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What do YOU belong to?
Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 30, 2016 | Dan Miller

Posted on 04/30/2016 1:45:41 PM PDT by DanMiller

The Demorat and Publican parties appear to believe that since we belong to them they own us and can control us. Until recently, they were right. Now, at least for the Publican Party, not so much.

The Federal Government also believes that we belong to it, that it owns us and that hordes of unelected bureaucrats can and should control us; it's all for our own good, of course, they would say (but it's mainly for theirs). Perhaps, if we continue to change the Publican Party, we will have opportunities to change the Federal Government as well. The Demorat Party is hopeless.

Doesn't thinking about the loving, benign dictators who believe they own us send warm, pleasant tingles down your leg? Or was that just a painful muscle spasm? They don't mind, so it doesn't matter.

The Political Parties

Many if not most now belong, or have belonged, to either the Democrat or Publican party. They tend to reward us by selecting the candidates, particularly the presidential candidates, whom they believe can keep or put them in power. They work very hard to save us from having to make such difficult choices. Since we "belong" to them, it must be only fair to accede gratefully to their wishes and vote as directed. At least that seems to be their view.

Until the current presidential election cycle, it worked quite well for the establishments of both parties. This time, it has not worked at all well for the Publican establishment. Despite its efforts to have a congenial establishment member nominated, it has not succeeded. Trump now has about 1,002 of the 1,273 delegates needed to get the nomination on the first ballot; the only other candidate with a significant number of delegates, Cruz, has only 571 and appears to be crumbling in his "must win" state of Indiana, where Trump has a substantial lead in the polls.

Trump is the top choice among the solely self-reported Republicans surveyed, taking 42 percent compared to 34 percent for Cruz and 17 percent for Kasich.

The businessman is also the top choice among the self-reported independents and Democrats deemed likely to vote in the primary, leading Cruz by 10 points among that group.

While Trump holds a 13-point lead over Cruz among men, 45 to 32 percent, his lead among women is narrower — 36 to 32 percent.

According to an article by W. James Antle III at The Washington Examiner, a generally anti-Trump publication,
Ted Cruz has a problem that a win in Indiana Tuesday may or may not be able to fix.

Not only might he be unable to stop Donald Trump from winning the 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican presidential nomination on the first ballot, but Cruz is now so far behind Trump that it will detract from the credibility of a contested convention choosing anyone else even if he is still able to force one. [Emphasis added.]

The Tea Party senator from Texas is well ahead of John Kasich, but is now in Kasich territory. He will likely need hundreds of delegates to switch in order to push him over the top.

That's not really what Republicans had in mind.

Most reasonable contested convention scenarios assumed a certain degree of closeness in the race. "Donald is going to come out with a whole bunch of delegates," Cruz explained in February. "We will come out with a whole bunch of delegates."

Cruz is now 431 delegates behind Trump and 672 short of a majority. He has won 3.2 million fewer votes while Trump's tally is now higher than Mitt Romney's at the end of the 2012 primaries. [Emphasis added.]

Are Republicans really still contemplating handing Ted Cruz the nomination in Cleveland? Or worse, Kasich who has won only Ohio? Or some white knight who has received zero votes?

"Those are the rules!" anti-Trump Republicans exclaim. In widely misinterpreted comments, Marco Rubio argued that as a private organization it's up to GOP delegates to decide the nomination.

"That's the meaning of being a delegate," he said, "is choosing a nominee who can win."

But the delegates' role in the nomination process has largely been a formality for forty years. The American public has come to understand their primary votes as deciding the major party nominees. And in practice, that is how it has now worked for decades. [Emphasis added.]

For the nominee selection to be made by ignoring the primary votes at a contested convention,

The delegates would regain their power at the precise time faith in the Republican establishment is at an all-time low and its preferred candidates were all rejected by the voters. Some GOP voters don't even like the alleged Cruz-Kasich alliance. [Emphasis added.]

And it would all clearly be happening because influential Republicans didn't like the outcome of the election. [Emphasis added.]

Yes, Trump is at risk of a contested convention because he is a weak front-runner. He is facing higher than normal intraparty opposition at this phase of the campaign.

The alternative is to nominate candidates from other factions of the party that have demonstrated that they are even weaker, people who have been rejected by an even higher percentage of Republicans.

For all the talk of Trump's inability to win in November, national polling shows Trump with comparable support to Clinton on the Democratic side, with Cruz and Kasich not doing as well as Bernie Sanders.

Even if Cruz wins in Indiana, Trump should have easy wins in most of the remaining primary states and should, therefore, win substantially more than a majority on the first convention vote. If he does not, Cruz and Jeb Bush will be happy; or at least Cruz will be happy until the nomination goes to someone else.

