A Reminder For South Carolina Voters – Cold Anger !!

After many months of professional political punditry “gaslighting” Americans, the patriots in South Carolina enter their moment to have their voices heard.  A visible and quantifiable moment to clearly state our refusal to be co-dependents in our national demise….

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We Remember – December 23rd 2009 when Majority Leader Harry Reid passed a version of Obamacare through forced vote at 1:30am. The Senators could not leave, and for the two weeks previous were kept in a prolonged legislative session barred returning to their home-state constituencies. It was, by all measures and reality, a vicious display of forced ideological manipulation of the upper chamber; shared as a reminder for what set the stage, and what followed.

Riddled with anxiety we watched the Machiavellian manipulations unfold, seemingly unable to stop the visible usurpation. Desperate for a tool to stop the construct in December 2009 we found Scott Brown and rallied to deliver $7 million in funding, and a “Kennedy Seat” victory on January 19th 2010.

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Unfortunately, the trickery of Majority Leader Harry Reid would not be deterred. Upon legislative return he stripped a House Budgetary bill, and replaced it with the Democrat Senate version of Obamacare through a process of “reconciliation”. Thereby avoiding the 3/5ths vote rule (60) and instead using only a simple majority, 51 votes.

Angered, we rallied to the next election (November 2010) and handed the usurping Democrats the single largest electoral defeat in the prior 100 years. The House returned to Republican control, and one-half of the needed Senate seats reversed. Within the next two election cycles (’12 and ’14) we again removed the Democrats from control of the Senate.

Within each of those three elections we were told Repealing Obamacare would be job #1. It was not an optional part of our representative agreement to do otherwise.

However, from the writing of Jonah Goldberg, an advocate for modern conservative political opinion, you find the following:

[…] If you want a really good sense of the damage Donald Trump is doing to conservatism, consider the fact that for the last five years no issue has united the Right more than opposition to Obamacare.

Opposition to socialized medicine in general has been a core tenet of American conservatism from Day One. Yet, when Republicans were told that Donald Trump favors single-payer health care, support for single-payer health care jumped from 16 percent to 44 percent. (link)

With control of the House and Senate did Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or House Speaker John Boehner use the same level of severity expressed by Harry Reid to put a repeal bill on the desk of Obama for veto?

Simply, NO.

Why not? According to NRO’s Goldberg it’s the “core tenet of American conservatism”.

If for nothing else, but to accept and follow the will of the people. Despite the probability of an Obama veto, this was not a matter of option. While the method might have been “symbolic”, due to the almost guaranteed veto, it would have stood as a promise fulfilled.

Yet the professional political class speak of “core tenets” and question our “trust” of Donald Trump?

TRUST?

We are not blind to the maneuverings of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President Tom Donohue. We are fully aware the repeal vote did not take place because the U.S. CoC demanded the retention of Obamacare.

TPP trade 2Leader McConnell followed the legislative priority of Tom Donohue as opposed to the will of the people.

This was again exemplified with the passage of TPA, another Republican construct which insured the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal could pass the Senate with 51 votes instead of 3/5ths. This is limiting government? No, this is usurpation of the will of the people.

However, the TPA bill passage provides both an example and a contrast.

We are not blind to the reality that when McConnell chooses to change the required senatorial voting threshold he is apt to do so. Not coincidentally, the TPP trade deal is another legislative priority of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Yet you question the “trustworthiness” of Donald Trump’s definitions of conservatism?

Another bill, the Iran “agreement”, reportedly and conveniently not considered a “treaty”. Again, we are not blind; nor are we blind to Republican Bob Corker’s amendment (Corker/Cardin Amendment) changing agreement ratification to a 67-vote-threshold for denial, as opposed to a customary 67 vote threshold for passage. A profound difference.

Yet you question the “principles” of Donald Trump?

A truly representative political body would be questioning the “ideological conservative principle” of their leader, Mitch McConnell. Or questioning Bob Corker. Both McConnell and Corker working to deny the will of the electorate within the party they are supposed to represent.

Of course, you need to remain willfully blind. You need to keep acting as if we are not aware of these closed door machinations. If you faced us, if you opened yourself to really being questioned by us, it would force you to admit some uncomfortable truths.

In years past our confrontation would have included tar and feathers.

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Another example soon followed – Lisa Murkowski ? An Alaskan senator who can factually lose her Republican primary bid, yet run as a write-in candidate, without admonishment from the Republican Party, and the professional political class permit her return to the Senate with full seniority and committee responsibilities?

Did the RNC, Reince Preibus, or a republican member of senatorial leadership meet the returning Murkowski and demand a Pledge of Allegiance to the principles within the Republican party? No, but you damned sure required a pledge from candidate Donald Trump. Square that circle.

The “protectionism” and “isolationism” you rail against, in the few media appearances where you are brave enough to raise your head, is simply you projecting your own concerns of your own political interests.  In essence, your necessary isolation to retain your status.

We do not forget Mitch McConnell working to re-elect Senator Thad Cochran, fundraising on his behalf in the spring/summer of 2014, even after Cochran lost the first Mississippi primary?

We do not forget the NRSC spending money on racist attack ads. We do not forget the GOP paying Democrats to vote in the second primary to defeat Republican Chris McDaniel. We are well aware the “R” in NRSC is “Republican”.

Perhaps you chose to think we forget. We do not.

