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Rick Santorum Goes All In for the Tea Party Bigot Vote

Rick Santorum, already known as an anti-gay bigot, has decided to shelve any pretense and go straight for the tea party bigot vote.

As we know, the tea party has embraced the bigoted factions of America whole-heartedly.  They elevated Donald Trump to a ridiculous pedestal only after he went all birther on us.  They elevated Herman Cain immediately after he repeatedly showed his anti-Muslim bigotry.  And these are just a couple examples of how the tea party has rewarded abject bigotry with support for the candidate who expressed the bigoted views.  Santorum has long gotten the anti-gay bigots in his camp.  Today he went for the rest of the bigots.

Santorum today expressed this:

“Slamming the president’s agenda on a range of points, Santorum said the agenda is “not about you.  It’s not about your quality of life.  It’s not about your jobs.  It’s about some phony ideal, some phony theology.  Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology, but no less a theology.”

When pressed to explain what he meant:

He insisted he wasn’t suggesting Obama, a Christian who has spent years getting hit with false rumors that he’s a Muslim, is less of a Christian.

“No one’s suggesting that,” he said. “I’m suggesting, obviously we all know in the Christian church there are a lot of different stripes of Christianity. I’m just saying he’s imposing his values on the church and I think that’s wrong…If the president says he’s a Christian he’s a Christian.”

Ah, the bigot code words – “If he says he’s a Christian…”  Wink, wink, nod, nod…He “says” he’s a Christian…and the anti-Muslim, anti-minority, anti-anyone who doesn’t fit the tea party’s idea of “the right kind of American” goes wild.

Why is it that the Republican party, and in party the extremist tea party wing that has taken it hostage, is so damn bigoted?  This is not a Republican party that deserves any respect.  It’s time for the party to tell these extremist bigots that bigotry is unacceptable in America.  Not for anyone, and most certainly not by anyone who wants to be President.

 

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February 18, 2012 Posted by | Bigotry, Birthers, Rick Santorum, Tea Party | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mitt Romney Wins Nevada Caucuses While Not Worrying About the Poor, Newt Gingrich Needs Your Prayers

Wow, what a week for Mitt Romney.  And what a week for Newt Gingrich.  Romney wins the Nevada caucuses but picks up an endorsement he might not want.

Okay, first for the wee little poor choice of words by Romney this week. And we of course mean the “poor” choice of words about not worrying about the poor.  Okay fine, the words were taken out of context and he didn’t really mean it the way it was portrayed by some.  But that doesn’t let Romney off the hook.  Not surprisingly, Romney’s intent had little to do with whom he is “concerned” about and a great deal to do with trying to convince middle class voters that he doesn’t represent exactly the kind of person/economic policy that benefits the very rich at the expense of the middle class. In short, he was trying to create a new reality to replace the one that isn’t so good for the middle class, i.e., the one that he supports.

Here are two insightful views on this topic:

Ruth Marcus: Why the poor should concern Romney

Eugene Robinson: Romney fails the empathy test

So on to the Donald Trump endorsement.  First off, Trump was “endorsing” solely and entirely as a gimmick to promote his reality TV show (is that still on the air? seriously?).  But what is really interesting about this endorsement is that Romney decided to accept it.  Mormons (Romney) have always opposed gambling, so hey, no problem accepting the endorsement in Trump’s Las Vegas casino.  I mean, that’s no bigger a stretch than Mormon’s opposing the drinking of alcohol unless, of course, you pay a $5 “membership fee” to join a “club” for “one night” (which, I’ve been told, is not a “cover charge in the local bar”).  That little detail aside, Romney’s acceptance of Donald “birther” Trump is sure to be a headline in coming months.  Already the Obama campaign has sent out an email noting:

“Yesterday, Mitt Romney said he was ‘humbled’ to accept Donald Trump’s endorsement. Seriously.”  “Yes, Donald Trump — birth certificate conspiracy leader — has decided that Mitt Romney’s his guy, and Romney has embraced him without reservation. He made a speech and even sent out a press release welcoming him.”

