Sorry, but there is no other way to describe Trump’s campaign anymore than to call it a swamp.  And, that is probably an insult to swamps all across the country.

The last week has produced more swamp creatures than an old horror film.  These people just keep walking into the mess with eyes wide open and lying to the American people with stupid arguments.

This has been one remarkable week.  First we had that awful tape of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women.  Then we had him say on stage at the debate that he never did any of those things he bragged about.  Then we have had a string of women come forward and say, yes, he has done those things to them.

The Trump swamp put out all kinds of accusations of their own against the women.  After telling America that they should believe everything said about Clinton and her husband, they claim you should not believe anything said negatively about Trump.

They further go on and say that all of this happened decades ago and isn’t relevant, and then say that what happened decades ago with Bill Clinton is relevant.

We were told that the alleged attack on a woman in First Class of an airplane could not have happened because there is a space between the seats.  Well, I flew on airplanes in the 80s and 90s and even in First Class a few times.  During those days, the seats did not have a space between them only an armrest.

At first Trump claimed that these women are all horrible, horrible liars.  Then he attacked the media for “creating” the scandal.  Then he blamed the Clintons for creating the scandal.  Then he blamed Global Bankers for creating the scandal.  Then he said “just look at her, I mean really.”  Meaning he wants you to believe the woman was pretty enough for him to bother with.

Mike Pence has been trying to stop the bleeding as well.  He keeps saying how Donald Trump “empowers” female employees and has so many women working at his company.  Yet only 43 percent of his workforce are women.

But if you really want to know how Trump’s campaign, organization, and even his own family feel about women, you need look no further than Donald Trump, Jr.

Junior crawled out from his hideout in the swamp with some advice for any woman who wishes to enter the workforce.  Be prepared to be sexually abused.

In 2013 on the Opie and Anthony Show, which was just unearthed by BuzzFeed, Junior said”

If you can’t handle some of the basic stuff that’s become a problem in the workforce today, then you don’t belong in the workforce.

You should go maybe teach kindergarten.  You can’t be negotiating billion-dollar deals if you can’t handle, like, you know.

Apparently Junior doesn’t believe teaching kindergarten is being part of the workforce.  He is telling women that if you can’t handle being in a sexually abusive environment, just quit.

Junior also seems to forget that this type of behavior is illegal in the workplace.  The Equal Employment Commission says it best:

It is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

This whole mess has shown that Donald Trump and his family have been practicing harassment throughout the years.  These are not isolated incidents of bad behavior once in a while.

In an interview in 1998 with Chris Matthews, Donald Trump said he hesitated running for political because “my trouble with women” would be a weak point.  He knew back then he had a problem with women.  Unfortunately, for both him and the country, everyone else now knows about his “problem with women.”

And just to show you how bad his judgement really is, he has hunkered down with Bannon, Bossie, Ailes and Conway to come up with his defense.  Bannon is a “silent” leader of the Alt-Right.  He even said that his Breitbart was the voice of the Alt-Right.  Bossie has made a living trying to create new scandals against the Clintons.  And you know all about Roger Ailes and his “problem with women”.  Conway was heading up the “legitimate rape” candidate’s campaign.

When Hillary Clinton tried to defend her husband and family she was “an enabler” to Bill’s bad behavior.  When Donald Trump calls his accusers “horrible, horrible liar” we are supposed to believe him.

Sometimes I feel like I am at the old drive-in theater when I was younger watching movies like “Swamp Creatures” all over again.  Problem is these swamp creatures are more scary than the swamp creatures in the old movies.


Donald Trump had a rally in West Palm Beach and went completely weird, to say the least.  He ran the gamut from conspiracy theory about “global banks, corporate media, and Clinton” running a coordinated campaign to hurt him.  To women making false accusations against him, to being our savior from all of these terrible people.

By the time it was all over, one would think he was declaring himself as the second coming of Jesus Christ.  The speech was dark, insulting, accusatory, and downright Alt-Right.

