To be honest, I rarely engage in many political discussions with friends and family, simply because they usually don’t end well – especially if they happen to be a Republican. I made an exception on Saturday when a Republican friend asked me about Donald Trump. Being that this friend has always been fairly opened minded about politics – which is rare for a Republican – I would answer whatever questions he had.
Admittedly, I have a very short fuse with anyone who tries to claim Trump would make a good president, so I really should have known better. The discussion quickly spiraled into a back and forth with my friend claiming that Trump is a “breath of fresh air” and me pointing out the fact that the Republican party has turned this country into an absolute joke. People from other nations are literally laughing at us right now over the nonsense coming from the GOP presidential primary. It is an absolute political circus. And the sad part is, it’s only going to get even more absurd over the next few months.
I think it goes without saying that my friend disagreed with my assessment about his party turning this nation into a laughingstock.
Well, on Sunday morning I followed my usual routine of getting up, taking the dogs out, making some coffee and surfing the Internet to check out what was going on in the news that day. And lo and behold I come across an interview CNN did with the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, where he basically said many Iranians view the Republican party as a “laughable form of entertainment.”
“Sometimes when I would have time some of broadcast [referring to the GOP debates] live and I would watch it,” Rouhani told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “Some of it was quite laughable. It was very strange, the things that they spoke of.”
“Some of them wouldn’t even know where Tehran was in relation to Iran,” he said, mildly laughing. “Some of them wouldn’t know where Iran was geographically, not distinguishing that one is the capital of the other. What they spoke of was quite far away from the truth.”
“So, the people of Iran were looking at it as a form of entertainment, if you will, and found it laughable,” he added.
He also went on to make an incredibly valid point about the rhetoric being used by many Republicans who’ve claimed that they’ll tear up the nuclear deal with Iran if they’re elected president.
“Can a government become a signatory to an international agreement and then the subsequent government tear it to shreds?” Rouhani asked. “This is something that only the likes of Saddam Hussein would do. So, any government that replaces the current government must keep itself committed to the commitments given by the previous administration. Otherwise, that government, that entire country will lose trust internationally.”
He absolutely hit the nail right on the head with his last comment. While Republicans like to act as if the nuclear deal with Iran was all the Obama administration’s doing, it wasn’t. This was a deal backed by an international coalition of nations, including several of our allies. For a Republican to come into office and renege on that deal for no other reason than petty partisan politics would make this country look extremely bad internationally. Not only would it add fuel to the fire of anti-American rhetoric overseas – providing fodder to those who claim the U.S. cannot be trusted – it would also ruin our credibility as a nation going forward to participate in any form of diplomacy with other nations. After all, why would any other nation pledge to give their word to us when we’ve shown that we won’t keep ours?
Now I get it, this is the president of Iran – probably not a beacon of truth, honesty or ethics. But his words do reiterate feedback I’m getting from people who follow me from all over the world. The GOP primary has basically become political reality television. People from other countries are laughing at us – as they should, seeing as how one of our two major political parties has Donald Trump as its current frontrunner.
That alone is more than enough to be ridiculed and mocked.
But it is a sad day in this country to look at all the candidates running for the GOP nomination and realize that those clowns are the best candidates the Republican party could find.
Watch the interview below via CNN: