Assertion that Hillary Clinton Won Popular Vote, While True, Amounts to Propaganda

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, the Democrats have taken up the mantra of “Hillary won the popular vote.” A careful analysis of the election results indicate that this claim, while true, is very deceptive and typical of the dishonest political tactics of the Left.

The Libertarian Vote is Key to Understanding the Election

As of February 11, the popular vote percentages are as follows:

Hillary Clinton (Democrat) 48.03%

Donald Trump (Republican) 45.94%

Gary Johnson (Libertarian) 3.27%

Jill Stein (Green) 1.06%

Evan McMullin (a Conservative Independent) .53%

Other 1.15%

Since Libertarians are closely linked with the Right, Greens with the Left and Evan McMullin is a Conservative who ran as an Independent, it is fair, for the sake of analysis, to add the Libertarian vote and McMullin’s votes to the Trump’s total and the Green vote to Clinton. When the popular vote is counted this way, we end up with 49.74% of the popular vote being cast for the Right and just 49.09% for the Left. This gives the Right a .65% edge.

Since the nation as a whole is about equally divided between the Right and the Left, it is probably safe to assume that the “Other” vote was equally divided between the Right and the Left as well. If we add half of the “Other” total to the Right and the Left totals we end up with 50.32% for the Right and 49.67% for the Left. We can assume, therefore, that in a two person race Trump would have won the majority of the popular vote and carried the additional states of Colorado, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Nevada (which means every swing state except Minnesota, Maine and Virginia) and won by  a nineteen larger electoral vote margin. This would have given him 325 electoral votes to Clinton’s 213.

The bottom line is that the popular vote in this election represented a rejection of Left Wing politics of like those Clinton and the embracing of Right Wing politics like those of Trump. Clinton bested Trump in the popular vote only 2.09 percent. Clinton’s popular vote “victory” came by just a hair. If the Libertarian party had not more than tripled its .99% of the popular vote it earned 2012, and instead won less than 1.18%, she would have lost the popular vote as well. If McMullin had not run, Clinton still would have lost the popular vote if the Libertarian party had received no more than 1.71% of the vote.

The Electoral College System

When considering the significance of her popular vote “victory,” one must keep in mind that we decide our presidential election by the Electoral College system. Neither of the candidates conducted an election strategy designed to win the popular vote by maximizing the number of popular votes received. Therefore to proclaim that Clinton won the popular votes is like declaring her the winner of a game in which neither she nor Trump even participated.

While it may be technically correct to claim the Clinton “won” the popular vote, it is pure spin to use this fact in an attempt to delegitimize the mandate won by Trump and the Right on election day. Clinton did not “win” the popular vote because the people favored her but because the Libertarian candidate did so well at the polls and the Right Wing vote was divided among three candidates.

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Since the above was written on November 12, 2016, it has been edited several times to reflect the changing vote tally.

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What Happen at Donald Trump’s Planned Chicago Rally Represents a Declaration of War Against All Republicans

Even if you support one of Donald Trump’s GOP rivals, you must understand that what happen at Trump’s planned Chicago rally last night represents a declaration of war against not just Trump but all Republicans. It should be looked at as a call to arms by every patriotic American.

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Untitledtrump2.pngIt was very disheartening to hear Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio and Governor John Kasich blame Trump for the protests that led to the cancellation of his Chicago campaign event. The evidence is overwhelming that MoveOn.org and Black Lives Matter were behind what was a planned effort to deny Trump the right to speak and his audience the chance to hear him. Some of the protesters were paid to disrupt the rally.

Cruz, Rubio and Kasich are delusional if they do not understand that the protests we saw last night will not just continue but escalate regardless of which Republican ultimately secures the nomination. The reason is simple.

Barack Obama won two presidential elections despite a record low percentage of the white vote because he motivated minorities to turn out for him at were likewise record rates. The politics of racial division won for him eight years in the White House.

Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street

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The supporters of Secretary Hillary Clinton realize that she has no hope of winning any more white votes than Obama did and she may very well lose the general election if minorities do not cast ballots for her in similar numbers to what they did for Obama. The Occupy Wall Street movement was secretly funded by wealthy Leftists and was a conspiracy to motivate the Democrat base to go to the polls. This is why the Occupy movement disappeared literally the moment the last votes were cast on election day, 2012. Black Lives Matter is secretly funded by the same people who financed Occupy Wall Street. It is a conspiracy to drive minorities to vote for Clinton at the same high rate they turned out for Obama.

