Since Hillary now says that being a woman is one of her qualifications to be President
And since the Left now insists that gender is a state of mind, not a biological reality.
We need to seriously consider this candidate.
Sorry, folks -- even if you are a loon like Donald Trump, doing crap like this proves you don't deserve to be looked at as a serious presidential candidate. And even if you are an ordinarily serious candidate like Rand Paul, you have to have reached a level of profound desperation to do stuff like this -- and don't deserve serious consideration.
One would think that when a local resident is a witness before a committee hearing on an issue that is is the public eye, the local media outlets would cover the story. Unfortunately, one local mother of a murdered son got ignored by Houston area media when she testified in Washington today. I'm willing to bet it has something to do with the fact that her story doesn't fit with the narrative that our liberal local media peddles on immigration issues. Fortunately, there are other media sources that will pay attention to such stories.
At a Tuesday Senate hearing dedicated to the families who lost loved ones thanks to illegal aliens, Laura Wilkerson gave testimony on her youngest son Joshua’s horrific death while some in the silent audience wept.
Wilkerson called on Congress to place American lives and interests over foreigners, especially those illegally living in the country.
During the hearing, titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims,” Wilkerson broke from her written testimony to deliver a dire warning.
“This was our family’s 9/11 terrorist attack by a foreign invader,” she said at the most pivotal point in her testimony. “It is going to take another life lost by a Senator, a Congressman, the President, even another of today’s heroes, someone from Hollywood before someone in a position moves on this.”
“My son’s name was Joshua Wilkerson,” she began. “On November 16, 2010, he was beaten, strangled, tortured until he died. He was tied up, thrown in a field, and set on fire. His killer, Hermilo Moralez, was brought here illegally by his illegal parents when he was ten years old, so he fit the ‘DREAM’ kid description. He was sentenced to life in prison, which means it will be 30 years before he’s up for parole. He’ll be a 49-year-old man, who I don’t expect to be deported. And I just hope he doesn’t come to live in your city.”
Ms. Wilkerson’s son was murder by an illegal immigrant who, because he came to the country as a minor, would have qualified for Obama’s 2012 executive amnesty granted to illegal immigrant minors — or so-called DREAMers, whom Obama insists “belong here.”
Now I'm not about to paint all illegals as violent criminals the way that Donald Trump has -- I know that isn't the case. And I'm not going to take a particular position -- at least not in this piece -- on how we should deal with those who enter this country illegally or who overstay their visas. What I am saying is that this story, and the tens of thousands of stories like it, should be discussed openly -- and that the media should not ignore the stories because they believe that such a stance is necessary to be successful with the Hispanic demographic of the local market.
Of course, maybe we just need a catchy hashtag to get the media to pay attention. How about #CitizenLivesMatter?
As noted elsewhere, I've been away from my keyboard for a couple of weeks due to a family illness. That has not, however, kept me from reading and watching the news. I wish it had -- I might have been spared days and nights of nausea induced by the presidential candidacy of one Donald Trump.
This is different than the unease I feel over the size of the GOP field more generally. In some ways I find that to be a good thing -- there are a host of new, fresh faces in the race who ought to be setting the political direction of this country for the next couple of decades. I love some -- Scvott Walker, Bobby Jindal, and Carly Fiorina, for example. Others I reject -- Mike Huckabee, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Santorum (a fellow alum of Carmel High School) spring to mind. Still others I find quixotic and think would better serve the nation by leaving the race -- Ben Carson, Chris Christie, and John Kasich fall in this category. But there is only one who I find so repulsive that I could never cast a ballot for him -- Donald Trump.
Every step of the way, Donald Trump has sabotaged the GOP brand. Consider his announcement speech. No, I don't mean his constant vulgar trumpeting of his great wealth -- I mean the words that have harmed Republican chances in the Hispanic community.
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. [Applause] Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
Yeah, I know what I think he meant to say, namely that there is a subset of illegal aliens that are hardened criminals -- smuggling drugs, trafficking in human flesh, and committing all manner of other crimes against American citizens and non-citizens legally in this country. The lack of a secure border, immigration reform, and dealing with these criminal aliens are all issues that should have broken for the GOP in 2016. Now the candidates must stumble over themselves distancing themselves from Trump's words and appearing weak on those issues, or embracing his words and irrevocably contaminating themselves when the general election race begins a year from now. As one white Democrat I am close to said to me a few weeks back, "I think Trump is right on the border issue, but he's framed it so that it helps my party and not yours." One of my Hispanic colleagues, a political independent as far as I've ever been able to discern, put it to me this way -- "I was thinking that I would be voting Republican in 2016, but with the reception Trump is getting I will probably vote for the Democrat." I know he isn't alone.
I had hoped that Trump would be a flash in the pan. Unfortunately, he has instead sucked the air out of the room for the last month, rising in the polls on the strength of media coverage and television appearances in which he takes on the media the way that so many of us on the conservative side have dreamed of having a candidate do for decades. And thus he rises in the polls in this crowded field, into the top-tier in terms of support -- despite the fact that his negatives are higher than any candidate in the race. Some 15-20 percent of Republicans may back him for the nominee in the crowded field, but close to 60% say they would never support him. His negatives among those outside of the GOP are even worse. But his performance in the polls sets him up to be a participant in the upcoming GOP debates.
Having alienated Hispanics and a lot of independents, Trump has now gone after the nation's veterans with an unconscionable attack on Senator John McCain's military service.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese.
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. Sarcastically, Trump quipped, “He’s a war hero because he was captured.” Then, he added, “I like people that weren’t captured.”
The audience gasped -- properly so -- in shock and disapproval. And Trump has been more or less universally condemned, except among the fringiest of his fringeoids.
Now any other candidate would see his campaign destroyed by this sot of gaffe. I don't know that Trump will have the same result, though -- he is largely self-funding his campaign with his billions. Besides, he is still on track to participate in those debates.
Which leads me to urge a radical approach to the Trump problem. The RNC needs to lean hard on the networks hosting the debates not to invite Trump to participate, even though his poll numbers would otherwise earn him a spot on the stage. That isn't a case of any "Establishment" engaging in "picking our candidates for us". It is a matter of responsible party leaders protecting the party from a demagogue who has no legitimate place in the race and no legitimate place on the statge.
But what if the RNC fails to pursue that course, or if the networks reject the request to exclude Trump. Well, then, the candidates who have condemned Trump need to step up to the plate and do something courageous and united -- the entire field needs to agree that they will not appear on any debate stage with Trump. If a network wishes to invite Donald Trump to a debate, what they will get is Trump alone -- with the remaining candidates participating in some alternate forum hosted by some other entity. In short, they need to deny Trump the legitimacy he so clearly does not deserve -- and which he has never deserved.
In short, Donald Trump needs a good old fashioned bitch-slapping from the GOP.
I decided to take a few days off around the Fourth of July. As I prepared to start writing the following Monday, my wife became seriously ill. She spend over a week in the hospital, where she was gravely ill. She came home this week, and I've been looking after her. She is much better now, so I'll try to get back in the awing of things soon.