Daily Archives: October 23, 2015

As Close As We’re Going To Get

I am a political animal first.

Second, I am a humanist.

This means I will put party and country before religion, or lack thereof in my case.

Lord knows I have spent more time than I want to ballyhooing Hillary Clinton for the presidency. She’s the worst best hope we have. Anyone who can’t see her obvious advantages over Bernie Sanders as a candidate has horse blinders on. I’m not too keen on idealism. I am, despite the yearnings of my heart, a pragmatist. Half a loaf is better than none.

But I am still impressed with him. So far, he has not been able to project the encyclopedic breadth of knowledge that Clinton has. I think he will do better in the next debate. He’s probably been told he needs to jump her, even if that goes against his integrity. He’s stuck in a pattern of repeating himself robotically, speaking in platitudes where Clinton has been showing off her bona fides and experience. That will probably not make the nut.

As you probably know, voters will support a Muslim or a homosexual before they vote for an atheist. The only group more vilified than atheists are socialists. And by my lights, Bernie is both. He isn’t quite willing to come out of the closet, but I give points for effort:

On “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night, Sanders was explaining his popularity and why he is electable.

“You say you’re culturally Jewish, you don’t feel religious,” Kimmel told Sanders. “Do you believe in God, and do you think that’s important to the people of the United States?”

“Well, you know, I am who I am,” he replied. “And what I believe in and what my spirituality is about is that we’re all in this together. That I think it is not a good thing to believe that, as human beings, we can turn our backs on the suffering of other people,” he continued, as the crowd applauded and cheered so loudly he had to pause. 

“And you know, this is not Judaism. This is what Pope Francis is talking about, that we cannot worship just billionaires and the making of more and more money. Life is more than that.”

Yup, that’s one of our boys.

Hillary Clinton did the religion dance, and quoted the Bible as a great source for inspiration. My heart sank a little when she did that. I mean, the book is not all bad, but I can only stomach so much pandering before I get upset. I’m not exactly holding my nose to vote for her, but I would love some forward motion on the religion issue. But it is what it is and I have to do what is best-namely supporting a winner. Christ, we have a black man in the White House. Some people are not even going to vote for a woman yet, and that’s where we are at.

They will probably put my ashes in an urn before an atheist arrives at the White House.

Timing. And that time is not right yet. There is too much to lose if we do not keep the Oval Office.

Mosquerade

Oh, great. It’s time for the “Things Donald Trump Will Look At And What A Great Thing He Will Do To Fix It” game:

Donald Trump went on Fox Business Wednesday and said he would emulate the British government and not only revoke passports but close mosques in the United States in order to fight the Islamic State.

Stuart Varney: “Now, in the UK, in Britain, they’ve obviously got a terror problem. They’ve got a lot of youngsters going over to fight for ISIS, about — just under 1,000 are going over there, and they’ve got a whole new series of proposals to deal with this, including withdrawal of passports from some of these people who’ve gone over just to fight-“

Trump: “Absolutely. Good, good.”

Varney: “…and closing some mosques. Would you do the same thing in America?”

Trump: “I would do that. Absolutely, I think it’s great.”

 Varney: “Can you do it? Can you close a mosque? We do have religious freedom.”

Trump: “Well, I don’t know. I mean, I haven’t heard about the closing of the mosque. It depends, if the mosque is, you know, loaded for bear, I don’t know. You’re going to have to certainly look at it. But I can tell you one thing ,if somebody goes over and they want to fight for ISIS, they wouldn’t be coming back.”

No shit, Donald. I’m pretty sure that anyone we find who has fought with ISIS or any other terrorist group is going to see himself or herself not treated well upon their return. What’s a “loaded for bear” mosque? Would anyone like to get back to me as to what that means?

I loved how he backtracked on this “great” idea after Varney brought up freedom of religion. But I’m willing to let that slide-he got stopped in medias res and muddied the water. That’s a whole lot more than I can say for the person breathing down his neck in this crazy race.

Ben Carson never gets put back on his heels like this.

That’s primarily because he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

Laugh Of The Day

Goes thusly:

Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson claimed he is in “great danger” — and in need of Secret Service protection — because a “secular progressive movement” opposes him, BuzzFeed reported Thursday.

“I’d prefer not to talk about security issues, but I have recognized — and people have been telling me for many, many months — that I’m in great danger because I challenge the secular progressive movement to the very core,” Carson said on WABC radio’s “Rita Cosby Show” on Thursday, BuzzFeed reported. “You know, they see me as an existential threat, but I also believe in the good Lord and we take reasonable precautions.”

Excuse me. Time to go laugh my ass off. And then perhaps weep a little because he’s a top contender for the highest office in the land. Like, real people want to vote for him. He makes sense to flesh and blood creatures just like you and me.

Let me let you down gently, Ben. We are not threatened by your candidacy. We think you’re hilarious, and a bit worrisome because you have no connection to anything anyone could call reality. Let’s break down “secular progressive movement”. Yes, Ben this is a secular country, and most of us like to keep it that way. So you’re a rabid Christian. Big fat deal. That does not make me want to kill you or hurt you. Mainly I feel sorry for you that you’re so goddamn dumb. And “progressives” can’t wait for you to win the nomination, Ben. You will be stomped into a Hillary-sized mudhole- and once regular Americans get a load of your stupid, this will be a blowout unseen since 1984. They don’t know you like I do…yet. Not even your handlers will be able to handle you, because you are off-script and the reservation every time you have a brain fart.

You say you challenge me to my very core. We all know how good you are with challenges.

As for an existential threat…

Excuse me. I can’t believe I am typing these words in this order.The syntax looks good. I cannot comprehend the subject of the piece, though. Time for another laughter break.

I oppose you and everything you stand for. But once again, I don’t want to rub you out-I want you soundly defeated and judged for the dubious policies you seek to implement. In some ways, I guess you are an existential threat. But not to so-called “progressives”, which apparently is the set of people who don’t think like you- a rather large number, if I miss my guess. You are a threat to the American way of life as we know it. You threaten the truth.

Paranoia, big destroyer. You will survive, if only for amusement. And certainly long enough for your incipient radio show and speech circuit after you lose.

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