It’s Time to #DumpTrump

Dear Donald Trump,

You’re no Ronald Reagan. 

Since June, your divisive rhetoric has only hurt our party and has turned off prospective members. Your crude and rude demeanor is not “tough.” It is unbecoming of anyone, not just public servents. Anyone. Period. 

You are not God’s gift to mankind. That would be Jesus Christ. To paraphrase Llyod Benstein: I know Jesus Christ, he’s my personal Lord and savior. He died for my sins. You sir are not Jesus Christ. 

So don’t compare yourself to President Reagan. Ronald Reagan was a man with a big heart and a warm vision of America. Our America. Your America is cold, cynical and cruel. 

The GOP Establishment does not hate you because you upset their status quo. They hate you because you “do not speak for the rest of us,” as Then-Actor Ronald Reagan said in his 1964 Time for Choosing Speech. The issues that confront us require the temper Theodore Roosevelt described, “speak softly and carry a big stick.” 

You sir, have a boastful and fiery tongue which Proverbs tells us: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:1-2‬ ‭NASB‬‬

As for this refugee crisis, which to the fault of the President for not standing with the Syrian people and letting his word be but dust in the wind, we must open our arms to those we can vet and verify. The anti-Semites of The Franklin Roosevelt administration turned their backs to the Jewish people when they sought refuge. Our government stood on the wrong side of history—we must not make the same mistake now. 

 We as Americans have an obligation to stand with those huddled masses who yearn to breathe free. For we were once “strangers in a strange new place,” for we were once “poor wayfaring strangers.” We must never forget those freedom men who battled oceans to get here for religious liberty and those who waited days and days to catch a glimpse of that woman standing in the distance, lifting her torch; lighting their way to freedom, to peace, and to new life. We must open our hearts to all willing to work and contribute to this experiment.

We are Americans. There will never be any issue nor any person so divisive that this union cannot stand. To take inspiration from President Jefferson, we are all Republicans, we are all Democrats. We share the same principles that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

And it’s safe to say, our effort to dump you is a bipartisan effort. Your campaign’s days are numbered until your poll numbers tank. You can drop out in disgrace and then the Republican Party can nominate someone we all can respect. 

In short: We’re breaking up with you. And it’s not us, it’s you.  

Sincerely,

Nicholas Bique

P.S. (added 10/08/2016)

 Mr. Trump you have received the Nomination of the Republican Party for President of the United States. You have ruined almost all of your chances at becoming the next President. Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United Statesbecause  you lack a moral spine and clearly have no qualms with saying what ever you please because of your socioeconomic status. When you’re own wife and running mate refuse to defend your comments, you truly have a problem. But that’s not you’re only problem: senior members of your party have recinded their endorsement of you. Let that sink in, members who the public respect and admire want nothing to do with you. 

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The Case for America

We are told that our country is too strong. We are told that our freedoms are indispensable and subjective to the whims of the loud minority. We tell ourselves that this is the way it is. That’s it. Theres no way to turn back the clocks and undo the wrongs. The mistakes.

We forget we are a Representative Democracy. We forget that if we are educated and proactive in the well being of our nation, that we can bring about meaningful change.

I’m one of the few teenagers who gave their volunteer time to state and local political campaigns. 256 volunteer hours confirmed and logged, probably leaving out a few minutes here and there.

Why did I spend my summer going door to door, talking to voters, hearing what the people had to say, getting out the vote, and getting them the tools they needed to participate in our democracy?

Although it wasn’t as exciting as it seems on paper, I gave my time and efforts to this cause of representative democracy because I was raised with a deep sense of pride in my country and engrained with a deeper sense of civic duty from my father and his father, both having served respectively in the Air Force and Navy.

So, I’ve got a stake in the game. In politics. It hits me at home because my father has stage four synovial sarcoma that developed in his foot and then metastasized into his lung. Furthermore, he goes to the VA and Moffit to receive medical treatments.

Floridan Governor Rick Scott is a champion of Cancer Research and honors our Veterans who served our nation and deserve utmost thanks and gratitude from those of us who have not served our countrymen in such a capacity.

