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Apparently the left is to blame for the rise of Trump

The American Revolution, unlike the French Revolution, placed liberty above equality. For the Left, equality is more important than all else. That’s why so many American and European leftists have celebrated left-wing regimes, no matter how much they squelched individual liberty, from Stalin to Mao to Che and Castro to Hugo Chávez. They all preached equality. It took generations, but the Left has succeeded (primarily through the schools, but also through the media) in substituting its values for America’s.

So, then, thanks to leftism and America’s taken-for-granted success, most Americans no longer understand what it means to be an American. Those who do are called “conservatives” because they wish to conserve the unique American idea. But conservatives now constitute not only a minority of Americans, but a minority of Republicans. That is the primary reason Donald Trump — a nationalist but not a conservative — is the presumptive Republican nominee.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435195/donald-trump-won-because-many-republicans-arent-conservative


Once again, the GOP never finds itself at fault. Its always something else.

Obama’s Legacy: History Will Not Look Kindly On The GOP

Since Barack Obama is a Democrat, and as such is the de facto leader of the Democratic Party, his party shares the glory of his achievements. And if history should be so inclined, it will bear the burden of his failures.

HBR article Why We Pick Leaders with Deceptively Simple Answers

Freud’s theory was both a challenge to so-called “Great Man” theories of leadership and an explanation of their enduring appeal. Behind every Great Man, he argued, there is an anxious group craving clarity, deliverance, or revenge.

What makes groups select leaders, in short, is not judgment but rather a force entirely opposed to judgment: a wish. “It is impossible to grasp the nature of a group if the leader is disregarded,” he wrote, because it is through picking leaders that groups bring their nature to life.


Saw a cute summary of Sanders policies

“Bernie Sanders doesn’t have policies. He has letters to Santa Claus.”

Donald Trump: Sure, I Might Use Nuclear Weapons In Europe.

TRUMP: Let me explain. Let me explain. Somebody hits us within ISIS, you wouldn’t fight back with a nuke?

MATTHEWS: Can you tell the Middle East we’re not using a nuclear weapon on anybody?

TRUMP: I would never say that. I would never take any of my cards off the table.

MATTHEWS: How about Europe? We won’t use it in Europe?

TRUMP: I — I’m not going to take it off the table.

According to Donald Trump, the United States should not try so hard to stop nuclear proliferation. On Sunday night, during a Republican town hall hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump declared that proliferation is “going to happen anyway.” And just a week earlier, Trump told the New York Times, “If Japan had that nuclear threat, I’m not sure that would be a bad thing for us.” Nor would it be so bad, he’s said, if South Korea and Saudi Arabia had nuclear weapons, too.

Don't assume a revolution will be a leftward revolution.


World reaction to Trump success

"Many Mexicans might be stunned by the success of a man who has said so many absurd things — from the mad idea of building a wall on the border with Mexico and making this country pay for it, to the concept that global warming was invented by the Chinese to hurt the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector," the editorial noted. "Nonetheless, just as in Mexico people are tired of traditional politicians, the same thing is occurring in the United States. Being distant from the 'establishment,' the political elites in Washington, is in itself a virtue that is more important than other defects."

An article in the Hindu, a leading Indian daily, summed up what has come to pass: "Entering politics 10 months ago, Mr. Trump, whose business practices may be questionable but has unbeatable showmanship, ran a campaign that upended the Republican Party and outraged the American liberal conscience in his march to victory."

"So this Wednesday morning, Europe wakes up to Donald Trump across the Atlantic as the presumptive Republican nominee," wrote the left-of-center French daily Liberation, as cited by a comprehensive BBC roundup of the European press. "A man who many considered just a few months ago as a clown. Many voters vote Trump precisely because he has no political experience and has never held elected office."

Contemplating the "craziest U.S. presidential election campaign" that awaits, Germany's conservative Die Welt declared "the unthinkable has come to pass."

The respected German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung described Trump's ascension as part of a "historic election marked by an element of madness."

Supreme Court may be filled due to Trump nomination

Republicans must know that there is absolutely no chance that we will win the White House in 2016 now. They must also know that we are likely to lose the Senate as well. So the choices, essentially, are to confirm Garland and have another bite at the apple in a decade, or watch as President Clinton nominates someone who is radically more leftist and 10-15 years younger, and we are in no position to stop it.


The Trump nomination has the chance of making states become more extreme GOP.

Moderate republicans may not vote in high enough numbers to overcome the more engaged Trump lunatics. If you are in a GOP controlled state and there is no democrat candidate, you might need to support the lesser of two evil republicans in other to prevent your state from going even further right.


Hate Donald Trump supporters? You've got a problem.

Should people even stay friends with Trump supporters? After Peter Wehner, another fierce conservative opponent of Trump, argued in the New York Times that friendship should come before political disagreements, Isaac Chotiner criticized Wehner in Slate for this softness: Trump caters to bigotry, which is worth ending a friendship over.

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