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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

It’s been a fun Monday for Donald Trump: He’s lashed out at his rivals, slammed the last Republican president, talked up a birther-style lawsuit against Ted Cruz — and even threatened once more to potentially run as a third-party candidate if the Republican National Committee doesn’t bow down to him.

Trump put out a press release in the afternoon, slamming Ted Cruz as “the single biggest liar I’ve ever come across, in politics or otherwise, and I have seen some of the best of them.” But most ominously, he called for the Republican National Committee to intervene against Ted Cruz’s falsehoods, “and if they don’t they are in default of their pledge to me.”

That “pledge” refers to the party’s promises, when Trump signed the pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee, to treat him “fairly” as a candidate. Trump now says that the RNC is failing to do so, thus forfeiting any obligation he made to them.

Trump spoke at a fiery press conference, where among other things he demeaned both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in practically the same breath.

“I think I deal with pressure well. I mean, I’ve won many club championships. You have to deal with pressure. You know, I deal with pressure, that’s what I do. My whole life has been pressure, and I like pressure, I really do like pressure,” he insisted.” But I don’t think Cruz deals well with pressure — I think he’s a basket-case. I mean, he thought he was gonna win New Hampshire, and he lost it. Not only did he lose — he lost big league. I think that Cruz does not handle pressure well.”

He continued: “I don’t think that Rubio handles pressure well. You saw that it in his run-in with Christie. I mean, I was standing next to Rubio, and I thought he just got out of a swimming pool — he was soaking wet. I mean, you know, so I don’t think he handles pressure well. I just don’t see him negotiating — look, I don’t see that personality negotiating with Putin, like (points toward himself) this personality, okay?”

Trump also dug in further on the attack he launched at this past Saturday’s Republican debate, in which he slammed former President George W. Bush, brother of his current rival Jeb Bush, as having actually failed to protect America from the 9/11 attacks, in addition to the “disaster” of the Iraq War.

“Look, when somebody attacks me like Jeb, at one of the debates — and I was very nice to him at the Ronald Reagan (Library), I didn’t say it, I didn’t want to say it — but he talked about the tremendous safety,” Trump said, referring to a debate from last year. “Well, excuse me, the World Trade Center came down during the, you know, the reign of George Bush. Right? I mean, it came down. So, during the Ronald Reagan, you remember the Library debate, he mentioned how we were safe. We weren’t safe. That was the greatest attack in the history of the United States — worse than Pearl Harbor, because it was individuals, we are attacked as individuals, as opposed to the military, the greatest single attack.”

“So when he’s saying — and I’m standing up there, I’m saying, ‘Do I want to embarrass him by saying this?’ But because I’m a nice person, I didn’t do it. But then when he used it another time, I had to say, ‘I’m sorry, but we weren’t safe — the World Trade Center came down, which was the greatest attack in history on this country.’ So you had that. You obviously had the war, which was a big mistake. I mean, I think few people would say the war in Iraq was a positive. You had him on the aircraft carrier saying all sorts of wonderful things, how the war was essentially over. Guess what? Not over. And you know, the war with Iraq is a disaster.”

The following is the complete text of Trump’s press release:

DONALD J. TRUMP RESPONDS TO THE LIES OF SENATOR CRUZ AND WARNS OF LEGAL ACTION

Ted Cruz is a totally unstable individual. He is the single biggest liar I’ve ever come across, in politics or otherwise, and I have seen some of the best of them. His statements are totally untrue and completely outrageous. It is hard to believe a person who proclaims to be a Christian could be so dishonest and lie so much.

Cruz said I would be appointing a liberal judge when in fact I will appoint a great conservative and I am the only candidate who has gone so far, at the debate, as to suggest two individuals I feel would best represent the conservative values we need to protect: William “Bill” Pryor Jr. and Diane Sykes.

Cruz says I am pro-choice, when in fact I am staunchly pro-life and have been for a long time. Like Ronald Reagan, on many issues, I have evolved.

Cruz says I am in favor of ObamaCare, when in fact I have spoken about repealing and replacing this disaster of a system at every speech throughout my campaign and since it’s inception. Meanwhile, Cruz was responsible for getting Bush to put in the judge that failed to vote against ObamaCare twice.

Cruz says I will try to take away your second amendment rights, when I am one of the strongest proponents of the right to bear arms and I say so in every speech that I have made for years. I am a proud member of the NRA and so are my sons.