At one point, I though I was rereading the Protocols of Zion, a racist anti-semitic book that was the foundation of the Nazi propaganda machine, during a college history course I once took.  Only instead of using Jews as the ultimate demons, he used banks, the “establishment” political parties especially the Republicans, and a host of others.

If he was trying to tie these organizations to the old age “Jewish conspiracy” to rile up his Alt-Right backers, he was on target.  If he was trying to make a serious point about how everyone is “picking on me”, he missed the mark big time.

As usual, he never took ownership for his comments in that awful tape.  He blasted his accusers as “horrible, horrible liars”.  He threatened to sue the New York Times and the accusers as well.

He went apocalyptic at one point claiming that if he loses the election, America will cease to exist.  He further said that “only I can save America”.  He once again said that everything is rigged against him and that the American people all know it and love him.

He further claimed that he was happy to “take the arrows” for the American people.  He said that “this is a conspiracy against you,” of what he termed a “corrupt, criminal” club “colluding” against him.

This speech had all of the hallmarks of Breitbart and Steve Bannon all over it.  It is becoming clearer and clearer that this brand of “politics” has taken over the Trump campaign.

Even some of his surrogates like Newt Gingrich don’t understand what is going on.  When he was asked what is going on behind the scenes, Gingrich said “I don’t have any idea”.

In one speech he blamed his victims for his problems over his comments on that awful tape.  He used as his defense that the women weren’t pretty enough for him to even want to assault them.  He claimed that Hillary Clinton was part of a conspiracy to create a “one-world government”.  He claimed he is the only one who can fix things.  By saying “I am glad to take those arrows for you” was an insinuation that he is the second coming.

It was full of anti-Semitism, anti-women, anti-everything.  But, don’t think for a minute that he wants to help America.  Don’t think for a minute that he wants to help the working class in America.

Donald Trump is only interested in helping himself.  Nothing else in the entire universe matters more than Donald Trump.  His hard-core supporters are buying into this idiocy.  What they don’t understand is they will be the first ones, after Muslims and minorities, who will feel the awful hand of his authoritarian state.

Which makes us wonder if Donald Trump has finally totally lost touch with reality.  That is if he ever had touch with reality.



This political season has shown us there really is a war on women.  Nothing has expressed this more that what has transpired since Friday.  After the release of the 2005 tape about Trump and his views on what he can do to women, he was asked directly during the debate if he had done any of the things he bragged about on the tape.  He said “no, I have never done those things.”

Unfortunately for him, more and more women are coming forward with their stories of how he did sexually assault them.  Needless to say his response to these allegations are typical Trump talk.  He accuses all of these women as be outlandish liars.

To put this into some perspective, Kellyanne Conway was asked about his comment at the debate saying Hillary Clinton would be in jail if he were President.  She replied that it was a “quip and we shouldn’t take him literally so much.”

Which begs the question:  When should we take him literally and when should we not?  For example, should we take him literally when he say he is going to “make America great again”?  Should we take him seriously when he discusses his immigration plans or economic plans?

Or, are we supposed to only NOT take him literally when he brags about sexually assaulting women?  This is not an over simplification of the problem.  He wants us to believe him when he says Hillary Clinton is “crooked” or that Bill Clinton is a “rapist”.  And then we are to believe him when women accuse him of the same things other women accused Bill Clinton about and he calls them liars.

He also fails to mention that Bill Clinton was “investigated” by a Special Prosecutor for years.  Very little came out of that investigation that we didn’t already know.  And by the way, that very same Special Prosecutor says he cannot support Trump.

The biggest “proof” from Trump and his camp that these accusations are false is because the “women did not report it at the time.”  To his supporters, that is the nail in the coffin of these women and their lies.

However, when I was a Security Manager, I dealt with several women who were sexually assaulted or were victims of domestic abuse.  Many times that domestic abuse would come to the workplace because the abuser knew where she worked.

I am not going to claim to be an expert on this, but the one thing I discovered was the reluctance of women to come forward with their accusations.  Women who are victims of domestic abuse have many fears, and as far as I am concerned, they are valid fears.

