COMMENTARY: GOP’S Carnival Of Shame



Theodore-RooseveltBY WILLIAM C. HENRY In Houston recently Republican troglodytes voted down a proposed city ordinance that would have afforded protections against discrimination based on sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, genetic information and pregnancy. The reason? They claimed the ordinance would have allowed Houston’s women’s bathrooms to be overrun by nefarious transgendered individuals who’d been born as men, and that said transgendered would use the toilet stalls as well as various gagging devices (or worse) — okay, I’m paraphrasing a bit here, but you get the picture — to deflower and/or defile all (well, surely nearly all) of Houston’s female infants, children, cheerleaders, majorettes, bachelorettes, wives, mothers, grandmothers and widows. Sounds pretty moronic, no? Apparently not. The ordinance failed 61% to 39%.

Over in Kentucky things are beginning to look downright “belowboard.” Not surprisingly, it hasn’t taken long for people to begin wondering just how it could be that the Republican candidate for governor who vowed to trash Obamacare in a state where by all indications it’s been a smashing success was trailing his Democrat opponent by five or more percentage points immediately prior to the election and then turned out to be the winner by some nine percentage points. They’re also wondering how numerous undercard Democrat candidates whose names were placed on the ballot directly below those vying for governor all turned out to be winners by 10,000 or more votes than those cast for the winning Republican governor. They’re also wondering why election officials and others in positions of responsibility for ensuring a fair and honest election process haven’t been raising holy hell about it ever since. No word from Mitch McConnell on an official select senate investigation yet.

And then as if to not be outdone by anything politically asinine ever to come before it, there’s the altogether preposterous case of one Benjamin S. Carson. Poor Dr. Ben, he simply can’t understand why, simply because he’s seeking the most powerful office on the planet, he should be called upon to explain words and actions that he has been proven to have previously spoken, written or taken. According to Carson, no one in the history of American politics has ever been so unfairly vetted, no one! I mean, what’s the big deal about claiming to have been offered and declined a full scholarship to West Point aside from the fact that they don’t grant them and that no one in a position to have mistakenly done so says they ever did. And what’s the big deal about claiming to have received a “Most Honest Student” award from a professor who says it never happened in a class the university (Yale) says it has never offered. And, of course, Carson alone being privy to the fact that the Egyptian pyramids were actually built by Joseph (of biblical fame) to store grain and that Darwin penned his theory of evolution under encouragement from Satan is hardly cause to question his lucidity or intellectual prowess as they might conceivably apply to matters of modern-day REALITY. No, Dr. Ben, and I feel terrible about having to be the one to break it to you, the real reason you’ve been so “unfairly” vetted is because, as Mike Lofgren so perfectly captured it, you are “anti-knowledge incarnated, a walking compendium of every imbecility ever uttered during the last three decades.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Fed up early stage septuagenarian who has actually been most of there and done most of that. Born and raised in the picturesque Pocono Mountains. Quite well educated. Very lucky to have been born into a well-schooled and somewhat prosperous family. Long divorced. One beautiful, brilliant daughter. Two far above average grandsons. Semi-retired (how does anyone manage to do it completely these days?) and fully-tired of bullshit. Uncle of the Editor-In-Chief.