Let me state this as directly as possible: If you support Trump, you are being played. Read my post, Trump’s just “projecting an image”
Watch Ted Cruz’s new ad,
In other news,
Trump Hires “Fixer” With Soviet Connections
Interestingly, Manafort’s former business partner is Roger Stone, a former adviser to Trump who now runs a pro-Trump Super PAC. He wrote a book, popular on Russian TV, insisting that President John F. Kennedy wasn’t killed by a communist conspiracy based in Moscow or Havana, but was murdered on orders from his vice-president, Lyndon B. Johnson.
Trump won his home state. The media touts it like it was the invention of hot pastrami.
To which I say, Damn the torpedoes.
Andrew McCarthy and Mary O’Grady both cast a jaundiced eye at Donald Trump’s campaign proposal, COMPELLING MEXICO TO PAY FOR THE WALL.
McCarthy spells out his position from the start: Trump’s Border Wall Plan Is Ridiculous on Its Face. For starters (emphasis added),
He says he will force Mexico to pay for the wall by contorting the Patriot Act, of all things, into a unilateral executive power to draft private money-transfer companies like Western Union into policing illegal-alien remittances to Mexico. In other words, 2016’s most successful “outsider insurgency” would replace the incumbent autocrat with a new autocrat. The Patriot Act is a counter-terrorism measure aimed at enhancing investigations of national-security threats, not illegal immigration. To the extent that it beefed up surveillance of money transfers, it was aimed at remittances to terrorist organizations, not to Mexico.
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Section 326 of the Patriot Act — which expressly targets “international money laundering” and “terrorist financing” — empowers the Treasury Secretary to prescribe rules that financial institutions must follow in identifying people who open accounts and use them to move money. Trump figures all he needs to do is rewrite the relevant regulation. Our would-be chief executive’s memo explaining this to the Post features his signature attention to detail: It twice cites the regulation in question, but misidentifies it both times — it is actually 31 CFR 103.121, not 31 CFR 130.121. The latter provision does not exist in the Code of Federal Regulations.
The only way Mr. Trump might inhibit the flow of dollars to Mexico via the formal banking system would be to impose targeted capital controls. But that’s likely to violate U.S. obligations under a variety of international agreements.
It would also place a huge burden on Americans and the American economy. More than one million gringos live in Mexico and another 20 million visit the country every year. Plus, Mexico is America’s third largest trading partner and U.S. manufacturing is highly integrated with Mexico. Capital controls would blow up a production-sharing relationship that has made the North American economy the envy of the world.
Please read both articles in full.
So far, the only thing Trump is building around Mexico is a media avalanche criticizing everything U.S., starting with Trump, of course. Trump has gifted Mexican media and the country’s politicians a 24/7, solid-gold (probably the only solid gold in the gold-plated Trump universe) distraction from Mexico’s myriad, ingrained problems, and agitators everywhere a rallying point.
Trumpery is defined as
It’s 75f, sunny, with 22mph winds in lovely Miami, Fla. Here are a few political headlines:
Following a rally in Jupiter, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, pulled Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields towards the ground when she asked The Donald his position on affirmative action,
I wasn’t called upon to ask a question during the televised press conference, but afterwards Trump wandered around, stopping at every reporter to take their questions. When he approached me, I asked him about his view on an aspect of affirmative action.
Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.
The Washington Post’s Ben Terris immediately remarked that it was Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who aggressively tried to pull me to the ground. I quickly turned around and saw Lewandowski and Trump exiting the building together. No apology. No explanation for why he did this.
Lewandowski should be fired, right now.
Marco Rubio held a rally in Hialeah to a mostly empty stadium,
Rubio stadium event in Hialeah. Stands empty; crowd in one end zone. pic.twitter.com/9zj0xslwSA
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 9, 2016
Ted Cruz’s rally downtown was announced the day before and it was full to capacity. Carly Fiorina announced her endorsement
Mark Levin endorsed Cruz, too.
Bernie and Hillary took turns pandering to the Univision audience at Miami-Dade college, in a debate that featured pro-illegal immigration/open borders advocate Jorge Ramos, whose daughter works for the Hillary campaign. I have written in the past how Univision is not the way for the GOP to outreach Latinos. Holding a debate where the moderators won’t speak English does not sit well by me, either.
The Cruz South Florida Campaign is holding a pre-debate rally Thursday, March 10th @ 5pm
Bank United Center, University of Miami, 1245 Sauer Drive, Coral Gables, Fl. 33146. They’ll live-stream the GOP debate itself.
The Republican debate is scheduled to start at 8pm Eastern.
“Even with a brokered convention the Republican nominees must have won a majority of delegates in at least 8 states.” So, what’s next?
Read my post, Brokered vs. contested? Take down Rubio and Kasich.
Last weekend Donald Trump asked attendees at his rally in Florida to raise their right hand and pledge allegiance to him and vote for him “no matter what.” (video at the link)
It is the most repulsive gesture of the campaign so far.
One of the reasons Latin American countries are a mess is that they abide by the “great man’ theory,
The great man theory of leadership became popular during the 19th-century. The mythology behind some of the world’s most famous leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Julius Caesar, Mahatma Gandhi and Alexander the Great helped contribute to the notion that great leaders are born and not made. In many examples, it seems as if the right man for the job seems to emerge almost magically to take control of a situation and lead a group of people into safety or success.
This is inimical to a representative republic founded on the principle of rule of law, of equality under the law, on the commitment that no one is above the law. History and experience shows that, time after time, any one person who “seems to emerge almost magically to take control of a situation” will invariably do so by the not-so-magical means of placing themselves above the law.
Mary O’Grady expounds on this subject,
Donald Trump’s Latin Role Models. Far from respecting the Constitution, the candidate promises to out-Obama Obama.
Trump supporters are backing this promise of an unconstitutional use of executive power because they aim to raze the “establishment.” But this is a dangerous game.
It’s too often easy to find an excuse, a moral outrage, to grant permission for the unconstitutional acts of a strongman. Venezuela—which until Hugo Chávez came to power in 1999 was among the longest-running democracies in Latin America—comes to mind. In 1998 oil prices were low, the economy was adrift, corruption was rampant, and the outsider Chávez promised to topple everything. He did. And once the law was destroyed, there was no way to control him.
I got into an argument with a Trump supporter during the weekend, which did not end well.
Let’s hope Republicans come to their senses and do not elect Trump on this primary season.