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A Respectful Appeal to Trump Supporters

February 26, 2016 at 6:45 am 59 Commentary
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As a Reagan conservative this is a particularly difficult primary season. We finally have what many of us consider a near-perfect candidate on the issues at a perfect time in our history, but obstacles persist.

Admittedly, it’s not like America got in this desperate condition accidentally. For decades, we have been electing leaders who have been undermining the American dream, and in the last two presidential elections the majority has virtually furnished what could be the final nails in the nation’s coffin.

Thankfully, Obama had reverse coattails. His agenda was decisively rejected in both the 2010 and 2014 congressional elections, which led many of us to believe his policies weren’t popular even if he was.

If there was any doubt about the public angst over the status quo, it has been removed with the rise of Trump on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left. It’s bizarre that some voters’ reaction to the failure of leftist policies is to double-down on them, but I’ve come to expect no less from leftist voters.

Sophisticated analysis aside, it’s clear that the public is mad as hell and is not going to take it anymore.

What a perfect storm for the quintessentially conservative candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, a freedom lover’s one-man dream team. He’s not just an ideal constitutional conservative; he is perfectly situated to capitalize on the anti-establishment sentiment in the GOP electorate because he has been in the trenches, proving he’ll fight the insiders from within.

Then in rides brash businessman Donald Trump — a wildcard of a political maverick — and sucks all the anti-establishment oxygen out of the politisphere. He apparently has just the right personality, just the right bluster, just the right bravado, and more than enough money and moxie to mesmerize the disenfranchised class — those voters who have seen no evidence that any politician, once elected, has any intention of addressing their concerns.

But is their anger skewing their vision and sabotaging their judgment? They seem to have rallied around Trump because he’s convinced them he would close our borders, rebuild our military, create jobs and, overall, “make America great again.”

But would he? And even if he would, would he inflict other damage?

To the first question my honest answer is: I don’t know. On the second, I think that given his history of supporting liberal causes and politicians and many recent statements betraying an instinct for statist solutions, there’s a good chance he’d inflict damage, on the courts and elsewhere.

Given the alternatives, it would be a reckless decision to bet the survival of the nation I love and my children’s future largely on powerful rhetoric tailored for itching ears. On something so critically important I have to have more assurance than bold promises from a man with — viewed in the most favorable light — a stunningly ambivalent political history.

Meaning no offense, to support Donald Trump for the GOP nomination is a crapshoot — a blind wager based on nothing more than violently shifting sands. How does this make sense when I can choose the real deal in Ted Cruz — a man whose genuine patriotism and constitutional conservatism seep from his very pores, a man who is off-the-charts brilliant and so right on the issues that one’s authenticity as a conservative could be measured, quite literally, by how closely his views conform to Ted’s views and record?

Cruz is a full spectrum Reagan conservative, on economic, defense and social issues. He has concrete plans, not generalities, to unleash economic growth, restructure entitlements and begin reducing the debt, rebuild the military, seal our borders, defeat our terrorist enemies, reform health care, appoint solid, originalist judges and protect our religious liberties and innocent life.

It is tragic that people have concluded that you have to have a person with no experience inside politics to take on the establishment. Under that theory, Donald Trump would immediately become tainted on his first day in office. Additionally, Ted Cruz has actually already fought the establishment — at great cost to himself.

Cruz is the antithesis of a politician with his finger in the wind. He is the one who took on ethanol on the eve of the Iowa election. He took on his entire party in budget fights with President Obama because he promised his constituents he would and because he believes it was the right thing to do.

It’s ironic that Donald Trump, hailed as the anti-establishment savior, has supported and funded establishment and liberal causes much of his adult life, and to this day is getting less opposition from the establishment than bad boy Ted Cruz.

Even though Trump and a number of other Republican candidates have ganged up on Cruz, he has not changed his positions midstream out of political expediency. Even though he’s not the only one whose campaign has been accused of dirty tricks, Cruz is the only one who has apologized for anything and has recently fired his communications director.

I appeal to Trump supporters to reconsider your decision. Why take a risk on the unknown when you have from Ted Cruz an established record of bold, anti-establishment action based on tried and tested policy solutions? Don’t be put off by the label “conservative” just because too many politicians self-identifying as such didn’t deliver. Ted Cruz deserves your consideration precisely because he did. He is also, from all indications, more electable in the general election.

I believe you are patriots and I understand and share your frustration. But I implore you to channel it wisely, judiciously and constructively. If we bet wrong we might not get another chance.

