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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally in Warren, Michigan, March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Surging populist campaigns by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have convinced many observers that 2016 represents a “year of anger” but no one can agree on what, exactly, the American electorate is supposed to be so angry about.
On the right, activists say people are furious because Barack Obama has “fundamentally transformed” our society and the Republican Congress has done nothing to stop him. On the left, true believers insist that GOP obstructionists have thwarted the public will by blocking constructive attempts to address economic and racial injustice.
The two claims can’t both be true and, as it happens, they both count as demonstrably false.
Sure, the president enjoyed major Congressional triumphs in his first two years when Democrats ruled both houses of Congress, but his legislative achievements since the GOP House takeover in 2010 have been virtually non-existent. At the same time, conservatives who resisted the Obama agenda didn’t stymy the public’s fervent desires; they merely reflected the wishes of the same voters who re-elected the president at the same time they returned a Republican House to serve alongside him –then added a Republican Senate (along with an increased House majority) two years later.
Today, fierce rhetoric on both sides condemns the corrupting influence of money in politics. But isn’t it obvious that that the rough balance between the power of lobbyists on both sides is reflected in  Washington’s much-derided gridlock? Big labor hasn’t succeeded in pushing redistributive policies any more than big business has brought about sweeping deregulation.
Meanwhile, the two presidential candidates who talk most indignantly about the evil impact of free-flowing cash on the electoral process illustrate the pervasive hypocrisy dominating all discussion on this irrelevant issue. Socialist firebrand Bernie Sanders has set several fundraising records while recently drawing more money than his establishment rival, while flamboyant billionaire Donald Trump proudly boasts about the millions he personally pumped into past campaigns for candidates of both parties.
On issue after issue, the anger fomented by media manipulators and pandering politicos is not only unfocused but largely groundless. In the process, voters lose sight of some of those areas where our institutions and public initiatives have produced undeniably positive results.
Liberals want new firearm regulations to combat a perceived surge in gun violence – but evidence shows a dramatic decline in all violent crime over the course of three decades, regardless of rates of gun ownership or government restrictions. Conservatives complain of a tidal wave
of unauthorized entrants across our southern border but ignore dramatic reductions in illegal immigration under both Bush and Obama, with more Mexican nationals now leaving the country than entering it.
Liberals lament ruination of the environment, while failing to acknowledge spectacular long-term improvements in air and water quality, not to mention availability of park land, in every region of the country. Conservatives decry a perceived abortion “Holocaust” but remain blind to statistics showing the abortion rate cut nearly in half over the course of 40 years, thanks to pleas from the pro-life movement and better dissemination of birth control.
To highlight the misdirected nature of many of today’s most persistent complaints isn’t to deny that 21st Century America confronts significant problems. But concentrating on phony failings prevents progress on real challenges.
Take the widespread leftist claim that the rich don’t pay their fair share of taxes–despite statistics showing the top 2.4% of taxpayers already covering 48.9% of all revenue from individual income tax. Meanwhile, we fail to address the real scandal of a tax system that inhibits growth by wasting time and money with its confounding complexities. For some right-wingers, paranoid delusions about looming federal schemes to confiscate fire arms (despite undiminished availability of guns nearly everywhere), get more attention than real threats from growing numbers of mentally deranged, potentially dangerous people camping out in parks and on sidewalks.
Who’s guilty for the distracting impact of misdirected, destructive anger? The blame falls largely on anger entrepreneurs who raise money and build careers by frightening the public over various non-existent crises. But voters and pundits should also accept responsibility for our tendency to excuse or even justify political posers who focus public rage on diminished dangers, while all but ignoring the nation’s more serious perils.
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  1. LeeH  •  Mar 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Medved, for crying out loud! Are you tone deaf or somewhere south of normal. What do the republican supporters have to be upset about? Try an omnibus budget that made Little Chuckie Schumer ecstatic with joy yet the deficit keeps growing! Please, I've already heard your blather that these are the smallest budgets in years, but for god's sake man explain the deficit that can never be paid down, much less eliminated. Explain how Harry Reid single handed killed Kate's Law with a GOP controlled congress! You explain illegal immigration as the smallest in years, but we have 12,000,000 of them in this country! How the hell do we deal with that little ditty. I guess we should just ignore it.

