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An American Revolution

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A political revolution is taking place in America.

Sorry, Bernie, you are not the catalyst of this upheaval.

Fact is the revolution is not even taking place in the party in which you are running to become president.

Fact is the party in which you are competing, the Democratic Party, has been moving your direction for decades, beginning with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in your political direction.

There is not nor is there a need for an insurrection with Democrats. If and when a revolution comes it will be to return the party to the center-left where it has been for most of its existence.

There is an American revolution going on, but it is in the Grand Ole Party. It is Republicans who are seeing their party transformed before their eyes.

The party moved to far to the right and now there is a correction. There hav been other attempts to revolt and transform the party with mostly failures, but also success.

The Dixiecrats with the lead of Strom Thurmond tried in the 1960s in reaction to the Civil Rights Era. The Dixiecrats were assimilated.

The Moral Majority, which became the Evangelical force, tried and succeeded in the 1980s. Until this election cycle, they have held the reins of power.

But now, American voters are saying, “enough” to the extremes of social conservatism when there are more pressing issues – the economy, terrorism, immigration.

The Tea Party tried, but were assimilated.

The Liberty Movement tried, but were assimilated.

Last summer along came a business tycoon, a reality TV star, worth billions. Until it was too late, the so-called “Establishment” thought his campaign to be the nominee for president from the GOP a joke.

Even the opposition and the current resident in the White House saw this brash, media-hogging celebrity as an entertainer bent on a publicity stunt. President Barack Obama, just last week, said America was not ready for an entertainer in the Oval Office.

Fact is, America has already set a precedent for a celebrity, an entertainer in the White House – Ronald Reagan. Donald Trump is upending conventional wisdom.

Donald Trump is capturing the hearts of the voters.

Donald Trump is changing before our collective eyes from a do-anything-for headlines reality star into an actual (gulp!) politician.

The Grand Ole Party is turning from being the party of “No” into a party of “Why Not?”

Fact is we are getting next to zero in the way of substantial policy blueprints.

Fact is we are not finding any substance to Trump’s ideas.

Fact is, Americans do not care.

While some state lawmakers and governors may be digging in, their constituents are moving away and turning another direction. These governors, representatives, senators may find themselves in political trouble come November unless they are willing to change and adapt to the new reality.

The conventions to select the nominees for both Democrats and Republicans are still a long way off. The election is more like an eternity away.

After only four states voting, no one can say if the revolution will succeed or fail. After only four states, no one can say what may happen.

Bernie Sanders may become the candidate of the party of Thomas Jefferson by default if Hillary Clinton is indicted.

The Establishment may congeal around Marco Rubio or John Kasich, impeding Trump’s march to Lake Erie.

From the Cornfield, what is certain at this point is that there is a political revolution in the US of A. Sides are forming and the fight is on.

The vaunted autopsy by the central committee of the GOP may have identified some of the problems with the party, but the committee did nothing to change the party.

Voters are now doing that and are cheering their general, Trump, with ticker-tape parades in community after community, state after state.

Will Trump and his troops be halted, sending The Donald into exile in Manhattan?

Will Trump’s forces lay waste to the terrain, installing him as leader of a new Grand Ole Party and claim the White House?

This is not the Whiskey Rebellion, easily put down by George Washington.

This is not your grandma’s and grandpa’s politics.

This is an American Revolution.

Is anyone in Washington DC listening?

Bare Knuckles Brawl

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Last night’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina broke out into a bare knuckles brawl as Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz took off the gloves. John Kasich and Ben Carson stayed out side the cage, yet both scored points with a more gentle approach.

From the get-go, it was obvious that most of the candidates were out for blood and would give no quarter.

Where the Democrats have devolved into a three-person race with President Barack Obama being very much a part of the debate on stage between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the Republicans have turned into an eight-person race where former President George W. Bush is in the fray.

While neither President was physically in the room, both Presidents were very much impacting the discussion.

In a surprise, Rubio came out in defense of GW and backing his chief rival, Jeb, on the issue in a free-for-all with The Donald. The audience, packed by the South Carolina State Party with Establishment types, booed over and over at Trump especially when he slammed GW.