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book is “The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.” Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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  1. inluminatuo February 26, 2016 at 9:15 am

    We need an executive running the Whitehouse who has experience leading teams of men into battle to get things built, not a Constitutional lawyer. Obama was supposed to be this great Constitutional Lawyer but also had no idea of running a business and look at the results. Ted Cruz’s particular talents qualify him to be a LEAD supreme Court Justice, Christie Attorney general, Ben Carson should run our Government healthcare programs and tend to our wounded soldiers, and Rubio can write and give speeches about Conservatism. What makes people want to put people designed by God with certain talents to becomes certain parts of the body politic and then make the Brain try to perform the function of the heart, the heart try to do the physical lifting, the ears try to do the speaking,,,and them just end up with another pieced together Governmental Frankenstein monster who like in the movie goes to hug your innocent child by the lake and ends up drowning her in his embrace. No wonder the people are grabbing their pitchforks and rioting in the streets. Lets get it right this time.

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    • tag100 February 26, 2016 at 10:32 am

      inluminatuo,
      Very precise and to the point and i agree with you,I hope David Limbaugh reads what you have written and comment’s on it…Mr limbaugh has his view and presents doom and gloom if we do not vote for the candidate of his choice, As with all the candidates they have pro’s and con’s
      and as of now the majority of republican voter’s are leaning to Donald Trump.I know it is hard for Pundits,Media,Party establishment to lose the control over the voting block but this is what we have…And quite frankly i believe it is long overdue !

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    • DanP February 26, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Iluminatuo has it right. There is more wrong in this country than just our Congress. We need a skilled and proven negotiator, who will stand up to and deal with foreign leaders. Trump is experienced and has demonstrated this capability numerous times – Cruz is untested, and therfore an unknown in this area. Most importantly,we need a candidate who can win the general election. Why not go with the one that has shown he can win with Blacks and Latinos supporting him. Maybe he will even pick up disenfranchised Bernie voters, who will refuse to vote for Hillary. You can bet these potential votes will stay at home if Cruz is their only other choice. First we need to unite and win with someone who can save the country – then we can worry about the best way to get everything done in Congress, and in what order.

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    • oleteabag February 26, 2016 at 11:44 am

      inluminatuo, thanks for a well-thought-out and intelligent post! I agree that each of the candidates running have strengths and talents that could be an asset to the country–in the right position.

      I like Ted Cruz–I respect him for standing up to the establishment, but I don’t think he is right for the Presidency, and don’t believe he can win in a million years. He would make a STELLAR Supreme Court Justice–young enough to defend the Constitution and Conservative values for many years from the bench. Why would we want to “waste” him in the Presidency?

      Donald Trump is an experienced business executive who knows how to pick good subordinates and delegate. Those are KEY skills needed for a successful Presidency. He is right for the “executive chair”– and he is attracting support across party lines, which is vital to winning, and we MUST WIN!

      Christie, as a former US Attorney, has PROVEN his mettle for the position of Attorney General. Ben Carson would be the IDEAL person to head and clean up the VA mess. I think Marco Rubio, with his insight into foreign affairs would be a good Secretary of State or Defense.

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    • oleteabag February 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

      tag100, it’s not just Republican voters who are attracted to Trump. He is also attracting cross-over Democrats and Independents, similar to what Reagan did in 1980. And any candidate we nominate MUST be able to draw voters from those groups if we are to have any prayer of winning. Trump is the ONLY candidate who is attracting that kind of broad-based support, hence, he is the best choice for the nomination. I see the other candidates as great assets–if they are used in the right positions, as I mentioned in my post in response to Inluminatuo.

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    • chuckyb February 26, 2016 at 11:52 am

      I know you THINK you know what you are talking about but, you don’t. Government IS NOT business and a good CEO would not necessarily be a good president. You really need to look at Trumps history. He is just telling a bunch of disenfranchised middle class people what they want to hear. “Lets make America great again” sounds fantastic, I want to do that too but, how is he going to do it. He hasn’t said anything specific about how he’s going to accomplish all these great things. The man is a used car salesman telling everyone it’s not a taxi they just used yellow primer on it. Trump buys politicians on a regular basis to get what he wants and what he wants isn’t always what’s good for the rest of us. Everyone keeps saying all Ted Cruz has done is piss off the rest of the Senate but, the truth is he’s done a great deal more. What he has actually done has been to prove he is a man of his word. He said he would represent his constituents the way they wanted him to not be just another Beltway elitist AND HE DID IT. It cost him a lot of political power and prestige inside the beltway but it has proven to those of us that really have our eyes and ears open that he is a man you can trust. You may not like everything he says but at least you know it’s not a rusted out Chevy that he’s calling a classic.

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    • makesense February 26, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Illuminato,
      In addition to your opinion, I hope Trump picks Kasich as his VP. Kasich will do the heavy lifting in Congress to get new sensible laws passed, replace or cancel out bad laws and provide good advice on a host of issues that Kasich has a lot of experience in…. like a balanced budget. Kasich will provide the right Conservative influence on Trump. Kasich with his experience, can hit the ground running. Besides, Trump could very well need Kasich delegates to add to his to avoid a Brokered Convention. This will be a dynamic duo.

