Proselytizing As An Electoral Strategy…

“PROSELYTIZE”: using faith to recruit someone to join one’s party, institution, or cause…

There is a strategy, albeit a rather divisive strategy, which can be deployed politically by those intentionally selecting a very specific gathering of supporters.

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In a highly fractured presidential bid, this proselytizing strategy may even garner enough of a base to mount a bid amid a larger field of candidates. However, it is exceptionally narrow -hence works only amid large numbers of possible options- and can ultimately only gain the advocate a small percentage of the overall audience.

The strategy can NEVER win a general election.

Current evidence reflects this approach is the preferred direction of Team Ted Cruz and the presidential campaign therein.

When such a strategy is deployed amid the reality of an increasingly toxic and divisive anti-religious populist leftism – the approach is strengthened. Indeed, the narrow appeal, when contrast against examples of football coaches unable to bow their heads in prayer, actually broadens the base of sympathy from an objective audience.

beck and cruzThere is a market for the approach; religion can be quite an effective business model as evidenced by the scope of many evangelical organizations.

However, in the larger political deployment the polarization becomes self-defeating and presents with risks that should be consequentially avoided.

The alignment of Ted Cruz with Glenn Beck and David Barton speaks to both a profitable business branding/marketing approach, and simultaneously affords candidate Cruz an almost captive audience.

The intersection of religion as a business (2015 Beck Media) and presidential politics (2015 Cruz campaign) is a road that narrows with each mile traveled.  It would serve all non-Cruz candidates, and specifically Donald Trump, to avoid the pitfalls within it.

Ceding ground to an opponent willing to stake their campaign almost exclusively on religious based affiliations is not only prudent, it is wise.

Candidate Cruz has isolated himself from effectiveness within the very institution he holds membership, the Senate.   In essence, for the sake of a nail -which may or may not be- based upon purity, he has diminished his influence.  Senator Cruz, by approach, is now relegated to the echo-chamber of his own inconsequential staff.  Unfortunately, his constituents are now the victims of the decision-making; and if history serves any predictive sense, he will be challenged and defeated based on an ineffectual record.

Thus we fully understand both the praise and admonition from former Harvard Law Professor Alan Derschowitz who cast Cruz as a brilliant mind, but warned of an inability to accept, or move toward, counter positions.   Put another, more familiar, way: “at what cost do you desire to be right”?

There is no doubt that 5 to 8% of the “conservative” electorate will support a Cruz campaign.  It is also entirely possible for that figure to grow to around 15% when you add those willing to provide a faith-based opportunity.

However, beyond that element – you hit a dead end where the crowd evaporates, and expenditures to garner additional support are weighed amid the law of diminishing returns.

Beck has carved out a business model, a media-market, where an audience is willing to accept a soccer ball and teddy bear campaign almost entirely on faith alone.  Ask anyone who participated in the 08/28/10 “Restoring Honor” DC event what was the goal while they were there; you’ll find few with a direct answer, and even fewer still who consider Beck to hold any value or benefit.

Candidate Cruz is following a business model, which can provide affluence, but cannot provide presidential influence – there is absolutely no winning presidential road map there; nor is there a reason to chase it.

Stick with what works 100% of the time….

…. broaden the base!

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222 Responses to Proselytizing As An Electoral Strategy…

  1. Sentient says:

    Cruz & Beck. Two creepers.

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    • archer52 says:

      Beck is just a bit odd.

      Cruz is far above most people in intellect, character and focus.

      He’s just a good guy.

      How he rates so lowly around here is disappointing. Especially if the description is “creeper”.

      How is he a creeper? Honest, loyal, a Constitutionalist, intelligent, honorable, a history of fighting for the people, conservative.

      If you’ll note, he was your hero for trying to stop Obamacare- which he turned out to be right and those opposed to him- like Trump (who has publicly stated he likes government taking care of people through insurance)- were wrong. Now he is a creeper. For what? Having the audacity to challenge Trump- who came in late? He has just as much right to run as anyone. This is America.

      And I might remind you Cruz was the SOLE focus of the GOP/COC cabal targeting him for destruction UNTIL Trump came along. They just shifted away from Cruz to Trump. If Trump goes away, they will shift back to him.

      And frankly I’m not sure what Trump is doing. He is gathering the base and the disaffected white voters, but Hispanics and blacks? Not hardly. Not yet. There will be some vocal supporters, but the large numbers? No. Never. He holds the line he will deport them and make them come back. To most Hispanics, it is like him saying everybody gives up their guns, register them and he’ll give them back. We would say no, and they’ll say no to him, and yes to Hillary in larger numbers than she would normally get. If he were trying to run up Hillary’s lame numbers, he’s doing right.

      I’m still troubled as to why he called Bill Clinton before he decided to run. Why? Did he call Jeb? Did he call Ted? Did he call Rick?

      Just Bill…..

      To get clearance? A blessing? Why call?

      If he stays in the race and starts bashing her relentlessly, then I will relax.

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      • WeeWeed says:

        That’s why we’re here, Arch – cuss and discuss, and we’ve got a year to go, eh?😉

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      • lumoc1 says:

        Could it be that his vote on The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement and his position on immigration explain why not more people think that Cruz He’s just a good guy .

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        • Sentient says:

          I just don’t like his manner. I think he’s a phony baloney. That earnest face he puts on with his eyebrows arching up like this / \ seems bogus. If it works for some people (or on some people), fine. To each his own.

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          • archer52 says:

            I know, he manner is that of a scholar and one slightly smarter than you. A sincere acting guy. But if you get past that, LISTEN to what he is saying. He has studied this nation, its problems, its strengths and may have a way to work the system.

            You can’t end government. You can only beat it back into its cage and lock the door.

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            • keebler AC says:

              Cruz is not a sincere acting guy. His Obamacare spiel was worthless, just an act. He’s on Obamacare now himself, now that wife had to take temporary leave of absence from Goldman Sachs. Cruz is about as sincere as Carson – which is not a good baseline for a Christian. He may be an Ivy league scholar but he falls flat when it comes to smarts. He enjoys hearing himself be bombastic but there is very little bite to his bark. At the end of the day, he retreats back from his limb and becomes a Yes-Man to Wall Street. Cruz is a definitive politician. Good PR, little substance. So sorry the avid Cruz followers continue to be fooled despite all the evidence. Must be willful blindness, being blinded by the special interest Evangelical and Ivy League Lime Light. If the evidence of how Ted backtracks and puts Americans at risk for his sole image doesn’t convince you to date, nothing will. I was a Cruz fan at first but his actions show him to be nothing but a talking head, well versed in sound bites and legal talk. He can’t win Americans across the land. He completely lacks any warmth, authenticity and charisma. Putin would shut the door on his face. That’s how popular and unconvincing Ted Cruz is. His background is also shaky starting with his father Rafael, who never bothered to file form American citizenship, choosing instead to marry an American and take her to Canada to build their fortune there. Probably went there is take advantage of the socialist health care system. Please don’t use Canada like that, and then return to America, claiming your family is suddenly loyal to America.

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              • Kent Ramsay says:

                Cruz is very sincere. And he has not given a dime to Harry Reid or the Clinton’s and he never said Obama might be the greatest President ever. So Cruz is not an idiot or a jerk like Trump. Just the best there is.

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      • Nomadic100 says:

        I have been a regular reader of the pro-Trump postings on the site for quite a while and have wanted to become a “believer.” But I can’t. As a psychiatrist who treated countless patients with personality disorders over many years, I believe it is evident that Trump is severely afflicted. The fact that Trump now, after months of being a candidate, is serving up the same repetitive line about “making America great again” with very little meat on those bones is telling, in my opinion. He doesn’t realize he has become boring because he cannot conceive of the possibility that he could even BE boring. In that regard he resembles Obama. Voting for Trump is akin in my mind to playing Russian roulette. We cannot afford to play that game. For all of the vagueness of “Hope and Change” anyone who was paying attention knew that Obama would be a radical leftist. Trump is even more of a cipher than Obama was!

        Carson is a very good man with excellent principles (to the extent we know them) but principles alone are insufficient. Perhaps he could find a surgeon to conjoin him to Henry Kissinger.

        Cruz is the only principled conservative among the “Republicans.” Not perfect, but very good. That he is disliked by his Republican colleagues in the Senate (all GOPe people) is an unmitigated plus in my book. Elect him, and Cruz will have many more “friends.”

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        • Sentient says:

          If Cruz were the GOP nominee, I’d gladly work for him. That he can’t get out of single digits pretty much tells the story. They’re just not that into him. It’s like someone trying to convince you that English food is better than Thai or Italian food. It’s not. There’s a reason there are almost no English restaurants. People don’t like it.

