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If you follow the 2016 Republican presidential campaign, as I have tried to do without constant accompanying headaches and serious stomach upset, you will have seen or heard the latest installment(s) of what has become a unhinged food fight, involving all three of the remaining candidates, as well as various GOP “gray eminences” standing in the wings of the stage like ravenous vultures, ready to step in as self-proclaimed saviors to “salvage” the party from that scary Darth Vader figure, Donald Trump.

Normally, in such a rough and tumble mud wrestle, most of us would eventually turn off the boob tube or change the station (isn’t there a good John Wayne movie on TCM? Maybe some NCAA basketball on ESPN?). But, before doing that and before remembering that there is actually a real world out there…before making the switch, let’s take another look at what’s really happening. Let me suggest that once we get beyond the farrago of petty insults and the latest “he said, she said” episode, there are some very significant things becoming visible through all the verbal shenanigans. There is a “picture” or perhaps a view of American politics and society that most of us have for a long time suspected, but, until now, hasn’t been clearly in focus. And it is thanks to the brass tacks and unvarnished bravado of Donald Trump that that long-closed window has opened, even if just a little.

What has Donald Trump accomplished? Okay, he is a rough-hewn, says what comes into his mind-type person. He has a checkered past, he is “what you see, is what you get (which can be pretty salty),” and he speaks and thinks like 85% of Americans speak and think, or would like to speak, except for stifling political correctness. He simply cuts through the political pot boiler language and defecated verbiage that submerges our political culture and pollutes our media, and he is not afraid to stand outside the usual political dialectic. He challenges frontally and boldly the GOP establishment; he calls into question the down deep principles (such as they may be) of what is called “Movement Conservatism,” and, most significantly, he scares the bejesus out of the entrenched power and money elites. Ironically, because he was originally an important cog in that very same financial oligarchic establishment, he knows them well. He knows their vices, was good at those same vices, knows their fears, and now, in a variety of ways, including some way down on a guttural level, is pulling their collective masks off, revealing that all their supposed pomp and seriousness, and their supposed intelligence, is largely a sham…..a sham that has been sucking the life blood and vitality out of this nation, and abusing the public trust for far too long.

What of Ted Cruz? Cruz began the 2015-2016 election cycle as an exceedingly oily sycophant to Donald Trump. In what now appears, in retrospect, an almost nauseatingly irritating modus operandi, for the first seven or eight months of the campaign Cruz cozied up to The Donald, studiously copying and aping his campaign message (after poll-testing, certainly), hoping like the little avaricious puppy dog at the heel of his master, that the master would fall and drop his goodies all over the ground (and that the puppy could then swoop them up).

That didn’t happen, Trump didn’t implode. So the next step was for Cruz to openly confront the front runner, attempt to go around to the right of him, and, after most of the other Establishment candidates had been forced out by extreme grass roots voter dissatisfaction, become de facto THE Establishment candidate (while continuing simultaneously the thin charade of “outsiderness”). Establishment big wigs, by and large, jumped on board, and this despite their expressed distaste, at least personally, for Cruz. Thus, more of that stomach-wrenching politics-as-usual: the loathsome Lindsey Graham literally embracing Cruz, Jeb anointing Cruz as “saviour of the Republican Party,” and the Neocon/GOP elites, National Review “movement conservative” establishmentarians, The Wall Street Journal plutocrats, and the chattering media class, now in a veritable love feast with “Lyin’ Ted,” not to mention looney Glenn Beck, a la St. John the Baptist, anointing Cruz (via apocryphal Mormon prophecy) as some sort of Second Coming (again, I’m not making this up…you simply can’t do that).

But, wait! Didn’t Rush Limbaugh declare Cruz to be an outsider also, a real conservative (whatever that means these days)? Yes; but that’s the point. The facts are slightly different:

Cruz, despite his disagreeable character and what is (rightly) perceived as cynical opportunism, is still part of the regnant duopoly, still part of the established Republican/Democrat kleptocratic system, even if during his Senate career he selectively (and rightly) opposed various compromising efforts here and there. But, correctly, what Graham, Romney, and Bush intuitively understand is that Cruz would not overturn the present managerial political system. Rather, he would confirm it, and, at best, put a few band aids on it. He would—as he has done– continue to take Wall Street hedge fund millions; he would –as he had done–continue to push a completely wrongheaded Neoconservative American foreign policy that has gotten us into unwanted and totally unneeded wars across the globe, and potentially a shooting war with Russia; he would—as he has done–confirm the Neocon/GOP elites in their perches of power and control, yes, pushing them a bit more “to the right” (if his pollsters tell him to), but remaining within the established political dialectic, remaining within the tweedle-dee, tweedle-dum of our current corrupt and out of control political system.

The Establishmentarians know that…but do the voters?

Below all the massaged verbiage we see the face of an admittedly very skillful politician named Ted Cruz who has played the political game very artfully, who now proclaims himself to be Mr. Clean-Jeans, while he is, in reality, one of the more calculating, opportunistic, and insufferable “political manipulators” we’ve seen in decades. What Trump has done, however, is to force Cruz to lower his public respectability mask just a bit in an effort to counter Trump’s brutal directness. And thus the mud wrestling, but mud wrestling that reveals ironically much about a crafty politician, and mud wrestling that—if we look closely—says much about the essentially establishment vision that, down deep, still propels Ted Cruz forward.

Many don’t see it yet, they don’t see Cruz for what he is or the purpose he serves. “If the devil is fighting Hitler [aka, Trump], then I would support the devil,” famously said Neoconservative writer Bill Kristol. Thus, many “Movement Conservatives” flock to Cruz, because they know that despite everything, he is still “safe.” And if Cruz can’t stop Trump (for Neocon benefit), well, then those “consistent conservatives of spotless reputation, who speak with brilliant language, and don’t use words that 90% of Americans use daily,” will bring in a Romney, or go third party, or go with Hillary, because, after all, on essentials she will also shield them and protect the establishment. It’s that simple.

