Category Archives: General Elections

Looking Towards 2016

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There has been a lot of discussion lately about the upcoming Presidential election in 2016. While it is still early, potential candidates on both sides have announced their intentions. Other potential candidates are being coy about whether they will run for President. The Iowa Caucus is set for February 1, 2016, followed by the New Hampshire primary election on February 9, 2016.  Let’s take a look at who has thrown his or her hat in the ring while speculating on who has not.

Democrat Candidates

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Formed an Exploratory Committee

Jim Webb – Former US Senator from Virginia and former Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan

Likely to Run

Hillary Clinton – Former First Lady, former US Senator from New York and former Secretary of State under President Obama

Possible Candidates

Joe Biden – US Vice President and former US Senator from Delaware

Jerry Brown – Governor of California

Andrew Cuomo – Governor of New York

Martin O’Malley – Former Governor of Maryland

Bernie Sanders – US Senator from Vermont

Note: Senator Sanders is an Independent but if he were to run for President he would run as a Democrat.

Mark Warner – US Senator from Virginia

Elizabeth Warren – US Senator from Massachusetts

Potential Vice Presidential Candidates

Julian Castro – Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

Republican Candidates

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Formed an Exploratory Committee

Jeb Bush – Former Governor of Florida

Lindsey Graham – US Senator from South Carolina

Marco Rubio – US Senator from Florida

Scott Walker – Governor of Wisconsin

Likely to Run

Ben Carson – Head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Chris Christie – Governor of New Jersey

Carly Fiorina – Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard

Mike Huckabee – Former Governor of Arkansas

Rick Perry – Former Governor of Texas

Mitt Romney – Former Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican nominee for President

Rick Santorum – Former US Senator from Pennsylvania

Possible Candidates

Ted Cruz – US Senator from Texas

Bobby Jindal – Governor of Louisiana

John Kasich – Governor of Ohio

Sarah Palin – Former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican nominee for Vice President

Rand Paul – US Senator from Kentucky

Donald Trump – Real estate magnate

Who do you like? Who do you dislike? Which candidates on both sides do you think will actually run? If Hillary Clinton does become the Democrat nominee who do you think would be able to beat her? Who on the Republican side should not run? Discuss your opinions and predictions here.

 

 

 

Why November Matters: Obamacare

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In 2010, the Democrats passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) without a single Republican vote. Obamacare mandates that all Americans, except for members of Congress, buy health insurance or pay a fine to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). President Obama and Democrat members of Congress repeated the lie “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” on multiple occasions in a pitch to promote this law during the 2012 Presidential election.

However, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) admitted that Democrats knew that millions of Americans would lose their health insurance as a result of this law. Former Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) also knew that Obamacare was sold on a lie and is appalled at President Obama for blatantly lying to Americans. Yet Gillibrand, Frank and their colleagues voted to impose Obamacare on us.  65 million Americans could lose their employer sponsored health insurance. The law also contains 21 tax increases, including 12 increases on middle class Americans. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms that Obamacare is a $1 trillion tax hike that Americans cannot afford.

Obamacare is more unpopular than ever. The Democrats did not seem to receive that memo.

Forcing Americans to buy health insurance that they do not want or face the wrath of the IRS does not mean that Obamacare is working. Uninsuring the insured to insure the uninsured does not mean that Obamacare is working.

We have seen the effects of this disastrous law: large companies are cutting back on hiring more workers, employers are reducing hours employees may work, employers are sending their employees to the Obamacare exchanges rather than provide them health coverage, young Americans are not signing up for the exchanges and older and sicker Americans are experiencing soaring premiums as a result, people are losing their jobs, insurance premiums are increasing across the board, etc. If this were not bad enough, Americans’ private health and financial records are becoming part of a national database. There is even hidden code in the healthcare.gov site stating that applicants have “no reasonable expectation of privacy.” Make no mistake: Obamacare is not about health care. It is about government expansion and control of its citizens, bringing us one step closer to the fundamental transformation of America. As the communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin said, “Medical care is the keystone in the arch of socialism.” After being instituted, no country has ever reverted from a government-run healthcare system back to a free market healthcare system. The goal of Obamacare is to take away our freedom and give it to the all powerful in Washington, DC.

