Predictable

Following the president’s speech from the Oval Office on Sunday night (something I have said he should do more of) the Republicants predictably lined up to take pot shots at the man who was clearly trying to quell fears and bring civility to the discussion of terrorism. It seems clear to me that the president might have rallied the citizens behind such things as tougher gun laws if he had used his prestige and considerable rhetorical skills in front of cameras addressing the American people before this. But he has been reluctant tho do so — perhaps because he knows he will simply provide an occasion for his political opponents to take aim. And what a group it is! A brief portion of a news story tells us of the response from some of the clowns vying with one another for the Republicant presidential nomination:

“President Obama has finally been forced to abandon the political fantasy he has perpetuated for years that the threat of terrorism was receding,” former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said in a statement. “We need to remove the self-imposed constraints President Obama has placed on our intelligence community and military, and we need to put in place an aggressive strategy to defeat ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism as I have proposed.”
After the speech, Republican hopeful Donald Trump tweeted, “Is that all there is? We need a new President – FAST!”

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida criticized Obama for saying that Americans should not fall into a trap of discriminating against Muslims.

“Where is there widespread evidence that we have a problem in America with discrimination against Muslims?” Rubio said on Fox News after the speech. “I think not only did the president not make things better tonight, I fear he may have made things worse in the minds of many Americans.”

Aside from the Trumpet’s comment which, as always, is not worthy of note, one must reflect on these comments. Jeb Bush wants to assume the Nazi pose and take a Fascist approach to international affairs. Storm troopers and armed drones against anyone and everyone who thinks or believes differently than us. But Rubio’s claim that this nation is not becoming rabid in its fear of Muslims and reeks of discrimination shows how out of touch he is with reality. Long before 9/11 this nation has shown its ugly side when it comes to those who are different from the norm. As I have said in previous posts, the root of this fear and hate of others is our ignorance of those who differ from us. But to see issuing forth from the mouth of one who would be the leader of this nation words that show him to be blind to the obvious does give me pause. Has the political fabric of this country torn beyond repair? Are we that far gone that we would pay serious attention to people who reside at the bottom of the intellectual pool groveling  in the mud and sludge of utter nonsense and hate-mongering?

In any event, I applaud the president for seeking to restore calm after the praise ISIS heaped on the couple who engaged in mass killing in San Bernardino last week. The murders themselves were sufficient to drive reason from the playing field, but the discovery that the pair were Muslims added fuel to the fire and someone needed to say something. The president was wise to make this move and one would hope that it will have a soothing effect and bring civil discourse back into play. But with ambitious, small-minded political candidates elbowing each other out of the way to claim center stage, this may not happen. My goodness how stupid those people are.

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7 thoughts on “Predictable

  1. Hugh, you are so right, the responses are predictable. For one thing, Obama did not bark like a rabid dog, so those who like that false sense of bravado, are automatically disappointed. We expect such BS from The Donald, but Rubio’s comments are flat wrong as their is anti-Muslim venom being perpetuated by pundits, religious leaders (Franklin Graham easily comes to mind) and candidates. Bush’s comments are bemusing given his brother’s huge role in inflaming extremists.

    Yet, the thing that should be spotlighted in my view is the following. A party that is so into fighting terrorists that they want to trample on the 1st Amendment rights of freedom of religion for millions of American Muslims (again Rubio is not paying attention), will not vote in favor of restricting the sale of guns to people on the No Fly Zone. In other words, they will protect the 2nd amendment rights of possible terrorists, but deny the rights of millions of American Muslims. Same document folks. This is a shameful hypocrisy. One where I would tell my Congressman and Senators to not talk about making American safe, if you cannot take action to make America safe as the NRA has you by the short hairs.

    Good post, Keith

      • I’m sure you have noticed that the Republican candidates for high office in this land are pretty much unanimous in calling for a declaration of war against ISIS. This sort of hate and fear-mongering are precisely what Obama was trying to quell. But on the far right and in the pit of fear and despair there are growing numbers of people who see the attack by two people in California on a couple dozen innocent people as itself a declaration of war. Of course, they are not the ones who will actually have to fight. We really have short memories, if we have any at all!

  2. The whole RepubliCANT theme has become so vile and sickening that its hard to even read the news stories about them anymore. They are all so out of touch with the core tenants of our democracy, they seem to be tripping over each other to come up with the most extremist positions, possible. How are they not unlike the Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity models of over the top rhetoric? If this were a real america of the past, I wouldnt worry, as the moderate voters of the world would throw these bums out. But in today’s world where ignorance is bliss, and fear mongering is prevalent, and widely accepted, I just don’t hold out much hope.

    Frankly, at times it becomes too overwhelming for even a news/political junkie like me, and I have to just turn it all off to preserve my sanity.

    • I confess I have already started to turn off the news. What I fear is that Sanders will lose the nomination to Clinton and then run as an independent thereby assuring that one of the Republican Clowns will be our next president — much like the way “W” backed into his presidency.

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