You stand jaw agape, in admonition of those who have had enough and are willing to support candidate Donald Trump. Intentionally you must refuse to accept how intensely angry we are. However, specifically because of your refusal, you have now taken yourself further into the bunker and don’t realize the scope of our assembly.

nro coverYour latest attempt to quell the rising pitchforks is Paul Ryan; now charged with the definitions of who is allowed to call themselves republican, or conservative.

Tell those definitions to the majority of Conservative Republicans who supported Chris McDaniel and found their own party actively working against them.

Oh, we understand your definitions.

Where is the historical republican “character” in the fact-based exhibitions outlined above?

Remember Virginia 2012, 2013? When the conservative principle-driven electorate changed the method of candidate selection to a convention and removed the party stranglehold on their “chosen candidates”. Remember that? We do.

What did McConnell, the RNC and the GOP do in response with Ken Cuccinelli? They actively spited him and removed funding from his campaign. To teach us a lesson? Well it worked, we learned that lesson.

Representative David Brat was part of that lesson learned and answer delivered. Candidate Donald Trump is similarly an outcome of those lessons learned, and hopefully just as strong an answer forthcoming – yet these professional political voices speak of “character”.

Collectively the GOPe punditry speak of concerns toward candidate Donald Trump’s outlined tax proposals.  Yet, these same voices ignore who cut the tax rates on lower margins by 50% thereby removing any tax liability from the bottom 20% wage earners?

Which party simultaneously expanded the role of government dependency programs? That would be the GOP (“Bush Tax Cuts”)

What? How dare you argue against tax cuts, you say.

The truth is the “Bush Tax Cuts” removed tax liability from the bottom 20 to 40% of income earners completely. Leaving the entirety of tax burden on the upper 60% wage earners. Currently, thanks to those cuts, 49% of tax filers pay ZERO federal income tax.

But long term our fiscal house is much worse. The “Bush Tax Cuts” were, in essence, created to stop the post 9/11/01 recession – and they contained a “sunset provision” which ended ten years later specifically because, if the baseline budget spending continued, the tax cuts were unsustainable.

obama_delivers budget_The expiration of the lower margin tax cuts then became an argument in the election cycle of 2012. And as usual, the GOP, McConnell and Boehner were insufferably inept during this process.

The GOP (2002) removed tax liability from the lower income levels, and President Obama then (2009) lowered the income threshold for economic subsidy (welfare, food stamps, ebt, medicaid, etc) this was brutally predictable.

This lower revenue higher spending ‘baseline-budget’ approach means – lower tax revenues and increased pressure on the top tax rates (wage earners) with the increased demand for tax spending created within the welfare programs.

Professional DC Republicans focus on “spending” without ever admitting they, not the Democrats, lowered rates and set themselves up to be played with the increased need for social program spending, simultaneously.  These same politicians have never addressed the abhorrent beast that is baseline budget growth.  Ultimately, is this reality/outcome not simply a “tax the rich” program?

As a consequence what’s the difference between the Republicans and Democrats on taxes? All of a sudden Republicans are arguing to “broaden the tax base”. Meaning, reverse the tax cuts they themselves created on the lower income filers?

This is a conservative position now? A need to “tax the poor”? Nice of the Republicans to insure the Democrats have an atomic sledgehammer to use against them.

This is a winning strategy? This is the “conservatism” DC is defending because they are worried about Donald Trump’s principles, character or trustworthiness.

Here’s a list of those modern conservative “small(er) government” principles:

• Did the GOP secure the border with control of the White House and Congress? NO.
• Did the GOP balance the budget with control of the White House and Congress? NO
• Did the GOP even pass a FY 2016 budget with control of the House and Senate? NO.

• Who gave us a $2.5 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill in December 2015? The GOP
• Who eliminated, not just raise but eliminated, the debt ceiling? The GOP
• Who gave us the TSA? The GOP
• Who gave us the Patriot Act? The GOP
• Who expanded Medicare to include prescription drug coverage? The GOP
• Who created the precursor of “Common Core” in “Race To the Top”? The GOP

• Who played the race card in Mississippi to re-elect Thad Cochran? The GOP
• Who paid Democrats to vote in the Mississippi primary? The GOP
• Who refused to support Ken Cuccinnelli in Virginia? The GOP

• Who supported Charlie Crist? The GOP
• Who supported Arlen Spector? The GOP
• Who supported Bob Bennett? The GOP
• Who worked against Jim DeMint? The GOP
• Who worked against Rand Paul? The GOP
• Who worked against Ted Cruz? The GOP
• Who worked against Mike Lee? The GOP
• Who worked against Ronald Reagan? The GOP
• Who is working against Donald Trump? The GOP

• Who said “I think we are going to crush [the Tea Party] everywhere.”? The GOP (McConnell)

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And, you wonder why we’re frustrated, desperate for a person who can actually articulate some kind of push-back?

Here’s a shock for yaWe are not just pushing back against Obama, Pelosi and Reid, we are also desperate for push back against you.

Inasmuch as President Obama is our fiscal enemy, so too are Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and now Paul Ryan. Which leads to the next of the GOP talking points. Where they opine:

“Politics is a game where you don’t get everything you want”

Fair enough. But considering us “whacko birds” have simply been demanding common sense, ie. fiscal discipline, a BUDGET would be nice.

The last federal budget was passed in September of 2007, and EVERY FLIPPING INSUFFERABLE YEAR we had to go through the predictable fiasco of a Government Shutdown Standoff and/or a Debt Ceiling increase specifically because there is NO BUDGET!

That’s a fiscal strategy?

