Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, August 06, 2009

“Republican” equals “Birther”

Might as well cut to the chase; call a spade a spade. Stop pretending the Birthers are just some wacko fringe group that “doesn’t represent” mainstream Republicans. I mean, they ARE a bunch of wackoid sickfucks, of course. But they DO represent the Republican Party.

Our local newspaper has a daily online poll question (they’re not claiming it’s scientific). Several days before these survey results started hitting the news, our paper’s daily question was “Do you think President Obama was born outside of the U.S.?” About 35% answered Yes.

This county is fairly conservative by Washington standards, but Obama carried the county in the 2008 election.

Most of the polls I’ve seen since then seem to show about half of Republicans saying Obama is NOT an American citizen. Some “fringe” group. “Oh [ahem] [squirm] we have nothing to do with Them.” “I’m NOT with Stupid.”

Nice try. There’s an article about Republican strategists instructing politicians on how to deal with Birthers if they’re confronted in public. Basically — “distance yourself from them as quickly as possible, but be polite and don’t offend or alienate them.”

Sort of like those road rage warnings we’re always hearing on the TV news. No matter how pissed off you get at another driver, don’t honk at him or flip him off because “you don’t know who you’re dealing with. Too many crazy unglued people out there.”

The Republicans are already being dragged down by a few of their own Frankensteins: “Christian” fanatics who want to turn America into a theocracy; the growing White Supremacist movement; Grover Norquist clones who want to “shrink government down to the size of a bathtub and then drown it.” And now they’ve got the Birthers.

The Birthers need to be brought into the spotlight. Front and Center. Make Republican politicians squirm and try to look away. Make them choose between alienating their “Base” or alienating the other Republicans whose IQs are ABOVE freezing.

The Birthers — and the racists and warmongers and abortion-clinic bombers — are not some sort of accident or a fluke. Republicans can act all surprised and shocked and go “Huh, where’d these people come from?”

Here’s where they came from.

And here.

For over twenty years, Republicans have gotten more skillful at pushing the public’s Hate and Fear buttons; and less skillful at actually discussing and debating an issue on its own merits. It must have seemed like a gold mine in 1988 when George H.W. Bush discovered Willie Horton and the Pledge of Allegiance. “Michael Dukakis vetoed a bill that would require the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited in public schools!” “Willie Horton!” “Hey, this is kinda fun. I didn’t have a plan or any sort of solution to anything, and now it turns out I didn’t even need one. Hee hee hee.”

Willie Horton begat Karl Rove and the Swiftboat Veterans and the morphing of a Vietnam War hero into “Hanoi John.” It was all so easy; until it didn’t work any more.

Like they say, “use it or lose it.” Since the Republican Party hasn’t used any sort of intellect or logic for so long now, they’ve lost it. But look at what they’ve gained: millions of braindead Neanderthals who only respond to “Ugh!” “Hate!” “Fear!” “Homo!” “Brown People!”

And now the Neanderthals have come home to roost. They brought the Republicans to the dance, and now they're going to dance with them.

What a lovely couple.

Squirm, bastards.

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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Anonymous JollyRoger said...

The Klanservatives ARE the Rushpublican Party. They have no ideas and no platform other than racism, religious bigotry, and transferring all wealth to the rich. As I said today, it really doesn't matter how far the President slips in the polls, because the Klanservatives are making sure that the people who would be their targets will continue to vote. Don't look for more than a handful of seats, if there are any at all, to go Rushpublican in 2010, barring a dramatic change in their ways.

August 6, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Did you hear the news? It turns out the Birthers themselves were, in fact, not born. They were all hatched at the Fox Zombie Factory.

The Birther Species is similar to humans but their hearing is limited to the frequencies of fellow Birthers. They literally cannot hear anything outside their cult. Nor can they see anything other than Fox on a TV screen, apart from a fuzzy picture of Lou Dobbs.

DO NOT TRY TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM! They perceive any outside communication as a threat and will become hostile when spoken to.

August 6, 2009 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: That's it, no ideas, no platform, nothing constructive whatsoever. All they can do is sit on the sidelines and scream and stomp their feet.

August 6, 2009 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dave: That all makes perfect sense. God knows what other contraptions they're making over at the Fox Zombie Factory. They already manufactured millions of drones at their Teabagger Department; and now the Birthers. Can't wait to see what's next.