When we vote, it must not be based on this week’s fad, but based upon our goals for the next ten years. We don’t save money in order to spend it away tomorrow. We save today for our needs next week; next month; next year.

It is with such diligence and stewardship that our countrymen should vote and participate. For it is often said, “Those who chose not to vote, choose not to have a voice.” No words could be more true.

In the age of partisan media, if you can say there wasn’t partisan before now – In the culture of partisan media that has endured as long as the republic itself, we are told that our only choice is simple. Left or Right.

Friends, I would suggest too, like then actor Ronald Reagan in 1964, we we have a different choice. Up or down. Liberty or death. Economic freedom or slavery to the welfare state. It’s that simple.

We can find the remedies to our social problems without the hand of big government and we can do it even more effectively. We need to be our own brother’s keeper, like the members of my family, my church, and my community have been to my father and our family. 

Our country is waiting—no, thirsting for a revival but we must act on this now. We must open up our hearts and look to our fellow countrymen instead of big government.

I believe in America and I believe in the resilience of her people. When we set our minds to great causes there’s simply no stopping us because there is no cause greater than our cause: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

If Not Mitt, Then Who?

Recently, Former Mass. Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate, Willard Mitt Romney made his intentions clear that after deep consideration he would not be seeking the Presidency for a third time in a private conference call to supporters.

ROMNEY: Your loyalty and friendship and your desire to see the country with new, competent and conservative leadership does warm the heart. After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it’s best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee.

Let me give you some of my thinking. First, I’m convinced that with the help of the people on this call, we could win the nomination. Our finance calls made it clear we would have enough funding to be more than competitive and with few exceptions our field political leadership is ready and enthusiastic about a new race. The reaction of Republican voters across the country was both surprising and heartening.

I know that early poll numbers move up and down a great deal during the campaign, but we would have no doubt started in a strong position. One poll out just today shows me gaining support and leading the next closest contender by two to one and also leading in all of the four early states. So, I’m convinced that we could win the nomination.

But I fully realize it would have been a difficult task and a hard fight. I also believe with the message of making the world safer, providing opportunity for every American regardless of the neighborhood they live in, and working to break the grip of poverty, I would have the best chance of beating the eventual Democrat nominee, but that’s before the other contenders have had the opportunity to take their message to the voters.

I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case. I feel that it’s critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president.

You can’t imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country. We believe it’s for the best of the party and the nation.

I’ve been asked and will certainly be asked again if there are any circumstances whatsoever that might develop that could change my mind. That seems unlikely. Accordingly, I’m not organizing a PAC or taking donations. I’m not hiring a campaign team. I encourage all of you on this call to stay engaged in the critical process of selecting a Republican candidate for president. So you should feel free to sign up on a campaign for a person who you believe may become our best nominee.

This is the mark of a great leader. Someone who knows him or herself well enough to understand that they are more than capable of leading yet understanding that they aren’t the right person to lead at this time.

It takes a big man to step aside from seeking the highest office in the land after coming within arms reach. Supporters and opponents alike have recognized the type of man Mitt Romney is and I, your humble correspondent , would argue that he is probably the most-well-respected politician in our country in the age of sleazy politicians.

Now, you’ll note that he mentioned the possibilities of changing his mind were “Very unlikely.” But, he didn’t say “out of the question.” Naturally, this is a tough decision for anyone to make- running for President. It takes a great deal of humility to say there’s someone better when just four short years ago, he was ‘The Man,’ ‘The One,’ and ‘The Next President of the United States.’ Does this mean Mitt might make one more comeback? Probably not.

Alas, as Mitt Romney exits stage left, who will be entering on stage right?

This is the task of the Republican Party now.

Last Week, we discussed what the 2016 Republican Primaries might entail, but with Romney bowing out what will this mean for the Cast of Politicians auditioning for the role of Presidential Nominee?

