If you Can’t Stand Fools, Remember That You’re One, Too

So, The Donald muses that Cruz’ dad was around Lee Harvey Oswald just prior to the JFK assassination. I’d like to say that we’ve reached Peak Stupid with this, but then again I’ve been living my whole life in a nation where about half the people think that Astrology is real. Someone who thinks the positions of the stars at the time of their birth can bear a relation on their personality and fate is someone who could believe that Ted Cruz’ dad had something to do with Oswald. People also believe that aliens have visited us – as if an alien race intelligent enough to figure out how to travel inter-stellar distances would not make itself completely known to the intelligent (sort of) species it located on Earth. Just to give you an idea of how highly advanced you’d have to be to get from one star to another – Voyager 2 is traveling at 55,000 kph and it will get to Sirius – a mere 4.3 light years away – in 296,000 years. The closest Earth-like planet we’ve discovered so far is 13.8 light years away…so, someone able to cut down a couple million year travel time to a time short enough to get here to visit is NOT GOING TO BE VISITING YOKELS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, DAMMIT. Nor would such a person allow himself to be captured and held at Area 51.

People seriously believe they are the reincarnation of some past person – invariably, of course, someone who was in a really cool position in the past. No one seems to have a past life where they were just a miserable, illiterate peasant massacred by invading barbarians for no reason at all. People believe that placing crystals on or around your body can heal illness. People believe in acupuncture, ESP, seances, biorhythms…in short, lots of people believe things which are utter nonsense. And they get to vote.

This does make the task of constructing and maintaining a civilized nation rather difficult – but the trick has been done, and been done for quite a long while, at times. I bring this up because a lot of people are getting rather frustrated. We’ve all been rather frustrated with the impervious belief some have in Obama even though the record clearly shows him an absolute failure…and now we’re getting frustrated with Trump supporters who simply cannot or will not see Trump for what he is. But do not despair – built into us, even when we’re being stupid, is common sense. God does not leave us orphans, as it were – there is always an internal corrective.

We know this because all of us have at times fallen for something rather stupid in hindsight. Well, I guess there might be some out there who haven’t – and if you are one of them: congratulations! But for 99.9% of us, folly walks with us our whole lives. We naturally tend to concentrate our memories on those times we saw through the scam, but if we honestly look over our lives we can see the large number of times we were suckers.

My advice for those falling into angry despair over Trump is: get a grip. It’s just a thing which is happening. I don’t like it, either – but I am not in control of the destinies of the world. I can only do what I think is right each day. I’m not gulled by Trump – and so I won’t support him. I hope that those who do support him realize where he’d lead us. But it might take hard experience to instruct – and if that is the case, we as a people will emerge from this that much wiser. And this is true whether Trump wins or loses – if he wins, we’ll get a load of what that sort of person does while President; if he loses, we’ll get a taste of what throwing aside near-certain victory to someone like Hillary is like.

Shortly we’ll know how the Indiana battle came out – and we might find that the die is cast and Trump is the Republican standard-bearer. Deal with it. Move on. Vote the way your conscience tells you in November and however it comes out, just keep trying to do what you believe is right. When your time comes to exit, as long as you’ve at least made an effort at doing that, you’ll have fewer regrets…and by just decently trying to do your best, you might sway more people your way than you imagine.

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50 thoughts on “If you Can’t Stand Fools, Remember That You’re One, Too

  1. casper3031 May 3, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    “People seriously believe they are the reincarnation of some past person”
    I don’t believe on reincarnation, nor did I believe in it during my last three lives either.

    • M. Noonan May 3, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      That was actually worth a chuckle.

  2. Bob Eisenhower May 3, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    OK, so let’s see how we have gone through the cycles of grief.

    1. Denial – “Trump is a joke”
    2. Anger – refer to everything Amazona has ever said about Trump
    3. Bargaining – “Anyone but Trump”
    4. Depression – (where we are now) “Oh, my God, please Indiana, please!”
    5. Acceptance – “Imma vote for Trump!

    • M. Noonan May 3, 2016 / 7:54 pm

      Well, everyone thought Trump was a joke early on – but Acceptance? No. Things will be as they will, but I’ll never be a Trump supporter.

      • Retired Spook May 3, 2016 / 8:48 pm

        He’s still a joke, and I think before this is all over a really bad joke. What happens when poll numbers show that nearly half of American says they can’t hold their nose tight enough to vote for either Trump or Hillary? Finally a viable third party? I wouldn’t put it out of the realm of possibility.

    • Amazona May 3, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      Bob, just an FYI—the next time you quote an article, please link to it.

      And please refrain from the Alinsky-like reframing of objective analysis of Trump’s defects as “anger”. It reeks of the Trumery whine that people who realize what a mess he is are just “haters”.

      • bardolf2 May 3, 2016 / 9:35 pm

        Amy still doesn’t understand how Trump is the natural reaction to the losing ‘muh constitution’-party that has put the US in jeopardy of becoming a larger version of California and forever Democrat.