August 6, 2009 at 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

Zombie factory explains it about as well as anything I can dream up:)

Seriously, JR is right. This was there all along...lingering just beneath the surface of otherwise perfectly normal-appearing people. However, they are like psychotics who have gone off their meds. They can hide it for a little while, but eventually it all starts to hang out. I present my co-workers as evidence of this. They like Rush and Beck and the rest because those guys give them license to be what they've always been - racists, homophobes, misogynistic mouthbreathers. They don't have to hide it anymore, and they are gleeful about that.
However, they are destroying themselves in the process.
Which is fine with me. I just wish they didn't have to try to drag everyone into their personal hallucinations.

August 6, 2009 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

Tom - Now that's what I call "calling a spade a spade", if there are no men of good will on the republican side of the aisle willing stand up to the hate mongers, then one must assume they are are all in it together.

August 6, 2009 at 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

Great post, Tom! You hit the nail on the head!

August 7, 2009 at 2:17 AM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

The stupidity that is coming out of the mouth of the Rush Klan and company has even surprised me. If anything happens to Obama, we all know where to look.

Sorry I haven't been around. Slowly returning.

August 7, 2009 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

For years, I kept hoping for spontaneous human combustion, subconscious self-immolation, yet nothing happened. Then I prayed to Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Odin, Marduk, tried some voodoo, gave LaVey a call until I realized he was dead, even sent snail mail to the Dali Lama and Slobodan Milosevic until I realized that he was dead. Still no towers of burning stupidity.

So keep ratcheting up the lunacy, you kooks, I might get to roast some marshmallows yet.

August 7, 2009 at 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been a big fan (read: lurker) of this blog for a while now, and this is a bit off-topic, but I recently was sent this YouTube video


by a conservative acquaintance, and was wondering a.) had you seen it? and b.) what is your opinion on it?

Thanks for your thoughts!

August 7, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Ladies and gentlemen you are watching the death throws of a dying political party nothing more. This is their last gasp their last clawing fingernails on the halls of power. When a group has lost it's mind and weaponery it's reduced to throwing rocks and yelling obsenities.

August 7, 2009 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

Well Tom, unfortunately this s the easy way for some Republicans to say they don't like Obama because he's black. The whole not born in the US/illegal immigration thing was made popular in the mainstream by people like Lou Dobbs and who backs that? The section right wind wing who have gripes with anything that connects to people of color. That's not all of them but it's a fair number. Not every Republican has race issues but the ones that do tend to be vocal and let's face it, the GOP has very little of a base left. they have what you said; the angry white voter who doesn't know what they are angry about but they just are, the white supremacists but the kind that are not overt and disguise themselves as concerned citizens groups, and the crazy religious fundamentalists. That's not good for them (Republicans) and it's not good for the country. If the GOP is to have any shot in the future they have to swing to the middle. right now they have flown off the rails and I love it. Keep it up and let them dig themselves deeper into obscurity.

August 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yawn Republicans are racist! Many of us have been saying that for..60 years or so? Some Historians can go back even further!

Forgive my sarcasm, I am the choir

Maybe Working Class Whites will be realize they have had their many benefits denied because they were convinced the Republicans were keeping them from (as Reagan would say) going to a Black Welfare Mother with 14 kids and her new Cadillac.

Again I am the choir

I like your idea Tom. Send some hard reporters to GOP press meetings and ask square out "DO YOU BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT WASN'T BORN IN THIS COUNTRY AND IF NOT WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO DO ABOUT IT?" Put their backs against the wall, say yes or no, either legitimize the birthers or make them out to be kooks!

We all know they would have no trouble starting impeachment had they had any solid proof.

I don't get it, what's the big deal? Wasn't it the Republicans who were going introduce an Constitutional Amendment to allow a foreign born American to be President saying the rule was no longer necessary?

Oh Yeah that's right that's because they wanted Arnold to run for President! I forgot!

Some smart Democrat should do it to Bobby Jindal as payback


August 7, 2009 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

BTW the birther quoted on my post was actually me acting as a birther and let me tell you I felt my brain deteriorating in the role.

August 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bee: There really does seem to be a Jekyll and Hyde quality to a lot of these wingnuts. Inside Ward Cleaver there's a Glen Beck struggling to get out.

Holte: You're right, if there are any sensible Republicans still out there, now is the time for them to tell the lunatics to STFU.

Carlos: Thanks.

Enemy: That's true, their stupidity knows no bounds. Whenever you think they can't sink any lower, they do.

Randal: Don't worry, the lunacy keeps getting ratcheted up.

Anonymous: Funny video -- Thomas Paine, LOL. He makes some interesting points, since we're all fed up with how huge and bloated and unaccountable our government has become. But he seems more pissed off about welfare and illegal immigrants than anything else. I think our Founding Fathers would have been more horrified by the Patriot Act and the Iraqi invasion than anything else our government has done recently; but that's just me.

