Much has happened over the last week and this is just some general commentary on current events.
Scott Walker Quits the Race: My choice for the nomination was the second to go. The reason I supported Walker was because I believed he was the best choice to bring together the various factions of the Republican Party and present a united front against Clinton in 2016. There are many theories out there on what led to his withdrawal from the race, but that is for the history books.
It does seem somewhat of a shame that two well-qualified people for the job were the first two casualties. Say what you want about Trump, Carson or Fiorina- all outsiders- but this writer just does not see any of them sitting in the Oval Office come 2017. Fiorina maybe on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory and Carson at HHS or the CDC, but not the White House. As for Trump, I definitely see him back in his garish penthouse in New York…or Florida…or wherever. Back to Walker- he was my third financial donation ever in my life. The first was Reagan in 1980 and 1984 and my second was not a candidate but the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education a pro-free speech organization. I realize that some people soured on Walker for whatever reason, but every candidate has warts and Walker is no different. I do wonder what he will do now besides return to Madison and govern the state of Wisconsin. One hopes that he carries through on a conservative agenda there until the next election in 2018.
Is Trump Fading? It should be no secret that I am not a yuuuuuge fan of Donald Trump and any time the man gets booed is fine in my book. The recent boos he received for calling [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] a “clown” were well-deserved especially since they came from the real clown in the race. Liberals and Democrats like to project unwelcome and ugly things in themselves upon others. It is called psychological projection. I think Trump calling Rubio a clown is a perfect example and proof that Trump is no conservative and barely a Republican.
Still, the man is defying the laws of politics which adds for some drama. Personally, I cannot wait until the primaries and caucuses begin so that the man who is #1 in the polls finishes third or fourth. Remember that it is expectations, not necessarily one’s finish in the early primaries or caucuses that creates the momentum up or down. Nothing would please this writer more than for Trump to be served a very large piece of humble pie. But then again, the man who has never had to ask God for forgiveness for anything and has never apologized for anything in his life is probably beyond humility.
The Chinese President in the United States: Chinese President Xi Jinping is in the country for a state visit. There were likely toasts to the enduring friendship between the countries and other niceties, but the Chinese have only one thing on their mind- China. The words are nice and great: they want to do something about cybersecurity and climate change. They may even shake Obama’s hand. But when he returns to China, he will likely be laughing at what every other world leader has discovered- Barack Obama is a naive, gullible chump. I am quite sure that come Monday Josh Earnest will be telling us how tough his boss was with the Chinese President. Yawn….
Not To Be Outdone, the Pope Paid a Visit: What a whirlwind trip for Pope Francis to the United States. First, a White House reception where Obama invited pro-abortion nuns and gay rights activists. One has to wonder should the King of Saudi Arabia visit if Obama will reassemble this cast of miscreants for his visit. Then it was a speech before Congress and the United Nations. Then on to Philadelphia.
Being Catholic, I have nothing against him. Foregoing lunch with [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ] to have lunch at a homeless soup kitchen defines the Pope. Visiting a Catholic school in East Harlem was equally touching and the looks on the faces of those kids said it all.
However, I am always reminded that the Bible and the words of Jesus Christ and St. Paul are truly inspirational and anyone can find great wisdom and a guide to proper living in those words. What you will not find, however, is economic doctrine and I still can’t find any passages on climate change. Invariably, Popes occasionally wade into political hot topics and although we should respectfully listen, we should remember that Pope Francis is not an economist and he is certainly no climatologist either. He may be an authority on the teachings of Jesus Christ, but he is certainly no expert in these other areas.
[mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] Is Resigning: I thought I would end this on a happy note. One guesses the Great Pumpkin no longer likes being the whipping boy of the GOP, but who is to blame for that? He ran the Republican caucus like his little fiefdom handing out plum committee positions to his backers and punishing those who dared speak up against him. As Erick Erickson correctly noted, 21 staunch conservatives was not enough to depose him as Speaker. He would have survived, but been more weakened than what he already is. The simple fact: he is a terrible leader.
And a leader must be willing to occasionally go to battle with the opposition. This is a man so afraid of Obama’s veto pen that he has no stomach for any fight. This is “leadership” that waves the white flag as soon as some crony at the White House drops the word “veto.” Regarding that Planned Parenthood funding/government shutdown threat, what could be a better vehicle for exposing the Democrats for what they are: a party willing to shut down the government in order secure funding for a group of ghouls trafficking in fetal body organs and tissues.
Consider the following scenario:
Q: Why did the Republicans shut down the government?
A: We didn’t. Obama, a Democrat, vetoed the spending bill that would have kept the government funded?
Q: Why did he do that?
A: Because we took funding away from Planned Parenthood and gave it to community health centers that do the same things Planned Parenthood does, but they don’t traffic in fetal body organs or fetal tissue.
Q: But, I thought Planned Parenthood did wonderful things for women’s health in this country?
A: And so do these community health centers. In fact, there are more of them than there are Planned Parenthood clinics. And gee, many of those Planned Parenthood places don’t even offer mammograms.
Q: Really? I didn’t know that. Say–what was that you said about trafficking in fetal body organs?
A: Here…watch these videos. (Person watches videos)
A: We shut down the government to support that? Wow! Hillary just lost my vote….
It is pretty simple, but when you have a simpleton as House Speaker…. One can only hope that Boehner’s successor is more of a fighter and less of a talker…and crier. (And less orange)