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GOP Gong Show

Updated on August 3, 2015

GOP Gong Show candidates.

Donald Trump is a huckster and should be a carney in a circus, or riding in a clown car--not running for political office, but he is leading the GOP polls now. He has no political experience and his stances alienate the segment of our society—the Hispanic, that is growing at a higher rate than any other portion of our country. How can that be a winning stance? The other GOP candidates will have to say anything to get into the debates because that is exactly what Donald Trump is doing.

To get in the first debate GOP candidates will do anything to attract Roger Ailes’ approval. Their stances are so ridiculous they are similar to the acts that were featured on “The Gong Show”. Chuck Barris made many shows with schlocky acts that were aimed at audiences with limited education. To my way of thinking Chuck Barris is of much higher quality than Roger Ailes, but GOP candidates are inferior to Gong Show acts. Sadly, GOP candidates’ policies appeal to the uneducated who favored Chuck Barris’ shows. We all know about the “dumbing down of American politics” but the GOP has taken it to a dangerous extreme. Caricatures of political candidates like Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have espoused stances that are as ridiculous as the most asinine Gong show act.

Donald Trump

The July 21, 2015 article “Trump appeals to poor, uneducated and angry voters” states regarding the demographics of the Trump voters “Trump backers tend to be less well-educated: Among those with no college degree, 32 percent support Trump, compared to a mere 8 percent of those with a college education.”.

The article states “Keith Koffler, editor of White House Dossier, a conservative website, captured this well for Politico Magazine. "Trump, who seems perpetually angry, is an expression of the angst of conservatives who believe the United States has gotten so deep into a mess that a little extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," he wrote. "What they adore about Trump is that he is a pugilist who has emerged at a time when someone needs to start throwing punches."”

Who thinks Trump will fail? No one other than Trump himself knows he will as the article states “"You can't con people, at least not for long," he wrote in "Trump: The Art of the Deal." "You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on."”

The article “Immigrants with questionable legal status are reportedly helping to build Donald Trump's new luxury hotel” exhibits Trump’s duplicity as it states “A new report in The Washington Post suggests that immigrants who reside in the US illegally are working on one of Donald Trump's signature real-estate projects.

Trump has made relentless opposition to illegal immigration a core part of the platform for his GOP presidential campaign. That same opposition, however, is apparently causing awkwardness at a work site in Washington, D.C., where Trump is constructing a $200 million luxury hotel just blocks from the White House.

The Post's Antonio Olivo talked to 15 of the workers — some of whom, he wrote Monday, "acknowledged that they remain in the country illegally."”

These GOP politicians can’t make statements that pass the mildest scrutiny as the article states ”Trump has faced a backlash stemming from his campaign-announcement speech, when he accused the Mexican government of sending "rapists" and drug runners to the US.” Does that remark apply to his workers--and if so can he vouch for them? If not he is not being consistent and is just wasting our time.

GOP “Gong Show” candidates

The April 26, 2015 article “Republican presidential primary playing like 'Gong Show' rerun” talked about the then nineteen GOP candidates, and stated “the 2016 Republican presidential race is less a nominating process than a reincarnation of "The Gong Show…

This is a party struggling to balance the interests of Tea Party types, evangelical Christians, a growing anti-immigrant element in the South and West and its old-line corporate-Wall Street establishment – each with a favorite or two among the nineteen.”

The article concluded “And the Grand Old Pariahs, in a kind of mass mercy killing, will dispatch most of the noisy nineteen well before the contest reaches crunch time.

But they sure could use Chuck Barris and his gong.”

FOX entertainer Mike Huckabee

The article “How Far Will GOP Candidates Go to Get Into Next Week's Debate?” states “Trailing in the polls, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee grabbed the media's attention this weekend by claiming that President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran is "marching the Israelis to the door of the oven."”

Rand Paul Might Set Himself On Fire For A Vote

One GOP would like to declare he won’t descend beneath a certain level, but can't actually even honor this pledge as the article states “I'm drawing the line at self-immolation," Rand Paul said in a Boston Herald Radio interview last week. "None of us are going to set ourselves on fire." But, he acknowledged, he did set the tax code on fire.”

Ted Cruz

The 07/31/2015 article “Ted Cruz Just Disqualified Himself for President, Part II” deals with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—the Iran nuclear agreement, and Cruz’ nonpresidential performance regarding it.

The article states “Cruz called "the Obama administration the world's leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism" thanks to the billions of dollars in sanctions relief that Tehran would receive if they complied by the JCPOA. That remark was so ridiculous that 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney called it "way over the line" in a tweet.”

When Mitt Romney, who is famous for his 47% remark, characterizes your speech as being beyond the pale, you are too way out there to be considered as being serious.

The poor souls who vote for these GOP clowns

Red state low information voters have many stresses in their lives and consequentially they have little energy to expend in getting current or accurate information regarding politics. Sadly, the phrase low information voters has been popular since the mid-1990s and red staters still have not learned their lessons. GOP politicians appeal to the base instincts of red staters and con men like George W. Bush can hoodwink enough of them to get elected. The current crew of GOP Presidential candidates are just as duplicitous as Bush 43. Dubya ruined the worldwide economy and lied us into the Iraq War. We can’t afford to allow another salesman extraordinaire to win the election.


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      David N Petty 2 years ago

      It occurred to me that Trump may be taking inspiration from Dr Hunter S Thomson. When the good Dr found out that he might win the sheriff position in Colorado he starting getting more outrageousas time went on. Such as a promise all deputies would have to take acid.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      I guess nobody knows what the Gong show was, or how it relates here.

      Having no political experience is a plus.

      the pc mindset today is a negative, as it weakens the freedoms guaranteed in the US Constitution in favor of cults over mainstream.

      The root cause of the problems in this country are found in the two political party system. The red and the blue are color racists that reject the possibility of become purple. They segregate the country as did the Civil War. But instead of slavery as the division, it is color of the party.

      The US needs a congress that is purple. Over the last one hundred years, both parties have been in control, and the end result is where we are today.

      Today is not a good time for the US.

      We have lost every war since the Revolutionary War due to the weakness of Congress, and a few bad presidents.

      Winning battle is not the same as winning a war.

      Also having a party win an election is not the same as being a good thing for the country.