Jeb disinvited The Donald to a Monday rally where former First Lady Barbara Bush (the nation’s Grandma) would be in attendance. Jeb said he was “sick and tired” of The Donald blasting his family.

Liar, liar – over and over Marco, like a Chihuahua, nipped at Ted’s heels. Ted did not lay down, but punched back at The Donald and Marco. The Donald could not decide who was the biggest prevaricator in the room – Ted or Jeb.

Kasich called for a time-out which went ignored.

The Doctor got more questions and speaking time than in previous debates.

One point where all the candidates agreed was that the choice of who should filled the vacancy caused by the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court should be put off until a new person takes over the Oval Office.

Who won and who lost?

Each of the candidates scored points. Each won in their own lane.

How that will translate come the South Carolina primary and the Nevada caucus is anyone’s guess in this atypical and strange, topsy-turvy election cycle.

Likewise each of the wannabes lost in that most likely none expanded their appeal much beyond the base already supporting each one.

Clear losers were the moderators of the event put on by CBS. It was clear that the moderators were not in control as the candidates continuously talked over each other, interrupted each other, demanded to interject and respond.

The moderators caved.

From the Cornfield, there will be another debate on February 25 after the primary and caucus. Whether the field will narrow after those votes is up in the air.

Before the votes are cast Republicans will get one more chance to talk to the voters of South Carolina as CNN hosts three candidates on Wednesday in a town hall and the remaining three in a town hall on Thursday.

‘Trust Me’ – Um – No

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Nearly two years ago I penned an article on politicians telling people to “trust me“. With a couple of alterations that article is on point with this year’s presidential election cycle.

It is not as if we have never been warned.

Our parents warned us. Our teachers warned us. Our ministers warned us. Psychologists have warned us. Prosecutors and judges, especially television judges, have warned us. Talk show hosts with cheating guests have warned us.

Yet over and over again it seems we, human beings, never listen.

The first words out of someone caught doing something they shouldn’t or someone’s other half is caught cheating, it is always the same two words, “Trust me.

Americans, especially voters, seem to throw all caution to the wind every time some politician answers a question or peppers a speech with those two problematic words. A defendant or witness in a criminal or civil trial is immediately suspect, yet jurors seem to ignore the flashing red letters, as the person sitting in the witness box declares, “Trust me.

What is it in the psyche of humanity that seems prone to allow those who intone as if pontificating from the heavens, “Trust me“, to get away with it?

In this election season we have a candidate in the world of politics, in the land of public service, who has in essence pronounced this dictate to potential voters, “Trust me.

That candidate is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. A banner is emblazoned in the background at all his rallies with “TrusTed”.

Sadly, too many will be duped by what we have all been warned is a clear sign and reason to run the other way. Sadly too many of us will hold our nose, close our eyes, grin and bear it. Sadly too many of us will once more fall for those two words which almost never end well – “Trust me.

I am not saying that Cruz is not worthy of a vote or cannot be held to his word.

What I am saying is that we should all “trust, but verify“, as Ronald Reagan advised. Sadly, too many of us will find it too hard to verify and hope for the best instead.

Let’s not go blindly down a road pitted with potholes and think we can escape the jarring and damage to the undercarriage of our life vehicles.

From the Cornfield, when will we learn, especially when it’s a politician who is mouthing the words, “Trust me“, to stop, look and listen before crossing a busy highway into the onrushing traffic?

How many more times must we be fooled before there is “reasonable doubt

when anyone, especially a politician, looks us dead in the eyes and says, “Trust me“?

When is enough, enough?

No-Show Wins

cornfieldlogoRepublican contenders for the presidency met in a debate in Des Moines, Iowa last night to make their last major televised pitch before Iowans go to caucus on Monday.

But it was not the seven on the stage who were the star of the show.

The one contender who won the debate was the one who was three miles down the road doing his own thing – Donald Trump. His name, however, did come up 13 times during last night’s main event.

The big loser may have been Ted Cruz, who could not seem to get it together. He tried his knack for telling jokes and cracking humor, but most were lame or fell on an unappreciative audience.

Time and again he was slapped down by both Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Cruz was not used to be the center of attention.

