Trunkline 2012: Tuesday’s Tidbits from the Campaign Trail – 10/9/12

Bookmark and Share   Today’s tidbits from the trail include news about Romney’s rise in the polls,  Obama’s supporters threaten to riot, the DNC ‘s cash shortage, the President’s obsession with Big Bird, Obama’s initial belief that he won the first presidential debate, his lies about Romney and his own record, the president’s declining support among African-Americans, 10 dates from Obama’s first term to remember, the continued fallout from the Libyan terrorist attack and more:

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Trunkline 2012: Monday’s Mentionables from the Presidential Race – 10/8/12

Bookmark and Share  The events shaping this day on the campaign trail in Trunkline 2012 includes stories about President Obama’s unfolding credit card fundraising scandal, new positive polling for Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney’s incredible foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute, the cable from Libya that detailed the threats to our consulate, an explosion of death threats against Romney on Twitter, the dispelling of liberal myths, continued fallout from Obama’s horrible debate performance and more interesting political snippets and tidbits.

  • Obama campaign’s foreign fundraising scandal reveals the illegality of tens of millions of small dollar donations to the Obama reelection effort
  • Romney’s proves to be more presidential than ever as he outlines an inspirational foreign policy vision for the nation in a speech at the Virginia Military institute
  • New White House 2012 Projection Has Romney Winning By 24 Electoral Votes
  • Dems less enthusiastic about Obama as poll shows that among those who are extremely likely to vote, Romney actually leads Obama 52 percent to 46 percent
  • Pew Poll Shows Romney Up By 4 Points
  • Libya Cable Detailed Threats
  • Debunking the liberal myth that Republicans want to return to the same practices that got us into this mess
  • Why Obama Will Lose All Three Debates
  • Twitter exploded with assassination threats against Mitt Romney
  • Continued fallout from President Obama’s disastrous debate performance
  • Just How Stupid Does The Obama Team Think We Are?

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Understanding Obama, Clinton And The Saul Alinsky Playbook

Do you believe politicians should embrace corruption and cruelty? Saul Alinsky did. Born in Chicago in 1909, Alinsky was a community organizer and writer. The experience of being on the front lines of community activism for some 40-years taught him some valuable lessons. He compiled these lessons into a book and in 1971, published Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals. Why do we care?

Well, crusaders, Rules For Radicals has become a cult classic. In fact, Alinsky is commonly considered the grand-daddy of all modern radicals. More important to us, it turns out that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and others currently in power are Alinsky disciples and use what they learned from Rules For Radicals as a playbook to govern and force unwanted changes to our society.

Basically, Alinsky said enough of the hippie-style protests of the 1960’s. Infiltration of institutions is needed to achieve change, not flower-power sit-ins. You know, shower, cut your hair, put on proper attire and then go start working for the government. He promoted the idea that politics is war and as such “there are no rules of fair play” as the end justifies the means. The successful radical will say or do anything to achieve their goal. Ethics, honor, good conscience and acts of civility are to be discarded or used only when they can push your agenda forward. The use of cruelty, ridicule, corruption and harm is completely acceptable. Alinsky’s book can be applauded for drawing attention to patience, planning and intense focus within the political arena but just as easily, it can be criticized as activism that promotes disregard for others and sociopathic behavior.

Outlined within Rules For Radicals, are 12 rules Alinsky feels, if properly internalized and implemented, will allow the radical to meet with success, regardless of what political initiative is being pushed.

Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have. Assess your power, consolidate it and project a larger than life image. Obama, Clinton and the hard-Left within the Democratic party are still in the minority. But because he is President and she is Secretary of State and Eric Holder is the top cop and Harry Reid runs the Senate, they project the idea that hard-Left liberalism is the politics of all Democrats. It’s a facade. Yes, it is a well planned and effectively orchestrated presentation but it is a facade nonetheless. Most Democrats, more interested in their salaries, pensions and perks, willingly yield to this presentation. But if you replace Obama these spineless stooges will fall in line with the next flavor of the month.

Rule 2: Never go outside the expertise of your people. Now that we’re deep into Obama’s presidency, ask yourself how many thousands of times you’ve heard these pet phrases — hope and change, we saved jobs, pay their fair share, heading in the right direction — to name a few. Do Obama’s speech writers lack imagination? No. It’s part of the playbook. Avoid facts, logic and intellectual prose. Use bumper sticker phrases and slogans. Keep it simple for the masses. After all, they are just peasants.

Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Obama constantly jumps in and out of the Constitution. Why? Well, his hard-Left outlook is in the minority and that means most of the American citizenry is his enemy. Unfortunately, very few of us are Constitutional lawyers. Perhaps he lives in this gray area because it’s outside our expertise. If we don’t know whether his action was legitimate or criminal, we have to wait for clarity or, worse, some sheep will give him the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, clarity usually means hearings, investigations or litigation — and time. Meanwhile, his appointees are making decisions, his declarations are being implemented and society is being changed. And in the back room, Obama is huddled with his boys scheming his next play.

Rule 4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. If your enemy says she is going to run a positive campaign, force her to be positive while you are free to rip her up. If an organization has a rule that every call or all mail is answered, make 5,000 calls or send 10,000 letters. The idea is to use what your enemies think are strengths, against them.

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. Now you know why he insulted the Supreme Court during his nationally televised State of the Union speech. And Representative Paul Ryan was invited to a nationally televised press conference and given a front row seat only to have himself and his budget proposal publicly ridiculed. Rep. Todd Akin, Donald Trump and Congress have been victims, too. So has the church and bible. He has also mocked and ridiculed the American people numerous times, the very people he is supposed to protect. Examine this carefully and you’ll see the list is virtually endless —  this is what the supreme ruler does.

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. The more fun or satisfying the activity, the more likely your worker bees will return to do it again.

Rule 7: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. A spin off from rule #6. Keep things as fresh and exciting as you can.

Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Never let up. Overwhelm your opponent and, as lefties love to say, “never let a crisis go to waste”. Want to stop drilling? Issue a moratorium after an oil spill. Want to grind industry to a halt? Legislate law after law after law faster than industry can adapt to them. Want to do something that won’t be supported by Congress? Issue endless executive orders. Want to spin the head of the American public? Play hide-and-seek. Say you’re against something and then be for it in the next speech or the next month or the next election. Enforce this law but not that law. Chaos is your friend. Keep the opposition off balance. Consider political opponent Mitt Romney. First, Romney is not a qualified businessman. Then, he’s a successful businessman but he’s a job killer. Then he’s an out-sourcer. Also, he’s rich and has money overseas. He must be shady, maybe a tax cheat. This is right out of the playbook. In fact, this week isn’t  Romney a felon?

Rule 9: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself. Plant the seed and let people’s imagination run wild. The monster movie is always scarier when you don’t see the monster.

Rule 10: If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive. Let’s say you had a political philosophy that required high unemployment because you need to force as many people onto the government teat as possible. Further, let’s say, after you’ve damaged the economy, unemployment has risen and stayed above 8% for some 40 months. Although this is what you want, to most Americans, this is a negative. What’s an Alinsky radical to do? You acknowledge it and say something like ‘these numbers aren’t good, and we can do better’. You push this again and again although you never do anything to improve the situation. Over time, because of lowered expectations, people begin to think a drop from 8.4% to 8.2% is a great thing. If you are against capitalism and you push the idea capitalism is a bad thing, over time capitalism becomes a bad thing.

Rule 11: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Go for it all and accept what you get because every step in the direction of your agenda, no matter how small, is a success. Do you want gun control? Propose a national ban. When that is beaten back to a waiting period, you have a success. I use the analogy of a sculptor. The sculptor chips and chips and chips, day after day until eventually, a stone is transformed into a statue.

Rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. This is divide and concur. If you understand that religion will present an obstacle for your healthcare bill you bad mouth and ridicule religion. Then you try to turn the non-religious against the religious. Set the poor against the rich by constantly promoting the idea that profit is bad and that the rich cheated to get their money. Simultaneously, you expand and promote entitlements so the rich-poor contrast stays in the headlines. You can slice up a population almost anyway you want. There’s Wall Street and Main Street, there’s polluters and environmentalists, women’s rights versus pro-life and of course, everyone’s favorite, blacks versus whites. Really, the only limit to divide and concur is your imagination.

A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage — the political paradise of communism. — Saul Alinsky

If you read history, you know America has fought off the influence of Socialism and Communism since the country was founded. From the Left’s perspective, crusaders, this is their shot. The hard-Left radicals, over time, have slowly infiltrated the Democratic Party. Obama, a Saul Alinsky fan club member, just happens to be one of them.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is too. She chose Alinsky as her Wellesley College thesis in 1969: There is Only the Fight: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model. It’s well known there is this Hatfield and McCoy thing between the Clintons and Obamas. Wonderful Willy takes pot shots at the supreme ruler when he can. Obama claims Romney isn’t qualified for the presidency, Clinton says he’s is. The supreme ruler declares it is time to raise taxes, Wonderful Willy says it’s not. The jabs and body blows are obvious if you pay attention. Yet, even with the bad blood, Obama appointed Horrid Hillary as Secretary of State. Why? Because the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Make no mistake, if Clinton had won the Democratic primary rather than Obama, and then achieved the presidency, we’d be in the same mess. Sure, events would have unfolded differently but the end-game is the same.

