There has not been a dull moment in the White House since US President Donald Trump took office. In the past eight months there’s been a series of executive orders and a string of high profile departures. Yet the president insists there is “no chaos” in his administration.
But the polls tell a different story.
His approval ratings have plummeted and members of his own Republican party are questioning his capability as president, with some calling the White House a “sinking ship’.
Trump has become increasingly isolated in recent months, shunned by major business leaders and at odds with his party’s congressional leadership. And his comments after the violence in Charlottesville estranged him from more than half the nation.
Many are now beginning to wonder how long he will last as president.”
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Oliver McGee – Former White House Science Office Senior Policy Advisor, Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Technology Policy
David A Love – Executive Editor of Black Commentator dot com.
Jeanne Zaino – Professor of political science and international studies at Iona College.
Despite a drop in popularity since its high point in the 2010 midterm elections, the tea party has stood by their policies and hopes to make an impact in the 113th Congress. (Source: GRU)
(Raycom News Network, RNN) – “It’s not surprising the political pendulum has swung back and forth between the two major parties during the past few election cycles.
Democrats had considerable momentum after the 2008 election, but conservatism curtailed that political energy soon after President Barack Obama took his oath of office in 2009.
The “tea party” was at the forefront of this new conservative surge. Supporters of the movement defined it as a “reaction of the American people to fiscally irresponsible actions of the federal government, misguided stimulus spending, bailouts and takeovers of private industry.”
Its prestige on the national stage, along with its candidates, took a hit in 2012. But members still have a focused message as Obama starts his second term and Congress marks its 113th session.
Although the tea party is not an independent political party, many of the movement’s characteristics are based on Republican and Libertarian ideals. Most tea party candidates appear on ballots as Republicans.
“The tea party raises the conversation about smaller, less bureaucratic, and entrepreneurial-minded government,” said Republican commentator and author Oliver McGee. “They simply don’t want the federal government running like the post office.”
Dr. Oliver McGee is the author of ‘Jumping the Aisle: How I Became a Republican in the Age of Obama.’
(Source: Oliver McGee)
According to McGee, many of the tea party’s primary goals deal with lower taxes, reduced spending and debt reduction. It has also caused others to focus on their interpretation of certain American rights.
“The Constitutional principles are alive and well, from gun control to states rights to the Grand Old Party principles of low government and low taxes,” McGee said. “More people are carrying the Constitution with them as a result of the tea party movement.”
McGee added the tea party also continues to make national security one of its major legislative interests, supporting legislation that prioritizes a strong national defense.
“This also involves creating a new supply of education capable of managing a strong defense, particularly in the advances of technology, engineering and mathematics,” McGee said.
However, the tea party’s taxation and budgeting goals have met their fair share of opposition.
A number of political action committees and liberal groups have been established to combat tea party goals. One of the most notable during the 2012 election season was Take Down the Tea Party Ten, a campaign spearheaded by CREDO SuperPAC.
“Two years ago, we witnessed the tea party’s rise to power; the disturbing and misguided anger, the assault on the middle class badly masquerading as economic populism, and an alarming anti-woman sentiment that we literally could not believe was being so actively expressed in the year 2012,” Take Down the Tea Party Ten said in a statement.
“We could not let this toxic ideology persist in our Congress. And on election night we dealt it a major blow.”
Another complaint about the tea party is its set of 15 “non-negotiable core beliefs,” a list of bullet points rounding up of the group’s ideologies. Examples include “illegal aliens are here illegally,” “gun ownership is sacred,” and “English as our core language is required.”
Take Down the Tea Party Ten had a simple goal: defeat 10 of the most “dangerous” tea party members of Congress. The group raised almost $3.5 million towards that campaign effort.
Five out of the 10 targeted congressmen were voted out of office on Election Day, including Rep. Alan West (FL-18), Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-1), Rep. Chip Cravaack (MN-8), Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-8) and Rep. Dan Lungren (CA-3).
Take Down the Tea Party Ten was unable to unseat one of its most high-profile targets – Rep. Michelle Bachmann (MN-6). However, she won her bid for reelection against Democrat and hotel executive Jim Graves by slightly more than a percentage point, despite outspending him 12-to-1.
“Bachmann has worked to put Medicare and Medicaid on the chopping block, but she and her husband operate a ‘Christian counseling clinic’ that has received more than $137,000 in federal Medicaid funds while practicing controversial and medically unsound ex-gay conversion therapy,” Take Down the Tea Party Ten claimed.
The 10 targeted representatives were considered major players in the group, but the tea party leadership is decentralized.
