Weekly Musing 1-10-16

Weekly Musing 1-10-16

Saul Anuzis



Days until the 2016 election: 303.



Cruz vs Bernie…

America deserves an honest, philosophical and principled debate on the direction of America!

Ted Cruz vs Bernie Sanders

Conservative vs Liberal

Markets vs Socialism


…just dreaming?!?



Ted Cruz’s life in 10 minutes-A Brief Introduction

Worth watching…a great perspective.





Seven things I learned attending Ted Cruz events

The Washington Post reporter covering Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign has some interesting observations to share with readers. Most importantly to me, with all the negative comments about people supposedly not liking Ted, is this:


Cruz is known in Washington for being abrasive and disliked, but he’s pretty funny, friendly and approachable on the campaign trail. Cruz specializes in dad jokes and political humor, telling cute anecdotes about his daughters, especially about when they are feisty or somehow undermine him.


Once Ted becomes the GOP’s nominee, this will be one of the major story lines: how everybody’s surprised that Ted is actually very likeable.

Once Ted becomes the GOP’s nominee, this will be one of the major story lines: how everybody’s surprised that Ted is actually very likeable

Once Ted becomes the GOP’s nominee, this will be one of the major story lines: how everybody’s surprised that Ted is actually very likeable

Once Ted becomes the GOP’s nominee, this will be one of the major story lines: how everybody’s surprised that Ted is actually very likeable.




Why Ted Cruz…and an answer to the “birther” issue

As Ted Cruz surges and challenges EVERY other candidate, the attacks and cheap shots increase.


Here are my arguments why Ted Cruz is the strongest, most consistent, courageous conservative running for President.  And it is because of that, not in spite of that, which makes him the strongest candidate in the general election against Hillary Clinton.


I also provide background and historical information about why without a doubt, Ted Cruz is a “natural born citizen”.


Washington and the establishment are getting worried…all the more reason to RALLY for Cruz.





Trump leads ’16 GOP rankings one month from Iowa

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the biggest upward mover in The Hill’s new rankings of the Republican presidential contenders, while Ben Carson has plunged.


Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has also strengthened his standing in the two months since our last rankings while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has seen none of the momentum he so badly needs.


But with just one month to go before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, the name at the top remains the same.





Jeb Bush’s Image Among Republicans Deteriorates

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s image among Republicans has steadily worsened over the past 5 ½ months. His current net favorable rating of -1 (44% favorable, 45% unfavorable) among Republicans is significantly lower than his +27 (54% favorable, 27% unfavorable) rating in mid-July.


Bush’s overall familiarity among Republicans — defined as the percentage who know him well enough to rate him either positively or negatively — was already high (81%) when Gallup began tracking the candidate images in mid-July. That score has since edged upward, to 89%, second only to Donald Trump’s 94% among the major GOP candidates.


But Bush’s campaign efforts since July have clearly moved his image in a negative direction. The percentage of Republicans with a favorable opinion of Bush has dropped 10 percentage points, while the percentage with an unfavorable opinion has increased 18 points.

On a relative basis, Bush’s current -1 net favorable rating among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents is the worst of any major GOP candidate — lower than John Kasich’s +5, and well below seven other GOP candidates Gallup is tracking. Ted Cruz is at the top of the list in the latest two-week period, from Dec. 18-Jan. 5, with a net favorable rating of +45, followed by Ben Carson at +40, Marco Rubio at +35 and Mike Huckabee at +33. Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump and Chris Christie all have net favorable ratings in the +23 to +25 range. Although Bush is least popular among Republicans, Trump has the lowest net favorable score among all U.S. adults, -26, compared with -13 for Bush.


The net favorable rating among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents is the difference between the percentage who have a favorable opinion and the percentage who have an unfavorable opinion of each candidate. Bush not only has the lowest net favorable rating among this group, but his current unfavorable percentage of 45% is significantly higher than for any of these other candidates — 10 points higher than Trump’s, who is second to the bottom on this metric. Cruz, by contrast, is viewed unfavorably by only 16% of Republicans.