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          • Nomadic100 says:

            Point taken. It’s still early in the election process. Cruz has plenty of time to make his mark. Trump has huge negatives; at this point he is declining in Iowa. A lot of people have watched “The Apprentice” and have repeatedly watched Trump be an arrogant S.O.B. – but I found his behavior favorable in regard to the presidency (Obama doesn’t fire abject criminals) but many won’t.

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            • ZurichMike says:

              Cruz has had the same amount of time (in fact, longer), with plenty of backing, to get his point across. He has failed miserably. Polling 400 people in Iowa, only 11% of which have ever even heard Trump speak, is hardly indicative of anything except that older caucus goers in Iowa prefer softer tones of Carson and the ethanol subsidies that Trump has come out against and Carson wants to continue. Reagan did not win the Iowa primary either. And those that did win the primary: Huckabee, Santorum — crashed and burned. Your “arguments” are all over the place — the classic hallmarks of an online troll.

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            • haypa2haypa2 says:

              I thought it was unprofessional and maybe unethical to diagnose someone you have never spoken with.

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            • stella says:

              Where is Cruz polling in Iowa? That’s what I thought.

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        • keebler AC says:

          Don’t you just hate commenters who lay claim to their profession or a profession, thusly trying to give unadulterated credibility to their opinions and claims? Other physicians and psychiatrists would disagree with you, Nomadic. You don’t hold the candle. I question how a psychiatrist of all people who is supposed to understand human motivations can’t comprehend Sundance’s detailed tripwire explanations?

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          • Nomadic100 says:

            I would be interested in any opinions from readers who are mental health professionals who disagree with my contention that Trump has a personality disorder (which, by the way, is very functional in his business activities). Just Google “narcissistic personality disorder” and then spend some time thinking. I understand Sundance’s “tripwire explanations” but those pertain to the alleged conspiracy to nominate Bush/Clinton, not to Trump’s personality. I certainly agree that the elite would wish to have Bush/Clinton elected president.

            By the way, ad hominem criticisms are not the most persuasive. Stick to facts.

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            • lovely says:

              Stick to the facts. Sure, don’t tell people to waste their time Googling. Here is a link to the DSM 5.

              http://www.psi.uba.ar/academica/carrerasdegrado/psicologia/sitios_catedras/practicas_profesionales/820_clinica_tr_personalidad_psicosis/material/dsm.pdf

              Scroll down and you’ll find the essential criteria for a narcism diagnosis.

              Surely you know that traits of a disorder do not a disorder make.

              Have you noticed Trump’s relationship with his children? I challenge you to find one narcissist with 3 children so emotionally healthy and lovingly connected to their parent as are the adult Trump children. Or an ex spouse of one who has good things to say about a diagnosed narcissist.

              Adult children of narcissists are generally a mess if they have not had a come to Jesus moment and escaped the shackles of their demeaning childhood which their narcissist parent saddled them with.

              Lack of empathy? Trump’s empathy is constantly on display.

              Largely superficial relationships ? Pftt….

              You know that it is a cardinal sin to diagnosis a stranger through media accounts especially while touting your medical credentials?

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            • Garrison Hall says:

              “Just Google “narcissistic personality disorder”

              Not to put too fine a point on it, but wouldn’t you say most politicians just a little bit off center? I’ve yet to meet one who I would characterize as especially well-balanced. In Trump I see someone who exemplifies the kinds of role performances Erving Goffman often discussed. What I see Trump doing is participating in what Goffman called a “performance team”. Goffman described the team as having two distinct regions of role performance: the “front” is what is shown to the public; it’s the social role Trump is carefully constructing to reach a very specific audience—disaffected voters who aren’t a loyal to party affiliations as they once were. Meanwhile, Trump’s “back” region is the trump you don’t see. It’s the Trump who is running a very sophisticated show—one where he gets to play the role of Music Man showmen, telling us we have trouble right here in River City—-all the while, there’s a very savvy, very intelligent virtuoso in the back region of the performance carefully planning his next moves.

              For me, it’s the part of the role performance that you don’t see that’s the most interesting. We’re seeing tendrils of that in Trump’s latest interviews. Notice a difference in demeanor? Hannity today observed that Trump appears to be “growing as a politician”.
              Well, duuhh! . . . I’d say he’s right on time. GO TRUMP!!

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            • ZurichMike says:

              OK, we get it. You are sent to troll and sow doubt and destroy Trump. Can you give us your oh-so-learned medical opinion on the personalities / psychologies of the other 10+ candidates? What does it say about someone like Gilmore or Christie or Jindal, who persist in saying “I know I can become president” yet are polling at 0-5%? Delusional? Or just plain stupid? Or bought-and-paid-for by SuperPACs?

              Oh, never mind. It’s obvious that you know all the answers. /sarcasm

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            • SharonKinDC says:

              Isn’t it professional malpractice to diagnose someone you’ve never met?

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            • nyetneetot says:

              I claim to be a mental health professional who disagree with your contention that Trump has a personality disorder. You are poopy, and Trump is not. That is my claimed mental health professional opinion. Have a nice day. Next!

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            • Ricardo says:

              Any real psychologist knows that you don’t just “diagnose” someone by watching them on TV. You are not very smart.

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            • wodiej says:

              I am not a mental health professional but I certainly have been around plenty of people who I have been very close to who had narcissistic personality disorder. I have done a lot of research also reading books that show the traits these folks possess. Trump is not one of them.

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            • cali says:

              @Nomadic100: I would say this to you: “You are far removed from your own claim of being a ‘psychiatrist’ having treated many…..but you attempt to play one here on this blog”!
              It is you that has a slight disorder because you obviously having trouble accepting ‘constructive criticism’ while you label it ‘ad hominem criticisms.”

              As the replies continue – you slightly walking your claims back reducing them to ‘ask any health professionals….’.

              Narcissists too love to lay claims of credentials they do not qualify or trained for nor do they like to be questioned about anything they ‘state’ as facts – as you have done.

              Plain and simple: You flat out lied when you stated that you are a ‘psychiatrist’ – making any comment or explanation moot as well as damaging your own credibility.

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            • daughnworks247 says:

              How about an opinion from someone who does business in China every day?
              The focus on “self-importance of your own opinion, rather than “facts” you claim to love is disheartening and reeks of narcissism.
              Look, we are being eviscerated, industry by industry and the primary cause for this is an unholy alliance between politicians, who sell out for personal gain, joining with opportunistic Chinese and Mexican trading partners. Ceding manufacturing for trinkets was okay when the Japanese did it in the ’50’s. Yet, now, China wants Boeing technology and about 1/2 the legal work in this country is being outsourced to India. We are losing our base.
              I beseech you to be pragmatic when deciding how to cast your vote.
              We are a family of Americans. Whether we are good or bad, black or white, tall or short, we are all in this together. When the family is rich; we can be generous and invite people to visit with us (immigration). When our house is in order and we are comfortable paying bills, we can be charitable (entitlements). When dad is unemployed and the mortgage is 19 trillion and spiraling exponentially, it is PAST time to adjust and put the family back on solid ground. If we do not, the house collapses and the family is no longer secure nor able to take advantage of opportunity. We will not be able to defend ourselves and will begin to make decisions based on desperation rather than prudence. The days we sat around discussing mundane matters such a “perceived slight” or “which candidate is MORE Christian” shall become a distant memory.

              Our institutions and government agencies are failing and have become politically motivated in a way we have not seen before. I point to Congress, the IRS, Bureau of Land Managment, DOJ and police departments as examples. This cannot be allowed to continue because it hurts our family and OUR house.

              It is senseless, at this point in time, to argue about a Christian baker, abortion, and racism. I submit, all on this page would probably agree on these points and they ARE important. We need to put the fire out initially. Our country needs to stop the financial bleeding so we become stable and can fight back. Do you realize if we had a 7% interest rate the service on our debt would be equal to the entire defense budget? We are now exporting coal to the Chinese because they built 25 coal-fired plants in the last 5 years. Our health care system has been upended but the cost has gone up. Small business lives in fear of the trial lawyers AND the government. Our large corporations want to leave for foreign domicile because of tax rates and nothing is done. We must return efficiency and neutrality to government agencies to restore the confidence of the citizenry.

              Cruz is not the guy. Carson will become endlessly mired in social solutions and probably des not even know what EBITA stands for. Hillary brings more disorder.

              Trump is the guy.

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          • Nomadic100 says:

            You got under my skin, Keebler. Congratulations. So a further reply. Professionals with demonstrated competence in any area reasonably deserve to have their opinions opposed by others with equally persuasive credentials and/or by those with compelling facts which negate the professional’s thesis. Now you are no longer under my skin. A mosquito gone!

