What To Do When Republicans Say Crazy, Insane Things
Here’s the biggest takeaway you need to have with regards to conservatives/Republicans: listen to what they say when they say crazy things.
Too often, the media — and the left — are so blown away by the severely conservative thoughts of the right that the instant thought is “they couldn’t really believe that, could they?” That gives the right an opportunity to play cleanup, to shroud the insane under a cloak of rationality so that they are able to calibrate their extremism into something that is more sell-able.
Today we have Richard Mourdock, an actual person running for the U.S. senate in Indiana, describing a child produced as a result of rape — I repeat, rape — as “something God intended.”
There shouldn’t be a single doubt in your mind that Mr. Mourdock believes this. The “religious” right believes this as well.
Similarly, when Mitt Romney proclaimed himself a “severe conservative,” flipped to being anti-choice, favored staying in Iraq forever, and railed against contraception coverage, the least we owe the man is believing he is what he said he is.
Modern conservatism is a radical ideology, at odds with traditional American culture and beliefs. Simply because it has been adopted by one of the two major political parties does not moderate its insanity.
They are beholden to a fringe and embed its extremism in their day to day legislating. They can cover it up in all sorts of flowery language and false sentiment about moderation, but that doesn’t change the core of what America is up against in the right.
If they say they support a position that is so right wing it makes your head spin, its probably what they really believe.
February 26th, 2015