2014: Year of Right Wing Paranoia — or Demagoguery

Right Wing Watch has been reviewing some of the more bizarre and loopy claims from the right wing, especially paranoid predictions that never came true. Which raises an interesting question: Are these claims made out of ignorance, dishonesty or demagoguery?

While the temporary increase in unaccompanied child migrants coming to the southern border this summer has since subsided, the children fleeing violence in Central America provoked a year’s worth of fear mongering and conspiracy theories from conservative commentators and politicians.

One member of Republican National Committee speculated that the children were actually anti-American “warriors” who would soon “rise up against us,” an anti-immigrant activist suggested that they were child soldiers bent on waging war against the U.S., and Phyllis Schlafly and Alex Jones told their audiences to start worrying about becoming slaves to immigrants.

Republican members of Congress came up with their own conspiracy theories. Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama accused Democrats of using immigration as part of the party’s “war on whites,” Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said Democrats planned to turn the child migrants into illegal voters, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota warned that the government would use the immigrant children “to do medical experimentation” and a whole host of GOP politicians falsely claimed that the child migrants were carrying Ebola, a disease that has still not infected a single known person in Central America or Mexico…

What Turned The Kids Gay This Year?

The right-wing adage that gay people “cannot reproduce so they must recruit” children is still alive and well, and this year many anti-gay conservatives continued to worked overtime to propagate the homosexual recruitment myth. Televangelist Pat Robertson warned that Hollywood is turning children gay through “girl-on-girl movies,” while radio host Kevin Swanson said movies like “Frozen” are trying to “indoctrinate my five-year-old to be a lesbian.”

Gordon Klingenschmitt, a televangelist who was recently elected to the Colorado state legislature, said a Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Al Franken would “require pedophilia in all public schools” and “require pro-gay child recruiting.” He even hosted a whole show about how parents should avoid interactions with “a gay” lest he “recruit” their kids. Conservatives also railed against Common Core and other education efforts by warning that they would turn kids gay.

And I didn’t even include all the “OMG, Ebola is going to kill us all” hysteria. So do they make such outlandish claims because they actually believe them, which indicates both stupidity and paranoia, or are they making them purely as political manipulation? I suspect it varies by individual. I have little doubt that Gordon Klingenschmitt or Rick Wiles actually believe such nonsense. But when a politician says things like this, I’m more inclined to believe they are deliberately lying for political gain. There may be some overlap, of course.

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  • anubisprime

    Are these claims made out of ignorance, dishonesty or demagoguery?

    All the above plus a fair dollop of fear…bigotry…political bias…brown nosing a dumb and uneducated electorate…thrill spilling for cash…wolf crying…and wanting to be the center of attention.

    But mainly to rile the villagers and get those brands a flaming and the pitch forks sharpened.

    It is mob stirring for a lynching…they will all feel rather dim, guilty and manipulated come the morning light, well those that have a smidgeon of cognitive function not impaired by the jeebus virus or rot gut whisky, which pretty much rules out the majority.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    The problem with being addicted to anger is that you run out of real things to be angry about (they ran out of real Obama issues, for example, sometime before they found out how to spell his name*). And the ersatz stuff juisn’t as good, so it takes more to give the same high.

     

    But, in the end, isn’t it nice to see Phyllis Schlafly and Alex Jones on the same side of an issue? Or rather, isn’t it disturbing to see how thin the line is between Reactonary Conservative and Conspiracy Theorist? There might be no “I” in “team”, but apparently there’s a “Nativist”. A bunch of them, actually.

  • blf

    So do they make such outlandish claims because they actually believe them, which indicates both stupidity and paranoia, or are they making them purely as political manipulation?

    Unfortunately, I cannot find the article now, but several(?) years ago The Grauniad published a story about Roger Ailes, the head of faux noisemachine, which, as I (now) recall, included comments attributed to several insiders. They said — or at least the article certainly said — he actually believes most of the conspiracy theories and other horeshite faux spews.

  • matty1

    OK I have now finally seen Frozen and I didn’t notice anything about lesbians (or bestiality, which is apparently also in there). Is there a rule 34 version I don’t know about?

  • eric

    Warriors/soldiers/slavers: 1

    War on whites/voters: 3

    Anything Bachmann says: 1

    Ebola: 2 and 3 (they lie, for political points)

    Gay recruitment: 1 and 3 (they ignorantly believe it, but make it a public issue to score political points)

    Klingenschmit on Franken: 2 and 3.

    Not mentioned in the article but worth reviewing: anything Beck says: 1 and 3. Anything Limbaugh says: 2 and 3.

  • Acolyte of Sagan

    They do say that before one can convince others of one’s lies, one first has to convince oneself.

  • John Pieret

    But when a politician says things like this, I’m more inclined to believe they are deliberately lying for political gain. There may be some overlap, of course.

    Especially when people like Klingenschmitt, Gohmert, Bachmann, Steve King, Ted Yoho, Mike Lee and a slew of others get elected to public office.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Gay recruitment will not work unless and until they offer more competitive signing bonuses.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Are these claims made out of ignorance, dishonesty or demagoguery?

    Yes. Next question…?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Dr X “Gay recruitment will not work unless and until they offer more competitive signing bonuses.”

    Plus their uniforms are surprisingly drab and baggy. Look, I realize The Gays are fighting wars on mulitple fronts (the War on the Family, War on Christianity, etc), but can’t they have some zazz?

  • dcsohl

    There’s always a Rule 34 version – that’s what Rule 34 says. Next question?

  • kevinalexander

    I got recruited but I failed the physical.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    kevinalexander, I made it to boot camp, but broke an ankle falling off the heels. Probably for the best, really, as even for The Gays, boot camp was awfully camp.

  • Quantum Mechanic

    Ed:

    2014: Year of Right Wing Paranoia

    …Isn’t the “Year of Right Wing Paranoia” every year?

  • sugarfrosted

    @3 Combining both Faux News and Fox Noise doesn’t make sense at all. It’s fake news or noise; it is certainly not fake noise.

  • dingojack

    “It’s fake news or noise; it is certainly not fake noise.”

    And it’s absolutely not Pink Noise (How ghey/feminazi would that be?) …

    Dingo 😉