The End of Europe

In the United States, nearly eight years of stagnation, hardship, a pervasive sense of decline, and seemingly insurmountable challenges abroad have taken their toll. Add to this the depressed anxiety concomitant with the renewed threat of intermittent mass casualty attacks directed from or inspired by radical Islamist terrorists overseas, and you have the ingredients for populist rebellion. Fueling insurgent presidential candidacies on both the left and the right with a potent appeal to a significant segment of American society is the perception that the traditional remedies for social, economic, and foreign ills have failed. Only something very new, even potentially radical, can ease their conditions now.


This response from a substantial segment of the electorate confounds American policy experts. On a macro level, American job growth has remained steady while the unemployment rate has decreased at a commensurate rate. The illegal immigrant population and the competition they create for low-skilled employment has declined from its 2006 peak (a phenomenon that can be explained by reduced employment opportunities resulting from the 2007-2008 recession). Terrorism fears are rising, and that is to be expected as radical Islamism has been allowed to flourish in safe harbors in the Middle East and North Africa. But terroristic violence isn’t touching American shores in the same way that it is in Europe. There, Islamist terrorism is disrupting millions of lives, and it is compounded by a genuine refugee crisis characterized by waves of North African and Middle Eastern civilians flooding the continent. America usually resettles no more than 70,000 asylum-seekers annually (give or take), but policy makers in Washington want to hike that cap to 85,000 in 2016 to take some of the pressure off Europe. As of last November, the United States has resettled a total of 2,290 Syrian refugees since the civil war began in 2011.


If these conditions are moving the United States toward a restless era of populism, imagine the social forces that are boiling just beneath the surface in Europe.

In just over a year, France has been transformed from the center of European sophistication and culture into the front lines in a new war against radicalism. One year ago, Islamist terrorists slaughtered police and the editors of a satirical magazine. That attack was immediately followed by an assault on a kosher supermarket, where another radicalized Islamist gunman murdered four Jewish hostages. In June of 2015, an improvised bomb exploded outside a factory in Lyon, where investigators later found an ISIS flag and the terrorist organization’s gruesome calling card, a severed head. Two months later, an Islamist terrorist with an assault rifle opened fire on passengers traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris. A coordinated series of attacks in November took the lives of 132 Parisian civilians and sparked a wave of anxiety across Europe as fears of a follow-up attack paralyzed the continent. Today, a man wearing a fake suicide belt and armed with a knife ran screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ into a Parisian police station where he was shot to death.





Do we need a TWO State Solution???  Sunni & Shiite…

Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran are locked in a bitter rivalry, and support opposite sides in the wars in Syria and Yemen. Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of supporting “terrorism” in part because it backs Syrian rebel groups, while Riyadh points to Iran’s support for the Lebanese Hezbollah and other Shiite militant groups in the region.









How to Be a Republican Mayor

But according to Faulconer, his ascension is no historical accident. He believes his campaign strategy could become a roadmap for Republicans in urban areas. First, Faulconer opened his campaign headquarters in an empty storefront in San Diego’s historically black neighborhood. Then, when he visited Latino groups, he spoke in Spanish. He promised the city’s underserved communities that he cared as much about them as anyone else. “I went to neighborhoods that Republicans had traditionally surrendered and Democrats had ignored,” Faulconer said. “I said: ‘Look my job is to provide opportunity. My job is to ensure we’re providing equal access to services. And we’re going to do things differently.'”


Faulconer thinks Republicans can eventually start to win in urban areas if they engage with the poor and with communities of color. Others do, too. The Republican National Committee gave Faulconer a prime speaking slot at its winter meeting after attributing the mayor’s victory to his outreach efforts. It’s easy to understand the attraction. Without Faulconer, none of the country’s ten largest cities would have a GOP mayor.





“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Named One Of “The Biggest Pinocchios Of 2015”

Liberal politicians and the mainstream media legitimized this lie…caused millions in damages and put law enforcement officers at greater risk…they should be ashamed of themselves!





