Whither Conservatism?

Donald Trump’s historic victory to the White House demands that liberals and conservatives alike reevaluate their paradigms for political persuasion and, ultimately, victory.

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Conservatives are at a crossroads. The establishment GOP, as currently constituted, is dying. The Tea Party GOP emerged triumphant in down-ticket races. The Alt-Right coalesced with grassroots populists to form the New Trump Party, becoming its #TrumpTrain constituency.

In a Trump administration, who will wield the reins of power? Alt-Right? Constitutionalists? Statists? To whom will Trump turn for counsel? The president-elect’s choice of Stephen Bannon as chief strategist suggests the Alt-Right will have significant power in his White House.

I have always said that Trump is the only GOP candidate who could lose to Hillary Clinton. I stand by that claim. Any other GOP nominee would arguably have done better than Trump against the Democrats’ utterly abysmal nominee.

Hillary was the worst candidate the Democrats could have nominated for their party. She literally drove people away from her. The electorate repudiated her as a person and for her policies.

Had, for instance, Ted Cruz been the GOP nominee, he could have drawn a clear distinction between himself and Hillary – in both personal morals and public policies. Instead, Trump’s worst character traits and ugly behavior almost sabotaged his own campaign.

Trump’s consigliere, Ann Coulter, attempted to distinguish between Trump’s personal baggage and his positions on the issues. She said, “I’m talking about his issues. No-one is voting for Trump because of his personality.” (But, wait, didn’t her latest book praise Trump, the man?

Coulter hammered home her point, arguing, “Issues, issues, issues. He wins on the issues, that’s why he keeps being attacked on his personal baggage, but nobody is voting for Trump the man.”

The problem with Coulter’s reasoning is that few people really trust the man on the issues. Time and again, Trump has proven himself untrustworthy as a person and ignorant on the issues.

Hence the #NeverTrump movement.

Henceforward, we must all exercise wisdom as we navigate through these unchartered political waters.

From #NeverTrump to #VerifyTrump

Those who are #NeverTrump should support the Trump administration wherever possible, as long as it is in keeping with conservative principles and the Constitution. We must switch from being Never Trump to, as Ronald Reagan might have phrased it, Verify Trump.

Trump, like the Vladimir Putin he so admires, cannot be trusted. We cannot believe either his words or his promises. We must look to his actions. Verify Trump by verifying that his actions further what is truly best for America.

Examine his staff appointments, his judicial nominations, his executive orders, and the like. Keep him on his toes. Curtail his progressive inclinations. Prevent him from continuing Obama’s unconstitutional executive imperialism. Restrain his inner tyrant.

From #TrumpTrain to #TrainTrump

Trump devotees must do something similar. Jump off the Trump Train and climb aboard Train Trump. In other words, stop worshiping the man and treating his varied and conflicting promises as holy writ. Instead, train the man you have elected President of the United States.

Train Trump to do what is right for America (and not just himself). Train him in the Constitution and founding documents of this great nation. Train him in the benefits of the free market and limited government.

If those who were Never Trump and those who are on the Trump Train can unite to tame the untamable ego of the newly-elected Narcissist-in-Chief, perhaps America will not only survive, but thrive, under a Trump presidency.

[A new book, #NeverTrump: Coulter’s Alt-Right Utopia, sheds some light on the #OnlyTrump movement and its Alt-Right constituency. It is now available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2fzA9Mr.]

Hillary Lost by Every Measure

The worst possible Democrat candidate lost to the worst possible Republican candidate. For good or ill, President Trump is the outcome.

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Some Democrats have gone berserk, claiming the will of the people is being thwarted by the nefarious Electoral College. Both history and logic elude them.

David French remarked on the historical nature and rationale for the Electoral College, arguing that it “is a wise and just way to elect the leader of 50 diverse states with different political cultures and different political needs. Giving voters in a few densely populated urban centers the power to swamp the electoral desires of the vast heartland in perpetuity would create its own form of instability. The Electoral College is a modest, though important, way to preserve a delicate balance of power between competing political constituencies.”

