VFP/C4L, May 4th.
GOP: GOLDBERG – The convention’s task.
PA: HENRY – Cruz delegates; MOONS – PA ad blitz; ARKIN – Dems & PA Senate; LEVY – PA delegate chase.
END NOTES: O’NEIL – Cruz ad; MARK LEVIN 4/21/16
Passover 2016 begins in the evening of Friday, April 22
and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 30
Janet: VFP & Citizens for Liberty
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, KING OF PRUSSIA VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, 170 ALLENDALE ROAD, 7-9p.m. (doors open at 6:30).
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: The nationally acclaimed Ted Patterson “Ted Patterson serves as the Senior Vice President for the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership, and is a national consultant who has used the confrontational model to grow grassroots organizations and lead successful political projects around the country.
“- May is our 4th year anniversary. Help us celebrate in all that you have given us. “- We will acknowledge the recent passing of a fellow Patriot and friend to our organization, Mike Souders. “- An update will be given about the situation occurring in Oregon, pertaining to the LaVoy Finicum family, as well as our friends, the Cliven and Carol Bundy family. “- An introduction to the new ‘umbrella’ groups will be announced. We will be seeking volunteers to set brushfires in the minds of PA residents. Our new HB 230/Constitutional Carry Bill team, was kickstarted in PA at our April Meet and Greet. “- Find out what our summer activities include. We will be non-stop. While May is our final event here, we have alot going on that you can participate in, until we return to King of Prussia in September. “- We will have our random monthly door prize. “- FREE potluck dinner buffet included. Feel free to bring a dish or a snack, or just simply enjoy. “- Feast on our 4th birthday cake. “- Cash bar available.”
GOP . . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “GOP Convention’s Task: Find a Party Unifier”
“. . . Originally, conventions were partly a technological solution to a real problem. Phones didn’t exist and mail was too slow to coordinate the desires of the party faithful across a whole nation. (Also, few negotiators want to put all of their bargaining positions in writing.) You needed lots of face-to-face meetings.
“By the 1960s, the telephone started to erode this function of conventions, as my American Enterprise Institute colleague Michael Barone has written.
“Barone also notes that the media took one of the key jobs away from party bosses: counting delegates. The first media delegate count wasn’t until 1968, by CBS News.
Not long thereafter, conventions started to resemble infomercials. A political party throws a surprise party for the nominee that isn’t a surprise, because the nominee was determined well before the convention. In fact, the nominee is actually the party-planner-in-chief, choosing who sings his praises and when. The ending is no more in doubt than the question of whether the Ginsu knife in the TV ad will really be able to cut through the can.
“But the core purpose of conventions never disappeared. It just got buried under all of the bunting and balloons. Even the communication function of the convention was a means to an end, not the end itself.
“The real goal was to pick a nominee who could unify the party. That’s it. It wasn’t to pick a nominee who could win in November. . .”
LEADS . . .
“It’s time for President Obama to declassify the 28 sealed pages of the 9/11 Commission Report — the section that details the Saudi role in the attacks.
“The main noise in Washington now is over a bill to let 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged complicity. Obama’s threatening a veto, and there are reasons to keep private lawsuits out of foreign policy.
“But there’s no good reason to continue keeping the American people in the dark about the report, which dates to 2002. . .”
Samantha Masunaga, LA Times: “Harriet Tubman is the next face of the $20 bill; $5 and $10 bills will also change”
“Harriet Tubman and President Andrew Jackson lived on opposite sides of the American experience.
“Tubman, a black woman, escaped slavery to become a conductor on the Underground Railroad, risking her life to lead slaves to freedom. Jackson, the son of Scots-Irish immigrants and owner of slaves, was elected president as a war hero and became known for policies that led to the deaths of countless Native Americans.
“Soon, though, the two will share prominent placement on a new $20 bill — with Tubman, the former slave, getting top billing.
“On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said Tubman would replace Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, becoming the first woman in more than a century and first African American to grace the front of a paper note. Jackson will be featured on the back of the bill alongside an image of the White House.
