32 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-21-16

  1. Today’s Darwin Award winner is……

    This guy.

    I only hope there was someone there to point, laugh, and tell him what an idiot he was for trying this stunt in a crowd.

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/07/20/cleveland-police-protests-flag/

    “Among those arrested was Gregory “Joey” Johnson, whose torching of the flag at a GOP convention three decades ago led to the landmark 1989 U.S. Supreme Court decision that said flag-burning is speech protected by the First Amendment.

    Moments after the flag was set on fire, officers charged in to put it out with an extinguishing spray that some in the crowd thought was pepper spray because of similarities in the design of the canisters and the eye irritation caused by the fire-suppression substance.

    “You’re on fire! You’re on fire, stupid!” a Cleveland officer shouted at a protester while firing the extinguishing spray.”
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  2. If Cruz thinks this sets him up for 2020, he should rethink that. While it may get him the anti-Trump vote, he ticked off all the others. And as this year has shown us, the anti-Trump crowd alone isn’t a big enough voting block to win anything.

    I’ve liked Ted, but now that he and others aren’t keeping their word to support the nominee, I like him less. Sorry Ted, you made a promise, and last night you broke it.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/ted-cruz-rnc-speech-convention-backlash-2016-7

    “”I think it was awful,” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a Trump-supporter, echoed after Cruz’s speech. “And quite frankly, I think it was selfish.”

    “For the life of me, I don’t know why he is doing this,” Fox News Channel and conservative talk-radio host Sean Hannity said. “I think there is going to be long-term damage for the party and for him.”

    “Trump trusted Ted and was rewarded with a betrayal,” former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas piled on.

    Before the speech, some Republicans held out hope that Cruz would succumb to the pressure and endorse Trump. But when it became clear that he would decline to express support for the GOP nominee, audience members rebelled, loudly booing the once beloved conservative star until he exited the stage.

    “The best unity I saw was everyone booing him off the stage,” Donald Trump Jr. said of the moment during an appearance on Fox News.”
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    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/cruz-gets-booed-after-he-declines-to-endorse-trump-during-convention-speech-225924

    “Republicans were livid with Cruz for declining to endorse. Mississippi state Rep. Becky Currie blasted Cruz, calling him “stupid” after proving that he “apparently only thinks of himself.”

    “If he came here to really unite the party, he would have stood behind the candidate the people chose,” Currie, who shouted “Trump” with others in the crowd as Cruz finished his speech, told POLITICO.”

    ““We stand here tonight a nation divided. Partisan rancor, anger, even hatred are tearing America apart,” Cruz said. “And citizens are furious — rightly furious — at a political establishment that cynically breaks its promises and that ignores the will of the people.””
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    You mean people like you, right Ted? Because that’s what you just did, broke your promise and you’re ignoring the will of R voters.

    2020? No, I don’t think so.

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  3. I wondered what the protesters thought they were doing demonstrating at a political convention. I never knew what the issue was.
    Who were they influencing, and for what?

    The police were at fault here, going in to douse a perfectly good fire.
    Most of you don’t remember when people used to set themselves on fire during the Viet Nam war.

    This country is in trouble.
    Nothing good is going to come of any of this.
    The lights in the City on a Hill are growing dim.

    Trump is the man.
    Whether you like it or not. He is the man.
    The only thing I lie about him is that he isn’t Hillary.
    That’s enough.

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  4. I think we know now another conservative will not be elected as the US president. The Democrats stand for sloth, criminality, abortion and perversion. We have also seen that about half of the Republicans are Trumpkins. It’s really hard to say what Trump stands for. My best guess would be rudeness, amorality and megalomania. So that is your choice. As Cruz said, “Vote your conscience.”

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  5. From Power line blog today: (“Did Cruz Miscalculate?”)

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    … Cruz accepted the invitation of the powers that be in the party to appear as a speaker at the convention last night. His speech as delivered in prime time can’t be what any of them had in mind. Cruz turned up at the party, so to speak, only to tell the host he wasn’t good enough for him. Wouldn’t a simple RSVP have sufficed? …

    … Cruz’s speech will easily be one of the most memorable of the 2016 Republican convention. It appears to me to represent the miscalculation of a very calculating politician …
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  6. And from Howard Kurtz:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/21/pence-overshadowed-as-cruz-stiffs-trump-sparks-drama-with-non-endorsement.html

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    … I don’t get how Cruz can come to Trump’s convention, give an impassioned oration about crime, terror, freedom and the Constitution—pretty much what he might have said if he had wrested the nomination from Trump—and not give even the man who defeated him pro forma backing. I guess the deal was he’d get a prime-time slot and wouldn’t make trouble in Cleveland. But if you can’t bring yourself to do the endorsement thing, if you’re still ticked off about being called Lyin’ Ted and the criticism of your wife, maybe you stay away, the way John Kasich did. It was like showing up at a dinner party, scarfing down the food and not thanking the host. …

    … Trump hoped that Mike Pence would help him project an image of a party that is slowly coming together. Instead, Ted Cruz underscored how deeply divided the GOP remains.
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  7. I appreciate the commentators aging this was a clarion call to vote your conscience. Only God sees who I vote for, and his thoughts are more important than anyone else’s.

