Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Full text: Donald Trump Immigration Speech In Arizona 8/31/16

Thank you, Phoenix. I am so glad to be back in Arizona, a state that has a very special place in my heart.
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I love the people of Arizona and, together, we are going to win the White House in November.
Tonight is not going to be a normal rally speech.
Instead, I am going to deliver a detailed policy address on one of the greatest challenges facing our country today: immigration.
I have just landed having returned from a very important and special meeting with the President of Mexico – a man I like and respect very much, and a man who truly loves his country. Just like I am a man who loves the United States.
We agreed on the importance of ending the illegal flow of drugs, cash, guns and people across our border, and to put the cartels out of business.

We also discussed the great contributions of Mexican-American citizens to our two countries, my love for the people of Mexico, and the close friendship between our two nations.

But to fix our immigration system, we must change our leadership in Washington. There is no other way.
The truth is, our immigration system is worse than anyone realizes. But the facts aren’t known because the media won’t report on them, the politicians won’t talk about them, and the special interests spend a lot of money trying to cover them up.
Today you will get the truth.
The fundamental problem with the immigration system in our country is that it serves the needs of wealthy donors, political activists and powerful politicians. Let me tell you who it doesn’t serve: it doesn’t serve you, the American people.
When politicians talk about immigration reform, they usually mean the following: amnesty, open borders, and lower wages.
Immigration reform should mean something else entirely: it should mean improvements to our laws and policies to make life better for American citizens.
But if we are going to make our immigration system work, then we have to be prepared to talk honestly and without fear about these important and sensitive issues.
For instance, we have to listen to the concerns that working people have over the record pace of immigration and its impact on their jobs, wages, housing, schools, tax bills, and living conditions. These are valid concerns, expressed by decent and patriotic citizens from all backgrounds.
We also have to be honest about the fact that not everyone who seeks to join our country will be able to successfully assimilate. It is our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish here.
Then there is the issue of security. Countless innocent American lives have been stolen because our politicians have failed in their duty to secure our borders and enforce our laws.
I have met with many of the parents who lost their children to Sanctuary Cities and open borders. They will be joining me on the stage later today.
Countless Americans who have died in recent years would be alive today if not for the open border policies of this Administration. This includes incredible Americans like 21-year-old Sarah Root. The man who killed her arrived at the border, entered federal custody, and then was released into a U.S. community under the policies of this White House. He was released again after the crime, and is now at large.
Sarah had graduated from college with a 4.0, top of her class, the day before.
Also among the victims of the Obama-Clinton open borders policies was Grant Ronnebeck, a 21 year-old convenience store clerk in Mesa, Arizona. He was murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member previously convicted of burglary who had also been released from Federal Custody.
Another victim is Kate Steinle, gunned down in the Sanctuary City of San Francisco by an illegal immigrant deported five previous times.
Then there is the case of 90 year-old Earl Olander, who was brutally beaten and left to bleed to death in his home. The perpetrators were illegal immigrants with criminal records who did not meet the Obama Administration’s priorities for removal.
In California, a 64 year-old Air Force Veteran, Marilyn Pharis, was sexually assaulted and beaten to death with a hammer. Her killer had been arrested on multiple occasions, but was never deported.
A 2011 report from the Government Accountability Office found that illegal immigrants and other non-citizens in our prisons and jails together had around 25,000 homicide arrests to their names.
On top of that, illegal immigration costs our country more than $113 billion dollars a year. For the money we are going to spend on illegal immigration over the next ten years, we could provide one million at-risk students with a school voucher.
While there are many illegal immigrants in our country who are good people, this doesn’t change the fact that most illegal immigrants are lower-skilled workers with less education who compete directly against vulnerable American workers, and that these illegal workers draw much more out from the system than they will ever pay in.
But these facts are never reported.
Instead, the media and my opponent discuss one thing, and only this one thing: the needs of people living here illegally.
The truth is, the central issue is not the needs of the 11 million illegal immigrants – or however many there may be.
That has never been the central issue. It will never be the central issue.
Anyone who tells you that the core issue is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time in Washington.
Only out of touch media elites think the biggest problem facing American society today is that there are 11 million illegal immigrants who don’t have legal status.
To all the politicians, donors and special interests, hear these words from me today: there is only one core issue in the immigration debate and it is this: the well-being of the American people. Nothing even comes a close second.
