Changing your mind is often viewed as a bad thing. People who change their minds are derided as flip-floppers or unprincipled. On the other hand, it isn’t always a good thing to dig in your heels and stick to your guns when you receive new information or the situation changes. As Winston Churchill said, “I’d rather be right than consistent.” Along these lines, I have recently changed my mind on Donald Trump.
I still don’t like Trump and have no intention of voting for him. Trump’s record and demeanor are both disturbing. As a conservative, it would be hard to vote for someone who supports higher taxes, universal government healthcare and is inconsistent on social issues like abortion and religious freedom. To an economic conservative and free trader, his desire for high tariffs is problematic. It was high tariffs like the ones proposed by Trump that turned a recession in 1929 into the Great Depression. As a lover of liberty, the threat of violence if Trump does not win should disqualify him from consideration for leadership of a country that prides itself on peaceful transfers of power.
On foreign policy, Trump’s much-touted erratic behavior and inconsistency could literally cause a war. On at least two occasions in US history, in Korea and Kuwait, failure to establish clear US policy led to shooting wars. Trump’s off-the-cuff foreign policy pronouncements could easily do the same in a world where Russia and China are already expanding their spheres of influence.
My change of mind regarding Trump involves his ability to win. For months, I have joined many others saying that “Trump can’t win.” I didn’t believe that Trump could win primaries. I didn’t believe that he could go above 50 percent. I didn’t believe that a liberal New Yorker could sweep the conservative Christian South and vanquish many more experienced and better candidates. I was wrong on those counts.
While I still believe that Trump would almost certainly lose to Hillary Clinton, I now feel compelled to add the qualifier, “almost.” It is not inconceivable that Donald Trump could beat Hillary Clinton.
The possibility of a Trump victory over Hillary is not a reflection of Donald Trump’s magnetic personality, his policy acumen or any positive quality that a prospective president might possess. It hinges entirely on two factors. The first is Hillary Clinton’s weakness as a candidate and the overwhelming aroma of scandal and corruption that permeates her campaign. The second is Donald Trump’s ability to destroy opponents.
Neither Trump nor Hillary is a likeable candidate. Hillary’s negatives are exceeded only those of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Likewise, neither candidate is trusted and both are believed to be corrupt. Even though Trump shares many of the same negative traits possessed by Hillary, he will still attack her in the same hypocritical manner in which he criticizes “Lying Ted” Cruz for his lack of honesty while at the same time Trump himself was recipient of the Lie of the Year award for his numerous truth-challenged pronouncements.
Furthermore, both parties are divided. The Never Trump movement makes up a large part of the Republican Party, but Bernie Sanders voters are also swearing off voting for Hillary. A recent Rasmussen poll found that almost a quarter of likely voters would not vote for either Trump or Hillary in a head to matchup. The race would likely have historically low turnout and historically high interest in third parties. This is where Trump’s long shot opportunity lies.
A Trump-Hillary campaign would be the dirtiest campaign that most of us have ever seen. Both candidates would viciously attack the other’s long list of weaknesses and character flaws. This is the kind of campaign where Donald Trump, the insult comic, excels.
While Trump stands little chance of winning voters with a positive vision for the future that, almost a year into his candidacy, he has yet to articulate, he does have a chance of destroying Hillary’s image to the point where many voters will just stay home and not vote for either of them. In an election with depressed turnout, the question becomes which fractured party can drive more of its remaining base to the polls. Donald Trump stands a much better chance in this sort of election than in a high turnout election where he has to compete for moderate and independent voters.
Trump would almost certainly still lose, but he has beaten the odds so far. Political betting sites now give him about a 30 percent chance of becoming president. It is possible, but far from likely.
In spite of his recent victories and his likely victory in Indiana tomorrow, Trump is not assured of winning the nomination. If Trump is the Republican nominee, he might conceivably win, but it is far from certain that President Trump would be good for the country.
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Moore Accuser Busted In Massive Sex Scam After Her Stepson Drops Disgusting Video On Her [WATCH]
Yesterday, once again a sobbing woman sat with the same far-left lawyer who has taken down so many men in power without ever even having to offer up much proof whatsoever.
This time, of course, the target is conservative Roy Moore of Alabama who is running for the Senate against a liberal Democrat and who is pretty much hated by both the liberal and RINO establishments.
Notice how no tears are present!