French also observes that the #NotMyPresident “protestors” actually engage a “absurd notion” because “neither candidate was playing [to win the popular vote game].” French notes, “Both sides campaigned, strategized, and spent money to win not a popular-vote plurality but 270 electoral votes.”

Precisely correct. Both Trump and Hillary campaigned state by state for electoral votes, not the popular vote. They courted swing states, targeted battleground states, and sought to turn the color of one state into another. In other words, both candidates targeted states, not the electorate.

Their entire strategies were based upon the rules governing our election process. And Hillary lost. By those rules.

Hillary Also Lost the Popular Vote in More States

(The following is a Facebook post by Adele Bloom, used by permission, emphasis added.)

I’m seeing a lot of posts stating that Clinton won the popular vote hands down and we should, therefore, scrap the electoral college and go with popular vote only. These allegations are ludicrous and I am going to attempt to explain why using good old-fashioned math.

First, with regard to the electoral college, the process was established in 1787, shortly after the birth of this country, as a means to ensure that the less heavily populated parts of the country would receive equitable representation. A “popular vote” election process would give absolute power and control over the entire country to only those people living in the more heavily populated urban areas, such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, and Miami, just to name a few. How can people in those urban areas have any idea how to adequately determine what is good and beneficial for the dairy farmers in Wisconsin, or the ranchers in Wyoming, or the citrus growers in central Florida, or the grains farmers (wheat, corn, etc.) in Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska? This is why the electoral college was established.

Second, Clinton did not win the popular vote by a landslide (some of the posts I’ve seen have indicated that Clinton had a million votes more than Trump). In reality, this election was very close in the popular vote (Trump 59,611,678 vs. Clinton 59,814,018, a difference of only 202,340), but not in the electoral college (Trump 279 vs. Clinton 228). In addition, there are 3 states that are still counting (Arizona – Trump is leading, Michigan – Trump is leading, and New Hampshire – Hillary is leading.) However, since we are a country divided by states and each state deserves equitable representation, without taking into account the electoral college’s guidelines of a certain number of delegates per state based on that state’s population but merely look at the percentage of votes received for each candidate in each state, the end result can be determined by some very simple calculations.

The following is the state-by-state breakdowns of the popular vote for each:

Alabama – Trump – 63% / 35% (won by 588,841)

Alaska – Trump – 53% / 38% (won by 37,408)

Arizona – Trump – 50% / 45% (winning by 84,526)

Arkansas – Trump – 60% / 34% (won by 299,175)

Florida – Trump – 49% / 48% (won by 119,770)

Georgia – Trump – 51% / 46% (won by 231,323)

Idaho – Trump – 59% / 28% (won by 217,522)

Indiana – Trump – 57% / 38% (won by 525,823)

Iowa – Trump – 52% / 42% (won by 148,133)

Kansas – Trump – 57% / 36% (won by 241,221)

Kentucky – Trump – 63% / 33% (won by 574,108)

Louisiana – Trump – 58% / 38% (won by 398,469)

Michigan – Trump – 48% / 47% (winning by 11,837)

Mississippi – Trump – 58% / 40% (won by 215,532)

Missouri – Trump – 57% / 38% (won by 530,864)

Montana – Trump – 57% / 36% (won by 99,447)

Nebraska – Trump – 60% / 34% (won by 211,961)

North Carolina – Trump – 51% / 47% (won by 177,529)

North Dakota – Trump – 64% / 28% (won by 122,607)

Ohio – Trump – 52% / 44% (won by 454,983)

Oklahoma – Trump – 65% / 29% (won by 528,146)

Pennsylvania – Trump – 49% / 48% (won by 68,236)

South Carolina – Trump – 55% / 41% (won by 294,142)

South Dakota – Trump – 62% / 32% (won by 110,259)

Tennessee – Trump – 61% / 35% (won by 650,292)

Texas – Trump – 53% / 43% (won by 813,774)

Utah – Trump – 47% / 28% (won by 152,148)

West Virginia – 69% / 26% (won by 298,741)

Wisconsin – 48% / 47% (won by 27,257)

Wyoming – Trump – 70% / 22% (won by 118,299)

In the 30 states that Trump won (or is winning), he averaged 56.6% of the total votes cast and Clinton averaged 37.5% of the total votes cast. (Trump had a total of 8,352,373 more votes than Clinton in these states.)

