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What Has Happened To Our Election?

Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump protest outside a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Williamson, West Virginia, United States, May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

When a man’s fancy gets astride on his reason,

        imagination is at cuffs with the senses,

        and common understanding as well as common

        sense is kicked out of doors, the first proselyte he

                makes is himself.”

                                –Jonathan Swift, “A Tale of a Tub,” 1704

For a man with a satirical turn of mind, presidential election years can be trying. Apparently your humble, obedient servant here isn’t angry enough to participate fully in the festivities. This is interesting, because I’ve rarely been mistaken for Mr. Sunshine. I’d be a total failure as a game show host.

Everywhere you turn, people are shaking their fists in each other’s faces. On television and online, that is. Most days, it’d be a good idea to don a crash helmet before opening Facebook. And the summer bickering season has hardly begun. These are mostly Republicans and Democrats fighting among themselves. The main event has yet to come.

Elsewhere, people go about their normal daily activities with seeming equanimity — although there’s been a marked increase in convenience store parking space shootings, actually. Maybe an armed society’s not such a polite society after all. How surprising would it be to see gunfire erupt at a presidential campaign event?

But I digress, and ominously.

Chez Pazienza recently described a mob of Bernie Sanders backers who disrupted a recent Clinton campaign event in Los Angeles. According to one witness, “[t]hey were cussing at people, calling women whores, and telling people to kill themselves. They were shouting in children’s faces, blowing sirens in their ears, and making them cry.”

Such antics would be hard to believe, had Pazienza not posted video clips. Asked by Rachel Maddow to disavow such behavior, Sanders basically ducked the question. And this is the Hippie Party. On college campuses, Clinton supporters complain they’re called “evil,” poor things.

Do you suppose they require “trigger warnings”?

At such times I’m reminded of Jonathan Swift’s timeless satire of the root causes of political fanaticism. Writing roughly 300 years ago in the wake of the English Civil War, Swift concocted an imaginary religious sect called “Aeolists.” (Aeolus was the Roman god of wind.) His target was anybody who claimed to be “inspired,” or as he saw it, filled with hot air.

“Words are but wind,” Aeolists believed, “and learning is nothing but words; ergo, learning is nothing but wind.” Swift depicted true believers “linked together in a circular chain, with every man a pair of bellows applied to his neighbour, by which they blew up each other to the shape and size of a [barrel]…. When, by these and the like performances, they were grown sufficiently replete, they would immediately depart, and disembogue for the public good a plentiful share of their acquirements into their disciples’ chaps.”

Has a more apt description of candidate Trump’s cult of personality ever appeared? Is there nothing the man could say that would give his enraptured supporters pause? As Paul Waldman notes in the American Prospect, he’s a one man tidal wave of disinformation.

“First, there’s the sheer breadth and character of his falsehoods. Absurd exaggerations, mischaracterizations of his own past, distortions about his opponents, descriptions of events that never occurred, inventions personal and political, foreign and domestic, Trump does it all…There has simply never been a candidate who has lied as frequently, as blatantly, and as blithely as Trump.”

Trump outdid even himself on Meet the Press last Sunday, disemboguing a couple of thunderous falsehoods in our collective faces. First he allowed as how he means to stop undocumented immigrants from voting in U.S. elections.

Informed by Chuck Todd that they’re already prevented by law from doing so, Trump allowed as how “You have places where people just walk in and vote.”

If he could document even one such polling place, that would be newsworthy. But of course Trump cannot, so instead he doubled down.

“We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world,” he claimed. That one the interviewer unaccountably let go.

Actually, U.S. tax revenue ranks near the bottom of the developed world as a percentage of GDP — just above Korea, Chile and Mexico. Corporate tax rates are theoretically high, but as most people know, loopholes are so plentiful that few companies pay them.

U.S. tax revenue per capita ranks nearer the middle of industrialized nations. As conservatives never tire of pointing out in other contexts, most countries in the European Union pay twice as much as Americans.