We have Obamacare because in 2009 Democrats controlled the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Democrats passed Obamacare even though they knew that if we liked our health care plans we could not keep our health care plans. Many conservatives have legitimate issues with Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). However, McConnell presided over a Senate minority in which every single Republican Senator voted against Obamacare. Obamacare passed because voters stayed home on election day. It is imperative that we rid Democrats of control of the Senate this November. If we let Democrats win just to teach Republicans with whom we are dissatisfied a lesson, then what we are effectively doing is sending the message that voters like Democrats and therefore Republicans need to be more moderate, pushing our country further to the left. Beating those who are fundamentally transforming America is all that matters. Democrats and only Democrats brought us Obamacare. Remember that this November.

 

Wednesday Debate: Where do we go from here?

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Last night, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated his Tea Party backed primary election opponent, Matt Bevin. Senator McConnell led Bevin 60 percent to 30 percent. McConnell will now face his Democrat opponent Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, in the general election in November. In his victory speech, Senator McConnell linked Grimes to President Obama and to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In contrast, Grimes accused McConnell of causing gridlock in Washington. Conservatives are understandably upset about McConnell’s primary victory. Many were banking on Matt Bevin becoming the next Senator Ted Cruz and hoping for a fundamental change in the composition of the Republican party. Now that McConnell has won his primary election, will you vote for him and/or support him in his fight against Alison Grimes? Why or why not?

I have heard numerous conservatives say that they will vote for and support Grimes over McConnell to send a message to the Republican establishment. They argue that supporting the Democrat opponent will force Republicans like McConnell to move further to the right. Do you think its really worth supporting a Democrat? If so, for what reasons would you support a Democrat candidate over the Republican candidate in the general election?

Saturday Debate

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In 2012, former President George W. Bush declined an invitation to attend the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa Florida. President Bush is certainly a polarizing figure and many breathed a sigh of relief when he neither spoke at the 2012 RNC nor campaigned for Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Do you think President Bush’s presence at the 2012 RNC would have made a difference, either negative or positive, in Romney’s Presidential campaign? Moving forward, do you think the RNC should ask President Bush to speak at the 2016 RNC and/or campaign with the next Republican nominee? Why or why not? Who would you like to see featured at the 2016 RNC?

Benghazi is Not a Phony Scandal

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The September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya has raised a lot of important questions. This attack occurred on the eve of the 2012 Presidential elections, making those questions particularly interesting. The administration has tried to dismiss Republican concerns over what happened that fateful night by calling the attack a “phony scandal.” As an American citizen, I find such a description of an attack that left 4 Americans to fend for themselves and die offensive.

New evidence has come to light via White House emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Judicial Watch, in which it is clear that the administration has been engaging in a cover up from day 1 over what happened in Benghazi. The administration blamed the attack on a spontaneous demonstration in response to a You Tube video, even though they knew that this was not the reason for the attack.  In addition, the administration removed reliable security detail from the Benghazi compound and replaced it with Libyan security personnel, who Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens deemed unreliable. The cause of the attack in Benghazi did not fit the administration’s narrative that Al Qaeda was on the run.

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer stated that the newly released White House email on the Benghazi talking points is the “equivalent of what was discovered with the Nixon tapes.” Krauthammer is correct. At least President Nixon had the decency to resign once the truth about Watergate came to light. In contrast, this administration keeps covering up each lie with more lies rather than take responsibility for what happened. The reason that Benghazi is so important is that, by covering up what happened, the Obama administration is demonstrating its willingness to use the military and intelligence agencies to lie in order to win an election. Lying to the American people seems to be a pattern of this administration. Remember this?

In lying about what really caused the attack in Benghazi, this administration is in essence telling us that they would rather put politics above the security of the American people. This is not only true of President Obama, this is also true of former Secretary of State and possible 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  Secretary Clinton deliberately repeated the lie to the families of the Benghazi victims and to the American people about a You Tube video being the cause of the Benghazi attack. She also lied to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, claiming that she had no knowledge of the security situation in Benghazi. However, House Republicans released a report stating that Clinton signed off on denying additional security to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. So which is it? Was she unaware of the security situation in Benghazi, or was she aware, but did not want to admit her knowledge of the situation?