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            • lumoc1 says:

              Since you have been a long time reader on this site and considering your claimed professional training, Sundance’s tripwire explanations also included why Cruz could not be the Republican nominee. You also seem to not notice some of Senator Cruz votes which more than any political speech show clearly his position with respect to trade and job creation. You may consider me another mosquito, but remember that sometimes this insect may cary a deadly disease

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            • ZurichMike says:

              Well, then you’re on the wrong site. Go to a doctor’s political forum — one that specializes in psychiatrists — and get your opinion there. But to shield yourself in your profession and think that we can’t criticize you is beyond laughable. You’re projecting this “narcissistic personality disorder” on Trump — but your posts indicate that perhaps it is you, dear doctor, who thinks he’s king of the universe.

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              • lovely says:

                Said much more succinctly than me Mike, thank you🙂

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              • The Boss says:

                Dang! What a thread!

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              • lorac says:

                The guy just gave his opinion! Yes, we almost all like Trump here. But are we so fragile that we have to insult and run off someone who has a different opinion? It’s not like he posts it ten times a day every day, trying to control people. He simply gave his opinion. Everyone else had to try to insult him and created the whole dust up. The comments weren’t even explaining and defending Trump, instead they were all imagined insults against the poster. I read down the thread, and it felt like hoodlums rejoicing over their kill of an innocent person who dared to cross into their “turf”. And a couple of years ago he mentioned he was a psychiatrist, so my guess is that he is.

                It’s very easy to see narcissistic traits in Trump. I just prefer a narcissist who loves America to the current narcissist in chief who I feel is trying to destroy it. I suppose the poster could be a super secret troll who has been a sleeper cell on this website and was just called into action to make one comment about his opinion, thinking that would destroy all Trump supporters, yes that could be it. It seems to me that if aren’t secure enough to handle someone posting one comment against Trump, we aren’t supporters, we’re cultists.

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                • ZurichMike says:

                  Sorry, the tone of “as a psychiatrist” is unwelcome here.

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                • archer52 says:

                  Blind defense of a person is not a good thing. Do we know Trump? We know his persona, but not him. I think that is what the poster is saying. He is an unknown and full of contradictions. He tends to crush whatever or whoever disagrees with him. That is not a good trait. Just because we don’t agree doesn’t make us bad people or even wrong!

                  But the truth is, if you think you can be President, you have a narcissistic trait right there. It is a huge assumption to think you can run the most powerful nation in the history of the world!

                  So generally politicians and others who put themselves out there either have great confidence- or a tad too much confidence bordering on self inflated egos. Hard to tell sometimes until you see their works over time.

                  We are lucky. Outside Jeb, most of the Republicans are a pretty stable lot. And compared to that nutjob HRC (who has NPD and a ton other issues) all of our guys are freaking a stratosphere higher when it comes to stability.

                  But the difference is a person having the ability to recognize that overconfidence tendency and control it. There are not many quiet, humble billionaires in the competitive fields who made it without a good and loyal support staff. So I give Trump that.

                  What he lacks, outside the ability to put a paragraph together that doesn’t remind me of a longshoreman, is depth. I love his speech, but like GWB you just want to reach into his mouth and rearrange his words so they aren’t so painful coming out. I cannot imagine sitting in a meeting with him and thinking “What is he trying to say? Spit it out man!”

                  Right now he is just repeating himself and that is either because he thinks that works (a bumper sticker campaign and he may be right it worked for Obama), or he is really not that deep. Is it because he jumped in, not really taking time to prepare because of his extreme confidence in his ability to wing it and suddenly he’s on top and not ready to answer the hard questions? Is it because he believes he is “The Donald” and that is good enough? Is he impatient with the people who say he should be better than he is and dismisses them? (Which is classic narcissism)

                  My ex-partner is from NYC. He was born there, raised there, lived there. He reminds me a little of Trump in his “F” it attitude towards issues and problems. His philosophy is: It will work out. Being right about it was all you needed, the rest of the world could go to heck if they didn’t agree!

                  Twelve years of me trying to grab him by the back of his belt saying thinks like “Man, you shouldn’t arrest him right now. I know you think he did it, but a little thing like evidence would go a long way!”

                  One time we had this dirtbag lying to us when we found him on the street at 2am. We know he did it, he knew we knew he did it. But we didn’t have hard evidence to make a good case right then. My partner, TG, in a pure NYC moment, just grabs him up and throws him in the car.

                  On the way back to the station, I look over at him and said, “What are you arresting him for again?” “Because he did it.” “I know but evidence would help.” “Don’t worry, it will work out.”

                  Two hours later, I get a confession. I walk out of the interview room, all stressed out, and TG is sitting at his desk, feet up with a cigar in his mouth. He grins at me and says, “See, I told you it would work out!”

                  That’s a Trump moment. It’s how they roll up there. I’m just not sure I could take four years of that in the White House!

                  We have a long time to go. Please do not get caught up in the Trump-mania. He may disappoint you, not because he’s dumb or insincere, but because his bad traits will overwhelm his good.

                  Or it may just all work out…

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            • lovely says:

              Wow! Referring to another fellow human being as a mosquito, it seems that you are severely afflicted with delusions of grandiosity. Hmm …. delusions of grandiosity is a trait of what personality disorder? Demanding respondents be in the mental health field at least in some level in order for their responses to warrant your respectful attention? Hmmm …. exaggerated self appraisal, what personality disorder is that a trait of?

              Referring to your own post of nonsense as a “professional’s thesis” hmmm … self esteem regulation … what disorder does that accompany?

              Professional with reasonably demonstrated competence? Only you have evaluated yourself to have “reasonably demonstrated competence.” Self evaluation to demonstrate competence of self? Eh? Often unaware of own motivations, that is a sign of what personality disorder?

              Anything peer reviewed that you would like to share?

              I think it is time to tally the bananas🙂

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            • sandraopines says:

              I discredit your Internet diagnosis and claimed credentials. Also, having a gifted child, I understand that Trump’s extremely high IQ level would be a mystery to you.

              I have deemed your diagnosis is worthless and a waste of bandwidth.

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            • Tonawanda says:

              “Now you are no longer under my skin. A mosquito gone!”

              By any chance does your mother wear army boots?

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        • Ace says:

          Cruz is a fraud. And so are you.

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        • lovely says:

          Don’t be a silly nilly.

          Trump repeating the same lines at stump speeches is not a sign of anything along the line of him being “severely afflicted” with anything.

          Gentle Ben chuckled about when he went after people with bricks, baseball bats, rocks and once a knife. He brought up his violence as a teenager to prove that he was not a low energy guy. Those were his “high energy” days. Good grief. You need more than that to figure him out? A study of just that brief answer from Gentle Ben could be a publishable phenomenon it is so interesting.

          If as a psychiatrist you have mistaken Ben Carson’s demeanor as anything other than his own bemusement at believing that he is the smartest man in the room and that he has the patience to wait it out and show everyone how brilliant he is, “Look everyone I cut his brain out and he is still ticking!” you are a very curious psychiatrist indeed!

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          • phil fan says:

            He’s no psychiatrist as none would accuse, much less diagnose, anyone of such a supposed “personality disorder” based on no clinical evaluation and sound bites from a campaign speech. Balderdash my good man, you’re attempting to use a thin veneer of pop psych to promote Donalds opponent, Cruz. Your splitter strategy is only the latest gasp of GOPe to take down Mr Trump. Fail, good fellow. I too call fraud on this contemptuous little game.

            I note your fear very clearly for which I don’t blame you. So how much were you paid in goods or services for the amateurish wannabe hit piece? Doctor.

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          • keebler AC says:

            “Look everyone I cut his brain out and he is still ticking!”
            This. Very uncanny. Carson doesn’t say it outright, but he sure acts like he is superior.

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        • wullfe says:

          Can you give us a diagnosis other than ‘personality disorder’? Of course, I realize you haven’t met with him or know him personally, and it would just be an opinion from observation. People who know him personally have said what we see is not the person they know off stage. Professional, calm, stable, a good sense of humor, and honest. They do say he speaks his mind, but it is the truth. In fact, his earlier interviews at a younger age verify that. Very professional and not narcissistic at all. There is an interview on Youtube he has done recently with professional men that would surprise everyone. If I locate it, will post here.

