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Advantage Republicans

Posted by keithosaunders on September 28, 2017

Conventional thinking would be that this is a horrible time to be a Republican.  President Donald Trump is a disgrace to the office – a detestable, incurious, narcissist who likely is suffering from some form of dementia.  The Republican majority Congress has been ineffectual and, with few exceptions, unwilling to challenge the corrupt and incompetent executive office.

I will submit to you, however, that there has never been a better time to be a Republican. Thanks to decades of allowing our public education to go to seed the populace lacks the intelligence to understand relevant issues, and therefore are willing to vote against their interest.  Racism is rampant and has not been this blatant since the 1950s –  it’s not a stretch to envision a return to the days of Jim Crow.

This is a perfect storm.  We have a population that is too stupid and racist to understand that what is holding them back is the divide between rich and poor, and we have a ruling party willing to exploit their ignorance.  This is the outcome of years of capitalism run amok.

I hope I am wrong.

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A Small Victory

Posted by keithosaunders on March 25, 2017

Trump Care, or to be more apt, Death Care, was withdrawn by a House that didn’t have enough Republican votes to get it through to the Senate.  I can’t seem to wrap my head around the reason for its failure.  Was it because of moderate Republicans who would have to face a constituency that would find itself either uninsured or paying up the wazoola for health care?  Or was it because of hard-line, conservative Republicans who thought that the bill was too generous and will not be happy until there are bread lines.

Either way…phew!

It’s hard to believe that the Trump administration thought that they could ram this bill through Congress in a month’s time and move on to gutting the infrastructure of the country via a budget bill.  Talk about hubris.

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Let the insanity begin

Posted by keithosaunders on January 26, 2017

We’re less than a week into Donald Trump’s presidency and it’s clear that we have elected a madman. He continues, without a shred of evidence,  to assert the lie that millions of people voted for Hillary Clinton illegally. He appears to want to make good on his promise to build a wall along our southern border even though it will cost billions and do little to prevent illegal immigration.  It looks like he’ll do his best to gut the EPA and inhibit efforts to contain global warming.  All in less than one week!

The folks for whom I reserve my greatest contempt, however, are the Republican Congressman and operatives.  Unlike Trump, these people know what they’re doing.  They’re gutting our countries natural resources, selling out the younger generation, feeding the rich, and taxing and imprisoning the poor.  All for their own benefit.  They can rot in hell as far as I’m concerned.

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Exposed

Posted by keithosaunders on November 7, 2016

The election season will come to its merciful conclusion tomorrow with the assurance that the outcome will be utterly depressing.  The most likely result, that Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman president, provides us with four more years of the status quo –   rising income inequality, the continued use of drone warfare, and a government beholden to Wall Street and corporate interests.

Of course a Trump presidency throws us back into the stone age. I don’t believe that The Donald would be more than a figurehead, but when you consider the damage that a Mike Pence and a stasi-esque Cabinet could wreak the mind boggles.

I do not believe that Trump will win, but regardless, the damage has been done.  He has exposed the racist underbelly of the United States and it is exponentially greater than was thought.  The fact that nearly half of the electorate will cast their vote for a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, narcissistic dullard speaks volumes on the state of the American psyche.

Then you have the effete liberals, practically pissing their pants in fear of a Trump victory.  I haven’t seen such pearl clutching since Zabars stopped carrying organic Camembert cheese.  Man up!  We lived through twelve years of the Bush dynasty and eight years of Reagan — we’ll make it through Trump.

Or not.  Who cares at this point?  In a country that doesn’t provide health care, wages perpetual war, rewards corrupt, predatory CEOs, punishes its working class, sentences its college goers to a life of crippling debt, and leaves its poor to scramble for minimum wage jobs, what’s the difference?

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

 

 

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The elephant in the elephant room

Posted by keithosaunders on July 16, 2016

As we close in on the Republican convention, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the clown car, let’s take a moment to reflect.

That’s enough.

What upsets me the most about the Trump phenomenon is the way the media covers it.  To be more specific, what the media doesn’t say about him – that he is an incurious megalomaniac that is as qualified to be president as Pete Rose is to direct a remake of Citizen Kane.

