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In a world of blithering idiots …

Can it really be true that half this country is a bunch of blithering idiots? They’d have to be to believe the drivel the Republican presidential candidates put out constantly. ¬†Look at Wednesday night’s debate, if by debate you mean “Yet another chance for grown-ass white men to lie with impunity.”

If you believed everything you heard that night, you’d think that Barack Obama is a merciless child killer (“legalized infanticide,” from Newt Gingrich). Mitt Romney said president is a godless tyrant (“attacking religious tolerance”). The worst attack on religion in history, he said. Really? After all the direct attacks against Muslims and Islam that have been so blatant over the last decade?

Kinda reminds me of my days in the gay press, when the gay boys were all up in arms because the paper I worked for wouldn’t run sex ads and actually reported on the community outside the bar culture — including lesbians! “The Lesbian Home Journal,” they called us, derisively, just because we were inclusive and not exclusive.

The candidates use these talking points like they have a basis in reality. But ask them to back ‘em up — something no one ever does during these debates, which is why you so rarely see NPR anchors moderating — and they come up with nothing. That’s because they are lies.

What kind of presidential race is this? In 2008, of course, they did all these same things, but then they denied it. No, we didn’t say Obama is a traitor. No, we didn’t say he was Muslim. No, we didn’t say he was unAmerican. We can’t control what some of our supporters say.

But now they are saying it, right out loud. No denial possible, it’s all on tape. But I don’t think they want to deny it. They’re gunning for votes from the blithering idiot crowd.

More from that debate: Newt the Historian says this is the most dangerous time the world as ever seen and that Obama is the most dangerous president as regards national security we’ve ever had, with Mitt Romney chiming in that the president has done nothing (other than take out Osama bin Laden, end the Iraq war and send military help to end Gaddhafi’s reign of terror, to name a few) to make the world safer.

Obama is shrinking the military, too, these guys say. Making us less safe (be afraid, be very afraid). Yeah, that’s kinda what happens when you end two wars. Not to mention budget cuts agreed to by Republicans in Congress.

That dreaded “Obamacare” is costing jobs! And money! Well, yeah, if you’re counting insurance executives. But in the long run, the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act will cost nearly twice the billions keeping it in place will save. A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting family, and my dad and my cousin’s husband started talking about Obama being the Worst President Ever. And my cousin chimed in that it was just horrendous that Obama would want “us” (we taxpayers) to pay to educate the poor so they can get better jobs, and, y’know, not need welfare. “They just don’t want to work,” she said. “Do you even know any poor people?” I asked. No answer.

Meanwhile, the husband started whining about “Obamacare” and how he resented paying for it. Really? And who do you think pays for it when people who have no insurance go to the emergency room for general health care? Again, no answer.

Rising gas prices, too, are the president’s fault. Interesting that when bad things happen under a Democratic administration, it’s the president’s fault. But when the same bad things happen under a Republican president, the president has no control over it.

There’s a number of factors pushing gas prices up, not the least of which is butane. Butane, you say? Yes, butane. It’s a common, and dirt cheap, additive used in gasoline — but only during colder winter months. Once it starts warming up, butane starts evaporating, and the oil companies replace it with other, much more expensive additives. There’s also the demand coming from India and China pushing the prices up, not to mention our own love affair with wasting gasoline known as spring and summer vacation time.

And there’s one other thing, along with the Republican plan to drill the hell out of everything that can be drilled. Even if if that were to provide enough oil to make a dent in the US dependence on countries that actually have enough oil to use, there’s this one tiny problem: American refineries are already running at capacity.

Rep. Allen West, Insane MF-Florida, is a black guy who hates the president.

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I have a better question. Why are you driving a Hummer?

And let’s not even get started on this birth control thing. I said 40 years ago that if the conservatives manage to get Roe v. Wade overturned, they’d set their sites on contraception. Looks like they’ve decided not to wait.

Rick Santorum’s the queen of that deal. Plus he says Obama is running the country with a theology that is not based on the bible. First, I hope he’s not running the country based on any theology. That’s kinda unconstitutional. And if Little Ricky thinks his theology is not based on the bible, what does he think it’s based on? The Quran? Newt Gingrich is in on this too. The Obama administration thinks the president is superior to the pope. Hey, Newt, in the US government, he is!

Here’s another from Newt. He blasts Obama for apologizing to Afghanistan for the accidental burning of Qurans “on a day when an Afghan soldier murdered two American soldiers.” Apparently, we’re supposed to behave abysmally and never apologize for being ignorant assholes because that would be “surrendering.” Or taking the high road.

And it’s not just presidential candidates going all out. In Virginia, they tried to require “transvaginal” ultrasound — that’s one with penetration — before a woman could have an abortion. Now why would they want to do that? Think about it.

Virginia and other states are pushing this “personhood” thing too — that a fetus is a “person.” Yeah, and so is a corporation. Just let me know when one dies for the country. But a fetus — y’know, if birth control and sex education were a little better here (and sex education is another thing these bozos hate) then there just wouldn’t be that many abortions. And remember — making abortion illegal (or making a fetus a person) won’t stop abortions. It’ll just make ‘em more dangerous.

