Food For Thought and this is Very Crucial: The Supreme Court
If you are a Republican that won’t vote for Trump, think about this:
If Trump wins and he turns out to be a jerk as President, he’ll be tossed out in 4 years. Do you think he’ll be as bad a President as Obama? The guy has done pretty well managing a very large business so at least he’s got some credentials and is not a community organizer like Obama.
If Hillary wins, because ‘you’ didn’t feeldignified enough to vote for Trump, you, your children, and grand children will live under Hillary’s designated Supreme Court justices and their liberal rulings for many years to come(even if she’s a terrible President).
Even after Hillary is gone AND even if she is followed by a Republican President after 4 years that you do like, its most likely SHE will have CONTROL over future Supreme Court decisions.
Food For Thought and this is Very Crucial: The Supreme Court
Some people have brought up the fact that they won’t vote for Trump for whatever reason. I just want to put something in perspective:
Justice Scalia’s seat is vacant, and Ginsberg is 82 years old, Kennedy is 79, Breyer is 77, Thomas is 67.
Nowadays, the data shows that the average age of a Supreme Court retirement or death occurs after 75.
These are 5 vacancies that will likely come up over the next 4-8 years. The next President will have the power to potentially create a 7-2 Supreme Court skewed in their ideology.
Think about that… 7-2 rulings…for LIBERAL policies!!
If the next President appoints the next 5 justices, it will guarantee control of the Supreme Court for an entire generation … and 7-2 decisions will hold up much more over time than any 5-4 decisions which are viewed as lacking in mandate.
Hillary to go after Second Amendment!
Hillary has made it clear she will use the Supreme Court to go after the 2nd Amendment. She has literally said that the Supreme Court was wrong in its Heller decision stating that the Court should overturn and remove the individual right to keep and bear arms. Period.
A “No” vote for Trump ‘is’ a vote for Hillary !
Hear this! If Hillary Clinton wins and gets to make these appointments, you likely will never see another conservative victory at the Supreme Court level for the rest of your life. Ever.
Remember Romney? Three million conservatives who had voted for McCain did not cast a vote for Romney (for whatever reason) and the result was four an additional 4 years of B.H.O.
If you are not convinced yet, I’ll leave with one final thought:
Hillary is already on the record as saying that her buddy, B.H.O. (Yep, that’s Barack Obama) “would make a great Supreme Court Justice.”
DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS MEANS?
If elected President, Hillary will make Obama a Supreme Court Justice! He and she will continue to destroy our country taking away all of our rights including the Second Amendment!
(Bloomberg) — Former President George H.W. Bush, 90, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital tonight “as a precaution” after experiencing shortness of breath, according to a statement from his office.
Bush was taken to the hospital by ambulance and was being held there for observation, according to the statement issued by Jim McGrath, his spokesman.
President Barack Obama, vacationing with his family in Hawaii, has been made aware of Bush’s hospitalization, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama “send their good wishes to the former president and the entire Bush family during this holiday season,” Schultz said.
Bush occupied the White House from 1989-1993 after serving two terms as vice president under President Ronald Reagan. Bush, a Republican, was defeated for re-election in 1992 by Democrat Bill Clinton.
His eldest son, George W. Bush, served as president from 2001-2009. Another of his sons, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, announced earlier this month that he will “actively explore” seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
The elder Bush, though now wheelchair bound, celebrated his 90th birthday on June 12 with a tandem skydive near his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Bush is the oldest living ex-U.S. president. Democrat Jimmy Carter, who served from 1977-1981, was born about three-and-a-half months after Bush in 1924.
When you head out to vote in 2016, you may have déjà vu. You see, if things stay on course, the matchup for the presidency will be Bush vs. Clinton, just like it was in 1992.
According to a McClatchy-Marist poll, Jeb Bush is the current frontrunner to win the Republican nomination. Among Republicans and Republican leaning independents, 15 percent would choose the former Florida governor.
Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are tied in second place. Each would get 13 percent of the vote.
Chris Christie is the only other potential candidate who would receive double-digit support. Twelve percent of Republican and Republican leaning independents would vote for the New Jersey governor.
You’ll probably guess who the current Democratic favorite is. Yeah, it’s Hillary Clinton. The former first lady holds a commanding lead as 64 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents would choose her.