The question, then, remains: will voters who see the systemic problem be bought off, swayed once again, by the intense GOP campaign to stop Trump? Will they understand the profound issues at stake? Or, is it too late to begin the onerous task of recovering what’s left of this benighted country?

• Category: Ideology • Tags: 2016 Election, Donald Trump, Republicans, Ted Cruz 
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  1. What you have missed is that Trump is a foul, amoral Yankee. He is the type our ancestors feared would rule us when they fought for four years against other Yankees. He curses, he insults women, he is the scum of the earth. He must be defeated.

  2. Rurik says:

    He curses, he insults women, he is the scum of the earth.

    he curses? holy fuck!

    (and he only insults Rosie, and the blonde bleeder)

    you forgot your ‘sarcasm’ tag “rebel”

    there are two choices, more of the same vs. Trump

    • Replies: @Quartermaster
    , @tbraton
  3. In racing, with cars, bicycles or even on foot, there is a tactic called drafting: one racer stays right behind the leader, allowing said leader to exert energy pushing the air out of the way and setting the pace. The one behind waits until later to make his move and pass the leader.

    Cruz is drafting Trump. If not for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz would not be where he is. Trump pushed everyone else out of the way and moved the window of acceptability over to where he and Cruz are now viable candidates. No one but Trump could have done this.

    Cruz is a fundamentalist who belongs in a job where he can study the Constitution, but he has no business running for president. He is a parasite in this race and yes, now a useful idiot for the powers-that-be.

    • Replies: @Eileen Kuch
  4. joe webb says:

    I too, like Rurik, condemn foul language. fuck that!

    God forbid that ever a Madonna or beautiful media twit should be subjected to Trumpian abuse. The Bitches need to be respected for what they are..

    A Yankee? a damn Yankee? grits and cornbread and ham hocks eatin’ good ol southern boys love Trump. You a traitor to the South boy?

    Amoral??? Trump has become the Pope of Working White America….Everything he says is politically incorrect so he must be very moral…as in morale..of White folks. To de colored folks, he be de debil for sure….like you mebbe?


  5. joe webb says:

    we need to be thinking ahead….Billary will bring civil war with her new Civil Rights movement and Mexicans by the millions more.

    I want to read about what Trumpians are thinking around the country…2020, and so on.

    Pray for depression…that will bring things to fever’s pitch..


  6. @LubbockRebel

    as An Episcopalian I would have Trump rather than the whack job snake handlers

    • Replies: @Quartermaster
  7. If Trump loses the nomination, I wouldn’t might seeing a four way fight for the presidency with Trump and Sanders running as independents. The status of both main parties would be seriously damaged if Hillary ended up president with less than 30 percent of the vote.

    • Replies: @Bronco Billy
  8. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    I don’t scare easily, but the thought of Cruz in the WH scares me. He is a religious fundie, and war monger, plus a loyal poodle to Israel.

    Cruz will continue on with these illegal and immoral wars in the ME and Africa, cheer on Israel’s genocide of Palestine and look the other way at Wall Street corruption while those ‘TBTF’ banks keep looting our wealth.

    Imagine Americans being given a choice between HRM Hillary and Ted ‘Uncle Creepy’ Cruz for president.

    That’s like being forced by a mugger to chose between being shot with a gun or stabbed with a knife.

    • Replies: @dahoit
  9. A Cruz candidacy will be annihilated by Hillary Clinton: 45-48 state blowout. If Donald Trump hadn’t been in the race and Cruz had still been the candidate, then it’s still a loss by “greater-than-Mitt Romney” levels. (I mean that he picks up even fewer electoral votes than did Mitt Romney.) But as the author indicates, that’s a feature not a bug.

    I predict that the next Donald Trump will be more along the lines of Huey Long–the Establishment may end up missing Donald Trump!

  10. Parsifal says:

    GOPe is a day late and a dollar short. Their only hope is a contested convention.

  11. Meh, the Republicans play footsie with Cruz at their risk. The media elevates Cruz, ignoring all, his infidelities with women, the oily hair, the Alvin-Chipmunk voice. The pro-life stances they ignore. For now. Later, if he was the nominee, our comes all the dirt. The media is saving up tidbits on his proclivities with women and hookers for October. The hate ads for his pro-life positions. They will demonize him. Hell, they demonized McCain and Romney, Romney was a Massachusetts governor, McCain the cradle of all their liberal aspirations. Cruz won’t be the guy. Republicans know this. Distaste for Trump aside, they cannot shoulder him away, Trump won’t have it. They will make a deal.

    No, no, Trump is inevitable. And, he is the ONE candidate that attracts the grass-roots Republican madmen (my fellow White males openly fed up with feminism, those that sat home the past two cycles). In the National election come November, we’ll have Trump simultaneously drawing the anti-establishment Democrat madmen (pussy-whipped white males secretly fed up with feminism, starting with their own democrat wives, shhhhh) that are now thrashing Hillary to vote for Bernie.

    Who are these that vote for Bernie? For Trump? Men. Men who are “the enemy” to and having been endlessly thrashed by the female left for 40 years now. Maybe too, secretly, Black men, a group thrashed and abused by their own women like no other group of men. Oddly, quietly, men are uniting behind this. It’s a gender war. Hillary knows it. With Hillary’s every speech ending with a crescendo promising education, jobs, social justice, “ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN!!!”, the women cheer and the men look at each other, their eyes asking, “what about us?”. Those are the strays, the votes for Trump, for Bernie. This is a movement that doesn’t KNOW it’s a movement, simply many tens of millions of pissed off men.

    Don’t fuck this up, Republicans, don’t listen to the media. My scenario is the Truth. The media, liberals and especially Hillary all know it. And their shill protest and increasingly desperate spending of millions for ONE puny state prove it. With billions and billions more to be served, all against Trump. The media will polish off Cruz for free. They can’t polish off Trump, he comes pre-demonized. They will have to spend billions more. And still Trump will win one for the Fellas.

    • Replies: @Giles
  12. iffen says:

    Or, is it too late to begin the onerous task of recovering what’s left of this benighted country?