Unfortunately, this is our fault. The American people elected a man they knew nothing about. He turned out to be a man that believes that America is the cause of most of the world’s problems. He was indoctrinated into the anti-capitalism, hard-Left socialist political philosophy and cut his teeth in the rough and tumble Chicago political arena. But as a presidential candidate his background was a problem for conservative America. So he and his supporters edited, hid or lied about the most explosive elements. And why not? Camouflage, miss-direction, lying and sociopathic behavior are all part of the playbook.

We know the supreme ruler’s playground pals have included William Ayers (anti-American terrorist), Frank Marshall Davis (Communist Party member and criminal), Bernardine Dohrn (anti-American terrorist), Larry Walsh (neighbor and criminal), Louis Farrakhan (neighbor and race baiting leader of the nation of Islam) and the anti-American racist Rev. Wright. The list of hard-Left Obama associates is a long one. We know he was a card-carrying member of the short-lived but politically radical New Party. And, of course, we know he studied Alinsky.

And because of this, we know he’ll lie, cheat or be cruel to get his way because in the war of politics “there are no rules of fair play”. Character and integrity just don’t come into play because the end justifies the means. The fact is, crusaders, Bad-boy Barack, Horrid Hillary, San Fran Nan and the others just don’t give a chuck what we think. There’s just no other way to say it.

Obama will continue to divide Americans (Rule 12) either by class, race or political philosophy. Clinton, as Secretary of State, will continue to negotiate away the sovereignty of America knowing comrade Obama is waiting with pen in hand to sign the next treaty. We also know this behavior won’t stop (Rule 8).

Understand, crusaders, this is their moment. The hard-Left has the pieces in place. They have San Fran Nan twisting arms in the House when she can and Harry Hostile Reid stalling all economic and job policies in the Senate. They have the key-stone cop, Eric Holder for domestic law un-enforcement. On the international stage is Horrid Hillary, negotiating away American sovereignty and, of course, the supreme ruler is sitting on the throne. But with prominence comes exposure. The question is, what are you seeing?

Before your eyes is uncontrolled spending, intentional attacks on industry and individual states, the stripping of middle-class wealth, the expansion of entitlements, inconsistent or non-existent law enforcement, constitutional violations and international treaties being negotiated that attack American sovereignty. Do you really believe all this is an accident? Or Bush’s fault? Or Europe’s? Or a tsunami’s? Or is it part of the playbook? Do you really believe that if you re-elect Obama, all this will go away during his next term?

Unemployment isn’t going to improve. Obama attacks industry daily. It’s intentional. He wants high unemployment. And don’t forget he has been expanding qualifications for entitlements all along, too. He’s seeking to establish a permanent entitlement-based class. Obama wants you poor. His political philosophy demands it. A controlled economic collapse is a messy but necessary part of economic transition. He wants you intimidated, scared and confused in hopes that most of you will run to the government for help. Nor will he stop outrageous spending, chasing your guns, expanding government and violating the Constitution. He’s four months from an election — has he stopped any of these things yet?

The attempt to over-throw a Constitution-based America, and its capitalist economy is occurring before your eyes. In its place, the minority hard-Left in power seeks to install a euro-socialist state with a permanent entitlement class. They have the key people in place and the wheels of change are turning. They are damn close to success. It can be argued they are one election from victory.

But they do not have a stranglehold. They do not control the American citizenry yet. An educated and motivated public can put a stop to this. Yes, they may be one election away from victory — but so are we.

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Trunkline 2012: Tuesday Tidbits From The Presidential Race – 5/29/12

Bookmark and Share  Today we take a look at some powerful pitches made by Mitt and some heavy hits taken by President Obama, as well as a look at the interesting background of lil’ liberal puke Chris Hayes of “They’re not heroes” fame, the not so amsrt gay marriage battle by Democrtas, a new Romney ad, and much more from aroun the web and out of the campaign trail.

