Donald Trump Announces – Displays His One Great Strength

Update: Quotes of the day on Donald Trump are surprising. As we’ve noted, the usually serene Dana Perino went berserk and continues her hysterics (first on The Five then on The Kelly File). We posted Rush Limbaugh laughing yet warning “This is gonna resonate.” Then there’s Sista Sarah Palin:

Mr. Trump should know he’s doing something right when the malcontents go ballistic in the press! There is no denying Donald J. Trump’s accomplishments and drive to create opportunity for every willing American to succeed. His own success is testament to the job-creating achievements made possible when one applies the courageous and tenacious pro-private sector precepts we need to fire up the economy. Trump joins a competitive field of GOP candidates that will duke it out in the arena of ideas and track records, a field representing diverse achievements.

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Donald Trump has one great strength which was on ostentatious display today as he announced his 2016 presidential run in a TelePrompter-less 52 minute speech. Trump’s detractors call him a carnival barker full of hot air. It cannot be denied Trump is a vainglorious self-promoter whose favorite topic is himself and his successes as well as near constant name dropping.

We won’t quibble or deny any and all attacks against Donald Trump. Insult him all you want. We’ll declare Donald Trump a free fire zone. But Donald Trump has one great strength, one powerful asset, one Donald Trump Tower-sized magnificent ability: Donald Trump speaks English.

Donald Trump speaks English, not the mush-mouth mumbling of the political class which poses as a dialect of English. Donald Trump in his announcement speech used a word that few, make that zero, politicians use. Donald Trump used the word “stupid” to lambaste the stupid political class that rules our country like Soviet era Romania, and about as successfully.

It was not just that Donald Trump spoke English to deliver clear declarative declarations. Donald Trump was unashamed. Mitt Romney ran for president ashamed of his wealth and accomplishments. Donald Trump, like a sleazy storefront evangelist, boomed out his pride at being really really rich and promised to make America and Americans rich.

Donald Trump understands that Americans don’t want to be eating crumbs off the table of plutocrats and the political class. Trump infused the old stale bromide “the best social program is a job” with vitality and vigor. Trump told Americans not to be satisfied with government handouts but to glory in all the triumphalism of having a job that pays real money not just subsistence.

Here was Donald Trump, plutocrat and disjointed speech maker, the very very rich guy, denouncing the Republican Party leadership for ObamaTrade. It was not the first time Trump denounced Republican leadership and ObamaTrade.



China? Trump made it clear he loves China. Trump crowed that the biggest bank in the world, a Chinese bank, rents space at his garish Trump Tower.

Mexico and illegal immigrants? Trump almost declared war on Mexico and while acknowledging some illegal immigrants are good people, focused on the criminals and scoundrels that cross the border. The bombastic Trump even declared that as president he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico and that he would get Mexico to pay for building the wall.

As Trump swerved from topic to topic like a drunk in a bar, spitting out enough one liners to explode Twitter, he still managed to captivate. That suit he wore. It was perfectly matched red, white, blue, as the flags behind him. It was obvious marketing and very well done.

Jeb Bush? Donald Trump tore at Jeb? and all of Jeb”s greatest hits. Common Core? Trump burned the texts for Common Core. It will be, as Donald Trump himself blares, must see viewing, when the GOP candidates debate on August 6.

Like a winning horse at Belmont, Donald Trump understood that his opponent is not Hillary Clinton, but the horses on the track. First comes the Republican primary so Trump fired his blasts at the targets he must destroy to get the nomination.

Barack Obama? Trump understands that Barack Obama occupies the White House and therefore Donald Trump blasted at ObamaCare, ObamaTrade, and the other disasters of Barack Hussein Obama.

Will Donald Trump be the Republican nominee? We doubt it. But stranger things have happened.

We do know that Donald Trump’s voice will be destructive to the GOP but at the same time a voice that must be heard. Those that believe Donald Trump is a clown not worthy of attention or a bull in a china shop should realize that many Americans want a bull to cause some damage to our fragile teacup politicians and political system. Donald Trump should not be sold short:

In a new Bloomberg-St. Anselm poll of New Hampshire, Donald Trump is running in fifth place in the 2016 Republican presidential field. [snip]

In a WMUR Granite State New Hampshire poll taken a short time earlier, Trump again placed ahead of Huckabee, Carson, Perry, Santorum, Fiorina, Jindal, Kasich, and Graham.

In Iowa, Craig Robinson, a former state GOP official and founder of the Iowa Republican blog, recently published a piece headlined “It’s hard to ignore Trump when he’s doing all the right things.” “Trump has spent more time in Iowa this year than Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie combined,” Robinson noted, “and he has more trips to Iowa already scheduled.”

To some Iowa Republicans, Trump’s hiring of the respected veteran GOP operative Chuck Laudner — last seen guiding Rick Santorum to a hard-won caucus victory in 2012 — is a sign Trump is serious about the possibility of running for president. Laudner has, in turn, hired three staff members — at this stage in Iowa, that’s a fairly substantial campaign. Trump is running a smart operation, Robinson notes, and seeing encouraging early signs:

He addressed a crowd of over 500 at Simpson College in Indianola, and last week, he had a crowd of over 800 at Wartburg College in Waverly. In addition to college stops, Trump has been headlining fundraising events for Republican candidates and organizations. Trump has done events for the Polk County Republican Party, state Sen. Jack Whitver, Secretary of State Paul Pate, and the Scott County GOP. In each instance, Trump has helped each draw impressive crowds.

In a recent conversation, Laudner gave the practical, insider’s view of what Robinson observed. “We signed up more people in Waverly last week than the rest of the candidates combined will see when they come to Bremer County,” Laudner told me. [snip]

The bottom line is, by the various measurements journalists use to evaluate campaigns — crowds, staff, money, candidate time on the ground — if the Trump campaign were being conducted by anyone else, journalists would take it quite seriously.

But virtually no one does. [snip]

On the other hand, amid all the showmanship, Trump went on to cover a number of issues — Iran, China, trade, national security, federal spending, global warming — in serious, albeit highly informal, ways that could connect with a substantial number of Republicans. By the end, Trump had delivered a lot of showbiz and a bit of substance in a mix that had the crowd on its feet.

What to make of it all? Here’s the important thing to remember about Trump, or any other political candidate, for that matter: Maybe you think he’s a clown. But some voters, perhaps a significant number of voters, take him seriously. They’re not dumb. So the question is, what concern of those voters, what need, is being addressed by Donald Trump?

Byron York additionally makes this smart observation, “he’s really running against the politics, and the politicians, of both parties. He’s presenting himself as the man who gets things done, party be damned — and the man who is so rich he won’t be beholden to any party boss or fat cat donor.”

It’s always dangerous when the political system and political leaders are so failed that citizens look for a straight talking man on horseback to rescue them or at the very least say what needs to be said. But that is where we are at.



Donald Trump’s voice is needed. Today, Donald Trump delivered.

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216 thoughts on “Donald Trump Announces – Displays His One Great Strength

  1. This will help Trump make his case after his incendiary language:

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2015/06/15/report-details-charges-by-migrants-awaiting-deportation/28781535/

    From 2010 to 2014, 121 undocumented immigrants who committed crimes but were released while awaiting deportation were later charged with homicide, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

    The disclosure came in response to questions posed in February by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Flake, a panel member.

    In recent years, DHS’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed the highest priority on deporting dangerous criminals. The agency removed 315,943 people in the past fiscal year, including 177,960 who were previously convicted of a crime, it said.

    But ICE has come under increasing fire for releasing tens of thousands of convicted criminals after taking them into custody for immigration violations. In December, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told lawmakers that ICE released about 36,000 convicted criminals in fiscal year 2013 and about 30,000 in fiscal year 2014. He has since directed ICE officials in the field not to release convicted criminals without higher approval or because of fiscal constraints.

    Of the 121 undocumented immigrants who ICE said were charged with homicide while on release from ICE custody, 33 were on bond at the discretion of the Justice Department. Another 24 were out of custody because ICE could not meet a court mandate to deport them within 180 days.

  2. Few musicians as left wing as Neil Young. But Neil Young’s rocking in the free world is the song that introduced Trump. Check out the lyrics (some appear to be slams at the Bushs and there’s even some reference to false hope):

  3. The good thing about Trump’s candidacy is that he’ll end up forcing all the other candidates, including Hillary, to deal with the issues head on or risk appearing shifty and evasive to the voters. In a way, he’s the Ross Perot of this generation of voters.

  4. Like I said, I like Trump, his problem to me, besides his grandiosity, and at times a wee bit too abrasive presentation, is his previous short attention span, dislike of the details, day to day grinding of politics.
    Obviously he is a very, very, rich man…think I heard that somewhere today, hmm.so you know if he’s interested, he had the attention span…

  5. Trump promises a 35% tariff on Mexican imports. Presumably, Mexico would immediately institute a retaliatory tariff on US goods and services.

  6. To correct misinformation about what Trump said/proposed in his announcement speech, here’s the transcript:

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2015/06/16/donald-trump-transcript-our-country-needs-a-truly-great-leader/

    TRUMP: Wow. Whoa. That is some group of people. Thousands.

    So nice, thank you very much. That’s really nice. Thank you. It’s great to be at Trump Tower. It’s great to be in a wonderful city, New York. And it’s an honor to have everybody here. This is beyond anybody’s expectations. There’s been no crowd like this.

    And, I can tell, some of the candidates, they went in. They didn’t know the air-conditioner didn’t work. They sweated like dogs.

    (LAUGHTER)

    They didn’t know the room was too big, because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS? I don’t think it’s gonna happen.

    (APPLAUSE)

    Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time.

    (APPLAUSE)

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We want Trump. We want Trump.

    TRUMP: When did we beat Japan at anything? They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn’t exist, folks. They beat us all the time.

    When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.

    The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.

    (APPLAUSE)

    Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

    But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.

    It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.(APPLAUSE)

    TRUMP: Islamic terrorism is eating up large portions of the Middle East. They’ve become rich. I’m in competition with them.

    They just built a hotel in Syria. Can you believe this? They built a hotel. When I have to build a hotel, I pay interest. They don’t have to pay interest, because they took the oil that, when we left Iraq, I said we should’ve taken.

    So now ISIS has the oil, and what they don’t have, Iran has. And in 19 — and I will tell you this, and I said it very strongly, years ago, I said — and I love the military, and I want to have the strongest military that we’ve ever had, and we need it more now than ever. But I said, “Don’t hit Iraq,” because you’re going to totally destabilize the Middle East. Iran is going to take over the Middle East, Iran and somebody else will get the oil, and it turned out that Iran is now taking over Iraq. Think of it. Iran is taking over Iraq, and they’re taking it over big league.

    We spent $2 trillion in Iraq, $2 trillion. We lost thousands of lives, thousands in Iraq. We have wounded soldiers, who I love, I love — they’re great — all over the place, thousands and thousands of wounded soldiers.

    And we have nothing. We can’t even go there. We have nothing. And every time we give Iraq equipment, the first time a bullet goes off in the air, they leave it.

    Last week, I read 2,300 Humvees — these are big vehicles — were left behind for the enemy. 2,000? You would say maybe two, maybe four? 2,300 sophisticated vehicles, they ran, and the enemy took them.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We need Trump now.

    TRUMP: You’re right.

    (APPLAUSE)

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We need Trump now.

    TRUMP: Last quarter, it was just announced our gross domestic product — a sign of strength, right? But not for us. It was below zero. Whoever heard of this? It’s never below zero.

    Our labor participation rate was the worst since 1978. But think of it, GDP below zero, horrible labor participation rate.

    And our real unemployment is anywhere from 18 to 20 percent. Don’t believe the 5.6. Don’t believe it.

    That’s right. A lot of people up there can’t get jobs. They can’t get jobs, because there are no jobs, because China has our jobs and Mexico has our jobs. They all have jobs.

    But the real number, the real number is anywhere from 18 to 19 and maybe even 21 percent, and nobody talks about it, because it’s a statistic that’s full of nonsense.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We want Trump now.

    TRUMP: Our enemies are getting stronger and stronger by the way, and we as a country are getting weaker. Even our nuclear arsenal doesn’t work.

    It came out recently they have equipment that is 30 years old. They don’t know if it worked. And I thought it was horrible when it was broadcast on television, because boy, does that send signals to Putin and all of the other people that look at us and they say, “That is a group of people, and that is a nation that truly has no clue. They don’t know what they’re doing. They don’t know what they’re doing.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We need Trump now.

    (APPLAUSE)

    TRUMP: We have a disaster called the big lie: Obamacare. Obamacare.

    Yesterday, it came out that costs are going for people up 29, 39, 49, and even 55 percent, and deductibles are through the roof. You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high, it’s virtually useless. It’s virtually useless. It is a disaster.

    TRUMP: And remember the $5 billion Web site? $5 billion we spent on a Web site, and to this day it doesn’t work. A $5 billion Web site.

    I have so many Web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a Web site. It costs me $3. $5 billion Web site.

    (APPLAUSE)

    AUDIENCE: We want Trump. We want Trump. We want Trump. We want Trump.

    TRUMP: Well, you need somebody, because politicians are all talk, no action. Nothing’s gonna get done. They will not bring us — believe me — to the promised land. They will not.

    As an example, I’ve been on the circuit making speeches, and I hear my fellow Republicans. And they’re wonderful people. I like them. They all want me to support them. They don’t know how to bring it about. They come up to my office. I’m meeting with three of them in the next week. And they don’t know — “Are you running? Are you not running? Could we have your support? What do we do? How do we do it?”

    I like them. And I hear their speeches. And they don’t talk jobs and they don’t talk China. When was the last time you heard China is killing us? They’re devaluing their currency to a level that you wouldn’t believe. It makes it impossible for our companies to compete, impossible. They’re killing us.

    But you don’t hear that from anybody else. You don’t hear it from anybody else. And I watch the speeches.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: No more free (inaudible).

    TRUMP: Thank you.

    I watch the speeches of these people, and they say the sun will rise, the moon will set, all sorts of wonderful things will happen. And people are saying, “What’s going on? I just want a job. Just get me a job. I don’t need the rhetoric. I want a job.”

    And that’s what’s happening. And it’s going to get worse, because remember, Obamacare really kicks in in ’16, 2016. Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him, I actually would say. I have the best courses in the world, so I’d say, you what, if he wants to — I have one right next to the White House, right on the Potomac. If he’d like to play, that’s fine.

    (APPLAUSE)

    In fact, I’d love him to leave early and play, that would be a very good thing.

    (LAUGHTER)

    But Obamacare kicks in in 2016. Really big league. It is going to be amazingly destructive. Doctors are quitting. I have a friend who’s a doctor, and he said to me the other day, “Donald, I never saw anything like it. I have more accountants than I have nurses. It’s a disaster. My patients are beside themselves. They had a plan that was good. They have no plan now.”

    We have to repeal Obamacare, and it can be — and — and it can be replaced with something much better for everybody. Let it be for everybody. But much better and much less expensive for people and for the government. And we can do it.

    (APPLAUSE)

    AUDIENCE: Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump.

    TRUMP: So I’ve watched the politicians. I’ve dealt with them all my life. If you can’t make a good deal with a politician, then there’s something wrong with you. You’re certainly not very good. And that’s what we have= representing us. They will never make America great again. They don’t even have a chance. They’re controlled fully — they’re controlled fully by the lobbyists, by the donors, and by the special interests, fully.

    Yes, they control them. Hey, I have lobbyists. I have to tell you. I have lobbyists that can produce anything for me. They’re great. But you know what? it won’t happen. It won’t happen. Because we have to stop doing things for some people, but for this country, it’s destroying our country. We have to stop, and it has to stop now.

    AUDIENCE: It needs Trump.

    TRUMP: Now, our country needs — our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now. We need a leader that wrote “The Art of the Deal.”

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes.

    TRUMP: We need a leader that can bring back our jobs, can bring back our manufacturing, can bring back our military, can take care of our vets. Our vets have been abandoned.

    (APPLAUSE)

    And we also need a cheerleader.

    You know, when President Obama was elected, I said, “Well, the one thing, I think he’ll do well. I think he’ll be a great cheerleader for the country. I think he’d be a great spirit.”

    He was vibrant. He was young. I really thought that he would be a great cheerleader.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: But not a leader.

    TRUMP: He’s not a leader. That’s true. You’re right about that.

    But he wasn’t a cheerleader. He’s actually a negative force. He’s been a negative force. He wasn’t a cheerleader; he was the opposite.

    We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again. It’s not great again.

    (APPLAUSE)

    We need — we need somebody — we need somebody that literally will take this country and make it great again. We can do that.

    (APPLAUSE)

    And, I will tell you, I love my life. I have a wonderful family. They’re saying, “Dad, you’re going to do something that’s going to be so tough.”

    You know, all of my life, I’ve heard that a truly successful person, a really, really successful person and even modestly successful cannot run for public office. Just can’t happen. And yet that’s the kind of mindset that you need to make this country great again.

    So ladies and gentlemen…

    (APPLAUSE)

    I am officially running…

    (APPLAUSE)

    … for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again.

    (APPLAUSE)

    It can happen. Our country has tremendous potential. We have tremendous people.

    We have people that aren’t working. We have people that have no incentive to work. But they’re going to have incentive to work, because the greatest social program is a job. And they’ll be proud, and they’ll love it, and they’ll make much more than they would’ve ever made, and they’ll be — they’ll be doing so well, and we’re going to be thriving as a country, thriving. It can happen.

    (APPLAUSE)

    I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. I tell you that.

    (APPLAUSE)

    I’ll bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places. I’ll bring back our jobs, and I’ll bring back our money.

    Right now, think of this: We owe China $1.3 trillion. We owe Japan more than that. So they come in, they take our jobs, they take our money, and then they loan us back the money, and we pay them in interest, and then the dollar goes up so their deal’s even better.

    How stupid are our leaders? How stupid are these politicians to allow this to happen? How stupid are they?

    (APPLAUSE)

    I’m going to tell you — thank you. I’m going to tell you a couple of stories about trade, because I’m totally against the trade bill for a number of reasons.

    Number one, the people negotiating don’t have a clue. Our president doesn’t have a clue. He’s a bad negotiator.

    He’s the one that did Bergdahl. We get Bergdahl, they get five killer terrorists that everybody wanted over there.

    We get Bergdahl. We get a traitor. We get a no-good traitor, and they get the five people that they wanted for years, and those people are now back on the battlefield trying to kill us. That’s the negotiator we have.

    Take a look at the deal he’s making with Iran. He makes that deal, Israel maybe won’t exist very long. It’s a disaster, and we have to protect Israel. But…

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes, we do. Yes, we do.(APPLAUSE)

    TRUMP: So we need people — I’m a free trader. But the problem with free trade is you need really talented people to negotiate for you. If you don’t have talented people, if you don’t have great leadership, if you don’t have people that know business, not just a political hack that got the job because he made a contribution to a campaign, which is the way all jobs, just about, are gotten, free trade terrible.

    Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people, but we have people that are stupid. We have people that aren’t smart. And we have people that are controlled by special interests. And it’s just not going to work.

    So, here’s a couple of stories happened recently. A friend of mine is a great manufacturer. And, you know, China comes over and they dump all their stuff, and I buy it. I buy it, because, frankly, I have an obligation to buy it, because they devalue their currency so brilliantly, they just did it recently, and nobody thought they could do it again.

    But with all our problems with Russia, with all our problems with everything — everything, they got away with it again. And it’s impossible for our people here to compete.

    So I want to tell you this story. A friend of mine who’s a great manufacturer, calls me up a few weeks ago. He’s very upset. I said, “What’s your problem?”

    He said, “You know, I make great product.”

    And I said, “I know. I know that because I buy the product.”

    He said, “I can’t get it into China. They won’t accept it. I sent a boat over and they actually sent it back. They talked about environmental, they talked about all sorts of crap that had nothing to do with it.”

    I said, “Oh, wait a minute, that’s terrible. Does anyone know this?”

    He said, “Yeah, they do it all the time with other people.”

    I said, “They send it back?”

    “Yeah. So I finally got it over there and they charged me a big tariff. They’re not supposed to be doing that. I told them.”

    Now, they do charge you tariff on trucks, when we send trucks and other things over there.