They fear what will happen to them if they leave their husbands.  The fear for the safety of their children.  In most cases, they simply fear that they will “catch hell” from their abuser if they come forward.  It is very difficult to speak with these women without being deeply affected yourself.

When it came to women who were sexually assaulted, the fears are also very real.  You just need to look at the many cases of women reporting being raped on college campuses to see how terribly they are treated.

One of the most asked questions by “investigators” in rape cases is what were you wearing, how much were you drinking, and what did you do to encourage him?  Just look at that question and you will understand why women are afraid to come forward.

When a woman comes forward, they are automatically accused of not being a victim, but the enabler who should have known better.  They probably shouldn’t have worn a short skirt.  They probably shouldn’t have done any drinking.  They probably should have stayed away from the party.

Then they face the social stigma placed on them by their peers.  Too many of their peers look at them as being responsible.  Men look at them and wonder if “she is any good”.  Many of them lose friends when they come forward.

That is only the “investigative” side of the case.  Then she has to go through it all again at the trial.  The defense attorney, doing their job, will make the same accusations against her.  She will relive the whole mess again.  Many women know this will happen, and they simply don’t want to go through that.

As a result, many sexual assault cases and many rape cases are not reported.  Fear of being shamed for being a victim is simply too much for many women to handle.  And, quite frankly, I don’t blame them.

The war on women has been raging on the right-wing for years.  Conservatives are very quick to blame the women.  Fox News has been on the record for a long time saying that in order not to be raped at a party, women simply should not drink alcohol.

With these women coming forward against Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh is complaining that we need to “watch for the rape police”.  According to them, these women are in the wrong.  They are conspiring against Donald Trump.

Never mind that their accusations mirror the bragging that Donald Trump did on that tape.  Never mind that they want us to believe that the only pervert is Bill Clinton simply because they say so.  No, the fault isn’t Donald Trump and his misogynist view of women.  It is the women.

The war on women has become so bad, many of Trump supporters are now running a campaign called #repealthe19th.  They now believe that we should take the right to vote away from women.

Instead of holding their hero to simple decency standards, it is much easier to blame women for his faults.  After all, if women knew their place, Donald Trump wouldn’t be in such trouble of losing the election.

Anyone who claims to be a Christian who still backs Trump proves that their “belief in their religion” is a farce.  They have no belief in religion, especially Christianity.

I have said before that Donald Trump is a dictator wannabe.  All of this talk about repealing the 19th Amendment is proof of that desire.  The talk of putting your opponent in jail if you get elected is more proof of that desire.

For many people in this country it is hard to understand how anyone could support this lunatic.  The fact of the matter is that he is simply saying what these other lunatics want.  They are not interested in an “all-inclusive” society.

What they really want is a white society that dictates the “freedoms” of the minorities, especially women.  To these people, women are merely objects to be used whenever they want to use them.

They believe the only role a woman has is to spread her legs whenever a man says.  They are sexual objects only designed to pleasure the male species.  Other than that, we don’t need them.

And, they found their leader in Donald Trump.  They found a candidate who believes exactly what they believe.  That is why his supporters remain fervent.  That is why he believes that “I can shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any votes”.

The case of the bragging about sexually assaulting women, the accusers that have come forward, and the defending of this behavior makes me believe he is right.

Maybe if he is elected we will have a “weekly rape night”.  That would fit nicely into Donald Trump’s “respect” for women.  It will surely make his gorilla followers happy.  Let’s see if he brings it up in the next debate.

What Right To Privacy?

Okay, it is time to talk about the email hacks by WikiLeaks.  Many in the media are salivating over the emails that WikiLeaks hacked from the DNC and John Podesta.  They are looking for all the “dirt” they can find.

I have gone through what I can from these “leaks” and I don’t see anything that could be called “dirt” in any of them.  Yes there are people talking about what could be weaknesses and how to handle them.  There are some strategy issues being discussed.  But to say there is anything of any major concern would be stretching things from New York to Los Angeles.

The FBI has said they believe the evidence says that the hacks were done by Russia, and not some 400 lb kid on his be in Moscow, but the Russian government.  They say that Russia then handed them over to WikiLeaks.

