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Mike Farris on dysfunctional political scene

From Michael Farris today….

Every normal, functioning person exercises a considerable amount of self-restraint. We don’t say every thought that crosses through our heads. We don’t escalate every insult or slight into a pitched battle. It is a sign of leadership and strength to be able to respond with calm and temperance to provocations.

Donald Trump’s scorched earth battle against Heidi Cruz proves that he is more dangerous than Hillary Clinton. And make no mistake about it I believe that Hillary will do everything she can to undermine liberty, the Constitution, and virtue.

But I don’t think she would go nuclear against Russia if Putin insulted her husband.

I could not trust a man with a demonstrated history of lacking any semblance of self-restraint with access to the mechanism to launch a nuclear attack.

The choice is not inevitable. There is still time to choose Cruz.

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Romney to vote for Cruz in Utah caucus

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Mitt Romney (Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Republican 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney released a statement Friday afternoon saying he would vote for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Utah caucus:

This week, in the Utah nominating caucus, I will vote for Senator Ted Cruz.

Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism. Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.
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Prescott & Jeb Bush: Distancing from McCarthy & Trump

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Jeb Bush in Bristol, Virginia. September 2015. (Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

During the 2016 presidential debates, Governor Jeb Bush spent his time on and off stage trying to point out the dangers and inconsistencies of Donald Trump, a man who had mocked the disabled, disrespected Vietnam prisoners of war (while being a draft dodger), incited hatred toward immigrants especially Mexicans and Muslims, bullied candidates and citizens, encouraged violence at rallies, disparaged and mocked women, and was a blank slate on policy and governing.

Turns out Jeb was walking in his grandfather Senator Prescott Bush’s footsteps whose “most notable accomplishment may have been his denunciation of Senator Joseph McCarthy.” Yes — an earlier Bush pushed back against a fear-mongering, bullying Republican from an earlier era, as noted in the “Bush Family History” by Michael Kranish:

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Friday Trump rallies turn violent

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Donald Trump rallies turned violent Friday in St. Louis and Chicago with news coverage overtaking cable networks in the evening and John Kasich’s Friday night town hall interrupted because of the riot coverage.

Interesting comment from political pundit Stuart Stevens noted, “This is a suicide vest for the GOP, and Donald Trump is pulling the cord.”

As Trump supporters and protesters clashed, the rally was cancelled shortly before it was to begin, and police stepped in to try and calm the angry crowds.

Video and commentary are available from Chicago channel NBC-5.

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Ben Carson endorses Donald Trump

By Lynn R. Mitchell

On Friday, Dr. Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump for president 2016:

Our country is at a crossroads and in the midst of a moral crisis. We must be careful not to continue our current path, which is littered with uncertainty at best and ruination at worst. We can make changes to our system and that change starts now with, “We the People.”

We can have disagreements, but it is critical that we not allow those disagreements to divide us as a party or as a country.
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Talking with my friend: ‘Donald Trump, the perfect RINO’

Donald Trump 16By Lynn R. Mitchell

I have a friend who has a saying: “Turtle mix-up.” The Republican Party is in the middle of a massive turtle mix-up.

So in the midst of this angst, I once again conversed with my wise older Republican friend who recently shared thoughts about the GOP (see RPV’s ‘loyal traditional Republicans’ paved the way to today’s GOP). She has been keeping a keen eye on the goings-on as one who has been in the Virginia political scene for 50 years, and she has a few thoughts on the current political atmosphere.

During the 1980s, evangelicals became a driving force in the GOP when Mike Farris, Jerry Falwell, and others led the Moral Majority. The presidential election of 2016 has sent a fissure through the religious community with church leaders split between Donald Trump, who is backed by Falwell Jr, and Ted Cruz, who is supported by Farris.

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Mitt Romney’s remarks on Donald Trump’s 2016 GOP presidential run

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Full transcript of Mitt Romney’s remarks on Thursday concerning Donald Trump’s 2016 Republican presidential run. From the University of Utah:

I am not here to announce my candidacy for office. I am not going to endorse a candidate today. Instead, I would like to offer my perspective on the nominating process of my party. In 1964, days before the presidential election which, incidentally, we lost, Ronald Reagan went on national television and challenged America saying that it was a “Time for Choosing.” He saw two paths for America, one that embraced conservative principles dedicated to lifting people out of poverty and helping create opportunity for all, and the other, an oppressive government that would lead America down a darker, less free path. I’m no Ronald Reagan and this is a different moment but I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and more importantly, for the country.
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Trump hits Radford University on final sweep of Virginia

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Protesters at Trump rally in Radford, Virginia. (Photos by Alex Davis)

By Lynn R. Mitchell and Alex Davis

It was vintage Donald Trump Monday at Radford University in southwestern Virginia as the Republican presidential frontrunner stood before a packed Dedmon Center that holds 3,800 and gave his now-familiar stump speech. Ticket holders began lining up outside the venue three hours before the doors opened at 10am. Traffic on I-81 was backed up at the Radford exit as the city of 17,000 braced for thousands of visitors . Law enforcement was out in force working traffic control and security.

