You know, life is grand. Just when you're thinking that the world doesn't have enough love in it, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul brings out a joke to protect Daddy's honor and smack Donald Trump at the same time. With Paul's pops, Ron Paul, officially exploring a run for the presidency, the Senator had some harsh words for his possibly maybe, might be competition:
I’ve come to New Hampshire today because I’m very concerned ... I want to see the original long-form certificate of Donald Trump’s Republican registration.
He was referring, of course, to Trump's long-standing Democratic/liberal support prior to his flip-flop into right wing town. And technically, it was a joke. But it had a little heat to it. And might I venture to say I like this new form of discrediting someone by dragging them down in pointless time-consuming paper fumbling?
By bagging on the Trumpster, Paul has just given us a wonderful gift. He's sparked a trend that could have some real staying power and useful applications.
Think about it. The next time you're out to dinner with pals, and your best friend from high school's new husband begins annoying the pants off of you with some inane conspiracy theory about how the White House has been paying the Trumpster off to babble about birth certificates, you turn to him and very politely announce: "Yeah, I hear what you're saying, but really I can't take anything you say into consideration until you provide me with the long-form version of your voter registration application. I'd also like two forms of identity proving you do indeed live at 19 Jones Street so we can talk about local politics -- I don't want you weighing in unless you live there."
How about when someone you don't particularly care for is running for town council? You start spreading the rumor that his mom was looking pretty round in the tummy when she took that trip to Indonesia 36 years ago, and just let him figure out how to combat it. He will, eventually, but can you imagine how much ground will be lost on his "save town parks" campaign while he's in line at the bank to get into his safe deposit box and find the copy of his birth certificate?
Of course, this would all be juvenile and cruel, but ain't politics fun? Then again, we could just sit down and listen to what people have to say before we condemn them on technicalities. We could act like we are a nation that values freedom of thought over our own right to think.
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