          He said the reason why he brags is because Democrats don’t think Republicans are intelligent and can accomplish much. That’s true. Democrats are always saying conservatives are dumb. Add to that, the corrupt media lying about what he has accomplished. Also, he said if you don’t tell people how well you have done, they might not think you are capable. After all, he is applying for a job. Isn’t that what we do when we give employers our resumes? He uses his personal business experiences to show how he can apply the same talent to government. That’s done by savvy executives seeking employment in other markets or anyone trying to transfer their skills to another job? Is it narcissistic to tell employers how well we have done in the past as long as we can back it up?

          Like father like son, they say. We can look at his children for signs of a personality disorder. Several videos on Youtube. Appear extremely intelligent, knowledgeable, calm, professional, with normal personalities and character.

          I think he’s intentionally using a certain demeanor to create enthusiasm where other candidates are boring and absent creative solutions.

          Ted Cruz is not a ‘natural born’ citizen and I stand firm on Constitutional requirements, not what is on the government’s and liberal Harvard’s websites. If we elect Ted Cruz, then Obama gets a pass. His father was not an American citizen.

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        • ZurichMike says:

          You do know what a “stump speech” is, right? It’s a way to be consistent, with local adaptation, to get the general message across in a short time. It’s about vision and motivation, and connecting with people who don’t know him or who have been so disgusted with politics that they are interested in hearing what a positive, upbeat, motivational leader of men is really all about. Would you prefer Trump’s stump speeches to be long-winded explications on policy arcana? Oh, speaking of policy, go to Trump’s site for details on his position on tax, immigration, and 2nd amendment.

          The “as a psychiatrist” schtick is incredibly arrogant, and based on that alone we could have guessed you were trolling for Cruz, this election cycle’s Newt Gingrich or know-it-all Martin from The Simpsons. Nice try.

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        • archer52 says:

          (didn’t post the first time)

          Agreed. There is no perfect.

          The sad truth is we have run ourselves into a corner fiscally and by accepting “big government” is so many ways in our lives.

          I often feel like Glenn last night from TWD! On top of a dumpster surrounded by hordes of mindless zombies trying to eat me. Worse, I’m joined there by the idiot who got me in the trouble, and who’s final act of sacrifice STILL screws me because he is…an idiot!

          People like Cruz understand the changes would be slow and mostly at the margins- for a long time- because the core part of government is fixed. (The ugly secret Ryan knows and has succumbed to.)

          Don’t think so? Look at Lois Lerner and her “escape” from justice.

          It wasn’t that she felt justified chasing conservatives- she has a LONG history of that conviction (the only type she’ll face sadly)- it is that she did it knowing she was safe doing it. Had Romney got elected, Lerner goes to jail. She’s guilty. But it was a pretty safe gamble for her. Even if he got elected- the “system” may have protected her- look at the Secret Service scandal and State Department lack of security scandal!!

          HRC is also guilty, but the administration is guilty too, so it looks like she’ll skate. A different admin in 2012 and history is different.

          That is the margin.

          However, the core personnel and their “duties” would not change. We could have gotten HRC and Lerner, but tomorrow some other actors in government would raise their ugly heads, because that is what they do, and like the mindless zombie horde, and they are limitlessness. They grew over sixty years of citizens accepting big government.

          As to Trump, I pray I’m wrong and you all are right. Again I PRAY you are right!!

          But he’s not really shown me that. As this campaign wears on, we’ll see if he is as tough as he says he is, because he is going to be targeted like Cruz has been.

          Nomad is right. I have dealt with Trump’s personality both as a criminal and as a fellow officer. I know “that guy.” Heck, there isn’t one of you who does not “know a guy” here. They inhabit one to three percent of the population- so you have had to run across one. And there are many different intensities.

          NPDs can be high functioning and successful. They aren’t all multi-car pile ups. Especially, if they gain a foothold through the corporate power structure or money. Look at Obama for example. As long as they have money or a protected support system, they can function. There was a great study done I read last year about just this issue. However, I can’t find it.

          This is the basic characteristics.

          http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20025568

          However, they all have similar characteristics- of which Trump exhibits more than one.

          Also, because they may realize it, they “learn” to act as a way to cover their critical missing characteristics- like true empathy. Sometimes, a NPD will look more normal than a real person, all because this is all a play and he is just acting.

          HRC is a horrible person with a seriously bad case of NPD- reinforced by generations of “getting away with it.” She thinks her lying in front of the nation, destroying lives of others is acceptable and a victory, because it serves her end goal. “The ends justify the means” a famous communist meme. But one that serves NPDs well.

          Her failure is she cannot “act” normal anymore. Everybody senses it. They see it in her “crazy eyes” and everybody wants to run away. It is only her name and her political support that keeps her going. Nobody likes HRC, but they like the power she hopes to wield in a few years.

          (No meeting Bill Clinton in college, and she is some old lawyer tormenting her employees in some government bureaucracy and doing damage to “the little people” just like Lerner. They are of the same cloth. In fact, government draws NPD types to it because it allows them to abuse “lessers” on a grand scale.)

          Study up on the NPD traits. Then look objectively at “The Donald”. Then decide this:

          We’ve had eight years of one, another trying to replace him in the same party, and on our side- there may just be one more. Is that the best thing for us? And for how long?

          —As for Jeb- he’s just an entitled, spoiled whiner, and the best thing Trump did is kick him in the knee and let the rest of America see it. I mean, seriously, just because you are NOT winning you’ll openly complain you could be doing other “cool things”?

          Go home moron.—

          Bill Whittle warns us of what will happen if we do not choose wisely as a nation:

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          • lovely says:

            Archer, I don’t think that anyone would argue that Trump does not have some narcissistic traits. That is an ocean away from some silly nilly cloaking themselves in the superiority of years of practice as a psychiatrist who then goes on to make the cardinal sin of diagnosing a man he has never met, let alone evaluated or saw a clinical history of.

            It is pure nonsense. People with narcissistic traits abound, diagnosable narcissists, not so much.

            I am of the mind if you have to blow your own horn, in order for you to give yourself credence and get attention, then what you are playing just might be a little bit suspect😉

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          • Garrison Hall says:

            For a long time now, people who possess great talent and intelligence have been of interest to me. A good term for them is “virtuoso”. My interest has given me the opportunity to meet, talk to, and occasionally be friends with, some very remarkable people. By definition, virtuosos are different from the rest of us. You can be very, very good at something but virtuosos are just that little bit better. To a person, virtuosos have to incorporate their very special abilities into a self-concept that allows them to relate to others as a “normal” person. Some are more successful than others at this and some—Hillary, Obama, probably most politicians (OK, I’m showing a bias here)—are walking disasters. While it can always be a point of contention with someone who has stellar abilities, I don’t see in Trump the kind of dysfunctional pathology that his critics here are talking about. I think he handles his virtuosity rather well. GO TRUMP!!

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        • Jasper says:

          Friendly advice: Next time, omit the “As a psychiatrist who treated countless patients with personality disorders over many years, I believe it is evident that Trump is severely afflicted.” bit. The rest of your post had something going; now the piranha feast.

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          • phil fan says:

            Yes that strange claim got the discussion off Cruz and on to himself. Cruz we don’t like too much due to his open borders position and his support for TPP the job killer. Donald has opposite positions which are seen as helpful for this country.

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            • Jasper says:

              Yes. Strange indeed.

              However, Cruz was pro-TPA (voted for) and anti-TPP (voted against). His position is for free trade, but back tracked when the bills were not “fair trade” as the Donald would say. I don’t like his TPA vote, but I don’t hold sway to one vote.

              As long as Trump likes Cruz, I’m not understanding the anti-Cruz comments coming from his supporters. Is Trump right on everything, but wrong on Cruz?

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        • laineethecat says:

          Psychiatry was “invented” by cultural Marxists. Obama is the one who qualifies for NPD, not Trump.

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      • Sentient says:

        For the record, Trump’s polling no worse with Hispanics than Romney did, and he’s polling much better with blacks than any recent GOP presidential candidate. His opposition to TPP stands a decent chance of bringing in more blue collar democrats than anyone since Reagan. Cruz’s reading of Green Eggs and Ham not so much.

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      • dizzymissl says:

        Trump didn’t call Clinton to ask him about running.

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      • Ricardo says:

        Cruz is extremely dishonest on the topic of amnesty, and, in fact, despite all the attempts of his campaign to obfuscate the facts, supports granting legal status to the 40 million illegals in this country, something he’s described as “getting them out of the shadows.” Cruz is a liar, just straight out. His wife also, despite, again, his lies that she was a “conservative dissident,” was a member of the CFR and works for Goldman Sachs. She is all in on open borders, and her inconsequential “dissent” is only on how to fix the Mexican economy.

        I’ll also add that, yes, Cruz uses and abuses religion big time for votes. His father is a Dominionist, and if he weren’t so dishonest, I would say that he is one too. OR, it’s possible he is a Dominionist, and thinks that lying “For the Lord” is not something to be ashamed about.

