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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Raging controversy over Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States ignores the most obvious fact about his suggestion: there’s no chance it would ever take effect. Even in the event of a Trump presidency, courts or congress would promptly block any “Muslim ban.”  That’s also true of Trump’s proposed new “Deportation Force” to expel 11 million illegal immigrants and their families: whether or not it’s a good idea, it’s obvious it won’t happen, due to legal and political objections, as well as a trillion dollar price tag.

Trump and most of his supporters have to know his grand schemes won’t become reality—no, Mexico won’t pay for a “big, beautiful” border wall. But he uses outrageous, simplistic and totally impractical suggestions to gain attention and build support, with no real expectation that he’d ever actually implement his vague ideas. Trump’s campaign won’t change policy, but it could change politics and do profound damage to Republican prospects.

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  1. Jim Bird  •  Dec 9, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Interesting? Obama “waves” into this country, on his whim, on his schedule, hundreds of thousands of illegals who have several relatives EACH quickly “waved in” behind them. Obviously we can do nothing to stop Obama because uhhhh..??? .. why? AND IT IS TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE EVER FOR CONGRESS TO SEND THEM HOME OR NOT GIVE THEM FREE STUFF OR FOLLOW THE LAW AND CONSTITUTION. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE…..RIGHT MIKE ……
    TOALLY IMPOSSBLE…………..RIGHT MIKE? And that’s just one of countless atrocities he foments virtually on a daily basis. WHAT IS YOUR POINT? WHERE ARE YOU GOING WITH THIS LINE OF THINKING? ARE YOU PREPARING YOUR LISTENERS MARXISM? WE KNOW WHAT TRUMP’S POINT IS, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE GOP, IT IS BASICALLY GIBBERISH. TRUMP WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT. OBAMA WILL CONTINUE TO IMPORT TERRORISTS AND WHATEVER THE HELL HE WANTS TO DO WITH NO BLOW BACK FROM THE GOP EXCEPT MEANINGLESS DISCUSSIONS ( EXCEPT FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES) AND, OF COURSE THE SOLUTION IS TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION TO DO THE PEOPLES WORK, WITH A NEW STRATEGY, WITH NEW IDEAS, WITH NEW VIGOR, WITH THE SAME OLD BUSINESS-AS-USUAL UNLESS RUBIO OR CRUZ GET THE NOMINATION. OH, AND OF COURSE IF IT IS CRUZ, MICHAEL WILL VOTE FOR HILLARY.

  2. Nani  •  Dec 10, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Michael, Michael. Trump’s supports probably do NOT know that he can’t do the things he calls for. Why do you think these supporters are viewed as “uninformed” and “under educated”? While it’s true that some people like Andrea Tantaros (Outnumbered) and Eric Bolling (the Five) SHOULD know better, most of Trump supporters actually BELIEVE that it is more important to get rid of Mexicans, ban Muslims, and destroy the Republican party and they don’t care what it cost or if it’s constitutional or not.

    Tantaros and Bolling have a ratings agenda and work for a network that sees nothing wrong with suspending consultants who say “unacceptable and inappropriate” things about Obama, but allows Trump, the epitome of embarrassment and inappropriateness to appear on Fox whenever he wants to.

    What Trump HAS accomplished is to show these people’s true colors. Now it is up to the only party with the numbers to stop the Liberal agenda and REAL Republicans (not those pretending to be the core of a party they hate and have zero respect for) to step up and say enough.

    This is serious business people, NOT a reality show. You’ve had your fun. Get on board and give America a reason to vote Republican–or continue to push for another 4 years of Liberalism ala Trump the unelectable embarrassment candidate.

    • Stairgauge  •  Dec 10, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Nani………Funny, you talk about uninformed voters and then turn around and say Trump as President can not do as he says. It seems to me that You and Medved are the uninformed voters…… 8 US code 1182 Passed by a democrat congress and senate
      sighed into law by a democrat president, used by a democrat president to do exactly what Trump said he would do and already upheld by the courts . I have read almost all of our Founding Fathers writings and I can find no where in the Constitution that emplies that we Americans have to commit suicide to fulfill the tenets of the 1st amendment. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the whole world is covered by the Constitution.Unless Muslims are born of American citizens or legally made US. citizens they can and have been denied
      access to American soil. Starting with James Madison and Thomas Jefferson thru Jimmy Carter despite what you or Medved say.

      • Nani  •  Dec 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

        Do you truly believe that the entire United States is conservative hard liners? Do you even comprehend that a president is NOT a dictator, he cannot deport 11 million people, threaten another nation so that they pay to build a wall, ban a group based on religion, deprive birthright to children? Do you really and honestly believe that the rest of America would tolerate that?

        Don’t you get it? Blacks would NEVER have gotten civil rights if the rest of America had not joined them and believed they were entitled to those rights. Women would never have gotten equality if the male population did not allow it. If fact the entire idea of what is right and wrong, fair and acceptable is because the MAJORITY believes it. THIS is how America works. You may be able to bully your way in school, but in the real world, society expects people to act with a certain amount of civility.

        Trump is NOT civil, nor is he trying to be. He’s a reality star and his supporters are like those mobs who demand their blood sport. I too do NOT want to allow those into this nation that may kill us, but I am smart enough to know that we are a nation whose first name is “United” and nothing can succeed if the core structure is based on division and embarrassing, adolescent demands for getting our way.

