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I Blame Donald Trump

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Donald Trump has changed the 2016 primaries in so many ways. He has been like a deus ex machina who popped up in an enormous list of GOP characters with little to differentiate one from the next. He did not fit the mold but he was no more acceptable to me than any other Republican.

I didn’t think I could be shocked after six years of disrupters in Congress making ignorant suggestions to women that would set the culture back 50 years if heeded. I was afraid when the Supreme Court did not uphold the most essential section of the voting rights act, the requirement that certain states get clearance before changing their voting laws, but still I did not foresee how quickly the states would “celebrate” their “freedom” by repressing votes. Watching states break the law in respect to Roe v Wade by imposing bogus rules to close clinic after clinic seemed quite shocking enough, especially when courts backed them up. I had expected the courts to say “whoa Nellie” (because that’s the way these guys talk – remember the one who recommended that women practice birth control by putting an aspirin between their knees and keeping their knees closed around it). The courts did nothing. That’s when I realized how many Conservative judges had been appointed to courts in many of our states.

I could go on but my point is actually that Donald Trump managed to drive my “no they didn’t” reaction up several more notches. His remarks about Mexicans, about the “wall”, about China, deporting undocumented immigrants, Megan Fox, about women in general, about Muslims – well, you were there – you heard it. Then there was his apparent comfort with a physicality that we usually avoid in American politics. We usually use our words. His behavior made the shock waves of the Republican heresies over the past six years pale by comparison.

As we know the other Republican candidates did not seem any happier with Donald’s injection of himself into an already crowded race. He had been a Democrat. Conservatives who had been making a big point about GOP purity tests had to move over and include this famous person who had certainly not been tested for purity. And he was winning, pulling large crowds, taking up all the space on a 24/7 media that usually could be captured only temporarily by a particularly audacious act. Ted Cruz had attempted frequent newsworthy nonsense, but Donald did it practically nonstop.

However, Trump has also served as sort of a buffer between the Democratic primary race and the rest of the Republican slate, getting picked off one by one before our incredulous eyes. We expected to worry about Scott Walker and Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, but instead every eye and ear was on Donald. For the most part, Hillary and Bernie were left alone to run their own race.

Trump’s presence in the race has also allowed Ted Cruz to take up the second position on the GOP side. He expects an open convention and he expects the coveted Republican nomination to eventually fall to him. I have watched Ted Cruz throughout the Obama administration and he made me very worried right from the first time I set eyes on him. In fact I wrote an article called Ted Cruz: Sinister or Cartoonish about my initial observations. I have predicted to myself that somehow he would “worm” his way into the White House and I have tried to speak out against this whenever possible. He is closer to the White House than he has ever been. He is intelligent, if inflexible, and he is strategic. He believes he is a genius. As geniuses go I can think of several I would prefer over him.

If Donald had not inserted himself into the primary would Cruz have made it this far? I don’t know, of course, no one does. But if I end up with Ted Cruz as my President in 2017, I will blame Donald. Who will I blame if we end up with Donald Trump in the White House? I will blame the Democrats. Hillary, there is a lot resting on your shoulders because if you win the nomination we are counting on you to beat the chosen one of these two guys and Donald has sort of fogged up everyone’s view. Ted Cruz is advancing almost under the radar, a stealth campaign.

By Nancy Brisson

The Primaries Come to the Boonies

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This is truly an unusual primary. Usually New York State conducts its primaries quietly in solitary splendor. In general, the Empire State does not play a deciding role in selecting a general election candidate for either party, even though we have a lot of delegates. The New York primary is so late that the early states have already settled the issue.

So it is really quite bizarre to have the candidates I have been writing about traipsing around even the most out-of-the-way places in NY, such as my city (Syracuse), Utica, Rome, Dexter – Dexter!

It started two weeks ago with Hillary. She met her public in a large roofed shed usually used by crafters at the Farmer’s Market on summer weekends. I thought I would have to stand in a long line for hours, and I did stand in a longish line for about half an hour, before I walked through the metal detector and slid my shoulder bag over to the secret service so they could pat it down.