      • Amazona May 3, 2016 / 9:40 pm

        ??????????? Fortunately, I learned a long time ago to not even bother to try to make sense of dolf’s mental meanderings, so I won’t waste time trying to figure out how a commitment to constitutional governance can contribute to the Californication of America or its descent into Democratic Party rule “forever”.

        He does seem to be giddy over a Trump victory in Indiana, which I actually find quite consistent with his other forays far from reason.

      • Bob Eisenhower May 4, 2016 / 1:04 pm

        Amazona

        You are taking it too seriously. There is no article to link, I just made up a blurb for each of the five stages of grief.

        And c’mon, admit there is at least a tinge of anger in your writings about Trump. You are dismayed and angry at how the public has reacted to him. It is Ok to be angry and your writing reflects that. I was just using that for humor value when describing the Anger cycle of grief. I do not take my marching orders from Alinsky, he had a shitty sense of humor.

  3. bardolf2 May 3, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Thanks to the great state of Indiana!

  4. Amazona May 3, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Marki, Mark, Mark—-your blithe dismissal of things like acupuncture as “utter nonsense” kind of puts you into the “yokel” category. There are “new” discoveries all the time that really just end up showing that some of the old ways, so callously dismissed as you just did, actually do work. I once watched an equine acupressure class work on a horse of mine who had been suffering from sporadic pain for years, pain which we could not isolate or treat. On a day when she seemed to be hurting, the class (which I had allowed to use my barn for its course work) they chose to focus on her. I was a skeptic, till I watched her shift her weight, lift her head, prick up her ears, lose the wrinkles around her eyes, and move freely. I could see her back level out from its hunched position, see her withers rise, see her head carriage and entire demeanor change literally from minute to minute. Acupressure merely uses external pressure on the same points of energy that are accessed through needles in acupuncture. Acupuncture helped my beloved cousin deal with the pain of terminal cancer when drugs would not help.

    i can’t speak to the other things you dismiss, but having experienced things that defy explanation I can’t say I think they are all “utter nonsense” either. What’s more, I don’t understand how a man of faith can take it upon himself to determine precisely which ways God chooses to speak to us and work His ways and which are beyond Him or ignored by Him. I personally believe in infinite divine powers, and am willing to accept that God may very well work in ways that I don’t understand. ” “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”. “

    I am also amused by your conviction that if intelligent species from another planet were to visit Earth they would not do so IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, DAMMIT. Once again, you take it upon yourself to know why they would visit, what they would want to accomplish by such a visit, and to project your own opinion of some parts of the world as if it is universally shared. On a planet without cows or cactus, perhaps THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE is fascinating.

    But then you also believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was a crack shot, and that the Warren Commission report was definitive and widely accepted. (Hint: It was rejected by the U.S. Senate a few years later.)

    Personally, I have no problem at all thinking it possible that Rafael Cruz Sr. might have had contact with Oswald at some time. This is based on the fact that Oswald had a life other than what happened on November 22, 1963. He was active in a Fair Play For Cuba movement, was well known to associate with Cuban exiles, and there is no reason at all to believe that some sort of contact between him and ANY Cuban exile during that period of time is impossible or even unlikely. He would walk up to people on the street and hand them pamphlets and try to talk to them about Cuba. That’s a lot of contact with a lot of people. The thing is, of the many thousands of people who had some kind of contact with Oswald over the years, or who may just have been in the background when someone took his picture, as far as we know not one of them was involved in the assassination. And remember, Rafael Cruz was “identified” in the Oswald photo because someone thinks his “receding chin” looks familiar.

    Besides, there are more interesting photos of Rafael Cruz. http://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2016/05/03/here-are-some-photos-of-rafael-cruz-throughout-history-that-the-national-enquirer-missed/

    • M. Noonan May 3, 2016 / 11:56 pm

      Acupuncture, though, is not provable by the scientific method – no more than astrology is. To be sure, just because something isn’t scientifically demonstrable doesn’t make it untrue…but if someone is proposing to cure me of an illness, I want double-blind studies showing that the treatment works.

      You and I had it out a bit over the JFK thing before – all I can say is that every last bit of forensic evidence confirms that Oswald shot Kennedy. Unless there is forensic evidence to dispute this, I go with that.

      • Amazona May 4, 2016 / 12:14 am

        But acupuncture IS provable by “the scientific method” if by that you mean observing its application and determining its effectiveness. It has been tested, repeatedly, in clinical trial after clinical trial, and is now part of many treatment protocols by MDs. It is in no way comparable to astrology. They have absolutely nothing in common other than both starting with the letter “A”.

        There was some forensic evidence linking Oswald to the assassination, but not much, and the Warren Commission report has since been shown to be so deeply flawed it can’t really be used to support any conclusion about Oswald or anyone else. From evidence that was not considered by the Commission to evidence that was misstated or misinterpreted, the whole report was fatally flawed. It was rushed through, for political expediency. Even the most skilled shooter in the United States, Carlos Hathcock, using the very gun allegedly used by Oswald, could not duplicate what he supposedly did. No one can come to a reasonable conclusion without being willing to examine all the evidence, even when it contradicts what one prefers to believe.

