Breast-Feeding the Children – At Least Those Who Survive

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Well, the left is predictable if nothing else. Surprise – it’s the kickoff to “World Breast-Feeding Week.” What an odd coincidence that an article just happened to be posted at the New York Times just days before the commencement of “World Breast-Feeding Week.”

We’ve all heard the claim by attorney Elizabeth Beck that Donald Trump had an absolute meltdown during a 2011 deposition. The innocent Ms. Beck merely asked if she could take an hour break to pump some milk for her three-month-old daughter.

That’s when Trump “got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and screamed, ‘You’re disgusting, you’re disgusting,’ and he ran out of there,” Beck told CNN.

Yet both Trump and his attorney recall the incident a bit differently. Attorney Allen Garten said, “She was disgusting. She was attempting to breast-feed – to pump in the middle of a deposition, in a deposition room with five lawyers and was not excusing herself.” Garten said that Beck had “orchestrated the stunt because, ‘she ran out of questions and she didn’t know what to do.’”

Beck said Trump displayed a “lack of self-control,” and added, “What kind of leader of the United States would that be? Is he going to behave that way when these negotiating treaties with China or Russia?” read more

Podcast – Shocker: Republican Leadership Hates Ted Cruz – They All Want You To Hate Donald Trump

In this episode I discuss the courage of Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, for calling out Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, repeatedly calling him a liar, because that’s what he did and that’s who McConnell is. I also discuss The Donald and how he continues to befuddle the left, the pundit class and the smarter than you and me pollsters. They just can’t understand why people love him.
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Podcast – We Will Make You Love the New Bruce Jenner – Donald Trump Goes After John McCain

In this episode I discuss that those who wish to push the trans-agenda are not content with mere tolerance. Now we must embrace and rejoice the faux-transformation of Bruce Jenner. Only then will they be satisfied – for about five minutes. And The Donald is at it again. This time he’s going after John “the Maverick” McCain in response to a comment by McCain about Trump. It classic Donald! read more

The Cruz-Trump Meeting – What Does It Mean?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So what are we to make of the Cruz/Trump meeting this past Wednesday? Many have reported on it but both candidates are fairly mum. Prior to the meeting Trump said: “I don’t know why I’m meeting with him, to be honest, but I do have respect for him.”

Some would say that the comment is a bit a they swipe at Cruz, but I believe it’s just Trump being Trump. I think he likes being the maverick by portraying his candidacy as him against the entire Republican Party. And for the most part, at least thus far, he’s been pretty successful. Not that he necessarily has a strategy, but if this is it, it’s working.

I also think he may have been a bit taken aback by Cruz’s support of his illegal immigration “straight talk.” I’m guessing he expected the entire field to run away from his stance, if he thought about it at all.

But then Ted Cruz stepped up to defend him. So now it appears they are unlikely allies, at least on this one issue. And as far as The Donald saying what he said about the meeting with Cruz – I don’t buy it.

Sure, Cruz can definitely use an ally like Trump at this point, and he’s certainly intelligent enough not to go all in with Trump. But The Donald will need Cruz also. He can possibly be Trump’s voice of reason if and when he starts going off the rails – especially in the debates. read more

It’s Time For Some Radical Conservatism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We on the right are sick and tired of quiet, measured conservatism. We need a fighter, and this is the soul reason Donald Trump has had so much success in such a short time.

We’re sick of the Bush’s kinder and gentler, compassionate conservative line-of-crap approach. We want – we need a warrior. Donald Trump has discovered this and has tapped into it. No one else on the right has seemingly figured this out – not even my man Ted Cruz.

There’s only one problem. Yes, Trump is definitely a warrior, but he’s no conservative.

Many on the right (me included) have stated that it’s perfectly reasonable to change one’s mind on any issue, but to do so requires a kind of come-to-Jesus moment, as it were – a reflective or life changing event. I’m not talking about waking up one day to realize you all of the sudden prefer creamy over chunky peanut butter. I’m talking big issues.

