By Bob Bennett
First: it can be done. But, if all goes according to the RINOs’ plan, 2016 will be a winning year for Democrats.
A losing Strategy
The RINO platform for 2016 has not been that they fought the Democrats, not that they tried to stop Obama’s depredations on the Nation and our Constitution. Their platform has been that they “made Washington work,” by cooperating with Democrats to grant Obama’s wishes, at every turn. That’s a real impetus for the base to stay home on Election Day, and for independents to do the same or vote Democrat.
Let’s face it: voting for Republicans just hasn’t worked out. Since 2010, we’ve handed them the House, a record number of state houses and last November 2014, the Senate. What did we, the voters get? When Republicans were a minority, they said they could do nothing; now they’re in the majority and they still apparently can do nothing.
Behold what Obama has done to America over this period, unimpeded: reduced its military to pre-WW2 levels, the labor participation rate – the percentage of the labor force that’s working – is the lowest since March of 1978, race relations are worse than in the 1960s, with nationwide protests over “police racism.”
Remarkably, the president legalized millions of impossible-to-assimilate people again, in December 2014, without the leave of Congress – and Congress funded it. Only a single judge halted it.
Neither has McConnell shown any sign of confronting Obama in the future, so it’s questionable if he’ll really “hold the line” against an Obama nominee to replace Scalia.
After funding Obama’s amnesty, McConnell actually whipped for votes to get Loretta Lynch confirmed. The president sent him a thank-you note for that. Then McConnell bragged that he and Obama are the “New Odd Couple.”
This is a formula for failure, in 2016: Voters see no change, no matter how often they vote Republican, and the uninformed – who are legion – can discern no difference between the two parties. They are deeply unhappy with congressional Republicans’ performance. The GOP is clearly on a suicide mission.
The GOP Establishment has also made a mission of annihilating both frontrunners in the primary race: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, leaving us with President Jeb or President Marco – both with serious RINO defects.
Ted Cruz has retooled his campaign, in the wake of the towering Antonin Scalia’s death. He now calls his quest for the presidency a referendum on the Supreme Court. For if the next president appoints anything but a conservative, the Nation will find itself in a progressive death spiral. All of that is undeniable.
But that’s not all. As Daniel Henninger pointed out in Thursday’s WSJ:
“Sen. Cruz’s remark that the presidency and Supreme Court are at risk was an understatement. He didn’t mention holding control of the Senate.”
This year, Republicans will have to defend 24 seats in the Senate vs. only 10 for the Dems. The GOP has a plurality of only 8 votes over the Dems in the Senate; the Dems need only win 5 to take control.
Henninger declares at least five seats at risk:
“New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte, Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, Ohio’s Rob Portman, Illinois’s Mark Kirk and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson. Throw in Marco Rubio’s open seat.”
These are all in purple states won by Obama in 2012. He concludes, “The party needs a candidate with the widest, deepest appeal.” In addition, if the GOP wants to hold the Senate, they’d better start taking up conservative positions. And true conservatives should run in the primaries.
Notwithstanding that Trump has claimed fealty to every Republican position from the Second Amendment back to the Emancipation Proclamation, there’s little question that Cruz is the most conservative candidate, guaranteeing he would appoint a nominee who’ll be faithful to the Scalia legacy. Trump’s hinting that his sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, a liberal judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, would be “great,” are not reassuring.
It’s also not so certain he’d win, in the general election. His 35% poll numbers are a stand-out in a field of six, but in the general election, that’s a loss. And his negatives are an astonishing 60%. His penchant for acting out when opposed may elevate that percentage.
Threatening to sue his opponent over a campaign ad is the latest. We can imagine the Democratic candidate asking Trump, during a debate, if he intends to tame Putin by suing him in the World Court.
But can Cruz and the other conservatives win America’s independents, even some Democrats?
Contrary to advice from the Media and RINOs, to have any hope of winning, Cruz and the other conservatives must take conservative positions, which, in the final analysis, are pretty much what most Americans agree with.
Talk to minorities about things all Americans agree on
Here’s how conservatives, particularly Ted Cruz, can reach out to minority groups. The real answer is to talk to them about issues they would strongly agree with.
News flash: Evangelicals are not the only people of faith in America. Many Blacks are religious.
