Patriot’s Side

I find it odd that the state-run media thinks it’s more important to have the endorsement of a popular basketball coach, who knows little about the national or international issues that would face a president, rather than any organization representing a portion of the voting populace; say, the NRA or VFW or FFA.

What does a famous coach know about national security? What does he know about a rapidly crashing culture and the steps needed to rescue it from oblivion? Can the coach voice his beliefs in the virtues of smaller government, reduced spending to match tax revenue, military preparedness, or welfare and entitlement reforms? Maybe.

The coach is a celebrity because, as many believe, he was a legend in his field of endeavor. Extremely proficient at what he did, in this case coaching a formidable sports team, he remains beloved and revered among Hoosiers. In the eyes of those who treasure the game of basketball he is an icon. And Donald Trump is fortunate to count Bobby Knight as a friend.

And Donald Trump’s acceptance of Bobby Knight’s endorsement simply means Donald likes basketball. That’s it.

Where I will part company with some who believe in “celebrity endorsements” is in the realm of voter education. There are those who say, “If Bobby Knight votes for Donald Trump, why, that’s all I need to know. I’ll vote for Donald too.” That’s a problem unless you know the coach personally.

Electing officials based on their expertise and proficiency, to represent citizens in their local, state or federal government, should not be based on celebrity endorsements. If I were on the Left, I would not cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because George Clooney “endorsed” her candidacy.

I didn’t hear news of any endorsements of candidates made by the VFW, the FOP, American Legion, or other organizations that represent the beliefs and values of their members, and would vouch for a candidate who shares those… Maybe I missed them.

We have enough “celebrities” in America without making them acceptable spokesmen for presidential candidates.

Originally Published May 2, 2016

Partiot’s Side

One certainly cannot “fix stupid” so, in order to lend the appearance of some sort of intelligence to the RNC and Republican Party leadership, I shall term their current situation as simply desperation.

They are completely clueless that the reason Barack Obama sits in the White House for two terms is the RNC. The reason that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid controlled Congress for so long is the RNC. And the reason Donald Trump is bowling over candidates and attracting ‘yuuge’ crowds (in Bernie Sanders Speak) is the RNC.

And now they are desperate; JEB! is gone; Christie is gone; Graham is gone; Kasich is on life-support… they hate Trump and detest Cruz more. There’s only Marco Rubio. (He isn’t afraid of compromising with the Democrats, so the Status Quo can still be preserved; booty and power shared.)

So the “desperation syndrome” the RNC has acquired sets in, where no stupid idea goes untried… or unexcused.

Enter Mitt Romney on the Fox News Channel last week, suggesting that there’s a “problem” with Donald Trump’s taxes… or, as Mitt described it, “back taxes.” (Doesn’t that imply taxes not paid, as in “owed”?) Anyway, according to Mitt, it’s a “bombshell.”

Isn’t this latest RNC ploy ironic? After Senator Harry Reid’s blanket assertions and unfounded questions concerning his taxes in the 2012 presidential elections, Mitt Romney now plays the Harry Reid card? Amazing.

Then, on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace presses Donald Trump to give the viewers his gross income, effective tax rate, and how much he gave to charity?

Does the RNC not grasp that this type of desperation ploy will drive more voters toward Trump and NOT “take him out”?

The unbridled surrender of the GOP leadership to Obama’s agenda, wrecking the economy, killing fossil fuels, opening borders, outlawing First Amendment freedoms, Balkanizing the nation, shredding the law… that’s what people are worried about.

Pursuing side issues will not move voters from Trump to an “establishment” candidate.

The RNC still doesn’t get it and Fox pundits harassing Trump won’t help.