How About a Republican Presidential Candidate who’s for Gun Control, Amnesty and Global Warming?

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Also he wasn’t born in the United States and cheated on his wife. He really has it all.

Action star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been lobbying for support to change the law to allow him to run for president in 2016, Page Six has exclusively learned.

We’re told Ahnold has been openly talking about his political ambitions while in New York to promote his new movie with Sylvester Stallone, “Escape Plan.”

One source said: “Schwarzenegger has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016. He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules.”

On the one hand, it’s Page Six of the New York Post so it’s probably hot air. On the other hand, Arnold Schwarzenegger is as delusional as Will Smith and as hopped up on the idea that he can absolutely do anything.

Also his movie career, which is what originally drove him into politics, is still flailing. If Escape Plan doesn’t become a hit, he’s going to have to think of a transition to politics again.

But how exactly do you file paperwork to challenge the Constitution?

Columbia University Law School professor Michael Dorf, an expert in constitutional law, said about the Governator’s case in 2007, “The law is very clear, but it’s not 100 percent clear that the courts would enforce that law rather than leave it to the political process.”

And that’s what happened with Obama. The courts decided to mostly stay out of his way. When he broke the law on fundraising, they ignored it. When he illegally ordered everyone to buy health insurance, they tried to make it work. If Arnold Schwarzenegger were to run for office and win an election, they might well shrug and say that the Constitution is alive in the will of the people.

It probably won’t happen. But suppose for a moment that Obama held a press conference tomorrow and announced that he had really been born in Timbuktu or Siberia, do you think that he would be forced to step down? If you’ve been paying attention until now to what our political system has become, you know the answer.

But if Schwarzenegger runs, what does he have to offer Republicans besides a movie star whose movies no one watches anymore and Total Recall jokes?

He’s for gun control, Global Warming and illegal alien amnesty. He’s in theory a fiscal conservative, but buckled completely to liberals once he suffered a setback. So he’s basically every liberal Republican fantasy ever who makes McCain look like Ted Cruz.

Just visit the Arnold Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of California. Yes, there is one. Which makes me think that he just might be harboring bigger ambitions than The Expendables 4.

  • truebearing

    Yes, the ” Expendables” series ….how fitting. In the final chapter, the “Expendables” will be the American citizen, especially white, Christian, conservative, Jewish, or sane.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      The films where rich “action heroes” more or less perform self parody.

      I’ll be back, for a run at POTUS.

  • Anonymous

    It would be just like any other general election… vote for the major party candidate that’s best for gun rights. While it would be disappointing if both candidates were weak on that point, it would be nice to be able to vote for the Democrat for once if he/she were better.

  • herb benty

    The leftists politics are so corrosive of the American Way, I’m getting to the point of only trusting a Cruz, or a George Washington clone.

    • Texas Patriot

      Stick with George.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        What is your problem with Cruz? Or do you actually have that clone waiting in the wings?

        • Texas Patriot

          Listen, I like Ted Cruz. I think he’s smart as heck, right as rain, and a brilliant debater. He was captain of the debate team at Princeton, and he excelled at Harvard Law School. I’m also a very big fan of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and all the other great American presidents. The truth of the matter is that I expected more from Ted Cruz.

          With his 21-hour “national spotlight” Cruz had what was probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to lay out the recent political history of the United States; point out the severe problems we are facing in education, health care, and hopeless and protracted foreign wars that cannot be won in any meaningful sense; analyze the critical need for a new national approach to health and physical fitness, and a means for taking the burden of health care off the backs of American businesses; and point the way towards a new and more competitive and prosperous America. But he didn’t do that.

          The bottom line is that Ted Cruz had an opportunity to change the course of American history, and few politicians ever have the chance to do that. At that moment when the United States Government ground to a halt, the entire nation and the entire world was listening, and the future of the nation hung in the balance, he failed to deliver, and the opportunity was lost.

          No other great American leader has ever failed to give a great speech at such a grave and pivotal moment.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “But he didn’t do that.”

            He didn’t do that, or it wasn’t reported? I don’t know because I didn’t read the transcript.

            “The bottom line is that Ted Cruz had an opportunity to change the course of American history, and few politicians ever have the chance to do that. At that moment when the United States Government ground to a halt, the entire nation and the entire world was listening, and the future of the nation hung in the balance, he failed to deliver, and the opportunity was lost.”

            I agree that opportunity was lost. But we often learn from our mistakes and it’s not clear to me what more Cruz could have done at this point. I don’t know that he caved on the basis of the deal that was made. He went quiet but we don’t know why. Well I don’t know why, maybe you do.

            “No other great American leader has ever failed to give a great speech at such a grave and pivotal moment.”

            I share your disappointment but I’m sightly more optimistic. Not a whole lot, but I haven’t written him off yet. At least if he runs he’ll help change the discourse to where it should be, which is more or less regarding the truth about American exceptionalism and how we became a great and free nation. He’s no messiah, but he’s important still.

            We don’t want or need another messiah, I think you’ll agree with that.

      • herb benty

        George would have prayed, then faught…..like Cruz,

        • Texas Patriot

          George would have won.

          • herb benty

            Yes, you’re right. Plan to win, we can’t be soft on communism.

          • Texas Patriot

            At this point, we can’t afford to be soft on anything.

          • herb benty

            Your nametag, Texas Patriot, even suggests hope.

          • Texas Patriot

            It’s not too late.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “If Arnold Schwarzenegger were to run for office and win an election, they might well shrug and say that the Constitution is alive in the will of the people.”

    Are Germans class victims? German Republicans? Um, don’t count on it.

  • badenguru

    Just what we need another candidate with a zipper problem, well at least he has a campaign slogan ” I’ll be back”. Are we that stupid?

