Weekly Musing 1-31-16

Weekly Musing 1-31-16

Saul Anuzis

 

 

Days until the 2016 election: 282.

 

Mom YadVashem

Never Forget – So That Never Again!

This week we commemorated ‪Holocaust Memorial Day, where we remembered the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and reaffirm: Never again!

 

My parents and grandparents were bestowed the designation of “Righteous Amongst the Nations” by Yad Vashem.  This honor was given to “gentiles” who helped save Jews from the Holocaust during World War II.

 

Several years ago, I had the experience of a lifetime to be able to visit Israel and the Yad Vashem Memorial.  They arranged a special ceremony where I, as the “son of the Righteous” laid a wreath at the Memorial with the “son of a Survivor” that my parents and grandparents actually helped save.  It was one of the most memorable and moving moments of my life.

 

I can only imagine the fear, bravery and sacrifice my parents and grandparents exhibited risked their lives to save others in the face of unbelievable brutality and persecution.  It’s hard to describe the pride…and hope that future generations may never have to experience something like that again…but if we did, that we would have the strength and convictions to act accordingly.

 

http://townhall.com/columnists/joelmowbray/2011/01/11/vowing_to_never_forget_familys_legacy,_saul_anuzis_fights_for_gop_chair/page/full

 

 

 

nra leadership forum

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the National Rifle Association’s 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston. The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will features training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )

The Case for Ted Cruz

Since Ted Cruz walked onto the national stage, he has been consistent in leading the attack against the corrupt Washington Establishments of both parties. Redolent of     Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  He has done that with a level of articulate intelligence and perception virtually unprecedented in Washington.

 

I served President Reagan in the White House Office of Policy Development, and I have studied his speeches and writings for years. Cruz embraces the same three dimensional political and policy framework as Reagan – fearless, consistent, free market economics, Peace through Strength National Defense, and Traditional Values Cultural Conservatism. On issue after issue, I can see no difference between Reagan and Cruz in any of these dimensions.

 

Like Reagan, Cruz is a convictions politician, in the words of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  That means that Cruz, like Reagan, and Thatcher, is transparently in politics to advance his conservative “convictions,” philosophy, and ideology, not for personal aggrandizement, power, or riches.

 

Conservatives, from Christian Evangelicals, to Tea Party fire brands, to Libertarian free market activists, to low tax crusaders, to Second Amendment, gun rights advocates, to National Defense, foreign policy conservatives, to traditional, family values, cultural conservatives, are now coalescing around Cruz. I believe they will put him over the top in Iowa, and carry that momentum to New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, and Super Tuesday states throughout the south. That run may resolve the nomination contest much sooner than now expected. Below are the reasons why this is happening.

 

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/the_case_for_ted_cruz.html#.VqUEWKGOSN8.facebook

 

 

Ted Cruz’s Revolution

His fellow senators publicly denounce him and call him names. They yell at him behind closed doors and complain about him to their lobbyist friends. They hate him with a wild, deranging passion. The Beltway grandees, with their consulting contracts and expensive suits, would sooner die or move to Europe than live in the America he would govern.

And Cruz revels in their hatred.

 

“You know,” the Texas senator said, eyebrows tented plaintively, black hair neatly parted on the left, “when we launched this campaign, the New York Times promptly opined, ‘Cruz cannot win, because the Washington elites despise him.'” He paused for effect, exactly the same way he had paused for effect the previous night in Whitefield, exactly the same way he would pause for effect the next morning in Exeter. Then he delivered the punch line: “I kind of thought that was the whole point of the campaign!”

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/ted-cruz-revolution/426759/

 

 

Why Ted Cruz wanted the endorsement of the governor of Guam

Since the beginning of his presidential campaign, Sen. Ted Cruz and his aides have touted the fact that they are running a national campaign, attempting to lock down the support of delegates in places far from the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

 

On Thursday, some of that strategy paid off: Cruz got the endorsement of the governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo. The Texas Republican sent surrogates to the U.S. territories last year to cultivate relationships in the hopes of securing the support of delegates to the Republican National Convention in July. In a letter to Cruz, Calvo said he support’s Cruz’s stances on immigration, the Second Amendment and against large government.

 

The endorsement is part of Cruz’s strategy to carefully court delegates with the hope of locking down the nomination with numbers. He and his team have poured time and resources into the South, where Cruz believes he will play well with religious and conservative voters. The candidate has spent time in places off the normal primary map, including Wyoming and Minnesota.

 

…Cruz dispatched his father, Rafael, and Saul Anuzis, a former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party who is supporting Cruz and is spearheading his hunt for support in unusual places, to the U.S. Virgin Islands in September to ask for the support of Republicans there.

“To me, it’s like niche farming for delegates,” Anuzis said at the time.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/01/28/why-ted-cruz-wanted-the-endorsement-of-the-governor-of-guam/

 

 

The Secret Science of Winning the Iowa Caucuses

An hour before the Jan. 14 Republican debate, 250 of Ted Cruz’s most dedicated Iowa field organizers huddled in the Heritage Assembly of God church gymnasium in Des Moines. Over a dinner of potato chips and sandwiches, they sat down for a tutorial in caucus-night tactics.

 

In one sense, the Iowa caucuses, held this year on Feb. 1, are a quaint, almost anachronistic tradition—an assembly of neighbors deciding the next leader of the free world in churches and libraries and school cafeterias catered with hot chocolate and homemade pastries. But they’re also among the country’s most sophisticated, even arcane, political rituals, the culmination of months of organizing. For all the intimacy and homey trappings, they can have the intensity of a high-stakes playoff game.

 

“It’s laid bare,” says Rick Tyler, Cruz’s national spokesman. “You’ll see who has their pants down and who doesn’t. You’ll see who’s got it together and who doesn’t. I want Iowans to know we’re built to last.”

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-01-25/the-secret-science-of-winning-the-iowa-caucuses

 

 

Outsiders’ chance

WHEN Jeb Bush announced he was running for president seven months ago the tutting newspaper commentaries almost wrote themselves. With his famous name and war chest of over $100m, whistled up from Bush family benefactors in a matter of months, the former Florida governor was almost as strong a favourite for the Republican ticket as Hillary Clinton, who had made her inaugural campaign speech two days earlier, was for the Democratic one. Bush against Clinton? The prospect made American democracy seem stale and dynastic, rigged on behalf of a tiny political elite, whose members alone had the name recognition and deep pockets required to win its overpriced elections.

 

But now the primary process is about to get serious. In Iowa on February 1st perhaps 250,000 voters will brave icy roads to pick their champion in small groups, or caucuses. And the tutting has given way to real fear. On the Republican side, Mr Bush—or “Jeb!” as his campaign has cruelly styled him—is all but irrelevant. The son and brother of past presidents is clever and has a solid record of cutting taxes and privatising services. But Republican voters have dismissed him as dull and out-of-touch, an emblem of the political class they despise. The Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, is a celebrity builder with no previous political experience. He has raised little money, was once a registered Democrat and still refers derisively to his party as “the Republicans”, as if it is some unpromising acquisition he has been arm-twisted into buying.

 

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21689539-primary-contest-about-get-serious-it-has-rarely-been-so-ugly-uncertain-or

 

 

Donald Trump Is Shocking, Vulgar and Right

And, my dear fellow Republicans, he’s all your fault.

 

About 15 years ago, I said something nasty on CNN about Donald Trump’s hair. I can’t now remember the context, assuming there was one. In any case, Trump saw it and left a message the next day.

“It’s true you have better hair than I do,” Trump said matter-of-factly. “But I get more pussy than you do.” Click.

At the time, I’d never met Trump and I remember feeling amused but also surprised he’d say something like that. Now the pattern seems entirely familiar. The message had all the hallmarks of a Trump attack: shocking, vulgar and indisputably true.

 

Not everyone finds it funny. On my street in Northwest Washington, D.C., there’s never been anyone as unpopular as Trump. The Democrats assume he’s a bigot, pandering to the morons out there in the great dark space between Georgetown and Brentwood. The Republicans (those relatively few who live here) fully agree with that assessment, and they hate him even more. They sense Trump is a threat to them personally, to their legitimacy and their livelihoods. Idi Amin would get a warmer reception in our dog park.

