Saturday, January 23, 2016

Trumping Trump and Cruz Control

I once downloaded a book to my Kindle entitled "Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free" written by Charles Pierce. He begins with a poem by Chris Whitley

"Where can a heretic,
Where can a heretic,
Where can a heretic call home?"

Huffington Post reported "Donald Trump reportedly suggested he could shoot someone in a crowded area and still keep voters, speaking at a rally in Iowa Saturday."

If one has listened assiduously to Donald Trump, the probable Republican nominee for president, one has heard his racist blather against Hispanics, immigrants of all stripes, Muslims, Asians and, yes, incredulously enough, even mocked a handicapped man who dared to be critical of the Donald.  That will teach him.  One hears laughter from Trump's audience because having a joint disease handicap is oh so funny.  One wonders if Donald Trump would think it so funny if his beloved daughter Ivanka or Donald Trump, Jr. suffered from it.

What have we become if our most strident ally, England, in Parliament debated putting a stop on Trump entering their country should he become president because of the explosiveness of his racist comments and the social upheaval it could engender.

The Duck Dynasty bearded and mangy patriarch, Phil Robertson, supports Ted Cruz and says:

“My qualifications for president of the United States are rather narrow: Is he or she godly, does he or she love us, can he or she do the job, and finally would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo?” the reality TV star says in the video. “I’ve looked at the candidates. Ted Cruz is my man. He fits the bill.”

In case one has not heard of Duck Dynasty I paste this photo below of its patriarch for your visual enjoyment to shudder at the prospect of someone with his values supporting Ted Cruz for the highest office in the land and perhaps, the most powerful in the world:


Yes, this is who supports one of the leading Republican candidates for the presidency, Ted Cruz. 

If that were not enough Ted Cruz gleefully and willingly took the podium along with Republicans Bobbi Jindal and Mike Huckabee aside Pastor Kevin Swanson who according to "Right Wing Watch" d
uring his remarks Swanson reiterated his view that both the Old and New Testament require the death penalty for the crime of homosexuality, as well as his position that any Christian who attends a gay wedding can only do so in order to hold up a sign informing the couple that they ought to be put to death. 

He further states according to "Right Wing Watch" "
There are families, we're talking Christian families, pastors' families, elders' families from good, godly churches," whose sons are rebelling, hanging out with homosexuals and getting married and the parents are invited. What would you do if that was the case? Here is what I would do: sackcloth and ashes at the entrance to the church and I'd sit in cow manure and I'd spread it all over my body. That is what I would do and I'm not kidding, I'm not laughing."
"I'm grieving, I'm mourning, I'm pointing out the problem," Swanson screamed as he went off about people trying to "carve happy faces on the sores" of a society that is utterly "messed up."
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 I'm grieving, I'm mourning, I'm pointing out the problem," Swanson screamed as he went off about people trying to "carve happy faces on the sores" of a society that is utterly "messed up."  I embed a video link of the mind numbing sermon -- if one can stand to listen to it -- and hear the hysterical words spoken by a supporter of Republican politics on the extremist but now mainstream end.

Since The mainstream Republican Party is now trying to come to terms with the fact that its base is so utterly stupid (to use Trump's term) that it questions nothing about the many falsehoods Trump speaks, does not question the danger to our national security his words will engender and surely loves the Medieval Republican marriage of church and state.

Do not wax quizzical of the nativist racist nature of the Republican Party.  It has been there all along throughout the cultural history of our nation as the book at the top of the opinion states.  It simply found a very loud, crude billionaire to trumpet its cacophonous sound.

So where can a heretic call home?  The heretic can, sadly enough, find a home in the Republican Party. Trumping Trump and controlling Cruz means it is up to the intelligent other half of our nation to do what the racist, ignorant and stupid half cannot -- question everything and ensure the one who inhabits our most cherished national home -- the White House -- stands for humility, humanity and, most importantly, reason. 

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