Thursday, April 16, 2015

Republican Candidates and The Great Divide

"You know in your heart he's right. Far, far right."

In 1964, Barry Goldwater ran for president against Lyndon Johnson and got crushed. He was by standards of the mid-60s very conservative. One of his campaign slogans was: 'You know in your heart he's right.' The quote above is what the opposition did with that suggestion.

Now 50+ years later, we are coming to grips with a completely different kind of conservatism. Thus far, we have Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul with their hats tossed into the far right side of the presidential ring. However, we all know as the tiny car rolls to center stage, there are more clowns candidates set to leap into our collective consciousness.

Let me propose a project in tolerance, understanding and borderline insanity to my liberal friends. Independents, middle of the roaders, moderates and rational republicans might try this as well.

As each candidate makes their announcement, I have been taking a day or two to read the websites, columns, pundits and even their own presidential page to find out what they say they stand for. Without the filter of the "liberal media" the picture is much more clear. 

Please note I am not saying you will find any of them more rational, sane, thoughtful or persuasive. What I will offer from my own first three forays into far right land is this:  Following such a perusal of the candidate's support and supporters, you will have a much better understanding of who these people are. And by "these people" I do not mean the candidates themselves. I refer to those who support policies and rhetoric that you probably find personally offensive or downright insane. 

This is a divided country. Severely, some say hopelessly, divided. I am finding this window into the "other" to be interesting, disappointing, educational and at times frightening. But it is where we are and ostrich behavior won't address the reality of this great divide.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

High Diving Giraffes

One of my friends, who spends very little time on the internet, asked me to send her "that giraffe thing you posted a couple of years ago." Fortunately, I knew exactly what she was talking about, if you have not seen the astounding High Diving Giraffes, trust me, click through. You won't regret it.

For the ADHD among you, I think it's all brilliant but the action starts just before the two minute mark. Though the lead-in is a wonderfully artistic tease that really shouldn't be missed. I mean have I ever steered you wrong, other than that one time at that bar in Chicago and honestly, anyone who didn't have a medical degree could have made that mistake.