        Oh yes, Trump supporters ARE either uninformed or want to see blood so much they will watch America burn. I prefer to believe they are the former for the latter would say so much about America being as ugly as those who hate her say she is.

      • Susan  •  Dec 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

        Yeah, that “uninformed voters” smear won’t cut it. Perhaps, Mr. Medved thinks that America’s being “a nation of LAWS” is anachronistic. I don’t. Most conservative Americans don’t. And Donald Trump doesn’t. He’s the one candidate committed to upholding American laws and enforcing them. I think it’s because HE is an informed CITIZEN. And when he picked Sen. Jeff Sessions to partner with him on Immigration Policy, that signaled that he’d begun to do exactly what he’ll do in the Oval Office–pick the best informed, the wisest, the hardest working and most competent people we’ve EVER seen as presidential cabinet members and advisers. I can’t wait!

      • Nani  •  Dec 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm

        Susan, the very fact that you buy what Trump is selling shows that “informed” is not your forte’. He is a total embarrassment and the one thing I am grateful for is that he is showing that the so called base, the “real” conservatives are NOT Republican and really should go and create their own party.

        After losing a few elections and screaming like banshees because no one is paying attention to them, they will come back and try to slime their way back to gain power and attention. Let us hope that the GOP remembers and treats them as they would any entity that has hatred and zero respect for them.

  3. Jim Bird  •  Dec 10, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I just heard the Republic’s savior on Michael’s show. Listen to this speech – he speaks like normal folk, not some gibberish-spewing politician. There are no strings, zero strings, attached to this man. Please, please, please, never change Senator Sasse!

  4. Rizzo  •  Dec 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Democrats NEVER worry about “impractical ideas”, you know, like gay-marriage, sanctuary cities, ObamaCare, etc., etc., etc. They are ONLY concerned with advancing their ideology, which without any opposition, they have been very successful. As “impractical” as this may sound to RINOS, it is time for conservatives to reclaim America and restore The American Dream.

    Sorry Michael, but you establishment guys are NOT up for that calling.

    • Nani  •  Dec 13, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      So you want to be just like Democrats who will do whatever it takes, even if it is unconstitutional and impractical…you want a conservative Obama who will walk over everything that isn’t part of his ideology…so much for the “principles” of conservatives.

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 14, 2015 at 11:57 pm

        I never suggested that Republicans do anything “Unconstitutional”…. Quite the contrary. But, they do need to take bold measures to reclaim America and restore The American Dream. Conservatives are sick and tired of being told about things deemed “impractical”. If returning to the principles of a Constitutional Republic is “impractical”, then what’s the point?
        Establishment candidates have not the inspirational vision nor the willingness to fight, required for this job.

      • Nani  •  Dec 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm

        Rizzo, they may be “tired” of being told what can and cannot be done, but reality is reality. Conservatives are acting as though everyone in America thinks and believes as they do and the GOP just doesn’t want to do what the people want.

        This is so contrary to logic it boggles the mind. If you want to “win” (reclaim America), you have to be able to “be in the game”, to “play” in the game, you have to make the team (win the election). Once in the game, there are rules that you need to follow, especially if the officials (Media) seems to give all the breaks to the other team. You may not like the rules, you may want to storm the field and demand the win, but the reality is that your team still has to play according to the rules or the win DOES NOT COUNT.

        Hard liners, Right AND Left does not have the numbers to make the team. Sorry, but that is a fact. So after eons of not getting more than 3% of the vote, they wisely joined the two viable parties. Each try to push the main party to the Right or the Left. Where they run into trouble is when they FORGET that they do not make up the majority.

        They listen to the talk show hosts whose main purpose is to garner influence and ratings who make demands they KNOW politicians cannot fulfill. Then they blame politicians for making promises that they never could keep.

        Just how many tantrums do you people have to throw, only to lose the game? When are you going to RESPECT the fact that there are a huge majority of people that lean Right on SOME issues and Left on others. That these people cannot be bullied or scared into being conservatives? That every demand for conservatism only makes them run to the Left?

        CHILDREN stamp their feet and threaten to hold their breath. As we grow, we learn the importance of compromising and working TOGETHER with mutual respect for each others’ opinions.

        Tired of losing? Be an adult, work your butt off to make sure your party makes the playoffs, follow the rules to negate the bad calls, and then play to win.

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 15, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        Nani

        You assume too much. You have NO idea who is electable, and what is practical. Additionally, it is YOU who thinks everyone agrees with you and it’s YOU who doesn’t “want to do what the people want”. We have nominated YOUR loser candidates in the past and they LOST. We had to compromise our proven values to nominate a loser. If we had won, with your loser candidates, what would we have really won? They are NOT willing and able to stand up for the values and principles that have made America Great. We see these types everyday in Congress and The Senate… Go along to get along.
        Stand for something or fall for anything.
        NOBODY represents the conservative. Why do you pretend to represent the majority? It’s not true. No candidate has ever won by alienating their base. Quit advocating for alienating the base.

      • Nani  •  Dec 15, 2015 at 8:09 pm

        Rizzo,

        The last Republican to win the WH was GW. Bush, was he one of your hard liners?