Hillary Clinton, for instance, talks constantly about her fears that families will be separated. But she’s not talking about the American families who have been permanently separated from their loved ones because of a preventable death. No, she’s only talking about families who came here in violation of the law.
We will treat everyone living or residing in our country with dignity. We will be fair, just and compassionate to all. But our greatest compassion must be for American citizens.
President Obama and Hillary Clinton have engaged in gross dereliction of duty by surrendering the safety of the American people to open borders. President Obama and Hillary Clinton support Sanctuary Cities, they support catch-and-release on the border, they support visa overstays, they support the release of dangerous criminals from detention – and they support unconstitutional executive amnesty.
Hillary Clinton has pledged amnesty in her first 100 days, and her plan will provide Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare for illegal immigrants – breaking the federal budget. On top of that, she promises uncontrolled low-skilled immigration that continues to reduce jobs and wages for American workers, especially African-American and Hispanic workers. This includes her plan to bring in 620,000 new refugees in a four-year term.
Now that you’ve heard about Hillary Clinton’s plan – about which she has not answered a single substantive question – let me tell you about my plan.
While Hillary Clinton meets only with donors and lobbyists, my plan was crafted with the input from federal immigration officers, along with top immigration experts who represent workers, not corporations. I also worked with lawmakers who’ve led on this issue on behalf of American citizens for many years, and most importantly, I’ve met with the people directly impacted by these policies.
Number One: We will build a wall along the Southern Border.
On day one, we will begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border. We will use the best technology, including above-and below-ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels, and keep out the criminal cartels, and Mexico will pay for the wall.
Number Two: End Catch-And-Release
Under my Administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country.
Number Three: Zero tolerance for criminal aliens.
According to federal data, there are at least 2 million criminal aliens now inside the country. We will begin moving them out day one, in joint operations with local, state and federal law enforcement.
Beyond the 2 million, there are a vast number of additional criminal illegal immigrants who have fled or evaded justice. But their days on the run will soon be over. They go out, and they go out fast.
Moving forward, we will issue detainers for all illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever, and they will be placed into immediate removal proceedings. We will terminate the Obama Administration’s deadly non-enforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely roam our streets.
Since 2013 alone, the Obama Administration has allowed 300,000 criminal aliens to return back into U.S. communities – these are individuals encountered or identified by ICE but who not detained or processed for deportation.
My plan also includes cooperating closely with local jurisdictions to remove criminal aliens.
We will restore the highly successful Secure Communities program. We will expand and revitalize the popular 287(g) partnerships, which will help to identify hundreds of thousands of deportable aliens in local jails. Both of these programs have been recklessly gutted by this Administration. This is yet one more area where we are headed in a totally opposite direction.
On my first day in office, I am also going to ask Congress to pass “Kate’s Law” – named for Kate Steinle – to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry face receive strong mandatory minimum sentences.
Another reform I am proposing is the passage of legislation named for Detective Michael Davis and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, two law enforcement officers recently killed by a previously-deported illegal immigrant. The Davis-Oliver bill will enhance cooperation with state and local authorities to ensure that criminal immigrants and terrorists are swiftly identified and removed.
We are going to triple the number of ICE deportation officers. Within ICE, I am going to create a new special Deportation Task Force, focused on identifying and removing quickly the most dangerous criminal illegal immigrants in America who have evaded justice.
The local police know who every one of these criminals are. There’s no great mystery to it, they’ve put up with it for years. And now, finally, we will turn the tables and law enforcement will be allowed to clear up this dangerous and threatening mess.
We’re also going to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents, and put more of them on the border, instead of behind desks. We will expand the number of Border Patrol Stations.
I’ve had a chance to spend time with these incredible law enforcement officers, and I want to take a moment to thank them. The endorsement I’ve received from the Border Patrol officers means more to me than I can say.
Number Four: Block Funding For Sanctuary Cities
We will end the Sanctuary Cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.
Number Five: Cancel Unconstitutional Executive Orders & Enforce All Immigration Laws
We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties, in which he defied federal law and the constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants.
Hillary Clinton has pledged to keep both of these illegal amnesty programs – including the 2014 amnesty which has been blocked by the Supreme Court. Clinton has also pledged to add a third executive amnesty.
