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“Truthful Hyperbole” is the description of Donald Trump’s rhetoric which is highlighted in an article in Politico. The article provides specific revelations from Trump’s book, The Art of the Deal. In the book Trump “defends his practice of hype, calling it “truthful hyperbole” and he hinted at his future practice of outrageous rhetoric noting that the press “love[s] stories about extreme.” Anyone listening to any speech of Donald Trump would conclude that “outrageous rhetoric” was the hallmark of this Republican candidate for President. What isn’t obvious from listening to one of his speeches of the last few months is the extent to which he has previously disparaged Ronald Reagan. Trump launched a political campaign that “tore into Reagan’s record, including his willingness to stand up to the Soviet Union.” In 1987 Trump took out full page ads (at a cost of more than $90,000.00) in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Washington Post, blasting Reagan and his team. Recently Trump praised Reagan saying “I really liked him. You know, not only his policies, smart guy…” Yet in his book Trump described Reagan as”He is so smooth and so effective a performer that he completely won over the American people. Only now, nearly seven years later, are people beginning to question whether there’s anything beneath that smile.”
Contrast Trump’s criticism of Reagan to Sarah Palin’s elevation of Reagan to a hero. While her praise of Reagan at his birthday celebration was filled with errors, it was clear that Palin has always held Reagan in great esteem. Even though she has publically indicated she actually knows little about Reagan, Palin has only spoken of Reagan with great reverence and praise.
In spite of Trump’s condemnation of Reagan, Trump has been a strong advocate for Palin. He even has said he’d find a place for her in his cabinet. Trump described Palin as “somebody who knows what’s happening. She’s a special person. She’s really a special person. And I think people know that and she’s got a following that’s unbelievable.”
Likewise, Palin has been a strong proponent of Trump. In her interview of him she described his campaign as “avant-garde,” and dubbing his supporters as “Trumpeters” and “Trumpservatives.” She has praised his immigration ideas. Palin has described the Donald as the “best thing to happen to the permanent political class since the beauty of the Tea Party genuine movement rose up and shined light on crony capitalism, and then pulled the rug right out from under the status quo politicians who just kind of embrace the permanent political class.” Palin said that Trump “is able to speak common sense to issues that Americans can understand, calling his policies “Joe Six Pack, common sense solutions.” She declared that the country should be relieved that “finally we have someone with the guts, who isn’t bought by anyone, he doesn’t belong to anyone. He’s his own man. He’s very independent. So I am very pleased that he is offering himself up in the name of service to our country.”
In conclusion, Trump now praises Reagan to bolster his ratings in the GOP polls. Trump is no different than any other politician who will say anything if he/she thinks it will result in more votes. Breitbart News, the mouthpiece for Sarah Palin, has now joined Trump to try to persuade ignorant Republicans that Trump is,and always has been, a fan of Reagan. Breitbart reported ” The Donald is a fan of Dutch too.”He had a great way about him,” said Trump. “He had a great sense about him. You looked at him and you said ‘There’s our president.’ He had that whole presidential demeanor. Better than people we have see since certainly.”
Breitbart has gone farther, comparing Trump to Reagan. Breitbart reported: “Reagan infiltrated politics as an outsider. Now it’s Trump in that role.”
The inconvenient truth is that Donald Trump and Sarah Palin will say anything that they think will increase their popularity and celebrity status. Trump has indicated he’d find a place for Palin in his cabinet, even though Palin says if picked for Energy Secretary, she’d get rid of the department. Trump has said he is pro-choice,
and later said he was pro-life.
Palin is vociferously opposed to recognizing a woman’s right to choose, even in the case of rape.
However in Going Rogue, Palin considered her choice.
Trump has said McCain was not a hero, and Palin says he was. Trump disparaged Reagan, and Palin hails him as a hero.
The two issues that Grandma Palin has been outspoken on are guns and abortion. She is in a staunch supporter of the right of people to kill things with guns.
Simultaneously she is a strong opponent of the right of women to choose to terminate a pregnancy.
Grandma Palin has taken to Facebook to condemn a man of God, a preacher. He is an outspoken opponent of abortion. He has recently discussed the contradiction of pro-lifers being proponents of no restrictions on guns in America. Reverand Schenck wrote “The pro-life movement must bring its voice of conscience to discussions about the ominous proliferation of guns-licensed or unlicensed- in our society.”
The pastor thinks the debate on gun restrictions is not being debated or regulated as seriously as it should be. He blames the National Rifle Association. “A gun is too easy to use, either on others or on ourselves. So these are very, very serious, life and death issues, and it seems to me in my encounters with the NRA that they are not taking that aspect of it seriously,” Schenck says. “I mean they even have the least likely politicians running scared of them, and they can congratulate themselves on that. But it does nothing to help or improve the safety or security of morality of our culture.”
“It doesn’t help us to engage in fantasy. We have to talk about reality, and the only reality is that whenever bullets are flying towards other human beings, a tragedy is unfolding. Period.”
Sarah Palin has referred to the Preacher’s remarks as a “bizarre rant”. Palin goes even further to indicate that: “Don’t think that too many Americans will be led astray by you standing at the pulpit on this one.”
The truth is that the only one engaged in a “bizarre rant” is Grandma Palin. The majority of Americans favor stricter gun control. Mother Jones reported, just this week, that 55% of Americans stricter gun control legislation. That represents an increase of 8% from last year. However the majority of Americans have long been in favor of restrictions, especially on assault weapons. The recent shooting illustrate the reason the majority of Americans favor stricter laws. Just this month the LA Times posted a story on the many deadly attacks of the last few years. Americans are afraid to shop for groceries, go to a movie, send our kids to school, or even go to church, for fear that some crazed gunman will start shooting.
