Under The Big Top …

I just love it when all the clowns congregate in one place at one time and spout endless, mindless inanities, for it makes my job so much easier … one website has it all!  I’m speaking, of course, about CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that is organized by the American Conservative Union and features a star-studded array of many of the most radical right-wingers in the Republican Party.  Take a look at this year’s cast of characters …

These are just some of the strange characters that can be seen, but they are joined by the likes of Glenn Beck, Kellyanne Conway, Ted Cruz, Mike Pence, Jerry Falwell and others too numerous to name – the worst of the worst.  Welcome to … THE CIRCUS!circusYesterday morning at 11:30, the ringmaster, Donald J. Trump, spoke at this circus of horrors.  His speech was long.  When I say long, I mean loooooooooooooonnnnnnnngggg.  How long was it, you may ask?  It was two hours, two minutes and seventeen seconds.  Yes, that’s 2:02:17.  One hundred, twenty-two minutes and 17 seconds.  The speech was nasty, even by his standards.  He couldn’t seem to utter more than three sentences before cussing and using foul language.  And lies???  Holy guacamole, Batman!  I’ve never heard so many lies in one lousy speech!  For the record … I tried to listen to a 2-minute clip of his speech, and right around the 1-minute mark, I jerked my headphones off and threw them on the table in disgust.  Daughter Chris looked at me and said, “Trump?”.  Ayuh … who else?

But the thing is about this speech, is that it was all old material … material he has been using in his campaign rallies since he threw his hat in the ring in mid-2015.  For instance …

  • He joked about Hillary Clinton’s emails and soon had the crowd chanting that tired old phrase, “Lock her up”. Why the Sam Heck aren’t they chanting ‘lock him up’?
  • He railed against former FBI Director James Comey who he fired two years ago.
  • He mocked Representative Adam Schiff, referring to him as “Little Shifty Schiff”, which is an improvement over what he has called him in the past.
  • He criticized Robert Mueller, naturally, and also Jeff Sessions, mocking Sessions’ southern accent … watch …
  • He defended … sigh … his ignominious “declaration of a national emergency”, which is indefensible as the majority of the people in this nation know.
  • He spent, I am told, a great deal of his time mocking the Green New Deal proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a means to prevent the extinction of the human race and other valuable species.
  • He also made false claims about everything from the unemployment rate to the crowd size at his inauguration. Yes, he’s still babbling on … and on … about his inauguration more than two years later.

See what I mean?  Nothing new, just the same old sixes and sevens he began with two, three years ago.  And the same tired people are applauding the same tired lines.  It would be humorous if it weren’t so … old, tiresome, sickening and ridiculous.Trump cuddles flagNow, how can anybody spend two solid hours simply mocking and criticizing others?  Is this, then, Trump’s platform, his ideology?  To mock others?  Has he no actual ideas for how to make America ‘better’, but rather only to denigrate others?  Is this the basis on which our government is now founded, the foundation upon which it rests?  And what of those who salaciously applauded his every word?  Are they off their bloomin’ rockers?

“You know I’m totally off script right now and this is how I got elected, by being off script. And if we don’t go off script, our country’s in big trouble, folks, because we have to get it back.”

Being ‘off script’ was how he got elected.  Yep.  Remember those chants?  Trump saying, “Who’s gonna pay for the wall?”, and the crowd responding as if by rote, “Mexico!”  Well, guess what, folks?  Those of you who bought that line of horse hockey must be feeling pretty foolish right about now, eh?

“Right now we have people in Congress that hate our country and you know that. And we can name every one of ’em if they want. They hate our country. Sad. It’s very sad. When I see some of the things being made, the statements being made, it’s very, very sad.

And find out, how did they do in their country? Just ask ’em, how did they do? Did they do well, were they succeeding? Just ask that question. Somebody would say, ‘Oh, that’s terrible that he brings that up.’ But that’s OK, I don’t mind, I’ll bring it up. How did they do in their country? Not so good, not so good.”

What the heck is he even talking about?

Between Cohen’s credible testimony that Trump has lied, cheated and stolen from the American taxpayer, the evidence that he forced John Kelly to push through top security clearance for his son-in-law Jared Kushner despite concerns by high-ranking officials, and his utter failure in his summit with Kim Jong-un, he has no bragging rights, but brag he did, and lie he did.  A few of the most egregious, nonsensical ramblings from the ‘man’ who some call president, and just a bit of my snarkiness in blue

“I see senators that are there for 20 years, white hair. See, I don’t have white hair. I don’t have white hair. I see these white hairs, longtime senators, standing behind this young woman, and she’s ranting and raving like a lunatic, and these senators: ‘Yes, I agree with this. Yes I agree.’ The crazy female senator from the state of Ohio.”  Um, excuse me, but both of Ohio’s senators are men.  And about that ‘hair’ … it changes colour almost daily, apparently according to which toupee you are wearing, so who knows, if you have real hair, what the colour?