    Regrettably, it is very likely too late.

    There is a slim chance and it is the last chance. It depends upon the political developments (or lack thereof) that come after this election. I have pessimistically kept the position that regardless of what happens, the establishment will maintain control of the Republican Party. Sean Trende has a good article at RealClear on the subject.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    , @rod1963
  13. I can understand Texas. Sending Cruz to Washington gets him out of Texas. But what is his appeal in Wisconsin? Who votes for Cruz? I suppose its the bible thumpers. Or is it the tea party? What ever happened to the tea party?

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @schmenz
    , @dahoit
  14. Agent76 says:

    Mar 25, 2016 Ted Cruz is shilling for Monsanto – Wonder How MUCH They Paid Him?

    During a recent agricultural summit in Iowa, the fact that Ted Cruz chose to use the words “anti-science” and “zealot” to describe his stance on GMO, actually supports the fact that he is already BOUGHT by biotech, the most evil industry on the planet – which inserts cancer-causing herbicides and chemical-based toxins into U.S. food, while claiming it can feed the starving, broken, burning-up world.

  15. Agent76 says:

    Mar 25, 2015 Ted Cruz: First President of the North American Union?

    Monday marked the start of the Next News Network’s Selection 2016 coverage as Senator Ted Cruz made it official with these colorful words captured by ABC News while speaking at Liberty University. Ted Cruz says he believes in you… that is why he’s running… but should we believe in him? Just who is Ted Cruz?

    Managing Director Mrs. Heidi Nelson Cruz Company Description: The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. *(Goldman Sachs)*

    Timeline of the Progress Toward a North American Union

    Canadian, U.S., and Mexican elites, including CEOS and politicians, have a plan to create common North American policies and further integrate our economies.

  16. @iffen

    A fair and regrettably glum assessment. That’s why all sides in the “fringe” of the Republican party stand down because Democrats or Republican, the sloth goes on, the immigrants come in, the decay deepens. The Democrats have picked a side, the side that will keep them in power until the ultimate fall, that is, immigrants brought in from everywhere to the detriment and disadvantage of men, White and Black.

    Notice always, the White Females, always on top no matter the affect of their policies on demographics. Yet finally, a glimmer of hope White feminists will fall, a protest at Scripps College against Madeline Albright at commencement time. She is a former SecState White Feminist of the war-making establishment responsible for genocide in Rwanda many years back. What’s that make Hillary over Egypt, Syria, Libya? And SHE is to be President? Genocide will begin and end with Hillary. She’s ready to go.

    The poor dears at Scripps want a female Person Of Color. But never a Condoleeza Rice of course. Oprah, perhaps, a Black female of depth and profundity. Yes, Oprah will do nicely.

    You’re right, Iffen. It’s likely over…

  17. Rurik says:

    Who votes for Cruz? I suppose its the bible thumpers.

    dogs aren’t welcome in their ‘heaven’

    I don’t know who’s more pathetic, the voters of Arizona (McCain), S. Carolina (Lindsey), or Wisconsin (rapture bunny)

    I suspect the Arizona shitheads figure as a senior Senator, he’ll be able to bring home more lucre

    but S. Carolina and Wisconsin seem to be a whole another breed

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
    , @Anonymous
  18. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    If the hated GOP establishment that has let Americans down at every turn, The Pope who rarely quotes scripture, Mexico who cant take care of their own breeders, China, Democrats who are just as bad as the Republicans, Hollywood who has been a bad example to our young as well as a whole slew of idiots that hate this one man, the long suffering, fed up Americans do love him! At least Donald Trump wants to clean up the U.S. and this has the usual suspects up in arms!
    It’s the American people that yearn for a decent man in office for a change!
    Wisconsin’s voting machines were fraudulent as many Trump voters have claimed. Recount.

    • Replies: @edNels
    , @SolontoCroesus
  19. @Bill Jones

    You’d rather have queer loving wack jobs, than a moral snake handling “wack job.” That’s what it means to be Episcopalian these days.

    • Replies: @rod1963
  20. @Rurik

    The choice is more of the same vs more of the same. Anyone that really thinks Trump is going to be anyone’s savior is smoking some strong stuff.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  21. @Rurik

    Thanks. The left behind dog gave me a laugh.

  22. “An unhinged food fight”

    yep, that is what the republican primary has been.

    Anyway even after Cruz stepping up and trouncing Trump in Wisconsin we have predicting Trump gets to 1180 delegates on the first ballot, just short of the 1237 required for nomination and then the republican powers that be take the nomination away from him.

    Methinks the food fight will include rocks. The Trumpies are NOT going to accept that. I will be watching, but from a safe distance.

  23. edNels [AKA "geoshmoe"] says:

    I agree with what you said..

    It’s the American people that yearn for a decent man in office for a change!

    I hope the Donald is as good in reality as he sais his is!!

  24. @LubbockRebel

    Counting the days till I can vote TRUMP in the California primary. Go Donald!

  25. Rurik says:

    thinks Trump is going to be anyone’s savior

    it isn’t about Trump

    it’s about us

    It’s about us saying no to cultural and ethnic genocide by unlimited immigration from every corner of the non-white world.

    We’re saying no to trade deals that f**k over the middle and working class American

    We’re saying no to wars based on lies

    We’re saying no the status quo and all the assorted thieves and treasonous scum who’ve been looting this country dry for decades now. We’re saying no to Bill and Hillary. We’re saying no to the GOP ticks and leaches and war pigs slurping at the \$lop trough. We’re telling them to get off our teat and go earn a living for once in their rotten lives.

    We saying no to the K street and J street and Wall Street and all the human remoras feasting off the dying (murdered) carcass of our nation. We’re telling them instead of sucking our blood, to eat shit and die.

    That’s what this is about. It’s not about Donald Trump and it never was. He’s a symbol. A lodestone of our collective rage against swindlers and war criminals and mass murdering chicken hawks on the world’s stage who’re raping the moral standing of the United States, and turning America/Israel into the most hated nation in the world. We’re saying no to that.

