Friday, August 7, 2015

“(Republican) Party Over Here”

The first GOP debate for the Republican Presidential race 2016 is in the record books, and if you ask me, all it did was further strengthen the stereotype that most Republicans are nothing more than white Christian males who want to do what’s best for their God, and not their country.
Now of course this time we did have a wild card thrown into the mix, the one and only Donald Trump, as if you didn’t already know.

Who made this feel more like a big time wrestling event rather than a GOP debate, a very mild verbal smackdown if you will, but I’m sure as long as it brought in viewers the party didn’t mind at all.

Things started off pretty basic, questions about immigration, spending and all the other traditional topics, but then it got crazy, as if a tiny car pulled up and a bunch of clowns got out.

The issue of abortion came up, and if you ask me, a bunch of men sitting around discussing ‪abortion is freaking ridiculous, they should stick to discussing things they are familiar with, like prostate exams and having sword fights with their buddies at the urinal.

Stop trying to tell women how to live their lives, or in this case possibly not live their lives, all to avoid her not having an abortion, do you realize how crazy that is! 

Then out of nowhere it became church, all the candidates started talking about their God, how He saved them and what He means to them and their campaigns. 

I could only imagine the grimace on His face when His name was brought into all this madness.

I consider myself a Christian, but God isn’t running for President, thus His feelings on the issues, as if any of these fools really speak for Him, don’t matter and only stand to make the candidates look like a bunch of bible thumpers who are planning on running the country in accordance to what their God believes and not what’s best for the people.

We all know how dangerous that can be, and I guess these boys don’t believe in separation of church and state, not hating on anyone, just stating the obvious.

The “elephant” (pardon the pun) in the room, at least in my observation, is that the Republicans are trying way too hard to be hip and cool. 

They are trying to pull a Bill Clinton, but unfortunately it is as awkward as a father going through a midlife crisis who is trying to hang with his teenage son’s friends at the club.

The two things I took away from this debate were that first, the Republicans seem deathly afraid of Hillary Clinton, Mrs. President if you’re a Republican, because all they did was talk a whole lot of crap about her as to prove they aren’t intimidated by her.

It kind of felt like a bunch of boys on the schoolyard poking fun at this one girl, but not because she had cooties or anything like that, but more so because they wanted to be her, or maybe even be with her. **wink, wink**

Secondly, I may not be a big fan of his, but from start to finish Donald Trump seemed like he was being truthfully with his answers and statements (I know an honest politician what an oxymoron), but at least to me that’s the way it seemed. 

Who knows, maybe he’s a better politician than I realize and he’s just pulling the wool over my eyes, but only time, and his actions, will tell that for sure. 

Finally, before all you Republicans start seeing “red” (pardon the pun **again**), thinking I’m attacking your precious party. 

Relax and know that I personally think that all, which means both Democrats and Republicans, are crooks and only out for the party they choose to align themselves with.

To me, voting day comes down to the lesser of two evils; the individual who I think would do less harm to our country out of those candidates who are running.

Considering that this is just the first debate, and knowing politics the way I do, I’m sure things are just going to get crazier and a whole lot more entertaining, so I have no doubt I’ll be speaking on this topic much more in the days to come.

Now back to your regularly schedule program.



  1. Well done. I could not watch, as I have a very low tolerance for mixing church and state, which the constitution states is a bad idea. I also have had enough of rich white dudes governing my uterus.

    1. Thank you very much my friend, I really appreciate your input. Don't worry, you didn't miss anything important, it was a total circus sideshow.

    2. Yeah, but they're not trying to govern your uterus. They're trying to govern what happens to the human trying to get a start on life that is temporarily inside your uterus. And this is the problem, people only want to cast the abortion debate along lines that support their position, even if it makes no rational sense. The pro-lifers want to only look at the fetus as if it's not inside another person; the pro-choice-for-mothers-only types only want to look at the mother as if there's not another person developing within her. In a life-or-death conundrum, only looking at one narrow angle doesn't solve anything, for example, the abortion debate. And, of course, marginalizing the opposition -- surely you don't *really* think that all pro-lifers are rich white dudes? -- just continues keeping things polarized instead of trying to work out some rational, fact-based consensus on what to do with this life-or-death conundrum.

    3. That is the Republican problem in a nutshell. Trying to govern people's bedrooms, sexual preference, marriage, uteruses, everything. And anonymous can tell me the same thing when he/she becomes a woman, gets raped and impregnated and has to carry a couple of cells in her body that will turn into a horrifying reminder of being RAPED.

      This and gay marriage are religious issues and have no place in legislation or the political arena. And I hate to break this to the Republican, but Jesus was the ultimate Liberal of his time. The Pharisees and Sadducees were clearly the conservatives.