I did see Hillary. She looks nice in orange (SU was in the Final Four) and, when I left, when the concrete floor got too hard to stand on any longer, I still liked her and wanted to vote for her. I took a few pictures. One is of Adam (no last name) who was in line by me for a while. He is in the teacher’s union and had on his AFT tee shirt.

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The second person is called Jovan (John to us), an eighty-four year old man who came to America from Macedonia and still has a thick accent. (He worked in Bldg. 7 at GE, my Dad was in Bldg. 5.) His children have done very well, one graduating from an Ivy League school, one a doctor trained at John Hopkins. He wants nothing to do with socialism even if it does have the word Democratic in front of it. Jovan has boundless confidence. He wended his way to the very front of the rally.

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My third picture is of Hillary and was taken by the tall man in front of me – the one I had to sway back and forth to see beyond, taken with my camera. We yipped and cheered and raised our arms in the air and even did a slightly disorganized wave. No signs were handed out but I don’t know if the concerns were for security or cost. I bought three Hillary buttons on my way out.

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Since then John Kasich came to town, Bernie Sanders has been here, then Ted Cruz, then Donald Trump, then Bill Clinton. I don’t think we have ever, in my lifetime been romanced by so many politicians in any election season. I did not go to any other rallies – I watched them on TV as if they were happening somewhere else. There are only so many concrete floors I will stand on in any two week period. But my spidey sense felt them buzzing around and I wish I could have hovered comfortably overhead, or been the proverbial “fly on the wall”. (I have no idea where all these bugs came from.)

It was interesting to see that Ted Cruz held his Syracuse rally in a northern suburb, Cicero, where a group of locals publish a newspaper called “The Patriot”, full of some well-known right wing conspiracy theories from which I culled the phrase “Luciferian Church of the United Nations”, because Agenda 21 and the UN plan for world domination.

Dexter – Donald Trump went to Dexter – a small rural town west of Watertown, NY on Ontario Lake, a town full of campers, hunters, fishermen, aging hippies, and farmers, and these days, very few factories. Fort Drum is nearby though, so perhaps he attracted a lot of soldiers and their families. That would have to be fact-checked. I’m sure Dexter is still in shock having rarely been singled out by such a famous (infamous) personality. It’s been a helluva* two weeks in the North Country (*also, until recently the name of a local cheese company).

It’s sort of fun feeling like the hot center of America for a while. We can use the excitement. Primary day is Tuesday, April 19th and then the entire circus will move on. Most candidates have left already. I think Donald Trump will be the last one out.

By Nancy Brisson

 

Will We Duke It Out in the Streets?

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When I listen to Ted Cruz lately, sounding like an arbiter of fairness and good grace it is too much for my civility. I watched Ted Cruz in the Senate and all along he has been the ringleader of the disrupters in Congress, stalking back and forth from the Senate to the House, sticking his big nose into Boehner’s business, enforcing “purity” to a Tea Party and Evangelical agenda. He has pandered to angry white middle class Americans for the entirety of Obama’s two terms in office. He has poured hate, criticism, and vituperation on Obama without ceasing. He accuses Obama of doing the things that he, Ted Cruz, is doing and no one seems to call him out on that. He does not represent many Americans but he swears he will represent us all. Clearly he will only represent the Americans he agrees with, those who feel the same way about issues as he does.

You may say that if Ted Cruz is elected that this will be the will of the majority of the American people but you will be wrong. The Republican Party has prepared the way for just such an extreme right winger to win with their gerrymandering, their voter suppression, their Citizen’s United, their packed Supreme Court. Ted Cruz bemoans a Supreme Court packed with liberals; while I bemoan a Supreme Court packed with the current iteration of conservative. We are losing sight of how dangerous Ted Cruz is to America because we are presented with the even more pressing danger of a Donald Trump presidency. Ted Cruz does not, in any way, represent me. I will experience a Ted Cruz presidency as four to eight years of an America that is moving backwards. I will expect to find myself “dangling over the pit of hell” because of some of my liberal opinions along with many other Americans.

