Thursday, February 25, 2016

Still Don't Get It

Digby, at Salon this morning:

"At this point, watching Donald Trump calling Ted Cruz the worst liar he’s ever seen and implying that he’s got a mental disorder doesn’t even phase the press. That’s just Trump being Trump. But it is noteworthy that Marco Rubio’s supposedly “high road” campaign is tarring Cruz with the same message. Even poor old Ben Carson gets in on the act, fulminating over Cruz’s alleged “dirty trick” in Iowa in which some of his campaign workers phoned into the caucuses with a bogus report that Carson was dropping out of the race and told them to vote for Cruz instead."

Sorry, Digby, but what you should really be spending your energy on is the fact that they are right- Cruz is a compulsive liar, and does have a clear mental disorder, and yet a large number of Republican leaders and people in the press still insist on portraying him as a legitimate choice to be a national leader.

In fact the whole Republican party consists of compulsive liars with mental disorders, but everyone wants to pretend that it's all okay.  Why, isn't stoking hatred and inciting violence the way that our country always picked its leaders?   Nothing to see here- both parties are the same, right?  Hillary is just the same as Cruz, except for that minor mental disorder issue, and the compulsive liar thing, so you might just as well vote for one as for the other.  Then, when Cruz is elected (because no Republican is ever going to fall for the "both parties are the same" crap) we can have Phil Robertson as our U.N. ambassador, and I guess, Cliven Bundy on the Supreme Court, and the Koch brothers as joint secretaries of the Treasury and Labor.  That will make the country run just great, if by great, you mean, crash into a burning mess and disappear from world history for all time, to be replaced by a bunch of tinhorn dictatorships, and maybe if we are lucky, a few sane areas on the coasts.  Well, maybe that's what we deserve.


Zog said...

"Why, isn't stoking hatred and inciting violence the way that our country always picked its leaders? "

No; it's just been that way since 1800.

Jefferson's camp accused President Adams of having a "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."

In return, Adams' men called Vice President Jefferson "a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father."

Let's not forget this little ditty from 1840, when Van Buren was criticized as un-American for, among other things, eating strawberries:

Who rules us with an iron rod,
Who moves at Satan's beck and call,
Who heeds not man, who heeds not God?
Van Buren!

The election of 1884 was also a lot of fun, depending on your definition of fun. We had ""Ma, Ma, Where's My Pa?" (referring to Cleveland's out-of-wedlock child) facing "Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, the continental liar from the state of Maine." The deciding factor was the Reverend Samuel Burchard, a Blaine supporter who described the Democrats as "rum, Romanism, and rebellion," thus alienating thousands of would-be Irish supporters of Blaine by calling them (according to the article) "drunken, Catholic traitors."

There have been plenty of other lowlights through the centuries, but I don't feel like going through them now.

Anonymous said...

"isn't stoking hatred and inciting violence the way that our country always picked its leaders?"


isaac said...

Digby also left out that Ted Cruz is such a complete asshole that he can sit on a bowl of ice cream, blindfolded, and tell you what flavor it is.

Anonymous said...

First you are a lawyer, now a doctor. You are more full of shit than Trump.

Green Eagle said...

Trump is not full of shit. He is obviously having a glorious time running circles around the pathetic opponents that the Republican party has come up with. He loves the attention, and he can afford to pay for it.

He sure isn't thinking about what is good for the country, but anyone who cares to look can see what he is up to, and in the end it is a lot less malignant than the plans of someone like Ted Cruz, who really could lead this country into a smashed dictatorship.