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One of the most dangerous circuses is being held in Washington, D.C.  This circus not only has one major political party in turmoil, it is potentially going to cause havoc on the rest of the country.  That is because the crazies are clearly in control of the party, even though they are a very small “minority” in that party.

Yes, I am talking about the circus known as the House of Representatives Republican Caucus.  Yesterday, in a surprise move, Kevin McCarthy pulled out of the race to become the Speaker of the House.  Tea Party advocates all across the country popped their Champaign corks in celebration.

Ever since a black man was elected President in 2008, there has been a backlash on the Republican side of the aisle.  Remember, it was Mitch McConnell who said on inauguration day that the Republican Party’s only objective was to “ensure this is a one-term President.”  That comment started the turmoil we are now faced with today.

On cue, the extreme far-right wing of the Party saw a chance to gain control.  In 2010 mid-term elections, they went after their own candidates to oust them for being “Republican in name only.”  Unfortunately, enough of these crazies won elections and the circus started.

John Boehner proved to be ineffective as Speaker because he would not stand up to the crazies in his party.  He refused to bring legislation to the floor for a vote because the far-right wing minority didn’t like those pieces of legislation.  As a result, John Boehner will go down in history as the worst Speaker of the House, leading the least effective House of Representatives in our country’s history.

Recently, even Boehner got tired of the political games that masqueraded as “governing” and announced his resignation.  That led to our dilemma today.  Everyone thought that McCarthy would win the Speaker election.  Then, he came out and confessed that the only purpose for the Select Committee on Benghazi was to hurt Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.  Oops!

That spelled his doom.  One of the candidates on the right, Jason Chafetz, just told the world that his own committee’s investigation into Planned Parenthood came up with nothing!  That is right, after trying to bully the head of Planned Parenthood, Chafetz announced that Planned Parenthood has done nothing illegal!  However, even though he says Planned Parenthood has broken no laws, he still thinks there should be “more investigations” into the organization.

So, after wasting money on a hearing that proved Planned Parenthood did nothing illegal, he wants to waste more money for further investigations that will prove that Planned Parenthood has done nothing illegal.  Just like the dozens of state investigations that have come up with the same results.

Yes, somehow, he thinks he would be the perfect Speaker of the House.  If you look at all of the wasted money on the Benghazi hearings, which also have proven nothing inferious, I guess that might make him the perfect Speaker if all we want from our House of Representatives is worthless, money wasting hearings for no reason but to harass organizations and public figures.

In the aftermath of the McCarthy announcement, Republicans are all trying to get Paul Ryan to run for Speaker.  He has said numerous times, including yesterday that he is not interested in becoming the Speaker of the House.  If you think he is a reasonable voice to unite the party, think again.  He is cut from the same mold as the rest of the wackos on the far right-wing.  In a word, he is one of them.

As I wrote yesterday, we are facing a budget crisis.  We are facing a debt ceiling crisis.  Both or either could shutdown the government.  The debt ceiling could cause a default on our loans which would wreak havoc with the world’s economy, not just our’s.

Yet, we will probably not see anything done because the Republican Party can’t get its own house in order.  The majority of the members of the House are too afraid of the wackos to stand up to them.  As one pundit put it, anyone smart enough and talented enough to become the Speaker of the House is also smart enough to not want the job because of the crazies.

We are country that has accomplished great things.  We are also a country that has its share of problems.  We still have people going to be every night hungry.  We have major problems with our infrastructure and transportation systems.  We have no budget beyond December 5.  We have a debt ceiling that must be raised.  We have a problem with idiots who can easily get guns.

This list goes on and on.  Republicans tell us we have an immigration problem.  They tell us we have a crime problem.  They tell us we face terrorist attacks in this country.  They tell us we should all be afraid and follow their “brave” lead.

But, they have offered no reasonable solutions to these problems.  All they want to talk about is building a wall on our southern border, and cut taxes for the wealthy.  They have offered no viable policies that may actually work.  There is a reason for this lack of initiative.  They are too afraid of the crazy people they helped bring into their caucus.

As a result, we have a major political party, which has majorities in both Houses of Congress, incapable of leading or governing.  I have followed politics for over 50 years.  I have never witnessed a political party whose members hate each other so much.  I have never seen a major political party whose members are more interested in finding a microphone to shout their hate into like the current Republican Party.