      • M. Noonan May 4, 2016 / 11:51 am

        Other shooters have said it was the easiest shot in the world – including one expert Marine rifleman who said the only odd thing about it was that Oswald missed once. At any rate, we’ll never settle the matter to everyone’s satisfaction.

      • Amazona May 4, 2016 / 12:28 am

        One article on acupuncture: emphasis mine

        “Acupuncture has long baffled medical experts and no wonder: It holds that an invisible life force called qi (pronounced chee) travels up and down the body in 14 meridians. Illness and pain are due to blockages and imbalances in qi. Inserting thin needles into the body at precise points can unblock the meridians, practitioners believe, and treat everything from arthritis and asthma to anxiety, acne and infertility.

        WSJ’s health columnist Melinda Beck tests out acupuncture as an alternative means to reduce her neck and back pain.

        DOES IT WORK?
        While scientists say further research is essential, some studies have provided evidence of acupuncture’s effects.

        • Arthritis of the Knee: Acupuncture significantly reduced pain and restored function, according to a 2004 government study.
        • Headaches: Two 2009 reviews found that acupuncture cut both tension and migraine headaches.
        • Lower Back Pain: Acupuncture eased it in a big study last year, but so did a sham treatment where needles didn’t penetrate the skin.
        • Cancer: Has proven effective in reducing nausea and fatigue caused by chemotherapy.
        • Infertility: Improves the odds of pregnancy for women undergoing in-vitro fertilization, according to a 2008 review of seven clinical trials.
        • Addiction: Often used to help quit smoking, drinking, drug use and overeating, but there is no conclusive evidence that it works.

        As fanciful as that seems, acupuncture does have real effects on the human body, which scientists are documenting using high-tech tools. Neuroimaging studies show that it seems to calm areas of the brain that register pain and activate those involved in rest and recuperation. Doppler ultrasound shows that acupuncture increases blood flow in treated areas. Thermal imaging shows that it can make inflammation subside.

        Scientists are also finding parallels between the ancient concepts and modern anatomy. Many of the 365 acupuncture points correspond to nerve bundles or muscle trigger points. Several meridians track major arteries and nerves. “If people have a heart attack, the pain will radiate up across the chest and down the left arm. That’s where the heart meridian goes,” says Peter Dorsher, a specialist in pain management and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. “Gallbladder pain will radiate to the right upper shoulder, just where the gallbladder meridian goes.”

        Many medical experts remain deeply skeptical about acupuncture, of course, and studies of its effectiveness have been mixed. “Something measurable is happening when you stick a needle into a patient—that doesn’t impress me at all,” says Edzard Ernst, a professor of complementary medicine at the University of Exeter in England and co-author of the book, “Trick or Treatment.” Acupuncture “clearly has a very strong placebo effect. Whether it does anything else, the jury is still out.”

        Even so, the use of acupuncture continues to spread—often alongside conventional medicine. U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army doctors are using acupuncture to treat musculoskeletal problems, pain and stress in stateside hospitals and combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Delegations from Acupuncturists Without Borders are holding communal ear-needling sessions to reduce stress among earthquake victims in Haiti. Major medical centers—from M.D. Anderson in Houston to Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York—use acupuncture to counteract the side effects of chemotherapy.”

        http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704841304575137872667749264#:rpSUHkkTSKjB8A

      • dbschmidt May 4, 2016 / 8:16 pm

        I am very glad to pronounce that the only thing I know for sure is that I don’t know everything. Any human who states otherwise is basically lying — either to others or themselves and then others.

  5. Amazona May 3, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    dolf, et al, can now do the Happy Dance Of Joy and Celebration, as Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign.

    However, in the “hope springs eternal” category, this only means he is no longer campaigning. Some of us were talking today about how Lincoln didn’t get the nomination from his party till the fourth ballot, and Ford took three ballots to beat Reagan.

    But I have been preparing myself for the formalizing of America In Decline since Trump started to pick up momentum. As long as we understood that the enemy is the Left, there was some hope, but now that half of the Right has decided the real enemy is the GOP I pretty much give up.

    • Retired Spook May 3, 2016 / 10:54 pm

      but now that half of the Right has decided the real enemy is the GOP I pretty much give up.

      The GOP deserves about 90% of the blame for the position in which we now find ourselves and really deserves whatever happens to it. Should Trump win the general election, I hope a lot of his wrath is directed against the Republican establishment. The fact that he’s golf and texting buddies with John Boehner tells me that it won’t be.

      • Amazona May 3, 2016 / 11:37 pm

        But…but…but Spook, Trump is an OUTSIDER ! Haven’t you been paying attention? He’s the Miracle Man, the outsider supported by the insiders, the anti-establishment guy promoted by the establishment, the crusader who brags about using his money to buy influence.

        I wouldn’t go as high as your 90% estimate of blame. My perception is that the problems in the GOP could have, and should have, been handled with surgical precision, as Cruz tended to handle things, with a coalition of TEA Party types and committed conservatives.

