Friday, January 22, 2016

Elitist Republicans are what is wrong with the GOP

Elitist Republicans are what is wrong with the GOP whether we are talking about South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s “response” to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Bob Dole’s assertion that Ted Cruz, a real conservative, winning the nomination would not be best for the Republican Party, or North Carolina Senator Richard Burr’s statement that he would vote for Bernie Sanders over Ted Cruz if they ran against each other in the general election. I just hope enough people realize that when it comes time to vote in the primaries and when it comes time to run real conservatives against these elitists in other elections.

A lot of Donald Trump’s support seems to be based on the assumption that he will go against the establishment of both parties in Washington and finally shake things up. Campaign Donald Trump is high on rhetoric, short on specifics. Lifetime Donald Trump is high on liberalism, short on good policy. I don’t think Trump will go against the establishment because when you break down his politics over his lifetime with all of his “New York values,” Donald Trump is as establishment as one can get. He even brags about getting along with them well enough to make deals with them. He knows how to speak their language and he is all too willing to do so to “get things done.” That sounds like more of the same of what we already have in Washington, not an outsider wanting to shake things up.

There are plenty of true conservatives in the race who would be willing to go against the status quo. It just so happens that Ted Cruz is the best one...and the only conservative within striking distance of Trump at this point. He is the most consistent conservative in the race and, unlike Trump, has a lifetime of conservatism behind him. Unfortunately, Donald Trump is not a conservative. He espouses some conservative views I like on border security and immigration, but not enough consistent views to make him a true conservative. Furthermore, the positions he does hold that do sound somewhat conservative are questionable as far as how deeply he really believes them. He has definitely tapped into the frustration we all feel with Washington and the GOP. The problem is I think he is all too aware of it, meaning I fear it is a purposeful political calculation rather than principle. Americans are justifiably angry over what has happened to the United States. In their anger though, they may be about to make an irrational decision that will come back to bite all of us in the long run.


  1. “S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley deliver GOP response to State of the Union” on January 12, 2016.
  2. “Bob Dole Warns of ‘Cataclysmic’ Losses With Ted Cruz, and Says Donald Trump Would Do Better” by Maggie Haberman on January 20, 2016 in the New York Times.
  3. “NC GOP Senator Richard Burr tells supporters he'd vote for Democrat Bernie Sanders over Ted Cruz,” an Associated Press report in the Winston-Salem Journal on January 21, 2016.
  4. Donald Trump summary “On the Issues.”
  5. Ted Cruz summary “On The Issues.”

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New York values

Ted Cruz’s “New York values” comment is nothing to be upset about because it was absolutely spot on. New Yorkers as a whole should change their own values if they have a problem with the term. New York values were on display the day after the previous debate. The New York Daily News ran a cover that said “Drop Dead Ted, Hey Cruz: You don’t like N.Y. values? Go back to Canada!” That shows exactly what Cruz meant by “New York values.” Cruz answered this when his term “New York values” was objected to by saying there were many wonderful New Yorkers, but that this was a general statement based on the social values of New York (pro gay marriage, pro-abortion) etc.

All of this fake outrage is--well just what it is--fake. Everyone knows what New York values are. For those few people who haven’t been to New York, don’t have a radio, don’t have a television, haven’t read a newspaper, haven’t read a magazine, or done any other kind of information-gathering, Cruz expanded on what he meant beyond the social liberal policies of New York in his “apology.” He said, “Now, I'm curious. Do people of South Carolina know what New York values are? Because our friends, the reporters, keep on insisting they don't exist. Well, I'll tell you what, though. So, today, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City all demanded I apologize....Who am I say to no? I will apologize. I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who have been abandoned for years by liberal politicians. I apologize to all the New Yorkers who are pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-Second Amendment, who were told by their governor -- Governor Cuomo -- that there is no place for them in the state of New York because that's not what New Yorkers believe. I apologize to all the small businesses that are fleeing New York City because of the crushing taxes and regulations that are making it impossible to survive. I apologize to all African American and Hispanic school children that Mayor de Blasio tried to throw out of their charter schools that were giving them a lifeline and a chance at the American dream. And I apologize to all the cops and all the firefighters and all the 9/11 heroes who were forced to stand up and turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio because over and over again, he sides with the looters and criminals instead of the brave men and women. Now I hope that was the apology they were looking for.”