“Robert Mueller put 13 of the angriest Democrats in the history of our country on the commission. How do you do that? These are angry, angry people. You take a look at them. One of them was involved with the Hillary Clinton Foundation, running it. Another one has perhaps the worst reputation of any human being I’ve ever seen. All killers.”  Not a single one of Mueller’s team have run the Clinton Foundation, nor are any of them killers.  Excuse me, but … isn’t this slander?  Is this not illegal?

“I just returned from Vietnam, where I had very productive meetings with Chairman Kim Jong Un. We get along. We’ve developed a good relationship, very good, and made great historic progress. … One administration gave billions of dollars to him and got nothing. We haven’t given him anything yet. I look forward to maybe doing something at some point.”  Huh?  Say WHAT???  Trump failed completely, then lied about it.  How is that ‘great historic progress’?

And there you have it, folks.  Proof positive, in case you needed more, that there is an incompetent megalomaniac in the White House who surely must be removed before he destroys us all.  I may have more about CPAC, about some of the other clowns who attended, a bit later.  Then again, I may decide I’m so disgusted by the whole thing that I cannot take any more of it.

66 thoughts on “Under The Big Top …

  1. What, to me, is so very, very disturbing about his “speeches” is that no matter how big the lie … even when everyone knows it’s a lie … they swallow it down like it’s their favorite beer. And don’t even burp afterwards.

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    • yes, this is troubling. There are radio talk show hosts like Hannity, Limbaugh and Levine who lick the boots of the president so they can continue having an audience, prop up their careers, also rake in millions in sponsorships and perpetuate the falsehoods of the little man occupying the oval office. These are not individuals who want to ensure the e circulation of truth. Now, there are some on talk radio who voted for Trump but who later came to walk away from him and call out his bullshit on a daily basis.

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    • Yes, his followers are ripe for the picking and some will buy whatever lies he’s selling on that day. It speaks of many things, quite possibly not the least of which is the failure of our education system to teach people to think for themselves. Sigh. I did get a chuckle from your comment, though … “like it’s their favourite beer, and don’t even burp afterward.” Good one! 😉

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  2. It’s gotten to the point with me that I now avoid contact if possible with anyone who consider themselves part of the Trump base. I noticed for example that we planned our upcoming roadtrip to avoid Trump heavy states. . Very sad that our country has come to this for me.

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    • why go out of your way to avoid the trump base, especially if it means altering a trip? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of a vacation and take some of the enjoyment out of it?

      Besides the hats, you probably wouldn’t know if someone was a trump supporter, especially if you’re just passing through a town.

      Now, if there’s some other visual indication that I can’t assimilate into my thought process, like whether there are shirts, bumper stickers, etc., then maybe the indicators may be a bit more obvious, but even if they are, sometimes you just have to enjoy life and ignore parts of your surroundings.

      Remember, it was democrats out on the coast who rioted after Hillary lost but you didn’t hear of republicans rioting after either win of Barak Obama in either 2008 or 2012. Sure there were some idiots who made racial remarks but making a remark is clearly different from vandalizing someone’s property. I just thought I’d point that out.

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    • Well, I’m not sure I’d go that far, because there is no way you can avoid the trumpeters altogether. It’s not like in 1861 when all the rebels were pretty much south of the Mason-Dixon and the yanks were north of it. You’re going to run into them at the grocery store, the mall, restaurants. Heck, we even have one or maybe two on our street. You just have to learn to ignore. Enjoy your upcoming roadtrip, though! I hope you have a great time!

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  3. CPAC was just another Trump rally to whip up his base and boost his flagging ego. If that takes repeating old lies and adding some new ones, no matter to his adoring guests…they obviously accept his lies as their truth too. It is beyond my understanding why any sane person would sit for over two hours listening to this man, I could not listen to him for a minute. The flag hugging was a stunt and they loved it, shame on him and them. Groucho Marx said : “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” That describes Trump’s politics perfectly, embraced by his “clowns”! Thank-you!

