There’s a very good reason why the United States rejected a hereditary form of monarchy in favor of an elected president during the formation of the U.S. Constitution. Hereditary monarchies produce in-bred dullards like Prince Charles, sex perverts like Prince Andrew, and maniacal sadist Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. However, the United States has created a quasi-hereditary monarchy by voting into office the children of politicians, not because of any special qualities or abilities on their part, but because they were conceived in lieu of using a 75-cent rubber.
Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. President John Quincy Adams turned out to be a better president than his father, John Adams. But by and large, political offspring have been disasters. George W. Bush was as stupid as his father, George H. W. Bush, was corrupt. Franklin D. Roosevelt had three sons and not one of them realized a successful political career. FDR, Jr. and James Roosevelt served brief terms in the U.S. House and Elliott Roosevelt maxed out as Mayor of Miami Beach, where he fell under the mob control of Meyer Lansky. House Speaker Sam Rayburn told James Roosevelt, upon Roosevelt’s swearing in, that he hoped he was not going to be as much of a waste of time as FDR, Jr. had been. Elliott was married to Ethel du Pont, a member of the Delaware industrial family, which never managed to become a major political force beyond the Governor’s Mansion in Dover and the U.S. Senate. Ironically, Ethel du Pont’s Republican family was behind a 1934 plot by right-wing businessmen and war veterans to overthrow her father-in-law in a coup d’etat.
On April 28, Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, saw his New York GOP gubernatorial hopes crash in flames as the FBI raided his father’s apartment and office in a dawn operation. Andrew, it will be recalled, repeatedly grabbed the microphone during and yelled nonsense into it during his father’s 1994 mayoral swearing-in ceremony. Andrew worked in Donald Trump’s White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, where he was charged with the crucial task of inviting sports teams to White House events. Andrew, who bears an amazing resemblance to Trump’s idiot son, Eric Trump, is really as dumb as he looks. Trump’s other children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Tiffany, are wallowing in their father’s political corruption. It is still too early to tell whether Barron Trump will turn out to be of political timber or a serial killer.
Former GOP Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s daughter, Trump’s pitiful Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is running for Governor of Arkansas. She may turn out to be the dumbest governor that state has ever had — and the competition is stiff. Mike Huckabee, who doesn’t want to jinx Sarah’s chances, recently sold his house in Rosemary Beach, Florida because he does not want to be, in any way, connected to the Florida Congressional District of pervert supreme, Representative Matt Gaetz, the son of former Florida State Senate President Don Gaetz, who, in turn, is the son of the late North Dakota GOP State Senator Jerry Gaetz.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the son of the state’s Governor, Mario Cuomo, has stumbled over his pronounced ego and libido. “Ego-libido” should be known as “Cuomo” in Italian. Andrew, to his political detriment, hid the number of senior deaths from Covid and hit on just about any young woman in Albany not wearing a habit.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has besmirched his family name and the legacy of his father, New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy, by championing the anti-vaxxer lot, including their belief that vaccines contain 5G-intercpetible nano-chips. Andrew Cuomo is also Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s former brother-in-law.
Ohio Governor Robert Taft III, son of Ohio Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and grandson of Ohio Senate Majority Leader Robert Taft, capped off his term as governor with a four-count criminal indictment for public corruption. Taft became the first Ohio Governor charged with crimes while still in office, a fact for which the entire Taft political family in Ohio should be so proud.
The current GOP Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives is Pat Grassley, the grandson of the state’s befuddled version of Mister Magoo, Senator Chuck Grassley.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter, Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, can be given some credit for taking on the Trumpsters in the party, including the corrupt pervert Matt Gaetz. Daddy has been giving Liz his full support, including the hiring of four private investigators to dig up the ample dirt on Gaetz in Florida. Liz could be another exception to the dumb kids rule. She may even be more devious than dear old dad!
Still, although political children tend to be dumb, that does not mean the nation is fully free of family cronyism. Consider the fact that Joe Biden’s Attorney General, Merrick Garland, is the second cousin of right-wing former GOP Governor of Iowa Terry Branstad, Trump’s ambassador to China. And so it goes
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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