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The Rant Interviews a Female Hillary Supporter

In politics on September 5, 2016 at 6:38 pm

 

 Abortion

 The Rant: What is it that most attracts you to a Hillary Clinton presidency?

Hillary Supporter:  Abortion.  I mean I know she will continue to stand behind abortion.  That’s what’s most important to me.

TR: Well, of course, abortion is the law of the land, according to the Supreme Court ruling.  So what difference does it make who’s president?

HS:  I think Trump would try to overturn that ruling.

TR: How?

HS: I don’t know, but he’s a right-to-life guy, and that’s dangerous to every woman who believes she has a right to decide that issue for herself.

TR: So I suppose you support Planned Parenthood?

HS: Of course.

TR: But that means you think every taxpayer must support abortion.

HS: Yes.  As you said, it’s the law of the land.

TR: But what about all those taxpayers who believe that abortion is either against their religious beliefs or against their personal sense of morality?  Why should their taxes go to support what they object to?

HS:  Like everyone else, they have to obey the law.  And Congress has voted to financially support the organization.

TR:  But you said every woman has a right to decide for herself, right?

HS: Sure.

TR: Well, then, why should those who oppose abortion be taxed to support it?   

HS:  No woman has to have an abortion if she doesn’t want to.  So what’s the fuss all about?

TR:  The fuss is about forcing people to support what they fundamentally oppose.  But, as Bernie Sanders might say, enough about the abortion issue.  What other issues do care about?

 Guns

 HS:  Guns.  There are simply too many irresponsible gun owners in this country.

TR: How do you define “irresponsible”?  Are hunters irresponsible?

HS: Guns kill animals and people. How can anyone defend that?  Look at all the terrible murders in this country that have been committed with guns by crazy people.

TR: You seem eager to trample on an individual right supported by the Second Amendment.  So are you opposed to the Second Amendment?

HS:  It’s dated.  “Militias” are an anachronism.

TR:  But isn’t the whole point of that amendment to permit people to protect themselves against a government that would turn against the people?

HS: Why on earth do people need to protect themselves against the government when the government is trying to protect people from crazy murderers or lone-wolf terrorists?

TR: Do you really think that controlling the right to bear arms would have prevented the murders at Ft. Hood, San Bernardino, and Orlando?  Or the black-on-black murders in Chicago?

HS: I don’t know, but we’ve got to do something.

TR: Murder is already a crime that incurs punishment.  Are there any other issues that cause you to support Hillary over Trump?

Voting for a Woman for President

 HS:  Hillary will be the first woman president.  As a woman, that means a lot to me.

TR: So you’re voting for Hillary because she’s a woman?

HS: Absolutely.  It makes me proud to do so.

TR: Do you think gender is more important than competence?

HS: Hillary has far more competence than Trump.  Everyone knows that she’s one of the most qualified people to ever run for the office.

 Hillary’s Accomplishments

 TR: What would you say are her chief accomplishments?

HS:  Being a senator and Secretary of State.  Trump has only been a businessman.

TR: But what were her specific accomplishments as senator and Secretary of State?

HS: She’s had enormous experience.  Experience is what counts.

TR: You mean she’s had experience at running for one office and being appointed to another?

HS: Of course.  What else could I mean?

TR:  I think I understand.  It reminds me of a book I once tried to read called The Meaning of Meaning.  Or Bill Clinton’s famous statement: “It all depends on what the meaning of is is.”

 Hillary’s Private Email Server

 TR: How do you feel about Hillary’s having a private server, which is against government policy, and subjecting her emails to hackers around the world?  Didn’t that endanger privileged information, not to mention classified documents?

HS: That’s old news.  And it’s all been settled.  The FBI has exonerated her.

TR: But FBI director James Comey called her actions “extremely careless” and “reckless.”  And Comey admitted to a Congressional committee that she lied to Congress.  Is there any question in your mind that if she had been working in the private sector, she would have been fired for ignoring company policy and, even worse, broadcasting the company’s private information to its competitors? 

