Goodbye, Republican Party.
I mean that in more ways than one. I’m leaving. You’re dying. I could stick around while you gasp your last pitiful breaths, but what would be the point? I’m certainly more pro-life than you ever were, but when it comes to political parties that have been overtaken by some kind of unintelligible, socially liberal populism, I say pull the plug.
Good riddance. Your wounds are self-inflicted anyway. Clearly you have no desire to live. So goodbye. I am abandoning you on your deathbed, and I feel no shame in it.
Ted Cruz lost Indiana by enormous margins last night. He dropped out. It’s over. It would’ve required a miracle for him to win the nomination anyway, and this is certainly not a country that deserves a miracle. I’d say ruination and judgment are more our speed at this point, and I believe the good Lord just may oblige us.
Ruination is obviously what a majority in both parties have enthusiastically endorsed, especially the predominately “conservative,” “Christian,” “Republican” states that turned out in droves for a left-wing vulgarian who, when he’s not bragging of his adultery or fantasizing about dating his daughter or mocking POWs and the disabled, has taken to perpetuating conspiracy theories about how his former opponent’s father killed JFK. Of course, he said this on Fox News while the empty vessels on their morning show sat by and nodded submissively.
But this is par for the course with Trump. He’s not abovecalling your wife ugly if you cross him or sending his surrogates out to accuse you of being a serial adulterer. As a guy reportedly linked to the mob, and who’s been credibly accused of brutal rape, and who used to pal around with an infamous international pimp and pedophile, you’d think he’d shy away from repeating rumors. But Trump doesn’t shy away from anything, save the truth.
Trump, as Sen. Ted Cruz finally observed hours before the end, is a pathological liar. He lies about everything, all the time, relentlessly. Even when there’s no real need or reason, like when he brazenly lied about Mike Tyson’s rape conviction after Tyson endorsed his campaign. And so on. I don’t need to list all the times Trump strayed from the facts, nor the conflicting positions he’s taken on every issue, nor the litany of other charges that can be leveled against him. All of these things are known, yet he was still handed the banner of the Republican Party and appointed its standard bearer. Let others suffer the degradation of marching behind him. I’ll be somewhere far away, shaking my head in disgust.
Still, before I leave, I thought I’d pass along a few final thoughts. It doesn’t matter to me if you take them to heart. I am no longer associated with the idiotic activities of the GOP and its orange god-king. I refuse to have spent 8 years criticizing President Obama’s unthinking statist minions only to throw my lot in with Trump’s own gaggle of worshiping cultists. The fate of the suicidal, self-mutilating Republican Party is no longer my concern.
But, out of the kindness of my heart, I offer these closing observations:
1. It’s not me, it’s you.
The Republican Party is host to many millions of people who fell prostrate before a flamboyant charlatan, despite, or perhaps even because of, his compulsive dishonesty, his moral cowardice, his cruelty and pettiness, his blatant and unapologetic ignorance and disinterest in the most important issues facing our country, his liberalism and so on. As Trump said himself, he could shoot someone in the middle of the street and these people would still follow him.
That’s why I’m leaving. It’s also why you’re dying. It’s not my fault, and it’s not even Trump’s fault. Trump is just a parasite who took advantage of a weakened immune system. He’s the violent case of dysentery that finally kills the frail man who was already sick with a thousand other exotic diseases. The untrained eye may say the man died because he was vomiting blood, but in truth he was vomiting blood because he was dying.
The Republican Party, we should remember, is made up of Republicans. And most of the Republicans are voters, not politicians. So even if nobody else will say it, I must make it clear that I’m leaving because of these voters. Whatever else can be said of citizens who want a man like Trump to run the country, it cannot be said that they’re anything resembling conservative. Nor can it be said that we have anything much in common.
Yesterday, a Republican in Indiana told the media she’s voting for Trump because he’s a “different kind of liar.” The day before, Cruz attempted to have a reasoned dialogue with a couple of Trump supporters who responded to all of the senator’s arguments by shouting slogans and pumping their fists. Trump fans perform even less admirably in cyberspace, where an impassioned collection of anti-Semites and white nationalists work tirelessly to confirm every negative and cartoonish stereotype liberals have ever concocted about Republicans.
I’m not saying they’re all like this, but I’m done answering for the antics and inanities of the Trump squad. They’re not in my party. Or, I suppose they’d respond, I’m not in theirs. And they’re right.