Cruz has become unhinged and is lying with the hopes that his statements will go unchecked until after the election and he will save his failing campaign.

In Iowa, Cruz told thousands of Ben Carson voters that Dr. Carson had left the race and to instead vote for Ted Cruz. He apologized when the race was over. Likewise, his fraudulent voter violation form sent to Iowa voters. If Ted is going to continue to lie with such desperation, I have no choice but to fight back.

One of the ways I can fight back is to bring a lawsuit against him relative to the fact that he was born in Canada and therefore cannot be President. If he doesn’t take down his false ads and retract his lies, I will do so immediately. Additionally, the RNC should intervene and if they don’t they are in default of their pledge to me.

I am the strongest on the borders and I will build a wall, and it will be a real wall. I am strongest on illegal immigration, strongest on ISIS, strongest on the military and I will take care of our Vets. I will end common core and preserve the second amendment. I will renegotiate our trade deals and bring our jobs back to our country. I am the only person who will Make America Great Again.

83 Responses to In Newest Assault, Trump Goes After Cruz, Rubio, Bush, RNC — And Bush

    • You know, but I love it!! For one of the few times I can think of, Trump is telling the truth! Cruz and Rubio are both pathological liars (as is Trump himself).

      And what he’s saying about GWB is the absolute truth too – GWB and Cheney deliberately allowed the 9/11 attack to happen because they refused to allow the CIA to try and stop it after 7 pleadings from the CIA informing them of an attack by bin Laden. I think it’s great that Trump is throwing that out for all Americans to hear – hopefully millions will start to understand just how terrible a president George Bush was: Bush allowed the greatest attack ever against American civilians to happen – and then his brother has the nerve to claim that George kept America safe!! Even with the loss in one day of almost 3,000 American lives. Could Jeb be any more clueless??

        • Right! Bill sat in the Oval Office while the CIA pleaded with Bush and Cheney to let them focus on trying to prevent an attack from bin Laden that their intelligence said was coming and twisted George and Dick’s arms while forcing them to say ‘NO’ 7 times!!

          And it was Bill who convinced George and Dick to instruct General Frank to start planning an attack on Iraq and to also giving the CIA and FBI distinct instructions to focus all their energies on doing everything within their power to finding evidence that Iraq had WMDs, or some other excuse that would allow them to attack Iraq; all of this within just a few weeks of George and Dick taking over the Oval Office (long before 9/11 happened).

      • There’s a good book out by John Dean that talks about the “prosecution of Bush, Cheney, Rove, et al,” and how they should ALL be tried for war crimes and treason against the U.S. and it’s citizens. Can’t remember the name, but you can get it on Amazon…..excellent book that describes all the BS that went on in the Bush Administration that started this ridiculous melee in the Middle East that we’re STILL dealing with today.

    • And I’m starting to believe that in his quest for being president, Trump has decided that in the process he will do everything he can to destroy the GOP as we know it today. I think he realizes that if he hopes to ever accomplish any of the goals that he may really want to accomplish should he able to pull off becoming president (which may not be the goals that he has been spewing during this clown-show campaign), that he would need a lot of new faces in the Congress to accomplish virtually anything – and given that he’s previously been more of a Democrat than a Republican – I’m not fully convinced that he wouldn’t rather see Democrats take over Congress than be faced with Republicans should he be sitting in the Oval Office.

      • Remember last summer when I said Trump’s secret agenda was to destroy the Republican party? Looks like it is not much of a secret anymore. The best part about it is that there is nothing they can do to stop him. The fuse on that dynamite was lit long ago and it is inevitably heading towards boom.

      • As I have been saying for months, Trump is a Trojan Horse for the Dems. Since so many right wingers love the “truth” Trump speaks, now Repubs are having to actually think about the previous Repub administration without the input of the party noise machine (No Hillary). Watch out Repubs! Subject: Re: Comment on In Newest Assault, Trump Goes After Cruz, Rubio, Bush, RNC — And Bush

        • The pathology of a florid narcissist is to polish his own image and tarnish other people’s image. The narcissist lives to devalue all others except for other narcissists who appear to be “like him” so he loves them through narcissistic self-identification–seeing his own reflection in their image, he comes to “idealize” the other:

          (Trump appears to be ego-identified with Putin).

          Trump will have to contend with a democrat and I believe Trump surely thinks he can do “it” better than than any Democrat as well.

          Trump is for Trump!

          For Trump, the GOP is an easy mark because they have acted without moral scruples and failed miserably in every aspect of governance for the last 16 years, demonstrating nothing beyond incompetence and obstruction.

          Once Trump defeats the GOP he will target the Democrats with the same destructive intent he now exacts on the GOP because Trump is god in his own mind!

          • Trump is just being as American as the right wing wants him to be. He’s Dirty Harry. He’s the Godfather. He’s General Patton. Americans think about themselves like that, you know. Trump is being just what the GOPers want him to be. He’s going to win that nomination. Hillary Clinton is the sensible, rational candidate and she will win the Presidency. But Trump is the big tough John Wayne American the GOP longs for and he’s going to leave the Republican Party in tatters. And I like that idea!

          • You can bet if Trump debates HRC he will attack her inability to control her man and he’ll attack Bill for being with her. Trump has a phallic fixation not unlike the modern pernicious republicans whose untiring interest is constantly prying into what other people do with their genitals!! GOpers are the modern world’s biggest political pervert class!!!

        • Meh. The big talk right now on right wing sites is the flooding of fake quotes saying that Scalia was found with a pillow over his head. It is amazing that they all say it us a direct quote from the Washington Post, but I couldn’t find it anywhere on the actual Washington Post … Matter of fact just the oposite. So the GOP is trying to distract their sheeple right now the conspiracies and lies as usual.

          • The owner of the Ranch that Scalia was at is the one that said he had a pillow on his head but it wasn’t as if someone killed him but like he did it himself.

          • Where did you see an actual quote from a reliable source that Poindexter actually said that? In WP he is quoted as saying that he was laying in bed and that nothing was unusual. All the TP blogs have him saying the quote in WP is about the pillow, which I could not find there. Is there video where Poindexter changed his statement or something?

          • Gosh, let’s hope there were no Democrats at the ranch…..or they’ll get blamed for Scalia’s death some how…..at least by the RW media!

          • An article I read did say his family did nix the idea of an autopsy. Maybe there was a reason they didn’t want some addiction he had to be made public.

      • Those of us who grew up with The Donald’s face always making news know his running for the presidency never had anything to do with party or the people of this country. All rich spoiled, spiteful little boys EVER care about are themselves. This was precisely what Citizens United bred…The First Billionaire Contest among billionaires to see who culd take over the country. Next stop? The world.

      • I’ve said for a long time that he may actually be the Most Stupendous Troll of All Time.
        Still on the fence… but you never know.
        Maybe he IS playing a much deeper game. Just very hard to imagine.
        You’d have to also be the Most Stupendous Raging Grandiose Narcissist of All Time to play with an entire country that way.

    • He is saying what the media should have been saying for a long time …. I hate to see what he will say if let loose on Hillary or Bernie.

        • Not really. I was one of the few people who brought up Bernie Sanders as a possibility for president 2 1/2 years ago. I was one of the original “Bernie Superpak Founding Members”. From researching him I decided to throw my support a different direction. I am not going to say why, in case he is the candidate. But he is vulnerable.

          • Well it is pretty shitty to just leave that hanging out there like that. If there is something serious that would nullify a Sanders candidacy isn’t it better to know it now than later? if the oppo has this info they will use it correct?

      • Sadly true.
        The media is largely at fault for not pointing out all this, and actually confronting the candidates/GOP with their erroneous statements and rather obvious lies.
        You know… real journalism.

  1. Americans are getting a freebie ticket to the World’s Biggest Theatrical Performance by the Republican Party. Now really, when grown men act like they are going through the Terrible Twos, you have to figure it’s all an “act” to distract…what the GOP boys excel at and is part of their initiation.

    • What are the distracting from? The SCOTUS slot and Obama? Or? I’ve noticed the distraction crap too, but what is your theory on what?

  2. What pressure Mr. Trump deals with. Winning club golf championships against rich old farts prepared him to deal with ISIS. Who knew?

  3. Truth is, a lot of what Trump says is quite effective. He’s smacks back twice as hard as he’s attacked. He’s the best red meat candidate the GOP has come up with in a long, long time. 🙂

    • Trump is scary only if people are aware of how he has conducted his business practices. They seem, for the most part, to have accepted his racism and crassness. I hate to say this, but I think he might have a pretty strong possibility of becoming president if things go as they have.
      The rest, except for Kasich, are extreme ChristoTaliban. None of them should be anywhere near the presidency.

