December 21, 2015
Immigration Debate Possible Because of Donald Trump
In part because of Trump, no Republican will win the nomination unless he convinces voters that he will exercise control over our borders. Unless this threshold is met, no nominee will be in contention. For 30 years we've demanded the federal government stop illegal immigration, and for 30 years we've been lied to, starting with Bush 1. That ends next year. If neither Cruz nor Rubio is judged honest and credible on this issue, Trump could be the nominee himself.
This one issue, immigration, could win the election. It is the key to the white non-college-educated vote.
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The Third World is teeming with desperate people whose only hope of the good life is entry to the West. What is our obligation to them? How many can we admit? Who should be allowed in, and who should be denied? What circumstances justify bringing groups of desperately poor, and economically backward, people who share virtually nothing with our culture of tolerance and individual freedom?
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the ruling elite would rather make these kinds of decisions without input from the unenlightened masses – i.e., voters. This may well be one of the most important issues of the 21st century. And the third of the country that follows Trump will insist, and a majority of the electorate will agree, that the primary consideration in any such decision will be – what is in the best interest of the American people?
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With the extremely disappointing omnibus budget bill this week, congressional Republicans have again enraged large swathes of the American people.
December 18, 2015
Donald Trump: The Indispensable Man
By Fritz Pettyjohn