Methane from the GOP ‘Swamp of Crazy’

 

To blame Donald Trump for the GOP’s brainwashed base is to excuse the The Republican National Leadership for its knowing use of fear and disinformation to win votes.

In March of 2016 the Republican National Committee released an ad that frames President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia as a power grab to subvert the Constitution of the United States.

Screebshot of a political Ad released by the GOP that claims that Obama is trying to secure his 'lawless' Presidency by nominating a replacement for justice Scalia
Screenshot from a March 2016 Political Ad released by the RNC

The ad opens with a nod to the ‘crazy’ birther conspiracy with a reference to Obama’s Lawless Presidency.

A screen shot from a March 2016 Political Ad that refers to Obama's Presidency as lawless.
Screen shot of the opening of an RNC political Ad that calls Obama’s Presidency lawless

The Republican Leadership knows the President has a  Constitutional obligation to nominate a replacement when a vacancy opens on the Court.

Congress conducts the job interview.

He (the President) shall have the Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments. Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, known as the Appointments Clause

The ad, released in March of this year presumes that the viewer is ignorant regarding the Constitution and American Democracy.

Voice-Over: President Obama wants to make his lawless presidency permanent. The vacant seat on the Supreme Court is all that stands between a liberal majority that will help Obama and the Democrats undermine the Constitution. Now President Obama is trying to deny the American people a voice in who will fill this critical seat. Tell Obama you won’t be silenced. Tell Obama too much is at stake for your voice not to be heard. Tell Obama to let the American people have a say.

The American People had their say when we twice voted to elect Barack Hussein Obama as our President.

I hope that when we have our say again this November we will say this
to the GOP:

Get out of our government and don’t come back until you learn
the rules of civil discourse and fair play.”

Further reading:

Television the Enabler

Trump, the Arsonist of the Party

The Last Debate

The Stalker

RG 2016

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Portrait of Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney

Art by Rob Goldstein
“Life is a blur of Republicans and meat.” Zippy
 

The Talking HeadsRemain in Light
Once in a Lifetime
Community Audio

 

Portrait of Ayn Rand and Ronald Reagan

Art by Rob Goldstein
Portrait of Any Rand and Ronald Reagan

The Talking Heads Remain in Light
Crosseyed and Painless
Community Audio

Ronnie and Maggie – 1984

Stickers, san francisco, urban art, political art
                                                            Ronnie and Maggie – 1984

People may be cooped up in Hell….But if they yell together that they are saints they all believe it.

This is the power of mob conviction.

Its extent shows why each man ought to be at considerable pains to convince himself of truth, rather than of dogma, or half of a truth, or of nothing.

Those who subscribe to dogma or who hold half a truth to be all of the truth or who say, “I know nothing,” make a palsied spectacle of themselves and it is not only unpleasant to live with them, but dangerous in addition.

Down the shuffling ages have gone myriads of people calling to Muhammad, as Christians call to Christ, and revering Buddha or Confucius, as Christians say they revere Christ. All of them think of each other as heathenand they are, all of them.

Each of them, and many more, has a man and a book and some have a word, but none will listen to the word of the other to see if anything can be learned by it. Their cities rise and vanish. The stupefying multiplicity of their wars and arguments rust and are silent.

They never think: I did this for nothing, or we died for nothing. But the pyramids were for nothing. All the holy dead in all the crusades died for nothing—though economists, swallowing a caravan of camels, will tell you it was for trade routes.

Kingdom, power and glory, forever accessible to man are forever so meanly snatched at that they turn to clay in the hands of men.

The dime out has extinguished even the frail lantern of Diogenes. Christ asked only that you set truth first ahead of all other fealties, and that you examine yourself, not your brother, with its light.

Whenever the door of Hell opens, the voice you hear is your own.

Philip Wylie
Generation of Vipers 1942
page 314-315