That’s the GOP strategy?

Essentially: Lets plan for an annual battle against articulate Democrats and Presidential charm, using a creepy guy who cries and another old mumbling fool who dodders, knowing full well the MSM is on the side of the other guy to begin with?

THAT’S WAS YOUR GOP STRATEGY?

Don’t tell me it’s not, because if it wasn’t there’d be something else being done. And to make matters even more brutally obvious – when given control of the House and Senate in 2015 what did the GOP do?

“OMNIBUS” !!

The Republican DC politicians eliminated the entire debt ceiling, passed a $2.5 trillion omnibus spending bill, and kicked the can all the way to March 2017.

That’s a flippin’ solution?

That’s a republican solution?

That’s a conservative solution?

And don’t think we don’t know the 2009 “stimulus” became embedded in the baseline of the federal spending, and absent of an actual budget it just gets spent and added to the deficit each year, every year. Yet this is somehow smaller fiscal government?

….And you’re worried about what Donald Trump might do?

Seriously?

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667 Responses to A Reminder For South Carolina Voters – Cold Anger !!

  1. wyntre says:

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  2. lo says:

    This article needs to be blasted in as many places as possible. The scope of the GOPe betrayal of the American working class is breathtaking. Again and again, we went to them and actually begged them to help us only to have them turn their backs on us with a big fat NO. Now we return the favor by turning our backs on them. There is no understanding or compassion left on our side for them because they have shown nothing but contempt for us. Vote #Trump2016 to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain

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  3. georgiafl says:

    Great Article – Trump the only* America First Candidate in Modern Times – http://lettersfromthegulag.blogspot.com/2016/02/fear-trump-why.html

    *(besides Pat Buchanan)

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    • Love this! Great picture of Pat-you know, I remember when another New York person, Martha Stewart, got jacked up over that ridiculous “insider trading” thing, Pat immediately defended her – pointed out she had provided jobs for thousands of people, etc. Remind us of anyone else????!

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  4. Bull Durham says:

    The Science of Polling is quite simple. You get a sponsor to underwrite the poll. You deliver the results based on the purpose of the poll. Next poll? Repeat process.

    Some polls explore the disposition of voters. Other poll manufacture a version of what the voters will do. Most polls don’t even collect a sample that can do either accurately. Most polls don’t ask questions that can get a result regardless of their polls “intention”.

    Polls are not statistically sound. The entire industry is just an off-shoot of marketing.
    There are no ethical pollsters left in the industry.
    A few organizations attempt to do honest work.

    However, not one is reliable. So we have the equally bogus RealClear Averages.
    It’s like taking samples from various garbage trucks and determining favorite items purchased at the local stores.

    More relevant is the totally free expression of voters showing up and reacting to appearances of candidates. Huge rallies mean something. Crowd response means something.

    Sanders and Trump are real democratic campaigns. They depend on their movements.

    The others are packaged. The others could win. Money means a lot. The masses are ignoramuses in general, ignorant of issues and candidates’ positions.

    But we rallies collect 10-50x the crowds of other campaigns, you can be sure the candidate is on track with the voters. Trump was not handing out $100 bills. He made people wait for hours to get in and then another hour before he showed up “late”. And they loved it.

    This is voting. He will do well tonight. We have an accurate poll. The crowds at his rallies. The numbers there don’t lie. Those numbers can’t be fudged.

    Thank you, South Carolina. Trumpsters love you.

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  5. georgiafl says:

    TRUMP SC CAMPAIGN STRATEGY – (SC site) https://rawconservative.com/2016/02/trumpsc/

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  6. tgmccoy says:

    While a Cruz fan, but don’t support his Idea of having Glenn Beck as a
    minion-what a disaster. The Cruz efforts are pulled down by Beck’s Insane
    Klown act. Trump is indeed a Lion and we need a Lion as the world is about to erupt into full blown War.
    Keep an eye on Turkey/Russia. That is about to go parabolic….

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    • TheFenian says:

      Thank you for posting tgmccoy.

      All fans of Ted Cruz are welcome here as we all close ranks together to support the eventual Republican nominee for President, which in all likelihood will be Donald J. Trump.

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      • margarite1 says:

        How can we support someone who isn’t eligible thereby adding further decay to the constitution and the meaning of US citizenship? Doesn’t that mean we’re no better than those who supported Obama?

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        • NJF says:

          this!!!! i have a friend who insists….absolutely insists cruz is eligible bc “he’s a smart guy, he wouldn’t do it when he knows he can’t get away with it.”

          she’s not a cruz supporter, but fails to understand that these people will stop at nothing (as that fearless supporter said at the rally the other night) to retain power.

          idk if Obozzo was really born in Kenya or not (probably was, but whatever), the bigger picture is that if Cruz isn’t declared ineligible b/c of his status, its over. We will never again know whether or not someone elected as POTUS has a true allegiance for US interests.

          many ignore what is happening with him b/c Canada isn’t an enemy of our country. to make my point i continually use the example of replace canada with iran…..how do you feel about it now?

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          • margarite1 says:

            100% Agree! I have used the example of a Syrian and people over at FR didn’t get the overall point and literally accused me of wearing a tin-foil hat.

            It’s all about divided loyalties and with Obama we got that because, no matter where he was born, he was not brought up in the US and really thinks of himself as a citizen of the world. Too many people thought that was cute…. tillions of dollars ago. NASA converted to a Muslim outreach, the Muslim brotherhood in the White House…foreigners (probably on welfare) flooding the suburban mall in my town….we are the frogs in the hot water…we’ve lot our sensitivity to boiling water.

