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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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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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I have advocated to call out presidential candidates for their lies and views.  I would be remiss if I did not follow my own call for advocacy.  Today, another Republican Presidential Candidate proved that the Republican Party has no intention of following or abiding by the Constitution of the United States of America.

To open this, let me show you something taken directly from the Constitution, Article VI, paragraph 3 which specifically says:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.  (emphasis mine)

As you can see, we are not allowed to apply any religious test to be elected or to even be qualified to hold any office or public trust.  That means your religion has nothing to do with running for office, or have anything to do with disqualifying you from running for office.

Yet, Dr. Ben Carson, Republican Candidate for President, said a president’s faith would matter to him depending on what that faith is.  “If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter,” he said. “If it fits within the realm of America and is consistent with the Constitution, I have no problem.”

When asked directly if he considered Islam to be consistent with the Constitution, he said “No, I don’t, I do not.”  Thereby declaring that Muslims are not really Americans or qualified to run for President.  “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” he said.

In October, Carson and his wife are set to publish a book.  The title of that book is A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties.  In publicity releases, by Penguin Random House, Carson is quoted as saying: “I believe that making a difference starts with understanding our amazing founding document, the US Constitution.  And as someone who has performed brain surgery thousands of times, I can assure you that the Constitution isn’t brain surgery.”  He further says that he and his wife wrote the book to “help defend” the constitution “from those who misinterpret and undermine it”.

So, explain to me, Dr. Carson, how you claim to “defend” the Constitution, yet be so bold as to eliminate one of the three largest religions on the planet from its protections?  How can you claim to “defend” the Constitution, yet be so willing to place a religious test on people running for office.

I guess the next question Dr. Carson should answer is what “other” religions should fall into the category of Islam and not be protected by the Constitution?  Catholics believe the Pope is the “Vicar of Christ.”  Should we deny Catholics protection under the Constitution because Protestants fear the Pope’s influence?

Hinduism and Buddhism are both “eastern religions” so should they be denied protection under the Constitution?  Currently there are 306 members of Congress who declare themselves as Protestants.  They are split between 13 different sects of Christianity.  Which of these 13 sects falls into your category of being “consistent with the Constitution” and which do not?

This all started because of Donald Trump, of course.  He refused to “defend” the President when questioners at one of his “town hall meetings” said the President wasn’t born in the U.S. and was a Muslim, and “when can we start getting rid of them?”

Critics screamed that Trump should have defended the President.  Trump said “it is not my responsibility to defend the President.”  No, but you should have defended the Constitution and told those morons that Muslims are citizens of this country and have the same protections under the Constitution that Christians do.  You should have said the Constitution does not limit which religions may hold public office.  That it doesn’t matter if the President is a Muslim or a Christian.  We are all Americans!

As I have said before.  Republicans do not give two flying shits about the Constitution.  As a matter of fact, they would prefer that the whole document be scrapped so they can put forth their own fascist version of a Constitution.  Remember, hate and bigotry are never satisfied.  Soon, they will be turning on other “Christian Sects” and Jews as well as Islam.  In other words, you will be next, unless you start holding them accountable!

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Excuse me for asking.  But, what the hell was that last night?  CNN hosted what was supposed to be the second Republican Debate last night.  They even started the telecast telling us that they would probe “policies” and get the candidates to explain why their policies were better than the others.  Maybe I was watching something else, because I didn’t hear too many policies explained.

I have written that I don’t consider these candidates “clowns” as others do.  I don’t consider them clowns because the stakes are way too high,  I do consider them dangerous, and I heard nothing last night that changes my opinion.

There is one certain fact that I did get out of the circus last night.  That fact is that if any one of eight of the 11 main candidates on that stage is elected President in November 2016, we will be at war with Iran by spring of 2017.  Those eight candidates did everything in their power to make sure the American people knew that one “policy” they all supported.

As I watched this fiasco, I again wondered how anyone could consider anyone the winner.  Most pundits are saying that Carly Fiorina won the debate.  Of course, they are laying claim to that claim because she stood up to Trump with her comment “I think every woman in America heard Mr. Trump’s comment.”  Referring of course to the infamous “look at that face.”

