Why is Trump’s Support High Among Republicans?



That is the question, right?

It is easily provable that Donald Trump is not a Conservative in the vein of  President Ronald Reagan. It is easily provable that Trump is not a Conservative in the vein of Sen. Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina. He’s not a Libertarian, like Sen. Rand Paul. He’s not a moderate, like Sen. Marco Rubio or Governor Jeb Bush.  It is easily provable that Trump is not a Conservative at all. So what is he?

Trump is a populist. He is what the times need/want him to be. If Sen. John Kerry was lambasted for flip-flopping on issues, Trump should be flambéed. Trump has been both for and against almost every single major issue over the last 15 years. Saying that he is now a Conservative Republican is a little hard to swallow, considering his history, but also considering his present positions. Trump is for a single-payer healthcare system. Trump is for increasing taxes on the wealthy. Trump says he is now pro-life, but his conversion story is patently ridiculous, and when asked who he would like to serve on the Supreme Court, he said his sister would be “phenomenal” – is anything in this guy’s inner circle not phenomenal – which suggests he’s not serious about the issue at all. Trump’s sister is a pro-abortion federal judge.

When it comes to the biggest issue for Trump, his stance on illegal-immigration, he’s waffled on that just in this election cycle, alone. Trump was propelled to the leader of the pack after coming out with a hardline stance on illegal immigration, stating he would deport roughly 12 million people. He doubled-down on that in the most recent Republican debate, by invoking Eisenhower and “Operation Wetback”:

Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower, good president, great president, people liked him. “I like Ike,” right? The expression. “I like Ike.” Moved a 1.5 million illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border. They came back. Moved them again beyond the border, they came back. Didn’t like it. Moved them way south. They never came back.

However, back in July, during an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he provided a different take on the issue:

“Then the other ones — and I’m a very big believer in merit system,” he said. “I have to tell you … some of these people have been here, they’ve done a good job. You know, in some cases, sadly, they’ve been living under the shadows, etc., etc. We have to do something. So whether it’s merit or whether it’s whatever, but I’m a believer in the merit system. If somebody’s been outstanding, we try and work something out.

So, which is it? Does Trump support deporting all illegal immigrants or does he support a merit-based system? Perhaps it depends on who is audience is. That is the problem with populists. They don’t have a core set of values that defines who they are. This is a character flaw that would be destructive domestically as well as in foreign relations, of which Trump seems to know little about.

Given these set of circumstances, why is it that nearly 1/3 of Republican voters are supporting Trump, according to the latest polls? The conventional wisdom is that Trump is strong and doesn’t back down. Ok, but then why is Gov. Chris Christie not doing as well? Why didn’t Gov. Scott Walker resonate with voters? Both Christie and Walker have been tested against an onslaught of liberal attacks and have maintained their principles, changed the status quo in their respective states and have real progress to show for their efforts. They also have the much-coveted, by Republican voters, Governorship attached to their resumes. And, based on his own admission, one could hardly suggest that Trump doesn’t back down. His history is replete with making backroom deals to get what he wants, even if that is simply the presence of Sen. Hillary Clinton at his wedding.

I think it is much simpler than the conventional wisdom suggests, if that is possible. Unfortunately, this theory pulls from the playbook of Democrats. I blame Rush Limbaugh. I routinely tune into the Rush Limbaugh Show for about 30 minutes a day, during lunch. Much of the time spent during that 30-minute period is either promoting his latest book, commercial breaks, or defending Donald Trump. Other candidates don’t get near the amount of time that Trump gets. In fact, I tuned in yesterday to find out that the whole entire first hour of the show was devoted to defending Trump from the latest media accusation. The takeaway from this: Rush Limbaugh supports Donald Trump for President. Now, Limbaugh will say he is simply using the Trump stories to show the bias of the media. However most, if not all, of Limbaugh’s listeners already believe in a media bias and there are plenty of avenues for people to venture down that provide that very same narrative.  Illustrating media bias is nothing new.

