Republicans Final Disappointment on Benghazi

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The latest and final Benghazi report has been issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI) and boy it’s a bombshell. Or is it? And even it is – so what!

USA TODAY reports that, “House Republicans on Tuesday concluded a two-year investigation into the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi with an 800-page report that blames politically motivated bureaucratic delays for failing to prevent or stop the deadly attacks that claimed four American lives.”

Oh there were bureaucratic delays and failures all right – purposeful – and I still believe that this was never as it was reported by the press, nor in the 800 page HSPCI report. The situation in Benghazi was just too weird to be chalked up to bureaucratic bungling. Early on, I wrote about it here and here.

The Republicans found that “despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began,” writes USA TODAY. 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

Conservatives Are Catching On to the Talk Show Double-Tongues

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Well, I have to tell you – I thought very few of us real conservatives recognized the apparent waffling and double-speak by big-time national Talk Radio hosts regarding Donald Trump. But evidently this is becoming a growing issue and frankly it’s nice to see. Independent-minded true Constitution-first conservatives are beginning to call out these hosts.

I’m speaking of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Since they have been on the air, I’ve described these two as unwavering defenders of the Constitution. I, like millions of you, have faithfully listened and agreed with most of their views. They’ve always been straight shooting, honest brokers of the right – and what is right. They say what they mean and mean what they say – which, even if we don’t agree on everything, is all you can ask of anyone.

Along came Glenn Beck and Mark Levin and I thought – great – now conservatism owns the airwaves. From morning through night, we can now count on a like-minded voice in the wilderness of otherwise liberal media. They each have their own unique way of cutting through the bull from liberals and progressive, establishment Republicans. The big four have seen us through political season after political season, giving no quarter to the left or mushy moderate right.

Then came the 2016 Presidential Primary and things began to change. The field was chock-full of candidates – most not having a prayer from the start. But it was and excellent group of people – some with a history and some virtual political unknowns.

The Republican electorate instantly began to gravitate toward these outsiders as they said all the right things – things we never heard the political class say. The non-politician outsiders Trump, Carson and Fiorina took off leaving all but one, Ted Cruz, behind. read more

Is Trump Using the Democrat Playbook?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Is it just me, or do most of the male Trump supporters who call into Talk Radio sound like characters from one of the Godfather movies? It’s like: “Next Caller… Okay – you’re on.” “Yo – this is Vinny and I’m a Trump supportah. And if you don’t support Trump, me and the boys will come work youze ovah.” I’m sorry – that was Trump’s campaign manager.

But seriously, listening to the people who call into Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in support of The Donald are as unhinged as were the Obamites in 2008 – and about as well informed. They seem to call in to Rush and Sean because neither has taken a position and appear to be more sympathetic to Trump.

To date, I have yet to hear a single cogent argument for Trump, or against new public enemy number one – Ted Cruz. And did you know, according to the Trumpists, Ted Cruz is now a Washington insider? Go figure.

Evidently, he is now being branded as a traitor to the “outsider” cause due to the moderates and Washington elites who are beginning to assemble behind him.

A perfect example of this type of caller is one who got through to Rush on Wednesday. He began by saying Cruz is an insider because Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, etc. now support Cruz. As if Cruz courted them or had any say in their endorsements. read more

Iron Mike Ditka Pays the Price for Being Conservative

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Sheeesh! This is second time this week I’ve written about Rush Limbaugh. It does have to do with politics, but thankfully it doesn’t concern the presidential election or the never-ending primary season. I know it’s of vital importance, but frankly the never ending daily doses of it are getting a bit old.

So let’s instead turn our attention to something sports related – sports as it relates to politics.

Some of you may remember that Rush Limbaugh did a short stint as a commentator on the sports network ESPN. If you don’t, that’s okay. It was after all 13 years ago. In 2000 Limbaugh was passed over for a seat on the ABC Monday Night Football crew. They instead went with Dennis Miller. That worked out well – NOT.

Three years later he was offered a position on ESPN’s flagship broadcast, “NFL Sunday Night Countdown,” joining Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Steve Young and Michael Irvin. I recall Rush telling his radio audience that they told him he could speak about anything – that there would be virtually no filter. And he believed them – silly guy. 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

Establishment Republicans: Be Careful What You Wish For

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It’s just bad news after bad news for the republican establishment.

First it was Jeb Bush, who was supposed to be the heir apparent – as if he were the next man up to carry the establish mantle because everyone just assumed it was his turn. And that’s the way the establishment does it – next moderate up. But Jeb has been steadily fading into oblivion, despite his mega-money pac(s).

