Growing up in the South is both a blessing and a curse, particularly for those who peel back the layers of the past and examine the evolution of the politics and the modern Republican Party. For those who have been here since the 1950’s 2015-2016 has been a stressful and often painful year.
In 1952, Charlton Lyons headed the “Democrats for Eisenhower,” but, I wasn’t old enough to appreciate that election. However, I did get to later have a better understanding of the evolution of the Republican party during that time. Prior to Lyons, it was stated that the Louisiana GOP could hold a convention in a phone booth, serve fried chicken, and there would be plenty of room to dance. Things have changed drastically since then.
In 1961 Republican Lyons, a Shreveport oilman, won 45 percent of the votes in the special election against the Joe D. Waggonner, a Democrat in Louisiana’s 4th congressional district race for the US House of Representatives. This was the closest a Republican had come in a federal race since Reconstruction and marked a high-water post for many years. The contest received Read more
When another makes the case so clearly that there is little more to say, I add only a request that others watch this moving video and listen carefully to the message. The Cruel, Crude and Absurd language that came from Trump finalizes the decision Republicans must heed and cut their losses. Republican candidates must separate from the damage Donald Trump has brought not just upon the party but upon the nation. The rate at which he is spiraling into meaningless oblivion is mind boggling.
Ezra Klein makes it clear that the systematic analysis of this one candidate and his campaign has broken bonds many voters have with their party allegiances. The GOP I knew and respected cannot tolerate this David Duke-like hideous calamity.
“It isn’t how you and I would act!” … “Mitt Romney … John McCain never would have said this.” …
“Trump could not restrain himself, he made this a national issue. And, so now he has Read more
Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 23 that the first of the “principal” constitutional obligations of the federal government is to provide for the “common defense” of the United States, and President George Washington wisely reminded us that “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”
In the face of these threats, the first order of business for a Republican president and Congress will be to restore our nation’s military might. Republicans continue to support American military superiority which has been the cornerstone of a strategy that seeks to deter aggression or defeat those who threaten our vital national security interests.
The 2016 GOP Platform looks like a very reasonable document, by words alone. Yet the art of word-smithing is also the art of working through divisive politics that has become the new identity of Trump reality television. Trump supporters mouth the evils of Hillary and Bill Clinton, but in practice, all we know of Donald J. Trump still resembles closely the Democratic platform and a far more liberal history than his supporters want to believe.
“Make us Great Again!” is a great catch phrase and markets well [Last used by Reagan in 1980!], but the reality of Donald J. Trump and the Republican “string pullers” is also far more Read more
The level of uneducated and hate-filled social media commentary directed at candidates, supporters or anyone who dares question, understand or clarify issues regarding volatile candidates, parties or those working in the political process is the order of the day[S.O.P.]. Any educated effort to understand the status quo of a candidate, a candidate’s position papers, platform points of opposing party prior to their national convention appears to have disintegrated into pitched battles and third-grade name-calling. Sadly, the hostile name tags seem to stick.
An illustrated Donald Trump, and his current branded campaign promoting conservative family values carrying a large voters base, sold as the desire for “greatness,” is, however, running off the rails. For any factual observer, Trump’s campaign never addresses specific issues related to social or political progress, because in the world of “those illegal immigrants who are taking all our stuff,” equality and basic human decency, and the Read more
Omar Mateen was never classified prior to Saturday evening with specific “terrorist” traits or organizations at the time he walked into the club immediately before he started pulling the triggers because his profile and available documented work records, fell into many groups, most containing only degrees of “Red Flags!” But, in as much as America is under attack from many enemies, it seems to be common sense that we all failed to properly diagnose the apparent problems. For those failures we must regroup and make certain the same mistakes don’t happen again.
As night follow day, we seem to repeat the same tragic logic, refighting battles over Second Amendment rights and who can purchase and carry what and where. Getting beyond the same critical rights discussions must become our first mission if we expect to change history and Read more
The great attraction Donald Trump followers appreciate is the ease with which he rolls off seemingly sophisticated denunciations of groups, federal programs or movements that many voters believe are ripe with bureaucratic waste. If the hate-filled vitriol weren’t so well received by an audience eager to denounce what they perceive as dirty politicians and non-deserving government benefit recipients. Who hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon, denouncing the “Welfare Cheat”? Voters feel governmental institutions need streamlining and purging across the board. Pointing out dangers of the rabid dog running the streets gets universal approval.