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Trunlkine 2012: Thursday’s Summary of News and Views from the Campaign Trail– 5/24/12

Bookmark and Share  Today’s election news summary takes us on tour of a new Romney ad, tough questioning for Romney, vice presidential auditions, the liberal war on money, Biden’s “us vs. them” problem, non-issues used to the Left’s advantage, how big labor is making Scott Walker a star, and the view that socialism id the answer, as well as much more.

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John Bolton Endorses Mitt Romney

Bookmark and Share   Late Thursday evening, during an interview on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren, controversial conservative foreign policy guru John Bolton endorsed Mitt Romney for President [see interview below].

Bolton, the beneficiary of a recess appoint to the post of Ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush, had flirted with the idea of running for President himself.  During the past Summer, he promised to run if he did not believe that the many pressing dangers on the international stage were given proper attention.

Somewhere along the line, in addition to issues like, money and viability, Bolton apparently determined that the important issues were getting a fair hearing and did not need to be served by his own presidential candidacy.  Now he has determined that Mitt Romney is the best person to be our next President.

As heard in his interview, Bolton believes that most of the Republican candidates have very similar foreign policy views but in addition to Romney’s own solid positions on the issue, Bolton’s decision was largely swayed by what he calls Romney’s electability.  According to Bolton, his criteria for endorsement was based upon finding the most electable conservative in the field and for him, that is Mitt Romney.

Individual personal endorsements don’t usually make much of a difference and Bolton’s probably won’t make a big difference either, but it will help create an impression that can only help Romney within conservative circles.  While Bolton is demonized in liberal circles and would stoned by Ron paull fanatics if he attended a Ron Paul rally, on the right, his reasoned hawkishness has  promoted a hardline position on national defense that offers the nation a better safe than sorry stance.  It has also earned Bolton the neo-Con label and for a candidate like Mitt Romney whom many try to portray as a liberal, the neo-Con affiliation isn’t a bad thing in his plight for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Bachmann’s Presidential TEA Party is Over

  Bookmark and Share    After canceling a planned campaign swing to South Carolina, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann scheduled a press conference in which she announced that she was suspending her campaign.

Bachmann who won the Ames Straw Poll several months ago, lost the state in it’s first in the nation caucus to all of her rivals except for one, Jon Huntsman, the one candidate who did not campaign in Iowa.

Bachmann began the announcement to suspend her campaign by discussing the great responsibility to defend our republic is and explained that she decided to take responsibility by running for President and that her decision was made on the day that Obamacare was passed.  She described Obamacare as one of the greatest threat to the very foundation of our Republic and that its repeal is her greatest goal.

She promised to consider to fight against President Obama’s socialist agenda, as well as capital cronyism, family, life, and religious liberty.

But Bachmann said that on Tuesday, the people of Iowa spoke loudly and as now she will step aside and support the Republican whom we must all unite behind in order to defeat Barack Obama in November.

What Bachmann did not do is throw her support behind any particular candidate yet.  However her departure from the presidential race begins to cut down on a critical factor behind Mitt Romney’s success in the Republican contest.  With her in  the race, Bachmann helped divide the social conservative voting bloc among at least 4 candidates.  That dilution of the vote helped Romney hammer together his frontrunner status.  But now with her out, a candidate like Rick Santorum who essentially tied with Mitt Romney in Iowa, may benefit the most as he begins to become the candidate that social conservatives begin to coalesce around.

While Bachmann may not immediately throw her support behind a single candidate right now, her own future will probably consist of her filing the paperwork that will make her a candidate for reelection to her Minnesota congressional seat.

While a  prospective Republican candidate to replace Bachmann in the House did step forward, Bachmann supporters and the Minnesota G.O.P. have largely been anticipating a Bachmann reelection effort.  According to the deadlines established on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website, the filing deadline for Bachmann is May 5, 2012, a date that gave Bachmann plenty of time to pursue her presidential ambitions and still file her candidacy for reelection to Congress if that pursuit failed.  That scenario was predicted by White House 2012 back in October of 2011.

Last night it became clear to Bachmann that her pursuit for the White House did fail, but you can rest assured that Bachmann will not fail the conservative cause as she moves forward.  While her campaign may not have been a been a big success from a strategic standpoint, she performed valiantly and was a ferocious defender of our founding principles who most definitely kept the other candidates on their toes and deserves credit for a job well done.

Bachmann now becomes the second Republican presidential  candidate from Minnesota to fall victim to the voters of neighboring Iowa.  Back in August, when Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s own poor showing led him to end his presidential campaign a day later.

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