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      • stella says:

        I would just note that your comparison of deporting illegal immigrants to confiscating guns stinks to high heaven. Possession of guns by law abiding citizens is LEGAL, and protected by the Constitution.

        Ignoring illegal immigration because Hispanics are perceived as a voting block is wrong. Might as well ignore crime in the inner city because blacks and Hispanics are the ones committing most of that crime. Wouldn’t want to upset the voters, now would we?

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      • Rusty Abbe says:

        yea I don’t get the anti Cruz pro Trump mania on here…Trump can tell you he doesn’t like the Iran treaty but Cruz can tell you why it’s a bad deal…in a debate Hillary will kill trump but Cruz will bury Hillary…

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      • I think we are getting to a point where we all need to be very careful…of each other and what is most important. We need to WIN! It is not a question of what we want as individuals, or our dream candidate, it is a question of who can win that can and will do the job. It has become apparent that immigration is a huge issue and we KNOW that Trump is all in for fixing it in all it’s forms. We also know that Trump is likely to draw Democrat voters, Cruz will not. Our country needs us to be sensible. I LOVE Franklin Graham, but he could never be elected as President in a general election and neither could Ted Cruz. Please everyone, think strategically. Trump may not be a diamond, but I do believe he is the ruby the Lord has given us for now. But please be kind to one another. This silly creeper stuff helps no one.

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    • catmom says:

      Very creepy indeed.

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  2. 1321weave says:

    100% correct on all counts. I am very faithful, but I do not need a “faith” leader to elect as God alone holds that office for me. I need a GREAT LEADER, like Trump. Lastly, anyone hitching their star to Beck’s wagon loses my vote based on that idiotic decision alone.

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    • YEP..spot on…but of course Cruz has other issues as well and those issues limit him as well. HIs connections..his TPP and TPA support..his immigrations policy..which I am sure he wishes he had not laid out before running for president. Many other issues as well..but his close relationship with the establishment..Ryan and company will not gain support.

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    • Brian Leone says:

      Beck is a nut job, anyone that goes to him for political advice is destined for failure.

      On the other hand, Trump pulled in a crowd of over 30k at one of his rallies. Holy expletives, batman!

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  3. Taurnil says:

    Oh that’s gonna rile the pro Cruz folks.

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  4. The Boss says:

    No wonder Cruz has all but vanished recently. This explains a lot. Thanks SD.

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  5. BenY says:

    I don’t believe Cruz can take us where we need to go. Trump said Shitlary’s scandal was criminal, Cruz said it was disturbing, Trump tells it like it is without carefully weighed responses. Cruz gives turn the other cheek and say nice things about all crooks. Cruz may even lead, but, he doesn’t have the cajones for anyone to follow. He would be OK if he were running for Pastor-In-Chief.

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  6. Well thought out article, Thank You

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  7. GumboPot says:

    Very nice and astute analysis (as usual) of the Ted Cruz campaign. Sadly for the reasons you mentioned Ted doesn’t have a path to the nomination and I generally like Ted.

    FWIW, the aspect I love about Trump is he considers himself and American first and party second. If you listen to the words of all the other candidates they are party loyalist first and Americans second. It’s really a sad state of affairs. America needs Trump badly. We need to win again.

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  8. Doodahdaze says:

    He is the last elected republican running that has any chance at all in the actual voting. Rubio is self destructing as we speak. The rest already have. Beck has been eating too many green eggs.
    RUBIO: DONALD TRUMP’S PLAN TO DEPORT ILLEGALS, BUILD BORDER WALL, ‘MAKES NO SENSE’
    http://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2015/10/26/rubio-donald-trumps-plan-to-deport-illegals-build-border-wall-makes-no-sense/

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  9. lovely says:

    I am always suspicious of those who politicize God to their own end.

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  10. Ziiggii says:

    A couple of thoughts/questions:

    “In essence, for the sake of a nail -which may or may not be- based upon purity, he has diminished his influence.”

    I’ve never heard this phrase; can someone explain the gist?

    “Candidate Cruz is following a business model, which can provide affluence,[…]”

    This really begs the question, is Ted being used? By his own father?

    Man, this kinda stuff is kinda in my wheelhouse, given my current employment, but I never would have given it much thought. SD – you are one perceptive man. This is a great thesis to present to the Cruz cheerleaders.

    “Put another, more familiar, way: “at what cost do you desire to be right”?

    This is the most frightening trap that Trump could fall into for me. That his ego gets in the way on a particular topic or issue. Humility is not an easy pill to swallow; I don’t care if your Mother Theresa!

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    • Ziiggii says:

      This article also, obviously to some, can and does apply to Carson. Maybe even more so since he is currently polling so well with the evangelicals.

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      • Artist says:

        I was going to write something like that Ziiggii….
        Being a Jewish person, in all honesty, I do not know a lot of the details of different Christian religions beyond Protestants and Catholics…..
        so I have being researching Seventh Day Adventists as I knew nothing about them, just as I did some research into Mormonism last time.
        I find it odd that “evangelicals” are supporting Carson as from what I have read, it appears that many evangelicals nearly equate SDAs with satanic Cults! This is just one such site:
        http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Seventh-Day%20Adventist/sda_not_christian.htm
        This seems pretty out there for someone who is actually being considered as POTUS….

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        • Ziiggii says:

          I can attest, as Carson was high on my list, as an evangelical it is all in how he presents his arguments; his demeanor. Many evangelicals are in the south and thus do not understand nor like the brashness of those in the northeast. So many are turned off to Trump just by default. Southerners are more stealthy in how they “trash” others; “Bless their heart…” is said innocently enough, but is far from innocent. Evangelicals can and do get easily fooled by those that seem familiar to them. It’s how someone like Grahamnesty can get elected. Also, a lot of evangelicals do not know, either by willful ignorance or laziness, much about SDA. Doctrinally, I personally would question their (SDA) salvation as they do not hold to many of the traditional doctrines of the Christian faith or early church fathers; whether pre/post Reformation.

          Sidenote: there is only 1 “Christian religion”. The difference in Catholic and Protestant revolves around the 95 thesis presented by Martin Luther; and to be honest, within the Protestants, some of those same arguments from the 95 thesis are what separate them into the different denominations. The only difference in Catholic and all the Protestant denominations is dogmas or doctrine. But there are some that claim to be Protestant or evan Evangelical that are very fringe and very questionable.

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        • Tonawanda says:

          I did some research too. Please read about Ellen White and draw your own conclusions.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_G._White

          Hint: she never sat next to a Bodhi Tree.

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        • jonvil says:

          As a former SDA (36 years) Adventism is cultic, but certainly not satanic.Their interpretation of scripture is based on the writings of their prophetess Ellen White. It’s Ellen first, then scripture to support Ellen’s theology.

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    • sundance says:

      “For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
      For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
      For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
      For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
      For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
      And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”

      ~ Benjamin Franklin

      https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/626466-for-the-want-of-a-nail-the-shoe-was-lost

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  11. jwoop66 says:

    Yeah, maybe.

    One thing though… Everybody…. breath.

    I like what trump is doing. I like what he’s saying. BUT… This website, and the comments within are starting to give me the creeps with the trump worship. Like I said, I like what he’s saying, and he’s single-handedly upsetting the cart where the others… well, lets just say we all know jeb would be out front now. Trump, however could flake at ANY time. Lets not forget, most of his positions are the same as hillary’s.

    I used to think, based on his and cruz’s interactions at the debates and publicly, that trump might be screening for him, and setting the tone- saying things no one else could. I thought he’d eventually drop out and the discussion would be on the things he mentioned. One thing I never thought, however, is that trump is ALMIGHTY. People who sound like they believe he is, creep me out as much as glenn beck.

    Cruz, for whatever faults doesn’t creep me out, and he’s doing the right thing in dc. He needs to hold the line. Others will follow. Trump? Hope he is what he seems… we’ll see.

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    • JRD says:

      Cruz creeps me out but thanks for your concern.

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    • rjcylon says:

      I think what you saw was Trump considering Cruz as as VP.

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    • wondering999 says:

      jwoop, I don’t think Trump is Almighty. In fact I’m very conscious that he’s only human and is bound to make mistakes, to fall and have to recover balance again.

      Should Trump & Co. happen to read here, I hope this place lifts his spirits and encourages him. Think of this as sort of a pep rally. I don’t care much about football, but this campaign and this country matters to me at a very deep level. If that creeps you out, you aren’t understanding what is going on. Only G-d gets worship, but people who are willing to raise up this country need encouragement. If you don’t trust Trump, then listen to your instincts, be sure to stay honest – and I’ll listen to my instincts. Trump has won my support with his work and words and thinking process so far. No other candidate comes close.