I might even overlook the Russia meme here, but we need to discuss WikiLeaks more than you probably know about it.  In essence, WikiLeaks is a criminal organization.  They pat themselves on the back for “hacking” into people’s emails to show what people are writing or thinking.

You may not know this or have forgotten, but hacking into someone else’s emails in a crime in this country and most countries around the world.  That means every time someone from WikiLeaks hacks into an email account they are breaking the law.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when a known criminal organization releases documents they claim are real, I have serious doubts that what I am reading is actually what was written without it being “edited” by the criminals to show what they want it to show.

You must also take into consideration that the head of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is hiding out in the Nicaragua Embassy in London.  Why is he hiding out there?  Because Sweden has a warrant for his arrest for the crime of raping two women.  Rather than facing the charges to defend himself, he chose to hide out at the Embassy.  England was willing to extradite him back to Sweden to face charges which is why he ran to the Embassy.

So we have a criminal organization headed up by an alleged rapist now trying to influence our election for President.  I guess when Hillary Clinton said he should be returned to Sweden to face the accusations, he took umbrage to that.

Is he working with Russia on all of this?  I don’t know.  Maybe he is and maybe he isn’t.  The only fact is that his organization breaks the law in many countries around the world.

The sad thing is that journalists here in the U.S. say that if you are “famous” or “powerful” you don’t have a right to privacy.  They are more than willing to publish what WikiLeaks gives them without even reading the information first to see if it is even relevant.  In other words they are very willing to violate people’s right to privacy in the name of “news”.  In essence they are abetting a law-breaker.

I don’t care who WikiLeaks tries to “hack” emails from.  I don’t care if it is Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.  I personally pay very little attention to them because I cannot trust a criminal to give us the full truth.

If you are willing to cheer on WikiLeaks, remember there is nothing keeping them from hacking your emails or server and stealing your financial information.  Then wiping out your bank accounts.  To me, WikiLeaks is no better than those stealing people’s IDs.

It is time for the world to team up and find these criminals and put them behind bars.  They are a real threat and they need to be stopped, not published.  Julian Assange needs to be sent back to Sweden to face his accusers.

They are a threat to your right to privacy as much as to a politicians right to privacy.  Remember, if you email a politician, you could find your email in the newspapers as well.  It has already happened.  What makes you think you are immune.

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange are criminals.  Start treating them that way.


This election is even weirder than I had predicted.  The question is what disqualifying factor is necessary to make someone drop out of the race?  It appears that things have changed so much that even bragging about sexually assaulting women is no long a disqualifying factor.

The other weird factor is that people who support a candidate who brags in such a manner can find a host of reasons to keep supporting the pervert.  That has become clearer by the day.

All of this talk about Trump’s comments on that tape released on Friday as “locker room banter” is bullshit.  That was not “locker room banter” that was someone bragging about sexually assaulting women just because he is a star.

That is so repulsive that I can’t even find the words to express my displeasure.  Then there are the reports that he walked into the dressing room at the Miss Universe Contest which he owned.  He even bragged about doing it.  He called in “inspecting things” as an excuse for his barbaric behavior.

Then there are reports that he not only walked in on women during the Miss Universe Pageant, it is now being reported that he used the same tactic to walk in on the Miss Teen Universe Pageant.  The Miss Teen Pageant included girls as young a 15.

One contestant who reported the incident recalled him saying “don’t worry girls I have seen it all before”.  He believes that this was his “right” because he “owned” the pageant.

These are just more examples of his predatory behavior.  So I must ask Kellyanne Conway “is walking in on naked women in a dressing room just ‘locker banter’ too?  I want to hear her defend such behavior.

I cannot understand how anyone can keep endorsing such a candidate even when they say the behavior was repulsive.  Or he should have his mouth washed out with soap.  Or those comments made me sick.  How sick do you have to be to keep supporting such a candidate?

Worse, how can someone who claims to be a Christian support such a person?  Mike Pence said he believes that Trump “apologized” to the American people.  I disagree.  He said words of I apologize but there was no feeling or contrition behind the words.  In other words he has not apologized to anyone.

