Steven Kurlander: Donald Trump can rebuild GOP as Grand New Party
By Steven Kurlander
Monticello, New York - May 3, 2016
Published in Context Florida on May 3, 2016
As the primary season continues and we near the GOP convention in July, one thing has become certain. Whether the GOP likes it or not, Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee.
Trump has brilliantly capitalized on the anger and frustration of many Americans that has resulted in GOP voters, and many other Americans, enthusiastically embracing Trump’s bombastic, reality-TV rhetoric.
He couches his dialogue in realistic and politically incorrect terms that many Americans feel but won’t express themselves. That in turn has allowed the billionaire to obliterate a large field of “mainstream” Republicans, from traditional stalwarts like Jeb Bush and John Kasich to fringe contestants like Rand Paul and Ben Carson.
What’s not certain is whether Trump the GOP nominee, or if elected president, will build on his brilliant exploitation of dissatisfaction to seize a moment in history to rebuild the American political system.
It’s quite popular among out-of-touch Republican conservatives to mischaracterize Trump’s success as destructive to the country. He’s being called the “anti-Republican” Republican.
Columnist George Will, in characterizing Trump in a recent column as the “most anticonservative presidential candidate in its history,” lamented how badly Trump is destroying the Republican Party.
Will wrote that Trump will be one of “the most unpopular presidential candidates ever” and that he will lose “by a landslide.”
Talk about being out of touch!
Kurly Quoted in MSNBC Article:
Tim Tebow becomes political football again
"On Wednesday, Kurlander doubled down on his position from three years ago, reiterating his interest in drafting Tebow for a political run. 'I would hope he would follow the Jack Kemp role model of being an athlete turned politician. Kemp certainly was a great politician of his time,” he told MSNBC. “I do think that Tebow would present a valuable alternative in terms of his moral and athletic background as a new model of decency and discipline for the GOP in Florida to counter Trump’s successful shock political approach.'” Read Article
Steven Kurlander: We need to bring back TR’s big stick
By Steven Kurlander
Monticello, New York - March 29, 2016
Published in Context Florida - March 29, 2016
Did you hear last week that a significant number of U.S. troops will soon be heading back to Iraq?
The subdued announcement came on the heels of yet another major terror attack in Europe. First Paris, now Brussels, have illustrated the vulnerability of the West to attacks by Islamic extremists.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, stated that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will be recommending to President Barack Obama an expansion of the “U.S. military footprint” to begin to gain control of Iraq from ISIS.
“The secretary and I both believe that there will be an increase to the U.S. forces in Iraq in the coming weeks, but that decision hasn’t been made,” Dunford said.
The buildup has already begun. This year, the U.S. already has 3,800 troops there.