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As for the divide we saw at the Trump rally at the University of Illinois in Chicago, which was surprisingly nonviolent, Trump did not create this divide. We have watched conservatives widen a split in America that was already there and which was exacerbated by a tough economy and by the losses of the middle class. America is divided. We are split into a white America that fears it is losing its ascendency and a minority America which might be starting to feel ready to rise. I’m not sure why everyone feels that it must be us against them. Aren’t we all Americans? Don’t we all want America to thrive?

Conservative talk has pried away at the split in America, making it wider, driving a wedge of hate and fear into the breach. It is a reflection of the fear and racism felt at the heart of the Republican Party which has been growing increasingly less diverse and whiter. It is a party that is still reflecting the values of the old South, nursing the wounds of the Civil War, the pride of the beaten Confederacy, and the authority of a supposed superiority of the old slave owners. Backward, backward, backward into a swamp of hate and remorse. Mix in righteous religious anger at the audacity of women legalizing forbidden behaviors and undermining male dominance and you have the toxic brew the Republican Party has been encouraging since Obama took office.

When we see all the white people who the Republican Party have turned into “pod” people, mindlessly repeating Republican talking points, the bible according to FOX News, enjoying themselves at a Trump rally where they can exercise their hate and dismay without the pesky interference of other points of view, it either frightens us or delights us depending on where we stand, which side of the divide. But what we really see is that the divide is real, however it was created, no matter how much it was hyped up by Conservatives. Up until Chicago the opposition, the liberals, the young people, the Black Lives Matter movement was carefully kept out of Donald Trump’s rallies. But in Chicago they organized because they had advanced notice. It is an urban area bursting with diversity and not a small Evangelical college. And there it was, staring us in the face, actually rather politely, the chasm yawning all around us between what is apparently two Americas.

If Donald Trump becomes our President and if he encourages conflict, eggs on his supporters as he has in his rallies will America see our differences boil to the surface? Perhaps papering over our animosities, constantly trying to shove them back into the crevasse is just making them stronger. Maybe we are determined to duke out our differences in the streets. I do not really think this will make us feel any better, or bring us any closer, or heal the divide. After people beat each other up there is guilt and regret and depression and wound licking not building alliances that cure and build up our nation.

We are screwed if we pick Donald Trump as our president and we are screwed if we pick Ted Cruz. Both are too mean, too narrow-minded, too authoritarian, too self-absorbed to stitch the two Americas back together into one people dedicated to making Democracy work. Neither of these men will ever be able to encourage an America that truly presents a united front to the world, an America that lives out, as well as flawed humans can, our ideals, as opposed to our fears.

(I found both cartoons in today’s Post Standard.)

By Nancy Brisson

After the 2016 Iowa Primary

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This election cycle started so early that it was almost a surprise when we finally arrived at the first primary of the 2016 election in Iowa. In my opinion the caucuses were a hot mess this year. Did Ted Cruz really announce to the people of Iowa that Ben Carson had withdrawn from the race, a statement that was patently untrue but might have netted him some of Carson’s ballots? Apparently he did, although he apologized after the caucus was over. You gotta love his timing.

Why did Hillary say she had won when the Democratic caucuses were not finalized? Why did her staff have her do that? Did some contests in the Democratic caucuses end in tie votes that were actually decided by a coin toss? That seems to be a true statement but there is more to this story, however it’s quite technical in a way you probably don’t want to know about. If you do want an explanation it can be googled.

Bernie Sanders is thinking about asking for a recount. Since the way the Democrats vote by just collecting in groups of like-minded people and then counting is sort of akin to a flash mob how would you ask for a recount?

