Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
By Marc Platt
"Freedom is more powerful than fear"
(Barack Obama, December 6, 2015)
We live in crazy times. There is a presidential election on the horizon and we have a U.S. president who has to walk on egg shells, because he has several constituencies to answer to.
There are men and women seeking that job who are free to say whatever best serves them politically. The mainstream media makes its money reporting what these men and women say. This is a cycle that is set up for failure for a sitting president.
Donald Trump, a man who has never been elected or been in a situation where the public has ever cast a vote FOR or AGAINST in a an election, knows who to work the press. He knows how to make political gains by using the media to report outlandish things with no apparent consequence.
I personally believe Mr. Trump is afraid of losing and will not subject himself to people casting votes for or against him, but I have been wrong at every turn so far in this bizarre political season.
I believe that this man will capitalize on this Fame-On-Steroids phase of his life to make a point that he can "Game" the public and get them to support his "Archie Bunker" mantality.
There is a price that will be paid by Republicans as they drift even farther to the right and it certainly brings out the worse in a fearful and vulnerable electorate.
When The Donald calls for the blockage of "All Muslims" into America as his solution to the terrorism problem, we need to be reminded of two eras in our recent past that we will never live down.
The Japanese interment camps in America in the 1940's during the second world war AND GITMO right now in Cuba. The GOP has blocked the Obama administration from closing this facility for seven years.
For any man or woman to advocate shunning Americans who are Muslims, especially elected officials who make a salary SERVING these very same people who pay their taxes is horrible.
There is nothing to be proud of right now in our politics. We are NOT exceptional at all. We are failing in an epic way as a country.
Barack Obama is the U.S. President and every American Democrat, Republican and non-political person needs to respect the office and get behind him. he is serving our needs as a nation, agree or disagree with his policies.
When we go to war, we go as a country.
If we don't pay attention to history, it will surely repeat.
By Marc Platt
You have lost your party. It started in 2009 when Barack Obama was elected to be our 44th U.S. President. When middle-of-the-road candidate John McCain got swamped with Sarah Palin as his running mate, a monster was created.
The Genie was let out of the bottle for the GOP and it has only become worse.
Palin, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and then a slew of NEW conservatives arose from the dead and created The Tea Party.
The Republican Party used to be a governing, principled group of men and women who could legislate. The fact that this new Republican Party was able to drive a "lifer" like John Boehner out of the congress is a very telling statement. Boehner was a staunch "Institutionalist," as is Mitch McConnell. These men used to reach across the aisle and work with Democrats.
Cruz, Rubio and the other far right out-of-control oober conservatives have taken over the dysfunction and wreaked havoc on legislating for ALL the people. They don't give a damn about you or me. They care about their own ideology and their OWN pockets.
It is very ugly out there if you are a TRUE Republican.
I feel sorry for the REAL Republicans who are forced to stick with this out of date party. This NEW Republican party makes Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan look like FDR and his "New Deal."
Republicans are getting a rotten deal.
Donald Trump is NOT a Republican. He is really the TRUMP PARTY, a group of people who are ARCHIE BUNKERS 2015-style. He plays on the worst of people scaring them into believing he can save them. He never gives reasonable solutions. A Wall? Operation Wetback revisited? All Muslims are bad? Don't let ANYONE in?
Yes my TRUE old schoool Republican friends, you have LOST your party.
Only YOU can get it back. I am a liberal Democrat who knows that without a real alternative party, we are all sunk.
The current Republican party could end up taking such a beating next year when the true electorate comes out of the woodwork and elects Hillary Clinton and a slew of Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
I feel your pain and I feel all of our pain as a result.
Commentary by Marc Platt
It is several months in and potential Presidential Primary voters are scratching their heads trying to make sense of the pure rubbish and dribble coming out of Donald Trump and Ben Carson's mouths on the campaign trail and in the GOP Presidential Debates.
To summarize...Trump has repeatedly insulted and denigrated Latins and immigrants (legal and illegal) who reside in America. Trump's brutal Eisenhower "Operation Wetback" reference at the 4th GOP Debate was absolutely reprehsible. Trump ginned up his base with "Deportaion Squads" that harkened back to Hitler rounding up the Jews in Germany and other European countries during WW2. Ike's deplorable program actually caused the deaths of 80+ immigrants who were left to die in the desert once they were dropped off in Mexico.
Ben Carson makes stuff up all the time and insists that he has secret informers on foreign policy that even U.S. diplomats and security personnel has all but said was false. The Chinese are NOT in Syria, but Carson seems to skate along with absurd and shows a lack of understanding of even basic foreign policy. It is a joke.
Why do these men overwhelmingly lead their party's polling?
It is simple and I can put your worst fears to rest with these simple facts.
In recent polling of the make-up of Republican primary voters, the results look VERY different than the overall American electorate.
54% of the GOP Primary voters are male.
92% of these voters are WHITE.
Now all you need to do is understand that there are far more registered Democrat and independent voters in the country than GOP.
ALSO, you should also grasp the fact that 50,000 Latinos-per-month are becoming eligible to vote turning 18-years-of-age. It is the largest emerging voting block in America.