Yet regarding something major like immigration, taxes, abortion and support of Democrats, I’ve neither seen nor heard of such events to cause me to believe Trump is the me man he says he is, or more to the point – the man people want so desperately to see him as.

As an aside: does this sound familiar? Is this not exactly what we said of Obama – that people just wished him to be, therefore he was?

I’m not here to bash Trump. I actually think he’s doing yeoman’s work driving the issue bus, but we need a firebrand who is a conservative through and through. read more

In Defense of The Donald

by: the Common Constitutionalist

As republicans our number one job – our overarching, maybe our only concern is to not upset anyone – particularly protected groups. We can’t say anything about the overwhelming and disproportionate amount of black crime, black murders, etc. They say this will anger the “black community.” We can’t stand up against same-sex marriage or any LGBT cause or we’ll anger the gay community. And we darn sure can’t have anything but respect and reverence for people who cross our southern border illegally, particular Mexicans. That is certain to cause ever single person of Latin heritage to instantly and forever turn against us.

And Donald Trump has broken this most important commandment, for he dared to be brutally honest about what’s really happening on the border and who is making the crossing. read more

I Really Wish I Could Support Trump

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I really want to like Donald Trump. I really wish I could support The Donald, but if you’ve read anything I’ve written about him you’ll understand I just can’t – but I want to.

Right now he is saying what every conservative is thinking. We on the right have been craving a candidate who will take it to the left – no backing down – no compromise. And Trump is filling the bill – like Newt Gingrich on steroids.

Many would say – yeah well – it’s all an act. He knows his audience and he’s playing right to them – telling them what they want to hear. While I agree that he is a showman and he is playing to the audience, this is no act.

What we see is who he is. He’s rich and he’s powerful and he relishes any opportunity to say so. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s about time we heard from someone who is not ashamed of their wealth, especially because he earned it.

The fact is I do on some level, really enjoy Trump. I’ve heard he is a nice guy, but he’s also an arrogant loud mouth. Yet you can’t help but smile when he’s verbally beating down the left. We can’t help but react with a, “Yeah – go get um!” And really, there’s nothing wrong with that, to a point. read more

The Popular Progressive Populism of The Donald

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A couple of days ago Donald Trump appeared on Mark Levin’s radio program. Frankly I was surprised Trump agreed, considering in 2011 Mediaite  reported that Mark said the following about Trump: “Levin was on fire as he provided a series of arguments to discredit nearly every perceived benefit of a Trump candidacy. Suggesting Trump’s proposal for a tariff on goods from China is as horrible of an idea as many of Trump’s other past positions, Levin said even if ‘all your supporters are going to give you a pass on every damn thing you’ve ever said or done’ Levin will not be along for the ride. And in his final parting shot, since Trump repeatedly argues his success as a businessman would make him a great President, Levin humorously concludes, ‘if I follow your logic, Bill Gates ought to be President of the United States because he’s worth ten times what you are too, and yet when it comes to economics and government he’s an airhead just like you.’”

But Mark was more than kind and allowed Trump to speak his mind, even paying him a compliment saying that he got a call from his father who said, “I like this guy. He says what he needs to say. He’s standing up for America.”

Mark was discussing with The Donald just why his message appears to be resonating. Mark said, “number one you’re not a Washington guy, number two, you’re a successful businessman and number three, you’re talking up America.” Trump responded by saying that it’s because people are sick and tired of our stupid representatives. “They’re giving away our jobs, they’re giving away our money, they’re giving away our manufacturing, they’re giving away everything – we get nothing.”

And then Trump uttered his all-too-familiar refrain that China and Mexico are kicking our butts. He cited the case of a Ford plant being built in Mexico for $2.5 billion, to make trucks and cars and parts and ship them right back to the United States. “We get nothing,” he says. “We get no jobs, we get no tax, we get nothing.” read more

Firebrands All

What do Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie & Donald Trump have in common. If you said, none of them are conservative, you’d be right. What else?

If you said they’re popular with conservatives, you’d also be correct.

