Fox News Trump Cup Runneth Over With Misinformation

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I’ve heard about all I need to hear from the Trump cabin boys and girls on Fox News. This is why I decided to stay clear of recent political commentary, at least domestically.

But to the victors go the spoils and one of those spoils is the rewriting of history. Yes, those who win the day – those who conquer have the advantage of the “bully pulpit,” and as such are able to wantonly make false claims with very little blowback from the truth-telling minority.

These false claims quickly gain traction with the ill-informed or purposely ignorant until, over time, the false claims become what pass for true historical account.

I’m speaking specifically of the Republican convention, Ted Cruz’s speech, the crowd’s coerced reaction and the obvious and calculated effort by Trump to upstage Cruz. I am also speaking of the pitiful display by Fox News “analysts” in their attempt to crush Cruz and his supporters once and for all.

As an aside: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We Cruz “supporters” are not sycophantic supporters of a man. We are supporters of ideas and ideals. Unlike the Trump rump-swabs, if Cruz betrays these, we’ll run from him as we have done from others. 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

Fox is Bleeding Viewers – I Wonder Why?

By: the Common Constitutionalist

Remember during the first Fox News debate in August of 2015, Megyn Kelly gave every appearance of an operative charged by some higher authority to take out The Donald. It looked as if she was (verbally) attacking Trump – and it sure appeared purposeful. At the time a number of conservatives, me included, came to his assistance, crying foul.

I wrote of how disheartened I was by the Fox Moderators. You may review the article here.

I began my review of that debate by positing the theory that is was the RNC and the establishment who were hell-bent to take out Trump and was frankly surprised to see Fox was charged with the task.

As an aside – it’s interesting to go back and review others and my stance on the candidates several months ago and how things have evolved since. I personally went from being impressed with what Trump had to say and his bravado in doing so to not so much. He was quite refreshing and attractive – at first.

Anyway, in February, Gateway Pundit posted an article entitled: “After Months of Constant Attacks on GOP Front-Runner Trump – Conservatives Lose Faith in FOX News.” read more

Debate Numero Uno

by: the Common Constitutionalist

On Thursday rumor had it that instructions had gone out from the RNC or other establishment inner circles to take Trump out during Thursday night’s debate. Those of us who heard the rumor figured one or more of the candidates would be charged with the task.

Who knew it would turn out to be the Fox News team of moderators – or at least two of the three. As it turned out, not one candidate stepped up to take down Trump in any sustained way. It was left up to the two moderators Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly. Bret Baier appeared to remain above the fray.

Personally, I haven’t liked Wallace for years. He’s been on the establishment team for a while now. But Kelly was a major disappointment. I thought she was better, and fairer than this. But she too has shown herself to be just another establishment toady.

From the very beginning of the debate, I recall talking out loud to the TV, saying that this was going to be a night of gotcha questions. And that’s what it turned out to be. Whoever the establishment wanted targeted would be taken out, and tonight it was Trump. Next time and maybe someone else.

But the other candidates either didn’t get the memo or simply chose not to play the game. They seemed content to just let it play out. Her motivation seemed apparent when Kelly asked Trump to explain his one-man war on women. When he tried to make a joke of it, she turned cold as ice. She acted like a rhymes-with-witch. At that point it appeared to be a perfect opportunity for one of the other big tent candidates to join in the fray. But none did. read more

Podcast – Jeb Bush Wants Amnesty – America Looking Like Nazi Germany & An 11 Year Old College Graduate

In this episode I discuss Jeb Bush’s interview with Megyn Kelly on illegal immigration and his all too predictable stance. Is America started to become like Nazi Germany. The similarities are striking, and a California youngster graduates college with no less than three degrees at the age of 11.
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No Negotiation on Amnesty

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Yesterday, Fox news reported that “The Republican-led House voted Wednesday to overturn president Obama’s immigration actions from last November – and to unravel a directive from 2012 protecting immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children – sending the bill to the Senate where it faces an uncertain fate. The House voted 236-191 to approve the legislation, which funds the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year to the tune of $40 billion. But as part of that bill, Republicans added provisions to gut the president’s immigration directives.”

“We do not take this action lightly, but simply there is no alternative,” House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday. “It’s not a dispute between the parties or even between the branches of our government. This executive overreach is an affront to the rule of law and to the Constitution itself.”

Okay – got all that? So our Republican House voted overwhelmingly to fund the precious Department of Homeland Security. Naturally, we can’t muck about with our security. Not with all the threats of terrorism. And we all know Republicans always fully fund the military and Homeland, because we’re all hawks, we revere the military and want to keep the country safe.

But just because the name has “security” in it, doesn’t mean it must be blindly funded. I bet Homeland could get by just fine on half that, but anyone who dares suggest such a notion would be accused of subverting our security. But I digress. read more

Fox News Emerson is not Such an Idiot

By: the Common Constitutionalist

So Fox News security analyst Security analyst Steven Emerson said last Sunday that “non-Muslims just simply don’t go in” to the city, during a discussion of multiculturalism in Britain after last week’s Paris attacks.

Emerson was speaking of the city of Birmingham England, when he claimed “The whole city is Muslim.” Emerson has been mocked and verbally Emersonattacked mercilessly for his claim.

Prime Minister David Cameron called Emerson a “complete idiot”, for claiming the city is totally Muslim. Emerson has been corrected many times by various left leaning publications and news outlets, saying that Birmingham is only 22% Muslim.

And of course – how could 22% of any city’s population take over the whole thing. That’s just absurd, right?

An interesting side note: In 1933, Hitler’s Nazi party had about 2 million members, a little over 2.5% of the 67 million German population. Sometimes, it doesn’t take many. A small minority of determined radicals can do great and disproportionate damage. Just look at the Obama administration! read more

Lawmakers Can Take Your Property

Motel owner Russell Caswell wasn’t expecting to find himself at the center of a national controversy when FBI agents came knocking on his door.

They said they wanted his Tewksbury, Mass., business – and the land it was on – because they suspected it was a hotbed for drug-dealing and prostitution. The agents, who were working with state and local authorities, told a disbelieving Caswell they had the right to take the property, valued at as much as $1.5 million, through a legal process known as civil forfeiture.

Caswell, 70, fought back, and the case turned into one of the nation’s most contentious civil forfeiture fights ever – and one that legal experts say sheds light on a little-known practice that, when abused, is tantamount to policing for profit.

Civil forfeiture is when police and prosecutors seize property, cars or cash from someone they suspect of wrongdoing. It differs from criminal forfeiture cases, where prosecutors typically must prove a person is guilty or reach a settlement before freezing funds or selling property. In civil forfeiture, authorities don’t have to prove guilt, file charges or obtain a conviction before seizing private property. Critics say it is a process ripe for abuse, and one which leaves citizens little means of fighting back. read more

Conservatives Versus the Establishment

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 You have 2 Options. Read the article or listen to the Podcast.

 

Question: If conservatives are such losers, why do the Democrats wish to dispatch them so early? If the voters consider conservatives and the Tea Party a bunch of Bible thumping hayseed extremists, why don’t the Dems root for their success in the primaries?

 

Why doesn’t Democrat strategist Joe Trippi jump on the Matt Bevin bandwagon – try to defeat the great Mitch McConnell – thus enabling the Democrats to defeat the “fringe” Bevin in the general election?

 

After all, no one in their right mind would vote for a “Wacko Bird” (thank you John McCain) like Matt Bevin. But that’s not going to happen.

 

And why? Because the left will always tell you with whom they are afraid. The more afraid they are of an opponent the more they appear to discount that opponent. That’s their tell – to put it in poker terms. read more