Allred, the person most of us perceive as being an ambulance chasing attorney who seems to pop up like a bad case of herpes every time a Republican is around, but when a Democrat is involved is nowhere to be seen is once again out in full force spreading her half-truths and outright lies and fabrications. If you all can recall she was even responsible for ending Meg Whitman’s bid for California Governor back in 2010 for giving an illegal alien a well-paying job as her housekeeper, which in turn gave us the lunatic governor we have now, Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.
Gloria Allred Presser: Beverly Young Nelson Says Roy Moore Sexually Assaulted Her at Age 16
Alabama woman Beverly Young Nelson claimed Monday that Judge Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a 16-year old waitress 40 years ago — telling her story at a New York City press conference held by high-profile liberal attorney Gloria Allred.
Nelson, 56, sat next to Allred and stated that she came to know Roy Moore when she was 15 years old, working in a local restaurant near her high school. Moore was, according to her, a regular, eating in the same seat every night and often complimenting her on her looks.
According to Nelson’s statement, one night, shortly after her 16th birthday, in December 1977, Moore offered her a ride home, only to pull his car around back of the restaurant. She says he then locked his car doors, grabbed her, and attempted to violently force her face into his crotch. She resisted fiercely, the statement read, incurring bruises before he released her.
“I thought he was going to rape me,” Nelson said. “At some point, he gave up.”
Nelson claims Moore told her, “You are just a child and I am the District Attorney of Etowah County; if you tell anyone, no one will believe you,” and then let her out of the car.
According to Allred, Nelson’s sister told her law firm that Beverly related the story to her while still a teenager, that her mother heard of the alleged assault a few years ago, and her husband of 13 years discussed the matter with his wife before they were married.
Nelson produced a high school yearbook which she says is signed by Moore. “To a sweeter, more beautiful girl I could not say ‘merry Christmas,’” the inscription reads.
The note is signed “Roy Moore, D.A.,” and includes the date and venue of their purported interaction.
Allred claimed Nelson did not come forward over the last four decades because she “feared Mr. Moore and the power he had.” Nelson is, according to Allred, a Trump-supporting Republican who came to her for representation, not the other way around.
Allred is demanding that the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a hearing where Nelson would testify under oath, as the statute of limitation has long since run on these allegations.
Nelson’s claims come after another woman, Leigh Corfman, told the Washington Post that Moore tried to push her hand toward his crotch after driving her up to his home when she was fourteen years old.
The Moore campaign pre-emptively responded to the allegations, issuing a statement shortly before the press conference. Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead called Allred a “sensationalist lawyer” and wrote:
Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is only around to create a spectacle. Allred was the attorney who claims credit for giving us Roe v. Wade which has resulted in the murder of tens of millions of unborn babies.
We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone. This is a witch hunt against a man who has had an impeccable career for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high character.
Let it be understood: the truth will come forward, we will pursue all legal options against these false claims and Judge Moore will be vindicated.
A prominent plaintiff’s attorney and proponent left-wing social causes for decades, Allred also pursued a lawsuit against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, representing three women who claimed last year that he sexually assaulted them. Around the same time the suit was filed, Allred was also serving as a delegate for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.
But thankfully, yesterday, Beverly Young Nelson’s patriotic stepson Darrel Nelson who is very concerned about the lies his stepmother might be getting paid to tell made a public Facebook video to let America know he’s behind Judge Roy Moore and that he believes without any shadow of a doubt that his stepmother is not telling the truth about Judge Moore sexually assaulting her when she was a teen. Now that’s what is called being a hero and having guts, but I wouldn’t want to be him for this years’ Thanksgiving family dinner!
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Posted by Darrel Nelson on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Ok, time for a few points here. This lying woman has worked for the Democrat Party for decades, she has even been around the Sexual Predator Bill Clinton multiple times and around characters such as Anthony Weiner but just now this woman seems to have remembered Roy Moore attacked her over 40 years ago? It’s just so damn obvious at this point that all this is is just a political hit. Every “victim” has a right to be heard, we all agree on that, but not every victim has the right to be believed, and in this particular case, the timing is very suspect and the evidence just isn’t there.
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People Horrified At What Michigan Has Suddenly Let Citizens Do In ‘Mass Murder Empowerment Zones’
Sometimes, to prevent something bad from happening, you’ve got to try and understand the mind of the person who might perpetrate it. For instance, if I wanted to show off how fast my car was, I might choose to race some car that is known to have less power than mine. (Probably not a Ferrari!) If I wanted to show off my physical strength, I wouldn’t choose a bodybuilder to pick a fight with. And if I wanted to shoot up a building, I wouldn’t do it at a gun show.
