At least one member of the GOP seems to be very well aware of the Republican party’s descent into something bordering on Nazism.
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich just released an ad that has to be seen to be believed. It’s based on the famous “First they came for…” quote, attributed to German Pastor Martin Niemöller.
The original statement by Niemoller speaks of the conditions in Nazi Germany, prior to the Second World War.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
The ad, which was released on Tuesday, features Col. Tom Moe, a retired Air Force serviceman, and former Vietnam prisoner of war. As the video begins, Col. Moe says “I would like anyone who is listening to consider some thoughts.”
He then goes on to paraphrase the words of Pastor Niemoller.
Watch the video below.
Last month Kasich slammed his fellow candidates at a campaign rally in his hometown of Westerville, Ohio.
During his speech he asked, “What’s happened to our party? What’s happened to the conservative movement?”
He told his supporters in no uncertain terms that he is at the end of his rope when it comes to his fellow conservatives.
“I’ve about had it with these people,” he said. “I want you to know I’m fed up. I’m sick and tired of listening to this nonsense and I’m going to have to call it like it is in this race.”
Kasich asked, “Do you know how crazy this election is? We got one candidate that says we ought to abolish Medicaid and Medicare. You ever heard of anything so crazy as that?”
Speaking of Ben Carson’s flat tax proposal, he said, “We got one person saying we ought to have a 10 percent flat tax that will drive up the deficit in this country by trillions of dollars.” He went to ask, “Why don’t we have no taxes? Just get rid of them all, and then a chicken in every pot on top of it,” bringing the Hoover era, and the corresponding Great Depression, to mind.
“We got one guy who says we ought to take 10 or 11 million people … we’re gonna pick them up and we’re gonna take them to the border and scream at them to get out of our country? That’s just crazy,” he said.
After lamenting the descent of his party into complete stupidity and craziness, he remarked to the audience,
“You know, folks, we better be careful that we don’t turn this country over to somebody who’s not capable of running it. Because if we turn this country over to somebody with wild ideas that thinks they can scream and bluster or operate their way to success, it’s my kids who are going to be at risk and your kids and your grandchildren and all of us. So why don’t we grow up?”
Here’s an excerpt from the speech, via NowThis Politics on Facebook.
John Kasich Thinks His Fellow GOP Candidates Are Crazy“Do you know how crazy this election is?” John Kasich thinks his fellow GOP candidates need to grow up
Posted by NowThis Politics on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
It almost makes you believe that there is still a sane Republican left in the bunch.
The problem is that he’ll never get elected by pointing out that the rest of his party is stark raving mad. Kasich is currently polling at about 3 percent, whereas Trump is leading in the polls, with 26 percent party support. Carson isn’t far behind, with 19 percent support.
The GOP doesn’t want a sane candidate. The party’s base is not looking for a candidate to offer rational policy. If you criticize them for their hate speech, the only thing that will happen is that you will become the target of it.
The fact that Kasich is a Republican is the most telling factor in all of this. Maybe he sees himself as some kind of hope for the future of the GOP, but it’s way too late for that.
Republicans implemented the Southern Strategy decades ago. By appealing to the most ignorant and racist voters during every single election, they’ve created a voting base made up entirely of the kind of people who respond to Trump’s dog whistles and Carson’s complete craziness.
If you want to know how much sanity is left in the GOP, all you have to do is look at the polls. Right now it looks like maybe about 3 percent. But after the base gets a look of this video, Kasich’s polling numbers are likely to fall even further, while Trump’s climb higher.
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