Following the “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would be stepping down following a transition period of a few months. He expects to have a new leader announced in October before the Conservative party’s conference. Whether he intends to step down or not, the Brexit loss meant that he would have to announce his resignation.
My initial assessment of the calls by many prominent #FreeTheDelegates supporters to oust Donald Trump at the GOP convention may have been mistaken. I’ve been saying that it would be a mistake because the party is rallying behind Trump. I had assumed that the majority, which is comprised of the same go-along-to-get-along folks that gave us John McCain and Mitt Romney, would fall in line with Trump regardless of how bombastic or liberal he became. A new poll shows that there may be much more passion against Trump than I realized.
The Republican populist party is officially here. There’s likely no going back. There’s likely no way to salvage it. The underbelly of the Republican party has united with the moderate Establishment wing to form the party of Trump, a formidable force that has no room for Reagan conservatives, the Judeo-Christian right, or Constitutionalists. It’s just about time to stop fighting for the GOP and unite under a new umbrella.
Donald Trump may or may not want the GOP’s help with his campaign. Depending on the day of the week and who he’s talking to, he either loves the GOP or hates it. He either wants their help or he doesn’t. His latest perspective (as of eight hours ago, so it may have changed already) is that if support for Trump from the GOP continues to waver, he’ll go at it on his own.
A comprehensive look back at Donald Trump’s various failures in his business and personal life tell us one thing: he’s always a victim. It’s always someone else’s fault. It’s always a bad circumstance, a raw deal, or a poor decision by others (never him) that led to dozens of major disasters throughout his life. The same thing is going to happen with the Presidential election.
There’s something that the United States could learn from Israel when it comes to dealing with radical Islamic extremism. When Israel is attacked, they find a target affiliated with the attacker and they deliver retribution. When the United States is attacked, we point fingers and call for gun control.
I’ll cut straight to the chase and keep it short. Would a radical Islamic terrorist be able to kill or injure over 100 people in a public place that wasn’t in a gun-free zone? What if 2% of the 300+ people in the club were responsible gun owners carrying firearms? Could lives have been saved? Most likely, yes.
Now that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the presumptive nominees of the two major political parties, America is pretty much screwed. I try to avoid vulgarities in my articles, but there’s really no polite way to put it. Americans are going to be asked to choose between someone who is certain to make bad decisions and another person who has the potential to make worse decisions.
As with most Presidential elections since 1984, the electoral map can be reduced to around 10 states. Most states are solidly locked to favor one party or the other. This particular election year, we don’t want to take anything for granted, but if the right candidate with a solid election disruption plan can pull things together in the month of June, they would have a very good chance of denying both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the Presidency outright.
The race is almost finished for the Republicans. It would take a miracle for Donald Trump to not be the GOP candidate for President. While there is still hope in the form a Trump meltdown or a third party conservative candidate, chances are high that we’ll have to choose between Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, a symbolic vote, or no vote at all.