Sunday, January 17, 2016

Trump needs to dispense with the "look, squirrel!" tactics

Let me make sure I understand this.
U.S. Navy ships are corralled in Iranian waters, nine of our men and one woman are captured, and they are made to apologize and admit to being at fault while being taunted as they had to take their footwear off and get on their knees. The female sailor was made to wear a hijab while in Iranian custody. Our mush-head Secretary of State John Kerry apologizes as well and then thanks the psychotic mullahs in charge for their coöperation in setting the Navy sailors free.
Two questions: One, how exactly did the U.S. ships stray into Iranian territory? Are we to believe that they did not possess any charting equipment, including GPS? Two, how did the Iranians so easily capture our ships and sailors? Did the Navy not put up a fight? I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. Given the clandestine relationship between President Barry O. and the bearded basket-cases in charge of the Persian nation, you can't help but wonder if this was engineered, the Dear Leader's attempt to make Iran look strong while humiliating America.
North Korea is acting up—its inbred leader having decided he needed world attention, as he occasionally does—having exploded something underground, enough to cause an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, which they claim was an H-bomb.
We have a brave Philadelphia cop, Jesse Hartnett, ambushed by a radical Muslim convert or—quite possibly—a Black Lives Matter (Only When White People Are Involved) member in disguise. But, I think we should take the shooter at his words, as he claimed that he did it because American policemen enforce laws that stand contrary to Koranic law. Worse yet, mayor Jim Kenney said, in response, that the attack had nothing to do with Islam.
So, with all this and more going on in the news, I'm supposed to be worried about Ted Cruz's eligibility for President? I don't think there's any question about it. Cruz's mother was a U.S. citizen. Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada but was registered at the American embassy. Yet, Donald Trump wonders "how the courts would rule on it".
I am bored to death with this birther garbage. It accomplished nothing in terms of removing Obama from office. All we got from the President was his small-form birth certificate, which didn't tell us much, and neither Congress nor the courts pursued it. Now Trump is pushing this again with Cruz.
I understand why, on two levels: Trump needs a strategy to pull away from Cruz, who is his only real competition for the GOP nomination, and he may be doing Cruz a favor by forcing him to address this now before the liberal media forces the issue.
I understand it, but I am sick of being told to chase squirrels and stare at shiny objects. This does us no good, distracts from the real issues, and takes the focus off what an abject failure the President and his administration have been for the past seven torturous years. The whole debacle over Cruz's eligibility is all for naught. Any reasonable person can determine that the man is an American—not a Canadian—citizen. I don't give a damn if Cruz even did have a Canadian passport at one point. He has an American one now.
Can we have real issues on the agenda, not speculation about the courts delaying the rightful Presidency of a good man and American citizen? If the courts didn't challenge Obama, as he had an American mother, why would they second-guess Cruz?
My advice to Donald Trump is to keep doing what he does best: hammering away at the issues regarding illegal aliens, trade and the economy which made him so popular in the first place. I know he has to go after Cruz at some point—the two candidates have got to start competing with each other now that the race is beginning to heat up and the field starting to dwindle—but there are other ways of doing it. Challenge each other on Constitutional knowledge, on domestic policy, on foreign policy ... it's all good.
Give me a break with this whole birther issue. That ship has sailed. Trump needs to get over it already. I also don't want to hear any more about these loans Cruz took out during his bid to represent Texas in the Senate. His rival, David Dewhurst, was loaded, and Cruz needed a financial edge. It's called politics.
Mr. Trump should not risk imploding his campaign on this nonsense. He is coming dangerously close to conservatives standing against him, as evidenced recently in Myrtle Beach.
It's time Trump addressed real issues again. Real issues.


goddessdivine said...

Amen. I'm tired of Trump's tactics. Let's talk about issues. Get over yourself Donald.

I did like Cruz's response the other night regarding this issue. "With all due respect, I will not be taking legal advice from Donald Trump." Ted Cruz has spent an entire career defending the Constitution and arguing cases before Supreme Courts. He may just have a slight edge on interpreting the document over Trump. Just a slight edge. :-)

Nightdragon said...

Thanks, K. I still like Trump, but I'm getting mightily fed up with these distractions from genuine issues just to try to take Cruz down. The birther thing, the Senate campaign loans, and now the uproar over "New York values". Everyone who has a working brain knows what Cruz meant by that. The likes of the Cuomos, Pataki, Schumer, Anthony Weiner, Hilary Clinton, etc., etc., etc.

Mark Levin said it best: Are we not supposed to criticize Washington, D.C. values because that could be seen as a slight to brave first responders who answered the call when the Pentagon got hit on 9/11? Pleeeease. Stop packing the trash down, Donald, the ashcan is full!