        McCain could have won but he had Palin on his ticket and she is one of those tea party people.

        Mitt changed his illegal immigration stand; exactly what conservative moderators told him he MUST do…and he lost because he lost the Hispanic vote that voted for Bush.

        Clinton ran middle–and won.

        Reagan gave illegals amnesty, raised taxes and spent spent — today’s conservatives would call him a RINO.

        The first Bush was also considered a RINO.

        Jeb lost his first bid for the governorship and learned the hard way that he had to run middle.

        The only person who won while not being in the middle was Black.

        Since none of the Republicans can lay claim to being the first Black, I think that card is no longer valid.

        You know being middle isn’t bad because THAT is where most of America is. If you don’t know that, you really don’t get it. And you will continue to be frustrated.

        But let’s get to the main question. Let us say, you guys “hold your breath” and destroy the Republican party. Then what? WHO has the numbers to stop the Liberal agenda? You KNOW it’s not conservatives because if you guys had the numbers you’d create your own party and not pretend to be the base of a party you hate and have zero respect for.

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 15, 2015 at 8:20 pm

        Nani

        You have a lot of excuses for your loser candidates.
        I suggest you take a good long look in the mirror and own up to YOUR CANDIDATES.
        Conservatives have CONSISTENTLY shown to be the majority in America. I suggest you hold true to your BIG-TENT policy and quit trying to exclude the base of The Republican Party.

      • Nani  •  Dec 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm

        Rizzo, I fail to comprehend how conservatives can be the base of a party they hate and have zero respect for. They will call themselves everything BUT Republican. Let’s be honest for once. When people claim to be “conservative” they mean as in how they dress or act NOT how they vote. If the majority voters were consistently conservative, Ron Paul would have won the last few elections and Ted Cruz or Ran Paul would be leading in the polls. Fact is that both Pauls, acknowledged Libertarians ran under the Republican ticket because they knew they couldn’t win with the Libertarian 3%. Smart but VERY dishonest.

        In fact conservatives have for years been dishonestly pretending to be Republicans and at every turn been trying to destroy her. They have even made the name Republican “dirty” and scream “establishment” like children of the 60s.

        The entire “big tent” mentality and the understanding that America is NOT ideologically Republican or Democrat is the reason why these dishonest people have managed to move into the Republican party and thanks to their media whose sole purpose is influence and ratings, have managed to take over. But Trump and worst, the people who support him, has shown that this is something that can no longer be accepted.

        The tantrums to demand what they want no matter what the consequences, the ignorance of how government works and why, and the lack of respect for others that may not share their views paints the Republican party as UGLY.

        Really. A group that will continue to support a man that disrespected a POW has to be cut out as you would any cancer that wishes to destroy the body. In fact, how many times have I heard cheering at the thought of destroying the Republican party? Does anyone really expect the American people to want to join and support a party that condones and even cheers on a bully?

        You talk about being lied to and having enough. I think the GOP has been lied to enough by Republicans In Name Only, the real RINOS who will call themselves anything but Republican and only on a national ticket.

        It’s time to make them irrelevant.

  5. greg  •  Dec 12, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Michael
    this game with Trump, Carson, Cruz , is because they are conservative.the same thing happened with Reagan,trash talk,establishment secret meetings,to try to stop him in the primaries,why is it when Lindsey graham can say in public and t.v we should tell Trump to go to hell and not a word said from you.Why is it we should be lectured by you and the establishment including rove,who we should vote for,and when we speak up about obamacare or some other big gov. regulation or new tax .we are told by McConnell ,and the rest of the establishment we always have to wait for some election or they have to work a bipartisan deal which is only good for the congress and big govt.why is it that congress is exempt from Obamacare. these moderate republicans are no different than the liberals they tell us to be quiet and call us names,they don’t answer the peoples mail.I’m a vet, it use to be vets didn’t have to pay for health care ,well we do now,active duty and retired have been screwed over and over by the establishment and moderate republicans.from cost of living increases ,education,health care.the outsiders are the only ones talking about the veterans.by the way i have not heard Jeb ,Lindsey,or Paul Ryan even once mention the military veterans.NOT even on veterans day,or pearl harbor day 7Dec.

  6. Jim Bird  •  Dec 13, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Just saw Jeb on CSPAN talking to college kids saying it is going to be tough to give you free stuff until after we turn this economy around! What is wrong with the Bush family? What disease compels them to do what they always do – increase government spending!!!!?? Oh, I know the illness – white privilege guilt. Karl Rove must have had a stroke when he heard this gaff.

    • Nani  •  Dec 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Oh puh lez! The only people getting “privilege” are those who get into colleges, get promoted, elected president because they are NOT White. How long do you think you can run that race game? Don’t you know that White guilt only works if Whites feel guilty? So keep it up, eventually, you’ll wave that card–and Whites will laugh.

      Then you’ll be like the rest of America, EQUAL to blame no one but your own self.

      • Jim Bird  •  Dec 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

        It’s a joke Nani, like the Republican Party.

      • Nani  •  Dec 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

        Jim Bird, and when the Republican party is destroyed, who will stop the Liberal Agenda? “Real” conservatives? Those who don’t have the numbers so “cleverly” pretended to be the base of the party they hate and have zero respect for?

