Saturday, January 16, 2016

One of Three Men Will Be the Republican Nominee
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on

It's over...his final 'State of the Union Address' is now one for the history books. And so the long-awaited final countdown begins for in just a year from now we can say bye-bye to Barack HUSSEIN Obama...the worst president in American history...or more specifically a man who legally should not have been president in the first place.

And now being days out from Obama's address, there is no need to further pick apart what has already been done so by the 'talking heads' except to say that in Obama's desperation to complete his "fundamental transformation" of America before the clock ticks down on his presidency, he delivered a speech loaded with the obligatory lies coupled with a total disconnect of what is America's true reality today. Lost in his delusions is his pathological denial that he is America's chief problem, that he contributed greatly to the world's problems, and that his campaign promise of bipartisanship is now crashing down around him.

And as Obama tried to lay the groundwork for his implementing more radical changes once he leaves office...changes he called "progress" but what is actually the forward march of socialism and progressivism...let's not forget his bravado about his power grabs done via executive orders alone. And for me his caviler attitude towards the prime threat we face today coupled with his pandering and making light of said in his favorite JV team the blood-lust driven group of barbarians known as truly the only thing we need to focus on for if we do not stop them 'over there' they soon will have blood flowing in the streets 'over here.'

“As we focus on destroying ISIL, over-the-top claims that this is World War III just play into their hands. Masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages pose an enormous danger to civilians and must be stopped. But they do not threaten our national existence,” And with those words Obama showed calculated disdain for our “national existence” for ISIS recruitment is at an all time high and he has done basically nothing of substance to stop them. So as the slaughter of innocents continues in the Middle East and now spills over into Europe, if Obama's so-wanted influx of muslim anything-but refugees is not stopped before it even begins, the adage that you cannot put the genie back in the bottle once the genie has been set free becomes reality for you cannot diminish ISIS by ignoring or downplaying ISIS.

Thankfully in Thursday night's Republican debate the question of ISIS was attacked head on in both the so-called 'second tier' debate and in the main event. But while the second tier players did all mimic each other as per the need to defeat ISIS, I believe at this point in the primary cycle we must focus on weeding out those having no chance of winning and bringing the choice back to where it has always been...a race between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. And to that affect it is time for Rand Paul to exit this race. Rand Paul...the whiny Libertarian trying to pass himself off as a Conservative Republican...had a hissy-fit because he did not make the main stage and decided to sit this debate out. Bad decision for throwing a temper tantrum as would a two-year old child shows that Paul is not the person we need or want to lead us out of the 'dark and dank' Obama years.

As for the remaining three, Carly Fiorina shined as her expertise and business smarts is right on target and I believe she, in the end, would make a great vice-presidential choice for whomever of the top three finally gets the nomination. As for Mike Huckabee...a nice guy who has one major flaw...he is a nice guy...too nice perhaps for a job that in this day and age of islamic terrorism requires hardness and toughness not niceness. And lastly Rick Santorum...the man who shouts every time he is asked a question and who twists every issue into a 'social issue'...he really needs to trade in his politician garb for some clerical garb as he still does not get that the Constitution is the law of our land not the Bible. Enough said on that I think.

Now, like I stated above, this race has come down to three candidates and three alone, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. The others in the main debate have no chance of securing the nomination and they know it. So why are they still split the vote and assure a Hillary win...that is if Hillary hasn't been replaced by Julian Castro after her pants-suited, temporary face-lifted self isn't hauled off to jail. So who needs to go...Jeb Bush for starters, Florida's once good governor has fallen so far from political grace what with his being on the ground floor of Common Core...the dumbing down of America's children...and with his 'they come here out of love' stance on illegals. Also, while continuing to promote himself as a champion of small government and small business, the fact is that while he was governor, Jeb supported the 2008 TARP bailout of Wall Street, as he tried to get Floridians to believe that it was needed to avoid “financial unraveling.” And something he does not want to get out is that during his two terms as governor, the Florida budget grew by 27%..delegating out more monies than it took in. Can you say Obama.

Ohio Governor John Kasich is another one who needs to exit post-haste as he, like Obama, is all about 'me, myself' and I.' During the debate I actually lost count of how many times Kasich referenced himself when answering the moderators questions...we have a narcissistic bloviator in office now...we do not need another one, especially when Kasich is one of only nine Republican governors to accept the Medicaid expansion under the nightmare known as ObamaCare. And lest we forget Kasich's ties to the Lehaman Brothers whose asset management business imploded, helping to spur the 2008 financial crisis.