I have decided to think of round one in the Democratic primaries as a toss-up, a tie. People are obviously excited by Bernie Sanders’ “revolutionary” middle class agenda. In fact we have given up fighting about Socialism, and we are now fighting about who is more Progressive. Given the number of Republicans in Congress and taking into account the analyses which suggest that those numbers are unlikely to change very much because of things like gerrymandering and voter suppression, it seems improbable to expect a far left agenda to make much headway even if Bernie Sanders does win the Presidency.

I feel that this is the time to elect a woman to the Presidency and we have a woman who is well-prepared to occupy the oval office. Everyone is saying that Bernie Sanders is FDR, but what if Hillary Clinton is FDR and Bernie is Eleanor Roosevelt. After all, FDR was a reluctant Progressive. The real activist was Eleanor Roosevelt. I want a ticket on the Democratic side that has Hillary for President and Bernie for VP. I can’t picture Bernie Sanders being simply a rubber stamp Vice President. He can hopefully prod Hillary to govern a bit more to the left.

By Nancy Brisson

Should Conservative Talk Radio Hosts Moderate the Next GOP Debate?

Friday, 10/30/2015 the RNC cancelled the next debate with the mainstream media – this time, NBC – relative of CNBC, moderators of the previous debate. The candidates were very unhappy with the way the debate was run contending that they were not taken seriously. The questions, they said, were ‘gotcha’ questions, meant to demean the candidates by suggesting that they were jokes.

While I do not like the policies these extreme Republicans espouse I do think that these debates are meant to help voters hear what each candidate intends to do if they win the way to the White House. Asking someone if they are a cartoon figure is a question that should have no place in a serious debate.

Ted Cruz, who the media claims won the debate by calling attention to the tone of the moderators, said in an interview following the debate that he thinks the next debate should be moderated by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Mark Levin. I find this quite interesting. Whenever I hear guests on news shows mention that Talk Radio might play a role in the voices of the Tea Party and the partisan divide in Congress the media backs off from this topic and waves a hand to indicate ‘erase that’, move on. Of course, not all Talk Radio is right wing so perhaps the term is just inaccurate. At any rate it would be difficult to have these moderators because they have no TV network giving them access to such an expensive undertaking.

And so, although we don’t talk about it much, we all know that Conservative Talk Radio has been stoking white fear, anger, and hate for decades now. Although they moved from radio to TV they did not get to stay on TV for long. Telling white people that they are the true patriots, that America was intended to be a white, Christian nation, that liberal Democrats are actually socialists, or communists who are turning the Federal government into a 1984-style dictatorship controlling every aspect of human behavior has not helped the American dialogue one bit.

These Talk Radio guys had some right on their side. It seems true that Washington, in its supposed zeal to keep Americans safe, was starting to hem people in with some pretty invasive regulations. But these guys blew the dangers of mind control way out of proportion. It would be quite easy to back off on some of the more invasive of the constraints and intrusions like those of the NSA (which actually grew out of the Patriot Acts of the Republican Presidency of George W. Bush).

However, once white people were injected with the fear of obsolescence, the specter of a brown-skinned majority holding sway over the white folks who had perhaps mistreated folks who were not white, many Americas decided that they were not looking forward to changing places and moving to an ‘inferior’ position. These fears may be well-founded or not, but such a cultural flip may not be avoidable and may not entail the retribution people fear. It would take decades of extreme repression and some rabbit-like reproductive moves on the part of white people to keep this change in check, but people used to exploitation and then freedom would not easily allow themselves to suffer a new round of repression. Maybe making nice would be a better approach and since we all have the same DNA would represent a useful leap in cultural evolution.

Anyway, here we are with all these decades of propaganda catching up with the nation and on display every time the giant panel of GOP candidates takes the stage. Did Talk Radio create the Republican base that these Republicans must now answer to or did Tea Party politicians prime the harangues of Talk Radio to create this base which now holds their feet to the fire. Did they create their own Frankenstein monster which they now fear or are they quite happy with their monstrous creation? While income inequality and the lack of rights that help women and the middle class at work seem like much more germane issues for all but the richest Americans we are instead caught up in all these false cultural straw men that cannot be solved in any ways that fit the American Democratic ideals.