Bique’s (Top 3 of) 10 for President

1. Ben Carson

In the 7th grade, I was exposed to Doctor Carson’s Story through my Critical Thinking Class in his book, “Think BIG” and since then, I’v e had an immense respect for the Doctor and his service to his fellow man. Since his Keynote Speech at the 2013 Prayer Breakfast, I’ve had a yearning to see him take on a similar role to Ronald Reagan in 1966 – Citizen Politician. I think Ben Carson can have an equally profound affect on our Nation as he did in the Medical Field.

As a neurosurgeon, he brings immense experience in making critical decisions with critical timing. He knows how to take the information given to him and make the best educated decision. Just because he doesn’t have extensive foreign policy experience doesn’t mean he can’t bring the greatest and authoritative minds in military and foreign policy together to help make a thought out and logical decision.

This is why Dr. Ben Carson is my #1 for President at this Point.

2. Sarah Palin
I have loved Alaska’s Frm. Governor since she came to Central Florida as Senator John McCain’s Vice Presidential Pick in 2008. Her straight talk and sense of humor is something I appreciate. I admire the work she sought out to do as Governor and how she bucked the GOP establishment of her State. Many call Ron Paul the Grandfather of the Tea Party Movement and I consider her the Mother of the Movement. One day she might be able to say , “I can see the Capitol Building from my backyard.”

I think Sarah Palin’s patriotism, faith, courage makes her the perfect counter to Hillary Clinton should they both receive their respective Party’s nomination for President.

3. Scott Walker

Wisconsin’s Governor is battle tested and ready for the Presidency. Soon after being elected in 2010, his efforts to balance the state budget would receive major blowback because of the huge cuts and restrictions in collective bargaining that would be in place in order to avoid layoffs. State Democrats and Unions called for Walker to be removed from office and almost 1 one million signatures were acquired, well above the reqired minimum. Yet, Walker won the 2012 recall at the ballots garnering almost 200 thousand votes than before. Walker then won re-election in 2014 by a slightly lower margin than 2012 but higher than in 2010.

Walker has the conservative credentials and a strong record as Governor which makes him a serious contender for the Presidency.

Next week on top of my commentary, you’ll see the last 7 on Bique’s Top 10 for President.

War of 2016

With the recent announc…facebook post from Jeb Bush, many are wondering just how intense this GOP Primary will get. Nothing will ever be as ridiculous as 2012 and nothing as heated as 1976. But with much speculation that Former. Mass. Governor Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee, is reinventing himself and is planning third run (much like a certain Ronald Reagan in 68, 76, 80) and second nomination (like then Vice President Nixon in 60 and 68), a primary between candidates who align across the conservative spectrum will be one historians and news commentators will talk about for years to come.

The GO(TEA)P

Members of the Tea Party make the case that Republican “moderates” can’t win the Presidency, using Fmr. Sen. Bob Dole in 1996, Sen. John McCain in 2008, and Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012 as their proof.

More so, conservatives have had a difficult time earning respect among “establishment” republicans. The Party has often had two distinctive sects, as of now it is know as the “Establishment” and the “Tea Party” but in the times of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Governor Ronald Reagan, Senator Barry Goldwater, and Vice President Richard Nixon, it was known as the “Conservative” (Traditionalist) and “Liberal” Wings (Rockefeller Republicans) of the party. Men like Michigan Governor and Father to 2012 nominee and 2016 likely, George Romney were apart of the Liberal Wing and men like the actor turned citizen politician and then Governor of California, Ronald Reagan was a rising warrior for the Conservative Wing’s crusade to take back the party.

Presidential hopefuls like Senators Rand Paul, son of former Congressman Ron Paul, and Ted Cruz are the product of a strong libertarian/fiscal conservative movement within the party in 2010 aka the “Taxed Enough Already” Party – TEA Party. Libertarians have been making their voices known and have hurt Republican and Democrats alike in elections that cane down to just a few points. the section of the party, or third head if you will, will only grow stronger as 2016 grows nearer.

The War To Come

note: as of January 18th, 2015 there are no major official candidates for either party nomination

The Republican Primary for the 2016 Presidential Nomination will most likely spill blood because these party divide will be stronger than ever, with the likes of Governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush going up against Senators Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Governors Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Brian Sandoval (Nevada), Mike Pence (Indiana), Scott Walker (Wisconsin) and the lone Doctor Ben Carson.

