Not The “Grand” Ol’ Party” Anymore

Boy, the GOP sure has a lot of class these days, don’t they?  Remember when GOP stood for ‘Grand Old Party’?  Nothing grand about them today … old, yes, but damn sure not grand.  It started long ago, but once they threw their weight behind the least classy person on the planet, they have sunk to several all-time lows in U.S. politics, and seemingly with no remorse, no shame.

The latest?

Well, for starters, Trump’s son Eric.  Now, we should probably give Eric a pass, for you can look at him and tell that, like his father, he’s a bit dimwitted.  Still, somebody should have stopped him from speaking in public long ago, for he seems to take some great pride in his idiocy.  Last week, during an interview with Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro, he made the following claim …

“They think they’re taking away Donald Trump’s greatest tool, which is being able to go into an arena and fill it with 50,000 people every single time.  You watch — they’ll milk it every single day between now and November 3. And guess what? After November 3, coronavirus will magically all of a sudden go away and disappear and everybody will be able to reopen. They’re trying to deprive him of his greatest asset.”

Eric-TrumpOnly one problem with Eric’s theory, which is that more than 350,000 people around the world have died, 100,269 in the U.S.  So, what???  Did France, Italy, Spain, the UK and every other nation on earth collude with U.S. Democrats to perpetuate this “hoax”?  What about those bodies, Eric?  How to you explain the deaths?  How do you explain the fact that every nation in the Western world has closed businesses, some issuing strict lockdown orders?  All just to defeat your father?  Guess what?  Donald Trump is just not that important … not by any stretch of the imagination.  Eric is, as always, an idiot.

And then, there’s Trump senior, who went on a bit of a tirade over the weekend, as he seems to do whenever there is a holiday weekend.  I guess he gets bored, but this time he called people names, fat-shamed a democrat, and just generally acted like a 13-year-old boy in heat.  He has done some extremely low-brow stunts before, such as the time he showed a doctored video of himself beating up a reporter, but this one takes the cake.  In normal times, the FCC would step in and ban this ad.

Last week, Joe Biden made one of his gaffes.  In the grand scheme of things, while it was a stupid thing to say, it only rates about a 1 on the stupid scale, while most times Trump opens his mouth, it rates at least an 8.  However, Trump will play up Joe’s gaffe for more than it’s worth.  He posted a doctored meme and a doctored video showing Ghana’s dancing pallbearers (a tradition in Ghana) carrying a casket marked “Biden”.  This is not only tasteless, but is against FCC rules.  But then, Trump can do anything he wants, according to AG William Barr, so …

I told you last week about his wrongful accusation against journalist Joe Scarborough, accusing him of murdering an intern on his staff back in the days when Scarborough was in the House of Representatives.  There was no basis for Trump’s accusation … the staffer died of a heart condition in 2001, the autopsy and police investigation at the time revealed no sign of foul play, and Scarborough wasn’t even in the same state at the time!  But the Idiot-in-Chief can’t abide the fact that Scarborough, a republican, is holding Trump’s feet to the fire, is not reporting on the “party line” as his buddies over at Fox do.

Well, the upshot of this one is that the deceased woman’s husband, Timothy J. Klausutis, wrote a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asking him to please remove Trump’s tweets.  The letter reads, in part …

“My request is simple: Please delete these tweets … I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the president of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him — the memory of my dead wife — and perverted it for perceived political gain.”

Very eloquently stated, and if I were Mr. Dorsey, I would have taken the tweets down immediately and given Trump a final warning.  But, don’t expect any attack of conscience on the part of Twitter.  A “spokesperson” responded …

“We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family. We’ve been working to expand existing product features and policies so we can more effectively address things like this going forward, and we hope to have those changes in place shortly.”

What a crock of compassion, huh?  I hope Mr. Klausutis files suit against Twitter and wins!  This is eerily reminiscent of the pain caused by Alex Jones’ unfounded conspiracy theory that Sandy Hook never happened.  What the Sam Hell is wrong with people?

Trump’s tweets in this and many other instances do not fall under ‘freedom of speech’, but rather of hijacking a public platform to spread filth and lies.

No, my friends, there is zero class or dignity within the GOP in this, the era of Trump.  Every single republican who condones these behaviours … false premises, conspiracy theories, name-calling … is beneath contempt.  Any republican who fails to speak out against these atrocities must share the guilt of Trump, his ignoble sons, the greedy Jack Dorsey, and others who allow this abominable behaviour.  Quite literally, this is not a nation I respect or even like anymore.  That people tolerate this sort of behaviour, that there are no longer filters for people’s speech and actions, disgusts me.  No, the GOP is no longer the ‘grand’ anything.