But then why bother? One could devote whole columns as Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler recently did, to debunking Trump’s epic falsehoods. Some of them are downright funny.

No, Vladimir Putin never called Trump a “genius.” He called him “flamboyant.” Only Trump, of course, would seek the Russian strongman’s approval.

But do such considerations matter to the man’s encircled supporters, each with a bellows discreetly inserted?

I don’t believe that they do.

Photo: Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump protest outside a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Williamson, West Virginia, United States, May 2, 2016.     REUTERS/Jim Young

Gene Lyons

Gene Lyons is a political columnist and author. Lyons writes a column for the Arkansas Times that is nationally syndicated by United Media. He was previously a general editor at Newsweek as wells an associate editor at Texas Monthly where he won a National Magazine Award in 1980. He contributes to Salon.com and has written for such magazines as Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Esquire, and Slate.

A graduate of Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, Lyons taught at the Universities of Massachusetts, Arkansas and Texas before becoming a full-time writer in 1976. A native of New Jersey, Lyons has lived in Arkansas with his wife Diane since 1972. The Lyons live on a cattle farm near Houston, Ark., with a half-dozen dogs, several cats, three horses, and a growing herd of Fleckvieh Simmental cows.

Lyons has written several books including The Higher Illiteracy (University of Arkansas, 1988), Widow's Web (Simon & Schuster, 1993), Fools for Scandal (Franklin Square, 1996) as well as The Hunting Of The President: The 10 Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, which he co-authored with National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason.

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  1. Dominick Vila May 11, 2016

    What should be obvious by now is that Trump’s supporters are not interested in facts, reality, or anything that remotely resembles reality. They are people consumed by fear of changes they cannot control, intense hatred towards those who look or sound different than they do, and anger to alleged misery or lack of opportunities in the wealthiest country in the world.
    The fact that most of what Trump says is a lie does not deter his supporters. The reason they like The Donald is because he is a reflection of themselves. They don’t really know why they are angry, and those who do are too cowardly and lazy to acknowledge their own failures and do something constructive to overcome the effects of their decisions.

    1. itsfun May 11, 2016

      Can we assume you won’t be voting for Trump or attending his rallies?

      1. Dominick Vila May 11, 2016

        I vote and listen to people I respect, and believe are qualified for the position they are seeking.

    2. Theodora30 May 11, 2016

      But that but that does not explain why the media overlooks so many of his blatant lies like the “highest taxed nation” one. Of course the same “liberal” media has allowed Republicans to get away with the blatant lie that tax cuts pay for themselves since Reagan started that budget busting fairy tale.

      1. Dominick Vila May 11, 2016

        Most American have no idea how much people in other industrialized countries pay in personal income tax, in exchange for the excellent social benefits and high standard of living they enjoy.
        There are many misconceptions that, as you pointed out, are not clarified or challenged by the media or by responsible politicians.

      2. JPHALL May 11, 2016

        Money is the reason! Their ratings are through the roof and that means ad rates are increasing. The more the show goes on, the more money they will make. They have made this a successful reality show on all networks and stations.

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    4. MV May 15, 2016

      Ever see a Trampster complain about Corporate Welfare?

      1. Dominick Vila May 15, 2016

        Nope, but they sure complain when the government helps them overcome the effects of an economic system that favors the wealthy at the expense of the populace. That is, unless the “pork” helps them, as is the case in most red states.

  2. yabbed May 11, 2016

    What has happened is that we have two demogogues – Trump and Sanders – out riling up the bigots and the losers and fueling their fantasies with their pie in the sky crap. They are essentially the same person, Sanders and Trump. Both are know nothings with no political accomplishments who are simply pot stirring the rabble rousers. Neither care about anyone but themselves and their glorification. The well being of this nation and its people is the last thing they are concerned about. It’s all about them.

