So Many Questions: GOP Presidential Candidates

10 Aug

GOP VillansI am trying not to be outraged in the wake of the GOP debates, both the Kiddie Table debate featuring Carly Fiorina (Ann Coulter light) and the regular debate featuring a bunch of men who hate women, LGBT folk, poor people, teachers, all people of color (ironic and sad given two of the candidates are people of color), and basically anyone who is not white, male, heterosexual, and Christian. Rather than be outraged, I am trying desperately to understand what paved the way that allowed such utter absurdity that this is the best the GOP has to offer. What are the implications for the United States? What population is the current GOP trying to curry?

This current crop of GOP candidates make Joe McCarthy look almost reasonable. Is this a last cry/plea to protect a white heterosexual supremacist country, or are there even more nefarious forces at work?

Speaking of nefarious: Donal Trump certainly embodies all that is corrupt and soulless.  Hearing him speak reminds me of our Jane Austen’s Ms. Elizabeth Bennett: “The very rich can afford to give offense wherever they go.” Mr. Trump feels free to be a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot because his wealth insulates him. Speaking out against people of color, the LGBT community, and against women, is this who we want leading a nation? Sadly, ALL of the GOP candidates share the same views as Trump. I find it particularly worrisome that there was a stage of all men speaking out against women’s reproductive rights.

I also find it negligible and actually loathsome that not one candidate addressed the issue of race and racial inequities in the United States. Is this an example of a lack of courage, or a lack of leadership, or both? I think it is also worth noting there was no mention of climate change or voter’s rights. Sadly, there was mention of immigration, but the conversation felt quite racist.

While as one can see, I have many questions and concerns, I, do however, offer an authentic invitation. For those that see any viable candidate here, please help me see what you see. Would you want any of these people to be able to appoint a Supreme Court Justice? Help me understand why even one of these candidates should be taken seriously.

8 Responses to “So Many Questions: GOP Presidential Candidates”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW August 10, 2015 at 7:57 am #

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  2. Jackie Marquardt August 10, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    It was horrifying. So much arrogance and condescension on that stage. Except for Governor Kasich. I don’t know what the rest of his policies are like, but what he said about same sex marriage seemed actually reasonable.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 10, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

      Jackie, yes an enormous amount of arrogance and paternalism. I must say though, Kasich’s views are just the same. He just appears less circus like. Love and peace, Michael.

  3. weisserwatercolours August 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    ….I so lament the end of the likes of Jacob Javitz, Everett Dirksen, and the more recent retirement of Olympia Snowe — Republicans of character who knew and respected the word democracy and compromise. Though I’ve never been ideologically other than Democrat, ( I left for Canada in ’68 and never returned), at least there were those on the other side who garnered respect, unlike now. Now? Oh, am I ever glad I left when I did.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 10, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

      Yes, sadly it appears to be a circus currently. Thank you for commenting, weisserwatercolours. Peace, Michael.

  4. Jay August 16, 2015 at 5:11 am #

    The constituencies all of the Republican candidates are appealing to might be summed up as Koch and Duggar.

    These voters live in Opposite Land. The issues you are passionate about–race, inequality, climate change–ARE important to this constituency. They are the issues that make this constituency the most agitated, the most motivated, the most angry–in opposition to our perspective.

    Climate change is a liberal conspiracy. Freedom to choose an abortion is the genocide of unborn babies. Economic inequality is socialism. Racism is liberal white guilt, a relic of history. Marriage equality is the oppression of Christians. Gun control and Common Core are fascist conspiracies. Immigrants are rapists.

    The key Republican constituencies are the economic oligarchs (Koch) and the cultural/religious fanatics (Duggar).

    Having said that, which of these candidates are the least crazy? There are 31 Republican governors. Obviously, Republicans can win elections, including in purple and blue states. Kasich, Pataki, Fiorina, Bush, Walker, Rubio–any of them would probably be an underdog as the Republican nominee in 2016–but any of them COULD win the general election.

    I hate overconfidence. No matter how crazy the Republicans might look right now, I think it is foolish to dismiss them. It takes work to win the Presidency, and I intend to vigorously support whomever the Democrats nominate. I urge all progressives and liberals (and moderates!) to do the same.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 16, 2015 at 8:17 am #

      Great analysis, Jay. So how do all of us progressives help to unpack the mythology of the current GOP? Thank you also for reminding us all not to get overconfident! The call to action is real and necessary–we must work hard to support the Democratic nominee. As an aside, I love “Koch and Duggar.” Much love and peace to you, Michael.

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