Thursday, March 03, 2011

The View from Across the Pond...

It is always interesting  to watch American politics from  the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.   As I type this blog entry I am sitting in the Pillars of Hercules pub in London's West End.

CNN International is  playing on the TV behind the bar,  and  former Arkansas  Governor  Mike Huckabee is pontificating  his world view. Huckabee seems to have grasped  the fact that  his only shot at  winning the  2012 Republican Presidential Nomination is to out-crazy everyone else   who is thinking about running.

In a radio interview with official hate group wingnut  Bryan Fischer Huckabee  gave one of the lamest non-denial, denials  we have seen  in a long time.   Criticized  for  stating the  out and out lie that  President Obama "grew up in Kenya" (he didn't)   Huckabee  doubled down. (hat tip to  media matters)

In a radio interview today, Mike Huckabee claimed that President Obama "has a different worldview and I think it is, in part, molded out of a very different experience. Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings and, you know, our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas. And I just do think that there is - again, I am not saying he's not a citizen, I've never said that, I've said the opposite. I've never said he's a Muslim."

Sure Mike, you're not saying the President is a Muslim, you're just saying he grew up going to a Madrassa somewhere in the Middle East or Africa.

So by that same logic; I'm not saying Mike Huckabee is a violent racist extremist who supports the Klu Klux Klan, I'm just saying that where most Americans grew up in States that taught how the Civil War was fought to end the horror of slavery, Mike Huckabee grew up in communities filled with lynchings, Klan rallies and pro-segregationist politicians.

So it's only natural that Huckabee would have a different world view than most of us.

Let's clear up a few things shall we?  If you think President Obama...

- was born in Kenya
- was born in Indonesia
- is a Muslim
- is a Marxist
- reformed health care so the government can kill old people,
- hates America
- is in any way similar to Adolf Hitler, or Joseph Stalin
- was not legitimately elected (by a landslide) as President
- is a Socialist
- is Fascist
- is the Anti-Christ

If you believe ANY of these things, you are either a complete and utter moron, lacking the basic intelligence God gave geese, OR you are a frightened racist who simply cannot handle the fact that the President of the United States is not white.   And if you are a politician who is trying to capitalize on that stupidity or  that racism, you are not fit to hold elected office of any kind, let alone that of President of the United States.

The rest of the world looks at the GOP / Tea Party lunatics and just shakes its collective heads. Americans clearly have a shorter attention span than your average goldfish. Forgetting the unbelievable damage the GOP inflicted on them, American voters turned right around in 2010 and said "thank you , may we have some more?"

What does the Republican Party offer? Job growth? Nope, the proposed GOP budget will result in the loss of over 700,000 American jobs. Liberty and justice for all? Nope, not even close. The GOP / American Taliban is on a quest to eliminate women's rights, and turn bigotry into civil law, and turn the clock on workers rights back to the late 1800's.

So as I sit here in London and gaze back across the Atlantic,  I see the Nation of my birth is at risk.   The United States of America is now in real danger of going from being the leader of the free world, to the laughing stock of it.

1 comment:

yerma said...

I really like what you say. Here in Wisconsin the present party in the majority is trying to blame the fraud and greed of big business and Wall Street on the child care workers, day care providers teachers and local governments. Everything from recycling to safe city drinking water is to be eliminated. This looks and smells like fascism dressed up as "fiscal responsibility"
Can you find us a nice little flat in London?