Clinton’s plan would trigger a Constitutional Crisis unlike almost anything we have ever seen before. In effect, she would be abolishing the lawmaking powers of Congress in order to write her own laws from the Oval Office.
In a Trump Administration, all immigration laws will be enforced. As with any law enforcement activity, we will set priorities. But, unlike this Administration, no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement – and ICE and Border Patrol officers will be allowed to do their jobs. Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation – that is what it means to have laws and to have a country.
Our enforcement priorities will include removing criminals, gang members, security threats, visa overstays, public charges – that is, those relying on public welfare or straining the safety net, along with millions of recent illegal arrivals and overstays who’ve come here under the current Administration.
Number Six: We Are Going To Suspend The Issuance Of Visas To Any Place Where Adequate Screening Cannot Occur
According to data provided to the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, between 9/11 and the end of 2014, at least 380 foreign-born individuals were convicted in terror cases inside the United States. The number is likely higher, but the Administration refuses to provide this information to Congress.
As soon as I enter office, I am going to ask the Department of State, Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to begin a comprehensive review of these cases in order to develop a list of regions and countries from which immigration must be suspended until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put into place.
Countries from which immigration will be suspended would include places like Syria and Libya.
For the price of resettling 1 refugee in the United States, 12 could be resettled in a safe zone in their home region.
Another reform involves new screening tests for all applicants that include an ideological certification to make sure that those we are admitting to our country share our values and love our people.
For instance, in the last five years, we’ve admitted nearly 100,000 immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan – in these two countries, according to Pew research, a majority of residents say that the barbaric practice of honor killings against women are often or sometimes justified.
Applicants will be asked for their views about honor killings, about respect for women and gays and minorities, attitudes on Radical Islam, and many other topics as part of the vetting procedure.
Number Seven: We will ensure that other countries take their people back when we order them deported
There are at least 23 countries that refuse to take their people back after they have been ordered to leave the United States, including large numbers of violent criminals. Due to a Supreme Court decision, if these violent offenders cannot be sent home, our law enforcement officers have to release them into U.S. communities. There are often terrible consequences, such as Casey Chadwick’s tragic death in Connecticut just last year. Yet, despite the existence of a law that commands the Secretary of State to stop issuing visas to these countries, Secretary Hillary Clinton ignored this law and refused to use this powerful tool to bring nations into compliance.
The result of her misconduct was the release of thousands of dangerous criminal aliens who should have been sent home.
According to a report from the Boston Globe, from the year 2008 through 2014, nearly 13,000 criminal aliens were released back into U.S. communities because their home countries would not take them back. Many of these 13,000 releases occurred on Hillary Clinton’s watch – she had the power and the duty to stop it cold and she didn’t do it.
Those released include individuals convicted of killings, sexual assault and some of the most heinous crimes imaginable, who went on to reoffend at a very high rate.
Number Eight: We will finally complete the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system.
For years, Congress has required a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system, but it has never been completed.
In my Administration, we will ensure that this system is in place at all land, air, and sea ports. Approximately half of new illegal immigrants came on temporary visas and then never left. Beyond violating our laws, visa overstays pose a substantial threat to national security. The 9/11 Commission said that this tracking system should be a high priority and “would have assisted law enforcement and intelligence officials in August and September 2001 in conducting a search for two of the 9/11 hijackers that were in the U.S. on expired visas.”
Last year alone, nearly a half a million individuals overstayed their temporary visas. Removing visa overstays will be a top priority of my Administration. If people around the world believe they can just come on a temporary visa and never leave – the Obama-Clinton policy – then we have a completely open border. We must send the message that visa expiration dates will be strongly enforced.
Number Nine: We will turn off the jobs and benefits magnet.
We will ensure that E-Verify is used to the fullest extent possible under existing law, and will work with Congress to strengthen and expand its use across the country.
Immigration law doesn’t exist just for the purpose of keeping out criminals. It exists to protect all aspects of American life – the worksite, the welfare office, the education system and much else. That is why immigration limits are established in the first place. If we only enforce the laws against crime, then we have an open border to the entire world.
I will enforce all of our immigration laws.
The same goes for government benefits. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 62 percent of households headed by illegal immigrants used some form of cash or non-cash welfare programs, like food stamps or housing assistance. This directly violates the federal public charge law designed to protect the U.S. treasury.