Cruz cheating in Jesus name amen

I do not "belong" to any party; I am merely a registered Publican. Being either a member or a registered Publican allows one to vote in Publican primaries when they are generous enough to have them. Party caucuses? In some cases, members considered sufficiently subservient to the party establishment have at least a modest say in selecting the delegates to the national Publican convention. Those merely registered get to gripe if delegates pledged to someone they don't want are chosen, but that's about it.

The public has, to a greater extent than I can recall, been focused on this year's selection of delegates. That may well be due in large part to Trump and his supporters. The public will very likely be no less focused on what those delegates do at the nominating conventions. Assuming that the Publican establishment is aware of that focus and takes it seriously, it may well affect the outcome.

The Feral Federal Government


Our selected, and elected, Congresscriters and Presidents get to shape "our" enormous unelected bureaucracies which usurp the role of Congress in legislating. Then, "our" unelected civil "servants" selflessly undertake the difficult task of interpreting the rules they created as well as those the Congress bothered to enact and the President didn't veto. As noted at The Federalist,

Administrative agencies are creatures of legislation but directed by the executive branch, which has no constitutional authority to pass laws. Their powers derive from statutes that delegate the quasi-legislative authority to issue binding commands in specified contexts. Administrative agencies generally operate independently from Congress and the courts and possess discretionary rulemaking authority.

. . . .

It will take a new kind of president to roll back the administrative state altogether. State resistance alone is no longer enough. Without any pressure from the executive branch, Congress will remain content to pass off touchy political decisions to administrative agencies, which, unlike politicians, cannot be voted out of power. Congress, in turn, can blame the agencies for any negative political consequences of those choices. [Emphasis added.]

We may never recover the framework of ordered liberty that the Founding generation celebrated and enjoyed. But for the sake of our future, and to secure the hope of freedom for our sons and daughters, our grandchildren and their children, we must expose and undo the regulatory regime of administrative agencies. It’s our duty to do so. [Emphasis added.]

In far too many ways, "our" Feral Federal Government resembles that of the European Union. The de facto seat of the EU is in Brussels, Belgium, where hordes of unelected bureaucrats dictate to the member states and their citizens. The seat of "our" Federal Government is in Washington, D.C., where hordes of unelected bureaucrats dictate to the States and to the "folks" who live there. According to Pat Condell, the EU is on the verge of collapse. Will that also be the fate of "our" own little EU? And of the political parties which empower it?


A more efficient and less costly Federal Government would be nice. A smaller, more efficient and less costly Federal Government, much of the power of which has been returned to the States, will be much better. Perhaps the return of significant powers to the States will even awaken some of the more somnolent States and their citizens. For the most part, people in States far removed from Washinton pay little attention to Federal actions until they have significant direct impact on them. Decisions made locally are more likely to have direct local impacts and to attract higher levels of local interest. "Mere" local citizens seem likely to demand voices in what is to be done and how.

Which of the still viable candidates for President is likely to give us the type of Federal Government I envision? Hillary Clinton and her supporters? They like their party and the Federal Government as they are. Trump and his supporters have done much to diminish the power of the Publican Party establishment. They have broken some stuff that needed to be broken and are rebuilding the system on a more populist foundation. As I wrote last September, To bring America back we need to break some stuff. Perhaps they can begin to break "our" bloated Nanny State and recast it in ways comparable to what they have done to the Publican establishment. Doing so could and should put power back where it belongs, in the hands of the States and of the people.

TOPICS: Government; Politics
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1 posted on 04/30/2016 1:45:41 PM PDT by DanMiller
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To: DanMiller

I am not a Republican, I am a conservative.

2 posted on 04/30/2016 1:48:49 PM PDT by taxcontrol ( The GOPe treats the conservative base like slaves by taking their votes and refuses to pay)
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To: DanMiller

I am an American who loves freedom, limited government, state sovereignty and the Constitution which is the only legal bulwark of freedom against the tyranny of the $4 trillion, mostly unconstitutional federal government monster.

3 posted on 04/30/2016 1:51:31 PM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: taxcontrol

I neither a Republican or a conservative, I am an American!

4 posted on 04/30/2016 1:51:31 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam should be banned and treated as a criminal enterprise!)
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To: DanMiller
Whatever he is, Cruz in not GOPe. Maybe he is unethical in your mind about how he's trying to win the nomination. Maybe he is taking advantage of the GOPe's desperation in order to get some support.

There is no way that the man who gave the speeches he did on the floor of the Senate against Obamacare, against Planned Parenthood, against his own party leaders is GOPe.