    So, while I'm not a supporter, Donald Trump is the reflection of the down right, complete saturation of frustration with the establishment politicians and processes. Nothing ever changes in the federal government of any conservative consequence , but when it does it does not amount to anything. Yet you and your ilk stand up and effervesce with appreciation. Meanwhile on the other side we get Obamacare, Bengazi (after a year of investigation…nothing), regulations, control, etc. without any push back.

    To sum up, you remind me of a whining kid that want it the way you want it or you are never going to shut up about it. You point out Trumps failings, but never come close to doing the same for other candidates, politicians, etc. We are tired of milk toast politicians!!

    • Jay Pole  •  Mar 5, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Actually LeeH, you sound like the whiny kid who is happy to play Ain't it Awful while enjoying the important benefits of the U.S. Like my conservative friends, who are continually pessimistic and thrive on outrage, the conservative right has been fed a steady diet of paranoia and rage by the media like most AM radio and Fox News has provided for years. Your support of T tells me that your desire to see so much debasement of our country, our government and our society gives you a kind of gesellschaft thrill in the hopes of watching our country tank.

      • LeeH  •  Mar 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm

        Not supporter of Trump….might want to re-read my post. Just tired of trying to accept the GOP establishment's prescription for winning, e.g. John McCain, Mitt Romney (I voted for both and watched with disgust). I was just trying to explain how we have ended up with someone like Trump. It is the reflection of the frustration with being shoved around by the progressive socialist left.

    • Rizzo  •  Mar 6, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Amen LeeH….. I could not have stated it any better.
      You are EXACTLY correct. But, you'll be treated like the enemy for pointing out these uncomfortable truths. People like us will be attacked FAR WORSE than any Democrat politician or liberal policy.
      It's a damn difficult thing to understand.

  2. Jim Bird  •  Mar 4, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    LeeH,
    Great statement! Such commonsense from the masses but totally ignored by the asses in the GOP.

  3. Bette  •  Mar 4, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I will vote for Trump if he wins, although I'd prefer Cruz, or best yet, Trump/Cruz. I love it that Trump blows Political Correctness out of the water. Everybody else seems to tiptoe around it, trying not to say the wrong thing. I love it that Trump says 'temporarily no Muslims.' Does anyone in DC have eyes to see what is happening in Germany, in Europe? with the unvetted zillions of immigrants flooding in from the Middle East? A temporary stop is absolutely imperative. And how about cutting off all we give immigrants? My forebears came with nothing; these folks running the borders get free housing, tuition, voting rights, yadayada – on taxpayers' backs. How can that be right? What I like about Donald Trump is that he has common sense and the courage to speak it. Hate that the debates have turned into Junior High mud-fights. They have been just disgusting. I hate that Obama has trampled through the Constitution, run rampant with his executive orders, changed the US fundamentally in so many ways – and not one 'conservative' in DC has done diddley to stop him. I hate it that, at each Republican presidential convention, 'suddenly, out of the blue,' comes a candidate that was chosen all along in the back rooms. And I am sick to death of 'the elites' telling me, day after day, journal after journal, speech after speech, talk show after talk show, in the most condescending way, that Donald Trump is a con man and I am too stupid to think clearly. That really makes me sputter.

    • Jay Pole  •  Mar 5, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Blowing political correctness out of the water? So, Using a public debate platform to brag about the size of your genitals while North Korea threatens to detonate a nuclear bomb is an example of "common sense" and "courage"? What other examples of common sense has he shown? Murdering families of Terrorists? (sorry, women, children, and pregnant women the "right to life" seems not to apply here) or inventing new and more efficient means of torture? What's courageous about that?

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm

        You're right Jay Pole…. Everything is great. Just stick with business as usual.
        Cherry-pick nonsense and ignore the reality of how bad things really are. Pretend that average, run-of-the-mill, usual politicians will fix our problems. Make yourself believe that if we just elect a "R" instead of a "D" that everything will be just fine. If only we can elect a politician that can "get things done", regardless of what those "things" are, then and only then can we be saved.

  4. Nani  •  Mar 4, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    "Real" Conservatives should ask themselves these three questions:

    1- Do they honestly believe Trump will win the general election?
    2- Is your anger worth 4 more years of Obamanism?
    3- Do you want to destroy the GOP even if this means watching America burn?

    And if answered honestly, ask yourself one more question, "are you really a conservative?"

