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October 5, 2013

This Week In Right Wing Nuttery

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 10:51 AM

The Right Wing’s detachment from Reality would be hilarious if it weren’t so dangerous to America. After all, some of these people inexplicably are elected Members of Congress or government, and others inexplicably are influential in the Conservative movement, even if they deny it. I’m baffled as to why anyone, including these people, would think their viewpoints merit attention.

First there’s self-appointed Tea Party Darling and Canadian-born gadfly Senator Rafael “Ted” Cruz. Senator Cruz was successful at pissing off just about everybody in the country this week, including senior members of his own party, when he goaded the House of Representatives into standing firm on not funding the government because of Obamacare, or Benghazi, or marriage equality, or something that has nothing to do with keeping the government open and functioning. Because of his erratic behavior and lack of strategy, Senate Republicans confronted Cruz about his self-serving stunt in what was later described as “a lynch mob.” To further prove he has no idea what’s happening in the real world, Cruz took to the Senate floor to falsely claim “…so many Democrats have invoked my name as the root of all evil in the world.” This is the kind of false premise martyrdom one can expect from Cruz and his ilk. I’m sure there’s plenty of evil in the world for which Ted Cruz is not the only Republican responsible.

Take North Carolina Republican Rep Renee Ellmers. Please! (rimshot) Ellmers submitted her qualifications for Cognitive Dissonance Candidate of the Week when, after voting to not fund the government without an illogical connection to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, she showed her version of compassionate conservatism by refusing to give up her paycheck while hundreds of thousands of federal workers go without pay even as Capitol Hill police officers risked their lives to protect Ellmers from a mentally ill woman who had a beef with Congress. They shot and killed the unarmed woman. I still have no idea why.

Despite this apparent lack of ethics, she’s not the one facing an ethics complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. It seems Rep Randy Neugebauer (Republican from the ingrate state of Texas) believe that park rangers are their own bosses, free to do their jobs as they personally see fit. He actually berated a park ranger for doing her job and refusing to let visitors into a national park after the GOP closed all the parks down. He actually told her she should be ashamed of herself. This was clearly one of those psychological things where someone blames others for his own bad behavior. It is the Republicans, of course, who should be feeling shame for closing the national parks. But as we all know, they’re shameless. But based on Republican behavior (Rep Michele Bachmann was posing for pictures with WWII veterans who visited the memorial to their sacrifices despite it being closed), you probably didn’t know that Members of the House of Representatives must behave “at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House.” Compassionate.

And speaking of Compassionate Conservatism, there was William the Bloody Kristol (the man who never met a war he didn’t like or have any interesting in fighting personally) making the extraordinary claim that children receiving Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits won’t starve if they’re cut off. “It’s not going to be the end of the world, honestly, even if you’re on nutritional assistance from the federal government. The state of Arkansas can help out, localities can help out, churches can help out, I believe no one is going to starve in Arkansas because of the shutdown,” Kristol concluded. Why any network besides Fox News Channel (the media relations arm of the GOP) invites Kristol to spew his factless opinions is anybody’s guess. I’m guessing blackmail is involved.

Finally, there’s another Bill who never seems to get it right (or when he does, it’s for the wrong reasons), and that’s Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly, speaking through one of his alter egos known as the Talking Point Memo (he actually speaks as if it’s not his personal opinion), actually had this to say about Obamacare.

“It’s like this: Your teenager comes to you, saying she wants to attend a dance,” O’Reilly said. “You have some misgivings, but you say okay because she’s so passionate about the issue.”

He continued: “Then you learn a vicious motorcycle gang may well show up at the dance, so you change your mind based upon best available evidence. And you protect your daughter from possible danger. Obamacare is like that.”

Sure, Bill. It’s exactly like that.

And people actually wonder what happened to civil discourse in this country?

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{hat tip House of Roberts from The Zoo community for the suggested photo from DU}

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