    But then, I only know what I read on the Internet . . .

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  8. I suppose I’ve never trusted Cruz in the first place, so my views may be partly colored by that. He clearly has not-so-transparent political ambitions.

    But I still think it was bad form — wrong place, wrong setting, wrong timing. Not out of character for him, however, from what I understand.

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  9. I have friends in Texas who are wondering if there will be a For Sale sign posted in his front yard when he gets home. One even suggested the best he can do now is try to get a small church in an unknown small Canadian town. (not meant as a dig at my Canadian friends).
    I told you all along he reminded me of a televangelist and I could not like him. He proved me right.
    I have decided to focus on who will be appointing the next Supreme Court Justices. Hold my nose and vote.

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  10. Well, Ricky still likes him. 🙂

    He at least should have waited until Friday, when the convention was over, to launch his 2020 campaign.

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  11. I was fine with what Cruz did.

    I am not fine with the Florida shooting by police of the caretaker of an autistic man. I have been in wait and see mode, knowing many fine conscientious police officers, but there is corruption and power there. This bothers me. A lot. Still waiting to find out what actually happened but it does not look good to me. If the officers are so nervous, and perhaps rightly so, perhaps they ought to not go out on the streets. Those that are scared should perhaps be reassigned or on unpaid leave or something. It is a dangerous position but could easily teeter out of control.

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  12. I agree with the article Michelle linked at 10:49. The Trump people knew what Cruz was going to say. I think they chose to let him do it because they believed they could use it to their advantage.

    As to Donna’s charge yesterday that Cruz was buddy-buddy with Trump in the early debates, I don’t really remember it that way (though my memory may be fuzzy). Cruz didn’t attack Trump early on, perhaps thinking he could stay out of it and Trump would burn out. When it became clear that Trump had to be reckoned with, he did it.

    I am troubled that Cruz broke an “I will support the nominee” pledge. But I also think it was dumb for all those candidates to make that pledge. I think the the pledge started because people were afraid Donald would go third-party if he wasn’t nominated. And they couldn’t have asked him to support the nominee if they weren’t all willing to do the same. Maybe what they should have pledged was not to run against the nominee. That’s a pledge perhaps they all could have kept in good conscience.

    I think Cruz isn’t the only candidate who will not support the nominee. He’s just the only one who did it so publicly.

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  13. Dennis Prager had some good points on his show this morning regarding the Cruz grandstanding (and he was a stalwart Cruz supporter, Trump was his 17th choice in the primaries — still, he points out, who is Cruz suggesting people vote for then? Are there other *real* choices out there? Is he suggesting he is closer to Clinton than he is to Trump in his views?)

    So bizarre.

    But then, it’s been that kind of a year.

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  14. Who is Cruz suggesting people vote for then? Vote for Trump – or not – according to your conscience, and remember that there are other offices at stake, not just president.

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  15. Interesting article, Roscuro.

    I really don’t think Cruz did what he did out of political calculation. His staff was urging him to endorse the lunatic. The politically savvy move would have been to copy Reagan in 1976, make a great speech, give a tepid endorsement and go home to work on 2020.

    To understand Cruz you must remember that he is a Hispanic Texas male. A male Texan does not change into a “woman” like a California male. He does not become a homosexual like a New England male. He is a man with male responsibilities. The Yankee scum insulted his wife. In 1820 a duel or a severe beating would have been in order. Those are no longer allowed, so Cruz did the next best thing.

    My only criticism is that he should have:
    1. Left Heidi at home; and
    2. Gone off script at the end and told Trump to his face what he really thought of him.

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  16. I was a big Cruz supporter until this. I agree, everyone should vote their conscience, and there’s no need to share who you voted for after the fact either. But the problem here is that he made a pledge, he gave his word. He made a deal with the devil, as did the rest who signed it. They were so sure he couldn’t win they came up with the idea themselves. But then the devil won, they forgot the devil had millions of minions, and now they don’t want to pay what’s due. This is why you don’t make deals with the devil.