    We’re saying no to torture and rendition and drones blowing wedding parties into “bug splats”, as the CIA likes to call the children who’ve been blow to bits by their drone missiles. We’re saying that’s not who we are.

    We’re saying no to dropping white phosphorous on schools in Gaza, and no to arming and funding stone age sub-human head slicers in the Middle East. We’re saying no to illegal aggressive wars on countries that have done us no harm. We are not like that.

    We’re saying no to the neocons, and their Satanic/Orwellian vision for the world.

    We’re saying no to treachery and theft and murder. We’re saying no to torture and police state total surveillance treason and subversion of our sacred Constitution. We like our Constitution, and we’d like to bring it back.

    There’s a lot more too.

    Trump is not some heroic superman who can right all the wrongs of the United States. We know that. But he is a symbol of our collective expression of anger at our corrupt and self-serving, and murderous and Satanic leadership. A leadership that belongs on a scaffold. We don’t expect Trump, or any one person to fix things, or even make things better. Just that by supporting the man who says he’s against these things, gives us something at least to say ‘yes’ to, rather than the endless parades of lickspittle sock-puppets we’ve had to chose from our Zio-masters in the past.

    that’s all

    • Agree: edNels
  26. KenH says:

    Given Trump’s high levels of support and primary success in states south of the Mason-Dixon line I’d say your fellow rebels disagree.

  27. @Anonymous

    The Pope who rarely quotes scripture,

    you say that like it’s a bad thing

    • Replies: @edNels
  28. tbraton says:

    Rurik, in case you hadn’t noticed, you are responding to the first ever post by “LubbockRebel.” That tells me he is a troll. Whenever you see an over-the-top criticism by an unfamiliar poster, check out his history by clicking on his name. I always try to let first time posters pass without comment since I don’t want to lend any credibility to them.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  29. Agent76 says:

    Ted Cruz’s Law Firm Backed Obama, and Other National Democrat Campaigns.

    Cruz is a partner at a high-powered law firm with a history of contributing 100’s of \$1,000’s of dollars to Democrats such as the Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Congressional Committee’s campaigns. Ted Cruz was hired as a partner Morgan Lewis Bockius in 2008, during the presidential election in which Barack Obama became president. Morgan Lewis & Bockius made contributions totaling over \$200,000 in support of Obama’s campaigns for President, as well as \$750,000 to Democrats since Cruz became a partner.

    This site will give you all the real figures:

  30. edNels [AKA "geoshmoe"] says:

    What do you mean? Th e Fuk’n Pope don’t even read the Bible… shheesh!

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  31. @edNels

    repeat: not reading the bible is a good thing not a bad thing.

    do you still use Yellow pages to find phone numbers, geoshmoe? it used to be the One Book. Just like the bible. until people figured out that digits are more reliably stored and retrieved digitally and that the god of abraham isaac and jacob, or is it Moses, Aaron and Joshua — were probably three or four or more different gods and anyway they were cribbed from far more ancient myths, and anyway squared there is probably a lot more wisdom to be found in Dostoevsky, or even the Yellow pages– than in Deuteronomy.

    how the hell did the Hebrew-Augustinian scriptures ever become the One Book for what is optimistically called western civilization much less the Constitutional republic envisioned by deists Jefferson, Adams, Madison etc?

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  32. rod1963 says:

    Cruz is anything but moral more of a outright psychopath who looks the part. He’s a Cuban version of Obama whose probably even more rotten than Obama. The fact the entire GOP has circled wagons around this profession liar says it all – crook owned by Wall Street.

    • Replies: @dahoit
  33. schmenz says:

    Having lived in Wisconsin all my life I can only tell you that Wisconsin voters are an odd bunch. They will think nothing of putting into office lesbian harridans like Tammy Baldwin or homosexuals like Herb Kohl, and their idea of a conservative is an idiot like Tommy Thompson or a twit like Scott Walker. Former Senator Russ Feingold, champion of sticking a scissors into the skulls of infants and sucking their brains out won re-election handily after that horror. He is now running for his old seat which was won by neocon fool Ron Johnson. He’ll win.

    Only in Wisconsin could you have a fresh, new candidate elected to office to lower our outrageous gasoline tax, succeed in lowering it, and then get ousted in the next election!

    Wisconsin voters are like scared rabbits and the media knows exactly how to play them. If anyone sticks his head up for sensible government, lowing our obscene property taxes or even suggests that it might not be the greatest of ideas to have homosexual child molesters watching over little boys, all hell breaks loose and the man is lynched by the media, and then the scared little rabbits run into their holes and would not think of voting for anyone who the media dislikes.

    Once-charming Milwaukee gets worse and worse thanks to exploding black crime, but most of those blacks will vote Democratic. Then there is Madison, the land of fruits and nuts, which provides much of the intellectual support (such as it is) to all the approved candidates.

    Then there are the old, dumb ethnics who still think it is 1925. “My great grandaddy voted Democrat, my grandaddy voted Democrat, my daddy voted Deomocrat and I’M going to vote Democrat!” Amazing.

    Yes, Wisconsin has its fair share of Bible-slapping Dispensationalist Protestants, and it has the notorious Ripon Society, too. Both groups hate Trump.

    I could go on but maybe that will give you a hint of why Mr Trump was beaten by Cruz.

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  34. Rurik says:

    I see what you mean about his trolling, and I admit I expected he was.

    But I’m hoping I didn’t lend him credibility, but rather the opposite, and attempted to subject him to ridicule. I was trying to mock this “rebel” for being a pathetic clod and a transparent fool.

    If people are going to troll, they at least ought to be halfway good at it, no?

    • Replies: @tbraton
  35. Anyone who thinks Donald Trump is the answer really doesn’t understand the question. He’s nothing more than a demagogue, infatuated with himself. Add the fact that he doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground, and you’ve got a colossal mess.

  36. rod1963 says:

    Hillary will likely been the president as the GOP will never allow Trump to get the nomination.