“The tea party is not necessarily looking for one key leader like [Rep. John] Boehner or Obama,” McGee said. “They have distributive leadership because freedom and independence themselves are decentralized.”
Negative publicity became one of the largest hurdles for the tea party to overcome, as left-leaning super PACs, special interest groups and politicians publicly denounced its politicians’ platforms.
Some members of the tea party had problems communicating their message effectively to the public as well. However, McGee said this is a struggle that many movements have faced.
“What [the tea party] is learning is the power of mass communication,” he said. “America is ultimately about storytelling and how the message is being communicated. And [struggles] always happen when you look at movements.”
Who’s got the most votes after NY & 5 “Super Nor’easter”, Indiana Onwards to June 14, 2016 Washington DC Primary? Clinton-Trump Likely Party Nominees, As GOP House Chairs Endorse Trump
We’ve complied a running total here of the primary and caucus votes earned by each of the political contenders, having a considered interest in the 2016 presidential election decision, as we approach this summer the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18-21, 2016, and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 25-28, 2016.
Who’s got the most votes after NY Primary?
Hillary Clinton ———— 10.7M
Donald Trump ——–— 8.8M
Bernie Sanders ——— 7.9M
Ted Cruz ——————— 6.6M
Marco Rubio ————— 3.4M
John Kasich –———— 3.1M
Who’s got the most votes after the 5 “Super Nor’easter”, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington, California, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington DC Primaries?
Here’s an updated voter tally after the 5 “Super Nor’easter” Primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Maryland on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Indiana Primary on May 3, 2016, Kentucky and Oregon Primaries on May 17, 2016, Washington Primary on May 24, 2016, California, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana on June 7, 2016, and Washington DC on June 14, 2016:
Hillary Clinton ———— 15.9M
Donald Trump ——–— 13.6M
Bernie Sanders ——— 12.2M
Ted Cruz ——————— 7.8M
Marco Rubio ————— 3.4M
John Kasich –———— 3.7M
Who’s closest to clinching the Democratic & GOP presidential nominations?
Clinton with 2,811 delegates (2,220 primary delegates, 591 super-delegates) to Sanders 1,879 delegates (1831 primary delegates, 48 super-delegates), making Clinton likely the Democratic presidential nomination (2,383 needed).
.@realDonaldTrump with 1,542 delegates to Cruz’s 559 & Kasich’s 161 (Rubio’s 171) has now clinched the GOP nomination (1,237 needed) on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
On May 3, 2016, Senator Ted Cruz suspended his presidential campaign, making Billionaire Mogul Donald J. Trump the presumptive GOP nominee. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain .@realDonaldTrump #Trump2016 #Decision2016.
HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIRS ENDORSE DONALD J. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT
(Washington, DC) May 13, 2016 – Today, nine Committee Chairs in the U.S. House of Representatives – Steve Chabot (Small Business), Michael Conaway (Agriculture), Jeb Hensarling (Financial Services), Candice Miller (House Administration), Jeff Miller (Veterans’ Affairs), Tom Price (Budget), Pete Sessions (Rules), Bill Shuster (Transportation and Infrastructure), and Lamar Smith (Science, Space and Technology) – endorsed Donald J. Trump for President and released the following statement:
“We stand on the precipice of one of the most important elections of our lifetime. This great nation cannot endure eight more years of Democrat-control of the White House. It cannot afford to put Democrats in charge of Congress. It is paramount that we coalesce around the Republican nominee, Mr. Donald J. Trump, and maintain control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.”
“Any other outcome is a danger to economic growth, puts our national security in peril, enshrines ObamaCare as the law of the land, entraps Americans in a cycle of poverty and dependence, and undermines our constitutional republic.”
“There is a path to winning in November, and it comes through unity. To solidify this partnership, we endorse Mr. Trump as the Republican nominee for President and call upon all Americans to support him.”
In response, Mr. Trump released the following statement upon news of the endorsements:
“It is tremendous to be working with these leaders and their colleagues on winning solutions that will really move us forward. A strong House Republican Majority is imperative to fixing the problems facing America and making our country better and stronger than ever before.”
Mr. Trump has surged in recent polls against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, both nationally and in key battleground states such as Ohio, where he leads Clinton by a significant margin.
“We all come to look for AMERICA!”
Oliver McGee is an aerospace, mechanical, and civil engineer, and author of seven books on Amazon. He is former United States deputy assistant secretary of transportation for technology policy (1999-2001) in the Clinton Administration, and former senior policy adviser in the Clinton White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (1997-1999).
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