2. Trump is Hillary, Hillary is Trump.
Many conservatives have told me they “hate Trump” but “hate Clinton more,” or words to that effect. Last night, a good number of them condemned me in no uncertain terms for daring to do anything but fall in line behind Trump and his party. “Lesser of two evils,” they cried. “If you don’t vote for Trump, you vote for Hillary,” they insisted. And they were wrong and will continue to be wrong on both counts.
What these people have not been able to do is explain, in clear and rational language, why they think Trump would be superior to Clinton. Reminding me that Clinton is awful doesn’t help. I’m aware, thank you. My contention is that Trump is awful in equal measure. I think the facts are on my side: They’re both elitist progressives. Both pathological liars. Both morally bankrupt. Both narcissists. Both entirely unconcerned about the issues and willing to take whatever position assures them more power. Both Statist. Both authoritarian. Both tyrants, the only difference is that Trump actually ran on a platform of tyranny – promising to murder women and children and squash dissent. etc. – whereas Clinton has to pretend she’s not a tyrant. That means Trump will have a mandate for tyranny that Clinton will, much to her chagrin, not be granted.
These two could not be more identical. That’s why they were such good friends. For God’s sake they’ll both be under investigation for crimes during the general election. Clinton for her email scandal and Trump for financial fraud. It’s like they’re fraternal twins or something. It would almost be kind of cute if they weren’t harbingers of national doom.
It’s true that Hillary is worse than almost every human in America, but Republicans went rifling through a a flaming dumpster and managed to dig up the one guy who could rival her in general contemptibleness. This will be yet another reason why I’ll cringe with shame when I tell my grandkids that I was once a member of the GOP. Of course, by that time the GOP will be a question in a Trivial Pursuit game, not an actual functioning political party. (Question: “Which American political party actually wasn’t joking when it made the guy from The Apprentice its nominee for president?”)
Either candidate will, through their vanity, moral vacuousness, and incompetence, inflict fatal damage on the country. Hillary would do so with the hearty endorsement of liberal Democrats, and Trump with that of Republicans. I’d say, if you really had to choose, it’s better that the tyranny come from the other side than your own. That doesn’t mean I’d vote for Hillary – as I’ve said many times, I’d rather take a bullet to the head – but the situation does bring to mind an Alexander Hamilton quote:
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
I think there is a very basic voting principle that is as American as the Constitution itself (not that Trump or his fans care much for that old thing), and it’s that we must never actively affirm tyranny. It’s one thing to compromise on a policy here or there, but if a tyrant is seeking the Oval Office, no matter who he is running against, you cannot support him. You cannot support tyranny. Ever. Under any circumstance. Indeed, American have died for the sake of this principle. The least we can do is trouble ourselves to vote third party.
Anyway, it doesn’t make a difference. Trump will lose in a landslide to Hillary. Allow me to egotistically quote myself from a week ago:
@Richard Wheeler: The funds raised were funneled through the same office as his campaign donations, nice of the vets to pay for Trumps campaign. RT and Ditto are of little consern they only want someone whelped within the border he doesn’t have to have any morals or principles. America and what is best for her pfft to the Trump people they say I am not a conservative if I dont throw all my principles in the landfill to vote for the candidate.
While Cruz was “stealing” delegates Trump was stealing donations to our warriors http://usuncut.com/news/trump-suspected-of-stealing-veterans-money/
This may be the next personal Viet Nam for him, with his new stance on abortion we can spit on him and call him baby killer.
let’s correct that to 4f. And then ask you if it’s legitimate for someone to be classified for medical reasons or not? Are you implying or flat out saying that ‘daddy’ bought the military doctors to give him that classification? I’ve seen or heard no evidence that his father did very much for Trump in any way. He has a brother that was apparently left the same thing he was and I haven’t; heard of him being a billionaire. Still haven’t heard your justification for being for someone that is not a natural born citizen running for president. Aren’t there enough qualified persons that you shouldn’t have to resort to an ineligible one. You keep listening to Rainbow Richie, he doesn’t even have the gonads to say he is going to vote for anyone. He just wants to take his marbles and go home and fly his rainbow flags.
See, he’s still angling for recruits. Unless you have an affinity for ‘rainbows’ you might not want to go there.
better question, what did you do with the money you raised for the animals in your ‘pride’ parade? Let’s see the numbers of money raised and the receipts for the donations. Before you start casting stones, perhaps you should have your own house in order. Who is in ‘charge’ of your organization? How much does he get from the funds raised? I’m gonna guess you’re not going to respond because the answers are not good for your side.
Kitt, if you want to see a real ‘song and dance routine’ ask Rich those questions because he will ignore my asking. Several of us already know the answer, you will not get a rational response from him. It was just his excuse for marching in a ‘pride’ parade.