Those who abuse our welfare system will be priorities for removal.
Number 10: We will reform legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers
We’ve admitted 59 million immigrants to the United States between 1965 and 2015.
Many of these arrivals have greatly enriched our country. But we now have an obligation to them, and to their children, to control future immigration – as we have following previous immigration waves – to ensure assimilation, integration and upward mobility.
Within just a few years immigration as a share of national population is set to break all historical records.
The time has come for a new immigration commission to develop a new set of reforms to our legal immigration system in order to achieve the following goals:
· To keep immigration levels, measured by population share, within historical norms
· To select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in U.S. society, and their ability to be financially self-sufficient. We need a system that serves our needs – remember, it’s America First.
· To choose immigrants based on merit, skill and proficiency
· And to establish new immigration controls to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first.
We want people to come into our country, but they have to come in legally and properly-vetted, and in a manner that serves the national interest.
We’ve been living under outdated immigration rules from decades ago. To avoid this happening in the future, I believe we should sunset our visa laws so that Congress is forced to periodically revise and revisit them. We wouldn’t put our entire federal budget on autopilot for decades, so why should we do the same for immigration?
Let’s talk about the big picture
These ten steps, if rigorously followed and enforced, will accomplish more in a matter of months than our politicians have accomplished on this issue in the last fifty years.
Because I am not a politician, because I am not beholden to any special interest, I will get this done for you and your family.
We will accomplish all of the steps outlined above, and when we do, peace and law and justice and prosperity will prevail. Crime will go down, border crossings will plummet, gangs will disappear, and welfare use will decrease. We will have a peace dividend to spend on rebuilding America, beginning with our inner cities.
For those here today illegally who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and only one route: to return home and apply for re-entry under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined above. Those who have left to seek entry under this new system will not be awarded surplus visas, but will have to enter under the immigration caps or limits that will be established.
We will break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration. There will be no amnesty.
Our message to the world will be this: you cannot obtain legal status, or become a citizen of the United States, by illegally entering our country.
This declaration alone will help stop the crisis of illegal crossings and illegal overstays.
People will know that you can’t just smuggle in, hunker down, and wait to be legalized. Those days are over.
In several years, when we have accomplished all of our enforcement goals – and truly ended illegal immigration for good, including the construction of a great wall, and the establishment of our new lawful immigration system – then and only then will we be in a position to consider the appropriate disposition of those who remain. That discussion can only take place in an atmosphere in which illegal immigration is a memory of the past, allowing us to weigh the different options available based on the new circumstances at the time.
Right now, however, we are in the middle of a jobs crisis, a border crisis, and a terrorism crisis. All energies of the federal government and the legislative process must now be focused on immigration security. That is the only conversation we should be having at this time.
Whether it’s dangerous materials being smuggled across the border, terrorists entering on visas, or Americans losing their jobs to foreign workers, these are the problems we must now focus on fixing – and the media needs to begin demanding to hear Hillary Clinton’s answer on how her policies will affect Americans and their security.
These are matters of life-and-death for our country and its people, and we deserve answers from Hillary Clinton.
What we do know, despite the total lack of media curiosity, is that Hillary Clinton promises a radical amnesty combined with a radical reduction in immigration enforcement. The result will be millions more illegal immigrants, thousands more violent crimes, and total chaos and lawlessness.
This election is our last chance to secure the border, stop illegal immigration, and reform our laws to make your life better.
This is it. We won’t get another opportunity – it will be too late.
So I want to remind everyone what we are fighting for – and who we are fighting for.
So I am going to ask all the Angel Moms to come join me on the stage right now.
Now is the time for these voices to be heard.
Now is the time for the media to begin asking questions on their behalf.
Now is the time for all of us, as one country, Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative, to band together to deliver justice and safety and security for all Americans.
Let’s fix this problem.
Let’s secure our border.
Let’s stop the drugs and the crime.
Let’s protect our Social Security and Medicare.
And let’s get unemployed Americans off of welfare and back to work in their own country.
Together, we can save American lives, American jobs, and American futures.
Together, we can save America itself.
Join me in this mission to Make America Great Again.
Thank you, and God Bless you all!