The Left Will Get More and More Extreme, Dirty and Uncivil

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The protests that shut down Trump’s cancelled Chicago rally were just the beginning. As we move closer to November the tactics of the Left will get more and more extreme, dirty and uncivil. This will be true, as previously mentioned, no matter the particular person the GOP settles on as its presidential candidate.

The only hope Republicans have to win the White House in November and the ideological war for the future of the U.S. is not just to fight fire with fire but take things even further than their political opponents. It the Left closes down one Trump event Republicans need to stop two Democrat rallies. If the Left forces the firing of one business leader who contributed to a Conservative cause we must make sure two executives who support Liberal causes get blacklisted. If one Republican gets terminated from her or his job for expressing Conservative views on social media we must make certain two Liberals suffer the same fate. If the Left prevents Ben Shapiro from delivering one lecture we must make certain a Leftist is prevented from giving two talks. If the Left targets anadvertiser of some Conservative-themed media content we must go after two who support content with a Liberal focus. If the Left pays one hundred people to protest at a Trump event we need to pay two hundred to interrupt a Democrat rally.

Monuments to Moderates are Only Found in Cemeteries

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The only monuments you will find to moderates are found in cemeteries. Republican moderates need to stand aside and stay out of the way of those of us who are pragmatic enough to use whatever tactics the Left uses to try and beat us against them. I hereby pledge myself to the fight. Where do you stand?

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A Postmortem on the 2016 Republican Presidential Also Rans as of the Afternoon of February 20, 2016

As of the afternoon of February 20, 2016 eleven Republicans have dropped out of the presidential race. Below are my thoughts on the candidacy of each one. I cover them in alphabetical order by last name.

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Chris Christie

Chris Christie’s Liberal policies as governor of New Jersey did not help him. However, as a Republican from the North East he had to adopt such policies in order to win election. I believe the biggest factor in Christie’s failure to win the nomination was his figurative and literal embrace of President Barack Obama just a few weeks out from the 2012 presidential election. It was a shameful act. Christie had to have been aware that putting his arm around Obama and showering him with praise over his handling of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New Jersey would raise the president’s standing in the eyes of the public and make it harder for his fellow Republican Mitt Romney to win the presidency. I feel showing such disloyalty to one’s own political party is disgusting under any circumstance. The voters agree. Christie would make a good Attorney General. For more on Christie see: “My Thoughts on Presidential Candidate, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie” (https://ridethebomb1.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/my-thoughts-on-presidential-candidate-new-jersey-governor-chris-christie/).

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Carly Fiorina

What hurt Carly Fiorina had to be that she has never held elected office. She would be a strong vice presidential pick. For more on Fiorina see “Can’t Figure Out Carly Fiorina” (https://ridethebomb1.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/i-cant-figure-out-carly-fiorina/).

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Jim Gilmore

Who?

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Lindsey Graham

Talk show host Jay Severin refers to him as Linda Graham.

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Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee was a Liberal governor of Arkansas. It is nonetheless surprising that someone who had a hit cable news show for many years and so was so good at connecting with the public would have fared so poorly in the race. He could find a place as a future cabinet official. I am sure Fox news would have him back.

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Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal was one of the brightest people running. He had all the right positions on the issues. Lack of enough charisma that was his undoing. I hope to see him as a member of the next president’s cabinet or a senator.

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George Pataki

George Pataki was a good governor of New York but there was never any reason to be excited about his candidacy.

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Rand Paul

I appreciate Rand Paul as a voice in American politics very much. However, he will never be any more than a Kentucky senator and the foremost spokesman for Libertarian ideals. For more on Paul see: “Senator Rand Paul’s Presidential Candidacy” (https://ridethebomb1.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/senator-rand-pauls-presidential-candidacy/)

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Rick Perry

Rick Perry did an excellent job as governor of Texas. The economy during the Obama years has been stronger in Texas than in any other state. Unfortunately, he never recovered from his temporary memory loss during a 2012 presidential debate. The type of brain hiccup he had happens to all of us. It was too bad for him his happen on national television.

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Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum is a moral man who performed admirably as a senator from Pennsylvania. The people of the Keystone state would be wise to send him back to the upper house.

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Scott Walker

Scott Walker has been a great Wisconsin governor. Among other things, he stood up to the public employee unions that are destroying the country. He deserved much more support than he got. It is a mystery to me why he did not get more traction.

