Sunday, February 21, 2016

Has The GOP Trumped Itself?

I will admit that I am enjoying quite a bit of schadenfreude as the Republicans squirm around with anxiety and despair as it becomes clearer and clearer that Donald Trump has a very good likelihood to be their presidential candidate.  They are calling it an embarrassment and are mewling that Trump isn't even really a Republican.  Their gnashing of teeth, pulling of hair and renting of clothes only increases as one establishment candidate after another drops out of the clown car.

What makes their angst even more enjoyable is that their current situation is completely of their own doing.

Republicans have long practiced racism.  Look at how many states, including Wisconsin, have passed laws aimed at the minorities, such as Jim Crow laws, voter suppression, cutting benefits and selling the futures of their children to education privatizers and profiteers and eventually to for-profit prison systems.  Why are they surprised now that they get an openly racist candidate who has claimed that all Mexican immigrants are rapists and drug dealers?

Similarly, Republicans have made bigotry one of their staples.  They have fought to stop marriage equality, They have cried out for Muslim blood louder than the crusaders in the Middle Ages.  Then they wonder why the majority of their members is supporting a guy who said we should Muslims with bullets dipped in pig's blood.

Republicans have practiced misogyny for a long time.  They pass laws weakening pay equality. They try to dictate to women what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. They don't hesitate to denigrate women at the drop of a hat.  Yet the Republicans are perplexed that their members are supporting a man that judges women solely by their looks and said that he would date his own daughter.

The list could go on but I think the gentle reader gets the idea.  Trump personifies all of the "values" that the Republicans hold dear.  The only difference is that Trump is such a loose cannon that he will say these things out loud and he can't be controlled by the dark money special interests.

The whole situation would be hilarious if it weren't for the fact that the same Republicans who are doing all the complaining and whining don't have the insight to see that the things they claim to hate in Trump already exists in themselves.


  1. I agree with what you say, but another way the Rethugs shot themselves in the foot is by vastly underestimating the rage many Americans feel toward the Koch brothers, who bragged about the $950 million they were going to spend on the Presidency and then bet the farm that they could foist Scott Walker on the American people--until he opened his mouth and compared schoolteachers to ISIS. Mainstream Republicans long ago rolled over for the Tea Party thugs who now control the party and answer to the Kochs and ALEC. Don't think for a moment that this hasn't helped The Donald.

  2. Their goal is to use corporate and special interest money to buy the government for their donors. Why else would Congress refuse to enact common sense gun control measures that the majority of even gun owners support but the NRA has bought congressman in both parties and therefor dictates gun policy in this country. The ownership of Congress has removed government from the people and turned it over to those with the wealth. Even in Wisconsin people are now seeing that the majority in power in Madison are not working for them but rather for those who cross their palms with silver. Although Sanders can't win he has drawn attention to the corporate power and Wall street replacing Main street and the public rage is beginning to form.

  3. You have to understand who Trump is. He is a market capitalist. It should be no surprise if his market research people discovered that this would sell. And then, produced a product to meet the demand. To him, his comments and positions are just the product he is selling in order to produce a profit. The evidence of this is that he previously had entirely different if not Liberal positions on a variety of issues including immigration and women's issues. Its nothing more than merchandising.

    1. I think you are spot in with this assesment. In many ways he is exactly like Bill Clinton.