Phase One Goes Down in Flames

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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I’ve been watching the tube (that’s a television, for all you younger readers) and listening to the radio, collecting reaction to the Ryan health insurance proposal. The Democrats aside – it seems there was strong support for the bill.

The establishment Republicans were all on board, as well as die hard Trump supporters.

Then there were the House Freedom Caucus members, who were firmly against it. The most vocal Senate opponents were the usual suspects and real conservatives, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Count me in their camp.

Not surprisingly, virtually everyone on a certain cable news channel supported the Ryan bill – not for Ryan’s sake, but because president Trump was on board. What I did find a little surprising and a bit disturbing is that the majority of conservative radio talkers were also for the bill. Check that. They weren’t backing Ryan and the bill. They appeared to be on board in defense of Trump’s decision to support it. To me this seems misguided and frankly sycophantic.

I still hold that president Trump was sold a bill of goods by Republicans. Sure, he’s a smart guy, but even smart guys can be fooled. read more

Outsider Trump has Become an Establishment Insider

by: the Common Constitutionalist

There are some strange goings on over at the Trump campaign. The kind of thing that should give pause to diehard Trumpists. It won’t, but it should. His supporters will just attempt to explain it away or label anyone questioning as mindless drones controlled by “Lyin Ted.”

I’m speaking about Trump’s sudden, seemingly odd love affair with establishment Republicans. By literally ostracizing Ted Cruz, he has also virtually cut himself off from the conservative base – the real conservative base.

Many, me included, proved that the Trump campaign knew well before Cruz’s speech at the convention that Ted would not endorse Donald Trump. Reince Priebus at the RNC knew as well, but instead of attempting to mend fences, Trump and the RNC decided this would be an opportunity to jettison Cruz and a good portion of the true conservative base.

Mark Levin, Glenn Beck and others have reminded us of Jeb Bush’s grand strategy to win the election. Coincidentally, this appears to be a similar strategy, although Trump has at least secured the nomination.

And now Trump appears to be all in with Priebus, the RNC and establishment Republicans. Somehow, this time around it will be a winning formula. It didn’t work for Bob Dole, John McCain or Mitt Romney – and George W. Bush had to pretend to be conservative to win. So did his dad, George H.W. Bush, claiming his presidency would be Reagan’s third term. read more

Two Republican Titans Dump Trump

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Notice I didn’t say conservatives – but I’ll get to that.

A couple of Republican heavyweights have bolted on The Donald. Both George Will and W’s former treasury secretary, Henry “Hank” Paulson have jumped ship. More accurately, neither was ever on the good ship Trump and were most likely never to come aboard anyway, so really it’s not a huge loss.

But they didn’t just leave. They did so in a less than cordial and highly publicized manner. Of course, being public figures, it would be difficult for either of them to do so under the radar.

It’s not that they left that bugs me. It’s the fact that the American press treats these two establishment darlings as true conservatives. But maybe they are conservatives – just not constitutional conservatives. After all, the definition of a conservative is one who wishes “to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or restore traditional ones, and to limit change.” And they sure do want to do that. They want to preserve the establishment “existing condition,” where big government reigns supreme, but they are in charge.

George Will is now an independent, having no affiliation with either major party. He did so, “After Trump went after the ‘Mexican’ judge from northern Indiana then Paul Ryan endorsed him, I decided that, in fact, this was not my party anymore,” Will said on Fox News Sunday. read more

And Then There Was One

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I am not a #NeverTrump guy. I never have been. I’ve jokingly said things like it, but I was never #NeverTrump. I also said I was never an “Only Cruz” guy. Like Levin, Beck and very few other prominent conservatives, I have become an “Always Constitution” voter. Cruz was our guy because he was the closest we may ever come to “Always Constitution.”

From the start, I didn’t care who the nominee was, as long as they could remain true to the Constitution. I understand being true to the Constitution is impossible today, even for Ted, but if Jeb Bush came out early on and had a provable, demonstrable conversion to constitutional conservatism, I could have just as easily been a Jeb Bush guy. Fat chance of that happening.

This is what many don’t seem to understand, or if they do, they don’t disseminate, either accidentally or purposely. For some #NeverTrump folks I’m sure their opposition is establishment sour grapes, but not for voters like us.

Rush, Sean, virtually the entire Fox News Crew and many other conservatives only characterize #NeverTrump voters as the establishment. You must be one or the other. Very rarely, if ever do they mention real principled constitutionalists as those who cannot and will not pull the lever for The Donald. This is quite frustrating.

I believe I know why they do it. I think it’s a veiled attempt to convince us that to abstain from voting for Trump is a defacto vote for Hillary, thus becoming unwitting stooges for the establishment RINOs. Naturally no conservative wants to be classified as an establishment stooge, so therefore we must get on board the Trump train to prove our anti-establishment bona-fides. read more

Establishment Hacks Line Up for Cruz Apology

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It’s been reported that the old guard of establishment Republicans have asked Ted Cruz to be the one to mend fences in order to garner their support. Some might rather call them the senior statesmen of the GOP. Well, they are definitely “senior,” but hardly “statesmen.”

It was first reported by CNN this past Tuesday, roughly two weeks after Senator John Cornyn called Cruz following his UUGE victory in Texas on March 1st, to broach the topic of Cruz speaking to the Senate GOP Conference for calling out Mitch McConnell as the lying sack of **** that he is.

Does anyone else find it odd that we’re just hearing about this now and that it appeared to be leaked to CNN and not some conservative journal? I’m just asking.