        They only painted the one party that could beat the Liberals as racist, intolerant, and ugly and made them unelectable for years.

        Good going Jim! Real smart! Tell yourself how brilliant this was, how honorable you all were being when the Hillary wins and this country goes on with Obama’s agenda to destroy America.

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 15, 2015 at 4:53 pm

        Nani… Who is “stopping the liberal agenda” now?

        Quit advocating for the nomination of spineless losers.

      • Nani  •  Dec 15, 2015 at 8:19 pm

        Rizzo, IF you guys would stop listening to the talk show hosts whose only purpose is to influence politicians and ratings. IF you guys would get serious and choose the person that hasn’t insulted everyone and one that the Liberals wouldn’t have a field day with, a Republican CAN win the WH and with Congress can actually not only stop the Liberal agenda but reverse some of their horror.

        Think about it, after years of King Obama, the security that Bush had built dismantled, and the respect of the world no longer there, America was so ready for a change. Now thanks to the tantrum of conservatives, the voters have a choice between the first woman president and the first president that the world hated before he was even elected.

        Oh smart.

      • Nani  •  Dec 15, 2015 at 8:41 pm

        Rizzo: SPINELESS? Would you call someone who blindly, emotionally attacks KNOWING they would die someone with a spine? Fighting to win means CONTROLLING oneself, understanding the odds and moving ONLY when the results are worth the effort. It takes a huge amount of belief and confidence to be prudent.

        But If a quick blood sport is what you want, fine. But PLEASE go create your own party one that will continue to be frustrating because they cannot win and one that we can ignore while we try and clean up the mess your tantrums have created.

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 16, 2015 at 10:29 am

        Nani…. There you go again. Form another party? What happened to “Big Tent”? You and Michael embrace everybody except for THE BASE. Is that an endeavor “worth the effort”?
        You SPINELESS types only want to fight when victory is guaranteed. As a result, you stand for and fight for NOTHING. America needs to be INSPIRED by the possibilities of the future, not discouraged by the limitations of our current do-nothing Republicans.

      • Nani  •  Dec 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm

        Rizzo, if you can’t get the wisdom of not wasting your resources on a battle you cannot win, I don’t know what to tell you. For me, I learned a long time ago that fighting and confrontation may make you feel better, but it does nothing to solidify your position. In the end, people see you as a whiner and someone, who even though might have a point and be able to persuade, will fail simply because their voice has cease to have any value.

        It took a long, long time for me to get why these people who claim to be the base would constantly bash their own party. In my line of business, you don’t tell people why your product is rubbish and constantly disappoints; your competitor is all too willing to do that. I didn’t realize that one cannot be the base of something they hate and have no respect for.

        I refused to believe that people of principle could make it impossible to be united because one of the first principles children learn is loyalty, to friends, to family. Then I saw that tolerance requires loyalty and if one’s principles doesn’t allow tolerance of those that disagree, then loyalty to one’s party, to have their six, can be a dirty word; that intolerance can make loyalty “brainwashing”.

        You talk about frustration…for years I’ve listened to Laura Ingraham talk about the MSM attack a war time president, only to do the same when that war time president didn’t appoint someone SHE wanted for SCOTUS. Hugh Hewitt warned his listeners to be careful about the illegal immigration issue and how a bill that denied illegal children in California made Republicans unelectable for years, only to jump on the same bandwagon. On and on, the hypocrisy went. Then I realized that the name of the game was ratings and the desire to influence politicians.

        And now, the one thing Trump has done well: he has outed the base. He has shown their character of spoiled 60s type children wanting to tear down the “establishment”. They WANT to see the only party with the numbers to limit the Liberal Agenda destroyed. They WANT their blood sport. And they don’t care if America has to burn.

        So yeah, there is no room in the big tent for these people. It’s time they stop trying to “embrace” them as they would any entity that wants to kill them. It’s time to tell them, to get their own party where they can stop pretending that they aren’t helping the Dems attack the GOP.

  7. Ken  •  Dec 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    The Michael Medved Show has unfortunately been fundamentally transformed into the “Trash Trump Show”. If only you would devote your airtime to trashing Hillary, as opposed to trashing Trump, fewer listeners would accurately perceive you as being a moderate establishment Liberal.

    Americans are fed up with political correctness on both sides of the aisle and this is why Donald Trump is surging in the polls. All of the candidates will make promises they will not fulfill. We want a strong candidate, who tells it like it is, not afraid to be politically incorrect The core message of Trump is that we don’t want illegals crossing the border, we want the illegals here sent back, we don’t want unvetted Muslims coming into America and we want surveillance here. Whether or not Trump fully accomplishes all of his objectives is irrelevant to us. None of the candidates will fully accomplish all of their objectives, if any of them were to be elected. We want a President who is not politically correct and from that, America will be great and safe again. Please stop trashing Trump.
    Oh and by the way Mike, contrary to your moderate Liberal viewpoint, it’s “Anchor Babies”, not “Birthright Babies”. Thank you.

    • Nani  •  Dec 15, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      You really ought to try advising Trump to do the same to Hillary, his invited wedding party guest. Trump is so busy trashing his fellow Republicans he has no time to go after Clinton/Obama.

