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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Trump passes Sessions test




Few senators are as conservative as Jeff Sessions of Alabama. He sent out a questionnaire to the Republican presidential hopefuls. Breitbart reported Trump is the first one in.

His answers are outstanding. Sessions covered fast-track powers for Obama, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Obama’s illegal executive amnesties, legal immigration, and Black Lives Matter.

I do not want to steal all of Breitbart's thunder -- their scoop, not mine -- but this answer was typical: "I will immediately cancel both of President Obama’s illegal executive amnesties, and all other unconstitutional executive orders.  After my inauguration, for the first time in decades, Americans will wake up in a country where their immigration laws are enforced."

And Trump's answer to the last question was his best: "The way our cops are being treated is terrible, and our spineless politicians are not defending them.  Some politicians are mute, others are throwing fuel on the fire.

"Policing saves lives, especially in our poorest communities.  Policing makes schools safe, increases property values, encourages investment and job growth.  We must stop attacks on police.  I have been the only candidate with a clear message on this issue.  As for drug traffickers, they are wreaking havoc on our communities and I oppose efforts to reduce penalties for drug traffickers: we must do more to keep traffickers out of our neighborhoods.

"I have been pro-law enforcement all of my life.  The American people are crying out for safer communities, and I will bring this message of supporting law enforcement and safe communities to a general election."

My take on Trump is he's an acceptable candidate who is bringing in new voters to the Republican Party which is desperately gasping for breath. Both parties are. Deservedly so.

Republicans can cater to the Chamber of Commerce and accept amnesty through the back door (ahem), or they can stand up for our country. If they choose the former, they can do it without me. No one says I have to vote for president. (Rest assured, I will crawl over broken glass if necessary to re-elect Delegate Michael Ihle. He's an outstanding legislator and we finally have a Republican-run Legislature after 82 years.)

12 comments:

  1. I read Trump's comments on Breitbart. Nothing revealing at all. Once again, Trump says what he believes and it sounds good and uplifting but he never says "how" he is going to accomplish his sound bites. I'm surprised Don you are going all gaga over Trump's responses. Your fave, Kasich, along with Christie and Bush, gave specifics for their visions during the last debate. Agree or disagree with them, they have real plans. The govs collectedly crushed the neo-cons of Trump, Cruz and Rubio. Yet everyone remains mesmerized by Trump and his empty - and often vulgar - sound bites.
    Consider this, in the last 40 years, who were the best presidents? Former governors who knew how to lead (Reagan, Clinton, Bush II). Who were the worse? Those without proven leadership (Bush I, Obama).
    Surber, sounds like we do have one thing in common. If not Christie (or even Kasich) on the ballot, I'm voting "none of the above."

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    1. A vote for "None of the above" is a vote for whoever the Democrat is. I did the Perot protest vote against Bush I in '92. Think he heard me? Not a peep. But Bill sure was appreciative. ANY Republican is better than ANY Democrat. Not because the Republicans are great. But because the Democrats are worse. What does national suicide give us? A place in the history books next to the Greek and Roman republics.

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  2. @Anonymous - Trump has the most executive experience of any candidate in either party. I would have preferred Scott Walker, but he is unfortunately out of the race. Trump is a gamble, but I look at it this way: he's in his 70s, he is super wealthy, he has had several successful companies and careers, he has a beautiful wife and a living family. What does he have to prove? Nothing. I believe he is truly concerned with the type of country his grandchildren will inherit. The biggest question is, if elected, will he return to his Liberal NYC roots?

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    1. Make that "loving" family. We certainly hope they're living.

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    2. Robert - I agree with you. "Trump is a gamble" and "will he return to his Liberal NYC roots?" Two of many reasons why I would not vote for him. He is a billionaire because he is used to getting his way (good for him). That does not sound like someone who can deal with 400-plus egos on Capitol Hill.
      BTW - Robert - if you live in Surber's home state of West Virginia, are you going to vote for billionaire Jim Justice based on the same rationale?

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    3. Robert What and Anonymous are wrong. Trump is not a gamble - Trump is insanity. Everything that you never considered about the Donald in this UnionLeader editorial:

      http://www.unionleader.com/Trump-The-loser-Donalds-decades-of-failure

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    4. I live in the Socialist Republic of Connecticut where the corrupt toad of a governor is trying to drive all businesses from the state. I can't wait to leave and I am far from alone.

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  3. Give the man a cigar! - Elric

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  4. Don - Few senators are as conservative as Rubio and Cruz ... yet you support Trump over them?

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  5. I like Trump on immigration.

    But as for "penalties for drug traffickers", I wouldn't reduce them either, I would eliminate them altogether.

    The so-called "War on Drugs" is this generation's "Prohibition" and it's about as successful.

    When was the last time that you heard about gang wars over alcohol turf? When was the last time that anyone stole an automobile in order to buy a six-pack of beer?

    Most of the theft offenses and quite a number of the violent offenses stem from the fact that drugs are illegal and the black market price creates scarcities that people are willing to risk incarceration for in order to alleviate.

    I like cops too, as a group, but I don't see anything wrong with requiring them to obey the law just like everyone else is required to.

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    1. I agree. The only ones who benefit from the "war on drugs" are the "drug lords" and law enforcement. Everyone else suffers.

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    2. Best way to end the war on drugs: abolish medical licensing.

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