There were 11 people on that stage last night.  This is what I took away.  I don’t understand how anyone of us could possibly live in any state other than Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, or New Jersey.  Those states were hyped by their Governors as being “utopias” where there is bipartisan support for the governor and government is running very smoothly.  Everyone in those states has a job, and life is simply peachy.

Rand Paul stood at the edge of the stage looking like a little kid trying to figure out something he could say to get the teacher’s attention.  Mike Huckabee only had a few ideas on his mind.  Bash Clinton, bash the Supreme Court, and bash non-Christians.  Marco Rubio tried to act like an angry man who wants to save the country from Castro-like Democratic government.

Donald Trump stood center stage trying to look like the schoolyard bully he wants Americans to think he is.  Jeb Bush had a huge dilemma.  First he tried to distance himself from his brother, then found himself defending his brother against the attacks from the others.  Carly Fiorina wants people to understand, that as usual, her failed leadership at HP which cost over 30,000 people their jobs wasn’t her fault.  Rather, it was because she went against the status quo.

John Kasich tried to impress everyone with his record.  I will give him some credit, he is the only one of the 11 that actually spoke about working with the other side of the aisle because he understands that without bipartisan support, nothing gets done.  Hear that John Boehner?  Chris Christie tried to  show off his bully credentials as well.  He asked “who is going to prosecute Hillary Clinton?”   Well, Chris, who is going to prosecute you?   Your administration is lurching from one scandal to another. Yet, there has been no prosecution or investigation into you yet.

Ben Carson tried to appear as intellectual.  He argued that he told W. not to invade Afghanistan but to use intelligent ways to get Al Qaeda.  He never said what those “intelligent ways” were and was subsequently attacked by most of the others on the stage.  Scott Walker tried his best to sound like Trump.  He tried to show his credentials of conservatism by claiming that Wisconsin is far better off than it really is.  But, as usual, facts don’t matter to Republicans.

Then of course there was Ted Cruz.  Every time he was asked a question, he stared directly at the camera and tried to sound like a reasonable person.  Except what came out of his mouth was anything but reasonable.  To me, when he stared into the camera to look “thoughtful” I got the impression from his face he was trying very hard not to forget his talking points.

Here is what we know after last night’s supposed debate.  All Republican Candidates hate Planned Parenthood.  All hate President Obama.  All hate Hillary Clinton.  All hate Muslims.  All love war.  All love the idea of us being the “lone wolf” out to protect the world.  All dislike our allies, except for Israel.  They all hate Russia and Putin.  They all hate Iran.  They all hate the Affordable Care Act.

They all claim that education is the ticket to a better life, yet they all support decreasing funding for Public Schools.  The three Governors on stage drastically cut their public school funding since being in office.  You cannot educate children if you don’t spend money to do the job correctly.

Those are the things we know for certain.  Beyond that, we don’t know how they intend to do anything.  On one hand they all spoke about “being a leader in the world” and still want to “go it alone” whenever they think our allies won’t support us.

Most seemed to think climate change is really real, but want us to let the fossil fuel companies to continue burning their filthy energy simply because they think switching to clean energy would “cost too much.”

They want to build up our military.  According to what I heard, none of them think that our military is big enough for their plans.  Of course, no one said how they plan to pay for that military buildup.  Having a huge military costs money.  Where is that money coming from?  Especially when they all want to cut taxes.  Their idea is to reduce revenue and increase defense spending.  That is what Reagan did and it resulted in a terrible economic recession. The math has proven it doesn’t work.

Finally, I will openly admit that I find Ted Cruz the most wacked out candidate we have ever seen, and the most dangerous to our way of life. He is a combination of George Wallace and Genghis Khan.  On one hand he “loves the constitution” and wants to “defend every single word in it” yet wants to eliminate the 14 Amendment among other provisions.  He wants to let people discriminate against others simply because they don’t like them or consider them “sinners.”