      That should tell you something about the character of the man. It tells me alot about his supporters.

    • Susan  •  Dec 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Bravo, Ken! I can’t agree with you more. EXCEPT…..With respect to deporting illegal aliens, Donald Trump has our standing US Immigration Laws firmly in his favor. With respect to a temporary halt on accepting Muslims into the USA, he has ample support from both U.S. law and the precedent of prior wise presidents in his favor. With respect to building the “Wall” along our Southern border, most Americans feel strongly that it’s long OVERDUE, and we also know that if any president can build such a wall, it’s Donald Trump, the BUILDER. NOTHING Trump has proposed is beyond his ability, leadership, legal precedent, or patriotic DUTY to accomplish, and Americans KNOW this. That’s why most Americans soberly, judiciously, and yes, enthusiastically, want him as United States President.

      • Nani  •  Dec 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm

        That’s right Susan, the most important thing is to get rid of them Mexicans…then give them the most COSTLY AMNESTY. That’s right, Trump wants to built camps to house them so we can process them, send them back and let the “good ones” back in.

        Back in, sounds like Amnesty to me. At the cost of Billions of dollars. Good going. Really fiscally conservative.

  8. Jeffrey Allison  •  Dec 16, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I think when you stand up for principle and state America is losing and we want to win again, that’s a guy that I could get behind, it just happens to be Trump this time.

  9. Rizzo  •  Dec 16, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Nani…
    You said “The last Republican to win the WH was GW. Bush, was he one of your hard liners?”
    First of all “hard liner” really? Nice mischaracterization of conservatives. Secondly, to answer your question, No… Bush was not a strong conservative and as a result he BARELY WON. Thank God he picked a STRONG CONSERVATIVE VP to help him win.

    See how that works? You want to blame Palin for LOSER MCCCAIN, then Cheney gets credit for Bush’s victory.

    You need to stop listening to radio hosts, like Michael Medved. He is destroying the Republican Party for ratings.

  10. Rizzo  •  Dec 16, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Nani…

    You seem to know everything. And we all now know what you don’t like, but what is it you do like? Get out your crystal ball…. Please tell us, who is it that has ALL THESE PRACTICAL IDEAS AND WILL WIN IN 2016?

    • Nani  •  Dec 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      I like someone that is a Republican. You know, the sane,CIVIL person who can win against an almost jailed Hillary. Someone who the Dems won’t lick their lips in anticipation when they are nominated. I want someone who has swum in the political shark infested waters and know how to survive. Who gets that there ARE rules in the game and if you flaunt it, the win DOESN’T COUNT. I want an experienced politician to fly the super jet of power known as the presidency, not a Hippie anti establishment character whose flight experience is like that of a gamer. Most of all, I want someone who won’t EMBARRASS me, my character, my intelligence.

      Think of who fails in these requirements, who barely makes the list, and then like all things in the real world, pick the best and you have who I am leaning toward.

  11. Rizzo  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Nani…

    That’s not an answer. That’s a SPINELESS response to a direct question.
    Why am I not surprised… That candidates you support are SPINELESS TOO.

    I mean SERIOUSLY… if not conservative principles, what does it even mean to be a “Republican”?

    • Nani  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Rizzo, oh Lord, I gave you all the qualification and you are unable to figure out who I would consider a good commander and those that would never qualify? Yes, it was a test to see if I was wasting my time.

      By the way, did you really think I’d tell you who I was leaning toward so we can spend eons on MY candidate(s) “shortcomings” and they “not being perfect” instead of the wisdom to childishly “hold one’s breath” and to destroy the one party with the numbers that can limit the Liberal agenda?

      As for what does it mean to be a Republican, well I’d like to think that Republicans have loyalty among their principles which conservatives don’t appear to have. Republicans tend to RESPECT other people’s right to their own views and have the understanding that when they win an election, they represent ALL Americans not just those who agree with their ideology. Conservatives think everyone is a closet conservative and want exactly what they want. Republicans have control and won’t shut down the whole government just to get their way on some things. Conservatives don’t care who gets hurt or how many people depend on the government. They just think no one SHOULD depend on the government so shutting it down will “show them”. Republicans are pragmatic and grown up. They have left their “hate the establishment” days in the past and have learned from them. Conservatives appear to want to recapture the glory days of being angry and part of a mindless mob; something they did when they didn’t understand that actions really have consequences.

      As “progressive” actually doesn’t mean progressing, neither does “conservative” mean being civil and proper.

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

        Nani…

        Of course you won’t name you candidate… You are too busy taking pot-shots at “imperfect” conservatives.

        Besides, this isn’t really even about who you support. You have stated over and over how Trump can’t win. What that is based on, only God knows. However, what I would like, is the name of your SPINELESS candidate that will GAURANTEE a Republican win.

        You and Lindsey Graham should go start your own party…. Oh wait, it already exists, it’s called The Democrat Party.

      • Nani  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 3:37 pm

        Rizzo, who is benefitting the Democratic Party? Think, for God’s sake..WHO diverted attention from Obama’s dismal after California terrorism attack? WHO grabs headlines when Hillary is being pushed to answer for Bengazi or the emails? It ain’t Lindsay.