      As to the suggestion that Cruz should be nominated to the Supreme Court — I do not think he can get through the sure to come Democrats filibuster. He will be too divisive. Cruz should remain in the Senate where he can be effective. Rubio is too inexperienced to be Secretary of State…. or any cabinet position. He has been a politician all his life and has not demonstrated any managerial expertise so he cannot be counted on to run a Department.

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    • oleteabag February 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      chuckyb, my support of Trump is NOT based on him telling me what I want to hear. A lot of Conservatives seem to make the same mistake in EVERY election cycle. They search for the “ideal, ideologically pure” candidate, without even CONSIDERING whether that candidate can win or not–and if THAT candidate doesn’t get the nomination, are just as likely to stay home and sulk because “their” candidate is not on the ballot.

      My position is that it is better to be PRACTICAL and try to figure out not just who exactly matches my own ideological bent, but who can actually WIN. I’m more attuned to Cruz ideologically, but I do NOT believe he has the broad-based support he needs to win. Do I agree with absolutely EVERY position Trump holds? No, I don’t. But if HE can win where Cruz cannot, then nursing the “ideologically pure” delusion by voting for Cruz would be not only self-defeating, but destructive, since it hands the election to the COMMUCRATS.

      If we are even to SURVIVE as a free Republic, we CANNOT let the COMMUCRATS take the White House again in 2016. If that requires compromising on a candidate who is NOT “ideologically pure”, but who CAN win the election, then it behooves us to be REALISTIC and go with the compromise. Can ANYBODY say Trump would be WORSE than any ONE of the Democrats running?

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      nevreb February 26, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Before are “betters” formed their neat little political class, who literally have never worked a day in their lives, after hahverd, isn’t Trump exactly the kind of person the founders invisioned for leadership in their experiment in liberty and a free people??? Cruz for SCOTUS is the best idea I’ve heard in awhile!!!

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      ltuser February 26, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Cruz can’t get through a democrat fillabuster of his nomination?? Say it ain’t so.. Are not the dems in full swing saying that congress should NEVER do that (well as long as it’s against Obama’s nomination), cause it violates their sworn oaths to the constitution?

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    • dixon757 February 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      The Donald is an interesting study. He is a sharp businessman, which means he does a great job serving his interests. Nothing wrong with that, but by supporting both parties he demonstrates lack of principle. We need a leader of patriotic principle. Most of the problems with the runaway federal government is a political class that serves its own interests whether or not that exceeds their constitutional authority that they have sworn to uphold. Frankly, now almost all of it does. Trump is a well demonstrated negotiator, but to a great extent that implies everything is for sale, just as with the political class. Last but not least, nothing irritates me more than someone that smugly yells “liar” to drown out reasoned discourse.

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    • cji123 February 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Somehow as you’ve stated what us voters are clamoring for – away completely from the establishment – a good management team – Trump has some questions but all who’ve lived and been successful in this nation do. But the most recent GOP debate showed us that both Cruz and MR are both establishment. 38 years ago I can’t imagine what some of us may have done or not done within what was accepted. Yet the telling statement was – neither of you have ever hired anyone!

      There will be change or there will be no nation – if not mistaken Reagan was a Union Leader and DNC – how easy forgotten – it’s my belief you’ve got to see all sides. We know everyone in the establishment hates Trump – and much like GOP candidates in the past the MSM will seek to destroy them and everything they try to do!

      The establishment better wake up and understand after bo this nation needs shock therapy and not another politician. c/ork

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    • mamacat104 February 26, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      I agree inluminatuo.. we need Trump.. our politicians have failed us.. the special interest groups/lobbyists/big money donors dangle that money in front of them and they cave and do their biddings while they kick the citizens under the table.. Trump didn’t get to be a billionaire by being stupid.. our debt is in so much trouble and rising.. we need a smart businessman to fix it.. for many years now, the illegal aliens have been running rampant in this country and our politicians have done NOTHING to stop the madness… had we stopped illegal immigration back when Reagan dished out amnesty, we would have saved Trillions of our tax dollars.. illegal immigration must be stopped… it’s tearing apart this country… Trump loves this country and has the backbone to stand up for the citizens.. unlike our spineless politicians who refused to enforce the laws..

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    • nvrick February 27, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      To those of you who support Donald Trump, maybe you can help me out.
      Who is Donald Trump?
      Is he the one who supports “all the wonderful things Planned Parenthood does”?
      Is he the one who believes in universal one payer healthcare?
      Is he the one who can “change into anything I want to be”?
      Is he the one who believes Hillary is a “great negotiator”?
      Or is he just someone who will do “great” “wonderful” fuzzily defined things?
      These are just some of the things I have seen him support in the not so distant past.
      Who can tell me what he will believe and support in the future.
      We can look at Ted Cruz’s record and know where he will stand in the future.
      As David said, voting for Trump is a **** shoot. We may win big, but we may **** out.

