Written by Mary Powers
It looks like the Republican candidates were right all along.
During a February debate in New Hampshire, U. S. Senator Marco Rubio called out the mainstream media for not asking the Democratic candidates about their positions on abortion. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, too, has consistently talked about Secretary Hillary Clinton’s extreme stances on the issue. Two months later, while vying for New York’s vote, Clinton decided it was time to bring out her favorite issue—abortion—and call out the media for not asking her about it in debates (town halls don’t count apparently).
Frankly, I agree with her . . . and the Republicans.
The question is: will the mainstream media really question Clinton on abortion? Or will they ask a question in a debate, allow her to give a vague answer, and not ask detailed follow up questions on her policy positions.… Continue Reading
Written by Daren Jonescu
One predictable element of the current Republican primaries is that each time Donald Trump‘s supposed inevitability is challenged, he will tell you it is because the process is unfair. He, his official spokesmen, his “unofficial” enforcers, his sycophantic “conservative media” surrogates, and his hornet’s nest of online commenters, consistently greet any momentary setback with a cacophonous chorus of “rigged,” “stolen,” and above all “unfair.”
To be fair to Trump, it is true that life really is unfair sometimes. Furthermore, it cannot be denied that political insiders beget more than their fair share of life’s unfairness (such as when they seek preferential treatment in their private business dealings by buying off politicians). So we must not let the crybaby antics of a front-running sore winner obscure the possibility that the GOP primaries really are unfair.… Continue Reading
Written by Tim Wildmon
So it’s come to this: Donald Trump talking about the size of his hands and other parts of his anatomy on stage at the Republican presidential debate Thursday night in Detroit.
I’ve watched a lot of debates with heated exchanges in my 52 years, but I never thought I would see anything like this. Immediately after this moment in American exceptionalism, I sent a text to a friend: Did that just happen?
At this point, there is nothing Trump can do or say that would cause his supporters not to vote for him. He even bragged: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
If the polls are correct in my home state of Mississippi, Trump is set to blow out the other three candidates in the Magnolia State’s primary on Tuesday.… Continue Reading
Written by J. Matt Barber
Much will be written about the utter thrashing GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump took at the hands of the far-more prepared, knowledgeable, qualified and otherwise principled Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio during Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate on CNN. I will, therefore, focus, instead, on another Republican candidate who’s absolutely got to go: Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Many thanks to Hugh Hewitt for asking the question. In a campaign where the noise of myriad, and in many cases less critical, issues has drowned out the single greatest threat to God-fearing Americans’ individual liberties – the secular left’s tireless efforts to end our constitutional religious free exercise and freedom of conscience – Hewitt exposed John Kasich as an avowed enemy to the First Amendment and a devoted ally of Democratic sexual change agents.… Continue Reading
Dear Trump supporters:
America hears you.
You are angry with the gridlock caused by the petty bickering of professional politicians more interested in being lackeys to lobbyists and other big-money donors than in improving the lives of average wage-earning Americans. Money, jobs and opportunities seem to flow upstream to those who already have everything, rather than downstream to those most in need. Truly, this is how most Americans feel.
The question for this election is: Which candidate will actually do something about it? Who will be our champion? Your passion for Donald Trump, an outsider to governing, is proof that our political system, though sometimes infuriating, is as noble, contradictory and inspiring as America itself.
But can Trump be the champion his supporters really want? Or, once he is elected, will the status quo persist, leaving you disappointed and sheepish about having missed the signs?… Continue Reading
Written by Laurie Higgins
Chris Christie (aka the Pot) demonstrates an arrogant, caustic delight in calling kettles black. His most recent demonstrations occurred during the Republican debate in New Hampshire and during an interview Sunday morning with Chris Wallace.
During the debate Christie, with the characteristic brutishness that Christie mistakes for leadership, accused Marco Rubio of basing a criticism of Christie on “incorrect and incomplete information.” Then shortly thereafter, he accused Rubio of “truancy” for not being present for a vote on the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. What Christie failed to mention is that no senator was present. The bill was passed by unanimous consent, and, therefore, no senator was required to be on the floor for the vote. Does Christie’s incomplete information reflect ignorance, irresponsibility, or a galling lack of ethics?… Continue Reading
Written by Ralph Benko – Senior Economic Advisor at the American Principles Project
As I recently wrote in my Forbes.com column, “Presidential elections are about, above all, just two things: our security and our prosperity.” The GOP candidates have been emphatic about our national security, about which more in a bit.
All of them strangely have been pretty quiet about our prosperity. Getting the economy moving again deserves, now, to be the top issue. Ted Cruz has offered the most Reaganesque plan for getting us robust growth. Cruz laid out a solid, credible, prosperity plan. He presented his Flat Tax and, most important, staked out a credible recipe for excellent monetary policy: the gold standard.
Cruz references these. He’ll defend them. He’s committed to them. But, like the others, he’s not been featuring either the prosperity theme or his solid plan.… Continue Reading
Written by Jon Schweppe
The results of the 2016 Iowa Caucus are in, and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won with 28 percent of the vote. Donald Trump finished in a disappointing second place with 24 percent, while U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) surged to a close third place with 23 percent.
Terry Schilling, Executive Director at American Principles Project and contributor to The Pulse 2016, explained the results:
“Tonight proves one thing — if you won’t prioritize protecting religious liberty, you won’t win,” Schilling said. “Running on social issues is a winning strategy in both the GOP primary and in the general election. Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio prioritized life, marriage, and religious liberty, and Iowa caucus-goers agreed that their values most matched their own. With Rubio outperforming in Iowa and nearly beating Donald Trump, expect him to perform well in New Hampshire next week.”
Maggie Gallagher, Senior Fellow at American Principles Project and another The Pulse 2016 contributor, said that Donald Trump is in trouble:
“Trump’s brand was ‘winning’ and he just lost,” Gallagher said.… Continue Reading
Written by Laurie Higgins
TrumPolonius is arrogant, unreliable, petulant, exploitative, vindictive, and cowardly. Does that cover it? Oh, wait, I forgot, nasty.
When faced with the prospect of being asked questions by debate moderator Megyn Kelly, TrumPolonius stamped his angry feet and stormed out of the upcoming GOP debate. Then after reneging on this commitment, he showed the world that he is indeed the man he described himself as being: the “meanest piece of sh** in the world.”
How did he do this? In a flabbergasting exercise in arrogant, cynical exploitation, he hastily arranged a fundraiser for veterans to try to ennoble himself, buy some votes, and hurt the ratings of the televised debate. As the daughter of a 90-year-old WWII vet, I am sickened and enraged. What next? Exploit orphans and widows for fun, profit, and revenge?… Continue Reading
This morning, the Marco Rubio for President campaign is excited to announce the formation of Marco Rubio’s Dignity of Life Advisory Board. Marco personally and deeply believes that all human life is worthy of the protection of our laws. This is not a political issue for him, it’s a question of basic human rights. As he strives to uphold the fundamental principle that every life has inherent dignity as a unique being created in the Image of God he seeks guidance from experts who are committed to the same.
“The unjust termination of the unborn is the social justice issue of our time,” said Eric Teetsel, Marco Rubio for President’s Director of Faith Outreach. “They cannot defend themselves, it is up to us. Abortion is symptomatic of a culture that devalues all human life.… Continue Reading