Watching the Republican debate wasn't much different than observing a train wreck in slow motion. It's happening and there's not much we can do but try and get out of the way. In the background the Obama fiends were smiling.
Maybe I'm old fashioned but I kept waiting for someone to use the word honesty. It never came. You can do a word search at the transcript of the debate and prove it to yourself. Lobbyist is another word that didn't come up. The word peace was also missing in action.
Capitalism may be a good concept in theory but without honesty we see where it has led us. Free markets is the buzzword with the repubs but it's only code for greed, theft and killing. Honesty has been taken out of the equation because it doesn't suit the agenda of the 1% at the top. The true meaning of honesty is not just following the exact letter of the law either. The laws have been written so that dishonesty is now the norm and dishonesty has a real trickle down effect. It has created a mentality of "If they can do it, so can I."
The whole debate seemed to revolve around Rick Perry. Perry is so creepy that he has the unique ability to make those around him seem almost human. Even Bachmann, Romney and Gingrich. That's his greatest accomplishment.
I can't imagine anyone rallying around Perry but I've been known to be wrong before.
We appreciate Ron Paul's message of ending the wars and bringing the troops home now but sometimes I have trouble getting my head around some of his free market ideas. Yes, government mandates are most often not in our best interests but what about this exchange?
HARRIS: Thank you. Congressman Paul, another question from a Politico reader. Do you advocate getting rid of the minimum wage? Would that create more jobs?
OK, I suppose it would give some people, especially the unemployed and undereducated youth, jobs at maybe $3 an hour but I keep hearing this little voice in my head saying "Third world, here we come."PAUL: Absolutely. And it would help the poor, the people who need a job. The minimum wage is a mandate. We're against mandates, so why should we have it? No, it would be very beneficial.
Dr. Paul didn't come across very well last night. I do hate to say it but he's toast and that leaves us with even worse choices. Obama vs. ??? is a reflection of how low we have fallen and just how rigged the system is.
Honesty in government has been taken out of the debate. It appears at this time to be an obsolete term. Might as well purge it from the dictionary.
No, wait a minute, I take that last paragraph back. Honesty is not dead. We just need to put it back in our hearts ... and in our actions. A dormant seed can grow with a little rain, nutrients and some sunshine.