It’s always been hard to imagine Sen. Lindsey Graham as President of The United States of America.
And every time he opens his mouth, it gets even harder to imagine - and scarier at the same time.
Not too long ago, Graham did the silly and joked about white men and Southern Christians:
Sometimes we get caught making jokes that reveal a bit more than we intended. Such is the plight of Lindsey Graham, South Carolina’s senior U.S. Senator, who was recorded making off-color jokes about himself, white men and people of faith.
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According to a story in the Post and Courier:
“After using profanity to say the government is messed up, Graham tells the group: "If I get to be president, white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency."
Later, he got deadly serious and claimed ISIL would “kill us all”:
According to Graham, ISIS is so strong, so powerful, so overwhelming, has so many super powers - that is, unless President Obama does everything Graham insists he must to fight them - that they could literally kill all of us, roughly 317 million Americans on the homeland.
Behead brave American journalists?
Cause even more unrest and danger in the Middle East?
Pull off a 9/11-level attack against the U.S.?
No, Graham says ISIS is more than a threat to be taken seriously - hardly no one believes it is not a real threat - but is one that might kill us all.
Of course, Graham helped convince America that Iraq was not only a good idea, but vital to the interests of the U.S. and the Middle East. And he’s been beating war drums as much as possible, either wanting to arm just about everyone in every conflict imaginable or sending in more U.S. troops.
I’m beginning to wonder if he’s ever seen a war he didn’t like, didn’t want us to be engaged in, despite the lessons we should have learned from Iraq.
Full disclosure: I’ve voted for Graham in the past - but not last year!
Now Graham is back to making his “jokes” about using the military - again - this time saying if he was president, he’d use the military to force Congress to do his bidding.
Others have already pointed out why it would be, um, unconstitutional to turn the military on the U.S. Congress, so I won’t do that here.
I’ll just ask this: Given his track record, why should we believe he’s joking now?
Unfortunately for South Carolina, Graham is likely to be our senior U.S. senator for quite some time.
Fortunately for the nation, he has little chance of becoming commander in chief.