        • I am talking about among those lunatics … It’s not like I’m going to vote for Kasich, he just is not a extreme right ring lunatic … Or maybe not quite as much of one. I already know about Planned Parenthood. The GOP has been trying to defund them for years.

      • Trump talks about the “contract” he made with the RNC…..and how they’ve breeched it. How many contracts has he breeched in his business life, especially the ones that he signed and then filed bankruptcy so the American taxpayer had to pay off his debts!! He should talk when it comes to adhering to contracts…..he’s never seen a contract that he doesn’t want to breech…..trust me on that one!

  4. Trump is the best friend Hillary and Bernie could ask for. Trump tells the truth and the GOP cringes because they know full well that`s what everyone already thinks. He runs third party the GOP loses, the RNC caves to Trumps demands they lose, so thank you GOP/Bags for creating the environment where a guy like Trump can help move America out of the hands of the fear mongering bible thumper crowd. As a liberal democrat I thank you for your misspelled signs your racist rants, and about all your support for Trump.

    After all I guess you really do want a return to our Constitution, the one with 4535 words in it and not one of them is god–jesus– or bible. Us real Americans thank you and we thank Trump. Now get off your azz and demand we get a new justice before you see several 4-4 votes confirming lower court rulings as the new law. So for and some against right wing values. Just in case you don`t know!!!

  5. Did IKE get “fair play”?
    Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria!
    Any objections to him running for president?
    Was Elian Gonzales an illegal alien or not?
    Fellow Americans Ray Kot, Sunil Rattu and Martin Caballero were murdered at Trump Taj Mahal!
    Should the police keep a watchful eye on that place?
    Police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo were murdered by Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller!
    Their gang leader was Cliven Bundy!
    Any anger when Rand Paul met with him?

  6. Trump isn’t going to say out loud what anybody who ever watched video of all three WTC buildings collapsing perfectly onto their foundations know – that people with a lot of clout and organizational capacity brought those buildings down, Who was involved will forever be in question. But he’s not giving it a pass.either. It occurred under Bush’s watch and no one has been held accountable. You have to admit, Trump doesn’t mince words. Send the verbiage flying and let the chips fall where they may.

  7. I, along with many other more worthy commenters, intuitively saw the value of Donald Trump running on a GOP ticket in exposing to the world the shameful and desultory condition of the GOP and its extremist positions.
    The whole notion of partisan-politics in “civilized” society, and in a modern era, is clearly w/o merit, and in need of scrapping into a junk-pile; to be replaced with an entirely new electoral system. The money and time wasted on this feudal system is an obscenity and an affront to human dignity.

    This latest expose of buffoonery clearly points out(again) the toxic result that occurs when a brew of conservative bile producers are mixed together in a test tube labeled “GOP DEBATE”.

    For those in America who have yet to emerge from the vaudeville/maniacal/non-introspective stage of human evolution, this is all very wonderful and thrilling entertainment, and helps(?) them determine who to vote for.

    Dabbling in the mixing of idiotic ideals with asinine personalities is a chemistry experiment that even Dr. Frankenstein is sanguine enough to avoid. (Performing the experiment in a confined space is the acme of fool-hardiness; the debate moderator should have had the sense to realize that).

      • How about something novel… a free and fair democratic process of the people, by the people and for the people.

        I don’t think that’s been tried yet

        • Athens, Sparta.

          Much bigger than that and you have to have “representative” democracy at best.

          (What you want us voting on the internet all 300 million of us? Yea, that will work out, did you never watch “American Idol”?)

      • I’d suggest a Mixed Member Proportional System. Either one house or two. This is truly the “Will of the People” and far more democratic than the current system.

        Why?
        – It inherently kills the partisan, two-party only, idiocy allowing representation by smaller parties with niche voter groups.
        and
        – It also kills gerrymandering dead by “making up” the overall proportion of votes from a pool of seats. In terms of power, it doesn’t matter where the boundaries are drawn.

        All in one fell swoop.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed-member_proportional_representation

        • A very complicated process all the same. The problem can be solved by allowing other parties to emerge. Why do American believe the can only be democratic with two parties? More parties we bring more diversity and wide choice. Try it!

        • A very complicated process all the same. The problem can be solved by allowing other parties to emerge. Why do Americans believe they can only be democratic with two parties? More parties will bring more diversity and wider choice. Try it!

      • I’m glad you replied. There are, it would seem, a few people in this forum who offer comments that show a willingness and ability to think beyond the surface. I’m trying to keep up with the rest of you.