Ah, but the question was ‘who did you vote for in 92 and 96? Was it for the felony draft dodger, Slick Willie? Why would you be so adverse to someone with a legitimate medical deferment when you clearly voted for a felony draft dodger that actually went to Russia to escape arrest and imprisonment for draft dodging? Kitt, you may ignore this, Rainbow Richie is a ‘question dodger’
Kitt, since you and RW are so concerned about the money raised by Trump for vets, and since RW is so credible, let’s look at his charity. Last year they raised $5 million. They used $2.5 million for the program and expenses. Question, where did the other $2.5 million go? is it residing in someone’s bank account? Why would they raise 5 million for animals and not spend 5 million for the animals? Just asking.
None of the money raised by Trump for the vets has gone anywhere except to vets. This money was raised in the last quarter, very few charities distribute all of their funds in the same quarter they are raised. Look at Rainbow Richie’s favorite charity, they raised 5 million last year and it still has been distributed for use by the charity. I’ve heard they’ve ordered a whole new batch of Rainbow flags.
@kitt: Here he comes=4 posts in 19 minutes—poor guy have Tourettes?–Sometimes he’s even busier–remind you of a Repub. running for Prez?–Like The Donald he can’t seem to help himself.
Most of these Trumpists really don’t know much about the guy—lemmings following a fast talking New Yorker–I grew up with the guy and have been following his act for years—-makes a lot of promises he won’t keep.
RT has some hang up about gays—always referencing their apparel. New Yorker Trump is the biggest supporter of the gay/lesbian/transgender movement of any of the Repub. candidates—Good friend and supporter of transgender Caitlyn Jenner–a staunch Repub. Politics make strange bedfellows RT.
@kitt: So you know Animal Charity Evaluators recommends The Humane League, Mercy For Animals, and Animal Equality as top 3 ( over 50 evaluated) “helping people find effective charities making each donation an investment in helping the most animals.”
I’ve worked for Merrill Lynch, Cushman and Wakefield and other Real Estate and Investment firms—-MFA is a great organization–check em out.
Re The Donald getting one mill as start up fom daddy–not bad
His older brother died of alcoholism which is reason Donald doesn’t drink.
Lack of military service—knows he got lucky there.
@Richard Wheeler: I have rescued all the animals I can afford and care for properly.
The humane society has become a liberal scam, with the head getting 6 figures while they close down shelters. I hope your charity is not affiliated with them.
Deep down in your gut you have to know Trump is deeply mentally disturbed.
And your 3 posts in 6 minutes, is that a sign of Rainbow Warriors?
Most everyone does it that way. You come here after a few hours, read the comments and comment on them. If you have a different mission, just don your chaps and march away.
Richie’s charity is the same way, raise 5 mill, use 2.5 for the animals and ‘whoops’ where did the rest go? Richie’s charity is NOT among the top three. No, wait, maybe he’s only ranking it amongst the gay run charities.
@Redteam and Kitt Not speaking of The Humane Society HSUS–This is The Humane League–much smaller and apparently better run.
What is your problem with gays RT? Not very becoming. Suggest you stick with The Donald on that one.
I had 2 posts in one hour 3 in two hours You can’t seem to stop.
Kitt You ask Is Trump “deeply mentally disturbed” as you suggest?–I honestly don’t know but I suspect we’ll find out.
@Richard Wheeler: I saw it long ago he has addictions perhaps sexual in nature, a passive aggression, unhealthy need for attention but the experts:
Just saying there is something not right with him, his followers may be co-dependents.
@kitt: says re Trump
“His followers may be co-dependent.” CLASSIC—Hear that RT?
Thank you Kitt for all you do for your rescued animals.
The #Never Trumps and their Trump Derangement Syndrome
I see the same thing happening here on FA. Trump (who is NOT a GOPe establishment candidate,) is promising to enact a good many things that the conservative party base (and a good many blue collar moderates,) have been demanding for decades, (only to get lip service from the RINO’s and ignored following the election.) These “conservatives held their noses and voted for establishment nominees.
Yet because this time they didn’t get Ted Cruz (or some other “true conservative” candidate,) they are deciding to pout and not vote for the one candidate who from day one has taken on what the people want and this nation needs. What petulant babies.