The Trump call for fixing the system fits the pattern of the outside party rallying cry, but the solutions he suggests are like the Red Queen calling to Alice, “Off with their heads!” Everyone cheers, but no one wants to be on the chopping block.
The words “Working Solutions” just don’t exist in the Trump campaign plan, and every case where Trump is questioned is met with Read more
The lesson Muhammad Ali teaches us about Donald Trump is appreciating the most fantastical American figure of his age, a self-invented charismatic character who was consistently honest and insightful. The Ali image is appealing in both simplicity and depth as opposed to the Trump contrived reality-show star shell. Ali, born Cassius Clay in Jim Crow-era Louisville, Kentucky, was a mere skinny, quick-witted kid, whose self-supporting parents were a simple sign painter and a house cleaning maid. Ali only took up boxing at the age of twelve to avenge the indignity he suffered from a bully who stole his most prized possession, a shinny red bicycle.
Ali created his amazing persona, many considered the most famous person in the world, a supreme athlete who became vindicated by the Supreme Court, an artist or wordsmith whose blend of pugilistic force, improvisational wit, ballerina balance and a jet-engine blasts mastered Read more
The 1960’s White House Press corps frustration with press releases, basically intentional lies told to the press, was a foundation for the acceptable but not-so-inside term that became a fad board game called “Credibility Gap.” Younger journalists sought evidence, often “leaks”, supportive of contentions that the administration was lying about activities not authorized by congress. All too regularly, the evidence turned up.
What was called a Credibility Gap has turned into a modern-day Credibility Challenge, and the acceptability of press releases becomes a daily fact check by the media, bloggers and political operatives, often intent upon using the slightest factual inconsistency as the edge of a wedge to cry liar. “Gotcha” moments begin as slips in fact checking, the slight exaggeration of basically correct information or outright intentional lies. The power of facts is in the ability to bludgeon opponents with inaccurate use of basic truths by finding flaws in logic or having a spokesperson whose credibility has previously been proven Read more
Pat Buchanan, significantly fashioned the Richard Nixon image and is credited with stating “public opinion could not only be ascertained, but crafted.” Understanding how to fashion the public’s appreciation in a chief executive’s election and the image of the office demonstrated at the time that managing the press, understanding how to alter free speech or insert selective facts also gives responsibility for pinning Nixon as “Tricky Dick.”
Our world of facts may speak louder than mere spoken words, but efforts to enlarge words and empower them carry responsibilities when it comes to presidential politics. Clearly both the Trump and Clinton camps will make every effort to spin the news and make the opponent appear to be – “The Evil One!” Sadly voters Read more
The “ultimate contrived stunt” might be the Daniel Boorstin1 interpretation of the manner in which Donald Trump managed his campaign to become the leader and presidential candidate of the Republican Party. The Trump methodology of employing his brand of reality show in the real world demonstrated an implementation of feeding the news cycle that other candidates failed to leverage. Every step along the way, using primaries and caucuses Trump found how poorly prepared his opposition was and how an eager electorate, with the assistance of the media, devoured his message as news addicts. Trump static, referred to here as “Trumpland”, has swamped the airwaves since his announcement to run and other candidates fight to create blips in the news cycle. As the video indicates,“Whether it’s Fox or MSNBC or CNN you can’t tell the difference… it’s All Trump, All the time!”
Never has so little conquered so much since the Big Bad Wolf wiped out the House of Straw. Trump blew through candidate straw houses of Republican rivals and they collapsed with a mild breath. Trump cast recognizable and publicly accepted tags, always denigrating, on each candidate designed to cast scorn and ridicule. And as each was singled out, the others, not believing or recognizing that they would be next, waited patiently, unable to withstand the wolf’s putrid breath.
Jeb Bush was “weak” or “low-energy.” Rand Paul took early hits from Trump, as Trump tweeted, “Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain. He was terrible at DEBATE!”
Carly Fiorina was labeled with a slight that all women should have risen with horror when Trump stated, “look at that face!” Ben Carson assisted Trump with his own description in his autobiography. Trump picked up Read more