In 2012 Mitt Romney got just over 59 million votes and was trounced by Barack Obama. The 2016 OVERALL electorate will be even more friendly to women and minorities who are eligible to vote.
The November 2016 voters in the Presidential election will look very different than the GOP Primaries. In other words...Republicans are getting MUCH whiter and the GENERAL electorate is getting a lot less WHITE.
This looks like a slam dunk for the Democrats. If the Democrats retain the White House, there is a great chance the U.S. Senate will shift back to the left and a lot of house seats could also go that way. The U.S. House is still gerrymandered to the point that the GOP will keep it until 2020.
I hope this helps, a little...I feel better
Commentary by Marc Platt
I was wrong in 2012. I thought there might be some health concerns and that maybe Mrs. Clinton shouldn't run for U.S. President in 2016 or any other year, due to her age, etc...
On October 22, Hillary Clinton blew all of that out of the water with her 10+ hour grilling by the oober-partisan Benghazi Committee and their out-for-blood right wing zealots. The Republicans HANDED former Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton the keys to the White House with their backfiring witch hunt.
The former New York U.S. Senator/First Lady/Secretary of State was a far better politician than all of the GOP members on that ill-fated committee who tried to get her at every turn.
America and the rest of the world saw a woman in her late 60's easily handle the scrutiny and anger for 10+ hours. What the Republicans failed to realize was that with each passing hour of their "inquisition" Hillary Clinton was showing that she could stand up for herself and her country.
The GOP weakened any possible general election candidate.
This will be an electoral landslide in November, 2016. Someone like maybe Marco Rubio could make it closer than the rest of that clown car running, but there sure are a lot of women voters out there who saw Hillary Clinton looking awesome under the most remarkable of circumstances. America loves an underdog and that is exactly what the Republicans did in that hearing, they made Hillary Clinton an underdog.
It is over, finished, kaput...Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the first woman elected U.S. President. She seems up to the job and the entire world got to witness the reasons why on an October day on Capitol Hill.
Joe Biden would have been a welcome addition to the field, but he is also a smart politician. VP Biden knows the Clintons are a very tough outfit to outsmart. Now the rest of the world knows why, as well.
By Marc Platt
If I lost a family member or a close friend in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, or anyone because George W. Bush took us into a war in Iraq, I would be livid right now.
Jeb Bush and his campaign, as well as surrogates like Megyn McCain are trying to stick 9/11 on Bill Clinton. Just to remind everyone, Bill Clinton was actively bombing areas where Bin Laden was as early as 1998. The Clinton administration, as well as the following administration was FULLY aware of Osama Bin laden and his intentions.
For Jeb Bush to try and deny the fact that 9/11 happened on his brother's watch is absolutely retarded.
Just imagine the debate stage if Jeb Bush were to actually make it through the nomination process and be the nominee...If he were to square off against a really good debater like Hillary Clinton, he would be toast when it came to 9/11. She would destroy Jeb with facts and grind him to pieces.
Noticed how lightly she handled Bernie Sanders and the three other non factor candidates in the first Democratic Debate. Clinton was tiptoeing, because she and her campaign know that they need to hold back until the general election. The gloves will come off against the Republicans.
Jeb Bush cannot walk back history. As Florida Governor, Jeb gave us GWB through any means possible. That election was rigged and everyone knows it over the age of 25-years-old. You don't think Hillary Clinton would bring up all the questionable tricks Bush and Baker used to get his brother into the White House?
Jeb Bush's cry of "After 9/11 my brother kept us safe" is an insult to the memory of all those souls who perished that day and all the responders who are suffereing now. The country has suffered immeasurable losses since January 20, 2001, the day GWB took office.
I have been waiting for this chance to remind people just how horrible George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and NOW Jeb Bush were. You can call it politics. I call it criminal. I'll give you the rotten election. 9/11 and The Iraq War were criminal and I blame the Bushes and Dick Cheney. Dubya and Cheney were GIVEN Bin Laden memos warning of an attack. They did NOTHING. That is a fact that cannot be rebuked. They have the documents in evidence ready to go. Jeb knows what is going to come in a general election.
I really don't need to give you all the facts. The facts have been there all along...7500 people needlessly died because of these men. I include Jeb Bush, who gave us his brother.
I hope Jeb Bush is crushed and humilated by his own ambition. The fact that he even WANTS to be U.S. Preident is ridiculous and insulting after what he has done. There are a LOT of Democrats and Independents who will be ready, willing and able to humiliate Jeb Bush and put an end to their dynasty at long last.
The Clinton dynasty will resume and we may or may not prosper like we did in the 1990's, but I will take her over ANY announced candidate. I think she would be a better president than Joe Biden as well. Vice President Biden would have quite a lot of baggage PRE Obama to account for. There are many votes that even having Elizabeth Warren on his ticket that he would have to answer for. More on that later after he announces his intentions.
Donald Trump is doing Jeb a big favor. After he is done with Jeb, he won't have to be crushed by Hillary in a general election. Leave that for some other poor GOP sap.