“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th US President
Donald Trump — America’s loveable Boor in a China Shop — was an eagerly anticipated speaker at the 2015 Values Voter Summit, a conference that brings hundreds of evangelical activists to the nation’s capital. Think of Values Voter as the Christian answer to Burning Man, without the gratuitous sex, drug use and an important reversal in which the goal is to avoid burning.
Many were confused by the Trump invitation, since The Donald is not exactly known for showcasing a religious emphasis in his life. But if a Pharisee like John McCain merits repeat invitations to speak, surely a recent convert qualifies.
In a nice touch, for a candidate notorious for lack of preparation, Trump brought the Bible his mother gave him as a child. As Trump waved the keepsake overhead — hoping it would serve as tangible proof of his Christianity — the gesture reminded me of a gopher–faced Mitch McConnell brandishing a musket at the Conservative Political Action Conference, because I had a feeling neither has been used this century.
What has been used before are a number of applause lines Trump employs and the crowd enjoys. The Donald doesn’t have a stump speech that he recycles regularly, like the majority of politicians. It’s more a stream–of–consciousness assessment of the political landscape that, because of Trump’s surprising likability, never degenerates into a rant.
There are so many asides and digressions during a Trump speech that even a transcript proves to be of limited utility.
Mentioning Squeaker Boehner’s resignation was a sure–fire applause generator all day.
Trump’s dismissal of the leader of the Surrender Caucus was classic, “And we had some big news today with Boehner…Speaker Boehner – you know, some people like him on a personal basis. Do people like him on a personal basis? Anybody? (Laughter.)”
Trump also has a gift for pointing out smaller facts that tell a larger truth. The public overwhelmingly opposes Iran nuclear appeasement and, as a consequence, is convinced the negotiators were, to use a Trump word, clowns. Trump reinforces this by pointing out the American citizens Iran is holding as prisoners indicate a complete lack of respect for Obama as negotiator: “…by the way, it used to be three [prisoners] at the beginning of the negotiations, now it’s four.”
The low point of his appearance came when Trump dismissed Marco Rubio as “this clown,” evidently not aware of how much enthusiasm the senator generated previously. The putdown generated instant boos and was the featured event in most of the hostile media coverage. The booing, though, was just a blip, Rubio finished fourth in the straw poll to Trump’s fifth. And even though his language was tactless, Trump was right and the contrast with Rubio is instructive.
Rubio is just the latest young and gullible conservative to come to Washington and convert. As Trump says, “…what happens? They become different people.” Instead of being a TEA Party conservative as he was billed, Rubio became another enabler in the RINO project to commit political suicide by granting amnesty to 12 million illegals.
His participation in the Gang of Ocho made him popular on Wall Street and torpedoed him on Main Street.
Even without that disaster, Rubio’s philosophy has nothing to offer conservatives regardless of how young and personable he is. Rubio’s speech was long on hard–working Cuban parents and short on concrete proposals to shrink the size of the federal government.
Evidently the crowd missed it, but Rubio wants to repeal and REPLACE Obamacare, when the solution is to end federal meddling in the healthcare market. Rubio has the usual bromides about cutting spending, but trimming spending without ending programs is a fool’s errand. Rubio’s government will be like the hefty female personal trainers who try to assure us one can be fat but fit. When Rubio’s term ends, so does Uncle Sam’s diet.
Trump’s lack of time–serving, back–patting Washington experience is supposed to be a negative, but right now you can’t throw a rock in Washington without hitting an officeholder who is full of “experience” and where has it gotten us?
Trump is also criticized for being caustic and dismissive of the other candidates in the race, but Rubio’s slavish support of establishment Republicans is the accommodation fueling Trump’s rise. In an angry departure interview, Boehner inadvertently explained just why he and “leaders” like McConnell have to go. The put–upon Squeaker whined that he’d done his best to defend the institution when the truth is his job is to defend the Constitution and he failed miserably.
Trump has not been captured by the “institution” and is unlikely to suffer that fate in the future.
Besides, power has a likability all its own — just ask Obama.
In Chicago last weekend left 8 people dead and 60 wounded in a four day period shooting spree and newly elected 2nd term mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is a hard core leftist excused this by immediately blaming and calling for confiscation of guns. Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the USA and yet they lead the nation with 1,700 shootings this year.
So evidently, guns have a mind of their own and pick and choose their targets at will. The fault couldn’t possible be that the shootings where in an area where gang turf wars are as common as the Sun sets in the west.