HS: No one has charged her with any illegal actions, so these conjectures are just charges– speculations–without proof.

The  Clinton Foundation

 TR:  What about the contention there was “pay for play” between the Clinton Foundation and Secretary Clinton?

HS: More charges and speculations without proof.

TR: Well, how do you explain, as Hillary stated, that she and her husband were “broke” when they left the White House and are now worth 238 million dollars?

HS: Obviously President Clinton was paid very well for his speeches.  Nothing illegal about that.

TR: But why is it that only ten percent of the money received by the Foundation goes to charity, while ninety percent goes for salaries and travel?

HS:  Again, those are only charges leveled by people who don’t like the Clintons and are supporting Trump.

TR: Do you think, despite all the “charges,” as you call them, that Hillary is trustworthy? 

HS: I think the Clintons are honorable people who have served the country and been maligned by a right-wing conspiracy.

TR: But many people think the media is biased in favor of Hillary.

HS: Once again that’s the right-wing conspiracy.  The mainstream media is as fair as it’s ever been.  Fox being the exception to the rule.

Benghazi

 TR: One more question: Do you think Hillary lied to the families of the four Americans murdered in Benghazi?

HS: I think she believed their deaths were caused by an anti-Muslim video.  As did the president.

TR: Yet she emailed her daughter that it was a terrorist act at the same time she insisted publicly it was motivated by a video?

HS: Whatever she told her daughter is a private communication that was never meant to be made public.  Therefore, the media has trespassed on her privacy.  That’s shameful.

Summing Up 

 TR: Thank you.  I think you’ve made it abundantly clear you support Hillary for the following reasons:

  • She’s a woman.
  • She believes everyone should be taxed to support abortion. 
  • She wants to amend or perhaps override the Second Amendment.
  • Her government experience includes disobeying governmental laws as well as lying to the public about the reason four Americans serving their country were murdered in Benghazi.
  • You believe the Clinton Foundation is a real charity, though it gives only ten percent of its income to charity. 
  • You believe there was no quid pro quo between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s position as Secretary of State, despite, as the Associated Press reports, half of her scheduled meetings were with donors to the Foundation.

Does that pretty much sum up your reasons for support?

HS: You simply prove my point about the right-wing conspiracy.

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WHAT WOULD SOCRATES DO?

In politics on August 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Let’s say you’re undecided about whom to vote for this November because you dislike both candidates.

Consequently, you may decide not to vote, which basically lets everyone else who votes decide the election for you.

Or you may decide to support one of the third-party candidates.  But what will that accomplish?  You know beforehand that your choice will lose, so all you are doing is telling yourself you just couldn’t make a decision about which major party candidate to vote for.

Why did you vote for Bush, McCain & Romney?

Now, zero in on what you have done in the past.  Let’s say you voted for the Republican presidential candidate in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.  Therefore, you voted for George W. Bush, twice; for John McCain and Mitt Romney once.

But why?

In each case you had no idea what Bush, McCain, or Romney would actually do once elected president.  You just hoped they would do what they said they would, or, more likely, you hoped they would do the things you thought were right.

But, in all cases, your hope was—could only be—based only on what they said in their campaign speeches.

Of course we all hope for the best.  Therefore basing your vote on hope seems like the only rational option—even if, ultimately, you get conned by the candidate, and he or she does the opposite of what was promised.

You also evaluated the risk of your decision.  You believed that should Gore, Kerry, or Obama win, the chances were much greater you would dislike—even detest—the policies they were likely to carry out.

What is the Republican Party?

Now consider your current election options.

If Hillary Clinton wins, do you sincerely believe the country will be better served than if Donald Trump wins?

Some well-known Republicans do.  They dislike Trump so much it seems they would prefer Hillary.

Why?

Is it because they believe losing will serve Trump right for being such a loudmouth, braggart, and ungentlemanly candidate?

