Today’s GOP: How You Know You’ve Lost Control

Posted in General by TBartine on August 4, 2009 No Comments yet

Many conservatives are calling to “take the country” back from the forces they have deemed to be agents of “liberalism” and “socialism.“  They don’t seem to realize that in order to do so, there is one thing they will have to “take back” first: The Conservative Movement.

On one level, Republicans and conservatives seem to understand the need to increase their diversity, and to win the “message battle.”  At the very same time, the message they are currently communicating does not win any battles, and is an anathema to anyone who is not a white, Christian, extremist.  I wrote yesterday, “When your side of the argument does not wish to ‘discuss the issue,’ but rather seeks to ‘prevent others from discussing the issue‘…you are probably on the wrong side of the debate.“  This IS true…but it is also not the only sign that you are alienating the American people.

Here are some other signs that you have lost control, and are alienating moderate Americans:

1)  Your Supporters’ Behavior And Beliefs Makes Them The Subject Of Ridicule:

  • This is the mouthpiece of YOURbirther” movement (people who believe that Obama was born in Kenya).  The tape speaks for itself:

  • Birthers“are now spreading a ridiculously forged “Kenyan Birth Certificate” around the internet.  Why “ridiculous?” Well, for starters…we have already seen the legitimate birth certificate from Hawaii (if you are thinking, “it was a ‘Certificate Of Live Birth,’ not a ‘Birth Certificate’” then you are part of your party’s problem AND a jackass).  Also…the forgery states that Obama was born in “Mombasa, Kenya“…and at that time Mombasa was part of Zanzibar, not Kenya.  And the forgery states that it is an official document of the “Republic of Kenya” when Kenya wasn’t even a republic yet…it was a dominion.
  • Here’s Bill Maher, making fun of these “birthers:

  • Here’s Stephen Colbert, making fun of the “birthers:

  • Your throngs of people, bused into Town Halls to create disruption so that civilized, democratic discourse is impossible?  You know, the ones organized by former GOP Majority Leader Dick Armey and his lobbying group?  Their behavior is so CHILDISH, UNINTELLIGENT, AND DISRUPTIVE…that Obama and the Dems are using the clips in ADS TO COUNTER YOUR OPPOSITION.

2)  Your Media Figureheads Are Widely Acknowledged To Be Irresponsible Lunatics:

  • Again…the clips speak for themselves.  Here’s Glenn Beck…calling Obama a “racist” who has a “deep-seated hatred for white people” in what can only be considered one of him MOST foolish moments:

  • Here, Michelle Malkin explains her belief that unemployment benefits are why nobody works hard or looks for jobs anymore…and they haven’t for three decades…simultaneously revealing that she doesn’t understand unemployment benefits, the economy, or American history:

  • Here’s Ann Coulter…defending the Boston police officer who called black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “a banana-eating jungle monkey“…and she even goes so far as to say that Gate’s behavior when police arrested him in his home was worse because he “delayed” them.  Frightening: Some who posted this clip on YouTube, captioned it “Ann Coulter Teachers Sharpton A Lesson,” including a person going by the pseudonym “GOPatriot.”  Republicans – these are YOUR supporters.

  • Drudge and FOX Nation did such a bad job of “misleadingly editing” a clip of Obama…that Obama and the DNC are using the clip to launch very effective counter-attacks because nothing undermines an argument more than to have it be revealed as overt deception.  The clip was release with the titles “2007 Video! Did Obama Say He Wants to Kill Private Insurance?,” and “Uncovered Video: Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will ‘Eliminate’ Private Insurance.“  There’s only one problem…Obama wasn’t even talking about private insurance.  More HERE.  Drudge and FOX (especially Sean Hannity) have been busted for this behavior REPEATEDLY.  Republicans: This is your “news?

3)  Your Politicians And Their Supporters Could Be Aptly Termed “Religious Fanatics”:

  • Have you heard of Jeff Sharlet?  He went undercover to infiltrate the “C Street House” where many Republicans reside while Congress is in session.  It’s essentially a Christian fellowship house…that believes that if you are in a position of power, morality does not apply to you…and who says that “Hitler, Pol Pot, Osama bin Laden, and Lenin” were agents of the Lord, who should not be judged…and that it’s ok to “rape little girls” if you are a person with authority…and who wants to take steps to ensure that our country moves towards “the totalitarianism of Christ.“  Scary.  Scary.  Scary.  These are YOUR elected officials who believe these things…”Senators Don Nickles (R., Okla.), Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), Pete Domenici (R., N.Mex.), John Ensign (R., Nev.), James Inhofe (R., Okla.), Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), and Conrad Burns (R., Mont.) are referred to as “members,” as are Representatives Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), Frank Wolf (R., Va.), Joseph Pitts (R., Pa.), Zach Wamp (R., Tenn.), and Bart Stupak (D., Mich.)” are just a few names that Sharlet provides.  And yes, there are a couple of “lunatic-fringe Democrats” in there, too.  NOTE: Zach Wamp will be running as GOP candidate for GOVERNOR in my very own state, the Great State of Tennessee.  It’s shameful…
  • Palin attended a Wasilla church and participated in a service presided over by a real-life WITCH DOCTOR and another service involving SAMURAI SWORDS.  And…if you were strangely ok with this…the rest of Americans were not.
  • Representative Paul Brown (R-Ga.) actually spent some valuable legislative time trying to get a resolution passed to declare 2010…the “Year of the Bible.”  So much for “separation of church and state.”  If you are thinking right now that “the founding fathers intended for this to be a Christian nation,” then again, you are a part of the problem and you need to go back and learn your American history.  A number of the founding fathers didn’t want the Christian church ANYWHERE NEAR the American government, and Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and others made clear statements to this effect.