There is one other thing they have in common that is very attractive to conservatives. If you guessed, all three of them are firebrands, you’d be right again. Wow, you’re good.

By firebrands, I mean political brawlers that stand up to the press & to the libs. They don’t take the usual crap mushy milk toast republicans have been taking like mutes for decades. We as proud conservatives have been putting up with leftist crap for most of our adult lives, all the time wondering why our elected representatives can’t grow a spine & tell the media & other leftists as it is.

When a public figure finally does confront the onslaught, we all stand up and cheer, proclaiming, it’s about time someone said what I am thinking. You go, so & so, stick it to um. Tell me I’m wrong. We’ve all done it. Then the very next thought is, how come my guy can’t do that? Why can’t my guy be the political pugilist I’ve been longing for?

The problem that faces me is that none of these firebrands, as I already stated, are conservative.

Chris Christie is a northeast moderate-to-liberal republican. He is more fiscally conservative than socially, but he is no true conservative. Folks love him though; like very conservative Ann Coulter. Her & Christie are kindred spirits in that I think they both enjoy slamming lefties. She has no problem looking beyond the fact he is a moderate, al la Romney. I assume she thinks it’s more important to fight back than where one actually stands on any given issue.

In Donald Trump, the public sees the same thing; someone who will stand up & call out Barack, the chosen one, without fear of retribution. The Donald isn’t afraid of it. His only fear is of losing the spotlight. I believe Trump is a chameleon. He is whatever he perceives the public needs him to be.

Anyone who has read my blog recently, knows how I feel about Newt. I fully understand what is attractive about him. So does he. Believe me when I say he will continue down this aggressive path. Why not? It’s working for him. He is presenting himself as the “Defender of the Faith”, fighting on our behalf.

Newt is the only one who has figured out that this is a popularity contest. He has come to the correct conclusion that our side has been yearning for someone to pick a fight with the pompous left & make them look like the in the tank shills that they are.

My fear going forward is that ideas & ideals will get lost as more and more seemingly intelligent conservatives join the fight just for the fights sake.

Quick Hits

Trump is a Jerk:
Donald Trump supporters have met an official ballot deadline in Texas, paving the way for the business mogul to become a third-party candidate there, a source close to Trump tells The Blaze. Trump himself acknowledged the filing in a statement.

According to an email sent by the source to The Blaze on Sunday night, Trump supporters filed paperwork on Friday to create the “Make America Great Again Party,” giving Trump the opportunity — should he take advantage of it — to be on the primary ballot.

Attribution: The Blaze

Background checks up Again:
According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas.

It was the highest number ever in a single month, surpassing the previous record set in November.

On Dec 23 alone there were
102,222 background checks, making it the second busiest single day for buying guns in history.

The actual number of guns bought may have been even higher if individual customers took home more than one each.
Explanations for America’s surge in gun buying include that it is a response to the stalled economy with people fearing crime waves. Another theory is that buyers are rushing to gun shops because they believe tighter firearms laws will be introduced in the future.

The National Rifle Association said people were concerned about self-defense because police officer numbers were declining.

A spokesman said: “I think there’s an increased realization that when something bad occurs it’s going to be between them and the criminal.”

Attribution: UK Telegraph

Occupy the Classroom:
Does getting pepper-sprayed count as extra credit?

Columbia University is offering a new course on Occupy Wall Street next semester — sending upperclassmen and grad students into the field for full course credit.

[Just a little editorial side note. The cost, per credit at Columbia is between $2000.00 & $3800.00. That does include room, board, transportation, books, etc.]

The class is taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, who boasts about her nights camped out in Zuccotti Park.

As many as 30 students will be expected to get involved in ongoing OWS projects outside the classroom, the syllabus says.

The class will be in the anthropology department and called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.” It will be divided between seminars at the Morningside Heights campus and fieldwork.

On her blog, Appel defends OWS, arguing that “it is important to push back against the rhetoric of ‘disorganization’ or ‘a movement without a message’ coming from left, right and center.”

Attribution: NY Post