Sunday, August 9, 2015

Debate? More Like Reality Show.

After letting the first Republican debate reality show digest, I have a few observations regarding the spectacle. I'll start with the Fox News part and then tackle a few of the participants and their performances.

I was sad to see two of the moderators use leftist language in their questions. The war on women load was strewn about quite a lot and the questions on faith were quite disingenuous. Frankly, I would have liked to see 4 or 5 of the exact same questions posed to all ten candidates on stage. Give them ninety seconds to respond and then move down the line. The random format gave some participants too much time and others not enough. I understand that the ratings were huge, some say because of reality star and mogul Donald Trump's presence, but I think the other part of the story is the great disgust with the current direction of government. The "moderators" didn't ask the candidates about government corruption and dysfunction and their individual plans to fix it as much as they should have. The format was too focused on making the "moderators" the star. Brett Baier was the only good officiant. He has shown his class in everything he does. Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace acted like they were auditioning to be Candy Crowley's replacement at CNN.(full transcript of the debate here)

Senator Ted Cruz gave the most concise and concrete answers when given the chance to speak.

"When I asked General Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs, what would be required militarily to destroy ISIS, he said there is no military solution. We need to change the conditions on the ground so that young men are not in poverty and susceptible to radicalization. That, with all due respect, is nonsense.
It’s the same answer the State Department gave that we need to give them jobs. What we need is a commander in chief that makes — clear, if you join ISIS, if you wage jihad on America, then you are signing your death warrant."  
No other candidate shows the courage to stand up to their own party establishment while standing for the people that vote for him better than Sen. Cruz. He is the only candidate that doesn't have past positions that make me question his bonafides to be the Commander in Chief of the United States of America. 
Governor Mike Huckabee sounded good but his past positions on the size of government and Common Core make me question his sincerity. I would vote for him over a Democrat but I'll leave it there.
Senator Rand Paul came off poorly. He didn't say anything wrong as much as he sounded like a petulant teenager when he answered and sparred with other candidates. I would vote for him in the general election over a Democrat.
Chris Christie showed he doesn't respect the Constitution and doesn't really want to be president of the United States. I'm not worried about him winning the nomination.
Governor John Kasich makes me want to stab myself in my ears. He is the next coming of Bob Dole, Gerald Ford, John McCain, Mitt Romney and a kindred spirit with Jeb Bush. His answers on why he expanded Medicaid were mealy mouthed and squishy. His answer on homosexual marriage waw giant cop out. He said many words without saying anything other than the fact that his dad was a mailman. In no way would I vote for this man. He might make me stay home if he were the nominee.
 Governor and Bloomberg charity founding board member Jeb Bush was just awful. He looked and sounded like he was bothered by being there. His answers were heartless and not specific. He has no answers for his support of crappy top down education control or lawless border policies. He is everything bad about his brother and none of the good. Frankly, I see little domestic policy difference in him and many progressives in this country. Jeb would make me stay home if he becomes the nominee. If we are going to drive the country into the ditch, we may as well get it over sooner.
Dr. Benjamin Carson came across much better than I expected. I would vote for him if he was the nominee. He is a good man with a good heart and a warm sense of humor. He has learned much since he shot on to the national stage but still needs to develop more governmental knowledge.
Governor Scott Walker didn't do anything wrong during the debate. My only concern with him is his willingness to change his positions to suit the crowd he is talking to. His past and current positions on ethanol subsidies, Common Core and border security and immigration enforcement make me question his sincerity. I would vote for him if he was the nominee.
Senator Marco Rubio, who many talking heads swooned over, still comes across to me as a bit of an enigma. He talks a great game and looks presidential while doing it. He support for terrible policies and willingness to be "bipartisan" for the sake of being liked make me question his actual motives. His answers when asked about his positions seem too canned. I think I would vote for him in the general election but I will not support him through the primary season.
Now, the two thousand pound head in the room, the Donald. Donald Trump, while having somewhat pointed and biting questions asked of him, acted like a toddler that had his toys taken away. He did not have one specific point on anything other than look at me and "Make America Great Again". Frankly, his slogan sounds a little bit like "Hope and Change". Too vague and able to mean anything a weak-minded voter would want it to.  I love the way the Donald riles up the media but I think he is playing to the lowest common denominator. I don't trust him. I may vote for him over a Democrat is he was the only choice but I am afraid he'll go third party and give the election to Hillary Clinton or any other socialist candidate the Democrats will run if the Hilldabeast ends up in prison.
In my conservative mind, Ted Cruz is the best choice to reform the sewer, or the Washington cartel, as Cruz has termed it. He truly recognizes the real issue. The fact that government, as currently constituted, is in business for itself and no one else. He recognizes the need to return our government to a government of the people, by the people and for the people in a constitutional way that doesn't trample on individual liberty. He is the only candidate than can actually back up his language with action. He is not just a campaign conservative. Many others can't say that when voting records and previous actions are called into the mix. 
Count me as one of the #CruzCrew and a ardent supporter of #TedCruz2016.
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