Jeb has been called low energy by many and I believe there’s a reason for it. I’m not convinced he really even wants the job. I’m sure it’s tough on him, being a legacy and all. Both your father and brother have accomplished it, and now it’s your turn – and you are expected to have the same wants as they. To me, it certainly doesn’t appear he has that “fire in the belly.” I wonder at this point if Jeb is just looking for a graceful way out.

Next up; John Kasich, who briefly flirted with success only to crash back down to earth after his belligerent debate performance. It seems he has now resigned himself to accepting the role of establishment attack dog, probably banking on a job should one of the “preferred” candidates win the day.

Even Marco Rubio is just holding his own, but gaining no ground.

The establishment wing of the party has suddenly found themselves in uncharted waters, and they are dumb founded. It appears no matter what they do to try to unseat the Trumpster is consistently backfiring. With every attack, Trump holds his own or gains in popularity as the darlings of the GOP sink like so many disfavored mafia men wearing cement overshoes. read more

Not a Closet Trump Supporter

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It seems lately I’ve spent an awful lot of time defending the Trumpster, Donald Trump. And frankly, I’ve gotten some feedback that I’m just a closet Trump supporter.

Well, I am, but only on one, maybe two issues. There is his position on illegal immigration, as well as his stance on the military, which is good, as he proclaims that were going to rebuild it – make it powerful again. He also claims he will take care of veterans and that’s great news, depending on how he intends to do it. The rest of his platform, if you can call it that, seems to me to be a lot of ethereal nonsense.

What he never says is how or even if he plans to shrink the government. Which departments does he want to shrink – which does he want to get rid of? He doesn’t have town hall type gatherings, so no one can question him about it. Now this may be because he draws such huge crowds, or it may be by design.

Rush Limbaugh had a segment on his show yesterday, where he spoke that the Republican “brain trust” is warning voters that Trump is just an empty suit. Like Obama in 2008, he has simply mesmerized voters. Rush describes the Republicans as warning us that “Donald J Trump has cast a spell over otherwise well-intentioned and good people who are so fed up and so angry and so marginalized and feel so left out that they are willing to support what may end up destroying the country just to get even with what happened to them eight years ago.”

Rush is indeed right about the Republicans warning us, but the problem is, that none of the same wizards-of-smart warned us about Obama. They didn’t care in 2008, because they already had their establishment guy in John McCain, and that’s the only reason they are warning us now. Their establishment darling, Bush, is getting trounced. read more

It’s Not All Obama’s Fault

By: the Common Constitutionalist

A Couple of days ago Rush Limbaugh took a call from a gentleman who asked “if a constitutional government is the best form of government, and the constitutional government has allowed us to go so far away from the Constitution, would there have been a better way to have gone?”

Rush’s answer was: “The Founding Fathers knew human nature. The people who put together this Constitution understood that it was only a matter of time before power-thirsty and -hungry despots would try to take this country over and turn it into the average, ordinary tyranny that every other country in the world has been or will be.”

And he’s absolutely right about the founders. They were brilliant men who did fully understand human nature. He went on to explain to the caller why we left England and eventually wished to gain our independence from a tyrannical King and government.

Rush then leaped forward to present day, explaining how Congress has willfully given their authority over to Obama – that it’s both the democrats and republicans who have relinquished their Constitutional power of the purse, among other things.

Now, I’ll grant you that Obama and his entire administration may well be the end of the road for an originalist Constitutional Republic, but he is merely the culmination of almost two centuries of work by progressives. He surely didn’t start the process – he just may be the man to end it.

America has actually been suffering from a terminal progressive disease for about 189 years. read more

2016 Primary: This Time It’s Different

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The first thing one may notice about the 2016 presidential primary is that the favorites everyone assumed were destined to meet in the general election may, and in my opinion, probably won’t be there. Neither of them.

If Hillary Clinton is so unbeatable, why are others making noise about joining the race? The latest is comrade Bill de Blasio, the commie Mayor of New York City. Well, at least he’s answered the question of why he held out his support of Clinton. He’s going to run against her.

There’s blood in the water and it’s Hillary hemorrhaging and the sharks smell it.

Now for the Republicans – the preseason prohibitive favorite was Jeb Bush, but he is quickly finding out that the Republican base is no longer buying his establishment center-left line of crap and is looking for another Reagan revolution.

So when I hear conservatives say that we should be concentrating on Hillary – conservatives like Rush Limbaugh – I have to wonder what he’s thinking. He obviously doesn’t share my view that Hillary may not win her own primary battle and if she has any serious competition, they are likely to bloody her much worse than we will do to our own. If she emerges victorious, she will come out of it beaten up and judging by her overall temperament, I doubt she’ll handle it well. read more