The Pardu

The Pardu
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Values Voters Summit: Delusional Politicians, Convenient Religious Dogma, Feeding Over-The-Top Red Meat

No Ted Cruz, you and the GOP are not winning!

Albert Einstein 

The three main criteria for a belief to be considered delusional in his 1913 book General Psychopathology.
These criteria are:
1. certainty (held with absolute conviction)
2. incorrigibility (not changeable by compelling counterargument or proof to the contrary)
3. impossibility or falsity of content (implausible, bizarre or patently untrue)

As I contemplate those quotes, I cannot help but think of a republican anarchist: Ted Cruz.

Cruz spoke at the 2013 Values Voter Summit along with a veritable zoo of Right-wing zealots and political "I wanna belongers (Tim Scott (R) SC)." 

Cruz thinks, "he is winning", while dismissing recent polling results indicating the GOP is not winning.

"Everybody is crazy but me."

The Values Voters Summit is as whacky a gathering as their annual GOP CPAC orgy. Yet, there is one difference. The Values Voters Summit is supposed to center around religions and conservative values.  

As I develop this post, I am thinking about the values exhibited by Paul Ryan during the 2012 General Election campaign. You may remember, Ryan and his family accompanied by video and digital camera crews along with with a group of political handlers, invaded a soup pantry for a photo shoot. The vice presidential candidate was not invited to the pantry, according tot he manager of the facility. Ryan and his family were photographed and video taped appearing busy washing pots and pans. Do you remember the punchline? The soup pantry manager indicate each utensil touched by the Ryan's were previously cleaned utensils. Family values from the guy who also lied about having completed a marathon in record time. What values did the photo shoot offer the Ryan children? The following MSNBC clips are shortened sub-clips for emphasis on messages that places Cruz and his Values Voters crowd in perspective. I will add the clips also address Cruz's assertion "we are winning."
MSNBC, The Ed Show,  Ed Shcultz (Sub-clip)

Al Sharpton, Politics Nation (Sub-clip) A

Al Sharpton, Politics Nation (Sub-clip) B

Al Sharpton, Politics Nation (Sub-clip) C 

Photo: Dr. Ben Carson said Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America since slavery [via Global Grind News]
Points made on Mr. Cruz. I am going to post another (one minute) video and offer a few final words regarding the Voters Summit and a recurring theme throughout GOP since Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009. Ben Carson Fox News's most recent hire (and a very socially deprived person) delivered remarks that can be attributable only to a man on a mission.  His remarks about slavery should be left to known GOP bigots like Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Pat Buchanan Bill Bennet and any number of white conservative mouth pieces, along with the confirmed mental case: Alan West.


Ben Carson has a very public bigoted history that has led to his removal from key positions at one of the nation's leading educational hospital systems: John Hopkins. His views on LGBT  people are abhorrent and typically Republican.  It is now obvious his views on the African-American experience are also abhorrent and very much Rush Limbaugh-like.

As a person who is African-American, Carson's oratory is jaded by his inertia for appealing to a 92% white GOP.

Carson is indoctrinated to GOPism and conservatism, he refuses to accept the overwhelming strife and oppression of African-Americans from the ante-bellum South through Jim Crow and subsequent  struggles of the Civil Rights movement.  He also ignores loss of life for many who fought for a modicum of civil rights freedom (e.g., MLK, Medgar Evers, white and black civil rights fighters, four young bombing victims and 5,000 plus documented lynchings of black men, women and boys). The physician demagogue ignores the Women's Suffrage Movement. He obviously cares nothing about US wars and he must have no regard for the horrors of the WTC and 9/11. He reached deep to please the Values Voters Summit audience without regard for the totality of US History. Why slavery, Ben Carson?  

He like others (mostly whites) in the GOP reached back to one of the nation's most horrific realities for a worse case reference. The ACA is a far cry from forced human bondage. What is the GOP affinity for slavery? Why do we not hear comparable or similar remarks from progressives and liberals? Could liberals have a deeper regard for the national shame that accompanies reaching back over 200 years for current analogies? Why would the opportunist physicians "go analogous" (as such) for an audience that probably has less concern with a past that includes human bondage. A party that is synonymous with for too many and regularly occurring exhibits of overt racism. Racism that goes unchallenged by party leaders. Ben Carson is going to occupy a high mantel position at Fox News.  He also adds to the fallacy of the Value Voters Summit As an event truly representative of American Values.  

Frankly, as one who appears to be of African descent, Carson should consider avoiding entertaining his predominately white audience without references to the black people. He should at his intellect level recognize the fallacy of such references.  As a physician Carson should exhibit a much more palatable argument against Obamacare, if he genuinely cares nothing about millions who suffer from no prospect of seeing a doctor or a dentist.  In fact, Carson often appears in a state of dazed and confused, and a person who exercises extremely poor judgment, despite his background as a surgeon.  He actually reminds of two GOP/libertarian physicians: Ron and Rand Paul. 

Maybe he is absorbed with the prospect of earnings millions while by giving them what they want: low information rhetoric.

The Values Voters Summit video clips broadcast on MSNBC seem to indicate an underlying theme of low information rhetoric for low information Pies Pipers.

Who votes for these people?

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