        You really aren’t giving me a reason to continue this discussion, are you. You’re like a child so angry and frustrated in not getting their way that the only thing one can do is walk away.

  12. Rizzo  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Nani…

    How about this “Impractical” idea… Divided Government, Checks and Balances, Co-equal branches of government. Is that too radical for you… too impractical?

    Congress has one main power to check an out of control Executive Branch, and that’s the power of the purse. Maybe you missed it yesterday, but they still refuse to perform one of their most basic functions….. SPINELESS, and we have had enough of it. America DESERVES better than what you are promoting.

    • Nani  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      I AM wasting my time aren’t I?

      Rizzo, Rizzo, do you really think Emperor Trump will stand for EQUAL branches of government. If that is what you want, you really need to look beyond Trump who is used to being the only word, not just the last. You MUST know this.

      Again, I say, if this party so disappoints you, GET OUT. Create your own. Aren’t you just a tad tired of pretending to be the base of a party you hate and have zero respect for? If you really think that a party can shut down the government days before Christmas, bully the president who has the backing of the media, and actually win the game of chicken, by all means, go for it!

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 3:41 pm

        What disappoints me are phonies, like you, trying to act like you represent The Republican Party.

        Forget about Trump… Do you believe in Seperation of Powers?

        How do you think Speration of Powers manifests itself in The Senate?

        If government shuts down because Obama Vetoes a budget, who is it REALLY that is shutting down a whopping 17% of the government?

      • Nani  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

        Rizzo, I am actually answering you because you said to forget about Trump and that shows promise and a sincerity.

        Yes, I believe in separation of Powers. But I also understand that in a democracy, a balance has to exist in order to keep one group, right or left from running roughshod over the other. You’ve seen the mess we are in because Obama refuses to work with the other powers. All powers HAS to be willing to work with each other in order to accomplish things. That is the wisdom of our forefathers. Playing “chicken” accomplishes nothing and hurts SOMEONE. That someone IS also an American and to disregard them because they do not agree with you says volumes about YOUR principles and what you think America stands for.

        As for who gets the blame. YES, you are absolutely RIGHT, it IS Obama’s fault, but you nor conservative media and radio talk show hosts have the ability to make the voters understand this. The MSM WILL blame the GOP and in the end, it is the GOP that will pay in lost elections. No Rizzo, Republicans are NOT elected to have confrontations or to push the envelope. They are elected to serve ALL the people and if they are wise and realistic, they show that the BEST way is the Republican way, not the Liberal way. They fight the battle the way true warriors do, knowing which hill can be won and weighing the cost and lost for success. No one who blindly and with clouded anger rushes into a fight ever wins. They LOOK good for all of five minutes, then fall flat on their faces and wonder what the heck happened.

  13. Rizzo  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Nani…

    You still demand candidates who stand for NOTHING. You TALK about stopping the liberal agenda, yet you advocate doing NOTHING to achieve that goal. Paul Ryan and your RINOS delivered more to Emperor Obama, with this budget, than Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi event could have dreamed of.

    Face it, you represent RINOS, not Republicans.

    So, again, WHO IS IT THAT GUARANTEES REPUBLICAN VICTORY IN 2016?

    • Nani  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Do you even know what RINO stands for? Again the only ones who are Republican In Name Only is conservatives who hate and have zero respect for the REPUBLICAN party. i mean, be honest here, when was the last time you called yourself a Republican?

  14. Rizzo  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    The term Republican means NOTHING if it has abondoned it’s CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES.

    • Nani  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Were you not listening when I talked about the difference between Republican and Conservative principles? The Hard Right has hijacked the term “conservative” and made Republican a dirty name…and in so doing, became the true REPUBLICAN IN NAME ONLY. They are only Republicans when it comes to the ballot.

      Somewhere, this dishonesty has to rankle. Be brave, have the courage to create your own party where you can proudly call yourself Conservatives on a ballot. Of course, you may become irrelevant. You may lose your ability to blame your leaders for not accomplishing much. You may find that no one wants to be a part of principles that don’t contain loyalty and having one’s six. But at least you can be free to be honest about who and what you are.

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 11:00 pm

        The term Republican, by itself, has no inherent principles, if not for CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES. Republican is a party name, but what does it stand for?
        You can’t say you have Republican principles… That is an empty phrase with no meaning.

        Republican is a “dirty term”, ONLY IF YOU ARE SPINELESS RINO.

        So, who is the magic candidate?

      • Rizzo  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 11:13 pm

        Who are these imaginary “Hard Right” people/candidates?
        What makes them hard right?

  15. Rizzo  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Nani…

    Your candidates don’t fight battles they can’t win or can win or any battle at all. BTW, you should know, you don’t live in a Democracy. America is a representative, Constitutional Republic.

    Seperation of powers has NOTHING to do with the balance between left and right.

    Please tell us…. Who is your magic candidate?

    The truth is, you RINOS don’t fear Trump because he will lose to Hillary. You fear him, because he will win.

    I know, it’s difficult to lose power, but say goodbye. Your candidates are loser do-nothings. They lie to their voters then betray them every chance they get.

  16. Rizzo  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Nani…

    Let me introduce you to the basics of Republicans.

    The United States Republican Party is one of the two biggest political parties in the United States of America. The other large party is the Democratic Party. The United States also has many other small parties known as third parties.