“In another twist, Alexander Hamilton got a reprieve. Initially targeted for replacement by a woman on the $10 bill, Hamilton’s reputation was burnished by an unlikely smash Broadway play and his case pressed by outraged historians pointing to his seminal role in creating the nation’s first central bank. . .”
Jasper Hamill, UK Mirror: “China ‘tests terrifyingly powerful Dongfeng-41 nuclear missile’ which could destroy London in HALF AN HOUR”
“Doomsday weapon has the longest range of any ballistic missile in the world and carries up to 10 super destructive warheads
“China has allegedly tested a weapon of mass destruction weapon capable of hitting London and other major European or American cities in just 30 minutes.
“The People’s Republic reportedly fired a nuke called the Dongfeng-41, which has the longest range of any missile in the world.
“It can carry up to 10 warheads over a distance of roughly 7,450 miles in just half an hour before hitting several targets at once.
“This would mean Beijing could destroy the whole of London – which is slightly more than 5,000 miles from the Chinese capital – or wipe out any city in the West.
“Pentagon sources told the Washington Beacon that the nuke had been detected by American satellites. . .”
PA . . .
Lowman Henry, Cruz Delegates
On Tuesday April 26th make sure your voice is heard and vote for Ted Cruz and for the Cruz supporting delegates in your Congressional District. The delegates listed below are pledged to support Ted at the Republican National Convention!
Ted Cruz is the only candidate who will unite Republicans because he’s been a champion of the issues that have always defined the Republican Party: relieving working men and women from regulations and taxes, boosting economic growth through innovation and opportunity, rebuilding our military, honoring the rule of law, and protecting every constitutional freedom.
Lowman Henry, Pennsylvania for Cruz Chairman
Michelle Moons, Breitbart: “Ted Cruz Launches Pennsylvania Ad Blitz”
“Three new Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
campaign ads are running statewide in Pennsylvania to win over Republicans in a state where Cruz has trailed in the polls.
“Pennsylvania voters are set to head to the polls in five days.
“These new ads focus on solutions in Cruz’s Jobs, Freedom, Security message and appear aimed at drawing differences between Cruz and both Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. One ad specifically targets working class Americans and recent college graduates.
“Cruz has trailed Trump in Pennsylvania by double digits in more than one poll. A recent poll showed Trump 14 points ahead of Cruz. On Tuesday the state’s Republicans will select 54 delegates, all of whom will not be officially bound to any candidate on a first round vote at the Republican National convention. . .”
James Arkin, RCP: “Dems Wage Intra-Party War in Pa. Senate Race”
“Democrats are locked in a tight, negative battle to determine who will challenge Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in November, with national groups spending millions of dollars to boost a candidate who is trailing in the polls against an opponent who has spurned party leadership in showing an independent streak.
“That outside money – around $4 million from different groups – has provided a jolt to Katie McGinty, a former Clinton administration official and chief of staff to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. In fact, Democratic leaders have gone all in on her candidacy, with President Obama and Vice President Biden endorsing McGinty and Biden campaigning with her. The Senate Democrats’ campaign arm and the state’s other senator, Democrat Bob Casey, have also endorsed McGinty, viewing her as the best option to win the seat in November.
“But the spending and endorsements have increased deep divides between national Democrats and the other candidate, former congressman and retired Navy Adm. Joe Sestak, who narrowly lost to Toomey six years ago.
“It’s created a potentially devastating problem for the party and could cost it a seat as Democrats try to regain control of the upper chamber. . .”
Marc Levy, AP: “Pennsylvania GOP presidential delegate chase adds to mystery”
“HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania, long an afterthought in presidential primary stakes, may emerge as a key player in crowning this year’s Republican presidential nominee.
“Pennsylvania will send a whopping number of delegates to July’s unsettled Republican National Convention who, under a state party rule, can vote for whichever candidate they choose.
“As a result, Pennsylvania’s April 26 statewide primary election is relatively meaningless — a beauty pageant. What is meaningful, however, is whom primary voters will select to send to Cleveland as the 54 uncommitted delegates.