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A Hillary "Basket of Deplorables" Presidency; A Sullen Angry Irreconcilable Opposition A Divided GOP & America

As "Republican" Establishment RINO's desert Trump
the populist bitterness will only intensify and split what's left of the GOP into three if Trump loses.

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Here's the list of Republicans who say they will no longer vote #TrumpTrain Take names these self righteous politicians R spineless traitor

Hillary's "Basket Of Deplorables" vile words, for that is what they are, categorizing millions of Americans as racists haters will absolutely ensure four years of bitter division. American simply can't afford a Hillary presidency.

Conservatives accepted the election of  Barack Obama in 2008 with good grace as witness his 85% approval rating at the commencement of his first administration. 

The feeling was that Obama's landslide genuinely represented the overall mood of the nation after the Bush years and its wars and that the financial crash made McCain's election impossible.

This Monroe type "era of good feeling" was brief and Obama's polices led to the Tea Party explosion, the  "Birther" movement which, as eccentric as it was, had its basis in a strongly held disappointment with Obama's policies, and the mid-term disasters for the Democratic party.

Obama's reelection passed without too much Republican angst as presidents are reelected more often that not and Romney was not the most stellar of campaigners. As in 2000 the anger came, once again, in the mid-terms and after that the " grit your teeth and bear it whilst waiting out the end of the lame duck' attitude kicked in.

Conversely G.W. Bush's controversial election in 2000 was accepted by the Democrats in general as there was somewhat of a feeling that Gore had contributed to his own demise, that the left, via Nader, had ensured Gore's loss more than the Florida recount and that, after eight years the opposition deserved their chance.

Hillary Clinton, should she be elected will have absolutely none of the initial good will that Bush and Obama engendered. 

It would be foolish to state that Clinton is anything but utterly loathed by the great mass of Republicans of all stripes. The loathing is gut deep and the animus to her appearance, her voice her obviously shady past cuts deep and is irreversible, nothing she could do or say in office could shift it one bit.

The fact that the GOP stands in mortal danger of being split asunder if Trump loses just adds to this feeling of distaste which no other Democratic candidate could inspire. If, or more likely when an economic downturn comes over the next four years if Hillary is the president she would make Herbert Hoover seem like a beloved saint in comparison.

The sight of a mass amnesty for illegals and the floodgates for immigrants, especially from Muslim countries opening would make the Tea Party demonstrations look a picnic by comparison.

 Added fuel to this will be the vengeful spiteful "progressive left" who will taunt conservatives after the election in Wonkettian "I drink your salty tears with joy" arrogant glee whilst the leftist media runs endless
"we told you so" articles about Trump and predicts the soon to happen demise of the GOP.

What will make the rank and file Republican's especially furious would be the chants of "the racist, homophobic angry white men's party  and candidate is finished. 

This gross insult to flyover country whose folks don't spent their days hating on Blacks and Gays will just reinforce the perceived hate for the "bitter clingers" that so rankled when Obama came up with the concept.

In the end the biggest driver of irreconcilability will be the awareness that nothing can be done about the presidency (the mid-term option will of course come into effect) as demographics makes winning the electoral college for any Republican of any stripe almost impossible. 