        I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. As I awoke, I recited a particular epigram from memory hoping for an opportunity to say something and mention indirectly a name. And then I opened my email and saw your question.

        The system I envision would be patterned, at least, on a democratic methodology called the “Baha’i Administrative Order” and implemented by an electoral process, as first enunciated by a 19th Century Persian personage known as Baha’u’llah. His eldest son, Abdu’l Baha, elaborated on it for the benefit of the early Baha’is in Iran, Turkey, Iraq, the British Isles, the United States and Canada, and a few other local and national Baha’i communities of the time. Later, one named Shoghi Effendi, expanded further on this pattern as the Baha’is slowly evolved and matured enough to go to the next plateau of developing themselves.

        To briefly summarize, the system of governance in the Baha’i communities around the world operate on the same principles as defined in this “Administrative Order” as outlined in writing by the Pen of Baha’u’llah. There is the stipulation that within each local community consisting of at least 9 adult Baha’is there must be elected a body called the “Local Spiritual Assembly” which sees to the affairs of the community. Although this body has no real authority beyond that community in the larger village/city setting where the Baha’is reside, it so happens that in certain villages/communities in the world these bodies do function as the only form of governance. When there are sufficient numbers of these bodies within a national boundary, a “National Spiritual Assembly” is to be formed—in most countries of the world such bodies exist and direct the affairs of all the Baha’is within that “national” community’s boundaries. For example, the National Spiritual Assembly in Japan guides all the Baha’is in Japan in tending to the affairs and needs of the Baha’is throughout that land; likewise, in Russia, Armenia, Nigeria, Germany, Canada, Mexico, the United States, etc.

        Local and National Assemblies for now are prohibited in functioning in certain Muslim countries like Libya, Egypt, Iran, Algeria, because of the hostility and hatred towards the Baha’is and the Baha’i Faith. There are other Muslim countries that do allow the Baha’is to form their administrative bodies—but the Baha’is have to do so with circumspection and within certain “norms” as defined by the Muslim authorities in those lands—there is a respect that the Baha’is are admonished to show in whatever lands they reside, short of compromising basic Baha’i principles.

        Such unyielding compromise has lead to the deaths and imprisonments of hundreds of Baha’is in Iran for doing something like providing for the education of the Baha’i children, and Muslim children as well. (There is a group of adults called the “Yaran Seven” who have been under arrest since 2008 with no hope for getting a fair trial for the time being, simply for being Baha’is and administering to the needs of local Baha’is in Iran).

        (Similar restrictions once existed in Russia and former Soviet Republics—but have since been eased).

        Finally, the national assemblies gather every 5 years to elect a body called the “Universal House of Justice”, with its Seat on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Israel.

        These bodies are elected by secret ballots by all “eligible” voters 18 years of age or older. There is “NO CAMPAIGNING” in any shape or form, no discussion whatsoever of who one is thinking about voting for or who to vote for( I can’t even make a reference indirectly or directly that I want to be voted for[or Not voted for]); anyone who violates this decorum and “spiritual” atmosphere is “censured”, in a loving way. The atmosphere of voting at the local, national, and international level, is serene, dignified, silent, and charged with an atmosphere that contrasts sharply with what we see in political elections world-wide.

        All of these local and national communities are “embryonic” in nature and have been undergoing an organic development as the Baha’is understand further how to extend themselves as they mature in applying the concepts envisioned by Baha’u’llah.

        In certain circumstances, these bodies are contacted by the secular authorities for advice on how to solve problems, implement social and economic development projects, including the education of children and youth in the wider community, etc.

        I can continue later, if you’d like. For now, the best way to further explore this new and revolutionary system is to visit http://www.bahai.org.

        By the way, I’ve served on a local level in several communities since my college days here in the US. I recently met Baha’is in a Muslim country, and from surrounding areas, during a recent visit as a tourist. My first exposure to the Baha’i Faith came in Jackson, Miss. in the 60’s, courtesy of my dad.

        “O Son of Being! Make mention of Me on My earth, that in My heaven I may remember thee. Thus shall Mine eyes and thine be solaced.” (—-Baha’u’llah, from “The Hidden Words”)

    • LOL! Ah, he is just a big sweetie pie, haven’t you heard? He wants to give them homos, Muslims, and Mexicans a big hug before he kicks them over his yuuuuge wall.