 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/donald-trump-is-shocking-vulgar-and-right-213572

 

 

Obama flunks common sense economics

It’s too easy to label President Obama’s State of the Union as more “tax-the-rich” and redistribution. We already know that. Rather than name-calling, Republicans must draw a clear line in the sand between their worldview and Obama’s.

I’d call that line common sense economics.

 

There are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind. First, you can’t create a new business, or sustain an existing one, without the seed corn and nourishment of capital investment. Secondly, only businesses create jobs. You can’t have a job without a business.

 

Third, jobs create all incomes, including middle-class incomes. Lastly, incomes create family and consumer spending. Got all that?

 

This is not complicated. It’s common economic sense, but University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan states this in a simpler way: Growth starts with investment and ends with consumer spending.

 

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/01/24/kudlow-why-obama-doesnt-get-common-sense-economics.html

 

 

Democrats are in more trouble than they think. And changing demographics won’t save them.

Democrats are optimistic about the future. They may have gotten pasted in 2014, but they expect great results in the next decade based on favorable trends in the population.

 

“The Republican party is in a death spiral,” Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg warns in his new book America Ascendant. It is in a “pitched fight” with what Greenberg calls the “new American majority,” which is composed of “African Americans, Hispanics, Millennials,” who “will constitute 54 percent of the electorate in 2016.” If one includes “seculars with no religious affiliation,” then this group amounts to 63 percent of the electorate that is sympathetic to the Democrats.

Greenberg’s claim is merely the latest version of an argument that Celinda Lake and other Democratic pollsters as well as analysts from the Center for American Progress have been making for the past three or four years. The heart of the argument is that the groups in the population that are likely to vote for Democrats are growing, while those that are likely to vote for Republicans are shrinking as a percentage of the electorate. As a result, Democrats will inevitably win political majorities.

 

This argument is at least half-wrong. Democrats could eventually reclaim the majorities they won in 2008 or enjoyed earlier in the past century, but it won’t happen simply because of demography. Republicans have rising groups of their own that could counter or nullify these trends. Considered merely on that basis, the parties are at a standoff. Which party wins the coming elections will depend on politics — what kind of candidates the parties nominate, what they campaign on, and what they do in office.

 

http://www.vox.com/2016/1/14/10761208/democrats-doomed

 

 

What the Next President Must Do About Putin

MMadam/Mr. President-to-be-elected, you will enter office facing Vladimir Putin’s Russia as a potential geostrategic threat to the United States. You will need a strategy to counter and resist this threat, which is only growing. At the moment, Putin appears to be closer to prevailing in Syria and holding steady in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. His use of force to protect despots and to render governments hostage to Moscow’s will is working to some extent, as Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford tacitly acknowledged last week when he told reporters that because of Russia’s military intervention in Syria, the Assad regime “is in a better place” ahead of scheduled peace talks in Geneva this week. Putin may have helped Assad regain control of enough of Syria to potentially retain power and in Eastern Europe the states with uninvited Russian forces continue to experience limits on their territorial and political sovereignty.

 

What precisely is the threat from Russia? Putin’s two main objectives—to keep himself in power and to rebuild Russia as a great power—do not in themselves endanger U.S. national interests. The threat lies in the fact that Putin is trying to achieve his goals by rewriting international rules and norms that are critical to U.S. security. Specifically, he seeks to inaugurate a new international order that permits human rights abuses by despotic leaders and invasion, occupation and political subversion of sovereign states. Not to mention assassination: Only last week, a British inquiry led by retired high court judge Robert Owen found that the murder of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 was “probably” directed by the Russian president.

 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/next-president-putin-pentagon-policy-213559

 

 

 

The conservative movement has become the GOP establishment. Now what?

There’s something faintly comical about everyone in the Republican party shouting, “I’m not the establishment. That guy is.” The conservative movement long ago defeated the East Coast establishment of the party. It was a total rout; the last semi-moderate New England Republicans were defeated a decade ago. And yet, conservatives still insist that they are fighting some powerful establishment within the Republican Party.

 

Conservative institutions — their publications, think-tanks, and policy shops — are firmly embedded within the larger political class. The victory has been so-well established for so long that the literal children of the previous establishment will not stick up for it. George W. Bush ran as a conservative. Jeb Bush has ideologically been more enthusiastic for conservatism than his brother.

 

http://theweek.com/articles/600895/conservative-movement-become-gop-establishment-now-what

 

 

A Psychologist’s Open Letter to U.S. Voters

You have the power to shape the future of this country.

Politicians are groomed by us—by our applause, by our polls, by our votes. Whatever you seem to love or hate, they’ll embrace or reject. So be careful what you applaud or attack. It matters what they—and all the little future leaders watching them—think you want in a leader…

 

…I offer a guide, based on research, for what keeps leaders healthy, so you can applaud the right behaviors, and, I hope, punish the dangerous ones.

 

People high in healthy narcissism (link is external) inspire without undermining. They lead with conviction not cruelty. They bring out the best (link is external), not the worst, in the people around them. That’s who we need leading the nation.

So here are some dos and don’ts:

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/romance-redux/201509/psychologists-open-letter-us-voters

 

 

 

Why The Baltics? – Analysis

Why the Baltics? Of the European Union’s half a billion residents, scarcely more than 1% live in one of the Baltic countries. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are tiny countries in terms of their landmass and their population. Yet they punch far above their weight. From energy policy to e-government, from geopolitics to economic policy, the Baltic countries are playing an outsized role in Europe’s future.

 

If the Baltics are known for anything today, it is for their precarious geopolitical position. Located on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, these countries are on the frontlines of the struggle between Russia and the West for influence in Europe’s borderlands. The Baltics are nearly surrounded by Russia and its ally Belarus, save only for a short border that Lithuania shares with Poland.

 

http://www.eurasiareview.com/24012016-why-the-baltics-analysis/

 

 

The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken In The World Today

Language evolution is like biological evolution – it happens minutely, generation by generation, so there’s no distinct breaking point between one language and the next language that develops from it. Therefore, it’s impossible to say that one language is really older than any other one; they’re all as old as humanity itself. That said, each of the languages below has a little something special—something ancient—to differentiate it from the masses.

Lithuanian

The language family that most European languages belong to is Indo-European, but they started splitting apart from each other probably around 3500 BCE. They developed into dozens of other languages like German, Italian, and English, gradually losing the features that they had all shared. One language, however, up in the Baltic language branch of the Indo-European family, retained more of the feature of what linguists call Proto-Indo-European (PIE), which is the language that they postulate was spoken around 3500 BCE. For whatever reason, Lithuanian has kept more of the sounds and grammar rules from PIE than any of its linguistic cousins, and can therefore be called one of the oldest languages in the world.

http://theculturetrip.com/asia/india/articles/the-10-oldest-languages-still-spoken-in-the-world-today/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=share

RightMobile

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 of the apps that is currently live.  Just go to your app store on either an Apple, Android or Windows phone and search for:

 

New York GOP (New York State Republican Party)

TN GOP (Tennessee Republican Party)

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

 

www.rightmobile.us

 

 

Straw poll shows Cruz emerging as candidate with majority support

Last week I shared a link to an online preferential voting poll. Each voter was asked to rank the Republican presidential candidates in order of choice. Only one vote per IP address was allowed,

As of Friday, nearly 200 people had cast ballots. They reveal much about the race – not as a scientific poll, but for showing relationships among backers of candidates as revealed by their rankings. In the first round, Cruz had 71 votes (40%), compared to Trump’s 38 (21%), Marco Rubio’s 22 (12%), and no one else in double digits. When no candidate has a majority, we count the second choices of voters whose first choice has been defeated. Once the field is reduced to two, Ted Cruz emerges victorious, with 69% of the vote against Donald Trump. In the final “instant runoff.”

 

  Round
Candidate 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
 
Jim Gilmore 0%                  
Mike Huckabee 1%                  
Chris Christie 2% 2% 3% 3% 3%          
Rand Paul 6% 6% 7% 7% 7% 7% 8%      
Rick Santorum 1% 1%                
Donald Trump 21% 21% 21% 21% 22% 22% 22% 22% 25% 31%
Carly Fiorina 5% 5% 5% 5% 6% 6%        
Ben Carson 3% 3% 3% 3%            
Jeb Bush 2% 2% 2%              
John Kasich 6% 6% 6% 7% 7% 9% 9% 12%    
Ted Cruz 40% 40% 40% 40% 42% 43% 45% 49% 52% 69%
Marco Rubio 12% 12% 12% 13% 13% 14% 16% 17% 23% 0%
Exhausted Ballots         2 3 6 9 14 30
Continuing Ballots 178 178 178 178 176 175 172 169 164 148

 

Ranking patterns are revealing as well. A quarter (24%) of Trump voters ranked Cruz second, three times more than they ranked Rubio second. Cruz also does well far better than Trump in securing Rubio’s second choices. Overall, he was ranked first, second or third on 56% of all voters’ ballots; ahead of Rubio (34%) and Trump (33%) and far ahead of Jeb Such with 12%.