With California and the east coast permanently blue the needle for a Republican candidate to thread is tiny and with immigration and the growth of the Hispanic population is getting worse.

No "outreach" to the Black and Hispanic communities is going to shift enough support, were that even possible, to make a difference in the few battleground states that remain and if enough Hispanics get to the polls in Texas and that state goes Democratic it would be impossible for a Republican to be elected president ever again (barring of course a "1929").

All of the above will come into play the day after the election should Hillary win and her "honeymoon" would be the briefest of any president. As soon as some negative event for the administration happens, which of course it will, what the social and political landscape will look like at that point is unpredictable but it won't be pretty.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Video;Gov. Palin On Trump And Immigration.Agree With Her or Not She's Always Consistent

Whether one agrees with Governor Palin or not the one thing that even the haters (the ones with even a bit of their soul left) could agree with and that is Palin is constant and consistent.

Where politicians are flip-floppers and looking to choose the easy option, even after having put a stake in the ground on some contentious issues to garner support then shift to the supposed center, Palin never does.

This is why I, and many many other Palin supporters, still continue to uphold her and her values because she, and her values, never change. Certainly there are modifications around issues as things change but the basic premises, the core values never do.

Whether Palin ever seeks office again, whilst a desiderata that she does in my opinion, it is not the most important factor in my support. 

It may be, in the end, that Palin as a touchstone of true conservatism and Christian values, serves her causes better by being above and apart from the elective political process except to endorse those candidate she sees as being able to put her ideals into practice. 

From Politico; 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday said she's not too worried about the charges that Donald Trump has gone soft on immigration, saying the Republican nominee “didn’t garner a lot of enthusiastic support by being soft on anything.”

“Donald Trump understands that enforcing the laws and building a wall are paramount to what the will of the people is,” she told guest host Eric Bolling in an interview on "The O’Reilly Factor" on Fox News. “Thank God he’s still preaching that, because if he were not, then there would be a huge erosion of support.”

“Candidate Trump didn’t garner a lot of enthusiastic support by being soft on anything,” she added.
Trump over the past week has generated a flood of headlines by appearing to back away from his proposal for a "deportation force," saying he is open to "softening" immigration laws and that he's willing to "work with" certain undocumented immigrants if they pay back taxes.

Palin on Thursday also suggested people do their “ABCs — ‘Anybody but Clinton’” — which would help them understand that anything Trump decides to do with immigration would be “better than what Hillary will do, which is incentivize more illegals to come on over.”

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Major Statement From Gov.Palin On Hillary And Racism

From Governor Palin;

Leftists throw down the race card in a despicable manner in order to distract from revelations of crony corruption on steroids within the Clinton Foundation and Hillary's State Department. 

Donald J. Trump was NEVER called a "racist" or a "bigot" until he chose to run against the anointed democrat leader, Hillary Clinton. For decades, Trump has enjoyed close relationships with Americans of all races, colors, creeds, genders, and demographic. The same media covering his relationships with his diverse friends, colleagues and competitors just got sucked in to the Left's politics of personal destruction by not holding Hillary accountable for her sinfully false accusation of racism in the Trump camp.

Out here in the real world full of hardworking Americans who believe that all men are created equal, recognize it's only in the sick world of politics that we are divided into groups of blacks, whites, native, aboriginal... this, that, and everything else that would hyphenate America.

It's beyond the pall that Hillary slaps the "racist" label on Trump, thus labeling his supporters the same, for this is the politician who called one of the most renown former KKK members & recruiter - the late democrat US Senator Robert Byrd - her friend, her mentor and a man of "eloquence and nobility"! That's the pot calling the kettle black, eh, Hillary?

To Clinton supporters singing, "I'm with her!", please explain how flying with Byrd and Hillary - and the likes of Jeremiah Wright and any other individual thriving on division - will cause America to soar in unity. The jabs Hillary took today seek to divide our nation, which, if gone unanswered, media, will befall us all.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hillary's "Campaign" An Insult To Voters

Where is Hillary? Is there in actuality a Democratic candidate? One would be forgiven, surely, for thinking there isn't one given the so called campaign that Hillary Clinton is "running".

