Bottom Line: The G.O.P. has a big problem because it has become the place where haters, bigots and reactionaries have turned. These folks love guns, they hate immigrants and gays and other people who are not "like" they are.
If you show me someone who still dreams of the "ideals" for which the South seceded from the Union in 1861, you can bet your bottom dollar which Party he favors today. Ex-Klansmen, and neo-Nazis: where do you find them, party wise? This is a cancer which has affected those Republican voters who are the ones screaming for "red meat" from their candidates, and which the candidates must not cater to if the Republican Party is to survive on a national basis. They are not a majority of G.O.P. voters, but they are enough to prevent the candidates from addressing real issues.
Poll Results: We don't have many Republicans following this blog. Only two voted in our G.O.P. Presidential primary. One for Trump and one for Kasich. We'll do another closer to the Convention.
Two Columns Well Worth Reading
What if Rabin Had Lived?
Why are Middle-age Male Death Rates Rising?
Two recent Op-Ed pieces attracted my attention. One, by former Ambassador to Israel Dennis Ross in the Los Angeles Times, considers what might have occurred in Israel had not Prime Ministier Yitzhak Rabin been assassinated twenty years ago. It is well worth reading. Check it out by clicking on this link.
The other is by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and deals with might be the reason why the death rate of white middle aged males in the United States has increased. And his answer is not a pathological one. Check out his thoughts by clicking on this link.
What have we come to? Pull the kids out of college? Get a second mortgage? Max out the credit cards? How much of a guilt trip are those 96 more days of life worth to a family which just doesn't have the resources to give Opdivo a chance? This is what Bristol-Myers Squibb wants viewers to think about. Shame.
I do not see any simple method of destroying ISIS, and stabilizing the artificial countries known as Iraq and Syria without recognizing that it must be done within the context of the Sunni - Shia division in Islam. In destroying ISIS, we are taking the side of the Shia. That means being on the same side as Iran (and Russia in Syria) and not being so cordial as we have been with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, which like ISIS, are Sunni. Thus far, the efforts of these Sunni friends of ours in battling ISIS (with the exception of Jordan) have been ineffectual at best. In fact, because the theological basis of jihad comes from the Arabian peninsula, the position of these Sunni "allies" is open to question. Nine-Eleven, after which we "took off our gloves," was perpetrated by Al Qaeda from which from ISIS grew, once the political vacuum in Iraq was created by the United States. We were allies with the Russians in World War Two. Before the Ayatollahs, we had a good relationship with Iran. Should we be looking in those directions again in order to demolish ISIS and stabilize the Middle East?
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