 

Percentage of ballots on which candidate ranked first, second or third
Bush 12%
Carson 26%
Christie 10%
Cruz 56%
Fiorina 17%
Gilmore 1%
Huckabee 4%
Kasich 19%
Paul 16%
Rubio 34%
Santorum 4%
Trump 33%

 

Preferential ballots also allow us to model the outcome if Cruz dropped out of the race. In the first round, Trump would be out in front, with 29% of the vote (compared to Rubio’s 23%). However, because Trump is fewer voters’ second and third choices than Rubio, as candidates who cannot win are eliminated, Rubio gradually catches up with Trump and emerges the winner in the final round with 54% to Trump’s 46%.

 

Of course the real votes will start being cast soon – but users can set up their own preferential voting contest here.

 

 

 

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Vote & Rank Your Top Candidates: Interesting/Educational Straw Poll

 

AGOP Field

Interesting/Educational Straw Poll

I know how hard it often is for us to pick the strongest Republican nominee and have been involved in various efforts to reform nomination  rules. One change can be in what we are able to do us as voters, and I believe that preferential voting offers a viable alternative worth exploring. It’s already used in some internal party contests, and preferential voting ballots are being used this year in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina to better ensure overseas and military voters have a vote that counts in both the first and second round of runoffs.

 

To give you a sense of how preferential voting works, I’ve created Republican Nomination Straw Poll that I’m asking readers to try out over the next few days so I can report on the results next weekend. There’s only one vote allowed per IP address, so while it’s not any official vote, it should be reflective of what this list thinks right now about the Republican field.

 

What is interesting to watch is how YOUR candidate performs earning folks second choice vote.  That would matter with preferential voting. It simulates an “instant runoff” between the strongest two candidates. In other words, preferential voting will show us who has majority support when you compare the top candidates one-on-one. Recent polls that ask that “one-on-one” question are revealing. For instance, an Iowa caucus poll this month found that Donald Trump led Ted by 29% to 27% in first choices, but Ted defeated him by a 59% to 41% landslide when matched one-on-one; see an analysis of that poll that explains how the poll numbers allow a simulation of a preferential voting contest.

 

Preferential wouldn’t be about helping any one candidate, of course. It’s about giving voters more power over their vote. When we have more than two candidates, the vote can split. Preferential voting allows us to vote more freely and see just who really is the strongest candidate. So check out the Republican Nomination Straw Poll, vote, and see the results next weekend.

 

https://civinomics.com/polls/124258

 

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Weekly Musing 1-24-16

Weekly Musing 1-24-16

Saul Anuzis

  

Days until the 2016 election: 289.

 

 

 

Interesting/Educational Straw Poll

I know how hard it often is for us to pick the strongest Republican nominee and have been involved in various efforts to reform nomination  rules. One change can be in what we are able to do us as voters, and I believe that preferential voting offers a viable alternative worth exploring. It’s already used in some internal party contests, and preferential voting ballots are being used this year in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina to better ensure overseas and military voters have a vote that counts in both the first and second round of runoffs.

 

To give you a sense of how preferential voting works, I’ve created Republican Nomination Straw Poll that I’m asking readers to try out over the next few days so I can report on the results next weekend. There’s only one vote allowed per IP address, so while it’s not any official vote, it should be reflective of what this list thinks right now about the Republican field.

 

What is interesting to watch is how YOUR candidate performs earning folks second choice vote.  That would matter with preferential voting. It simulates an “instant runoff” between the strongest two candidates. In other words, preferential voting will show us who has majority support when you compare the top candidates one-on-one. Recent polls that ask that “one-on-one” question are revealing. For instance, an Iowa caucus poll this month found that Donald Trump led Ted by 29% to 27% in first choices, but Ted defeated him by a 59% to 41% landslide when matched one-on-one; see an analysis of that poll that explains how the poll numbers allow a simulation of a preferential voting contest.

 

Preferential wouldn’t be about helping any one candidate, of course. It’s about giving voters more power over their vote. When we have more than two candidates, the vote can split. Preferential voting allows us to vote more freely and see just who really is the strongest candidate. So check out the Republican Nomination Straw Poll, vote, and see the results next weekend.

 

https://civinomics.com/polls/124258

 

 

One Big Reason To Be Less Skeptical Of Trump

In a nomination race like the Republican one, you could draw up a list of reasons to be skeptical of any candidate’s chances. Here are some reasons to be skeptical about Ted Cruz’s position in Iowa, for example. Here‘s why Marco Rubio’s strategy looks increasingly precarious. There are also good reasons to be skeptical about Donald Trump’s chances of winning the Republican nomination:

His polling in Iowa isn’t great, and he’s probably still the underdog there.

 

There’s reason to doubt the strength of his ground game, in Iowa and other states.

 

Trump’s favorable ratings and second-choice numbers are generally inferior to Cruz’s and Rubio’s, meaning that other candidates might benefit more as the field winnows.1

 

But the reason I’ve been especially skeptical about Trump for most of the election cycle isn’t listed above. Nor is it because I expected Trump to spontaneously combust in national polls. Instead, I was skeptical because I assumed that influential Republicans would do almost anything they could to prevent him from being nominated.

 

I’m in the midst of working on a long review of the book “The Party Decides,” so we’ll save some of the detail for that forthcoming article. But the textbook on Trump is that he’d be a failure along virtually every dimension that party elites normally consider when choosing a nominee: electability (Trump is extremely unpopular with general election voters); ideological reliability (like Sarah Palin, Trump’s a “maverick”); having traditional qualifications for the job; and so forth. Even if the GOP is mostly in disarray, my assumption was that it would muster whatever strength it had to try to stop Trump.

But so far, the party isn’t doing much to stop Trump. Instead, it’s making such an effort against Cruz. Consider:

 

The governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, said he wanted Cruz defeated.

Bob Dole warned of “cataclysmic” losses if Cruz was the nominee, and said Trump would fare better.

 

Mitch McConnell and other Republicans senators have been decidedly unhelpful to Cruz when discussing his constitutional eligibility to be president.

 

An anti-Cruz PAC has formed, with plans to run advertisements in Iowa. (By contrast, no PAC advertising has run against Trump so far in January.)

 

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/one-big-reason-to-be-less-skeptical-of-trump/?utm_content=buffer9ac45&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

What Our Angry Voices Teach the Next Generation

I am deeply concerned. The political dialogue on both sides of the aisle has increasingly focused on everything wrong with America. Watch the news, listen to the politicians, and the vast majority of what you will hear decries the end of the American dream, the end of economic competitiveness, and the end of the United States being a world leader for what is right. Less is the talk of a shining city on a hill, and more is the talk of a city that needs to be saved from its eventual demise. The political left denies our exceptionalism, and some on the right flirt with isolationism. The manner in which we discuss our future is a fine line between appeasing to make a few people happy and looking at the broader picture of what is best for the country.

 

This perpetual focus on what is wrong with the country is creating something far worse: our children are hearing that America is no longer what it used to be. This rhetoric is teaching them that ‘the land of opportunity’ is no more. Of course, this is ludicrous, but sometimes prophecies can be self-fulfilling. More and more, Americans are beginning to think of the world as “us vs. them” instead of “we can help them.” The callousness is dangerous and easily passes on to the innocent minds of the future generation.

 

I have seen the benefits first hand of American compassion. This past April, I went on a trip to Kenya, where I visited a small village to see U.S. efforts to help teach poverty stricken families how to get the most out of their resources. This information gives hope and new opportunity. During this tour, the families of the villagers surrounded our group with true admiration. In that moment, I felt immense pride for my nation. In a similar situation, on a trip to Iraq in 2014, I walked through a refugee camp in Erbil, shortly after ISIS had brutalized the population. I remember the throngs of people closing in on me desperate to tell their stories because they saw me as someone who could help, simply because I was an American. It was in that moment that I felt most conflicted. I was proud to be a representative of what symbolized hope to these people, but desperately wished I could do more.

