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is now in un-chartered territory.
The Republican nominee to be, Trump, is more than a scam artist and a buffoon. He's a psychopathic narcissist, and an extremely ignorant man who knows nothing of foreign policy, should never be anywhere near the nuclear codes, and who might appoint some modern-day Caligula to the Supreme Court.
But the Archie Bunkers out there are buying his every word, even though he contradicts his own words seconds after they come out of his mouth. His voters are gobbling up his crap and intentionally ignoring the danger he presents. Or perhaps they are too ignorant to recognize that danger. And that's a really scary scenario.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party is in an ugly war with itself over a left-wing liberal and a slightly-to-the-right centrist. Were the party unified, either candidate could easily defeat the nut with the orange on top, and perhaps help win back the Senate and the house.
If someone wrote a book with this as the plot, it would be turned down by every editor in the publishing business as too far out there.
Yet, here we are, facing this scenario, and it seems that almost half the voters in this country are backing the deranged snake-oil peddler.
We now know the definition of insanity and we've crashed through it into a new world. Emotions have crushed reason, anger and hatred have replaced measured thought. No matter who wins, this ugliness isn't going away anytime soon.
So prepare yourselves for a dark, perhaps violent era. The path toward such an era has been laid. And no matter who becomes president, reconciliation doesn't seem to be at hand.
One request: I may be wasting my time, but I would ask that posts that belong on GD-P don't show up here. Let's see if we can get just a bit of sanity going here to start healing Democratic Underground. After all, if not here, where? If not now, when?
Posted by Cyrano | Sun May 22, 2016, 12:55 PM (46 replies)
A snake oil salesman, Trump, has an actual chance at being nominated and elected president.
The alternative to him is an immense-sized turd named Cruz, who is hated by the entire Republican Party.
There may be enough ignorant/know-nothing/bigots to elect one of these two. (Don’t ever again wonder how genocidal maniacs come to power.)
The entire media is busy denying they had anything to do with this grotesque situation.
Many terrified Republicans are falling in line behind Trump “just in case he wins.”
If Trump or Cruz becomes president, make sure your passport is up to date. (Not that anyplace on this planet would be safe from their insanity.)
But here’s what really pisses me off: We Democrats are busy fighting a Bernie/Hillary war. It seems that we are too busy to fight a clear and present danger to our country, (and possibly the survival of this planet).
And this is the one thing that pisses me off than anything else: The incredible stupidity of far too many American voters. I’d really like to say, “Fuck them." They deserve what they get. The problem is that all the rest of us will get fucked just as badly.
I wish I could suggest some kind of solution. And I guess we’ll have to wait until the election in November to see what happens.
But no matter what happens, the Trump/Cruz voters aren’t going away. And their toxic hatred will poison American politics for decades to come.
Posted by Cyrano | Mon Mar 21, 2016, 12:27 PM (99 replies)
We humans, as far as we know, are the most advanced species on this planet. Over many millennia, a few members of our species have figured out that we are one small planet orbiting a star, in a universe of countless stars, galaxies, etc. Einstein figured out the speed limit of the universe, and that time and space are a single entity.
Others have discovered cures to diseases, and countless ways in which to heal humans and other living creatures. And still others have figured out so much more about how, and why things work.
Human scientists have discovered and interpreted so much more than most us can even begin to grasp. It really boggles the mind how far human knowledge has advanced with such infinitesimal clues.
Yet, when we look at the behavioral/belief aspects of human beings, we seem to be incredibly childlike, superstitious, and determined to destroy ourselves well before we can reach maturity.
The history of human behavior has demonstrated the genius with which we humans use scientific advancements to destroy other human beings. The most important thing we seem to have learned from the scientific revelations of the past is how to more efficiently kill each other.
And beyond that, we have divided ourselves by geography, color, language, tribes, dogma, and every other imaginable human characteristic.
But this is DU, so let me get to the point. The current primary campaign of the Republican Party is beyond an embarrassment to the human species. Trump? Cruz? The rest? The phrase “clown car” is totally insufficient, but it was the best we could do. In reality, the term “Knuckle Draggers” has become an almost meaningless cliché, but more closely describes the GOP lineup of both those who have dropped out and those still running.
Their expressed “values,” “world views,” and “solutions,” are a mountain of bullshit so immense as to require the largest herd of cattle that ever existed to produce it. And, of course, these candidates and ex-candidates know it. They’re playing to the lowest common denominator of what can charitably be called “human intelligence.” They’ll say or do anything, anything, necessary to get the nomination.