The Fall of the Republic

For nearly five centuries, Res Publica Romana—the Roman Republic—bestowed upon the world a previously unseen degree of respect for individual rights and the rule of law. When the republic expired, the world would not see those wondrous achievements again on a comparable scale for a thousand years.


In print and from the podium, I have addressed the calamitous economic policies that ate away the vitals of Roman society. I’ve emphasized that no people who lost their character kept their liberties. But what about the republic as a form of governance—the structure of representation, the Senate and popularly elected assemblies, laws for the limitation of power and protection of property, and the Roman Constitution itself? Did those ancient institutions abruptly disappear or were they eroded through “salami tactics,” one slice at a time?


It behooves us to know the reasons the republic died. Philosopher George Santayana’s general dictum famously tells us why we should know them: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” But there is a more specific and immediate urgency to learning the facts of Roman misfortune: In eerie and haunting ways, Americans at this very moment are living through a repetition of Rome’s republican decay.


No single person, domestic law or foreign intervention ended the Republic in a single stroke. Indeed, the Romans never formally abolished the republic. Historians differ as to when the actual practice of republicanism ended. Was it when the Senate declared Julius Caesar dictator for life in 44 B.C.? Was it in 27 B.C., when Octavian assumed the audacious title of “Caesar Augustus”? In any event, the Senate lived on until the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in A.D. 476, though after Augustus it never amounted to much more than an imperial rubber stamp.





Obama’s biggest achievements might be the steps he took while nobody else was paying attention.

Over the past seven years, Americans have heard an awful lot about Barack Obama and his presidency, but the actual substance of his domestic policies and their impact on the country remain poorly understood. He has engineered quite a few quiet revolutions—and some of his louder revolutions are shaking up the status quo in quiet ways. Obama is often dinged for failing to deliver on the hope-and-change rhetoric that inspired so many voters during his ascent to the presidency. But a review of his record shows that the Obama era has produced much more sweeping change than most of his supporters or detractors realize.


It’s true that Obama failed to create the post-partisan political change he originally promised during his yes-we-can pursuit of the White House. Washington remains as hyperpartisan and broken as ever. But he also promised dramatic policy change, vowing to reinvent America’s approach to issues like health care, education, energy, climate and finance, and that promise he has kept. When you add up all the legislation from his frenetic first two years, when Democrats controlled Congress, and all the methodical executive actions from the past five years, after Republicans blocked his legislative path, this has been a BFD of a presidency, a profound course correction engineered by relentless government activism. As a candidate, Obama was often dismissed as a talker, a silver-tongued political savant with no real record of achievement. But ever since he took office during a raging economic crisis, he’s turned out to be much more of a doer, an action-oriented policy grind who has often failed to communicate what he’s done.




Pew Research Center will call 75% cellphones for surveys in 2016

Interesting…changing times…





NEW Mobile App for Parties & Candidates

We launched it…finally a new mobile app to help parties and candidates keep in touch with their members.


Our apps are native meaning they use the full power of smart mobile devices to provide rich features such as video, navigation, customized alerts linked to specific content, events calendaring, conventions, ballot registration and voting, breaking news, donations, blogs, instant polls and surveys and more.


And they are fully customizable.  So check out one or all of the first four live apps up this week.  Just go to your app store on either an Apple, Android or Windows phone and search for:


Michigan Republican Party

WSRP (Washington State Republican Party)

Republican Party of Louisiana

Republican Liberty Caucus

Tea Party Nation

NYS Conservative Party

USVI GOP (Virgin Islands Republican Party)

Lisa Posthumus Lyons (State Representative-MI)

Triston Cole (State Representative-MI)

Gowan for Arizona (Gowan for Congress)


Follow the progress of Right Mobile and the various new parties and candidates that launch their own apps on Facebook at;  https://www.facebook.com/rightmobileUS//


If any party or candidate is interested in getting an app of their own, please contact me at: sanuzis@rightmobile.us





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