By James Thompson

The Republican party campaign in this country has brought lunacy to a new level. First, let’s look at one definition of “lunatic” provided by Wikipedia: “Lunatic” is an informal term referring to people who are considered mentally ill, dangerous, foolish or unpredictable; conditions once called lunacy. The term may be considered insulting in serious contexts, though is sometimes used in friendly jest. The word derives from lunaticus meaning “of the moon” or “moonstruck”.

Newt Gingrich, like a roach exposed to sunlight, has been running around expelling a lot of hot air and has been commanding a lot of the nation’s attention since his victory over Willard Romney in South Carolina in the Republican Presidential primary. Some have noted that South Carolina was the state in which the Civil War started. As a result of Newt’s antics, some pundits have recently examined Newt’s writings and have found much fertile ground for endless jest. It turns out that Gingrich has written various articles and presented papers to Science Fiction conferences advocating a variety of preposterous schemes to establish U.S. domination of the Moon. Some have even proposed that Gingrich could be the first President of the Moon. Better that he be President of the Moon than the United States.

Gingrich’s right wing ideology and racist tactics are just starting to be exhumed from his past campaigns in which he was buried and disgraced by his ridiculous world (and perhaps universal) view. He has slandered a wide variety of racial groups on this planet, most notably Palestinians, African Americans and Latinos. Although some have noted that people in the U.S. have the short term memory of a flea, who can forget that he was forced to resign as Speaker of the House in total disgrace just a few years ago. Nevertheless, Newt’s longings for the Moon qualify him as a lunatic without qualifications to be President of the U.S. He can have the Moon, but please leave us earthlings alone. Who would want to answer “Newt” to any alien asking to be taken to our leader?

So, as Newt is poised to fall into disgrace yet another time as he reaps universal level profits from his book sales and lobbying activities, who might take his place in the Republican lineup?

Willard Romney aka Mitt Romney postures as every man’s working man (we must wonder what women think) and presents himself as being out of work. In the meantime, he fights to hide his tax returns which reveal the unlimited treasures he has gleaned from capitalism in the U.S.A. Headlines scream that Romney paid only 15% annual taxes which is much more than many corporations. He also has a history of slashing jobs and simultaneously collecting huge bonuses and other remuneration from large corporations. Hooray for the job cutter! How many would vote for him. Probably 1% of the population.

Ron Paul has distinguished himself among the Republicans as standing for bringing the troops home from the Middle East right away. However, he also has a long history of unmitigated racism and advocates shutting down our social safety net. He advocates stopping Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. He wants to privatize our toenails. Here’s another 1 %er.

All the rest are just a blur of clowns with weird positions that ultimately favor the wealthy. Only the KKK and Aryan Nation could really get behind any of the Republican nominees in good faith.

So, let’s keep laughing at these clowns, but let’s not forget to vote against them in 2012. If one of them actually won, the 99% might find itself exiled to the Moon. Who would be our President then?