Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The American Taliban: the Republican "Base"

The results of the Daily Kos poll of self-identified Republicans is here and the results are even more appalling than I had suspected. Here are some of the "highlights":

Should Barack Obama be impeached, or not?

Yes 39
No 32
Not Sure 29

Note that President Obama has committed no impeachable offense WHATSOEVER. It doesn't matter to these idiots. Only 32% think he definitely should not be thrown out of office immediately.

Do you believe Barack Obama was born in the United States, or not?

Yes 42
No 36
Not Sure 22

The spirit of the Birthers is strong. No matter how many times they have been shown the President's birth certificate, they will NEVER accept him as an American--never.

Do you believe Barack Obama wants the terrorists to win?

Yes 24
No 43
Not Sure 33

Yes, 24% believe something that is absolutely, certifiably insane, and 33% of the others might be insane.

Do you believe your state should secede from the United States?

Yes 23
No 58
Not Sure 19

Ahh, good old right-wing "patriotism". Things not going your way? Destroy the United States. When 42% of all self-identified Republicans say their state should or maybe should secede, then the Republican Party is a deeply sick, deeply twisted institution.

Read the rest of the responses, if you can stand to. They pretty much run in the same dreary, depressing vein. And these are the people who are very likely going to regain power in 2010 and 2012, because Democratic voters can't be bothered to actually vote when the chips are down.

This is what comes of 40 years of unceasing, non-stop right-wing hatred directed at government in general and the Democrats specifically. This is what comes out of the non-stop stream of vicious smears issuing forth from right-wing hate radio. This is what comes from a torrent of lying right-wing newspaper columns. This is what comes from Fox "News" blasting out Hate Obama propaganda 24/7. And this it what comes from right-wing, politicized churches whose preachers violate their pledge to not use their tax-free status to propagandize their congregations. The Republican base is rife with delusion, bigotry, hatred, and utter misinformation. The prospect of handing the country back to these people is deeply and profoundly disturbing, but it now seems more and more likely. You see, Barack Obama didn't clap his hands and magically make everything all better. So a lot of Democratic voters are going to stay home this year in protest.

And leave America to the creationists, the people who want to ban birth control and outlaw sex education, the people who think that all non-Christians are going to "hell", and the neo-Confederates.

And you wonder why I am in despair.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can not believe my fellow Democratic voters in Illinois. Joseph, I know that you used to live here, but they, not me made a mistake yesterday. Alexi Giannoulias beat David Hoffman in the US Senate primary. Giannoulias is the Anti-Obama candidate. His family is big bankers. Their bank is failing and may need $50 million to survive. He gave money to Tony Resko. This will all be brought out during the Rod Blagovich trial. Thank you fellow Democratic voters for handing the Republicans President Obama's former Senate seat.

Ill in Illinois