            Who is to say that Cruz’s Cuban dad won’t influence policy with Cuba? Years ago he fought for Castro…how powerful would he feel with his son in the WH – his son who he has said is annointed by God to be POTUS.

            This is a mess for sooooo many reasons and it’s shocking that so many people are falling for it.

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          • Justme77 says:

            NJF, I don’t think Cruz is eligible either. If a child is born to American citizens who are living outside the U.S. in service to our country in the form of military or diplomatic, the child is a citizen. But if the parents willingly leave to pursue whatever they choose to do, then that is a completely difference scenario. That child is a child of the country they chose willingly to live in. His father is Cuban and his mother was American and that alone does not mean anything unless his mother wants to run for president. Cruz has a Canadian birth certificate. Would Canada ever elect a PM that was born in the USA? I doubt it.

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        • TheFenian says:

          Donald Trump is not ineligible to be President.

          Perhaps you should attempt to both read and understand a comment before making a response.

          Or perhaps you are a troll.

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          • TheFenian says:

            That remark is aimed at margarite1

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          • margarite1 says:

            I was talking about Cruz!! Did you get that? I thought the comment I was responding to would have made that obvious…maybe not.

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          • margarite1 says:

            Ok, I see why you said what you said…but don’t accuse me of being a troll. Cruz fans are welcome to support Trump but I cannot support Cruz if Trump loses – Cruz is not eligible unless the Supreme Court says he is. And even if they did that I wouldn’t like it. Not to
            mention I don’t like Cruz at all…no that is wrong..I cannot stand him. I never could stand Clinton either.

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            • TheFenian says:

              Oky doke. Just so we straight on everything – I see you just misunderstood qnd are not a troll. And I always will assume we all know that Trump will be the nominee, which I said in my original post, but perhaps too subtlety.

              But the reason for my subtlety is I was welcoming a soft Cruz fan who’s going to support Donqld Trump. There will be others and we need to be kind and welcoming to them.

              We all know Cruz can’t be President any more than any other of his fellow Canadians. And aside from that he is a sanctimonious, hypocritical and perhaps mentally unstable jackass. But when Cruzbots come here to support qnd learn about Trump, let’s be nice to them and not rub it in their faces. We all have to come together for November.

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              • margarite1 says:

                I was as Cruz fan before I realized the error of my ways….so I should be more understanding. Probably fighting all the Cruzbots over at FR has had an effect on my normally generous nature.

                You are right, we will need their support.

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          • SAFVet says:

            Respectful suggestion – take a deep breath before pulling the “troll” trigger. It will help to improve the level of discussion in the Treehouse.

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        • Obomination says:

          I won’t support a globalist, eligible or not.

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        • FrenchNail says:

          At this point nobody can say if Cruz or just about anyone else is eligible.

          Question: How many citizen were there at the time of the drafting of the Constitution?

          Answer: NONE. and not only in America but anywhere on the planet!

          Back then everybody was Subject of an Empire or Kingdom. Americans had fought a war of Independence not be Subjected to a King and were creating a system were men would be masters of their own destiny for the first time in modern times. Hence the American Exceptionalism.

          So the founders referred to ancient principles of Law called “NATURAL LAW” to create a new system based on the concept of citizenship. The basic natural law principle they referred to is the principle that a Son belongs to the Tribe of his father. Hence a “Natural Born” is a Son born to the nation of his Father.

          At the time of the founders women did not vote and did not have rights independent from their father or husband. They therefore could not pass on to their children what the do not possessed. Citizenship could not be acquired from the mother. This is post-suffragette concept.

          Citizenship could not also be acquired from the location of your birth. The birthright of the soil was legalized by the 14th Amendment passed in 1868, as well as the concept of naturalization.

          So the founders wrote that after their own generation had opted to “Declare” themselves Americans, only their male descendance could be President and Vice President.

          At the time of the writing of the Constitution, a Natural Born American Citizen was a Son of an American.

          Why did they choose to say that only American sons by birth could be President and Vice President? Because the “Natural Born” criteria is UNDIVIDED LOYALTY criteria. The founders were designing a constitutional system where the President was also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armies, and they wanted to make sure his loyalty would be undivided. They were coming out of a war where they had fought their brothers, cousins, neighbors loyal to a King and a Land most of them had never seen, so they understood first hand the grip a appurtenance at birth to a nation has one one’s soul.

          So if you apply the original definition to our modern days, you have to exclude women, and a large percentage of the male population who acquired their American citizenship from their mother or from being born in the States (On the bright side that would put Clinton out!).

          And strictly applying the original definition in modern times also lead to results contradictory to the original intent. A man born abroad from a foreign mother and an American father would nowadays be a Natural Born American citizen according to the original definition and yet would carry birthright loyalty to 3 different nations which is contradictory to the original intent.

          So we are left with a undefined situation, where only male born in the States, from parents both American and American only are Natural Born for sure. Anybody else is a gamble until the Supreme Court and/or the Congress define the term for sure.

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          • My immigration law girlfriend brought up your points when we were together couple weeks ago-I agree it does need to be clarified. Having said that, I don’t think Cruz passes ANY tests, old or new. That family’s immigration history is quite tangled and murky.

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          • margarite1 says:

            There are a lot of people who make a very strong case that the situation is more defined than you say.