Paul Ryan said he “would no longer defend Donald Trump or campaign with him” but he never pulled his endorsement.  Is that an act of party unity, bravery or cowardice?  I believe it is an act of cowardice but you need to make up your own mind on that.

Yesterday a Congressman from Texas was asked what would make him pull his support from Trump.  He was even asked if Trump had raped someone would he pull his support.  The Congressman stumbled and fumbled and basically said he would still support Trump.

We keep hearing from Trump about “crooked Hillary Clinton”.   But several years of investigations including Congressional investigations proven no criminal activity.  Yet, Trump’s own Foundation is the only Foundation involved in this election that has been proven to have broken the law.

Since the tapes were released, Trump has gone on a “scorched earth” policy in his campaign.  He has doubled and tripled down on the false claim that the “election is rigged” and that is the only reason he would lose.  He has fed his Alt-Right supporters so much red meat that they are becoming more dangerous by the second.

Yesterday at a rally with Mike Pence, a woman said that if Hillary Clinton wins the election she is “ready for a revolution”.  Mike Pence, to his credit, said no, don’t say that.  But the scary part was that she got applause for her comments.

We have reached the point in this election where the fascist behavior of Donald Trump is becoming clearer and clearer.  Like threatening to put his opponent in jail if he is elected.

Whenever Donald Trump is called out for his erratic and repulsive behavior, even using his own voice, he lashes out at the world.  He blames everyone but himself.  No one put a gun to his head and forced him to say these things.  He said them because he believes them and/or acted like that.

We do have a lot of problems in our country.  We still have race problems that need to be addressed.  We still have discrimination problems that need to be addressed.  We have policing problems that need to be addressed.  We have a lot of things that need to be addressed.  But, instead of talking about things like that, we get Donald Trump trying to tear the country apart.

This is the first time in my 50 plus years of following politics that I have heard the nominee of a major party trying to justify fascist tactics to run the country.  Even worse, it is the first time that major political figures have supported such a candidate.

The Republicans have unleashed Donald Trump on the country.  Now, they don’t know how to handle him.  That is because there is no “handling” of Donald Trump.  The party’s divisive rhetoric and obstructionist tactics have given us Donald Trump.

The problem is the Republican Party won’t be the only victims of this toxic environment they created.  All of America and her people have become victims.  The Republican Party needed a divided country so they could win elections because they refuse to be all-inclusive.

Because of their actions, Donald Trump has unleashed domestic terrorism on the country.  His actions and words speak loudly for his supporters to terrorize his opponents.  And they are doing just that.

This lunatic can never be President!


It is time to look at what the Republicans are trying to say as to why they would continue to support a self-confessed sexual assaulter.  They all claim that the Supreme Court is at stake and they need to make sure that they get Justices that “will protect the Constitution”.

That sounds like a reasonable argument, except they are not interested in “protecting the Constitution” they are looking to change it through a Conservative Court that does not care about civil rights.

Number one on their hit parade is Roe v. Wade.  They want that decision overturned.  Do they want it overturned because they believe in civil rights?  No, the want it overturned because they want the right to tell women what they can do with their own bodies.

They are not just interested in overturning Roe V. Wade, they want the Supreme Court to rule that birth control is also an abortifacient and therefore illegal.  That became very clear in the Hobby Lobby case over the Affordable Care Act.  They declared that birth control was a form of abortion and the conservative side of the court bought their argument.

As a result of that ruling, millions of women lost birth control as part of their health insurance.  Republicans want that number to be 100 percent.  They try to disguise it in “religious freedom” or “pro-life” issues.  But what they really want is to control women, nothing less.

Another thorn in their side is the same-sex ruling of the Supreme Court.  They want that overturned also.  Only they don’t have a Constitutional argument about same-sex marriage.  The Constitution doesn’t even mention marriage.  So, there is no Constitutional argument against it.

As a result they claim that it is a sin.  Therefore, since it is a sin against their god, they believe that each state should be allowed to decide if someone is married or not.  That way the states they control can outlaw same-sex marriages and not even recognize marriages conducted in states where it was legal.

