The GOP Debate/Brawl from Houston

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I watched the GOP Debate from Houston last night; actually it was more of a hands-off bar brawl than a debate.

What is accomplished when three people are talking loudly all at once? Well, it makes them all seem more like three kids arguing over an umpire’s call in their little league game than three educated, talented adults who are contending for the nomination as president of the most powerful country in the world.

The Washington Post was quick to coronate Marco Rubio as the winner in their online article this morning ; of course! They are now, and have been, the biggest supporters of establishment politicians and, while Rubio is not exactly who they wanted as their establishment candidate, he’s all they have since Jeb dropped out of the race.

The Post’s headline reads: “Rubio won the Republican debate by putting Trump on the defensive.” Were they even watching the same debate? Yes! They were referring to the same debate as I was watching, but their spin on Rubio’s performance was simply wishful thinking. Trump stood tall next to Rubio and refuted every attack (and there was a seemingly never ending barrage of attacks). In fact, the biggest laugh line of the evening was at Rubio’s expense; when Marco was badgering Trump about some Polish workers he had hired (and he apparently got into some legal trouble for hiring them) and then accused Trump of hiring illegal aliens, Trumps rejoinder was priceless: “I’m the only one on this stage that’s hired people. I’ve hired tens of thousands of people. You haven’t hired one person in your life!”

The Post article also implied that Cruz’s performance was too weak, which is a short-sighted analysis,. Cruz was smiling and enjoying the Rubio/Trump battle, no doubt hoping that they completely destroy each other, giving him a broader highway to the nomination. I do have to say that Cruz had nothing new to offer last night, and that probably hurt him.

Other great Trump rejoinders of the evening:

To Ted Cruz: “I get along with everybody, you get along with nobody. You don’t have the endorsement of one Republican senator and you work with these people!” (good point!)

To the audience: “These are desperate politicians who are being told to say these things.” (True!)

To Rubio and Cruz: “Keep fighting. Keep swinging for the fences”.

Governor Kasich was impressive last night; he would be a good, strong president (at least as good as the other main players) but it appears that he has a very weak following; almost as weak as Dr. Ben Carson.

Speaking of Ben Carson, I’ve joked to a few friends that electing Ben Carson as president would be like putting an intern in as lead physician during a brain surgery. The intern MIGHT be able to complete the surgery successfully, but it would put the patient in jeopardy. In the worlds of Domestic and International politics, Carson MIGHT be able to save the patient (that’s us) but it’s a hell of a chance to take.

The results of Super Tuesday will be fascinating! For my part, I voted on the first day of early voting . . . and almost immediately started having second thoughts.

NEWS FLASH:

As I was about to publish this post, Chris Christie endorsed Trump for president. He says he has no intention of running for any other elective office until he is finished as governor of New Jersey in 2017. Realistically, I think a nod as a vice presidential candidate under the presumed Republican GOP Candidate (Trump) would make him give that a second thought.

 

The Weakest Leg of the Stool

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From it’s Inception, the American ‘Stool’ Only Needed Three Legs

1) The ‘small, unobtrusive government’ leg to allow citizens to be truly free from unwanted, unneeded political influences in their lives.

2) The ‘strong national defense’ leg to keep citizens safe from enemies who either envy or hate us for being free and strong.

3) The ‘free enterprise’ leg to maintain the American traditions of invention and industry that create an atmosphere amenable to personal wealth building and charitable giving.

To maintain order, this stool sits on a platform of laws that are devised to protect citizens from the greed, jealousy and arrogance that lives within all of us . . . and controls some of us..

The “American Stool” I have attempted to describe above represents a basic Libertarian vision of America; a vision of free men and woman making their own decisions and acting on them with the only restriction being respect for the property and privacy of others. America grew from a fledgling nation to a world power based on the three principles that support that Libertarian vision.

Some will try to make you believe that the ideals of small government, a strong national defense and free enterprise are Conservative ideals, that’s not quite true! If you trade in your ‘Libertarian stool’ for a ‘Conservative stool’, you are likely to get a stool with the same three strong legs, but also a fourth leg that does not quite reach the ground: the Judeo-Christian leg.

Enter the Christian Right

Greed, jealousy and arrogance unleashed, in the hands of those who set aside America’s Constitution and tried to replace it with a Christian Bible began the destruction of the American political system in the late 1970s, when an unsubstantial fourth leg was added to the American Stool; the Judeo-Christian leg (aka the Moral Majority leg). This leg was weaker than the other three legs because it was fashioned out of ephemeral hope and wishes and fueled by a greed for power as well as the arrogance of organized religion, i.e., spiritual desires are served rather than human needs.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision the self-important Christian Right jumped on the decision and eventually, successfully managed to corrupt the Constitution’s clearly implied desire to keep religion and government separate; they did this by inserting Christian ethics into, what was intended by the founders, to be a system insulated from and superior to religious belief.

Remember that first leg of the American stool, the ‘small, unobtrusive government’ leg, intended to allow citizens to be truly free from unwanted, unneeded political influences in their lives? Thanks to the corruption of the American political system caused by the Christian Conservative faction in the government, that leg has deteriorated to the point where, among other things: the logical right of a woman to control or terminate her own pregnancy is being challenged by politicians instead of by pediatricians; and where government officials attempted, and almost succeeded, to preempt the right of two adults to get married unless the match was approved by the state.

It needs to be made perfectly clear to politicians and government agencies that an American with strong religious beliefs is NOT ‘superior’ in any way to an American who does not share those beliefs. We are a nation of laws, not moral edicts.

I do not in any way claim that a set of personal religious beliefs is a bad thing, but Christian Evangelists need to be reminded: that we are a nation of laws that have ascended from centuries of tradition and experience; Christian ethics that harm or diminish personal freedoms and rights must be condemned.