SANE REPUBLICANS DISMAYED AT TRUMP AND CARSON POLL NUMBERS
THEY HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAME.
Here’s an excerpt by Republican insider Peter Wehner (advisor to three Republican Presidents) from the November 9, 2015 edition of the New Yorker Magazine:
“Republicans today have given the country conservatism in the spirit of Sarah Palin, whose ignorance about the world, contempt for expertise, and raw appeal to white identity politics presaged Trump’s incendiary campaign. So did the spectacle, in 2009, of a Republican Congressman calling the President a liar during a speech Obama gave to a joint session of Congress, and Party leaders comparing Obamacare to Nazism and slavery. Earlier this year, forty-seven Republicans senators wrote the Supreme Leader of Iran and declared that the President didn’t speak for the country. There have been regular threats to close the Federal Government in order to accomplish limited political goals. (In September, another shutdown, over the defunding of Planned Parenthood, was narrowly avoided, despite the support of nearly all Republican Presidential candidates.) On right-wing radio, Obama is constantly accused of tyranny and treason. Once the restraints are lifted, they’re hard to restore. Trump may be the bastard spawn of the Republican Party, but his parentage can’t be denied.”
Pretty harsh words for an old-line Republican insider. This article was obviously written before Dr. Ben Carson trumped Trump in the polls. I wonder what Wehner would say about Carson given that, at least Trump actually makes sense from the right wing conservative point of view, but how can one absorb Carson’s “I think Joseph built the Pyramids to store grain” pronouncement? In Wehner’s view, if Trump is the bastard spawn of the Republican Party, what does that make Carson? Devil Son of God?
But the larger issue is not Wehner’s description of the rise of what I’ll call idiocy passing for common sense, but it goes back much further than Sarah Palin and the 2008 elections. To this day “cutting taxes creates jobs” is still the prime Republican economic policy and strategy (and the Democrats’ as well until about a year ago) yet there are no studies, no data, no longitudinal nor latitudinal research that proves this is so. And we’ve been slaving under this meme for thirty years and the only positive impact is that it provided Grover Norquist with a life-long career.
Then there is the constant Republican attacks on “entitlements” (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Unemployment Insurance extensions during the worst worldwide economic collapse since the Great Depression) and other public benefits programs like food stamps (SNAP) and TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families). Then we were treated to Mitt Romney’s dismissing of 47% of Americans who, in his words, were “takers” living off the government teat.
But none of this is new and predates Sarah Palin as afar back as Ronald Reagan who famously derided “Cadillac Driving Welfare Queens” and this catch phrase has influenced public policy formulation on entitlements from the day he uttered those worlds until today. (Don’t believe me? Take a look at newly elected Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan’s economic and government proposals on his web site.)
Here’s the essential problem with today’s conservatives, Tea Baggers, Freedom Caucus and Republicans: our factual basis for public policy has been so eroded over the past three decades, that Dr. Ben Carson can state that “the Pyramids were built by Joseph to store grain” and his poll numbers climb. Donald Trump says the Mexican Government is sending raping Messicans over the border, he’s going to build an impenetrable wall along our entire border and make Mexico pay for it and his poll number jump. What the Fuck?
What madness is this? Sure, I have no problem with Carson’s biblically based view of the world, his dismissal of archeological research and analysis, and if Jews were armed Hitler could never have succeeded if he were some private citizen or even head of Surgery at John’s Hopkins Hospital up in Baltimore.
BUT THE MAN IS RUNNING FOR THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HE’S THE LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR THIS POSITION. (WTF?)
There is nothing ironic nor mysterious about my statement. It is the result of thirty years of the wholesale degradation of trust, honesty, truthfulness not only when it comes to politicians but for just about everything else. This isn’t necessarily a new phenomenon in the United Sates; there was the Know Nothing Party back after the Civil War but it’s the Twenty First Century already. We all – including Presidential candidates - have access to pretty much every piece of factual information in the universe. It’s about time “some” folks learn how to separate fact from fact and start treating the rest of us as intelligent human beings (yes, libruls too) who do not consider Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson as role models and actually believe that there is a real world that we deal with and interact with every day that bears scant resemblance to the “cesspool America, hotbed of depravity” Republicans, Tea Baggers and Rush Limbaugh blather on endlessly about.
I still haven’t stopped chuckling about all this brouhaha over the last Republican debate, essentially the candidates deriding the moderators for asking them to support their ridiculous claims. Sure, the panel did lose control of the debate but the Republicans aren’t used to being called to account for such statements as “evolution is the product of Satan” or “a 10% flat tax will yield double digit economic expansion” so they simply did what they do best under such circumstances: they attacked those would dare doubt the every foolish syllable that flows from their lying mouths.
Actually, Wehner got it right when he tagged Sarah Palin, 2012 Republican Vice Presidential Candidate (pardon me while I vomit) as ignorant of the world and contemptuous of expertise. That she was. And probably the highest example of such nonsense we’ve seen of late. But then, Trump and Carson don’t lag all that far behind the former part time Governor of Alaska.
And since the Tea Bagging Right Wingers still adore Sarah Palin (and believe that her downfall was the result of the bias of the liberal media – sound familiar?) is it any wonder that Trump and Carson are the frontrunners in the Republican Presidential campaign?
Have a good day.