When listeners tune in to hear Limbaugh, they are treated to unique insights provided in an entertaining way. But, it is more than that, as one caller recently put it:

CALLER: I heard you say that you’re an entertainer.

RUSH: Yeah?

CALLER: To me, you’re also more than that—

RUSH: (sigh)

CALLER:—and I believe you know that, and so sometimes you have to walk softly. I think once—

Most listeners believe that Limbaugh is defined by his principles. He has a core set of values that guide his life. Most of Limbaugh’s listeners identify with those principles and they feel connected through them to him; he is an extension of them. When listeners are treated to a near-constant defense of Trump, with nary the mention of anything negative, the effect is a positive view of Trump. So, when Trump does poorly in debates or interviews, or doesn’t know answers other voters expect he should know, Trump’s supporters give him a pass, because they already have a favorable opinion of him. This is why the media has been unable to destroy the base of support for Trump. It is a classic case of an anchoring bias combined with a confirmation bias. Trump’s supporters were provided with an initially positive view of him, driving an anchor into their thought process. And, when they continue to tune into Rush Limbaugh, they hear their friend and mentor, extolling the positive virtues of Trump and criticizing anything negative, confirming their initial view.

If Rush Limbaugh continues to softly persuade his listeners to support Trump, he will be the Republican nominee. If Trump is the nominee, I suspect Sen. Hillary Clinton will find herself back in the White House.

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Polls – Syria Edition


Driving to work the other day, I was listening to a local talk radio program that was discussing the possibility of U.S. military action in Syria. A caller asked the host why he was citing polling data, which showed the vast majority of Americans were/are against any U.S. military action in Syria, when the host was behind the idea of a surge in Iraq, which the majority of America was against, at that time. The host seemed to be caught off guard by the question. He promptly changed the subject and got the caller to agree with a separate point the host was making before jettisoning the caller back into obscurity.

This exchange got me thinking. The caller was right, but not entirely. We use polling data when it suits us, but disregard it when it doesn’t. The host was suggesting that the Congress should pay attention to what their constituents are telling them through the polls, since they are our representatives. The problem with this thinking is that we are not a Democracy, where the mob rules. We are a Representative Republic, wherein we elect others to represent our thoughts and desires in how this country will move forward. It is up to us to vote for someone that we think would truly act as we would, or close to it, were we there to make the decisions ourselves. Of course, sometimes the person that gets elected is not the person that we voted for, so it would be ridiculous to ask him to act as you or I would.

We should expect our representatives to act according to their principles, not to be swayed by public sentiment. If you don’t like the decisions that your representative has made, the chance to vote for someone else, or run against them yourself, in the next election, is always just around the corner. We need to get away from using or disregarding polls, at our leisure, to make a point, when we could easily make that point through our own convictions and researched analysis. Asking your representative to look at the polls is, essentially, asking them to be lazy. And, when that request returns lazy results and lazy behavior, we lambast them for that, too. Perhaps if we were the ones that lead by example, our representatives and leaders would follow us.

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Our Lives, Liberty And Sacred Honor May Depend Upon It


From Mike McDaniel at Stately McDaniel Manor, comes this excellent article about the 2nd Amendment, why it was put into the Constitution and what it really means.

“High capacity magazines,” “assault weapons,” “gun violence,” and every other scary term those who would infringe on freedom can imagine are being splashed on above-the-fold headlines in the Legacy Media these days.    Those who honor the Second Amendment and all our liberties are fighting the good fight, but it seems many fight without understanding the foundation of our liberties, and in so doing, fall into Progressive traps.  I hope here to provide useful ammunition in this, the most important battle we face if we are to remain free. [Read More]

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The Diminished Capacity of the Divided States of America

