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CNBC DEBATE REVIEW

Like most Republicans, I was disappointed in the debate this past Wednesday evening. Well, maybe, disappointed is not exactly the right word. Mad, disgusted, infuriated might be better words to describe our collective feelings.

On the other hand, though, should Republicans be happy that the debate turned out like it did? Of course, it was quite obvious that the CNBC commentators were out to make the Republican presidential candidates look bad by pitting them against one another. The attitudes of the commentators (John Harwood, Becky Quick, Rick Santelli, Jim Cramer, Sharon Epperson, and Carl Quintanilla) toward the candidates were contentions and condescending.

Enter Senator Ted Cruz, about thirty minutes into the debate, who called out the commentators and the entire mainstream main stream media, for that matter. The senator pointed out that the questions asked so far indicate why the American public doesn’t trust the media. For that remark, the audience cheered. The senator went on to lecture the media that this wasn’t a “cage match” and continued to unload on them for indicating that Donald Trump was a comic book villain, that Ben Carson couldn’t do math, that Marco Rubio should resign his senate seat, and that Jeb Bush’s numbers were low. He asked the moderators why they didn’t talk about the substantive issues people care about. He also contrasted this debate with the Democrat debate in which the moderators were fawning all over the candidates. He also indicated that none of the moderators had any intention of voting in a Republican primary. A heated exchange between Senator Cruz and Charles Harwood followed.

Afterwards, every candidate seemed emboldened, and while there were policy differences between the candidates, all ten of them seemed to unite in their dissatisfaction with the media. In addition to Senator Cruz’s outburst, Governor Chris Christy let his true feelings come out after Jeb was asked about Fantasy Football. Governor Christy interrupted and vehemently indicated that we have almost $19 trillion in debt, people out of work, and ISIS and Al Qaeda planning attacks against us and we’re talking about Fantasy Football? This took place near the end of the debates, but it certainly serves to further put the moderators and the mainstream media in its place.

CNBC is a bottom feeder cable channel having a very small viewership. In fact, I don’t know anyone who watches it. My liberal friends who claim to be somewhat informed, watch CNN and MSNBC. Others who are not informed get their news from the mainstream networks and the newspapers. Furthermore, the World Series was on opposite the debates. So, how many people do you think were actually watching these debates? I haven’t seen the numbers, but I would have to guess that the ratings weren’t very high. Unless they read or heard about the nature of the debates, most Americans would have no idea what took place. After Senator Cruz’s exchange with the moderators took place, the candidates, not only seemed to unite against the media, but there supported each other on the issues where they agreed.

This was a start by the Republican presidential candidates in exposing the fallacies of the mainstream media. The American people elected our country’s current leaders. Never in the history of our country have we had such a leftist government. We also have a far left-leaning media. To those folks who get their information from the three major networks and the newspapers, when they take time out of their busy schedules which include watching daytime soap-operas, Ellen, Oprah, reality TV, American Idol, and Dancing With the Stars, I consider you a low-information voters and fully responsible along with the leftist media for the mess this country is currently in.

Marco Rubio also got his digs in on the mainstream media by pointing out that while Hillary Clinton was exposed as a liar because she knew the tragedy in Benghazi was not caused by an American made video but still sent Susan Rice out to the Sunday talk shows to tell the America people that it was caused by a video. None the less, the main stream portrayed that this was Hillary Clinton’s best week ever.

We must make every effort to establish a fair and balanced media if we’re going to continue to be the country we once were.

My other thoughts on the debate include the following. Governor Kasich referred to his past record in Congress and as governor of Ohio. Referring once or twice is okay, but it became redundant. I particularly enjoyed the comments of Senator Cruz and Ms. Fiorina regarding women. Under the current president’s policies, more women are now living in poverty and the Democrats continue to push bigger government and additional regulations that hurt women and everyone, for that matter. As I’ve said many times before, the Democrats don’t care about women, they don’t care about minorities, the middle class, and the poor, either. All they care about is gaining as much control over our lives as possible, making us little square people in little square holes. I also liked Dr. Carson’s comments indicating that if we took everything from the top one percent of earners and gave it to the government, it wouldn’t make a dent in the deficit or the debt. While there has not been much said about this zinger, I thought it was one of the best answers of the evening. Governor Huckabee was asked if he thought Donald Trump had the moral authority to be President of the United States. Governor Huckabee soundly replied in the affirmative and further indicated that every candidate participating in the debate would make a better president that Hillary Clinton or the other Democrat candidates for that matter..

From this little watched debate, will we be able to expose the disingenuousness of the main stream media. It’s a start, let’s hope we can sustain the momentum.

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THE DEBATES AND OTHER STUFF

Everything about this past Thursday’s debates has been said, or has it? Actually, I keep reading new accounts regarding the debates each day.