 

America is a great country — no, America is the greatest country! Together we have faced challenges that some thought would be the end of this great experiment of democracy. Not only did we overcome each of these great tests, we came out stronger. Each time we went down for the ten count, we stood up and landed a knockout punch to become world heavyweight champions. What do heavyweight champions do? They embody success. They spend countless hours doing the hard work necessary to win. They pass down the tradition of that hard work and share the stories of fights won.

 

https://medium.com/@RepAdamKinzinger/what-our-angry-voices-teach-the-next-generation-b12bc1055d87#.v8ziild24

 

 

The Establishment’s Irrational Fear of Ted Cruz

As I see it, there are two major differences between Republican supporters and opponents of Cruz. One is that his supporters are more consistently conservative on every category of issues. The fight, in other words, is not just about strategy, as the establishment insists, but also involves policy.

 

The second is that Cruz’s supporters believe he is a man of integrity. Many of his detractors contend he is a phony, but I think their real fear is that he is not. He will not change his positions for expedience — though many are working overtime to convince us otherwise.

The establishment, then, either believes or wants to fool us into believing that it opposes Cruz because he is a poseur, a saboteur of good government — a man who impedes the cause of conservatism by his unwavering commitment to it. Only by compromise and pragmatism, they argue, can we really advance conservative principles.

 

The truth, however, is that they are not as committed to conservative principles as they say they are and don’t regard the current problems confronting our nation with the same degree of urgency as mainstream conservatives. They also place a high value on process — on bipartisanship and collegiality for their own sake — even over advancing a conservative agenda. Not long ago I read that one establishment icon said he didn’t think a Hillary presidency would be that bad. Seriously?

 

http://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2016/01/22/the-establishments-irrational-fear-of-ted-cruz-n2108067/page/full

 

 

 

Trump on New York Values – In His Own Words

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHAHKGP10yc

 

 

 

To All Those New York City Journalists Horrified By Cruz’s Jab: Get Over Yourselves

First of all– and most importantly– note that Cruz points out that Trump himself said once he had different “values” than Iowans simply because he was from New York City. That alone ought to make the attack against Trump a legitimate one; the notion that all New Yorkers think the same is a vast oversimplification, but that is how Trump framed the issue sixteen years ago.

 

As I read it, the “New York values” line wasn’t intended as an attack on New York City, or even New Yorkers themselves. Instead, he was saying that Republicans (and South Carolinians and Iowans) espouse certain values, and New Yorkers tend not to. He certainly implied “New York values” were a bad thing… but only within the context of the nomination for a right-wing party. I expect Democrats are equally wary of “Birmingham values.”

 

The notion that it’s somehow outrageous to say New York has different values than the rest of the country is, to put it bluntly, stupid. No less than the public editor of The New York Times recognized this fact a decade ago, when Daniel Okrent said in a column that “of course” the paper had a liberal bias. He argued that the bias didn’t derive from any vast left wing conspiracy or intentional malice. Instead, he noted that the paper’s editors, reporters, and columnists were all New Yorkers, and they simply have a different “value system” than the rest of the country.

 

http://www.mediaite.com/online/to-all-those-new-york-city-journalists-horrified-by-cruzs-jab-get-over-yourselves/

 

 

Why the GOP Primary Could Be Even Crazier Than You Think

Welcome to a 2016 Republican presidential primary unlike any other. A crowded field, angry electorate and uncharacteristically divided establishment, not to mention the wild-card role of super PACs, have already made this nominating contest more frenzied and unpredictable than its recent predecessors. It’s become conventional wisdom that, whatever the chaos of the early campaign, a winner is most likely to emerge by mid-March. This cycle, we can’t be so sure. In fact, the better you understand how the 2016 calendar works, the more likely it seems we can face a messy slog that runs into late spring and possibly even into the July convention—an unlikely fate at this point but one that’s no longer impossible.

 

For starters, the 2016 calendar quite deliberately avoids having a mid-March nominee.


http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/2016-gop-primary-crazier-than-you-think-213542

 

 

Beware A GOP Calendar Front-Loaded With States Friendly To Trump And Cruz

In a few weeks’ time, it’s possible that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz will steamroll their way through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and dominate the so-called “SEC Primary” — the collection of 13 mostly Southern states that will vote on March 1 — horrifying many GOP elected officials and depriving any other candidate of a night to celebrate.

 

Yet even if that happens, it’s still possible that Marco Rubio (or another more establishment-friendly candidate) could end up with the nomination, thanks to quirks of the GOP’s complex delegate math.

The GOP’s primary calendar is surprisingly front-loaded with states friendly to insurgents like Trump and Cruz. But because of Republican National Committee rules, all but one of these states will award their delegates on a proportional basis, intentionally making it difficult for any one candidate to build a durable or commanding lead.

 

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/beware-a-gop-calendar-front-loaded-with-states-friendly-to-trump-and-cruz/

 

 

Jeff Sessions Releases Book Of Charts Putting Immigration And Green Card Issuances Into Shocking Perspective

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions × released a book of graphs and charts on Wednesday that helps put the U.S.’s relaxed immigration policies in shocking perspective.

 

“Record-breaking visa issuances propelling U.S. to immigration highs never before seen,” is the sub-title to the Republican immigration hawk’s “chart book.”

 

Sessions, who chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, asserts that the federal government will legally add 10 million or more “new permanent immigrants over the next 10 years.”

 

He also cites polls showing that a “stark” majority of Americans want lawmakers to reduce immigration rates, not increase them. Polls from Gallup and Fox show that Americans support an immigration reduction to an increase by a 2-to-1 margin.

 

http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/13/jeff-sessions-releases-book-of-charts-putting-immigration-and-green-card-issuances-into-shocking-perspective/

 

 

Why America Needs To Get Ready For A ‘100-Year War’ With Radical Islam

The war against radical Islamic terrorism could go on much longer than anyone is expecting, and the enemy may not give the U.S. any choice but to fight it.

 

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was quite sober in his address Wednesday on the subject of the politics of dealing with radical Islam. Speaking to a room of people packed to the brim on Capitol Hill, Gingrich outlined in a clear and concise manner his belief that combating the terrorist forces within radical Islam will take as many as 100 years. He noted that the choice to go to war had already been made by the enemy, and the U.S. will eventually have no choice but to respond in a massive way.

 

Though he certainly had ample criticism for President Barack Obama’s current strategies for countering terrorism, calling the President “delusional,” he was willing to point blame for the current situation in multiple directions. “You have to look seriously at why did we fail in Iraq … in Afghanistan.” Gingrich believes that the commission set up to investigate the attacks on September 11, 2001, failed. So too did both Bush and Clinton, and especially Paul Bremer, Bush’s envoy to Iraq after the initial 2003 invasion.

http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/16/why-america-needs-to-get-ready-for-a-100-year-war-with-radical-islam/

 

 

The Secrets of Charles Koch’s Political Ascent

In a recent round of interviews, Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and political patron, has been stressing that he only recently became involved in politics. As he put it in an interview with Megyn Kelly on October 15, “I’ve never been that fond of politics and only got dragged into it recently kicking and screaming.” But according to what appear to be two never-before-seen documents—a paper Charles wrote in 1976 and an unpublished history of Charles’ political evolution—Charles began planning his ambitious remaking of American politics 40 years ago, transitioning from libertarian ideologue to conservative power broker. For his new movement, which aimed to empower ultraconservatives like himself and radically change the way the U.S. government worked, he analyzed and then copied what he saw as the strengths of the John Birch Society, the extreme, right-wing anti-communist group to which he, his brother David and their father, Fred Koch, had belonged. Charles Koch might claim that his entry into politics is new, but from its secrecy to its methods of courting donors and recruiting students, the blueprint for the vast and powerful Koch donor network that we see today was drafted four decades ago.

 

By the 1970s, Charles had broken from an early political influence—the John Birch Society (of which his father had been a founding member)—over his opposition to the Vietnam War. Charles had also been skeptical of the group’s more far-fetched conspiracy theories, which included a belief that many prominent Americans, including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, were communist agents.