Let me first apologize to those that have visited this site on a regular basis over the past month and  saw the lack of any new content. Obviously, it’s been a while since I posted anything. I couldn’t bring myself to spend any amount of time that I devote to this labor of love in the weeks after the election. Don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoy writing this blog, but it is very time consuming, because I do a lot of research, so that I can back up everything I write with sourced material. In this day and age, when the media are as corrupt as it seems they could ever be, people like to know that what they’re reading is not just someone’s opinion, but is based on verifiable fact. I’ve tried to do that and I hope that effort has not been lost on the readers. As such, it is extremely time consuming and, considering the results of the election, I struggled with the idea that this blog has done any good whatsoever. Recently, however, a friend of mine said, (paraphrasing): “you can only do what you can do. If it inspires or educates even one person, you’ve made a difference. Everything else is out of your control.” With that in mind, here’s today’s post and thanks for sticking around:


In legal jargon, diminished capacity refers to the inability of a person to, while not being technically insane, comprehend the nature or ramifications of their criminal behavior. This is where we are, as a country, in my opinion. Fortunately, or unfortunately, this characterization doesn’t fit us all equally.

What do I mean?

I continue to look around for signs that America will realize the track she is on, but each time I do, I am disappointed by what I see. Whether it is financial ruin, in the form of $16 Trillion in debt and growing, with a looming “fiscal cliff” and the lack of solutions presented by virtually anyone with the responsibility in governance to right the ship. Or, a nearly complete disregard for the Constitution in the passing and upholding of the Affordable Care Act. Or, the recent developments over a football player who murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself and the news media’s devotion of time, money and resources covering a criminal act of this nature, simply because it involves a celebrity, instead of diligently reporting on the likelihood of the commission of  malfeasance in office regarding the death of four Americans in Benghazi.

In each and every one of these cases, the reason we, as a country, have failed to see the right, or better, path, can be summed up in two words: the media. Perhaps, too many Americans are either too self-involved in their own deluded self-worth or too involved in the celebrity culture and/or their “gimme, gimme/immediate gratification” world to seem to want to care. Perhaps, not. Perhaps the reason it appears the American people do not care is because they haven’t been given a reason to care. Stupidity can be faulted, ignorance is not so easy to condemn, even in today’s information age. For the people to comprehend the stakes, the media needs to be held to account for its actions. The press has the right to print what they want, however they also have the responsibility to print reality. The American people aren’t off the hook in this. With the explosion of “reality tv” that is anything but, millions have made their proclivities known loud and clear. And, perhaps, the media is just responding as a business would in that environment. Something tells me that the American people have not truly spoken, though.

At night, I watch news programs and yell at the screen due to the lack of proper questions being asked. It happens on every single program. Is it a conspiracy. No. It’s a confluence. So, the question is, how does one disrupt this merging of events. I’m working on that. I have an idea that I will share after I’ve done all the proper research. Right now, it is in its infancy and I don’t even know if it is proper or feasible. We’ll see.

For now, I’ll leave you, again, with the genius of Christopher Nolan:

Gary Oldman’s character, Jim Gordon, in “The Dark Knight” said, “he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now.” I think that happened to us. America got the President it deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

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Why the Long Lines on Election Day?

Miami, FL – Nov. 6th, 2012

A family member sent me an email about her thoughts on the long lines on election day, yet the undeniable fact that voter turnout was much lower than 4 years ago. Seeing as how I had previously mentioned the strangeness of these two seemingly contradictory events, I decided to dig a little more into the subject.

In Florida, in the 2008 Presidential Election, strong support for, then Senator, Obama, coupled with lackluster support for Sen. McCain, caused 8,144,225 people to turn out. Election day came and went without much of a hitch. Fast-forward to 2012. Voter turnout was expected to be down overall and, across the nation, overall voting did drop by around 11,000,000 people. However, during an election season when voter sentiment about the struggling economy seemed to be the number one issue on voter’s minds, voter turnout in Florida, a potentially impactful swing-state, actually increased by 155,864, totaling 8,300,089. That explains the long lines, right? Perhaps not.