    Ask Boeing BA -0.04%. They wanted Boeing’s secrets. They wanted their patents and all their secrets before they agreed to buy planes from Boeing.

    Hey, I’m not saying they’re stupid. I like China. I sell apartments for — I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them? I own a big chunk of the Bank of America BAC +0.26% Building at 1290 Avenue of the Americas, that I got from China in a war. Very valuable.

    I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower. I love China. People say, “Oh, you don’t like China?”

    No, I love them. But their leaders are much smarter than our leaders, and we can’t sustain ourself with that. There’s too much — it’s like — it’s like take the New England Patriots and Tom Brady and have them play your high school football team. That’s the difference between China’s leaders and our leaders.

    They are ripping us. We are rebuilding China. We’re rebuilding many countries. China, you go there now, roads, bridges, schools, you never saw anything like it. They have bridges that make the George Washington Bridge look like small potatoes. And they’re all over the place.

    We have all the cards, but we don’t know how to use them. We don’t even know that we have the cards, because our leaders don’t understand the game. We could turn off that spigot by charging them tax until they behave properly.

    Now they’re going militarily. They’re building a military island in the middle of the South China sea. A military island. Now, our country could never do that because we’d have to get environmental clearance, and the environmentalist wouldn’t let our country — we would never build in an ocean. They built it in about one year, this massive military port.

    They’re building up their military to a point that is very scary. You have a problem with ISIS. You have a bigger problem with China.

    And, in my opinion, the new China, believe it or not, in terms of trade, is Mexico.

    So this man tells me about the manufacturing. I say, “That’s a terrible story. I hate to hear it.”

    But I have another one, Ford.

    So Mexico takes a company, a car company that was going to build in Tennessee, rips it out. Everybody thought the deal was dead. Reported it in the Wall Street Journal recently. Everybody thought it was a done deal. It’s going in and that’s going to be it, going into Tennessee. Great state, great people.

    TRUMP: All of a sudden, at the last moment, this big car manufacturer, foreign, announces they’re not going to Tennessee. They’re gonna spend their $1 billion in Mexico instead. Not good.

    Now, Ford announces a few weeks ago that Ford is going to build a $2.5 billion car and truck and parts manufacturing plant in Mexico. $2.5 billion, it’s going to be one of the largest in the world. Ford. Good company.

    So I announced that I’m running for president. I would…

    (APPLAUSE)

    … one of the early things I would do, probably before I even got in — and I wouldn’t even use — you know, I have — I know the smartest negotiators in the world. I know the good ones. I know the bad ones. I know the overrated ones.

    You get a lot of them that are overrated. They’re not good. They think they are. They get good stories, because the newspapers get buffaloed (ph). But they’re not good.

    But I know the negotiators in the world, and I put them one for each country. Believe me, folks. We will do very, very well, very, very well.

    But I wouldn’t even waste my time with this one. I would call up the head of Ford, who I know. If I was president, I’d say, “Congratulations. I understand that you’re building a nice $2.5 billion car factory in Mexico and that you’re going to take your cars and sell them to the United States zero tax, just flow them across the border.

    And you say to yourself, “How does that help us,” right? “How does that help us? Where is that good”? It’s not.

    So I would say, “Congratulations. That’s the good news. Let me give you the bad news. Every car and every truck and every part manufactured in this plant that comes across the border, we’re going to charge you a 35-percent tax, and that tax is going to be paid simultaneously with the transaction, and that’s it.

    Now, here’s what is going to happen. If it’s not me in the position, it’s one of these politicians that we’re running against, you know, the 400 people that we’re (inaudible). And here’s what’s going to happen. They’re not so stupid. They know it’s not a good thing, and they may even be upset by it. But then they’re going to get a call from the donors or probably from the lobbyist for Ford and say, “You can’t do that to Ford, because Ford takes care of me and I take care of you, and you can’t do that to Ford.”

    And guess what? No problem. They’re going to build in Mexico. They’re going to take away thousands of jobs. It’s very bad for us.

    So under President Trump, here’s what would happen:

    (APPLAUSE)

    The head of Ford will call me back, I would say within an hour after I told them the bad news. But it could be he’d want to be cool, and he’ll wait until the next day. You know, they want to be a little cool.

    And he’ll say, “Please, please, please.” He’ll beg for a little while, and I’ll say, “No interest.” Then he’ll call all sorts of political people, and I’ll say, “Sorry, fellas. No interest,” because I don’t need anybody’s money. It’s nice. I don’t need anybody’s money.

    I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich. I (inaudible).

    (APPLAUSE)

    And by the way, I’m not even saying that in a — that’s the kind of mindset, that’s the kind of thinking you need for this country.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Absolutely.

    TRUMP: So — because we got to make the country rich.

    It sounds crass. Somebody said, “Oh, that’s crass.” It’s not crass.

    We got $18 trillion in debt. We got nothing but problems.

    We got a military that needs equipment all over the place. We got nuclear weapons that are obsolete.

    We’ve got nothing. We’ve got Social Security that’s going to be destroyed if somebody like me doesn’t bring money into the country. All these other people want to cut the hell out of it. I’m not going to cut it at all; I’m going to bring money in, and we’re going to save it.

    (APPLAUSE)

    But here’s what’s going to happen:

    After I’m called by 30 friends of mine who contributed to different campaigns, after I’m called by all of the special interests and by the — the donors and by the lobbyists — and they have zero chance at convincing me, zero — I’ll get a call the next day from the head of Ford. He’ll say. “Please reconsider,” I’ll say no.

    He’ll say, “Mr. President, we’ve decided to move the plant back to the United States, and we’re not going to build it in Mexico.” That’s it. They have no choice. They have no choice.

    There are hundreds of things like that. I’ll give you another example.

    TRUMP: Saudi Arabia, they make $1 billion a day. $1 billion a day. I love the Saudis. Many are in this building. They make a billion dollars a day. Whenever they have problems, we send over the ships. We say “we’re gonna protect.” What are we doing? They’ve got nothing but money.

    If the right person asked them, they’d pay a fortune. They wouldn’t be there except for us.

    And believe me, you look at the border with Yemen. You remember Obama a year ago, Yemen was a great victory. Two weeks later, the place was blown up. Everybody got out — and they kept our equipment.

    They always keep our equipment. We ought to send used equipment, right? They always keep our equipment. We ought to send some real junk, because, frankly, it would be — we ought to send our surplus. We’re always losing this gorgeous brand-new stuff.

    But look at that border with Saudi Arabia. Do you really think that these people are interested in Yemen? Saudi Arabia without us is gone. They;re gone.

    And I’m the one that made all of the right predictions about Iraq. You know, all of these politicians that I’m running against now — it’s so nice to say I’m running as opposed to if I run, if I run. I’m running.

    (APPLAUSE)

    But all of these politicians that I’m running against now, they’re trying to disassociate. I mean, you looked at Bush, it took him five days to answer the question on Iraq. He couldn’t answer the question. He didn’t know. I said, “Is he intelligent?”

    Then I looked at Rubio. He was unable to answer the question, is Iraq a good thing or bad thing? He didn’t know. He couldn’t answer the question.

    How are these people gonna lead us? How are we gonna — how are we gonna go back and make it great again? We can’t. They don’t have a clue. They can’t lead us. They can’t. They can’t even answer simple questions. It was terrible.

    But Saudi Arabia is in big, big trouble. Now, thanks to fracking and other things, the oil is all over the place. And I used to say it, there are ships at sea, and this was during the worst crisis, that were loaded up with oil, and the cartel kept the price up, because, again, they were smarter than our leaders. They were smarter than our leaders.

    There is so much wealth out there that can make our country so rich again, and therefore make it great again. Because we need money. We’re dying. We’re dying. We need money. We have to do it. And we need the right people.

    So Ford will come back. They’ll all come back. And I will say this, this is going to be an election, in my opinion, that’s based on competence.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes.

    TRUMP: Somebody said — thank you, darlin’.

    (APPLAUSE)

    Somebody said to me the other day, a reporter, a very nice reporter, “But, Mr. Trump, you’re not a nice person.”

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We don’t need nice.

    TRUMP: That’s true. But actually I am. I think I am a nice person. People that know me, like me. Does my family like me? I think so, right. Look at my family. I’m proud of my family.

    (APPLAUSE)

    By the way, speaking of my family, Melania, Barron, Kai, Donnie, Don, Vanessa, Tiffany, Evanka did a great job. Did she do a great job?

    (APPLAUSE)

    Great. Jared (ph), Laura and Eric, I’m very proud of my family. They’re a great family.

    (APPLAUSE)

    So the reporter said to me the other day, “But, Mr. Trump, you’re not a nice person. How can you get people to vote for you?”

    I said, “I don’t know.” I said, “I think that number one, I am a nice person. I give a lot of money away to charities and other things. I think I’m actually a very nice person.”

    But, I said, “This is going to be an election that’s based on competence, because people are tired of these nice people. And they’re tired of being ripped off by everybody in the world. And they’re tired of spending more money on education than any nation in the world per capita, than any nation in the world, and we are 26th in the world, 25 countries are better than us in education. And some of them are like third world countries. But we’re becoming a third word country, because of our infrastructure, our airports, our roads, everything. So one of the things I did, and I said, you know what I’ll do. I’ll do it. Because a lot of people said, “He’ll never run. Number one, he won’t want to give up his lifestyle.”

    TRUMP: They’re right about that, but I’m doing it.

    Number two, I’m a private company, so nobody knows what I’m worth. And the one thing is that when you run, you have to announce and certify to all sorts of governmental authorities your net worth.

    So I said, “That’s OK.” I’m proud of my net worth. I’ve done an amazing job.

    I started off — thank you — I started off in a small office with my father in Brooklyn and Queens, and my father said — and I love my father. I learned so much. He was a great negotiator. I learned so much just sitting at his feet playing with blocks listening to him negotiate with subcontractors. But I learned a lot.

    But he used to say, “Donald, don’t go into Manhattan. That’s the big leagues. We don’t know anything about that. Don’t do it.”

    I said, “I gotta go into Manhattan. I gotta build those big buildings. I gotta do it, Dad. I’ve gotta do it.”

    And after four or five years in Brooklyn, I ventured into Manhattan and did a lot of great deals — the Grand Hyatt Hotel. I was responsible for the convention center on the west side. I did a lot of great deals, and I did them early and young. And now I’m building all over the world, and I love what I’m doing.

    But they all said, a lot of the pundits on television, “Well, Donald will never run, and one of the main reasons is he’s private and he’s probably not as successful as everybody thinks.”

    So I said to myself, you know, nobody’s ever going to know unless I run, because I’m really proud of my success. I really am.

    (APPLAUSE)

    I’ve employed — I’ve employed tens of thousands of people over my lifetime. That means medical. That means education. That means everything.

    So a large accounting firm and my accountants have been working for months, because it’s big and complex, and they’ve put together a statement, a financial statement, just a summary. But everything will be filed eventually with the government, and we don’t extensions or anything. We’ll be filing it right on time. We don’t need anything.

    (APPLAUSE)

    And it was even reported incorrectly yesterday, because they said, “He had assets of $9 billion.” So I said (ph), “No, that’s the wrong number. That’s the wrong number. Not assets.”

    So they put together this. And before I say it, I have to say this. I made it the old-fashioned way. It’s real estate. You know, it’s real estate.

    It’s labor, and it’s unions good and some bad and lots of people that aren’t in unions, and it’s all over the place and building all over the world.

    And I have assets — big accounting firm, one of the most highly respected — 9 billion 240 million dollars.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yeah.

    TRUMP: And I have liabilities of about $500 million (ph). That’s long-term debt, very low interest rates.

    In fact, one of the big banks came to me and said, “Donald, you don’t have enough borrowings. Could we loan you $4 billion”? I said, “I don’t need it. I don’t want it. And I’ve been there. I don’t want it.”

    But in two seconds, they give me whatever I wanted. So I have a total net worth, and now with the increase, it’ll be well-over $10 billion. But here, a total net worth of — net worth, not assets, not — a net worth, after all debt, after all expenses, the greatest assets — Trump Tower, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, Bank of America building in San Francisco, 40 Wall Street, sometimes referred to as the Trump building right opposite the New York — many other places all over the world.

    So the total is $8,737,540,00.

    Now I’m not doing that…

    (APPLAUSE)

    I’m not doing that to brag, because you know what? I don’t have to brag. I don’t have to, believe it or not.

    I’m doing that to say that that’s the kind of thinking our country needs. We need that thinking. We have the opposite thinking.

    We have losers. We have losers. We have people that don’t have it. We have people that are morally corrupt. We have people that are selling this country down the drain.

    So I put together this statement, and the only reason I’m telling you about it today is because we really do have to get going, because if we have another three or four years — you know, we’re at $8 trillion now. We’re soon going to be at $20 trillion.

    TRUMP: According to the economists — who I’m not big believers in, but, nevertheless, this is what they’re saying — that $24 trillion — we’re very close — that’s the point of no return. $24 trillion. We will be there soon. That’s when we become Greece. That’s when we become a country that’s unsalvageable. And we’re gonna be there very soon. We’re gonna be there very soon.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Make America strong.

    TRUMP: So, just to sum up, I would do various things very quickly. I would repeal and replace the big lie, Obamacare.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yeah.

    (APPLAUSE)

    I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes.

    TRUMP: Mark my words.

    (APPLAUSE)

    Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump. Nobody.

    (APPLAUSE)

    I will find — within our military, I will find the General Patton or I will find General MacArthur, I will find the right guy. I will find the guy that’s going to take that military and make it really work. Nobody, nobody will be pushing us around.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes.

    (APPLAUSE)

    TRUMP: I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. And we won’t be using a man like Secretary Kerry that has absolutely no concept of negotiation, who’s making a horrible and laughable deal, who’s just being tapped along as they make weapons right now, and then goes into a bicycle race at 72 years old, and falls and breaks his leg. I won’t be doing that. And I promise I will never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you.

    (APPLAUSE)

    I will immediately terminate President Obama’s illegal executive order on immigration, immediately.

    (APPLAUSE)

    Fully support and back up the Second Amendment.

    (APPLAUSE)

    Now, it’s very interesting. Today I heard it. Through stupidity, in a very, very hard core prison, interestingly named Clinton, two vicious murderers, two vicious people escaped, and nobody knows where they are. And a woman was on television this morning, and she said, “You know, Mr. Trump,” and she was telling other people, and I actually called her, and she said, “You know, Mr. Trump, I always was against guns. I didn’t want guns. And now since this happened” — it’s up in the prison area — “my husband and I are finally in agreement, because he wanted the guns. We now have a gun on every table. We’re ready to start shooting.”

    I said, “Very interesting.”

    So protect the Second Amendment.

    (APPLAUSE)

    End — end Common Core. Common Core should — it is a disaster. Bush is totally in favor of Common Core. I don’t see how he can possibly get the nomination. He’s weak on immigration. He’s in favor of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can’t do it. We have to end — education has to be local.

    Rebuild the country’s infrastructure.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yeah.

    TRUMP: Nobody can do that like me. Believe me. It will be done on time, on budget, way below cost, way below what anyone ever thought.

    I look at the roads being built all over the country, and I say I can build those things for one-third. What they do is unbelievable, how bad.

    You know, we’re building on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Old Post Office, we’re converting it into one of the world’s great hotels. It’s gonna be the best hotel in Washington, D.C. We got it from the General Services Administration in Washington. The Obama administration. We got it. It was the most highly sought after — or one of them, but I think the most highly sought after project in the history of General Services. We got it. People were shocked, Trump got it.

    Well, I got it for two reasons. Number one, we’re really good. Number two, we had a really good plan. And I’ll add in the third, we had a great financial statement. Because the General Services, who are terrific people, by the way, and talented people, they wanted to do a great job. And they wanted to make sure it got built.

    TRUMP: So we have to rebuild our infrastructure, our bridges, our roadways, our airports. You come into La Guardia Airport, it’s like we’re in a third world country. You look at the patches and the 40-year-old floor. They throw down asphalt, and they throw.

    You look at these airports, we are like a third world country. And I come in from China and I come in from Qatar and I come in from different places, and they have the most incredible airports in the world. You come to back to this country and you have LAX, disaster. You have all of these disastrous airports. We have to rebuild our infrastructure.

    Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it.

    (APPLAUSE)

    Get rid of the fraud. Get rid of the waste and abuse, but save it. People have been paying it for years. And now many of these candidates want to cut it. You save it by making the United States, by making us rich again, by taking back all of the money that’s being lost.

    Renegotiate our foreign trade deals.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes.

    (APPLAUSE)

    TRUMP: Reduce our $18 trillion in debt, because, believe me, we’re in a bubble. We have artificially low interest rates. We have a stock market that, frankly, has been good to me, but I still hate to see what’s happening. We have a stock market that is so bloated.

    Be careful of a bubble because what you’ve seen in the past might be small potatoes compared to what happens. So be very, very careful.

    And strengthen our military and take care of our vets. So, so important.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes.

    (APPLAUSE)

    TRUMP: Sadly, the American dream is dead.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Bring it back.

    TRUMP: But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again.

    Thank you. Thank you very much.

    (APPLAUSE)

  7. Shadowfax
    June 16, 2015 at 11:33 am
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    I remember reading in the past that Donald Trump was in good terms with the Clintons, so hopefully things will continue to remain respectful and amiable between them when the campaign heats up.

    BTW, the troll sounds very worried about Trump.

  8. I’d be worried for our country, but I’m not particularly worried that Trump will threaten for the nomination — in either party.

    Did he say which party’s nomination he is going after?

  9. Honestly, if you read what Trump says and supports, there is not one thing I disagree on.
    Hillary and her Obama3 agenda. .. not good for for me or America I am afraid.

  10. Tony Stark
    June 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    The good thing about Trump’s candidacy is that he’ll end up forcing all the other candidates, including Hillary, to deal with the issues head on or risk appearing shifty and evasive to the voters. In a way, he’s the Ross Perot of this generation of voters.

    ———-

    That is my hope too Tony.

    I was for Ross Perot before I learned to trust the Big Dawg. 😉

  11. Trumps wife’s outfit? Really? Let’s be a bit more modest and professional if you want to be First Lady. ..

  12. Trump’s speech isn’t off the cuff. These are things he has been saying, very outspokenly for at least 3 years.

    So far, I agree with all he has said, even putting up a damn wall on the southern border!

    My perfect partnership would be Hillary/Trump, wouldn’t that be a hoot.

  13. The GOP establishment is freaking out…

    imho…I have been waiting a very long time to hear a lot of the things he said…and said out loud and clear…and yes, in English…

    he just cuts threw so much of the nonsense we are hearing on both sides…

    he has simply raised the bar for the discussion on issues…and yes everyone wants to ridicule him…and he is crass and bombastic but the man is a straight shooter…

    the issues he is raising transcend whether a person in a country with over 11 million illegal aliens should have to have an ID to vote in 21st century elections in the USA…I mean, come on…

    the issues everyone else is talking about sound so juvenile…

    one thing I will say…Donald Trump is not treating the voting public like they are children…he is screaming our problems out loud and not worrying about who is hearing it…

    and we need someone as a mouthpiece…a megaphone…whatever…that is blasting out reality…past the blackout that our corrupt political system is trying to keep hidden and unknown…

    Trump can burst the pimple…and pull off a lot of bandaids…

    this election season just got really interesting…

    *************

    if ever amongst the biggest odds he did get the nomination, I recommed Marcus Lemonis as his running mate…

    those two would turn this country around so fast it would make heads spin…

  14. one caveat…I don’t think Lemonis could run because I forgot he isn’t born in the USA but he would be a big asset to any new administration

  15. Honestly, if you read what Trump says and supports, there is not one thing I disagree on.

    Are you in favor on a Presidential Executive order singling out a single US company for a punitive tax? Nixon and Obama combined never dreamed of that kind of abuse of power. The tin-hat dictator stuff.

    I’d certainly enjoy the oral arguments at the Supreme Court on the lawsuit that would produce. Actually, it’s so blatantly unconstitutional, it would never get to the Supreme Court.

  16. Big Media will have its claws out and hunting for a way to flay Trump. My hope is that he will be well prepared to return the favor.

