The Republican Party Today Is A Monster Chimera







By Jeff Koopersmith, Editor Emeritus

Our Democracy is in Critical Condition – Mostly from inept laws and leadership

I am not certain that most Americans realize how close the nation is to falling into mass disarray, even collapse.  The potential should leave no one laughing or uncaring because a Chimera is made up of so many pieces that perhaps it will die from misuse.

The chance of this over the current shenanigans being planned and re-planned by not only Chairman Reince Priebus and twice losing candidate Mitt Romney has destroyed not only Republicans but all citizens as well in that it seems to us that nothing at all can be counted on in America and brings with it great danger to the country.

We do not live in our own chamber of silence.  Because of our national posture we are watched closely by friends, enemies, and those that could change their opinion of us in a very short period.  Already Europe and Asia are nervous about this election cycle.  Many for the wrong reasons. Some because they believe that Donald Trump is an ignoramus and hot-headed with no self-discipline. This is not the case. What Trump is doing is attempting to link with the average man and woman.  In a way he is mirroring most of our society including remarks made that are not politically correct or those that appear to label him a racist of misogynist.  You see, we do not know Donald Trump – most of us – so it is easy for his opposition and his enemies to take a statement here and there and make it seem like this is who he is.

I am not defending Mr Trump. He should be more careful, but then again, being careful also loses supporters the same way being thuggish can.  Mr. Trump has not found the fine balance in American politics today – but neither have the rest of these GOP candidates who engage in similar idiocy time and time again as well.

Thinks about your aunt or uncle – you know that one that hunts birds and squirrels, drives only American cars, and has only a year of college under the belt because he had to work and support his family.  He is often a man like Trump.  Yet some uncles are men like Barack Obama, or Dick Cheney, or a mob boss.  We know those men – they are part of family and sometimes we carry similar traits do we not?

On the other hand, Mr. Trump does owe us at least the courtesy of better explanation for his more raucous remarks. When he says Mexico sends killers or rapists to the United States he certainly does not mean that every Mexican is a criminal nor that every American is a saint.  He is human an he makes mistakes just as we all have over a dinner table or holiday Turkey, matzoh, ham, or mushroom casserole.

The media are never a help in these situations.  They love any kind of what they consider “outrageousness”.  They tend to make small things bigger than they are almost always.  You know what I write of – the knife that appears out of nowhere that might have been used to slice up OJ Simpson’s wife and Ron Goldman; a storm that isn’t really very bad and leaves a couple inches of water on the sidewalk not a “flood”; almost anytime either the right or left engages in free speech that ends in violence – especially minorities and unions members. Am I wrong? No I am not wrong – excitement sells ads and new media is no longer into telling the truth but being as insanely absurd about negatives and even positives to make you think not watching would be a crime or a sign of ignorance.

Yes the media remains at least almost politically correct. For instance why hasn’t even a single interviewer asked Mr. Cruz and Mr. Rubio, in a non-combative manner how it is that two first term senators who are Cuban-Americans with little or no true work experience save in realpolitik, opinionating, and ingratiation? I think this about this often and I think is shows signs of America’s growing discursiveness, yet others I know and respect believe this is a kind of conspiracy among Cruz and Rubio or among those who support their efforts.

I think about the “B” team in political races. I know that it is very possible to earn quite a handsome sum running for office – and the presidency is the Vegas Slot Machine of that game.  What is it that makes people run publicly for statewide or national office when they know they haven’t a chance in a million to win?  What makes the Runnyloos – like Mike Huckabee or Ben Carson, continue to run for the White House even though they know very well nothing could get them elected unless there was a plague that wiped all all other comers?

Many academics, think tanks, authors, and reporters say they run for the money, and in more than one way.  Running for President most times makes someone more well-known than before and this makes them a commodity, to speak at functions, to write books no one reads, to endorse products, and even religions.

Yet there are those that add cash to those commodities. Check and see, over the past eight presidential cycles whose wives, husbands, children, and relatives are paid staffers on the campaign. Check whether there cousin owns the printing company, or the investment house that the campaign money you give them goes into those pockets.  Worse watch how large contributors can force campaigns to use their own or buddy’s businesses to do the thinking, printing, television, polling etc. on those campaigns?  You will be shocked.

Heck it’s a living, and it is not illegal. Not yet.

When Ted Cruz tells us over and over again that he “defends the Constitution” – which is a lie in itself (the constitution does not need defending) the movers and shakers that USE the Constitution for good or evil of who Mr. Cruz defends – their opinions, or perhaps even his. So his entire campaign could be about getting him a great job like Attorney General or other cabinet position that will then make him eligible to sit on the board of directors of some huge corporation who pays him millions a year just to have his or he name no their letterhead.

Of course, not every candidate for federal office does this, but many do – and most of the time – and especially lately – the starting line is five times bigger than the finishers: Win, place, or show.

Someone arguing against this allegation might argue that some are simply getting their names out for later chances to run.  I agree – some are no question but they are not the reason I am writing this essay.

At the moment – the two-party system in this country is dying. The Republicans have it worse than Democrats – but the DNC too has much infighting that you will be more aware as time goes by – and especially after this coming November.

Worse, Democracy itself is on the endangered list as more and more Americans realize that democracy has not worked in the general interest in decades. Democracy works in specific interests that do not get too many voters angry – but many others very rich. See Dick Cheney as the prime example of this and last century – but there are many others equally “gifted” to the endangerment of others – not only here – but around the world.