            My info is that Cruz’s own opinion was this excerpt of a 2012 interview:
            Interviewer: “What is your understanding of how one becomes a natural born Citizen?”
            Cruz: “Two citizen parents and born on the soil.”
            Interviewer: “Not exactly, but as I don’t have enough time to fully explain how one does become an natural born Citizen, based on your understanding, would you agree that Barack Obama is ineligible to be POTUS?”
            Cruz: “I would agree.”

            Apparently the “interviewer” is willing to testify under subponea but until that time would rather not be named.

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      • amjean says:

        Are you crazy? Both Cruz and Rubio are faux
        presidential candidates; both ineligible per the
        constitution. If I want to read “Crazy for Cruz”
        I will go to The Right Scoop where there are
        plenty of them.

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        • TheFenian says:

          A real genius running her mouth off without any clue what she’s responding too. Get it together and make an apology. Try reading before attacking.

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      • yzest5121 says:

        tgmcoy that may be be the most tepid endorsement of Cruz and backhanded endorsement of Trump I have seen yet. My bigger problem with Cruz is that he truly appears to be a sociopath with absolutely no scruples despite his protestations to the contrary. Just today we have reports of robocalls saying Rubio has DROPPED OUT . .vote Cruz…what??? Also today he shows up at the Scalia funeral and is taking pictures of him and celebrities INSIDE THE BASILICA after the service is over. What’s he going to do post them on his website “Check me out at the Scalia funeral ..great time”? Then outside he turns an MSNBC interview into a full-blown campaign stop all the while protesting “this is about Judge Scalia” . . . sort of like “I come to bury Ceasar not to praise him…” in my view, if you look up skeevy in Webster’s you will find his picture.

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    • Michelle says:

      I was thinking this morning, I miss the days when Cruz fans and Trump fans were friends!

      Liked by 5 people

    • TheTorch says:

      Welcome to Trumpville:)

      I liked Cruz at first, but agree his association with Glenn Beck is a disaster and some of the campaign tactics are worrisome to say the least.

      Good point about Turkey/Russia, things are definitely going from bad to worse over there, and a Lion in the white house is going to be so important.

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      • NYGuy54 says:

        It’s because Russia is on the right side of things, Turkey and the USA keep pumping phony stuff about Assad and the need to depose him. Putin knows the truth.

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        • Spencer's Mom says:

          Look, no one is saying that Assad is so great – he’s not good – he is just another Middle eastern Dictator.

          But knocking him out at this time would only let another catastrophe develop, another serious HOT SPOT vulnerable to ISIS/ISIL domination in the area. You can bet the bank that the Caliphate would be in control in Syria before long. So, at this time, you’re probably better the Devil that you know…

          We should be glad for Russia’s “interference” – you can bet the farm that Obama’s administration would back “Good Rebels” who are secretly ISIS or ISIS collaborators.

          Look at Libya and Iraq. Both are a mess.

          i totally questioned our going to ware with Iraq years ago. Nothing made sense to me. I assumed there were reasons (i.e., someone in our government had rock solid evidence of Saddam Hussein having nuclear weapons) of which the public was not allowed to know.

          Supposedly we were helping to promote “democracy” but at what cost? Look at the results. Most of the common people in these middle-eastern countries really want pro-Islamic dictatorships. They just don’t have the Western mind-set. And in the countries that do have a pro-Western mindset, we don’t help them (Iran a few years ago – we did nothing to help the pro-Western youth).

          If we had been serious, we’d have not made the mistake we made in Egypt – I guess we were lucky that Obama’s grand scheme for Egypt didn’t succeed.

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      • tgmccoy says:

        100%

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    • Tonawanda says:

      “Keep an eye on Turkey/Russia.”

      And the implications for NATO … Isn’t it time we thought about A Christian nation such as Russia as a better ally?

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    • Welcome-and I agree with you about Turkey (where I lived for 2 plus years when it was cool) and Russia (where I traveled before the End of the Empire)–they have been enemies for time out of mind.

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    • MVW says:

      Parabolic? Only because of Turkey and Obama. Turkey is supporting ISIS and attacking the Kurds (who attack ISIS in their region). So, the only one to keep an eye on is Obama, but what is the point, for some reason Obama owns the Republicans (blackmail or donors / lobbyists?).

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      • Many reasons, MVW-IMHO lots of it is the reasons Sundance has so eloquently written of here. Also, my friend Burt Prelutsky says the Republicans want to be accepted by “the cool kids”=Democrats. Isn’t it nice to have a candidate who is the COOLEST KID!!?

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      • tgmccoy says:

        Turkey is about to engage Russia and the fact that Turkey is a NATO member , they will invoke the NATO treaty in which they will say that we have to help. Now, NATO is not about to take on
        Russia, but Egordan thinks he can count on US- and I wouldn’t put that out of the question. IMHO it is August, 1914…
        Don’t forget this is a Sunni/Shia war by proxy and What the house of Saud wants it seems to get…

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  7. truthandjustice says:

    Great compilation of Cruz corruption, deceptions — wish I had seen it sooner — but better now than never! Please share.

    http://www.politijim.com/2016/02/the-concordance-of-cruz-corruption.html

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  8. MouseTheLuckyDog says:

    LegalInsurrection was trying to push the story that Trump was in Chicago on 9/11 not in New York. Seems the sstory was shot down rather quickly though.