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  4. I haven’t heard the speech yet and I don’t know if I can take it for the whole 2 hours. I wonder if Sean Hannity was at the conference. CPAC surely has a host of trump devotees, people who are blinded by the cult of personality and who are not interested in the truth. As I have said, I think trump has done a couple of good things, addressing the opioid crisis, and signing right to try legislation which makes it easier for people who are terminaly ill to get experimental treatments. Those few accomplishments, when compared to the lies and self-serving activities of this president, pale in comparison. If he said that a lot of people have been in congress for too long, that is something that I can’t disagree with.
    Oh, by the way, what does CWTCH mean? I’ve seen people post this on this blog but haven’t run across it on other sites so is this specific to this particular blog or just a new abbreviation that I haven’t seen before?

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    • CWTCH is Welsh, it’s a sentiment… like warmly affectionate, sharing closeness or intimacy among friends, or hugs. Like Aloha, Namaste, or Aho, Mitakuye Oyasin. Roughly translate to: I honour the higher connection, peace-love-compassion between us. CWTCH is also a really cozy greeting of acknowledgement… I see the real you. Cheers! 🙂

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    • Don’t put yourself through the trauma, for if you’re anything like me, two hours of listening to his vulgar ranting is enough to send you to the hospital! I find no evidence that Hannity was at this one, but he spoke at the 2015 CPAC. The whole thing is just another big rally, with him ranting, being uber-vulgar, and putting down everyone who doesn’t slavishly worship at his feet. His supporters call this ‘strength’, but it is truly the opposite … it is weakness, for he cannot speak intelligently about important issues, so instead he rants and bullies.

      Cwtch is Welsh for a special, caring hug. You will see it between myself and my Welsh friend, David.

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    • Yes, Bernie speaks with moderation, without rants and vulgarity, and he has the best interests of the people in mind. Trump rallies his supporters with vulgarity, cruelty and threats, and they mistake it for strength.

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        • I think their problems lie in a couple of areas. First, wanting this nation to be WASP; Second thinking that they should have ‘more’ of whatever it is they THINK is missing in their lives. And there are other reasons, too … not wishing to see their tax dollars spent to help those less fortunate than they, for they see these people as “lazy, shiftless, undeserving”. And for many, it is the simple fact that he promised them he would put Justices on the court who would overturn Roe v Wade. For others, it is the fact that he created that fear of immigrants in their minds, and they look to him to keep his ‘promise’ to build that damn wall and keep them safe. Sigh. I wonder what the history books will have to say about this era … that is, if there is still a civilization in 100 years.

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  5. Yes to me the sad surprise is Gary Sinisi.
    Otherwise it was just a typical trump rally without the MAGA hats, exhausting ignorance and lack of education, middle fingers rising, threatening profanities the press, T-shirt’s with profanities, toothless wonders and confederate flags a wavin’.

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    • I, too, was disappointed by Gary Sinise’s involvement, as I’ve always thought of him as a sensible sort. I have to look into it a bit more. But you are right, the CPAC’s only purpose is to rally, to re-engage the masses, to spew forth more of the same ol’, same ol’. Makes me very glad I’m not a republican!

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        • Well, I would stop short of saying ‘most of them’, for I know several who aren’t like that, and also because I don’t like to judge an entire group by only some, but certainly there are a number of the more vocal ones who are that way, and it seems that many of those are the domineering, judgmental ‘evangelicals’ who wish to impose their beliefs on us all.

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  6. Jill, while the man talked off script criticizing everyone, patting himself on the back and repeating himself, he failed to bring up these facts:
    – US farmers in 2018 declared bankruptcy at a significantly greater rate due in part to the tariff war, as compared to the 2008 recession, the last hurtful year.
    – The debt has gone up to $2 trillion the past two years and just crossed $22 trillion – the infamous tax law is projected to increase the expected increase of $10 trillion by $1.5 trillion by 2027. This used to be a concern for my former party.
    – The President was told not to have this meeting with Kim Jong Un, as it is reported many in the White House feared he was being duped; he insisted on going and had to walk away. Before the trip, Pompeo and Bolton told Trump there was 0% chance of a deal.
    – Thirteen months ago, Trump agreed to a $25 billion for wall/ DACA bipartisan deal with Senators Graham and Durbin. He bailed on that deal after extreme conservatives folks got in his ear,
    – Then. In December he reneged on a deal with the Senate after extreme conservatives got in his ear and the government shutdown.
    He brags solely on his stewardship of the economy which is nearing ten years of growth, but he fails to point out he has been President for only two of the years. I am 100% certain Trump will blame others as the economic growth stalls as predicted. Presidents get too much credit and blame for the economy, but that has not stopped his self-patting-on-the-back.

    I try my best to focus on facts. As they are in short supply when Trump speaks or tweets, I don’t watch or read his words without a factcheck source.