As for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, I will say he knows how to debate, but the baggage he comes with is too great to overcome. First is his touchy-feely moments captured on camera with Obama after Hurricane Sandy barreled through New Jersey causing millions of dollars in damage. That one embrace coupled with words praising Obama helped Mitt Romney lose the election. And lets not forget Christie's years as a lobbyist representing the Securities Industry Association, where he succeeded in getting securities exempted from New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act. Christie was also sued and found guilty of libel when running for a seat on the Morris County Freeholder Board (a position akin to a city council) when he lied in over 400 televised ads that his opponent was being investigated by the country prosecutor.

Christie also lied about pension reform regarding New Jersey's state’s police officers and firefighters that, when in 2011 he signed legislation raising public employees pension contributions while at the same time cutting their benefits, but saying that the state will in return make regular payments into the system. Totally failed to deliver on those payments, Christie sent New Jersey's pension system even deeper into debt where it remains to this day. And I think appointing two muslims to New Jersey's High Court speaks for itself as does Christie's picture embracing the qur'an and radical imam Mustafa EL-Amin...translation: Chris Christie needs to go...period.

Now I come to Dr. Ben Carson, a brilliant neurosurgeon who should have stayed in medicine where he truly shines. Thrust into the national spotlight after his National Prayer Breakfast appearance where he rightfully called Obama to task over ObamaCare, Carson...who just became a registered Republican a mere six months before announcing his candidacy...and his supporters need to come to grips with the fact that one good speech at a prayer breakfast does not a president make. Seriously lacking economic savvy let alone having a clue as to foreign policy, Dr. Carson, like Mike Huckabee, is a decent, likable, and honorable man...but unlike Huckabee, Carson's true Democratic roots shown through during the debate as he embraced the left's inclusion nonsense with his 'we all have to get along' rhetoric forgetting that we do not need to get along with our enemies...we need to send them back to the 7th century from whence they came.

So now we come down to the top three...Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio...and I must be honest in saying that all did well in Thursday night's debate truly separating themselves from all others running. While of course I feel that my personal choice Marco Rubio was top dog, all three had outstanding moments, but I will start with Rubio's first.

Always passionate and on-topic Rubio again hit Hillary hard in a quote now going viral on the internet...“Hillary Clinton is disqualified from being commander in chief of the United States...someone who cannot handle intelligence information appropriately, cannot be commander-in-chief and someone who lies to the families of those four victims in Benghazi can never be president of the United States.” No truer words spoken. And Rubio also nailed Obama's allegiance to America saying that, “On the issue of Barack Obama, Barack Obama does not believe that America is a great global power. Barack Obama believes America is an arrogant global power that needs to be cut down to size...” Adding that, “There is a war against ISIS. Not just against ISIS but against radical jihadists terrorists. That is war they win or we win. When I’m president of the United States we will win the war on ISIS. The most powerful intelligence agency is going to tell us where we are, the most powerful military in the world will destroy them. And if we capture them alive. They are getting a one-way ticket to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and we are going to find out everything they know,” Rubio was of course alluding to the fact that waterboarding is rightfully back on the table...the kumbaya sorts be damned.

But one of Rubio's most powerful moments came when he took Obama on in regards to the Second Amendment. Saying that, “I am convinced that if the president could confiscate every gun in America, he would,” Rubio added when asked to offer evidence to support his words said that “This president, every chance he has ever gotten, has tried to undermine the Second Amendment.” And by closing his answer with, “The Second Amendment is not an option. It is not a suggestion. It's a constitutional right,” Rubio made it clear that he, as president, will be a staunch defender of our gun rights....our Constitutionally given right to 'keep and bear arms.'

Ted Cruz had outstanding moments as well. Starting the night by criticizing Obama for failing to mention in his SOTU address the 10 U.S. sailors who were seized and later released by Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf, Cruz said, “We were horrified to see the sight of 10 American sailors on their knees with their hands on their head. In that state of the union, President Obama didn’t so much as mention those 10 sailors...It was heartbreaking. But the good news is the next commander in chief is standing on this stage." And how right he is as any of those seven men would be better than the 'Butcher of Benghazi.' Adding that, “Any nation that captures our fighting men will feel the full force and fury of the United States of America,” Cruz, like Rubio, showed where his true loyalties lie...that being with a strong America and with a strong American military.

