For Cruz and Trump, It’s War… Against Liberal Mainstream Media

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In the 2005 movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are assassins married to each other without the other knowing about it. The powers that be decided to have them try to kill each other rather than trying to do it themselves. As contrived as the premise was, the movie was entertaining and it’s becoming more relevant in American politics today. For the GOP, there are two strong candidates and the left-leaning mainstream media wants them to go after each other.

The Democrats and their media proxies believe that they can kill two birds with one stone by having the spirited, controversial candidates that sit atop the polls destroy each other before one of them has to face the Democratic candidate. For them, a civil war in the Republican party may be their only chance of winning based upon the weaknesses of their corrupt candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton. Their manipulations are starting to come out more fervently as the Iowa caucuses loom.

It isn’t total destruction that they want, though. They are comfortable with Trump being the nominee and they feel that an attack from Trump against Cruz will accomplish two things:

  1. Weaken both candidates, particularly Trump’s appeal to the conservatives in the Republican party.
  2. Take out Cruz, the candidate they fear more than Trump.

This played out over the weekend and will be a constant drumbeat until the primaries if the two candidates don’t decide to hit the brakes. Watching the news coverage of Trump’s Tweets pointing to future attacks against Cruz reminded me of junior high kids chanting, “Fight! Fight! Fight!”

If the Republican party wants to win the general election, they have to understand that these are the two most likely candidates (though we won’t discount Republican Establishment favorite Marco Rubio just yet) and that uniting to fight the Democrats and their media puppets is a far better strategy than attacking each other. Trump and Cruz are not enemies and they cannot allow the media to manipulate them into becoming anything other than competitors for a prize.

The Democrats are the enemy. Mainstream media is the enemy. Hillary Clinton is the enemy. For the top two GOP candidates, they must rely on their grasp of the issues and the solutions to save America rather than allowing themselves to be manipulated into attacking each other. In many ways, they’re saying pretty much the same things. Trump is more aggressive while Cruz is more detailed. Both have strong perspectives but their core policy proposals are extremely similar. There’s really nothing that they can attack about each other anyway unless they make it personal.

That’s our job. Conservative journalists are picking sides and taking jabs at the opponents while supporting our candidates. As a Cruz supporter, I’ve taken several jabs at Trump, but at the end of the day if he’s the candidate I will support him. However, if they attack each other, they will hurt each other more than the media is doing today.

Unfortunately, Trump is already taking the bait per mainstream media’s plan.

Cruz, hopefully, will not take the bait.

Both Trump and Cruz need to focus on the real enemy: Hillary Clinton. America needs one of them to be President, but if they let the media manipulate them we’ll end up with Rubio losing like Romney and McCain.

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Why the Administration is so Against Linking the California Attacks to the Islamic State

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There’s a stark difference in the way that liberals like Attorney General Loretta Lynch and conservatives think when it comes to stopping terrorism and ending the unholy rise of the Islamic State. For conservatives, it’s a matter of recognizing the enemy and doing something about it. For Lynch, it’s all about being cautious, halting hate-speech, and running marathons.

Yes, this is a marathon. We’re not going to solve this problem overnight. However, to run a race you have to start running and the Obama administration seems bent on making sure that this is a fight against gun-carrying Americans rather than a fight against a group of people who want nothing more than to kill us.

Here’s what Lynch said this morning:

“We do see these encouragements for trouble individuals to pick up a gun and act out of this ideology. Again, not sure which one they picked in this case, despite the media accounts,” Lynch said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

I could almost buy into her caution if we were dealing with an obscure threat such as North Korean rhetoric or Iranian saber-rattling, but with the Islamic State the course has already been set. They have directly killed Americans. They have threatened all Americans. They have encouraged attacks against Americans. This is a no-brainer. To say that we aren’t sure what motivated the San Bernardino terrorists to take 14 lives last week is like saying we weren’t sure what motivated the 9/11 attacks.

They hate us. In this case, “they” is specifically the Islamic State and “us” is Americans. Keep in mind that this isn’t just about Christian Americans or Jewish Americans. This is about all Americans. If there are Muslim casualties among the victims in a terrorist attack against the United States, the terrorists are not going to be chastised. We are not dealing with an organization or a nation that operates within reason. They have no desire to get anything from us. They have no demands. They want us to be either under their control or dead. That’s it.

Keep in mind that we’re not talking about a trial. Lynch doesn’t need to make a case against the Islamic State. She doesn’t need to build a case against the terrorists. While it’s imprudent to jump to conclusions when there is ambiguity of cause, this isn’t one of those situations. It cannot be stressed enough that they have already killed Americans. They have already declared war against us. One way or another, the hateful narrative that the Islamic State espouses was influential in the attacks last week.

Let’s Be Clear

If there is any doubt about whether or not the Obama administration believes that the Islamic State was involved in the attacks, wipe that thought away immediately. They know for certain that the terrorists were influenced at the very least and potentially under orders from the Islamic State. They also know that there are others who can/will emerge with the same basic plans to kill Americans. That is 100% certain. They know.

The reason that they do not want that narrative to be played out in the media or the minds of Americans is because they see an opportunity here to promote their agenda of further gun control. That is all there is to it. President Obama must pass some sort of gun control before his term ends whether it’s through legislation or his famous executive orders. He needs American people to support his agenda.

If there are terrorists lurking about, there will be less sympathy for gun control. If the narrative shifts towards mass shootings and access to weapons rather than the Islamic State, then the administration can keep people focused on the dangers of guns. That’s the reason that they’re all out there right now trying to convince people that this is a gun control issue and not a terrorism issue.

We will see the President tonight go through his proposal and speaking with big promises about his duty to rid the country of guns that kill people. He will talk less about terrorists that we need to defend against and he will turn it into a case that the terrorists are the ones who benefit the most from lax gun laws.

The spin is just beginning, but do not be deceived. The administration isn’t fighting against terrorists. They’re fighting against gun laws. That narrative will be the focus of everything they discuss going forward.

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