    Keith

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    • Jill, let me add a PS. As a fiscally conservative, socially progressive, I do not mind people being more conservative or liberal than I am on various issues. What I do mind is people purposefully lying and denigrating or bullying people who disagree with their position. That sums up the President in a nutshell. His fragile ego cannot condone dissent, so he attacks. The fact he is still talking about his inauguration crowd size speaks volumes about this man-child. Keith

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      • I agree … I welcome opposing opinions, but bring facts to the table, not cruelty and disdain, not bullying and name-calling. The sad thing is that his base seem to love his bullying, his attack-mode, his vulgarity and red-faced ranting … they mistake it for strength, when in fact it is the exact opposite.

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    • Nope, he didn’t mention a single one of those things … strange, huh? The entire event was nothing much more than one of his campaign rallies, the audience comprised of those who already support him for reasons that are beyond my understanding, and the rhetoric thick with lies and vulgarity. That, it seems, is what his base want … lies, filthy language, a raised voice, and teeny-tiny hand gestures. As you say, anytime I read that he has said something new, I head for the fact-checkers, and most times … like 99% of the time, he is wrong.

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  7. I make an effort to avoid politics as I have better things to do in life than to deal with headline seekers.. while I did not listen or Google Donald’s speech I have seen excerpts of it while browsing the news and the only thing I can offer Donald is advice from Mark Twain; “Sometimes it’s better to keep one’s mouth shut and appear stupid, rather than open it and remove all doubt” Mark Twain

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  8. Trump is now a true politician. He spoke for 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 17 seconds, and said nothing. Only a real politician can do that.
    But who wants a true politician in piwer? People who think he said something, if not many things.
    Watch his lips, people. If they are moving, they are spouting lies and other nonsense.

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    • Yep, I told somebody yesterday, regarding the failed summit between DT and Kim Jong-un, that it is a shame when I believe the word of an evil dictator over the word of the U.S. “president”.

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          • I wanted him to succeed, he has some good ideas. But his need to be re-elected won over his need to be a good leader. Seems there are very few politicians who value integrity over honesty anymore. I was sure he would at least last longer than el dumpo. Maybe they can go in the same year, if nothing else.

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            • I guess that old saying that “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” is true, eh? It’s too bad, because he did have good ideas and was a humanitarian … cared more about people, or so I thought.

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                • If he indeed attempted to influence the work of the Attorney General, then in all good conscience, he doesn’t belong in the office of PM. BUT … I fear who would replace him. Here, at least, when Trump goes, he is so evil and so corrupt that literally anybody would be better. But, I think that Trudeau overall brought stability to your country that the next one may undermine.

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                  • The pundits are already calling for a minority government, which in Andrew Scheer’s case is a good thing. He would have real reins on him. But the pundits have been known to be wrong, and if Scheer gets a majority he will be another Trump. The New Democrats have never yet formed a federal government, and I doubt they will form one in 2019. They are a socialist party, and eastern Canadians fear socialism the way Americans fear communism and socialism.

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  9. I voted for Trump and most likely will in 2020. I hate politics, do not brag about maybes, brag about accomplishments, change the words around, do not use the same boring words. A good sell uses different words for the closure. I did enjoy this and in many ways agree with it, It is so true also of Congress, the biggest joke of time.

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    • Ur brave for admitting to support Trump. He started as an anti-establishment candidate, not expecting to win. Now that he pulled off the presidency, he’s not representing the best interest of the country or the ppl he supposedly represents. All i can say is keep doing research, find the best possible candidate for 2020, and try to ignore the party partisanship rhetoric. I know it can only get nastier going forward, sensationalism in the news tend to blind the public from real issues. Politics = never having to fulfill promises. I stopped listening to empty promises from politicians a long time ago.

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    • Thank you very much for sharing my work! I’m a little surprised, for you say you voted for Trump and would do so again, and yet you liked my post which is definitely not pro-Trump. But I’m happy you did like it and welcome!

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  10. What a house of horrors, and in amongst all the names you expect comes that of an actor who plays the most reasonable man on Earth. Gary Sinisi. Is this just another character he’s playing? Unfortunately not.
    Cwtch

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    • It truly is all the ‘worst of the worst’ under one roof, and for no real purpose other than, I think, to keep the level of rhetoric, the enthusiasm high. I, too, was disappointed to see Gary Sinise’s name among the participants. I need to look into that a bit more, for he has long been quite a philanthropist and his association with Trump & Co just doesn’t seem to fit somehow.
      Cwtch

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