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    • Sentient says:

      Almighty? Geez. You don’t get it. Trump’s not our candidate. He’s our murder weapon.

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      • jwoop66 says:

        Yes, I support that thought, but there is clear and present idol worship goin’ on around here. Like I said originally, I like trump. I like what he’s saying. I hope he is who he says he is. I think what I’m thinking is some of you folks(and plenty others out there) are so needing of a hero, you’re going all “schoolgirl” over this david cassidy.

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        • Doodahdaze says:

          The best thing to do is read it backwards. Start at the end. Don’t look at the reasons we are for Trump. Look at the reasons the establishment is so averse to Trump. Do you know why the entire establishment is so afraid of him?

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    • well brother, time to get your engine looked at, your antennae is picking up the wrong signals! ain’t NO ONE on this blog worshiping Trump. what you are calling “worship,” is nothing more than admiration and even love. there is a big difference. the only worship going on in this blog is worship of God and the LORD Jesus Christ. we don’t worship Trump and we don’t worship Cruz. ARE YOU OUTTA YOUR EVER LUVIN MIND???🙂

      what you will find here are folks who love America and see she is falling…HARD, and hanging their hope on Trump as being the man do do the job!

      feelings come from THOUGHTS, so if you’re feeling “creeped out,” time to check yourself and remember: we are the gatekeepers of our minds and what we will allow to enter there. creepy thoughts = creepy feelings! GUARD YOUR MIND SON! you have already admittedly been wrong before.

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    • dizzymissl says:

      Um, his positions are NOTHING like Hillary’s

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    • Tonawanda says:

      “Lets not forget, most of his positions are the same as hillary’s.”

      Wow … I am misinformed!

      Could you make a list to straighten me out! Thanks ….

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    • lorac says:

      Lets not forget, most of his positions are the same as hillary’s.

      I disagree. Maybe like Hillary2008, but not Hillary2016. She’s been very clear that she wants to be Obama III on steroids. She relinquished her old spot, and Trump sailed right into it.

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  12. stringy theory says:

    Excellent commentary, Sundance. I think you have helped me understand why I see Cruz, a man I once thought I could support, as someone who gives me the willeys. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is about him, but you have probably articulated it as well as can be stated. I hope Trump stays away from this religious brawl business and just continues doing what he does best–tell it like it is. The biggest problems we face are economic and they are largely rooted in the illegal alien issue. If we can’t stop this invasion, our economic destiny is doomed. And without a strong economy, we can’t have a strong national defense. IMO, Trump is the only candidate who has the understanding of our problems and the ability to do something about them.

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    • PatriotKate says:

      I have always felt like Cruz was a phony and he gives me the creeps. I’ve said it many times, his attempt to cozy up to Trump is self-serving. He has no path to the Presidency. I would have originally suggested Supreme Court until he demonstrated he doesn’t understand the 14th Amendment.

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  13. hocuspocus13 says:

    The photo of Trump with the Cops came out really good

    Everyone is smiling…happy 😎

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  14. peachteachr says:

    As a strong Cruz supporter, who plans to vote for Trump, I hate to see Cruz dirty himself up like this. He has no hope of the office, but what he says and how he says it has everything to do with what he can do in the future. I like him, a lot. I think he is a good man. Even as a faithful Christian, I can’t see how he hopes to profit from this.

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    • Even “faithful Christians” can fall prey to the lure of vanity, power and pride and can completely miss signals in their own calling, at the same time cannot recognize the calling in others like Trump. Cruz is just human like you, me, and everybody else. He may be right for running, but he is wrong about being president. Even the numbers don’t add up for Cruz for the nomination, and he would never win a general election, he only appeals to a small percentage of Americans, and that being ON THE RIGHT ONLY.
      Good news is that he’s an awesome senator! More good news Trump is resonating with Americans who love America on the Left and the Right!

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  15. sunspots7 says:

    So if Cruz is so smart, he will have done the math. Don’t understand how he wins. Beck’s real estate and influence are dwindling — his audience has been decreasing. Maybe Cruz thinks he will get the Mormon vote through Beck, who portrays himself as a Christian but he still says he is a Mormon. Evangelicals and Mormons who have bothered to look into each others faith know they are mutually exclusive. So Cruz will be walking a fine line and have to keep evangelicals and Mormons from thinking about how they have been grouped together in a coalition.

    Maybe Cruz thinks that when Trump and Carson drop out (because we are all sure they will do it any day now), he will get their supporters and Mormons as a buffer. This doesn’t add up to me. Why would the money donors back Cruz if the math isn’t working. SD — what am I not getting??

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    • Just_me says:

      A lot of the Cruz supporters believe,with all their heart and soul, if Trump drops out, all Trump supporters will go to Cruz. Not going to happen. They are also mad that Trump is getting all the attention and if he wasn’t, everyone would see how wonderful Cruz is (their opinion) and Cruz would surge to the top. No he wouldn’t and the GOP would make sure of that. As Sundance points out, Cruz is targeting a small subset of the voting population, and that is all the support he is going to get. Cruz can’t win the nomination, much less the general election. Don’t understand why Cruz and his followers don’t get that.

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    • sundance says:

      …”So if Cruz is so smart, he will have done the math. Don’t understand how he wins”….

      IMHO You are viewing the question through the wrong prism of motive.

      For Cruz this is not about winning or losing an election. This is about winning or losing money.

      From the standpoint of gaining influence (winning a presidency), he is losing.
      From the standpoint of gaining affluence (making himself rich), he is winning. BIG.

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      • kvoorhees4 says:

        Well, yes, Cruz’s wife is some kind of VP with Goldman Sachs, the Mother Vampire of banks. That was a big red flag. I am not a fan of the Bushes, certainly, but when “W” says he “just doesn’t like the guy” and theres that story of Cruz going and getting Pappy Bush’s endorsement for some TX office and Rove thinking Cruz took advantage of Pappy —- it puts a question mark next to Cruz for being an opportunist.

        How will he make money off it? Thru his wife or will he leave the Senate?

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      • Pride, vanity, and greed snares many a man! Can blind a man, Christian or not!

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      • sunspots7 says:

        Thanks SD because the voting math makes Cruz look stupid and he is not that. The money math shows him to be vile and disgusting. Using people backfires on you when they find out. Cruz will be explaining / lying about his motives for a very long time.

        I am happy he is “outing” himself as a professional establishment politician. Seems like this is the wrong cycle to do it. My new hobby is making a list of all the establishment types so I don’t forget who they really are. It getting really long already….

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    • facebkwallflower says:

      Supporting Cruz benefits his big oil donors when he looses and goes back to being a senator.

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  16. feralcatsblog says:

    One could almost substitute the name Trump for the name Reagan in the following article written all the way back in 1980.

    [link] Reagan A New Breed Of Populist [March 27, 1980]

    Not many political pundits have yet grasped the fundamental reason why the former union leader-actor-governor might move forward as the exponent of this new mood.

    The significant fact of Reagan’s candidacy is that he operates from center ground. He is not – repeat, not – a “conservative” as the east coast columnists like to declare – as if that label was some kind of epithet.

    It is interesting to note that the old-line conservatives such as Senator Barry Goldwater and Senator John Tower have already endorsed President Gerald Ford. Our non-elected president is a true conservative moving farther right each week.

    Reagan is a new breed of populist. Sooner or later the worn out politicos who have dominated the Washington scene for four sorry decades will have to deal with Reagan on that basis.

    The so called “fat cats” don’t know Reagan. He castigates big business, big labor and big government. Employees, rank-and-file union members and overburdened tax payers are his main source of support.

    The commentators move with similar haste to cut down Reagan as a man with no issues. Yet, his issues are plain and appealing to a large number of Americans.

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    • parteagirl says:

      Thank you for sharing that!

      I’ve had several discussions with friends lately about Trump. When they say “But Trump is not a conservative” I simply say that they are using the wrong measuring stick. This is not a conservative vs liberal election- it is a globalist vs nationalist election. Who cares if the ship is veering to the left or to the right when it’s in the process of sinking! Nationalism is the new conservatism- putting America over party and the rest of the world.

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  17. Centinel2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:

    I agree broaden the base like Reagan did and now Trump is doing and talk positive about the country not how you are going the change it like Obama did. Trump is not Reagan but like Reagan he can talk to the real Americans and no one else out there can dod this!