    Once Hillary is in, I expect all hell to break lose in short order in terms of economics, demographics and foreign policy. She’s grossly incompetent and surround by a claque of ideological idiots and gangsters. Disaster will follow her as it did in her tenure as SoS.

    If one is into the prepping I’d suggest stocking up now while you can. Once it becomes apparent that the basilisk is going to win, she will set off a rush to prepare for future disasters. Oh BTW if you’re into guns, get them now as she’s going after the 2A big time and then the 1A.

    Just wait when she stacks SCOTUS with her kind of people and does a Merkle.

    • Replies: @iffen
    , @joe webb
  37. @Jim Christian

    We may get to President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho long before 2505; a couple more election cycles might do it.

    Sadly, like Jim and iffen, I’m inclined to agree that the rot is just too deep.

  38. iffen says:

    No Trump will not have the nomination. I expect Hillary to be the next President.

    Our slow decline that started in the 70’s will continue.

    People will line up and beg for more soup for generations.

  39. Art says:

    In what now appears, in retrospect, an almost nauseatingly irritating modus operandi, for the first seven or eight months of the campaign Cruz cozied up to The Donald, studiously copying and aping his campaign message (after poll-testing, certainly)

    Trump needs to change from Ly’n Ted – to “Me Too” Cruz .

    At this stage of the election, it is more accurate and less inflammatory – more presidential.

    “Me Too” truly defines Cruz. He has brought nothing new to the table, but what everyone else is saying.

  40. mtn cur says:

    I suggest that Billary should be referred to as Twitler; I stole the idea from Fred Reeds’ handle for a another female politico.

  41. tbraton says:

    On those infrequent occasions when I do respond to first time posters, I make it a point to indicate that I am responding to his “first post” on, just to alert other posters. Just a suggestion, fwiw.

  42. Is a “troll” what Yankees now call Southerners?

    I am a paleo-conservative who is a big fan of Boyd Cathey. I am disappointed that he favors Trump.

    My problems with Trump are not with his policy positions. I agree with much of what he says on immigration, on the Second Iraq War, and other issues. My problem with Trump is his character, or lack thereof. He cheated on his wives, he cheats with other people’s wives, he defrauded gullible morons with “Trump University”, and every other sentence he says is a lie.

    I actually think Trump may be insane. So does Ann Coulter. We don’t need a lunatic for a leader.

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @Rurik
  43. OK now who can help me on this.

    While I was neither looking nor caring, the Republicans gained strong majorities in the House and Senate, and a supermajority of governors. How did a party that represents no class base do this?

    How is Trump singlehandedly giving fits to a party that gained such electoral majorities in the past decade? How has this discredited party managed to gain these majorities? How has it done this while faring so horribly in presidential elections?

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
  44. Rurik says:

    Is a “troll” what Yankees now call Southerners?

    no, it’s what we call doofuses who show up out of the blue to plop inanities where they should know better

    He cheated on his wives

    As far as I know, all of Trumps ex-wives and lovers are supporting him. It seems all of Bill Clintons ex-lovers (and rape victims) are also supporting Trump too. In fact with the exception of some very nasty gorgons, there really doesn’t’ seem to be a problem with Trump from too many women, well, at least of the traditional, heterosexual, Americana type.

    So I wouldn’t worry too much about Trump and women “rebel”. I suspect he’ll do just fine in that department.

    As far as being insane, well that’s why I for one consider you a very low-grade troll. I mean come on! If you’re going to troll the Unz Review, then at least come with something more rousing and challenging than ‘he’s insane’ for Christ’s sake! That’s like saying ‘I don’t like Trump because he’s a big jerk’. It’s lame man! A waste.

    Go back to troll school and tweak your glib. Give us something worthy for Pete’s sake.

    And just so you know for the record, considering the alternative, even if he was literally insane and a borderline misogynist and had bad teeth and farted in elevators and didn’t always wear matching socks and spoke in limericks and made off color jokes… even if all of that! Considering the alternative, he’d still be a billion times better than more of the same. OK? So that’s your challenge; trying to explain why a man who occasionally uses vulgar language is worse than a war criminal who cackles over the men she’s butchered. Or a religious fundamentalist nutjob who might start a nuclear war to get the second coming. You want insane?

  45. Rehmat says:

    When it comes to subservience to a foreign power – Canadian-born Cuban Jew, Senator Ted Cruz beats the hell out of Donald Trump. Though, Trump has shown his Jewish credentials via his grandson – he said that though he supports European Jews to defend their colony – as president, he would be ‘neutral’ in Israel’s conflicts with its neighbors.

    Contrary to that, Ted Cruz received the ‘Defender of Israel Award’ last year from Israeli Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Elie Wiesel, the anti-Iran holocaust myth-maker.

  46. Does a sane person:
    1. Obsess over the size of his own hands?
    2. Develop an obsession concerning every word uttered by a blond Fox News reporter?
    3. Post unflattering pictures of an opponent’s wife?
    4. Pay Bill and Hillary Clinton to come to his third wedding?
    5. Constantly remind people how smart he is?
    6. Run a con like “Trump University” when he doesn’t need the money?
    7. Immediately praise anyone (including Putin) who has kind words to say about him?
    8 Say he would like to date his own daughter?
    9 Act like a two-year old when he loses a caucus or primary?

    Ann Coulter is his biggest supporter and last week she said he was “mental” and “like a 16 year old you had to bail out of jail”.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  47. Rurik says:

    Does a sane person:

    your entire post is hyperbolic nonsense

    low-grade trolling

    I remember it from last time

    ‘Ron Paul looks funny’

    he has a whiney type of voice

    he named his son Rand

    they call him Dr. No’

    he always talks about the Fed and gold

    he’s a whacko

    blah, blah, blah

    ‘we’re better off with Romney! Or McCain! Or Ryan! Or Rubio! Or Cruz! Or Hillary! She has the experience! She has the leadership gravitas’!

    (that last one hurt my fingers)

    it’s either Trump or more of the same dude, er, I mean “rebel”. All you shills forget that it comes down to that hard truth, and that makes this whole thing, very, very easy.

