DESPERATELY SEEKING SUBSTANCE

GOP Presidential candidates can’t seem to get any traction with the future.  They seem stuck in a world that still tries to justify Bush’s invasion of Iraq and sees same-sex marriage as a threat to the nations “success”.  Most of America is ready to move beyond these issues so why are Republican contenders for the oval office determined to be on the wrong side of history?

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ON THE IRAQ WAR

First his brother sticks his foot in his mouth regarding the decision to invade Iraq in 2003 and now GOP Presidential candidate Marco Rubio insists on aligning himself with George W. Bush’s bad decision to drag us into an unnecessary war that costs us thousands of U.S. lives, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives, millions displaced from their homes and a cost of nearly a trillion dollars that continues to grow.  And for all of this we have one of the most unstable regions in the Mideast.

Why can’t Republicans walk away from the misguided assumptions that led the George W. Bush administration to invade Iraq.   The notions that the Bush administration devised to get the American public on board were so diluted that it is hard to believe that intelligent people bought into it so easily.  Perhaps their inability to distance themselves from this lie is because underlying it is the real reason that has little to do with wanting to “spread freedom” or get rid of an evil person.  It’s all about power.  He who has the oil in our energy consumption world has that power.

But people who want to lead this country cannot confront this reality

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Sunday that he thought former President George W. Bush had acted correctly by authorizing the 2003 invasion of Iraq based on facts known at the time.
“It was not a mistake for the president to go into Iraq based on the information that he was provided as president,” Rubio told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
“The world is a better place because Saddam Hussein is not there,” Rubio added of the invasion’s aftermath.”
Rubio, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said that the second Bush administration acted on the best available intelligence it had at the time.
That analysis, he added, initially implied that Iraq had obtained weapons of mass destruction.  “It was governed by a man who in the past had committed atrocities with weapons of mass destruction,” Rubio said of Hussein’s regime in Iraq.   SOURCE

Actually there was plenty of information out there that strongly suggested Saddam didn’t have WMDs.  Yes he had committed atrocious acts toward some of his people during the time Reagan considered him an ally against Iran, but so have other regimes around the world.  This wasn’t used as an excuse to invade them because unlike Iraq they didn’t have sufficient supplies of oil we needed, or if they did they were willing to allow our corporations to come in and siphon these oil resources off.

Bush had sought reasons to invade Iraq long before 9/11 occurred.   Cheney had started making plans on how to divide the oil resources between Exxon/Mobil. Chevron. Conoco and Shell Oil back in his secretive Energy Task Force meetings months before Saudi terrorists attacked us on 9/11.

For Rubio or anyone else to believe we were justified for invading Iraq under the pretense that he had WMDs and was a threat to our national security, they are simply being dishonest.  To suggest too that even if it was a big mistake but that “the world is better off without Saddam in it” is an illusive supposition that ignores the mess that currently exists because we took him out.

Failure to admit we made a mistake in invading Iraq really couldn’t hurt the GOP’s brand any worse than it already is.  In fact, it could raise its level of credibility somewhat and give traditional GOP voters cause to feel good about their Party once again.  But it seems clear that the current crop of GOP candidates lack any political will to own up to the truth about that war, unlike the American public who has come to terms with it.   Many grudgingly so.

 

ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE

Recent comments by Jeb Bush reflect the decision GOP Presidential candidates have chosen in their bid to win the Party’s nomination.

Interviewed Sunday by the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Bush was asked whether he believed that gay marriage was a right protected by the U.S. constitution.

“I don’t, but I’m not a lawyer, and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace,” he said.
“To imagine how we’re going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, a child-centered family system, is hard to imagine,” Bush said.
“If we want to create a right-to-rise society, where people, particularly children born in poverty, if we want to have them have a chance we should be—a core American value,” Bush said, “we have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and a dad loving their children with their heart and soul.”     SOURCE

In light of the fact that a strong majority of those polled are unopposed to gay marriages it seems curious that if there is any hope to win the general election that GOP candidates would avoid or at least temper their comments about this issue to reflect an open mind.   But right now their only intent is winning the nomination through the primaries and to do this they will have to appeal to the extremist elements within their Party.

Six short years ago the poll numbers were flipped with the same percentage opposing gay marriages that now reflect support for such unions.  Perhaps this is where the candidates have their head at – the past.