I believe we must start over – still using our Constitution and especially its Amendments – the most critical and important parts.  I think all federal officials, elected or otherwise should step down every two, four or six years in some rotating order similar to the U.S. Senate which has reelection on a one-third, every sic year cycle. This is one reason the Senate is more mature and wiser than the House of Representatives that is now plagues by a veritable disease of ultra right nut-balls trying to move us back in time to the mid 18th Century ethically, and at soul.

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Anyone having lunch and viewing the news couldn’t miss Ted Cruz long -filled with lies – diatribe about all the fellow Republicans lying about him.

By Jeff Koopersmith

WASHINGTON DC – 17 JANUARY 2016 – One has to shake ones head on almost anything Ted Cruz says.

For months Sen. Cruz has been pretending to run a totally open and honest campaign, but I must point out that he did and continue to do the opposite.

Today, most likely after checking his sagging poll numbers and reading a cease and desist letter from Mr. Trump, Cruz went ballistic – as much as he has the ability to do so, and trapped reporters into a press conference so ludicrous on its face that I could not finish my lunch.

He began with a multi-minute run-on diatribe about Marco Rubio and Donald Trump (and millions of Americans) lying about him by calling him a liar.

The truth is however, is that Senator Cruz is not only a prevaricator of the worst kind, but he tops my list of poseurs and near psychopaths running for the presidency of the United States on the most ridiculous issues based on the phony concept of “Originalism” which is fancy way of saying “rote learning” re the U.S. Constitution.  For centuries now, the Supreme Court has been interpreting the Constitution not only on its letter-by-letter reading, but reading those words with the wisdom that 17th and 18th Century ideals cannot always apply to modern day needs or realities.  Here are the for-instances that Cruz relies on:

  1.  The Second Amendment

The Second Amendment of the Constitution allows Americans the right to bear arms. It does not allow us to own nuclear weapons, automatic virus sprays, and known deadly poisons that have no remedy.

In most states the Second Amendment does not allow citizens to own semi-automatic assault rifles.  This is so because this rifles are, in essence the same as machine guns, and can be, and have been, used in mowing down not only men, women and police, but also little children in schools across the nation and the world.

The Supreme Court in the past has dis-allowed this weapon, hand grenades, bombs and other weapons kept at home or office which are so impossibly dangerous that a teenager could destroy a building or hundreds of people in just a few minutes – even moments in time.

Ergo, Ted Cruz – and anyone who thinks a normal citizen should have access and ability to use such weaponry is simply A NUTCASE. Period.

My family owns weapons, a pistol, a rifle, a shotgun for hunting – but mostly for target practice and defense in case of a home invasion – so popular among criminals these days or kidnap.

The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech.  This is Ted Cruz most vicious slant on the Constitution. He actually believes that people cannot lie about him – for what reason I a not certain. People do lie about people.  I do it for comedic purpose, satire, or a laugh but not in seriousness, although I have every right to do so. Yet Cruz who claims to believe the same freedom exists tells us today that people are not allowed to lie about him.

Is he some kind of god?  Has he lied about others.  Oh yes – his associates will tell you, as well as friends at school and college et al.  In fact Ted Cruz – knowing well that Ben Carson did not ever tell anyone he was dropping out of the race for the GOP nomination – said he not only was going to – but had.

Worse, Cruz put together a longish letter to voters in Iowa telling anyone except a perusing lawyer, that there turn-out ratings were bad and being watched not only by some unknown government department – but by their neighbors – and by name!  Another terrible lie designed to bring out Cruz voters, but keep the voters away as well as parenthetically destroying people’s view that their vote was secret and not able to be pinned to them or their families.

Cruz lied, I am sure, claiming he knew nothing about this mailing – yet he publicly nor privately fired any staff for either of these actions – one of which – the latter here – is in fact a crime on Iowa election laws. Look it up at Google.

Cruz also said today, and many times before that “people” were attempting to destroy freedom of religion – when in fact practicing religion has never been taken during the past century -or been denied. Just the opposite is true, much to the chagrin of atheists who think religion is out of control in certain areas and attempting to govern.

Cruz also pretends that women who choose to end their pregnancies are committing murder.  Whether you believe this or not is not the point – nor will ever be the rule of law  until congress in fact passes and some president signs a law that makes ending pregnancy murder in the first  degree or not.  Personally I believe that women and men should think about having their unwanted or unprepared-for baby adopted – but I cannot deny them the strict defense of their own body or mind – for this is what Cruz is pretending.

Set aside the fact that Cruz sees himself as a religious fanatic and a sort of political televangelist – that is his right – but he hides that – the same a a lie.

The fact he has privileges not granted to most is not because of his office- but because his wife is a high-level employee of a very rich investment bank willing to lend Cruz money enough to run for the presidency. That is not a crime, but Ted Cruz not mentioning  – and it fact not reporting it until he was caught – is a VERY big lie – and not just a clerical error as her pretends.

Cruz is know to have spoken before the right-loaded Supreme Court – yet he has never done this for any reason other than to relegate himself to high rank even though his arguments are to my mind unfounded and to most silly at best.

Ted Cruz like many before him, might be a great pol to have a beer with or pick up girls with, or drive fast with – but he is not to be trusted. He is one of the worse examples, I believe, of politicians that should be tossed out of office by voters – not rewarded for narrow minded and inauthentic views.

In a word he is a guttersnipe in senator’s clothes and a disgrace to Texas and the United States.

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