  48. Rurik says:

    I actually think Trump may be insane. So does Ann Coulter.

    Wow, she does use the word ‘insane’

  49. Ron Paul had a consistent history of conservatism/libertarianism going back for decades. You knew where he stood. He never contributed to Harry Reid or Chuck Schumer. He never acted like a fool or a buffoon.

    Anyone who thinks they can count on “President” Trump to actually rock the boat in Washington is as naive as the poor fools who paid thousands to attend “Trump University”. Trump is so insecure he would cave in to the first set of liberals who flatter him. The only reason that won’t happen is that Hillary would destroy him in November.

    Hillary is the second most unpopular person ever to be the leading candidate to win a party’s nomination. The first (by a wide margin) is your loud, rude, orange Yankee with the severe personality disorder.

  50. @schmenz

    I’m in the deep south but I lived most my life in east Iowa. I once worked the apple harvest at Gays Mills. The only town I know at all is Green Bay, the northernmost town in Cook County. I have a particular dis-like for your governor. But I must admit he is popular with the locals. Is it true that at his first inauguration he declared himself Commander In Chief of Wisconsin?

    • Replies: @schmenz
  51. Looks like the Republican establishment is determined to get the Bilderberger’s choice elected president: Clinton.

  52. schmenz says:

    Commander in Chief of Wisconsin? I admit I never heard that one but wouldn’t be surprised.

    If he wants to be Commander in Chief of 89 trillion mosquitoes then I all for it!

  53. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @joe webb

    what is SCOTUS ? JW

    it’s when you get your scrotum waxed

  54. @VainSaints

    A combination of gerrymandering districts and pandering to a white class base, only to abandon them once they get to Washington, produced the GOP majority in the House and Senate. The Trump phenomenon is at least partially the result of the realization of those people who voted for GOP House and Senate members that it didn’t make any difference.

    Do you really think Hillary Clinton fears Congress? Obama has shown that he can use executive orders, and prosecutorial discretion to implement his policies. The only real weapon Congress has is impeachment and that requires a 2/3 Senae majority, plus a congressional leadership with some cojones. Selective funding is too blunt an instrument and shutting down the government is farcical.

  55. @joe webb

    It’s the abbreviation for Supreme Court of the United States. It’s easy to say and to type.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  56. dahoit says:
    @Greg Bacon

    That’s Zions plan.It’s up to Americans to stop it.Stay tuned.

  57. dahoit says:

    Mystifying;Cruz won the more urban areas of Wisconsin,while Trump won the hinterlands.Weird.
    I don’t get it at all.Is it anti NYer crap?

    • Replies: @anon
  58. dahoit says:

    The degree of non interest in him not being eligible for POTUS by being a foreign born anchor baby is astounding,especially with the previous venom for Obomba’s alleged foreign origin.
    Yes,the hell bitches fall guy.

  59. @dahoit

    Trump always does better among less-educated people. He has even commented on that fact. I never thought rural Southerners would vote for such a stereotypically unpleasant New Yorker, but they did, over and over again.

    Trump’s only hope to beat Hillary is to persuade millions of people who hate him to vote for him because they hate Hillary worse. I think that plan will work in Texas and Oklahoma. I have my doubts about most other states.

    • Replies: @joe webb
  60. anon • Disclaimer says:

    University of Wisconsin – Madison has a lot of Jews & Jewish departments, like the Mosse center, paid for with holohoax reparations money.

  61. @anon You do know that there are only about three Republicans at the University of Wisconsin, don’t you?

  62. joe webb says:

    I luv the ‘better egjukated’ claim, which I suppose is true.

    Ejukashun today in the People’e Republic of the USA is a brain bashing brutal assault on normal experience of social/racial life.

    And, the logic or Reason for race equality belief is non-existent. There is zero evidence, and mounting….of racial equality. All the News of any sort is bad news for race equality belief. Yet, it goes on cuz somebody ‘went to college.’ and the jews wrote most of the race equality books, from Boas on to Stephen Jayu Gould, whose lies in the Mismeasurement of Man were just outed last year…Still if a jew wrote it, it must be true.

    We have clucked over how bad the People’s Paradise of the USSR was and how so many people could have been so wrong for so long a time.

    Well, the People’s Paradise had guns to kill and gulags to torture and imprison for decades, never mind the Jewish Terror of 1917 and forward.

    Arguably, the white people of the US have subjected to the same sort of lunacy for almost as long now, starting say, in 1960. It has not been so deadly, but it has ruled thru intimidation, and Ideological hegemony and Joblessness for anyone not going along with the party line.

    USSR lasted about 70 plus years. Liberalism, totalitarian and race equality fanaticism has lasted about, say, from 1960 to today, about 55 years.

    Seems like it will last about as long as the example set by communism, although communism collapsed without bloodshed., in Europe.

    Trouble today, is that it is race, not class that is the problematic. Class can be ameliorated thru economic sharing, etc.

    Race cannot be ameliorated. Blood will be shed here and in Europe.

    Joe Webb

  63. The issue is the simple one of. Tool of the Zionists or not.
    Trump is the only one with perhaps a question.

  64. @Diversity Heretic

    And conveniently looks so much like SCROTUMS.

  65. Some Trumsters are amoral infidels who call Christians “Bible Thumpers” or worse. Some Trumpsters are naive, ignorant or foolish. I like to think that most Trumpsters are just desperate people grasping for any straw.

    Boyd Cathey is none of these. Deep down he knows that Lee, Jackson and our other heroes would hate Trump. Trump is a modern-day John Pope. If Lee were here today, he would order Cruz “to suppress the miscreant, Trump”.

    • Replies: @iffen
    , @Rurik
    , @iffen
  66. iffen says:

    Did you read his article?

    If you did read it then you need to understand that you have zero reading comprehension.

    Old times there are not forgotten. Just incomprehensible.