  17. Tony, I think of all people, Trump will not be afraid of letting the media know just what he thinks.

  18. I would much rather hear someone that keeps it real then to hear a trainload of pc bullshitters selling the public lies and false hope.

  19. I also hope that Trump’s speech reminds Hillary to think big and not just bother with the far left nonsense.

  20. My worry is that the GOP will find a way to block Trump from getting the nomination in favor of Jeb the same way that Obama stole the nomination from Hillary.

  21. If Hillary and the Trumpster were the candidates for 2016, I would sleep better at night, knowing that we would at least have an American President. The last two empty suites were run by enemies of middle class Americans. And all of the ugly penguin Goppers are more of the same.

    I love the idea that Trump is running and telling it how it is. I think Americans should thank him. His outspokenness is patriotic and done out of love of this country.

  22. Trump and Hillary must be driving their ‘party’s’ nuts. The two people they can’t control.

  23. “My worry is that the GOP will find a way to block Trump from getting the nomination in favor of Jeb the same way that Obama stole the nomination from Hillary.”
    __________________

    Well, of course they will. We will see the Republican Media treating Trump like the Democratic AND Republican media treat Hillary. They are going to go vicious on him you can bet on it…any tiny thing he has ever done, thought, or might think will be fodder for them just as it is with the Clintons. This should get very interesting. If nothing else wouldn’t it be great if Trump can take down some of the rotten, dishonest media?

  24. So where is this revote on the TAA? I guess they could not keep the ram going. One thing for sure, the TPP revealed to more people how evil Obola is. It sure looks like he does not give a fig for his “Legacy”. I guess they will be busy seeing if they can figure some other evil way to get it through the system.

    There is increasing chatter about the failure of globalization. Greece is still behaving badly and the China bubble is still pumping as Chinese stock market capitalization topped $10 trillion while the balance of margin loans tops $2.2 trillion.

  25. Trump has a lot of value to Americans, just for the running. Can you imagine him in a debate? LMAO.

  26. Can’t Control Hillary? Jesus she’s sounds more leftist than Obama.,
    I certainly won’t sleep well knowing she wants to eliminate any concept of borders, fighting voter id’s, free this free that,unclear relationship with Israel, increased taxes, or as the new and improved linguistic camouflage goes, revenue enhancements.

  27. HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following statement following Donald Trump’s announcement that he will seek the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States:

    “I’m pleased to welcome Donald Trump into the race for the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States. His experience as a successful businessman and job creator will prove crucial to ensuring the eventual GOP nominee is not only well-equipped to defeat Hillary Clinton in November, but also to make America great again.”

  28. No one else is saying anything. I’d love to hear a reporter ask him if he would attend a gay weddng.

  29. Donald Trump’s presence as a candidate will bring attention to ObamaTrade and what the GOP leadership is up to. The latest schedule to vote on ObamaTrade allows a vote as late as July 30. By late June the August 6 debate will be closer and greater interest will be paid to candidates like Trump. Hopefully, Trump will rail against this:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/three-booted-from-gop-whip-team-as-leaders-crack-down-20150616

    Three Booted From GOP Whip Team as Leaders Crack Down
    Lummis, Pearce, and Franks are punished for defying leaders on rule vote.

    House Republican leaders are cracking down on rebellious members after a near-disaster on a trade vote last week.

    Reps. Cynthia Lummis, Steve Pearce, and Trent Franks have been removed from the whip team after they sided with GOP rebels to vote against a rule governing debate on a trade bill, according to sources close to the team.

    Lummis, a deputy whip and a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, was perhaps the whip team’s highest-ranking bridge to the conference’s most intransigent members. Pearce and Franks also are very close to House conservatives.

    But House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said earlier in the year that he would not tolerate members voting against rules and already has removed two other members close to the conservative movement. [snip]

    But leadership faced another tough trade vote Tuesday—on a rule that would give the House until July 30 to vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance—and did not want to anger too many members. Several conservatives said privately that they were considering voting against the rule, which governs debate on intelligence authorization, but which late last night was amended to include a punt on trade.

    The rule ended up passing with six Republicans voting against it.

  30. Tony,

    I happened to see that segment with Krauthammer…and George Will…going after Trump and insulting him in their very best condescending way…

    they both sounded so out of touch and out of date with today’s world…so, so above it all…

    the left and the right are having a grand old time doing their best to turn Trump into a joke…neither side likes hearing things that they don’t want the public thinking about…like Ocare’s Gruber…they like keeping us stupid and divided on asinine issues

    *******************************

    Lu4Puma…the ratings for the GOP debates will skyrocket with Trump in them…I will be watching for sure…

  31. Picture Trump on stage on August 6, able to lambaste Senators who voted for ObamaTrade:

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/15/politics/house-gop-leaders-postpone-trade-bill-vote/

    There’s no path for Congress to send President Barack Obama a historic free trade package right now, potentially marking the death of a measure he envisioned as a pillar of his second-term legacy.

    The House voted Tuesday to extend until the end of July a deadline for resolution on a trade package after the measure failed dramatically last week amid a Democratic rebellion.

    The delay hardly resolves the issue as top lawmakers readily admit they don’t know what they’ll do to change the outcome.

  32. http://www.tmz.com/2015/06/16/neil-young-donald-trump-president-campaign-rockin-in-the-free-world/

    It made for a hell of an entrance — Donald and his wife Melania marching up to the podium while Young’s “Rockin’ In the Free World” blared at Trump Tower. Totally patriotic … to everyone but Young.

    Neil’s rep tells us Trump never got permission to use the song for his candidacy announcement, and furthermore — Neil, a Libertarian and Canadian citizen, is NOT down with Trump’s campaign. We’re told he’s actually backing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

    Update: rump’s campaign spokesperson tells us they “paid for and obtained the legal right” to use Young’s song — never the less, they won’t be using it again.

    We’re also told there are no hard feelings … Donald has been and will remain a fan of Neil’s music, regardless of politics.

  33. On O’Reilly, Trump called for punitive tariffs on all goods from Mexico and China. If you want somebody who will try to provoke a protectionist trade war, he’s your guy. he didn’t seem to have much of an answer when O’Reilly asked him how he planned to get Congress to enact 35% tariffs on Mexico and China.

  34. S, Tony Stark, the Krauthammer and Will segment was not nearly as bad as usually calm Dana Perino who went berserk on The Five.

    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/06/16/perino-on-what-planet-are-trumps-absurd-claims-actually-true/

    Video at link. Perino’s unhinged reaction demonstrates that the Jeb people are very worried. Perino says that Obama has never made the absurd claim Trump has about Mexico and a southern wall. Perino somehow must assume that Obama wants a southern wall at all.

  35. Smoot Hawley. The last time a US president imposed broad trade tariffs:

    http://www.economist.com/node/12798595

    US exports fell by 40% within 2 years as major trading partners retaliated with their own tariffs.

    Can you imagine what a rapid 40% decrease in exports would do to the US economy and US jobs?

  36. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/clinton-on-2016-gop-field-theyre-no-dummies/

    Clinton on 2016 GOP Field: ‘They’re No Dummies’

    On State of the Union Sunday morning, former President Bill Clinton told new host Jake Tapper that the 2016 GOP field, currently large enough to field a Major League baseball team, boasted diversity of talent but would struggle to narrow down an electable choice.

    “They’re impressive,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of youth, they’ve got a lot of energy, they’ve got some significant diversity and they’re no dummies.”

  37. admin
    June 17, 2015 at 12:21 am
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    She looks like she got off her meds there. Trump’s announcement pretty much sucked out the oxygen from the other candidates’ campaigns, including some bloke named Scott Walker.

  38. Apologies for all the comments but there are some interesting things happening which we want to document:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-06-17/donald-trump-jets-into-iowa-and-starts-firing-at-republican-rivals

    Donald Trump Jets Into Iowa and Starts Firing at Republican Rivals [snip]

    He can’t even put on a tie and jacket and he’s running for president?” Trump asked, noting Jeb Bush’s casual dress Monday for his presidential campaign announcement.

    But it wasn’t just Bush’s clothing that drew Trump’s criticism. He also cited the former Florida governor’s support of Common Core national educational standards, a turn-off for many conservatives. “I’ll give him credit, he sticks to it,” Trump said of Bush.

    He also called out Senator Marco Rubio for supporting a failed bipartisan effort at immigration reform in Congress, a point of skepticism about the Floridian among many conservatives.

    “I’m more disappointed with the Republicans because they are gutless,” Trump said, after he asked how his party can beat Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner.

    “There is nobody that’s going to beat her except Donald Trump,” he added later. [snip]

    After formally entering the Republican presidential nomination race earlier in the day at his Trump Tower in Manhattan, the real estate mogul and host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” flew aboard his private jet to Des Moines for a campaign rally in front of an enthusiastic crowd of more than 300.

    The gathering had all of the traditional campaign trappings: T-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers and volunteer sign-up sheets. Miss Iowa, wearing her crown, even sang the national anthem.

    Not shy

    Never shy about his wealth, Trump, 68, said he would be an independent voice because he doesn’t need anyone’s money. “I don’t need campaign contributions,” he said. “I don’t need money to fly in. I fly in very nicely.”

    Still, even with a private jet, Trump arrived more than an hour late to his first official early voting state campaign rally.

    After about 30 minutes of speaking, Trump took questions from the audience.

  39. The last one, about Webb:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-06-16/webb-refuses-to-critique-clinton-during-stop-at-des-moines-register

    Webb Refuses to Critique Clinton During Stop at Des Moines Register

    The former senator says his decision about getting into the race will have a lot to do with how much money he can raise this month.

    Jim Webb is a Marine. That doesn’t mean he’s eager to engage in any kind of combat–verbal or otherwise–with Hillary Clinton.

    The former Virginia senator, who’s exploring a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, showed zero inclination toward taking on his party’s front-runner during a meeting Tuesday with Des Moines Register reporters and editors.

    “In what areas do you think she’s vulnerable?” asked the Register’s Rekha Basu, an opinion columnist for Iowa’s largest newspaper.

    “That’s for you to decide,” he responded.

    When Basu asked how he answers political pundits who say Clinton is her party’s “inevitable nominee,” Webb was equally blasé.

    “I really don’t look at it that way,” he said. “My objective would be to get out and talk to people and have them make up their minds.”

    The hourlong meeting, primarily with members of the Register’s editorial board, was held as Webb wrapped up a three-day visit to the state that in February will host the first presidential nomination balloting. Bloomberg was invited to attend the session as a Register polling and news partner.

    The Vietnam War veteran and former secretary of the Navy said he plans to make a decision about running “by the end of the month.” If he does run, he’ll join independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in announcing plans to challenge Clinton.

    In a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll conducted May 25-29, Webb received support from 2 percent of those likely to participate in Iowa’s Democratic caucuses.

    “I worry about where our country is and I believe that I’ve had a set of experiences that would allow me to be able to govern,” he said. [snip]

    On trade, Webb took a position similar to Clinton’s when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership being debate by Congress. “I would have voted against fast-track to get the administration to be more transparent about what’s in the TPP, and I would want to read it carefully before I’d support it,” he said.

  40. “I’m more disappointed with the Republicans because they are gutless,” Trump said, after he asked how his party can beat Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner.

    “There is nobody that’s going to beat her except Donald Trump,” he added later. [snip]

    ———–
    Obviously I want Hillary to become President, but I would actually love to see her debate Trump…

  41. admin
    June 17, 2015 at 12:43 am
    Apologies for all the comments

    ———-
    Don’t be silly Admin, we love having you comment with us on YOUR blog.

  42. Yup, Trump is the only worthy opponent to Hillary on the GOP side. That will be quite a chess match to watch. Of course the GOP is lead by losers, so they’ll try their best to find a way to knock Trump out of the running and nominate Bush.

  43. Admin
    The Perino freakout did no favors for Jeb. It was blatant. The other candidates are not going to bring it to him. I have wondered if so many Republicans had announced to give Jeb some breathing room, having them all, in the end go along with the GOPE’s chosen. Have a few minor scrapes along the way.
    Trump obliterates that and he gets people’s attention. Pundits might say he is a sideshow, but he is direct. Others talk about trade deals and say it will be good for America– he cites Ford and Mexico. Ouch answer that Ted.

  44. Without this trade deal there will be no trade.

    Without this trade deal there will be a world wide depression.

    Anyone who has not read the trade deal and is suspicious of the adverse impact it may have is section 8 material.

    Anyone who questions the wisdom of giving an inept negotiator and sociopath named Obama more power is a racist.

    Anyone who cannot accept open borders and letting illegals vote is zenophobic.

    Anyone who believes this shit should be euthanized for the good of all concerned.

    And anyone who cannot tell the difference between a campaign speech and a governing strategy is an idiot, named Perino.

  45. I want Trump to keep the pressure on high. Turn it all the way up. They all speak in vague terms about trade deal. He cites actual effects of NAFTA. Speaks honestly about whai is comng illegally across the border. Left and right need to be shaken up and provide some real answers.

  46. Ouch answer that Ted.

    Ted Cruz is probably the only Republican candidate who benefits from the Trump circus.

    Trump will be guns ablazing against Bush (and Rubio). Meanwhile the conservative wing movers and shakers will feel more urgency to coalesce behind one of the conservative candidates. Trump is the worst nightmare for the marginal candidates: Perry, Santorum, Huckabee, and so forth. He takes their oxygen out of the room and probably kicks the top dog among them out of the debate, thus killing any chance they have of clawing their way into the race.

    Plus, Trump makes Cruz look moderate even to the more button-down RINO donors.

  47. Shadowfax
    June 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm
    I would much rather hear someone that keeps it real then to hear a trainload of pc bullshitters selling the public lies and false hope.
    _________

    I feel the same. I am so sick and tired of the far left’s political correctness on steroids. Trump actually sounded like an American – not a “citizen of the world”.
    His campaign slogan should be …. “keepin’ it real”.

    I was recently talking with a fellow liberal ( liberal as in back when liberalism didn’t mean bat shit crazy), who described ideology as circular, and stated that when liberals gets so far to the left – to the outer edge of the circle – they become conservative. When applied to the issue of free speech, this certainly seems to be what’s happened. Rather than fighting for this right, as liberals used to do, they now fight to prevent free speech on topics and issues they deem to be too sensitive or off limits.

    Trump’s style will appeal to a lot of people who are tired of government trying to turn America into Portlandia.

  48. Hillarious.

    Drudge report has started calling Bush and Clinton the “Royals” in their headlines…

  49. The status quo arrangement is working splendidly for the 1%. They are the ones who control the means of production and the channels of information. They are the ones who define what is acceptable thought and what is not. They are like the Bourbon kings–learn nothing and forget nothing, except what is good for them and the game. 93 million people of working age not working is acceptable to them. Calling the game on their bullshit. What Kirsten Powers wrote a book about–the silencing of contrarian opinion and open discussion, the promotion of political correctness, and public hangings for those who defy the rules they lay down, is practiced on a more subtle scale by our beloved elites. Donald Trump will be the one to confirm what the public is thinking about them, which is that the emperor has no clothes. And while we are on the subject, the worst of all developments is the admission of the geeks into the ranks of our elites. We have a hundred thousand of them now in our city, and it is a well known fact that they are dead from the neck down. Yet they aim to rule the world. A friend of mine was telling me about why he pulled his children out of private school. It came to be dominated by these people and their robotic children which conjured up memories of the old movie Children of the Damned. At PTA meetings the first question their parents ask do you work at Microsoft or Google. If you say, no, I am a doctor, they say, oh really, how nice for you, excuse me I have someone else to talk to. Classroom discussion is all about how we will rule the world, and homework assignments are all by email. The culture of that school became over time indistinguishable from the culture of Microsoft where today their parents do not drive to work, rather they are picked up like school children in Microsoft Connector buses, with lap top stations inside so not a minute of their time getting to and from work is wasted. They owe their soul to Microsoft, as well as their children. Used to be you would hear stories about the PSDT they suffer after working there. Now the company gives them therapy. Is this what our future looks like? If so then I am glad I am on the back 9. It is like Holmes said in that speech in 1913 on the eve of the great war, namely that man may be like the grub that prepares a chamber for the winged thing that he does not understand but is to be. At times I wonder whether the extraterrestials you here about are not either a robotic life form that we created, or a crew of Microsoft geeks who missed the Connector bus.

  50. The principal beneficiary of Trumps entry into the field is Ted Cruz. His plain talk and willingness to call a spade a spade will undermine the position of more centrist candidates who are trying to appease the media and their donors. Also, he is will run interference for Ted. I was chatting with a member of big media just the other day. He told me they were sharpening their long knives for Ted, and have put a bounty on the big media assassin who can take him down. But that Donald has thrown his hat in the ring, those plans for an early kill have been tabled. Donald is not merely a decoy, he catnip to them. He is more of a showman than they are, and he puts the lie to everything they say. He is an obsession. Now, they must shift their howitzers to Donald and leave Ted alone.

  51. Having Hillary and Trump in this race…makes me excited about this race. Just watching Hillary be the punching bag for the next 2 years, and all the GOP PC dumb ass candidates lie though their teeth until action is needed…would just be dreadful.

    If Hillary were not running…and I thank God she is…I would be supporting Trump 100%. Ass kicking, unashamed, unPC…fight for American workers and have the CV to prove he is hard working…those are things America needs right now.

    I am sick to death of all the talk, talk, talk GOP’s…yes, including Saint Cruz…that cave when it’s time to vote.

    Enough of the bull$hit, time for action and I will put up with freaky hair, and gold plated ego any day over false PC crap.

    Free you’re right, Trump is Mr. Keepin’ It Real.

    Trump has been talking like this for years against the Obama bs. This isn’t just a convenient speech.

    I have said this before and I will say it again, I want Trump in Hillary’s cabinet, Chief Negotiator.

  52. Wbb, Ted supports TTP, I can’t move past that. Trump doesn’t. ..He gets it, makes me wonder about Ted, wonder a lot. I don’t expect to share all beliefs with candidate’s, but core values…This will completely destroy our manufacturing, jobs, wages…

  53. Shadow, I really don’t understand your complete support for Hillary, she has come out and become obama3…These are her words, and appear to be contrary to what you have voiced on this board. I believe her when she says what she says..There is no tea leaf reading here…
    No turning back the page to the center…

  54. This is a pro-Hillary website. If she is no longer someone who you could vote for or support, then why are you still here questioning those of us who still do so? There are tons of anti-Hillary sites out in the Internet to hang out with that you may feel is a better fit with your views about her.

  55. I am sick to death of all the talk, talk, talk GOP’s…yes, including Saint Cruz…that cave when it’s time to vote.

    Can you cite an instance where Ted Cruz did not vote exactly how he said he was going to vote? Or, where his position on an issue has “evolved”? Jesus, he spoke at the Iowa Agriculture Summit and said the he opposes ethanol subsidies and mandates.

    There are lots of legitimate reasons to not support Ted Cruz, but not voting in accordance with his stated convictions is not one of them.

  56. Gonzotx

    I have supported Hillary and wanted her to run and become President since she was First Lady.

    I do not agree with some of her ‘liberal’ beliefs, such as immigration…never have. I am more centrist than she is, but I do not believe that she is Obama III any more than I do not believe she is a Republican.

    Obama piggybacked off of many things Hillary tried to do, like Universal Healthcare, and did the worst possible job of screwing the pooch. She is capable of bringing sanity back to the Dim party, but I don’t think she is ready to move to the middle yet…I hope Trump helps push her in that direction.

    I agree with admin that Hillary holds a different set of cards with her party then she did in 2008. She should go for broke, make her stand sooner rather than after the primary.

    Not for one second have I ever thought Hillary has become a mouse like Obama. Hillary would make a great President, I have never doubted that.

    Just like Trump will some say come out and say something I don’t agree with…I don’t expect anyone to think exactly like I do, but it’s the majority of things I believe in that matter to me.

    I’m sure there are things you and others find most important and your choice of the candidate you support will be based on those too.

    Hillary is my girl, Trump is the only Repug I can listen to and get excited.

  57. The most explosive passage in Michael Oren’s new book on the frayed U.S.-Israel relationship is not about President Barack Obama’s repeated fights with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Rather, it is Obama’s attitudes towards America.

