On Monday, Iowa Republicans will cast the most impactful Presidential caucus vote that they’ve ever made. Some will try to downplay the importance, but the ebb and flow of the 2016 election will tilt dramatically based on whether Iowans decide they want the salesman Donald Trump or the statesman Ted Cruz.
When one compares the “unfair” question that drove Donald Trump to boycott the Fox News GOP debate to the questions and attacks that Ted Cruz was getting from every possible angle, it’s easy to see that Trump crumbled under the lighter version. Cruz faced much tougher scrutiny from Megyn Kelly and addressed them like an adult rather than throwing a tantrum like Trump.
One does not have to hit their knees before bed and read the Bible daily to see the clear need for Judeo-Christian values within the Oval Office. Faith matters, but many in the mainstream media are trying to downplay the importance of faith in a President. Believing this fallacy may be the biggest mistake an American can make.
As a Constitutional conservative, the very thought of changing things in the Constitution gives me pause. I’m reluctant about “modernizing” as a trend towards the Constitution based upon what we’ve seen done by the Supreme Court over the decades as well as our current President. The SCOTUS took advantage of the Constitution with rulings such as gay marriage last year and the POTUS has tried to do anything he can to circumvent the Constitution.
It’s futile to try to post a short list of the misconceptions that surround GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. We’ve tried to narrow it all down to the top five biggest things that most people get wrong about him. He’s not a bad guy, nor is he our savior. He’s somewhere in between and completely misunderstood by friends and foes.
This post isn’t for Trump supporters. I’ve learned over the last month that he can do literally anything to demonstrate his inability to be an adequate President and you will support him even more. This is for those with an open mind who are considering Trump as a valid option.
Conservatism is dying. None of us want to hear it, let alone admit it, but the Donald Trump phenomenon represents this death in multiple ways. As the Republican Party reverses its course from heading towards conservatism two years ago to embracing populism today, we are faced with a catastrophic scenario that makes the old school neocon-fueled Republican Establishment look like the not-so-bad-guys.
Will the next President of the United States be the type of person who harbors resentment about a legitimate question regarding the defense of his character? The same question in another way: why is Donald Trump so easily shaken by Megyn Kelly and pretty much anyone else who he deems doesn’t treat him fairly?
As a Ted Cruz supporter, I love the fact that former Texas Governor and two-time Presidential candidate Rick Perry just endorsed him. As a student of how politics and cronyism works in America, I really wish that all endorsements were transparent, organized by type, and consolidated into a single area not dissimilar to how LinkedIn handles recommendations.
In Iowa, there are two opposing factors at play that will determine the result of the February 1 caucus. The first is manipulation by the media and the Republican Establishment. The second is the passionate hope of an amazing turnaround for the United States of America. The stakes are high. This isn’t just about Iowa. For the first time in decades, this first caucus will have a tremendous influence on the entire race.