"There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader." - Alexandre Ledru-Rollin
(CONTENT WARNING: Mature language.) The Republican primaries are turning out to be everything objective observers thought they'd be; ten pounds of stupid in a nine pound bag. Here's everything you need to know about America's coming decline and fall - the same very same people that have vowed to restore religious freedom unto the death are same people that have advocated any number of "creeping Sharia" laws. And they have a disproportionate voice in who the next president of the United States will be.
Most of these people belong to the Tea Party, who I have my share of problems with. Most of them have to do with their dishonesty. When running in contested elections, Tea Partiers were fervent in their declarations that the only matters that were important to them were economic, rather than social.
Yet, almost without exception, as soon they took office, the first measures they passed involved medically useless trans-vaginal ultrasounds. They really do seem to enjoy hearing themselves say, "I'm from the government, Miss. If you'll just spread your legs for the man with the wand, we'll get you on your way just as quickly as we can."
It's almost as if these people sat down and debated whether turning family planning into a trip to the airport was representative of small government. Of course, that's a foolish assertion, since as of January 20, 2009, Tea Partiers haven't stopped complaining about airport security.
I broke from reflexively supporting the Republican Party in 2005, when Jeb Bush, his presidential brother and the entirety of the Republican congressional caucus decided that the concept of limited government included ignoring 4.000 years of legal precedent, "family values" and equal protection of the laws in their quixotic mission to raise the dead.
Texas and Wisconsin's have both recently passed abortion laws with a 20-week limit, which flies in the face of Roe v. Wade, proving nothing more than their willingness to waste a ton of money on losing battles that are almost certain to cost them more votes than they will win.
Scott Walker is a special kind of stupid. Or, at least, he likes to pretend that he is.
Just this past Saturday, he said that the next president might have to launch strikes against Iran the day he's inaugurated, displaying nothing if not a profound ignorance of how the military works. This followed a tour de force of stupidity last week, when he said that he didn't know if folks were born gay or not. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the underpinnings of conservative philosophy knows that the correct answer is, "Why should the President of the United States give a shit?"
Look at poor John Kasich, who is probably the only current Republican I can imagine within about three blocks in the White House. He has dared use his Christianity to justify policy choices in opposition to a wing of the party that feels that doing such things is their job. I've followed Kasich for twenty years, and only a party that has lost its collective mind could declare him a screaming liberal, but that's precisely what's going to happen.
In recent years, I've come to the conclusion that the politicians aren't the problem - the voters are.
Democracy is predicated on the idea of an informed electorate, which is why the Founding Fathers excluded the slaves, serfs and troublesome women, who presumably had other things to worry about, from the franchise. But can you say that they weren't wrong when the only person on TV who isn't faced with credible allegations of rape, incest or both is the front-runner of one of the two major parties?
I've come to miss the smoke-filled back rooms. It produced the presidents that made America what it is, as opposed to the ones that are looking helplessly on as it declines into a laughing stock. That I can say without any measure of irony that the United States hasn't elected a fully-formed adult as president since 1989 is nothing short of a tragedy. Twenty-six years is more than half my lifetime, and very probably more than half of yours, too.
The Democrats went through a similar period between 1968 and 1992, when they were the party of "Acid, Abortion and Amnesty", which most sensible people knew was a better recipe for a weekend than government policy. Then they decided that they wanted to win elections again, and subsequently grew up.
Here's an interesting intellectual exercise. Draw up a list of all 43 Presidents of the United States (remembering that Cleveland was elected to non-consecutive terms.) Then draw a line right in the middle of it, the (roughly) first half representing those that weren't involved in popular primaries and the second those that weren't.
You tell me which was better at creating an ideal America.
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