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  18. Whatever religious alliance Ted Cruz, Glenn Beck, David Barton have, they are not resonating with Black Spiritual Conservative the way Trump does. Cruz nor Carson are getting the Black Spiritual Conservative Vote — but Trump IS. Black American male vote may just decide this election! Trump doesn’t need the illegal Hispanic agenda vote. This American is not a Republican nor Dem either, he’s a CHRISTIAN and explains why, very powerful!

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  19. Charley says:

    Look, I like Cruz’s principle a great deal, but am also a yuge Trump supporter. There are many policies of his which I don’t particularly agree with, but he is by all appearances the best positioned candidate to smash the status quo and bring down the establishment. But every time I’ve seen you criticize Cruz, I’m struck by the same though. You’re using the same arguments against Cruz that the establishment is using.

    Every single time, you respect his commitment to principle, but then complain that he cannot win a general election, that he is just too conservative to win over enough voters. You even trot out the same arguments as leftwing media: “Look, he’s alienated himself in the Senate! Even the conservatives don’t want him.”

    I could understand if you said you just didn’t like him. Maybe it’s just not his time. Perhaps he just isn’t “Presidential,” he can’t really carry the office. I would get it if you found him lacking in characteristics needed to be president. That would make sense. But that’s not the argument I’ve heard. Questioning someone’s electability is the argument of the establishment. Questioning the strategic merits of commitment to conservative principles seems to be the very starting point of our troubles.

    After all, what’s does a principle mean if you don’t stand for it? What does it mean to be a conservative if you’re willing to give it all up just to win, just to hold on to your power? I thought standing up for our principles was the common call of the Tea Party. If we give up on a truly conservative candidate just because we don’t think he can win, how can we call ourselves conservative? I thought the entire point was that we were tired of being called crazy, tired of being dismissed, tired of being called unelectable. What did I miss?

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    • sundance says:

      For five years, count them, FIVE YEARS, beginning when he was a Senate candidate in 2011 – I have written on these pages about the good and bad of hundreds of candidates, including multiple posts about Ted Cruz. In each one, pro or con, I have clearly explained (why or why not) each was a net positive or negative outcome.

      The cumulative result of all those outlines of Ted Cruz is my opinion he represents a net negative.

      Your inability to use the site functions to identify each and every post is not my issue (he even has his own drop down category “ted cruz”. Therefore your argument to admonish my motives therein is quite silly.

      I have clearly explained my analysis in each and every post as well as presented the sourced citations for people to make up their own mind. Example:

      https://theconservativetreehouse.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/ted-cruz-what-happened-in-mississippi-was-appalling-really-really-ted/

      Cruz went to the dark side of self-serving grandiosity in 2012/2013 – he has remained there. This attachment to Glenn Beck and David Barton is merely an outcome of those prior decisions.

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      • keebler AC says:

        Canada doesn’t want Cruz back either.

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      • Charley says:

        I have read many of your articles. Forgive me if I have not read every single letter, and memorized every bit of punctuation. Your condescension is unbecoming. I started coming to this sight because I found your opinions and your research almost revelatory. I have read this article before. I know the incident. But you were the one who cleared it away for me. Just a few months ago you said that, by all appearances, Cruz had broken with McConnell, that he seems to now see how he was taken in, and that it was likely the aftermath of the Cochran incident and witnessing how other deals went south. After all, do we really believe that everyone goes to D.C. to be corrupt, or that the power they find there is what corrupts them? Rubio was a hero before he became a villain. It it at all reasonable to think he was really a villain the whole time? That he had a scheme from before he even ran for Senate to wind up where he is now?

        You say now you think Cruz is a net negative, but you are constantly changing your tune. When Trump got into the election, you presented Cruz and Trump as birds of a feather. It was Carson you felt might be the sleeper establishment choice. You’ve stated time and time again that Cruz is the very reason the establishment strategy exists.

        But then Cruz deigned to say something that might maybe somehow be taken as a criticism of Trump, that he didn’t think Trump would be in the race at the primary. He didn’t say why. He didn’t say it would be a good thing or a bad thing. He merely stated that was his expectation. Something any candidate would say when asked the question he was asked. Imagine how Rubio would have answered that question. Or Jeb. Then you suggested that Cruz was with the establishment. That he was revealing himself as Brutus, as an establishment pundit already suggested someone might do. But if Cruz is with the establishment, then why would the establishment follow this strategy? Were they expecting Trump? If they were, why are they so unprepared?

        But then even this is dropped. It’s fine to say your opinion has changed. As you already have. I’m not doubting you. What I’m asking for, as I said originally, is what did I miss? How have you moved from one position to another. That you moved is fine. I’m confident it was only based upon sound analysis and much thought. I doubt that it was as simple saying Cruz can’t win a general. But that’s what this article says. So that leaves me curious and confused. I know that is your argument, since that is the establishment argument, so what is the real argument, because I haven’t seen it. Perhaps you still believe he is duplicitous and you have more evidence that I have not seen (and I’ve seen Cochran, TPP, immigration, Iran Deal, etc.). I even suggested it could be as simple as Cruz doesn’t have the necessary skills or qualities for the job. That is why I now support Trump, who I think is eminently more capable of dealing with the tasks at hand, of solving our most pressing problems of cultural and national survival.

        I’m not admonishing your motives. Not in the slightest. I’m looking for more clarity. You clearly know more of what’s going on than I do. So then why summarize your arguments with such a bad argument as “unelectable” / “can’t win a general”? As I said at the beginning, I currently support Trump, but my political heart is torn. From everything I have read of yours, from everything I know of Cruz, from everything I’ve read about him elsewhere, I remain unconvinced that he is not genuine. He is certainly not perfect. This I know. But neither is Trump. We all admit that. I’m not certain, nor even inclined to think, that Cruz is the right person to be president, not at this time, and perhaps not ever. As much as I like what he says, there’s much more to the presidency that words and principle. So again, I am not admonishing your motives. I’m merely baffled. Instead of saying he’s unelectable, why not make the stronger claim and say he hurts the cause?

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        • Charley says:

          Sorry for the typo in the first paragraph.

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        • stella says:

          He gave you the link to the article that explains why he thinks about Cruz as he does. Why don’t you read it before going off?

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          • Charley says:

            If you read what I wrote, you’ll know that I already did.

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            • stella says:

              So you think it was “okay” for Ted to participate in attack ads against McDaniel?

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              • Charley says:

                So you think a “Vice Chariman for Grassroots Outreach” has much say in those media buys? Do you think they were consulting Cruz? Notice his complaints are not agains NRSC, but against NRSC leadership. The people making decisions. While in a broad sense Cruz could have been said to be on the “leadership team”, it seems like more than a stretch to say he had any real power to lead there. Could he have done more? Absolutely. Did he do the right thing? No, I don’t think so. Even if he couldn’t have stopped it, he knew about it, and waited until later to speak out. But to call him a participant and a conspirator, seems inaccurate, at best, and disingenuous at worst. I acknowledged this. But as I said, it was Sundance who argued that Cruz seems to have grown, learned, and changed. He thought he could work with the party before, so he compromised. He tried to keep to the old way, and found that he did not change Washington, but it changed him. And so then he renounced it. He’s trying to get free of the beast. He broke the rules of the Senate to call McConnell a liar on the floor. As I said, if you read my post, maybe Cruz is no different. Maybe he hasn’t changed. He has not entirely redeemed himself. But he has done enough, things pointed out to me by Sundance, that I cannot say for certain that he hasn’t changed either. Hence why I wanted more clarity. But I’ve already acknowledged all of this.

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                • stella says:

                  Definition of the word “condescending”.

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                • stella says:

                  P.S.: There is another article about why there is no path to election for Cruz – it’s in the list of 114 articles that are about or reference Ted Cruz. I don’t think SD ever presented Cruz and Trump as “birds of a feather”, just that Cruz was holding back on criticism in the hope that he could step in when or if Trump stumbled. Then there’s that thing about Cruz’s PAC sending money to Fiorina – the thing that the FEC is investigating. What’s up with that? I’ve been wondering.

                  I always like Cruz too, but there are reasons to question.

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        • Jasper says:

          Hang in there Charley.. going against the grain can be hazardous here.

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  20. kvoorhees4 says:

    A few years ago, I heard radio host Ron Kuby (WABC, NYC) who is also a famous left wing lawyer talk about the difference between success in the media and success in politics. He said people would tell him how upset they were hearing about what a big deal Oprah was, or Bill O’Reilly or whoever. The difference is that you don’t have to get 51% of the audience to have a big success on TV. 5% of the audience is huge. You can’t win an election with 5%, of course.