Cruz is exactly right on every point he made. The “New York Post” had a headline on November 9, 2015 that read, “Study proves NY politicians most corrupt in nation.” No other state has had more legislators forced out of office due to ethical or criminal charges than New York. In fact, New York set a national record for this since 2012 with 14 lawmakers removed from office in that short time. How is that for New York values?

A Siena College poll on April 20, 2009 found that 53% of New Yorkers favored gay marriage. 39% opposed it, but that is still over half of the people polled with the strongest report being in New York City itself. A Quinnipiac poll during that time that threw civil unions into the mix said that 41% supported gay marriage and 33% supported gay civil unions. So it is obvious even before the Supreme Court usurped its authority and imposed gay marriage that a majority of New Yorkers supported the homosexual lifestyle. How is that for New York values?

Polls on abortion in New York show the same negative trend. A 2013 poll found that 55% described themselves as pro-choice even though there were other encouraging statistics against abortion expansion. Abortion sees a similar trend not just in polling but in practice. In 2013, 37% of all viable pregnancies in New York City ended in abortion. This is nearly twice the national average. New York City’s abortion rate was said to be the nation’s highest at that time. Whether or not that is still the case, I do not know. Adding to the problem, only 17 of New York’s regulated abortion clinics had been inspected by the Department of Health between 2000 and 2012. Five of those clinics only received one inspection in 12 years. How is that for New York values?

New York has some of worst control laws in the United States. Under the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013--NY Safe Act--possession of any high capacity magazines regardless of when they were made or sold is banned. Ammunition dealers are required to do background checks, similar to those for gun buyers. It required the creation of an assault weapons registry. Carry permits are not automatically valid statewide; each city or county may or may not recognize in-state permits issued by other New York localities.

Cruz also brought up New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s comments during a radio program on January 19, 2014 where he said “extreme conservatives have no place in the state of New York.” How does he define extreme conservatives? He says “they these extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay...if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are.” So there we go. The Governor of New York lays out clearly what New York values are by saying what they are not. New York values are anti-Second Amendment, pro-abortion, and pro-homosexual lifestyle. So what exactly is wrong with what Ted Cruz said. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh got to experience first hand how unwelcome conservatives are in New York even before Governor Cuomo took office. On April 2, 2009, then New York Governor David Paterson was asked during a press conference what he thought about Rush Limbaugh saying he would leave the state of New York because of tax increases. Paterson responded that if he had known Rush Limbaugh would leave the state of New York, he would have raised taxes sooner. This is the same Governor Paterson who did not seek re-election because of intimidation he and the state police participated in against a domestic violence victim of one of his longtime top aides. How is that for New York values?

A 2015 Small Business Friendliness Survey said that New York is one of the least friendly places for small businesses in the United States. New York received a “D” for business friendliness in the survey. Even worse, the state received an F  when it comes to the ease of starting a business which brought down the overall score. Insurance rates, insurance requirements, and the tax system were also listed as reasons why New York is not a friendly state for small businesses. How is that for New York values?

Also in 2015, public school teachers unions in New York helped convince the already liberal New York Department of Education to reject all 15 applications for new charter schools in New York, 12 in New York City and three in the rest of the state. The official reasoning given was that the schools “did not meet state standards.” Funding for district schools in New York have received an increase per student of $2,113 since 2010. Charter schools meanwhile have only seen a $350 increase. New York law says that charter school funding should increase when district school funding increases, but Governor Cuomo and the New York legislature has made sure that does not happen. District school funding in New York City increased at six times the rate of charter school funding since the 2009-2010 school year. Charter schools that pay for their own private space received $3,000 less per student than district schools. How is that for New York values?

On December 20, 2015, New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were murdered in an unprovoked attack. In response, when New York City mayor Bill De Blasio went to Brooklyn hospital where the two officers had been taken, the police officers that were there literally turned their backs on him. They felt like De Blasio has contributed to anti-police feelings in New York, which have also been seen and heard in other cities across the United States, because he ran an essentially anti-police campaign while running for Mayor. De Blasio added fuel to the fire when recounting a conversation he had with his mixed race son, warning him about interactions with police officers. I have had to talk to Dante for years about the dangers that he may face. A good young man, law-abiding young man, who would never think to do anything wrong. And yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face, we’ve had to literally train him—as families have all over this city for decades—in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.” He also pushed for 22,000 police officers to be retrained in how to do their jobs differently, as if the police were the cause of criminals committing crimes. How is that for New York values?