    The Republicans are often called “the right” or “conservatives”. The Republican Party itself is also known as the GOP, which stands for “Grand Old Party.” The symbol of the Republican party is the elephant. This symbol was first used in 1874 in a political cartoon (pictured), by Thomas Nast.

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS A CONSERVATIVE PARTY.

    NOW PLEASE STOP EMBARRASSING YOURSELF.

    • Nani  •  Dec 19, 2015 at 3:08 am

      And I thought you were sincere and capable of understanding that you can NOT be the base of a party you hate and have zero respect for. You do not see that your dishonesty turns off voters. And this lack of principles will cost the GOP supporters. Trump may win the Republican nomination (conservatives continue to mistake bullying for strength–how sad) but he will lose to Hillary because he has insulted too many groups and most people do NOT have “abuse syndrome” where they keep excusing the abuser.. The insanity of political correctness, racial divide, ridiculous spending, attack on our rights, and soft national security will go on for another 4 years. All because conservative couldn’t control their anger.

      Honestly, and unlike some, I DO try to be honest. I wish this was just a case of “embarrassing one’s self. But we ARE talking about the commander of the world’s mightiest military. The consequences of being wrong is astronomical. I’d rather risk an experienced pilot to fly the super jet of power known as the presidency than “hire” someone whose experience is that of a gamer. If I’m wrong, we get a bumpy ride. If you are wrong, we go down in a hail of fire and smoke.

  17. Rizzo  •  Dec 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

    The ONLY anger I sense is coming from you and people like you who want to purge The Republican Party of its conservative roots. You phonies did the same to Reagan.

    Why can’t you admit and be honest? The Republican Party stands for NOTHING if not for its conservative principles. With the exception of Reagan, this country has been on a steady and constant shift to the left since FDR. Admittedly, there are no Reagans, but we do have a few candidates that have shown the willingness and ability to stop this destruction of America from within.

    And your fear-mongoring is sad. I mean please…. offering the false choice between vote for my guy or WW3. It’s sad.
    What have experienced candidates gotten us? $18 trillion in debt, unacceptable unemployment rates, out of control welfare, etc., etc., etc. Look at where America is…. all thanks to “experienced” pilots flying the super jet of power.

    So who is your magic candidate? Who is it that is guaranteed to win? Who is it that will manage our decline, instead of returning us to GREATNESS?

  18. Nani  •  Dec 19, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    You are right, I WAS angry because I couldn’t understand how people who claim to be the base of the Republican party wants to destroy her and have zero respect for her. I couldn’t accept that this base would continue to support a man who disrespected the POW experience of one of our military. And as he went on to insult and bully group after group, I was in total denial.

    As many parents (and family members) will tell you there are stages to dealing with a difficult child. First, they get upset and try to just point out how wrong the person is. Then they try to “understand” why the person is so angry and rebellious. They will make excuses for their behavior and in this denial they start to “talk” to them. This is where I was. I tried talking and explaining the reality of politics and having a nation that is not all one ideology.

    But there comes a time, finally, where one has to accept the fact that there is something fundamentally wrong with the family member. See, most people, sane people look at Trump and think he’s a clown. They KNOW he can’t do all the things he has promised. The amazement is that he actually has followers. But it is THOSE FOLLOWERS that is the problem. There is something fundamentally wrong with someone who is attracted to a bully, who sees his bullying as strength.

    This is where I am. Which is why I am for letting go. There may be only 2 viable parties or two homes that a person can stay at, but I don’t want anyone who is attracted to a bully to stay at the House of Republicans. Sorry.

    • Rizzo  •  Dec 19, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Nani…

      You keep obsessing on Trump. This is a thread about “impractical ideas”. Who is your candidate?

      You’re right, this is a nation without one ideology, but which ever leader we elect, he/she will be.

      This nation is in trouble, and the ONLY REAL “Impractical Idea” is to continue to vote for the same old losers and expect different results. YOUR guys have brought us to this point. NOW is the time to choose a BETTER PATH.

    • Rizzo  •  Dec 19, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      And BTW, The Republican Party has all but been destroyed by the likes of you. We, the Conservatives, are trying to reclaim and restore the greatness of this political party… The party of Lincoln, and more recently The party of Reagan.

      We have had enough of RINOS like you. Republicans deserve better than what you are peddling… THIS COUNTRY DESERVES BETTER.

  19. Rizzo  •  Dec 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    We conservatives don’t claim to be the base of The Republican Party, WE ARE THE BASE. It is an UNDENIABLE FACT, and we are tired of listening to delusional RINOS like YOU.

    Go join the Democrats and try dragging them to the right, but the Republicans refuse to go any further left. This party would be unrecognizable to Reagan.

  20. Rizzo  •  Dec 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    When performing your most BASIC CONSTITUTIONAL FUNCTIONS has become perceived as “impractical”, then this Republican Party has become pointless and meaningless… And there is nothing left, but to manage the decline and ultimate fall of the greatest country that has ever existed.

    We can do BETTER!

  21. Rizzo  •  Dec 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Nani…

    Bye bye Lindsey… Sorry your candidate dropped out. Perhaps, he had too many “impractical” ideas.