    • Rizzo  •  Mar 5, 2016 at 12:03 am

      Nani
      Quit talking about "conservatives". You TOTALLY REJECT CONSERVATIVES.

    • Rizzo  •  Mar 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

      All of our candidates CLAIM to be Conservative. They ALL want us to believe they are the TRUE CONSERVATIVE.
      How and why would this be? According to you (Nani) conservatives have no place in The Republican Party. Even Kasich, the most spineless among them, loves to talk about his amazing Conservative roots and what a great conservative leader he is.
      So please Nani, explain your total disdain for Conservatives, while supporting Republicans who all wants us to BELIEVE THEIR CONSERVATIVE messages.

    • Jack March  •  Mar 11, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      Do you honestly believe, any Republican can win the general election?

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 25, 2016 at 6:51 am

        Without a doubt.
        Do you honestly believe otherwise?

  5. Harvey Homan  •  Mar 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I agree republican's in congress have been inexplicably asleep at the switch in recognizing how Obama has changed the country. That this president has an agenda to turn the country socialist, spurn our allies, and embrace our enemies ought to be crystal clear to anyone paying attention. If Republicans were doing what they were elected to do, someone like Trump wouldn't have had an opening. Republicans created this vacuum and are now in a panic to destroy Trump because he's not one of them. Well, I'm sick of them., sick of going along to get along and kowtowing to political correctness. I can't speak for other's outrage, but that's where I'm coming from.

  6. Harvey Homan  •  Mar 4, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    You're hearing it first here: Trump's pick for VP will be Rudi Giuliani. That's a ticket I'll vote for!

  7. Kevin Brackett  •  Mar 4, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Both Democrat and Republican candidates complain about wage stagnation. The reality is that since November 2008 we have been living in a Deflationary economy. Wages are stagnant because the wages that are being paid are going up in purchasing power. By maintaining the same wage the individual is GETTING a pay raise. Of course economists exclude food housing and fuel from their calculations as these are staples that will sell regardless of good or bad economies.

    It would take a politician far to much time to inform the voter, and longer than needed really because there are other politicians who have no interest in the public actually understanding what is going on financially. These others would argue about this or that and muddy the water because they need the voter to be unhappy about wages.

    Thus the smart politician will go along with the proposition that wages are stagnant, it's much easier for them and they can twist the reasons why to fit their own campaign.

  8. Rizzo  •  Mar 5, 2016 at 10:49 am

    And Nani, just so you know, there are plenty of sources that have shown many different Republican nominees mopping-up Hilary in a presidential election.
    So enough with your drivel about, elect my guy or the world goes down in flames.
    You have no magic eight ball that can predict a guaranteed victor.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/2016_Clinton_vs._Republicans.html

  9. Nani  •  Mar 5, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Another question about "conservatives" When people claim to be "conservative", as in "I dress conservatively" or "I'm conservative in spending", doesn't that mean that they are RESTRAINED?

    It appears that real "conservatism" now means being angry, bullying, and throwing tantrums.

    • Rizzo  •  Mar 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Nani…
      Your rudimentary understanding of what it means to be a conservative is enlightening.
      Perhaps you should do a bit of a deeper dive into what it means to be a Republican and why CONSERVATIVES have always been the base.
      All throughout this website, you have bad mouthed conservatives… but all our candidates try to convince us they are CONSERVATIVES.
      Why would a Republican, such as yourself, who claims to hate Conservatives, vote for one of these candidates

  10. Jim Bird  •  Mar 6, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Ref: Final Conundrum
    The GOP has two choices 1) spread the delegate count between the four and screw Trump at the convention or 2) Kasich and Rubio give theirs to Cruz and get as many movers and shakers in the Party to campaign daily for Cruz.
    GOP SOLUTION: 1) "Let's wait and see what happens. We don't want to hurt feelings or look bad." Or 2) do nothing and disband the Party after the election because we don't want to look bad and hurt someone's feelings.
    I keep hearing about the Republican power brokers are behind closed doors developing strategy BUT THEY ARE ALWAYS NAMELESS. Who are these people?! Do they speak in public? Do they do anything? Do they exist? Are the records sealed for 50 years? IS THERE A PLAN? Silence. No comment?
    OK then it's Trump and Hillary. Both New York Liberals, one a clown who builds casinos and the other has the highest felony count in U.S. history and that's not including the Benghazi atrocities.
    Great job GOP! The only person on Earth that Hillary beats is the Don. Absolutely brilliant and the tactical strategy is simply mesmerizing.