Ted Cruz’s New York values statement was not against all New Yorkers no matter how Donald Trump would like to make us believe. It was not even against the people that hold those liberal New York values. They were merely demonstrating the difference between the liberal values of New York and the conservative values that founded America and made it the great nation it once was.


  1. “Readers sound off on Cruz, crack, and Clinton” in the “New York Daily News” on January 18, 2016.
  2. “Ted Cruz’s ‘apology’ over remarks on ‘New York Values’ by Alan He of CBS News on January 16, 2016.
  3. “Has gay marriage reached a tipping point in New York? Poll shows majority approve of gov's bill” by Albany Bureau Chief Kenneth Lovett of the New York Daily News on April 20, 2009.
  4. “Poll: New Yorkers reject abortion expansion” by the New York State Catholic Conference on February 13, 2013.
  5. “Rush Responds to Governor Paterson” on the April 2, 2009 edition of the Rush Limbaugh Show.
  6. “Paterson Drops Election Bid Amid Scandal Over Aide” published by Fox News on February 26, 2010.
  7. “Small business owners give New York a ‘D’ For business friendliness” by Karen Beseth for on September 1, 2015.
  8. “The latest charter-school funding debate, explained” by Monica Disare of Chalkbeat on January 21, 2016.
  9. “Why New York Cops Turned Their Backs on Mayor de Blasio” by Alex Altman of “Time” on December 22, 2014.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Conservatives are being willfully suckered in by Donald Trump

Conservatives are being willfully suckered in by Donald Trump. From the early 20th century on, we have taught a very economic view of American history [1]. That has resulted in generations of people who view things primarily through that lens. That is how we could have a majority of Americans who could excuse Bill Clinton's horrible and illegal behavior because the economy was good. Keep the wallets fat and keep the people happy. Material prosperity isn't wrong but it shouldn't be top priority either.

If the same guy running for office is the same guy we get as President, we would end up with an authoritarian much like our current President, Barack Obama. The only mystery here is whether he will govern like he sometimes campaigns, as a semi-conservative authoritarian or like the liberal he has portrayed himself as for years in the past. After all, this is the same guy who advocated for a taxpayer-funded, single-payer healthcare system as recent as last year [2]. This is the same guy who Planned Parenthood named their favorite Republican last year [3]. This is the same guy who refused to support religious liberty last year as relates to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis who cited personal religious belief as the reason she could not sign her name to gay marriage licenses in Kentucky [4]. This is the same guy who said he could work within President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal rather than just doing away with it entirely [5]. Like many anti-Israel liberals, Trump questioned Israel’s desire for peace and stated they may have to give up more land for peace than they already have [6]. He said he supported a 45% tariff on Chinese goods back in January [7] and then lied about his support for the tariff during the first GOP Fox News debate that he actually attended. Would a true conservative continually donate to far-left liberals running for office like Rahm Emanuel and Rod Blagojevich [8], who is serving a 14-year prison sentence for corruption [9]. Donald Trump gets most of the credit for bringing the illegal immigration issue to the forefront for the Republican primary, but it was just last year that Donald Trump was in favor of amnesty for illegals [10]. The Supreme Court may have up to four vacancies during the next President’s term. Do we want Donald Trump appointing people to those four seats when he has said that his far left, partial-birth abortion supporting sister would make a phenomenal Supreme Court Justice [11]?

Trump says he has evolved on all of these issues [12] like President Obama says he “evolved” on gay marriage [13], but if Donald Trump starts sounding like President Obama, that is a sign that conservatives should run away from him, not embrace him. I didn't believe Obama when he said he was evolving and I have serious doubts about Trump evolving that much in such a short time now when the only evidence there is for it is the (R) behind his name while he is running for President. The evidence certainly does not support this misguided notion that Trump has evolved on so many issues from liberal to conservative.

I want to see a wall built or some kind of equally efficient security measure. I want to see the illegals gone. I want the potential for Islamic terrorism on American soil limited as much as possible through a strong military and keeping potential terrorists out. I love the way Trump sticks it to the media and that no matter what they do to him he isn't phased by it, although I don’t think I would be for executing them like he inferred he might consider back in December before saying he wouldn’t [14], but he’s not a constitutionalist or a conservative.