It drives me crazy when pundits break down Trump’s foreign policy or analyze his position on supply side economics.  Folks, there is an elephant in the room here: The candidate is a moron.  What’s more he is a self-serving, narcissistic moron.

The lifer Republicans know this and they are mortified, but what can they do but fall on their swords and back this shell of a human being?  It’s the media that is doing a shameful job.  I realize that ratings are up and it’s in the networks and news industry’s interest to ride the cash cow, but is there one iota of integrity left in the business?

For now let’s pull up a chair and enjoy watching the Republicans twist in the wind as they struggle to feign enthusiasm for the potential buffoon-in-chief.  Bring it on!

 

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Let the bloviating begin

Posted by keithosaunders on June 9, 2016

Our long national nightmare — primary season – is finally over and the Republicans now have a giant, orange, self-aggrandizing boob as the face of their party.  Kudos.

I believe that Donald Trump is unelectable.  Demographics are against him and even his own party is not crazy about him.  Paul Ryan, that simp of a man, finally endorsed him, with caveats, but both Bush’s are not.  This week Illinois senator, Mark Kirk withdrew his support in the aftermath of the furor of Trump’s having attacked Mexican-American Judge, Gonzalo Curiel.  Most prominent Republicans will likely congeal around their nominee in the coming weeks, but it’s obvious that they’re embarrassed to do so.

Just about the only way Trump could win would be if his opposing candidate had to endure some kind of scandal.  Or possessed an unlikabilty factor.  Perhaps someone with a history of being in the center of a maelstrom of controvers…oh…

At least Hillary Clinton didn’t have an exclamation point at the end of her campaign posters like Jeb!  That’s about the only good thing I can say about her.  On Tuesday night, after the day’s primarys, the party line was that we were supposed to feel as if history was been made with the first female presidential nominee.  If the nominee had been Elizabeth Warren I would have been thrilled.  Clinton has been on the wrong side of many issues that are important to me – the Iraq war, gay marriage, and marijuana  legalization, to name a few.   Furthermore, she’s way too hawkish for me.  She even name-checked Henry Kissinger as a way of asserting her foreign policy bona fides.  That’s right, she used one of the great war criminals of our time as a way of assuring the American people that we’re in good hands.

Of all the presidential elections I’ve voted in — this is my 9th – I’m least enthusiastic about this one.  I even felt more passionate about Michael Dukakis, for God’s sake!  Come the second week of November, however, I’ll hold my nose and cast my vote for Hillary.  My motivation:  Fear of the Yuge one possessing the power to appoint Supreme Court Justices.

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I’ll believe it when I see it

Posted by keithosaunders on March 24, 2016

I’ve posted before about my ambivalence, nay, my antipathy towards these political videos that are currently running rampant in the wake of the Trump storm.   My politics are to the left of most people I know, (although in the Bay Area I’m a centrist) but these videos offend me.

How is it helpful to portray Trump supporters as moronic backwoods yokels?  Sure, they are a strong demographic for him, but I know he must have supporters who are intelligent and can articulate what they like about him and dislike about the Democrats.

In the case of this particular video it seems the filmmaker has gone out of his way to find the least intelligent people possible.  I don’t see how shaming the right is going to sway a voter who is on the fence.  It’s more likely it would have the opposite effect.

I saw another video in which a reporter interviewed college students asking them who won the civil war.  Of course the video showed 5 people in rapid succession answering ‘The South’ or ‘I don’t know’ but who’s to say the interviewer didn’t ask 90 people and edited in the morons?

I’m not buying this video-happy society we live in.  Yes, folks are generally less intelligent than they were 30 years ago — how could they not be with all the de-funding of education.  But they’re not that stupid!

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Get on your knees, Mitt!

Posted by keithosaunders on March 4, 2016

You can’t deny — this Trump stuff is gold.  I just woke and wondered if I dreamed that in one news cycle Trump insinuated that Mitt Romney would have blown him for an endorsement – AND – bragged about his penis size on national TV at a debate.  You can’t make this stuff up!

Trump is actually causing the Republican party leadership as much angst as Democratic voters.  You have people like Peggy Noonan talking about the breakup of the Republican Party.  That’s extreme, but even to broach something like that is remarkable.