        Now we have the Great Disruptor, with the motto of “If I Can’t F**k It Up I’ll S**t On It” as his war cry. Instead of a careful and calculated assessment of what needs to be changed in the GOP, it is now burn it down and trample on the ashes. But I don’t think this will come about because Trump is going to challenge the GOP “establishment”. Trump is not going to “take on” the GOP on principle. He is just going to keep on feeding his ego, with the GOP being progressively broken up as he rampages through American politics.

        Oh, the GOP will be damaged, but not because Trump is going to “take it on”. He is part of that club. At heart Trump has never had any desire to make any changes, to really take anyone on. It has all been bluster, just raw meat he could throw to the mob. The damage is going to be due to the divisions Trump has created within the party, his separation of conservatives from the GOP which is now becoming more pronounced and more permanent.

        The GOP will take a hit, sure. It may be terminally damaged. But I don’t think it will because Trump challenges it. It will be because he forced Republicans to examine their core ideology, and the process sorted out the issues people who claimed to be conservative but who are quite happy with unconstitutional tyranny as long as it is their pet issues that are imposed from the people who are ideological conservatives and who feel betrayed by the others. Sadly, the result of this splintering is going to be losing the only opposition to the Left, weak as it has been. It will be the nation to really take the hit, not the party. Without a party identity and party members in office, conservatives will just be plaintive voices in the wilderness with no authority. An intact GOP with a solid majority in Congress and a true conservative in the White House could have been tweaked, and would have had to accept tweaking. A shattered GOP will just be a toothless shell, represented by a Liberal in the White House who got there by pasting an R over the D on his lapel, and the Conservative Movement will have to decide whether to try to work on the GOP from the inside or walk away and let it rot, till it officially merges with the Democrat Party.

        I see the Trump movement as the first step toward that eventual merger, and a Trump presidency as hastening it.

      • M. Noonan May 4, 2016 / 12:05 am

        Boehner speaking highly of Trump shows where the real divide is…essentially, and quite by accident, the GOP Establishment found a way to keep at least most of the base on board without the GOP nominating a movement Conservative in 2016. But here’s the real kicker – if Trump goes down to flaming defeat (the most likely outcome), then the GOP Establishment will say that it was Conservatism which caused the 2016 loss! With Trump they get the best of both worlds – if the GOP wins, then there won’t be Conservatism in the White House; if the GOP loses, then Conservatism will be discredited. It was all accidental because, of course, no one saw Trump coming. And, of course, the GOP Establishment would much rather have gone with Jeb or Kasich or some such. It is a bit of a pity that of all the true Conservatives in the race, the last man standing wound up being Cruz, who is simply despised by the GOP Establishment…they might not have been able to push him over the top once he became the only realistic Non-Trump, but if they had immediately unified behind him, Cruz would have had a much better chance of slowing down the Trump train. Nothing doing – in order to keep Conservatism out, they either kept silent or started softly backing Trump.

        This is making me ponder whether true Conservatives can remain in the GOP – I brought up the idea not too long ago of forming a Third Party to hold the balance between Democrats and Republicans, and the idea is gaining a lot of merit in my mind.

      • M. Noonan May 3, 2016 / 11:59 pm

        The GOP really hasn’t done much to deserve support, has it? And its not like the base of GOP voters didn’t give them the power and opportunity to make at least a fight of it. As I said a little while ago, the break down of the GOP came in 2005 when the overall GOP ran and hid when Bush proposed Social Security reform. Lately all we’ve been for is “bomb ’em” in foreign affairs and low tax rates (mostly for corporations) – not the sort of stuff to generate electoral enthusiasm.

      • Amazona May 4, 2016 / 12:51 am

        The conservatives I know, including some who were not particularly politically inclined till recently, all think Trump is a disaster—for the conservative movement, for the GOP and for the nation—and all are serious about needing a new party. We had one shot at fixing this one, Trump screwed it up (with help from Rubio and Kasich) and now it may not be salvageable.

        The GOP wanted to shoot down Cruz. All I can say, be careful what you wish for. I don’t think they have a clue as to the groundswell of resentment that has been building over the past few months, especially the past few weeks.

  6. dbschmidt May 3, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    I was thinking of responding; however, after the last two sets of posts I have reached the same conclusion–best demonstrated by Sen. Cruz and the “Shout him down drone” protester.

    Close minded is the definition of the “Democratic” opposition. No longer, or never willing, to accurately consume opposing points of view–they would rather pack up like rabid dogs. Their version is to shout over top, ridicule (poorly) or flat out lie (nice way of saying overstate or misconstrue) the actual facts.

    A good example is Bob & his “Cycles of Grief” which he may come to fully understand under the Hillary administration. We have had no concept of a functional government since “chicken in every pot” introduced the latest version of Socialism on this Country. Nevertheless, the basics elude him and others of his mental capacity. We are and will remain a Representative Republic if at all possible.