And we have that tragic shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College where some sick “nut job” went on a rampage against Christians who were martyred for their faith, on American soil, a fact mostly ignored by most of the Mainstream Media and the White House and of course Obama followed Rahm Emanuel lead calling for confiscation of guns and he did this even before knowing anything about the killers motivation to make political points. So, while the families of the fallen mourn their dead Obama has politicized this tragic event before knowing any of the facts behind what happened.
We also had a shooting incident near a Navy recruiting center in Tennessee where two Marines and a police officer were shot at a military recruiting center this past July.
There is a common dominator that puts all these shootings together and guns have nothing to do with it.
Why is it the left is so adamant about confiscation of guns from law abiding clean average American citizens? Instead of going after the gangs that do not register their guns because their guns come from underground sources along with the narcotics that are imported from South of our borders, could it be the local politicians are being paid-off by the gangs? or are the gangs so strong the politicians are afraid of being out manned and out gunned by the gangs. I would suggest that the answer to this is both of the above.
And to answer my first question about confiscation of guns, all one has to do is look at the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which clearly states that all citizens have a right to own and bear arms.
GOD created men as equal and Smith & Wesson is the equalizer.
A gun-free zone is insanity personified! Only a deranged fool would suggest such a policy in our brutal, bloody, and barbaric society. Shooters may be vicious killers but they are not stupid. Since they want public attention they try to get more bang for their buck as they “make their statement” during a shooting. It is only logical that they will shoot up areas where there are no guns! Is that difficult for liberals to understand? Why make it easier for killers to kill? – by Unknown
In berating GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson for suggesting a loyalty test for Muslims seeking high office, CNN host Jake Tapper maintained that he doesn’t know a single observant Muslim-American who wants to Islamize America.
“I just don’t know any Muslim-Americans — and I know plenty — who feel that way, even if they are observant Muslims,” he scowled.
Tapper doesn’t get out much. If he did, chances are he’d run into some of the 51% of Muslims living in the U.S. who just this June told Polling Co. they preferred having “the choice of being governed according to Shariah,” or Islamic law. Or the 60% of Muslim-Americans under 30 who told Pew Research they’re more loyal to Islam than America.
Maybe they’re all heretics, so let’s see what the enlightened Muslims think.
If Tapper did a little independent research he’d quickly find that America’s most respected Islamic leaders and scholars also want theocracy, not democracy, and even advocate trading the Constitution for the Quran.
These aren’t fringe players. These are the top officials representing the Muslim establishment in America today.
Hopefully none of them ever runs for president, because here’s what he’d have to say about the U.S. system of government:
• Muzammil Siddiqi, chairman of both the Fiqh Council of North America, which dispenses Islamic rulings, and the North American Islamic Trust, which owns most of the mosques in the U.S.: “As Muslims, we should participate in the system to safeguard our interests and try to bring gradual change, (but) we must not forget that Allah’s rules have to be established in all lands, and all our efforts should lead to that direction.”
• Omar Ahmad, co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the top Muslim lobby group in Washington: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
• CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.”
• Imam Siraj Wahhaj, director of the Muslim Alliance in North America: “In time, this so-called democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing. And the only thing that will remain will be Islam.”
• Imam Zaid Shakir, co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif.: “If we put a nationwide infrastructure in place and marshaled our resources, we’d take over this country in a very short time. . . . What a great victory it will be for Islam to have this country in the fold and ranks of the Muslims.”
These Islamic luminaries, who arguably spend more time with Muslims than Tapper, say the American Muslim community would rather live under a theocracy.
“Every Muslim who is honest would say, I would like to see America become a Muslim country,” Shakir said.
Why? Because Islam preaches that Allah’s laws are superior to man-made laws and therefore requires the faithful to not only convert others, but also establish Islamic rule over others.
In this, Islam is unique.
It’s a key departure from Christianity, for one, which instructs followers to respect secular leaders — rendering “unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” — while living godly lives within secular societies.
So for devout Muslims, the Quran is more than just a holy book. It’s a blueprint for government.
While Tapper’s ignorance is breathtaking, it’s par for the course for the inside-the-Beltway crowd.
The Washington punditry continues to harbor dangerously naive assumptions about Islam, which only emboldens Islamic supremacists growing exponentially within our borders.
• Sperry, formerly IBD Washington bureau chief, is author of “Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington.”
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