Both John Boehner and Mitch McConnell said in 2014 when the Republicans gained control of both Houses, watch us govern and get things done.  We are still waiting.  Nothing has gotten done.  Nothing of substance has been proposed by them.  All we get is more chaos inside their own caucuses.

I would love to write more about policy differences between the two parties.  But, one party doesn’t have a policy, unless you consider chaos and intransigence policies.  I hate to say this, but I am becoming more and more convinced that anarchy is the ultimate goal of the current Republican Party.  After all, fascism always begins in anarchy!

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The Republican Party is courting the Conservative Christian Cult like they were the answer to every problem that faces the world.  They court the “gun rights” groups like they will protect America from all the dangers of the world.  They argue against organizations like Planned Parenthood, who has saved millions of women’s lives, because they offer services that are hated by the Cult.

They are pumped up by Fox News which has been on an extremely divisive rant for years.  They are willing to side with wackos like Alex Jones when he says a military exercise is “just an excuse for the government to hunt down and detain conservatives.”  They argue for “religious liberties” and then say religions like Islam should be outlawed.

The 14 or so candidates left in the primaries for the Republican Nomination are all in step with these courtships.  They are all looking to move further right in order to get their votes and win the nomination.  They call it their “Southern Strategy.”

I have written several times that the Republican Party hasn’t come up with a new idea for the country in over 30 years.  That is proven every time a candidate talks about tax cuts.  When they talk about balancing the budget.  As a matter of fact, every time tax cuts and balancing the budget are brought up, the candidates show just how a-moral they really are.

This may take some time, but we really need to look at their strategies and their plans for destroying America.  Yes, I said their plans to destroy America.  Because that is exactly what they want to do.  They want to tear down our democracy and put up a theocracy, another name for dictatorship, in its place.

This country was founded on the basic principle that was stated in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.  That among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Those were very unusual words for their time.  Since the founding of our nation, those words were challenging to a struggling republic which turned into a democracy.  We suffered through the hatred of slavery.  We suffered through the pains of a Civil War in order to end slavery.  We suffered through the pains of segregation through the Jim Crow laws.  We found partial relief with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Since then, we have seen these acts diminish.  We have seen civil rights being denied to groups of people.  We have seen a rise in voter suppression laws to keep minorities, young people, and the elderly from voting.  We have seen hatred rise quickly and be justified by the far right-wing of conservatives.

We have heard the Republican Party become the one group that likes to tell you whom to be afraid of.  They like to say that all immigrants, Muslims, minorities, women, and gays are the real problem in our society.  They point out that immigration needs to be fixed, yet refuse to vote on any bill that comes up.  They even want to void the Fourteenth Amendment granting birthright citizenship.

They claim that “all Muslims aren’t terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.”  Which, of course, is nothing more than planting the seeds of hate towards Muslims.  One candidate even said a Muslim should not be allowed to be President.  Adding a “religious test” to the office that is banned by the Constitution he claims to love.

They have all proposed new tax cuts that naturally save the top 1% wage earners hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and placing more burden on everyone else.  They call this a “fair tax plan.”  They say that they want to “balance the budget” yet their tax plans all reduce revenue into the federal coffers.  Estimates from financial experts of all kinds say these tax plans will increase the federal deficit by some $10 Trillion over the next 10 years.

As a result, they know the only way to reduce spending is to eliminate the social safety net necessary for the poor, poor working class and the elderly.  But, even if they can eliminate these social safety nets, the deficit won’t be reduced because those savings will be earmarked for defense spending.

They want you to “support our troops,” especially when they send us to war.  Yet, they are continuously reducing the budget for the VA which is supposed to provide medical and mental health help when we return from those wars wounded.  They refuse to establish more VA Clinics to help relieve the overflow caused by the last two wars.  They simply want to throw our veterans to the trash heap once we served our purpose as cannon fodder for their ideological wars.

When a mass shooting occurs, they are very quick to point out that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”  They always find an excuse like the shooter was “mentally ill” or some other nonsense.  Then they point out the murder rates in places like Chicago, Detroit, New York, and other cities.  They always bring up the Second Amendment as justification for their unwillingness to do something.

It is true that we, the people, have a right to bear arms.  But that doesn’t mean we, the people, have the right to own a cache of weapons that mirror the Army’s.  It doesn’t mean that every person, with a history of criminal background, mental health, domestic violence, or a host of other problems should be allowed these same weapons.