 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/charles-koch-political-ascent-jane-mayer-213541

 

 

For Some, Mishandling Classified Information Has Lasting Consequences

Members of the military and other government employees have been prosecuted and disciplined for infractions far less serious than storing hundreds of emails containing classified information on an unsecured, private server. And the fact that Clinton was Secretary of State makes her infractions worse. She was a prime target for espionage, and her violations of the law gave foreign powers an opening to penetrate deliberations at the highest levels of government.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/430020/general-petraeus-and-lasting-consequences-mishandling-classified-information

 

 

Millennials Make Up Almost Half of Latino Eligible Voters in 2016

Hispanic millennials will account for nearly half (44%) of the record 27.3 million Hispanic eligible voters projected for 2016—a share greater than any other racial or ethnic group of voters, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

The large footprint of Latino millennial eligible voters reflects the oversized importance of youth in the U.S.-born Latino population and as a source of Latino eligible voter growth. The median age among the nation’s 35 million U.S.-born Latinos is only 19 (Stepler and Brown, 2015), and Latino youth will be the main driver of growth among Latino eligible voters over the next two decades. Between 2012 and 2016, about 3.2 million young U.S.-citizen Latinos will have advanced to adulthood and become eligible to vote, according to Pew Research Center projections. Nearly all of them are U.S. born—on an annual basis, some 803,000 U.S.-born Latinos reached adulthood in recent years.

 

This is by far the largest source of growth for the Hispanic electorate, but it is not the only one. The second-largest source is adult Hispanic immigrants who are in the U.S. legally and decide to become U.S. citizens (i.e., naturalize). Between 2012 and 2016 some 1.2 million will have done so, according to Pew Research Center projections. Another source is the outmigration from Puerto Rico. Since 2012, some 130,000 more Puerto Ricans have left the island than moved there. Florida has been the biggest recipient of these Puerto Rican adult migrants—all of whom are U.S. citizens and eligible to vote in U.S. elections (Krogstad, 2015c).

 

http://www.pewhispanic.org/2016/01/19/millennials-make-up-almost-half-of-latino-eligible-voters-in-2016/

 

 

How Lithuania Helped Take Down The Soviet Union

This year, 2016, will mark the twentieth-fifth anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union from the political map of the world. A quarter of a century ago, the menace of Soviet-led communism, which had haunted the globe since the time of the Russian Revolution in 1917, disintegrated from within and passed into the dustbin of history.

The Soviet Empire in Eastern Europe that Stalin had imposed in the aftermath of Second World War began to crumble in 1989 and 1990, as the communist regimes in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania were replaced with democratic-oriented governments.

The collapse of the Iron Curtain that had divided the European continent since 1945 was symbolized most dramatically with the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989. (See my article, “The Berlin Wall and the Spirit of Freedom.”)

 

The, then, head of the Soviet Communist Party, Mikhail Gorbachev, was hailed in the West as an enlightened communist reformer who wished to create a new Soviet “socialism-with-a-human-face.”

He was also praised as a man of peace who was allowing the Eastern European “captive nations” to go free, when the threat or use of Soviet military force – like had been used in Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968 – could have, once again, crushed the dreams of the people in these lands finally to be free.

 

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/01/how-lithuania-helped-take-down-the-soviet-union/

 

 

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:

 

New York GOP (New York State Republican Party)

TN GOP (Tennessee Republican Party)

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

 

www.rightmobile.us

 

 

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Former GOP State Chairmen Endorse Ted Cruz for President

Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Matt Salmon
Former GOP State Chairmen Endorse Ted Cruz for President

HOUSTON, Texas – Today, the Cruz for President campaign announced the endorsement of 12 former Republican State Party Chairmen and Republican National Committee members who support Cruz for President.

“Cruz is uniquely qualified to broaden the base of our party reaching Reagan Democrats, Hispanic/Latinos, Catholic, Jewish, Christian and working families to win in November,” said Saul Anuzis, former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.
“Ted Cruz embodies the principles of the Republican Party – he is a tireless defender of our liberties and the Constitution, an ardent believer in the values we cherish, and he possesses the leadership we so desperately need to keep our nation safe from threats abroad,” said Norm Semanko, former Idaho Republican Party Chairman and RNC General Counsel. “I am honored to join this group of Republican Party leaders in support of his candidacy for president.”

“I am thrilled to have this group of courageous conservatives join our campaign,” said Cruz. “We must come together, as conservatives and fight for the values that have made this country great in order to win the White House. If we do that we will win and we will turn this country around.”

Listed in ALPHA order are the first 12 former GOP State Chairmen and Republican National Committee members endorsing Ted Cruz for President:

Cathie Adams – TX
Saul Anuzis – MI
Tina Benkiser – TX
Rich Cebra – ME
Jack Kimball – NH
Willes Lee – HI
Alex Mooney – MD
Ron Nehring – CA
Barry Peterson – ID
Mike Schroeder – CA
Norm Semanko – ID
George Strake – TX

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Donald Trump’s New York Values?!?

Trump Iowa
Donald Trump’s New York Values: In His Own Words
Trump Says Being From New York Drives His Views on Gay Marriage, Partial-Birth Abortion
HOUSTON, Texas – In an interview with Tim Russert, Donald Trump asserts that New York “views” and “attitudes” are different than other places in the country, such as Iowa.View the video here.

Trump on Meet the Press:”I live in New York City. There is a tremendous movement on to have and allow gay marriage.”

“Hey, I lived in New York City and Manhattan all my life so my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa, perhaps, but [gays openly serving in the military] is not something that would disturb me.”

“I’m very pro choice. And again it may be a little bit of a New York background because there is some different having attitude in different parts of the country and you know I was raised in New York, grew up and work and everything else in New York City.”

But you would not ban partial-birth abortion?

“No.”

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Weekly Musing 1-17-16

NOTE:  They went out a day early because I “fat fingered” the send button:)

 

Weekly Musing 1-17-16

Saul Anuzis

 

Days until the 2016 election: 296.

 

 

5 takeaways from the GOP debate

Cruz wins a round, Rubio fades, Christie lives to fight another day.

If you like a good heavyweight donnybrook, this was the best debate to date: The two GOP fighters with the sturdiest jaws and nastiest hooks — Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — finally went at each other after months of faux-friendship shadow boxing.

 

And the Tea Party Texan more than held his own – and had enough left to absorb a few stray blows from Marco Rubio.

 

The referees basically took the night off. To say that the first debate of 2016, held in deep-red South Carolina and sponsored by the FOX Business Network, featured the lightest questioning yet was an understatement. There will be no post-debate whining about rough, unfair grilling this time around: Over and over, moderator Maria Bartiromo offered “thank you” instead of posing follow-up questions to filibustering candidates.

 

The sixth Republican debate might have been the most consequential: It comes less than three weeks before the critical Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, a time when many voters make up their minds – or switch their preferences. Here are five takeaways.


http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/five-takeaways-from-the-gop-debate-217830

 

 

Hillary come to mind???

18 U.S.C. § 2071 : US Code – Section 2071: Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally

 

(a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

 

(b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

 

– See more at: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/18/I/101/2071#sthash.1Z865Rtd.dpuf

 

 

Feds to process emails from Clinton aide Abedin for release

The State Department has agreed to comb through 29,000 pages of emails from a top aide to Hillary Clinton and release batches of those emails every month.

 

In a federal court filing on Monday, the department said that it would process at least 400 pages of emails from Huma Abedin’s personal, non-government email account per month. 

 

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The searches come as part of a lawsuit launched by conservative watchdog organization Judicial Watch, which has embarked on a flurry of legal actions related to Clinton and her top aides.

 

The rolling production schedule will begin on March 1, the court said, with a goal of handing over all of the emails that pertain to Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act request by April 30, 2017.  It’s unclear if the full batch of 29,000 pages of emails will be released.

The agreement is likely to lead to new scrutiny on Abedin, who served as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff while she was secretary of State.

 

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/265539-feds-to-process-emails-from-clinton-aide-abedin-for-release

 

 

Ted Cruz Will Be The GOP Nominee

Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”  But here goes.  Barring a major political earthquake, Ted Cruz will be the GOP nominee later this year.

 

As the primaries get under way, two or three candidates will quickly emerge.  Based on the voting blocks which are apparent in the current polling, and their likely moves as the options narrow, the most likely result is a Cruz win, perhaps by a landslide.