As I review my tweets during the debates, here are a few of my thoughts. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t think that Carly Fiorina clearly won the early debate among the seven lowest polling Republicans. She obviously is up to date on foreign policy and the nation’s economy too. Plus, she’s polished and articulate. My prediction: she will move up into the first tier as some in the original first tier drop out of the race. Other highlights of the late afternoon debate included Senator Lindsey Graham’s statement about Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill working together to solve the problems of the nation’s economy. Senator Graham indicated that he would be a Ronald Reagan, but doubted that he, in this day and age, could find a Tip O’Neill. Two of the candidates, Bobby Jindal and John Kasich were at opposite ends of the spectrum with Governor Jindal of Louisiana choosing not to expand Medicaid in his state and Governor Kasich of Ohio choosing to take the Medicaid money. All seemed to indicate they would un-do the current President’s executive orders and work to repeal Obamacare. And we all want those things.

For the prime-time debate, the Cleveland, Ohio crowd was so enthusiastic you would have thought it was a sporting event instead of a political event. All of the candidates with the exception of Rand Paul had big smiles on their faces.

When the debate began, all of us were startled by an “out of the box” surprise. Moderator Bret Baier asked for a show of hands…who would not pledge to support the Republican nominee and not pledge to run as a third party candidate. Donald Trump was the only one who raised his hand. After Megyn Kelly asked candidate Trump questions regarding his disparaging remarks about some women’s looks, I felt things were getting a little too personal. I wanted to get back to the issues. Of course, much has been said about the ensuing exchange between Kelly and Trump. It’s even being bantered around that the RNC directed Fox News to pose questions of that nature to “the Donald” in order to denigrate his candidacy. It’s possible, I guess. And I’m also fairly sure that Bret and Megyn were told to ask those questions.

After the prime-time debate, I couldn’t begin to tell you who won, and three days later, I still can’t. I don’t think Rand Paul will go much further. I don’t know what’s going to happen with Donald Trump. Senator Ted Cruz was on his game as was Mike Huckabee. Scott Walker, not making any mistakes, neither helped himself nor hurt himself. Dr. Ben Carson also did well, and I think everyone agrees that his closing statement was the best. I’m still laughing about it. Many think that Senator Marco Rubio won the evening’s debate and they’re probably right. Senator Rubio’s performance helped him.

In listing to all of the candidates speak, I felt that an underlying current was running through the event. This country’s in very bad shape due to the current administration. And the debates, both of them, brought out just how low we’ve sunk.
Obamacare is a disaster and must be repealed. It was rammed through the legislative process using every legislative trick in the book, including threats and intimidation directed toward some members of Congress who were from conservative leaning states. The American people were flat-out lied to by the current president and many of his henchmen. Premiums increased when we were told they would decrease. We were told if we liked our doctors, we could keep our doctors. All lies.

This president told the American people he had a phone and he had a pen and whenever possible he would implement executive orders when Congress wouldn’t act on his proposals. This is a dictatorship, folks. Those executive orders must be rescinded and the general feeling among the candidates is that upon becoming President of the United States, those executive orders would be rescinded immediately.

It was also a consensus that the nuclear arms treaty with Iran is a disaster which will insure that Iran is able to develop a nuclear bomb. Billions of dollars will be flowing into Iran now that sanctions have been lifted. Secretary of State, John Kerry, has said that he hopes that the country of Iran will do the right thing and use the money to prop up Iran’s economy and the welfare of its people. John Kerry hopes, yeah right! Iran is the number one for state-sponsored terrorism on the planet. If 67 votes in the Senate can’t be garnered to override a presidential veto of Congress’s rejection of the Iran agreement.

Donald Trump, in responding to Megyn Kelly’s line of questions indicated that we have become too obsessed with political correctness, but we have too many problems to be politically correct. I think he’s right. Most people, at least conservatives, are tired of having their words twisted into racists, sexist, and homophobic remarks when nothing of the kind was intended. An accidental misspeak by a conservative can lead to job loss, forced resignation, financial ruin, and many other negatives.

In addition, Governor Mike Huckabee brought up the fact that people are vilified if they don’t agree with the President on the issues. Being able to disagree with your government officials is a fundamental right of all Americans. Up until 6-1/2 years ago, that right was ever-present. President George W. Bush indicated many times that the American people had a right to disagree with their government officials. Furthermore, President Bush respected this fact and often met with people who disagreed with him. We must, as a free nation, have that right. We must get that right back.

Senator Rand Paul touched on freedom to practice our religion. He indicated that we can’t have the government entering our churches and enforcing government laws on those whose religious beliefs are in conflict with those laws. Not only are we doing that, we’re destroying people because of religious beliefs and practices.

Whew! What a list of horrible things that this administration has wrought upon the American people. Even if you still have not decided who you are going to support for the Republican nominee, I hope that you at least were reminded of the horrible shape our country is in and why we’re in such a horrible shape.

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