It is ironic that we need to take a test to get a driver’s license yet gun nuts say we don’t need a safety test or background check in order to own a gun.  They claim that driving is a privilege but owning a gun is a “right.”  On the other hand, remember that you didn’t need a driver’s license” to ride a horse or drive a wagon.  Isn’t driving a car a natural outgrowth of those activities?  Or, since transportation is a necessity, shouldn’t that make it a “right” too?

They always talk about “religious liberties.”  Yet, they do not mean all religions have the right to “religious liberties.”  Only “their” religions have that right.  That is what is behind the comments about Islam and that Muslims should not be allowed to be President.

But, even more devilish, “religious liberty” as defined by these people really means that you can discriminate against whomever you wish.  There is no law in this country that you have to obey if can claim that it goes against your “religious beliefs.”  It is this same “religious liberty” argument that gave us slavery and Jim Crow laws.

The Party is always talking about deregulation.  They don’t want any laws that will limit a company’s ability to fleece the public.  These regulations were put in place after the “Great Depression” as a safeguard to protect our economy.  They worked well for decades.  Once the Republicans began chipping away at these regulations, the economy finally collapsed in 2008 once again.  Proving these regulations were necessary, and are still necessary.

The Republicans are against a minimum wage.  They are not just against raising the minimum wage, they are totally against even having one in place.  They believe that corporations should be “trusted” to place wages at a livable rate.  Yet, we see hundreds of corporations paying below poverty wages to millions of American workers.  And even when corporations like Wal-Mart raises their pay, they immediately follow with cuts in hours or positions.

We are constantly pounded with the “taker” myth of our people.  They tell us that 47% of Americans are simply “takers” who want free stuff from the government.  They are simply waiting to get their “welfare” check.  At the same time, they want to cut corporate taxes.  Yet, there are lots of companies like Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Burger King, Big Lots, and  host of others that are receiving “corporate welfare” from the government.

This is proven by the fact that these companies pay their employees so low that the employees must use parts of the social safety net just to survive.  These companies each total an average of $1.3 Billion per year in costs to the government for these programs.  They are simply allowed by Republicans to fleece the American Tax Payer in order to keep their profits high and the billions flowing into upper management’s pockets.

What does this all mean?  You have to decide for yourselves, but to me it means that the Republican Party is morally bankrupt!  It means that the American People mean nothing to them, except more profits for them and their financial backers.  It means that the Constitution means nothing to them.  That they would love for that troublesome document to find its way to the paper shredder.

It means we have a major political party that wants to destroy our country.  We have a major political party that wants to win elections based on fear, hate, suspicion, and nativism.  They talk about us being in a “Christian” country, yet denounce every principle of the “religion” they claim to follow in all of their proposed policies.

When reason loses to fanatics, we have a real problem.  When cooperation and compromise become four letter words, we have a real problem.  Sorry America, but we have a real problem.  This problem is not the fault of the Democrats, President Obama, or liberals, or the majority of the American People.  To use their own words, it is the fault of demonic players who have taken over the Republican Party.

Our country faces some real problems.  We still have too many people going to bed every night hungry.  We have problems in our education system.  We have problems with gun crimes.  We have problems with crime.  We have problems with civil rights.  We have employment problems.  We have wage inequality problems.  We have lots of problems.  Blaming someone else for these problems is not the answer.  Dividing our people is not the answer.  Hate is not the answer.

The only answer is for us to come together and work as a country to fix our problems.  That means we need to compromise with each other.  We need to listen to each other.  We need to understand that we are all in this together.  If not, the crazies will continue to win and we will continue to suffer.

That means true Republicans need to retake their party from the demonic players that have taken over.  They need to show they love this country as much as we do.  The country these Republicans want, is not the country I served and love.

Dr. Ben Carson said the other day that Hitler was possible in this country.  He and his fellow Republicans should know.  They are espousing the same hate garbage Hitler did to get to power.

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Tomorrow is September 30, 2015.  In case you have been asleep, that means on Thursday, October 1, 2015 the government will have no budget and be forced to shut down, again.  The Senate did pass a short-term continuing budget yesterday, but it is still uncertain if the House will go along with it.

The House is still screaming about a political issue to shut down the government over.  That political issue is abortion, masquerading under the umbrella of Planned Parenthood.  They don’t like the idea that a very few clinics for Planned Parenthood perform abortions.  So, in their outrage, they demand the government “do what the people want” and defund the organization.