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  2. Roberta Metalious February 26, 2016 at 9:29 am

    If Cruz can’t get the support of his senate peers, he won’t be able to get anything done at all!!!

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    • nevreb
      nevreb February 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Turns out the sheeple in congress probably just need a good herder/guard dog???

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    • vietnamvet February 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      ” … “Why take a risk on the unknown when you have from Ted Cruz an established record of bold, anti-establishment action based on tried and tested policy solutions?” … ”

      First, Trump happens to be a natural born American who is eligible to be President.

      Cruz has sealed his citizenship records, so we can’t examine:
      The marriage license for his (citizen) mother.
      … (because if she wasn’t married it’s a different ball game) …
      The Consular Report of Birth Abroad that she filed within a year after Ted’s birth.
      And the Certificate of Citizenship issued for Ted, himself.

      Without that Citizenship Certificate, he can’t even keep his Senate job.

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    • jatondon February 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Ronald Reagan knew how to get cooperation. He was the master. Ted Cruz only knows how to pick a fight – not accomplish anything. To me that will just leave us in limbo. I have never objected to government shutdown to settle an issue, but in his case it would be shut repeatedly with no gains.

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  3. sffd5 February 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I personally do not trust any politician that has served with in the belt way. That is what a majority of the people are saying now. Trump may be brash uncouth, a blowhard and what ever other insults that the establishments can through at him, but here is the facts Trump is a successful business man. He did not get there by appointing the wrong people to jobs. Reagan was successful because he appointed the right people for jobs, Bill Clinton’s administration was successful because he appointed the right people. You can not argue with the economy under Clinton. I find that everyone arguing against Trump always say that he has no experience. Well the experience I have had with anyone in the beltway tells me that I don’t want them.

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    • oleteabag February 26, 2016 at 11:58 am

      sffd5, the truth is, there is really no such thing as somebody “experienced” for the job of POTUS. There is no other job quite like it–with expertise required in so MANY different areas that no ONE man can possibly have them all. That is why the only “successful” Presidents are the ones with the ability to pick cabinet officials with the expertise they lack in those key areas, and the ability to delegate and LISTEN to those with the greater expertise.

      ANYBODY who becomes President is in for a very intense “on the job training” experience. That is why “political experience”, per se, is NOT of much help, except, perhaps, in knowing how to navigate the pitfalls and work with the other branches of government effectively to get things done–not just CUDGEL them into giving you your way, the way the current little tinpot DICTATOR operates. He has SO poisoned the well with his divisive tactics that our government is all but paralyzed into total dysfunction. THAT needs to change. Somebody who understands the give-and-take of REAL negotiation would be a great start toward repairing that mess. Trump has all those skills, and is unquestionably a LOYAL American, which again, is more than you can say for Obama. For these reasons, I think a Trump Presidency would NOT be the epic disaster we have experienced in the past 7+ years with OBONGO. At LEAST he would not be working to DELIBERATELY weaken and destroy our country!

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    • jatondon February 28, 2016 at 7:40 am

      I have never had less faith in beltway politicians than now. At one time I spent much time there and they didn’t impress me then, but nothing I have seen in this century has been an improvement, only worse. I will not say all went there with bad intentions, but like other government corruption, when they are among the wolves they either become a wolf or are eaten.
      I support Mr Trump not because of the words he uses, but because even if he accomplishes little of what he wants do, maybe he can turn the ship of state before it goes over the falls.

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  4. hankschmoyer February 26, 2016 at 10:10 am

    I am one of those people who believe that Obama was born in Kenya and is therefore not qualified to be president. I like Cruz and his conservatism. But if he was born in Canada, how is that any different from Obama being born in Kenya? What about Rubio? He was born in the USA of Cuban citizens, not citizens of the USA. I do not want to vote for Trump. But who is qualified according to the US Constitution’s requirement of a native born person?

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      usafoldsarge February 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Statute, by parentage[edit]

      Under certain circumstances, children may acquire U.S. citizenship from their parents. The Naturalization Act of 1790 provided for birthright citizenship for children born out of U.S. jurisdiction to two citizen parents. In 1855, this was extended to children with citizen fathers and noncitizen mothers,[12] and, in 1934, to children with citizen mothers and noncitizen fathers.[13] From 1940 until 1978, a child born abroad who acquired U.S. citizenship at birth but had only one U.S. citizen parent had to fulfill a “retention requirement” of residing, or being physically present, in the United States or its outlying possessions for a certain number of years before reaching a specified age. The retention requirement was changed several times, eliminated in 1978, and subsequently eliminated with retroactive effect in 1994.[14] What is there to not understand about Cruz, Rubio, or even the Crown Prince?