Still, it might be informative to watch a Republican debate moderated by the Talk Radio hosts who have gotten very wealthy by peddling their fear and hate. In many rather monstrous ways they personify the American Dream because Americans have never minded scamming their way to the top.

By Nancy Brisson

On Megalomania, America, and the World

It seems that a portion of America is having a crisis of confidence, a self-image slippage. When we see these candidates with huge egos (adjective deliberately chosen) running at the top of the polls it’s a sign. We know what happens to teens with low self-esteem. They are vulnerable to con men and users of every stripe.

These demoralized Americans believe that diplomacy is wimpy and that the only proper role for America is astride a nuke (á la Dr. Strangelove) pointed at anyone who causes trouble. What did that guy say – yahoo, yipee-yi-oh-ki-ay? This could be about pride but it comes off as more about fear – fear that America will be overrun by Muslims, by the Chinese, by the North Koreans, by the Russians (wow, we are beset, aren’t we – it is a little paranoid-making). Surely, looking at this, someone who advocates trying to take a diplomatic approach to calm everyone down makes good sense to some of us and, seemingly, no sense to the rest of us.

Opponents of diplomacy want America to come out large, guns blasting and make sure that other nations know who is in charge, to pistol whip them into some kind of dazed submission that puts star spangled flags in their eyes when they even think of America. Well, to many Americans, this looks more like an Armageddon-WW III scenario that may rage for a century, as opposed to what we have right now, just the small conflagrations that pop up now and then, have to be put out, but are confined to specific areas, so that life in the rest of the world goes on.

There will always be people who get drunk on power and stomp around uncaring about who they stomp on. And they will always raise the ire of people who love freedom because they are enemies of freedom. But after all these centuries of human interaction and after being taunted by power- sick individuals over and over again, after endless wars to subdue men who want to rule the world you would think we would have come up with some better strategies for these megalomaniacs than to drive a few tanks over them (they get back up). People with these personality disorders should not ever be allowed to assume a role of power. They should be defused and their talents redirected early on before it takes half a world to defeat one madman.

People in America, Conservatives, seem to believe that the best way to defeat one megalomaniac is with another. So we have a lineup of egomaniacs running on the Republican side (D. Trump, B. Carson, T. Cruz, C. Christie) and we have free Americans on fire to put themselves under the control of these nuts. But there is no “we” in ego. These guys sound more like they are running for King than for President.

America, because it is a nation run by flawed humans cannot be perfect. We have sometimes done what we thought would be right and we have sometimes done wrong in order to protect our might (although that didn’t always end up well). Right now our President is trying to walk closer to the line of doing what is right – and many Americans are afraid that this will lead us to lose our might. Boots on the ground or be a squish? Are those really our only choices? Yikes! (Stop watching FOX News!)

By Nancy Brisson

Ted Cruz and Scott Walker

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It probably will not surprise you to learn that I would not favor any Republican for the Presidency right now. Rand Paul shows poorly in these days when the right wing is so extreme. He doesn’t really fit anywhere and he cannot find his footing. He does not seem to have the confidence, or is it just the chutzpa, to be Presidential. Chris Christie is just a bully. Teddy Roosevelt spoke bluntly but he was not mean with it. Chris Christie does not have the patience to be the leader of our nation. Mike Huckabee is too much of an evangelical to get elected. Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, and Bobby Jindal are too politically clueless to get elected. Jed Bush I could probably listen to if I absolutely had to without constantly shaking my fists at the heavens.

The potential candidate I feared most until now was Ted Cruz. Now I can add Scott Walker to that list. I have not seen any reason to believe that Ted Cruz has any policies in his repertoire that a Democrat would find palatable. He is morally stern and unbending. He seems to always be sneering at us peons. He mistakes compassion for communism. He is an educated man who supports ignorance and dogma. He is a son of a refugee who feels superior to immigrants who may have come to America for almost the exact same reasons Ted Cruz’s father did.