See, these Republican creepos are vindictive bastards. They’re gonna punish you — torture you — if you don’t fall in line and worship at their altar. Especially if you are anything but the straight white Christian guys they are. Are you listening, Mitt Romney? You too, Newt and Little Ricky. The evangelistas you’re after don’t really see you as any more Christian than they do Mitt. So it really doesn’t matter how many letters Cardinal Dolan writes urging the Catholic bishops to push for some kind of conscience act, allowing people to not do anything if it violates their Christian beliefs (somehow I’m betting that no other beliefs will count in this), you’re still gonna be a heathen.

Just like the rest of us.

I suspect they’ll keep going. They’ll keep calling us names, vile and vicious names, and tell us we do the same. Really? Show me a Democratic presidential candidate who’s said the equivalent of any of the above. Show me a Democratic state senator who’s done the equivalent of refusing to honor the Girl Scouts because he thinks they’re the operative arm of Planned Parenthood, supporting abortion and homosexuality. Show me a liberal religious sect that is in Africa persuading governments to impose the death penalty on Christians. And, oh yeah, the Obama administration demanded that Iran reverse the death penalty on that Christian pastor — not that demanding Iran do anything ever works. I suppose you think Obama should bomb them for it? Oh wait, but you’ve already said that if we keep Obama in office, we’ll be using nuclear weapons in no time. Mmm. Project much?

And to answer my own question, yeah, it indeed appears that half the country is a bunch of blithering idiots. With no shortage of monsters ready and willing to take advantage of that.

Rick rolled

It had to happen sooner or later. Sick Rantorum made the trifecta this week, winning in three states in one day and become the latest in the GOP’s desperate attempts to find a presidential nominee who is Not Romney.

Newt Gingrich sure didn’t last long. Not a surprise. I guess the only thing worse in these bigoted bozos’ eyes than Romney is Ron Paul. Somehow I’m just not expecting a Paul surge anytime soon. Not that the Texas congressman hasn’t tried. He’s pulled out all the backwards nonsense he promoted in those newsletters he denies having any responsibility for. Funny that he still backs the concepts though.

He’s gone all anti-gay and anti-minorities of any kind. But unless he drops the anti-war stuff, he is going nowhere in this Republican Party. And if he drops the anti-war stuff, then he loses all the fake progressives who ignore his bigotry and prejudice to fall in line behind him on the peace platform.

But Sick Rantorum. I just don’t seem him as the nominee though. He’s just not … he’s not manly enough. The guy wears sweater vests, for christ’s sake! Who does that? Mr. Rogers at least wore a button up cardigan! Seriously, a sweater vest?

I think he may have gotten a pity vote in Colorado too. He tried to go all Ben Nighthorse Campbell there with a bolo tie. Took it off for the next stop, though. Guess they told him it looked stupid. But they coulda at least told him why. It looked stupid because he was wearing it with a button down Oxford.

And Minnesota? Hell, that’s Michele Bachmann’s state. He’s the only one left to the right of her both politically and mentally.

Rick’s Catholic, and unlike Newt Gingrich, who converted to try to shore up his religious cred, has always been. But he’s a Catholic of the Vatican variety and not the more liberal American variety — you know the type. No abortion, no birth control, no gay sex, no gay marriage, no masturbation. No fun.

That is one thing about the Catholics though. They’re honest about everything they don’t want, unlike American evangelicals who prefer to take it one or two issues at a time. Like abortion, they’re into that, but they haven’t gotten started on contraception yet. Don’t worry though. They will. They’re all about controlling the women. And so far they’ve stopped at making us queers second or maybe third class citizens. They’ll get to jailing us or killing us later. Well, killing us is tacitly OK, of course. I mean actually executing us, the way they’re setting up several African countries to do. It’s the evangelicals, y’know. They’re behind that.

In fact, they (and the former senator from Pennsylvania) would be delighted if we had an extremist Christian regime every bit as limiting and barbaric as the extremist Islamic regime in Iran. It’s just that Christianity is right, y’know, and Islam is wrong. At least that’s what they they. Personally, I think they’re all wrong.

But I digress. Sick Rantorum is the new belle of the ball. Will he be the Not Romney who actually wins? I kinda doubt it. Cracked me up the other day when he said that neither Newt nor Mitt could beat Barack Obama, as if he could.

Honestly, though, we live in a country that elected George W. Bush twice. Anything is possible.

So, progressives, don’t get all giddy because the GOP voters are toying with possible nominees you think are way too out there to possibly pose a challenge to Obama. Anything could happen.

And besides, there’s still all those anti-Obama “progressives” out there who are bound and determined to do what Mitch McConnell could never do on his own — prevent a second term. I understand McConnell. But the progressives? That didn’t work out so well back in 2000 as I recall.

And it’d be even worse now, because if somebody doesn’t pull away and win this thing soon, the Republicans might have themselves a brokered convention, and that could mean the whole thing’s up for grabs.

I’d really prefer not to find out who the whackadoodles at the convention might pull out of the wings to run if they can’t decide. But I can guarantee it won’t be pretty.