Thursday, August 27, 2015
"Let's tell the truth here – this crop of Democrat candidates is terribly weak. It's a joke. It's a complete disaster for the Democrat Party." - Bobby Jindal - Louisiana Governor & Republican Presidential candidate – from a press release on August 10.
"I'm a yellow dog Democrat." – common statement from Democrats, including many I know, meaning they would vote for a yellow dog before they would vote for a Republican.
After the August 6 FNC Republican primary debates one subscriber wrote "I have a new lineup. Whoever wins should hire all the candidates" meaning to him they were all impressive compared to the Democrat ideology he detests. And they were impressive especially when compared to the Republican fields the past several cycles.
Even so this primary debate season is a very dangerous time of false hope & short memory for Republicans – see Bobby Jindal quote above. The Democrat field in 2012 – namely BO only – was the weakest imaginable because BO had four years in office in which he revealed his socialistic, fascist, ruinous plans he had been implementing to destroy America. And he won in what Laura Ingraham called for Republicans a "gimmee election." So we have to be careful with Governor Jindal's appraisal of the Democrat field & understand that @ this point in our history it may not matter who the Democrat nominee for president is.
Please remember that what drives the majority of voters to the polls in the 2016 presidential election will not be about the topics the 17 candidates so ably debated – see below. It will be about Free Stuff Or Freedom - You Can't Have Them Both as Sarah Palin so eloquently explained on 9/12/12.
We all know the electoral college advantage that Democrats have in that 209 electoral votes of the needed 270 are virtually guaranteed for Democrats & that 54% of the 2012 electorate were women – a repeat of which favors Democrats regardless of their candidate.
In 2012 Mitt received 47% of the popular vote which included 59% of the white vote – which in & of itself should tell you something since Mitt lost by 4.98 million votes (spread out into a 126 electoral vote deficit.) Complicating matters for Republicans is that the white vote declines about 2% every four years.
Mitt received 27% of the Hispanic vote, 26% of the Asian vote, & 38% of the millennial vote in 2012. See graphic below of this losing trend as these groups' influence only increases. It will take a major move up from this performance with these groups for the Republican nominee to even be competitive in the general election.
The above not only lays out a problem for the Republican party but more importantly a problem for America. A problem properly or accurately stated is half way solved & the Democrat opponents have not begun to identify the problem portrayed above let alone attempted to solve it.
For example - the aforementioned FNC top ten tier debate included the topics of pledging support for the Republican nominee or @ least not running as a third party candidate, electability of candidates, the importance of being a governor, do we want another Bush?, women's looks, feeding red divisive meat to the GOP base, NJ's credit rating downgrades, making abortion illegal, banning homosexual marriage, blaming Republicans for the formation of ISIS, expanding Medicaid in Ohio, earned legal status for illegal aliens, & the Mexican government sending criminals, rapists, & drug dealers to America. All interesting topics (that will build FNC TV ratings) but not ones that when addressed will turn the country around. The undercard debate did @ least include one 15 minute segment devoted to the economy that gave Carly Fiorina a chance to distinguish herself from the field.
But why not one question about whether the Republican candidates thought BO, & by extension, any of the current Democrat candidates for president have an agenda purposely designed to ingrain a permanent underclass of government dependent people on the citizens of the American republic. Were the FNC moderators oblivious to what has been happening after six years in plain sight of one anti-American example after another or were they just trying to build ratings for their TV show with provocative questions on mostly irrelevant topics?
Whether asked or not - until Republican candidates start to clearly articulate an eloquent, effective, & persuasive counter to BO's destructive lies, that will certainly be carried forward by the 2016 Democrat nominee, that have been perpetrated on America the last six years – especially the freedoms that are one by one being taken from us every day – Republicans are working @ a disadvantage by campaigning on the enemies' terms discussing every question except the ones that matter.