2016 will be the year where Moderate Republicans and Conservative Republicans will clash in a way the Party hasn’t seen since 1976 when California Governor Ronald Reagan primaried then sitting President Gerald Ford.

So many Americans are ready for fresh leadership, and both parties seem to only have old dogs to run. Sarah Palin recently beckoned the question “Is Hillary a new Democrat, or an old one?” A good question. Is Jeb Bush a Conservative Republican or a Rockefeller Republican?

Is there anyone else out there? Who can win? Can we win?

In the upcoming weeks you will see profiles on the men mentioned and the issues at hand building up to the first Presidential Primary as a part of the “War of 2016” series

Rand Wilkinson: Does He Ever Stop Campaigning?

In 1998, Polk County School Board Memeber, Randy Wilkinson abruptly resigned to seek state office – and since, has ran for every office under the sun – then after a crushing loss in 2010 for Congress as a Third Party Candidate he’s crawling back to the ballot for School Board once again, right where he started.

Over the years he has been identified as a far “right-winger” who wanted to implement corporeal punishment in Polk Middle Schools and has been a Luke warm supporter of Chartered Schools, calling them a “necessary evil” as a result of Public School Failures.

What should Wilkinson say to Deborah Wright? She is currently on the Board. Her husband, prior to his death, was one of the key founders of the Lake Wales Chartered School System which a been has shinning example of the merits to charted schooling.

In a recent interview with Business Voice , Wilkinson called himself a “Very Conservative Liberal.”
What in the world?

Can we trust him?

His behavior leads the Factor to say NO.

•Wilkinson was ARRESTED for assaulting his wife. (2002)
•Wilkinson was ARRESTED for driving under the influence. (2006)

With regard to the DUI, this wasn’t the first time his ability to handle a motor-vehicle had come into question along with his abuse of county vehicles in his reckless “need for speed.”

Attention like this certainly would make a parent shiver if they knew he took a part in the school system.

In 2010, Wilkinson threatened to sabotage fellow conservative Dennis Ross’ election against Democrat Lori Edwards as a “TEA Party” candidate. So, such efforts were made by Newt Gingrich to prevent Wilkinson from splitting the conservative vote and handing a victory to a liberal who would’ve lost in regular R vs D conditions. In the end, only garnering 11% of the vote with a sweeping lose to Ross’ 48% percent.

In Conclusion,
during Randy Wilkinson’s time as a public servant, he has carried himself in an inexcusable way that is not worthy of trust or respect. With that said, he is not fit to hold any form of elected office. And as a School Board Member, he will be an enemy to Charter Schools which preform exceedingly well in Polk and specifically in the Lake Wales Area. I, Nicholas Bique, implore to you, my loyal readers, that you defend the dignity of the institution of education and democracy and keep Wilkinson OFF the school board on August 26th and vote for Hazel Sellers.

Saira Blair: 17 Year Old Politician

Ms. Blair of West Virgina is making waves around the country as she defeats Republican Incumbent in House Primary just in time before High School Graduation.

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Who is Saira Blair?

She’s a Senior at Hedgesville High School and President of the Key Club. Her Father, Craig, is an Electrician, Current State Senator and formally held the district seat in which his daughter is currently seeking.

How’d she win?

For starters, she went door to door, put ads in the paper and sent out hand written notes. She got her friends and fellow classmates involved with her classmates and encourage voting age students in her community to make their voices heard. Not to mention she out spent her opponent 2:1.

Ms. Blair is on the path to become the youngest Delegate in state history- seeing as her district is favorably Republican. Heck, even her Democratic opponent, Layne Diehl, is impressed with her passion for Civic Service at her tender age.

“There are too many young people who aren’t paying attention to what’s going on,” adds Denny Hedges, who works in auto sales in Hedgesville and supported Blair. “She evidently has the right views because she defeated an incumbent, so people are definitely ready for a change.”

What’s Bique got to say about all of this?

It’s people like Saira Blair that give me hope for my party and our country. Too many teens my age are blinded by the small realm of campus life that the turn a blind eye to our ever changing world. A world that demands their attention because it is one of uncertainty.