And if that’s their reasoning, does it make any sense?  In other words, how does striking back at Trump help America?  Isn’t striking back at Trump more about their egos than about what’s best for America?

Perhaps you disagree and think that Trump is simply an intolerable choice.  Well, then…

Let’s assume that if enough people think like you and decide: 1) not to vote, 2) vote for a third-party candidate, or, 3) even, vote for Clinton.  Then, in a larger sense, they are voting against the Republican Party.   Here’s why…

It doesn’t matter if Trump isn’t your idea of what the Republican Party should be.  It also doesn’t matter what George Will, The National Review, or anyone else thinks.  The Republican Party is what the voters say it is.  And this year they want Trump for president.  That’s how the system works.

Are you really a Democrat?

And there are rippling consequences, depending on your choice.  Even if you think voting against Trump appeases your conscience, your conscience—sorry, Senator Cruz—is not the issue, because the results of the election affect everyone in the country, not just you.

In short, if Hillary wins, all of the policies that have been put into place by Barack Obama will continue because Obama is determined to continue his “legacy” through Hillary and is, therefore, willing and eager to campaign robustly for her election.

Is a third term of Obama’s policies what’s best for America?

If you believe that, then you are a Democrat.  No matter what else you tell your conscience.

Hillary’s America

In other words, if you believe in open borders, higher taxes, more welfare and subsidies, increased debt, some sort of gun control that inhibits ownership, and no serious military buildup or significant military advance against ISIS, you should vote for Hillary.

Why pussyfoot around with not voting or voting for a guaranteed loser?

It all comes down to the same thing: If you vote against Trump, one way or the other, you are directly or indirectly helping elect a president who will nominate more liberal judges and dig this country ever deeper into socialist policies with less individual freedom for everyone.

It’s not a complicated choice.

What’s at stake in 2016?

The reason you vote for the Republican candidate this time is the same reason you voted for Bush, McCain, and Romney, whether you actually liked them or not.  You hope for the best, and you don’t want what Democrats are selling.

That’s what the previous elections were about.  And that’s what’s still at stake in 2016.

Anyhow, that’s what Socrates would do, if he were a Republican.

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Dear Senator Cruz, you blew it.

In politics on July 24, 2016 at 8:06 pm

You had a chance to help unite the Republican Party, and you blew it.  You gave a terrific speech celebrating the virtues of American freedom, and had the perfect opportunity to end it by saying out loud to convention attendees and millions of people watching on TV that you supported for president the man who whipped you and fifteen other contenders in the Republican primaries. 

But you didn’t.

Despite the fact that virtually everyone in the Cleveland arena yelled out “Endorse Trump,” you urged them to “vote your conscience.” 

No doubt you thought that was what your supporters wanted you to say, but, Senator, it wasn’t.  So you got booed off the stage.  Unpleasant ending to an unsatisfying speech.

Politics is a Team Sport

Here’s why.  Politics is a team sport.  And Donald Trump, whether you like him or not, won the nomination.  Fair and square.  It was high time for you to publicly get on board the winning team.  But you chose to tell your fellow Republicans that you were more interested in protecting your own reputation. 

So here’s some news.  The reason you didn’t win the nomination is that you forgot that you are a Republican, not an independent.   You decided, as you often do, to go it alone and hoped you would capture enough supporters that followed your lead.  But the bitter truth should have hit you in the face when, after all your campaigning for the SEC primaries, you lost to Trump in every Southern state, except Texas and Oklahoma.  That was the blow from which you never recovered.  Even the Evangelicals abandoned you for Trump.

And here’s a question for you: If you had won the nomination, wouldn’t you have expected your opponents to support you?  Didn’t you take a pledge to support the nominee? 

You Were Rude to the Nominee of the Party

Furthermore, Mr. Trump agreed to let you speak at the convention.  That was pretty gracious, don’t you think?