    1. The lucky one May 11, 2016

      By conflating Trump and Sanders you demonstrate that your political opinion is not to be taken seriously. They are much farther apart ideologically than Clinton and Trump. If we use Mencken’s definition of demagogue “The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.” it is quite clear that it applies to Trump. What lies has Sanders told? What lies has Clinton told? I think most who are not partisan for either Sanders or Clinton would agree that Clinton is far more mendacious than Sanders.

      1. yabbed May 11, 2016

        Sanders lies and misrepresents and spins fantasies all day every day to the naive and the lost. All for free, he says. His BS healthcare plan will run deficits totaling over $16 trillion over the next 10 years so says two left leaning think tanks as reported by Reuters. He knows he cannot provide a single payer healthcare system, he knows he cannot raise the minimum wage to $15/hr, he know all his lies are lies and he does not care. He just wants to be personally important and to continue to fly around in private jets and be driven in limos by bodyguards while his wife takes home 20% of all campaign contributions as a paid consultant.

        He even lied in his bio about his only child being the product of one of his several marriages when, in fact, the child was born out of wedlock to one of his hippie freak girlfriends back in the living on unemployment days before the NRA got him elected to the public trough.

        And where are the tax returns? 🙂

        1. The lucky one May 11, 2016

          Your reference to “his hippie freak girlfriends” shows you are less than objective when it comes to Sanders. Also your reference to ” one of his several marriages” is disingenuous since he has been married only twice. Are you sure you want to bring up marital issues in comparing Clinton and Sanders? Many have observed that Hilary played the role of enabler for her philandering husband. That’s not a topic I normally refer to because Bill is not running but neither is Sanders’ wife or ex-wife or his son and you brought marital fidelity into the discussion.

          You’re partially right about single payer. It won’t work without reform of the pharmaceutical industry. As long as they and some other aspects of the healthcare industry are allowed to pursue unbridled profits any healthcare system will continue to be a huge drain on the economy and oppressive burden for those needing care. That is true of the ACA as well, although some of the burden of healthcare is being shifted, as all fiscal burdens are in the US, onto the back of the taxpayers.

          Only the extremely naive think that HRC is honestly representing herself or that she doesn’t have a history of dishonesty. If Sanders is a candidate in the general I will do more research but I doubt i will find anything that would lead me to prefer Clinton and I KNOW FOR SURE I wouldn’t find anything that would induce me to vote for Trump.

          1. yabbed May 11, 2016

            You sound like one of the berniebots who is a GOP operative. You all sound alike. Hillary Clinton held her marriage and family together. Bernie didn’t and Trump didn’t. Crass misogynists always blame the wife for the actions of the husband. Sanders has no accomplishments to his name after languishing on the public dole his entire life, first on unemployment benefits and then on the government payroll. At least Trump has actually worked and made a living for himself and, despite his several failed marriages and infidelities, supported his children and kept them close which Bernie cannot claim to have done.

            Where are Bernie’s tax filings?

          2. The lucky one May 11, 2016

            “We” are all alike??? LOL, every time someone points out Hilary’s foibles those like you begin the chorus, “You’re a misogynist” or “You’re being paid by the Koch’s” or “You’re a GOP operative” etc. etc. Apparently you think Clinton is perfect because I’ve never seen you admit to any of Clinton’s many weaknesses or even acknowledge that there are valid criticisms of her as there is with any candidate.

            “languishing on the public dole” Pray tell what has Hilary done that is not taxpayer funded or in service of her corporate constituents.

            I’m not blaming Hilary for any of Bill’s indiscretions. In fact the only one that’s even worthy of public discussion is the one with his subordinate Lewinsky. That was unethical and a betrayal of public trust but the rest are just between him and his family.

            Sure Trump has made a living, it’s not that hard when you start out with millions.

            Again speaking of all sounding alike the broken record starts again “Where are Bernie’s tax filings?” I don’t care. Of all the things we should know to be able to judge a candidate’s fitness for office that is way down on the list unless you think he’s cheating.