Then just to make sure his “warmonger” credentials are in tact, he claimed openly “I will kill terrorists.”  So, I have a suggestion for Cruz and any other Republican on that stage who thinks “killing” is the answer to everything.

If you are listening Mr. Cruz here is what you should do.  Since it is important for the American People to really believe that you are willing to “kill the terrorists” why wait?  You can put together your own private army and go over to Iraq and Syria and “kill the terrorists.”  And, it would even be considered legal.

Since you come from that outstanding State of Texas, you should be able to put together quite an army.  You can recruit from the Aryan Nation, the KKK, and that wacky patriotic group called “Open Carry.”  And, since  you are such an avid and great hunter, they will surely follow you into action.

Other American Patriots can help you too,.  They can start a fundraising gimmick on “fund me” and raise enough money for you to arm, equip, and feed your army.  You can even make Steve King from Iowa your deputy commander.  The two of you can then go and show the American Military how “real patriots” can “kill the terrorists.”

Sorry, but what we watched last night was anything but a debate.  It was more of a shouting match between 11 people who desperately need to get more attention.  CNN didn’t help the case any either.  Their “questions” were so soft you couldn’t even call them softballs.  They were more like “mush balls.”

I sure hope this is not what we get to look forward to in the next 14 months.  But then since Republicans do better when no one votes, maybe that is exactly what they want.  Turn off the voting public so they stay home.

Here is hoping that Act III of this comedic drama has some better substance.  But, I am not holding my breath.  You can call one of them the winner if you desire.  I say there were only losers last night.  And, as usual with Conservatives, the losers were the American People.  As the Wicked Witch of the West once said “What a world!”



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There has been a lot of talk about dysfunction in our government and politics.  We have seen our government decline into chaos and can’t seem to get anything done.  Compromise has become a dirty word.  “Principle” has become a yelling point for conservatives.  All of the pundits talk about this dysfunction and blame it on intransigent politicians.

That is partly correct.  But, there is another word that needs to be brought up and it doesn’t just affect our politics.  It affects our businesses, our sports leagues, and our daily lives.  It is something lacking that is far more troubling to me than all of the other issues, simply because it is the root cause of all of the other issues.

That word is INTEGRITY!

Almost everyone I know already complains that politicians are liars.  They simply don’t believe anything a politician says.  If that is really the case, why would you cast a vote for them?  Why wouldn’t you at least cast a vote for someone in a smaller party as a protest to the liars you claim to be listening to?  No, people say that they believe politicians are lying to them, but they always seem to buy into what the lies are.

We have the Republican Candidates for President telling America it is in the worst shape it has been in since its founding.  They talk about a lousy economy, and blame the President for it all.  They fail to tell you that they are the party behind the 2008 economic collapse, and that the policies they are championing are the same ones that collapsed the economy in the first place.

Since that dreadful year, the economy has grown.  It has grown slowly, but it has grown.  More people are working.  Today’s unemployment is at 5.1% which is lower than it has been for over eight years!  Inflation has been mostly been kept under control.  And, more importantly, manufacturing jobs have seen its largest growth in almost 30 years.

Energy costs are down partly because of the “green energy” policies that are beginning to slowly wean us off fossil fuels.  As fossil fuel demand decreases because of increased use of “green energy” the cost of fossil fuels will continue to decrease.  It has gone down so much, Republicans in Congress want to break the law and allow American Oil Companies to sell American Produced Oil on the open market for higher profits.  We still import about 60% of our oil needs, yet the Republicans want to let American Oil Companies sell their products to other countries.

What ever happened to “American Energy Independence?”  I guess we will never see American Energy Independence as long as oil companies can make more money on the open market than they can keeping our oil in our country.  Hey, Sarah Palin, wouldn’t you call that “treasonous?”

Then we have the whole Planned Parenthood problem.  The group that released those videos that they claim to prove that Planned Parenthood is simply a “body part factory” said the videos were never edited.  Oops!  When you compare the raw video with what was put out, it becomes obvious that they lied!  They not only edited the tapes, they heavily edited the tapes.

