Sunday, November 29, 2015
POST TURKEY BLAHS
Everyone should have had a belly full this Thanksgiving weekend. Not just Turkey or Ham but also sports and the onslaught of Christmas sales.
Fortunately, we seemed to have been spared from the politicians or at least I was ignorant of any local mal-doings.
On the national scene Carlson, who recently came under fire for comparing Syrian refugees to rabid dogs, made a trip to Jordan to get up to date on foreign policy. He visited Syrian Refugee camps there and decided that they did not want to come to the USA but return home. Therefore we must get rid of ISIS, No how or why.
Most of the others were for the greater part quiet except for Trump the favorite of Republicans in the polls who insisted on Sunday he was "100 percent right" when he said he saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, even though fact-checkers have debunked his assertion.
In a phone interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Trump said he has heard from "hundreds of people that agree" that there were televised Muslim celebrations of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which he used as evidence to show his remarks were true.” (news media quote).
Yes the TV news did show “thousands of Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attack on the USA.
Only problem was that while glued to the TV like most of us; all I saw were episodes from Arab nations. Perhaps Trump meant that he was in Jersey City at that time and saw televised “thousands of Muslims etc.”
With Trump’s habit of shooting from the waist he continues to attract a dangerous lunatic fringe with half-truths or plain falsehoods. One can recall that Hitler began his political career in Munich in the same manner and built a following of those who felt in need of scapegoats and would destroy the system. There is such a danger in any free speech democracy.
A positive sign is that the latest poll in evangelistic Iowa showed on a 25% Trump Republican preference. However Cruz suddenly is on his tail with 23% .It us believed that Cruz is now attracting disenchanted Carson adherents.
We can only hope that some rationality will strike the Republican Party before its convention. At least there is still enough candidates left that when it comes down to the nitty gritty there will be valid choices.