I’m Still a Cruzer


John R. Houk

© February 4, 2016

The next day after the Cruz victory in Iowa the Senator was castigated by Ben Carson for disseminating false information that possibly led Carson supporters to support Ted Cruz. The question then is: Did Cruz tell his campaigners to lie about Carson or did the campaigners take it upon themselves to tell caucus goers that Carson had pulled out of the Iowa contest?

If Cruz was involved in that decision that indeed would be a dirty trick that probably isn’t illegal but morally bankrupt. If Cruz wasn’t culpable the next logical step would be to fire the campaign staff personnel involved in the error in decision or outright scandalous political behavior. Myself I am going to err on believing Cruz had little to zero involvement in giving marching orders to undermine Carson’s campaign.

This whole issue has inspired Donald Trump to cry foul probably because if Carson delegates left for Cruz, that may have rocketed Cruz to his win and relegated Trump to second place. After understanding situation, Trump has become furious. Not because Trump’s good buddy Carson was robbed of delegate votes but because the issue may have cost Trump an Iowa victory. Ergo, if I heard correctly on the news this morning, Trump wants the Iowa Caucus vote nullified and a do-over to occur. Frankly I doubt such a re-vote or re-count will occur; nevertheless, the tone taken by Trump demonstrates just how vicious the hotel/casino magnet can get when a “deal” falls through.

Now this led me to ask myself who are my favorite candidates to win the GOP nomination for President.

I have to be honest with you. I was as intrigued by the Trump make America great again message as many other Americans have been and still are. I want to reverse the Obama curse, make the military strong again, name and confront American enemies, stop illegal immigration, kick out illegal immigrants taking advantage of entitlements while deserving Americans are still waiting in line (e.g. Veterans), refusing Muslim refugees whose devotion to Islam will eventually lead to un-American activities rather than assimilation and so on.

With all that intrigue I had this gnawing in the back of my mind about how the old deal maker mixed with Big Business causes to the detriment of basic core Conservative values, mixed with Democrats that definitely promoted anti-Conservative principles and had a mixed pro-life and a mixed Christian affinity past.

Then I have always had an affinity to the causes that Cruz stood for such as pro-life, pro-Tea Party causes, a staunch Conservative and anti-Establishment GOP kind-of-guy.

I also liked Marco Rubio as a Christian and Conservative but thought his experience was a bit lacking especially when GOP Establishment individuals began to throw support behind Rubio after it became evident that Jeb Bush did not have the support of the GOP Conservative base.

And so perhaps we Conservatives should pay attention to Conservatives like Mark Alexander of The Patriot Post who have always questioned Trump’s dedication to Conservative principles and values as you can read in Alexander’s February third essay that is less than favorable toward Donald Trump.

JRH 2/4/16 (Hat Tip Don Moore of Blind Conservatives)

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If Trump Is the Answer…

What Is the Question?

By Mark Alexander

Feb. 3, 2016

The Patriot Post

“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.” —Patrick Henry, 1775

If Donald Trump is the answer, then what’s the question his supporters are asking?

Fact is, they’re asking the most important questions every genuine conservative is asking. Consistent with The Patriot Post’s mission statement, all of us are asking, “How do we restore constitutional limits on government and the judiciary? How do we restore free enterprise, our national defense capabilities and traditional American values? How do we undo all of the damage Obama has done and correct our nation’s course back toward Liberty? How do we defeat Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders and win the next presidential election?”

But Donald Trump?

By way of disclosure, let me say that I would “vote early and often” for Trump if he is the Republican nominee. Having said that, I hope there will be a more viable and reliable ballot option.

Bear with me.

In the wake of the Iowa caucus results, Trump is again asking, “How stupid are the people of Iowa?” After a 15-hour blackout, he woke up mad, claiming, “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it. … Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.” This from a guy who has not voted in a Republican primary for almost 30 years… (This sounds like a set up — “I’m being treated unfairly, thus I will run third-party to insure a Democrat victory in 2016!”)

Though I consider Iowa more a generator of media advertising revenue than I do a solid predictive indicator of presidential election outcomes, the caucus results are, just the same, instructive.

Trump, who assumed he had Iowa in the bag, made two mistakes that will influence the results of the upcoming primaries.

First, he backed out of the Iowa debate just before the caucuses, not because he has “zero respect for [Fox News journalist] Megyn Kelly,” as he claimed, but to avoid being called out on a growing list of prevarications and obfuscations. Despite the not-too-clever diversion of his alternate event “for the veterans,” his supporters in Iowa stayed focused on the task at hand — casting a vote for the candidate they think is best suited to be the 45th president of the United States.

