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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