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The Republican Horror Show

Have you been following this? Forgodsake. The word “outrage” so understates the case as to be outrageous in itself.

A narcissistic sleaze, whose contributions to American society have been to short-change the architects who design his buildings and to propose a First Lady who sees nothing wrong with plagiarizing the real First Lady’s words, DARES to say that he has “sacrificed” — by hiring a bunch of employees to staff his capitalist empire — more than a man who GAVE HIS LIFE FOR OUR COUNTRY! More, indeed, than the parents whose son died in the service of the United States of America!

A man whose response to a father’s despair is a racist slur against his wife? Somebody really thinks this creep should be President?

How in the name of God can anyone who has even one functioning synapse inside their head fail to see what a dangerous, dishonest, bombastic, one-born-every-day shyster this guy is? Who in their right mind would vote for the man?

Say what you will about the right wing…but at least Barry Goldwater was a decent man. I knew Goldwater, in passing (he autographed my first straight-A report card from the UofA!), and I know what he said about the proto-Tea Party right wing a-borning toward the end of his life. It wasn’t printable.

Even Ronald Reagan retained a few shreds of common decency while he still had most of his marbles. Richard Nixon…not so much.

Maybe Nixon was the one who threw common decency out with the bathwater.

How the hell did the fundamentalist clerics succeed in persuading their followers that a vile line of demagoguery represents the Word of Christ? What Barry said on that topic actually was printable, at least when he spoke in public:

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

Barry was right. But “a terrible damn problem” ain’t the term for it. It’s fuckin’ Armageddon.