Popular radio host Mark Levin has switched his stance and is now #NeverTrump. He joins other true conservative pundits like Erick Erickson, Ben Shapiro, and Glenn Beck as they call for Republicans to see the existential threat to the country that Donald Trump represents.
For a mega-rich billionaire like Donald Trump, most Americans would expect that his income tax bill is probably yuuuuge. A few million? Tens of millions? HUNDREDS of millions? In reality, it’s very likely that Donald Trump actually MAKES money from federal income tax deferments based upon an obscure loophole in the 6500 page tax code.
The Republican Establishment is facing the type of defeat that they haven’t tasted since 1980. None of their guys has a chance at the nomination, so they’re seeking an alternative, a “white knight” who can swoop in through convention chicanery and save them from “too conservative” Ted Cruz and unhinged Donald Trump.
In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the albatross was considered a sign of good tidings. It followed the ship in the story until the mariner shot it with a crossbow. Metaphorically, it was placed on his neck as a reminder of his sin that turned good tidings into bad ones. “Instead of the cross, the Albatross about my neck was hung.”
“Heckler’s veto.” That’s not how it’s normally described, but if you think about it, that’s pretty much what it is. Many who fight against religious liberty will go through their course as hecklers to those of us who believe in the truth of the Bible or those who hold other beliefs.
Unlike the majority of rock-ribbed conservatives out there, I’m not one who despises Paul Ryan. He’s not my favorite and he’s definitely part of the “Establishment” despite protestations and labeling from others who are conveniently within the Establishment, but I believe his heart is in the right place for the role he’s in. Then again, it could just be that he’s much better than John Boehner.
If voters put the rhetoric and the campaign lies aside, one common theme emerges about Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Both have been involved with the “Establishment” for a long time. Ted Cruz’s involvement has made him a hated man among his peers and the donor class elites in the Republican party because he has demonstrated a willingness to go against them when it’s better for the people.
It’s easy to like John Kasich. He seems like a sincere guy and he’s passionate about winning the GOP nomination no matter what he has to do to win it. Unfortunately, he’s also a beneficiary of the very thing he claims is working against him: lack of publicity. If he were ever to have the spotlight shining on him, voters on both sides of the aisle would realize that he doesn’t belong in the top 10 list of GOP candidates, let alone the final three.
Does it seem odd that we expect our sixteen year old children to be able to handle a vehicle on the roads as soon as they get their license? In some states driver’s education is required to obtain the right to drive and a period of time with a parent or other related adult with experience sitting in the passenger seat, but once that license is obtained they are on their own. Typically the period of instruction and experience amounts to less than two months of normal driving for us as adults and if parents purchase a vehicle for their teen they are hitting the road with the thought of driving nearly as much as their parents.
At an early age, perhaps seven or eight, I knew I was a Republican. I wasn’t raised Republican by my apolitical parents. It was the message of self-reliance, the notion that the human spirit (guided, as I learned later, by the Holy Spirit) was capable of accomplishing so much more when rules that bind us are released. I was a small government conservative before I even knew what conservatism really meant. Since then I’ve learned empirically that America’s strength comes from an empowered people.