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    • jatondon February 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Based on his phony birth certificate, applying to college as a foreign student and his other frauds, his birth is immaterial. He is a communist a fraud and a disgrace to America.

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    • vietnamvet February 27, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      The Naturalization Act of 1790 made a provison for foreign-born children of American parents to have the status of ‘natural born citizens’. Five years later, that was changed to ‘citizen’

      It makes sense when you consider that no act of any kind is required to make someone ‘natural born’ … and especially not a ‘naturalization act’ which creates ‘naturalized citizens’.

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  5. vonniescot February 26, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Limbaugh’s assessment!! I’m not a big fan of “throwing the baby out with the bath water”…just because Ted Cruz is in the beltway! Fruit people! Fruit! That is what we should be looking at where every candidate is concerned. And, that is what David L.is pointing out.

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    • tag100 February 26, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      vonniescot,
      Myself and many others are looking at the candidates very closely and come up with Trump after hard scrutiny, Perhaps you should also consider where Cruz gets his money from (Goldman-sachs) which i see as a bought and paid for man….Do not get me wrong if Ted Cruz is our nominee he will have my vote because after Trump i like Cruz.

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    • ringmaster February 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Bonn don’t try to make sense to this crowd, they’ve been to the circus and they like the guy throwing the pies at people even though we all know it’s only showbizz.

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    • vonniescot February 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      All of you Trump supporters need to LISTEN to what he would like to change within our Constitutional rights regarding speech!! Just today at a rally…if president, hiring lawyers to sue anyone who speaks against him!!! What?!!

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      ltuser February 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Von.. I actually agree with trump going after the media. For too long now, they have shown their abject bias and gotten away with it, cause they keep screaming “protection of the press” and can thus say what they want with no fear of being sued for liable..

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  6. freedom7 February 26, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Trump followers as in the days of Obama mania don’t want to listen to the facts. Last night Trump showed what a hypocrite he is.
    He has has his clothes line made in China and Mexico. Hired illegal immigrants to build his towers. So which is it Mr. Trump,
    made in China/Mexico or the good old USA?

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    • freedom7 February 26, 2016 at 11:08 am

      P S.
      Could Trump not find at least 100 American workers out of the 92 plus million that have given up looking for work to help build his buildings?

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    • vonniescot February 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Freedom7,
      I agree with you! Again, it’s very easy to “tickle ears” with what we all want to hear, but we had better be looking at the fruit that Mr. Trump has produced. I also believe that it reminds me of when B. Obama came on th scene..”rockstar” status but no one looking at the record.

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    • oleteabag February 26, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      vonniescot, there are SEVERAL important differences between Obama and Trump. First and foremost, Trump was BORN IN THE USA, and is a natural-born citizen who is LOYAL to THIS country.

      Obama’s birth and legal qualifications to be POTUS have been in question from Day One, and I have ALWAYS said that regardless of WHERE he was born, he UNQUESTIONABLY violated the SPIRIT of the “natural born” clause, because he was NEVER loyal to this country, nor has he EVER shared our world view or values. He sees HIMSELF as the avenging angel whose job it was to “punish” us for what he views as our “colonial” past, and his idea of “justice” was to reduce us to a Third World country among many, full of starving beggars. And THAT is the goal he has worked toward with EVERY SINGLE THING he has done since he was elected.

      You want to talk about “fruit”–what we got from Obama is the POISONED FRUIT of a Presidency that was ILLEGITIMATE and UNLAWFUL from the get-go. How can a Trump Presidency POSSIBLY be worse than the DELIBERATE DESTRUCTION of a disloyal FOREIGN INTERLOPER loose in the White House?

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    • makesense February 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Trump’s suits are not made in China; they are tailor made right in Manhattan. Heck, he is a Billionaire and can afford to have the tailor come to his office for a personal fit up!

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    • oleteabag February 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      makesense, they are not talking about Trump’s personal clothing. They are talking about the clothing line of suits and ties that are sold under Trump’s name not being manufactured here.

      Actually I think that is a PERFECT illustration of what is happening to American jobs. The amount of regulational hurdles and excessive taxes on businesses FORCES many companies to move offshore to remain competitive with the foreign businesses who are given a MORE than level playing field to sell their goods here, because of currency manipulations and other factors.

      Trump is knowledgeable in those areas, and could well do more to fix our broken business climate than any other candidate. If that was ALL a Trump Presidency accomplished, it would STILL be of MAJOR benefit to our country. And I don’t believe that is ALL he could accomplish.