Several states and Congress has launched an investigation into Planned Parenthood practices.  Nothing illegal or even wrong has been found.  Yet, people like Ted Cruz wants to defund Planned Parenthood to stop the government from funding “abortion factories.”

Problem is that no federal money can be used to perform an abortion.  Planned Parenthood does not use any of the money it gets from the government to provide abortion services.  It is used to provide breast cancer screening, pelvic cancer screening, STD prevention and treatment, birth control services, and a host of other medical practices for the poor women in our country.  They are usually the only place these women have to go for these treatments.

If these politicians were truly honest, they would also launch an investigation into the group that put out the videos.  They would be asking how they came to the determination of when to edit the videos.  Why they lied about editing the videos.   Where did they get their false credentials to even gain access to the Planned Parenthood facilities.

The other day, the gun nuts put out an advertisement that says America should be more like…. Switzerland when it comes to gun control.  I hope we do.  According to the add, Switzerland has the highest gun ownership in the world and the lowest crime rate.  That means, according to them, more guns means less crime.

Well, they leave out a whole lot of stuff.  Like the fact that since Switzerland does not have a standing army, they use a militia system.  In that system, every male in the country is conscripted.  They are taught proper use and safety of handling a firearm.  Then, the government gives them their weapon to maintain.

Only, the government doesn’t give them any ammunition for their weapons.  They have to go to an armory to get ammunition and only when it is absolutely necessary.  Additionally, every one of these weapons are registered with the government along with who is responsible for it.

They also ensure that no convicted felon or anyone with a history of mental illness is provided one of these weapons.  In other words, they have far more stringent gun control laws than we do.  So, maybe we should be more like Switzerland.  But, I don’t think the gun nuts really want that.

We are seeing bigots being hailed as “martyrs” because they break the law and won’t allow groups of people they don’t like the same civil rights as they get.  The Pope tells us it is our “moral obligation” to stop climate change.  Republicans tell the Pope to leave science to the scientists.  Yet, they are continuously claiming the scientists are wrong or part of some huge conspiracy to bring down capitalism.

We have politicians saying labor unions are evil, mostly because they demand a fair share of the company’s profits for the workers.  We are told that women shouldn’t get paid as much as men doing the same job.  We are told that a minimum wage will “kill jobs” when the evidence proves just the opposite.

What this all boils down to is integrity.  There are always two sides to every issue.  I believe that it is the responsibility of politicians to voice their opinions about these issues.  However, it is also their responsibility to give both sides of the issue and explain why their opinion is the correct one.

But that isn’t happening today.  Politicians are more interested in gaining headlines.  They want to use those infamous 20 second sound bites to define their beliefs.  That isn’t enough.  Ted Cruz want to shut down the government over the Planned Parenthood fiasco.  He won’t admit to the American People that the tapes were heavily edited and thus, suspect.

No, he hates anything to do with women’s rights and therefore he will target anything that helps women.  Planned Parenthood is a prime target for conservatives and has been for years.  So don’t hold your breath waiting for conservatives to be honest about the videos.

But, you also must take some responsibility on this issue as well.  You must stop listening to one side of the issue and agree or disagree with what is being said.  You have to start asking questions of your politicians.  You have to engage in the political process, or we will continue to see this dysfunction in our government.

Integrity is the one thing that can open our eyes to both sides of an issue.  It is the one thing that can help us determine who is the best choice at the voting place.  It is the one thing that a lot of politicians, especially conservatives don’t want you to demand.

Don’t just listen to your politicians.  Look at their actions and compare their words to their actions.  Look at what they said before running for this election.  Compare the differences and ask why they changed their minds.  I hate to say this, but conservatives want a dysfunctional government.  They want you to believe that all politicians are liars.

When people become frustrated with government and decide not to go to the polls, conservatives do better in the elections.  Conservatives know they are the minority party and they don’t want you to go to the polls.  They want you to stay home.

