There are two Presidential primaries today and Super Tuesday, when most of the South holds their primaries, is in March. I think most of the country, having been forced to witness the Republicans fight over their nomination, is waiting for a punch line somewhere. People, even die-hard Republicans I know, are asking if this isn’t a joke? Unfortunately, it is real life.
I have to admit, I’ve never seen such scary rhetoric spewed from the mouths of politicians like what is being unleashed on the country this year. We have all the racist stuff of course against Blacks, Latinos, and any religion other than Christianity. That is halfway expected as the Tea Party especially has thrown that around the last couple years like it actually is something. It isn’t. And there are the poor people…. Mitt Romney said openly he doesn’t care about them and Santorum said he wants income inequality for that is the way it should be.
But now we are hearing how women shouldn’t be allowed to use birth control or hold certain jobs. (Personally, as a guy, I really want women using birth control. Just saying.) And the party that doesn’t want government interfering with the quality of air you breath or to vaccinate kids, now wants to legislate under what conditions women – read that as restrict women – may receive healthcare. You listen to the likes of a Rick Santorum and basically women, in his view, should be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.
Then there is education. Apparently, it is now a liberal conspiracy to brainwash people when people are encouraged to go to college. This is what was said this week. Even though the candidates themselves went to college and encouraged their families to go college. Somehow, education is a bad thing and corrupts one’s faith. I hate to point this out, but most successful clergy, have several diplomas hanging on their wall.
If it wasn’t real life, this would be a bad comedy. It is no laughing matter that at a time when so many crisis face people, the only solution being offered by one of the two major parties is to turn the clock back to 1950 and pray real hard. You have to wonder at what point Obama’s campaign team starts making victory plans. The Republicans have managed to alienate 80% of the women, any guy who also favors birth control, and anyone who went to college, wants their family to go college, or hopes for further education. Don’t forget the poor which is after all, most of the country.
It is scary stuff being spewed out there. You keep waiting for someone, anyone, to step in and stop it. Maybe, shake some sense into the candidates? Then again, how would they do that? Because, to steal comedian Ron White’s famous line, “You Can’t Fix Stupid.”