Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Teabaggers and “Limited Government”

Most Republican politicians have already signed Grover Norquist’s No-New-Taxes pledge. And now two GOP presidential candidates — Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum — have also signed the Family Leader’s pledge to bring back the Salem Witch Trials and the Spanish Inquisition.

This pledge to the Family Leader promises to ban gay marriage and to ban ALL abortion, prostitution and pornography, among other things.

Uh, isn’t this going to cost money? As in — Taxes??? Whatever happened to “Taxed Enough Already,” “Government Takeover,” “shrink the government down to the size of a bathtub and then drown it,” and all the rest of their phony soundbites?

For candidates who are simultaneously pledging allegiance to Grover Norquist AND the “Christian” Ayatollahs — Awkward.

And speaking of “Limited Government” — since Congressional Republicans are so eager to de-fund Planned Parenthood, “Obamacare,” banking regulations and other Big Government evils, why don’t they live up to their “Freedom!” rhetoric and de-fund the Drug Enforcement Administration?

In their latest (out of many) example of circular reasoning, the DEA has refused to reclassify marijuana, i.e. remove it from the Schedule I classification which puts marijuana and heroin in the same category. Their “reasoning” — not enough studies have been done.

And the REASON not enough studies have been done: The DEA has repeatedly PROHIBITED any clinical studies from being conducted. And since no studies have been done (because they weren't permitted) — “we can’t reclassify marijuana because we don’t know enough about it.”

Come on, “Conservatives” — eliminate these assholes’ funding already.

And finally: This dire warning probably sounds familiar, but this time it’s a different context — Don’t Touch That!!! You’ll Go Blind!!!

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Blogger jadedj said...

I am re-reading 1984 right now. Some very disturbing parallels here. Seriously. Less is more. Wrong is right. War is peace. Michelle is smart. Shit like that.

July 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Ending all our various wars would save money. For them to enforce all their moral values would cost more than the wars are costing. They would have to have one policeman for just about every person. Talk about Big Brother... sheesh.

July 11, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Snave, hear hear. Ditto to that!

July 11, 2011 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

jadedj: 1984 is one of those books that should be re-read by everyone periodically. The parallels are very disturbing. If anything, Orwell was guilty of understatement.

Snave: I don't know if rightwing politicians are actually dumb enough to think we can reduce taxes while simultaneously conducting multiple wars and policing everyone's personal behavior -- or if they just think the public is dumb enough. Either scenario is plenty scary.

July 11, 2011 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Tom happy to see you acknowledged "Multiple" wars .
We may be going to a 4th soon.
I guess that's why we need to take in more taxes from those greedy rich people. We have wars to fight!

July 11, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition!

July 12, 2011 at 5:57 AM  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

I would like to run Grover Norquist and his teabaggers right OUT of our government!

July 12, 2011 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lisa: The more wars the merrier, I guess.

Randal: That's what makes it such a lovely surprise every time.

Jack: I would too.

July 12, 2011 at 11:51 AM  

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