Good one, Mitt.  Embrace the buffoonish bigot tea party vote. That ought to help you with independents.  Especially now that the stock market is at highs not seen since before the Bush depression and the unemployment has been dropping as hundreds of thousands of jobs are being created per month.

Meanwhile, Gingrich is asking for prayers.

And he’ll need them since he is looking forward to Super Tuesday.  Yep, he’ll just skip Nevada, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Arizona, Michigan, and Washington since they don’t matter (and he can’t win) and focus on the Super Tuesday states (even though he didn’t even make the ballot in at least one of them – Virginia).  Well, that certainly is a plan.  Sort of like Rudy Giuliani waiting for Florida in 2008. That worked out well.  Oh, wait. Never mind.

 

February 4, 2012 Posted by | Birth certificate, Birthers, Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Obama, Primary, Republican | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why the Tea Party Hates Romney – And Why They Will Continue to Hate Romney After Iowa Hands Him the GOP Nomination

Dateline Tuesday, January 3rd, the year 2012.  The Headline: Romney Wins GOP Nomination in Iowa!!

Gotta laugh.

Mitt Romney, after dissing Iowa for nearly a year, floods the state with money in the last week and wins the Iowa caucuses.  And the tea party hates it.  Because they hate Romney.

Of course, the votes haven’t been counted yet and Rick Santorum or Ron Paul or a player to be named later could actually have more caucus votes than Romney, but all that is just the gooey technical stuff that really doesn’t mean anything.  Whether Romney comes in “first” or “second” or even “third” is unimportant.  What is important is that he will beat previous expectations, which will ensure his win in New Hampshire and propel him through the remaining two or three states that would have mattered in selecting the Republican nominee. [One must wonder why the other 45+ states even bother with the expense given that the nominee is pretty much “the next old white guy in line” for the Republicans every single time.]

In any case, it has been instructive to watch determined Iowans scurry about hoping to have a real live candidate give them some previously rehearsed boilerplate already given dozens of times to other Iowans who thought it was original for them too.  One thing is clear – the tea party hates Mitt Romney. They have actively tried to destroy him and have been desperately trying to find the “Anyone But Romney” (ABR) candidate…to the point of leaping from Bachmann to Trump (yeah, that Trump) to Perry to Cain to Gingrich to Paul and now to Santorum. Seriously, those people. In an actual election year.

So the last laugh will be on the tea party.

After desperately dissing Romney, now they will have to decide if they want to vote for him…knowing that Romney would dump the tea party the second the votes were counted because, well, because Romney knows that tea party hypocrites have damaged this country and that he, i.e., Romney, would actually have to govern it.

And Romney isn’t so stupid as to actually screw up our country just to please some birthers and bigots in the tea party.  Not when he would be caught holding the bag.

And that is why the tea party will show they are not only anti-middle class extortionists for the rich, they are also hypocrites.

The interesting thing will be to see how Romney tries to kiss up to the tea party during the actual election process while not scaring the bejeesus berries out of the Independent vote.  I’m picturing some high wire balancing reminiscent of the Flying Wallendas.  Of course, many of them fell to their deaths.

Happy New Year! 2012 promises to be a very good year.

January 2, 2012 Posted by | 2012, Birthers, Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney, Republican, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Tea Party | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

This is why the birthers/tea party cannot be trusted to run government

Two days ago President Obama released his “long form” birth certificate, for which the birther wing of the tea party had been screaming since then-candidate Obama released his “short form” birth certificate (i.e., the form everyone gets when they ask for an official birth certificate).  And that should have finally shut up the birthers.  And of course it did not shut up the birthers.

In fact, the birthers have just continued to invent whatever ludicrous, non-factual, bigoted, xenophobic, and just sheer mind-numbing thing that pops into their collective hate-filled heads.

