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LIKE A FESTERING BOIL: Toxic Trumpism triumphs at Vegas venue "debate"

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IL DUCE! The GOP's leading candidate is Donald Trump (the one on the right). Or shall we call him "Trumpolini?"
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Watching Tuesday night’s GOP presidential debate on CNN was at times baffling, at other times amusing and most definitely the debate was alarming.

Or should I say alarmist?

Yes, the Republican presidential candidates essentially want you so frozen with fear that you shit your pants and come running to them to do something – anything! – to protect them as they huddle in their sylvan prepper bunkers, as they wait for five-year old Syrian refugees to come slit their throats in the name of Allah. Gotta "catapult the propaganda," as Dubya used to say.

As I sat there watching this obscene display of bellicosity, cruelty and fearmongering by a clutch of shameless swindlers, I had to pinch my arm to remind that this is all real!

The Huffington Post accurately noted in their main page headline that the debate was nothing more than “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” If only gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, a hero of ours here at Red Dirt Report, were with us today to comment on the sheer insanity and recklessness of the GOP’s shocking rhetoric.

For instance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he would have no problem shooting down a Russian fighter jet if it violated a no-fly zone. In case you have forgotten, Russia still is a nuclear power. Just because the Soviet Union dissolved nearly a quarter-century ago doesn’t mean their nuclear arsenal magically disappeared.

But being reminded of that didn’t bother Christie one bit. In fact, he snarled some more, like some Hoboken goomba ready to order a hit against a rival, while invoking 9/11 and triggering the fear sensors in the reptilian minds of GOP supporters.

Salon noted this as well, writing: “Christie even offered himself as a menacing presence, leaning forward and shifting back and forth behind his lectern like a rhinoceros sizing up a Jeep full of safari tourists. His message all evening was blunt and terrifying: you will die, unless you vote for me.”

One of the most shocking moments was when Dr. Ben Carson – you know, the guy who presumably took the Hippocratic Oath in some hazy, distant past – used some painful analogy of his time as a brain surgeon to essentially say that the mass slaughter of innocent children and civilians was perfectly o.k. in our fight against the terrorists because children he operated on, by removing their tumors, thanked him in the end, even though it was painful.

“You have to be able to look at the big picture and understand that it's actually merciful if you go ahead and finish the job rather than death by a thousand pricks,” Carson said.

So, we assume Doc Carson is thinking these dead children would thank him from beyond the grave for carpetbombing their homes? A spoonful of sugar, eh? Make that a Hellfire missile through your front door. Now take your medicine, kids. I promise, you'll thank me later.

No different than brain surgery, Doc Carson tells America. (

Rand Paul, the vaguely libertarianish candidate and senator from Kentucky took umbrage with talk of summarily dismissing international norms and treaties by reminding his colleagues that “If you are going to kill the families of terrorists, realize there is something called the Geneva Convention that we would have to pull out of. It would defy every norm.”

Geneva, schme-neva! We're 'Murica and we do as we damn well please! 

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Carly Fiorini offered varying defenses of going on the offense against the rest of the world. Every square inch of soil and sea on the face of the Earth is part of America's battlefield. They know that they all have to continue instilling America with FEAR, FEAR, FEAR, if they are to pull this thing off in 2016. That's all they've got - FEAR!

But that reminds me of Frank Zappa's quote, that politics is simply the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.

The message that greets this reporter every day he walks into his office. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

Donald Trump was, well, Donald Trump, he of the "Walmart candidacy." No shock there. His Benito Mussolini impersonations were over the top as usual. When the question about killing children and civilians - collateral damage - was asked, he too was all right with that outcome. After all, "WE ARE AT WAR!" as Trump continually reminds us, and all bets are off. Clearly taking advantage of Americans' rising fear of Islamic terrorism (no mention of anti-abortion terrorism or angry-white-man-with-a-rifle terrorism or terrorism-by-cop), the angry pissing match on display last night chilled me to the bone.

But what it also told me is that with nearly every other candidate on that stage falling over themselves to out-Trump Trump, well it was more evidence that the evils of Trumpism have really taken hold in the party of Lincoln.

And somewhere, on another plane, Honest Abe hangs his head in disgust.

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