The last thing they want is an informed voting public.  They don’t want you to see both sides of the issue.  If you do, you may decide they are wrong.  It has been said many times in the past, but I really believe that the 2016 elections will have a very profound effect on our country’s ability to move forward.

If you don’t start demanding integrity from your politicians, this mess will continue.  If you don’t start demanding integrity from your politicians those “freedoms” you cherish will be in jeopardy.  We can have a better government.  We can have a better society.  We can have a better life.  But, we must demand integrity from those seeking to run our country before we get them.

It is really up to you!


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I hate to say this, but the Republican Party today is very similar to the Democrat Party in 1972.  Many people today don’t remember the turmoil inside the Democratic Party in 1972.  But, it was really a mess.  There was a fight waging between the very liberal wing of the party and the more established wing of the party.  It really began in 1968, but when Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, the established wing won and Hubert Humphrey won the nomination.

The battle had just started, and it boiled over in 1972.  That year, there were huge fights at the convention as to which delegates would be allowed in.  The establishment didn’t want the liberal wing to have the majority.  But, even with the mess, George McGovern, a liberal won the nomination.

As it turned out, McGovern lost in a record landslide in favor of Richard Nixon’s reelection.  The party had to regroup and reconsider where it stood on major issues.  As usual, the center of the party won out and in 1976, Jimmy Carter became President.  Now, Carter wasn’t the best President we ever had, but he was also far from the worst.

The Republican Party bounced back in 1980 with Ronald Reagan.  But, the Democratic Party had regained its composure and began to fight back.  They won in 1992 with Bill Clinton.  Things have kind of see-sawed since 1980.  But, the landslide win in 2008 by Barak Obama, and his huge reelection win in 2012 made the Republican Party hunker down and figure out what they were doing wrong.  In other words, they were in the same mess the Democrats were in back in 1972.

The difference is that the Democrats figured out a way to reunite.  They found a way to become more popular with the American People than they had been.  The Republicans still haven’t figured that out yet.  In 2012 they decided to publish their “autopsy” of the failed election.  One key item that arose was “we need to be more inclusive of women and minorities,”

That sounded very good.  Except, in the meantime, the fringe element from the right-wing came to power.  They believe that compromise is the equivalent of a four-letter word.  As a result, we have seen dysfunction in government we have never seen before.

On top of that, the main candidates for the Republican nomination to run in 2016 can be called anything but “inclusive” of women and minorities.  I haven’t heard so much talk about a “wall” since the East Germans built their wall around their country.  If you think that a “wall” is the answer to our southern border immigration issues, remember, thousands of people were able to “escape” from East Berlin into West Berlin after the wall was built.

But, the biggest problem facing the Republican Party today is that they cannot even agree among themselves.  Just look at the mess faced over the budget.  The Federal Government runs out of money on October 1, 2015, as it always does, without a new budget in place.  Since Republicans control both houses of Congress, you would think that a budget would be easy-peezy.  Nope.  Not going to happen.

The ultra-conservative wing doesn’t want to have any federal money go to Planned Parenthood because some wacko group heavily edited, in other words lied, videos that they say prove Planned Parenthood “sells fetus parts for profit.”  That is all nonsense.  There have been no less than 12 state investigations into the matter.  Guess what, none of these investigations have revealed anything wrong or illegal in Planned Parenthood’s actions.

But, that doesn’t mean anything to these ultra-conservatives.  They see Planned Parenthood as a threat to their way of life.  You know, the way of life where they get to tell women how they should live, how they should have sex, and how many children they should have.  Planned Parenthood has helped millions of women with either breast cancer screening, pelvic cancer screening, treatment of STDs, providing birth control to women who couldn’t afford it otherwise, and a host of other medical treatments.

Only 3% of Planned Parenthood activities involve performing legal abortions.  And, none of the federal money it receives is used in providing those abortions.  That would be breaking the law.  See, the law says that no federal money can be used to provide abortions.  Planned Parenthood, who is audited regularly does not use any federal money for abortions.

