Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic
"Full of Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing"

The Republican Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage in troubled waters.  It had seventeen wannabe candidates vying to lead their party to a presidential win in November.  Over its voyage, the candidates have rearranged the deck chairs many times. 

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The deck chairs on the Titanic

Bravely they flailed away at Obama and each other.  Every few weeks another of the wannabes is replaced leaving fewer candidates.  Sooner or later, only one candidate will remain on deck.


The candidate at the helm

While America and the world watch this charade of wannabes, what can we all learn from their rearranging deck chairs on a sinking ship?  One issue is that they need to learn basic history.  The first Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 due to hitting an iceberg.  The ship had structural problems, even though everyone thought it was unsinkable.  Additionally, the captain and crew did not act realistically to the conditions in the North Atlantic.  Everyone was, in effect, rearranging the deck chairs, which resulted in the sinking of the Titanic.

After a century, we have learned much about avoiding similar problems on the open sea.  Yet, the candidates of their Republican Titanic ignored the learnings derived from their namesake's sinking.  Most, if not all, of the deck chair re-arrangers have not realized that we are living in the 21st century.  They call themselves conservatives.  The definition of a conservative is "a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics."

It has been 104-years since the first Titanic sank.  Things have changed for everyone, other than those who dwell in the past.  Some of the candidate have not learned that women are equal to men.  Back when the first Titanic sank, women couldn't vote until eight years after the Titanic went down.  However, liberals see women as people.

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Imagine that...women are people.

Now, conservatives will permit women to vote, but they will tell women how to handle their bodies both during and after sex.  Conservatives tell what can and cannot be used.  If women told men the same thing, men would be furious.  Listen to these two conservatives.

Todd Aiken explains legitimate rape and how legitimately raped women can stop conception.

Richard Mourdock discusses how God intended the unfortunate rape to happen. 

Any student in high school can rattle off other historical changes in America's understanding beyond sexism.  We allow blacks to vote, provided that in some states that they have a voter ID.  In addition to sexism and racism, homophobia has rattled the wannabes.  However, the parade of candidates run around the deck with old-fashioned ideas that many Americans held on the first Titanic's maiden voyage. 

Still another example, all the candidates want to repeal Obamacare, which is an interesting issue for Republication presidential candidates to have.  In the same year as the Titanic sank, 1912, Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican president, attempted to pass universal healthcare for all Americans.  Roosevelt was not able to convince Congress to pass it though.  However, Norway was able to do so in that same year thus making them the first nation a century later.  Now, the deck chair re-arrangers are still questioning universal healthcare, which Teddy Roosevelt first suggested a century ago.  The present-day deck chair arrangers are surely some mental giants.

If the deck chair arrangers missed American history, perhaps they have read Shakespeare's Macbeth.  Macbeth warned them,

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.

Speaking of strutting and fretting, Macbeth said, "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing" is applicable to the re-arrangers.  Whether they are blowhards as they strut and fret upon the political stage, they still signify nothing. 

Another issue that they need to address is to lie about the truth.  Lying isn't, nor should it be, commensurate with behavior of a president.  Presidents should lead, which means that they should not lie. 

Now, fortunately, Carly Fiorina has decided to discontinue her rise to 3-4% in part due to lying while talking down to our president and a Democratic presidential candidate.   

Fiorina, this is a hint.  That behavior was juvenile.  Your little nonsensical rant was not true.  Now, you might have found out later, after the debate, that your statement was untrue.  Then apologize for that and how you said it.  However, you still maintain it long after you have strutted and fretted your hour upon the stage.  Shakespeare's words should resonate in your head, "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing."

Fiorina, that so-called Planned Parenthood tape was an edited and prepared tape by the Center for Medical Progress, Grantham Collection, and Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, which were anti-abortion groups.  Everyone, including those that edited the tape, admitted the editing.  Yet, you maintain something that is not true.  You have strutted and fretted as you rearranged deck chairs of the Titanic; now, please leave the political stage....

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