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GOP: Elephantine.

May 24, 2015 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Roses are red, the sky is blue… what time is it? It’s elephant time. We need to talk about the elephants in the room. So many mistakes, so little time. I’ll call this op-ed piece “Elephantine.”

The word elephantine is an adjective – and is defined as “of, resembling, or characteristic of an elephant or elephants, especially in being large, clumsy, or awkward.” Words synonymous with elephantine include: gigantic, immense, tremendous, and monumental. Let’s proceed.

On Friday, former US Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton began releasing the first batch of emails from her tenure as Madame Secretary. The Republicans have been demanding that for months, so one would assume that they’re pleased at this development. When Clinton refused to turn over those emails, members of the GOP were angry. Now that she’s in the process of turning them over, they’re still angry. Also on Friday, President Obama signed into effect legislation which will allow Congress to both review and approve any deal his administration makes to prevent the Iranian government from building nuclear/acquiring weapons. Republican members have wanted that from the very beginning of those negotiations, so it would be logical for a person to think that this would come as welcomed news to them. That assumption would be false.

Before the president agreed to treat them as peers in pursuit of a peaceful solution in Iran, Congress was hostile towards him and the entire process. Even after his good faith gesture, Congress remains hostile towards him and the entire process. Welcome to the Republican echo chamber – where highly intelligent, politically savvy, and very articulate people conduct themselves as pointedly unintelligent, politically incorrect, and very inarticulate people if/when the occasion calls for it. They dance, they act, and they sing while appealing to the lowest common denominator of the American people. This is Kabuki theatre at its worse – movers and shakers within a major American political party who use hatred, racial PresidentialPoll-2015animus, and inaccuracies to excite the conservative base.

Exhibit A: Jeb Bush. The former Governor of the great state of Florida called climate change “convoluted” and “intellectual arrogancy” on the part of liberal activists a few days ago. The last time I checked, Florida was surrounded by water on three sides. If climate change is real – and it is – cities like Miami and Jacksonville could be lost under rising ocean levels. Of course, we’re talking about Jeb Bush – the man who was devoured last week by the question of whether the United States should ever have invaded Iraq in 2003. Bush’s answer changed four times in four days: yes, then maybe, then no answer (hypothetically), then no. Jeb’s brother authorized that war, so how is it possible that Jeb was totally unprepared for a question he had to know was coming? And blaming Barack Obama for the creation of ISIS when the whole world knows that George W. Bush’s removal of Saddam Hussein directly led to that very thing is an elephantine failure.

Exhibit B: Marco Rubio. Rubio was clobbered by the “in-retrospect-should-we-have-invaded-Iraq” question by Forrest Sawyer. On Fox News Sunday. It was painful to watch Rubio twisted like a pretzel while trying to defend the indefensible. Elephantine blunder.

Exhibit C: Dr. Ben Carson. Carson is a glowing example of the American dream – a once troubled Detroit teen who went on to become a world-famous neurosurgeon. His medical brilliance cannot be denied. Spoiler alert: Carson doesn’t hate President Obama. He says all sorts of venomous things about POTUS because he’s playing the GOP’s game. Carson knows he won’t win in 2016. I’m not sure he even wants to be president. Carson’s current campaign, however, will ensure his relevance in conservative world for the rest of his life. And that’s how a gifted neurosurgeon stoops to the level of repeatedly citing Nazi Germany and slavery in his criticisms of an American President. Elephantine cynicism.

Exhibit D: Ted Cruz. Apparently, his 2016 presidential campaign manager is one of the imaginary friends from his childhood. Making the self-deportation of 11,000,000 undocumented immigrants in America a foundation of his run for president is like running full speed through someone else’s fully-furnished house in the dark. You’re going to hit something – hard. Cruz’s calculation is massively counter-intuitive.

Exhibit E: Chris Christie. The governor says foreign policy can be learned on the fly. Says the guy with no foreign policy experience.

Exhibit F: Scott Walker. Governor Walker wanted a clear path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in 2013. In 2015, he doesn’t. Behold: the Walker waffle.

Elephants are known for their memory. Conservatives? Not so much.

When will the Republican Party stop taking the extreme right stance on every major issue in America? GOP candidates statewide and nationally may win primary debates, but they won’t win the White House. Being large, clumsy, or awkward isn’t a winning strategy. Being elephantine ain’t so fine.

Staff Writer; Arthur L. Jones, III

This talented brother is a local Minister, weekly featured Democratic Op-Ed columnist, non-profit advisor, and sees the Braves winning it all this fall. Rev. Jones welcomes your comments! Please email him directly at: tcdppress@gmail.com.


2 Responses to “GOP: Elephantine.”
  1. Independent_Systems says:

    Ben Carson dclassified21? Really? Politically and racially the man is simply a more advanced, knowledgable, rebooted version of Herman Cain.

    Which really isn’t saying much…his past criticisms of black people is far too much. Plus who associates themselves with a party that loves to talk down/and even insult blacks? Who wants to be under an umbrella of a party that gives credence to Rush Limbaugh?

    He is too passive-egotistic and snobby…there is no way the black race will vote for him. On two separate occasions he compared obama to hitler AND a physopath.

    At least Obama was a senator…B.C is poltical-pion, inexperienced wanna-be techno-crat.

    Furthermore dclassified21 you mention “Obama’s corruption funded in large part by billionaire George Soros”..never knew you had a tad bit of revolutionary in you. If you acknowledge that you know people like him (himself included) control every senator, ambassador, congressman, president in this nation.

    “Dr. Carson is black and from Detroit”… you write in the context like its superior then being mexied. Also the U.S is all knowing around the globe, certainly it knows where Obama was born lol

  2. dclassified21 says:

    You call yourself Thy Blackman and speak of brotherhood, but then declare the only black man running in 2016, Dr. Ben Carson, “knows he won’t win”… Really? I used to be an Obama supporter until I learned the hard way how corrupt he and his inner circle really are. You say Carson is venomous, but his criticisms of Obama are based in truth as far as I’m concerned. Venomous is Valerie Jarrett at all times and Michelle Obama when she doesn’t get her way. I support Ben Carson, and YES WE CAN win! Carson will actually help black Americans and Americans in general. So, I suggest you think for yourself and do more research about Carson’s good leadership and Obama’s corruption funded in large part by billionaire George Soros before you continue to spew this self hatred about what is potentially first real black president. Remember Obama is white and Kenyan, born in Hawaii and raised in Indonesia? Dr. Carson is all black and from Detroit. But, just be forewarned that “Night Stalker” Valerie Jarrett may come after you if you get too close to the truth.

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