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All you need to know about the Iowa Caucuses

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Today is the Iowa Caucuses, most well known as the kick-off to the Presidential Election 2012. TRC is pretty excited to see what kind of madness ensues this year, and to get things rolling, we offer readers the “Everything you need to know about the candidates for today’s Iowa Caucus” primer that will get you through the rest of January 3.

So what do you need to know?

Our Prediction: It appears that Ron Paul or Rick Santorum might win the Iowa Caucuses. Or maybe Mitt Romney. But probably someone more conservative like Santorum or Paul. Or Romney.

However, Rick Santorum is terrible, (really, just awful, have you heard him?), so it won’t matter if he wins. Ron Paul is bat-shit, so, essentially that won’t matter either.

Also, Michele Bachmann is going to be keep “fighting” to “surprise” despite having a snowballs chance, and Newt Gingrich is going to be mean because he has always said he would run a clean campaign until he peaked then started trending downward thus allowing him to finally display is true dickish nature. Which if you recall is really, really dickish.

Finally. Jon Huntsman is somewhere. Presumably in America. And Rick Perry can’t remember something that was supposed to be happening today. He knows it was important, but just can’t quite remember…

Thus Mitt Romney is your winner. Even if he doesn’t win, he wins. I mean, look at these guys:

There you have it. Your 2012 Republican field.

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Cain Suspends Campaign, TRC rejoices

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Herman Cain’s decision to suspend his campaign is commended by TRC. Because Herman Cain would have made a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad president.  For starters, he doesn’t seem interested in anything that is not related to business or evangelical Christianity. Those two things are fine, but they are not enough to make one a successful, or even moderately poor president. One must know about, or show interest in learning about, many things. Like civics, policy, foreign affairs, human social interaction, political maneuvering, history, etc. His isolation from the world of government and policy and history and international affairs wreaked of incompetence and unpresidential material.

(This general disdain for Hermain Cain, I think it is worth noting, has nothing to do with his entanglement with sexual harassment and affair allegations. I don’t know if they are true or not true, and the reality that Cain would be an awful president doesn’t depend on their veracity. For what it is worth.)

So, with joy and wonder to match the Holiday Season,  TRC greets these tidings of great joy by raising his rum and nog (for real). It was a good weekend, and enjoyed just a little more, knowing the the Cain Train has officially stalled.

Written by Christopher ZF

December 4, 2011 at 18:03

Herman Cain would really prefer it if you were a Christian

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TRC is no fan of Herman Cain. We have already detailed why no one should vote for him and his fear of Muslims. The man embodies religious bigotry.

And he doesn’t even seem to mind letting people know. Here is Cain’s latest, from a speech at the Holy Land Experience (a Christian theme park whose exhibits include Jerusalem Street Market, Centurion Treats, and Pilate’s Judgment Hall).

Anyway. In this speech, Herman Cain discussed his cancer treatment:

He did have a slight worry at one point during the chemotherapy process when he discovered that one of the surgeon’s name was “Dr. Abdallah.”
“I said to his physician assistant, I said, ‘That sounds foreign–not that I had anything against foreign doctors–but it sounded too foreign,” Cain tells the audience. “She said, ‘He’s from Lebanon.’ Oh, Lebanon! My mind immediately started thinking, wait a minute, maybe his religious persuasion is different than mine! She could see the look on my face and she said, ‘Don’t worry, Mr. Cain, he’s a Christian from Lebanon.'”
“Hallelujah!” Cain says. “Thank God!”

God Forbid you encounter someone who is a) foreign, or b) of a different religious persuasion. I assume you are aware that were you to be elected president, you would be in regular contact with people who are not Christian, and not American?

He went on to conclude: “They don’t like the fact that I’m not afraid to say God Almighty Jesus Christ!”

Trust me. That’s not why we don’t like you. We don’t like you because you are a judgmental, self-righteous xenophobe.

Written by Christopher ZF

November 23, 2011 at 13:24

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Why no one should vote for Herman Cain

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TRC does not like Herman Cain. Not that this is news. I was never going to vote for him. I’m a liberal, and I think government is functional, useful and better than corporate America at resolving issues like caring for the poor, providing healthcare and building roads and bridges. We disagree on those issues, and as political differences those are easy to understand. But regardless of your party affiliation, you should not vote for Herman Cain. Why? Because he is a religious bigot. How do I know?

He wrote this.

“The Perfect Conservative.” That’s what the piece is called, and who is the perfect conservative? Jesus. “The Perfect Conservative” was written as a Christmas message last December to all the folks at Redstate. It’s a curious picture of the life of Jesus Christ. Who is Herman Cain’s Jesus?

He helped the poor without one government program. He healed the sick without a government health care system. He feed [sic] the hungry without food stamps. And everywhere He went, it turned into a rally, attracting large crowds, and giving them hope, encouragement and inspiration.
For three years He was unemployed, and never collected an unemployment check. Nevertheless, he completed all the work He needed to get done. He didn’t travel by private jet. He walked and sailed, and sometimes traveled on a donkey.
But they made Him walk when He was arrested and taken to jail, and no, He was not read any Miranda Rights. He was arrested for just being who He was and doing nothing wrong. And when they tried Him in court, He never said a mumbling word.
He didn’t have a lawyer, nor did He care about who judged Him.
His judge was a higher power.
The liberal court found Him guilty of false offences and sentenced Him to death, all because He changed the hearts and minds of men with an army of 12.