So let me say this. Given the state of today’s Republican Party, I really believe that those with all the traits of Caligula, Mussolini, or worse could be considered “viable” candidates by the poor ignorant fools who are casting votes or backing them in caucuses. For some insane reason, Fox “News” has more influence on “human thought” than the concepts of Galileo, or Stephan Hawking.
It really makes one wonder if the human species is an evolutionary mistake that will go the way of the dinosaurs.
And of course, there’s the Dem primary. But this is not the forum to discuss our differences. I’ll just say we hold differing versions of a future that is far Superior than anything that can ever be offered to us by a Republican Party that has gone off the deep end.
Posted by Cyrano | Fri Feb 19, 2016, 04:58 PM (66 replies)
If you haven't posted there yet, don't.
I did my first post today. And right now, I'm not sure whether I'm an antisemitic, communist piece of shit, or a wingnut infiltrator who hates humans and eats kittens.
I can't wait until this election is over. The DU Primaries Forum seems to be a tremendously hate-filled place where otherwise sane Democrats have lost their minds. Any remark or response you post is immediately twisted and used to "prove" that you are either for or against Bernie/Hillary/Whoever. Or perhaps I should say Hillary/Bernie/Whoever. After all, putting someone's name first matters.
My congratulations and best wishes to Skinner et.al. for recognizing that a Primaries Forum was needed. It has isolated a "poisonous strain" from the rest of DU. We all have pockets of hatred within ourselves. In this case, Isolation was a wise, civilized, Democratic idea.
Posted by Cyrano | Sun Feb 7, 2016, 07:31 PM (118 replies)
I spent much of my life in New York. And last week, when Ted Cruz accused Donald Trump of having "New York Values," I heard it as a code word for "Jewish." It seems I'm not alone in hearing this dog whistle. Here's an excerpt from Dana Milbank's column from today's Washington Post.
When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) last month mocked Donald Trump’s “New York values,” it wasn’t entirely clear what he was implying.
This week we got a clue: For Cruz, “New York” is another way of saying “Jewish.”
At an event in New Hampshire, Cruz, the Republican Iowa caucuses winner, was asked about campaign money he and his wife borrowed from Goldman Sachs. Cruz, asserting that Trump had “upward of $480 million of loans from giant Wall Street banks,” said: “For him to make this attack, to use a New York term, it’s the height of chutzpah.” Cruz, pausing for laughter after the phrase “New York term,” exaggerated the guttural “ch” to more laughter and applause.
But “chutzpah,” of course, is not a “New York” term. It’s a Yiddish — a Jewish — one. And using “New York” as a euphemism for “Jewish” has long been an anti-Semitic dog whistle.
Posted by Cyrano | Sat Feb 6, 2016, 12:30 PM (46 replies)
A story like this is what you'd expect to see on the tabloids at the check-out counter.
If stupid is a disease, the American Main Stream Media is infected beyond all hope.
Yeah, I know. They've spent many years now covering non-news, and filling air time with the stupidity of pundits interviewing other pundits.
However, treating "Sarah endorses Trump" as serious "News," has finally pushed the "News Business" to the bottom of the sewer.
If they covered this story at all it should have been in whatever section they cover UFO sightings.
Welcome to modern day American politics and the media that covers it.
Perhaps, someday in the future, this current era will be looked back upon as an aberration. An era in which insanity became the norm.
It seems that Orwell's "1984" and Huxley's "Brave New World" missed the actual craziness that has come into being.
Posted by Cyrano | Wed Jan 20, 2016, 01:14 PM (0 replies)
This is an excerpt from yesterday's rude pundit column. The people of Flint Michigan are drinking imported water because their own drinking water is filled with lead. Imported water is in short supply and the governor of Michigan doesn't give a rat's ass.
Perhaps this excerpt is a vision of the future of a Republican America.
If you go looking for information or updates on the crisis of lead poisoning the water of Flint, Michigan, you'll come across so many stories that make you despair for the treatment of the urban, industrial population in this greatest nation in the history of everything ever. If you're not up on this insane story about the criminal neglect and outright damnation of a poor city, especially its children, by cost-cutting Republicans, Rachel Maddow and her staff have been doing the kind of investigative reporting work that used to be a regular part of our media. If it's too much work to watch Maddow, you can read a quick summary to get up to speed.
The shortest version: budget-cutting, state-appointed emergency managers switched the water supply for Flint from Lake Huron to the polluted Flint River through sheer ignorance and wanton fuckery. By the time anyone listened that the water was poisoned, the chemicals had fucked up the pipes, and they continue to leech lead into the water supply so no one can drink from the faucet. If the state was led by honorable people, they would have lined up and sliced open their own guts with daggers to apologize.