“‘And then the drama begins,’ said Michael McMonagle, a delegate candidate from Montgomery County who supports Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. ‘Who can persuade who?’
“Polls show New York businessman Donald Trump leading both Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Pennsylvania, where primary contests are usually so late that the eventual presidential nominee is no longer in doubt.
“This year, there’s a real campaign in Pennsylvania, and it’s about the delegates.
“On Pennsylvania’s primary ballot are 162 people who are running to be a GOP convention delegate. They are elected by congressional district, three for each of Pennsylvania’s 18 districts for a total of 54.
“Seventeen other delegates — the state party chairman, Rob Gleason, Pennsylvania’s two national GOP committee members and 14 picked in May by party leaders — must vote for the winner of Pennsylvania’s statewide primary election, but only on the first convention ballot. Beginning with the second ballot, they are as uncommitted as the 54 elected delegates. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Tyler O’Neil, PJM: “WATCH: New Ad Shows Which Candidate Hillary Really Fears”
“Aghast, Abedin asks, angrily, “How do we stop Ted Cruz?” After her question triggers no response, she repeats it. Then comes the final coup: ‘I don’t think we can.’”
“. . .The ad is hilariously over-the-top. It seems to take the intrigues of politics too seriously and yet, at the same time, mocks its own faux solemnity. The villain Clinton is an evil-eyed caricature of the corrupt politician she actually is. Abedin paces malignantly, and staffers both smile gleefully at the weaknesses of Trump and grimace looking at the candidate they actually support.
“The ad hits on every negative stereotype of Clinton — relying on her ‘friends in the media,’ planning everything behind closed doors, and utterly wicked in brooding. It also manages to slam Trump.
“‘Donald Trump is paving the way for you to win the White House,’ a staffer declares. One by one, they list his weaknesses.
“‘Silencing dissenters with lawsuits, taking people’s property, and a long list of failed businesses’ plague The Donald’s campaign. ‘He plays fast and loose with the facts, and he’s only concerned with himself.’
“The ad also delves into policy. ‘Trump’s comments on abortion have angered pro-lifers and the pro-choice crowd,’ an adviser says. ‘Trump wants to stabilize the Korean peninsula by giving Japan and South Korea nuclear weapons.’ Abedin responds, saying ‘scary,’ and another staffer explains that ‘our research shows most people actually think he is scary.’ Trump has the second-worst favorable numbers of any presidential candidate (guess who has the worst!).
“Perhaps most tellingly, another staffer adds, ‘Our friends at the IRS say his returns are full of bombshells — he claims to be a billionaire, but takes tax credits for people who make less than half a million a year.’
“‘The point is, if Trump becomes the Republican nominee, the White House is yours,’ the advisers conclude. Then Abedin asks, ‘What do you mean if?’
“The staffers list the qualities Americans want in a president: someone they can trust, ‘someone who respects the constitution and the rights it protects,’ a person who ‘has a proven track record taking on the Washington establishment.’ . . . ”
Mark Levin (04/21/16)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, Is it too much to expect a Republican front runner to defend men going to the men’s room and women to the women’s room? Any sensible person would disagree with Trump and liberals on this bathroom issue. This is a big issue, because once again it gives you a look into the future of what Donald Trump would be like as the Republican nominee and as President. After that, we had an enormous opportunity to take our case to the American people. Instead, now we have to make our case to Trump supporters.
“The man in the Oval Office needs to share our basic beliefs, values, and principles. Later, Trump has turned to one of the biggest lobbyist insiders in Washington D.C., Paul Manafort. Manafort should be asked about his former clients, especially the Kashmiri American Council and being bankrolled by the ISI, the Pakistan intelligence service. Why don’t the media ask him about this?
“After that, Ted Cruz calls in and explains that Trump’s bathroom view is the same as Hillary and Obama’s.
“Finally, Randy Barnett calls in to talk about his new book, “Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People”.
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Real Clear Politics Trump: I Believe In Raising Taxes on the Wealthy, “Including Myself”