Who better to challenge a self-righteous South Carolina conservative chickenhawk than a "libertarian-leaning" former state Treasurer, convicted felon, and reality TV show star ("Southern Charm" on Bravo)? How fitting. How entertaining.
Then again, this is good ol' Southern "charm" we're talking about. And what could be more charming than a 51-year-old ex-felon with a 3-month-old daughter married to a 22-year-old fellow state politician? Especially a guy who was busted for dabbling in cocaine who claims "he has the right ideas to save the country."
Get out the mint juleps, the fainting couch, the feather fans, and the popcorn, because a new reality show is about to debut.
Reality TV star and former South Carolina state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel is launching an independent bid against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Ravenel, a one-time rising star from a famous political family in the state Republican Party, was forced from office in 2007 following a bust for cocaine possession.
Ravenel will need 10,000 signatures by July 15th in order to qualify.
John McCain's BFF doesn't have a lot to worry about. He easily won his primary against the Tea Poopies, so an independent with a record won't faze him.
As for the rest of us:
When it comes to South Carolina's long-time senator, there's a love-hate relationship with him. A lot of Republicans like him because he's a cute little imp of a man, not really anyone who does anything, and that quiet, gentlemanly demeanor goes over well with the unwashed of his state.
But for the Tea Party, not so much. Fortunately they're a minority recently stepped off of their mother ship from the planet Moron and their association with the GOP is strictly a coincidence. Their spaceship crash landed and they were overtaken by the drum beat of hatred and bigotry coming from the Republican Tent. Besides, the word "No" in moron means "fart" and that puts a perpetual smile on their faces, as the GOP says "no" to everything.
To get a flavor for what these Tea Party aliens think of Senator Graham, or as Joel McHale referred to him at the recent White House Correspondents Dinner, " the Blanche DuBois of "A Streecar Named Desire..." here's a bit on Blanche as reported by The Beast:
With a vitriol usually reserved for rapists and traitors, some of the most extreme Palmetto State conservatives have burned Graham in effigy and then flushed him down a toilet; derided him as a “war mongering, cowardly, fiscal liberal whore;” openly questioned the unmarried senator’s sexuality with the label “Miss Lindsey,” and promised Low Country voters a 2014 primary challenge against Graham of epic proportions.
Sadly for America, and with great relief for Blanche, five candidates are splitting the conservative and Tea Party vote. Graham will easily win his party's nomination. In South Carolina, that's tantamount to winning the general election. The big question is whether he can muster up 50% of he primary vote to avoid a run-off. Now that could be interesting if the true conservatives would coalesce around his second place finisher should there be a run-off.
Conservative rag, Fitness News has this to say:
But Graham isn’t just a whore for our unwieldy taxpayer-subsidized military industrial complex – he’s a whore for all sorts of special interests. In fact he’s everything that’s wrong with Washington, D.C. – and he’s a “Republican.” Hell, recent television ads run by those same special interests are trying to fool impressionable South Carolinians (of which there are many, sadly) into believing that Graham is a “conservative.”
Meanwhile Graham – in an effort to ramp up those “conservative” credentials in anticipation of his 2014 reelection bid – is raising holy hell (again) in Washington, D.C. over the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. His public relations machine is also placing plenty of nice puff pieces in the Beltway media extolling his statesmanship and proclaiming his invincibility.
Looks like sometime later today, we'll know if South Carolina is going to be sending it's "whore" back to Washington to keep in tact the three musketeers of crazy land-- John McCain and that lady who always stands behind them, I think her name's Senator Kelly Ayotte. She's the dumb one -- and by dumb I mean can't speak. She's been elected to the senate to just stand and nod. That's her super skill. McCain's is he can fly -- off at the mouth and Graham's super power is he's a master of disguise (he's equally as comfortable portraying a real conservative as he is on the boards playing Blanche Dubois, if Joel McHale is really onto something).
Can't wait to see the results of this primary. Listen closely and you might even hear the screeching breaks of that "Streetcar Named Desire."
Some people get carried away with the literal workings of the holy bible. One such extremist is Cathedral Bible College President Dr. Wayne Miller. It seems that he's leading this South Carolina bible college in taking advantage of foreign students, forcing them into slavery. Police have just arrested Dr. Miller after a federal investigation.
You might expect his defense to be "The devil made me do it." But Miller's taken a more academic approach. He blames the "good book" justifying his actions with bible passages from the new and old testaments, accepting slavery.
Somehow, that just doesn't sound too "Christian" to me.
Certainly the practices of the bible have got to be tempered with a sense of modern morality and translation. Remember, the old and the new testaments were NOT written by God. They were written by men, (sorry ladies...). Mere mortal men and these stories and legends are just that -- hand-me-down anecdotes or as Bill Maher is wont to say, "fairy tales." Belief in them is fine, but literal translations must be tempered with reality and common sense.
So back to South Carolina and Cathedral Bible College. Here's some interesting tidbits to consider. For instance, the background of its president. From Raw Story:
Miller was arrested in 2006 on charges of lewdness and prostitution after he exposed himself to an undercover officer in a bathhouse at Myrtle Beach State Park. Records indicated that Miller participated in a pre-trial intervention program, allowing his record to be expunged.
Maybe President Miller has rehabilitated himself. If so, good for him. Or did he just trade his sexual violations for human rights violations?
Then there's his true purpose at the school. Was it bible education? Picking up chicks? Dudes? Or was it something quite different -- yet still nefarious and evil? What was Miller doing to these students?
Students told investigators that classes at the school “were not real,” and that the real purpose of the school was to force them to work over the maximum of 20 hours per week that federal law allows for student visas. The students alleged that Miller often forced them to live in substandard conditions without hot water, heat or air-conditioning.
The complaints said that students worked over 50 hours a week, and often received no pay, even though some had been promised $100 a week. Several students said that they were paid $50 a week for 40 hours of work or more.
Who was profiting from all of this? It certainly wasn't the kids who came for a Christian and bible-based education. Doesn't it make you pause and wonder what else might be going on in this country under the cloak of right-wing evangelicals? Funny how they're the first one's to accuse states of possibly approving Sharia Law, but hold up King James when justifying their actions. Slavery seems much more in keeping with Sharia beliefs than Christian.
Hopefully this situation gets straightened out soon. But it does make me question the real ethics of the bible-thumping world. I think everyone should have the right to believe or not to believe in whatever they wish. But when it infringes on human decency, I have to ask questions.