California – Clinton – 61% / 33% (won by 2,518,729)

Colorado – Clinton – 47% / 45% (won by 50,614)

Connecticut – Clinton – 54% / 42% (won by 185,441)

Delaware – Clinton – 53% / 42% (won by 50,478)

District of Columbia – Clinton – 93% / 4% (won by 248,670)

Hawaii – Clinton – 62% / 30% (won by 138,012)

Illinois – Clinton – 55% / 39% (won by 859,319)

Maine – Clinton – 48% / 45% (won by 19,894)

Maryland – Clinton – 61% / 35% (won by 624,305)

Massachusetts – Clinton – 61% / 34% (won by 881,699)

Minnesota – Clinton – 47% / 45% (won by 42,947)

Nevada – Clinton – 48% / 46% (won by 26,434)

New Hampshire – Clinton – 48% / 47% (winning by 1,437)

New Jersey – Clinton – 55% / 42% (won by 462,853)

New Mexico – Clinton – 48% / 40% (won by 64,849)

New York – Clinton – 59% / 37% (won by 1,505,863)

Oregon – Clinton – 52% / 41% (won by 192,125)

Rhode Island – 55% / 40% (won by 59,635)

Vermont – Clinton – 61% / 33% (won by 83,045)

Virginia – Clinton – 50% / 45% (won by 185,689)

Washington – Clinton – 56% / 38% (won by 380,388)

In the 51 states (D.C. is counted as a state for election purposes, although it isn’t officially a state) that Clinton won (or is winning), she averaged 55.9% of the total votes cast and Trump averaged 38.2% of the total votes cast. (Clinton had 8,582,426 more votes than Trump in these states.)

Based on percentages alone, with Trump getting 56.6% of the votes in the states he won and 38.2% of the votes in the states he lost, that gives him an average of 47.4% of the total votes cast in all states. Likewise, with Clinton getting 55.9% of the votes in the states she won and 37.5% of the votes in the states she lost, that gives her an average of 46.7% of the total votes cast. Therefore, based on the popular vote alone in a state-by-state analysis, although Clinton had more total number of votes (predominantly due to the heavy populations in California and New York), Trump had the highest average percentage of total votes cast per state overall.

However, as shown above, even when calculating the results on a state-by-state basis (without taking into consideration number of delegates per state based on the electoral college), the end result is the same. If the winner is, instead, determined by number of states won based solely on popular vote and not on delegates, then Trump had the majority of the votes in 30 states. Hillary had the majority of the votes in only 20 states, plus D.C.

Therefore, based on basic math, Trump still wins a state-by-state competition 30 to 21.

Media Advisory: New book released – #NeverTrump: Coulter’s Alt-Right Utopia

#NeverTrump: Coulter’s Alt-Right Utopia explains what Donald Trump’s “New American Revolution” portends and why we should oppose it.

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The Alt-Right is a central feature of the Trump movement. The Alt-Right worldview permeates every aspect of the Trump phenomenon, its self-identity, its view of America and the world, and its view of individuals and liberty itself.

Ann Coulter is the high priestess of the Alt-Right and Trump’s consigliere, propagandist, muse, and wannabee consort. (Coulter offers herself up as the model, the quintessential American.)

The Alt-Right has transformed patriotism into an isolationistic nationalism which eschews both foreigners (outside) and immigrants (inside) alike. It redefines the very terms “American” and “citizenship.”

The Alt-Right is the mirror image of leftist social justice warriors.

The New Trump Party also borrows much from the antebellum Know-Nothing Party: anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, nativist, and isolationist.

#NeverTrump: Coulter’s Alt-Right Utopia is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M9JQU7Q/.