Yet, Planned Parenthood is a woman’s advocacy group in the eyes of these ultra-conservatives.  Therefore, they must be shut down.  So, in order to ensure that Planned Parenthood doesn’t get any more money from the government, Ted Cruz and his cronies are fully prepared to shut down the government.  That will really show those women!

They tried this same fiasco over the Affordable Care Act just a year ago.  It failed then, and this one will fail again.  The more mainstream Republicans in Congress see this as a very bad idea and do not want the government to shut down over this ridiculous fight.  Yet, I am betting that the wackos will win again, even if for just a short time, and the government will be shut down, again.

Since 2010 when the Tea Party candidates won a substantial number of House seats, we have seen this childish game played over-and-over.  Anytime there is a disagreement over policy, the wackos head to some sleazy restaurant in Washington and cry in their beers over the policies they don’t like.  Then, after getting their “pep talk” from creatures like Cruz, they head back to the House and throw a hissy fit.

John Boehner, probably the worst Speaker of the House in our history, usually gives in and does something stupid himself just to appease the crybabies.  He calls that responsible leadership.  This has led to our wonderful group of candidates on the Republican side.

I cannot believe I would ever say anything like this.  But, it is important for it to be said.  How is it possible that the only candidate on the Republican side who can articulate one clear thought is Donald Trump?  I haven’t heard one thought from him that is even remotely good, but he at least can put out that thought properly.

The Republican Party, at least to me, is in an even worse situation than the Democratic Party was after the 1972 defeat.  At least, the Democrats were able to unite and get their act together again.  The Republicans are still fighting amongst themselves.  That is not just bad for the party, it is also bad for the nation.  Because as they continuously fight inside their caucus, nothing is being done.  We simply lurch from one man-made crisis to another.

The ultra-right wing of the party, who in my opinion is calling the shots, don’t believe in “inclusion.”  They don’t believe in “compromise” for the betterment of the nation.  They believe that they lost the last two elections, big time, because the party wasn’t “conservative enough.”

They go home and attend their “town hall meetings” filled with tens of people who think just like them, and think they have the answers.  Yet, the general population is far more centric than they want to believe.  This is not a conservative nor a liberal country.  The vast majority of people are in the middle.  The right and left both think that is crazy, but all you have to do is look at election results to see that is true.

Yes, ultra-conservatives have been able to gerrymander voting districts to ensure their “survivability,”  but their candidates always seem to lose in “general” elections that include more than their gerrymandered districts.  That is because the country is centric.

Like everyone else, I do not want the government to tell me how to live my life.  I do not want the government to tell me what is best for me.  But, in reality, it is the Republican Party, not the Democrats, that are the most outspoken about how I live my life.  It is the Republican Party that wants to invade our bedrooms, our lives, our children’s lives, and our social structure.

They are the ones who want to tell people what is good and what is bad.  They want to “dictate” proper behavior.  They want to be the ones who can say who is and who isn’t a “good American.”  The Party of Small Government sure has a lot of things stuffed in their platform that tells the American people what they should do in their personal lives.

I don’t know what is going to happen in the upcoming primaries or the general election.  But, I can tell you that I am not comfortable with any of the candidates that the Republicans are putting forth.  I am not comfortable with the government shutting down over a “political” target.

In fact, I am not comfortable with anything the Republicans have put forth either domestically or internationally yet.  They seem to be against anything that will help the American people, and yet willing to go to war with anyone at anytime just because they “don’t like” those bastards.

That is not how a party should govern.  That is not how a party should get elected.  Unless you like the idea of a dictatorship rather than a democracy.  I will take all of the faults inherit in a democracy any time.  I prefer a government that is not perfect to one that is all-controlling.

Take a close look at the Republican Platform and you will see that they are the Party that wants to control your lives.  Then look at their dysfunction in trying to govern, and I think you will find they don’t deserve your vote.  Take a look at one of their heroes saying “bombing Iran is an act of peace not an act of war.”  Then you may realize what is in store if they actually gain the White House.

Most people think the Republican Party is in trouble.  I think that we as a nation are in trouble because of the Republican Party.  You have to make up your own mind.

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