    Vainly, I scoured Dreams from My Father for some expression of reverence, even respect, for the country its author would someday lead.

    Instead, the book criticizes Americans for their capitalism and consumer culture, for despoiling their environment and maintaining antiquated power structures.

    Traveling abroad, they exhibited “IGNORANCE AND ARROGANCE”–

    THE VERY SHORTCOMINGS OBAMA’S CRITICS ASSIGN TO HIM!

    OBAMA SAID “NOTHING GOOD ABOUT AMERICA” Oren says.

    Here was a man “without a word of praise or gratitude to America”–

    and yet “no one was listening” to what Obama truly believed.

    (Note: it was the same way with Hitler–Mein Kamf as not read)

    “That said a lot to me about where America was” when Obama was elected, Oren recalls.

    Oren, the American-born historian who served as Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. during President Obama’s first term, exposes shocking new details about the Obama administration’s treatment of Israel in his new book, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide.

    Some of the episodes, such as Obama’s “snub” of Netanyahu during a 2010 visit to the White House, are well-known.

    Others are not, such as an encounter between Oren and then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice in New York, in which she threatened to drop support for Israel at the UN if the Netanyahu government did not “freeze all settlement activity”:

    “If you don’t appreciate the fact that we defend you night and day, tell us,” Susan fumed, practically rapping her forehead. “We have other important things to do.”

    On another occasion, the White House blackballed several guests from the ceremony at which Obama awarded Israeli President Shimon Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom–because they happened to have criticized Obama on television.

    Though polls indicate that mutual support between ordinary Americans and Israelis is at, or near, an all-time high, and defense cooperation remains close, tensions between the American and Israeli governments have seldom been worse.

    Oren, who was an historian before becoming a diplomat and politician, is uniquely placed to offer an authoritative explanation, in exacting detail.

    At times, Oren writes, Obama adopted a friendlier posture. “Yet, for every reaffirmation of the alliance, the administration took steps that disconcerted or even imperiled Israel,” he writes.

    The root cause, Oren says, applying the historian’s analytical tools to his personal observations, was OBAMA’S APPROACH TO AMERICA ITSELF–not to Israel.

    Because Obama sees nothing special about America, its dominance in the world presents a moral problem for him. As president, Oren notes, Obama set out to solve that problem by COURTING AMERICA’S ALLIES AND SHUNNING HER ALLIES.

    Obama is not anti-Israel, Oren argues, much less antisemitic, but his beliefs about America have meant a change in relations with Israel, a country deeply invested in America’s military–and moral–superiority.

    These are not the ravings of a right-wing Likudnik.

    Oren supported the disengagement from Gaza in 2005. He ran against Benjamin Netanyahu’s party in the recent Israeli elections. He spoke out against Netanyahu’s speech to Congress in March. And he once admired Barack Obama.

    Yet Oren, who served as Israel’s ambassador from 2009 to 2013, builds a powerful argument that Obama is to blame for the stunning decline in U.S.-Israel relations.

    It is a verdict heard increasingly from well-informed Democrats as the Obama administration nears its end. Former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, for example, a liberal Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter who is still proud that he backed Obama, nevertheless has concluded that “the falling-out is almost exclusively the fault of Obama.”

    In fact, Oren notes, fellow Democrats were mostly happy to back Obama’s policy.

    Even worse was the behavior of left-wing Jews–not only the radical activists of J Street, but opinion-makers like New York Times columnist TOM FRIEDMAN, who resorted to antisemitic stereotypes in reaching for metaphors to express their dislike of Netanyahu. (Congress had been “bought and paid for by the Israel lobby,” Friedman infamously wrote.)

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/16/former-israeli-ambassador-obama-to-blame-for-decline-in-relations/

  58. Yesterday, I heard from someone who was there that RINO staffers joined in those O-ba-ma chants when he marched like Caesar into the Capitol and threatened his own side if they did not blindly support giving him fast track authority. At that point, he gave them the thumbs up. His own side voted him down. What better proof could there possibly be that we are ruled by the uni party, and the RINO is no different than the DINO and they are the destroyers of worlds. Then, you hear the RINO say this is no big deal because we have given fast track authority to every previous president. For purposes of rebuttal, I can do no better than quote the very words of the big media beloved messiah himself: “I am not like every other president”. With the world in flames, I am sure many would agree with him.

  59. “I am not like every other president”.

    —–

    He’s not even good enough to be called the WORST president of the US.

  60. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who sought the party’s nomination in 2012, said Mr. Trump has the ability to steal the thunder from fellow GOP candidates. “Let’s say you’re Rick Perry or Chris Christie and your brand is ‘I’m the blunt talker,’ ” he said. “Well, you just got somebody who is more blunt. It’s like, top that!”

  61. Shadowfax, to amplify on your comment at http://www.hillaryis44.org/2015/06/16/donald-trump-announces-displays-his-one-great-strength/#comment-448937

    One of the things this website has been adamant about since 2008 is that it is important to have BOTH political parties acting responsibly and that we, Americans, need, need, need, BOTH political parties. We continue to insist that it is very important to have the Republican Party express the views of its voters and it is very important to have the Democratic Party express the views of its voters – with the caveat that the Democratic Party has to be resurrected (and made to respect its voters not have the Rules Committee and other Borgia behind-the-tapestry-conspirators control the party) and destroy the Obama Dimocrat Party.

    Everyone hates to hear this constant refrain from us that BOTH parties are needed. Hillary supporters just want pro-Hillary stuff and despise anyone who does not like Hillary. Former Hillary supporters just want to trash her now with the very same energy they once supported her. The wackiest of course are the former Hillary supporters who trashed Obama during the primaries then with a flick of the light switch now love Obama and think Obama and Hillary are for the same policies and these people support both even though they used to write that Obama is nothing like Hillary and that Obama polices are nothing like Hillary policies and that Obama is not qualified to be president. There are also Republican candidate supporters who put on blinders for their candidate then accuse Hillary supporters of having blinders on when it comes to Hillary. The “both political parties are the same” people go from wise caution to become cynics and deplore everything and everyone.

    Our path is that the Democratic Party has to be resurrected and the best course to achieve that is for Hillary Clinton to get the nomination. If someone has another candidate that can resurrect the Democratic Party of FDR and Bill Clinton as well as have some possibility of winning we’re willing to hear who that person is (Jim Webb might resurrect the Democratic Party but he does not have a chance of success).

    Until someone other than Hillary pops forth to resurrect the Democratic Party as far as we are concerned we stand with Hillary Clinton. Those that will say that we are deluded because Hillary is now a Kook worthy of being tarred as the third Obama term – we’re not going to argue. We’re not happy with the sounds coming out of Hillary’s mouth. We do understand that the Obama Dimocrat Party is a Kookfest and Hillary is pandering to the Kooks. But in the realm of the blind the one-eyed woman is Queen. Again give us the name of a one-eyed Kook or a two-eyed Kook that is able to resurrect the party better than Hillary and we’ll take a listen. And no, we won’t become cynics and say there is no hope and we have to give up. We don’t give up. There is always a way forward. There is always a path forward. Even in the most desperate hour we will not despair. You might not win but you can fight and inspire and help move the ball forward.

    This past week we have seen why BOTH parties matter. The reptilian Nancy Pelousy actually did what we wanted even as Boner tried to help Obummer. Bill Clinton used to say that sometimes you have to zig and zag – what matters is the direction you are headed and that you stay on course even if you have to weave your way to your goal.

    The Founders of the country understood that the way to protect our liberties and form of government was to have competing factions. That way citizens would move from faction to faction to achieve the will of the people. This week we saw people like Donald Trump and Nancy Pelousy work to block a major Obama legacy item that hurts working class Americans. Both understood that Obama cannot be trusted. Boner and the GOP leadership preferred to say “In Obama We Trust”. Both Parties are needed so that citizens can switch allegiances on issues when one party fails to represent them. When both parties fail to represent them we are in trouble and that is what has happened – most luridly since 2008.

    What we would like to see is Hillary Clinton get the nomination. Then we would like to see the Republicans nominate their best candidate. Then we would like to see a policy battle, not a Big Media assisted victory for any candidate and that includes Hilary, and both candidates fight to convince voters who the best candidate is. Then we would like to see the voters decide without race-baiting or any other of the many modern day political tactics that might win elections but lead to governmental stalemate and a divided electorate that hates their political opponents.

    As far as we are concerned we care only for the land of the free and the home of the brave. Political parties and political personalities are only means to preserve the Republic and protect our liberties.

  62. Tony Stark
    June 17, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Well Mr Tony,

    I have been here since the beginning, I donated, worked tireously for Hillary in 2008…
    I stayed hoping to see her break from the fool on the hill and stand with the American people, she hasn’t.
    I stay here because I enjoy Admin, I enjoy Wbb, and a few others. As you will notice, many, many have gone, because Hillary choose the obama coalition vs her base of 2008.
    I will ride this pony out and I don’t need your approval.

  63. admin
    June 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Shadowfax, to amplify on your comment at…

    —–

    Absolutely Admin!

    “And no, we won’t become cynics and say there is no hope and we have to give up. We don’t give up. There is always a way forward. There is always a path forward. Even in the most desperate hour we will not despair. You might not win but you can fight and inspire and help move the ball forward.”

    and…

    ” Bill Clinton used to say that sometimes you have to zig and zag – what matters is the direction you are headed and that you stay on course even if you have to weave your way to your goal. ”

    —-
    It’s hard to watch Hillary zig and zag…(from the center to the kook range and closer to the middle), but I think that is what she is doing.

  64. GonzoTX

    I’m not asking for your approval, and I never will. I supported Bill when he ran for president in 1992 and Hillary during the primaries, contributing financially to the maximum extent allowable by law to her campaign, and I will continue to support her to the full extent possible in this campaign. You’ve made it very loud and clear to all of us that you are very unhappy with Hillary, and you were questioning Shadowfax why she and perhaps others didn’t share your disillusionment and still continued to remain loyal to Hillary. Whether or not you stay on here and continue to loudly voice your disapproval makes no difference to me, but I do find it odd that for someone who no longer supports her, you continue to hang around perhaps hoping to convince the rest of us to join you and stop supporting her too.

  65. It’s hard to watch Hillary zig and zag…(from the center to the kook range and closer to the middle), but I think that is what she is doing.
    *******************************

    Please pray tell, where has Hillary zig zagged to the middle? It has been an endless decent to the obama left.

    Maybe you don’t live in a state overwhelmed with illegals, I do, maybe you don’t work in a profession that see’s non stop people of every color, young, looking for disability…I do, every day… actually had one this past week want disability so she could stay home and home school her children, whom by the way, were not going to school..oh, yeah, she was also illegal, so what, section 8 housing, food stamps, free health care, oh yeah, someone has to pay for that, hmm. Well Hillary wants to continue this insane open borders policy…Syria, really Hillary, arm the “moderate rebels”? What moderates? Have we not destabilized the ME enough? Benghazi? Do I blame her for that cluster, not really, some partial, yeah, obama, oh yeah, but her reaction to it..well I could go on, Not even sure of her TPP stand, I know she said we might need to rethink it. But lets face it, BC passes NAFTA and Perot was right, Ohio has never recovered as Wisconsin and MI…
    so when I hear her say the things she has been saying, well, I tend to believe people mean what they say..what else do we have, but a persons word.

    I have always thought we needed a Prez that was so rich, that they would not be beholding to the money handlers..obviously Tromp has his issues, but he spoke for me yesterday, Hillary stopped speaking my language a long time ago…

    I did believe Hillary was the One a long time ago….

  66. Tony,

    I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything, I speak for me, but I will speak my mind as long as Admin allows..

    You weren’t the only one that maxed out, believe me..

  67. gonzotx
    June 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    ———
    I tried explaining my beliefs above…you obviously disagree with my point of view.

  68. admin
    June 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    “Our path is that the Democratic Party has to be resurrected and the best course to achieve that is for Hillary Clinton to get the nomination. If someone has another candidate that can resurrect the Democratic Party of FDR and Bill Clinton as well as have some possibility of winning we’re willing to hear who that person is (Jim Webb might resurrect the Democratic Party but he does not have a chance of success).

    Until someone other than Hillary pops forth to resurrect the Democratic Party as far as we are concerned we stand with Hillary Clinton.”
    ———————–

    My sentiments exactly.

  69. I am pretty much in this boat these days.
    still sad at hillary’s current path though.

    “I have been here since the beginning, I donated, worked tirelessly for Hillary in 2008…
    I stayed hoping to see her break from the fool on the hill and stand with the American people, she hasn’t.
    I stay here because I enjoy Admin, I enjoy Wbb, and a few others. As you will notice, many, many have gone, because Hillary choose the obama coalition vs her base of 2008.
    I will ride this pony out…. “

  70. If anyone is interested, Scott Lincicome (http://www.cato.org/people/scott-lincicome) of the Cato Institute has an awesome look at the popular myths in the TPA/TPP debate. He’s a trade attorney for the libertarian think-tank.

    First, an article in the Federalist:

    http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/09/top-nine-myths-about-trade-promotion-authority-and-the-trans-pacific-partnership/

    Then, his short interview on one of my favorite podcasts:

    http://coffeeandmarkets.com/2015/06/16/separating-fact-from-fiction-in-the-trade-debate/

  71. I read here very often but seldom post. I have changed a lot since 2008. I am more Tea Party than anything else. Small government. What has big government done outside of Medicare and social security well and both sides have f$cked those up. The hubris of progressives and the moral constrictions of the far right sicken me equally.
    I cannot support HRC at this point hence I seldom post. Love reading here but feel no need to express my feelings toward Hillary. I posted yesterday about Trump because it was about Trump.

  72. sirmrks
    June 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Yes….

    Shadow,

    What I am asking for is simply specifics, because I don’t see middle ground in any of Hillary’s stances or actions. I say this because I keep wondering if I am missing something?
    I supported her because I believed she believed in the American worker with decent paying jobs, decrease in welfare, increase in workfare, the rule of law, respect for the sanctity of our borders, the American Exceptionalism, strong Military but with respect to Eisenhower’s words to the wise about the military complex, Pro-Israel, women’s rights, Human rights…
    Now she seems to attach herself to the Leftist World Globalists…I can’t go there, a bridge too far…

    Resurrect the Democratic Party, sorry ,that dog don’t hunt..same as Republican, they are the Party’s of the Money Handlers…Mr. Franklin, I think we lost out Republic…

  73. Henry,

    It was good to see you post…I know…

    When I was young, I usually helped close down the bar, sometimes I feel like that now..

  74. gonzotx
    June 17, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I don’t have enough time in the day to point to things that might convince you of anything other than what you already believe. We have gone around and around for years over this.

    I am not on the blog to try and change anyone’s mind on how they vote or believe. I am here for the same reason I came in 2007, to support Hillary and be around like-minded people after the downfall of the Democratic Party and slaying of Hillary in 2008.

  75. Well Shadow,

    I guess you can’t answer how she is tracking to the middle of the road and what besides what she says that convinces you she doesn’t really mean any different than she speaks, cause that’s what I go by, her words and actions. That’s what I was asking cause I’ve been here since the beginning and I see a different person than 2008 and those still supporting her see something different.

  76. Gonzotx
    Forgive me for being blunt but I enjoy many of the minds here and find it important to attempt to see a different take. I disagree with a lot, but this place has been a haven for Clinton suppoters, tenacious supporters for years. I take what I can get and leave the rest alone. I have never been a fan of anyone in my life(maybe Elie Weisel) and it wasn’t going to start with HRC. Should she win I hope she goes to the center. I try to respect others views and know that the articulation of my own need to be situationally appropriate. Because I am/was Catholic( pope climate the first is a tool) I would not attempt to say grace at a Jewish friends home. I remember far to well the ugliness of the bots in 08. Poor Norma Desmond had the creeps adversely effect her career because she supported someone other “teh one”.
    This site is set up in such away as to not allow a direct response. Way back I just ignored the poster who was vehemently anti-Isreal. Forget its name. It always worked for me. Your expressions seem like disappointment. I get it. You are not looking to, it seems to me, upset anyone- unlike the one who shalll not be named. However, many here have invested years in this campaign. I don’t see it as the right place to argue. Personally I can support no one with a soft stance on illegal immigration. Homeless vets and we house and support illegals. Not acceptable.

  77. A bit more Trump from a very big conservative:

    http://www.redstate.com/2015/06/16/why-donald-trump-matters/

    Though I enjoyed the spectacle of his 2012 “campaign,” Donald Trump comes across as a personality, not a person. His negatives within the GOP are massive. Even people perceived as establishmentarians like Jeb Bush have higher positives with the base. His advisers and he directly did himself a disservice by playing for bombast and not statesman.

    The truth is Donald Trump will not be a winner so much as a spoiler. And in so spoiling the chances of others, he might drag others to hyperbole to stand out in ways that might help them in the primary, but hurt them in the general. The goal of running for President is to get elected President, not to get nominated as a party’s Presidential candidate. The candidates have to keep that in mind.

    There is also a reality about Donald Trump’s candidacy that you should also not underestimate. People hate Washington, they hate politicians, and they are perfectly happy to champion a candidate who tells politicians to go to hell and provides creative directions on the path there. Donald Trump’s candidacy does not exist in a nation where people think the politicians actually care about making the country great again. It only exists in a nation of cynics who think the powers that be want to manage decline and profit from it.

    Donald Trump is the disrespectful candidate for people who disrespect the process. He’ll be rude. He’ll be loud. He’ll be confrontational. And he won’t get the nomination. But along the way, he will speak to the fears and hopes of a lot of people who no longer connect with Washington or trust the government to get it right. [snip]

    Trump’s campaign, like Ben Carson’s, makes no sense in an age when people respect Washington. But it makes a hell of a lot of sense in an age when people no longer think their vote matters, but they sure want the crap kicked out of all the politicians they blame for making their vote meaningless.

    The people who no longer think they can win in America will side with a guy even they don’t think can win, just to watch him strike the match and burn down all they feel betrayed them. And that, ironically, can give him staying power when coupled with his money.

    We’ll see if he actually files a federal financial disclosure.

    There is one more thing I want you to know about Donald Trump. I’ve met him and interviewed him before. When the camera was not on and the interview was not going, he was not The Donald. He was a guy who cared deeply for his staff and the people who merely walked in the front door of his building. I want you to know that the Donald Trump I’ve seen in private is not the Donald Trump you see on stage because I think we are not going to see that Trump. It’s our loss and it will be his own loss. The person, a separate entity from the personality, is a good man.

    The reason I don’t much care for Rick Santorum is that I’ve seen him, off camera and behind the scenes when no one was supposed to be watching, behave like a spoiled and entitled rich kid snapping at people in a lower position than himself when he did not need to. It’s also why I have a soft spot for Trump. From the same vantage point, I’ve seen him behave kindly to people far lower on the rung of life than him when he did not have to. Character when the camera isn’t rolling counts in my book.

    Unfortunately for Trump, The Donald does not come across in public the way Mr. Trump does behind the scenes.

    More reasons to despise Santorum.

  78. I have never liked Ted Cruz. I have the same feeling about him that I do about Paul Ryan. Neither make good eye contact. I think it is because they have intentions they are trying to hide. They also are compartmentalized and dismissive of too many values that need to be incorporated into the decision making about a healthy society. The TPP vote reveals who they are and who they serve. And it is that vote on the TPP that shows how pervasively the global elites control our representatives.

    For those interested, here is a link to the TPP vote
    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/114-2015/h362

    and the TAA
    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/114-2015/h361

  79. But I’m not arguing Henry,

    It in some way reminds me of the Obama supporters, any request of concrete reasons to understand their decision was always met with anger.
    I just don’t get it.
    I get it that this is a Hillary site, but Administration I think has an open door policy…Administration is not afraid of conflict among her/his ranks.

  80. TPP killed Cruz for me. Not a chance in hell he gets my vote
    Wonderful there is retraining in the trade deal. Piss off what about all of the peripheral jobs that will be lost. Close a plant and more than just those directly employed are effected. And exactly what are they going to be re-trained to do? Yep lots of opportubities out there for a 50 year old to start over. I have seen what our trade deals have wrought and it is not pretty.

