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As a Republican, you know you've gone too far when . . .

One of your fellow candidates for the Florida State House of Representatives thinks you're an embarrassment.

Gentle Readers, allow me to introduce you to a fellow named Joshua Black, a resident of the thriving burg of Pinellas Park.  Mr. Black moved there from St. Louis (where he was a street evangelist) in 2007, and took up a job driving a taxi.

There's nothing wrong in all of that.  Anyone can run for elected office, and Mr. Black is a resident.

Running on the Republican ticket, he stated that "Republicans have a serious communication problem . . . Everything we say sounds like spears."


I hate to use the pejorative term he just handed me, so I won't.

Because Mr. Black stepped a bit over the line. In a Twitter post he stated that President Obama should be hanged for authorizing a drone strike that killed an American citizen.  I'm going to assume he's referring to Anwar al-Awlaki, who was blown into a cloud of pink meat last year.

Responding to the screams of outrage and howls of "WTF?" from his fellow Republicans, Black upped the ante and proved that he's an idiot with a woeful knowledge of US history.  First, he stood by his tweet, saying that the President's not above the law (which is true), and added that Benedict Arnold was executed for treason.


Arnold lived to an old age and died in bed - in England.  He didn't get executed.

Addressing the first point he made, the 'unitary executive' powers granted to the President by a panic-stricken Congress during the reign of Bush the Dumber allowed Obama to authorize a drone strike.  I don't agree with it, but I'm not going to advocate either impeachment or what Mr. Black suggested.  President Obama's justification is the simplest form of argument from authority - because he can.

Mr. Black has resigned his seat on the Pinellas County GOP's executive committee, but is still running for the state legislature.  He says that he's already had a chat with the Secret Service, too.  

And the worst thing about this whole affair?  There are people in Pinellas Park and in the district that will enthusiastically vote for him.

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  •  Irony Alert! (0+ / 0-)

    "Beyond the Pale" is a racist phrase.

  •  There are some that will always vote republican- (1+ / 0-)
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    no matter what.

    I am truly starting to believe that even in the absolute face of evidence that their party has gone right off the fabled deep end, there are people out there who wiill, nonetheless, always vote republican.

    I think it's done out of sheer spitefulness, true unkindness, and a real need to get-up in everybody's face.

    They know their being offensive, they know they're prominently displaying their very worst qualities and they don't care, in fact, they get a kick out of it.

    That's one of the reasons they can laugh about depriving people of food security, they can laugh about slave wages and lack of  medical insurance, they can laugh about people being tortured, about people dying in wars for profit, people dying in natural disasters.

    It's their worst foot forward, and they are damned proud of it.

    It's how they get-up in everybody's face.

    They're posturing, and they will vote for people that strut around with their chests inflated over policies no decent person would even consider supporting.

    They have quite the attitude, and here's hoping that the upcoming elections' cycles  they will be outnumbered, outvoted, and their legislators will be out the fabled door.

    "The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?”---Bob Marley

    by lyvwyr101 on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 03:10:21 PM PST

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