One they get a conservative court to rule in that manner, you will see more laws passed that outlaw other marriages.  We may even see inter-racial or inter-religious marriages denied and outlawed.  You cannot totally control your people if they can do anything they want, like marry the person they love.  You need to have control over their lives so you also need control over their marriages.

This isn’t really about “protecting the sanctity of marriage” it is about “race purity.”  That is all it is about.  There is no other answer or reason for their hatred of these marriages.

Republicans want to establish bans and/or religious tests in order to be considered for immigration.  This isn’t to stop “terrorists” from entering the country, it is to stop non-white non-Christians from entering the country.

Only, the Constitution does not allow religious tests.  Therefore they need a Court that will disavow the constitution and allow these religious tests for all immigrants.  Of course Republicans aren’t calling them “religious tests” they are calling them vetting.  In Trump’s case “extreme vetting” which includes questions about whether the immigrant “loves America” and be better be able to assimilate according to their definition of assimilation.

Conservatives want to be able to “racially profile” people to blame for crimes.  They also want “stop and frisk” laws that will let police stop anyone for any reason to question and frisk them for contraband.

Problem is that the Fourth Amendment says police cannot simply stop and frisk people or racially profile people because people are protected from “unreasonable search and seizure.”  Something very inconvenient if you want to jail all of the minorities in the country.

Then there is the “voting rights” issue.  Republican controlled states want a Photo ID law to prevent certain people from voting.  I know there are lots of arguments about using photo IDs to vote, but the real reason is to keep minorities, elderly, and young people from voting.

Republicans don’t want these groups voting because they normally vote Democratic.  And, you know they are really “voting suppression” laws because the photo IDs that are required are the very ones that minorities, elderly and young people do not have.

As the courts ruled in the North Carolina voter ID law, the legislature looked at the types of photo IDs that minorities primarily have and surgically removed them from the law as useful when voting.  They even went so far as to say the Student Photo IDs from state Universities were not good enough.  But, a firearms photo Id was good enough.

They want to gut our public education system.  They use the phrase of “choice” as their excuse.  What they really want is to use taxpayer dollars to fund private “Christian”, meaning segregated, schools.

That will gut funding for public schools and mean that minority children and children with disabilities will be left behind.  Since Republicans, specifically conservatives, don’t care about these children, that is okay with them.

These are just a few of the things that Republicans, especially conservatives want for the country.  That is why they claim the Supreme Court is at stake in this election.

They are trying desperately to get another Jim Crow court.  They want to roll back all of the civil rights that we enjoy.  They want segregation returned along with total control over women.  They want to shut down our borders so non-white non-Christians cannot immigrate to our country.

If Republicans win this election, that is what we will get.  If we are lucky.  More than likely, if Donald Trump becomes our President, like Governor LePage of Maine says, he will go authoritarian.

When conservatives say that the Supreme Court is at stake in this election, they at correct.  Problem is they aren’t interested in preserving the Constitution or our civil rights.  They want to roll them back.

This year it is important to defeat the Republicans all the way up and down the ticket.  Otherwise, we will lose our way of life and our democracy.

There are a lot of rumblings going on in the Republican Party.  The rumblings are supposed to be because of Donald Trump.  But, that is only partly true.  The rumblings we see spilling over in public have been going on for years inside the party.  The only thing Trump has done is bring them into the open.

From the time Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican President in 1860 right up through the early 1960s, the Republican Party was actually the one that fought for civil rights.  They were the driving force behind the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in the 1960s.

Remember, it was a Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower who sent the army into Little Rock, AK to ensure the safety of African-American children when they first entered an all white school.  These small children were hounded and threatened by white people as they tried to simply go to school.

As the civil rights movement gained strength, it was Republicans in Congress who were on their side.  Lyndon Johnson could not have gotten the Civil Rights Bill or the Voting Rights Bill passed Congress without the help of Republicans.

Right after he signed the bill, Johnson reportedly told someone behind him “I have just lost the South for a generation”.  That was because he knew the so-called Dixiecrats, Democrats with racist views, would create a huge backlash against the Democrats.