  81. So I went for a nice little hike this afternoon to get a little fresh air and exercise and catch up on some podcasts. One of them made me stop in my tracks, bent over laughing out loud.

    The Weekly Standard’s daily podcast on Trump’s announcement:

    “This is the first time that a presidential announcement has been made that had men standing to one side of the podium, with a net and a tranquilizer gun at the ready…”

  82. Ted, has kind of fallen from grace…
    I know Web still likes him, and initially he seemed brilliant, looking at his Supreme Court successes. although I had reservation’s with all his evangelical stances, that always makes me uncomfortable. .His TPP stance, hmm, no..

  83. I think Donald Trump is great. He’ll provide daily entertainment as long as he stays on the political stage.

  84. “Reading Dr. Suess is so not theatrical. At least trump’s buffoonery is not at tax payer expense.”

    Yes, indeed. But a reminder, sadly, we have to be on TROLL PATROL here these days. We do a lot of scrolling and try not to feed he/she/it.
    We are glad you are posting here again, Henry. We miss hearing from you.

  85. Hey all you Hillary doubters – keep being hard headed, but keep listening. Things will get clear. There will be flip-flops and debates. And you really need to fill in the details to know if something is right or not. Look at health care. It could have been a good thing, but it was used as food for the pigs. Poor people have $5,000 deductibles and CEOs are porked up with salary and bonuses to keep the profits from looking too good at the health insurance companies.

    I still think that when it comes down to it, we would be best off with Hillary. She could not be Obama, if she tried. Keep watching and enjoy the show.

  86. Shadow,

    Clearly I don’t think Henry thinks I am a troll..He knows how long I’ve been here and my evolution. ..He may disagree with my, inquiring mind, that’s his prerogative, and yours. I have always been curious on people’s decisions, one way or another. Seeing as we have both been on this blog a long time,and at one time both staunch Hillary supporters, our diversion, to me anyway, was worth exploring. I wouldn’t expect such behavior..silly me.I really did want to know.
    Just because you don’t want to answer my questions doesn’t make me a troll,but your trying to make us against you comments is stuff for grade school childish clicks.

  87. Gonzotx, Shadow nor I were referring to YOU as a troll. Read…read and you shall see what many of us are talking about.

  88. Campaigning for a Republican on a site dedicated to the presumptive Democrat nominee seems like a ludicrous waste of time.

  89. No Southern, I think I read that right…but let’s drop it, it’s small potatoes in the realm. ..

  90. America’s trade skepticism is largely the product of a top-down process. Perceptions have been shaped overwhelmingly by relentless political rhetoric that relies on three myths. Congress and the media have spoken for years about the decline of U.S. manufacturing as though it were fact, when the overwhelming evidence points to a sector that, until the onset of the current recession, was robust and setting performance records. Both lament the U.S. trade deficit without attempting to convey or even understand its causes, meaning, or implications. And both attribute these alleged failures of policy to lax enforcement of existing trade agreements.

    http://www.cato.org/publications/trade-policy-analysis/audaciously-hopeful-how-president-obama-can-help-restore-protrade-consensus
    President Obama should reexamine these premises. He will find that they are long on fallacy and short on fact. Meanwhile, the president will find it necessary to rein in the congressional leadership’s increasingly provocative approach to trade policy if he is to have success repairing America’s foreign policy credibility.

  91. Hwc
    Sell your bullshit to families that lost it all to trade deals.
    Elected representatives should represent they govern not rule. 5 to 1 the American people do not want this deal. They are not our lords. Do not tell me they know better either. They got us here. The more I read your cruz propoganda the more I despise the man. If that is your goal you are quite adroit.

  92. Shadowfax
    June 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm
    Gonzotx

    I have supported Hillary and wanted her to run and become President since she was First Lady.

    I do not agree with some of her ‘liberal’ beliefs, such as immigration…never have. I am more centrist than she is, but I do not believe that she is Obama III any more than I do not believe she is a Republican.

    Obama piggybacked off of many things Hillary tried to do, like Universal Healthcare, and did the worst possible job of screwing the pooch. She is capable of bringing sanity back to the Dim party, but I don’t think she is ready to move to the middle yet…I hope Trump helps push her in that direction.

    I agree with admin that Hillary holds a different set of cards with her party then she did in 2008. She should go for broke, make her stand sooner rather than after the primary.

    Not for one second have I ever thought Hillary has become a mouse like Obama. Hillary would make a great President, I have never doubted that.

    Just like Trump will some say come out and say something I don’t agree with…I don’t expect anyone to think exactly like I do, but it’s the majority of things I believe in that matter to me.

    I’m sure there are things you and others find most important and your choice of the candidate you support will be based on those too.

    Hillary is my girl, Trump is the only Repug I can listen to and get excited.

    ___________

    Very well said and Spot on.

  93. I think he/she is very effective. Got me to email and call .

    My rep as well as my neighbors and relatives. I also made a small donation to The Donald. Condescend to me you. How exactly are the unwashed masses to understand a deal cloaked in secrecy. Worked out real well with obamacare.

  94. Dana Perino is on FOX trashing Trump. She’s such a George Jr. and all the Bushs lover. She is spewing that Trump hired actors to cheer for him at his announcement and then dear Megyn Kelly said Hillary does the same thing. Whoa….serious stuff…bet it’s never been done before. 😉

    Dang! Now that is headline worthy and worth having Dana appear on FOX to tell all about it. The heck with the trade deal and what’s in it…but that Trump and Hillary have hired people to appear at their events…not substantiated however…now that is real news and something we should check into…secret trade deal, Obamacare…nah.

    Apparently, the Bushs must think that Trump is a big threat to them or else they wouldn’t have Dana out there having a fit about anything Trump.

  95. Southern Born
    Trump made a huge splash online. Our beters are attemptng to write him off as a sideshow. The bush’s need to tell Dana to stand down. She looks and acts desperate.

  96. I say let Dana Perino talk; it’s counterproductive to the Bush campaign. The more she screeches against Trump, the more publicity he gets and the more people will check out what he said and receive his message.

  97. You know, Tony, you may be right. “The more Dana screeches about Trump the more publicity he gets and the more people will check out what he said….” I guess I’m just so sick of the 24/7 attacks on Hillary with junk like this.

  98. I just worry she may need forced psychiatric care soon. She is normally pretty composed but with Trump she looks on the verge of a breakdown. Would not be surprised to see her in a robe and slippers tomorrow on The Five. Wonder if there is any correlation to the Donald speaking about trade deals and the vote coming to the floor tomorrow. Hwc or thc thinks he is a mere amusement. Well he was amusing enough to get the people on the bus talking about him this morning.

  99. “This is the first time that a presidential announcement has been made that had men standing to one side of the podium, with a net and a tranquilizer gun at the ready…”
    ——————–
    The problem with the weekly standard in general, and Bill Kristol inter alia in particular is they are tone deaf.

    The point I keep coming back to is simple and straightforward.

    We can throw a lot of figures around to convince ourselves that there is no problem

    But the one number that puts the lie to all of it: 93 million people out of work or not working vs. a 5.5% unemployment rate.

    No one who lives in the same world as the rest of us sees that as a statistical monopoly.

    It is the big lie.

    So when our government says trust us on the TPP we say trust but verify.

    And when they hide the text from our eyes, we have just cause to be suspicious.

    And when they ask to carte blanche to Obama, a sociopath who hates America

    We say, in the immortal words of the late Robin Williams: fuck off.

    Donald tells the elites exactly that.

    Which is why he speaks for us, and why the elites seek to destroy him.

    But when the lights are off as Erickson notes he is a good man who cares about this country.

    And that is far more than you can honestly say about our benighted political class.

    You can show them all the evidence in the world that they are despised.

    But they have convinced themselves that this makes no difference.

    Because in a duopoly the default position is not some new force but the other party which is equally corrupt.

    And that is why Donald’s comments will have traction where it counts—with the American People.

  100. When you are in a bombing mission, when you encounter heavy flack, you know you are over target. In a court of law, no knowledgeable attorney objects to opposing testimony unless it hurts him. Likewise the whining and cater calls of the Perinos, and Crystals to what Donald says is incontrovertible proof that they feel threatened by what he says. He cuts through their politically correct wouldn’t say shite if they had a mouth full tripe like a knife through butter, or in this case horseshit. And the do not like it.

  101. henry
    June 17, 2015 at 10:21 pm
    Wbboei
    May I cut and paste that comment on facebook?
    ——-
    Yes of course Henry, provided you correct the word political monopoly to read political anomaly.

  102. Admin…I am happy to read your comment at

    admin
    June 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    ******************************************************

    imho…this is the whole point…the crux of the matter before us as Americans

    I, too, want it to be Hillary…however I will keep my eyes wide open…I won’t be deluding or lying to myself…

    she has time to zig and zag…which makes realistic sense in the political world we live in…and yet, Trump makes a good point when he says most of the candidates will not even get a chance to do what they say because they are influenced and ‘owned’ by lobbyists, donors, etc…

    I want Hillary to be that strong independent woman I admired…I still feel something is really off with why she is allowing her campaign to be driven with the people she has chosen…this remains a big red flag for me…

    but there is time for her to get her sea legs and break through…however I would be less than honest if I did not say I am concerned and worried while being hopeful

    at some time in the future she will have to decide…when she gets to the national she will need to decide if the independents and white working class still mean anything to her…or are we going to turn into Jerry Brown in Californa and make the rest of the USA one big limitless wallet for everyone but the middle class that is declining…we’ll see

    …one thing I will not do is fall into hero worship and blind adolation of anyone that plans to just pick up where Obama left off…I have been waiting for Hillary to save us from him…

    one thing that I really like that Trump said yesterday was when he started educating the public about the “lie that is Ocare and the worst of it doesn’t even kick in until 2016 and when he described the damage it is doing for doctors and patients, and cost, etc”

    I hope that when we get to the national the Hillary that I admire will emerge…

    however I will not support anyone that plans on being an Obama 3 or worse…

    our country needs a real champion…someone who truly sees the problems and won’t be coerced into saying and doing things that make no sense and will hurt our country for the next 4 or 8 years…

    She can still be that person but so far this primary season has been very frustrating …her pander last week against the repubs about voting rights was really below her imho…I don’t want Hillary to start sounding like Debbie W Shultz…

  103. The truly remarkable thing about our elites is their failure to appreciate the limitations inherent on power. As Tom Sowell wrote in one of his many essays on the subject of race, even in a repressive model of the ante bellum south where human beings were property as a matter of law, the property owner has to be mindful of the morale of the slaves, and the black overseer because if productivity suffered the entire plantation would fail. And if it was true in that environment, then surely it is even more true today, where the same economic disparities exist, and there are avenues to address them beyond slowdowns and work stoppages. But our elites have the same let them eat cake, and we will eat caviar attitude as the lady who lost her head to the devils tooth just outside the Tulleries Garden where the entrance to the Louvre now sits.

  104. Haha henry and Tony, you are cracking me up.

    henry donates to Trump in retaliation of the troll…awesome.

    Tony, screeching Dana will make people check out what Trump said…

  105. Shadowfax
    Ten bucks to say keep it. Small price to pay as they were all boring me to tears. Had she not been on Cruz control I probably would not have, but to condescend and say the American people do not understand a trade deal we cannot see annoyed me so I contacted my rep by email and phone an urged a no vote. Then contacted everyone I know and let them know the vote was tommorrow. They did the same. The troll has proven quite effective.

  106. Unless he is a sex offender or a serial killer, there is no such thing as bad publicity for Donald. Dana’s meltdown on TV will just make people even more curious as to why she is having a cow.

  107. They can’t even respond to some of his extreme ideas without answering well what would you do. I believe the GOP field was so crowded to give Jeb cover. They all issued platitude upon platitude rolled in bromides. So safe. He has upset he apple cart.

  108. Yes, indeed, Henry. It seems that Trump upset the apple cart. 🙂 So let “them” apples roll and roll and not give cover to anyone.

  109. Cruz is taking a beating over at Breitbart. TLC or thc whatever the name claimed Trump would help Cruz. Several commenters saying he may be an ass but at least he has American interests at heart. Teddy is gettng slammed. Trump was pretty clear about what he thinks.

  110. I would only handle 18 seconds of Dana and had to turn it off. She has gone rabid. She must have some job promise in the Shrub III presidency.

  111. Seemingly Dana has been drinking the Shrub kool-aide for years or she truly is in love with Bush Jr.

  112. And watch Obama and Al Sharpton automatically exploit this tragedy to distract everyone from TPP.

  113. Hillary tweeted her condolences over SC shooting:

    Hillary Clinton ‏@HillaryClinton 52m52 minutes ago
    Heartbreaking news from Charleston – my thoughts and prayers are with you all. -H

  114. They are calling it a hate crime although the shooter is supposedly still at large. I’m not sure I understand the hate crime thing. Seems to me if you murder a bunch of people no matter their skin color or your skin color there is hate involved somewhere. It is so, so sad for the victims’ families.

  115. Southern Born
    June 18, 2015 at 12:55 am
    Thanks for posting that video, Voting Hillary.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

    You are more than welcome, Southern. I would not vote for Trump, but I love that he is in the race because he is a “nuts and bolts” candidate/speaker that will force not just the Republican candidates, but Democrat candidates as well to start answering rather than skirting the hard questions. He will not hesitate to call out any BS nuanced crappola responses…and do so LOUDLY.

    But, I am still with Hillary for now as I do get the game she has to play in order to win the nomination.

  116. Dana Perino, and outlets such as the Daily News (check out the front page of the Daily News but don’t miss the comments which are not as anti-Trump as Twitchy would like) are really helping Donald Trump. If Trump is such a clown with no chance of winning and only a distraction – then ignore him. But the attacks are providing sympathy in some quarters as well as a degree of respect. Many will laugh – at first.

    Dana Perino and the rest of the GOP should listen to Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh draws comparisons to Ross Perot and notes the odd connection Trump already has with some voters. Here’s the whole long transcript (apologies for the length but you can skim it to get a taste) in which Limbaugh laughs at Trump while warning the GOP that Trump is not as funny as they think and not as ludicrous as Dana Perino wants to believe. The audio is at the link.

    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/06/16/trump_s_message_will_resonate

    Trump’s Message Will Resonate

    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

    RUSH: Well, well, well, well, Snerdley and I just spent the last half hour sitting here watching Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s going to run for president, and we were laughing ourselves silly. I mean, it was a howl session. But, at the same time, there’s no doubt in my mind — I’ll tell you what this is shaping up to be. For those of you who have the long-term memory and in this for the long game, think Perot. Think Ross Perot. Remember the reaction people had to Ross Perot. And I’m not comparing Trump’s speech. Perot got going with a speech to the National Press Club that was on C-SPAN.

    It was amazing, actually, because it was a noontime speech, but it was all about spending and debt spending and how the US was second-rate in every regard and how it was silly and how he could fix it. There was no intimation that he was gonna run for president at that time. That’s what made the speech that Perot gave so attractive and attracted so much attention to it. Trump did the same kind of thing here with similar focus, except he made it official today he’s running for president.

    By the way, greetings, and welcome back. Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network, 800-282-2882.

    Let me just give you a little summary. We’re still rolling tape here, assembling the audio sound bites. He started out — it’s hard to say when he started because there’s so much here, I don’t remember where it all happened. But, for example, he said about Mexico (imitating Trump), “They’re sending us they’re worst people. They’re sending us criminals. They’re sending us the poor. They’re just bad people. Some of them may be good people but they’re just bad people, and we don’t need ’em.” And it resonated. That’s gonna resonate. There’s a whole bunch of people, just like Perot resented.

    And the Drive-By Media, by the way, they’re already scoffing, they’re already discounting it, already calling it a circus act and this kind of thing. And it was. I mean, it was not at all what he passed out. He had a ten-minute speech that he gave out that was embargoed that was not what he did today. You know, Trump’s many things. He’s a serious businessman, he’s a performer — he’s got a performer’s ego. That was on display today, and some days when you see him he’s dead serious about things.

    This was improv. It was by no means on a teleprompter. (laughing) He said at the end of the speech (imitating Trump), “And I’m gonna build a wall. It’s gonna be the biggest, it’s gonna be the best wall. There’s isn’t gonna be a better wall anywhere in the world. We’re gonna build a wall on the Southern border and we’re gonna make Mexico pay for it.” And the place went nuts. And then he said, leading up to announcing his net worth, which he said is required when you run for president, you gotta submit the numbers. He had this one piece of paper that he said his best accounting firm in the world had put together. It took months because he’s so rich.

    He said (imitating Trump), “I’m really rich. I’m really rich. I’m gonna show you in a minute here. I’m really rich.” You know, it’s things like that you just… (laughing) I’ll tell you something that happened. I was riveted watching this for a whole host of reasons and the phone rang, and I got mad because when there’s a secondary noise in the room, I can’t hear what I’m trying to hear. Like two people talking at the same time, I’m not able to comprehend either of them.

    So I’m watching, I’ve got the sound up, which is very rare, and the phone started ringing, and nobody in the rest of the office here picked it up, and I just yelled, “Answer the [blank, blank] phone,” ’cause I wanted to hear what Trump was saying. And I stopped myself. Wait a minute. Look what just happened here. There hasn’t been a single other person give a political speech in years that if the phone rang and interrupted ’em I’d have been mad.

    Now, don’t misunderstand that. You know me, I’m not endorsing, haven’t endorsed. I’m nowhere near any of that. I’m not even jazzed yet, folks. I have to tell you that this is all so premature, and it’s all so early, that whatever polling numbers there are just do not interest me because where we are right now is nowhere near where we’re gonna end up. And I’ve had a premonition, after all we’re talking about a presidential race with Hillary Clinton in it, last name is Clinton.

    Oh, that’s another thing. He’s talking about the prison escape and he’s attacking all the “losers” in the American government. (paraphrased) “Losers here, losers there. We’re the dumbest people. China’s beating us. China’s wiping us out.” But he loves China. He’s building buildings all over China, but the Chinese (paraphrased), “We need smart people to beat the Chinese. We’re losing. We’re losing to ISIS.” He said (paraphrased), “We should have had the oil in Iraq; instead Iran’s got it.

    “We’re the losers. Our airports are Third World. Hell, I come back from Qatar, I come back from anywhere in the world, I’ve just been to a great airport, and I land at LAX and LaGuardia; it’s a Third World airport! America has Third World airports.” (clapping) The crowd’s cheering. I know a lot of people are gonna agree with that. He starts talking about this prison escape up in New York, and (paraphrased), “Obviously it happened because we have the stupidest people running our prisons. We have the stupidest people in the police force chasing these guys.”

    He can’t believe they’re not caught yet. (paraphrased) “Any responsible country with great leaders, these guys would have been caught.” But he turned that into a political comment on the Second Amendment. He said (paraphrased), “This is exactly why we need the Second Amendment. We need the Second Amendment. We need people with guns. We need people able to defend themselves. We got this prison break up there; our losers in charge of this can’t even capture these guys yet.

    “A woman called me the other day and said. ‘Mr. Trump, I am joining you now in support of the Second Amendment. I used to hate the Second Amendment but now you have convinced me. So now my husband and I are on the same page because he already likes guns, and Mr. Trump, I just want to tell you: We now have a gun in every room. We’re ready to start shooting these guys!'” (laughing) That’s when I lost it. “We’re ready to shoot!” (laughing)

    Snerdley’s watching this thing with his mouth half open for long stretches of time. That’s why we’re working here…the audio. But remember Perot? That ended up being third-party, and it gave us Bill Clinton, arguably. I know some people claim that even had Perot not run, that George H. W. Bush wouldn’t have won. They looked at the polling data in the postelection analytical data, and some people think that Bush would have lost anyway.

    But you can see this setting up. If Trump decides to go third-party, if anybody goes third party, then you could say, “Hello, Hillary,” and Hillary’s an absolute disaster. Could we just…? I mean, this is something that I don’t get. This is what bamboozles. If that’s the best the Democrats can come up with, they don’t deserve to win anything. That’s the best they’ve got, Mrs. Clinton is an absolute disaster.