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  9. truthseekerr says:

    You can do it SC!!! Just get out and vote!!! America needs YOU to vote for Trump. He can handles the mess and you can trust him

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  10. bullnuke says:

    There were two Marobots with signs on the road just outside the polling place when I was leaving. I pulled out my Trump sign from the Sumter rally as I drove past and they grinned with thumbs up, lol.

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  11. belle says:

    I have found that asking one simple question really tells the whole story: If the US were to have an economic meltdown, WHO is the best candidate that could dig us out?

    Only one answer~TRUMP!

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  12. gamecock123 says:

    I voted Trump this morning along with every member of my family going back 3 generations. I doubled checked after I selected and the machine screen didnt change my choice. Everything looked legit. The lines were steady, nothing to suspect voter fraud.

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  13. I voted. Our precinct is Rural. 1767 registered voters TOTAL. At 11.50 a.m.; 221 have cast a vote. There was a steady stream of people. For your pleasure, here is my ballot in Horry County!

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  14. darcy says:

    “Politics is a game where you don’t get everything you want” is a blatant misdirection intended to mollify/pacify the voters and disarm them while politicians hand the country over to their donors and lobbyists.
    Politicians are getting what they want; so in that sense it’s also a blatant lie.

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  15. Duchess says:

    Voted today. 8 of us were in line at 7 AM. It was not busy. 7/8 voted Trump. What I thought was fascinating was a couple ahead of us. Husband was voting Cruz and wife were voting for Trump. The woman told me (when she saw my Trump hat) that Cruz made her skin crawl! Must be an interesting household.

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    • margarite1 says:

      We women frequently have a sixth sense of men to stay clear of. I have had this happen to me more than once. Cruz completely turns me off while Trump, even though I sometimes wish he hadn’t said what he just said, is a guy I trust. I believe Cruz is out for Cruz and Trump is trying to save the country from people like Cruz.

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      • “I believe Cruz is out for Cruz and Trump is trying to save the country from people like Cruz.”

        Well said. How I feel.

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        • TheTorch says:

          That is a very good way of looking at it. I think a lot of people feel the same way. There is just something about Cruz that does not seem right. BUT Trump everything makes sense!:)

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      • DaveNY says:

        You are right on that one. My wife who is not into politics at all took one look at ?cruz? and said he cjust looks creepy and can’t be trusted

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      • I’d put it a bit differently, margarite1. Cruz is out for G-d and Trump is out for Americans. Anybody who runs for office has a big ego, so that is not a differentiator IMO.

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      • texasmama6 says:

        That couple is exactly where my husband and I are. This is the first time ever that we will split our votes, and there have been a few tense moments between us as we’ve discussed stuff. Unlike many here, I don’t hate Cruz and believe he has a lot to offer the country, although I’d rather see him on the Supreme Court, not the Presidency. What I have consistently told my husband is that I truly believe Trump is God’s man for this hour, and His gift of mercy to a nation that is on the brink.

        Okay, I’m ducking now…

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  16. zephyrbreeze says:

    To the ambivalent voter:

    Many people have been persuaded that their votes don’t count, for whatever reason.

    One evening at about 7:45pm, my husband and I realized there was a school budget vote in our township in New Jersey – where we had the most expensive property taxes in the US.

    Naturally, the principal and superintendent who both drive luxury vehicles on their 6 figure salaries, were asking for an increase in funding, which we did not agree with.

    We got to the poll with about 4 minutes to vote, and were the last two voters. The next day we read that the school budget proposal had failed by ONE vote.

    We looked at each other and laughed.

    Voting matters.

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    • 1hear2learn says:

      Wow, what a great story – good for you!

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    • Yay, ZB! As a local reporter in a county with many small cities and school districts, I’ve seen that lots of times! I always use my most recent example when trying to convince people to vote. Of course, my other reason for voting is that if I didn’t my Mother would fly down from Heaven and beat me soundly about the head and shoulders!

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    • TheTorch says:

      It sure does matter and that one vote makes all the difference. It is important, well done!:)

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    • Thanks, people like you give me hope!

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    • chrystalia99 says:

      Oh, every vote matters, alright. Here in Tucson, when Mc Sally went against Barber, my whole family and all our employees got out the vote for Mc Sally. After a week of counts and recounts, she got the seat by 167 votes, and we accounted just between us for 23 votes.

      Of course she promptly turned RINO, so now my son and the employees that live in that district have decided they will vote for anyone running against her, D or R. But they’re all voting Trump for president:-). I’m in Grijalva’s district now, and will be stumping for Edna San Miguel, the R challenger. But it never does any good, because this district is gerrymandered to keep him in office sigh.

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    • DaveNY says:

      HAWT!

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  17. Alexandra Ishtar says:

    https://www.nationaljournal.com/s/618939?mref=homepage-free&unlock=RUM4NZM4ZAE01YVI

    Here’s an interesting article from the National Journal on rich repub establishment types supporting Trump in SC. Interesting reading.

    FTA:

    The im­port­ance of rich Re­pub­lic­ans to Trump’s suc­cess has been over­looked amid his rise to the top of the primary field. The com­fort­able con­ven­tion­al wis­dom, fueled by GOP donor sen­ti­ment, is that Trump is fool­ing less-edu­cated Re­pub­lic­ans in­to buy­ing his cur­rent guise of a rock-ribbed con­ser­vat­ive stal­wart. But based on exit-poll data in New Hamp­shire and polling in South Car­o­lina, Trump is hav­ing stun­ning suc­cess with his own class.

