Sore Winners and Sore Whiners

For all the whiners who have been complaining that former 2016 presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz didn’t endorse 2016 Republican nominee Donald J. Trump on Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, they must not have been listening carefully. Cruz began his speech by congratulating Trump and went on to warn of the dangers of a Hillary Clinton presidency. He ended by urging people to vote their consciences up and down the ballot. Did it ever occur to Trump’s surrogates, the whiners, that this was an endorsement, albeit a soft one, and that by voting their consciences Cruz was also referring to Senate and House positions?

The fact is that Trump saw and approved Cruz’ speech prior to him giving it. What people are crying their sore-winning heads over is that when heckled to “endorse Trump,” Cruz ignored their commands. Trump surrogates have turned into soldiers of the establishment GOP (eGOP) and vice-versa. This is what is wrong with the RNC. The establishment says to get on board, get with the program and fall in line. But then Donald Trump comes along to buck that very system and ends up telling everyone to get on board with his program and like sheep they blindly do what they’re told.

I find the Republicans, many of them anyway, to be hypocrites and I want to have nothing to do with it. This is why I’m leaving the Republican Party.

The way Trump treated Cruz in the 2016 Republican primaries was unconscionable. The way his surrogates treated him last night was utterly rude, disgusting and uncalled for. Trump and company should have been happy that Cruz even showed up for him. After what Trump pulled in the primary race, Cruz owed him nothing. Has Trump even apologized for comparing his own wife to Cruz’ wife?

Sure, Cruz made his mistakes in the campaign but his paled in comparison to the outright affronts Trump made, whether it was insulting Senator John McCain’s military service, making vulgar remarks about news anchor and wannabe debate moderator Megyn Kelly, or calling Cruz “Lyin’ Ted.” Trump ran a sleazy campaign and in doing so turned himself into a sleazy politician, exactly what he was supposed to be the opposite of.

Trump is passing himself off as a conservative but he’s not. In fact he’s fitting nicely into the mold of an establishment Republican, the very thing his supporters supposedly despise. As is the case with most politicians, talk is cheap unless it can be backed up. We’ll see if Trump can back up his talk.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative author, and Editor-at-Large of, a website for conservative viewpoints. An original participant in the Tea Party, he takes part in pro-America rallies when his time permits. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

Who is to blame for the Dallas massacre?

If you’re looking for someone to blame for the senseless and heinous crimes of the mass murder of five Dallas Police officers (so far) last night look no further than the Obama administration, at least in part. Then blame the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Then also blame the mainstream media (MSM) for their irresponsible journalism of race relations in the United States.

To be clear, the recent killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Falls, Minnesota at the hands of white police officers appear to be completely unacceptable. But we need to wait for all the facts and a full investigation before we start the accusations. This is advice President Obama would be wise to adhere to.

But Obama did not take this advice. Instead he took to the stage, as he usually does, to continue to fan the flames of racism and spew phony statistics about how blacks are pulled over, searched, shot by police, arrested and harshly sentenced more often than whites. Of course his focus wasn’t on the obvious symptoms, like the lack of an intact family, gang affiliations and criminal behavior, it was on his perceived unfairness of the criminal justice system.

Interestingly, Obama’s administration has been the catalyst in declining race relations in America. Ironically, he promised so much “hope” in this very regard eight years ago when he was begging for our votes to become the first Black president of the United States. People voted for him so that race relations would improve. His rhetoric, however, has done the opposite and his policies have done nothing to help blacks out of the socioeconomic hole his party helped put them in.

Although there is fury on the streets when an unarmed black person is killed and white officers are involved, in the end justice is usually served. For example, the officer-related killing of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina has not been swept under the rug. North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager has been indicted and his trial is currently set to begin in October 2016 for shooting Scott in the back as he was running away.

However, in many cases when shootings or killings occur, officers are not in the wrong, but the criminals themselves are. Unfortunately, members of the BLM movement do not see it that way and perhaps they never will.

In the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August of 2014, Brown, the criminal, brutalized Officer Darren Wilson. Only when Brown made a threatening move toward Officer Wilson was Wilson forced to defend himself and shoot Brown. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the lie “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” was a seed planted within the media. Although proven to be false, the media perpetuated the lie until it grew a pair of legs and took off running.

BLM is also partly to blame for the Dallas massacre. Founded on the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot false narrative, BLM has become a force for evil instead of good. Sure, many in the group may have good intentions, but many of their protestors spew hatred for police officers, the very officers who have devoted their lives to keeping them safe and ensuring their First Amendment rights to spout off hateful slogans like “Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon.” Do they not see the problems they cause? Their supposed objective is to fight racism, but unfortunately, the way to fight racism in America is to fight the Black Lives Matter movement.

The MSM plays a huge part in this as they also incite racism by writing stories about how bad cops are and how unfair the system is to blacks. Irresponsible journalism in the media can unfairly shape public opinion, which can, in turn, have disastrous effects on people. Their advancing of the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot lie is just one example. It is unfortunate that in 2016 we have a mainstream media that either just doesn’t get it or just doesn’t care.

As a writer and citizen journalist, I will point out the harmful and delinquent actions and attitudes of those who exhibit them. And as I’ve written in the past, I will be the first, or at least one of the first, to condemn the actions of those who exhibit racism and unnecessary police brutality against anyone of any race and defend those who fall victim to it.

The usual race hustlers disguised as “civil rights leaders” have already entered the scene. Jesse Jackson, notorious for spewing racist hate, if you can even understand what he is saying, stated this morning that Donald Trump and his followers are to blame for creating a climate of fear, insinuating that there is an “anti-black mood, anti-semitism, anti-muslim bashing, immigrant bashing, female bashing, a kind of mean-spirited division in this country.” I think that the shooter in Dallas is the one creating a climate of fear and Jackson (whom I refuse to refer to as a reverend) is one helping to divide this nation.

As we sort out the awful events that just took place in Dallas, expect more “civil rights leaders” to join in and accuse whites of institutional racism when they, in fact, have been the cause of continual poor race relations in America with their hate-filled language. To be sure, the shooter is responsible for the many deaths and emotional trauma he just caused, but rhetoric by Obama, Jackson, the BLM movement and the MSM does nothing more than fan the flames of racism.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative author, and Editor-at-Large of, a website for conservative viewpoints. An original participant in the Tea Party, he takes part in pro-America rallies when his time permits. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at