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I cannot imagine what laws America will pass should he reign (and it will feel like we have a monarch). He seems to have a passion for Federalism which does not bode well for a strong central government. Because Republicans know that Democrats fear him it is highly likely that they could elect him from spite, although they will not enjoy his policies any more than the rest of us will.

However, now that Scott Walker has arrived on the scene I have another opportunity to worry. I don’t think he has been around long enough to be elected President but Republicans do love the havoc he has raised in Wisconsin. They are thrilled to let us see “the new world order”, a truly privatized society with all aspects of our lives controlled by business and corporations. Republicans will enjoy electing whichever of these two men upsets us most and it remains to be seen what tactics will be brought into play to convince the undecided or sway the discontented.

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I hated when right wing talkers used Hitler references when talking about Obama but I cannot look at Scott Walker without thinking of Hitler. There is just something about the way he looks and acts. Scott Walker, however, does not seem like someone who makes policy; he actually seems as if he enjoys enforcing policy. He also seems able to make people fear him more than they love him.

I don’t know which man would make me more nervous were he to be elected our President in 2016. I know, with all my heart and soul and mind that I don’t wish for either one of them. Usually they say “don’t wish for what you want because you might get it; in this case I am worried that the universe might be perverse enough to change that to “don’t wish for what you don’t want because you might get it.”

By Nancy Brisson

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Ted Cruz, Neo-Federalism and the Road Runner

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This week while we were all in New Jersey busy with “Bridgegate”, Senator Ted Cruz published a little essay in the Harvard Law Review which anyone can download and read. It isn’t easy to read unless you are schooled in legalese, as Harvard trained lawyers tend to be, but try to muddle through it anyway.

The essay reminds us how wonderful it is to have a large number of district courts and, very nearly, the Supreme Court under John Roberts in your back pocket. Clearly Republicans have reaped huge benefits from the Supreme Court in the form of the Citizen’s United decision and even what the courts did with the Affordable Care Act by allowing states to opt out. Having a court that is not only stuffed with Conservatives, although they can’t quite run amuck, but is also stuffed with Catholics, makes this the ideal time to challenge women’s health and reproductive rights, and we also have seen the outcomes of gutting the voting rights act. Fun times, eh?

In this particular essay Cruz presents a legal case to the courts which would change federal power with relation to non-binding treaties. Not only does he get to parade his bona fides, but he gets to fight another battle in the Republican war against a strong Federal government. If the courts allow Ted Cruz’s reasoning to be persuasive then President Obama will find his rights to enter into treaties curtailed, and, ostensibly the country will be able to “get down” with the original intent of the 10th Amendment, which is among the sketchiest of all the amendments to our Constitution. In the name of Federalism, so beloved by our forefathers, so true to the “pure” sense of our Constitution, Republicans march forward (or is it backward) in their war to wrest power from the Federal government and endow that power to the States (from whence it was stolen, they say).

If we do this thing – if we take power in these ways away from our Central government (our Executive and Legislative branches), it will change America in some really stunning ways. Laws regarding education, religion, immigration, health care, social services, marriage and many other area of human life will vary greatly from state to state and the Federal government will have no power over this. States cannot charge import/export fees against each other as per the Constitution, so I’m guessing our national “purists” will leave trade between states alone, although how companies that operate in several states at once will be able to comply with laws which vary greatly depending on which facility and which state you are in sounds like an organizational nightmare.

So whether he is arguing against an old migratory bird law or the more current case of Bond v. the United States (which argues that a woman in a US state violated a national/international treaty when she bought what she thought were harmful chemicals and doused various household surfaces with these chemicals so that her partner would touch them) violates the 10th Amendment, he is not really interested in the outcome of these cases, but only as this relates to limiting the treaty powers of the Federal government. The Bond case only seems frivolous, because behind it, and depending on what decision the court makes, rest serious limitations on the President’s rights to make treaties that are binding on the states.