Even if Clinton was not directly responsible for responding to cables from the Benghazi consulate requesting additional security, the buck stops with the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State is responsible for organizing and supervising all employees in the State Department and is responsible for the supervision of interdepartmental activities of the U.S. government overseas.

Clinton has a pattern of lying. In fact, she was fired from her job with the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation for lying and for unethical behavior.  Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has said that Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State leading up to the killing of 4 Americans in Benghazi, including Ambassador Stevens, are “inexcusable, it was a dereliction of duty, and it should preclude [Clinton] from holding higher office.” Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) has stated that, in regard to Clinton, “anyone who would just throw away 200 years of military ethos and leave our men behind to be murdered” should “never be considered as a commander in chief.”

While Clinton certainly deserves blame for denying security requests that led to the deaths of Ambassador Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty, what about President Obama? Where was he that fateful night? Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor admitted that President Obama was not in the White House Situation Room the night of September 11, 2012.

The White House was careful to release this photograph of President Obama and his national security team monitoring the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.

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Why was no such photograph taken during the Benghazi attack released?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced this week that the House will finally form a Select Committee on Benghazi. Here are some questions to which the Select Committee should get answers:

If there is no cover up with regard to the Benghazi attack, then why did there have to be a lawsuit to obtain relevant White House documents? Why was additional security to the Benghazi consulate denied? Did President Obama sign a Cross Border Authority as only he could do as Commander in Chief so that the military could get to Benghazi? Many people talk about a stand down order, but what if no order to go into Benghazi was ever given? Who was in charge that night? Where was Secretary Clinton that night? Why was the military not prepared to come to Americans’ aid in an unstable country on September 11 of all dates?

What questions do you think the Select Committee needs to answer? Who do you think the Select Committee should subpoena to obtain such answers?

The day after the attack on Benghazi, President Obama allegedly skipped that day’s intelligence briefing so that he could attend a Las Vegas fundraiser for his reelection campaign.  This timeline illustrates the events leading up to the attack in Benghazi:

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The actions of President Obama, Secretary Clinton and the administration show a lack of integrity and a callous disregard for American security. If this attack was covered up just to save face so that President Obama could win reelection, then we should all be disgusted and outraged. The families of Stevens, Woods, Smith and Doherty deserve to know the truth about why no one saved their children that fateful night. All Americans deserve nothing less than the truth about what happened in Benghazi. To call Benghazi a “phony scandal” is despicable. The truth, Mr. President, is anything but phony.

The Voter ID Conundrum

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This week a federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law, stating that  a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters. This ruling means that Wisconsin’s voter ID law has been invalidated and that people in that state will no longer be required to show an ID when they head to the polls this Fall. Democrats believe that requiring people to show a state sponsored ID at the polls will lead to voter suppression because it will place a costly burden on low income and minority voters.

How ironic is it, then, that Wisconsin residents, for example, can obtain a free ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Voter IDs are free in several other states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania and Arkansas.

Democrats like to argue that Republicans are racist for wanting  fair elections by requiring a photo ID to vote. You know what else is apparently racist? Pollution. But I digress.

Democrats clearly have a low opinion of minorities and low income citizens. The argument that minorities are too stupid to not only obtain a photo ID but to furnish a photo ID at the polls is racist, disrespectful and insulting. Requiring a free ID for voting does not in any way harm low income citizens. By railing against an ID requirement, Democrats are in essence advocating non-citizens to vote. This, coupled with their push for amnesty of illegal immigrants, is interesting and shows the transparency of Democrats’ motives. Democrats do not care about minority or low income citizens. They care about increasing their voting base. Democrats will insult minorities so that they can gain politically. People need to wake up and see how demoralizing their position is.

Being required to show a photo ID in certain circumstances is neither inconvenient nor is it oppressive. Here are 24 things for which you are required to show your state sponsored photo ID:

1. To purchase alcohol.
2. To purchase cigarettes.
3. To open a bank account.
4. To apply for food stamps. Oh, snap! No pun intended.
5. To apply for welfare.
6. To apply for Social Security.
7. To apply for a job.
8. To rent or buy a home.
9. To drive a car.
10. To get on an airplane.
11. To get married.
12. To purchase a gun.
13. To adopt a pet.
14. To rent a hotel room.
15. To apply for a hunting license.
16. To buy a cell phone.
17. To gamble in a casino.
18. To pick up a prescription.
19. To purchase certain over the counter cold medications.
20. To hold a protest.
21. To donate blood.
22. To buy an M rated video game.
23. To purchase nail polish at CVS.
24. To apply for Medicaid.

