I decided to spend about an hour yesterday watching my first Republican debate.
And a day later I'm still having nightmares about what might happen if any of those tea baggers ever becomes President.
Because it couldn't have been more crazy or more disturbing.
Or more frightening.
The Las Vegas Republican debate Tuesday night was downright bloodthirsty. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz promised no fewer than six times to "kill" ISIS forces, including by carpet bombing. "If I am elected president, we will hunt down and kill the terrorists," Cruz said. "We will utterly destroy ISIS."
Not to be outdone, Donald Trump defended his proposal to kill the families of terrorists — notwithstanding Sen. Rand Paul's observation that this would "defy every norm that is America" and violate international law. With truly Trumpy logic, the GOP frontrunner replied, "So, they can kill us? But we can't kill them?"
With Donald Trump's performance alone...
Making me feel like this guy.
And Chris Christie making me wonder whether now might be the time to start building my fallout shelter.
Christie got in the best body blow at President Obama when he promised to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria against all hostile forces: "Yes, we would shoot down the planes of Russian pilots if in fact they were stupid enough to think that this president was the same feckless weakling that the president we have in the Oval Office is right now," Christie said.
And Rand Paul, of all people, sounding like the only sane person.
Paul, the lonely isolationist, was quick with a rejoinder to Christie: "I think if you're in favor of World War III," he said, "you have your candidate."
Which is hardly reassuring.
And when it was over neither was this:
Clear winner of the #GOPDebate. Thank you for your support! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #Trump2016 pic.twitter.com/dl6IuSHwtK— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2015
But then what would the MSM know?
About Trump or the triumph of crazy....
Watch out @realDonaldTrump ! I think your hair is running away from your bullshit... pic.twitter.com/NeoULcD6Di— Max ⚓️ Haes (@MaximeHaes) December 16, 2015
When the ones that best captured the spirit of that insane debate were the Taiwanese Animators...
And if it seemed a little crazy that's because it was. Like America itself these days. A country teeming with right-wing extremists, bigots and bullies, hatred and violence.
And the good news? None of those RepubliCons is going to get anywhere near power. Their politics of division will backfire on them, just like they backfired here.
And isn't it great that we defeated Stephen Harper?
Before he could he could finish off our Canadian values.
And take us to his nightmare place...
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