 

With a strong anti-establishment sentiment among GOP voters, 65% are going for one of the opposition candidates, either Donald Trump (35%), Ted Cruz (20%), or Ben Carson (10%), according to recent RCP averages.  These voters are angry that the Republicans have done so little to resist Obama and advance a conservative agenda.  They remember how establishment candidates McCain and Romney fared in 2008 and 2012.  They will not be appeased.

 

That leaves only 35% for the GOP establishment candidates to fight over, led by Marco Rubio (now 11%), Chris Christie (5%), and Jeb Bush (3%).  Beyond these three, nobody has more than 3%.  There is no path to victory for any of them, with the possible exception of Rubio.  Some might question whether Rubio should be considered as part of the establishment, but rightly or wrongly, many voters think so.

 

http://townhall.com/columnists/fletcherarmstrong/2016/01/11/ted-cruz-will-be-the-gop-nominee-n2102309/page/full

 

 

Cruz Commander Commercial – you just got to love it!

 

https://youtu.be/0i-9D92bzu8

 

 

Michigan’s BIG Show with Michael Patrick Shiels on the GOP debate

Listen to my interview on Michigan Talk Radio after the South Carolina GOP presidential debate.

 

https://soundcloud.com/mibigshow/saul-anuzis-former-mi-republican-party-chair

 

 

To Attract Disillusioned Voters, the GOP Must Understand Their Concerns
Thanks to Donald Trump, American elites are finally paying attention to blue-collar, white America. They do not like what they see. Racist. Bigoted. Irrational. Angry. How many times have you read or heard one or more of these words used to describe Trump’s followers?

 

Whether they are the academic, media, and entertainment elites of the Left or the political and business elites of the Right, America’s self-appointed best and brightest uniformly view the passions unleashed by Trump as the modern-day equivalent of a medieval peasants’ revolt. And, like their medieval forebears, they mean to crush it. That effort is both a fool’s errand for the country and a poisoned chalice for conservatives and Republicans. It is foolish because the reasons the peasants are revolting will not fade easily. Ignoring and ridiculing their concerns, the way European elites have done with their own electorates for most of the last two decades, will simply intensify the masses’ rage and ensure that their political spokesmen become more intransigent and radical. If you want an American version of Marine Le Pen tomorrow, ignore the legitimate concerns of blue-collar Americans today. And it is a poisoned chalice for the Right because such a strategy requires a permanent informal coalition with the Left. Keeping blue-collar white Americans out of political power will result in exactly what Washington elites have wanted for years: a series of grand bargains that keep the status quo largely intact and the Democratic party in power.

…Winning the support of blue-collar voters means gaining their trust, and that means first affirming the core elements of their worldview. They have to believe that the GOP nominee understands that they have been the losers in the transition to a modern economy. They have to believe that the nominee will be on their side when the chips are down and that he is willing to take on the powerful. A nominee who appears ignorant of or callous toward these views, such as Mitt Romney, will be rejected as long as the Democratic nominee seems marginally acceptable.


http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429744/republican-disillusioned-voters

 

 

2 maps that show why many aren’t feeling Obama’s ‘strong’ State of the Union

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/13/why-americans-arent-feeling-obamas-strong-state-of-the-union-in-2-maps/?postshare=2561452782460113&tid=ss_tw

 

 

Can Voters Of Color Trust Clinton?

Hispanic And African American Voters Have Every Reason To Be Leery About Hillary Clinton. TOP TAKEAWAYS.

 

https://gop.com/can-voters-of-color-trust-clinton/

 

 

The State of the Economy in Eight Charts

President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address tonight, a venue he has often used to highlight the economy’s progress since the 2007-09 recession. Here’s a look at how the economy has fared, from a number of vantage points, during Mr. Obama’s presidency and that of his predecessors.

 

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2016/01/12/the-state-of-the-economy-in-eight-charts-2/

 

 

Conservatives Hang On to Ideology Lead by a Thread

Americans’ political ideology remained essentially stable in the past year, with conservatives retaining the barest of advantages over moderates in Americans’ self-identified political views, 37% vs. 35%. Liberals held firm at 24%.

 

Conservatives have outnumbered moderates as well as liberals in the U.S. population each year since 2009, coinciding with Barack Obama’s presidency. Before that, spanning George W. Bush’s presidency, from 2001 to 2008, the two groups were about tied. Through most of Bill Clinton’s presidency, from 1993 to 2000, moderates had a slight edge.

 

The 2015 results are based on interviews with roughly 12,000 national adults conducted between January and December 2015 as part of Gallup’s monthly Gallup Poll Social Series surveys.

 

http://www.gallup.com/poll/188129/conservatives-hang-ideology-lead-thread.aspx

 

 

Royal Bank of Scotland warns clients to ‘sell everything’

The Royal Bank of Scotland has warned clients to “sell everything,” anticipating a “cataclysmic year” for markets.

 

“Sell everything except high quality bonds,” the bank’s credit chief, Andrew Roberts, said in a note to clients this week. “This is about return of capital, not return on capital. In a crowded hall, exit doors are small.”

 

The note said the current situation was reminiscent of the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, which led to the global financial crisis. This time China could be the crisis point, The Guardian reported.

“China has set off a major correction and it is going to snowball. Equities and credit have become very dangerous, and we have hardly even begun to retrace the ‘Goldilocks love-in’ of the last two years,” Mr. Roberts said.

 

He said European and U.S. markets could fall by 10 to 20 percent.

Analysts at JP Morgan have also advised clients to sell stocks on any bounce, and Standard Chartered has predicted a slide in oil prices to as low as $10, The Guardian reported.

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jan/12/royal-bank-of-scotland-warns-clients-to-sell-every/

 

 

Thought Provoking: Sorry Kid, You Don’t Have The Right To A College Education

If I was a high school guidance counselor, I’d tell the kids who know exactly what they want out of life — the ones who already know they want to be a doctor or an engineer or whatever — that they should, by all means, proceed along to university if they can afford it. But everyone else? College is probably the worst place to start. College is a place for people who have a purpose. It is not a place for people to find a purpose.

 

You’re better off joining the work force. Or a trade school. Or the military. Or a mission in Uganda. Or an oil refinery in Alaska, like the guys in that movie “The Grey” before they all got eaten by wolves. Really anything is financially, spiritually, and emotionally preferable to wandering into a four-year university with an attitude of entitlement and aimlessness.

 

I realize you’re already in the midst of it, but my advice is still valuable. It sounds like college was not the best choice for you, right now, at this point in your maturation process, but you’re there and you’re in debt and that’s just the reality. And that’s OK, you can make do.

 

Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be president, and nobody is going to pay your college for you, and no employer is going to just hand you a career because you graduated. Those are the facts, I’m afraid. But the good news is that, if you understand and absorb them now, if you start taking charge of your life and accepting your responsibilities, if you start thinking about what you can offer to the world and not what the world is supposed to give you, I believe you’ll wind up a very happy and successful man. If not, you’ll be a miserable failure.

 

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/sorry-kid-you-dont-have-the-right-to-a-college-education/

 

 

New Benghazi movie reignites ‘stand-down’ order debate

Thursday, the five surviving members of the six-man Benghazi security team have blitzed the airwaves to promote the film and renew their assertion that a top CIA officer delayed them from immediately answering State Department distress calls. Three even testified to the same before the House Select Committee on Benghazi last spring, several sources have confirmed to POLITICO.

 

 “There is no sensationalism in that: We were told to ‘stand down,'” said former Special Forces Officer Kris Paronto, one of the CIA contractors who fought that night, in an interview with Politico. “Those words were used verbatim — 100 percent. … If the truth of it affects someone’s political career? Well, I’m sorry. It happens.”

Top Democrats on the Benghazi panel, however, said that’s more movie fantasy than reality


http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/benghazi-movie-stand-down-order-debate-217622

 

 

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:

 

New York GOP (New York State Republican Party)

TN GOP (Tennessee Republican Party)

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

 

www.rightmobile.us

 

 

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http://thatssaulfolks.com/

 

 

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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.

 

https://youtu.be/ZJa4eP5mAKQ

 

 

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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/01/04/seven-things-i-learned-attending-ted-cruz-events/

 

 

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.

 

http://thatssaulfolks.com/2014/12/30/why-ted-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.

 

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/264521-trump-leads-16-gop-rankings-one-month-from-iowa

 

 

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.

 

http://www.gallup.com/poll/188069/jeb-bush-image-among-republicans-deteriorates.aspx?version=print

 

 

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.