It was past noon when, dressed in white shirt, pink tie, and an American lapel pin on his suit jacket, The Donald entered to applause and cheers, and gave them what they had come to hear.

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Max Lucado: ‘Decency for President’

DecencyBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Perhaps one of the most effective articles I have read in defense of not supporting Donald Trump this presidential season is from best-selling Christian author and writer Max Lucado who is also pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. Known as “America’s Pastor,” his name is respected far and wide in the Christian community and byond; his books populate the book shelves in my home as well as many others.

Max Lucado generally does not get into politics. Until now. He explained to Christianity Today why he broke his silence:

“… it’s not so much a question about particular policies or strategies about government or even particular opinions. It’s a case of public derision of people. It’s belittling people publicly. It would be none of my business, I would have absolutely no right to speak up except that he repeatedly brandishes the Bible and calls himself a Christian.”

And so he put pen to paper and shared a piece, “Decency for President,” that has gone viral and is being shared far and wide, published on his website as well as the Washington Post. Using the analogy as a dad with three daughters, he compared checking out his daughters’ dates to see if they were decent — i.e., treat them with kindness and respect, bring them home on time, decent in language, actions, and decisions — with America checking out a presidential candidate to see if he/she is decent.

In Mr.  Lucado’s analogy, presidential candidate Trump failed miserably. He explained:

I don’t know Mr. Trump. But I’ve been chagrined at his antics. He ridiculed a war hero. He made mockery of a reporter’s menstrual cycle. He made fun of a disabled reporter. He referred to the former first lady, Barbara Bush as “mommy,” and belittled Jeb Bush for bringing her on the campaign trail. He routinely calls people “stupid,” “loser,” and “dummy.” These were not off-line, backstage, overheard, not-to-be-repeated comments. They were publicly and intentionally tweeted, recorded, and presented.

Such insensitivities wouldn’t even be acceptable even for a middle school student body election. But for the Oval Office? And to do so while brandishing a Bible and boasting of his Christian faith? I’m bewildered, both by his behavior and the public’s support of it.

He noted that Trump supporters have stressed they are angry, writing, “As one man said, ‘We are voting with our middle finger.’ Mr. Lucado then added:

Sounds more like a comment for a gang-fight than a presidential election. Anger-fueled reactions have caused trouble ever since Cain was angry at Abel.

As a voter, I thank Mr. Lucado for his courage to stand up and publicly speak out at a time when many are not due to fear of repercussions from the angry Trump supporters, political repercussions, maybe financial repercussions — the fear is real.

Please take a few minutes to read “Decency for President” and consider that the president of the United States will be our representative not only in Washington but to the world. Our responsibility is to choose wisely.

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32 reasons NOT to vote for Trump

Donald Trump 26 NOBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Joel Rosenberg has published 32 reasons  not to support Donald Trump. Read his entire article here for more of his in-depth thoughts on the 2016 presidential election cycle. Here is an excerpt:

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Please, Virginia … STOP TRUMP on Super Tuesday

Stop signBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Virginia’s presidential primary is Tuesday — Super Tuesday — when 12 states vote and

I begged the voters of South Carolina’s primary on February 20 to please be the firewall that stopped Donald Trump but they overwhelming voted for him. Next up was Nevada … same story.

We keep hearing Trump supporters are angry!

From the wisdom of Yoda: “Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.” Or, in the words of Aristotle: “The law is reason free from passion.”

Can Virginians end the madness? Please stop Trump!

#NeverTrump #StopTrump #DumpTrump

 

Some news clips that I have been sharing on my Facebook page:

From an Anglican priest: “I believe that Donald Trump holds and proclaims racist, sexist, and violent attitudes that are in direct opposition to the Christian message, and to the good of our nation. … I disagree with all the candidates on certain issues. My opposition to him is not about his political party or his political beliefs; this is about his character.”