    The best thing she’s got going for her is there’s a (D) by her name and that’s why she’s gonna get the majority of votes that she’s gonna get. Outside of that, I don’t think… It’s the same thing: I don’t understand the fear. I do not understand why people are so afraid of Hillary Clinton. I understand respect for all of the shenanigans the Clintons are able to pull off. I’m talking about just individually. I don’t get the fear that I still find prevalent out there on the Republican side.

    BREAK TRANSCRIPT

    RUSH: Okay we got the Trump sound bites. Let’s get started here. They’re not any particular order here. We just cherry-picked.

    TRUMP: Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have ’em. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal. They kill us. I beat China all the time

    AUDIENCE: (applause)

    TRUMP: When did we beat Japan at anything? They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn’t exist, folks. They beat us all the time. When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity.

    RUSH: This is gonna resonate with a lot of people, I guarantee you, and the Drive-Bys are gonna pooh-pooh it. They’re gonna relegate it to the carnival characteristics of the campaign and so forth, but it’s gonna resonate, just like Perot did. Do not misunderstand this. It is gonna resonate with a lot of, as you hear more of this. Now, this bit about we’re in serious trouble. (summarized) “When was the last time we beat China? They kill us. When’s the last time we beat Japan at anything?”

    You know what a lot of people’s reaction that’s gonna be? (sniveling) “But should we be beating anybody? Why can’t we cooperate? We can’t we all just get along? Why do we have to beat China? That’s just gonna make China mad. Why do we have to beat the Japanese? Why did we always do that before? Wasn’t that when we were bad country, always beating everybody? Why do there have to be winners and losers? Why do we have to do that?”

    That’s the reaction a lot of people are gonna have because that’s the way they’ve been raised. “It’s unfair to beat anybody. It’s unfair. Competition is not necessary. Conflict resolution, that’s what we need. We need to compromise, get along, be bipartisan.” It’s gonna scare a lot of people. Beating the Chinese, beating the Japanese. These are people that are ignorant, who have no idea that what Trump says here is actually true. Make no mistake.

    Look, the Chinese just hacked every government employee!

    Why do you think they did that?

    You don’t think the ChiComs consider us an enemy? They sure as heck do. You don’t think Putin considers us as an enemy? He sure as heck does. We’re an enemy simply because we’re the lone superpower anymore. It’s how you deal with that, that distinguishes you. Trump’s point is (paraphrased), “We don’t have anybody doing it. We don’t have any smart people at all in positions of authority and power making decisions on anything that matter,” which he made clear in his speech today.

    Here’s the next bite…

    TRUMP: All of my life, I’ve heard that a truly successful person — a really, really successful person — and even modestly successful, cannot run for public office. Just can’t happen. And yet that’s the kind of mind-set that you need to make this country great again. So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again.

    RUSH: Now, one thing. He does not make excuses for who he is, he doesn’t apologize for his wealth, and he claims that people like him are the kind of people that need to be in political leadership positions but they don’t dare do it because of all the different possibilities that could happen to ’em. He says instead of criticizing people like him, instead of targeting people like him, we need people like him in positions of authority and power making decisions ’cause we need the smart people — the smartest people we’ve got — running this country. We don’t have that now.

    Here’s the next bite….

    TRUMP: I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. I tell you that.

    AUDIENCE: (cheers and applause)

    TRUMP: I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich. I’ll show you that in a second. And, by the way, I’m not even saying that in a braggadocios way. That’s the kind of mind-set, that’s the kind of thinking you need for this country.

    WOMAN: Absolutely!

    TRUMP: So ’cause we gotta make the country rich, it sounds crass. Somebody said, “Oh, that’s crass.”

    WOMAN: Uh-uh!

    TRUMP: It’s not crass.

    RUSH: It’s not crass. Now, can you hear Mitt Romney saying, “I’m rich. I’m really rich. I’ll acknowledge it. They’re all calling me rich. I’m really rich — I’ll show you here in a minute — and I’m proud of it.” No. Romney will go buy a station wagon, put the dog on the roof, and go on vacation. Trump’s out there flying his Boeing 757 with his name on it in 14-karat gold on the fuselage. He’s out bragging about everything he’s done because he’s proud of it.

    He’s proud of his success, he’s proud of his achievements, and he wants people to know. He says he’s not bragging ’cause he doesn’t have to brag. He’s not ashamed of any of it and he doesn’t want to put on any airs and act like it was an accident or act like he doesn’t deserve it, because he does deserve it. He told a story. He grew up in Queens and Brooklyn; his dad was a great negotiator and he learned a lot from his dad. But his dad said, “Donald, don’t ever take our business into Manhattan.

    “It’s a cesspool over there. It’s too big. We’re right where we need to be.” Trump said he told him, “‘But, Dad, I gotta go to Manhattan. I gotta go to Manhattan! That’s where the action is, Dad.’ And I went to Manhattan, and look what I own. I own the Bank of American, I own Trump Tower, and am rebuilding the greatest hotel in Washington, DC. I’m doing all of this. I’m very proud of this! I make no excuses for any of it. I am really rich. I’ll show you in a minute. And I’m not bragging.”

    BREAK TRANSCRIPT

    RUSH: Folks, a lot to do here. We got four more sound bites of Trump. I alluded to something here one hour ago when this program began. I asked you to keep something in mind, and that was Ross Perot. Ross Perot burst on the scene as a result of one speech at the National Press Club. It was a luncheon speech, if I remember right. It ended up being replayed because it went viral back in those days. This was 1992, so “going viral” was C-SPAN. (laughing) Stop and think of that, Snerdley! Going viral was C-SPAN.

    Anyway, it did, and all Trump did was talk about the irresponsibility of the current lineup. He didn’t rip into parties. He didn’t cast himself as a member of a party. He just said (paraphrased), “We’re doing everything wrong. We’re wasting money. There’s all kinds of things we could be doing smarter,” and he made himself out to be the guy in charge of it, and he was dragged into presidential race. I remember from the get-go, warning people to be careful about this ’cause I told people…

    Snerdley, you might remember this. My broadcast partners… I did not get on the Perot bandwagon, and I constantly warned people not to do it and to beware. I said, “I don’t think he really wants to win this. He’ll get out of this if it looks like he’s gonna win. He doesn’t want to be president. There’s something else going on, personal animus of George Bush, something going on here. But this is not who you…” I remember my broadcast partner, syndication part, took me aside.

    They said, “Look…” They thought he was blowing the show. They… (interruption) Well, I was I was catching hell from so some people, but they made a great calculation. This is this is one of in fact this turned out to be one of the first solid learning experiences for me about you in this audience. Because back then, it would be safe to say that a majority of people listening to me thought that I should be the one championing Perot.

    That I not only should be championing Perot, I ought to be running with him, or I ought to be part of his organization. I ought to be the lead cheerleader. And I was the one cautioning everybody, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t fall for it.’ I even had my own little Perot impersonation which ticked people off. Anyway, my syndication partner Ed McLaughlin brought me in, very worried. “Are you sure you’re doing the right thing here on Perot?”

    I said, “What do you mean?”

    “Well, I mean, your audience! We’re worried here you’re losing the audience. The audience thinks that you are Perot. The audience thinks that Perot is who he is because of you. You need to get on…”

    I said, “Sorry, but I can’t do it. I don’t feel it, don’t believe it,” and so forth.

    I did catch a lot of flak from the audience. But the audience hung in. They didn’t abandon the program, Snerdley. (interruption) Well, of course they threatened to. I remember it like it was yesterday. Oh, they were calling. “I’m never gonna listen to you again! I thought you were somebody real, but you’ve just proven you’re nothing more than a member of the establishment. Here’s your chance to really get on board with something that could really change this country, and what are you doing? You’re pooh-poohing it!”

    I remember all of it. Oh, and when I started the parodies of Perot, you know, referring to him as a hand grenade with a bad haircut? “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, ha-ha!” (laughing) Oh, it got even worse. My syndication partners, oh, they were so worried that I was blowing everything. They thought that I was losing every member of the audience that we had built after four years, but I hung tough and I turned out to be right!

    Perot got out of the race when it looked like he was going to win, and that just gave everything over to Bill Clinton. He stated… He hung in there for some presidential debates. Anyway, I just ask people to remember that when Trump gets going here today, because what if Trump goes third-party? He’s got enough money. He doesn’t need consultants. In fact, there’s not a political consultant alive today that would have told Trump to say anything he said today.

    There’s not a single political consultant working in politics that would have advised Trump to say what he said today or would stand by and watch it said. There’s no political consultant on earth in this country that would want to be associated with what Trump did today. So he’s not gonna get his pick. But if he does, his money talks. He might hire some away. You never know. But my point is that he can always decide to go third-party with his money, if it doesn’t work in the Republican Party.

    If he does that — and this is idle speculation at this point in time. If he does that, well, you know what that’s gonna mean. It means Hillary. Or whoever the Democrat nominee is. Along those lines, we got a lot of people want to talk about this. If you’re on hold, just hang in there. We’re coming to you. I promise you; I guarantee it. This is from The Daily Caller. I looked it up here during the break.

    “Between 1989 and 2010, The Donald gave $314,300 to Democratic groups and candidates and $290,600 to Republicans…” Trump actually donates more to Democrats than Republicans. Now, what he’ll say is, “Well, hell, that’s who runs New York. That’s where I live. I got no choice.” But still. “Trump donated more than $4,100 to [Hillary] in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007, records show.

    “Trump Jr. gave [Hillary] $6,100 in 2006 and 2007.” He gave “the Clinton Foundation at least $100,000, according to the Clinton Foundation website.” Now, again, what he’ll say is, “Of course! I mean, these are the people running the show. It’s what’s wrong with politics. I had to do it. I had to do it. I got no choice. I’m a Republican; I live in New York. If I didn’t do this, I’d be a target. That’s what’s wrong with politics and that’s why I’m running.

    “You think I like giving money to Democrats? I hate giving money to Democrats! But that’s what our politics is.” I know that’s how he would handle this. (interruipton) Yeah. “It’s how I keep my money in my pocket. I give to the people who otherwise would take my money away from me. You don’t think I got rich by being stupid, do you?” He’s got any number of ways of explaining. Okay, back to the Trump sound bites here. We pick it up here with number 37. This is classic, folks.

    TRUMP: Through stupidity, in a very, very hard-core prison — interestingly named Clinton — two vicious murderers, two vicious people, escaped, and nobody knows where they are. And a woman was on television this morning, and she said, “You know, Mr. Trump…” And she was telling other people, and I actually called her. But she said, “You know, Mr. Trump, I always was against guns. I didn’t want guns! And now since this happened,” it’s up in the prison area, “my husband and I are finally in agreement ’cause he wanted the guns. We now have a gun in every table! We’re ready to start shooting.” I said, “Very interesting.” So protect the Second Amendment.

    RUSH: “We’re ready to start shooting, Mr. Trump!” (laughing) I lost it. (laughing) I saw him say, “We’re ready to start shooting.” (laughing) I just envisioned the actual conversation. Here’s Trump on the phone, he’s got this anti-Second Amendment babe on the other end, and because of two prisoners escape from the stupid prison, they now have a gun in every table. “We’re ready to start shooting!” (laughing) “‘Very interesting.’ So protect the Second Amendment.” They’re ready to start shooting.

    Yeah, let’s just keep it rolling here, folks.

    TRUMP: They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards, and they tell us what we’re getting, and it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know ’cause we have no protection and we have no competence. We don’t know what’s happening.

    RUSH: This is Trump at his presidential announcement speech describing the kind of people coming here from Mexico. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing these problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some I assume are good people.” (laughing) I assume? (imitating Trump), “Most are reprobates and because we got stupid leadership, we don’t even know who they are.” And now here’s how he would deal with it.

    TRUMP: I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build ’em very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our Southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words. Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump. Nobody. I will find within our military, I will find the General Patton or I will find General MacArthur, I will find the right guy, I will find the guy that’s going to take that military and make it really work.

    RUSH: Yeah? And this is gonna resonate. All of this, all of this I’m telling you is gonna resonate with people. And here’s something else to watch. The more the media hates this and makes fun of it and laughs, the more support Trump’s gonna get. There was another, we don’t have tape on this. It wasn’t worth rolling on tape, but he was talking about beating China, beating Japan and how we don’t have any skilled negotiators. We got dumb people. We’ve got incompetent people. We’ve got losers in every branch of government conducting the nation’s business, and they don’t know what they’re doing.

    He says (imitating Trump), I have the smartest people. I’ll get the smartest people. We will never, ever again lose a negotiation with the Chinese or the Japanese. We’re gonna beat everybody. We’ll do very well, my friends, we’ll do very well, I promise you.” (laughing) And the final bite. This is his description of returning home to America after international travel.

    TRUMP: We have to rebuild our infrastructure, our bridges, our roadways, our airports. You come into LaGuardia airport, it’s like we’re in a Third World country. You look at the patches in 40-year-old floor, they throw down asphalt, and they throw — you look at these airports, we are like a Third World country, and I come in from China, and I come in from Qatar, and I come in from different places, and they have the most incredible airports in the world. You come back to this country and you have LAX, disaster. You have all of these disastrous airports.

    RUSH: And we’ll take a break and get going with your calls when we get back. Don’t go away.

    BREAK TRANSCRIPT

    RUSH: Here’s Bob in Youngstown, as we get started on the phones. Great to have you, Bob. Hi.

    CALLER: Mr. Limbaugh, you’re 100% on the money with Ross Perot. I remember that conversation. I remember your criticism at the time. And you were 100% correct, and I was on your team at that point where I felt exactly the same way, that this was really much ado about nothing where Perot was concerned. But the difference between Perot and this other gentleman is 180 degrees the opposite. This guy’s ego is so big, and he considered himself to be so right for so long that I genuinely think he wants this and I genuinely think that he is truly the establishment’s worst nightmare. He doesn’t need anybody else’s money.

    I was watching Fox News this morning when one of their commentators was interviewing some political know-it-all, and he said, “Oh, well, you know, he’s getting into the game too late. The people that know how to run a campaign are all taken up, the good ones.” And I’m thinking to myself, he doesn’t want any of those people. He has his own people. He doesn’t want the establishment. This is a guy that knows how to promote himself and how to promote a campaign, and I think the guy’s for real this time, only because he’s got such a damn big ego that he’s gonna prove himself right and he’s gonna be in your face.

    RUSH: I think you’re very right about something you mentioned, talking heads on TV today, “Ah, there’s no chance. I mean, all the professional people have been hired already. He’s getting in this thing too late.” What Trump loves busting is conventional wisdom formulation. And the idea —

    CALLER: Agree.

    RUSH: — that he can’t run because all the best consultants are taken up, that’s exactly the kind of thing he thinks is paralyzing politics. That kind of thinking that you’ve gotta get in this, hire the right consultants. The way he looks at it, what you just said, he doesn’t need an advisor. He knows what he thinks. He doesn’t need somebody to help me him do this or that. He knows how he wants to talk. He knows how he wants to come off. He’s comfortable in his own skin and he’s willing to put it out there. In other words, I don’t think he wants to hire anybody that’s gonna tell him how to phony it up.

    CALLER: Exactly right. He’s got more money than God. And plus he’s got the best of the best working for him. He’s got a brain trust that would rival any university and he’s got people that know how to get the job done. These are goal oriented people that work for him. And believe me, his ego is so big that he wants to just stand up there and say, “I told you so. I’ve been telling you for years.” The difference is Perot was really kind of a wallflower prior to him running. You’re a hundred percent correct about that. And you were right, he didn’t want that job, and he found every excuse — I remember his daughter’s wedding was kind of the opening to him finding a way out of running for the presidency.

    RUSH: Oh, yeah.

    CALLER: Trump’s the exact opposite. This guy wants it, and he wants to say “I told you so, I’ve been telling you, and I’m gonna show you I’m right.”

    RUSH: Wait a minute. So you —

    CALLER: As far as negotiations go —

    RUSH: — are convinced after this speech today that he wants it. Let me ask you a question.

    CALLER: Yes, sir.

    RUSH: I want you to think about this. A lot of the Drive-Bys are saying, “Nah, nah, this is not about really running for president. This is just about name recognition, name ID, get his name out there.” For what purpose? If he’s not really doing this to run for president, why does he want to get his name out there? What could he possibly want to accomplish? Is he hurting somewhere? Is his business hurting? Is his reality TV show on the verge of cancellation? What would be the reason that he would do this for publicity only?

    CALLER: I truly believe, and I just have to go back to my original statement. He’s got an ego bigger than the sun, and he’s been telling the American people and Washington for years, “You really don’t know what you’re talking about. You really have no idea how to run this country. You’re destroying the economy. You’re destroying the money and I’ve had enough. I’m gonna show you I’m right, and I’m gonna get in there and I’m gonna kick butt and take names later.” And I really think that that’s what this is all about. And I’ll tell you something, the establishment are probably the most worried people in Washington. The big money — he doesn’t use any lobbyists. He’s got more money than they do.

    RUSH: Wait a minute. One thing. They’re not worried yet. They’re not taking this seriously yet. They’re laughing about this right now. Do not doubt me. They’re laughing about it. I mean, you might have a couple of them take a moment and say, “Okay, what does this mean for me, XYZ so forth so,” in terms of just another name thrown in the hat here. But right now they’re all laughing. And none of the, quote, unquote, professionals are gonna give Trump anywhere near even half a chance, because he’s so outside the formula that everybody says is necessary.

    And folks, I want to remind you of something else that happened. I’m not accusing here our old buddy Bob, but Bob seemed to know quite a bit about what Trump’s motivation was, didn’t he? I don’t know if Bob’s ever met Trump, but when you listen to Bob talk he knew exactly why Trump was doing this. I found this phenomena during the Perot era. I had caller after caller after caller telling me why Perot was doing it, what Perot was gonna do after he won, everything, and they didn’t know him. Now, what it meant was that Perot was resonating so well that these people just automatically assumed Perot was gonna do what they wanted done.

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    Jeb? Bush was presumed to be the likely nominee because he would raise $100 million. If the Dana Perino’s continue to mock Trump, guess who might decide to spend more? Imagine if Trump was only going to spend $20 million in the primaries on rallies and salaries. But then he sees Dana Perino et. al. and Trump, out of sheer spite decides to double or triple his budget. What if Trump decides to spend $100 million? $200 million? More?

    In 2011 Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice 2 year contract was for $160 million. Trump’s salary was at least $65 million. Trump could decide to spend just salary from Celebrity Apprentice and he could compete with Jeb? for best financed campaign. Dana should stop the mockery and think of the damage she is doing by poking the bear.

  117. Update: Quotes of the day on Donald Trump are surprising. As we’ve noted, the usually serene Dana Perino went berserk and continues her hysterics (first on The Five then on The Kelly File). We posted Rush Limbaugh laughing yet warning “This is gonna resonate.” Then there’s Sista Sarah Palin:

    Mr. Trump should know he’s doing something right when the malcontents go ballistic in the press! There is no denying Donald J. Trump’s accomplishments and drive to create opportunity for every willing American to succeed. His own success is testament to the job-creating achievements made possible when one applies the courageous and tenacious pro-private sector precepts we need to fire up the economy. Trump joins a competitive field of GOP candidates that will duke it out in the arena of ideas and track records, a field representing diverse achievements.

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  118. I was wondering when Sarah would chime in. I seem to remember them grabbing a slice together and the press going after her for using plastc ware to eat.

  119. How many times have you watched Reid, Pelosi, biden , Harf, debbie whats her name, gibbs and said how did these idiots get any job? ISIS beheads children because they don’t have good jobs!!!!!!!!!! Everyone says it. Trump is running for president and calling people stupd. Brings me immense joy.

  120. How many times have you watched Reid, Pelosi, biden , Harf, debbie whats her name, gibbs and said how did these idiots get any job? ISIS beheads children because they don’t have good jobs!!!!!!!!!!
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    You have given me an idea Henry

    “A Modest Proposal” in the literary tradition of Jonathan Swift:

    1. if these idiots are so sure ISIS would rehabilitate if they only had jobs, and-

    2. if the only job ISIS is qualified to do is lop off heads, and-

    3. if ISIS has conscientious objections to retraining to become computer operators

    4. then why not give them some guilty necks to go to work on, namely those you mention

    I realize some may find this solution offensive as they would any new idea

    But nothing we have tried to date has been effective

    So why not try this approach and see if it works?