Let’s take a moment to just think about the two recent shootings in Sutherland Springs and Las Vegas. Both took place where the intended victims weren’t expected to be armed, and both were wildly successful on the part of the shooter. In the past, we’ve also seen mass shootings happen in theaters and schools which are both places where guns are typically banned. Are you seeing a trend yet? Bullies pick on people they don’t expect to fight back.
If we truly want to prevent mass shootings, we need to give people the ability to fight back just like the founding fathers did. According to USA Today, the Michigan Senate committee is trying to do just that. They’ve approved a bill that would allow concealed carry of firearms in gun-free zones:
“In the wake of mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas that left dozens of people dead or injured, a Michigan Senate committee approved bills Tuesday that will allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons in gun-free zones such as schools, churches, day care centers, bars, dorms and stadiums.
The shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday which left 26 people dead and 20 more injured, makes state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, a Republican from West Olive, Mich., more certain that now is the time to take up the gun legislation.
‘Some have said it’s insensitive to bring up these issues now, but I feel quite the opposite,’ he told a standing room-only crowd in the Senate Government Operations Committee. ‘The recent events will allow us to look at how we can deter those who want to do harm. And responsible, well-trained, licensed concealed-pistol holders can be one of those deterrents.'”
Obviously, most of us have not been the victim of a mass shooting, but we can guess that what those people would want is for no one else to ever have to live through that horror. In the case of the shooting in Texas, the only thing that stopped the gunman from killing even more people was a card-carrying member of the NRA pulling out his legally obtained and well-loved firearm and returning fire.
This bill isn’t out of the woods yet though. While it has had surprising support, it’s not without its opposition either. Some consider any firearms to be bad for business in places like schools.
“The bills taken up in the Senate Government Operations Committee passed on a party-line vote with Republicans supporting the three-bill package and Democrats opposing it. The bills also would close the open-carry loophole, effectively barring gun owners from openly carrying their weapons in gun-free zones.
‘That’s the part that causes the schools to shut down and lose a day of educational experience for students and that’s problematic,’ Meekhof said.
He gained support from gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association and the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners.
‘The idea of having the ability to arm a well-qualified, well-trained individual is tantamount to setting out a scenario where we no longer set up a sheep for the wolf,’ said Robert Rudowski of the gun owners group.
Gun-free zones should be called ‘mass murderer empowerment zones,’ said Steve Dulan, spokesman for the gun owners group.
But far more people were at the committee hearing to speak out against the bill, including school groups and Moms Demand Action, which has been fighting for more gun controls.
‘Tragedies are going to happen. But we’re concerned this change could create more accidental incidents and the additional training doesn’t come close to training an individual for high-intensity situations,’ said Don Wotruba, executive director of the Michigan Association of School Boards. ‘Unless you’re trained for a military or police perspective, you’re not well-trained.'”
We’ve all heard it said that if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself, and the same goes for personal safety. That’s always been the mantra of Americans who hold the Second Amendment near and dear to our hearts. Personally, I have the utmost respect for my local law enforcement and find their attendance at my local church a great solace, but they just can’t be everywhere at once.
As it was so well said about the recent Texas shooting, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. We can’t all be law enforcement, but we can, as adults, get our concealed carry permits and help protect those near and dear to us.
Here’s more from our source about the details of the bill before Michigan state lawmakers:
Emily Durbin, Michigan chapter president of Moms Demand Action, said the debate was definitely on the wrong track.
“Two days after the latest shooting, we’re here not having a conversation about keeping guns away from domestic abusers, increasing background checks or banning bump stocks,” she said. “Instead, we’re urgently discussing what the gun lobby wants and that’s a desire to have more guns in more places, no questions asked.”
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, vetoed similar legislation in 2012, just four days after a horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., when a heavily armed man muscled his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 first-graders and six adults.
Snyder said that bill had a fatal loophole that didn’t allow for those institutions to opt out of the new legislation and prohibit weapons from their buildings. His spokeswoman, Anna Heaton, said Tuesday that Snyder hasn’t seen the latest version of the concealed- carry bills and hadn’t taken a position on them.
Meekhof said he has talked with Snyder about the new legislation and that he’s “not necessarily” on board with it.