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Questions about Trump have been there all along

GOP elephants fightingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The calls for someone to do something to stop Donald Trump are suddenly ramping up now that the GOP presidential front runner has placed first in three state primaries. Where has everyone been, they ask, as they wring their hands and express signs of distress at the prospect that Trump may be the eventual nominee.

The news media have built up Trump to what he is by unfairly giving him four times the air time of other candidates. The Republican National  Committee has put Republicans in this spot by not properly vetting. The GOP has touted itself as the party of family values. With Trump in the mix, I challenge that.

I looked back at my blog posts since Trump announced in June 2015 that have shown concern for a Trump candidacy. Some of us have not been quiet.

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Tickets already gone for Trump’s Radford appearance

By Lynn R. Mitchell

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will stop by Radford University in southwestern Virginia on Monday, February 29, at noon, at the Dedmon Center. But don’t worry about getting tickets. They are already gone.

Today the university released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“A note to the Radford University community: A representative of Mr. Trump’s campaign approached Radford University by telephone late Tuesday about available venues during his upcoming trip to Southwest Virginia. The campaign requested to rent the Dedmon Center for his event and the university agreed. The university considered this request in the same manner as it would consider requests from other organizations. As an institution of higher education, we at Radford University must be tolerant of all viewpoints, even those with which we may not agree. Radford University is not an official host of the rally and does not otherwise endorse any candidate, their positions or opinions.”

The stop is a day before Virginia’s presidential primary on Tuesday.

 

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Hey Donald Trump — President George W. Bush kept America safe

George W. Bush bullhorn speechBy Lynn R. Mitchell

We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.
-President George W. Bush

When the tea party movement began in Augusta County in 2009, there was a big rally at Expoland in Fishersville. The venue was filled with fiscally conservative voters who were upset that Obamacare was being jammed down their throats. As I stood in the back of the packed room talking with friends, the speaker on stage turned what had begun as an anti-Obamacare rally into a 9/11 conspiracy theory rally.

My friends and I looked at each other. Did we really hear the speaker blame George W. Bush and the American government for the terrorism attacks of 9/11 that killed 3,000 innocent souls? It was the first I had heard of a subset of people who were spreading those lies, and it was as if a smoke bomb had gone off in the hall. On cue, several hundred people rose from their chairs and exited the building like a fire drill.

America did not believe those lies then. American does not believe those lies now.

But apparently Donald Trump does.

Listening to Trump’s out-of-control performance at last night’s Republican debate, it was difficult to believe a couple of things. First, he is running as a Republican. And second, while standing on stage at a Republican debate, Trump repeated Democratic talking points by blaming a Republican wartime president, George W. Bush, for the 9/11 terrorism attacks.

Unbelievable.

Please, South Carolina, please … stop this madness! Please be the state that soundly rejects Donald Trump.

Losing his cool last night, Trump used George W. Bush as a means to attack his brother, presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who was standing on stage. It was a cowardly attack — why not debate Jeb on his own merits? He is, after all, an accomplished eight-year governor of Florida with a proven record. But his record of leadership is so sound that Trump has had to resort to underhanded attacks, including the one on George W.

Trump’s attacks on the former president will probably not make an iota of difference to his followers who have closed their ears to anything he says and appear to be blindly backing an unknown, untested candidate with no record and no respect for anyone. Anyone. Before lashing out at President Bush last night, Trump had attacked the Pope earlier in the week. Is there no one he won’t insult?

Much of the nation knows the answer to that question.

It’s difficult but somewhat understandable that young people who were little kids when 9/11 hit don’t totally understand the tragedy of that event. However, it’s something entirely different when a 69-year-old man, who wants to be president of the United States and who lived in New York City when the Twin Towers came crashing down, doesn’t get it. He has no excuse. None.

Even after two hours of heated exchanges with Trump taunting and talking over not only Govenor Bush but others on the stage, Trump couldn’t let go. After the debate, when Jeb reached out to shake hands with the billionaire bully, Trump refused, and turned and walked away.

That is what his supporters want representing America to the world.

South Carolina, we are counting on you. Please save America by stopping Trump.

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Trump’s angry masses prove to be anti-Aristotle thinkers

By Lynn R. MitchellDonald Trump 25 anger

Aristotle said, “The law is reason free from passion.” Keep that in mind the next time Trump supporters say they’re ANGRY! When you’re “mad as hell,” all reason goes out the window. Not the way to govern.

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