Problem is that 7 in 10 Americans support Planned Parenthood.  That is far more Americans who support Planned Parenthood than support the Republican Party.  If these conservatives really wanted to do “what the people want’ they would shut up and get on with passing a budget and leave Planned Parenthood alone.  But, they aren’t talking about “you” when they talk about the “people.”  They only mean the far right-wing of their party.  “You” don’t count!

We have seen this story before.  The conservative wackos forced the government to shut down just a couple of years ago.  They demanded that the Affordable Care Act be defunded.  They lost.  But, the government did shut down for a couple of weeks.  Government workers and government contractors felt the brunt of that shutdown.  Many never got back-pay for the time they were forced out of work for political gain.

It was estimated that the government lost about $23 Billion dollars over that 2 week shutdown.  With that wonderful legacy on their doorstep, they want to do the same thing, again.  Not for any real reason like balancing the budge, or helping the poor, or rebuilding our infrastructure.  No, they have picked another political issue to shut down the government over.

This doesn’t have to be the case anymore.  Representative Alan Grayson, a Democratic from Florida has introduced a bill that would stop the government from being shut down ever again.  Now, that would be something.  His bill was introduced in April.  He said”

In April, I proposed a simple solution. My bill, the Shut Down the Shutdowns Act, eliminates this danger entirely by applying existing budget levels to all federal agencies until a new law is passed creating new ones. My bill, H.R. 1776, is our declaration of independence from the tyranny of government shutdowns, both actual and threatened.

Existing law prohibits shutdowns regarding Social Security and Medicare benefits. Shouldn’t we be consistent? Why should the default for federal spending be no budget, instead of just the same budget? And why should we ever allow a fraction of a faction in the body politic to threaten the whole and hold all of us hostage?

Finally, someone who makes total sense!  Why do we have these continuing man-made crises every year at budget time?  I cannot remember a single time when the budget was actually decreased from the prior year.  So, keeping the government funded at current levels until a new budget is agreed upon makes total sense.

But, as you noticed, this bill was introduced in April.  You have probably never heard of it before.  Why?  Because the wackos in the House refuse to even consider something that will take their podium away from them.  If they cannot threaten to shut down the government over some trivial political issue, then they will have no podium to shout their hypocrisy from.

Imagine waking up on October 1 every year not worrying about a government shutdown.  Yes, I know that a government shutdown doesn’t affect most people’s lives.  But it affects the lives of government workers, government contractors, our military, our veterans, our elderly, and believe it or not you.

Some of the things that are effected by a government shutdown are things like food inspections.  Health and safety inspections will be halted.  Federal loans and import/export licenses will be put on hold.  The National Institutes of Health will stop accepting patients. And more than 800,000 federal workers will likely to be sent home.

So-called “essential” government workers will be forced to continue work without being guaranteed a paycheck.  What won’t be affected by a government shutdown?  Congress’ pay!  Nice.

The Republican Party, especially the fringe element on the right has made brinkmanship and a threaten of a government shutdown part of their political agenda.  Instead of figuring out how to govern and make things better for the “people,”  they prefer to sit in the corner and hold their breath until they get what they want.

And, as the recent polls indicate, they do not want what the “people” want.  They only want what they want, the people be damned!  I think it is time we start flooding Congress with demands that H.R. 1776 be enacted into law.  It is time for this idiocy to stop.  We can no longer afford the luxury of a fringe element of any political party to hold the country hostage anymore.

This bill would take the wind out of the sails of the crazies.  They would lose their ammunition, and dim their spotlight.  Now is the time.  Start emailing and calling your Senators and Representatives and demand that H.R. 1776 come up for a vote this year!  If the Republican controlled Congress blocks it, then we will have proof they have no intentions of governing.

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Now that John Boehner has announced his resignation effective at the end of October, we are hearing a whole lot from the right-wing nuts.  The biggest concern they seem to have is that now “we can get a Speaker who fights for conservative values.”  “Conservative Values.”  Those are two words that have changed meaning over the years.

According to these people, all this country needs to become “great again” is to go far right.  By adhering to draconian laws, budgets, and be willing to wage war anywhere at anytime, we will become “great again.”  Don’t take my word for this either.  Just listen to the people spouting these words of wisdom.

You only need to look at the leading candidates for the Republican nomination.  You will hear all of the hypocrisy you need to hear.  The lies, innuendos, and hate rhetoric coming from them would have been cause for a public outrage just a few short years ago.  Yet, today, these words are being hailed as the “Truth” by the far right-wing.