40 thoughts on “Not The “Grand” Ol’ Party” Anymore

    • Heh heh … amazing the stories people can concoct, isn’t it? And they say it so many times that eventually they end up believing their own idiotic theory. Trump is possessed of such an ego that everything must be about him in one way or another. Boris isn’t quite that bad, but he’s still a damn fool. Oh yeah, the 5G network that is taking over all our brains!!! Sigh. Hugs!!! 🙋‍♀️ ❤

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  1. The GOP is stuck with Trump and they have no one to blame but themselves. It would give me just as much pleasure to see Republican “statesmen” like Mitch and Lindsey lose in November as it would Trump. As far as his despicable tweets about Joe Scarborough, I posted about this as well today. Interestingly, Twitter flagged two of Trump’s tweets regarding mail in voting fraud, but still hasn’t seen fit to give this poor family some relief.

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  2. By and large the GOP is now Trump’s Goons On Parade as they are complacently complicit and in complete lockstep with their leader’s goals…hopefully to the end of his and their reign this November. As for Eric and Donnie Jr., one cannot expect to harvest quality produce from a badly mangled root. Thank-you!

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    • “Goons on Parade” … that’s a good one, very apt. Just today, a bipartisan bill was scrapped because Trump ordered republicans not to vote for it. Since when did he become the boss of Congress? Did I miss that memo? I thought WE were their bosses??? Sigh. You’re so right about the ‘mangled root’ not producing quality fruit. Sigh. Hugs!!!

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  3. Jill, I made my decision to leave the GOP over 12 years ago. I was in the party as I am fiscally conservative, but am socially progressive. At that time, I cited three major reasons for leaving:
    – the GOP stance on climate change; they are too beholden to the fossil fuel industry
    – their unhealthy positioning with evangelicals and the NRA
    – their tendency to make things up, aided and abetted by Fox News.

    Both parties can bend the truth, but I observed it is not a normal distribution with Fox and friends taking the GOP to greater depths.

    Too me, Trump has taken the GOP to new lows with his corrupt and deceitful behavior. The GOP can no longer claim to be the party of fiscal respondibility or the rule of law. Rationalizing Trump’s attacks on people, institutions, countries and constitution, has truly placed a spotlight on their poor stewardship.

    Trump is a clear and present danger to the country, planet and his party. In fact, he may have irreparably damaged the GOP. That is how I feel, but I am not alone. Keith

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    • You were wise to leave, for you have a conscience and I don’t think you could have supported much of what the GOP stands for today … if, in fact, they can be said to stand for anything. I’m continually surprised that more republicans have not left the party … I know some have, but far fewer than I would have expected. And as for Fox ‘News’, they have far too much power to spread disinformation, and there are far too many people not able to understand the difference between real information, ie facts, and the Fox/Trump twisted version.

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  4. “No, the GOP is no longer the ‘grand’ anything.” Absolutely right. One only need to look at the founding documents of the Republican Party and compare them to the current Republican Party to see how far the association has fallen. The original Republican Party was inclusive and compassionate. Today’s Repub Party is characterized by greed, exclusiveness, xenophobia, often racism, and an anything-goes quest for power. I had no choice; I had to leave the Greedy Obdurate Party.

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    • It seems a decision that most would come to … and yet, they don’t. What keeps people in the republican party, despite it’s lack of values, its racism and bigotry. There’s a gold mine in there somewhere … I guess it’s worth selling one’s soul downriver for to some, yes? Sigh.

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  5. Maybe “G” should be for “grotesque”. It hasn’t been the party of Lincoln for some time. Reagan kept the racism low key (dog whistle racism), but the racism was already there and being exploited.

    As for Twitter and those Trump tweets — it’s all about the money. It is always all about the money. According to the Bible, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” But what we actually see, is that the love of money is the root of conservative Christianity.

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    • Money is the root of all evil, and yet the Roman Catholic Church has more than any other organization anywhere in the world, and they make more every time they hold a service. And, as I like to remind everyone, they make it by selling a product that costs 0 dollars and cents to produce. Profit margin = 100%. The best sales scam ever invented by con artists.

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    • ‘grotesque’ sounds about right. Yes, racism has been here all along … sometimes covered, other times not, but it never left as we pretended it did for a few years.

      Of course it’s all about money … and power. Sigh. ‘Christianity’ has become, in my book, the biggest sham of all.

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    • “But what we actually see, is that the love of money is the root of conservative Christianity.”
      Amen to that, no truer statement. Another name for organized religion is legalized money laundering. Jesus called out the Jews for money changing during the Sabbath, profiting off the lord. Ironically a whole religion has sprung up in his name that worships money as god. True Christians would do well to stay FAR away from the church. I’d sooner worship Ozzy Osborne’s Black Sabbath, at least he’s honest!

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