    Hypothetically it could kill two birds with one stone:

    a. first, it would provide meaningful employment opportunities to ISIS

    b. second, it would rid the republic of the enemies you mention

    Finally, it would pressure test the theory that jobs would pacify ISIS

    Just a thought

  121. I was wondering when Sarah would chime in. I seem to remember them grabbing a slice together
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    Grabbing a slice?

    Now that is a provocative idiom.

    To you and to me a slice means pizza.

    To ISIS it means meaningful work.

    Obviously, ISIS would not be caught dead flipping pizzas.

    To do so would be beyond their skill set, demeaning to their culture, and politically incorrect to our Harvard trained betters.

    We need a taxpayer financed Marshall Plan to show ISIS there is more to life than chopping heads.

  122. People want to hear someone say, non-politically correct, that when something is stupid THAT IT IS STUPID. The OPM director is the latest example. She is STUPID. Her lackeys are stupid. Her handlers in the WH are stupid. Her stated primary goal at OPM was diversity. And she has through her stupidity compromised the national security of the entire country while chasing “diversity”. Love him or hate him Trump breaks though to speak the obvious and doesn’t give a hang if it is politically correct. He has an ego the size of the sun, self confidence to burn and the hide of a rhino. He doesn’t care what you think especially if a delicate flower. That is your problem not his and people will assume permission to emulate him. The browbeating, hectoring, whining, and diversion tactics will be loosing steam. He changes the game. The society which is sick of the past 20 years gets a kick for the pendulum to swing. It all suggests a tipping point or preference cascade is imminent. Will it succeed? The professional left seem to be imploding. And PR flaks like sweet little Miss Perino acted like a b**** when she went maniac and showed her true colors. Trump sends the political establishment sideways and spinning.

  123. I have never seen an elephant in Picadilly Circus, but I have seen the Republican field, the sheer size and diversity of which presents a formidable challenge for big media, namely how to cape the herd down to a manageable two, one being the establishment candidate, the other the challenger. Then comes the disturbing disclosure that once the challenger expressed amorous designs on a duck and bestiality is not yet acceptable to the arbiters of culture. The challengers campaign of course denies the charge vigourously, and demands to know from whence cometh this bullshit? Whereupon, big media sniffs I never disclose a source, and invokes the first amendment. As the clock winds down, this impasse causes the timid stupid electorate to say, well, maybe this is right, I will cast my vote for the establishment candidate, who may boil the frog, but is safer. Game set match on the primary. Establishment RINO wins by .0001 which big media casts as a landslide, and the electorate which is math challenged accepts that characterization as fact. On the the primary, and the battle of the royals which big media was angling for from the beginning, because either way it goes, it preserves their wealth and power. Perhaps you will forgive me for being so disdainful of the process, and so negatively disposed to big media. My only defense to this outpouring of cynicism is I have seen this movie before, too often. It is bad enough when you have seen the genre enough to know the ending. But it is far worse when you can also predict the script, the dynamics, the scenes, the cameo roles, and know the end result will be nothing more than a big payday for big media, and a tragedy for the nation. Liberty and prosperity are slipping from our grasp. Blame big media.

  124. NOT QUITE BUSINESS AS USUAL, OR JUST ANOTHER TRADE AGREEMENT . . . “if Congress does pass this thing, this will be the sole topic at the top of the political discussion for the next several years and the ramifications for any politician who supports it—by voting for it or voicing public support for it from the campaign trail—may be immeasurable.”
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    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)80% has issued yet another clarion call to House Republicans urging them to abandon GOP leadership’s desperate ploys to bring Obamatrade back to life and instead vote against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and stop President Obama from getting even more power in his final years in office.

    “The House is preparing to vote again tomorrow on providing fast-track executive authority to the President. If adopted, it will be sent immediately to the Senate for final consideration,” Sessions said, before correcting misconceptions peddled far and wide by House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)58%
    .

    “It is essential that there be no misunderstanding: fast-track preapproves the formation of not only the unprecedentedly large Trans-Pacific Partnership, but an unlimited number of such agreements over the next six years,” Sessions said. “Those pacts include three of the most ambitious ever contemplated. After TPP comes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, followed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), seeking as one its goals labor mobility among more than 50 nations. Together, these three international compacts encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP. Including the nations whose membership is being courted for after enactment, the countries involved would encompass nearly 90 percent of global GDP. Yet, through fast-track, Congress will have authorized the President to ink these deals before a page of them has been made public. Then, the Executive sends Congress ‘implementing’ legislation to change U.S. law—legislation which cannot be amended, cannot be filibustered, and will not be subjected to the Constitutional requirement for a two-thirds treaty vote.”

    Sessions then laid out how several members of Congress didn’t even know about what they were voting on when leadership forced them to vote—and how it’s not too late for Republicans to see the light and oppose the creation of a new global governance.

    “According to the European Commission, the TiSA agreement—which most House and Senate members did not know about when they voted—will follow in the footsteps of the WTO’s Trade in Services Provisions, which has already inhibited the U.S. from making needed immigration changes,” Sessions said. “The European Commission says the EU ‘wants as many countries as possible to join the agreement.’ We have already seen how the EU has curtailed sovereignty in Europe; we do not want to follow in its footsteps.”

    With regard to TPP, Sessions warned that America has “never seen” anything like it before—and that it’ll force the United States into a version of the European Union he calls “a new Pacific Union.”

    “This nation has never seen an agreement that compares to the TPP, which forms a new Pacific Union,” Sessions said. “This is far more than a trade agreement, but creates a self-governing and self-perpetuating Commission with extraordinary implications for American workers and American sovereignty. Such a historic international regulatory Commission should never be fast-tracked, and should never be put on a path to passage until every word has been publicly scrutinized, every question answered, and every last power understood by Congress and the American people.”

    It’s unclear what might go down on Thursday when Obamatrade comes back up, but it’s certainly going to be ugly. Of course, if Congress does pass this thing, this will be the sole topic at the top of the political discussion for the next several years and the ramifications for any politician who supports it—by voting for it or voicing public support for it from the campaign trail—may be immeasurable.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/17/jeff-sessions-on-obamatrades-new-pacific-union-like-the-eu-something-america-has-never-seen-before/

  125. This evolution was foreseeable. In fact, I predicted it here on this blog oh maybe five years ago or so. The idea came to me when I read an obscure article that appeared in Foreign Affairs magazine which is the house organ of the Council on Foreign Relations which exercises undue influence over the formulation of US policy, as Hillary once acknowledged in jest.

    There is an old Texas saying which goes like this: Many a truth is said in jest.

    The prediction–or rather the suggestion was that the NAFTA nations could, should and inevitably would join with the European Union to form a Transatlantic Alliance. The idea was dismissed by someone here–maybe jesweezy who lived in Europe and assured us that no such arrangement was possible. And while I did respect his opinions, other than his abject failure to respond to my . . . let me see how many was it . . . 16 requests that he respond to the Thomas Sowell lectures which he promised to do, but in the fine fashion of Obama . . . well you know the rest. Despite his confidence that no such arrangement was possible, I never believed him. Why not? Because years earlier through the assistant dean of MIT I became familiar with the work of Lestor Thorow who wrote from the perspective of the 1980s and worried about Japan Inc taking over the world, and advocated the formation of trade blocks to resist that onslaught moments after it seized Lincoln Center in Manhattan and 17 Mile Drive in Malibu. What’s next, Cut Bank Montana? Well, Japan hit a recession, from whence they never recovered but today, thanks to Jebediah’s daddy-o we got MFN wherefore China holds the whip hand. Returning to the writings of Thurow, the goal of the west should be to let go of those industries which are labor intensive, and allow them to migrate to the third world. But, by all that is holy, hang on to those industries, like autos, airplane manufacturing, which produce high paying jobs. How? Through trading rules. That need is more acute today, as robots enter the workforce and China can build an auto for $2000. At some point why not let sanity prevail. Why not admit we do not know what we are doing when we fail to protect our industries. Why not adhere to the time honored principle by the father of western medicine: first, do no harm. Even a Harvard graduate should understand that.

  126. From Admin’s long post with Rush above

    CALLER: I truly believe, and I just have to go back to my original statement. He’s got an ego bigger than the sun, and he’s been telling the American people and Washington for years, “You really don’t know what you’re talking about. You really have no idea how to run this country. You’re destroying the economy. You’re destroying the money and I’ve had enough. I’m gonna show you I’m right, and I’m gonna get in there and I’m gonna kick butt and take names later.” And I really think that that’s what this is all about. And I’ll tell you something, the establishment are probably the most worried people in Washington. The big money — he doesn’t use any lobbyists. He’s got more money than they do.

    —–

    People that have just blown Trump off as an egotistical windbag…and have never really listened to him rant against the damage that the Fraud has caused, may think this is just a game to him.

    Trump has been livid over these issues for years and I have mentioned some of it on this blog, several times. I didn’t keep bringing this up at the time because many folks just made comments about how awful he was…so I didn’t waste my time.

    Trump is serious about these issues, he is not faking it…and he probably knows the GOP party does not want him, just like Hillary found out in 2008 her party did not want her.

  127. I was also waiting to hear from Sarah Palin. She was the lone Republican that spoke out against how unprepared Obama was.

  128. ..what I can envision is Trump buying lots of TV airspace (sort of in the Perot mode)
    and giving us issue tutorials…a la Trump style…in what the hell is really going on in our country…

    I can see him spelling it all out in his plain bombastic english way and leaving all the political insiders and candidates with their mouths left open…

    …hard to keep making excuses for lies when someone has the unmitigated gall to scream out all the secrets everyone else is trying to hide or keep buried in regards to how our corrupt government actually functions

    Trump is the ultimate protest vote…he is resonating for people who understand plain, straight, blunt english…

    (the other irony is that he has this sophisticated, highly educated, proper and articulate family behind him and he comes out speaking like a street fighter…too much!…)

  129. Shadowfax
    June 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm
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    Spot on.

    The Republican Party since Reagan, and, perhaps even during Reagan, has claimed to be all for limited government, until they end up in office and then they become silent devotees of big government and crony capitalism once they are elected. And the old wolves (a prison term referring to old inmates who rape young inmates when they first enter the system) target the freshmen senator, put their arm around them, and explain how raping the taxpayer and rewarding the donor is how things get done around here, etc. Of course there are those freshmen senators who are no problem in this respect, because they are little bitches to begin with—like bobby corker. Oh hell, I am too hard on him. If trangender is now an acceptable condition, eunuchs like Corker cannot be far behind. If he wants to be a eunuch I say that is between him and the people of Tennessee. But when he dilutes the constitution to win applause from the Washington establishment and gives us Failure Theater in instalments . . . I hope you understand I need to draw the line somewhere.
    ——–
    Republican foreign policy quisling guru Bob Corker knows how to play Failure Theater.

    Ever since the GOP regained control of the US Senate, Corker has been walking around in a palpable aura of Old Spice and arrogance that acts like pheremones on Senate interns and the foreign policy establishment. Corker was going to show those pesky conservative how to govern. By golly gosh, he’d show them how adults went about the hard work of governing. When freshman Senator Tom Cotton wrote a letter to whichever Ayatollah is calling the shots in Iran informing him that we a) had a Constitution and b) that Constitution required the Senate to approve the terms of surrender nuclear weapons agreement being negotiated with Obama, Corker was miffed and complained that the letter hurt his chances of passing a bill. As I noted at the time:

    This is simply Failure Theater by a handful of GOP senators who are devoid of honor, courage, self-respect and respect for their fellow Americans. The fact that Bob Corker can even contemplate that the votes can be put together to override an Obama veto of a bill requiring Congressional oversight shows that Corker is either a complete moron (and this is by no means a wild flight of imagination) or that he thinks the Democrats would be happy to see America nuked by Iran because someone was all meany-pants to Barack Obama (again, based on what we’ve seen of the Democrats this is very likely true). In reality what Corker is doing is trying to fool you into thinking that he had found the path to success and, when Obama inevitably vetoes the bill and the Democrats slavishly vote to sustain the veto, he will try to blame Senator Tom Cotton for his failure.

    This bill stood the Constitution on its head, requiring 67 votes in the Senate to disapprove of any agreement rather than obliging Obama to find 67 votes to approve of his handiwork. In the end, the GOP caved to the siren song of Corker and only one MAN voted against it: Tom Cotton.

    Now, suddenly, Bob Corker is aghast, a-freakin-ghast, at the deal Obama has cut to allow Iran to become a nuclear-armed terrorist state.

    The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is sounding the alarm about the nuclear talks with Iran, warning the United States has made “breathtaking” concessions that risk creating a “bad deal.”

    In a letter sent Monday, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) warned President Obama he must be willing to walk away from the negotiating table.

    “It is breathtaking to see how far from your original goals and statements the P5+1 have come during negotiations with Iran,” Corker (R-Tenn.) said in the letter, referring to a group that includes the U.S., the United Kingdom, China, France, and Russia plus Germany.

    Corker said negotiators “have moved” from a trying to strike a 20-year agreement, to a 10-year one and seem ready to let Tehran continue to develop its ballistic missile effort and maintain research and development for advanced nuclear centrifuges.

    “I understand the dynamics that can develop when a group believes they are close to a deal and how your aides may view this as a major legacy accomplishment. However, as you know, the stakes here are incredibly high and the security implications of these negotiations are difficult to overstate,” Corker warned.

    He asked Obama to “please pause and consider rethinking the entire approach. Walking away from a bad deal at this point would take courage, but it would be the best thing for the United States, the region and the world.”

    This is just bullsh** on a biscuit. There is nothing, not a single thing, that Corker is bitching about in his whiney little nine-year-old girl letter that he couldn’t have discovered simply by reading RedState or any number of other outlets. This slow moving avalanche of #FAIL has been documented in real time by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and nuclear non-proliferation organizations.

    What you are seeing it, just as I predicted, another episode of Failure Theater. Corker set out to give the illusion he was doing something and now he’s complaining that even though he tried his damnedest, things just didn’t go right. But he wants us rubes out here in the ausland to know that he’s on top of the situation and, if need be, he will legislate yet again.

    http://www.redstate.com/2015/06/16/bob-corker-gets-standing-o-failure-theater/

  130. Regarding Charleston, Governor Haley delivered an earlier and better message than POTUS had for the nation at noon.
    SC Gov. Nikki Haley Fights Back Tears During Emotional Charleston Shooting Speech
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-SZNChcogU

    Also really weird that pastor murdered is member of SC Senate, and supporter of HRC.

  131. People that have just blown Trump off as an egotistical windbag
    ———–
    He cultivates that persona assiduously.

    Why?

    I think, no I know why.

    It is the art of showmanship.

    It grabs your attention and plants ideas which gain currency in common culture, if not the hallowed halls of Harvard.

    Yes, it defies the ethos, pathos, logos formulation of Aristotle, where personal credibility is deemed essential.

    But look at who makes the splash today with the common man.

    It is people like that.

    And as the elites push harder and harder to move him off the stage.

    The common man thinks to himself there but for a deficit of $9 billion goeth I.

    I can think of no better strategy for him to pursue.

  132. wbboei
    June 18, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Shadowfax

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    Spot on.

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    Great day in the mornin’…I think that is my first, “Spot on” from you. 🙂

  133. Hold’um

    Also really weird that pastor murdered is member of SC Senate, and supporter of HRC.

    —–

    That brings back memories of 2007, give me a creepy chill.

  134. wbboei
    June 18, 2015 at 2:23 pm
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    Even a wood tick can be earthshakingly effective in causing severe distress, especially if it settles strategically on the host’s genitals. I personally know someone who had that experience while camping, and the screaming almost woke up the dead.

  135. Okay, here is some news on the shooter…I don’t think I need to worry about Hillary on this one:

    Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Roof was reportedly taking a drug that has been linked with sudden outbursts of violence, fitting the pattern of innumerable other mass shooters who were on or had recently come off pharmaceutical drugs linked to aggression.

    According to a CBS News report, earlier this year when cops searched Roof after he was acting suspiciously inside a Bath and Body Works store, they found “orange strips” that Roof told officers was suboxone, a narcotic that is used to treat opiate addiction.

    http://www.infowars.com/charleston-shooter-was-on-drug-linked-to-violent-outbursts/

  136. Just an opinion on The Hill

    The same phenomenon could occur on the Republican side. There are three lanes in the GOP presidential sweepstakes highway. The first lane is the race for GOP front-runner. The second lane — which now includes Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) — consists of candidates who lag behind the front-runners but have a shot to rise to the higher tier. I would call the third lane the “bye-bye” lane: Candidates who are going nowhere and doomed to drop out, such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

    In this battle of the second lane of the Republican process, my bet is that The Donald drives the nail into the political coffin of Cruz, knocking Cruz down to the third lane and at which point Cruz drops out while he has money remaining in his political bank to use for whatever purpose he chooses.

    Trump and Cruz are battling for the same turf: the emotive conservative turf. The last time Cruz received major national attention was when he signed up for ObamaCare! Trump has received more visibility in the last three days than Cruz has in the last three months. Trump is great copy, a political impresario and showman with enough money to self-finance a campaign, and I suspect he is destined to dominate Cruz and push him down to the bottom tier. To get any attention compared to Trump, Cruz will have to move even further to the far right, which is no way to win a presidential campaign; to get more attention than Cruz, Trump will just have to be Trump.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/245433-trump-swamps-cruz-as-sanders-swamps-omalley

  137. gonzotx
    June 18, 2015 at 3:43 pm

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    With your background, do you think this drug could be blamed for several murders like the article says?

  138. Well suboxone can cause aggression…All psych meds and opiods cause changes in the neuropathways…

  139. He looks like all the rest of the serial killers, probably lonely, no friends, too much video games,depressed…The new American male…

  140. It has been a day for the devil. A man of God and worshipers killed in a house of God. And the TPP heads back to the Senate, without the TPA. Bank runs in Greece and the big Chinese debt bubble waffling.

    Call your senators about the TPP. Post on their Facebook and send them email and fax. There are a whole lot fewer of them to contact.

    The TPP is not about trade. It is about Global Governance and should not be fast tracked. Especially by a failed POTUS.

  141. Tony Stark
    June 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm

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    No velvet gloves on Trump, he punches back when insulted.

    That’s one thing I hate, hate, hate about politics…all the FAKE personalities that turn out like the Fraud in the WhiteHouse…

    Words that smell like flowers, actions that stink like urinals.

  142. OK so the TPA about the TPP is heading back to the Senate without the TAA. Last time it failed without the TAA. Who knows what this clowns will do next. But the whole thing is a con job because once Obola has the TPA, he can force congress to accept the TPP he comes up with. And it opens the door for him to implement all kinds of legislation.

  143. I highly doubt Daddy didn’t know and I hope he gets the full 10 years plus sued to the ground for skirting around the law.
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Dylann Roof, the man accused of a shooting spree that left nine people dead at a historic black church in Charleston on Wednesday night, should not have been able to get a gun.

    Federal law prohibits people with pending felony charges from obtaining firearms. In February, Roof was arrested and later charged with felony possession of Suboxone, a narcotic prescription drug. He was released, and the case is pending.

    Because of his criminal record, Roof would not have been able to buy a gun from a store. Federally licensed gun dealers are required to run background checks on gun purchasers, and Roof’s pending charges should have turned up as a red flag.

    But Roof didn’t need to go to a dealership. According to his uncle, Roof received a .45-caliber pistol from his father in April for his birthday, Reuters reports.

    South Carolina is one of 40 states that do not require background checks for private gun transactions, like the one that allegedly took place between Roof and his father. Gun control activists call this the “private sale” loophole.

    It’s illegal to give guns to felons or people with felony indictments — but that’s only if you know about their criminal records. In South Carolina, you don’t have to ask, so private citizens can more or less freely exchange guns.

    If prosecutors can show that the father knew about Roof’s indictment but gave him the gun anyway, Roof’s father could face up to 10 years in prison.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/06/18/the-legal-loophole-that-allowed-dylann-roof-to-get-a-gun/?tid=sm_fb

  144. Everywhere in the world, including here, old parties are losing the people in whose name they presume to speak. There is a crisis of the old order–a crisis of confidence, competence, legitimacy. A growing sense that the game is rigged against the American People and in favor of the political class. A vote for Trump is a vote to overthrow the old order, and the corruption that sustains it.
    ————-

    The Anti-Politician

    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    At the declaration by Donald Trump that he is a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, media elites of left and right reacted with amusement, anger and disgust.