Could it be that they waited until Super-Duper Tuesday, wanting first to see how the candidates fared? Could one then surmise that the thinking of the establishment, to make this public, may now be that they have some leverage against Cruz to fall in line in order to win their backing and thus the nomination? This kind of thinking I would not put past them, for surely this is what any one of them would do. After one sells his or her soul, what’s a little apology. read more

Republicans May Prefer the Devil They Know

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Might the establishment republican power brokers actually prefer Ted Cruz to Donald Trump? The left wing website Yahoo News thinks so.

Could it really be that the country club, French republicans (hat tip – Mark Levin) line up behind the most hated Senator in world history? According to Matt Bai at Yahoo, the republicans may very well decide they prefer “the devil they know to the daredevil they don’t.”

Bai says, “in conversations with a half dozen of the leading Republican strategists and lobbyists this week, it became clear that a solid consensus is forming as to which guy they would rather see get the keys.”

It’s beginning to look like Bai may be right. Heck, even Lindsey Graham, the poster child of the jelly filled center of the party has warmed to Cruz – something I certainly would have never guessed. Graham went from likening the choice between Trump and Cruz as a one between being shot or poisoned, to him saying: “I can’t believe I would say yes, but yes,” to rallying around Cruz. read more

Conservative Talkers Mislabel Trump as an Insurgent

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I never thought I’d say this, certainly about things political, but in my opinion, Rush is wrong – wrong about Donald Trump. He’s not the only one. Other conservative talkers appear to have the same opinion of The Donald.

Trump and Cruz have been labeled by Rush, Hannity and others as the two outsiders – the two “insurgent” candidates. I think everyone agrees on the right and left that this accurately describes Ted Cruz. Everyone whose life and livelihood is directly dependent on the federal government hates and fears him. He’s been an ardent originalist for his entire adult life. And what scares them most is that Cruz is NOT a dealmaker.

Trump, on the other hand, is a recent and rather radical convert to the conservative movement. Every position he holds so dear today is directly opposed to his positions of years gone by.

Now, this would be fine if The Donald could adequately describe his transformation. But he doesn’t. He merely claims that he is the most conservative on the border and healthcare and education, etc. It’s his supporters who simply choose to believe because they want so badly to do so. Obama supporters did the same thing. read more

It’s Trump’s Judgment We Should Be Questioning

By: the Common Constitutionalist

A woman called into the Rush Limbaugh radio program a couple of days ago. She declared that, “I’m a conservative. My family members are conservatives. Several family members said they will not vote if Donald Trump gets the nomination. I’m concerned the same thing will happen like the last election.” She insisted that it wasn’t her saying this – it’s her family members.

The caller explained that her family members think Trump “is very rough around the edges, that he’s unpredictable. At least with Hillary you know you can’t get any worse than Obama. So because Trump is unpredictable, they’re not willing to vote at all.”

Now, personally I think what separates us from the democrats (other than everything) is our knowledge. The democrats are not called low information voters for nothing. Where we strive to and take pride in being informed prior to voting, the average democrat voter certainly does not. They can’t be bothered to look beyond the sound bites that Hillary tosses out about gun violence, the minimum wage, immigration and income inequality. A 30 second commercial is more than sufficient to sway a democrat voter. read more

Everyone Fears Ted Cruz

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Yes, Cruz is the real deal. No need to take my word for it. Just look and listen. It’s as Limbaugh says: the left and the establishment right will always tell you who they fear the most.

Sure, they hate both Trump and Cruz. The hatred for Trump is understandable, from their standpoint. He makes republicans look bad – he’s intolerant and generally causes them embarrassment. But the antipathy for Cruz is born of fear. They fear the end of the government gravy train if he get’s elected. They fear that with Cruz at the helm, Americans may just discover they don’t actually need Washington involved in every facet of their lives. They fear an uncompromising Constitutional standard bearer as head of the party.

So their strategy is to send out trusted surrogates to trash the candidate and place the seed of doubt in voter’s minds (and big money backers) that a Cruz nomination will surely equal a Hillary win.

Case in point: Moderate republican shill and former George W. Bush communications director Nicolle Wallace said in an interview regarding Ted Cruz: “He is truly despised [by republicans] – he his not a team player” and is apparently the king of “hubris and egomania.” She, like almost all other establishment hacks, pundits and politicians are just plain befuddled, as Wallace, with an uncomfortable laugh, tells the interviewer that Cruz is “at the top of the polls in Iowa, so I think voters are saying they just don’t care.” read more

The Left and Right Are Saddened by Lindsey’s Exit

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It cased you missed it, and it was easy to do, Lindsey Graham has pulled out of the race to become our next president. I’m sure it was a difficult decision, being that he was beginning to pick up momentum. He was after all, gaining in the polls – at last I checked, he had reached the zero percent threshold.

Both the radical left and establishment right are saddened by the news of Graham’s departure. The Weekly Standard, who never met a big government progressive they didn’t like, wrote yesterday of their regret. Michael Warren expressed his disappointment in his article entitled “3 Reasons Lindsey Graham Dropping Out Matters.”

“First, Graham leaves the presidential field without a candidate who has served in the armed forces,” writes Warren. In years gone by I have also expressed my desire to always elect a Commander in Chief with at least some sort of military background or service. But in recent years – certainly recent election cycles, my opinion has changed.

It’s one thing to trust Colonel Allen West as Commander in Chief, but another entirely to elect the likes of John Kerry or John McCain. John Kerry was a disaster from the start and his post Vietnam stance and behavior bordered on traitorous, in my opinion. McCain served with distinction and was a war hero, despite what Trump claims. But McCain sold his soul to the establishment devil long ago, which more than offsets his military qualifications. Lindsey Graham did the same, which makes Warren’s lament pointless. read more