Which gets us to Freeman Elementary School, a pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade public school in Flint and its family fun day, which will be held tomorrow at the school. Of course, it's not going to be just family fun, as a headline from the local paper reveals:
Yes, as the article says, "Children will be able to get their blood tested for lead during a family fun night this week at Freeman Elementary School in Flint." And then, heartbreakingly, "Lead testing is planned for infants up to children six years old, along with water filter giveaways, dance fitness for children, face painting, balloon artist, a free healthy meal, refreshments and raffles."
Think about that. This was supposed to be an event with dancing kids with cat whiskers drawn on their faces, eating healthy food, and winning a damn raffle. Now, it's being used as a chance for parents in one of the poorest cities in the country to see if their state has permanently damaged their kids because that's better than spending a little extra money on water tests or, you know, water safety. And what are they raffling now? Aquafina twelve-packs?
go to: rudepundit.blogspot.com and scroll down to yesterday's entry.
Posted by Cyrano | Tue Jan 12, 2016, 02:17 PM (16 replies)
January 2nd, 2016: Election year is here, the primaries are nigh, and every pundit is predicting who the Republican candidate will be.
For some reason, it has struck me that Jeb, even after all his missteps and after all his screw ups, may just turn out to be the last man standing in this race. Here’s my thinking on this:
Trump is still #1 in the polls, but the brain-dead people who come out and cheer for him might be the same people who never show up at the polls. And even if some of them do, I just don’t believe there are enough to elect this narcissistic head case.
Ben Carson’s campaign was over a few weeks ago and it seems that the only one who doesn’t know this is Ben Carson.
Carly Fiorina: See Ben Carson.
Ted Cruz has been waiting around for Trump to fall and then pick up all the haters. Once Cruz is the front runner, the media will focus on him, millions of people will learn the fact that the man is a fundamentalist crazy and a first-class prick that no one can stand, and his campaign will die a slow (or perhaps quick) death.
Marco Rubio, it turns out, has a major money backer who is a convicted felon. And Rubio’s personal financial history leaves the impression that he’s inexperienced and sloppy. Not to mention that he’s a guy who just doesn't seem ready for prime time.
Chris Christy has gotten the backing of New Hampshire’s biggest Republican newspaper. But even if he has a good showing in NH, he’s gone a bridge too far for most people to support him. And he’s got a 5% positive rating in New Jersey. When the people in your home state hate you, it means you’re in trouble in other states.
Which leaves us with Jeb! The GOP establishment is comfortable with him and he’s a known quantity to most Republican voters. Throughout the entire campaign, he’s looked like the Fredo of the Bush family. But my guess is that he may just end up as the Republican candidate. As long as he stays out of rowboats.
Posted by Cyrano | Sat Jan 2, 2016, 02:12 PM (34 replies)
IMO, Trump will soon be gone and Senator Ted Cruz will become #1 in the polls.
A senator is someone who is usually respected (for the most part) by his fellow senators. Yet, from everything I've read, the other 99 senators, (Democrats and Republicans), loathe him. As in: His 99 colleagues really hate his guts.
Imagine what it takes for a senator to earn that kind of venom. But in the case of Cruz, it seems to be deserved.
He's well educated, (a Harvard grad), yet his education has taught him nothing about human interaction, empathy, or basic human decency. The man peddles poison like a 19th century huckster selling snake oil. And in the area of religion, he seems to be following in the footsteps of his fundamentalist father. Cruz's religious beliefs seem to be mostly about hatred.
For the past six months, we've been either laughing at, or fearing Donald Trump. But the real danger in this election is Cruz. And it's necessary for everyone to understand this before the GOP establishment shrugs their shoulders and anoints him as their candidate.
Ted Cruz is dangerous because it's conceivable he can be elected president. And imagine what that would mean in terms of his being "The Commander in Chief", not to mention the kind of people he would appoint to the Supreme Court.
We can't let this happen.
Posted by Cyrano | Mon Dec 28, 2015, 11:51 AM (47 replies)
Fox News speculates that “The president-elect is a transsexual.”
Donald Trump applies for German citizenship and is turned down.
Angela Merkel closes borders to fleeing old white American men.
Donald Trump hints that he may buy Germany.
Forty nine GOP senators accused of spitting on Ted Cruz.
Marco Rubio spotted hanging out in cheap gin joint in Miami Beach.
George Lucas admits Jeb! Bush was the inspiration for Jar Jar Binks.
Barbara Bush claims that Jeb! was adopted.
Texas threatens secession again and vows to annex Mexico.
Scotus to hear case on Santorum vs Google.
Ben Carson’s new book is titled “Whispering in the Dark.”
Obama pardons Bowe Bergdahl.
Posted by Cyrano | Fri Dec 18, 2015, 06:29 PM (10 replies)