In 1968, Richard Nixon took advantage of that schism in the Democratic Party.  He came up with his “Southern Strategy” which relied on getting the Dixiecrats to switch parties and support him for President.  It worked and he became President in 1969.

The Republican Party has been using “code words” and “code strategy” ever since to keep power for as long as they could.  Then, in 2008 the unthinkable happened.  An African-American Man became President.

Over the years, the Republican Party had been partnered with a group that calls themselves “Conservative Christians”.  They merged religion and politics as much as they could.  Problem is this group is anything but Christian.  In my mind, it is impossible to be a Christian and a Conservative.  Christianity is a religion based on revolution and change.  Conservatism is based on “status quo”.

These so-called “Conservative Christians” are really the white supremacists that were against the Civil Rights laws that were passed in the 1960s.  They are the people who were in favor of Jim Crow laws and very huge supporters of George Wallace in 1968.

They simply changed their open racist language to “code speech”.  When Barak Obama became President, pace makers stopped.  In 2010 they politicized their hatred even more and formed something called the “Tea Party Movement”.

There was no doubt from the rhetoric that what they really wanted was to figure out a way to get rid of the “black man in the White House” anyway they could.  Since the GOP was very active in gerrymandering Congressional Districts in many states” these haters had a huge election victory of sorts and they formed a large minority caucus in the House of Representatives.

That was when all government functions came to an end.  Since this so-called “Freedom Caucus” came to be, the House became dysfunctional in incapable of doing their job.  I call it so-called because the only “Freedom” these people want is the freedom to tell you and me how to live our lives.

The party waged war within the Republican Party for five years.  Then Donald Trump announced he was running for President.  The problem for the Republican Party was that Donald Trump didn’t care about the party, he only cared about himself.

So, he openly said what the “Freedom Caucus” and the Republican Party in general was saying in “code speech”.  The racism that has fed the Republican Party since Richard Nixon suddenly came to the forefront.  But it didn’t stop there.

He went on to attack women openly, including that disgusting tape released last Friday.  He went after Muslims and basically said they were all terrorists and needed to be watched if not rounded up.  He proposed a total ban on Muslims from immigrating to our country.

He proposed a “religious test” on our immigration practices.  He keeps talking about his infamous wall to keep those “rapists and criminals” from Mexico from crossing the border and killing us all in our sleep.

All of this has been being said for about 16 months.  Since that fateful day he came down that ugly escalator in Trump Tower and announced his candidacy for President we have suffered through this mess.

The Republican Party did nothing to stop him.  The other candidates refused to let the world see what a racist and xenophobe he really is and he cast them off one by one.  Now this dictator wanna-be is actually the nominee of their party.

And, one by one the rats are abandoning ship.  Meaning that Trump will get even worse than he has been.  The last four weeks of this election is not going to be a mud-fest, it is going directly into the sewer and Trump is taking it there.

Trump isn’t satisfied with just attacking Clinton.  Now he feels free to go after his own party leaders.  Today, he has basically declared war on Paul Ryan.  This is going get worse and worse.

The problem is, the Republican Party has brought this upon themselves.  Their “code speech” for the last 40 years and divisive language against minorities, like the “welfare queen” rants from Reagan, to today’s open racism from Trump has resulted in this “civil war” within the party.

Before the Republican Party became a reality, the Whig party was the big thing.  That party disintegrated because it was infiltrated by the Know Nothing Party.  The stupidity and anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant stance of the Know Nothing Party made the Whigs disposable.  The party fell apart.

Today, the Tea Party is making the Republican Party meaningless.  Maybe if Trump can really destroy this version of the party, the real Republicans will pull themselves together and a valid second party will emerge.

Donald Trump’s candidacy is the direct result of the Republican Party and their policies for the last 40 years.  Richard Nixon laid the groundwork for this mess of a political party.

When a political party is based on the policy of hate and divisiveness, government stops functioning and opens the door for authoritarian rule.  It never happens quickly.  But it usually becomes inevitable.