Jesus: The Perfect American Conservative, changing the system through unemployed boot-strap hard work, who was murdered by big-government welfare loving liberals.

This makes TRC so angry I can almost not form a coherent response. First, Mr. Cain, the politics of assigning responsibility for the death of Christ don’t have a particularly good history. Second, being alive 2000 years ago, and being a bit of a gypsy, I doubt the ability of Christ to ride on a jet, receive government funded health care, apply for unemployment or food stamps, or receive Miranda Rights.

Herman Cain’s message is clear: Conservative Americans love Jesus and Liberal Americans despise his free-market, anti-government message. Jesus spawned the conservative movement, the murderers of Jesus spawned the liberal movement. Don’t think I’m misreading this, Cain makes it pretty clear:

For over 2,000 years the world has tried hard to erase the memory of the perfect conservative, and His principles of compassion, caring and common sense.
His followers are now millions and millions the world over, as those who resent Him have intensified their attacks on who He was and what His followers believe.
The attacks are disguised as political correctness, or a misunderstanding of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Separation of Church and State does not mean Separation of Church from State. The State cannot impose Church on the people, but the people can display and say as much Church in the public square as they desire.
Our Founders recognized that distinction, which helped to inspire the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the founding of this nation – The United States of America!

What does it mean to resent Jesus? Well, you would value political correctness and emphasize the First Amendment. Believing strongly in the separation of Church and State is also a sign that one might have been of the killing Jesus kind. Jesus is compassion, caring, and common sense, plain and simple.

Individuals who have a conservative political worldview, like Jesus and the Founding Fathers, are the picture of goodness and political viability. Liberals, well, when we get our way we kill God.

If you want to vote Republican, vote Republican. Just don’t vote for Herman Cain and his continued displays of religious intolerance.

Written by Christopher ZF

October 20, 2011 at 11:31

Herman Cain thinks at least some Muslims are not terrorists

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I don’t know much, or anything really, about the GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Other than he is/was a “pizza magnate,” whatever that means, and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. But today at the Huffington Post, I read that Herman Cain said the following during an interview with Chris Wallace:

“Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state,” Cain said in an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “Islam combines church and state. They’re using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it…
“Let’s go back to the fundamental issue,” Cain said. “Islam is both a religion and a set of laws — Sharia laws. That’s the difference between any one of our traditional religions where it’s just about religious purposes.”
“So, you’re saying that any community, if they want to ban a mosque…” Wallace began.
“Yes, they have the right to do that,” Cain said.

This is a repulsive attitude. I hope it does not represent the GOP at large. Just because one disagrees with Islam does not mean anyone should be able to ban Mosques. The US that I believe in is fundamentally opposed to such overreactions. He continues.

“Aren’t you willing to restrict people because of their religion?” Wallace asked.
“I’m willing to take a harder look at people who might be terrorists, that’s what I’m saying,” Cain replied. “Look, I know that there’s a peaceful group of Muslims in this country. God bless them and they’re free to worship. If you look at my career I have never discriminated against anybody, because of their religion, sex or origin or anything like that.”
“I’m simply saying I owe it to the American people to be cautious because terrorists are trying to kill us,” Cain said, “so yes I’m going to err on the side of caution rather than on the side of carelessness.”

Essentially, Cain’s position on Islam is: All Muslims are not terrorists, but most Muslims are probably terrorists, or at least, they scare me. We should exclude Islam because it makes me nervous. Mosque’s represent something that makes me nervous, and a lot of other Americans, so they should be banned. And if we take care of the Mosque problem, then we take care of the sharia problem.

Can someone, please, tell me how right-wing politicians are making mileage over the “sharia law is invading America” bullshit? This is largely the same bullshit as the “war on Christmas” that conservatives talking heads love so much.

This is driving TRC crazy. The notion that any kind of religious (sharia law) or anti-religious (athiest amoralists) movement in the US has started to “overtake” and “victimize” Christianity is simply craziness and has absolutely no basis in the reality of this country. Both Liberals and Conservatives, at least outside of local politics, have by necessity to wed themselves unequivocally to the Christian Church to stand a chance at national politics. (There are, maybe, a handful of exceptions, I know, but the House is mostly a local political environment). This is a Christian Nation.

Christianity won’t even allow evolution to take hold in this nation, but Herman Cain thinks that sharia law is starting to infuse the morals of the United States? Come on.

Also, though it may be true that “Islam combines church and state,” it would be preposterous to claim that modern conservatism in the past 10 years, driven often by the Evangelical Church, does not combine church and state in hopes of ridding our nation of any such barrier. PREPOSTEROUS.

*NOTE: TRC has historically attempted to maintain a fairly reasoned tone while blogging, and recognizes that recently this may be slipping. But sometimes there is no other option than to call bullshit what it is.

Written by Christopher ZF

July 17, 2011 at 20:01