Vice President Joe Biden finished in a distant second place in the poll. Fifteen percent would choose him as the Democratic nominee. No other potential Democratic candidate received double-digit support.
Clinton would defeat each Republican she was polled against. She’d top Christie and Paul by nine percentage points each. Her lead over Bush is slightly larger at 11 percentage points.
Romney Comeback? Republicans Are Dying To Be Associated With Him
Mitt Romney loyalists are trying to gin up the narrative that Republicans just can’t get enough of Romney.
“Democrats don’t want to be associated with Barack Obama right now, but Republicans are dying to be associated with Mitt Romney,” Spencer Zwick, “a longtime Romney confidant who chaired his national finance council,” claimed to the Washington Post.
The Chamber of Commerce, which has vowed to wage war on the Tea Party and push through amnesty legislation, glowingly praised Romney, alleging he would be in a “commanding position” if he entered the 2016 race.
Romney is reportedly set to make trips to West Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, and Virginia to campaign for Republicans. Yet besides the media, most of the people clamoring for another Romney “comeback” are his loyalists and closest advisers, who defied all statistical models to lose an election many thought should never have been lost.
In a July article for Politico Magazine, Emil Henry, who “served in multiple roles in the 2012 campaign, including adviser to the economic team, television surrogate and fundraiser,” laughingly alleged that “Romney is re-emerging as the de facto leader of the Republican Party.”
Henry claimed that Romney could make a comeback like Nixon, apparently missing that Nixon appealed to cloth-coat conservatives, while Romney, as his father did, represents to many the mink-coat, Rockefeller wing of the GOP which conservatives have been battling since the 1950s.
Establishment candidates like Romney traditionally lose (Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush in 1992, Bob Dole, John McCain) – unless they are lucky enough to win “Reagan’s third term,” which advisers like Roger Ailes and Jim Pinkerton understood rallies blue-collar Americans (George H.W. Bush in 1988).
Bush was also lucky in 1988 to face an opponent like Michael Dukakis, another Massachusetts governor who gave a scholarly, Romney-esque answer when CNN’s Bernard Shaw asked him if Dukakis would want the death penalty for someone who “murdered and raped” his wife.
Others alleging that Romney is “poised for a comeback” have quickly forgotten how Romney made President Barack Obama, one of the most elitist and crony capitalist presidents in recent memory, seem like a common man who cared about average Americans when compared to him.
Henry, in Politico Magazine, also tried to assert that Romney is “not a career politician,” but didn’t note that Romney can only claim that because he lost his Senate race to Ted Kennedy, the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, and the presidential race in 2012. Perhaps Romney is an “attempted career politician.”
Moreover, Romney’s waffling on a myriad of issues ranging from health care, abortion, his support for Ronald Reagan, and his primary state of residence is the characteristic that defines him and career politicians like John Kerry, Al Gore, and Hillary Clinton.
In 2012, Romney did not excite the conservative base, turned off working-class voters who believed he did not care about their concerns, and lost minority voters by huge landslides. He wasn’t even good at the inside-the-beltway game – he actually thought Donna Brazile was Gwen Ifill.
Republicans need blue-collar Reagan Democrats and more minorities to win presidential elections. Romney – and his loyalists – disastrously proved in 2012 that he can attract neither, and there is no indication Romney would be able to do so in 2016.
Egypt’s ex-army chief el-Sissi declared new president
CAIRO – Egypt’s president-elect, the former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, told Egyptians it is now “time to work” to rebuild the country after he was officially declared the landslide winner of last week’s election.
Thousands celebrated in public squares around the country with cheers, fireworks and pro-military songs after the Election Commission officially announced el-Sissi’s victory with nearly 97 percent of the vote in an election that it said saw a turnout of 47.45 percent.
El-Sissi is to be sworn in Sunday to replace Egypt’s first democratically elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, whom the then-army chief ousted last summer. Since then, el-Sissi has ridden to power on the support of Egyptians craving stability after three years of turmoil, bolstered by a nationalist mania stoked by pro-military TV and newspapers. His supporters and the media have cheered the fierce crackdown on Morsi’s supporters that has killed hundreds and arrested thousands the past 11 months.
But a return of a career military man to the presidency has also raised fears among many Egyptians that el-Sissi will impose a new autocratic order along the lines of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president for 29 years until he was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011. Already, there have been arrests of secular critics of the military-backed government, and law issued after Morsi’s ouster virtually bans protests, allowing only those with police permit.