 

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/foreign-policy/europe/the-end-of-europe/

 

 

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.

 

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/03/irans-supreme-leader-warns-saudi-arabia-divine-revenge-for-clerics-execution.html?intcmp=hplnws

 

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_SAUDI_ARABIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-01-03-06-28-50

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/04/world/middleeast/iran-saudi-arabia-execution-sheikh-nimr.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

 

 

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.

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/kevin-faulconer-mayor/422316/

 

 

“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!

 

https://youtu.be/03figF8os_s

 

 

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.

 

http://fee.org/freeman/the-fall-of-the-republic/

 

 

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.


http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/obama-biggest-achievements-213487#ixzz3wWPhZsrp

 

 

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

Interesting…changing times…

 

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/01/05/pew-research-center-will-call-75-cellphones-for-surveys-in-2016/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=25026492&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8PLTyB-LCU9XkutHtEx8U__9_A2THIrpSkdB5ambpYV_sH9oPkBmsWWtGG0bGCfcdSsr4Mo0mEM0ImlHN43dTFF1K8dU5gluiryOXreHZPr_vi2E0&_hsmi=25026492

 

 

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

 

www.rightmobile.us

 

 

Stay In Touch…Feel Free to Share

My goal is for this to be a weekly political update…sharing political news and analysis that should be of interest to most activists.

 

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Feel free to follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook.

 

On Facebook at:

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On Twitter at:

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http://thatssaulfolks.com/

 

 

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RNC Conservative Leaders Endorse Ted Cruz!

For Immediate Release RNC Conservative Leaders Endorse Cruz for President

Leaders of the RNC’s Conservative Steering Committee endorse Senator Ted Cruz. Ellen Barrosse, Melody Potter and Carolyn McLarty, “Ted Cruz is the full-spectrum conservative that the GOP and America need.”

Conservatives Speak At Values Voters Summit In Washington

Wilmington, DE, January 5, 2016-​​​​​​​Ellen Barrosse, Melody Potter and Carolyn McLarty, leaders of the Conservative Steering Committee, the largest caucus in the Republican National Committee, endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for President today.

Ms Barrosse, Ms. Potter and Dr. McLarty point to Senator Cruz’s record on protecting life, marriage and religious liberty rights, as well as his fiscal conservatism, and agree that Senator Cruz offers Republicans the best opportunity to unite and beat the Democratic nominee in November. This is a key endorsement from members of the RNC’s leadership and reflects a growing national consensus for Senator Cruz.

The Conservative Steering Committee (CSC) is the largest caucus in the RNC—95 of the 168 RNC members participate on the committee, which was founded to give a united voice to conservatives within the Party. Ms. Barrosse was elected Chairman and Ms. Potter was elected Vice Chairman when Dr. McLarty, former Chairman, stepped down last year. Dr. McLarty is also one of the founders of the caucus and chairs the RNC’s Resolutions Committee. The CSC itself has not endorsed a candidate in the primary.

“To beat Hillary Clinton in 2016, Republicans need to nominate a candidate that can unite all factions of the party—fiscal, social, and national-security conservatives. Senator Cruz is the best person to do that,” said Ms. Barrosse.

Dr. McLarty said, “Senator Cruz knows the Constitution inside and out. He has literally defended it at the Supreme Court, so I believe he will loyally defend it as President of the United States. He has the experience, the commitment and the demeanor to effectively and positively correct the course of our country.

“All of the candidates for President on the Republican side are capable, and we will enthusiastically support whichever of our fine candidates is eventually chosen by the Party, but Senator Cruz stands out for his full-spectrum conservative values.”

Ms. Barrosse added, “As businesswomen, we also admire the investment of time and money that Senator Cruz has made in every state and territory in the U.S.—the only candidate to build a nationwide political ground game. Senator Cruz has the values America needs, and as importantly, the strategic ability and the will to defeat Hillary Clinton.”

Ms. Potter said, “Ted Cruz is uniquely positioned to be our strongest nominee going into the general election.  His ability to create a united conservative front, as well as his proven electoral history of appealing to Hispanic voters and swing Reagan Democrats, puts the GOP in the strongest position to defeat Hillary Clinton.”

“We will do everything that we can to help him win the nomination and the Presidency, and we will encourage our colleagues on the RNC to join us in the coming weeks,” said Ms. Barrosse.

Ms. Barrosse is the Delaware Republican National Committeewoman. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the CSC, she is on the RNC’s Rules Committee. She is the founder and former CEO of Synchrogenix, a global group of companies, and a board member of the American Principles Project.

Ms. Potter is the West Virginia Republican National Committeewoman. In addition to serving as the Vice Chairman of the CSC, she represents the Southern Region on the RNC’s Resolutions Committee and is co-owner of the Tri-Star Coal Sales Company.

Dr. McLarty is the Oklahoma Republican National Committeewoman. She is a founder and former Chairman of the CSC, and she is the Chairman of the RNC’s Resolutions Committee. She is a veterinarian, retired from private practice. Contact Information: Ellen Barrosse (302) 489-9096 ###

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Weekly Musing 1-3-16

Weekly Musing 1-3-16

Saul Anuzis

 

Happy New Year

From our family to yours…

 

 

Days until the 2016 election: 310.

 

As we close the year 2015 let’s take a look back at 1915.

The year is 1915 “One hundred years ago” – what a difference a century makes!

Life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year.

A dentist $2,500 per year.

A veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year.

And, a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza

2. Tuberculosis

3. Diarrhea

4. Heart disease

5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write.

And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the kind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!” (Shocking?)

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help…

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!

It is impossible to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years

 

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!!

 

 

A liberal’s perspective I agree with “let’s keep arguing”!

Liberals love to throw Edmund Burke quotes at conservatives. I’m no exception. Still, Burke is right that “rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years.”

 

The signs are that the rage and frenzy levels will be even higher than usual in 2016. Can’t we at least try to contain them? But by all means, let’s keep arguing. Argument is, or at least ought to be, inherently educational. And we can agree on this: Calling out views you abhor is one of the hallmarks of liberty.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-moment-for-conciliation/2015/12/30/0e86e47a-af07-11e5-b820-eea4d64be2a1_story.html?hpid=hp_opinions-for-wide-side_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

 

 

NRSC Executive Director Ward Baker: GOP will hold the Senate in ’16

The few policy ideas they are promoting are stale and outdated. Their signature policy item from 2015 has been the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal that Americans do not support and fear will make us less safe. This tone-deafness strikes a similar chord to another recent experience: Every Democratic senator who crafted Obamacare lost re-election or chose to resign instead of facing their fate at the ballot box.

 

Republicans will maintain control of the Senate because we have better-prepared candidates running better, more coherent, and more thoughtful campaigns. We have studied both parties’ successes and failures over the last several cycles. We have learned from our mistakes, improved our strengths and looked out new, innovative ways to reach voters.

 

The same cannot be said for our friends across the aisle. Democrats lost in North Carolina, Colorado, Alaska, and Louisiana last year because they ran the same campaigns they have run for years. Voters have grown tired of their malicious, dishonest campaigns. But Democrats clearly learned nothing because they are running the exact same campaigns in 2016 they did in 2014.

 

Republicans will not make the same mistake in 2016.

 

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/259015-gop-will-hold-the-senate-in-16

 

 

Obamanomics explained in one chart

You may be running into friends and realtives at holiday gatherings who claim that the 5% unemployment rate is one of Obama’s success stories, and a good reason to stick with the Democrats.  Writing in Conservative HQ, George Rasley highlights a chart produced by Benjamin Weingarten in Genfkd that sums up the uselessness of the U3 unemployment  rate statistic inevitably tossed out by the media to make the claim that the economy is recovering under Obama. Most AT readers are sophisticated and realize that the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ s U3 “unemployment rate” does not count discouraged workers who have given up the search for work. The BLS calls these people “marginally attached workers,” and the criteria for blasting them into invisibility in the U3 stats are pretty easy to meet:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/12/obamanomics_explained_in_one_chart.html#ixzz3voBAEkdP

 

 

The Left Race-Baiting:  Andrea Mitchell Compares Trump and George Wallace Voters, ‘I’ve Seen This Before’

Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, as guest and NBC host Chuck Todd attempted to psychoanalyze Donald Trump supporters, host Mitchell compared Trump voters to those who supported segregationist Alabama Democratic Governor George Wallace in the 1968 presidential campaign, as she and Todd both suggested that Trump supporters believe America was “great” when it was more “majority white.” After recalling Trump voters’ frustrations on several issues, Todd continued:

 

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/brad-wilmouth/2015/12/12/andrea-mitchell-compares-trump-and-george-wallace-voters-ive-seen#sthash.5fdoPH5K.dpuf

 

 

How the Koch network rivals the GOP

The political machine that Charles Koch launched a dozen years ago in a Chicago hotel conference room with 16 other rich conservatives has exploded in size and influence in the past few elections and now eclipses the official GOP in key areas.