  67. Rurik says:

    . Deep down he knows that Lee, Jackson and our other heroes would hate Trump.

    yea, they’d prefer a Canadian born Cuban who’d make all the Mexican nationals who’ve invaded the country illegally- into US citizens! A man married to Goldman Sachs. That’s who Jackson and Lee would prefer, I’m sure of it. At least when they weren’t shilling for Hillary. There can be absolutely zero doubt that all of the heroes of the Confederacy would be just as militant in their support for Hillary Clinton as they were for the iron right to live as free men- who would let their rifles decide how much bullshit they’re going to take from Washington DC, thankyouverymuch.

    It’s sure is good that there’s a “rebel” here from Texas to explain to us all how important it is that we vilify the ONLY candidate running who would secure our borders, put America first in foreign trade or foreign wars, and bring back a sense of hope and pride in being an American, rather than a sniveling country of cowards too afraid to even say ‘Merry Christmas’ to each other for fear of the federal nannies.

    We need more of those nannies don’t we “rebel”?

    The problem with America today is just way too much American male ball sack- and the ‘southern, proud confederate’ “rebel” is here to make sure we cut that offensive thing off.

    We need more Mexicans in Texas, more Mexican ball sack, and less proud American men, huh “rebel”? The solution to what ails Texas is way too much American ethos, American traditions, American, Southern pride. That’s the problem with America, huh “rebel”? What Texas needs is a foreign born Cuban to lead and open the gates to unlimited numbers of Mexicans who, after all, Texas really belongs to anyways!

    Huh “rebel”?

    Ever heard of a place called the Alamo “rebel”? How would those “Yankee’s” who fought and died there to defend sacred American soil against a Mexican invasion feel about our pampered elite politicians telling Americans today that the solution to massive and infinite numbers of Mexican (and every other type of) invaders was simply to make them legal American citizens by federal fiat? Like your pal the Cuban suggested? I guess that’s what being a Southern “rebel” has come to- A whiney, Pajama Boy, effete, non-confrontational voice of the NYT calling himself a “rebel”, and shilling for the candidates of J-street and K-Street and of course Wall Street. Who knew that the heart of Dixie was really on Madison Ave. Yea, I get it.

  68. iffen says:

    Take it from someone who does not wish you any harm, stick with your League of the South cohorts. But just so you have been told, the flag waving, learning peculiar spellings of common words, boycotting Wal-Mart while pining for secession will amount to less than squat.

  69. The candidates on truth serum:

    Cruz: I will try to reverse our descent into Socialist Sodom.

    Sanders: I will have us in Socialist Sodom tomorrow.

    Clinton: I will continue Obama’s pace toward Socialist Sodom. If you contribute heavily to my campaign, you may profit from the country’s destruction.

    Trump: I will rename the place: Trump Socialist Sodom. It will be fabulous!

  70. @SolontoCroesus

    Which part of Scriptures are authored by Augustine?

  71. Cruz is right. We need to sell the federal lands. When those lands are opened up for mining, logging, etc., this will mean jobs for Americans.

    Quite frankly, I don’t care if we sell the land to foreign companies. American companies aren’t really focused on jobs right now. They are too busy threatening boycotts to make sure that men can go to the bathroom with little girls in North Carolina and Mississippi.

  72. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    What makes you think “they” will allow Trump in, even if he wins the nomination. They’ll just bring the global economic collapse into play, declare martial law, and cancel the election. You’ll be too busy trying to figure out where to get food to give a shit.

  73. @Rurik

    Rurik. You speak for many of us. Trump is our way of saying NO to the grotesque corruption and lies that have completely transformed this nation. Your list is not exhaustive, but it is a good start. Thank you.

  74. To be clear, I’m referring to Rurik’s post #25: “It’s not about Trump. It is about us.” Go back and read it guys. This is what many of us have been fighting for a great number of years. Information is available to all of us, thanks to the world wide web. Rurik has clearly availed himself of much information. Others in these comment pages…… not so much.

  75. Good Article! I like how it is broken down and doesn’t engage in the linguistic wrangling that sugar coats everything, much like Trump himself.
    First and foremost it gets at the real problem in the US and that is, the people at the top have become parasites engaged in nothing but lies, cons, manipulation and outright criminal activity to convince the rest of us that we desperately need them when the REAL truth is they are what is WRONG with us, and the american people are walking around with a five pound tic attached to their abdomen trying to behave like everything is OKAY.
    Trump is pulling the mask off of the charlatans and they are in an all out war to do damage control.
    The people are walking around like pavlov’s dog, or parrots screaming “racists, and xenophobe” and when asked to site evidence they just double down on the ad hominem. In the absence of facts personal attacks will do just fine. The people have become nothing more than programmable robots that repeat whatever perceived authority tells them even if it doesn’t make sense at all.
    9/11 as case in point. In the beginning, anyone who stated anything different than “the authorities” were unamerican, conspiracy theorists, they were with the terrorists like george bush said.(this is exactly why he said that to scare everyone into buying the lie because if you didn’t you were with THEM not US) Today people see the lies, just as tomorrow we will see the lies of today, but too late I think. We seem to have a learning disability as well as a short memory.

  76. @Rurik

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, and I can usually dish out the hard cold ugly truth pretty good.

    Societies are broken down into two parties at there very core. Parasites and Producers.

    Our fear, apathy, and endless seeking of entertainment as a form of escaping the problems we face, ( or that is being thrust upon us by the parasites) has grown to size that is now threatening our very existence.

    Nature dictates we either pull our head out of the sand and start acting to counter the CRIMINALITY from above, or…. continue on the same path, lie to ourselves by saying everything is OKAY and get our butts blown off.

  77. @LubbockRebel

    BEWARE OF LubbockRebel
    The typical shill tactic.
    1 Make sure your comment is at the top to set the tone and disrupt.
    2 Use ad hominem attacks to get people to respond out of mindless emotion, ( no facts)
    3 Keep coming back with the attacks repeatedly to solidify the lies.