Carly Fiorina has been lying about her record at HP, and especially about the Planned Parenthood videos.  Yet, she is considered “gaining ground” on the rest of the field.  Her brazen lie about the videos showing a “fully formed fetus lying on the table, still moving” and then having someone say “we need to keep it alive to harvest the brain” is total fabrication.  It isn’t in the video!

But that doesn’t matter to Fiorina.  It would seem that she is very good at lying and has no plan to stop it either.  Her record at HP is nothing like she is trying to describe it.  The “revenue growth” she claims she helped to bring to HP was only caused by HP buying a competitor.  After that “merger” she laid off over 30,000 people.

When Fiorina was “fired” she received a multi-million dollar “golden parachute.”  None of those 30,000 people she fired received anything near that.  Carly Fiorina was “forced out” of HP because she tanked the business.  There was no other reason given for her “firing.”

Dr. Ben Carson put his foot in his mouth again over who should or should not be President.  He said he would never advocate that a Muslim be allowed to be President.  Apparently he wants to add a “religion” test to running for office.  Something banned in our Constitution.

He has tried to “clarify” his comments, but fails at every turn.  His latest was saying that “anyone who places their religion above our Constitution should not hold office.”  Yet, he still has not criticized or called for the resignation of people like Kim Davis who is doing exactly that.

It would seem that if a “Christian” is putting their religion above the Constitution, that is okay.  It just isn’t any good for any other religious person to do the same thing.  His definition of “religious liberty” is Christians have liberty to do whatever they want.  Other religions are required to follow those Christian laws whether they like it or not.

Then we have that lovable Senator Ted Cruz.  He seems to think that we should assassinate the leader of another country.  At the “Value Voter Summit” this past weekend, he said exactly that.  The only thing that got as much applause was the announcement of John Boehner’s resignation.

“Value Voters Summit.”  That term is very suspicious to me.  This is a group of people who believe you can break the law anytime you disagree with the Constitution on “religious” grounds.  They claim to be Christian Conservatives, yet hate “helping” the needy.  They are all in favor of going to war with Iran.  They oppose women’s rights.  They oppose civil rights for anyone who is not part of their little world.

In my opinion, they are the very definition of an oxymoron!  They awarded a law-breaker one of their “awards” and their straw poll gave the presidency to Ted Cruz who advocates assassinating a country’s leader.  If that is their “Values” I don’t want anything to do with them.

I don’t understand how a political party can sink so low.  We have a complete party now claiming that we should have a “cafeteria styled Constitution.”  This will allow you to pick and choose which laws you want to follow.  It will give you cover by saying if you hate a law, you can claim “religious liberty” and get away with your hate.  That is, of course, only if you are claiming their Christian Values as your religious cover.

If you are of any other religion, you don’t get that free pass.  As a matter of fact, if you belong to another religion, you aren’t even eligible to run for office.  If they get into power, you won’t even be able to vote unless you “denounce” your religion’s tenets like Dr. Carson says.

Somehow, I don’t really believe that America has gone crazy.  I believe that the vast majority of Americans are sane and see what this stupidity is doing to our country.  But, everyone loves a good headline, and these crazies are giving us plenty of them.

The problem is that is seems like we have rolled back the clock to the 1920s and 1930s.  It was during those times that crazies in Europe were running their mouths with hate and condemnation.  The “sane” people believed they were just a fad and would fade away.  They didn’t fade away and WWII was the result.

My concern is that today’s rhetoric by politicians who want to be President, sounds a lot like it did back then.  I can only hope that the American People won’t fall for the gimmick.  If they do……

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Many people have heard about the Know Nothing Party.  It was also known as the Native American Party and in 1856 changed its name to the American Party.  Before you think otherwise, it had nothing to do with Native Americans.  This party was very anti-immigrant.

At the time, in the 1840s and 1850s, this party hung its banner on anti-immigration and anti-Catholicism.  They were mostly middle-class and lower middle-class people who were afraid of just about everything.  They hated immigrants because they feared immigrants would take their jobs.  The hated Catholics because they believed in the spiritual leadership of the Pope.

The one item that killed the American Party was the fact they refused to take a stand on slavery.  In 1856, they ran Millard Fillmore for President.  He came in dead last, and the party started to fall apart.  By 1860, it was so bad for the American Party they didn’t bother to run anyone for President.

Seems the anti-slavery members of the party flocked to the Republican Party and those in favor of slavery flocked to the Democrats who ashamedly was still in favor of slavery.  The issue of slavery killed the American Party more than anything else.