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      usafoldsarge February 26, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      actually oleteabag, natural born means nothing because the Constitution doesn’t define it. SO,Statute, by parentage[edit]

      Under certain circumstances, children may acquire U.S. citizenship from their parents. The Naturalization Act of 1790 provided for birthright citizenship for children born out of U.S. jurisdiction to two citizen parents. In 1855, this was extended to children with citizen fathers and noncitizen mothers,[12] and, in 1934, to children with citizen mothers and noncitizen fathers.[13] From 1940 until 1978, a child born abroad who acquired U.S. citizenship at birth but had only one U.S. citizen parent had to fulfill a “retention requirement” of residing, or being physically present, in the United States or its outlying possessions for a certain number of years before reaching a specified age. The retention requirement was changed several times, eliminated in 1978, and subsequently eliminated with retroactive effect in 1994.[14] What is there to not understand about Cruz, Rubio, or even the Crown Prince?
      Children born overseas to married parents[edit]

      The following conditions affect children born outside the U.S. and its outlying possessions to married parents (special conditions affect children born out of wedlock: see below):[15]
      If both parents are U.S. citizens, the child is a citizen if either of the parents has ever had a residence in the U.S. prior to the child’s birth
      If one parent is a U.S. citizen and the other parent is a U.S. national, the child is a citizen if the U.S. citizen parent has lived in the U.S. for a continuous period of at least one year prior to the child’s birth
      If one parent is a U.S. citizen and the other parent is not, the child is a citizen if the U.S. citizen parent has been “physically present”[16] in the U.S. before the child’s birth for a total period of at least five years, and
      at least two of those five years were after the U.S. citizen parent’s fourteenth birthday

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    • rzraick February 26, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      There have been many attempts to redefine the Constitution and its meaning. I am of the opinion that the word of Law means what it says. One would have to do a little research on the issue of Natural Born Citizen, but the Constitution is pretty clear and the writing of the Founders at the time were also clear.

      Because it was the birth of a new nation and because the Founders thought that the Office of President was so important, they wanted the person holding the office to have allegiance to no other country.

      It is the only office which has the requirement. If you were living in the colonies at the time when the nation was founded you were eligible. Other than that, you needed to be a citizen by birth rather than by naturalization. My understanding is that you are considered to be natural born if you are born in this country of if born to two people who are citizens.

      Some people confuse the term Natural Born with Naturalized citizen.

      I will do some additional research reading the other documents of the time written by the founders. But I am sure the meaning was explicit even if not spelled out in the Constitution.

      Not every term is spelled out if the meaning was well known to the average person at the time. Just because it is not spelled out does not mean one is free to interpret it however one wishes.

      And not every legal opinion constitutes truth.

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    • oleteabag February 27, 2016 at 12:52 am

      olesarge, my whole point was that even if Obama is “legal” within the LETTER of the law, he STILL violates the SPIRIT of being a natural-born citizen as envisioned by our Founding Fathers, who sought by adding that requirement to avoid a person with DIVIDED LOYALTIES being elected President, and the DISLOYAL and TRAITOROUS behavior of Obama is AMPLE proof of the wisdom of their thinking. Obama’s formative years were spent in OTHER countries and he is steeped in OTHER cultures and ISLAMIC beliefs and values. He has shown us repeatedly that he has NO loyalty to or love for this country, and does not share out values or believe the US should be allowed to be “exceptional” in ANY way. He wants us BROUGHT DOWN, equal in misery and poverty to any OTHER Third World country, and has worked to bring that about since the day he raised his hand and LIED his way through the Oath of Office.

      It wouldn’t matter to me if he was born in the middle of 5th Avenue in New York City with thousands of witnesses. I STILL would not consider this MUSLIM TRAITOR an AMERICAN. By his OWN behavior and attitudes he PROVES that he is NOT on a daily basis.

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  7. zeitgeist February 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Mr Limbaugh is backing up his brother Rush in getting on the Cruz train. Would the election of Mr.Trump be the end of Mr.Cruz? Of course not, I believe that if Mr. Cruz avoids the use of campaign dirty tricks he could and should have a prominent place in the U.S. political system. IMO regarding this election cycle I believe that Mr. Cruz cannot win the general election, his lateness in embracing repatriation of illegal migrants will give serious pause to folks who believe that this is an issue of great importance. And course the left will never cross-over to him. Unlike Reagan there will be no Cruz democrats.
    It is only facing the facts that celebrity sells and selling yourself is what drives the election results.
    As far as the general doom and gloom if a potential “Elmer Gantry” could obtain the white house please remember that the president cannot make any law, that is the duty of the congress, the ability of the president to act like a king is because the congress refuses to do its job.

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    • vonniescot February 26, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Oleteabag,
      Please do not misunderstand my comparison of Trump and Obama. Clearly they each have very different agendas and ideologies…I am merely observing the same kind of dogwagging following to Trump as this celebrity as there was with Obama (cool black guy). Meanwhile, we just ignore his foul mouth, his disingenuous, pandering remarks about his faith. These are character issues that do indeed matter to me.

