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Even many Republicans wonder how two people like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz managed to receive backing from millions.
By almost measure these two men are inferior choices for President of the United States.
One is a mean-spirited bigot, a lying con artist, with neither knowledge nor experience in international or domestic politics, and no viable ideas for growing America, or protecting those who need protection, and who repeatedly says he will deport 11 million men, women and children (in cattle cars??), build an impossible wall, and unconstitutionally bar people because they are Muslims.
The other also is mean-spirited, a hate-monger, a pariah in his own party, a man whose international solutions include carpet bombing innocent people, a man who wants to provide more benefits to the rich, while cutting benefits to the middle and poor, a xenophobe who would prevent immigrants from gaining legal status, while deporting those who are not legal (Gotcha!), repeal ACA with no plan to replace it, institute a flat tax that punishes the middle class, and shut down the government if he doesn’t get his own way.
There are no secrets about these two. Their despicable ideas are not hidden. Republican voters know them for who they are.
Yet millions of otherwise good and decent people, rather than being repulsed by these truly awful, unqualified candidates, have voted to have them occupy the most important office in the world.
How is that possible?
A “Conservative,” by definition, is one who resists change. A “liberal,” by definition, is one who welcomes new ideas. (Thank you, Merriam-Webster.)
Thus, conservatives are wedded to the past, a past when bigotry and hatred were more acceptable than today. Trump’s repeated complaints about “political correctness,” are his code for any rejection of his bigotry.
If ever there was a party of “No,” righteous Republicans are it.
And here is why:
Far more than liberals, conservatives tend to hear only what they already believe. Tell a conservative something new, and you are more likely to be subject to anger and insults, than true interest.
When all they hear is the hatred, xenophobia, and bigotry of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, et al, conservatives are influenced to become hateful, xenophobic bigots, and pass these characteristics on to their friends and children.
Thus, these shameful symptoms infect entire geographic areas, diseases the populace neither understands nor acknowledges.
Long after cancer, heart disease and other life-taking afflictions will be cured, the poison of hatred and intolerance will linger with us.
And that is why Trump and Cruz lead the Republican field. Good people have been poisoned by hate-mongers, who were paid by rich people.
It was not always thus for the Republicans. Dwight Eisenhower wasn’t a hateful bigot, though Richard Nixon (he of “Southern Strategy” fame) was. Ronald Reagan wasn’t. George H.W. Bush wasn’t. Even George W. Bush, as incompetent as he may have been, wasn’t as despicable as Trump or Cruz.
What changed for the Republicans? I’ll give you one name: Karl Christian Rove.
Here are a few highlights from his career:
Rove is credited with the 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial victories of George W. Bush, as well as Bush’s 2000 and 2004 successful presidential campaigns. In his 2004 victory speech Bush referred to Rove as “the Architect”.
Rove has also been credited for the successful campaigns of John Ashcroft, Bill Clements, Senator John Cornyn, Governor Rick Perry, and Phil Gramm.
–In the fall of 1970, Rove used a false identity to enter the campaign office of Democrat Alan J. Dixon. He stole 1000 sheets of paper with campaign letterhead, printed fake campaign rally fliers promising “free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing”, and distributed them at rock concerts and homeless shelters, with the effect of disrupting Dixon’s rally.
–He was an active participant in Richard Nixon‘s 1972 Presidential campaign.
–The Washington Post reported on several training seminars for young Republicans where a co-presenter of Rove’s, Bernie Robinson, cautioned against doing the same thing he had done: rooting through opponents’ garbage cans for damaging information.
–Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean, has been quoted as saying “it appears the Watergate prosecutors were interested in Rove’s activities in 1972, but because they had bigger fish to fry they did not aggressively investigate him.”
–In 1986, Rove helped Bill Clements become governor. In a strategy memo Rove quoted Napoleon: “The whole art of war consists in a well-reasoned and extremely circumspect defensive, followed by rapid and audacious attack.”
–The December 15, 2011 issue of The New Republic: Rove, is one of the shrewdest navigators of the political climate after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision . “Rove had no role in creating this new legal environment… but if Rove and his allies did not invent it, they certainly were adroit at exploiting it.“
And then from: Rove’s dirty tricks: Let us count the ways:
–When Rove advised on George W. Bush’s 1994 race for governor of Texas against Democratic incumbent Ann Richards, a persistent whisper campaign in conservative East Texas wrongly suggested that Richards was a lesbian. According to Texas journalist Lou Dubose: “No one ever traced the character assassination to Rove. Yet no one doubts that Rove was behind it. It’s a process on which he holds a patent. Identify your opponent’s strength, and attack it so relentlessly that it becomes a liability. Richards was admired because she promised and delivered a ‘government that looked more like the people of the state.’ That included the appointment of blacks, Hispanics and gays and lesbians. Rove made that asset a liability.”
–After John McCain thumped George W. Bush in the 2000 New Hampshire primary, with 48 percent of the vote to Bush’s 30 percent, a massive smear campaign was launched in South Carolina, a key battleground. TV attack ads from third groups and anonymous fliers circulated, variously suggesting that McCain’s experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam left him mentally scarred with an uncontrollable temper, that his wife, Cindy, abused drugs and that he had an African-American “love child.”
–According to the investigation of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, Rove played a central role in the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame to columnist Robert Novak and former Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson’s accusation that the Bush administration falsely claimed that Saddam Hussein sought uranium in Niger.
And more recently:
Why Karl Rove Uses Dirty Tricks: They Work
Karl Rove reportedly hinted that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage from a fall—then quickly backed away. His history suggests it’s a calculated maneuver.
The Atlantic, MAY 13, 2014
“I never used that phrase,” Rove said on Fox News. True. What Rove said was, “Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”
In 2004, Joshua Green reported in The Atlantic that Texas insiders accused Rove of spreading allegations that his rival, Republican consultant John Weaver, had made a pass at a young man at a GOP event.
Green also quoted an aide to a 1994 state Supreme Court candidate in Alabama who accused Rove of having quietly insinuated that his boss was a pedophile.
The list goes on and on. Rove is a “win-at-all-costs” guy, even if the costs are the complete loss of personal decency. In Rove’s world, honesty seems to be for losers. Winners do whatever it takes, virtue be damned.
Is it any wonder then that a Trump and a Cruz emerged? The Rove philosophy has polluted the entire Republican party.
Many people are responsible for the moral death of the Republican party; the “religious” right can take a bow. But, Karl Christian Rove is one of the primary perpetrators.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually Click here
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)
10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.
10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt
THE RECESSION CLOCK
Recessions begin an average of 2 years after the blue line first dips below zero. A common phenomenon is for the line briefly to dip below zero, then rise above zero, before falling dramatically below zero. There was a brief dip below zero in 2015, followed by another dip – the familiar pre-recession pattern.
Recessions are cured by a rising red line.
Vertical gray bars mark recessions.
As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..
•No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.
•Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
•A growing economy requires a growing supply of money (GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
•Deficit spending grows the supply of money
•The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
•The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.
•Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between rich and the rest..
•Austerity is the government’s method for widening the Gap between rich and poor.
•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..