By Frank Salvato
We are still a little under two months away from the first Presidential Primary. If you are listening to the mainstream media, the GOP nomination is all but sewn-up and the establishment Republican apparatus has agita. What’s got the inside-the-beltway crowd so nervous and frustrated? Well, Donald Trump is up 13.1 points in the RealClearPolitics average of polls that survey the sentiments of Republican voters. This, in and of itself, is a good reason to break out the Prylosec® if you are an establishment Republican operative. But the GOP rank-and-file really needs to take a step back and understand what has been done to them so that they can truly have their voices heard come election time.
This election cycle has been unofficially titled the “Election of the Outsider” and rightly so. The public sentiment regarding politicians – especially the agenda-driven professional class of politician – is on par with that of journalists and lawyers. If the Mariana Trench could be filled with all of them the collective attitude of the nation would skyrocket. But what We the People are being led to believe is an “accurate accounting” of our collective sentiment has been manipulated to a great extent. Again, as in the non-vetting of Barack Obama in the lead-up to the 2008 General Election, the mainstream media is grossly negligent in doing its job.
Consider for a moment this fact. Not one ballot has been cast in any primary or caucus anywhere across the country for any candidate, Republican or Democrat. Yet the mainstream media and professional polling institutions – agenda-driven entities that control the wording of the polling questions – say they have determined, for the entirety of the electorate, via a micro-sampling of the citizenry, who will be the nominees for each party.
Additionally, the major media outlets that have been “awarded” the honor of hosting debates made command decisions to limit the number of candidates on stage, and even then they decided to break the over-glorified press conferences into two tiers, thus limiting the public’s access to the full complement of interactive possibilities.
Then, after every new poll is released and every “debate” is completed, a cadre of failed political operatives-turned-pundits get on-screen and pontificate and suppose about a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses; favorability and faux pas, and “conclude” (read: decide for you and I) a candidate’s viability in the Primary and then General Elections. Of course, they always use the polls to validate their speculation as fact.
Not one actual vote cast, the so-called “debates” selectively featuring candidates, the political operatives-turned-pundits presenting speculation as fact, and only one true reality emanates from of the process: most voters have been manipulated into believing that some candidates are viable while others are not.
Just as in 2007, when then-Senator Obama was so green in politics he resembled The Great Gazoo from the latter-year Flintstones cartoons, the mainstream media is failing to spotlight the political philosophies, ideologies and platforms of the many candidates running for President of the United States. In 2007 they became sycophants to a “moment in history” and failed to adequately vet a rookie politician whose lack of experience should have disqualified him in any thinking person’s mind for the highest office in the land. Today, the mainstream media poses “gottcha” questions when they should be asking exploratory questions of substance of the candidates. Two sets of questions come to mind, although I can think of many more:
1) Mr. Trump, can you please define what being treated fairly by the establishment GOP means? If a legitimately arrived at brokered convention were to occur would you consider that being treated unfairly? And, if so, how do you qualify denying rank-and-file GOP convention delegates their chartered right to affect a brokered convention?
2) Dr. Carson, some pundits have accused you of not being up to “political wonk” speed regarding foreign policy and some of the social issue items. Can you explain how you would vet and assemble your cabinet? And would you be as stringently selective about your cabinet members, department and agency heads, and advisers as you were with your neuro-surgical teams?
These are the kinds of informative questions that actually provide insight into a candidate’s mind; his/her thinking process; his/her decision-making process. These are the kind of informative questions that inoculate the public from the pabulum that is the pre-fabricated political talking point; scripted lines agreed upon by committee and vetted by Madison Avenue focus groups for their “won’t put the candidate on record as having a stance” qualities.
The voters would be better served if the mainstream media actually practiced journalism instead of the entertainment that passes as opinion-journalism. They would also be better served if the “debates” – which, again, are nothing more than gerrymandered press conferences in the style of American Idol – were discontinued altogether, replaced by one-hour specials spotlighting each of the candidates in a conversation of pointed political, ideological and operational questions about the candidates’ agendas and platforms. If the GOP and DNC were smart – and I think we all know they exist at the lowest common denominator when it comes to innovation and communications – they would each create a 24/7/365 cable channel that did exactly this.
Alas, if the “debates” were to expire and thoughtful investigative forums were to emerge that would mean the mainstream media would lose its ability to manipulate the public in the selection process to pick the next leader of the free world. And if the political parties were to actually do due diligence on behalf of the voters by thoroughly vetting the candidates in an open and honest manner they, too, would lose their ability to influence the process by which a “chosen one candidate” is elevated to the station of “nominee.”
So, pardon me if I don’t get as excited as the politically manipulated over the 13.1 point edge Mr. Trump has been awarded by the mainstream media over the rest of those in the GOP primary race, or the 23.3 point spread they have awarded to Hillary Clinton in the Democrat race. I’ll wait until actual votes are cast to determine which candidates We the People believe are viable and which are not. I’ll wait for the actual primary elections and caucuses to start.
