Cleveland was approaching and Trumpians were in high spirits. They were about to see their man made the nominee of the Republican Party for president of the United States. But first there was the VP slot to settle. Trump’s choice was not unexpected; it was Governor Mike Pence from Indiana. True to form in today’s world, however, ripples of disenchantment cropped up. Pence was “too bland, too conservative, too religious.”
But this writer’s immediate thoughts were, Pence will do just fine. Sure, he has some negatives, but who doesn’t? He will serve as that crucial bridge between Trump’s maverick outsider campaign and the Republican establishment.
Trump can’t run a totally maverick campaign; he has to get the GOP leadership behind him. Pence is the concession he must throw to the establishment, which conveys to them malleability. But Donald J. Trump will be malleable when lions frolic with rabbits. Pence’s great value is this: he will shepherd Trump policies through Congress in which he served brilliantly for 12 years. This is vital.
Former Reagan advisor, David Stockman, points out another most salubrious benefit about Pence that very few realize: No more Wall Street bailouts!
“Pence – who served in the House between 2001 and 2012, is well-known to bankers, having served as a fierce opponent to both Dodd-Frank and the Bush administration’s 2008 bank bailout. He is also closely aligned with House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling and other conservative GOP lawmakers, giving them a key ally in any future Trump administration.”
But what’s really important is that Trump has broken the back of the “Never-Trumpers” with this move. The GOP malcontents now have no standing left; Romney and Ryan have been effectively neutralized. Trump has seized control of the Party. Pence will play the role of all VP’s, assure the country that there is an able back-up to the President, and he will use his considerable ties in Washington to help Trump govern.
The Convention’s First Day
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say. And surely the success or failure of a political convention will be in the eyes of the observers. Cleveland’s first day was raucously messy. The Never-Trump malcontents – led by Utah Senator, Mike Lee, and Virginia ex-Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli – threw a full-scale tantrum on the floor that threatened to upset the purpose of the gathering, which was unity and coronation of the nominee who had rightfully won his place as head of the GOP ticket.
Cuccinelli, Lee and the malcontents were trying to extend their fight to change party rules. In the pre-convention rules meetings several days prior, these pro-Cruz forces had failed to unbind all delegates and allow them to vote their conscience despite the fact that the people of their states had sent them to vote for one certain candidate. This original purpose was a preposterous proposal from shameless sore losers that spit in the face of all political legitimacy. It would have made a mockery of the entire nomination process.
Their subsequent Monday floor fight was simply needless posturing and an attempt to embarrass Trump in front of the nation. Crybabies are not a pretty sight, and that is what Mike Lee, Ken Cuccinelli, and the Ted Cruz forces turned out to be.
But Reince Priebus had done his work well. The malcontents were shouted down via the age old tactic of conventioneers, a voice vote. Cuccinelli threw his credentials down and stormed out of the arena in protest as Trumpians shrieked in delight. The malcontents had been appropriately stifled. They could go sit in the corner and whimper, and no one would care. Their agenda was childish and destructive from the beginning. So Trumpians shouted, “Hoorah!”, as Cuccinelli stormed out.
The Melania Speech Flap
Melania Trump is a bright and ravishingly beautiful woman, quite regal in fact. And she will make a tremendous First Lady. But her’s is not to be a smooth path. Fate dealt her a harsh blow because an underling Trump speech writer, Meredith McIver, got lazy and paraphrased two sentences from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech reverencing her husband. This unleashed a bevy of leftist boo-birds the next day claiming “plagiarism.”
Was it plagiarism? Well, there are a couple of sentence similarities. So liberals say, yes, it is. Conservatives fall back on the claim that there is too much commonality of ideas in political rhetoric over the years to attribute every similarity to someone in the past who echoed the same sentiments.
The official answer was that McIver failed to delete the two paraphrasings prior to final draft submission. She dutifully apologized and offered her resignation to Trump who graciously declined. What was needed now was to move on. MSM has the attention span of a five-year old. They would be hammering on some other blunder or superficiality tomorrow, all of which are as important to the future of America as gnats are irritating to elephants.
This unfortunately is the make-up of today’s liberal media. They don’t know how to handle serious issues, so indiscretions and gotchas like this are all they can get excited about. Thus they hover over the convention proceedings, ever watchful for a petty dispute or flaw in the Trump campaign that can be exploited. In the overall scope of history, the fact that a lowly speech writer paraphrased a couple of sentences from a previous speech for a candidate’s wife is not going to amount to a “hill of beans” to quote Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.
Why does MSM go ga-ga over such irrelevancies? Because they can’t focus on the big relevant issues of the day. If they did, they would have to confront their own indefensible irrationality regarding immigration, trade, terrorism, imperial wars, and the heavy hand of their revered bureaucracies in Washington. Trump has called them out on their own perfidy to reason and a free America. To answer him on these real issues would risk exposing their ideological approach to be what it is – a huge malignancy eating away at the country.
Thus incidents like the Melania speech flap are lifesavers to liberal media pygmies; it keeps the big issues of freedom and sanity out of the limelight and directs the public mind away from the real problems we face. This way liberals do not have to confront their own ideological tyranny against the American ideal. By focusing on the superficialities of personal behavior screw-ups, they never have to confront what is really wrong with America – the dictatorial ideology to which they pay homage. Of course, liberals don’t consciously verbalize this awareness, but subconsciously it lurks in the recesses of their minds to drive their political activism.
What then is the ultimate verdict on this gaffe? It is Bogart’s “hill of beans.” It will fade like flies in the winter as the campaign proceeds. Melania’s speech was a shining tribute to her husband. She talked about why she loves and respects Donald, why she loves America, why she came here as an immigrant, why the country needs her husband as President. She performed splendidly. Her accent adds to her charm, and her glamour will surpass that of Jackie Kennedy 55 years ago if Trump wins in November. Just compare forceful Donald and ravishing Melania up against dowdy Hillary and creepy Bill. If visual imagery has anything to do with it, Trump and Melania will win big.