Paul and Jeb Bush had their appearances and debate night yet. Still there was no wow moment to move the needle. Rubio was in full command many times. He made a direct appeal to Evangelicals which was a slap to Cruz’s face.

However, Rubio got a bit of come-uppance from his former mentor, Bush, on the immigration issue.

John Kasich and Chris Christie appeared as themselves in last night’s ongoing GOP saga.

Unfortunately, Dr. Ben Carson seemed to be the wilting wall flower. Not that it was entirely his fault. The moderators gave him less than half the time allotted to Rubio and Cruz. Polls say that around 40% of Iowa voters have yet to make up their mind even though they must go and caucus in three days.

Last night, if they were able to stay awake and were not watching the Trump fund raiser for veterans, would have seen and heard a much more substantial debate on the issues from the seven on the stage.

But though deeper and meatier on policy than past debates, it is doubtful anyone of the seven or the four who debated earlier (Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Jim Gilmore – yes, Gilmore) made much of an impact or swayed anyone closer to a decision.

From the Cornfield, on Monday we will find who truly won the debate.

Kids Revolt Against Fox, Media

cornfieldlogoThe undercard Republican debate among presidential contenders as only begun. Yet, already one thing is clear – “We’re not gonna take it!” – is the consensus among those at the kids’ table.

Immediately all of those competing in this first round event struck out at the moderators (read Fox) and the rest of the media of trying to influence and drive the discussion.

The candidates made clear they were not going to allow it and would only talk issues, not each other nor Donald Trump, the GOP front runner skipping the main debate at 9 p.m.

The moderators shut down quickly. Even Jim Gilmore was on stage with Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. Gilmore has not been seen since the very first debate.

Gilmore admitted it was a strategic choice of us not to campaign in Iowa. Gilmore instead said he is focused on beginning his run in earnest in New Hampshire.

From the Cornfield, based just on the beginning of this first debate, I would say that in the Fox News/Donald Trump war, Trump has already won.

Audience reaction to the kids revolt against Fox and the media in general proved that. This election cycle is breaking all the rules and upsetting the balance of power.

Sorry Fox – you ain’t the Republican darling and powerhouse you once were.

Shameful Veterans’ Abuse

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Let’s call it what it is – veterans’ abuse.

While coming to the aid of veterans and wounded warriors is a commendable action, when it is done as a side thought or as a way to counter another event all in the name of political expediency, it is nothing short of abusing the service and the loss our military members have suffered. It is an assault to our former service warriors dignity and actions to protect our freedoms.

First it was Donald Trump in a row with Fox News who decided to hold a counter-event to the Republican presidential debate tonight. He said it would be fund raiser for veterans and wounded warriors.

The motivation and purpose, however, was not to benefit those who have put their lives on the line, but rather the purpose and motivation was to show the uppity news network, that he, Donald Trump, was more of a media star than Fox’s news anchors.

What crassness!

What despicable action to abuse our veterans for political gain and to prove who has the bigger set!

Now piling on is both Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina. Both are playing the same gain for the purpose of scoring political points.

Cruz offering to donate $1 million to vets if Trump debates him one on one.

Fiorina offering $2 million to vets for Trump to show up tonight at the debate.

Just donate the money and forget the “what’s in it for me” attitude!

From the Cornfield, I deplore the motives of all three of these Republican presidential candidates. In my book, this selfish reaction should be a disqualifier.

Saying this, I am going to be even more in a quandary of whom to support if any of the three become the GOP nominee depending on who is the Democratic nominee.

Facing Facts

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As I sat watching and listening to the undercard debate of the three out of four Republican candidates who chose to show up this evening, I was struck with one glaring reality:

Time for all three to drop out. While some of the sound bytes were nice with a certain ring to them, none of three can sanely say this is their time.

Perhaps Rand Paul had it right by not showing after being sent to the kids’ table.

Carly Fiorina who was back on the early debate stage since the first debate revealed that running as the female GOP alternative to Hillary Clinton was not enough. Fiorina has acquitted herself well in earlier debates and sounded strong again today.

But time to say, “adieu”. Neither Mike Huckabee, who won Iowa in 2008, nor Rick Santorum, who won Iowa in 2012, have been able to ignite more than a spark of interest. Both candidates are running on yesterday’s issues.