    I will survive as will most of my friends but to the Bob’s and rabid protesters of this election cycle–do not knock on my door begging for anything and maybe, just maybe–in four short years you may understand the different between capitalism and socialism. Most hopefully when you can feel the cost of socialism deep in your belly as a hunger for something more.

    • Amazona May 3, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      I’ve learned a lot from this campaign, including the fact that PT Barnum was right. One thing that stands out is the success of constant repetition. Trump used the basic concept of marketing—repeat, repeat, repeat—and after months of never saying anything without the word “liar” in it managed to convince millions that Ted Cruz is a liar. On what evidence? None. On what specifics? None. About what? Who knows? One time recently Cruz just quoted some poll and was called a liar for it, and the poll had been published.

      On Fox tonight they showed results of exit polls and I think the one that surprised me the most was the one saying that more than half of voters in Indiana thought Cruz had run “the most unfair” campaign. It was a true WTF moment. He was slandered, libeled, maligned, called every name in the book, accused of being ineligible, had his wife’s appearance mocked, was called a philanderer, had his father called a JFK assassination accomplice, and was called a liar hundreds of times a day, yet because of the constant repetition of the “liar” meme and the constant claims that the system was rigged to cheat Trump, the perception was established that Cruz ran an “unfair” campaign. Trump had one positive message in his whole campaign—that he and he alone could accomplish the miracle of making America great “again.” And he had two negative messages—that whenever he lost it was because someone cheated him or stole something he was entitled to, and Ted Cruz was a liar.

      That sums up his whole campaign. It was a rehash of “Hope and Change”, based on the double whammy of telling everyone the country sucks and that it needs a messiah to save it. And it was vile, filthy, gutter politics based on personal destruction of opponents and claiming every setback was an act of corruption against him.

      But it worked.

      The disturbing thing in the Fox exit polls was the vapidity and, to put it bluntly, ignorance of the Republican respondents. I didn’t take notes, but in general the most important thing to them was having an “outsider” as their candidate, and the third most important thing was a candidate that “tells it like it is”. Seriously. They came right out and said that the most important things to them were lack of experience and the ability to say what they want to hear. As the “tell it like it is” needed time stamps, so you could tell when any version was deemed to be “like it is” before it was something else, which was then “like it is” before it was replaced by a different “like it is”, the only way to take that comment from voters was that they just liked hearing what they liked hearing. Whether it was really “like it is” or not.

    • Amazona May 3, 2016 / 11:39 pm

      “Close minded is the definition of the “Democratic” Trump opposition. No longer, or never willing, to accurately consume opposing points of view–they would rather pack up like rabid dogs. Their version is to shout over top, ridicule (poorly) or flat out lie (nice way of saying overstate or misconstrue) the actual facts.

      Which is why I just posted my opinion that this election cycle and the way the Republican vote has gone is the first step toward an eventual formal merger with the Democrat Party. To have two parties, you have to be able to tell them apart. The Trump mobs make that pretty hard.

    • Bob Eisenhower May 4, 2016 / 1:18 pm

      DB

      Holy crap, I make one joke posting and Amazona says I’m following the Alinsky program and you say I’m aligned with the rabid Trump supporters.

      Have you guys never seen my posts before? I shake my head in rank disbelief at Trump’s success, success I unfortunately called in multiple posts since his “mexicans are criminals” speech.

      Joke you guys if you can’s take a screw.

      • dbschmidt May 4, 2016 / 8:28 pm

        Okay,

        I will give you the “joke” part as a piss-poor example of a joke but still a joke nevertheless.

        A little insight Bob–can I call you Bob?

        I am by party a Libertarian. No Trump, no Hillary, no big dog in the fight.. I am to the right of Genghis Cann on the political spectrum. I am a Constitutional Conservative. I am also ex-military and a member of several organizations that believe as I do. Any jokes on this front may make me come and meet you for a quiet, personal discussion. Not a threat. Just a face-to-face discussion of the issues but I would expect that to go as well as Ted Cruz’s last one. The close minded have no brain cells to spare.

        It was a joke Bob. You do know how to take a joke–right?

      • Bob Eisenhower May 5, 2016 / 12:41 am

        DB

        I’ve met lots of constitutional conservatives – I am one, you know, check out my posts – and Libertarians, and military and all the other things you mention. I called all of them and we all agree your joke really blew.

        You can take a joke, right?

        (btw, feel free to call me Bob. Mr. Eisenhower was my father)

      • dbschmidt May 5, 2016 / 8:35 pm

        In that case I will call us even on the piss-poor joke front as well as all other fronts. I will, and do, remain neutral until I fully form an opinion of something or someone. But then again, even opinions can and often do change within those of an open mind.

        Have a good day Bob.

  7. Amazona May 4, 2016 / 12:00 am

    I was going to post this earlier in the week, and now it will probably just be dismissed as sour grapes on my part, or even “anger”. but—

    Thinking of Alzheimer’s. Hollywierd, in its unending quest to constantly up its game, regarding tastelessness, was (and may still be) planning a movie making fun of Reagan’s having to deal with the onset of Alzheimer’s in his last term. My thought on that, after being glad to see that Will Farrell refused to be associated with it, was that even WITH Alzheimer’s Reagan was a hundred times better president than Obama, on Obama’s best day.

