The great presidential war of 2016 begins in earnest

The GOP has three things going for it, Trump, Hillary, and gun control: Trump is shaking up the GOP. Bill is a one-man war on women. Americans got guns for Christmas.

Hillary Clinton sworn in as Secretary of State as Bill looks on. (Public domain, U.S. government photo)

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2016 — In Election Year 2016, the Republican Party has three big things going for it:

  • Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and tea party activists are wresting control of the GOP from its ossified, establishment wing, one that is perpetually poised to surrender to every whim of the Democratic opposition;
  • President Obama is about to announce his plan to sign an executive order infringing upon America’s inalienable right to bear arms—following a holiday season in which firearms were the number one Christmas stocking stuffer;
  • Hillary Clinton looks certain to be the next Democratic Party nominee for president, her husband serving to remind the nation that the so-called “war on women” has a face in the form of Bill “Cosby” Clinton and his shrill enabler.

It’s no surprise that 2016 is shaping up to be the best presidential election in more than a century.

Inside the GOP

Gov. Jeb Bush, once considered the favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination, has blown through millions of dollars to absolutely no effect. In October, the Bush campaign purchased nearly 60 percent of available TV ad time in New Hampshire. But a poll dating from late December shows Bush trails in sixth place—behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich. And the New York Times reports that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has yet to spend “any real money” on his campaign.

It took a billionaire to disprove the absurd media mantra that money always trumps message in American politics. And Trump’s resonating message prominently concerns unfettered immigration.

The recent $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill negotiated between the White House and GOP Speaker Paul Ryan has assured a tea party response. Conservative activists are currently looking for a tea party challenger to face Ryan in a Republican primary, hoping to unseat him as they did former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Former Speaker John Boehner, of course resigned from Congress last fall rather than face eventual defeat at the hands of the House tea party contingent.

The war on the Second Amendment

Democrats will make gun control a defining issue in 2016. After discussions with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Obama will likely issue executive orders that will require the licensing of currently unlicensed gun dealers and require that they conduct background checks on potential firearms purchasers.

But CNN finds that “52 percent of Americans now oppose stricter gun control laws, six percentage points more than the 46 percent of Americans who support such laws. That’s a wider gap than in June when CNN last surveyed Americans on gun control.”

The Gallup organization adds, “More than one in four U.S. registered voters (26%) say they would vote only for a candidate who shares their views on gun control – about double the 11% to 15% who said this in the year after the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. The majority, 54%, say it is one of the many important factors in their vote.”

In the aftermath of last November’s ISIS attacks in Paris, President Obama sought to reassure the American people in advance of the holidays. “I know that Americans have been asking each other whether it’s safe here [in America],” he said, “whether it’s safe to fly or gather. I know that families have discussed fears about the threat of terrorism around the dinner table … we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland. That is based on the latest information I just received in the Situation Room.”

Obama emphasized that “counterterrorism, intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals at every level are working overtime. They serve every hour of every day for the sake of our security. They did so before Paris and they do so now.”

Days later, the ISIS-inspired attack in San Bernardino, California, in which 14 Americans died, proved the government’s authoritarian approach to national security focuses exclusively on the law-abiding.

Islamists with murderous intent are hampered only by their imaginations and not the machinations of seat-warmers in the White House Situation Room.

In reaction to the massacre, gun sales in San Bernardino County witnessed a dramatic increase.

“Firearms dealers say previous spikes in sales after massacres were driven in large part by fear that impending government regulation could cut off the weapons supply,” reported the Los Angeles Times. “By contrast, the current wave of interest has a different and more basic impulse: self-preservation.”

2016 will see Democrats wage a political campaign sure to alarm a majority of Americans who cherish their inalienable right to bear arms and who cling to that most basic of human rights, the right to life.

The Clinton tag-team’s War on Women

When Republican frontrunner Donald Trump tweeted that Hillary Clinton “got schlonged by Obama” in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, Hillary told the Des Moines Register, “I think he has to answer for what he says, and I assume that others will make the larger point about his language. It’s not the first time he’s demonstrated a penchant for sexism.”

Yet “It was Hillary who hired the private detectives to run the terror campaigns against Bill’s sex victims and former girlfiriends,” say authors Roger Stone and Robert Morrow in their book “The Clinton’s War on Women.”

“Arkansas private investigator Ivan Duda said Hillary came to him in 1982, as Bill was trying to reclaim the Arkansas governorship, and said, ‘I want you to get rid of all these bitches he’s seeing … I want you to give me the names and phone numbers, and we can get them under control,’” say the authors.

While Bill served in the White House, “four Clinton [sexual] victims received IRS audits: Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and [actress Elizabeth] Gracen.”

Gracen later told the New York Post, “I think [Bill Clinton] is a very dangerous, manipulative man and I’ve had to be very careful… There was a lot of pressure on my family and friends, people were being staked out. I was a little bit afraid for my safety at one point.”

Last November, Hillary tweeted, “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.”

Paula Jones, the former Arkansas state employee who filed a sexual harassment civil suit against Bill Clinton during his presidency, told radio talk show host Aaron Klein that Hillary “allowed her husband to get by with this type of stuff… she tried to discredit all of these women that her husband abused and sexually harassed… she needs to support all of us and she needs to believe all of us.”

On the “Today” show, Trump said Bill Clinton’s record of sexual predation is “fair game” should Hillary “play the woman’s card with respect to me.”

“I consider them [the Clintons] enemies,” Trump told a South Carolina campaign rally. “We view this as war. Don’t we view this as war? It’s war, it’s war!”

Trump’s war cry is refreshing in light of the GOP’s record of nominating conciliatory creampuffs—that is, good losers.

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