Across the seas, the sovereignty of countries are being infringed – religious persecution is rampant. At home our health care system is in shambles – our boarders are unprotected – our children: unprepared for adult life as they are made slaves to the state under loan debt and the job market isn’t prepared for them, seeing how many people two, three or four times their age are desperately seeking work to the bills.

Ms. Blair is a beacon of hope for everyone because she is being the change she wants to see in the world. We should all take note. It’s not very often that we get to see a young person take charge of their community’s future. And for Teenage Republicans around the country – she serves as proof that the work they do is not in vain. The ridicule they might face at school won’t compare with sense of accomplishment in protecting the Principles of the Silent Majority. Of they right.

Ms. Blair had this to say about the youth of her generation:

“It’s wonderful that my generation is learning they don’t have to be 40, 50 or 60 to realize these conservative values benefit them.”

Update Sunday, May 18th
Last Night, Ms. Blair was kind enough to read our article about her via Instagram and reached out to us to express her appreciation saying this:

“Thank you for the wonderful piece you wrote, I can’t begin to explain how much all of the support means to me! I wish you and every fellow young republican the best in all your endeavors!”

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A special thank you to Saira for visiting our blog and the best of luck to her in November.

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Mike Huckabee for President…Again?

It may seem to early to being making speculation for the 2016 Presidential Primaries but once the 2014 midterm elections are over the Presidential Primaries will be in full swing and there already are plenty of contenders on both sides of the aisle.

On the Democratic Side

Former Secretary of State, Former New York Senator and 2008 presidential primary candidate, Hillary Clinton, is a popular leader in early polls;

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Vice President and former Delaware Senator, Joe Biden is trailing far behind;

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Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren;

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And New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo

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are the major speculated Democratic candidates for their party’s presidential nomination.

And on the Republican side

New Jersey Governor, Chis Christie, is leading in many polls

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Texas Senator, Ted Cruz;

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Wisconsin House Representative and Former 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate, Paul Ryan;

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Former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush;

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And Kentucky Senator, Rand Paul are also possible contenders for the Republican nomination after a crushing defeat in 2012.

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But who’s name is sneaking its name into ring of speculation?

None other than Former Governor of Arkansas, 2008 Republican Primary Candidate for the Presidential Nomination, and host of Huckabee on Fox News Channel, Mike Huckabee.

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Who’s Mike Huckabee?

Before entering politics, Huckabee was a pastor at several baptist churches from 1980 to 1992 and served as the Arkansas Baptist State Convention President from 1989 to 1991.

As Bill Clinton was sworn in as President, in 1992, and Lieutenant Governor Jim Tucker, naturally, filled the position of Governeor, Huckabee ran in the special election for Lt. Governor and won 51-49 to Nate Coulter. Then in 1996, as Huckabee has plans on running for an open senate seat with no republican primary competition, Governor Tucker was convicted of mail fraud and after much controversy was forced to resign; ultimately, Huckabee suspended his intentions on running for the US Senate to fulfilled the duties of Governor until 2006.

Huckabee announced on January 28th, 2007 in an interview on Meet the Press, that he was running for President. He would win eight primary states before withdrawing on March 4th, of 2008. Huckabee was speculated to have been considered for the Vice Presidential Nomination before being passed up by, then Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin.

In 2010, CNN held a poll with Huckabee as the Republican Nominee for President against President Obama with Huckabee winning said poll. In 2012, Huckabee said this, “All the factors say ‘go’, but my heart says ‘no”

Now Mike Huckabee resides at Fox News as a talk show host for weekend evenings, giving insightful commentary on the latest controversy and news over the past week, often coming to the conclusion that America problems root from secularism. Just recently, Huckabee decided not to renew his contract with Cumulus Media, ceasing his radio show, the Huckabee Report. This causes many to believe that Huckabee will being planning to run with his newfound time.

So what do you think about Governor Huckabee and The Other Possible 2016 Presidential Candidates? Let me know in the Comments below! Have topics you’d like to see tackled?
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