The Christie Prosecution
Governor Chris Christie did not get the VP nod, but he will certainly make an excellent Attorney General in a Trump administration. He is aggressive and articulate and will go after budding terrorists like a mongoose combats deadly cobras. He will also be a fabulous attack dog on the campaign trail this fall. Witness his overpowering speech on Tuesday night. It was a perfect example of how we have to fight the Hildebeast. Her numbers plunge deeper and deeper the more the people are reminded of what a corrupt criminal she is. Well, Christie did it in spades on Tuesday. His speech was a wave of devastating hammer blows to Clinton with the crowd going wild.
“In North Africa, [Hillary Clinton] was the chief engineer of our disastrous overthrow of Qaddafi in Libya…In Nigeria, Hillary Clinton amazingly fought for two years to keep an Al-Qaeda affiliate off the terrorist watch list…She fights for the wrong people. She doesn’t fight for us…
“In Syria, she called President Assad a ‘reformer’ and a ‘different kind of leader.’ With 400,000 now dead … think about that…In Iran, she led the negotiations that brought about the worst nuclear deal in history. Let me be clear: America and the world are measurably less safe and less respected because of the Iran deal Hillary helped cut.
“Finally, here at home, in one of her first decisions as Secretary of State, she set up a private e-mail server in her basement in violation of our national security. Let’s face it: Hillary Clinton cared more about protecting her own secrets than she did about protecting America’s secrets. Then she lied about it over and over again.
“We cannot promote someone to Commander-in-Chief who has made the world a more violent and dangerous place with every bad judgment she has made. We didn’t disqualify Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States. The facts of her life and career disqualify her.”
After each verbal attack was delivered, former prosecutor Christie would ask the audience, “Guilty, or Not Guilty?” And they would roar their verdict, “Guilty!” It was spectacular theatre, a barnburner of a spiel designed to expose the unfettered facts about one of the most vile creatures ever to slither around in American politics.
Trump’s Acceptance Speech
There are two powerful globalist groups – liberals and neoconservatives – in control of our federal government today. They are understandably petrified in face of Donald Trump’s chutzpa and scathing campaign approach because they know what will happen if this maverick becomes President. Trump will clean house. He will indict Hillary. He will lower taxes. He will force the illegals to self-deport. He will scorn the nefarious U.N. He will pull out of NAFTA and the TPP. He will slash the godzilla bureaucracies. He will junk Common Core and send schooling back to the states. He will check Muslim terrorists at the border. He will organize a coalition to destroy ISIS.
Patriots of America are rejoicing. Leftists of America are trembling. Their power-trip of treason and anti-Americanism is going to end. And Donald Trump’s acceptance speech Thursday night in Cleveland was a ringing declaration of how and why. Here are some of the salient points:
It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation. I will present the facts plainly and honestly. We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore. So if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully crafted lies, and the media myths the Democrats are holding their convention next week. But here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else. These are the facts.
He then lists fact after fact about domestic violence, death and destruction in our cities, that 14 million people have left the workforce, that household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000, and that our manufacturing trade deficit has reached an all-time high – nearly $800 billion in a single year.
In the realm of foreign policy, the record is as bad if not worse. Says Trump:
After four years of Hillary Clinton, what do we have? ISIS has spread across the region, and the world. Libya is in ruins, and our Ambassador and his staff were left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers. Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim brotherhood, forcing the military to retake control. Iraq is in chaos. Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. Syria is engulfed in a civil war and a refugee crisis that now threatens the West. After fifteen years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before. This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.
A change in leadership is required to change these outcomes. Tonight, I will share with you my plan of action for America. The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.
Our nation’s most powerful special interests….have rigged our political and economic system for their exclusive benefit. Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place. They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings.
To protect us from terrorism, we need to focus on three things. We must have the best intelligence- gathering operation in the world. We must abandon the failed policy of nation- building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria….Lastly, we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place. We don’t want them in our country….We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities
America has lost nearly-one third of its manufacturing jobs since 1997, following the enactment of disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Remember, it was Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA, one of the worst economic deals ever made by our country. Never again. I am going to bring our jobs back to America.
I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers, or that diminishes our freedom and independence. Instead, I will make individual deals with individual countries. No longer will we enter into these massive deals, with many countries, that are thousands of pages long – and which no one from our country even reads or understands…. Our horrible trade agreements with China and many others, will be totally renegotiated. That includes renegotiating NAFTA.
Next comes the reform of our tax laws, regulations and energy rules. While Hillary Clinton plans a massive tax increase, I have proposed the largest tax reduction of any candidate who has declared for the presidential race this year.
Then we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job-killers of them all. Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as $2 trillion a year, and we will end it….With these new economic policies, trillions of dollars will start flowing into our country. This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans.
We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again….We are also going to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution. The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles.
No longer can we rely on those elites in media and politics, who will say anything to keep a rigged system in place. Instead, we must choose to Believe In America. History is watching us now. It’s waiting to see if we will rise to the occasion, and if we will show the whole world that America is still free and independent and strong. My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three-word loyalty pledge. It reads: “I’m With Her”. I choose to recite a different pledge. My pledge reads: “I’M WITH YOU – THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.” I am your voice.
There you have it. Donald Trump, American Patriot, and what he intends to do for our troubled America. Hillary Clinton will extend the monstrous Marxism of Obama and further drag our country into degradation and tyranny. A President Trump will return us to the principles of freedom and sanity that built us into the greatest country the world had ever seen. He has pledged to make us great again, safe again, strong again, and proud again.