The term “Know Nothing” came from members, when questioned about their anti-immigration organizations, simply said “I Know Nothing.”  But, they were powerful in places like Ohio.  As a matter of fact, in 1855, no less than 43 members of Congress were avowed members of the Know Nothing Party.

Their hatred for Catholics became extremely evident when the Vatican sent a stone to be placed in the Washington Monument.  A group of Know Nothings stole the stone from the work site and dumped in into the Potomac River.  Shortly after this incident, and with the Know Nothings howling about the stone, funding for the Monument dried up and construction was halted.

I asked the question at the beginning because I see some very frightening signs of the same “Know Nothing” platform today in the Republican Party.  The party has become virulently anti-immigration.  Most people say they have become nativist in nature.  You only need to look at Donald Trump with his anti-immigration stance to see that is true.  Of course, he isn’t alone on that issue, but he is still the front-runner.

Today, overt anti-Catholicism has waned.  There are still pockets running around, but Republicans need conservative Catholics to help them get elected.  Today, the one group that stands out for their hate is Islam.  Even Dr. Ben Carson doesn’t believe that a Muslim should ever be elected President.  Just like the anti-Catholic stance of the Know Nothings.

Some other similarities include immigrant status.  The Know Nothings for example wanted a 21 year residency before an immigrant could even apply for citizenship.  You didn’t hear too much about “undocumented immigrants” because at the time, immigrants were not required to carry immigration papers.  It was much easier to assimilate into the American population for immigrants back then.

They also advocated for the principle that foreign-born could not hold public office.  That would mean Ted Cruz couldn’t even be a Senator, much less President.  They advocated that foreign-born, even when naturalized, could not vote.

The Know Nothings were more against Catholics than any other group of people.  They were known to attack Irish and German Catholics simply for being Catholic.  Today we see similar attacks going on against Hispanic immigrants, like the group of Trump supporters who attacked a Hispanic homeless man in New York.

We see anti-Muslim rhetoric from every candidate on the Republican side.  We have seen plans foiled that intended to attack and kill Muslims.  We have seen Muslim Mosques attacked.  We heard about the threatened attack on a mostly Muslim town in New York State.

The voter suppression laws we have seen passed in several states are designed to limit voter access to minorities, young people, and the elderly.  That, to me, is very similar to the Know Nothing Party’s platform.

In the 1870s and 1880s the American Party showed some signs of life again.  The major section this time was in California.  They were vehemently against Chinese immigration.  The Know Nothings there were terrified that Chinese immigrants would take their jobs.  The difference wasn’t that we couldn’t let Chinese in the country, but their platform called to keep Chinese and other Asian nationalities from holding industrialized jobs.

I am afraid we are seeing history repeat itself.  As Yogi Berra would say “it’s deja vu” all over again.  We have seen this nativism rear its ugly head from time-to-time.  We have seen racism continue in this country, though not in its “institutional” form as in the past.  We have seen religious hatred before.

The problem is this time we are seeing a major Political Party embrace these atrocities.  This time, the Know Nothings are not a small party trying to gain strength.  This time the Know Nothings have hijacked a major political party.  The Republican Party is nothing like it was when I grew up.  It is not the party my father supported.

Rather it has become a party that was taken over by fringe elements hell-bent on a platform that splits the nation into two groups.   Those with power, and those without.  You only need to look at the rants coming from their candidates and their supporters to know I am correct and who they think should wield that power and who should be blocked from it.

I believe the answer is clear.  The Republican Party has become the “Know Nothing” Party of the 1840s and 1850s.  We can only hope their existence is as short as it was then.



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What a week, and it is only Wednesday!  We have seen more things crop up lately that I am not even sure where to begin.  I will start by reminding you some of the Republican policies that they want to enforce on this country.

One policy is that companies should have a free hand in deciding how much to charge for their product.  They should also be given a free hand in deciding just how much their employees make producing their products.  They tell us we should “trust” companies to “do the right thing,” and that companies will find solutions to problems we face, including climate change.

They tell us that health care costs are too high.  They tell us that we have “the best health care system” in the world.  They are willing to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding.  They keep expressing their belief that “religious liberties” means you can do whatever you want as long as it is in line with your “religious beliefs” including discriminating against other people.

They are constantly claiming that the science is wrong on Climate Change, even though 97% of scientists tell us that it is not wrong but correct.  Then they tell the Pope to “leave science to the scientists.”  Maybe they should follow their own advice.

