Monday, August 1, 2016

GOP profiles in courage resist "danger to the Republic"

     The Houston Chronicle endorsed Richard Nixon. Three times. Not only for his successful runs at the presidency in 1968 and 1972 but his failed bid in 1960, calling him “the better way for Americans.” It supported Ronald Reagan twice, the Bushes four times. It backed Mitt Romney, as you would expect of a Republican newspaper in a Republican city in a Republican state.
     On Friday, the Chronicle endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, long before it would normally reveal a preference.

     “The Chronicle editorial page does not typically endorse early in an election cycle,” it noted, adding that it is already painfully clear that to support Donald Trump “is to repudiate the most basic notions of competence and capability.” The newspaper continued:
“Any one of Trump’s less-than-sterling qualities — his erratic temperament, his dodgy business practices, his racism, his Putin-like strongman inclinations and faux-populist demagoguery, his contempt for the rule of law, his ignorance — is enough to be disqualifying. His convention-speech comment, ‘I alone can fix it,’ should make every American shudder. He is, we believe, a danger to the Republic.”
     True, on rare occasions the Chronicle has supported Democrats — Johnson over Goldwater in 1964, Obama over McCain 44 years later. But their defection from the party is part of a significant Republican refusal to back its own candidate, one that deserves attention and applause. Because for patriotic Americans who care about their country, just the fact that Trump is running is profoundly sad, and says something dire about the judgment of our fellow citizens. We need a boost, and these GOP profiles in courage will be remembered long after the peril is past....

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  1. That is amazing how even that Republican paper has seen the light.

  2. i have consistently voted for democrats in the presidential contest since carter . i understand the dissolution amongst so many in the electorate. the double speak politicians engage in to mislead citizens about their true intentions . the move to the center by successful candidates ( the ones who get elected ) , has left them indistinguishable . from clinton the male , through bush and now obama there has been nearly identical foreign and domestic policy. its as though presidents merely drive the train and have no choice of track. and so few americans are able to board and take a ride. trump promises to drive a steam roller. that only he can drive. whats sad is that so many people are so sick of the status quo in our national politics that they are willing to run behind a maniac in a machine just to hear someone say something that they can agree with to some degree. thankfully anybody can run for president in this country and win the nomination no matter how disparaged by the media, and possibly , god forbid win, maybe this will serve as a wakeup call to citizens that we need better , brighter, more capable candidates. and more people who've been on the sideline for to long need to get out there be active and vote.

    1. That through Clinton, Bush and Obama there has been nearly identical foreign and domestic policy is simply untrue. A Republican majority under Bush cut taxes on the rich, causing a budget crisis and ushering the country into a recession. They got us into an unnecessary war that opened the gates of Hell in the middle east. Obama, by contrast and to his eternal credit, has all but put the Honor Guard at Dover Air Base out of work. He steered us away from decades of implacable and fruitless hostility toward Cuba and Iran. Democrats took seriously the poor distribution of health care in the country and created an, admittedly imperfect, system to deal with it.

      Lefties are aggrieved that the Democrats haven't been able to turn the U.S into Sweden, and those on the hard right are mad because their dreams of an Ayn Rand paradise have not been achieved. We think of him as a Trump-like authoritarian, but Otto Von Bismarck, the 'Iron Chancellor,' once wrote "Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable, the next best." It is what both parties have necessarily practiced, but to say that makes them the same flies in the face of fact.

      Tom Evans

  3. "True, on rare occasions the Chronicle has supported Democrats — Johnson over Goldwater in 1964, Obama over McCain 44 years later. " If you are trying to make the case that this was a telling case of some rock-ribbed conservative outlet flipping to the Democrat only because the Republican was so loathsome, that's a pretty big "True comma." They endorsed Obama two elections ago!

  4. Huston Chronicle, We have a problem! The Eagle may crash-land! Go to Plan-B!

  5. How will the so-called respectable Republicans, like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, who are falling in line behind Trump, explain themselves to history?

    Bitter Scribe

  6. That KFC button on the right, is despicable and typical of what many Trump followers or the man himself would think.

    On one conserve site (it's good to spy) I saw a picture of a mannequin looking like our President, in the coffin and it said national holiday. Lowlifes indeed.

  7. A hundred and some years ago, Anthony Trollope said "I hate the honeyed terms and cloying prattle, with which men strive to sweeten the contempt they feel for women." These days, they serve the contempt straight up.

  8. Will the Khan fiasco with Trump finally do him in?


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