What a sorry question to have to answer: are Mexicans criminals, rapists, and drug dealers or are they hard-working, long-suffering Hispanics who only want to help us make America better? California, the state with the largest Hispanic population, will decide on Tuesday. Primary voters can choose between two positions on an issue that has little to do with running the country and everything to do with inflaming the people over a painful, divisive problem.
It took Donald Trump to show how doubters, cowards, and appeasers control the dialogue of our war on terror. Even conservative British Prime Minister David Cameron took a turn throwing a few potshots at Trump’s supposedly anti-Muslim comments.
We can cut Cameron a little slack. His Islamic problem is a lot bigger than ours and the UK is much closer to the action.
Making America great doesn’t mean what it used to. These three words remember a time and place that vanished years ago, one that no longer has a lot of relevance to Republican voters the party is trying to win over with pleas to traditional values. The problem is that Republicans don’t understand traditional values in the way they like to think of them any more than they can fathom how Barack Obama so effortlessly changed America’s political landscape.
Less than three months to go before their convention and Republicans still don’t get it. There is only one big difference between the parties in the 2016 election:
Do we give it away, or do we make people work for it?
In politics “it” can be a lot of things. It might be higher wages. It could be equality for fringe groups, tax breaks, legal status for immigrants, free health care, free education, or retirement security.
This seems like a good time for a few thoughts on fools and the many things that a fool will vote for. If you are weighing your options after listening to your favorite candidate and find yourself using any of these eight promises to make your decision, STOP. Just because it’s April Fools’ Day doesn’t mean you have to be stupid.
America has always been conflicted about what to do with a majority. Should we stand behind our democratic values, or ignore what a majority wants so we can benefit a minority? Politics, not principle usually answers that question. It has a tendency to create majorities when they are needed to make a point. One of the worst things that can happen with “vast majority” thinking is that bad people are turned into good people.
The big problem with a giveaway culture is that you can never give away enough to keep people happy. The bar has to be raised again and again. When being elected to our highest political office is the prize it can be raised to extremes. Candidates call it discussing their positions on the issues. Some of us call it spreading lies.
What do Marco Rubio and the Pope have in common? They both confronted a bully candidate for the GOP nomination who is more intent on seeking attention with insults and abuse than giving us concrete reasons why he should call the shots from on high.
Many conservatives applauded Donald Trump for his remarks on the pontiff’s determination to watch his church’s illegal numbers in the U.S.