A 2009 Pew survey reported some stats the GOP seems blind to:
“While the U.S. is generally considered a highly religious nation, African-Americans are markedly more religious on a variety of measures than the U.S. population as a whole… Eighty-seven percent of African-Americans describing themselves as belonging to one religious group or another, [overwhelmingly Christian]. More than eight-in-ten black women (84%) say religion is very important to them. Nearly 80 percent of all African-Americans say religion is very important in their lives.”
“More than half of African-Americans (53%) report attending religious services at least once a week, more than three-in-four (76%) say they pray on at least a daily basis and nearly nine-in-ten (88%) indicate they are absolutely certain that God exists. On each of these measures, African-Americans stand out as the most religiously committed racial or ethnic group in the nation.”
Pew adds that:
“African-Americans who are more religiously observant … are more likely to oppose abortion and homosexuality and more likely to report higher levels of conservative ideology.”
“Latinos also report affiliating with a religion at a similarly high rate of 85%.”
It’s patently clear that the Obama Administration and the Democrat Party have been waging a War on Religion, and Hillary Clinton will continue that: she has said, “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
During the 2012 Dem convention, mention of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, plus all mention of God, were removed from their platform, reported TheBlaze.com:
“Earlier today, we told you that the document fails to mention Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a proclamation that was previously touted by the party. And now, in an even more shocking revelation, CBN News is reporting that the Democrats have removed mentions of ‘God’ from the document as well.
“In contrast, the GOP platform mentions God 12 times.” God was later replaced in the Dem platform after a voice vote declared in favor, but in which the yeas and nays sure sounded about even.
Since, then the Obama Administration has led the charge to legalize gay marriage – a proposition Black voters defeated, in California. It has tried to compel religious entities, like the Little Sisters, to fund abortion. Obama has pointedly ignored the slaughter of a multitude of Christians in the Middle East and Africa.
Wouldn’t that tell Republicans they should bring the issue up with Blacks and Hispanics? Not so far; only Trump has mentioned it. If he wants to win, Cruz must do the same, and say it to minorities.
The notion that Republicans want to punish welfare recipients could be countered by an equally religious running mate like Ben Carson, who would prove Blacks can achieve greatness, rather than remain trapped in dependency.
Another issue that directly affects Black and Hispanic Americans is illegal immigration; only Trump has pointed this out, in his excellent immigration policy paper, which was surely the product of Senator Sessions’s staff. But this writer has not heard him mention it in speeches.
Every American is livid about illegal immigration
Trump proved it: illegal immigration is a big issue to Americans.
RINOs have embraced amnesty, in their schoolgirl-like dread of the illegal immigration issue: Democrats have convinced the foolish Republicans they must do this, or lose elections. Never mind that they’ll lose their own base, and miss out on recruiting minorities.
There’s a fundamental error in identifying the two sides in this issue. It’s not Republicans vs Hispanics, it’s American citizens vs non-citizens. American Blacks and Hispanics must be informed of that.
It’s simply an issue of patriotism: even the citizens of Burma want to feel patriotism for their country; American Blacks and Hispanics are no exception.
Thanks to Obama and his Democrats, American citizen minorities, who are more likely to be unskilled, are in direct competition with illegals – millions of them – for jobs. Young black men have a 37% unemployment rate.
The Center for Immigration Studies has reported something that’s also never mentioned by Republicans:
In an apparent effort to stoke minorities’ resentment of America, the Administration has given out over 2 million work permits to illegal aliens, tourists, foreign students, stowaways, and others not legally entitled to work – according to a scathing report released by the CIS. This has been going on since 2009, when Obama was inaugurated.
Why has not a single GOP presidential hopeful – or any Repub – mentioned this sabotage of our economy – and of our minority citizens? Guess they enjoy seeing Democrats get 90+ percent of the black vote, over and over again.
Everyone hates terrorists
Finally, no American is pleased with the Obama Administration’s coziness with the Global Jihad Movement – which their people refuse to connect with Islam. For just one example, think: “Syrian refugees”: 10,000 of them will be admitted this year, thanks to congressional RINOs funding their resettlement in America.
And Hillary’s history of working with the mammoth Organization of Islamic Cooperation to criminalize criticism of Islam is a matter of record.
These are the issues that vibrate in the hearts of all Americans. The mission of Cruz and all conservatives – if they choose to accept it – is to champion those issues and win in 2016.
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