The Republicans may seem divided and contentious but they are winning the war to downsize government, to give power back to the states, and to shrink both the Presidency and the Congress. Our government is smaller in every way than it was when Obama took office and the real battles are being fought in the states. I have written about what has been happening in the states several times and the New York Times spent at least two days this week with this issue in the top left corner of the front page.

Although we can all agree that our bureaucracy has become bloated and over-burdened with so many regulations that these very regulations have become almost unenforceable, it seems as if it would be more in our interests to trim the regulations and streamline the bureaucracy that to turn our country into 50 individual states each protecting its own turf and preening like a peacock in full display.

Perhaps since the courts have already moved so far to the right there is little that we can do to counteract the Republican advantage in this tug of war except to try to pay attention and hold the line whenever possible (like now). But we are so distracted by a traffic jam and a seemingly (and probably) criminally vengeful politician (and it is a very important story, but is it worthy of a whole week of broadcast mania), that we can barely mourn the failure to pass the Unemployment Insurance Extension, and isn’t that just one more blow against the size and scope of Federal government and one more win for the neo-Federalists.

Agenda 21 my eye – this paper may bring Agenda 21 to the minds of some, but only as another “overreach” of the Federal government. I am not buying the Federalist argument of the Right. It may have been perfectly appropriate in the 18th century, but it will not do for the 21st. If the Federal government decides to attack burgeoning bureaucracy and simplify all of it, I’m there, but these Federalist advocates are really just peacefully “seceding from the Union.”

(I always think of Ted Cruz as Wiley Coyote, but that’s not who he is. He is the Road Runner. Meep Meep)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/12/us/politics/a-national-strategy-funds-state-political-monopolies.html?hp

http://www.harvardlawreview.org/issues/127/january14/forum_1023.php

by Nancy Brisson

This is the view from the cheap seats.

Ted Cruz/Cartoonish or Sinister?

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Why would I find someone scary who sounds like Elmer Fudd and looks the tiniest bit like Woody Woodpecker, but I do? (OK, maybe it’s not Elmer Fudd he sounds like, but his speech has a certain nasal, whiny quality that sounds like someone. Who is that?) I’m talking about Ted Cruz. Here is a man with degrees from Princeton and Harvard who is trying to speak to his constituents like he is “everyman”. They’re buying it, it seems because he is not speaking like the lawyer, Senator, and arrogant man that he is. He is speaking to them as if he is just plain folks. Do any of us really believe that he would ever need to use the Affordable Care Act for his health insurance? His constituents are letting him whip up their emotions about a topic for which the pump has already been primed by years of Republican rhetoric against the ACA. The real work has already been done. Apparently, in spite of his bona fides, he knows how to talk “middle class speak” and pretend that he is one with his constituents who may not all be as well educated and economically comfortable as they appear. These folks are angry because they were defeated in two elections, their pride is hurt, and they have just enough power in the House of Representatives to keep them hopeful. This recipe of a wounded citizenry and a smarmy demagogue is a recipe for disaster.

When commentators ask what the Republican base wants and what they see in Ted Cruz, the newest answer is “purity”. They want their politicians to be “pure”. Yikes! What does that mean and where have we heard this before? Oh, I know where we heard it. It was in German just before Hitler stomped all over Europe. I don’t want to go “there” because ”there” is what got me writing in the first place. That was back when Republicans (Glenn Beck in particular) were comparing Obama to Hitler because of his ability to attract multitudes to his speeches. But what else would one think of when one (very strange) man wants things “his way or the highway” for our entire nation? I will only make this frightening connection once. I will hope, however, that every American keeps an eye on the man (the Canadian man) and that if the characterization I have hinted at fits, then I hope that everyone will give this man a wide berth, and never, ever let him govern America.

When anyone asks Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory) if he’s crazy he says, “I’m not, my mother had me tested.” Did Ted Cruz’s mom have him tested? If you don’t agree that he looks something like Woody Woodpecker then perhaps you can see a resemblance to Napoleon.

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This is the view from the cheap seats.

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