And Cruz's answer when asked how he intends to stop mass shootings and violent crime was also spot-on. Saying, "The answer is prosecute criminals. You target the bad guys. You know, a minute ago, (co-debate moderator Neil Cavuto) asked, ‘What has President Obama done to illustrate that he wants to go after guns? Well, he appointed Eric Holder as attorney general. Eric Holder said he viewed his mission as brainwashing the American people against guns,” is indeed exactly what the entire Obama administration has tried to do.

Also, when Cruz took on Obama's lies about his supposed economic successes outlined in his SOTU address, he again scored a home run. Saying, "The millionaires and billionaires are doing great under Obama, but we have the lowest percentage of Americans working today of any year since 1977. Median wages have stagnated. And the Obama-Clinton economy has left behind the working men and women of this country," Cruz has facts to back up his statement, facts that include a key employment statistic known as the 'civilian labor force participation rate'. This statistic takes the number of Americans in the labor force, as in those who are either employed or who are seeking employment, and divides it by the total civilian population validating Cruz's statement.

Now as for Donald Trump, when asked if he had changed his mind on the temporarily halting of all muslim immigration into our country, he stood strong and said in a stern voice, “No”...a truly powerful moment...albeit a moment that I am wise enough to know will never happen for while stopping immigration from ISIS controlled countries is a strong possibility, and while not letting in any unvetted muslims should be a fact, the truth is we cannot alienate those Arab countries who are our allies...allies who we need to secure their own countries once ISIS has been removed.

And Trump saying that "I want security for this country," has him again being on target as that is something we all want, but security means having a tangible and workable plan to get that security and that is where Trump falls short for while Trump might put into words what many of us are feeling, words is all he has, and as we all know words are a dime a dozen.

As for the heated exchanges between the top three candidates, three exchanges are of note...Cruz v. Trump on his eligibility issue; Trump v. Cruz on a perceived insult of New Yorkers; and Rubio v. Cruz over Cruz's voting record. First the eligibility issue, and that exchange goes to Cruz who pushed Trump into a corner by pointing out that last fall Trump's attorney's had already told him that Cruz was eligible to run, and that the entire issue being brought up was simply because, "Since September, the Constitution hasn't changed. But the poll numbers have," Cruz said and guess what...he's right.

But the next round goes to Trump who was taken aback by Cruz's insult of his so-called "New York values." "Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal, are pro-abortion, are pro-gay marriage, focused around money and the media" Cruz said and that had Trump rightly hitting back by speaking about New York City's response to 9/11. "The people of New York fought and fought and fought, and we saw more death...the smell of death was with us for months.” "We rebuilt Downtown Manhattan, and everybody in the world watched and loved New York and loved New Yorkers," Trump countered, and he is one hundred percent correct as Cruz failed to preface his remark with words to the affect that he is speaking in regards to New York's politics and not its people.

And lastly, the third of the major heated exchanges is where Marco Rubio slammed Cruz on his voting record on immigration, trade, and voting against Department of Defense funding, and that round must go to Rubio. When Rubio ran down a list of Cruz's flip-flops on said issues, Cruz shot back at Rubio for “dumping your oppo [opposition] research folder on the debate stage,” but added that, “At least half of the things Marco said are flat-out false. They’re absolutely false,” meaning according to Cruz himself half of what Rubio said is true. Not good and that response led Rubio to add, "That is not consistent conservatism, that is political calculation," ...actually it's flipping one's vote to play to 'certain' segments of the population solely for their votes.

So as Obama's last SOTU address will forever be known as the 'State of Denial' address, the sixth Republican debate brought three men to the forefront and one of those three will take on Hillary Clinton, and whomever that man is it is critical that we all unite behind him or our beloved America will truly become unrecognizable to us.


Tomorrow, Saturday, January 16th, from 11am to 1pm EST, RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Craig Andresen and Diane Sori discuss Obama's SOTU address, the Republican debate, and continue their discussion on Ted Cruz's and Marco Rubio's eligibility to run for POTUS.

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