Clearly too the feeling they espouse that gay marriages diminish traditional marriages where a “committed, loving family life with a mom and a dad loving their children with their heart and soul” once prevailed simply ignores the reality of heterosexual divorce today.  Though divorce rates are still high for heterosexual couples – around 41% to 50% – data shows that the rate of divorce is decreasing in the 21st century  – the period of time that same-sex unions were on the rise.  And for what it’s worth, those states who do allow same-sex marriage are also showing lower rates of divorce overall.  

On heterosexual divorce rates, the Christian leadership have tried to ameliorate this problem by referring to studies that show serious Christians have far lower rates of divorce than those who haven’t fully committed themselves to the full-throated lifestyle of Christianity

One such study suggests “that ‘active conservative Protestants’ who regularly attend church are 35 percent less likely to divorce compared to those who have no affiliation.”  The fact however that fewer “active conservative Protestants” (38%) file for divorce less than the general population or less committed Christians (60%) ignores the reality that better than one-third of committed Christians in a traditional marriage sue for divorce.   Nearly 2 in 5 still violate the strict biblical restriction on divorce.  A problem it seems that lies within their faith system, not outside of it.

These numbers have been pretty much unchanged from an earlier time before the public became fully aware of same-sex marriages.  Suggesting then that same-sex marriages are the causal failure for a breakdown in traditional marriages is a blame game the church uses to hide it’s inability to win over converts.  A recent Pew poll shows that fewer Americans have religious affiliations than they did just a few short years ago.

Though this presents an alarming finding for orthodox Christians it doesn’t mean that this country is on a path to destruction.

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Other factors can lay greater claim to a breakdown in the social structure.  The crony and predatory capitalism that puts profits over people destroys the economic foundation that allowed a greater number of Americans to share in the wealth generated in this country.  The continued emphasis on American exceptionalism that justifies needless wars also tears at the social fabric.  The GOP needs to get a grip on the realities of the 21st century if they have any hope in restoring this country to the post WWII days that made America the envy of the world.  Beating up on gays and beating the war drums are not solutions to achieve this.

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16 responses to “DESPERATELY SEEKING SUBSTANCE

  1. Hey LB, nice work. I’m not very politically savvy but even I notice the GOP blind spot. I will never understand the strategy of only campaigning to those voters who are ALREADY VOTING GOP no matter what. While viewing the tiny middle ground of undecided voters as not worth the effort. You don’t grow the church by preaching to the choir.
    Another small stat for your gay marriage opinion that completely contradicts what conservative Christians want us to believe:
    My Father, Career Navy Chaplain (Baptist) Ret. Current Hospice Chaplain with Doctorate in Religion from William Carey Theological University, (The Poster Boy for Protestant Conservative Christianity) On his 3rd Marriage.
    Me, Atheist, introduced to my wife 26 years ago by my gay best friend, who, like me is also still married to spouse #1. His gay marriage has not managed to destroy the integrity of my traditional family. My complete rejection of Christianity does not seem to have affected it either.
    I know it is a very smart-assed comment and only one example, but I love how it disproves the Rights position by 100%.
    My father is a terrific man and my best friend, but his beliefs did nothing to ensure the sanctity of marriages.
    Thank you for letting me be a part of your discussion LB, phillip

    • “I know it is a very smart-assed comment and only one example, but I love how it disproves the Rights position by 100%”

      I don’t think it’s smart-ass at all Phillip. Thanks for sharing this story. Your case simply proves that the delusional assertions made by fundamentalist conservative christians is based on fear and misunderstanding more than anything else.

  2. dumb people take dumb positions. I think that’s the answer…most of the GOP is dumb, dumber than a lone ant in the middle of town…dumb.

    • I wish it was that simple Sherry but there is method to their madness and that is far more scarier than thinking it is an absence of smart thinking. The use of fear and hate and revisionist distortions has become an art form for many within Republican Party politics. Most voters are smart enough to know what’s going but enough are not willing to act on this knowledge and act instead as if they are deeply conditioned from casting an opposing vote for a Democrat under any circumstances.