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    • oleteabag February 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      vonniescot, I agree that character matters. And Trump has many unlikeable qualities–some of which you mentioned in your post. But here are the qualities I think he brings to the table: natural born, LOYAL American citizen; desire to “fix” what Obama has broken; knowledgeable about business and economic matters–ESPECIALLY with respect to unfair foreign competition and business-killing government regulations. Acquaintance with foreign leaders, and able to negotiate with them in a way that perhaps “political animals” cannot. Ability to lead and build consensus–something Obama TOTALLY LACKS. Ability to pick good subordinates and delegate to them in their areas of expertise.

      I don’t claim he is a “perfect” candidate. But with the possible exception of Rubio, he is the ONLY ONE I see who has even a PRAYER of winning the general election, because he is attracting broad-based support across party and political lines. Even HE would have an uphill fight, because the Dems control large urban population centers where most of the electoral votes reside in key electoral states. And that doesn’t even INCLUDE the inevitable Democratic voter fraud of dead and illegal people voting. Given we live in this far-from-perfect world, we MUST be sure we exploit EVERY advantage we can get, if we are going to win in 2016, as we MUST to save our country!

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  8. oleteabag February 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    When my husband was still working as a welder, he saw the influx of Japanese steel that was DUMPED on US markets. The Japanese steel received all KINDS of preferential treatment from our government and prospered, flooding the market with inferior, but MUCH chearper-to-buy steel.

    The end result? The Japanese steel-dumping virtually KILLED the US steel market, and pretty soon, the ONLY steel available was the inferior-but-cheaper foreign steel.

    My husband was ALWAYS griping about having to weld on the ****** foreign steel, which was full of impurities and “air pockets” that would cause burn-through and flame-out when you tried to weld on it. But they were stuck with it, because our government ALLOWED the Japanese to wage dumping and price wars on our OWN steel industry until it ceased to exist.

    This has happened in many OTHER areas of industry and business, with our government usually putting its thumb on the scale in FAVOR of the foreign competitors and their UNFAIR tactics for taking over the markets here. Trump has been on BOTH SIDES of that issue, and perhaps understands it better than ANY OTHER CANDIDATE. THAT is knowledge that could be used to start REPAIRING the damage done by unfair foreign competition to our economy.

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    • tag100 February 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      oleteabag,

      I would have responded on todays conversation a little more…But you knocking them out of the park so i’ll just cheer you on.

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  9. rzraick February 26, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I think that many are missing the point about what is happening in this election cycle. There are many people attempting to use logic to justify their emotional opinions. But these are just justifications.

    This cycle is almost entirely driven by emotion. I don’t think that is so bad. Changes are needed. Anger is inevitable when things are getting worse every year. Anger is normal when one feels betrayed.

    It seems we can do the same thing we have done in the past expecting a different result. That is the insanity which has gotten us into a really big mess. Or we can get angry enough to say “enough”. I think that is what is happening.

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  10. junkmailbin February 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    the author should just say, vote for cruz because i know everything.

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  11. freedom7 February 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    makesense.
    The reference was made to point out that Trump does have a clothing line made in China. I would think with his wealth he buys the finest imported suits from Italy and not the USA.

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  12. junkmailbin February 27, 2016 at 10:10 am

    if cruz was a true constitutional conservative he would not be running. He is not aantural born citizen( both parents US citizens st the time of his birth). Just because you have the same last name as a conservative talking head does not qualify you to be a judge of degree.
    Get you head out of your back side and start supporting Trump to the fullest extent you can along with the rest of you self professed conservative martinettes.
    The goal is to Win the election, not pad your wallet and help a democrat win

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      usafoldsarge February 27, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Please read my posts on the various acts regarding what constitutes a citizen. After two generations went by after the founding the sentences describing citizenship no longer applied. The most important part of Article 2, Section l, paragraph 6 of the Constitution reads in part;No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution shall be eligible to the Office of President. It goes on to list the only two requirements to be President. No mention of experience. No mention of what one has to do to be a NATURAL BORN , or just a plain Citizen. There were and are several Acts that fully describe this, based on the latest act, Obama, Cruz, Jindhal,and Rubio all qualify. So get off it and do some research and prove me wrong.

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    • vietnamvet February 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Artiole II also lays out the requirements for other federal offices.
      For President a natural born citizen is required, while to be a Senator only requires the candidate to be a citizen.

      There is a difference, and the Framers were fully aware of it.

      For those who say “natural born is not defined in the Constitution”, I have a pair of questions.
      How many phrases are in the Constitution?
      How many definitions are in the Constitution?

      The phrase is not defined because everybody knew exactly what it meant.
      All of the Framers were familiar with Vattel, and all of them used Vattel as legal reference. They were all on the same page when they chose the wording.