Is not holding large public meetings (presuming she could in fact gather a large enough audience to fill a substantial venue) an acceptable manner of running for the highest office in the land?

Is not presenting policies in a detailed version on the campaign trail instead of just  shouting slogans the proper manner of giving the voters a reasoned choice?

Is not holding a single press conference in 267 days, which even the Washington Post considers a scandal, acceptable.

Is not forthrightly answering questions as to the state of her health giving the public confidence that she could stand the strains of office.

Is just parroting and criticizing Donald Trump's statements instead of discussing her own vision for America not an insult to voters?

There has not been a presidential candidate in living memory who has conducted such a negative, small and obscure campaign. 

Even those candidates, presidents running for reelection and taking the 'demands of the office' manner still had more public meetings and made more policy statements than Clinton.

It appears that Clinton thinks she can just waltz to the election by raising money and hiding from the public whilst being aided and abetted by a compliant and complicit media. 

This is pure arrogance and can lead to the end result of the Brexit team whose arrogance led to their shock defeat and "Dewey defeats Truman."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Where Are The "Army Of Lawyers" To Investigate "Heartbeat Away" Tim Kaine ?

"Sarah Palin is a heartbeat away from being president as running mate to a 72 year old cancer survivor." So said the Democrat's and the media in the first full flush of the shock of McCain taking a 12 point lead after her nomination as his VP running mate.

They even dredged up doctors to show a post-operative skin cancer scarred McCain whilst they intoned sonorously that his chances for survival were very much in question "McCain is 72 and has had cancer four times."

In contrast Hillary Clinton's manifest health issues, age,seeming odd reactions, coughing fits, inability to stand for periods at her events and now a stool, rescue assistants always at hand have elicited hardly any media comment whatsoever.

What has elicited absolutely zero media attention is  that her running mate Tim Kaine is "a heartbeat away from an obviously ill and weak soon to be 69 year old.

In the McCain "heartbeat away" situation the media, as mentioned, endlessly harped on McCain's age and health. 

Given their preoccupation with Palin (I doubt if McCain's age/health would have been mentioned at all Lieberman or Romney had been his VP)  they felt it was their "journalistic duty" to investigate every possible facet of Palin's life and career as, according to them, she could easily become president in case of McCain's untimely demise.

They even sent an army of 30 lawyers to Alaska to undertake "Operation Palin"

"It's no surprise, then, that Democrats have airdropped a mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and opposition researchers into Anchorage, the state capital Juneau and Mrs. Palin's hometown of Wasilla to dig into her record and background. My sources report the first wave arrived in Anchorage less than 24 hours after John McCain selected her on August 29."

And hand in hand with this every aspect of her personal life, her family life (especially her pregnant daughter) her sisters's divorce, the supposed "affair" with her husband's business partner and anything else they could dredge up no matter how bizarre and scurrilous, was examined in minute detail. 

Now, is it too much to expect that even one tenth of the attention paid to Palin under the circumstances could now be paid to VP candidate, "a heartbeat away from the presidency" Tim Kaine? For "journalistic duty"?

After all,the same aspects that so concerned the media in 2008 are in place with Hillary now. Kaine could become "the most powerful man in the world" and what exactly does the country know about the man, and his family, and his record and his possible indiscretions? Frankly they know next to nothing.

Since Kaine could, like Harry Truman, be thrust into the presidency within months of being elected vice-president surely the media, no matter how leftist and supportive of Clinton, owes it to the public to actually do their job? Or does "investigative journalism" and media sensationalism only apply to Republicans?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tale of Two Convention "Bounces" There Was Only A Half Point Difference

Summary; Trump's peak post convention bounce week one was   +4.0 points
                         Hillary's  post convention bounce week one was  +4.6 points

Poll result July 17th one day prior to both convention   Trump 42.9 %  Clinton   42.2%    Trump   +0.7 Points