PolitiFact, the independent fact checking organization run by the St. Petersburg Times, has compiled a list of their recent checking of the facts – or as the case may be, the non-facts – of the various birther/tea party claims related to Obama’s birth certificateOf the seven statements they checked, 4 received their “Pants on Fire” rating and 3 merely their “False” rating.

False means not true.  Not even close.

Pants on Fire means so not true as to suggest either a severe mental incapacity or intentional lying (or both).

So we can conclude that since none of the birther/tea party wing statements have any basis in truth, and in fact seem to suggest abject disconnect from reality and/or pathological hatred, the birther/tea party cannot be trusted in any position of authority.  Especially the critical job of governing the most powerful nation on the planet.  The nation that the birthers/tea partiers seem intent on holding back from our future while giving a leg up to China. The US of A.

Like all countries, the US has serious issues – economic, health, environmental, and future development in an increasingly competitive world.  We need serious people running the country.  With honest, serious people we can disagree on the path forward and yet find a way to move the country into the future such that we can advantage our great ability to be innovative.  We cannot do that if large proportions of the populace, and the people they elect as our representatives, can’t even tell the difference between what is true and what is false.  Or don’t care that what they say is false (or “pants on fire”).

As for the tea party and the Republican candidates for President and Congress in 2012, if you can’t come out and very publicly and adamantly denounce the birthers and the other tea party extremists and falsehood pushers, then you cannot be taken as a serious candidate.  None of this wishy-washy code words to secure the vote of the nut job base while trying not to sound too nut job yourself.  Direct denunciation.

In future posts I’ll chronicle the GOP field and let you know which ones should be relegated to the dust bin and which ones can be considered serious candidates.

[If you missed previous posts, I have already discussed two people getting a lot of attention as potential candidates for President – Sarah Palin and Donald Trump – neither of which will actually ever declare their candidacy.  The fact that they are considered by the tea party as serious possibilities highlights the point I’ve made in this post.]

April 29, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Birth certificate, Birthers, Obama, Republican, Tea Party | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Important Questions for Tea Party and Conservative Folks

The mid-term elections are in the past and all eyes are on the next Presidential/Congressional election.  Meanwhile, those that identify with the tea party and/or conservative wing of the Republican party are making every effort to leave a mark on the direction of this country.  Many hope to put a conservative/tea party candidate in the White House, maintain control of the House of Representatives, and take control of the Senate, thus giving them full control of the government (again).  Before doing that, it seems appropriate for tea partiers and conservatives to answer the following questions.

1) Why is Congress’s act to pass the Health Care law unconstitutional?

2) Why do you want to eliminate the Department of Education?

3) Why do you think the President and Democrats want to “take away your 2nd Amendment rights?”

4) Why do you think the President and Democrats “don’t respect and honor the Constitution?”

5) What are the President and Democrats doing that make you think they want to impinge on our right to practice the religion of our choice?

6) Why do you think the President is a Muslim?

7) Why do you think that the President was not born in the USA despite his being born in Hawai’i?

8 ) Why do you believe that the richest 1% of Americans should pay less on average as a rate of their income than many of the middle class?

9) Why was reduction of the debt not important prior to Obama being elected?

10) Why do you want to eliminate the birthright provision of the 14th Amendment?

11) Why do you believe that individuals and businesses should have the right to choose to discriminate against individuals based on their race or other factors protected by the Civil Rights Act and related laws?

12) Why do you think politicians should arbitrarily overrule scientific consensus?

13) Why do you believe “the federal government” was designed to be weak by the founding fathers?  As a corollary, why do you think the founding fathers would create a weak federal government (in the Constitution) to replace the weak federal government that was already in place (as per the Articles of Confederation)?

I’m sure there are more questions that need to be answered before a tea party or conservative candidate can assume a governance role for this nation.

You can provide answers in the comments.  To see some answers already left by others you can check out the comment section in the cross-post here.

April 13, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Birthers, Republican, Tea Party | , , , | Leave a comment