[Ed. – We are more tempted to call Chauncey DeVega the “i” word.]
In his final State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama made a plea for a return to civility, intelligence and courage in American politics.
Two days later, the Republican Party’s presidential primary candidates responded to him with vitriol, fear mongering, lies and racism.
In many ways, this is a standard script for the political human zoo that has been the 2016 Republican presidential primary campaign.
In their last debate, the GOP candidates worshiped their personal saint-cum-mascot Ronald Reagan, and paid homage to discredited “trickle down” economic theories and the “Laffer curve…”.
And, of course, for Republicans, the United States is like Rome before the collapse, with Obama as Nero, while the country’s enemies, the barbarians at the gates, are sharpening their straight razors to slit the throats of the American people.