    • Jason  •  Mar 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Jim, I think you answered your own question here. There is no grand cadre of Republican Powerbrokers. There is no "establishment." If there were, do you really think they would have allowed 17 candidates to get in the race. Certainly not to stay in the race once they saw Trump was winning a plurality. Certainly there are wealthy people and maybe even groups, who try to influence the election by donating large amounts of money. If we think that is ever going to change we are deluding ourselves. That is unless the Democrats succeed in changing campaign finance law like they tried to in the past. Then we might truly get to see how it is to have only candidates who are really really rich be able to run for office. Is that what we want? In other words, unless you're Donald Trump, Bill Gates, or some other billionaire, you wouldn't be able to afford to run for president. Doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Yes some people have more influence than others. The current front runner has certainly not lacked for influence in the past however. He has spent much of his life buying the kind of influence from these powerbrokers that we now claim to abhor. Even our pundits cannot seem to figure out who is the establishment. After all, Ann Coulter loved Romney when McCain was the establishment. However, the following cycle Romney became the establishment. Gingrich was always the establishment until last cycle then he became a true conservative. And Trump, who should be the definition of an "establishment" candidate, is now an outsider who is conservative, unless you look at his record up until six months ago. And the conservative base has spent years complaining that the reason we lose elections is we do not nominate conservative candidates. The theory being, apparently, that conservative stayed home rather than vote for McCain or Romney, thereby allowing the most left wing president in our history to be elected and re-elected. Yet, principled conservatives are apparently supposed to remain true to Mr. Trump who is nearly as liberal as Hillary. Perhaps more so. After all, at least we know where Hillary stands. She doesn't seem to be flexible on her positions. Mr. Trump could end up being more left-wing than Obama for all we know. He will tell us he has evolved.

  11. Richard Kronenfeld  •  Mar 6, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Mr. Homan,
    Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani cannot constitutionally be on the same ticket, as they are both residents of New York State.

    • Jay Pole  •  Mar 6, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      I think that Trump has already made it clear that the constitution is of little concern to him.

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 8, 2016 at 10:38 am

        Do you care about The Constitution?
        If yes, there is ONLY ONE CANDIDATE…. Cruz.
        Otherwise, don't pretend to care about it!

  12. Nani  •  Mar 6, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I know that Michael doesn't believe that a third party is good for this country, but the GOP has become tarnished with the ugliness of bigotry and bullying. I don't even know if Trump is stopped and is never nominated if that will help. The rhetoric has become so vile, how does one recover?

    We will lose Congress, not to mention SCOTUS and all who supported Trump and was a part of the GOP will be likened to the KKK. Every time Hannity or Rush says something, people will remember their active support for what will be accepted as racism and bigotry.

    The only chance to stop the Liberals from taking over everything is for the REAL Republicans to leave and form a viable party. One that the majority of Americans CAN vote for. Take all the structure, the money, the donors and LEAVE.

    And for the love of Heaven, can we call it the Centralist Party so that the extremes cannot pretend to be the base and the talk show mafia cannot pretend to speak for it?

    • Franco  •  Mar 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Nani
      Call it whatever you want, just so long as you leave. It is clear YOU ARE NOT A REPUBLICAN, and you never will be.
      GOOD BYE!

    • Irish  •  Mar 16, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Nani,

      , Hannity, Rush, Levin, Hewitt so badly hated Rubio. Levin is For Cruz. Now Rubio is out let watch these guys implode for their candidates. I keep my vote this year.

  13. Jay Pole  •  Mar 6, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I always want to smile when I listen to the bitter, terrified, hate-mongering rants of people who have been weaned on hate radio and FUX news propaganda and now think that because of it they are informed, and are all ready for some dishonest, unqualified egoist with a narcissistic personality disorder who said to Howard Stern " In America if you can succeed on television you can get elected to anything" to act out their anxieties for them. There is nothing that shows Trump could run anything except that he tells you so.