      Read Vattel and get on the same page, then you won’t be confused.

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  13. rrrod February 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Broken promises, outright lies, backstabbing and fixing elections..and you wonder why voters prefer Trump or Cruz to any of the Establishment candidates?
    There are voters that hate Trump but will vote for him.

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    • jatondon February 27, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      After what we have been promised by politicos from both parties what do you expect?
      They all run for office promising anything then walk away with millions for them and their cronies.
      What do we have to lose with a **** shoot on an outsider?
      Look what “experience” has done for Hillary, taught her how to steel your lunch, how to murder people and get away with it, and make fools believe she is the best we are offered?

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      ltuser February 27, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Very true.. When the establishment has done nothing but given us spineless cowards, liars, cheats, frauds, and thieves, do you NOT expect someone who is an outsider to be in the lead?

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  14. cji123 February 27, 2016 at 10:38 am

    first there’s more negativity going on – one cannot find a positive article on Trump (or if there is it has negative alternatives).

    Thus a thought occurred to me – when the wealthy wanted to pass the Federal Reserve System under Wilson (who was their boy) – all of Wall Street and other parts of the MSM – were negative (even Wilson’s son who worked on Wall St.). Daily they openly denounced the FED. Then at night and private parties they laughed and cheered as it got closer to passage. In 1904-06 when the 1st depression of the 20th Century was taking place – man-made to get rid of some Johnny-come-lately’s – specifically Heinz – JP Morgan approached TR with the gesture he would let the government borrow 200 million dollars during the crisis. TR instead only asked for a note – thus Morgan had created 200 million out of thin air only promising it as a backup. Thus the design came about for the US to join the World Bank – which failed (around 2012) – and thus the FED. The scenario looks much the same as today –

    With the above being said – one who’s independent like myself – even if the scenario looks and smells the same – it might be real fear from the corrupt political system currently in office and their MSM – which includes many on both sides of the aisle c

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    • cji123 February 27, 2016 at 10:40 am

      oops meant 1912 (not 2012) – smile getting old has its drawbacks – c

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  15. usafoldsarge
    usafoldsarge February 27, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    oleteabag February 27, 2016 at 12:52 am
    olesarge, my whole point was that even if Obama is “legal” within the LETTER of the law, he STILL violates the SPIRIT……….
    I agree with you on the SPIRIT, and my reason for agreeing with you is that he had a name change and that he attended school/college under the Soreto name on “AID TO A FOREIGN STUDENT”..With an Indonesian passport. How does a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN of America get a foreign country’s passport? The edge of the tent was raised a long time ago!!!!!!!!!!

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    • vietnamvet February 27, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Obama is not ‘legal’ under any circumstances, because his father was not a U.S. citizen.
      Natural born citizenship is inherited just like eye color, not conferred by some Act or Law. And, like any inherited trait, it comes from both parents.
      Without referrence top any ‘legal description or definition’ it can be stated that a person is a natural born citizen when no other possibility exists.

      For example, take John Kennedy or any one of a hundred well-known public figures. Or, take Harry Truman.
      We all know exactly who his parents were, where in America he was born, and every detail of his upbringing and education.
      There is no possibility that he could be anything other than an American … therefore he IS natural born.

      With Obama, his citezenship could be one of several possibilities, depending on how you read a lawbook.

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  16. ivnapp February 27, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I agree that Cruz should be the nominee. I’m not sure Trump’s running for pure reasons. We NEED a constitutionist as obama has proved he is not one (14 executive orders overturned by SCOTUS). What’s been lost is, as this article states, the electorate has TWICE elected a congress to STOP Obama, but they’ve failed to do so. The tail is wagging the dog here and it needs to STOP NOW!

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  17. cji123 February 27, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Trump – Cruz – Rubio or who? At the beginning I liked Carson and Cruz – but as this process has continued – I find Carson won’t get the nomination – and that Cruz who didn’t need to use any dirty tricks did! Not just once but on more than one occasion, Why? He took himself from being separate from the system to an insider – cheap tricks – do I want that in a president (we’ve already got that). Over 25 years ago Trump referenced what he would do if he ran for President – it’s the same as today – is he the best choice (no) but is he one who can win and put the Constitution back on the front burner (yes). Is he high risk – yes and so was Reagan. Bush (2) was an excellent person with a great track record especially in Texas where in his 2nd election as Governor both parties endorses him. But the msm destroyed him and everything he did. Others have come and gone who the msm have destroyed – and now here comes Trump and they’ve pulled out all of the stops – so have all the tradition politicians – therefore – the average john doe citizen thinks maybe he’ll get the job done. This same msm love the current resident – and think Hillary is Mother Teresa and that BS will do just as well. Who would you choose a Hillary or BS or Trump? My guess is that the DNC will have Biden/Kerry ticket.

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