      • Precisely…..That’s why I say he’s the biggest liar of the bunch. And that takes a lot of lying. Two wives couldn’t stand “mr. nice guy” and it won’t be long until the third one will be leaving. That will happen either right after he fails to get the republicon nomination, or right after he’s defeated in November.
        Remember that his having three wives proves that he’s a big supporter of “republicon family values”.

  8. Its amazing that he can so readily forget the lies he’s told during his campaign….interesting. And, if he runs as a third party, the Republicans will lose for sure and so will he. Yeah, he’s a “nice guy”…..biggest lie he’s told EVER!

  9. Bravo to Trump for pointing out the lies propagated by the Bushes. But ” My whole life has been pressure, and I like pressure, I really do like pressure” If I didn’t know better I’d say he was joking. Poor little billionaire born into luxury, lived his whole in luxury and protected from pressure whines like a baby. He thinks he can deal with Putin, I’m sure Putin is salivating at the chance to deal with a megalomaniac idiot whose ego is his primary concern.

  10. No Donald. Winning the club championship…when you own the club…is not really pressure any more than Scott Walker destroying labor unions indicate that he is prepared to defeat ISIS. Watching the Republican debates kinda lets you know what it must be like when second graders are arguing if Batman could beat the Green Hornet when the teacher leaves the room…and just as important.

  11. Frankly, my Dear, I don’t give a damn. That is not a political party anymore. It’s a syndicate with different “families” and dons. It’s similar to a Mafia, but worse, because they are dumb and the Mafia was a lot smarter in how they did their business. They didn’t advertise their “hits”.

    All I care about is that we take each and every election, and make ourselves show up, and VOTE them out of office and no more into office. Every election, even the ones that are not as “glamorous” as Presidential elections; even if you’re not in love with an idol, it’s easy.

    First, eliminate the names with (R) behind them. Then, hopefully, you’ve studied up a bit on the choices of those with (D) behind their names, and select one of those. Do it for city, county, state, federal elections and we may be able to get some serious work done on behalf of our country.

    I have no expectations re Republicans. Time to write them off.

    • My city just lost the mayorship of a longstanding Dem to a Tea Bag Repub … In California. The election before last we lost our dem congressman to a Teabag Repub.

      • I know. That’s how it starts. Voter apathy. Taking things for granted. When enough of them seize state, county, offices, then they do gerrymandering…and you end up, a lost case, with serious repercussions for the federal elections and the countries.

        Look at my state, Texas. We used to be so Blue, the Republicans didn’t even hold primaries. We used to have competent state leadership that was representative, kept our quality of life issues as priorities, best roads and highways, best education, et al. We used to send honorable, competent senators and representatives to Congress who were legends. We let too many of the others slip in and they had enough to gerrymander and now, we’re considered, and are, technically, a Red State with a Blue Heart, in more ways than one. Now, our Republicans we send to Congress are nitwits and ignoramuses who have not one piece of significance to show for themselves. And our state bleeds. We are the joke of the nation, yet, we have some very fine people who are not represented as they should be. We were part of the heart of the Democratic Party, still strong, but, unable to make much headway because of gerrymandering and so many attempts to go further with voter restriction attempts. They take away your districts, then your vote.

        We have to stay alert and exercise our duty as citizens to preserve what we have, or, we lose it. Can’t take anything for granted or sleep in and not get up and out to vote.

        • Although am a Native Californian, I am on the Texas Democrats mailing list as my mothers entire family is from Texas and Oklahoma and still have many family members living in Fort Worth, Austin et al…….in fact my granddaughter is living in Austin right now, she is also a Native Californian, getting her Masters at UT. SO am more than a little interested in what happens in Texas and I also remember very special Democrats that I respect from long ago, just loved Ann Richards, along with Barbara Jordan and of course LBJ, loved Molly Ivens, miss her wit and humor she would be having a hey day with the antics of these Republican twits of today!!!!!!!! But now…………….well need I say more, between Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert , too many to count and dummy Gregg Abbot, my goodness….you have my sympathies! I am hoping sooner rather than later, Texas regains it’s sanity and realizes they are voting against their best interests and wakes up, sending these extreme ideologues packing for good!!! AND you are completely right, Democrats HAVE TO GET THEIR BUTTS out and VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION no matter how difficult the GOP keeps trying to make it!!!

