Idaho GOP: ‘We really don’t care, do u?’

July 8, 2018

On those rare occasions when her husband gives her permission to speak, FLOTUS Melania Trump gets right to the point. Like when she was told that immigrant families are held in detention for 40-50 days on average she replied, “That’s good.”

It also appears that Melania’s husband has influenced her with his obsessive texting. The only differences are that she chooses to print her text messages on the back of her clothes, and she’s a bit more honest than him.

For example the message on the jacket that she recently wore which read “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” is certainly a much more truthful and accurate proclamation of her husband’s presidential agenda than the completely nonsensical jingle “Make America Great Again.”

And after reading about this summer’s Idaho GOP convention held in Pocatello, I’m surprised that no Republican entrepreneur set up a stand at Holt Arena to sell red caps printed with “We Really Don’t Care, Do U?”

Based on newspaper articles covering the convention, it appears that the GOP gathering featured two highlights: a National Rifle Association pep rally and a resolution that poor and sick Idahoans should pray for miracles instead of relying on government assistance.

First of all, couldn’t the GOP possibly have brought in a keynote speaker to deliver an upbeat, positive message of some kind? You know, maybe an expert to talk about gains made in education, agriculture, or the environment in Idaho under Republican leadership instead of pushing for more NRA members, for crying out loud!

Or, at least, wouldn’t you assume that with all the mass shootings taking place so far this year, including one on the very day the convention started, that the GOP party planners could have shown a little common sense and figured, “Hey, maybe this year’s not a good time to invite some guy who’s currently nothing more than a highly-paid gun hawker to speak at the convention”? But noooo.

Just a careless oversight? Or is it possible that they “Really Don’t Care”?

Oliver North, recently elected president of the NRA, was the keynote speaker. North, a decorated war veteran, is best known for his role in the 1980s Iran-Contra affair, a conspiracy to betray U.S. policy at that time.

North, who was originally charged with at least a dozen crimes against the U.S. but weaseled his way out of prison time by ratting on others involved in the scheme, was introduced at the Idaho convention as “a true American hero” by another stalwart Republican, former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig. Yep, that guy.

In his speech North stated that people should vote against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan because “She voted against the right of self-defense. ... She supports magazine bans.” Now there’s a leap in logic for you about as high as the guy jumped in the stall next to Larry Craig back in 2007!

As reported in an April article by Cynthia Sewell, here’s how then-primary candidate Jordan responded to an Idaho Statesman gun position questionnaire: “I am a proud gun owner and carrier.” She went on to list three gun regulations she would like to implement: “Ban bump stocks; require gun training certification and licensure for the purchase of military grade weapons; and greater penalties for gun violence and gun negligence.”

Does that sound like voting “against the right of self-defense”? Well, maybe to a gun peddler, but certainly not to anyone with a lick of sense.

Then to top off the surreal weapons-related aspect of the convention there was the weird Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird incident. Giddings posted a photo of herself with some Idaho State University students who were advocating stricter gun laws along with the text: “Idaho State University students peacefully protesting our Republican convention. Do you think I should show these girls the empty 30mm shell I have in the truck?”

Okay, I’m not going to get into the whole did she threaten the students or is she making some vague reference to her military experience argument. But you have to wonder how anyone could vote for someone to be a state lawmaker when she is capable of doing something that clueless.

Another highlight of the Idaho GOP Convention was the passing of a resolution opposing the Medicaid expansion ballot initiative. Now that’s kind of strange, don’t you think?

Isn’t that how democracy is supposed to work? By letting the people vote on issues? Yet Idaho conservatives are against it! And here I thought that “government by the people” was a GOP battle cry.

Anti-Medicaid expansion backers argue that charity organizations can fill the Medicaid coverage gap. Say what?! Whose brilliant idea is this?

Look, charity organizations provide aid like food, clothing, and shelter. “Medicaid,” on the other hand, “is a health care program that assists low-income families or individuals in paying for doctor visits, hospital stays, long-term medical, custodial care costs and more.”

In case the Idaho GOP hasn’t noticed, medical costs are quite high and the health-care system is quite complex. Charity organizations are simply not structured to aid people in this manner.

The Sisters of Mercy are glad to provide you with a bowl of warm soup, but are certainly not qualified to perform appendectomies.

See the difference? Or is it possible that you “Really Don’t Care”?

Mike Murphy of Pocatello is an award-winning columnist whose articles are syndicated by Senior Wire. He recently published a book titled “Tortoise Crossing – Expect Long Delays,” which is a collection of 100 of his favorite columns. It is available on Amazon.com.