The new legislation would allow schools to prohibit students, both minors and adults, from carrying concealed weapons in schools. The bill also is expected to be amended on the Senate floor, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, to allow schools to prohibit employees from carrying concealed weapons in schools.
The legislation also would allow private businesses, such as bars, to declare themselves gun-free zones.
“We’re not going to pre-empt a private property owner’s right to post for a weapon-free zone,” said Meekhof’s spokeswoman, Amber McCann.
The additional training for the concealed-carry license would be four more hours of classroom sessions and more time on the gun range.
Tom Lambert, president of the Michigan Open Carry organization, opposed the bills because they would bar gun owners from openly carrying their weapons. He supports gun owners being able to carry guns however they want.
“It is asinine to me that we would create an uneven playing field and give mass murderers an advantage,” he said. “I would agree guns should not be in our schools. The problem is we can’t stop somebody who is truly intent on evil.”
But the Michigan Education Association had a different perspective.
“Education and parent groups have joined us in opposing this misguided legislation because they, too, understand that the answer to gun violence is not more guns in schools — in fact, that’s a recipe for disaster,” Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart said in a statement. “The only people who should be allowed to carry firearms in public schools are police officers and school security personnel, period.”
[H/T: USA Today]
NFL Legend Just Issued Death Blow To Colin Kaepernick After He Sued The League For Not Hiring Him
What to do about Colin Kaepernick? That’s the question on the minds of many football executives in the United States today because the controversial player has stirred up such a stink, and he’s not going to be soon forgotten. To be perfectly honest, from a purely PR perspective, the day Kaepernick knelt for the National Anthem was the day he endowed his career with brilliance because from that day forward we have not stopped mulling over what to do about Colin Kaepernick.
While the obvious answer to that question is the one that the 49ers were contemplating when Kaepernick chose to be a free agent, (fire the unproductive player) the social justice warriors league of America seems to have gotten together and decided that he is their mascot and must therefore be protected at all costs. The 3rd string backup quarterback who according to his own coach was fired because he couldn’t play in the pocket, now has a toehold to say his firing was illegal. And all because he knelt.
That’s a story we’re all too familiar with. What we’re not very familiar with until now is other football players calling Kaepernick out on his crap, but that’s just what NFL legend Warren Moon did in a recent interview. According to the Conservative Daily Post, Moon thinks that Kaepernick doesn’t actually want to play in the NFL, otherwise, he would have played his cards very differently:
To him, the fact that he is a lackluster player is not why he isn’t playing because he can not be that real with himself. Instead, he stretches the truth and implies that he is out of the league for other reasons, which is 100% untrue. Football legend Warren Moon chimed in and observed, ‘If he was gonna file a lawsuit, he maybe should’ve waited ’til this season was over if he did want to play this year because it was almost like, does he really wanna play if he’s gonna go and sue the league and then also try to get signed by a football team? The two just don’t seem to mix.’”
Most of us probably do assume that there is some nuance here that we’re missing; maybe since we’ve never experienced the NFL, we don’t really understand what it’s like to be in Kaepernick’s cleats. We do, however, know what it’s like to give respect to whom respect is due, and it’s a trait that we require of anyone who plans to make the big bucks playing a game that people play for free all the time.
“The disgraced kneeler is suing because he falsely claims that the league is ‘colluding against him,’ when in fact, he just isn’t good enough to earn a uniform.
Somehow, suing the prospective employer is the best way to get one’s job back, at least if one is Kaepernick. It is so sad to see him unable to accept the truth about his talent, or lack thereof.
If he had not race-baited in a bunch of unhappy protestors who feel that detestable people like Michal Brown did not deserve shot after robbing a store and charging a cop, no one would even know who he was. He would be recalled as “that one quarterback, what’s his name with the dumb hair….”
The fact that not one person on his side, no matter how much they like sports, can name any of his stats is proof of his inadequacy on the field.
For that matter, he is a person who many loathe and his jersey is even used as a doormat.
As it stands, that seems like an insult to doormats.”
There are a million reasons why a player could be cut from a team, not the least of which is his disrespect to someone that the coach or the owner requires that he show respect to.
As much as we would all like to believe that Kaepernick isn’t playing in the NFL this season because he was disrespectful to the flag and the National Anthem, the more logical answer seems to be that he’s not playing because he’s not a great player, and all of this is fluff, meant to distract us from a washed-up has-been who’s only accomplishment in life is to single-handedly bring down a once beloved institution named the National Football League. RIP
[H/T: Conservative Daily Post]
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