  22. Rizzo  •  Dec 21, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Yeah… Now those 1% who supported Graham can go vote for Hillary, like they always wanted to anyway.

  23. Tejano  •  Dec 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Nani, I am a 6th generation Hispanic from Texas with moderate conservative leanings. There are millions of us in Texas, just get away from the transient populations of large cities. However, even though I tuned in regularly to the Apprentice, Trump has really alienate the Hispanic population every where with his recent rants. I feel sorry for him and wish him no harm and much success in his businesses. Having said that, I guarantee you that the republicans will lose the election because of almost 0 support from Hispanics in California and Texas.

    • Rizzo  •  Dec 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      What is a Hispanic? It’s a meaningless term, created by politicians, to divide the US into even more categories. You sound like a decent, well-meaning person, so please don’t fall for the trap.
      This country is in trouble and we need to come together as AMERICANS, not hyphenated Americans.

    • WatcherOntheWall  •  May 15, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      I would like to know how many of the 'millions' in Texas are legal citizens. Because, the USA is/was a country of laws, and citizens from other countries are not allowed to influence our presidential elections by voting. . . . . .
      It is possible that "republicans will lose the election because of almost 0 support from Hispanics in California and Texas." But not because of Trump. If they lose, it's due to the fact that the Dems give illegals free stuff, bought and paid for by taxpaying Americans. The illegals know who butters their bread!

    • WatcherOntheWall  •  May 15, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Tejano • Dec 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm
      "the republicans will lose the election because of almost 0 support from Hispanics in California and Texas."
      I would like to know just how many of those millions you speak of are here legally in California and Texas? You see, here in USA, we are/was a nation of laws. Citizens of other countries living here illegally can not influence our presidential election, because they must be an American citizen to vote.
      If the republicans loose the election, it will not be the fault of Trump. The Dems give illegals free stuff paid for by the American taxpayer, and illegal voters know who butters their bread.

  24. Rizzo  •  Dec 28, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Republicans have historically won only a third of the Hispanic vote. Even Reagan, who signed off on an amnesty program, won just over a third of Hispanics. The low point for Republicans was the last election with Mitt Romney, hardly a hardcore conservative anti-immigration candidate, who won only 27 percent of Hispanic vote. Even the cheerleader for Comprehensive Immigration Reform John McCain received only 31 percent of the Hispanic vote when he ran for president in 2008. So much for amnesty support as a means of wooing Hispanic voters.

  25. Lee  •  Dec 28, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Nani..

    Who do you support for the Republican nomination? I’ve read all these comments and I see many from you slamming Trump, but I never saw one saying who you would prefer instead. I’m asking because I’m honestly curious, not in an attempt to disparage your opinion, so please answer.

    As for Trump’s comments about McCain, he was correct in saying the only reason McCain is considered a hero is because he was captured. He wasn’t even a good pilot and wrecked 2 or 3 planes prior to his capture. The only reason he was allowed to continue to fly was his family connections. I live in Arizona and am sorry to have him as my senator.

  26. MrHelper  •  Dec 31, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Fun to watch the establishment squirm and go on and on… YOU GUYS are missing the entire point… We are tired and damn mad … open the window and shout “I’m mad as hell and not going to take it anymore” all this talk talk talk that’s all we have been getting from all sides..
    GO DONALD ! ! ! !

  27. MrHelper  •  Dec 31, 2015 at 11:19 am

    INTERESTING to read this entire thread… Notice the anguish… frustration… lots of irrelevant
    side issues… lots and lots of passion…

  28. WatcherOntheWall  •  May 15, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I agree with:
    Ken • Dec 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm
    "The Michael Medved Show has unfortunately been fundamentally transformed into the 'Trash Trump Show'. If only you would devote your airtime to trashing Hillary, as opposed to trashing Trump, fewer listeners would accurately perceive you as being a moderate establishment Liberal."
    Bravo Ken! Now, five months later, Medved is STILL obsessing with Trump.
    If I am in my car when Medved's show comes on, I end up yelling at the radio at the most ludicrous things he says. Medved is a true RINO, and I would even call him a liberal. Over the years, I have heard him compliment Obama and Hillary. But nary a nice word the The Donald. Medved seems perfectly happy with the state of our country after Obama's radical agenda of far, far left political leanings reminiscent of Marxism. But if a Republican dares to be radically right, Medved's head explodes. But, to no avail. Donald is marching on irregardless of the stomping feet, and breath holding. It is getting amusing listening to Medved's desperation! Time for popcorn!
    Talk about holding your breath, and stomping your feet, Medved, get over it. Donald Trump is the presumptuous candidate for the Republican Party. Go ahead, vote for Hilliary, we don't need you.
    The more I hear politicians, news broadcasters, and radio personalities trash Trump, the more convinced I become that he, and only he is the correct choice. He certainly has all the right enemies!!

  29. James J. Harp  •  May 23, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    RINO – Michael Medved is part of the establishment, or whomever he is consulting for at any given point in time. He plays a role in the political theater, but is as fallible as any other political pundit, and often comes across as another agenda-driven RINO → “Republican In Name Only” http://www.westernjournalism.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/rino-splash.jpg Michael, in attempting to sully the reputation of presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, is effectively acting as the de facto supporter of Hillary Clinton.

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