 

Koch and his brother David Koch have quietly assembled, piece by piece, a privatized political and policy advocacy operation like no other in American history that today includes hundreds of donors and employs 1,200 full-time, year-round staffers in 107 offices nationwide. That’s about 3½ times as many employees as the Republican National Committee and its congressional campaign arms had on their main payrolls last month, according to POLITICO’s analysis of tax and campaign documents and interviews with sources familiar with the network. And the staggering sum the network plans to spend in the 2016 election run-up ― $889 million ― is more than double what the RNC spent in the previous presidential cycle.


http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/koch-brothers-network-gop-david-charles-217124

 

 

The Christian Case For Libertarianism

Ronald Reagan once said, “I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” With the Christian Right now taking up the banner of religious liberty in the face of an onslaught by the secular Left, evangelical conservatives should heed Reagan’s words and consider libertarianism as a palatable governing philosophy to advance their interests.

 

In his book, “Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements” (2004), George Woodcock defines libertarianism as: “A political philosophy that upholds liberty as its principal objective. Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association, and the primacy of individual judgment.”

 

Libertarianism is the natural political ideology for Christians because it promotes individual freedom. 1 Peter 2:16 reads, “As freemen, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.” Men free from the chains of government can maximize our liberties to help our fellow man through private charity and evangelism.

 

http://thefederalist.com/2015/12/16/the-christian-case-for-libertarianism/

 

 

John Bolton: To Defeat ISIS, Create a Sunni State

America is debating how to respond to the terrorist attacks in Paris. Unfortunately, both President Obama’s current policy and other recent proposals lack a strategic vision for the Middle East once the Islamic State, or ISIS, is actually defeated. There are no answers, or only outmoded ones, to the basic question: What comes after the Islamic State?

 

Before transforming Mr. Obama’s ineffective efforts into a vigorous military campaign to destroy the Islamic State, we need a clear view, shared with NATO allies and others, about what will replace it. It is critical to resolve this issue before considering any operational plans. Strategy does not come from the ground up; instead, tactics flow deductively once we’ve defined the ultimate objectives.

 

Today’s reality is that Iraq and Syria as we have known them are gone. The Islamic State has carved out a new entity from the post-Ottoman Empire settlement, mobilizing Sunni opposition to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and the Iran-dominated government of Iraq. Also emerging, after years of effort, is a de facto independent Kurdistan.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/25/opinion/john-bolton-to-defeat-isis-create-a-sunni-state.html?_r=0

 

 

Confessions of an ISIS Spy

For all the attention paid to ISIS, relatively little is known about its inner workings. But a man claiming to be a member of the so-called Islamic State’s security services has stepped forward to provide that inside view. This four-part story is based on days of interviews with this ISIS spy.

 

It took some convincing, but the man we’ll call Abu Khaled finally came to tell his story. Weeks of discussion over Skype and WhatsApp had established enough of his biography since last we’d encountered each other, in the early, more hopeful days of the Syrian revolution. He had since joined the ranks of the so-called Islamic State and served with its “state security” branch, the Amn al-Dawla, training jihadist infantry and foreign operatives. Now, he said, he had left ISIS as a defector—making him a marked man. But he did not want to leave Syria, and The Daily Beast was not about to send me there to the kidnap and decapitation capital of the world. I had met him often enough in Syria’s war zones in the past, before the rise of ISIS, to think I might trust him. But not that much. “Lucky for you, the Americans don’t pay ransoms,” he ventured, after the two of us began to grow more relaxed around each other and the question of ISIS hostage-taking inevitably came up. He said he was joking.

 

I knew from our digital parlays that, if he were telling the truth, he had extraordinary, granular information about the way ISIS operates: who is really in charge, how they come and go, what divisions there are in the ranks of the fighters and the population. Abu Khaled saw firsthand, he said, what amounted to the colonial arrogance of Iraqi and other foreign elites in the ISIS leadership occupying large swaths of his Syrian homeland. He was in a position to explain the banality of the bureaucracy in a would-be state, and the extraordinary savagery of the multiple security services ISIS has created to watch the people, and to watch each other. He could also tell me why so many remain beholden to a totalitarian cult which, far from shrinking from its atrocities and acts of ultra-violence, glories in them.

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/longforms/2015/isis-weiss/confessions-of-an-isis-spy.html

 

 

How Barack will juggle Bibi, Vlad and Hillary

As he enters the final year of his presidency, Barack Obama will find his foreign policy complicated in new ways by the clock ticking down to his last day in office.

 

White House officials have studied up on the foreign successes and setbacks of past presidents’ final days, which can prove surprisingly eventful. But nothing can fully prepare them for the influence of a fiery presidential campaign and the maneuvering of foreign leaders gaming out a coming White House changeover. U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed how the impending end of Obama’s presidency might affect Putin’s calculations, according to one former administration official.


http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/obama-foreign-policy-netanyahu-putin-clinton-217209#ixzz3voQxzYmQ

 

 

The Numbers Are in: Black Lives Matter Is Wrong about Police
After a year of research, the data are in, and they confirm the conservative position: The police use force mainly to protect human life, the use of force against unarmed suspects is rare, and the use of force against black Americans is largely proportional to their share of the violent crime rate.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429094/black-lives-matter-wrong-police-shootings

 

 

Russia, Putin Held in Low Regard around the World

Outside its own borders, neither Russia nor its president, Vladimir Putin, receives much respect or support, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. A median of only 30% see Russia favorably in the nations outside of Russia. Its image trails that of the United States in nearly every region of the world. At the same time, a median of only 24% in the countries surveyed have confidence in Putin to do the right thing in world affairs, and there is far less faith in the Russian leader than there is in U.S. President Barack Obama.

 

Opinions of Russia are more unfavorable than favorable in 26 nations. The strongest negative sentiment is in Poland and Jordan (both 80%). The former is a legacy of a long history of bilateral tensions. Public opinion in Jordan may be influenced by Moscow’s current support for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Jordan’s neighbor and the source of hundreds of thousands of refugees in Jordan. Anti-Russian sentiment is also particularly strong in Israel (74%), Japan (73%), Germany (70%) and France (70%).

 

These are among the main findings of a Pew Research Center survey, conducted in 40 nations among 45,435 respondents from March 25 to May 27, 2015.

 

http://www.pewglobal.org/2015/08/05/russia-putin-held-in-low-regard-around-the-world/

 

 

The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050

The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths. Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion. If current trends continue, by 2050 …

 

The number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world.

 

Atheists, agnostics and other people who do not affiliate with any religion – though increasing in countries such as the United States and France – will make up a declining share of the world’s total population.

 

The global Buddhist population will be about the same size it was in 2010, while the Hindu and Jewish populations will be larger than they are today.

 

In Europe, Muslims will make up 10% of the overall population.

India will retain a Hindu majority but also will have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia.

In the United States, Christians will decline from more than three-quarters of the population in 2010 to two-thirds in 2050, and Judaism will no longer be the largest non-Christian religion. Muslims will be more numerous in the U.S. than people who identify as Jewish on the basis of religion.

 

Four out of every 10 Christians in the world will live in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

These are among the global religious trends highlighted in new demographic projections by the Pew Research Center. The projections take into account the current size and geographic distribution of the world’s major religions, age differences, fertility and mortality rates, international migration and patterns in conversion.

 

http://www.pewforum.org/2015/04/02/religious-projections-2010-2050/?utm_content=bufferf9886&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

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

 

www.rightmobile.us

 

 

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Weekly Musing 12-27-15 — Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Years from our family to yours…

Christmas Family 2015

Taking a week of from collecting and distributing articles of interest and commentary.  Wishing you and your family a wonder Christmas and a great New Year!

Saul Anuzis

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