Wednesday, 11/4/15, Public Square



by | November 4, 2015 · 11:01 am

7 responses to “Wednesday, 11/4/15, Public Square

  1. Robert Reich asks some good questions —

    According to the New York Times, former President George H.W. Bush is finally telling the world what he thought of his son’s two most infamous advisers. In a soon-to-be-released biography, the elder Bush says Dick Cheney built “his own empire” and asserted too much “hard-line” influence in his son’s White House in pushing for the use of force around the world. And Don Rumsfeld was an “arrogant fellow” who could not see how others thought and “served the president badly.” The elder Bush also criticizes his son for empowering Cheney and Rumsfeld in the first place, and for using bellicose language such as “axis of evil.”

    Well, it’s nice to know George H.W. saw his son’s White House the same way most of the rest of the world saw it. The question is, when will Cheney, Rumsfeld, and George W. be held accountable for the havoc they wrought? And what about the Neocons who surrounded them — many of whom are still asserting influence in Republican circles, even inside the campaign of the elder Bush’s other son?

  2. And on another subject Robert Reich says —

    The other night I phoned a former Republican member of Congress with whom I’d worked in the 1990s on various pieces of legislation. I consider him a friend. I wanted his take on the Republican candidates because I felt I needed a reality check. Was I becoming excessively crotchety and partisan, or are these people really as weird as they seem? We got right into it:

    Me: “So what do really you think of these candidates?”

    Him: “You want my unvarnished opinion?’

    Me: “Please. That’s why I called.”

    Him: “They’re all nuts.”

    Me: “Seriously. What do you really think of them?”

    Him: “I just told you. They’re bonkers. Bizarre. They’re like a Star Wars bar room.”

    Me: “How did it happen? How did your party manage to come up with this collection?”

    Him: “We didn’t. They came up with themselves. There’s no party any more. It’s chaos. Anybody can just decide they want to be the Republican nominee, and make a run for it. Carson? Trump? They’re in the lead, and they’re both out of their f*cking minds.”

    Me: “That’s not reassuring.”

    Him: “It’s a disaster. I’m telling you, if either of them is elected, this country is going to hell. The rest of them aren’t much better. I mean, Carly Fiorina? Really? Rubio? Please. Ted Cruz? Oh my god. And the people we thought had it sewn up, who are halfway sane — Bush and Christie — they’re sounding almost as batty as the rest.”

    Me: “Who’s to blame for this mess?”

    Him: “Roger Ailes, David and Charles Koch, Rupert Murdoch, Rush Limbaugh. I could go on. They’ve poisoned the American mind and destroyed the Republican Party.

    Me: “Nice talking with you.”

    Him: “Sleep well.”

    • All those folks mentioned as to who is to blame for the mess have one common denominator – they are wealthy white men who know how to manipulate the sheeple into whatever they want them to do and/or say.

      But I think the original blame should go to Ronald Reagan. This was the guy that brought Jerry Falwell and his Immorality Boys into the inner sanctum of the Grand Old Party – and gave them the keys to the Executive Mens Room.

      Since that time – the GOP has been on a continual downward spiral – IMHO


    All I can say is – WOW.

    I guess all those Egyptian artifacts found in those pyramids were just the prize from a lot of Cracker Jack boxes?

    Sad to say -just like the Foxxies were talking about in their segment following the clip of Carson spewing his ‘theory’ – the woman was right in that Ben Carson does appeal to a lot of those Evangelical Christian voters.

    Again – all I can say is – WOW

    But then again, maybe Robert Reich’s Republican friend is 100% correct in his assessment of Carson – he is just f*cking out of his mind?

    • Is it just me or does Ben Carson sound like the black male version of Sarah Palin when he spews his babbling nonsense?

      And yet NOBODY calls him out on the known facts…. That is what the scary part is – nobody on the Right Side of the Aisle is ever going to call him out on anything he says as being religious.

      After all – Ronald Reagan destined the Republican Party to have to coddle these Krazee Kristian Konservatives. I refuse to call these folks Christian – that is an insult to Jesus’ name.

      • I suppose you’ve read by now that Dr. Carson fabricated a whole story about a West Point scholarship. I think it’s about time Dr. Carson exited stage left. If he remains the leader of republican candidates after this we know the people of the Republican Party are just f*cking out of their minds (we’ve suspected this for a few years).

      • I suspected Ben Carson is just the 2016 version of Herman Cain.

        But one big factor in Carson’s favor for GOP nomination is the fact the Krazee Kristian Konservatives eat this crappola up like it’s cotton candy.

        But that’s the Grand Old Party’s problem….

        Can’t you just imagine what the Chamber of Commerce Republicans are saying behind closed doors?

        NOW you know that the Koch Brothers are not liking this Ben Carson guy being the new flavor of the month.