Thoughts on the Trump Inauguration

With Michelle Fields at CPAC 2014

With Michelle Fields at CPAC 2014

I didn’t support Donald Trump during the Republican Primary. I was a Ted Cruz guy. But once Trump won the nomination, I admitted publicly that I would vote for him and that he was infinitely superior to Hillary Clinton or Bernie (Karl Marx) Sanders. (And yes that is me with Michelle Fields who was man handled by an ex Trump Campaign Manager. Just threw that in for giggles. But it reminds me that firing him and bringing in Kellyanne Conway was the best move Trump ever made.) However, since Trump’s transition team began their work, I must say I have been quite impressed. Many of Trump’s Cabinet picks have been nothing short of stellar. Scott Pruitt as director of USEPA is an absolute DREAM pick. As recently as two months ago I never would have imagined that such a pick were possible. In fact, I was honored to be one of 130 scientific experts to sign a letter supporting the Attorney General’s nomination. That letter was read at his confirmation hearing this week by the Senate Committee Chairman.

Overall, I am very encouraged and, when coupled with what’s going on in Kentucky, very optimistic for the future. That is a 180 degree turnaround from where I was as recently as 6 months ago.

That being said, I have to say a word about the protesters. It is amazing to me how many times these people call people like me and those who support President-Elect Trump, NAZIS. In point of fact. The protesters are the ones who share similarities with NAZIS (or if you will recall the National…Aryan…SOCIALISTS). The mindset of socialists hasn’t changed since that time. As I have told you repeatedly on this blog, the Democratic party leadership has been taken over by socialists. These protesters who are going so far to try to destroy the Presidency, are nothing more than anarchists. It is one thing to disagree with the incoming President as I did with Obama. It is another to set fires and wear goggles and gas masks and threaten assassination.

This is a critical time in our nations history. These protesters don’t just want to express their disagreement with Mr. Trump. They don’t want a tangentially different direction. Many of these protestors want to tear down free market capitalism and replace it with a socialist or Marxist (Bernie Sanders is a classic Marxist) model. That is a model┬áthat will fail miserably as it has over and over when tried. The one’s who will be hurt the most in that type of system will be the poor, the very people that the protesters claim to care about. They will not just go away after the inauguration. They will have to be defeated in the arena of ideas.

Never, ever, ever, ever, surrender

I did a short post the other day that I would not longer be doing political commentary. Don’t take that to mean that I have ANY intention of backing down from the fight for our nation, our culture, and the hearts and minds of our citizens and community. I will never surrender. I am just going to use different tactics outside federal politics. The keyword there is federal. And I shouldn’t say I will NEVER write about the federal government or political candidates again. If a viable third party arises I might or if Ted Cruz or a Conservative like him (Ben Sasse) makes a presidential run, I would.

But Presidential politics and its cabal with the media is just too broken for me to waste my energy on any further. Trump’s nomination will be proof of that. If this nation nominates him in the midst of all these crises we are facing, then the electorate is worse off and more easily manipulated than I thought.

Clinton/Trump and the Future of America

Well, this changes everything for me and this blog. I likely will cease from doing political commentary, because with the choice of Trump there is no political solution to our problems. It went without saying that the Democrat party became a lost cause with Obama’s nomination for President. Now the GOP is equally lost. Conservatism, that I love so much and have fought for in my columns and on this blog, is essentially dead. Trump confirms that there is no sleeping giant. There is no silent majority. There is only about 20% of the US population that is conservative and that’s not enough to effect change.

So I won’t waste anymore time or energy doing political commentary, certainly not at the Federal level. I may do some on the state level but not even sure I will do that. Instead I will go back to telling stories and writing on matters related the Christianity and the Church. I may shut down the blog all together and only write columns.

I don’t know at this point. I have to do some soul searching and praying. But I’ve spent far too much of my time trying to sway people in this country and I have to admit I have failed miserably. So why make the effort. Better to channel my talents and writing energy in a direction that can help in other ways, either entertainment, or spiritual edification.

Republican Convention

I have wanted to blog in some detail about how the Republican convention works and how the media hysterics about an “open convention” are based on a very short sighted view of history. Unfortunately (actually fortunately) I am too involved in a couple of other big writing projects to take the time to go through it. Just today I have found out about an exciting new national outlet for my writing that will more than double my current reach. I’ll give you some details when my first column appears in the new outlet. I will continue to write for as I am now.

Also, there is something exciting coming up with my novel. (No, not a publishing deal yet…boo). I am entering my novel in a crime fiction contest and have been working on some tweaks with an excellent editor. So, I can’t get to the blog right now.

Bottom line on the nomination…the number of delegates required is 1237 for a reason. If you don’t get 1237 you are not the nominee. Never have been. There has never been any such thing as “the candidate with the largest number of delegates should get the nomination…blah..blah..blah..” No, you failed to get the nomination by winning the majority (which is 1237) so now the nominee will be selected at the convention. Kind of like it has been for at least 100 years.

The State of the Republicans Post Florida

U.S. Senator Cruz, flanked by Senator Lee and Senator Vitter, speaks against pending immigration legislation during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

I’ve wanted to post about this for several days, just haven’t been able to get around to it. Besides, the situation has been so fluid since last week it didn’t hurt to wait. I still call on all my blog readers to resist the supposed Trump inevitability. Cruz has a very legitimate shot at the nomination now that Rubio is finally out. And by the way, outstanding speech by him tonight. Actually he has been stellar the last two weeks. He was very good and probably won the last debate. A classy departure and the patriotic thing to do.

I am not and have never been a Trump supporter, but somehow, he annoys me much less than Kasich. Kasich is doing a grave disservice to this nation staying in and is only helping Trump who he claims to appose. If Trump gets the nomination then it will be interesting to see if Kasich gets a cabinet position or something more. Ben Carson already confessed that he has a job offer. None of which is unprecedented in politics. It just gets under my skin more in this instance because the future of our country hangs in the balance and I remain convinced that Trump is a terrible (and insincere) choice to right things.

As recently as 5 days ago I was very encouraged that some old school Republicans were beginning to endorse Cruz. The Carly Fiorina endorsement I thought was significant as well. But we are all learning more every day just how sleazy the Republican establishment is. The only sensible thing to do, and the thing that is by far best for the nation, is for all the old guard (including McConnell) to get behind Ted Cruz. The RNC should be bringing out the big money (which they have in spades) for Cruz. Cruz can win the nomination outright and he would be infinitely better as President.

As it turns out none of that matters. Cruz called McCain and McConnell out on more than one occasion (and deservedly so) and they haven’t forgotten. The nation be damned. Ted Cruz has to pay. So tonight Fox reports that McConnell called Trump. Meanwhile, the delusional Kasich is staying in. I think at least McConnell and McCain might be starting to move toward Trump. This is how much they fear and hate true conservatism. (Or at least the closest thing we have seen to it in a couple of of decades.) They would rather have the clown act Trump than a brilliant conservative that could help turn this nation around. I may be wrong in my reading of the tea leaves but that looks like what is going down.

I have been angry with Newt lately. He has seemed like a shill for Trump in recent weeks. But he had good comments on Fox tonight. He said the GOP is insane if it thinks it is going to sneak Kasich and Romney in at the convention. The nominee has to be named Ted or Donald. The whole thing is fascinating and terrifying to watch unfold. I have no idea what’s going to happen going forward. Certainly Trump is the favorite but he is far from having it locked up. And with strong Cruz states coming up and Rubio having gotten out…