Losing at the polls in Kansas to independent candidate and X-Factor Chad Orman, incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is pulling out all stops. That means campaigning with 91-year-old former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole at Dodge City event in what Philip Rucker of the Washington Post styled a “geriatric rescue mission” – and if that doesn’t work, using the dreaded ‘s’ word: socialism.
Roberts had this message to send:
There’s a palpable fear among Kansans all across the state that the America that we love and cherish will not be the same America for our kids and grandkids, and that’s wrong. One of the reasons that I’m running is to change that. There’s an easy way to do it. I’ll let you figure it out. But at any rate, we have to change course because our country is headed for national socialism. That’s not right. It’s changing our culture. It’s changing what we’re all about.
No indeed. We are apparently about starving small children and depriving them of not only medical care, but an education. At least, that is what the Republican Party of which Roberts is a member, is about these days.
Oh, and taking long vacations while complaining the unemployed are lazy. While complaining that minority voters only want free handouts, Republicans don’t seem to mind taking money for doing nothing themselves.
Maybe they just need time to their corporate owners to tell them what to do.
Meanwhile, Roberts, being one of those do-nothing guys, is hurting. Cheryl Chumley of the Washington Times opines that,
Mr. Roberts’ appearance with Mr. Dole is believed to be his way of casting himself as a more moderate candidate to the younger voters. At the same time, using the “s” word — socialism — has been the right’s common attack cause against President Obama and his Democratic base over the years, and that’s likely to catch the ear of more conservative voters, political insiders suggest.
Because nothing says “hip” to millennials like Bob Dole.
You can tell Roberts is flailing and failing as he mixes messages…
The Post’s Rucker pointing out that,
The duo were incongruous at times: While Dole reminisced about brokering bipartisan deals, Roberts dabbled with a newfound tea party message — branding Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) as “a dictator” and warning of President Obama’s “national socialism.”
…and grasps at all available straws.
Because, of course, if Bob Dole is too hip for you, there are always Sarah Palin and Rick Perry, as reported here yesterday:
According to The New York Times, hillbilly brawler Sarah Palin is heading to Kansas to help sinking Senate incumbent Pat Roberts, “Roberts is flying in a motley crew of GOP surrogates — including former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush — to stir suspicions about Orman and convince voters that a GOP majority hinges on Roberts’s reelection.”
Doesn’t make much sense to haul Bob Dole in, a guy who made a career out of crossing the aisle, while at the same time saying you can’t compromise because the Democrats are a bunch of Nazis.
But you can’t expect anything tainted by modern Republicanism to make sense. That doesn’t make any sense.
Of course, all the crazy talk in the world is not going to change the fact that America is not headed for what conservatives denounce as leftist “national socialism,” at least not on account of socialism, because the National Socialism Robert is referring to was not socialism at all, nor leftist. Hitler’s national socialist movement was an extreme, right-wing movement. And unfortunately, America is headed for that kind of national socialism.
Hitler was in league with Germany’s corporate leaders, and also with Germany’s 1 percent. That doesn’t sound like the Democrats, does it? No, and what drove the so-called National Socialist German Worker’s Party, in German, the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP, was not socialism but nationalism of a particularly virulent variety – ethnic nationalism. It was about “real” Germans like the ethnic nationalism of the Republican Party is about “real” Americans.
Everyone else, it goes without saying, is not “real,” beginning with President Barack Obama and going on down to Muslims, secularists, atheists, and people of other religions and/or skin colors. Real Americans, you see, are white (and like Roberts, all too often angry and old) and they are, at least pretend to be, Christian. The hidden message in Roberts’ warning is fear of losing that white privilege. A darker America is the America that will not be recognized by “our kids and grandkids” and by golly, he’s just the guy to keep America white, is what he’s saying. Judging by his record on immigration, you can be your bottom dollar that sealing the border off would be at the top of his bucket list.
Sen. Roberts sits on the Select Committee on Ethics. Which apparently doesn’t bestow ethical behavior on its committee members. Unless you can be ethical while lying your pants off.
And remember, as Roberts says, “There’s an easy way to do it. I’ll let you figure it out.” He needs you to do that, because he’s a Republican, and so, of course, he doesn’t know.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.
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