Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
By Marc Platt
I made up a new word, but you know exactly what it means: "Relig-idiot."
Why do politicians and many "public servants" find it necessary to persecute non-believers while compaining that THEY are the ones being persecuted?
Why do men and women give money to these zealots?
If you keep encouraging them, they will keep taking advantage of your "faith."
Ted Cruz has done little, if anything in the way of policy as a U.S. Senator. He has raised holy hell in the GOP to the extent that he is hated by most of his own caucus. He was responsible for the $24 billion 2013 government shutdown. That shutdown was due to the GOP's hatred of affordable health care for millions of U.S. citizens.
Let me repeat that. The Republicans shut the government down because President Obama wanted to make sure people with pre-existing conditions could be insured, etc...
Now Senator Cruz wants another government shutdown because he and his co-horts are against women's health care. Yes, my friends...Planned Parenthood is evil, according to the Republicans. Never mind the fact that only 3% of Planned Parenthood deals with abortions and not ONE CENT of taxpayer's money goes to abortions.
Mike Huckabee, Louie Gohmert, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Carly Fiorina are among many who support shutting the government down to defund Planned Parenthood.
This brings me to Marriage Equality and the use of the term "Religious Persection." It appears that the Republican Party thinks Christians are being persucuted and they are raising money off of that fact.
This Kim Davis Affair in Kentucky has become their cause celebre.
A "Relig-idiot" is anyone who persecutes "Non-Believers" while insisting THEY are the ones being persecuted.
I really don't even need to go through all the gruesome details about how this woman and these politicians are acting like "Relig-idiots" because you already know the answer, right?
Commentary by Marc Platt
Let's talk about this Roger Stone character who recently left the Donald Trump organization, but has continued to be Trump's surrugate in the press and to anyone who will interview him. He is out there all the time playing the "Trump Card" even though supposedly Trump "fired" Stone.
Stone (a Libertarian) is a veteran of eight election campaigns and a staunch Clinton hater. He is about to release a book about the Clintons on October 13 that accuses Hillary of covering up her husband's rapes. This is garbage, especially since the chances of attribution are next to none. I highly doubt these victims will go on record.
In other words Stone could have made all of this stuff up without any proof to offer the public and the
press. The media needs to go through this book and debunk the "facts."
I make no bones about the fact I have been a Clinton supporter since 1992 when I worked (very briefly) for Mickey Kantor (in the Los Angeles office) during the winter/spring of that year.
I was also an Obama supporter starting in 2008. So yes, I have left leanings, but that does not change the fact that you cannot just make shit up like "Rape" and "Cover-Ups" just because you cannot win elections fair and square. Mr. Stone has been associated with many losers over the years. I will not get into mud slinging.
Here is what I think and I'm going on record a month BEFORE he releases this book.
Trump and Stone had to seperate on paper because this inflammatory book is going to be in the headlines and Stone cannot be seen working for a possible Clinton adversary politically and be on a book tour slamming her and her husband as sexual deviates.
If I were Phil Griffin (MSNBC), Roger Ailes (Fox News) and Jeff Zucker (CNN) I would absolutely NOT let Stone anywhere near the airwaves. He has disqualified himself as a surrogate.
I completely expect that his Clinton book will have anonymous sources. Any news outlet who lets this man spew his money-making garbage at the expense of the Clintons for his own financial gain is irresponsible.
I would say this if it were ANY candidate or person. This is complete BS and Stone needs to be reprimanded by all the candidates for these tactics.
There you have it.
By Marc Platt
It looks to me like Fox News is slowly pulling its viewers towards the middle, which is a smart move by news chief Roger Ailes and Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
They will likely phase blowhards like Cheney off the network just like when Megyn Kelly sealed Karl Rove's fate at the network in 2012 when he tried to futility argue the re-election of Barack Obama by having Chris Wallace FINALLY start calling the Bush/Cheney administration out for their terrible Iraq strategy, we may finally start to put that gruesome episode aside and get on with it.
I would look for guys like Mike Huckabee and ted Cruz to start diminishing in the next few years. Fox News is NOT stupid. They know that they went too far with the incendiary right wing stuff. They created Glenn Beck and perpetuated the Rush Limbaugh brand way too much.
The Republicans must start drifting back to the center (where Reagan actually was) and away from the wacko garbage.
This is why I applaud what they TRIED to do in that September 6 Republican debate in Cleveland. Conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt is carrying on the debunking of Trump on his lack of foreign policy knowledge. It is just a matter of time before Trump's act wears off, but he will have damaged the brand (what was left of it) forcing the entire party far to the right.
America still will have to endure the Carson, Trump, Fiorina onslaught for another month or so leading into the actual primary season. Look for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and current Ohio Governor John Kasich to somehow emerge as the closest things to moderates capable of competing with Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders next year.
By Marc Platt
I'm going to try and keep this simple.
"Simplicity" is the key to winning a national election.
The public gets to see the differences between candidates and how it affects THEIR lives.
In early 2008, America didn't know who this African American U.S. Senator (Barack Obama) from Illinios was who began running for president against a Hillary Clinton machine poised for success.
She seemed unbeatable, but Obama had a few tricks up his sleeve. He was inspirational, represented change, opposed Iraq from the start and knew how to use math to his advantage. This has been the key to his success from the start.
The GOP presidential candidates are complicated.
They battle each other to get to the bottom of the political barrel. They are willing to shut the government down. They brag and boast about keeping government small, yet put America in peril at every turn spending on wars we cannot afford. They fundraise off of tragedylike Sandy Hook and they just plain beat each other into submission all the time.
Americans are not stupid. They want there government to run smoothly, have lower gas prices, health care that is affordable and not to send their young men and women off to die in some war they never really wanted.
Why do you think we fight our wars with unmanned drones now?
Hillary Clinton was a part of a very successful Obama administration that MOST people recognise has been excellent in every way.
Sure they have had their weak points, but when all is said and done, Americans will look back on the Obama years as a hallmark presidency and Hillary was a part of that.
When George W. Bush came to power with Dick Cheney, they IMMEDIATELY ruined most of the work Bill Clinton did with a huge surplus and peacetime. They used the attack on the World Trade Center (which they ignored serious warning signs) to get us into a war in Iraq. We know all that.
The Republican elected officials are full of bluster and little true substance lately. Gone are the days of thoughtful policy ideas from that segment of the political spectrum. Moderates are at a premium in the Republican bubble.
Do you remember how Dubya gave us tax rebates? That was his big gift to Americans and a standard Republican talking point. They always want to lower taxes, especially on the richest segment of society.
Dubya's entire presidency was a farce. He put two wars on a credit card in which Obama has had to pay for with crafty shifts (sequestor) to satisfy blood thirsty congressional Republicans who have to keep their jobs.
This atmosphere has been hostile. Barack Obama continually tried to reach across the aisle only to be rebuffed by Boehner, McConnell and the rest of the congressional Republican-elected officials.
Bottom line is Americans want to wake up every day and feel like their president and government has THEIR backs. That is why the Democrats will retain the White House in the next election.
Government is nuanced, but the notion of security is actually very simple. On election day, I truly believe this will be a no brainer and we will see our first woman elected to be #45.