Demeur: I hope you're right, that it's just the flailings of a drowning political party, going down for the third time. Good riddance.

Ricardo: Yup, they sure are beating around the bush, trying to use the racial slur without really coming out and saying it. Undoubtedly there are millions of Republicans who aren't racists or hatemongers. But dumb rednecks and bigots are such a goldmine for the Republican propaganda machine; it's a hard habit to break.

I wondered if that Birther quote at your post was real or made up. Those people are wacky enough that that could almost be a real quote.

Erik: That's true, when Republicans thought Ahnuld was a Far Right fanatic, they were all set to make that constitutional change so he could become president. Now that he's turned out to be a wimpy girlyman moderate (RINO), they probably don't want him in the White House any more.

Yes, let's investigate Bobby Jindal. Undoubtedly he was born in Calcutta.

August 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

First it was Joe the Plumber, then it was Sarah Palin, now it's the Birthers. Just when you think the right wing couldn't possibly get any stupider, they go and prove you wrong.

August 7, 2009 at 8:52 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

I'm not convinced we're seeing the Republican Party in its death throes, but it's definitely going through some kind of breakdown.

I can remember a time when nationally known Republican officeholders wouldn't have gone anywhere near birthers or the fearmongers and hatemongers against immigrants. Most of them would have reacted the way McCain did when that be-addled, zombie-like old woman tried to insist Obama is a Muslim.

After the radical-right took over the GOP, old niceties were sacrificed to a compulsion to raise money and win elections, by whatever means necessary. As we've seen, those means included lying, cheating, stealing, voter intimidation, dirty tricks of many kinds, character assassination and pandering to religious fanatics, racists and lunatics on the fringe.

When your overriding compulsion involves winning and keeping power, and you just lost both, big time, what then?

When polls show most people neither like nor trust you, and your usual demagoguery and dirty tricks are having limited effect at best, what then?

Finally, when you desperately need an attractive, charming and charismatic leader, and the best you can come up with is Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal, what then?

Well, corner a frightened and angry alley cat, and see how fast things get ugly.

That's why the appeal to racists, the playing footsie with birthers and all the anger and ugly rhetoric. They're crazy mad, scared, sore losers and kind of disoriented.

The Republicans' best hope is to thoroughly trash Obama and Democrats in Congressm, hoping that if things don't get better, they will benefit if and when the public turns on Democrats.

August 7, 2009 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: They'll always sink lower and lower. I can't wait to see who comes next after the Birthers.

SW: I don't think the Republican Party itself is sinking; just the fringe groups, and this bizarre coalition that's held them all together since 1980.

But if the party is to survive they'll have to dump, or at least reign in, the racists and religious fanatics and the Grover Norquist types. This coalition was working like a charm, until it didn't work any more.

When a business has crooked employees and/or products that aren't selling, they have to adjust. They have to get rid of employees or managers who are bringing the company down; they have to discontinue the products that aren't selling and make more of the products that are selling. If the Republican Party can't make these adjustments, they'll go the way of the hula hoop and the Edsel. But I'm guessing that ultimately they'll do what they have to do.

August 8, 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Tom, I hope you're right. But if I had to bet money, I'd put it on Republicans doing just what they're doing, and holding their coalition, such as it is, together. I see them waiting for Democrats to get on the wrong side of voters, rather than clean up their own act.

August 8, 2009 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: That approach might work for the Republican Party -- just keep doing what they're doing until the Democrats fail. I guess we'll see.

August 8, 2009 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Excellent post Tom!

What Holte said. If they won't stand up to the freakazoids in their party, they must therefore be supporting the freakazoids. Time for them to get busy and confront some of these turds if they want the stuff in their punchbowl to be halfway potable again.

August 8, 2009 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Thanks. America needs to tell the mainstream Republicans "you're either with us or you're with the freakazoids."

August 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

I almost feel sad for some of the crying conservatives I see who "want their country back".
Mainly because they ain't getting it back any time soon given the color change happening in the US. I guess that's gotta hurt.
OK, I don't care about their feelings, screw them. They're nuts..
What I have to wonder is how soon will we as a nation finally FULLY marginalize these types?
I mean that seriously. We don't give people the time of day that think the earth is flat, why should we give these nuts 5 seconds of air time?

August 12, 2009 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mike: Nope, I don't feel sorry for those crying wingtards. They brought this on themselves; now they can wallow in it.

You're right, these Birthers should be just as marginalized as Flat Earthers and other wackjobs.

August 12, 2009 at 10:44 AM  

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