So what you did was show your arrogant lack of gratitude by not endorsing the nominee.  That was classless.

If you couldn’t offer your public support for Trump, you should have stayed home.  Your brand of conservatism is popular in Texas, but it obviously wasn’t popular enough to win the nomination.  To win that prize, you would have had to reach out to a lot of other people who are angry about the way the country is being run.

Why You Lost the Nomination

In short, stating your conservative principles is not enough.  People throughout this country are hurting and worrying about their financial future, the future of their families, and the security of their country.  They want a new leader who has plans to help solve those hurts and worries. 

The fact is, you did not offer those solutions. 

You did not promise to build a wall to protect Americans from illegals streaming into this country and then flocking into “sanctuary cities” that will protect their illegal “rights,” forcing American citizens to pay for subsidies illegals don’t deserve.

Nor did you state that “free” trade wasn’t all that “free” when deals were made with countries who found ways to re-balance “free” to their own advantage by deflating their currencies.

Yes, we understand you were offended by Trump’s primary slaps at your wife and your father.  Those attacks were cheap and offensive, no matter what Trump says now.  Maybe his offer to let you speak at the convention was his way of apologizing, who knows?

But, as they say, politics ain’t beanbag.

Advice from a Cruz Supporter

So, here’s a little unasked for advice, Senator, from someone who voted for you for senator and for you in the presidential primary:  Stop trying to be the conscience of America.  As a telephone caller said to a conservative talk show host, “I don’t need another pastor.  I already have one.”  You have the reputation of being a Lone Ranger, a senator who doesn’t need friends and doesn’t seem to care because you think you’re always right.  But we don’t need a Joan of Arc; we need someone who can beat Hillary Clinton.

Nice Guys Don’t Become President

No doubt many conservative Republicans would like another nice gentleman to be their nominee.  But the truth is another Mitt Romney, John McCain, or Bob Dole will not get the job done.

Why?  Because Democrats don’t play nice.  They turn nice guys like Romney into tax cheats, murderers, and job stealers.  Democrats win by lying.  Just ask a Democratic voter what he/she thinks of Republicans and you’ll hear the word “Nazis” over and over.  Democrats have been brainwashed to believe whatever their propagandists tell them to believe.

 Middle-Class Losses

However, the country is changing.  And the middle class is beginning to realize that they have been taken for granted too often.  They now understand that they are falling behind.  They see the rich getting richer and the poor getting handouts from the government, and they see too many middle-class workers getting laid off and pushed out of the workforce.  Though President Obama brags about lowering unemployment to below five percent, he’s not telling us there are 14 million former workers no longer looking for new employment.

When US-based manufacturing companies like Carrier and Ford move their factories to other countries and leave behind thousands of laid-off American workers, the middle class loses employment, income, and pride.

When Obama tells American coal miners he’s going to bankrupt the coal-mining industry, which is exactly what’s happening, they lose again.

When Obama uses his pen and phone to issue new government regulations that make it difficult to start a new business or grow an older one, guess who loses a job or doesn’t get hired?

Donald Trump is talking to those people, and they’re listening. Many of them, former Democrats, have already voted for him–and many more likely will in November.

 How to Support the Constitution

Yes, Senator Cruz, the Constitution is the foundation of American law and order, but if we don’t get to appoint new conservative judges to the Supreme Court and all the federal courts every American who wants justice based on constitutional rights loses.

So even though you sincerely want to protect constitutional rights, you have to beat Hillary Clinton.  That’s reality.  And the fact is, you’re not going to get that chance because you didn’t beat Donald Trump.

If you want to stay in politics, Senator, I hope you learned a few tough lessons from this presidential dustup.  I hope you learned that making patriotic speeches about freedom aren’t enough.  Politics is about winning.  You didn’t.  So the best thing you can do now for our country is to vote for the man who did.

Sincerely yours,

James I. Greene

Editor & Publisher of Jim’s Daily Rant

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