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Thoughts in the Wake

First, congratulations to President Obama on his successful re-election bid. Gov. Mitt Romney put in a good fight, but it just wasn’t enough. Romney’s concession speech was especially telling and showed the type of man he is and would have been as President, a good, kind, decent and caring man that puts integrity and love of country first.

So, what’s in store for the future? It’s a good question and one which I will endeavor to review, and hopefully answer, over the coming weeks and months. My immediate impression is that the Republican Party has failed. Not just the leadership, but anyone that is registered as a Republican has failed. This doesn’t include me, but I’m including myself, anyways. As an Independent, I think I was too confident that people would look at the information out there, particularly what I’ve showcased here, and arrive at the same conclusions. I fully expected to see a reduced voter turnout for the Democratic Party. It has come as a complete shock, however, that Romney would garner less votes than Sen. McCain did in 2008 amid all the “hope and change” that everyone was hopped up on.  I don’t think anyone saw that coming. It’s also a strange predicament considering all of the long lines and talk of historic turnout. I’m still trying to understand how those events lead to 10+ million votes, overall, less than 2008.

There’s going to be a lot to cover, what with the media’s failure to really present almost anything remotely negative about Obama, Congress investigating Benghazi, a possible Supreme Court hearing over the Origination Clause challenge to the Affordable Care Act, etc, etc. But for right now, I will use the immense genius and humanity of Christopher Nolan to sum up where I am at this moment and I hope it provides some comfort to you, as well.

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Obama Seeks Vengeful Voters by Rich F.

Last Friday, at a campaign rally, President Barack Obama urged his supporters to use their vote for “Revenge”. That, my family & friends, sums up the purpose for his entire presidency. I have stated on many occasions that I think Obama is a bitter man who blames the plight of the downtrodden in America, and throughout the world, on WASP (White Anglo Saxon protestant) America. (I am of the belief that Obama believes  that Evangelical Catholics fall into that category, also) One only has to look at the people he has surrounded himself with, including all of his appointees. Attorney General Eric Holder and his two Supreme court appointees, Justices Elena Kagan & Sonia Sotomayor are just three examples.

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Election Prediction

Illustrator: Mark Hammermeister

October is finally gone and with it the “October Surprise”. This year, it looks like Hurricane Sandy took the monicker and gave the majority of national broadcast news networks a suitable excuse to avoid talking about the, nearly daily, release of additional information on the attack on our Benghazi consulate that killed four Americans. These miserable excuses for news organizations wouldn’t have covered it anyway, mind you, but now they have cover as to why they didn’t. The Benghazi debacle should have been the real “October Surprise”. Fox News, as if it is a surprise, is the only national news organization that continues to be interested, with tenacious reporting by Catherine Herridge seemingly being one of a few reporters spearheading the investigation.

Prediction to follow:

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A Retort to Chris Matthews by Rich F.

First, a little housekeeping note:

A good friend, Rich F., sends me emails, usually on a weekly basis, on his thoughts about politics or the state of the world. I, and others, have urged him to start his own blog. Suffice to say, that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. I suggested a fix, if only temporary, in that I’ll post his thoughts through my blog, of course providing credit to him, and he agreed.

Now, the background:

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, has had quite the last few years, originating in the “thrill” he got up his leg after hearing President Obama, then Candidate/Senator Obama, speak. That thrill culminated over the years into the eventual reality, as far as Chris Matthews sees, that anyone that does not want Obama as President is not making their decision based on his record, but because of “racial hatred.”

Without further ado, here’s Rich’s reply:

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The 3rd Presidential Debate

The third and final Presidential debate went off last night without a bang … or a boom (1st debate) … or some sadistic laughing clown (VP debate). Not much happened in this debate at all. As such, this review will be much shorter and is more about the overall perception of the debate. Still, here is the video and transcript for those interested. Gov. Romney agreed, in large part, with much of the President’s handling of foreign policy issues, with the exception of a few quibbles, such as the perception of President Obama’s first foreign policy trip in which he visited several countries in the Middle East, but, most noticeably, did not visit Israel.

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