          3. yabbed May 11, 2016

            Give it up. You are turning into a stalker.

          4. The lucky one May 11, 2016

            A “stalker’ because i responded to your response to me? I guess it’s easier to just call me a name than defend any of the absurdities you post. But you are right regarding responding to you. i should give it up because I can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves in to.

          5. JPHALL May 11, 2016

            One of the major points most of you miss with single payer is that the US has a population greater than almost the complete population of Western Europe. We also spend more on defense, ours and others. In most single payer countries the tax rate nears 90%. And that is for all tax payers not just the 1%.

          6. dtgraham May 11, 2016

            90% for all tax payers. Are you nuts? No one has ever done that…ever!

          7. JPHALL May 12, 2016

            Thank you for the correction. I meant to say that it was 50%+ for an individual (max tax rate), a payroll tax of 8%+, Social Security up to 25% and also a Value added tax (VAT) of 25%+. See: bhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_tax_rates Subject: Re: Comment on What Has Happened To Our Election?

          8. dtgraham May 13, 2016

            Sorry for the snark JP. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, including this Sanders 90% tax rate that’s taken on a life of it’s own. There is a premium tax that’s built into Bernie’s new marginal tax rates that I would have to go back and re-read. I skimmed it.

            I can put this into perspective to show what kind of taxation might go into Bernie’s proposals. I use Canada as an example because of the familiarity, and the fact that it’s taxation and social spending is similar to Europe’s, and probably also Bernie’s platform. I’ll give you some examples:

            ~ There’s a single payer health care system with no co-payments or cost sharing of any kind, and no monthly health care premium. Bernie wants to do this.

            ~ There’s an annual tax free benefit of $6,400.00 per child under 6 and $5,400.00 per child 6-17. This is just money that the federal government gives lower income and middle class families to help them raise their children, no strings attached. They just send it to you monthly. It starts to get clawed back for high income people. Bernie has not proposed this.

            ~ There’s an expanded government retirement benefit pension program. There are actually 3 public pensions available to everyone that significantly exceed the benefits of U.S. Social Security. Only one is based on payroll taxes like SS, and one is available only for lower income seniors. Bernie wants to expand SS.

            ~ University tuition is a fraction of what it is in the U.S. due to increased levels of gov’t funding, but it is not free. Some European countries do have free tuition. Bernie wants free university tuition financed by a Wall St speculation tax.

            ~ There are regional government pharmacare programs throughout Canada that pay the cost of prescriptions over a certain level if you don’t have an employer plan for that. 100% over $891.00 in a year where I live. The federal government helps to support them through certain transfer payments. Turning it into a national program is now being talked about. I’m not clear on Bernie’s prescription drug plan, but he wants to do something.

            ~ Regional Provincial governments help to finance and create subsidized day care spaces, with some assistance from Ottawa. A national program has been talked about for ages, and still is. Some European countries do a better job of this than Canada. I haven’t heard Bernie talk about day care.

            I may be forgetting some things, but that’s enough. How is this financed? The total COMBINED federalprovincial marginal tax rate for 2016 currently exceeds 50% in more than half the provinces, reaching a high of 58.75% in New Brunswick. On an income of $54,900.00 you would pay a Canada Pension Plan (one of the 3 pensions that is payroll tax based) rate of 4.95%. You would also pay an Employment Insurance payroll tax (unemployment) rate of 1.88%, with an employer contribution rate of 2.632%. There is a kind of Canadian version of the European VAT that’s 5% on all non-essential purchases. However, there is a quarterly rebate on this tax for low income earners to compensate them. A cheque or deposit is sent to them 4 times a year. So even a consumption tax can have an aspect of progressivism. This tax used to be 7%, and may possibly go up in the future. There is also a Provincial sales tax on more non-essential items. It ranges from 5% to 8% depending on the Province. No rebate for that though.