    • Jay Pole  •  Mar 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Sorry – I meant to write "FAUX"

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 26, 2016 at 8:38 am

        Jay
        Sure… Because your assumptions and allegations of hate-mongering are so coherent…. People who support Trump are full of love…. Love of country, love for freedom and love of the rule of law.
        People are frustrated with America's steady decline and Republican's unwillingness and/or inability to do anything about it.
        People like you hate America…. That's why you voted to have it "fundamentally changed", and why you will vote again to continue down that path.

    • Rizzo  •  Mar 6, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      And Jay…. You make us smile most of all.
      Your hatred of facts, logic, reason and anything that could be considered reality is very entertaining.
      Now please wean yourself from Stern.

      • Jay Pole  •  Mar 25, 2016 at 6:44 pm

        Rizzo, I have never listened to Stern in anything but two minute sound bytes. And I appreciate your deeply thought-out, civil, assumptions about what I hate (nothing) and the coherent defense that follows.

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 26, 2016 at 8:38 am

        Jay
        Sure… Because your assumptions and allegations of hate-mongering are so coherent…. People who support Trump are full of love…. Love of country, love for freedom and love of the rule of law.
        People are frustrated with America's steady decline and Republican's unwillingness and/or inability to do anything about it.
        People like you hate America…. That's why you voted to have it "fundamentally changed", and why you will vote again to continue down that path.

  14. Jim Bird  •  Mar 7, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Ref: The Silence is Truly Deafening
    Dear Michael,
    Have you ever had one of those epiphany moments when intense fear that has gripped you for many years just seems to have burnt up all of those offending synapses? My mind did that yesterday after having dinner with family, friends and one 33 year old millennial who just returned from a 30-day bike ride around the island of Cuba. He loves how all the Cubans are at the same socioeconomic level and how Raul is working hard now to save the planet from global warming and several other capitalistic catastrophes. There were three adults at our table who were absolutely giddy with all his "good work."
    My mind switched to "absolute clarity" – no more fear, nothing good/nothing bad, just nothing except intense focus on nothing. Then it hit me, this is the GOP, a zombie-like entity totally silent, completely deaf to cries from their electorate about a policy, plan or platform. Still, I experience no emotion, just a blank stare like the establishment.
    I like this. From now on I react in the moment and let the fools in the Party destroy themselves and the nation. Still, no emotion. I feel great.

    • Jay Pole  •  Mar 7, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Cries for a policy, a plan, a platform? Isn't that what Trump is promising? He's going to build a wall. That seems to be his plan, his policy, and his platform. You get a three-fer.

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

        And which alternative plan, policy and platform do you prefer?

  15. Jim Bird  •  Mar 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Seems to be ……? Also, Trump is NOT the RNC, GOP, or the establishment.

  16. Greg Mchugh  •  Mar 7, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Michael
    In light of recent debate comments,the moderators, know very little how policy works ,in the military.Yes
    the president is in charge of the military,He formulates orders and directives ,he does this with cabinet
    meetings,with advice with from our military leaders including ,congress.this is what we call the chain of command,the military also operates under the U.C.M.J. ,war powers act,and the constitution.Once the orders are clarified.they are passed down usually in writing .signed off by the chain of command,these are then considered,lawful and direct order.the military has it's own legal office,with lawyers and judge advocates.this is why lawful orders are rarely heard.Gregory J. Mchugh U.S. NAVY RETIRED Chief Petty Officer.

  17. enojado  •  Mar 8, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Mike basically says"LET THEM EAT CAKE " w his anxiety piece re massage therapist and shrinks.
    I have listened daily for over 15yrs and have lost respect for you.
    You have again out done yourself with your level of being out of touch with reality and millions of Americans way of life and their day to day struggles.
    You bring up the increased anxiety re trump, its sooooo bad that massage therapist and shrinks are seeing increases in the # of people…..oh the poor darlings, I hope they can manage to get thru another month !!!
    We can't afford shrinks and massage therapists, we are working so hard we don't have the time or the money for such extravagance, …….I am a 60 yr old single father of 2, after the 2008 crash I started a full time night job I still have for the medical benefits, I work in commission sales during the day, I board horses and pick up the manure daily for wealthy people, I have rented out 3/4 of my house for the last 5 yrs in order to hold onto it,I live in a 500 sqr ft basement studio apt, all to just get by. Your "let them eat cake" attitude clearly indicates you have nothing in common with working Americans.
    You are so much a part of the establishment media elites and just do not get the level of anger and frustration trump supporters live with working multiple jobs 7 days a week, in this wonderful new economy, this new normal.
    What r u afraid of, that the cost of your lawn service and your maid will increase if we actually enforce our laws and have a country w a real border ? Well at least your wife's shrink business will increase with all the trump anxiety and that should cover the increase in your maids wages.