    Cruz is popular with a very small segment and does not resonate with most people because of style as much as substance. He comes across as unctuous, frankly. Even “oily.” I am surprised he hasn’t been told to work with a speech coach or some other kind of professional who could tone that down. Maybe it works in certain parts of the country but its like fingernails on a blackboard for a lot of people. And then the religious talk on top of that. Grating.

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  21. Andy Texan says:

    I think imputing bad motives to Cruz’s campaign as pretty disgusting. You can analyze his chances and find them wanting without calling him a fraud. Shame on you. By the way, I agree with your Trump posts.

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  22. I am all for candidates actively including Evangelicals in their political coalitions, by promising religious freedoms and and rights to expess themselve in the open market. I don’t expect there to be a Chrstian or Evangelical political party. Since, all governments are God’s tool and none resists His will. God allows bad Governments to chasten those who disobey.

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  23. Geela says:

    “Ask anyone who participated in the 08/28/10 “Restoring Honor” DC event what was the goal while they were there; you’ll find few with a direct answer, and even fewer still who consider Beck to hold any value or benefit.”

    I was there and will tell you that the only goal I had in attending was to stand with other like-minded Americans who shared my love of God and country and also, not to be under-estimated, to SEE each other. It was very inspiring to simply stand and see others who shared our American values. I will have to give credit to Beck for putting that together.

    That being said, Beck lost me for good with the Bundy/teddy bear stunt.

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  24. charliewalksonwater says:

    I want a Godly man to lead the country. Cruz would have been it, but when Trump came along, I pondered that and realized that God uses whom He chooses. He even uses the ungodly to carry out his will. Not that Trump is ungodly (i wouldnt know) but I think He has chosen Trump.

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  25. keebler AC says:

    Glenn Beck is Ted Cruz’s tool for attacking Donald Trump so that Ted can keep his hands clean. Just in case Trump needs a Veep. I liked Ted’s education and apparent record of speech and debate, encouraged others to look beyond his birth to truly vet the man’s potential to lead the country. As soon as he showed up with Glenn Beck with Teddy Bears for a photo-op while mostly young male illegals were crossing the border like the Syrians in Europe, I knew right away Ted is nothing but a Show Boat. What good is a brain and intelligence if the heart is easy to buy?

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  26. keebler AC says:

    Speaking of proselytizing, I agree merely casting oneself as the Christian candidate is akin to casting oneself superficially as black or female. Let’s see real credo put in action. Does the Bible not say it is in your works that you receive your grace, not if you take Saturday off to idolize me while abandoning your duty?

    Incidently, for those wanting to understand the Seventh Day Adventist, research its beginnings. These offshoots do not properly represent the beliefs of Christians and the Bible. They mar our faith in the eyes of the populace with made-up doctrines. It verges on the creepy which explains our good doctor.

    SDA’s often make every effort to appear “evangelical”, joining in with inter-ministry groups and trying to “blend in” with the Christian community. However, make no mistake about it, they believe they are exclusively correct because they recognize and follow Ellen G. White. Among themselves, they mock the Christian’s beliefs, calling our concept of salvation, “cheap grace”. They privately consider themselves to be spiritually superior to the rest of us.

    The founder by the way is revered by SDA’s as on equal footing with the Holy Trinity and the Bible. An oath is made to Ellen G. White at their baptismals. When you die, you don’t go to heaven, you go to eternal sleep at your grave – while the souls of the “sinners” are completely annihilated. Part of serious sinning is working on Saturday. The “sleeping part” is kind of ironic and an omen? Ben Carson is too abnormal a candidate! (Shivers)

    http://www.eaec.org/cults/seventhdayadvent.htm

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  27. Sentient says:

    IMO, Trump would do best to, as someone else here said, leave his mom’s bible at home. If he said something like “I’m a believer, but I’m also a sinner. I’m not running for pastor, and I’m not running for pope. I’m running for president so that we can make America great again.” it would serve him well.

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      I think you are correct. The cultural understanding is lacking. No fault of anyone, simply that it seems for many Evangelical’s, a mainline Protestant from NYC (where people don’t talk religion) is a bit alien. The inverse is true. What would be great is to illustrate the common bonds, which he’s tried to do, but like a business man: actions. Saying Merry Christmas, bringing attention and ideally relief for the persecution of Christians in the ME (and globally) It’s clear Trump is quite passionate about both. He rightly sees the Christian cultural heritage under attack. Perhaps those who have friends who are Evangelicals can pitch Trump from this standpoint and ask who would be most effective. Can’t think of anyone better than Trump.

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  28. Lars says:

    For a so-called Christian, Beck is pretty evil/nasty toward Trump. Must be the money.

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  29. Sundance, sometime this week you need to go indept more about why so much of the conservative media that once seemed to be on our side is not. What is with Glenn Beck, Powerline blog, Redstate, National Review, Fox News, even NewsMax. In some ways I feel it is because a lot of conservative Catholics are being surpressed by the Francis Effect, and are being forced to remain silent because of their liberal Pope (after all any true conservative Catholic must submit to the leading of the Pope). So our conservative Catholic friends have been silenced since 2013. I understand why alot of Evangelicals that are still active loyal Republicans reject Trump because of gaslighting abuse by the GOPe they just do what the party tells them to do. But that is less than half of the Evangelicals. Most Evangelicals stopped being political in the 90’s. We don’t speak in one voice.

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    • sunspots7 says:

      I think the answer is follow the money. Who set them up and/or is currently running them. I think many were established to push a message, which has been carefully coated in a little dusting of conservatism to get us to swallow what they are offering. We have been far too trusting for far too long.

      Beck is a puzzle to me. I do know what he is doing and why, but why does he think he will survive or thrive? So painful to watch the mental contortions and high-emotion diva drama. (actually I stopped watching him a while ago.

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  30. Doodahdaze says:

    The USA is in the process of being colonized. “Transformed” if you will.
    Colonialism is the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of colony in one territory by a political power from another territory. It is a set of unequal relationships between the colonial power and the colony and often between the colonists and the indigenous population.
    Loyalists were American colonists who remained loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolutionary War. At the time they were often called Tories, Royalists, or King’s Men; Patriots called them “persons inimical to the liberties of America.”

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    • Doodahdaze says:

      Don’t miss the “Global Citizen Festival” coming up on MSNBC. Not a joke. This is the way to put what is transpiring in to focus.

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  31. e.g.g. says:

    I think Chris Christie is a narcissist. He is very arrogant, talks down to the public and very rude to the average person, especially people who ask questions he does not like.

    George G.W. Bush was always testy with the press.

    I have never, ever seen a candidate, for any office, who is genuinely nice to the public the way Trump is.

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  32. oldgrunt68 says:

    Cruz has accomplished great things in the Senate. He exposed the hypocrisy of the Senate Republicans and their total uselessness. Also, he tore back the curtain on the shenanigans the Republicans pull to deceive their voters. He has exposed them all…..monster success.

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  33. mpmp2015 says:

    Given the shifting demographics, broadening your base is critical in order to be a successful national candidate. The $64,000 question is how?

    There are a few schools of thought, on one side, you get the Koch Brothers thinking that pulling in Hispanic voters will fill in the gap and on the other side you have folks who believe if you can get the most broad based moderate Republican, independent and Reagan Democrat votes AND drive the turn out on these types of voters, then you can squeak a win, but it won’t be pretty; essentially winning the electoral college, but losing the popular vote.

    I believe Trump is playing latter as a tactical strategy for this election cycle only. Though I believe Trump will do better with minority voters and he will get much more of the white voters than many pundits would anticipate. If he is going to win nationally, it will be by a squeaker and may lose the popular vote. Once he secures the Republican nomination, the Dems will go on a rampage to get as many illegals or dead folks to vote in this election to win at all costs, so I’m not sure the landslide victory will be there; especially with election fraud. However, even with the fraud, I think Trump can just make it over the finish line by a nose and that’s all he needs.

    As far as running on the religious angle, historically, it’s only had local or statewide success, but it’s not a successful national political platform. I think Cruz’s pathway to victory is fraught with uncertainty and is operating on a wing and a prayer; literally and figuratively. Having positions and depending on voter in a narrow band of the political spectrum is a losing proposition nationally.

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  34. Jim A says:

    The 08/28/10 rally was when I started to part ways as a Beck listener. Up until then, all the big rallies were aimed at putting a halt to the unprecedented expansion of government since the 2008 election. Nearly everyone who went was under the impression this would be an attempt to further nationalize the mid-terms against Obama/Reid/Pelosi.

    Beck kept the purpose of the rally secret, and it turned into some sort of non-denomination prayer rally. So he basically hoodwinked thousands to spend hundreds in order to travel to DC as he rolled out his plan to stake his own niche in right wing media.

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