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The Presidential Candidacy of Republican Governor Jeb Bush in 233 Words

AP_jeb_bush_2_jt_150218_16x9_992.jpgThe Bush extended family are good people with miles of integrity. I nonetheless do not want Jeb Bush to win the Republican nomination.

Liberal Republicans

George Bush lost to Ronald Reagan in the primary season that preceded the 1980 election because from a Conservative standpoint he paled in comparison to Reagan. It came as no surprise than that his presidency represented a step back from the Reagan Revolution. One might even say his raising taxes after promising not to do so was a betrayal of that revolution.

George W. Bush, as president, was even more Liberal than his father. Does any person doubt that Jeb would be even more Liberal still? I most certainly do not.

Jeb was an effective administrator as governor of Florida. He would be an effective administrator as president as well. However, he would lead the country in a Liberal direction.

Phrase “Act of Love” Phrase Disqualifies Him

His using the phrase “an act of love” to describe illegal immigrants who commit a felony and cross over into or remain on U.S. soil without legal authorization was in itself enough to disqualify him from the presidency.

Voters and caucus goers across the nation must stop Jeb Bush from winning the Republican nomination. The failure to do so will be detrimental to the U.S. and its people. Get out there and vote because a bad showing in South Carolina tomorrow night could mean the end of Jeb’s presidential run.

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Thoughts on the Presidential Candidacy of Republican Senator Ted Cruz

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After finishing first in the Iowa caucus and third in the New Hampshire primary, Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign has built up a head of steam. This makes me happy. I believe he would make the best president of all those running for the office. Read on to find out why.

A Principled Conservative

Although the 2013 federal government shutdown caused me considerable personal difficulties, I believe it was one of the most principled Conservative political stands of my lifetime. President Barack Obama has never been willing to compromise with the Republicans on anything and so was not going to give in this situation. After a week the point had been made and the GOP should have caved. That it was allowed to go on for sixteen days was a strategic mistake on behalf of Cruz. Nonetheless, the shutdown signaled Cruz as the standard bearer for Conservative ideology in the U.S. Congress.

Illegal Alien Amnesty, Citizenship and Voting Rights

With a single exception, I do not believe that Cruz has ever done anything to diminish his Conservative credentials. This one exception is, admittedly, a big one.

Cruz did, for a time, argue in support of a bill co-authored by fellow Republican presidential candidate, Senator Marco Rubio that would have granted illegal aliens amnesty and allowed them to eventually become U.S. citizens and voters.

What follows is text I wrote for a blog post on Rubio: “Illegal alien activists have done their best to downplay the number of such immigration criminals in the United States. The truth of the matter is that no one knows precisely how many illegals reside in the country but some have placed the number as high as thirty million. Regardless of how large the number is, what can be said with certainty is that if they become voters the Republican party, which offers opportunity and not handouts as the affirmative action supporting Democrats do, will never again win a presidential election. This is because 90% of these additional voters will cast their ballot for the Democrats.

The Democrats know this and it is why they are pushing so hard for citizenship for illegals. They have run this play before. In 1965, Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy completely rewrote the U.S. immigration policy. Prior to that time the vast majority of those who were allowed to relocate to the U.S. and become citizens and voters came from Europe. They were natural constituents of the Republican party. Kennedy’s rewrite of the law flipped things around. Ever after it has been very difficult for a person from Europe to gain citizenship and voting rights. Since the passage of Kennedy’s legislation in America the vast majority of new Americans have come from third world countries and have been natural constituents of the Democrat party.”

Cruz eventually came to oppose Rubio’s bill and went on record saying so. He has stated that he does not support amnesty and citizenship for illegal aliens. I am willing to believe that he has seen the light on the issue.

Alleged Dirty Campaign Tactics

Recently Cruz and his campaign have been attacked for what has been referred to by some as “dirty” campaign tactics. I admire that Cruz seems to have a bit of Tony Saprano in him. For the last almost sixty years members of the Democrat party have often conducted their campaigns like street brawlers and fought for electoral office with a no-holds-barred approach. This has often given them an edge over Republicans whose campaigns typically reflect the manners of gentleman and gentleladies. I am certain Cruz, if he gets the nomination, will fight fire with fire and match whatever tactics the eventual Democrat nominee may use against him. We know the Clintons are dirty. It could get real ugly.

