Mod: I know we don't do national politics on this blog. Or we didn't up until recently. But this country is well into one of the most bizarre elections in its history, so I figure The Tattler might as well get on board and talk about it. After all, everybody else is. And last night at the GOP convention we all got to see something that I thought was truly remarkable. A former candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, an individual who took an extraordinary amount of ugly abuse from the eventual nominee, including gratuitous insults regarding his wife's appearance along with lunatic accusations that his father was in on the JFK assassination, paid him back and then some. No matter what you think of Ted Cruz, this was an extraordinary moment in American political history. Here is how Politico.com describes what went down.
CLEVELAND — Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump in daring and dramatic fashion on Wednesday, telling delegates to “vote your conscience” in a 20-minute snub that played out in slow-motion on national television.
“We deserve leaders who stand for principle, who unite us all behind shared values, who cast aside anger for love,” Cruz said. “That is the standard we should expect from everybody.”
It was a standard that Cruz determined Trump did not meet. The Texas senator, who is widely believed to already be planning to run for president again in 2020, paused dramatically toward the end of his speech as the delegates shouted for him to endorse Trump.
“Don’t stay home in November,” Cruz told the audience. “Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”
It was a shocking rebuke coming from the same stage where Trump had become the nominee only 24 hours earlier and where he will address the nation on Thursday. And Cruz slowed to take in the scene. "Do it baby!" came one shout from the crowd. But Cruz would not.
“I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation,” Cruz said, as boos rained down from Trump’s home state, who were seated front and center, and throughout the hall.
To add to the high drama, Trump arrived inside the arena just as Cruz was wrapping up. Cameras cut to Trump, who wore a tight smile and gave a thumbs up to the crowd.
The Utah delegation, a bastion of Cruz supporters, loudly chanted "Ted! Ted! Ted." The Arizona delegation, a Trump stronghold, counter-chanted "Trump! Trump! Trump!"
Cruz’s advisers, past and present, cheered him on online. “Tough decisions are easy to criticize. Incredible leadership from Cruz tonight,” wrote Brian Philips, who worked on Cruz’s campaign. “Friends, we can put this Party back together.”
“This is the speech of Cruz's life,” said Amanda Carpenter, his former communications director.
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Poll: Libertarian Johnson beating Trump, Clinton among active troops
Mod: Being Libertarian means opposing US overseas military interventions except under the most dire circumstances. A viewpoint that I personally support. After all, what did we accomplish by going into Iraq outside of getting close to 5,000 American military killed? With that in mind, here is a surprising report from The Hill.com (link) about who the members of our military could be voting for this coming November.
Military troops favor Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president over Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, according to a new survey.
Johnson garnered 38.7 percent of the active duty vote, versus 30.9 for Trump, and 14.1 for Clinton, according to the survey, which was conducted via the popular military personality Doctrine Man.
Although the survey was not a scientific poll with a margin of error, it provides a snapshot of the preferences of about 3,500 active duty, reservists, retired and former members of the military and their family members, 95.7 percent of which were registered voters.
Among all services except for the Navy, Johnson performed better than Trump and Clinton.
Current, reserve and former members of the Army preferred Johnson at 35.4 percent. Trump, the Republican nominee, came in second at 31.4 percent, and Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, at 15.3 percent.
Among the Marine community, an overwhelming 44.1 percent chose Johnson, while 27.1 percent chose Trump, and 12.7 percent chose Clinton.
The majority of the Air Force respondents chose Johnson at 39 percent, but Trump next at 29.9 percent and Clinton at 12.9 percent.