    But in­ter­views with some of Trump’s most en­thu­si­ast­ic fans in Ki­awah Is­land il­lus­trate the com­mit­ment of his voters. Two of his sup­port­ers at the event were con­sum­mate Wash­ing­ton in­siders. Phil and Cris Bern­stein lived in North­ern Vir­gin­ia for dec­ades be­fore re­tir­ing to the pic­tur­esque is­land. A lifelong Re­pub­lic­an, Phil Bern­stein worked as an ana­lyst for the De­fense In­tel­li­gence Agency, where he said he raised flags about the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion’s in­tel­li­gence on Ir­aq. “Cheney lied. We knew it,” he said. His wife worked on Cap­it­ol Hill for Demo­crat­ic Sens. Hubert Humphrey and Daniel Patrick Moyni­han be­fore be­com­ing an event plan­ner—and a Re­pub­lic­an. Trump, she said, “tells it like it is.”

    John Ter­mine, a re­tired med­ic­al re­search­er liv­ing on the is­land, ex­pressed how dis­sat­is­fied he was with the status quo in Wash­ing­ton—and that Trump was a breath of fresh air. “Gov­ern­ment needs a shake-up. It’s moribund.” Asked wheth­er Trump’s com­ments about the war in Ir­aq changed his views, he said he sym­path­ized with Trump: “I know people who lost re­l­at­ives in the Ir­aq war, and they agree with Trump.”

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    • I don’t see Mr. Trump as a “rock-ribbed conservative” and I don’t see him promoting that image for himself. But then, maybe pro-2nd Am and pro-life is not as ordinary in other parts of the US as they are in my county in Oregon!

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  18. preppin247 says:

    The Turkey/ U.S. and Russia situation will likely go hot . Many are looking forward to it . A surefire way to boost oil prices and save the petro dollar. Only two candidates would oppose a war (Trump Sanders) The rest are puppets.. only Trump has the skill set to navigate through.

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    • Paco Loco says:

      If it becomes a world war, the EU should make it mandatory that all of the muz refugees be drafted into the army and sent to fight in Syria. Let them show where their allegiance really lies.

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  19. spacette55 says:

    This just came through my FB as a comment — only 68 views so far. It needs to go viral

    Liked by 8 people

  20. burnett044 says:

    Oh how the media spins for the establishment evil that is in control….and the sheep just follow ..
    but soon like the kids in this video….an awakening is coming …

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  21. Tonawanda says:

    Well, Bing (the search engine) predicts Trump the winner with 45%.

    http://www.bing.com/search?q=sc+primary&qs=n&form=QBLH&pq=sc+primary&sc=8-10&sp=-1&sk=&cvid=4875847D0AC245B7AE3C534A506F822D

    If you add $ 6.95 more you can get a Starbucks.

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  22. kunegetikos says:

    Tell it !!!!!

    If Rubio is on the ticket, vote against the ticket.

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  23. American Nationalist says:

    What’s this thing I am hearing that robocalls are being made saying “Trump quits.” I hope the Trump campaign is alert.

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  24. BobW462 says:

    If true…not a problem Anyone who is stupid enough to believe such is incapable of obtaining voter registration, anyway.

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  25. KitKat says:

    I had never seen this before today and it’s incredibly interesting

    youtube: Trump’s Plane & Pilot (In Depth)

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  26. be says:

    We have people that can endorse Trump .. this SC decision will probably bring them out .. Everyone loves a winner !!!! Carson, Christi, better get on board train is leaving …

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  27. angie says:

    Louisiana cold anger here, I received an email from Nikki Haley endorsing Rubio. Replied that I would vote for Hillary before I would vote for Marco. Then wrote that Trump is the only candidate I’m considering. Finally, I replied that I know it makes GOP establishment types like her sad that Trump is my choice but then they have made us sad because they’ve done nothing for us. My reply will probably go into the Nikki’s trash folder but it felt good to write it.

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  28. DaveNY says:

    Peep this.

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  29. ilovevictoriasbows says:

    Hillary or Bernie will be the next president. Loser’s Trump, Cruz, or Rubio supporters won’t vote in the general for the winner and you can’t win with 50% of Republicans staying home (or voting Democrat). The argument could be made for Hillary and Bernie, but Democrats are more adept at scare tactics (back in chains), walkin’ around money, hot dogs and watermelon to assuage their base for a day.

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  30. getouttahea says:

    When will SC voting data be made available?

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  31. Bull Durham says:

    Thoughts on the Trump Campaign:

    When Trump began, he ran as a candidate, a challenger. The field was 17 deep. (or better stated, 17 wide. There was not much depth to many of them.) Donald had a strategy that had to be tested. His one path to success, no one had a clue.

    He was hitting nerves, getting blasted by reactions, massive institutional and invested voices who were threatened accused him of a panoply of evils.

    But his strategy was he would get “earned media” and his campaign would corral massive crowds.
    He went to states way out of view of other candidates, but the people were waiting for him in huge crowds, at enormous rallies, in concert-sized venues.

    His candidacy morphed into a movement. The political anger morphed into admiration for Trump.
    And somewhere as Iowa came into focus and he began to read the crowds, he interpreted the emotion was beyond anger, beyond admiration. It was love. There was a deep affection for Donald and he reciprocated immediately and stated it over and over, demonstrated his affection and love for the people of the movement.

    That is his campaign. His love for America became a love of the people. And the people’s love of America became love for Trump. This politics is hard to beat, very hard to turn to another.