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How to Talk Like Trump

Last March, Yahoo News provided a noteworthy examination of “Donald Trump’s speech patterns.”

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In writing about Trump’s unique speaking style, Andrew Romano noted, “It’s not just his pungent Queens accent; it’s not just his short, simple, fourth-grade-level sentences. It’s the novel syntax. The free-form grammar. The repetitive cadence. The eccentric phrasing.”

Romano discovered that Trump’s peculiar “patois” is probably deliberate and “has developed into a remarkably effective delivery mechanism for his message.” He cites five “linguistic quirks” that stand out.

Trump’s first stand-out speaking trait is “digression” – his inability be laser-focused on any given thought at any given time. His constant meandering includes revisions, amendments, and contradictions. As Romano notes, “Even his parentheticals have parentheticals.”

Endless repetition is another Trumpian hallmark. Romano writes: “He repeats phrases one after the other, often in the same sentence – not as deliberate parallelism but as a compulsive placeholder.”

A third attribute, intensifiers, builds upon an entire spectrum of hyperbole and superlatives to which he adds intensive modifiers. “Trump’s addiction to hyperbole goes deeper than superlatives,” writes Romano, adding, “it also permeates the little words he uses to modify his adjectives and adverbs.”

Informality is yet another distinctive trait. Romano writes, “It’s not just his public use of the S word, the F wordthe A word and the P word.” “Trump’s informality extends beyond vulgarity and disrespect.”

Finally, Trump tends to end his thoughts with punchlines. As Romano observes, “Trump speaks more like a comedian, making sure to go out with a bang. In fact, he often rearranges the beginning of his sentences awkwardly so he can end strong.”

In the end, Trump is a salesman and his product is himself. He uses these speaking traits to connect with his marks and sell himself, an endeavor in which he has triumphed.

9/11 Fifteen Years Ago

[Timeline courtesy of the Miami Herald.]

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[For my own personal reflections see “Reflections on 9/11” at http://t.co/86kIRapYtf.]

FOUR AIRLINERS HIJACKED

7:59 a.m. American Airlines Boeing 767 Flight 11 leaves Boston for Los Angeles; 87 people aboard
8:14 a.m. United Airlines Boeing 767 Flight 175 leaves Boston for Los Angeles; 60 people aboard
8:20 a.m. American Airlines Boeing 757 Flight 77 leaves Washington’s Dulles Airport for Los Angeles; 59 people aboard
8:42 a.m. United Airlines Boeing 757 Flight 93 leaves Newark, N.J., for San Francisco; 40 people aboard

NEW YORK ATTACKED

8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into World Trade Center north tower
9:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into World Trade Center south tower
9:21 a.m. All New York area bridges, tunnels closed
9:30 a.m. Visiting Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., President George W. Bush announces United States under “apparent terrorist attack”

WASHINGTON TARGETED

9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into Pentagon
9:42 a.m. FAA stops all takeoffs, landings at U.S. airports; some international flights diverted to Canada
9:45 a.m. U.S. Capitol, White House evacuated
9:55 a.m. Bush leaves for Barksdale AFB, La., on Air Force One; escorted by six fighter jets
9:57 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 passengers struggle with hijackers over western Pennsylvania

BUILDINGS COLLAPSE

9:59 a.m. World Trade Center south tower collapses
10:00 a.m. U.S. financial markets close, begin longest shutdown since World War I
10:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pa., failing to reach its hijackers’ intended target
10:10 a.m. Side of Pentagon collapses
10:28 a.m. World Trade Center north tower collapses

SHOCKED NATION REACTS

11:02 a.m. NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani orders evacuation of area south of Canal St.
12:30 p.m. 50 flights still in U.S. airspace
1:04 p.m. Bush announces U.S. military on high alert
1:44 p.m. Pentagon says five frigates and guided missile destroyers, two aircraft carriers leaving Norfolk, Va., to protect New York, Washington
1:48 p.m. Bush leaves Barksdale for Offutt AFB, Neb.; Air Force jets begin 24-hour flights over major cities

INFORMATION

4:00 p.m. Officials say Osama bin Laden involved in attacks
4:30 p.m. Bush leaves Offutt for Andrews AFB, Md.
5:20 p.m. Evacuated 47-story building in World Trade Center complex collapses
5:30 p.m. Officials say target of Flight 93 was White House, U.S. Capitol or Camp David in Maryland
6:54 p.m. Bush arrives at White House on Marine One helicopter
8:30 p.m. Bush addresses nation

Race to the Finish!