    I find it ironic as well that Cruz mentions his conscience, as if to infer that it won’t allow him to do what’s expected. Yet his delicate conscience isn’t pricked by his own lie and the fact that he’s breaking his word. He did sign the pledge people. Seems convenient, selective even.

    Now as for the issue of the Trump camp knowing what would be said ahead of time. 2 hours notice is what was given. Not really “in advance”, more like “just barely in advance”, which I think was intentional on Cruz’ part. But anyway, once again, Trump outplays the politician. He orchestrated the response I believe. He taught Cruz a lesson, sent him off the stage to boos, and might have destroyed any future chances. He was already a pariah amongst his own party, now he’ll be even less popular.

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  17. I didn’t watch any of the convention and don’t know exactly what Cruz said. But the idea that it was “Trump’s convention” and thus in bad form leaves me scratching my head. It was the Republican convention, with a really bad nominee, and someone being willing to say it seems to me a little bit like the little boy pointing out the emperor’s nakedness. The idea that anyone is socially “required” to verbally support the candidate leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. Now, I get it that Cruz’s other choice was not to speak at all, and maybe that was a better option. Again, I didn’t hear the speech, and maybe it was somehow half as bad as any one of Trump’s speeches. But I doubt it.

    Donald Trump came to a city near me and told the crowd if he didn’t have to be there, he could be at some nice city. He lied about having a full stadium, and he lied about thousands of people outside wanting to get in (no one was outside wanting to get in to take some of the many empty seats). Those aren’t the worst things I’ve heard about Trump, but they are things told me directly by someone in my church who was there.

    This man is not a valid candidate. How bad does a candidate have to be before we can forget social niceties and admit it? If the Republican party somehow nominated Fidel Castro, would it be socially acceptable to say publicly that he is not legally eligible and he’s a very bad man?

    An endorsement should mean something. It should mean you support the guy. And if you think he’s scum, I think it shows very bad character to give him an endorsement anyway. Maybe you can say “He’s better than their candidate, at least” and leave it at that. But what if you aren’t so sure that he actually is better than their candidate? Or what if you think the difference is so fractionally different that their candidate might as well win, because at least it is their candidate who wins, and at least we can nominate someone better to run against her in four years? (And “our” candidate is probably not going to pick pro-life Supreme Court nominees anyway.)

    I’ve held my nose and voted several times, when I was pretty sure that at least our candidate was better than theirs. That at least our candidate was better than the really bad president sitting in office at the time. This time, I think we have a really bad president, and he follows a mediocre president who followed another really bad president. One of the nominees in this election is a felon and likely a murderer. But as bad as their candidate is, I’m willing to let her win. Because our candidate is nearly as bad, or possibly as bad, and he’s “ours.” Elect him and we’re stuck with him for four years, maybe eight, and the next election cycle no one will want to touch a Republican candidate for twenty years.

    He’s not my candidate. He may have won the nomination, but endorsing him is not the path of wisdom. Tolerating him, maybe. I get it. Endorsing him, no. I don’t get it.

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  18. So on the night of the idiot’s speech, TCM is showing a movie made after 1960. Fortunately, my wife has recently recorded The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. While the rest of America is in the gutter with the foul Trump, my wife and I will be with Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison as they looked in 1947.

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  19. Ever done something wrong and regretted it? God says to let our yes be yes and our no be no. However, when we sin and agree to do something even more sinful, it is time to repent and get right with God. Perhaps he felt he had overstepped.

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  20. It’s late, so maybe I’ll post this tomorrow, too, but a friend of a friend posted this on a friend’s facebook page. Quoting the original guy’s friend

    “”On Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement:

    1. He didn’t promise to endorse as a condition of taking the speaking slot.
    2. He didn’t say anything bad about Trump, and congratulated him on winning the nomination.
    3. We’re talking about the candidate who referred to Cruz incessantly as “Lyin’ Ted,” who insinuated that Cruz’s wife is ugly, and who parroted TWO conspiracy theories: 1) That Cruz’s father killed JFK, and 2) that Cruz committed adultery with five different women.
    4. We’re talking about the candidate who praised Planned Parenthood on national television, several times. Donald Trump said repeatedly that Planned Parenthood does ‘wonderful things.’

    It does not appear that the election will be close enough for this non-endorsement to be the difference. If Trump loses narrowly, we may eventually rue this day. But if you want to blame someone for Ted Cruz not endorsing the Republican nominee, blame Donald Trump.””

    There was other discussion about how Trump’s behavior generally and toward Cruz *after* the “oath” was a form of breaking the oath, himself, which released Cruz from his promise.

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  21. Well, politics moves fast — and moves on.

    Everyone’s now talking about the Trump speech.

    And no one seems to be talking about Cruz, it’s already history for the most part.

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