Dave Durenberger doesn’t hold back

For his sins of not supporting the Repub ticket (and the lesser apostasies of not supporting various party doctrines), Dave Durenberger has been purt near written out of the party. Even before that event, he had taken to publishing his impressively unvarnished views in commentaries published by his St. Thomas-connected National Institute for Health Policy. But it feels as if the excommunication has freed him up to be even more blunt. The current edition of Commentary from Dave Durenberger, is worth a read in total. Here’s a taste:

“America is in crisis in so many ways these days. The old world order of bi-polar, state-sponsored, ideological warfare went out with the Berlin Wall in 1989 and was replaced by a new world disorder no one has yet been able to define…

In the midst of all that we have a presidential election. Republicans have been doing their best to discredit not only Democrats, but any serious effort by the one President we have to help us understand both the New World Order and the New Economy. Or at least to deal adequately with the detritus of the ‘old order and economy.’
If you want to know what’s wrong with this country watch people who claim the right to lead spend all their time tearing each other down in order to build themselves up.  Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is one and Rick Sanatorum (R-PA) another. Currently these two losers are doing their best to tear down Governors Rick Perry (R-TX) and Mitt Romney (R-MA).  Thank God our governor withdrew after the idiotic Iowa Fair poll.
Santorum has been on a moralistic rant ever since I’ve known him as a ranting and raving fundamentalist Congressman. He talks about jihadism and acts like he invented it. Bachmann is newer to the scene. While she espouses a different Christian denomination from Santorum, she comes from the same “God sent me to earth to save you from the fallen angels” tradition which has infected politics in America in ways that have helped disable our political institutions.”

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/22/2011 - 11:06 am.

    C’mon, Dave. Tell us what you really think.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/22/2011 - 12:12 pm.

    Just more proof that the G.O.P. is not what it used to be. As Tom Friedman says; we need a real second party.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/22/2011 - 12:14 pm.

    She comes from the same “God sent me to earth to save you from the fallen angels” tradition, as opposed to the leftist “I’m here to save you from yourself, because I’m smarter than you” tradition.

    Both are equally noxious, although it sure looks like Durenberger has built up a tolerance to the latter…drinking out of Arne’s kool-aid jug, probably.

  4. Submitted by Barbara Miller on 09/22/2011 - 03:17 pm.

    re-PUB-li-cans. Men (and a few women) who use microphones to relentlessly castigate each other during election cycles and all others who are not like them all the time. Republicans are particularly recognizable because they seem incapable of generating and/or expressing any positive ideas for moving the United States of America forward. Rather, they are dedicated to the proposition of moving backward (see “Dark Ages”). They receive large sums of money from “individuals” (i.e., corporations) to favor them in the political arena. At one time, there were some principled Republicans with whom it was possible to debate and negotiate. That time has passed, and there is no evidence that such Republicans have been elected to public office in the past few decades (see “endangered species”).

  5. Submitted by Dale Hoogeveen on 09/23/2011 - 05:53 am.

    Just too bad that not enough Americans can see that the moralistic rant of the far right is nothing more than a cover for enrichment of already wealthy pockets from the public trough.

    The loudmouths claiming to be conservative and moralistic are the carnival barkers and the Tea Party and apologists who claim to be independent of the carnival games are the shills. Both groups are bought and paid for, hirelings who by any common political definition are corrupt. The Republican party has turned American politics into a shell game that Democrats have a reluctance to identify accurately which would mean admitting that American democracy has more problems than just putting people back to work, more than public deficits.

    It has gone past the point of any valid debate possible between the far right and any other outlook. That point of view is out for pure power not the public good. All the rest of their supposed planks are smoke screen or they wouldn’t have purged their own moderates.

    Far too many honest, common Republicans and independents have bitten up on the bark and the shill prodding to the point that all the Republican Party is any more amounts to a racket not being willing or able to produce jobs or do anything to improve the general economy or address public welfare beyond what they can accumulate for themselves or we wouldn’t be in the mess we are now. And far too many Democrats are unwilling to admit had rotten our system has actually become.

    There has been no adequate development of any third party movement either. The situation is obviously dire but the core of the rot has been quite successful at hiding out in the open. All one has to do is follow the money and see who is accumulating vast amounts of it. There is no mystery where they are hiding it either, when they have been allowed to provide massive amounts of political grease through their huge and top heavy corporate organizations.

  6. Submitted by Steve Rose on 09/23/2011 - 06:06 am.

    Dave who? Is this the disgraced senator, who resigned before being ousted by his colleagues, for the book deal thing, and the condo thing, and the limo thing?

    Why do we care what Dave thinks? He is taking a shot at the GOP. Let’s find out what Anthony Weiner thinks about the new world order.

    If we could only return to civility in politics.

    Some references from American history.

    Sitting Vice President Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Three years following the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, Harry Truman made an analogy between the Republicans and the Nazis. During the 1860 political cycle, opponents of Abraham Lincoln referred to him as an “ape” and “stupid”. Back in 1828, opponents of Andrew Jackson charged that he was a cannibal, a murderer, and that his wife was a prostitute.

    We have a long way to go to get back to where we’ve been.

  7. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 09/23/2011 - 07:57 am.

    This Harry Truman?

    …A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants…

    ….Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he’d lie just to keep his hand in….

    ….The Republicans believe in the minimum wage — the more the minimum, the better…

    ….Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself….

    ….Republicans don’t like people who talk about depressions. You can hardly blame them for that. You remember the old saying: Don’t talk about rope in the house where somebody has been hanged….

    ….Herbert Hoover once ran on the slogan, “Two cars in every garage”. Apparently, the Republican candidate this year is running on the slogan, “Two families in every garage”…

    AHHHH, the pause that refreshes…

  8. Submitted by Paul Landskroener on 09/23/2011 - 08:12 am.

    #6:You are right that we cannot pine for an ideal past time of civil politics and discourse.

    The thing is, most of us recognize the examples you give as being unacceptable and uncivil and something to be avoided. A few, though, see these examples as role models to live up to.

  9. Submitted by Steve Rose on 09/23/2011 - 01:28 pm.

    #8: There was no time of civil politics to pine for. Nonetheless, calls for returning to civil political discourse have become cliche’ in recent years.

    Politics is a bare-knuckle blood sport; always has been and always will be. If the press had considered the thin-skinned Jesse Ventura a serious contender for governor, they would have run him off before election day. Instead, they started running him off the day after election day.

    In the late 1790s, either just before or after Thomas Jefferson became VP, he had this to say about the intractable realities of politics. “In the present situation of the United States, divided as they are between two parties, which mutually accuse each other of perfidy and treason …”

    Oh, for the return of civility.

    During election cycles, the effectiveness of paid political advertising is measured, with great interest. It turns out that negative ads are the most effective. That is why positive ads aren’t seeing the dollars. Perhaps, we should blame the voters instead of the politicians.

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