So, let me try to figure this whole week out.  Volkswagen was caught cheating on the EPA emissions tests.  Seems they sat down with their smartest people and came up with a software they placed into their diesel engine vehicles which showed lower emissions than was actually being emitted.

The case blew up when, in all places, West Virginia decided to test these “clean diesel” vehicles while actually driving them.  They discovered over 40 times the pollution being emitted than the company and their software claimed they were putting out.  This wasn’t a mistake.  This was a deliberate criminal act.  They “designed” the software to cheat on the test.

If you purchased one of these Volkswagens because you believed the claims about them being clean diesels, you were lied to.  You were cheated.  You are actually driving a car you thought was safe for the environment, but you are causing far more pollution than if you drove some other vehicle.

Remember, Republicans want us to “trust” corporations to do the right thing.  They want us to believe that corporations have the environment and your health at heart and will not do anything to make matters worse than they already are.   Remember, Republicans claim that you can take a company’s word on all matters.  Yeah, right!

The Pope is visiting our country this week.  Conservatives are having a hard time with this visit. On one hand, they love the Pope for his anti-abortion and anti-same sex marriage stances.  Yet they loathe him at the same time because he claims that free market capitalism paves the way towards “greed.”  That they don’t like.  They also loathe him because of his paper on Climate Change.

As usual, conservatives are “cherry picking” what is good and what is bad about someone else.  Some of the more radical anti-environment lunatics are going to boycott his speech to Congress tomorrow.  I say, good.  They weren’t going to listen if he brings it up anyway, so why waste time being there.

In his paper, the Pope used scientific data to show why he believes climate change is real.  He also went on to say that it “is our moral obligation to protect the planet that God has given us.”  That is the part that really has the conservatives up in arms.  How dare a religious leader tell us it is our moral obligation to save the planet?

His social agenda, which is based on the teachings of Jesus by the way, are so repulsive to conservatives we are hearing people like Ann Coulter say: “It is no wonder our Founding Fathers didn’t trust Catholics.”  How nice Ann.  I didn’t realize you were around with the Founding Fathers and know for certain they didn’t “trust Catholics.”  You aged nicely.

Still, these same conservatives should love this Pope as well.  Today his going to anoint a Spanish Missionary to the highest level of sainthood.  Problem is that this missionary is connected to all sorts of evils that were done to the Native Americans living in California at the time.  Including forced labor and torture!  I won’t be surprised if they start claiming the torture done to inmates at Guantanamo Bay was just condoned by the Pope since he is raising a torturer to sainthood.

When it comes to religious liberties, well, Dr. Ben Carson doesn’t believe that includes ALL religions.  He even went so far as to say the Muslims should not be allowed to be President.  He later tried to clarify that he was referring to any person who “puts their religion above the Constitution.”  Well, Dr. Carson what about Kim Davis?  Isn’t she putting her religion above the Constitution?  I haven’t heard you call for her resignation yet.  Or, is it because she claims to be a Christian, so that exempts her from “your standard?”

The Republicans claim health care costs are way too high.  And, for once they are correct.  Yet, they refuse to let Medicare “negotiate” the costs of prescription drugs with the big drug companies.  Medicare Part D recipients are at the mercy of drug companies “doing the right thing.”

We saw this week what that means.  One drug company raised the price of one of their prescriptions over 5000 percent.  It went from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill.  This drug is intended to help HIV and Cancer patients and has been around for years.  Because of the announced increase, the average cost out-of-pocket cost for this drug went from about $1,000 per year to over $63,000 per year.

Yeah, that is showing how companies will “do the right thing.”  In fairness, the CEO announced he would roll back the cost of the drug because of all of the hoopla.  I still haven’t heard if he is rolling it back to the original cost, though.

By denying Medicare the ability to negotiate drug costs, we are overpaying millions of dollars in drug costs alone.  Why can’t Medicare negotiate prices?  We already pay the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world!  So, why can’t the largest government medical plan negotiate prices to save money?  Because, then you cannot claim costs are too high and we need to scrap the plan, that’s why!

While all of this is going on, we still don’t have a budget.  Republicans still refuse to “negotiate” with Democrats on getting a budget passed, and the real anti-American Ted Cruz is still trying to shut the government down.

What this all boils down to is that the Republicans want us to trust them with our future.  The very companies who they claim will “do the right thing” obviously won’t.  Unless you call gouging, lying and cheating the public in the name of profits as “doing the right thing.”  But, apparently we should still “trust” them.