      The Republican party stance is that government poverty programs are just throwing money into a rat-hole. They worry about people taking advantage when the Bible actually says give and don't worry what happens to the money. You can't claim to be the Christian party and not support programs for the poor, end of story.

    4. @Anonymous my friend, I am a man, and thankfully not one with a uterus. You are correct, I don't really believe all pro-lifers are rich white dudes, I was just trying to be funny and played on the stereotype. I'm all for letting everyone have their own opinion, and yes even if I don't agree with it, but I'm not okay with our government telling women what they can, and can not do with their bodies. The decision should be between the woman and the man, no one else, regardless of their position and/or belief.

    5. @Kevin Hightower you are awesome my friend! I like that you use your mind, that you really think things through, and it's just too bad that more people don't do the same.

    6. Thank you, Kevin, for proving my point. So many assumptions, such a narrow analysis, and such unwillingness to discuss. But rant on, as you will whether I encourage it or not.

    7. Oops, forgot to mention, Michael... but you're also ignoring the third human in the equation. So, also proving my point. As long as the pro-lifers only consider the fetus and as long as the pro-"choice" (for mothers only) only consider the woman, no rational discussion can happen. But, yes, rant on....

    8. @Anonymous I did not forget the "third person" involved, I just believe that the decision as to whether or not continue with the pregnancy is one that is to be made between the man and woman within the relationship, not the government or anyone else. Women are not just vessels, they are human beings, and should be alloted the same rights as men. Finally, there are many legitimate reasons (and I don't mean as a form of birth control) for a woman to choose to have an abortion, and unless you walked in their shoes, you have no right to tell them what they should do. Now I respect your opinion, I just don't share it.

    9. Anonymous, I'm not being narrow at all. Would you believe I am pro-life in certain situations? If you just went and got knocked up and can't take care of the baby I think adoption is the better way to go. If you are going to die if you deliver the baby and have to choose between your life or the baby's, do you think once you make your decision that you should have to ask some bureaucrat if it is ok?

      And don't think everything is directed at you personally. For all I know you may not be a Republican at all. My statements were about how I feel about the stated Republican platform as a whole, and the Republicans who insert religion on issues to limit freedoms all the while pissing all over the Bible when it comes to the poor. If that's narrow so be it.

      I think you need to stop assuming I am talking about you personally and once you stop taking my views personally you might hear what I'm actually saying. You want a discussion and there's one going on all around you but you are getting to personally hurt to notice.

    10. @Kevin very well said my friend, wise words for sure.

  2. I couldn't watch the debate because I don't have cable, but it's been fascinating to read the summaries today. I think this is going to be an entertaining political season!

    1. My friend this is one time where it pays not to have cable, the debate was a total waste of time.

  3. This is sad to me. Not that you don't support our politicians, I don't really give a shit about that. But the fact that you see voting day as choosing between the lesser of two evils. This is not what Government was meant to be.

    I am still on the fence about Trump. What I like about him is that really no lobbyist can actually buy him. If they don't offer him trillions they would actually be insulting him. So he has that going for him in my book.

    If Hillary wins, I am going to jockey for a position as a white house intern.

    1. I totally agree with you, it is very unfortunate that I have to think like that, but the reality of it is, that's the underlying truth of it all. Hopefully one day that wouldn't be the case, maybe in the days to come it would be a choice over who really has the best plan for the country and its people, but as of right now, that is sadly not the case.

    2. The idea I like about Trump is that as a successful businessman, if he uses his power as more of a CEO of the US then maybe that would be great for the economy.

      I am typically left-leaning but Hillary scares me in that she will take on causes that are trite like waging war against the video game Grand Theft Auto. That should be very low on a politicians list.

      But on the plus side she is married to the best President of the Modern Era, Billy Clinton. When Clinton was President I was delivering pizzas to get through college and making enough money off my pizza job to afford a nice apartment, a new car, hellaciously high car insurance and still had enough left over to get into trouble with. Gas was $.99 and a pack of Marlboros was $1.99. Oh and he was getting blown by interns. So if Hillary as president means Billy has influence sign me up!

    3. @Kevin Hightower you know what, I do agree with you, Trump may actually be good for our economy, and we all know that we can use all the help we can get with it.

      You're absolutely correct, waging a war on a video game, especially when there's much more pressing issue at hand, is completely ridiculous and an utter waste of time.

      I too really liked Bill Clinton, one of my all-time favorite Presidents of my lifetime. I'm kind of on the fence when it comes to Hillary, it's going to come down to who she's running against and what their politics are when it comes time to cast my vote.

      Please, just not another Bush!

    4. Yes anything but a member of the Bush family. And oh by the way, seven years of Obama and Bin Laden is dead, the US didn't become communist, access to healthcare is easier, it should be universal, but he did more than anyone else, unemployment is way down from 2008-9, and he ended two wars. Not bad Mr. President.