    Then, a day or so after having this thought, I saw a comment on an article about Trump. The writer said that she didn’t want to be taken as attacking Trump, but that she, as someone dealing with the onset of Alzheimer’s in her family, really thought that Trump should be tested. She said that his father had died of Alzheimer’s, which I did not know (and have not checked out) and that Trump is at the age when this form of dementia tends to show up. She said that a lot of Trump’s behavior, including his tendency to deny that he said something when he clearly did, is quite consistent with the condition, and is one of the symptoms of her family member.

    That comment resonated with me. We have heard many comments, from many people, from media pundits and political figures and bloggers like me, about his irrational behavior, his compulsive blurting out of things, his lack of coherency when speaking, his inconsistency, and his refusal to be reined in by people who are trying to mitigate his excesses, and this observation clicked with me. There is a recklessness to Donald Trump that I find alarming, and which has been a foundation of my negative opinion of him as a nominee, and it has seemed to me that his ego, and his grandiosity, have grown in the past two or three years. His lack of filters, his tendency to just blurt out whatever is in his mind, has not struck me as “telling it like it is” but as more a sign of a mental deficiency, as often what he blurts out is damaging to him—or would be, if his followers were not so determined to never pay attention when he does this.

    it seems like a reasonable observation to me.

    • M. Noonan May 4, 2016 / 12:08 am

      He is no spring chicken – and neither is Hillary. To be sure, there are plenty of examples (even outside Reagan) of men and women of advanced years showing superlative leadership qualities…but neither Trump nor Hillary have shown such to date. One silver lining here is that either Trump or Hillary are likely to be one-term Presidents…and Hillary, in my view, is far less likely to remain vigorous to 2020 than Trump is.

      • Amazona May 4, 2016 / 12:46 am

        It’s not just a matter of age. It’s a matter of a clinical condition, known to have a genetic component.

        There are certain behavioral patterns associated with the onset of this condition. My comment is that if you have a person with the genetic background, at an age often associated with its onset, and similar behaviors are present, behaviors which appear to be more prominent than in the past, it is not unreasonable to consider the possibility of the condition manifesting itself.

        Hillary seems to have memory problems. There is her inherent inability to tell the truth, but added to that she just seems to forget what she has said. We know she has health problems, we know she had some brain issues though whether caused by or the cause of her passing out and hitting her head no one seems willing to discuss. She had blood clots on or near the brain, she has balance issues, and as I said she either can’t keep track of her lies because of the sheer volume or she has memory issues. Stress seems to wipe her out and make.

        Trump, though, seems to be having both memory issues and other behaviors that seem different from Hillary’s. Stress makes him combative, irrationally so, which he exhibits in a strangely juvenile and confrontational manner, and also makes him vengeful.

        Wow. What a choice. Which will be indicted first, which will be convicted first, and which will be institutionalized for mental conditions first. And in the meantime, which will do the most damage to the country.

      • bardolf2 May 4, 2016 / 9:35 am

        Sour grapes. Amy is now using her skillz and understanding of ‘clinical conditions’ to give long distance analysis of politicians.

        Maybe Hillary got kicked in the head by a horse while on a ranch in Colorado. That would also explain her condition too.

      • Amazona May 4, 2016 / 9:42 pm

        dolf, if I were really trying to do long-distance diagnosis of conditions I would definitely identify yours as Panties-In-A-Wad Syndrome. Take a few minutes to get them untwisted, have yourself a nice glass of Barolo, and ponder the benefits of giving up your knee-jerk spasms of pissiness about everything I post.

        I think you’d be a much better person for it.

      • Amazona May 4, 2016 / 9:53 pm

        Maybe Hillary got kicked in the head by a horse while on a ranch in Colorado. That would also explain her condition too.

        “Bill Clinton did more today than defend his wife, Hillary Clinton, from recent accusations leveled by GOP strategist Karl Rove that she suffered brain damage after falling in December 2012.

        The former president revealed that his wife’s injury “required six months of very serious work to get over,” he said during a question-and-answer session at the Peterson Foundation in Washington.”

        Dec. 31: Statement from Clinton’s doctors: “In the course of a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday, the scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed. This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. “

        http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/05/hillary-clinton-took-6-months-to-get-over-concussion-bill-says-of-timeline

        (An) Abedin email material contains a January 26, 2013, email exchange with Clinton aide Monica Hanley regarding Clinton’s schedule in which Abedin says Clinton is “often confused:”
        Abedin: Have you been going over her calls with her? So she knows singh is at 8? [India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh]

        Hanley: She was in bed for a nap by the time I heard that she had an 8am call. Will go over with her

        Abedin: Very imp to do that. She’s often confused.

        “Huma Abedin’s description of Hillary Clinton as ‘easily confused’ tells you all you need to know why it took a federal lawsuit to get these government emails from Clinton’s illegal email server ,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These emails also show that Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s decision to use the Clinton email server to conduct government business was dangerous and risky.”