  78. @Jim Christian

    Black, immigrant, lesbian, disabled, woman.
    By today’s standard that should be the perfect person. It covers all of the protected classes.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  79. DaveE says:

    Yeah, well you LOST already. That makes you a LOSER by definition. Thanks for the laugh, loser. (Maybe a “foul” and “immoral” one, too.)

  80. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    There are strong suspicions that Trump actually won Wisconsin based on exit poll data.

  81. If this election cycle has exposed anything, the majority of Americans feel marginalized by the process where their votes don’t count, and probably aren’t counted. Why think votes against are any more effective than votes for?

  82. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Oh boy! A real grey belly. I know the truth about the war of northern aggression. I wish the south would have won. That being said……

    We must look at what the south has given us……..some real POS presidents.

    LBJ……what a bastard SOB he was. He killed my cousin and over 50,000 other US soldiers.

    Jimmy Carter….on the top ten of the worst.

    George HW Bush……I know he’s a transplant carpetbagger….but he still calls himself a Texan.

    Bill Clinton………Arkansas rapist and NWO SOB……he helped bring on the great recession with the help of a republican senate and house by deregulating the banks. Plus he was easily blackmailed because he was a rapist pervert. One of the worst presidents ever.

    George W. aka Shrub. Patriot act. Gave us 9/11 along with his partner in crime Dick Cheney. Was instrumental in the cover up of 9/11. One of the dumbest POS that ever lived in the White House. Got us into the middle east wars and destabilized the whole area. Millions died because of Shrub.

    Trump will follow through with his wall. He will get these illegal aliens out of here. He will do what he says as he has done so in his past. He has business experience. He knows that government is a detriment to progress.

    I look at Trump’s enemies. China. The pope. The rinosaurs. Bill Krystol. The media. The black flies matter crowd. The Mexican government. Most governments that get US military protection for free…..they all hate Trump. That is why I want him as president. Plus there is an added bonus……..he gets you angry.

  83. @Buzz Mohawk

    Buzz, are you a supporter of the Canadian Ted Cruz, by any chance? Did you know that Ted was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and held on to his Canadian citizenship for over 30 years? Did you know that his parents – Rafael and Eleanor Cruz – never filed a CRBA form at any US Consulate or the US Embassy in Ottawa? This form would have granted automatic US citizenship for their son, though not natural born citizenship. This CRBA form had to be filled out at the nearest US Consulate in Alberta Province right after Ted’s birth, in order for him to receive automatic US citizenship, but that wasn’t done.
    Has Ted ever applied for US citizenship at the time he renounced his Canadian one? He gave up his Canadian citizenship two years ago; so, when did he run for the US Senate? Truth is, he’s not even eligible to run for President; and, if he didn’t hold US citizenship when he ran for Senator, he wasn’t eligible to run in that election, either. I can see why he’s so despised by his Senate colleagues. Just like Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama, he’s a pathological liar, making him totally untrustworthy.
    Obama wasn’t eligible to run for President either, back in 2008, but he lied about his eligibility, too .. got away with it, because the US Supreme Court was too cowardly to rule him ineligible. And look at what the damage he did to this nation. He’s destroyed it.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  84. @Common Sense

    And, it leaves out those who support the infrastructure of EVERYTHING. That of course, would be White Men. Sorry ladies, yall don’t do shee-it. Nor the Blacks, nor the hispanics. All our cities turned over to Dindu that cannot fathom the concept of water. Hence, Flint. Oh yeah, it’s the White Republican’s fault that’s been governor for two years (or whatever, not that it matters, Flint’s water has been foul since Blacks took over thirty years back)

    • Agree: Buzz Mohawk
  85. @Eileen Kuch

    Read carefully, Eileen. I am a big-time Trump supporter. I am campaigning for him and will be voting for him in a week.

    Ted Cruz is a fine example of a snake oil salesman, the likes of which I remember well from my earlier life in the middle of America, where people are, quite frankly, gullible.

    PS: John Kasich is not much better. That whole nice guy thing of his is an act. A real act. People who have worked around him know he’s really an irritable snit. And he’s firmly in the pocket of the powers-that-be.

    Kasich and Cruz are just staying in the race to grab a few delegates and cause problems at the convention. They are working for the same people who import cheap labor from Latin America and move our productive jobs to China.

  86. All you Trumpsters should keep up the good work. When empires collapse, parts of those empires are often able to detach themselves. Trump will take the U.S. down the tubes at least as fast as Hillary. He loves entitlements. He doesn’t oppose Affirmative Action. His trade policies are like Smoot-Hawley. His health care plan is the same as Sanders. He is fine with perversion and has no concept of the proper, limited role of the federal government.

    Enjoy Trump Socialist Sodom! I look forward to a new Republic of Texas.

  87. @Steve from Ohio
    You are absolutely right about LBJ. He did more damage than any president since Lincoln. Carter would have been as bad, but fortunately he was inept. Put on your Trump hat and ask for birth certificates. Both Bushes were born in New England. That makes them Yankees. Clinton is a tough one. No one really knows who his father was. I’m guessing his father spoke with a Trumpian accent.

  88. Giles says:
    @Jim Christian

    Let trump and putin run the world

    or clinton and merkel ruin the world

  89. Koolz says:

    First you mention Hitler as if he was Evil this shows your lack of even understanding real History or doing any research on who Hitler really was.
    Second you say Trump is Hitler(Putin is Hitler) that is brainwashing by Zionist Jews on the Sheep who listen to them.
    Cruz is there little lap dog that takes the money from the Billionaire Jews from Israel.
    Trump doesn’t need there money, doesn’t need to listen to them and is about to spill their whole apple cart they have spent some 80 years making.
    Zionism in the US, Israel’s other state the United States of Pukeville.
    Vote for Trump or don’t even Vote.

    The question is when Trump is President how far is he going to go to undo the Zionists Agenda.

  90. Mr Cathey, You have fallen in with a foul bunch. Nevertheless, the imbecile Trump offers hope for Dixie. His trade and healthcare policies, combined with his insanity, could turn the US’s slow descent into Socialist Sodom into a freefall. When that happens, the South must be ready to again break away from the embrace of the perverted North.

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