Let’s just look at the marriage thing alone. Even if one does not agree with the standard of New Testament marriage, to say that gay marriage is "the law of the land and we should just move on" [15] just because the Supreme Court says so tells a lot about Trump’s philosophy on the role of the judiciary and the importance of following the actual law and the will of the people. Even if you don't agree with the standards of natural, male-female marriage, many states voted to uphold standards. The Supreme Court usurped authority they did not have as they have done so many times before and just overruled the law and the will of the people. So for Trump to say that it's the law of the land just because our un-elected black-robed masters said so is a big problem. A true constitutional conservative understands that the main power in American government rests with the people through their elected representatives locally, then in the states, then their elected representatives in Congress, then the elected President, and finally the smallest amount with the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court doesn't make law. That is so basic to understanding how American government is supposed to work. The Supreme Court cannot make law for the nation. We’ve just gotten used to accepting that. Their rulings are only binding on the specific parties involved. If Trump doesn't understand that or care, what is to stop him from being a Republican version of an Obama-like dictator who thinks he can't solve everything through executive order when people disagree with him?

Combine that with all the political flip-flops of the past, the moral indiscretions that rival Bill Clinton (except for maybe the rape part), the self-admitted bribery of government officials for personal gain, and on and on. I mean Trump used to love the Clintons and donated to them [16]. It's obvious why he would want to change his tune on that now since he may be running against Hillary if she can beat Bernie. Trump has been a proponent of massive drug legalizations [17] and higher taxes for wealthy job creators [18]. He has supported an assault weapons ban and longer waiting times for purchasing firearms [19]. He supports eminent domain even in cases where private property is seized for other private use. Not only does he support it, he has tried to use it in the past for his personal gain [20]. This guy cares nothing about the Constitution or the conservative cause. I am not saying someone cannot change their views. I am saying that to have such strong change in views on so many issues in such a very short time with minimal to no emphasis placed on repentance, forgiveness, and the transforming power of Jesus Christ is suspicious to me.


  1. “The Role of Pastors & Christians in Civil Government” DVD by David Barton released on May 4, 2004.
  2. “Trump Gets Down to Business on ‘60 Minutes,’” with Scott Pelley of CBS News on September 27, 2015.
  3. “Donald Trump: ‘I’m for the Abortion Exception,” Donald Trump interviewed by Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day” on August 11, 2015.
  4. “Donald Trump calls into ‘Morning Joe’” from MSNBC on September 4, 2015.
  5. NBC “Meet the Press” interview with Donald Trump and Chuck Todd on August 16, 2015.
  6. “AP Conversation: Trump says Mideast peace rests with Israel” by Julie Pace, Jill Colvin, and Steve Peoples of The Associated Press on December 3, 2015.
  7. Audio from a discussion with Donald Trump published by the New York Times on January 15, 2016.
  8. “Trump Donated $50,000 to Rahm Emanuel’s Mayoral Bid” in Illinois Review on April 25, 2011.  
  9. Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate locator, BOP Number 40892-424.
  10. “Donald Trump rounds out the week on ‘Morning Joe’ on MSNBC from July 24, 2015.
  11. “Donald Trump: The Full ‘With All Due Respect’ Interview with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann of Bloomberg News on August 26, 2015.
  12. “Trump: Like Regan, ‘I have evolved on many issues’” by Eric Bradner for CNN on January 24, 2016.
  13. “Timeline of Obama’s ‘evolving on same-sex marriage” by Devin Dwyer via ABC’s Good Morning America on May 9, 2012.
  14. “Trump on reporters: ‘I would never kill them’ by Theodore Schleifer for CNN on December 21, 2015.
  15. “Donald Trump on Kentucky clerk: ‘Same-sex marriage ‘the law of the land’ by Tom LoBianco for CNN on September 7, 2015.
  16. “Trump has spent years courting Hillary and other Dems” by Nick Gass for Politico on June 16, 2015.
  17. “Donald Trump: Legalize Drugs” on page 2A of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on April 14, 1990.,4533445&hl=en
  18. Marcus Baram for The Huffington Post on Apr 26, 2011.
  19. “The America We Deserve” book by Donald Trump released by Renaissance Books on January 1, 2000.
  20. “Donald Trump and Eminent Domain” by Robert Verbruggen for National Review on April 19, 2011.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Democrats: Abortions okay, guns not

Planned Parenthood is responsible for about 3,000 abortions a day. Jennie Stone of the Live Action blog breaks the math down to come up with this number. “Planned Parenthood performs 330,000 of the 1,200,000 abortions in America annually. This means that Planned Parenthood performs about 27% of all American abortions, or 887 of the 3,287 abortions performed daily.” The research group Every Town says that “on an average day, 88 Americans are killed with guns.” Now understanding math to a certain degree, I am able to easily determine that 3,287 is greater than 88 or to write it another way 3287>88. Yet Democrats are mostly pro-abortion and anti-gun rights. So they continually fight the National Rifle Association while supporting Planned Parenthood financially. While the math and stats I referenced adds up, liberal “logic” does not.