The first world leader to congratulate el-Sissi was his close ally, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who was also opposed to the toppling of Mubarak. The monarch declared that the turmoil sparked by the Arab Spring should now come to a close.
“This is a historic day,” the king said in a letter on the Saudi state news agency. “The brotherly Egyptian people have suffered in the past period of chaos. Some of those short sighted called it the creative chaos.” He called for donors conference to help Egypt “get out of the tunnel,” referring to its wrecked economy.
El-Sissi campaigned on promises to bring back stability and achieve “great leaps” in repairing the economy. But he also said demands for freedoms should be reined in because they fuel turmoil and he showed little tolerance for dissent.
Speaking in a televised address after the results were announced, he said, “It is now time to work. Work that will carry Egypt to a bright tomorrow and better future and restore stability.”
“The future Is a blank page and it is in our hands to fill it as we wish,” he said, wearing a dark suit and looking tanned. “Cooperation in work and construction will lead to prosperity.”
Some of el-Sissi’s sharpest critics have been activists who led the anti-Mubarak uprising, known as the Jan. 25 Revolution. In a clear nod to them, he repeated the revolution’s main slogan in the short address, promising “bread, freedom, dignity and social justice.”
The Election Commission said el-Sissi garnered 23.78 million votes — or 96.9 percent of the total. His sole rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, received 318,000 — fewer than the 1.4 million invalid ballots cast in the polling.
El-Sissi’s victory was never in doubt, but the career infantry officer had pushed for a massive turnout as well to bestow legitimacy on his ouster of Morsi and the ensuing crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist supporters.
But that goal was dented by the extraordinary means used by the military-backed government to hike voters’ numbers. After signs that the turnout on the first of two scheduled days of voting on Monday was a lowly 15 percent, the government declared the next day a national holiday to free people to go to polls. The election commission threatened to slap fines of $70 — a hefty sum for most Egyptians — on those who did not vote.
When Tuesday polling still seemed low, the commission abruptly extended the election to a third day. The state made bus and train travel free to allow migrants to return to home districts to vote. Throughout the day, TV networks berated Egyptians as “ungrateful” and “traitors” for not voting.
Turnout on the third day was 10 percent, said Anwar el-Assi, the commission’s president. He said the third day was added because a heat wave the first two days kept many voters from the polls.
El-Sissi has said it will take 25 years to bring a real democracy to Egypt and has spoken out against too many freedoms that cause turmoil, amid an already shrinking space for political activity. That has raised many Egyptians’ fears that his presidency will bring an increased clampdown on dissent and a return of police power.
In the latest sign, Egypt’s most popular satirist Bassem Youssef announced Monday the cancellation of hiss landmark weekly TV show, Egypt’s answer to Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” which lambasted presidents and politicians. He blamed pressure on the station airing it and a climate in the country that no longer accepts satire.
In more alarming step, the Interior Ministry, in charge of police, announced plans to set a new surveillance system over the Internet to monitor social networking sites for a wide range of forms of dissent, as well as for extremist activity. On Monday, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim announced the plans, insisting they did not aim to infringe on freedom of expression.
But an Interior Ministry document on the plans published by the pro-military newspaper Al-Watan listed a wide variety of perceived threats on social media, which the document said is used to express “contempt for religion,” `’spread rumors and tarnish facts with bad intentions,” `’humiliate through mockery”, ” and encourage “extremism, violence, rebellion, rallying for demonstrations, sit-ins and illegal strikes.”
The document called these activities “grave and dangerous security challenges,” and said the ministry had asked companies to present bids to set up the monitoring system.
Social media were one of the main vehicles for engineering the 2011 uprising that led to Mubarak’s fall and the collapse of its police apparatus.
Hazem Abdel-Azem, a former IT official and now a member of el-Sissi’s presidential campaign, told the private CBC TV network that previously the ministry monitored the Internet “manually” and that now it is looking for “a new system.”
The announcement raised a storm of outrage on Egyptian social media sites. Some activists, however, said the plans may aim more to intimidate, since monitoring software is widely available on line.
“I think the report was only meant to create panic among users of social media,” said Hossam el-Hamalawy, an activist in the Revolutionary Socialists, in a comment on his Facebook page.