The worst that can be said about Cruz is that he is an opportunist.

So if you want to put Trump up against Linda Grahamnesty or Bush or Rubio or Kasich or Christie, then great.

Trump is winning because he is popular. Cruz is losing because his tactics have lost him the faith of his former supporters. He is not losing because he is GOPe.

5 posted on 04/30/2016 1:53:57 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: DanMiller

I refuse to belong to ANY criminal organization......or party.

6 posted on 04/30/2016 1:56:45 PM PDT by Roccus (Fighting POLITICIANS is the true WOT)
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To: DanMiller
If you want to know who owns you, find out who you are not allowed to criticize.

"Ceterum censeo 0bama esse delendam."

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

7 posted on 04/30/2016 2:05:16 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: DanMiller

I am an American...born, raised and worked by American Values...raised my American Family to do the same...

Will be voting for the only American that believes the same as I do...TRUMP!!!

8 posted on 04/30/2016 2:08:09 PM PDT by HarleyLady27 ('THE FORCE AWAKENS!!!' Trump; Trump; Trump; Trump; 100%)
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To: DanMiller

Jesus Christ and no one else

9 posted on 04/30/2016 2:09:20 PM PDT by xp38
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To: DanMiller

FizzKnockers (FSSNOC)

10 posted on 04/30/2016 2:12:45 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: DanMiller

1,273 should be 1,237. Don’t be like A Pyblican and keep moving the bar higher, LOL.

11 posted on 04/30/2016 2:20:32 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: HarleyLady27; CodeToad

I’m not a Republican, democrat, libertarian nor socialist after this election!

I am an American! I will be voting for Trump as my President!

12 posted on 04/30/2016 2:22:09 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (A brain eating Zombie locked in a room with Snarly/Scruz/Beck/Kasick would starve to death!!)
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To: Robert DeLong
1,273 should be 1,237. Don’t be like A Pyblican and keep moving the bar higher, LOL.

Sorry, I must have had the fingers on my right hand crossed.

13 posted on 04/30/2016 2:25:25 PM PDT by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: DanMiller

I belong to God.
I am an American not a Republican or a Democrat.

14 posted on 04/30/2016 2:28:19 PM PDT by 48th SPS Crusader (I am an American. Not a Republican or a Democrat)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

so, in cruz supporters minds he’s not GOPe...

in the majority (@71.49%) of primary voters minds thus far, he’s a rather unlikable senator from texas who personates himself to be a purist while at times evoking sentiments of both lbj and elmer gantry, self admittedly is ineligible for executive office (oh the hypocrisy for obama birthers), who’s run with the bush’s since launching his career in the 90’s, brought us 43’s justice whom sided w/obamacare, fast tracked tpp, handed out stuffed animals and soccer balls to illegal invaders at the border, and whose theological ascriptions give some of us cause for pause - just for starters... ;)

15 posted on 04/30/2016 2:39:53 PM PDT by vikingrinn
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
Cruz is losing because his tactics have lost him the faith of his former supporters.

That's not why I left him, I left him because he is part of the GOPe. On top of that he is a globalist. The image he has created is just that, an image. It is not who he truly is. His smarmy, underhandedness, and lying is just confirmation of that fact.

Apparently you are still falling for his conservative act, but many have opened their eyes to see who Ted Cruz really is, and opportunist is not exactly the label I would attach to him. A power hungry person who is willing to tell lies with a straight face because it is all about him and his quest for power. On top of that he is not a natural born citizen and thus is ineligible to hold the office of President of the United States. Unless his mother filed the paperwork to register his birth as an American citizen born abroad, by virtue of his mother only, he may not even be an American citizen. Why won't Ted make his paperwork available for all to see?

16 posted on 04/30/2016 2:41:56 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: DanMiller

We all are guilty of typos, but I just finished reading your entire post and must agree with everything you said. Well done Mr. Dan Miller!!!!

17 posted on 04/30/2016 2:43:44 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: DanMiller

Don’t cling to your ideological title to your death. If someone could potentially save us and they don’t have the “right jersey” on, don’t die by your jersey.

18 posted on 04/30/2016 2:44:44 PM PDT by Yaelle (Tinkerbelle glittering up the runway for Trump Force One!)
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To: taxcontrol

I thought she had a paid job as ambassador?

19 posted on 04/30/2016 5:32:28 PM PDT by Lumper20 (Lyin Ted lies more then Hillary)
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To: Lumper20

I hit the wrong thread. Sorry.

20 posted on 04/30/2016 5:35:58 PM PDT by Lumper20 (Lyin Ted lies more then Hillary)
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