All of the above minority groups favor Democrats & are dependent on government programs as per BO's purposeful design. That is the first thing that needs to be addressed clearly & directly – not peripherally. Republicans may start with a 209 electoral vote deficit & 47% of the population favoring government handouts but that has to change if Republicans expect to win. A successful candidate must show where this condition has ended before – a democracy moving from the penultimate stage of apathy to dependence to the final stage of dependence back into bondage which are the two stages America teeters on. BO's immediate goal is to take America to a one party system by obliterating capitalism & he would like to hand pick his successor to carry this goal forward.
Winning the 2016 presidential election for a candidate who will make a difference for America is about how many of the 150 million Americans who live in households that receive some kind of government assistance can comprehend that the government programs they have become dependent upon are not sustainable & whether or not they can dare great enough to help turn this mindset around; whether they can see that the deliberate extinguishment of individual rights & moral principles that America was founded upon will ultimately come home to enslave them unless there is a dramatic change; whether they can come to realize that middle class prosperity & the chance to move to higher standards of living is tied to getting the education & training needed to command employment that will propel the creation of wealth forward in America; or whether they can learn that this is the one brief moment in all of human history, so far, that mankind has had a chance to be free & that they are in jeopardy of throwing this chance away by letting statists take it from them.
Of course finding suitable answers to the above is a long shot because it really depends on finding one person who can reach even some of these 150 million government dependent people to get the mindset going in the opposite direction from "I'm entitled, I deserve, I'm a victim" to one of self responsibility. The prerequisite of this change in mindset is to show the benefit of laissez-faire capitalism that results from limited government.
But the passive supporters of the status quo are always the majority – these people hope the status quo won't change & they're not motivated enough to do anything about it one way or the other.
Our fragile future will be determined for the better if one person of tremendous intellectual integrity & decisive action can fight through the media & statist fog & grasp the problem with high efficiency & then lead us out of the morass of lies we have almost succumbed to. Such a person will return us to the liberty to abundance stage of our history following the libertarian principles the country was founded upon & originally followed.
Reference post: Is Your Representative The Ultimate Telecommuter?
Posted by ReturnToExcellence.net at 12:31 AM
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
It is with extreme sorrow that I write about the passing of Whitney Ball – my friend & colleague in liberty.
Whitney was the CEO of DonorsTrust, a philanthropic organization she founded in 1999 to promote liberty through limited government, personal responsibility, & free enterprise.
Whitney was a role model in libertarian philanthropy protecting donor's intent – my work with Whitney pertained to higher education in the field of chemical engineering. She had previously worked for The Philanthropy Roundtable & the Cato Institute.
There have been many tributes to Whitney's life & devotion to America – including those of Nick Gillespie, James Piereson, & Steven Hayward.
Whitney's dear friend Adam Meyerson notified her friends of the passing of this "remarkable woman of valor, entrepreneurial energy, principled leadership, loving kindness, & unstinting commitment to liberty."
One of my favorite moments with Whitney occurred shortly after the RTE post on December 21, 2009 that ended "As the great Whitney Ball wrote to Carol & me earlier this month – 'As this year of government encroachment comes to an end, may your holiday season be filled with the hope of true & abiding liberty."' As a subscriber to the blog Whitney called me shortly after this post was presented & told me it was the first time she had ever been called "the great." When it came to promoting liberty I told Whitney more than once she was "more me than me."
To lovers of liberty everywhere – my condolences.
Posted by ReturnToExcellence.net at 7:40 PM
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Mike Huckabee was one of the few presidential candidates in the August 6 FNC debate who did not claim to be "the only one" to do something – Dr. Carson's claim to be "the only one to separate Siamese twins" does set him apart.
I went through the transcript of the referenced debate & pulled out the below excerpts from Governor Huckabee's almost 7 minutes of airtime. Judge for yourself how important Huckabee's definitive positions are to you.
Some show Governor Huckabee supporting issues similar to other candidates but for reasons that provide a distinction – but Huckabee is the only candidate who unabashedly supports both the FairTax & the Founders' intent regarding the role of the Judiciary Branch – both of which become more important every day to restoring our fading prosperity & waning freedom while contributing to turning around the nation's collectivist course that she is presently on.
Excerpts from Mike Huckabee's airtime @ the August 6 FNC Republican primary debate:
Posted by ReturnToExcellence.net at 7:38 PM