4/3/15

Readers of these annals know that, in most cases, I am generally supportive of the Republican Party and its platform.

However, time and time again I am shocked and disappointed by their failure to articulate their idea and proposals.

It is true that they are facing a very biased (and indeed, at times, hostile) media; but they know that, so they should be ready for it and they are still failing miserably.

Take the latest spat about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) . . . or, at least, its Indiana version.

The performance by Indiana Governor Mike Pence in the face of the hostile media was shameful. This is one of the leading Republicans in the country; someone who I—and others—thought very well off because he is DOING the right thing. Does he not know that he needs to be able to PROJECT that too? He himself said that the issue was the wrong perception. Well, then, why the F*** did you not make sure that you have a prepared message ready that will project the right perception? Why did you not prepare to face the hostile media?

When asked time and time again by the media if this law will allow someone to discriminate against gays, the answer should have been:

This law does not allow anyone to do anything, and certainly not to discriminate against anyone. Its sole purpose is to instruct the courts and judges that, say as an example, in the rare cases when gay people initiate a legal suit against a business that in their mind discriminated against them, the court should review this claim using the anti-discrimination elements built into our laws and customs anyway, but also the right of people to act according to their strongly held religious faith and beliefs. In balancing those two, the courts—and the courts alone—will need to decide if, on the actual specific facts of this case or another, there was discrimination or not and the business acted reasonably and within their rights under the first amendment of our constitution. That is all. That is what we have courts for. And, by the way, in the 30 states that have a similar law or accept it as part of their constitution there were only a handful of such cases in the last 25 years and in ALL these cases the businesses lost. So, the answer is: No, the law does not allow a business to discriminate.

This is an answer—clear cut—and an answer that should have either squashed the media lynching that Indiana and Pence just went through or, at least, kept it on a manageable level. Instead, the Governor and all the other lawmakers that appeared on TV were flatfooted, stuttered, and could not put together an intelligent argument.

This is not the first time this has happened. Time and time again we find the Republicans ill prepared and thinking that they can wing it, yet lacking the necessary eloquence to “wing it”—especially in the face of a hostile and biased media. I also see that level of negligence and superficiality in the beginning stages of the presidential primary campaign. How many times will Republican governors that are not generally steeped in knowledge and experience about international affairs be caught without a good answer when asked questions about these issues? Do they not know that if they want to be the President they need to be prepared to deal with these issues—especially now when these issues are front and center? Why can they not do their homework and be ready to answer questions about Iran, ISIS, Israel, Ukraine, China, etc.? Is this that difficult??? Is it too much to ask of someone who purports to be able to be the President of this country?

My conclusion is that Republicans are simply too arrogant (remember my rule: If you are more arrogant than you are clever—you are stupid), smug, and negligent. And in all cases not very articulate.

VERY frustrating.