Time to haul it in, boys.

From the Cornfield, time face the facts, none of the three nor Paul, who refused to play the hand dealt, has a chance at the nomination this year.

While I agree with Paul no votes have yet been cast, some times the better part of politics, like with poker, is knowing when to throw in the hand.

Now is the time.

Look for my take on the main debate tomorrow. I do not plan to watch until after my shows tonight when I can watch it online.

Based on this early debate, I prefer to tune into Heroes Reborn, The Blacklist and Shades of Blue during prime time and the debate at 11 p.m. online.

Cornfield Polling Results

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Earlier this week I once more put up a non-scientific survey to gauge who readers wanted to see at the top of the Republican ticket in 2016.

The results are in. Coming out on top with 50% of the vote of those who participated is Donald Trump. Three other candidates split the rest of the votes: Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.

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Tonight, Democrats Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will face each other in a debate that few are expected to view. The host is ABC and will begin at 8 p.m. (ET).

From the Cornfield, I was surprised to see Graham in the mix. The poll revealed that Trump has a good chance at winning the GOP nomination for president, but the field is fractured.

Debate Take-Aways

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Human nature is such that each of us hears what we want to hear and see what we want to see in most situations. This is definitely true when it comes to the realm of politics and political debates. Often our mindset and preconceived notions determine what we perceive.

Last night’s two Republican debates among the 13 candidates for president who participated is a case in point. For supporters of each of the wannabes, they were not disappointed in their candidates’ performance.

For the undecided, each of us heard and saw different things which stood out the most.

There were one-liners and sound bytes galore to choose from in each of the two debates. But it is not the one-liners which stood out the most for me.

For me, my take-aways from both events were: 

1. Americans are scared

2. The would-be commander-in-chiefs are not sure what to do to calm Americans fears

3. There will be no 3rd party runs

4. Time to cut and run

More than angry, Americans and the candidates are afraid of what shoe will drop next.

Which city, community will be targeted next by radicals?

How do we stop it or can we?

We have suggestions of carpet bombing, negotiations, walls, deportation, banning a religion, troops on the ground with disagreement on how to do any of these things.

Do we disregard the Constitution and personal liberty for the sake of security?

The candidates primarily played to Americans’ fears rather than a call to their more noble natures.

Whether the war on terror, immigration, refugees, the siren call was to strike first rather than being hit at home. Yet our greatest danger appears to be from within more than from without.

It did appear evident to me that the follow candidates need to suspend their candidacies. Now is not their time. Time to leave:

1. George Pataki 

2. Mike Huckabee

3. Rick Santorum

4. Rand Paul

5. John Kasich

6. Carly Fiorina 

Jim Gilmore, who has been absent from the debates, should have already said, “bye-bye“.

If no good placement in Iowa and New Hampshire in February then these should be cut:

1. Jeb Bush

2. Lindsey Graham

3. Ben Carson

4. Chris Christie

Going forward after the two early states would have three contenders:

1. Donald Trump

2. Ted Cruz

3. Marco Rubio

This is crunch time. It is time to assess and re-evaluate.

While Graham is having no traction in the polls, he continues to best the field in debate performances. Trouble is – no one is listening.

Jeb came alive – finally.

Trump showed humility.

The young bulls – Cruz and Rubio – are the most likely to be on the stage for years to come.

Christie is mounting a come-back.

Rand is Rand, but he is not his father.

Carly is banking too much on her gender.

The doctor is not so good with an audience though great with house calls.

Kasich is from yesterday.

Pataki – who?

Huckabee and Santorum are yesterday’s news.

From the Cornfield, that’s the way it looked as I peered through the corn stalks last night.

Next up on Friday night, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have their snooze fest.

GOP Presidential Preference Survey

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Tuesday, December 15 – the date of the last Republican presidential wannabes debate before the New Year.

Here is your chance to make known your preference before 2016 who, at this moment, you would like to see emerge come July, 2016 as the Republican presidential nominee.

This survey will run through Friday night, December 18, at 6 p.m. (Eastern Time). The totals will be tabulated and the results made known over the weekend.

Make your voice known: http://fromthecornfield.com/polls/index.php/517439

Please share the link with your friends, family, in-laws and out-laws!