Here is a map showing how voter ID laws vary by state.

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Since Democrats will beat the “requiring a voter ID is racist” drum until the cows come home, here’s an idea. How about Republicans help people obtain a state sponsored voter ID? Help people make sure they have the correct documents that are required to obtain a voter ID. Take people to the DMV so that they may obtain a voter ID. Turn the tables on the Democrats. Republicans can show citizens how much they care about preserving their right to vote by helping them obtain voter IDs.  Then maybe people will realize how low of an opinion Democrats have of them.

If You Don’t Vote, Then You Can’t Complain

This bears repeating: If you don’t vote, then you can’t complain.

What happens when people do not vote in elections? New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio happens. Only 24% of registered New York voters voted in the 2013 Mayoral election. Why didn’t Republicans vote for his opponent, Joe Lhota? Because they thought a DeBlasio landslide was inevitable. That’s pathetic.

In New Jersey, only 24% of registered New Jersey voters voted in the 2013 Senate special election, in which Cory Booker defeated Steve Lonegan.

Are you really not going to vote because you think a landslide is inevitable? A radical progressive, to the left of Fidel Castro, is now the Mayor of New York City and the former Mayor of Newark, one of the most crime ridden and corrupt cities in America, is now a Senator because of that thought process. This needs to change.

This brings me to a similar point. I often hear fellow conservatives say that they will not vote for a candidate who is not conservative enough and would rather stay home than vote for a RINO (Republican In Name Only). Let’s think about this. I admire people for standing up for their principles and I do think the country would be better off if we had more principled conservatives in Congress. However, a non vote is a vote for a Democrat. A vote for a third party candidate is a vote for a Democrat. Before you all yell at me and call me a RINO lover, hear me out.

The strategy of purging RINOs in the primary elections is an admirable one. I do think that we should all fight for the candidates we want at the primary level. But, if your conservative candidate loses the primary to a RINO, do not stay home in November. You may not be crazy about the McConnells, McCains and Grahams of the Congressional world, but you should still vote for them in the general election. Why, you ask? Two words: Harry Reid. Do you really want Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader again? This is the same person who called people who were adversely affected by Obamacare liars. On the House side, I have two more words for you: Nancy Pelosi. Are you going to stay home and hand the Speakership to a person who pushed Obamacare through and continues to defend it to this day? I certainly hope not.

If neither Harry Reid nor Nancy Pelosi are reason enough for you to vote for a less than ideal candidate, then remember that Democrats and Democrats only brought us Obamacare. Democrats only are celebrating the fact that more Americans have become unemployed as a result of this disastrous law. Democrats only want to tax us into oblivion while spending money we don’t have, leaving our children and grandchildren saddled with mountains of debt. Democrats only are using political correctness as a weapon against our First Amendment rights. Democrats only are defending the IRS’ abusive actions against Tea Party organizations. Democrats only are clamoring for the expansion of government power and the welfare state. Democrats only believe that minorities are too stupid to be able to get an ID so that they may vote. Democrats only have repeatedly lied to us and told us that if we liked our health care plan and our doctors that we could keep them. Democrats only have given President Obama a pat on the back for intervening militarily in Libya without Congressional approval. Democrats only are trying to take away your Second Amendment rights. Democrats only celebrated voter fraud by embracing Melowese Richardson.

If you still think that Democrat victories aren’t so bad, I urge you to take a trip to Detroit, a city that has been under Democrat control since 1962.

If you still decide to stay home and not vote because either you live in a blue state and think a Democrat victory is inevitable or because the Republican candidate isn’t conservative enough, and you don’t like the direction in which our country is headed, then you can’t complain. Most states are more conservative then you might think. If you would still prefer to not vote and to remain perpetually aggrieved, then consider joining the Democrat party.  There is no such thing as a perfect candidate, but there is such a thing as sitting back and refusing to participate in the voting process and allowing Democrats to further destroy our country. That is unforgivable.