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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2016 at 2:57am

Daniel, "But who am I to say?" Well, for one thing, you are a clear thinker and express yourself clearly. You have unusual rants that often evoke laughter or tears when I read your stuff. You often have a different perspective that informs me. So, I think you are a worthy one to whom to pay heed. 

Jeez! I am really lucky, just look at all these clear thinkers who express themselves very clearly and do so with a twinkle in their eyes. 

Bertold, I like that article by Taibbi and the quote you chose. Another idea that caught my eye is 

Having not recently suffered a revolution or a foreign-military occupation, Americans haven't seen this phenomenon much, but the effortless treason of top-tier Republicans once Trump locked up the nomination was the most predictable part of this story. Politicians, particularly this group, are like crackheads: You can get them to debase themselves completely for whatever's in your pocket, even if it's just lint.

That's why the first rule of any revolution is to wipe out the intellectuals. Trump is surely already dreaming of the vast logging camp he will fill with the Republican thinkfluencers who are at the moment making a show of being the last holdouts.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 4, 2016 at 12:22am
Bertold, I love Tabbis style.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 3, 2016 at 8:09pm

You're right, Loren. To change your mind you have to have one.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 3, 2016 at 8:00pm

Bertold, more than anything else, Drumpf needs to be told NO, told NO repeatedly, and have that NO backed up with facts and hard statistics.  Oh, I don't expect him to change his mind, because he won't.  What he WILL do is react mindlessly, bloviate, run off at the mouth, and otherwise make an even larger fool of himself than he has to date and thus further embarrass the party he putatively represents.

If the Republican party cannot take Donald J. Trump as the single most critical lesson delivered to them in the past 20 years, it doesn't deserve to survive.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 3, 2016 at 4:43pm

Great one, Ruth--

Stealing it.

This is a rather eloquent slice from Matt Taibbi's RS piece (my bolding)

RIP GOP: How Trump Is Killing the Republican Party

If this isn't the end for the Republican Party, it'll be a shame. They dominated American political life for 50 years and were never anything but monsters. They bred in their voters the incredible attitude that Republicans were the only people within our borders who raised children, loved their country, died in battle or paid taxes. They even sullied the word "American" by insisting they were the only real ones. They preferred Lubbock to Paris, and their idea of an intellectual was Newt Gingrich. Their leaders, from Ralph Reed to Bill Frist to Tom DeLay to Rick Santorum to Romney and Ryan, were an interminable assembly line of shrieking, witch-hunting celibates, all with the same haircut – the kind of people who thought Iran-Contra was nothing, but would grind the affairs of state to a halt over a blow job or Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.

A century ago, the small-town American was Gary Cooper: tough, silent, upright and confident. The modern Republican Party changed that person into a haranguing neurotic who couldn't make it through a dinner without quizzing you about your politics. They destroyed the American character. No hell is hot enough for them. And when Trump came along, they rolled over like the weaklings they've always been, bowing more or less instantly to his parodic show of strength.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 3, 2016 at 2:50pm

Oh, he shoots from the hip alright ... but being that the weapon never cleared the holster, the barrel, pointing downward, did a lovely job of decimating Drumpf's tootsies!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2016 at 1:00pm

Oh! My goodness! That says it all! I am reposting, thanks Ruth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 3, 2016 at 11:42am

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