When someone says the phrase “Republican Party” what is the first word that comes to mind?
For many, the word “embarrassment” may best describe the current state of the GOP. Republicans like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump, who have taken the debate out of the regal halls of conventional politicking, and dragged it, kicking and screaming, through the mud and into the schoolyard by hurling adolescent insults at each other about penis size, business prowess, and good old fashioned male machismo, have surely earned that title.
Others might describe the war hungry, fear mongering Grand Old Party as “scary” in its current incarnation. After all, the Republican front runner has proposed bringing back torture, registering American citizens based on their religion, and forcing military leaders to commit illegal actions by killing the wives and children of suspected terrorists, not to mention Ted Cruz’s daily proclamation of carpet bombing any country that looks at us sideways.
Many other people might just call the Republican party flat out “crazy.” A fair description of a party that believes our president is a secret Muslim who is here to bring about the biblical End of Days. A party that believes the Newtown slaying of 20 school children was faked so liberals can take away the Second Amendment. A party that believes Obama sent his evil army of the 12 Ebola monkeys into Texas to infect the “Lone Star State” so the government can finally initiate their end game of locking all good Christians in FEMA death camps. And don’t even get me started on “Legitimate Rape” and “The Birther Movement.”
But for me, the one word that best describes what the Republican Party party has become is “childish.” Over the past week we have watched the two Republican front runners engage in heated debate, not about any real world issues that would affect the quality of life for Americans, but about whose wife is hotter. It’s the political equivalent of my dad can beat up your dad.
This week’s episode of “The Real Housewives Of The Republican Primary” began with Mr. Christian Integrity, Ted Cruz – or the people who support him – using an unsavory picture of Trump’s wife in an ad, attacking Trump’s family values. Trump quickly responded by tweeting out a side by side meme of both of their wives with the tagline “No Need to Spill The Beans, The Images Are Worth A Thousand Words”. Things escalated when Ted Cruz did what any sane and rational person running for the highest office in the land would do, he called Trump a “sniveling coward,” a “rat,” and promised to never fornicate with him.
During this whole ridiculous pissing contest, Donald Trump has made unsubstantiated claims that he has inside information about Cruz’s wife Heidi that would destroy the Evangelical Senator’s political career. A threat that is as much P.T. Barnum as it is Trump supporter fan fiction. Nevertheless, Trump continues to insinuate that he is holding back a Heidi Cruz truth bomb and in an interview on “ABC’s This Week” stated,
There are things about Heidi that I don’t want to talk about, I’m not going to talk about them. I mean, you know, you could look, but I wouldn’t talk about them.
Trump also went on to add,
I’m just responding to what he does, I just respond, I counter-punch, but always the press likes to make me the bad guy. He’s the one that started it.
A typical response, considering much of the back and forth between these two Republican Candidates sound like two children arguing in the back seat of a car while on family vacation.
Whether you find the implosion of the GOP a wonderful and amusing train wreck to revel in, or a disgraceful comedy of errors that bastardizes the true meaning of our Democracy, in the end America will pay a real political price for the abhorrent behavior of a couple of spoiled brats I wouldn’t let run a lemonade stand, much less my country.
Watch Donald Trump’s ramblings courtesy of Raw Story:
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