I don’t get political on the site too often, preferring to do my best to stick to environmental issues. But sometimes events come along that should be discussed openly, and that includes this seemingly endless race for a Republican nominee to run against President Obama this fall.
In truth, The President is probably rather thrilled with the selection the GOP has put forward, as he should have no problem beating any of them in November. If the Republican party had a reasonably intelligent candidate to run, he maybe would have had a fight on this hands. With this group, however, their insanity far outweighs their ability to win the Presidency.
While they are running for the nomination, they get the feeling that the American people are with them in their policies and statements because they are in a bubble, carefully crafted by their hardcore supporters and the news media. Once one of them gets the nomination, it’s all over – now they have to garner attention from everyone else of legal voting age in the country. And crazy, my friends, doesn’t play well with the general public. I don’t want crazy for a President, thanks; I have enough of it in my day to day life. I want someone who is way, way smarter than I am to run this joint.
In case you don’t believe me or aren’t sure of what I am talking about, here are some quotes from the leading Republican candidates running for President; how the GOP ended up with this group I will never understand.
“I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” and “I never really called myself pro-choice.”
“Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People’s pockets. Human beings, my friend.”
“I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.”
“I love this state. The trees are the right height.”
“Roe v. Wade has gone too far.” and “I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.”
“I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” (His father never marched with MLK)
“I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. I don’t know how much our contribution is to that, because I know that there have been periods of greater heat and warmth in the past but I believe we contribute to that. And so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.”
“My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.”
“I was a severely conservative Republican governor.”
“I never understood the difference between Medicare and Medicaid…”
“Satan has his sights on the United States of America”
“But I do have concerns about women in front-line combat, I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission, because of other types of emotions that are involved.”
“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery.”
“President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob … Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.”
“We have brave men and women who are willing to step forward because they know what’s at stake. They’re willing to sacrifice their lives for this great country. What I’m asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country?”
“[John McCain] doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative.”
“One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.”
These are the two men running to hold the highest office in our country. Is Obama perfect? Not by a long shot. Would I rather have GW Bush than these two gentlemen running this time? Absolutely… and I cannot believe I just wrote that. He may have been a little slow, but Romney and Santorum have brought the discourse level to a place of absolute insanity never before seen in American politics.
Your vote matters. It matters for the Presidency, their policies, our future, the reputation of our country around the world and the saneness of our political process moving forward. Vote your conscience, not your party. If GW Bush was running against a Democrat that couldn’t make up his or her mind from day to day and was concerned about Satan coming to America, you bet I would vote for him in a heartbeat.