        Why might Hillary have been confused in late January 2013? Easy: Because of her concussion the month before. Remember? Sometime on or around December 9, 2012, according to her spokesman, she fainted at home due to a stomach virus and hit her head, hard enough to knock her out of commission at State for several weeks. She was back on the job on January 7. On January 23, three days before Abedin’s e-mail was sent, she testified before a House committee about Benghazi. She wore special glasses that day too to help with blurred or double vision. That was the same hearing where she famously said in response to a question about whether the attack was planned terrorism or some sort of spontaneous mob, “What difference at this point does it make?”

        http://hotair.com/archives/2015/11/16/2013-e-mail-from-huma-abedin-hillary-is-often-confused/

  8. Retired Spook May 4, 2016 / 7:45 am

    I was talking to a neighbor in the parking lot of our polling location yesterday after we voted. She was already resigned to the fact that it’s going to be Trump against Hillary, and she said, “well, maybe a Trump or Hillary presidency will finally wake the American people up.” I was dumb founded. If the last 7-1/2 years has wakened people up, I don’t think anything short of a nuke going off in a major city will. This election is definitely going to be one for the history books.

    • M. Noonan May 4, 2016 / 11:36 am

      What I’m getting from non-Trumpsters who are open to voting Trump is “maybe he’ll do something”. I’ve got this repeatedly – and it is an odd thing, but it makes a bit of sense. Something does need to happen and it is clear that the regular Dem and GOP parties simply won’t allow anything to happen in the sense of a real change of course. And the course does need to be changed – we’re heading the wrong way. Now, my view is that the proper course correction will lead us to Distributism…others can have different views; but something needs to be done.

      • Amazona May 4, 2016 / 10:29 pm

        I am “open to voting for Trump” only—ONLY—because I am not willing to live with the knowledge that I did nothing to get in the way of a Hillary presidency.

        It will not be because I think he will be any different as president than he has been as a candidate—that is, dishonest, disgusting, offensive and embarrassing. I think he MIGHT be marginally easier to control, or at least rein in, than Hillary, if only because that overweening ego that is really more pathological narcissism than simple eogtism might make him hesitate to expose himself to accusations of being a liar, a phony and a con man. Maybe. Sometimes.

        It will be like drawing to an inside straight when there are several cards missing from the deck and the dealer is a cheat, but thanks to all our “conservative” friends, it looks like this is what we are going to be saddled with, and all we can do is try to make the best of it.

  9. Retired Spook May 4, 2016 / 8:16 am

    Love this headline.

    A top official with the Los Angeles Police Commission implied in a now-deleted tweet Tuesday morning that Donald Trump supporters are inbred.

    “Every man in the crowd looks like he has the same biological parents,” Steve Soboroff wrote in the post, which was attached to an article from CBS News’ Major Garrett that included a picture of Trump supporters at a rally in Indiana.

    • M. Noonan May 4, 2016 / 11:34 am

      Its ok to be bigoted towards certain groups….

  10. Cluster May 4, 2016 / 11:00 am

    Allow me to tack a different, more positive course this morning. First of all, I don’t think Trump will destroy the country or the party. I believe that anyone, and I do mean anyone, would be a better President than Obama, and in terms of the party and conservatism, Mitt Romney was not exactly a conservatives conservative. In fact I remember clearly people like Mark Levin anguishing over the Massachusetts liberal and how could true conservatives support a big government northeast liberal. I thought Romney would have made a great President and I strongly supported him, but Romney was too nice of a guy and did not have the stomach to fight, and because of that, along with many “conservatives” not voting for him, he lost and consequently conservatism lost. Well here we are four years later and we have another “northeast liberal” as the GOP nominee, and conservatives are again up in arms. I think it’s time that conservatives, and I include myself, recognize the reality of the political landscape and start to realize that our ideological brand is in the minority, even in the GOP and if we are to ever gain relevance again, we need to welcome this opportunity and work with the Trump coalition, educate it, and help navigate the party back to constitutional governance. Throwing your hands up and walking away claiming that the Trumpbots are unworthy idiots is a guaranteed path to irrelevance. Consider that Trump already has more votes than Romney had in all of 2012 and you get a sense of the opportunity that exists. Besides, one of my ideological favorites, Newt Gingrich also sees the possibilities:

    First of all, Donald Trump may turn out to be the most effective anti-left leader in our lifetime. He is against political correctness. He is against bureaucracy. He places American nationalism first which I think we desperately need. I’m tired of being told we have to phony agreements and phony efforts and I watch John Kerry rush from five-star hotel to five-star hotel trying to get a phony peace agreement that is an absurdity… I think Trump could be a return to a more of an Eisenhower kind of realism that none-the-less is conservatism. And he may do more to dismantle the left than anybody in our lifetime…

    And isn’t calling Trump supporters inbreds being just as uncivil as many claim Trump is? Or is there a different standard?