  3. They’re a funny lot, but what’s scary is that they (whoever “they” will be) will garner 45-odd percent of the vote.

    On another note, I saw Texas is trying to pass a law that removes a city’s right to ban fracking. This is outrageous, but my real question here is don’t the “small government is godly” crowd see this is a massive and unconscionable overreach of HUGE government?

    • Yes, HB40 was signed into law earlier this week by Governor “Bubba”. It essentially deprives all cities of local control. And yes, it exemplifies the hypocrisy of the crowd that always berates the federal government for regulatory over reach.

      But the good thing is that the right wing voters who put these yahoos into office are beginning to see how predatory capitalism is a result of their vote. Not sure it will change much soon enough but the Texas GOP will be hard-pressed to defend itself against its plutocratic tendencies in the future

      • “Is law retroactive”

        Pretty much. It works almost entirely to the advantage of the oil and gas industry leaving discretion up to the state agencies who have been corporate-friendly to oil and gas throughout their history in the state.

        but this doesn’t mean we in Denton who first passed the fracking ban are giving up. Those who first proposed the ban remain organized and are pursuing measures to over turn the bill. Likely though that we will have to wait until the 2016 elections and send a clear message to Austin by ousting those who supported this bill. If we can achieve a 50% rate on this it should instill a little fear in those who still represent the industry instead of their citizen constituents.

  4. I think I can address this one without violating my sacred vow of 2016 Chastity pending the actual arrival of 2016.

    No discussion of political fallout from Iraq2: Electric Boogaloo is complete without bringing up Project For The New American Century. (PNAC) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century

    They were an outfit created by William Kristolnacht that was dedicated to American ascendancy through increased military involvement. America should ditch pussy-assed, “negotiation” & “diplomacy” and solve its problems almost exclusively through global warfare that would continue until everyone in the world did America’s bidding. In 1998-9, they demanded an immediate invasion of Iraq and suggested violent regime change for much of the Middle East. They acknowledged that this would be domestically unpopular without the assistance of a “new Pearl Harbour”. (Lucky for them a “former” friend & co-worker delivered -eh?)

    In short, these PNAC folk got their chance to do exactly what they wanted to all along. The verdict was determined, not just before the evidence was demonstrated, but before the crime itself was committed.

    Members of PNAC included 10 future Bush Administration parasites like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Woolsey, Perle, Wolfowitz, Bolton, Elliot Abrams, Scooter Libby….and a fellow named….Jeb Bush!

    • Yes, I spent many posts exposing the conspiracy of neo-conservatives vis a vis PNAC, even the part that mentioned a similar scenario to 9/11 – they called it “another Pearl Harbor event” – that was supposed to unify the American people behind the agendas proposed by PNAC writers

      • Yeah. It all worked out just perfect for those assholes. Well, except for actually accomplishing their stated goals of peace, stability, democracy, etc. However, normalizing the methods to reach their goals (increased militarization, permanent war status, etc) were most certainly achieved. Perhaps, that’s all that ever really mattered.

        Stupid (and evil) as these fuckers are, they still know how to routinely outsmart the population and get what they want. Even abject failure doesn’t seem to slow them down.

        While I’m not fully sold on any given conspiracy, I sure as shit can’t rule many out. It’s just how these kind of douche-bags roll. They just keep rubbing elbows all the time (See: Bush Sr and Osama’s bro scheduled for a meeting on 9/11) They switch allegiances faster than Survivor and using any means “justifies” the end. And they all have so much at stake in favour of keeping the bullshit merry-go-round turning.

        So, when they find out about something that’s going to make their wet dreams a reality, the odds of such amoral, fuckwipes doing nothing more than looking the other way are pretty good.

      • “They switch allegiances faster than Survivor and using any means “justifies” the end.”

        Not unlike the practice of Afghani warlords, eh? 🙂 Everything has its price

  5. The inherent problem for any Presidential candidate in any future election is winning the approval of both The Base and The Money. Only THEN do you get the chance to con the 50% that still bother to vote by denying everything you said you claimed to stand for during the last year 2 years…4 years.

    Especially for Republicans, the range of policy options is severely limited. Successfully negotiating your way through that narrow space closely resembles trying to pilot an ocean liner through the back passage of a Ken doll.

    But they will keep trying to do it. Heaven forbid anyone actually lay out what they actually believe in and let the chips fall where they may!

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