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Today's off-the-wall wacko politics

What has come out of the mouths of the Republican candidates for the presidency is utterly outrageous and unprecedented. The level of political discourse is at an all-time low.

The leader of the pack of mad dog Republican candidates is Donald Trump. He started it, and as his poll numbers have climbed, his fellow mad dogs have mimicked his approach by saying something off-the-wall, and then refusing to apologize in spite of the criticism demonstrating that you are not another weak-kneed politician who will back down from your convictions. This monkey sees monkey do mentality has resulted in various candidates trying to out-Trump Trump.

The first rant out of the Donald's mouth was his statements that too many illegal immigrants from Mexico are criminals. "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best," he said, "... they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists and some, I assume, are good people."

Suffice to say, many experts have come forward and presented data that shows the crime rate among illegal immigrants from Mexico is not greater than the population in general, but lower. Trump's rant is similar to those who express outrage over claims that folks are eating crab and steak while on food stamps, when data indicates that this is one of the most effective federal programs ever.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee did his best to be even more "inflammatory" than Trump. He attacked the Iran nuclear deal by saying that it will "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." And, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz suggests that based on the terms of the proposed nuclear deal with Iran, the president is the leading state sponsor of terrorism.

More specifically he said, "If this deal goes through the Obama administration becomes the leading financier of terrorism against Americans in the world. I've heard this referred to before as the 'Jihadist Stimulus Bill.'"

The Trump attack on John McCain, who spent five-and-half years in a North Vietnamese prison, where he was repeatedly tortured, was very much akin to the attack level during the 2004 presidential campaign against John Kerry by the Swift Boat Veterans for Trust, a political groups registered under section 527 of the IRS code.

The trust challenged the legitimacy of each of the combat medals awarded to Kerry by the U.S. Navy. The difference was Kerry was swift-boated by an outside group and not by words out of the mouth of his opponent, George W. Bush. In this case, Trump is doing the attacking.

Even when it was revealed that Trump received four student deferments from military service between 1964 and 1968, he declined to take back his comments about McCain's imprisonment.

Likewise, Trump has continued to double-down on his incendiary ways even after being widely criticized for his crude comments and complains about his unfair treatment by Fox News debate co-moderator Megyn Kelly. He is, no doubt, convinced that his base – those who are ticked-off – want him to be disruptive and not reduce the level of rage his campaign is working hard to engender.

When questioned about his preparation for the debate Trump suggests that he will not be doing a lot of studying. This statement is designed to reinforce that he will tell you what he thinks – whether you like it or not.

The iconoclast owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Shark Show participant, Mark Cuban, emphasized this point, when he indicated why he is supporting the Donald. "I don't care what his actual positions are. I don't care if he says the wrong thing. He says what's on his mind. He gives honest rather than prepared answers."

When someone enters the Shark Tank and is "unprepared" they are bludgeoned by the sharks and never receive a nickel. Interestingly, Mark Cuban chooses to view political decision making as very different from business decision making.

The essence of the Trump campaign is that he is not like the rest of the field. He will not be conducting polls and focus groups to determine what position he should take. "I don't like using pollsters because they just want to give you a script to read and turn politicians into unoriginal, safe, timid people," says Trump.

Trump is selling that what you are getting is unfiltered and unvarnished.

This is the first time I can recall that this type of inflammatory rhetoric has come directly from the mouths of a presidential candidate. One of the reasons that Trump is able to make repeated inflammatory comments is because his campaign is largely being self-financed which allows him to project himself as unable to be bought.

Trump the man and Trump the candidate are devoid of both grace and evidence-based solutions. He is showman not a statesman. He has become a vessel for working-class voters who are alienated, anxious, frustrated and fearful of the future. At the root of his appeal is a confrontational narcissistic call-it-as-I-see it anti-government attitude that sees unfettered capitalism and jingoistic bluster as the solution to all of our domestic and foreign problems.