“… let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith …” – Hebrews 12:1-2

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If you were in the Olympics, would you stand still and just watch or would you strive with all your heart to win?

The apostle Paul encouraged Christians to race for victory as we run for Jesus.

Paul admonishes us to “lay aside every weight” which could cause us to fall.

It is easy to become distracted, and even consumed, by the things of this world. Those things might even be good and wholesome in their own right, but they can sideline us.

For instance, it would be better to memorize Scripture than song lyrics, sports stats, or trivia.

Beware the peril of remaining stationary. It is easy to forget the race we are in and to simply stand still. Let’s stay awake and keep moving forward in our journey with Jesus.

If it hinders you, get rid of it. We each have our own hindrances. Set them aside. Run your race.

Reject the negative voices within you and from the world and listen to the right voices coming from God and his Word.

Paul warned against “the sin which so easily ensnares us.” That sin is unbelief (Hebrews 11:6). Let us renew our faith by “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

How do we get back on track?

Believe and look to Jesus!

God did not send us here just to run the race, but also to finish it. Let’s finish it in faith!

7 Stages of Trump Recovery

Some worshippers called Donald Trump the Savior of America and of civilization itself.[1] They believed Trump could save the nation from the Establishment[2] and statism[3] which it promotes.

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Instead, Trump has only sacrificed them on the cross of his own ego.

Trump was never – and never could have been – their or our Savior. Trump has always been a part of the Establishment his followers detest. His entire life is one of self-interest and self-aggrandizement fueled by an unrelenting narcissism.

Yet many who believed in him did so because of, not in spite of, his delusions of grandeur. They were looking for a strong man to save the Republic and, instead, nominated a bully[4] and would-be tyrant.[5]

From the beginning, Trump was destined to lose.[6] A liberal posing as a conservative and running as a Republican could never win against a liberal (or even a socialist) running as a Democrat.[7]

Despite Trump’s daily lies and reversals of policy positions,[8] his support surged among the faithful. Even when it was obvious that Trump was mentally unhinged,[9] his followers persisted. Even though Trump’s core “principles” became “flexible” and “negotiable,”[10] they insisted that Trump would do what they want him to do.

When Trump loses – and he will lose – Trump worshippers will have to reconcile themselves to reality. Some won’t. Some are as obstinate and bullying as Trump. Narcissists don’t know how to repent or how to admit error.

For those who are capable of facing reality and being held accountable, this handy outline was designed just for you:

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#NeverTrump has proven itself faithful to the core principles upon which America was founded, the very principles espoused and defended by Ted Cruz.[11]

In contrast, #ForeverTrump forever owes a debt to America.

In the end, we will all have to live with the end of the American Experiment.[12]

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Meet Ann Coulter’s Savior” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bM.

[2]               See “CPAC: Brits Seek Independence (and so should we)” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eT.

[3]               See “CPAC: Death by a 1,000 Pens” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eV.

[4]               See “Bully Boy Trump” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-df.

[5]               See “Why Brad Thor is #NeverTrump! Litmus test is liberty!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-fb.

[6]               See “Only Trump Can Lose!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-dA.

[7]               See “Coulter’s Latest RINO Would Give Democrats Victory” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8t.

[8]               See “Coulter Admits Trump is a Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-cf.

[9]               See “Coulter Goes Mental Over Her ‘Mental’ Candidate” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-d8.

[10]             See “Coulter Logic (she wants candidate who won’t pursue her agenda)” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-dQ.

[11]             See “BrotherWatch Endorses Ted Cruz” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-dw.

[12]             See “The End of the American Experiment?” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eZ.