I don’t know about you, but the more this circus goes on, the more disgusted I get with the Republican Party as a whole.  You may say that it is just the fringe element of the Party that is causing all of this mess.  But, it is the silence from the establishment of the Party that is allowing it to go on and on and on.   I have witnessed better leadership from a kindergarten student.

Simply put, the Republican Party is out of ideas.  It is out of integrity.  It is out of touch with reality.  Yet, they want you to put them in power.  I say that their ideals are being proved on a daily basis to be wrong for our country and our future freedoms.




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Another Republican candidate bit the dust.  Scott Walker has dropped out of the race.  Well, what he really did was “suspend” his campaign.  That means two are officially out of the race.  But, things are not improving.  Especially for the American People.

In just 5 short legislative days, the government will run out of money.  All “non-essential” agencies will be forced to shut down.  Thousands of government workers will be without a paycheck.  They will still have mortgages, car loans, medical bills, and other “living necessities” that will have to be paid.  Others considered “essential” will be forced to work.  But, they may not get paid while they work, they will get a “voucher” of maybe promises they will get back pay.

Why are we facing this ridiculous situation, yet again?  Because conservatives, led by the Canadian Senator Ted Cruz, hates Planned Parenthood so much, they are willing to shut down the government so they can pout in the corner.  This is about the idea that someone can put together false videos, claim they are real, and force political intransigence over a non-issue.

On the reverse side, the organization that was falsely accused must appear before a Congressional hearing and the liars that made the videos do not.  The conservatives are not interested in whether or not the videos are real or doctored as has been proven by independent analysis.  They show what conservatives want, so they must be real.

But, here is the real problem.  In the latest polls, about 70 percent of the American people do not want Planned Parenthood defunded.  They understand all of the good work they do for poor women all across the country.  They believe that the organization is worth the money they receive from the government.

Yet, Cruz and his cronies, obviously don’t care about what the polls say.  They don’t care about the opinion of the majority of the people.  The only care about making headlines.  You may ask why Cruz would take such a chance on getting the Republicans blamed for another meaningless government shutdown.  That is easy to answer.  He doesn’t care about the Republican party.  He only cares about his own candidacy.

This has gotten so bad, that even Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire wrote Cruz a letter.  In the letter she asks:

Given the challenges we face at home and abroad, I oppose risking a government shutdown, particularly when it appears there is no chance of achieving a successful result. Nevertheless, as I understand it, you have been circulating a letter to our colleagues asking them to oppose any government funding bill that continues to authorize funding for Planned Parenthood.

Since we only received 53 votes on the previous vote to redirect money away from Planned Parenthood, what is your strategy to succeed in actually defunding Planned Parenthood?

How do we get 60 votes?

And if for some reason there were 60 votes, how do we get 67 votes in the Senate to overcome a Presidential veto?

That is a good point.  What is the plan?  Ayotte should know better than to ask Cruz for a plan.  He never has a plan, just rhetoric used to inflame hate.  Cruz is the icon for everything that is wrong in our country today.  His ego and his arrogance and his lack of concern for this country shows the real divide.

All Cruz is interested in is blaming someone else for the mess he is creating.  At first, he will blame the Democrats and the President.  When the Republican leadership gives in and compromises with them, he will blame the Republicans for being “too soft” and telling his conservative wackos that only he deserves their votes for president because he “won’t back down.”  That is all he is interested in.

We are facing a political mess.  Cruz is the moving force behind this mess.  He his willing to shut down the government, not for a real policy issue, but to stir up the flames of more hate and more intransigence.  That is not politics.  That is not governing.  That is simply a “look at me” statement.  After all, that is all Cruz is interested in.  He wants America to “look at me.”

Cruz’s form of divisive politics is getting very old.  His rhetoric is very old.  Ted Cruz has not put forth one single meaningful idea or piece of legislation since he was elected.  He simply sowed the seeds of divisiveness and hate all the while seeking the spotlight.  He does understand that hate is very powerful tool.  And, he is willing to use that tool anytime he wants to get more of the spotlight.

He doesn’t “love” America.  He doesn’t “love” our constitution.  He only “loves” the sound of his own voice.  If you want ore proof of his “I love Ted Cruz” meme, remember our country opened the door for his “refugee” father to enter the country, but he doesn’t want any other “refugees” to be allowed in.  In other words, “I got mine.  Screw you.”  The ultimate conservative dogma.


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