Frank Salvato is the Executive Director of BasicsProject.org a grassroots, non-partisan, research and education initiative focusing on Constitutional Literacy, and internal and external threats facing Western Civilization. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His opinion and analysis have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times, The Jewish World Review, Accuracy in Media, Human Events, Townhall.com and are syndicated nationally. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is the author of six books examining Islamofascism and Progressivism, including “Understanding the Threat of Radical Islam”. Mr. Salvato’s personal writing can be found at FrankJSalvato.com.
By: Lloyd Marcus
My 87 year old black dad is a baby conservative. After several years of me printing out my articles and mailing them to him, Dad finally realized his loyalty to Democrats was not only misguided, but was actually destructive to blacks. Thus, I have become Dad’s Conservatism coach.
He phoned me with a chuckle in his voice, “What do you think about Donald Trump?” Dad was referring to Trump’s comment about restricting Muslims from entering our country for awhile.
Despite my efforts to guide him to conservative media, Dad still gets his news from the MSM; a fan of Don Lemon at CNN. Consequently, Dad has been taught by the MSM that all opposition to Leftists implementing their liberal socialist/progressive agenda is racism or hate.
While on the stepping machine at the gym, one of the TVs was on CNN. CNN featured numerous panel discussions purposed to portray Trump as a racist ignorant SOB for suggesting a temporary ban on Muslims entering our country. The truth is there is historical precedent for Trump’s proposal. http://bit.ly/1ORtyKT It is a common sense precaution to protect Americans. Still, the MSM foolishly hoped Trump’s Muslim ban proposal would be the final nail in his presidential hopeful coffin.
I told Dad that despite the MSM’s best efforts to destroy Trump, his poll numbers continue to skyrocket. http://bit.ly/1IH4xkt
I offered Dad a parable. Imagine that you were starving. A gruff burly un-bathed biker comes along and gives you food. You would ignore the biker’s rough-edges and foul odor, right? Dad said, “Yes, I would say praise the Lord.” I said, “Dad, the American people are starving for a renewal of America’s greatness.” I recited a list of Obama’s lies and anti-American policies. I informed Dad to how voters have been betrayed by Republicans, reneging on their vow to push back against Obama’s lawless implementation of his socialist/progressive agenda.
So along comes Donald Trump promising starving Americans a feast of renewed American greatness. Starving excited voters with forks in hand ready to eat, crossing all demographics, have taken a seat at Trump’s table. I explained to Dad that Ted Cruz is Donald Trump without the slightly unpleasant smell. Please do not get me wrong folks. I am not dissing Trump. I am merely interjecting a bit of humor. I would enthusiastically give Trump my vote if he became the GOP presidential nominee.
All I am saying is Ted Cruz is a true conservative who offers all the boldness, fearlessness and promises of Trump but with presidential gravitas and moral authority.
Confronting the arrogance of Obama’s AG Loretta Lynch, Cruz has once again proven he will take no prisoners when standing up for liberty and the American people.
In a nutshell, despite the most recent Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino in which 14 Americans were murdered, Lynch has decreed that she will throw anyone in jail who dares to speak badly about Muslims.
The first of several outrages that popped up in my mind is how Lynch and Obama have ignored Black Lives Matter’s bold clarion call to blacks to kill cops and crackers (white people). http://bit.ly/1Kzm6Uf Hundreds at a BLM rally marched down a NY street chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” http://bit.ly/1GNXUHV
Well, my man Ted Cruz immediately jumped into Lynch’s case. Cruz scolded Lynch and Obama.
“We see Loretta Lynch, the attorney general, promising in the wake of this terrorist attack – does she come out and say, ‘We’re going to track down the terrorists and kill them’?
No, she says prosecute anyone that has the temerity to stand up and speak against radical Islamic terrorism.
Well, let me tell you right now, radical Islamic terrorism is evil.”
Then Cruz jumped into Obama’s case – addressing his absurd arrogant accusation.
“Mr. President, there is not a moral equivalence between radical Islamic terrorists and Christians and Jews.
One has a philosophy from day one of murdering those who they consider infidels; the other preach love and forgiveness and standing together as one humanity.
And let me say beyond that in the United States, we will not enforce Sharia Law.
And Madam attorney general, if you wanna come prosecute me for executing my First Amendment rights, come and get me, I’m right here!” http://bit.ly/1IY2Utj
Folks, if that doesn’t get your blood going and have you standing up and cheering, nothing will. Cruz’s rant was bold, and yet, dignified, morally straight and presidential.
Donald Trump is Mr Right Now. Sen Ted Cruz is the real-deal Mr Right; prayerfully our next Mr President.
Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Hat Tip: Craig Miller