Ted Cruz…often forgotten in this Trump onslaught, went on the Jan “What’s wrong with slavery?” Mickelson show Friday.
Now it’s bad enough Cruz went onto a show where the host could even pose such an appalling question (joining past guests Fiorina, Carson, and Santorum). But while there, he defended the “anchor baby” slur (you know, because if they’re not white they can’t be just babies) and told Mickelson that the “atheist Taliban” is attacking religious liberty.
Of course, it is not atheists who have been promoting laws forcing people to follow one religion. You know, like saying you can’t use contraceptives, or you can’t get an abortion, or who can and who cannot get married, or requiring that people who want to get married have to do it through a church and not a courthouse, or you have to go to church or you get fired.
Because you know, nothing says religious freedom like forcing somebody to go to church to get a paycheck. When did ‘She just doesn’t go to church’ become part of our Constitution?
Atheists didn’t do that. That would be people like Ted Cruz and his false messiah-promoting father. So of course, the atheists must be to blame.
As the title says, Republicans aren’t happy unless they have somebody to blame. For something. For anything. There has to be an “Other” and it/they has to be the scapegoat for all society’s ills and even a bunch of problems that don’t actually exist.
And literally, almost anything can be to blame for their own personal failings – anything but themselves: In a statement issued August 20 by the Duggar family, Josh Duggar blames porn and Satan for his own actions in a staggering rejection of the personal responsibility.
The problem is, all they have to do, if they want somebody to blame, is look in the mirror.
Income inequality promoted by people like Donald Trump have destroyed the middle class, so of course, Mexican immigrants are to blame for that.
George W. Bush created a power vacuum in Iraq, leading to the creation of the Islamic State, so of course, Obama has to be to blame for that.
Gun control liberals are to blame for open carry fanatics gunning people (and each other) down.
Muslims are to blame for all the stuff Jews used to get blamed for, and feminism is to blame for all the rest.
Anti-gay, family values Republicans are busy molesting their sisters and children and having affairs, but liberals are to blame for the moral collapse of our society.
Heck, it’s not that police are shooting down innocent black people in the streets that has led to civil unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore. Donald Trump has found the real culprits: illegal immigrant gangs.
Republicans are not interested in real problems. They would rather come up with solutions for nonexistent problems instead – you know, things they for which they can blame the “Other.”
Besides being racists and misogynists; besides being anti-gay bigots and quite often hypocrites about that bigotry…Oh heck, I’ve lost my train of thought. I can’t think of any good qualities to contrast with those characteristics. Not a one. They don’t say anything positive at all – except about negative things, like the Duggars’ behavior.
The thing is, a political party has to be about more than hating on people, and blaming people. And that’s all the GOP is these days. Opposition to Obama. Opposition to gay people. Opposition to feminism. Opposition to Muslims. Opposition to Atheists.
They only thing they do support is a return to America that never, ever existed. And can never be allowed to exist if we are to pay more than lip-service to the Constitution.
Lindsey Graham, ironically – you know, the guy who said the GOP doesn’t have enough “angry white guys” to keep the GOP going? – is one of the guys suffering from all the angry white people liking Donald Trump more than him.
And it’s not like he doesn’t try. Be fair: He does want to nuke everyone in sight while he hides under his bed from ISIL infiltrators.
Give the guy some credit. He’s the quintessential chickenhawk. He’s old and white. What’s he gonna do?
I think what has happened to Graham is not only hilarious, but it also qualifies as a morality tale.
The fact remains that Graham was right. There aren’t enough angry white guys, and with everybody else being to blame for something, that leaves them with the problem of somehow winning an election outside of massive voter fraud and redistricting.
That leaves the 2016 presidential election as nothing more than political theater, and a theater of the absurd at that. And we are already seeing the cracks, broken Trump coverage, Rand Paul and Rick Perry and others hanging on by their toes. From top to bottom, the GOP is a hot mess.
You wonder who the Republicans might have forgotten to blame, and what problems might be left for them to invent in their race to the bottom. Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media is going to let them continue to play their blame game and the charade will go on to our delight and disgust until a denial-filled election night and not a lesson learned. And then we get to start all over again.
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.