Second, while he may have avoided the Iowa debate, Trump’s petulant attack against his primary rival, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, in the days after that debate resulted in exposing his clear and continuing support for ObamaCare, one of the most important agenda items on conservative lists for legislative repeal.

Just before the Iowa Caucus, Cruz asserted, “Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have the identical position on health care, which is they want to put the government in charge of you and your doctor.” That is not quite accurate — Trump’s socialist health care plan is actually more statist than Clinton’s plan.

Trump attempted to deflect the criticism, protesting, “Ted Cruz is a total liar. I’m so against ObamaCare. … I don’t even know where he gets this.” Where Cruz “gets this” is the same place he got Trump’s liberal “New York values” — remarks from Trump himself! Trump has written and spoken repeatedly in support of state-run health care systems. In his book, “The America We Deserve,” he praised Canada’s failed socialist single-payer health care system: “We must have universal health care. I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one.”

Betrayed by his own words, Trump refuted (and simultaneously confirmed) Cruz’s claims, saying, “He has got no heart. And if this means I lose an election, that’s fine because frankly, we have to take care of the people in our country.” Of course, Trump’s socialized medicine proposals would deepen the disastrous consequences of the so-called “Affordable Healthcare Act” and accelerate the deterioration of health care services. Think “Veterans Affairs on steroids.”

The fact is, Trump is a case study in contradictions, with long-held and defended liberal positions averse to Liberty, including his support for state-run health care, gun control, enormous tax increases and executive unilateralism. His apparent contradictions are now the toasts of late-night liberals like Stephen Colbert, who recently aired a “debate” segment, Donald vs. Trump.

Apparently, Trump didn’t receive the memo that a man has only one chance to make a first impression. Now, instead of providing a candid and honest explanation for his 11th-hour conversion to conservatism and all the flip-flopping, Trump is content to simply deny he ever held those liberal positions. His undeniable denial of reality should concern anyone who supports him.

Having said this, I expect protests from Trump supporters that will fall into two previously established categories.

About 10% will offer reasoned objections, which I welcome. They are actually open to criticism of Trump, and the resulting dialogue provides useful insights for both of us.

However, the remaining 90% will hurl vitriolic diatribes, shooting insults and threats at this messenger, much like the shots Trump takes at his critics. The rage and resentment in these protests are a testament to Trump’s anger-driven support, which I described in “The Trump Card — Ace of Anger Affirmation.”

For the record, I have been shot at on a few occasions — and by “shot at” I mean with high-velocity projectiles, not derogatory words — so insults don’t bother me. But what I do find deeply troubling is that the vitriolic variety reflects a cultish devotion to Trump, whose narcissistic persona basks in the light of such unquestioned devotion. Too many of his supporters are intolerant of any divergent perspective on Trump, no matter how well reasoned.

Don’t get me wrong: Grassroots Americans should be angry about the lame “establishment Republicans” who haven’t made way for the growing ranks of young conservatives now in the House and Senate.

And it’s not only Trump’s conservative supporters who are mad. Notably, analysis in The New York Times — “Trump’s Strongest Supporters: A Certain Kind of Democrat” — recently reflected that “[h]is very best voters are self-identified Republicans who nonetheless are registered as Democrats.” These are folks who, in 1980, might have been described as “Reagan Democrats.”

The comparison is understandable, given that Trump’s simple mantra, “Make America Great Again,” was “borrowed” from President Reagan’s slogan, “Let’s make America great again.” Fact is, Trump is a “good communicator” and his simple solutions to complex problems resonate with both grassroots Republicans and Democrats.

But Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan, who was a genuine, humble conservative, and a model of servant leadership.

Human nature tells us that many people are more convicted by what they want to believe than by a considerable body of evidence contradicting those beliefs. Noted historian John Lukacs, in his book “Democracy and Populism,” wrote, “Most people believe and think what they prefer to think and what they want to believe: their vision of the world and their own likes and dislikes … are seldom separable.”

In the timeless words of John Adams, however, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Facts and evidence, fellow Patriots. Facts and evidence.

Donald Trump is not the answer to the critical questions genuine conservatives are asking, including those genuine conservatives among his supporters.

So, it’s off to New Hampshire we go, where I expect Trump’s “New York values” to play well. However, take note. His national disapproval rating has soared to 60%, which renders him all but unelectable against potential adversaries as fundamentally flawed as Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.

But if Trump actually makes it to the general election and defeats his Democrat opponent, I note this irony: Now that the ranks of conservatives (as opposed to “Republicans”) in the House and Senate have surged, those conservatives might be faced with a “Republican” president who is both autocratic and statist, a combination that will be perilous to the future of Liberty.

Finally, Donald Trump was asked recently to define “conservatism” and he was at a loss of words – rare for Trump. But last week, Ben Sasse, one of the rising young conservatives in the U.S. Senate, was asked the same question, and Trump should listen to Ben’s 90-second response.