            Canada’s finances and economy are in good shape. It’s revenues are going through a rough patch right now because of depressed oil prices, but that’s temporary. Canada is still a G7 nation, and one of the richest countries in the world despite the spending and taxes. It’s debt to GDP ratio is better than the U.S.

            I hope this clarifies a little as to what levels of taxation would be required to do the things that Bernie wants to do.

          9. JPHALL May 14, 2016

            Which is why this is not possible in the US until a massive change is made. No one in power will give up this pot of gold they have been using for years. That is why we cannot get Big Pharm under control. the same for the insurance Companies, hospitals and doctor corporations. This necessary change will not be possible for many years and the replacement of most of Congress without a violent dislocation. Bernie’s revolution does not push the violence needed. Subject: Re: Comment on What Has Happened To Our Election?

          10. dtgraham May 14, 2016

            “the replacement of most of Congress without a violent dislocation. Bernie’s revolution does not push the violence needed.”

            Wow! You’re talking my language JP. Keep pushing till it hurts. I think Hillary has come around on a lot of things. Keep pushing Bernie’s revolution until Hillary accepts most of it. She does seem increasingly flexible, and I like a lot of what she says. I think she’s almost there.

            FEEL THE BERN JP!

          11. JPHALL May 14, 2016

            I do not feel the “Bern”. Sanders is a pretender! If real, he would have pushed his agenda beyond Senatorial speeches decades ago. As for Clinton, she is what she is, a lot better than both Trump and Sanders. Subject: Re: Comment on What Has Happened To Our Election?

          12. The lucky one May 12, 2016

            Income tax rates in Germany and France, two countries with universal healthcare, top out at 45%. Yes we spend more on defense than anybody else, much of it waste and much spent on imperialist adventures. A great deal of money could be shifted there.

            Socialized medicine can’t work here as long as the major purveyors of products and services are profit based with virtually no regulation of their political influence and thus their share of revenues created. The pharmaceutical industry is a prime example of a system run amok. Profits are obscene and the effect of on air drug commercials and bribing of MDs with free trips etc. causes drugs to not only be over priced but also over used.

          13. dtgraham May 12, 2016

            Bernie’s top marginal tax rate of 54.2% only kicks in at an income in excess of $10 million dollars. Except for the working poor, marginal tax rates go up across the board but only in small increments. Two additional top rates of 50.2% and 54.2% would be created for multi-millionaires.

          14. JPHALL May 12, 2016

            You are 100% correct on the US. But there are other taxes Europeans also pay including a Value Added Tax (VAT) and Social Security. These taxes do not include local or property taxes. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_tax_rates.
            Subject: Re: Comment on What Has Happened To Our Election?

          15. A_Real_Einstein May 12, 2016

            Yabbed is a paid GOP troll

          16. The lucky one May 12, 2016

            I don’t know. I think they could do better for their money.

        2. RED May 11, 2016

          Got it! So you are the type of American that believes that Britain, France, France, Germany, Canada, all those countries are smarter than the United States. Because somehow all those countries have magically figured out how to provide healthcare to all their citizens. What strange sorcery they must possess. Or perhaps they worship better gods than Americans? Of course the real problem is people like you because none of the things mentioned can’t be done, they most certainly can be. But with people like yourself who refuse to get them done and who somehow think that magically the most 2nd most hated person in the world after Barack Obama to Cons will get her agenda accomplished. Of course, maybe she will because her agenda is basically the Republican agenda when it comes to economics.

          1. yabbed May 11, 2016

            I like Finland. I like all the nations you mention. But they are not the United States of America. They do not have to take the leadership of protecting the free world. There is going to be no revolution. We will make incremental changes, we will make substantial changes, but we aren’t going to build a wall against Mexico that the Mexican government will pay for and we are not going to institute a national health care plan or an income redistribution scheme or become Finland. Presidents don’t do any of that on their own. Congress does and Congress won’t.