This is like the people of OZ deciding that they “would much rather take the chance of putting The Wicked Witch of the West in the Emerald City’s ‘oval office,’ rather than the self proclaimed “Great and powerful Wizard of OZ” in power.” (now that the Tin Man has been taken out of the running due to rain and rust). Sure the Wizard was a humbug, but he was a thoughtful one who cared enough so much about the good people of OZ that he kept them safe and happy, using all his theatrical tricks to help and protect them, and to place terror in the black hearts of the evil Witches, who dared not take on his power.
The only choice we have here today, is to trust Trump will keep to his conservative promises. Or to let Witch Hillary win the presidency and finish Obama’s and the progressive-fascist’s plan, to bring this once mighty nation into its utter destruction and make us all slaves to the progressive overlords.
What’s it going to be? Patriot or Slave? There is no other path.
@Ditto: I’m with you on that, Ditto. There is no real choice, it’s either Trump or Doom. As I’ve said from day one, I’ll vote for the Republican as long as he’s eligible, but in no case would I vote for a liberal or Dimocrat
i’m expecting “john Miller” will start calling in to Fox and CNN to have some good words for The Donald. Unbelievable that Trump would throw himself under the bus.
Kitt ” unhealthy need for attention” Can you believe this character/reality show host? This is getting funnier as it goes. He’s not returning phone calls–surely a first–and his T.V spokes people are choking out disclaimers that it’s not him. stopdigging.
i remember growing up in N.Y. one of the favorite expressions was” lie and deny”
Do any of you people actually trust this guy? Why?
and don’t give me “but Hillary–“
@Richard Wheeler: Trumps campaign reminds me of an old sci-fi movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I resist the Pods, cant go to sleep…. Can’t you see there here already..Your next!
@kitt: I can’t stop laughing Thanks Kitt
Wait—Maybe I should be really afraid.
@Richard Wheeler: Here is an op ed from the man these Birthers reject cant figure out what exactly they fear from a person that was born of an american citizen and was in the country since 4 years old.(must be the pods) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/opinion/ted-cruz-the-mullahs-and-their-missiles.html?&_r=0
In favor of: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/opinion/trump-and-taxes.html?action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&module=RelatedCoverage®ion=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article
@Richard Wheeler: RW, out of the last 9 posts, 5 of them are by you. Enuff said. Who is John Miller? What is your problem with gays RT? I don’t recall saying I had a problem with you. Refresh my memory.
that’s not the definition of a ‘natural born citizen’. What’s your problem with following the US Constitution? Is it too hard for you? Can’t you understand it?
Those born to an American citizen on foreign soil are natural born that has been the law since 1790, the founders were still alive at that time and did not have an issue with it, why do you think you are a better interpreter than those that wrote the document?
Your stance on this has been shot down by many experts including supreme courts of 2 states, the rest tossed the case as it had NO MERIT.
All the sources routinely used to interpret the Constitution confirm that the phrase “natural born Citizen” has a specific meaning: namely, someone who was a U.S. citizen at birth with no need to go through a naturalization proceeding at some later time. And Congress has made equally clear from the time of the framing of the Constitution to the current day that, subject to certain residency requirements on the parents, someone born to a U.S. citizen parent generally becomes a U.S. citizen without regard to whether the birth takes place in Canada, the Canal Zone, or the continental United States.
Cruz not being natural born is nothing but a Trumpist thing,repeated til morons who refuse to look it up actually believe it cause Trump says it, so it must be true .
Cruz was raised in the USA and does not have a split alligence.
Get over it already.
Not true then, not true now. American citizen, yes, natural born, no.
Bingo. And the law, as written provides that a person born of American parents in some other country is a citizen ‘provided’ the do what is necessary to confirm that citizenship. i.e., they have to complete a naturalization process. look at the steps necessary for a citizen born abroad to ‘claim that citizenship’ if they were ‘natural born’, no steps would be necessary.
NO natural born citizen can be born as a citizen of another country. If they are, by definition, they are not ‘natural born’. Cruz was born as a citizen of either two or three. No way will he ever be declared ‘natural born’ if it ever goes to a court that rules on the constitution, not just ‘standing’
@Redteam: You are just wrong.
@kitt: I can live with that.
@kitt: It seems that Trumpist RT has lost whatever sanity he may have once had–his head is so far up Trump’s ass he’s lost all reason–doesn’t know who John Miller is? How bout John Barron—come out for air and ask Trump RT.—Are you that clueless?
@Richard Wheeler: Its not RTs fault Fox CNN and the rest of the mainstream media have not reported facts. They are complicit with Hillary none of the truth about Trump will come out til AFTER the convention.
According to Trump himself all of his stumping points have been only suggestions he has no firm set in stone stands, none not 1.
