The GOP has been acting so completely beyond the pale lately that I just can’t keep up. I have a busy job and children to raise after all. The GOP and their possibly even dumber public voices (Fox News and the various right wing talk show hosts) are making things far too easy for comedians, liberals, and of course the Democrats. I know that William Buckley is sadly no longer with us, but is this the best the main US conservative party can do? The right wing seems intent on complete self-immolation: Buckley’s son Christopher and other voices of reason like David Frum have been disowned and condemned by their former party, and the few level-headed voices left in the party are being overwhelmed by the obnoxious O’Reilly and Beck on TV and an even worse cadre of morons on talk radio. Please, the United States needs a coherent conservative wing to act as a check on liberal power.
I’ll just lay out a few examples of the absurdity that is the Republican party today.
1. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who announced previously that he would not be supporting Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, has now said he will not even meet with the judge before her nomination hearing. Remember that this is the guy who even today holds fast to his long-standing claim that global warming is a hoax. He’s made up his mind. Don’t confuse him with facts!
2. North Carolina Representative Virginia Foxx recently said that the homophobic murder of Matthew Shepard was actually just a robbery gone bad and that the hate-crime aspect was a hoax perpetrated on the American People. Apparently Matthew Shepard’s mother was in the gallery to hear this insane comment. What a shame that the people of North Carolina are still backward enough to elect such an ignorant and bigoted person to represent them.
3. On June 17th, GOP Representative Peter Hoekstra posted an entry on Twitter likening the current oppression of the Iranian people by their government to the plight of House Republicans. Other Twitter users have rightfully mocked him mercilessly. Read some of the tweets for some good laughs.
Reviewing the profoundly ignorant behavior of the GOP’s finest, I’m reminded of Voltaire’s, “If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.” These ignorant people are clinging to a (largely) religiously based worldview from a bygone era and their belief in this absurd view of the world drives them to warp the world to conform to their demands of it rather than conforming their beliefs to what the world shows them. They are lost to the world of reason and intent on self destruction, but it is our responsibility as reasonable people to keep them from taking us with them.
I’ll leave you with a listing of the top seven conservative new media FAILS of 2009 so far.