Planned Parenthood likes to say that the money they receive from the federal government does not go towards abortions because it is not legal for them to use federal funds for that purpose, but it would not be the first time Planned Parenthood has done anything illegal. Kristi Burton Brown from the same Live Action Blog writes that profiting from the sale of body parts that belong to the babies they have murdered is violation of the law. Illegal partial-birth abortions violate the Federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and the Gonzalez v. Carhart United States Supreme Court case that upheld the partial-birth abortion ban. “One has to look no further than the Federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and the U.S. Supreme Court case that upheld it, Gonzales v. Carhart, to know that partial birth abortions done for the purpose of collecting baby parts are illegal. Plain and simple...Federal law states that an abortionist is not allowed to change procedure to collect ‘tissue’...Even if Planned Parenthood could prove that they have never made one red penny off of fetal tissue ‘donation,’ the abortion giant would still be in hot water, also known as legal trouble. Another HHS provision provides: The decision to terminate a pregnancy and procedures of abortion should be kept independent from the retrieval and use of fetal tissue. This means that the doctor performing the abortion should not even know that this particular baby’s mother has consented to give the body parts to research.”

Planned Parenthood falsifies their numbers to say that only 3% of the services they provide are abortions. Michelle Ye Hee Lee did a Washington Post fact-check on this figure and discovered how they misleadingly come up with this number. They count each thing they do during a visit as a separate medical service. “A woman may get a pregnancy test, birth control and a pap smear, but she would be counted three times, once for each service, in the annual report.” That is how they are able to keep the percentage of abortions compared to other medical services so low. “National Review” Editor Rich Lowry used these two examples to demonstrate how this “fuzzy math” (to use a famous George W. Bush term) works. “The sponsors of the New York City Marathon could count each small cup of water they hand out (some 2 million cups, compared with 45,000 runners) and say they are mainly in the hydration business. Or Major League Baseball teams could say that they sell about 20 million hot dogs and play 2,430 games in a season, so baseball is only .012 percent of what they do. Supporters of Planned Parenthood want to use its health services as leverage to preserve its abortions, as if you can’t get one without the other.”

If the goal of the pro-life movement is to eventually make all abortions illegal, then stopping Planned Parenthood would be a big positive step in that direction. Of course, making abortion illegal might not stop all abortions, but it would significantly curtail the number of babies that are killed every year in the name of convenience or choice. It would make an abortion more difficult to get and thereby save many more lives in the long run. For that matter, owning a gun can save more lives in the long run. Getting rid of guns wouldn't stop all murder because there are other ways to murder. No matter how you choose to kill an unborn baby, it's still an abortion.  A person can use a gun for many different reasons and never commit a murder. There are quite a number of ways to murder someone so you don't guns to do it. Therefore, banning them or making them harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain just opens the door for more victims. It doesn't matter how you do an abortion though. It still is what it is. Making abortions illegal might not stop them completely, but it would DRAMATICALLY reduce the number and hold those who decide to have one anyway properly accountable.


  1. “Planned Parenthood Does One Abortion Every 97 Seconds” by Jennie Stone in the “Live Action” blog on May 29, 2012.
  2. “Stop the spin: A step-by-step look at the four laws Planned Parenthood broke
  3. Lila Rose and Tamara Holder interview with Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel from July 22, 2015.
  4. The Center for Medical Progress fact sheet on the law against fetal tissue sales
  5. Planned Parenthood doc coaches buyers on “business” opportunities in fetal parts by Susan Michelle of Live Action News on July 19, 2015
  6. “Partial-birth abortions prohibited” shared by Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute
  7. “Gonzalez v. Carhart” Supreme Court: argued on November 8, 2006, decided on April 18, 2007 found on Google Scholar
  8. “Research on transplantation of fetal tissue” shared by Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute
  9. “Institutional Review Board Guidebook” Chapter VI Special Classes of Subjects
  10. “For Planned Parenthood abortion stats, ‘3 percent’ and ‘94 percent’ are both misleading” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for the “Washington Post” Fact Checker on August 12, 2015
  11. “Planned Parenthood’s pathetic ‘3 percent’ lie” by Rich Lowry for the “New York Post” on August 3, 2015