Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Republicans are bat-guano stinking nuts

It turns out I'm not the only person who has noticed that the Republican party has jumped off the cliff for a dive into the pool of complete insanity. Esquire magazine has noticed, too, in an article called "The Democrats' Duty: Bring the GOP Back from Crazy."

I've lived what is becoming a long time, now, and as impossible as it seems, the Republicans have fully topped themselves in becoming serious risks to the nation and the world. They must be stopped, yet, most impossibly of all, they are dragging nearly half the voters with them into the Bat Cave of Nuts. All this, despite the fact that it should be clear to everyone that the endless lying, goofy thinking, and policies they have in mind that are "warmed over extreme trickle-down economics" and "scare the bejesus out of everyone" militarism make no sense, have been tried, and have only failed in the past.

Some wisdom from the Esquire piece:
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Republican party, root and branch, from its deepest grass roots to its highest levels, has become completely demented. This does not mean that it is incapable of winning elections; on the contrary, the 2010 midterms, as well as the statewide elections around the country, ushered in a class of politicians so thoroughly dedicated to turning nonsense into public policy that future historians are going to marvel at our ability to survive what we wrought upon ourselves. It is now impossible to become an elected Republican politician in this country if, for example, you believe in the overwhelming scientific consensus that exists behind the concept of anthropogenic global warming. Just recently, birth control, an issue most people thought pretty well had been settled in the 1960s, became yet another litmus test for Republican candidates, as did the Keystone XL pipeline, to which every Republican presidential candidate pledged unyielding fealty despite the fact that several prairie Republicans and an army of conservative farmers and ranchers are scared to death of the thing.

In Washington, there is no leadership anymore, no "Republican establishment" to which anyone can appeal. The ferocious strength of faith-based know-nothingism in the party's base has resulted in a stubborn refusal to adopt even those ideas — like an individual mandate for health care, or cap-and-trade as an energy policy — that began as Republican ideas.

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