The Crazies and the Dangerous
During every presidential election campaign, we hear all kinds of crazy and stupid sh*t from the candidates, especially from the Republicans, who insist on turning back the clock – way back, at least by several decades – when Blacks couldn’t vote and women didn’t have as many rights. Some would like to take us back even further, to the time when workers had no rights, there was no Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, smoking was encouraged to kids, there was no talk of the environment or climate change, child labor wasn’t illegal and white men felt like real white men, not like now!
But, it seems like in recent years, the crazy and stupid talk has intensified. Former Arkansa Governor Mike Huckabee says: “Roe v. Wade is like the Holocaust, only worse”, and that if elected, he’d consider using the National Guard to stop women from having abortions. Jeb Bush says that women on welfare “should be able to get their lives together and find a husband.” Rand Paul says: “if there is a war on women they won because women in my family are incredibly successful.”
And, what’s even crazier than the idiots making such stupid remarks is that the crazier they get, the more popular they become with the brainwashed conservative base. Donald Trump was for a while the champion of crazy talk (until he was dethroned by Ben Carson) and sure enough he was the most popular among the Republican base and is still the second most popular. Everyone knows about his insult against Mexican immigrants when he called them criminals and “rapists”. In 2006, when as the guest of The View TV show, he was asked what he thought of his daughter posing in Playboy, he said: “I don’t think Ivanka would do that although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
But, not to be outdone, Ben Carson showed that when it comes to saying batsh*t crazy and outrageous things, he’s better at it than anyone else. And the more crazy things he said, the more popular he became. To appease right wingers who are against any kind of healthcare for the poor, he called.
Obamacare “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery”. “In a way”, he went on “it is slavery, because it is making all of us subservient to the government.” He also called it worse than 9/11. He even compared abortion to slavery and thinks abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape and incest.
To win favorability from right wing extremists who think the government is trying to get their guns, he said America “is very much like Nazi Germany”. “You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population”. He also said that Jews could have prevented the Holocaust if they had guns. He told Fox News in September 2014 that President Obama might declare martial law and cancel the 2016 Election so he can continue being president. He threw another bone to the religious whites when he said Muslims seeking political office should be administered a test in order to protect the Constitution.
While in Ferguson, Mo., he denied there is any police racism. He said he didn’t see any racism. He even attacked Planned Parenthood, which provides healthcare services to the poor and Blacks. “One of the reasons that you find most of their clinics in black neighborhoods”, he opined, “is so that you can find way to control that population”. His popularity continued to rise among Tea Partiers when he suggested doing away with Medicare and Medicaid. Despite lack of evidence for claims of voter fraud among Blacks and Latinos, the conservatives kept making an issue of it in order to deny Blacks and the poor the right to vote. Dr. Carson came down again on the side of the racist conservatives and said: “anyone caught involved in voter fraud should be immediately deported and have his citizenship revoked.”
Just so gays didn’t feel left out, he also went after them when he called homosexuality a “choice”. Because, he said, “a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay.” He also compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia.
While he complains that the U.S. has become too much like Nazi Germany, ironically, if anyone tries to bring fascism to the US, it would be he. But, as dangerous as someone like him can be for the poor and the minorities, what worries me isn’t crazies like Ben Carson or Donald Trump, who aren’t and won’t be supported by the billionaires, the Wall Street and the “smart money” (an actual phrase among big investors on Wall Street). What worries me is Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who can and will get the support of bankers and the 1% in order to maintain the current course and the status quo.