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2016 Election

Do Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush Deserve Praise for Denouncing Charleston?


A number of my Democrat-leaning friends have posted praise for Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush in their open condemnation of the horrific Charleston terror attack. Mr. Romney has even gone so far as to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina memorial in front of the State Capitol.  Not that anyone south of Mason-Dixon cares much what a Massachusetts Yankee thinks about their beloved flag.

Well and good; I’m impressed that either candidate had the moral courage to stand up to the fanatics that make up so much of their party base. Moral courage is conspicuously lacking in the modern GOP, even from someone who normally has a superabundance of it, like Senator McCain. But that’s about as far as I’m willing to go in my praise. I really don’t think that Mitt or Jeb deserve a pat on the back for denouncing a obvious and indisputable hate crime. 

Calling a spade a spade is not a virtue: it is only an indication of how low the GOP has sunk and how correspondingly low our expectations of them are. Just because other GOP candidates like Ted Cruz, Rick Perry and Lindsey Graham are a bunch of heartless fucking clowns, unable to break from their conditioning long enough to stop denouncing liberal plots to take away guns – as if the liberals had forced Mr. Roof into his hateful act – doesn’t mean we need to heap praise on their slightly less radical counterparts.

Mitt and Jeb are among the more decent pretenders the GOP can field, but that is damning in and of itself. They are still part of the anti-democratic clique of self-interested oligarchs who are killing the middle class and ruining the Republic. They are, in short, pharisees, keen to be seen in the front pews and receive the praise of their fellow men even as they evict widows and orphans and firk the laborer of what his sweat and toil has earned.

No, I don’t think Mitt and Jeb are particularly praiseworthy for acting like normal human beings. But I wish more of their GOP colleagues would.

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