The only five words I want to hear from Ryan & Co.
It’s not surprising that Donald Trump now polls below 40%. What’s shocking is that one-third of US voters don’t care about his daily spew of maniacal cackles that would have suicided any other major politician, or even a local dog-catcher. Sure, a rolling tide of decent Republicans defecting from the GOP has been joined by members of the studiously apolitical intelligence community and military Officer Corps, whose near-religious devotion to neutrality was shattered by the prospect of a solipsistic carnival barker with nukes. (See below.)
But what stands out is how SLOW this hemorrhage is! Or the strength of Denial. For the most part, we see an array of monkeys with hands over eyes, ears and mouths. Conservative columnists like Jennifer Rubin and David Brooks and even the despicable George F. Will have been standing up, saying “Trump’s Enablers Will Finally Have to Take a Stand…” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/opinion/trumps-enablers-will-finally-have-to-take-a-stand.html?ref=opinion&_r=0
…but none of them yet is willing to accept the true diagnosis. Calling TRUMP the ‘disease,’ instead of a mere symptom
of rot that they
helped to infect into susceptible American conservatism. Foremost, a bilious war on science, economics, law, diplomacy, journalism, medicine, civil servants, skilled labor and every other fact-centered profession or clade in American life. That is the core, element - that war on the part of America that works in facts - a deeper campaign that has nothing to do with classic “left” or “right”.
The Kochs, Murdochs, Saudis and other financiers of this movement - this revived Confederacy - thought they could stir resentment of “smartypants” and use it against their perceived leftist enemies… much as 1860s plantation lords got a million poor, white Southerners to march and die against their own best interests. Or a better example: the Junkers-caste 1930s prussian oligarchs, who thought they could control a populist beast they helped stir into hydrophobic frenzy.
Surprise, surprise! In its froth, the beast threw its riders and a gifted svengali leaped aboard, grabbing the reins. He is not to be blamed as much as the beastmasters who crafted the infection. You who thought you could control this were not - especially Mr. Will - anywhere near as smart as you thought you were. History would have predicted this. If you bothered to learn any.
No, I have vastly more patience with Trump and his followers than with Ryan, McConnell, McCain and the other heirs of Dennis Hastert and George W. Bush - leaders of the GOP who got no mention at all, during the recent Republican Convention. Their whimpers and winces and whines draw no sympathy. You traitors gelded the United States Congress for 20 of the last 22 years, turning the world’s greatest legislature into the world’s most corrupt and by-far laziest. You are in no position to lecture anyone.
We want only five words from you:
“OMG, what have we done?”
—- Oh, read this former head of the CIA, ending his lifelong stance of eschewing politics. Because an American patriot has to, this time.http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/opinion/campaign-stops/i-ran-the-cia-now-im-endorsing-hillary-clinton.html?ref=opinion