, Religion, Republican Party, Uncategorized

Headlines in the Philadelphia Inquirer read “GOP moves closer to conservative core”. Hmmm. I wonder what that means and what it implies?

“Conservative” in normal use describes someone who does not venture quickly from the status quo. A “conservative” is someone who does not readily take big chances. Change comes in small, measured steps.

This Inquirer article, however, spoke of the GOP’s wish to reject change and move back to the past. Issues such as abortion, gays rights, gun rights, and immigration reforms were all written into the GOP Presidential platform in a manner which would return the US to life over 40 years ago.

Gone would be woman’s right to choose, open freedom to discriminate against someone based upon their sexual orientation, eliminate most controls on gun ownership and use, and adopt immigration (largely this is about Mexican immigrants) practices which do not reflect the humanity of 11 million undocumented workers.

To be sure, a “conservative” voice in helping reduce the number of abortions (unwanted pregnancies), ending all forms of discrimination, and productively dealing with guns in the wrong hands or use in the wrong manner are all worthwhile events if “conservatives” were to wish to be other than obstructionists.

With respect to discrimination against anyone over sexual orientation, there is little ground to negotiate. The country has moved beyond the closet and is not going back.

While there should not be rules that require any “conservative” to marry anyone of the same sex, there is no place for “conservatives” to block the free choice of anyone else, be it for religious or personal beliefs.

While it is true that large numbers of Americans are pro-life, do not view homosexual life as ok, seek unfettered access to guns, and would prefer all undocumented workers deported, a majority of Americans favor a more progressive stance on these issues.

I wonder why “conservatives” are not content to hold these beliefs and living their lives without ever seeking an abortion, being content to believe what they will about gays (after all there are no thought police), support responsible gun use, and seek a humanitarian solution to having over 11 million aliens living in our Country’s shadows.  Why do they want to force their views on others?

The current crowd writing the GOP Presidential platform are once again giving “conservatism” a bad name.


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