    It has no grounding in ideas or ideology or concrete plans, planks or a platform. Those are assumed will coincide with the shared love of America, the mission to make America great again. There is a shared urgency to make America secure from terror, and there is the imperative to fix the economy, end the corruption and expose the myths and lies that got us into the mess we are living for 8, 12, 20, near 40 or 50+ years of devolution from our heritage, our excellence, our aspirations and achievements. 52 years if you mark the reversal at Dallas ’63.

    The campaign is our campaign, taken from Donald Trump while we elevate him to Leader. We now are the tidal wave crashing against the stupidity and vanity of the Establishment. We are the battering ram that bashes the tyranny of our nation’s government, an alien bureaucracy that has wrested Liberty out of our hands. This campaign is branded Trump (how classic of Donald), but it is embossed America. She is our country. We will forever possess her in our hearts and minds.

    God bless America.
    God bless us all.
    Thank God for Donald and his family.

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    • texasmama6 says:

      So well said!

      Liked by 1 person

    • TheTorch says:

      Well said Bull, lets hope for a great victory today😀

      Liked by 1 person

    • wyntre says:

      Excellent essay.

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    • Tonawanda says:

      “That is his campaign. His love for America became a love of the people. And the people’s love of America became love for Trump. This politics is hard to beat, very hard to turn to another.”

      When people talk about details and policies and past positions and how a candidate intends to get something done, it all counts for nothing. You may as well ask me what I am going to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner on April 23, 2017.

      This is what many folks do not get. Every day in a dozen places you see know-it-alls give the “reasons” why Trump is so popular, and the know-it-alls are never right. They really, truly, absolutely do not get it. (And the chief reason they are wrong is that they have never really watched or listened to Trump because they already “know” Trump is this, or that, or another thing, and they hate him, so why bother?).

      Mr. BD does get it. We love America, Trump loves America. Maybe more significant is that we love Americans, and Trumps LOVES Americans.

      He has been specific enough for us to know, Trump will do what is right for America, starting with giving us our country back again.

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    • Love Tennessee Ernie! I have a great TE collection, including a hilarious duet with Betty Hutton (another favorite) “The Honeymoon’s Over”.

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    • DaveNY says:

      Bull laying it down! My man!

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  32. angie says:

    Hope it’s ok to post this here: early voting starts in Louisiana today! Get out the vote-GEAUX TRUMP!!!!!

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  33. Howie says:

    Some voting music?

    Liked by 2 people

  34. blognificentbee says:

    Anticipation energy, headed to the gym and then to the store a bottle of wine! Will be back for 7:01 call of “Trump is the clear winner.”

    Liked by 5 people

    • Tonawanda says:

      Oh heck, I might dig deep into the coffers and buy a box of red wine.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Spencer's Mom says:

      Me, too. Both my boyfriend and I are YUUGE Trump supporters!

      We intend to be celebrating tonight – i’ll have a nice glass of Merlot – and hopefully we’ll know the results right after 7pm? Then we can watch all of the DENIERS on Fox – can’t wait to see their tears – Schadenfreude anyone?

      Before Trump declared, about a year ago Cruz & Rubio looked ok – but, my what changes a year will bring! That was before we found out about Cruz & Rubio’s “eligibility” issues. My boyfriend used to like Kasich years ago when he filled in on O’Reilly, but after he became Gov, Kasich sold out and became a RINO. But we both liked Trump 4 years ago – i was sooooo disappointed that he didn’t run. I never really liked Romney that much and always felt he would be a weak candidate and would let Obama get away without calling him out on things – and i was right.

      I’ve got a good feeling though. I feel that this year is different.

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      • screwauger says:

        My girlfriend and I have planned a very nice dinner and plan to eat just about 7EST and regardless of the outcome we are watching the final five episodes of Nurse Jackie!!

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  35. Betty says:

    A few weeks ago when Donald Trump read the Snake lyrics I wasn’t quite sure what to think about it. A few days ago a British peradventure named Donald Trump Sir Donald of Camelot. During his speech he called Donald Trump “Pure Oxygen For The World” . Yesterday we saw here that the video of Sir Donald reading the snake lyrics had gone viral in our poor beleaguered Europe. Thousand and thousand of Europeans are watching that recitation and perhaps being heartened, just as we were/are by Donald Trump.

    I showed the video to my son and and told him what I just told you – he turned to me and said – “Everything he does turns to Gold”.

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    • Love this! Where are you in Europe Betty? My heart breaks-I spent a lot of time in Europe, especially Germany and GB. That video is bloodchilling and beautiful. I even had the original record-“The Snake” by Al Wilson.

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    • Spencer's Mom says:

      Apparently The Snake is a variation found in several ancient civilization fables – especially Aesop’s Fables.

      There are several different versions – take your pick:
      http://fablesofaesop.com/the-farmer-and-the-snake.html

      From Wikipedia:
      Aesop’s Fables or the Aesopica is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with Aesop’s name have descended to modern times through a number of sources. They continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic media.

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  36. Maxine says:

    Here’s the live stream link to Trump’s Primary Watch Party. It starts in about 1 hour. (Nice countdown clock included). It should be fun to watch the results come in an TRUMP WINS!

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  37. Ken says:

    First time I comment here and all I can manage, after reading SD’s article? Absolutely SPOT ON. Thank you Sundance and may God Bless us, everyone.

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  38. Maxine says:

    Here’s a live stream for Trump’s Primary Watch Party. Should be fun to watch. The we celebrate!

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