          2. RED May 11, 2016

            Ahh, the last refuge of the ignorant, “they are not the United States.” So, if you’re not an ignorant I apologize but since you are currently sounding like one, I will address you as such. Saying they’re not the U.S. means absolutely nothing, it’s moronic statement. Yes, they’re not the U.S., Mexico isn’t Canada, China isn’t Pakistan, thanks for the lesson in proper nouns. It means absolutely nothing. Nor does yours and others whacked out ideas that the United States is some protector of the world, especially since we are not and instead are generally the instigator of violence and chaos rather than preventing it. Btw, the way I know very well what Presidents can & can’t and that simply has nothing to do with the issue. No one said, especially not me that a President could do this alone. What I said was that other countries must be way smarter than us because they can accomplish things that we can’t. Do you think it’s because they have Presidents that can do these things alone? Now, I see you use the phrase most likely to convince me someone is a hopelessly ignorant moron devoid of any financial knowledge, “income redistribution.” And of course, it’s the word of morons because income is redistributed all the time, everything is basically income redistribution but morons like to use this word because they are ignorant of economics and like to try to apply it only when they don’t like something and never when income is redistributed to put out a fire at their home or a paramedic when they have a heart attack. The only reason things can’t be done is because of people like you who lack the vision, the intellect, or the decency to do them and move toward a more just and moral world. And sadly the consequences of failing to do so will be far worse for all of us.

          3. yabbed May 11, 2016

            When all you can answer is ad hominem attacks you just prove yourself unable to debate. You sound just like Trump and Sanders: nonsensical.

            You need to go back and look at your Princess Unicorn’s many campaigns on the Socialist Workers Party and Liberty Party tickets. You’ll learn what Sanders is talking about with income redistribution. Here’s a hint: it involved a 90% tax rate and the confiscation of the Rockefeller family fortune. 🙂

          4. RED May 11, 2016

            Ahh, thanks for confirmation that indeed you are an ignorant. Which of course explains first that like every ignorant Con you always whine about name calling and ad hominem attacks and just like the ignorant hypocrites than Cons are never take responsibility or even recognize their guilt in same PrincessU unicorn. And second I don’t go home and debate ethics, morality, or physics with my dog, he’s not capable of that intellectual endeavor. So why would I ever attempt to debate with an ignorant Con? They too lack the intellectual ability. And with your every ignorant Con income redistribution and other moronic phrases you remind us that Cons lack basic knowledge and reasoning skills and instead are propelled by backwards nativism and tribalism, like dumb animals.

          5. yabbed May 11, 2016

            Can you read? My avatar tells you I’m a liberal Democrat. Sanders is not a Democrat now nor has he ever been. He’s a poseur. And a total goofball like all the berniebots. He’s lived off the public dole his entire life.

          6. dtgraham May 11, 2016

            You have no idea what you’re talking about, which is consistent with many Hillary supporters here. Bernie’s top marginal tax rate from his platform is 54.2%, which is very much in the ballpark of other rich industrial nations.
            90% on top earners? The last time that was in effect, Dwight Eisenhower was in the Whitehouse.

          7. A_Real_Einstein May 12, 2016

            Yabbed is a paid GOP troll. So is Eleanore and King of America.

          8. dtgraham May 12, 2016

            When you can’t stand it anymore, you can always cool off at TruthDig.com for a while. They’re Bernie people. That’s what I do from time to time, and that’s where Hawaiian Tater has disappeared to.

          9. A_Real_Einstein May 12, 2016

            Yabbed is a paid GOP troll!!!!!

        3. Mike Maricle May 11, 2016

          Look!!! It’s one of HC’s paid trolls.