@Redteam #122 –
Are you saying US military dependent children outside the US and its outlying territories must go through a “naturalization” process? If you are, you are completely wrong. My oldest daughter was born at a US military hospital in Italy. After she was born, we registered her birth with the US consulate and waived (forfeited) her Italian citizenship. She was not required, nor we, her parents, were required to complete a “naturalization” process. For all intents and purposes, she is a natural born US citizen. If you want to argue the point, please direct your argument to the Department of Defense and the State Department. DOD has always said US military dependent children born abroad should have their births registered at the nearest US diplomatic post (consulate or embassy) and waive (forfeit) the dual citizenship as soon as possible. By that process, there will be no doubt regarding the military dependent child’s citizenship status.
If these are buddies of Trump and I’ve never heard of them, kinda blows your theory that I’m a ‘Trumpist’ (whatever that is) doesn’t it.
isn’t your word worth anything, you said you were going to bypass my comments. Clearly you are reading them
Did you make any of those 26 kiddie flights with Slick Willie, that’s probably what he was doing when he was draft dodging.
Doesn’t that disprove what you are saying? Why did you ‘register’ her birth with the US Consulate, and waive her Italian citizenship. Isn’t that what I said they had to do. Had you not done that, she would not be natural born. I concede that is not a ‘naturalization’ process but only a necessary legal process to go through to insure the ‘natural born’ status. I, unlike many, do not claim that a child born in a foreign country of two US citizens is not natural born. As long as the birth is properly recorded as required and foreign citizenships renounced, then they are natural born. Cruz does not fit into that category. He didn’t have two U S citizen parents and, in fact, may not have even had one. Have seen no proof his birth was ever registered properly in the US, and he didn’t renounce either his Canadian or Cuban citizenship. He may very well have to be naturalized to even become a US citizen at this late date.
A child born in the US with only one US citizen parent and one foreign parent is not ‘natural born’. That might fit Obama, though it is not known where he was born nor who his father is.
@David: Additional comments:
I would leave off the ‘for all intents and purposes,’, I’d just say since you did what was required she is natural born. My point was that children born outside the US have to fulfill certain requirements, which you clearly did. In fact, every thing you said just strengthens my basic argument, that certain things have to be done, and Cruz did not do those ‘certain things’. But even if he had, he still would not be natural born because both of his parents were not US Citizens when he was born.
I live in a city with a large military base and see very many birth certificates every year with the registration of youth baseball leagues. Many of them are born in foreign countries and their birth certificates indicate all the pertinent data to insure the births are properly recorded.
No, just don your chaps, break out the rainbow flags and join your parade.
@Redteam #129, #130
No, you did not say that is what had to be done. You said naturalization. Registering one’s birth with the US consulate and waiving the dual citizenship is not a naturalization process. The important part is waiving the dual citizenship is to prevent any citizenship issues and issues regarding future moves, not to discern who’s natural born or not.
Not every military parent that has a dependent child born abroad quickly registers the birth of their child. Some wait until they are about ready to rotate home. Others don’t do it all, saying they would leave it to their child to make the decision when the become an adult. There is no military regulation, no State Department requirement, nor statutory requirement that makes this mandatory. For non-military individuals, they may not be aware a citizenship issue may exist, or there is a process to prevent this from becoming an issue.
With regard to the “for all intents and purposes” phrase, that is in the legal terminology waiving the dual citizenship. It is to prevent individuals, organizations and others from questioning the citizenship status of those who were military dependent children born abroad. Since it appears you have a problem with that particular phrasing, I suggest you take that matter up with DoD or State.
I’m done discussing this topic.
Questioning? what? you mean there may be a reason to question? Maybe it is because there are certain requirements, which includes registering their birth. If the ‘dual citizenship’ is not waived, or surrendered, then they are not and can not be ‘natural born’. A natural born US citizen is one that is born of two US Citizen parents in circumstances such that there can be no doubt as to their allegiance. split allegiance is a dis qualifier. I have never claimed that they have to be born in the US, only in circumstances that their allegiance is not in doubt. No dual citizen can be natural born because their allegiance can be questioned. Such as Cruz. Is he a ‘natural born’ Cuban? Is he a ‘natural born’ Canadian? Is he an American citizen at all. Does he have an American birth certificate.
I did say that, and I intended to only say the ‘registration’ process for registering foreign births had to be completed, as you did.
Yes, and it can cause huge problems, that’s why they try to keep parents informed as to how it needs to be done.
Do you want a citizen of Kenya being elected President of the US? Might happen one day. How about a citizen of Russia?