    Though he has been a hugely successful builder-businessman, far more successful than, say, Carly Fiorina, who has been received respectfully, our resident elites resolutely refuse to take Trump seriously.

    They should. Not because he will be nominated, but because the Trump constituency will represent a vote of no confidence in the Beltway ruling class of politicians and press.

    Votes for Trump will be votes to repudiate that class, whole and entire, and dump it onto the ash heap of history.

    Votes for Trump will be votes to reject a regime run by the political class (sic) that plunged us into unnecessary wars, cannot secure our borders, and negotiates trade deals that produced the largest trade deficits known to man and gutted a manufacturing base that was once “the great arsenal of democracy” and envy of mankind.

    A vote for Trump is a vote to say that both parties have failed America and none of the current crop of candidates offers real hope of a better future.

    The first book in Arthur Schlesinger’s trilogy about FDR’s ascent to power was “The Crisis of the Old Order.” That title is relevant to our time. For there is today a crisis of the regime in America — a crisis of confidence, a crisis of competence, a crisis of legitimacy.

    People are agitating for the overthrow of the old order and a new deal for America. For there is a palpable sense that the game is rigged against Middle America and for the benefit of insiders who grow rich and fat not by making things or building things, but by manipulating money.

    Americans differentiate the wealth of a Henry Ford and a Bill Gates from that of the undeserving rich whose hedge fund fortunes can exceed the GDP of nations.

    Trump says America is becoming a “dumping ground” for mass immigration from the failed states of the Third World, that Mexico is not “sending us her best and finest,” that China is stealing American jobs, that invading Iraq was a blunder.

    Politically incorrect and socially insensitive certainly, but is he entirely wrong?

    Was not the Iraq war a disaster for which our foreign policy priesthood and journalist-acolytes never paid the price that would be exacted in other societies were thousands of soldiers to die and tens of thousands to be wounded and maimed in so predictable a blunder?

    Is it not true that among the millions of illegal immigrants who have broken into our country the great majority has illegitimacy rates, delinquency rates, dropout rates, drug use rates, crime rates, and incarceration rates far higher than those of native-born Americans?

    Is Trump wrong on this, or simply wrong to bring it up?

    Has not mass immigration brought to America old diseases we once stamped out and new diseases we had never heard of?

    Do Americans not have the right to decide who shall come to our country, how many, and whence they shall come?

    Is there no correlation between a decrepit Maoist China rising to become the greatest manufacturing power Asia has ever seen — and the $3 trillion to $4 trillion in trade deficits we have run with Beijing — and the disappearance of a third of all American manufacturing jobs?

    Who negotiated those deals? Who paid a price for the misery they brought to Rust Belt America?

    There are precedents in U.S. history for outsiders — Norman Thomas and Henry Wallace on the left, George Wallace and Ross Perot on the right — to enter the presidential lists. And across the pond a similar crisis of the old order is calling forth new people and new parties.

    As in America, dominant parties like the Tories and Labour in Britain are losing loyalists to the “a-plague-on-both-your-houses” dissident parties.

    Millions in Europe now want out of the EU. Old nations are coming apart. Leftist parties like Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain have arisen to defy Brussels and Berlin.

    The Scottish National Party is of the left while the Independence Party in the U.K. is of the populist right. In Southeastern Europe, there have arisen parties of the extreme right.

    This endless proliferation of parties, like the welcome being given to Trump, testifies to the new reality: Everywhere, including here, old parties are losing the people in whose name they presume to speak.

    And the specter of Republicans, who just won an historic victory by promising to do battle against President Obama, colluding with Obama to surrender Congress’ right to amend trade treaties and sign on to a Trans-Pacific Partnership pact that looks like another transfer of jobs and factories to Asia, has re-enforced these sentiments.

    If Trump wants to stake his claim as a different kind of Republican, he will go to Washington and pound the Boehner-McConnell Congress until it gives up on Obamatrade and fast track.

  145. Tony Stark
    June 18, 2015 at 3:14 pm
    wbboei
    June 18, 2015 at 2:23 pm
    ————————–

    Even a wood tick can be earthshakingly effective in causing severe distress, especially if it settles strategically on the host’s genitals. I personally know someone who had that experience while camping, and the screaming almost woke up the dead.

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    Then I have given Corker more credit than he deserves.

  146. The idiot Republicans…they are in more fear than the Democrats over the SCOTUS turning over obamaocare and they are drafting legislation to outdo the original handouts.
    what they don’t understand is that even previous buyers have opted out…The cost is outrageous and the coverage is minimal
    So fearful of the media and backlash, they have abandoned their base and fake core values..
    Third party…absolutely going to happen.

  147. The elites are not stupid. Up to now they have inflamed the nation in every way they could to take the focus off them. But in their hearts they know that sooner or later they will run out of scapegoats. Sooner or later, divide and conquer will no longer work. And, sooner or later it will come down to a battle for survival of us vs. them. At that point they would do well to consider wisdom of the Roman Poet:

    Death twitches my ear
    He says
    Live, I am coming”—Virgil

  148. gonzotx
    June 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm
    He looks like all the rest of the serial killers, probably lonely, no friends, too much video games,depressed…The new American male
    ——-
    It is not just him.

    Cavalryman’s Song that concludes Friedrich Schiller’s drama Wallenstein’s Camp: ”Freedom has disappeared from the world/And perfidy rules in its place/And there’s nobody left but masters and slaves/Of the cowardly human race./The man who can look death straight in the face/The soldier is the only free man.”

    My contention is that there is nothing particularly “black” or even “ghetto” about this credo. The freebooters who followed Wallenstein or Gustavus Adolphus during the Thirty Years War, Napoleon’s privates with field marshal’s batons in their rucksacks, the Confederate rebels of the American Civil War, the Germans of the Third Reich, or even the Athenians at the disastrous campaign against Syracuse—all of them sought lives that “mattered” in terms of wealth and social advancement, and all of them kept fighting until their armies bled themselves into inertia.

    The lives of a third of young black Americans have been ruined. That is an important statistic: wars never are fought to the point of actual extinction, but rather to the point at which there are too few prospective fighters to continue the war. Violent self-assertion is the common theme in such wars. Before the dawn of civilization, in fact, that was the norm of the human condition: two-fifths of prehistoric males typically died in tribal warfare, according to the anthropologist Lawrence H. Keeley.

    Wars of near-extinction are not universal but are remarkably common in ancient as well as modern history. Europe has had four of them during the past several hundred years: the Thirty Years War of 1618=1648; the Napoleonic Wars of 1797-1814; World War I; and World War II. America had its Civil War, and the Middle East now has its own Thirty Years War.

  149. Trump presents several problems for the clerisy. The Art of the Deal and You’re Fired. He doesn’t need them. And the media who are already in deep trouble with waning earnings and social media replacing them. Like he said a website costs “three dollars” if you aren’t using the IT company creation of it paid by taxpayers to line the pockets of your supporters who own or create IT companies.

    Big banks, Wall St and media created Trump so he knows how they work. He has flipped it on them an they are furious that their Frankenstein has turned on them and slipped the leash. Ross Perot did the same thing. He made his moolah on Medicare contracts to process medical claims. Then he flipped them off until the media (who the clerisy controls through the academia, government agencies, Wall St) got him. The media who are their servants in every sense of the word. It all reminds me of the old maxim it takes a crook to catch a crook. In Trump’s case it takes an operator to catch them. He does help Cruz the most who is the most like him but with better hair, better education, a better last name, fewer marriages and younger. Of course Cruz welcomed him into the race and the clerisy went bat$hit as they did with Cruz. NYC vs Houston. LOL. Let the Game of Thrones begin.

  150. Remember Jeffrey Immelt? Obama’s buddy and thrall. He bought up a bunch of stuff in Texas hoping to get in on the oil boom. O& G is boom and bust. Very cyclical. It has been increasingly high tech to for the last 20 years. The Texans sold him a bunch of old tech on the high boom. That money went to diversify and new O&G tech. Now Immelt is stuck with it. LOL. Who’s your daddy?

  151. The other amazing part. Big media cannot seem to do what any other business would do if their pitch man (Brian Williams) was proven to be a complete and utter fraud, which is to say fire his ass and run him out of dodge. No sireee they say, we are too loyal to our people, meaning incestuous and corrupt to do what logic common sense and good judgement would dictate in any other business organization. So he’s not hitting home runs any more? We will take care of him. We will transfer him to the farm team, and let him bring in those fans. In other words, corruption has no consequences. Soft landings for the privileged are de rigeur. What do we call an order that behaves in such a manner? Well, you could call it many things I suppose, most of them four letter words. But to me this bears the imprimatur of an aristocracy, which is exactly what Mormaer describes above, and the old order of beltway politicians and press whom the American People en masse are now keen to repudiate and dump into the ash bin of history for their failure to serve this nation in a competent ethical manner.

  152. Big banks, Wall St and media created Trump so he knows how they work. He has flipped it on them an they are furious that their Frankenstein has turned on them and slipped the leash.
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    The same can be said of Cruz. His choice of the American People over the competing interests of the aristocracy is to them a mortal sin. Anyone who is admitted to Princeton and to Harvard and graduates owes a debt to the ruling class. The expectation is that he will behave like an elitist, and condemn the common herd. Ted however flips that assumption on its head, which is contra bonus mores in their circle.

    It does not take too much imagination to see where the elites are trying to take us. First they are undermining our sovereignty, in favor of global government. This TPP is best evidence of that, as Senator Sessions points out. Second, they are trying to change the composition of the electorate through illegal immigration to establish a more docile set of subjects who can be ruled through welfare state carrots and sticks. Third, they are trying to control us through spying on us, and corrupting the election process. Fourth, they are attempting to erase our collective memory of the founding fathers who rejected the elite class and maintained through the constitution that the people whom today we would call the middle class, then the yeoman farmers were sovereign. This is done through education, and it is also done in subtler ways, such as the current bullshit of replacing Hamilton on the $10 bill, with Rosa Parks, and Jackson will be next. If it were me, I would get rid of Lincoln on the $5 bill because he was a dictator, and replace him with a woman who meant something to the formation of this country, rather than someone who wanted a better seat on the bus. My choice: Betsy Ross, Abigail Addams, or Dolly Madison. I am sick to death of these assholes who want to erase the most important part of our history and start the clock at 1954. This is the handiwork of the elites, and it goes hand in glove with their efforts to create global government.

  153. More on this “transformation of society” to a global model, and the concommitant negation of the American People by the elites, who are busy blazing a new path for the 21st century to create a have and have not society on these shores, against which they believe it is vain to repine. That is why we now have speech codes, why Trump and Cruz must be detroyed, why Brian Williams gets a soft landing, and what the future holds. The rebellion against every old order begins in the universities, and in the old days it took a generation. Today, with all this omnibus legislation and the failure of the Republican Party, one decade would be pushing it. And for those who assure us everything is fine, $20 trillion deficits are immaterial and we should be happy because even though we have 93 million people–citizens of working age not working, all is well, a decade for this transformation to take root would be pushing it. Watch. See what is happening to the curriculum in our elite universities and you will find incontrovertible proof of the things I am saying.
    ————
    Elite universities are graduating lawyers who seem most qualified to engineer fundamental social change, not represent clients in court. Law schools in most of America still seem to focus on graduating lawyers who know how to practice law. The course descriptions, below, reveal a different approach to legal education at Harvard. The political ramifications for the nation should be obvious, especially when so many positions of power are filled with graduates of elite law schools. That’s not just me saying it, Harvard’s own website boasts of this fundamental transformation:

    Harvard Law School recently undertook a sweeping overhaul of its first-year curriculum. The new curriculum reflects legal practice in the 21st century, adding courses in legislation and regulation and international and comparative law to the traditional curriculum of civil procedure, contracts, criminal law, property, and torts. . . . In the second and third years of law school, Harvard students shape their own courses of study, selecting among a wide offering of electives. . . . Five optional Programs of Study – Law and Government; Law and Social Change; Law and Business; International and Comparative Law; and Law, Science and Technology €”developed by the Law School faculty provide pathways through the upper-level curriculum.

    Sorry, but “legislation” doesn’t reflect the “legal practice in the 21st Century.” I took legislation in law school, and a small fraction of lawyers ever dabble in the area. Lawyers inside the D.C. Beltway seeking to expand the power of the federal government are one exception. I’ve sat in courtrooms listening to thousands of docket calls, and never once heard “comparative law” on the menu. Worse, in most of America, no lawyer has any use for nonsense like “Law and Social Change,” unless politics are on the agenda instead of law.

    http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/

  154. The “elites” have bred themselves into idiocy and incoherency. Neither Trump or Cruz come from elites. They were supposed to be “helpers” and just run things for some money and a pat on the head. As great dynasties deteriorate and decompose they continue to think they run things and surround themselves with like minded idiots but a few slip through and challenge them to the elites great insult and indignity. The hirelings also take umbrage because they will be swept out too hence Dana Perino going postal. Trump nor Cruz need to hire the mediocrity of a Perino so comfortable for elites like the Bushs or a Obama for the Wall Streeters. Obama seems to be their zenith of incompetence and idiocy and laziness. The cycle begins anew and if it isn’t stamped out now if will come for them again in 10 or 20 years.

  155. Mormaer
    June 19, 2015 at 11:58 am
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    Nice.

    The Cuban banker, a Princeton man, fond of his almer mater, but ever suspicious of the ruling class, had a Orsen Wells sort of style to him, a wonderful raconteur and all which lulled them into a false sense of safety where they were willing to talk about themselves and how things worked in their world. One of the things they told him is their bags were always packed so that when they ran one nation into the ground they could move on, as we are seeing now with many rich Americans moving to Switzerland. The other thing he mentioned is that whereas in the past they were content to remain behind the scenes and be kingmakers, the egos of today’s rich kids are propelling them into the public light were we see assholes like Zuckerberg financing the eradication of our borders, and that hedge fund billionaire in San Francisco trying spending money to control elections in neighboring states for the sake of his only hot button climate change. They are now in the public light, where big media can worship them, and the rest of us can know who they are and what they are doing to undermine our country for the sake of their own pocketbook and perverse political agenda.

  156. When Richard Spec tortured and murdered 7 nurses in Chicago, I do not seem to recall a series of press conferences by politicians and presidential candidates on the subject. Is our nation today so fragile that it goes to pieces over the wanton murder of people by a deranged mad man—just because he was white, the victims were black and a gun was used, while ignoring completely the wholesale slaughter of black people by black thugs with guns in Obama’s home town.

    Yes, it is a terrible tragedy. But tragedies like this are part of human experience. But for anyone who seeks to profit from this tragedy politically, and curtail our liberty, the axiom holds true: hard cases make bad law.

  157. The slaughter of innocents in South Carolina or Christians in the middle east will always invoke a ritualistic response, and provoke questions of why. But often the true answer is just because. How far will we go to prevent a recurrence. The best example is the shoe bomber. Because of what happened on that single occasion we now have a security bureaucracy at our airports which is meddlesome and incompetent. In the immortal words of Alonse Quijana: may the cure be not worse than the disease. Put differently, is there really any way to deter a deranged mad man? Only in hindsight. I realize these observations will go down like a mouth full of grass burrs, particularly for those who are lost in a period of mourning. Perhaps now is not the time. On the other hand perhaps it is precisely the time to get our collective heads on straight, and not read more into this than is actually there. But asking a politician to exercise such restraint is akin to asking a cat to bark. Much as they deplore it rhetorically, they thrive on these things, just as merchants of death thrive on war.

  158. A tragedy such as this fits neatly into their agenda to transform the country, wheres obsessing over the death of thousands of black victims in Chicago at the hands of black thugs does not. Hence this incident is reported until hell won’t have it any more, while the larger problem is systematically ignored. That is big media for you/

  159. foxyladi14
    June 19, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    This is not about Guns or Race.

    Sadly it is all about mental health and medications. 👿

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    Although I do believe that mental health and medications were defiantly part of the equation, I also believe that race was brought into it when the young killer sat in this church for an hour and told his victims he came in to kill black people, that black people raped white women and he felt justified.

    I also believe that guns came into the equation by a father giving his young 21 year old son a gun for his birthday, knowing of his son’s illegal drug use and prescription drugs that he was not stable nor responsible enough to have a gun.

    The Second Amendment does not allude that mentally ill nor irresponsible children should have the capacity to take out their life’s problems on innocent citizens.

    I feel the father should also be held responsible for this tragedy.

  160. Ironically, Obama’s butt boy Cass Sunstein wrote a book on this very subject: The Law of Fear. Often, the extra constitutional steps that deranged activists urge us to pursue are naked efforts to expand their own power, and cater to an emotional need for reassurance in the public at large that we can prevent such events, when all we can really do is take reasonable steps to prevent them, and pray they do not happen. A variant of this problem is the recent decision by the Supreme Court that the state of Texas can ban license plates that commemorate the Sons of the Confederacy, and a chapter in this nation’s history. In other words, the very court that is charged with protecting the Constitution has joined the elites in chipping away at its foundations, where as Justice Black once opined there is a reason why the first amendment protecting free speech comes first in the bill of rights. In politics as in law, things never happen for the reasons they pretend to happen. This is yet another move to break down the traditions and structures which were based on the Enlightment as opposed to the banal doctrines of Karl Marx and Gordon Gekko. The question to be considered: qui bono?

  161. Although I do believe that mental health and medications were defiantly part of the equation, I also believe that race was brought into it when the young killer sat in this church for an hour and told his victims he came in to kill black people, that black people raped white women and he felt justified.

    I also believe that guns came into the equation by a father giving his young 21 year old son a gun for his birthday, knowing of his son’s illegal drug use and prescription drugs that he was not stable nor responsible enough to have a gun.
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    Liberty is one of those rare subjects where I depart from my normal abhorrence for the all or nothing doctrine advanced by messiah obama, the false choice between the toxic Iran deal on the one hand and endless war on the other. Where liberty is concerned two questions are front and center. First, what are we talking about here correlation or causation. And if it was causation were guns and race the proximate cause or was it insanity. Obviously, it is possible to hold racial views (as most of us do, most especially those who wish to punish it severely–picture for example that pillar of virtue Reverend Davidson who demands piety before and after he rapes Sadie Thompson in the Somerset Maughum novel Rain), without going on a shooting spree. Mental disease was the proximate cause. Second, assuming racism and guns were the proximate cause, the question then becomes how pervasive is the problem and how far would you go to prevent a recurrence. Should we abolish the Second Amendment? Should we put the entire society on lockdown. There are, after all, competing interests to consider. In sum, the first impression is understandable but it raises far more questions than in answers.

  162. I feel the father should also be held responsible for this tragedy.
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    The prosecutors will make that case. The crime will be criminal facilitation. He knew the kid hated blacks, had a drug problem yet he gave him a gun. I have no problem with that. What I have a problem with is using this tragedy to advance a political agenda which seeks to transform the country–an agenda in which our elites and big media are heavily invested.

  163. Wbb,

    I agree, it should be Betsy Ross..but Lincoln a dictator, hmm, maybe yes, but he was trying to keep the Union together, I imagine it was time for extraordinary, hopefully temporary, decisions.I think he was brilliant.
    You still pound the drums for Ted, I have such issue with his support of TPP…so disappointed really.

  164. One could say Roosevelt was a dictator too!
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    No one cares about the hundreds of black on white horrific crimes, or black on black, no money to be made, no agenda to be pushed…
    How stupid we are Mr Trump, stupid indeed…

  165. So Hillary mentions Trump in the same dialog as the South Carolina shootings per Ace…and guns of course..
    Can’t stand it when politicians use a crisis to promote an agenda, no matter who they are.
    I actually, outside of here and one or two other blogs, am not listening, reading, on the shooting. Seems we have an insane person once or twice a year do incredibly horrendous, monstrous things and everyone tries to use the crisis to their advantage. ..hate it.
    I do think race relations, however bad they are right now, will be burning this summer. Be careful out there.I unfortunately don’t think know we’ve seen nothing yet…

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