 

[Blog Editor: Here’s Youtube video not a part of original Patriot Post]

 

VIDEO: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on MSNBC Defining Conservatism

 

Posted by Heritage Response Room

Published on Jan 29, 2016

 

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I’m Still a Cruzer

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© February 4, 2016

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I’m with Dr. Carson on Constitution and Islam


John R. Houk

© September 22, 2015

I’m not exactly a proponent for Dr. Ben Carson for President. Like most Conservatives I think he is a real nice guy that took it to Obama at a Prayer Breakfast. But I have a sense Dr. Carson will be too easily manipulated by advisors who know their stuff about national or geopolitical issues. AND YET he made some recent comments on the compatibility of Islam and the Constitution that I hugely agree with and added some more respect for Dr. Carson’s beliefs. On Sunday’s Meet The Press Dr. Carson was interviewed. Toward the end of that interview a question arose from Chuck Todd:

“Let me ask you the question this way: Should a President’s faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters?”

And so the conversation proceeded as such:

DR. BEN CARSON:

Well, I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the constitution, no problem.

CHUCK TODD:

So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the constitution?

DR. BEN CARSON:

No, I don’t, I do not.

CHUCK TODD:

So you—

DR. BEN CARSON:

I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that. (Meet the Press Transcript – September 20, 2015; NBCNews.com; 9/20/15 12:23 PM ET)

VIDEO: Ben Carson Does ‘Not Advocate’ A Muslim As President (Full Interview) | Meet The Press | NBC News [Full video: 9:41. Carson/Muslim portion begins about 7:51]

As a rule these days I rarely watch the Lame Stream Media because it is too slanted to the Left. Indeed I heard of the Carson/Muslim controversy on Fox News. Now I wasn’t surprised that the Lame Stream Media, Leftist pundits and Muslim-American advocacy groups (groups that are actually Quran literalists) criticized Carson as a religious Islamophobe bigot. I wasn’t even surprised that RINOs joined the Left in criticizing Dr. Carson. BUT was surprised and disappointed that a significant amount of reputed Conservatives especially among those running for POTUS were critical of Dr. Carson’s stand.

Dr. Carson is absolutely correct! If a Muslim stands with the basic tenets of the Quran and Sharia Law, that Islam is totally INCOMPATIBLE with the U.S. Constitution. Such a Muslim SHOULD NOT be voted into any Office in the USA in which the Constitution is a part of the swearing in for service in any government institution rather it be Federal, State or Local.

AND such a belief does not contradict the Constitution in either Article VI of the Constitution or the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

Article VI (Pertaining to Religious Test for Office)

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. (Bold Text MineU.S. ConstitutionArticle VI; Cornell Law School – Legal Information Institute)

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (Bold Text from website – Amendment I; National Constitution Center)

I bring attention to these two portions of the Constitution because Dr. Carson’s critics use them as a gotcha to smear Dr. Carson’s opinion. Of note I ran into a post (Google surfing) in which former long-time Fox & Friends co-host Alisyn Camerota badgered Dr. Carson’s business manager Armstrong Williams over the stipulation that the tenets of Islam are not compatible to the Constitution and those Dr. Carson would not “advocate” for a Muslim President.

The now Lame Stream Media Left Wing Camerota said Carson’s opinion is only representative of the so-called minority of Islam and not mainstream Islam AND further Camerota proclaimed that Carson’s views violate the Constitution.

Pertaining to Islam: If a Muslim does not take the entirety of Quran as the uncreated words of Allah then you are a bad Muslim. This is why you will rarely hear so-called Moderate Muslims criticize the so-called Radical Muslim’s reasoning but maybe or perhaps criticize the so-called Radical’s actions. To criticize reasoning directly from the Quran is blasphemous. The Quran tells Muslims that blaspheming Islam is worthy of deaththis is not a metaphorical death. Look around Muslim majority nations. Muslims angry over some perceived blasphemy rioting oft times in violence are not representative of a minority opinion. Those rioting Muslims are representative of the majority and they are seriously and violently enraged against a perceived blasphemer.

ERGO Camerota’s finger pointing of dividing the majority from the minority within Islam is pure hogwash (pun intended).

THEN Camerota’s accusation that Dr. Carson is advocating an unconstitutional opinion is a load of Leftist bilge. Dr. Carson as much right to advocate NOT voting for a Muslim as a Muslim has a right to not vote for a Christian because they believe Jesus died on the Cross, arose bodily from the grave AND is the Son of God – all blasphemous notions in Islam (Pro-Islam website agreement: HERE and HERE). AND the tenets of the Quran and Sharia ARE diametrically opposed to that which the U.S. Constitution stands for. Should start calling all Muslims – even the alleged peaceful Muslims – Christophobes because their tenets say the centrality of Christianity is blasphemous hence deserving of death?