Sarah Palin has portrayed herself as a proud Christian, opposed to stricter gun control, but when she is the potential target she is in favor of eliminating everyone’s 2nd Amendment rights. Grandma Palin refuses to allow even gun permit holders to carry their guns into a speech she is giving unless the firing pins are removed. The analogy might be made to Sarah claiming to be a victim of computer hacking, while she herself is guilty of computer hacking. According to the September 20,2004, Anchorage Daily News, “Sarah Palin never thought of herself as an investigator. Yet there she was, hacking uncomfortably into Randy Ruedrich’s computer, looking for evidence that the state Republican Party boss had broken the state ethics law while a member of the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.”
Another analogy is Sarah Palin’s insistence on protecting the right of gun owners to shoot and kill people, but when she is connected to such a shooting SHE claims to be a victim.
In 2010, unintentional firearm injuries caused the deaths of 606 people. From 2005-2010, almost 3,800 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings. People of all age groups are significantly more likely to die from unintentional firearm injuries when they live in states with more guns, relative to states with fewer guns. On average, states with the highest gun levels had nine times the rate of unintentional firearms deaths compared to states with the lowest gun levels. In 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings. This is the equivalent of more than 85 deaths each day and more than three deaths each hour. 73,505 Americans were treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal gunshot wounds in 2010.
Just this week a 6 year old child accidentally shot and killed his three year old brother. The father will likely be charged for his negligence in leaving a loaded gun where the 6 year old could reach it. Grandma Palin advocates taking action to prevent taking the “life” of a clump of cells after fertilization, but she remains heartless about the death of innocent children. She tries to position herself to be the hero of saving the lives of children that might have otherwise been aborted, but she is happy to watch as healthy happy children are murdered.
Bristol and Sarah Palin have been strong, outspoken opponents of abortion. In an attempt to elevate themselves in the eyes of most Americans, their emphasis has not been on how foolish they were to get pregnant as an unwed teenager, or a woman in her 40’s who had a heightened chance of having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality . Instead Bristol and Sarah have tried to characterize themselves as righteous because they didn’t opt to have an abortion.
Bristol’s choice of blog sites is Patheos. Patheos identifies itself as “hosting the conversation on faith.” However it is clear that Bristol and Sarah seem to read only what they write, and sometimes not even that.
This article appears on Patheos, and was written in 2012, long before the controversy over Planned Parenthood. The article is written by a young woman who had previously been pro-life. The more education she got about abortion, the more she realized that the pro-life movement was actually causing death. The simple truth she discovered is that laws banning abortion does not actually reduce the number of abortions, it simply converts legal, safe abortions to illegal, and unsafe abortions. When abortions are unsafe, more women die. The passage of anti-abortion laws wasn’t saving unborn fetus from abortion, but instead the mothers were dying too due to the unsafe conditions associated with illegal abortions.
Hillary Clinton said:
Florynce Kennedy said:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said:
“Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that changed their abortion laws before Roe are not going to change back. So we have a policy that only affects poor women, and it can never be otherwise.“
Bill Clinton said that abortion should be: “Safe, legal, and rare.” Nobody like the notion of an abortion, but to make it illegal simply multiplies the number of victims.
Carly Fiorina wasn’t even popular enough to make the cut for the first Republican Debate. During the second debate she was invited to participate. However the rules of the debate were conspicuously silent about the requirement that the candidates tell the truth. Fiorina made an impassioned speech about atrocities she claimed were committed by Planned Parenthood. She attacked Clinton and Obama for tolerating the abortion of a live fetus, with its heart beating,and its leg moving. The purported reason for watching the baby die was to harvest its brain.
After much attention and fact checking, it is clear that Fiorina not only stretched the truth, but she told an outrageous lie. As it turns out, the fetus in question was not an aborted fetus, but a still-born infant. The grief stricken mother who made the video as a final tribute to her dying child, did not have an abortion. She had a still-born baby. The mother never gave permission to the anti-choice advocates to use the film. Imagine the shock and horror when the mother realized that this film had been used for political reasons. The film did not depict any patient or fetus at any Planned Parenthood clinic. The mother of this fetus had not consented to any portion of the fetus being used or harvested for any reason, and in fact no part was harvested. Instead of respecting life, and this mother’s right to privacy, the anti-choice advocates disregarded the moral imperative and used this video to promote their agenda. It was an atrocious misuse and deception promoted by “pro-life” groups.
Multiple news sources determined that the assertions by Fiorina were false.
After the hearing before Congress the President of Planned Parenthood stood her ground when attacked on the House floor.
Even Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz determined that the assertions against Planned Parenthood were false.
“After months of hurling vile slander and gruesome accusations at Planned Parenthood, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced that his investigation of the beleaguered healthcare provider has, predictably, turned up no wrongdoing of any sort. During a judiciary committee meeting, he admitted that “did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes. Was there any wrongdoing? I didn’t find any.”
After the second debate, Fiorina jumped in the polls from 3% of the vote to 10%. That was the single largest change following the second debate.
Now that people have had time to consider the multitude of lies of Fiorina and the lies told in Congress, Fiorina’s popularity is dropping. Within two weeks following the second debate, her popularity has declined to 6%. Her heart may still be beating, and her legs still kicking, but let’s hope that her popularity declines as rapidly as the life she attempted to use for political gain.