    • Caroline Kent  •  Mar 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Apparently, you did not pay any attention to the debates. Trump was the only candidate on stage in any of the debates that did not present a substantive policy. So far I have not heard anything from him that would convince me that he is capable of

    • Jason  •  Mar 20, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      I'm sure Trump has oodles in common with working people.

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 26, 2016 at 8:40 am

        No more and no less than any of these candidates.
        Now go wipe your hard-drive with a cloth, common man.

      • Jason  •  Mar 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm

        No less? Seriously? Senators Cruz and Rubio and even Kasich have very common man roots. Bozo is the son of a man who was already worth millions. He has about as much in common with the common man as you do with a clue.

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 26, 2016 at 8:43 pm

        Your naïveté is entertaining.

      • Jason  •  Mar 27, 2016 at 12:40 am

        Rizzo,

        I don't think that from an issues perspective we're that far apart. However, you seem to think, if I'm understanding correctly, that Trump, though flawed, is clearly the lesser of two evils when compared to Hillary, whereas I'm not so sure. I think he could be every bit as bad and on top of that his tone seems to reinforce lies liberals have been spewing for years: namely that conservative positions are founded on racism and selfishness. I think association with Mr. Trump could tarnish the conservative movement for a generation. I am however willing to be persuaded. Convince me that Trump will be better than Hillary. I'll even tell you where I'm most vulnerable to persuasion: the Supreme Court. If I felt confident Trump would nominate a conservative jurist to the Court (in the unlikely event he is elected), I would pinch my nose, as they say, and vote for him. It might be worth it to preserve our liberties under the Bill of Rights. As it stands, however, I don't trust him. I see how his positions have waffled over the years (with many remaining liberal), and I'm afraid he would be flexible (as he promised) when working with Schumer, Warren, et al, to seat a justice who would interpret the constitution with flexibility.

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 27, 2016 at 11:55 am

        Jason
        Liberals will ALWAYS spew the same ol' clap-trap about racism and selfishness. So, that is a NON-ISSUE.
        Next, while I feel your fears about The Supreme Court, ask yourself HONESTLY, Who is MORE likely to nominate a LIBERAL judge… ***HINT*** It ain't Trump.
        Lastly, who is MORE likely to deal with Schumer and be FLEXIBLE toward his liberal views?
        ***HINT*** It ain't Trump.
        Conservatives will have much more ability to pull him right than any LibTard Democrat.
        I want Cruz more than anyone…. but, I will NOT cut my nose off to spite my face.

  18. Jim Bird  •  Mar 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Perfectly stated Enojado. More personal stories for Michael might turn the light bulb on for Him. I too am a 15-plus year listener of Mike's show. Michael, you're a very nice person, having met you in person, but here is one of my personal stories. Our family knows 18 other families (all for 30 years or longer) who have one and sometimes adult children living with them. I'm included in that group with a daughter and two grandkids. Also not one parent or sibling of the parent lived with their parents as adults. You seem to think that our frustration is not justified somehow. All of us out here gave the Party massive increases in the Senate and House, not only with votes, but with decades of hard work and time/money spent. But NOTHING changes except a massive increase in silence by the Old Guard. No rebuttal, no articulation, no 5-minute Reagen-like daily commentaries on the destruction of Western Civilization by the Left, no "thank you's" for our votes. Just silence or cowardess or some hidden incomprehensible agenda that the people who put them in office are too stupid to understand because of their latest nuanced strategy. Lastly, it is not getting better. Amazingly the GOP has the easiest Presidential election in American history to win, but you will not do it or even listen to us now. You deserve what you created. You have truly won your battle and lost the war and the base of the Party. I truly understand now the meaning of the word "bizarre."

  19. Rizzo  •  Mar 10, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Can somebody please explain to me why Rubio and Kasich are still in this race?

  20. Franco  •  Mar 16, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Can somebody please explain why Kasich hasn't dropped out? Doesn't he respect the will of the people and believe in the consent of the governed?

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