    • Retired Spook May 4, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      I spent the last 23 hours or so trying to figure out if there’s a way I could vote for Trump. I think probably the only way would be for him to agree to the following:

      1. Post a comprehensive short list of people he would consider for nomination to the Supreme Court, and swear on the Bible and his mother’s grave that he would not nominate anyone but a strict constructionist in the mold of Scalia.

      2. Sign an affidavit to the effect that he would not issue any unconstitutional executive orders.

      I have near zero confidence that he will be willing to do either of these things, and if he did agree, I don’t think I would believe him, so the odds that I will vote for him are somewhere between slim and none. Maybe I’m alone in this thinking, in which case there’s nothing for Trump supporters to worry about. I guess we’ll see in the next 60 days or so.

      • Cluster May 4, 2016 / 8:17 pm

        Well unfortunately I have to vote for Trump now because the alternative is completely unacceptable.

      • M. Noonan May 4, 2016 / 8:49 pm

        It’s why I’m pretty sure I won’t be a registered Republican much longer – how I’ll vote is still up in the air, but it is clear that there is no home in the GOP for a Conservative, like me.

      • Amazona May 4, 2016 / 9:36 pm

        I agree with you, regarding not being a registered Republican any more. There is a vague possibility that in four years there might be a reason to want to vote in a Republican primary, but otherwise, no way.

    • Amazona May 4, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      I have no way to figure out what the hell Gingrich is talking about. Trump has always been a Leftist, he has always supported Leftist politicians and Leftist agendas and Leftist policies, even now he admits to not really meaning most of the things he promised to get people fired up about him but just likes to start off with something radical “to get negotiations started” and he has never backed off his often-repeated belief that he thinks the problem with Obamacare is that it does not go far enough and that he thinks “the government should pay for everything”. And so on.

      To claim that someone like this, who still openly espouses many Liberal agendas and seldom refutes any of his past support, “..may turn out to be the most effective anti-left leader in our lifetime..” simply defies reason. And being “against political correctness” is hardly a political trait. In Trump’s case, it appears to be more closely related to the blurting out of every unfiltered thought like the Sofia character in Golden Girls than a well-thought-out philosophy. He is NOW “against bureaucracy”? All I can say is, it’s about damned time, after bragging about using it to his advantage all these years. Just a quick question, though—if he is “against bureaucracy” how does he expect to enact such massive government programs such as single payer health care where “the government pays for everything” and the massive deportation of over 11 million people, with its attendant issues and problems such as who will actually do the deporting, how, and what will we do about the possessions of the deported?

      I know he promises to be The One who will do these amazing things, which will be so beautiful and which will make everyone so happy, but even a superhero with amazing powers will need an even bigger bureaucracy to accomplish what he promises HE will do. Quite simply, there is no possible way to implement Trump promises and at the same time lessen bureaucracy. In fact, his agendas are so heavily dependent on expanding the bureaucracy this statement is just plain nuts.

      And this part about implement Leftist agendas, such as single payer health care, equating to “dismantling” the Left just does not compute.

      But then none of the reasons given for supporting Trump compute with the alleged values of the alleged conservatives, so what’s new?

    • Amazona May 4, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      “And isn’t calling Trump supporters inbreds being just as uncivil as many claim Trump is? Or is there a different standard?”

      So NOW, at this late date, you think there should be some consistency in this whole charade of a primary cycle? About this one thing?

      Let’s start with “Christians whose biggest issue is Christian values” swarming to vote for an admitted, bragging, whoremonger serial adulterer whose claim to religion is laughable, with his defining of communion as “that little cracker”, who still supports some abortions and Planned Parenthood.

      It’s a little late to get on a high horse about consistency.

      But we can at least get real. No one claimed that Trump supporters are inbred. A comment was made about the similarity in appearance of some Trump supporters. Even the spin in the article admitted that the reference was “implied”. But yeah, I guess to some it is a lot more awful in its utter awfulness than making fun of the way Heidi Cruz looks, claiming Ted is an adulterer, claiming Ted’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination, claiming many hundreds of times that Ted is a “LIAR !!! and a crook, etc.

      And the comment was made by someone not part of the Cruz campaign, not a campaign official and for darned sure not Ted Cruz himself, while Donnie Boy was the source of nearly every vile, vicious, despicable, lowclass, disgusting and dishonest claim made about Cruz.

      Whining about how mean someone was to or about Trump followers is a very bad place to go, given the utter viciousness and lack of any vestige of morality or ethics emanating like a bad smell from the entire Trump campaign.

      There is no reason to expect a Trump presidency to be any more honorable or decent that a Trump campaign. When one of his minders tried to downplay Trump’s crudity, vulgarity, lying, bragging and general ickiness by saying this is just how he is in the primary campaign but he will be a lot different as the candidate and as the president, Trump basically said no sir, that is not correct, this is who I am and what I am. So we can skip the pathetic efforts to sanitize the man and paint a rosy picture of the glories of a Trump presidency. And we can forget trying to equate a passing comment every now and then with the overall nastiness of all that is Trump, as seen in his campaign so far.

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