    • Sifaka

      Zipper problems never bothered me. Look At Franklin, or Jefferson. Two of our favorite founders. True Franklin was never President, but still, a zipper problem worth noting.

      Even Clinton, who in retrospect did a lot of things I dislike, still was a much better president than Obama, or Bush. Well, at least how I remember it, but cut me some slack, I was 10 when he started office. I admittedly was a little more concerned with my own pursuits for the ladder half of His administration.

      Still, Can we show a direct correlation between a zipper problem, and a leadership problem? From what I have seen, not really.

  • Sifaka

    The worst kind of Republican, fiscal liberal, socially leftist on gun rights, and conservative on…. wait he is conservative with…

    Arnold, (who I love as an actor, and I can admit that) is a sheep in wolves clothing. He is a conservative by title alone, and that is by far the worst kind of conservative.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “…wait he is conservative with…”

      He believes in moderate and “balanced” crony capitalism as opposed to outright socialism. IOW, the fed will still fund stupid projects but in theory some times companies will compete for the contracts.

      • Sifaka

        So, a leftist infrastructure that surrounds a licensed few that are to compete in a capitalism laboratory experiment.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “So, a leftist infrastructure that surrounds a licensed few that are to compete in a capitalism laboratory experiment.”

          That’s the “moderate” version of modern capitalism. Put another way, pick a middle position of how people imagine things should work.

          • Sifaka

            I am not sure pragmatism is a driving political force. Seems like in this case the imaginary middle is little more than a scrap thrown to conservatism. If we really take it down to dollars and cents, and look at pragmatism that way, where is the majority of the tax dollars going? To all manner of social programs, and regulatory boards. The Free market does not need any real subsidy. From an economic standpoint anything passed a Laissez-faire system of economics has already passed the center. As all systems to regulate it, are inherently left of conservatism. Being pragmatic to a single issue from time to time in inevitable. However, I don’t think a centrist platform is a noble pursuit.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “I am not sure pragmatism is a driving political force.”

            Not much.

            “Seems like in this case the imaginary middle is little more than a scrap thrown to conservatism.”

            You’re getting my drift.

            “If we really take it down to dollars and cents, and look at pragmatism that way, where is the majority of the tax dollars going? To all manner of social programs, and regulatory boards. The Free market does not need any real subsidy.”

            “Free market” to many people sounds as exciting and wise as liberty for sharks. As you say, we’re not collectively very pragmatic.

            “From an economic standpoint anything passed a Laissez-faire system of economics has already passed the center.”

            Right. But “hands off” is painted as fascism rather than a middle ground starting point. Because of vague notions of “progress” and the assortment of lies about history and the nature of capitalism and “the rich.”

            “As all systems to regulate it, are inherently left of conservatism.”

            Well, all systems to regulate beyond those that protect our constitutional rights. We should regulate water to the degree that public safety clearly demands it. Each regulation must be justified rationally, not with mere theories about “the greater good” and delusional expectations. You need some regulations to enforce conservation. Conserve what? Conserve our constitutional rights.

            “Being pragmatic to a single issue from time to time in inevitable. However, I don’t think a centrist platform is a noble pursuit.”

            I agree. If you’re a centrist, you’re at least half an appeaser and you don’t really stand for anything. Perhaps you don’t deserve to lead anyone at all.

          • Sifaka

            Aside from some contextual issues, I agree 100%. So, I guess that is a funny way of saying I agree 97.3455792%

            I do think we agree 100% on the issues, You took a few point s beyond their intended subject matter. Specifically regarding the economy. But clarifying beyond that, yes.

    • Kyle Reese

      It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until it is president.

      • Sifaka

        How can I vote this up more?

  • onecornpone

    The Governator is effing DELUSIONAL!!!

    But you are right about the the failure of “rule of law” to be respected in today’s America.

  • David Foran

    When Arnold was first elected as the Republican Governor of California, he promised to “cut up the state’s credit card” while brandishing giant prop scissors for effect. He immediately began borrowing heavily with the largest borrowing package of its kind in state history for “Economic Recovery Bonds.” Now keep in mind these “Economic Recovery Bonds” were being issued during the boom years of the housing bubble.

    Before Arnold promised to “cut up the state’s credit card,” the state had outstanding general obligation bonds issued totaling $27.6 billion, with another $23.2 billion authorized but unissued. By the time Arnold left office, the state’s outstanding debt had nearly tripled to $77.8 billion outstanding and an additional $42.8 billion authorized.

    Arnold turned out to be a bigger spender than any of his Democratic predecessors. Governor Pete Wilson increased spending an average of 4.88% per year. Gray Davis increased spending an average of 6.73% per year. While talking the talk of fiscal responsibility, Governor Schwarzenegger increased spending 6.75% per year, adding more than 40,000 state employees to the payroll while simultaneously allowing public sector wages to outpace the private sector. (Source: Erroneous Drones: Saving the Economy from Legions of Self-Destructive Liberals http://amzn.to/12Q4opW)

  • savagenation

    And Arnold Kennedy born in Austria, just like fellow Socialist Adolph.

  • grimreapergutters

    Your future is in his hands.

  • Chance Boudreaux

    Republicans already ran that Candidate, his name was John McCain.

  • Drakken

    The chances of Arnold getting 2/3 rds of the country to change the Constitution is absolutely not going to happen in our lifetimes. So ole Arny can lobby till the cows come home, it still ain’t gonna happen.

    • Texas Patriot

      But that won’t stop him from running for office and raising hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions.

  • Tim Pearce

    You mean, “why don’t we have a Republican candidate that will be as sure to lose as possible?” I’m pretty sure you know the answer to that.
    Instead of trying to make sure the Republicans lose, why don’t we make sure the Democrats win by nominating a candidate that is firmly pro-gun or firmly declares that gun control isn’t a federal issue and never will be?