Likeability

Another knock against Cruz is that he is alleged to be not liked by his fellow members of the Senate and House of Representatives. Cruz graduated near the top of every school he attended. Liberal icon Alan Dershowitz has said Cruz was the brightest law student he ever had at the Harvard Law School. He has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Cruz has performed very well in debates. There can be no doubt he is the smartest person running for president in either party.

People as smart as Cruz are often arrogant, aloof and dismissive. It would not surprise me if he is as unlikeable as his critics claim. Why in the world would this matter to a voter? When I vote in my own state primary I will not be casting a ballot for the person I think would make the best friend. I will be voting for my party’s nominee.

When I vote this primary season I will be voting for Ted Cruz because he is the most Conservative candidate running and therefore will make the best president of the bunch. I hope you will as well.

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Thoughts on the Presidential Candidacy of Republican Senator Marco Rubio

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Republican Senator Marco Rubio has a number of things going for him in the presidential race. He is youthful, has charisma and woman presumably find him to be handsome, all of which could work to his advantage in the general election. I nonetheless could never support him for two reasons.

Debate Performance

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The first is his abysmal performance in the last debate. His repeating rehearsed lines over and over again was embarrassing. I worry that he could be thrashed in debates with the Democrat’s nominee and lose the election as a result.

Illegal Alien Amnesty, Citizenship and Voting Rights

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A much bigger issue for me is Rubio’s co-authorship of a bill that would have granted illegal aliens amnesty and allowed them to eventually become U.S. citizens and voters. Illegal alien activists have done their best to downplay the number of such immigration criminals in the United States. The truth of the matter is that no one knows precisely how many illegals reside in the country but some have placed the number as high as thirty million. Regardless of how large the number is, what can be said with certainty is that if they become voters the Republican party, which offers opportunity and not handouts as the affirmative action supporting Democrats do, will never again win a presidential election. This is because 90% of these additional voters will cast their ballot for the Democrats.

Illegal Aliens and Democrat Political Strategy

The Democrats know this and it is why they are pushing so hard for citizenship for illegals. They have run this play before. In 1965, Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy completely rewrote the U.S. immigration policy. Prior to that time the vast majority of those who were allowed to relocate to the U.S. and become citizens and voters came from Europe. They were natural constituents of the Republican party. Kennedy’s rewrite of the law flipped things around. Ever after it has been very difficult for a person from Europe to gain citizenship and voting rights. Since the passage of Kennedy’s legislation in America the vast majority of new Americans have come from third world countries and have been natural constituents of the Democrat party.

I fear that if Rubio is elected president he will use the power of the executive branch to get his illegal immigrant amnesty and citizenship bill passed. Therefore making Rubio the Republican nominee could prove to be suicidal for the GOP. We cannot take the chance.

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My Thoughts on Presidential Candidate, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

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Although I can never forgive New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for what he did in 2012, I believe he would be a strong presidential candidate in the general election.

Chrisite’s Figurative and Literal Embrace of Barack Obama

Christie’s figurative and literal embrace of President Barack Obama just a few weeks out from the 2012 presidential election was a shameful act. Christie had to have been aware that putting his arm around Obama and showering him with praise over his handling of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New Jersey would raise the president’s standing in the eyes of the public and make it harder for his fellow Republican Mitt Romney to win the presidency. Showing such disloyalty to one’s own political party is disgusting under any circumstance.

However, Christie’s conduct is seen in an even darker light when one considers that his hugging and speaking glowingly of Obama raised his own political fortunes at the expense of Romney and the people of the United States which ultimately had to endure another four years of Obama. If Romney had won in 2012, he presumably would have run again in 2016. Christie would not have been able to run for president until 2020. From a self-interested standpoint, it was better for Christie to have Romney lose the election. It was just this calculation that may have been behind Christie’s words and actions with regard to Obama after Hurricane Sandy.

Performed Very Well in Debates

Nonetheless, any honest observer must concede that Christie has performed very well in the debates. His shining moment this campaign season, though, did not come during a debate. It was an October 2015 town hall meeting in New Hampshire. Here he gave a short, deeply personal, speech of about six minutes on drug addiction and how best to handle the problem. It is no wonder that a video of the remarks (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdYMx7sycW4) went viral and has now been seem by over eight million. His speech is darn near unforgettable. No fair-minded person can view the clip and not realize that Christie is a most powerful speaker capable of moving his audience to an unusually high degree.

It must be conceded that Christie could mop the floor with Hillary Clinton in presidential debates and utilize his skills as an orator to motivate many to cast ballots for him come November. The GOP could do much worse than to give him the nomination.

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