          • I don’t mean to throw gas on a fire, but I just became aware of some statistics on Texas that are kind of puzzling. It was some statistics compiled by MoneyTips.com which I got from our local paper’s on-line publications because my home state Maine – actually comes out looking much better in their statistics than many of us realized. But in reviewing the numbers something on Texas really stood out to me.
            According to MoneyTips – Texas has the 2nd Texasit ends up with the 8th lowest rate of per capita personal consumption in America. What this appears to show to me, is that although Texas produces a large amount of GDP – the average citizen of Texas makes very little with respect to their own personal income and spending power when compared to the other 50 states. Doesn’t there seem to be something wrong with that picture?? Not only does Texas send some weirdos to Congress, the average Texas citizen clearly doesn’t realize they’re being taken for a ride by their GOP politicians.

          • I have also read similar statistics. My granddaughter said sure Texas has a lot of jobs, LOW PAYING JOBS, and you can have as many as you want or can physically handle to get to any livable income that could be compared to most anywhere else in the country. Most people she knows have at least 2 sometimes three jobs, all part time, no benefits. She is quite lucky, she works at home when not in school for a law firm here in Calif. that she worked at when she lived here. As I have said several times, Texas may have lots of jobs, but they are jobs that you simply cannot sustain any quality of life. And their governor will not allow the ACA Medicare expansion access, so one makes a crummy salary and still cannot afford health insurance if you are below the poverty line, which is easy to be in Texas…..Texas has always had issues with, shall we say, less than honest politicians, that’s why Ann Richards only had one term as governor, she tried to clean it up but the big boys and money guys were not having it and ran a really dirty smear campaign to get her out. And you are right, Texans really don’t get it, many are so used to the status quo to them it’s normal. The GOP just keeps playing the social issues, the God card, along with stoking up the usual fear and loathing …..have never seen a single state that falls for ridiculous conspiracies the way Texans do, that whole Jade Helm thing was laughable, and yet there were Texans ready to shoot any soldier they saw because they were certain the president was invading Texas and declaring marshal law…..CRAZY YAHOOS.

  12. Jesus H. Fucking Christ on a crack pipe. The Republicans just cannot accept the fucking truth can they? Trump calls out W on his bullshit lies and they are all apoplectic over the fact that one of their own has the temerity to utter the truth. They truly inhabit a different universe from us reality based folks. They are currently offering a field of absolute incompetent clowns and knuckle draggers who are certifiably barking goddamn mad. The GOP is a political black hole where the truth simply cannot escape and reality goes to die.

    • Your post as vulgar as it is explains why not one single GOper apologist has shown up to defend the sickest version of republicans in the history of American politics. Starting with McCain/Palin to Romney/ Ryan, the republican presidential campaigns have gotten more profoundly insane with each cycle. It’s so bad many of my republican friends have left the party to start their own party…they call themselves the Independent party. The conundrum for this new breed of republican must be how to vote their values!

      Can you imagine??

  13. I think Trump is on his last leg. People are getting sick of his temper tantrums. He’s actually paving
    The way for Clinton. Maybe that’s his plan. I really believe his pushing his supporters away. If the GOP loses this election we can thank trump.

  14. Why are some GOP members unhappy about Trump’s claim that Geroge W Bush failed to protect America from 9/11? Are they saying that 9/11 did not happen? Trump is factually correct! What those GOP members need to do is to convince the rest of us that the 9/11 event was inevitable.

  15. I have never watched such a spectacle in American politic as Trump. He’s strangely captivating. I can’t help watch this unseemly display of raw nastiness unfold. It is like watching a boat of dirt bags going over a waterfall in slow motion while one of them drills holes in the boat to make it sink faster.

  16. The more America, Europe, and other regions distance themselves from the core of what Christianity stands for in its essence, the more inclined are its believers(or purported believers) become, crass, bigoted, materialistic, and belligerent in attitude.
    Out of this brew is displayed a degree of hostility, violence, an insistence on saying whatever is on one’s mind regardless of how indecent and satanic it may sound, and an insistence on doing whatever one feels like doing.

    This affliction is seen among the Taliban, Wahhabists, Boko Haram, Israeli extremists, Buddhists in their manner of treatment of Muslim minorities in Myammar, Hindu insistence on maintaining a rigid caste system, etc.

    The GOP and other extremists in America, ISIS, Taliban, totalitarians in Eurasia, and the like, all share a common illness as a result of their respective departures from the ideals of what they profess to believe in.

  17. Just read that Kasich, on an interview with NBC, said that he would start an agency to spread Christianity around the world. Believe me he as bad as the rest.

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