A few times in the past — to the consternation of almost everyone — your Curmudgeon has posted about his dissatisfaction with both political parties in the US. We wrote this one five years ago: American Politics: The Lady or the Tiger?, followed a month thereafter by America’s Future: The Worst Possible Scenario. Shortly before the 2010 elections we posted Creationism or Socialism: Which is Dumber? We’ve posted a few other rants since then, but links are unnecessary. We haven’t changed. Neither have the political parties — if anything, each of them has become more extreme (in our humble opinion).
Today, in the absence of news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism, we’re doing it again. This one is inspired by something we read in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Their headline is Bobby Jindal criticizes Obama’s ‘ideologically extreme administration’ in Iowa speech. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
DES MOINES, Iowa — Presidential hopefuls Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Rand Paul, and former Sen. Rick Santorum were in Iowa Saturday to deliver their prescriptions for how to unite the Republican Party. The three were the most notable figures to speak at the Iowa Republican State Convention in Des Moines.
Aaaargh!! As long as we’re linking to old posts, here’s one of our first rants about Jindal, from 2008: Bobby Jindal: Ignorance is Strength. We wrote this one about Santorum in 2011: Rick Santorum: Proud To Be a Theocrat. As for Rand Paul, we haven’t paid any attention to him yet. If he starts to gain momentum, that will change. Okay, let’s get back to the Times-Picayune:
Jindal spent much of his time criticizing President Barack Obama. He accused Obama of presiding over “the most liberal, most ideologically extreme administration we’ve seen in our lifetimes.”
We think that’s true, but in rebuttal, an Obama supporter can point to Jindal and say: “BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Look who’s talking!” What else happened at the Iowa GOP convention? We’re told:
It is Paul’s third trip to Iowa since the 2012 election. The Kentucky senator says the GOP should maintain its core message but make the party more attractive to black and Hispanic voters. “There’s a way to expand the party, staying true to the core message, but finding parts of your message that attract new people,” he said in an interview.
Quite a challenge. We’ll be watching to see how he proposes to accomplish that. Let’s read on:
Santorum said the Republican message must focus on workers, if the party wants to win national elections. Too often the party talks about cutting taxes on higher income individuals to create growth and cut government benefits for welfare recipients and others to balance the budget, issues that do not resonate with average workers, he said.
“We can win every businessman’s vote and still lose elections by landslides,” he said. “We need workers if we’re going to win and we need to start talking to workers if we’re going to win.”
What does he have in mind — a theocratic workers paradise? Probably.
If the candidates spoke about anything else, it’s not mentioned in the news story. There’s nothing we can contribute that we haven’t said before, and we know our political posts upset you, so this is where we’ll leave it.
Whatever your reaction may be, dear reader, you must admit one thing: your Curmudgeon is grumpy about both parties. We are an equal-opportunity Curmudgeon.
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