4)  Your Politicians Espouse “Values,” And Then Self-Destruct In “Values-Related” Scandals:

  • Senator David Vitter (R-LA) recently said that a fellow GOP senator was “wishy-washy” for criticizing southern Republicans, and that “I’m on the side of conservatives getting back to core conservative values.  There are a lot of us from the South who hold those values, which I think the party is supposed to be about. We strayed from them in the past few years, and that’s why we performed so badly in the national elections.“  Yes…this is the same David Vitter who was RECENTLY embroiled in a scandal regarding his use of HOOKERS which he termed “a very serious sin.
  • BRIEFLY: Ensign, Sanford, Pickering…adulterers all.  And all of them (along with fellow hypocrite and adulterer Newt Gingrich) vehemently clamored for President Clinton’s impeachment/resignation over his adulterous actions, which they saw as a terrible reflection of his lack of character.  Oh, yeah…none of them have resigned.
  • Again…from Tennessee:  Last Tuesday, Republican State Senator Paul Stanley…stalwart abstinence advocate…”family values” moralizer…married father of two…busted for having an affair with his intern and taking pictures of their sexcapades.

5)  Your Politicians Are More Acclaimed For Qualities Other Than Their Intelligence:

  • Sarah Palin should never have been able to rise above the post of “small-town mayor.”  Her beliefs are extreme, her professional behavior consistently unethical, her ignorance on most areas of civics are unpardonable…and her speeches indecipherable.  She made the GOP a laughing stock…and the only people who didn’t realize this are the conservative base.  Yes, that’s right…all the rest of the sensible conservatives, moderates, and liberates were laughing heartily at her inane statements and foolhardy behavior.  Conan O’Brien’s brainstorm to have William Shatner read her resignation speech as beat poetry was so successful…he brought Shatner back to read her Twitter posts.
  • Three words: George – W – Bush. In any reasonable society…they man never could have been a candidate for president.  Sub-par intelligence…sub-par communication skills…a history of monumental business failures, and personal foolishness.  But no…you wanted to “have a beer with” him…so you elected him president.  TWICE, for heaven’s sake.

6)  AND…Everyone Seems To Acknowledge That You Only Represent The Most Ignorant Portion Of The Country – The South:

  • Republicans can’t understand why after repeated racist attacks against Obama (or at the very least a refusal to condemn the racist attacks of their supporters)…and after ethic attacks against Sonia Sotomayor…and after constant “immigrant-blaming” on every subject under the Sun….and after consistent support for the wealthiest 1 % of the population, and the corporations that the wealthiest 1% own or invest in…WHY is it that blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities aren’t signing up to be Republicans?  Oh well…they give up.
  • Tom Davis, a former GOP Congressman from Virginia, sees the light and declares that the GOP has become “a rural party and a Southern party:

  • Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) says the party’s Southern members like DeMint and Coburn are hurting him in Ohio, where conservatives don’t want to be associated with the South (and its culture of religious fanaticism, racism, and ignorance): “They get on TV and go ‘errrr, errrrr.’ People hear them and say, ‘These people, they’re southerners. The party’s being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?
  • Sorry, South Carolina…I’m sure you’re a very nice state, but you’ve become the poster child of Southern politics:

If right now you are thinking, “Well Democrats commit adultery, too…and say crazy things…and espouse wing-nut beliefs“…then you are in denial and missing the point.  Yes…Democrats can also be ridiculous…no, they have not yet let their party become DEFINED by it.  Democrats, generally speaking, do not elevate their most “batsh-t crazy” members to their most public and most prominent positions….they do not like for their media figures to be zealous at the expense of the truth.  In other words: they keep their “fringe elements“…in the FRINGE where they belong.

Want to know how it is affecting you now…just look at this map:

This map represents Gallup’s latest polling.  The red states…that’s you.  I know, I know…especially if you live in the South and only watch FOX News, it is really easy to fool yourself into thinking that the rest of the nation feels JUST LIKE YOU DO.  Look at the map again:  WE DON’T.  And if you do not take back the reins of your movement, your media outlets, and your party…I see more “blue” in this nation’s future.  You must reject racism, reject extremism, reject moralizing, reject wing-nuttery…and reject the people who practice these things.  Reject it with your vote, with your dollars, and with your TV viewership…these things represent your only real mechanism for saying “these people speak for us…these people over here, DON’T.

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