          1. yabbed May 12, 2016

            Says the newbie berniebot on site. 🙂

    2. A_Real_Einstein May 12, 2016


      jabbed is a paid troll!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Darsan54 May 11, 2016

    We are a broken people. Very, very broken. I would compare us to children from a dysfunctional marriage where husband and wife abused each other horribly. Finally they divorced and the kids were old enough to live on their own. But they had no idea of how to live anymore. This is the effect of big money and insane politics have had on us. Also the vast majority of the blame goes to the Republiclans, as they are the ones suffering from spiritual prion disease.

    1. Paul Bass May 11, 2016

      You do know that mankind has been going “to hell in a handbasket” since the Egyptian civilization?
      And yet women now vote, many diseases are cured, and slavery is (mostly) abolished.
      No, we are not broken, it is the best of times!
      Yes, if you are a white male, your privileges are less, boo hoo, grow up for EVERYBODY else this is the best of times…

      1. Insinnergy May 11, 2016

        Speaking from another country…
        Darsan is right.

        There is a choice facing the US.
        It’s much bigger than Clinton vs Trump and the options are continue in an upward path on human rights, culture, immigration, acceptance and purality… or go with religious fundamentalism, racism, hatred, bigotry, sexism and anti-intellectualism.

        It’s fueled and magnified by money and greed, which isn’t helping.
        But it’s based on letting your people get too insular and stupid… (which is also because of money and greed… but that’s another story)

        I hope you work through it successfully.
        This election will pretty much show everyone round the world who America is.
        We’ve already gotten used to you not being number one at much other than prisons.
        This one will tell us whether you’re still sane… or an active danger to all of us.

        1. Paul Bass May 12, 2016

          And yet just last year we got gay rights, maybe this year Transgender rights?

          Hey, you only see the weirdos and oddwads in the news, most of America is sensible, you’ll see, Trump, and his ilk are NOT going to win. I’m pretty sure most Americans will choose the boring grandma to the carnival barker.

          Besides, we survived 8 years of Bush, even Trump wouldn’t be THAT bad.

  4. Otto T. Goat May 11, 2016

    Your ship is sinking.

    1. Insinnergy May 11, 2016

      Your party is fracturing.

      The wealthy conservative elites who never believed the bullshit they fed their base are finally realising that making them hate the government and mainstream media, and feeding their prejudices with race- and immigration- baiting might have been great in the short term for getting them to vote for the policies that impoverished them… but may have been a bad idea in the long term.

      The base in large part is racist, bigoted, tribal, ignorant and often religious… and they have most of the votes.

      So what is going to happen?

      Are the 1%/conservative elites/conservative “intellectuals” going to stick with the voters, soak themselves in the swill of the base, become Trump-Cheerleaders and stamp their party openly and proudly with the white, angry, evangelical sexist racist demagogue agenda? It’s been going that way for 30 years… will they give up and just run with it?
      It will pretty much lose them every election from now on as the demographics of America continue to change. Example: 71% of Hispanics will not vote for Trump.

      Or are the 1%/conservative elites/conservative “intellectuals” going to reject the base because they understand basic math and the need to rebuild something that isn’t immediately abhorrent to most of the general election voters… and thereby end up splitting the party into “The Conservative Republican Party” and “The White Angry Incoherent Trump Party”?
      This will pretty much also divide their Congresscritters between two parties and thereby lose them every election from now on.

      (And all this because the GOP venerates stupidity over knowledge, lies over facts, and money over its people.)

      Either way… I’ll be here… laughing at you… as the GOP goes up in the flames of it’s own making.
      I have marshmallows.

      1. Otto T. Goat May 11, 2016

        You have marshmallows.

      2. A_Real_Einstein May 12, 2016

        This would go a lot faster if we actually ran progressives.

      3. cthetruth May 12, 2016

        Wow! Someone with a brain. Love to read your posts insinnergy! And for you Otto, the VA killed my brother at 57 years old in 2004 with lack of care.He was a 10 year Air Force Veteran. That was during the Bush years. He was quick to go to war and did not give a damn about our sick and injured.Walter Reed Hospital during his administration was full of mold and disrepair.Great Patriotic B S Republicans!


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