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Sunday, October 09, 2016

 

"If you care about your future, vote for it."

by Tom Sullivan

This short Twitter video by Robert De Niro brought home just how low this country has sunk.

SkyNews reports:

The clip of De Niro was originally produced as part of a series of 100 video statements recorded by celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Roberts as part of the #VoteYourFuture campaign encouraging Americans to vote.

It is thought De Niro's rant was an outtake not intended to form part of his published message.
In campaignland less than two weeks before early voting starts, the day is gone before there is enough free time to catch up on news. But watching the De Niro clip last night after reading through a string of tweets about the Republican candidate for president was especially depressing. How have we come to this, where one of the two major political parties has nominated a bigoted degenerate to lead the United States of America?

With hours to go before tonight's "town hall" presidential debate, the Washington Post reports:
The Republican Party plunged into an epic and historic political crisis Saturday with just a month to go until Election Day as a growing wave of GOP lawmakers called on defiant presidential nominee Donald Trump to drop out of the race in the wake of a video showing him make crude sexual remarks.

[...]

By midafternoon Saturday, more than two dozen Republican lawmakers had called on Trump to leave the race, often touting vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as an alternative. Others including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the 2008 GOP nominee, said they could no longer vote for Trump but stopped short of calling on him to drop out. Still, the Republican Party’s top leadership — including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and party chairman Reince Priebus — continued to support Trump even as they denounced his comments.
Days ago, dozens of evangelical leaders acknowledged the integrity of their faith hangs in the balance in this election. Yet others, like Republican leaders, steadfastly stood by their man-child. Gary Bauer, Ralph Reed, Robert Jeffress. Even while finding Trump's taped comments indefensible, Franklin Graham (who has not endorsed a candidate) pivoted to finding the "godless progressive agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton" (equally?) indefensible. Where are their proclamations of God's judgment now? Perhaps they should review the prophets again, reading not through the eyes of the prophets, but putting themselves in place of the prophets' targets.

Reap what you've sown.

The Sunday bobblehead shows this morning promise to be epic. Then comes tonight.