If Trump were to win the presidency the worst damage he could do would be via Supreme Court Justice appointments.  Don’t get me wrong, this is, in and of itself, pretty bad, but it’s no worse than if Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio were making the appointments.  The Congress would not allow him to build a wall on the Mexican border, or deport Muslims.  They would be just as divisive under him as they are under Obama.

Now if only the Democrats would realize that Bernie Sanders has a much better chance of defeating Trump than Hillary Clinton.  Imagine a Sanders-Trump contest.  All the center-right Republicans would threaten to move out of the country.  Soar-ry, Canada!

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Troubling Times

Posted by keithosaunders on March 2, 2016

The Trump stuff is starting to get a little scary. He’s like a cartoon character — a buffoon – and it’s hard to take his platform seriously.  After all, other than promising to build a wall, or make Mexico build a wall, he really hasn’t said anything. If you go by his history he’s even a little more liberal than his hapless opponents.

No, what’s worrying me are his followers.  Trump’s jingoistic, xenophobic banter has brought to the surface a virulent racism in this country, so much so that I’m beginning to wonder if we’ve progressed at all since the 1950s.

Coded racism has long been a staple of Republican (and even Democratic) candidates.  One need look no further than patron saint, Ronald Reagan launching his 1980 campaign at the Neshoba County fair, a few miles away from Philadelphia, Mississippi, a town associated with the 1964 murder of civil rights workers.  There, he used the term, states rights, a kind of code for tacitly approved racism.

But with the ascendance of Trump there is no longer a need for code words.  He can vilify Muslims and Mexicans, thus empowering rednecks across the land to speak their minds.  And I’m not just referring to the South.  There were plenty of racists in the New York metropolitan area six years ago when I lived there.  Drive ten miles in any direction from Manhattan and you’ll see what i mean.  Long Island and New Jersey are cesspools.

Even here in the Bay Area, one of the most liberal places on the planet, you can find racism.  A singer with whom I worked with just last night friended me on Facebook.  No sooner did I accept her request than I saw that her page was littered with racist posts.  One showed a pair of four or five year old African American boys teasing and hitting a white girl, with the implication that violence starts at a young age.  She also compared these children to Palestinians.

By itself the post is merely ignorance.  In light of the violence and bile we have seen at Trump rallies, however, it’s unsettling.  What level of racism would be unleashed should this man somehow gain the White House?

 

 

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Sayonara Scalia

Posted by keithosaunders on February 18, 2016

And just like that the Supreme Court has a chance to become a moral, humane body.  The Republicans will do their best to obstruct but they are a beaten party, their power waning faster than Nazgul’s after the ring was thrown into Mt Doom.

There is precedent to stall a Supreme Court appointment. In 1969 it took a Democratic Congress 391 days to appoint Harry Blackmun after Abe Fortas retired.  Bring it on, I say, because the next president will be a Democrat.  Wait a minute, what’s that I see in the distance?   Why it’s the clown car pulling up to the TV studio, and out pour the Republican candidates for president!

Scalia was proof that intelligence and education do not equate to morality.  He was a virulent racist and homophobe who wrote that African Americans belonged at ‘slower track,’less advanced  Universities.

He, like his fellow right wing Justices was an abomination.  He promoted states rights, which is thinly veiled code for white’s rights, and he was anti abortion, gay rights, and gun control.  He was a strict constitutionalist until it meant going against the document, which he did in Bush v Gore.   He, along with the four other right wing justices, voted in favor of allowing Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris’s previous certification of George Bush as the winner of the primary to stand, thus giving him the presidency.  This would lead to the deaths of thousand of Iraqis, as well as the severe erosion of civil rights, continued degradation of financial regulations, and ultimately the great financial collapse of 2007.

There are people in power of great intelligence who are amoral and inherently evil.  Scalia was one of these people and it is of utmost importance to this country that we replace him with someone with courage and moral integrity.  Appointing Justices is the most important thing a president does.  A vote for oompa-loompa Trump or batshit-crazy Ted Cruz is a vote for the further erosion of civil rights.

 

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