AGAIN – a bunch of Camerota Leftist-apologist hogwash.

VIDEO: Ben Carson ‘Absolutely’ Stands by His Comments About Not Supporting a Muslim President

Published by FoxNewsInsider

Published on Sep 21, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson caused a controversy over the weekend when he said that he wouldn’t advocate electing a Muslim as president of the United States. On “Hannity” tonight, Carson said he “absolutely” stands by his comments.

JRH 9/22/15

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A Coup, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson


Obama the Constitution Destroyer

A Coup, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson

By Danny Jeffrey

Edited by John R. Houk

© December 17, 2014

 

On December 11 I cross posted Danny Jeffrey’s “Thirty Pieces of Silver” after my thoughts about that post entitled “Dems Betraying America – It will be Stopped One Way or Another”. On December 13 Danny commented on Facebook to my thoughts. Before I share Danny’s comment, here is what I wrote that I believe he is responding to:

 

Danny I sense that your outlook on America’s elections and America’s ruling elite among both the Dems and the GOP is very prescient. In my case I am probably one of those hard cases that desires to retain faith in the Constitutional process that America still enjoys. However, the scenario you have developed is extremely plausible. And that plausibility is very said (sic) for me.

 

A coup d’état by American Generals is also plausible. …

 

Danny’s comment provides the context in which he used the concept of a coup to remove our current political situation in the USA.

 

JRH 12/17/14

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Danny Jeffrey Comment

 

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December 13 at 5:12pm

 

Actually John, I am not certain of a coup but stated that this is the only way that Ted Cruz will ever occupy the White House. My projections have a terrible habit of becoming facts on short term projections or being validated by those in the know on the longer term ones.

 

 

I have long predicted the collapse and violent upheaval for late 2015 or early 2016 giving Obama a reason to ‘delay’ the election. Now we find that Dr. Ben Carson also suggests that there may not be an election in 2016. This is a man that many have considered for President. Dismiss my concerns but perhaps his views are worth considering.

 

Ben Carson

 

WND on Ben Carson: http://tinyurl.com/pfxhpjl

 

November of 2013 I suggested that the Iranians would deliver a nuke in a cargo ship to New York harbor where they would detonate it and spelled out exactly why we, not Israel, would be the target.

 

Fix Bayonets – Iran, Obama and Nuclear War pt 5: http://tinyurl.com/puantf2\

 

 

A short time later one of my regular readers sent me the following article with Obama telling us that he feared a nuclear explosion in Manhattan.

 

 

NY Daily News – Obama Worried Nuke Weapon set in Manhattan: http://tinyurl.com/kvr5gg9

 

 

Just a few days ago Thomas Sowell revealed that his greatest fear was that Iran would detonate a nuke in New York City.

 

Rush Limbaugh Show Transcript – Dr. Thomas Sowell’s Greatest Fear: http://tinyurl.com/l8hnd6e

 

 

I am a Deist, not a Christian and like to believe that my projections are based purely on my understanding of causality, logic, and current events. However, five dedicated Christians, all knowing my beliefs…the most recent one a minister from Wisconsin, have told me that I am doing God’s work. As a Deist I am inclined to dismiss their beliefs in divine intervention, but who knows for certain? As they say, ‘God works in mysterious ways.’

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Title by Editor derived from content.

 

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VIDEO: Dr. Ben Carson Just Made a HUGE Announcement


Ben Carson

Matthew Burke posting on Tea Party News Network (TPNN) found a video of Ben Carson talking about the virtues in educating yourself before you vote for something. Burke tantalizes the reader by insinuating Ben Carson is announcing his choice to run for President or not. He really doesn’t; nonetheless the message is more important than the Burke teaser.

 

JRH 7/13/14

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VIDEO: Dr. Ben Carson Just Made a HUGE Announcement

 

By Matthew Burke

July 12, 2014

TPNN

 

Many are wondering and hoping that Dr. Ben Carson will run for the presidency in 2016, and listening to him speak, it might be easy to assume that he would run as a Republican, should the respected pediatric neurosurgeon and bestselling author decide to throw his hat in the ring.

 

Not so fast.

In this new two minute video below, Dr. Carson talks about whether he’s a Republican or a Democrat. Or, as millions are frustrated with both parties, could Dr. Carson be hinting at a third party run? Watch and find out. The answer might surprise you.

 

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VIDEO: Are You A Republican? | Dr. Ben Carson

 

 

Published by Ben Carson

Published Jul 10, 2014

 

In this 2 minute video Dr. Carson talks about whether or not he’s a republican or democrat.

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