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July 29, 2016

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Miss Marple 2

Sundance had a good article about some conservatives wanting a "philosopher-king" type of candidate, which never would happen because those types cannot win.

They thought Cruze was their guy due to this mind set, so when he didn't win (and couldn't win, obviously) they became overcome with disappointment and hence, rage.

There are lots of old adages that these guys should have heeded:

Talk is cheap.
Actions speak louder than words.
All hat, no cattle.
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

The American people are first of all a practical people. This is why there are more people in STEM courses than philosophy.

The country is broken. We want it fixed, or at least a start to fixing it. The people are looking for a contractor, not someone who will comment on the situation.


Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--You keep mentioning that this country was started by a violent revolution as though that has some significance to today's political debates. -

What I find odd is your presumption the glorious, heroic founding of our country against almost impossible odds doesn't have profound significance to any day's political debates.
Our country was founded upon its forcible grafting to the roots of the tree of liberty, not fealty to the corrupted, fundamentally transformed shreds of the marvelous document the founders gave us.

--We live in a democratic republic.--

No. We live in a constitutional republic. North Koreans and Congolese live in democratic republics.
Unfortunately our constitution has been so shredded that we more and more resemble one of those democratic republics.

When the resemblance becomes so great that the constitution is a functional dead letter, a time that seems not far off, then you will understand, perhaps, why there is an armed citizenry and that the revolution that began our nation is the overarching and most important political backdrop there is, not some dim anachronism.

Were you born here?

Jack is Back!

I have always had a problem with Article V conventions because I don't know what we need to fix. The constitution has been usurped for hundreds of years by legislation and political opportunity. You can always amend it but why change the basic premises of our republic.

As an ex-DC lobbyist, I can tell you from experience, an article 5 convention will not be able to resist the leftist onslaught of Soros and gang. I don't care how many red states back it. Money talks and ideals walk once you open that door.

What we need is to restore the Constitution much like those guys who restore old Packards or Reos or Hudsons.

Make it New Again.

cheerleader

Imo Cruz epitomizes why "principled conservatism" is a non-starter.

Several times, he's had many chances to act in a principled manner, and instead he's acted like a snake. Cruz has NOTHING to teach Trump.

1. Chicago, blaming the violence on Trump.

2. Calling for Corey to be fired before the evidence was in.

3. Not honoring his pledge.

4. Accepting the invite to speak at the convention, where is fundamental message was that people were free not to vote for the nominee, and adding to the script of the approved speech.

cheerleader

I'm against today's generation meddling with the Constitution because I think today's generation are mental midgets and lightweights compared to the wisdom of the elders.

JM Hanes

Theo:

"But the core of Trump's argument is that we need to make this country more like it was…. The problem is that the 1980s or the 1950s are not coming back."

I really don’t think MAGA means attempting to restore us to our ’50s past, any more than, say, constitutional “originalism” represents a desire to recreate the 1780s. While a Rust Belt Revival may not be in the cards, I think Trump has got a far more realistic view of the modern world than most, and that what he rejects is the idea that the global economy is a laissez faire proposition which we have no power to shape. Trade agreements are one thing, trade agreements which chip away at the sovereignty which is our first, last and best protection are something else entirely.

The NeverTrumpers unwillingness to unite behind any one of 16 other candidates, let alone our nominee, rather belies your suggestion that opposition to Democrats should be sufficient to revive the unhappy marriage that everybody seems to be trying to escape. If Trump loses and the anti-establishmentarians (!) have no Plan B, I suspect it's far more likely that large numbers of us will simply abandon politics altogether, and Republicans will end up with a much reduced fighting coalition. Indeed, I think you’re the one who seems to believe that things can just go back to the way they were. What I see is the start of a very long sojourn in the wilderness.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--I'm against today's generation meddling with the Constitution because I think today's generation are mental midgets and lightweights compared to the wisdom of the elders.--

Most of the wisdom of the elders has already been swept aside.
The Bill of Rights remains in adequate shape but the body of the constraints in the constitution itself has been badly mangled.
The BoR is next on the left's list BTW.

pagar, a bacon, ham and sausage supporter

JiB at 03:06 has it 100% right. Keep what we have, and don't give the Soros the chance to destroy it.

cheerleader

Miss Marple,

Your post about American pragmatism was very well said and I agree with it a hundred per cent.

Lurker Susie

Oh boy, Trump is getting blasted

Donald Trump to Army Gold Star father Khizr Khan: “I've made a lot of sacrifices" http://abcn.ws/2a7Abw1
12:59 PM - 30 Jul 2016

Captain Hate

I have always had a problem with Article V conventions because I don't know what we need to fix. The constitution has been usurped for hundreds of years by legislation and political opportunity. You can always amend it but why change the basic premises of our republic.

Because there is something wrong when judges order states not to be able to identify if somebody is eligible to vote. If you can think of an expeditious way to remedy this, have at it.

Lurker Susie

Richard Grenell
Richard Grenell – Verified account ‏@RichardGrenell

Fact: @GStephanopoulos put out a false spin ahead of his interview tomorrow. He worked for the Clintons & ABC News acts like he's unbiased.
1:11 PM - 30 Jul 2016

Another Bob

Captain Hate @ July 30, 2016 at 02:36 PM

I think that conversation will happen, but a little time has to pass. Cruz may already have realized that he acted foolishly. But the wounds to his (largish) ego will need to start healing up a little first.

I can't see him having much of a future as the iconoclastic outsider, and I suspect he realizes that too.

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