Poll result August 11th two weeks post conventions
Trump 43.1%    Clinton  44.2%     Clinton +1.1 Points 


Difference after both conventions

1. Donald Trump's Convention "Bounce"

Using the USC/LATimes daily tracking poll the RNC results were as follows;

Republican National Convention July 18-21
Trump's poll on the last day    43.4%

Seven day post convention July 22nd to July 28th 

Trump's peak poll July 27th     47.4% +4.0 points (8.4%)                                                  
Trump's final week poll day                                     
                   July 28th                  46.7% +3.3 points  (5.8%)

Two weeks 8/4 post convention 
                                                     44.6% +1.2 points  (2.6%)


2. Hillary Clinton's Convention "Bounce"

Using the USC/LATimes daily tracking poll which is the only poll publishing daily results the DNC results were as follows;

Democratic National Convention July 25th to 28th
Clinton's last day of the convention poll number was 40.6%

Seven days post convention July 29th to August 4th.

Clinton's peak post convention poll was (August 4th) on the final poll day  45.2 %                                                
One week post convention bounce was 4.6 points  (10%) 

Two weeks post convention August 11th 
44.2%  +3.6 points  (+8.1%)                 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DEM’S APPROACHING CRISIS; If Hillary’s Health Gives Out Who Can Replace Her?

The obvious examples of Hillary Clinton’s health problems are too numerous to be denied. The videos of her coughing attacks, seeming blank patches of speech halt, the intervention on stage by her handler all have been widely circulated on the internet.

Her media handlers pointing to a doctor’s statement that is a year old suggesting she is in “good health” after the need for a major medical intervention give nobody any confidence in her current medical situation.

This is only at the early stage of the grueling general election campaign and should a major health incident or a substantial coughing fit during the debates take place the voter’s confidence in her ability to serve out a full four year term would, rightly, be strongly shaken.

If, as is quite possible, Clinton is unable to continue with the campaign because a debilitating incident or a major event such as a coughing fit so hits her polling position she could quite possibly, and quite rightly, have to discontinue her run.

This would of course be disastrous for the Democratic party,  not least because who would replace her is a matter of no immediate answer given the Dem’s lack of a “deep bench.”

Sanders would of course normally be given the role as the runner up in the primary campaign. However the former Independent, then Democrat stated he would return to the senate as an independent once again. 

That the party could be headed by someone who has clearly stated he doesn’t wish to be a member would surely preclude him from being the replacement nominee.

How such a scenario would go down with Sanders supporters who would have seen him rejected twice would be an unpleasant spectacle and would see whomever was chosen in his stead being deserted by those who, in loyalty to Sanders, supported Hillary no doubt against their will.

Who then? Joe Biden, whose age and personal family concerns precluded his seeking the office? He might out of party loyalty but whether his heart would be in the campaign is a matter of doubt.

Kaine? Who? Kaine’s claim to the nomination is tenuous at best with only  his situation as having been picked as a  “safe”  and innocuous VP choice from a marginal state without having participated in any way in the run up to the nomination. In fact if participation has any bearing on the matter Martin O’Malley has as good a claim to the nomination as anyone.

Elizabeth Warren was briefly trotted out as an attack dog and the quickly shunted into the background. Whether the DNC would wish to have a female Trump  opposing  him is a matter of some doubt, as would if her “favorables” would be any better than Hillary’s terrible ones are currently.

Beyond these luminaries it is difficult to imagine who might take Hillary’s place if need be-except for, yes, Michelle Obama. 

She is the one person who could legitimately run as “Obama’s third term” and do well keeping together the coalition of overwhelming Black support which might have dissipated with Hillary ( or any other successor) and keep the rust belt states in play against the strong challenge from Trump. 

But whether she would wish to run, something she has given no indication of entering her mind is another question, but DNC pleading “for the sake of America” might override any personal considerations.

As it is the Democrats have the sword of Damocles clearly dangling and if it falls they may not survive its descent no matter who the fallen swords point points to. 

Their collective prayers must surely be for Hilary’s health to hold out for the next 90 odd days-or else catastrophe awaits.