There is no mention of religion in the Executive Order. Rather, entry by the nationals of seven countries identified by the Obama administration as hotbeds of terrorism -Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen- is suspended for 90 days, to allow the development of heightened vetting procedures.
The affected nations are Muslim-majority countries, but other Muslim-majority countries -Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, for example- are not on the list. Moreover, the Executive Order applies equally to non-Muslims.
Donald Trump is just like Ronald Reagan … in the sense that his opponent can only win by convincing the public that Trump is too uninformed and reckless to be President. Hillary’s unpopularity and the unpopularity of Obama’s policies (as opposed to Obama’s personal popularity) forces her to take the lesser-of-two-evils approach: “I may have a dirty-hand, but it’s a steady-hand that won’t launch nukes because some foreign leader gets on my wrong side.”
There is an urban myth that Reagan trailed Jimmy Carter in the polls until their one and only debate, then pulled ahead and eventually won because he won the debate and showed the voters that Carter’s attacks were false. Continue reading →
The lesson to be learned from Donald Trump’s success in the GOP primaries is that the majority of voters even in the GOP do not care about ideology for the sake of ideology. Stated differently, it didn’t matter a bit to Trump voters that Trump is not a traditional conservative. For example, in Indiana, where Ted Cruz -an ideologue’s ideologue- got his long awaited one-on-one with Trump, a majority of the voters supported Trump: Continue reading →
It’s either me or Hillary is not a very effective argument for Donald Trump to use against #NeverTrump. They already know that, yet they believe that Hillary Clinton is the lesser of two evils because Clinton would leave conservatism to fight another today as opposed to co-opted.
Without getting into the argument whether conservatism is better or worse in the long run with a Clinton presidency versus a Trump presidency, let’s agree that Trump has to give #NeverTrump a better reason to hold their noses and vote for him than otherwise you get Hillary
What Trump should do is say that his first act as President will be to nominate Ted Cruz to the Scalia seat. Continue reading →
Say what you will about Donald Trump, but I can’t remember any other Republican Presidential candidate ever standing up to Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid:
Indeed voters everywhere owe Trump a thank you for exposing that the “coveted” Union Leader endorsement required taking #StinkyJoe golfing (in the case of Trump and who knows what else in the case of the others). But this post isn’t about Trump. I just wanted to explain the title.
Recently, the Union Leader editorialized glowingly about a New Hampshire Supreme Court decision Continue reading →