No Place Left to Hide for the None-Too-Bright Delusional White Male Rubes Hijacking the GOP

The 40 Fools in Congress (the extremist driving this shutdown show) might as well be a global militant Islamist organization founded by Osama bin Laden in Peshawar, Pakistan. Speaking as the father of a US Marine who spent 2 tours in Afghanistan hunting for bin Laden, I say to the Tea Party/Congressional 40: Please take off those flag pins!

After the faith, credit and economy of the US risks being shattered, then recovers, and this shutdown is all said and done, where do “patriots” like Limbaugh hide? Where does Fox News next lead it’s sad-sack aging losers? Where does Franklin Graham find new lies to tell about the president that anyone will believe?

Game over. As USA Today put it,

“In this case, however, the ‘they’re all bums’ reaction is off-base. This shutdown, the first in 17 years, isn’t the result of two parties acting equally irresponsibly. It is the product of an increasingly radicalized Republican Party, controlled by a disaffected base that demands legislative hostage-taking in an effort to get what it has not been able to attain by the usual means: winning elections.”

That “disaffected base” is mostly white, fundamentalist and southern. Their granddaddies lost the “right” to own slaves. Their mothers lost the fight with science: evolution is real and so is global warming, and are reduced to indoctrinating their home-schooled children about the nature of the universe, while the rest of the world studies science. The disaffected base lost the fight against gay men and women: most American are fine with gay marriage. The disaffected base lost their bitter fight to stop America from electing a black man. And the disaffected base are going to lose their very own self-willed government shutdown fight.

And they know it. So it’s scorched earth time! We didn’t win so we’re taking you all down with us!

Problem is the 40 radical Tea Party none-too-bright congressmen and their Fox News/Limbaugh echo chamber are holding the rest of us hostage. The 40 Fools are using terror tactics only one step up from a suicide vest attack.

I’ve been thinking about what makes people like this tick– tick like time bombs. My new book And God Said, “Billy!” is a description of the anatomy of religious delusion that’s paved the way through the religious right for these people. It’s the world I grew up in.

When I wrote “Billy!” I thought I might have painted too farfetched a picture of the antics that right wing delusional religion-based thinking can lead a person to commit. No such luck! As the Republican Party and their religious right backers just proved by shutting down our government, there’s nothing too far fetched when it comes to what they’re up to.

Even the Murdoch-owned right wing editorial page of the Wall Street Journal knows the truth and posted this rebuke to their very own dumb losers in Congress: “But sooner or later the GOP will have to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling that expires two weeks from now.”

The silver lining here is that this emperor of right wing delusional mythology really is naked. Now, once and for all the whole world — and plenty of thoughtful conservative southern Republican-voting Americans too — will know it. The excuses are pure BS. The 40 Fools just don’t like the president and have never accepted the election result. As the Chicago Sun Times put it: “The federal government is partially shut down because an extreme faction of House Republicans is using its leverage to try to derail the Affordable Care Act.”

The religious right/libertarian/right put these Tea Party clones in our Congress. Evangelical voters helped put them there. We can’t deport all these folks or order a drone strike. And the myth-hugging minority of people who voted for the 40 Fools can’t be deported. But maybe we can all see through their silliness once and for all and agree never again!

The 40 Fools are doing to America’s reputation and economy what Bin Laden didn’t manage to do on 9/11. If we go along, they will, like all terrorist hostage takers just ask for more concessions.

Just say NO to them for all of us Mr. President!

One good thing: there’s no place left to hide for these hostage takers. They’ve stripped bare their ideology and shown it as empty and unimaginably dumb. The towers of our economy, civil society and democracy they just flew their hijacked shutdown delusions into are metaphorically falling. When the dust clears — and it will — the 40 Fools and their congressional and media echo chamber accomplices are going to learn what the rest of us thought of their antics.

Just wait for 2014 and 2016. R.I.P, GOP.

Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of And God Said, “Billy!” on Kindle and NOOK for $3.99 and in paperback.

About Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is an American author, film director, screenwriter and public speaker. He is the son of the late theologian and author Francis Schaeffer. He became a Hollywood film director and author, writing several internationally acclaimed novels including And God Said, "Billy!" as well as the Calvin Becker Trilogy depicting life in a fundamentalist mission home-- Portofino, Zermatt, and Saving Grandma.

  • Z Lewis

    My initial reaction to this was shock, to think that somebody was stupid enough not only to pen this, but to put it out in public where others could see it. As I continued to read it, I quickly decided that somebody this deluded isn’t really even worth insulting, much less arguing with. In all honesty, it’s a little sad to see.

    • Steve Masler

      Z Lewis, you cannot be that blind. Nobody has the creditials of Frank Schaeffer to be able to call out the false religion fundamentalist lies of these people. What he says is crystal clear to me and many other people. Unfortunately those people taught from an early age that to even question the interpreted “truths” they are taught risks their souls to damnation. They are willing to drag America to deperate straights because they truly believe that our souls are imperiled by humanism.

      • BillClintonsShorts17

        Steve. None of this is a matter of religion. It is simply economics. The Feds cannot go on spending money we DO NOT HAVE. The TEA Party is all about that, not about any of the things Frankie rants on about. I don’t think he has a clue.

        And as someone who would crawl over broken glass to vote for Alan Keyes or Lt. Col Allen West I roll my eyes at the suggestion that I oppose Obama because of his color. Hell’s Bells, man! His color is the ONLY thing attractive about him. He is an unpleasant narcissist with a bad speech impediment and huge holes in his basic knowledge about the world. “Cinco de Quatro”, my ass. The man is a SCOAMF.

        • debfa

          No one cares what an aging culture warrior like you thinks. Especially when you don’t know your history well enough to realize that the very first secretary of the treasury (Hamilton) instituted the policy of funding via debt. Or that Obama – for all his faults – doesn’t have a speech impediment. But hey, nice job making fun of people with a disability, asshole.

          • BillClintonsShorts17

            You should care. You might learn something, painful as that might be.

            Debt has it’s uses. We all know that. We also know that it must be managed judiciously. We see our credit cards being maxed out and no understanding that we have to rein in the profligacy.

            And Obama would have received a poor grade in my high school public speaking class. Way too many ‘vocalized pauses’ – ‘ums, ahs’. I probably shouldn’t call them speech impediments. Those are things you are stuck with. Obama could work on his impromptu delivery, but he is, you know, LAZY.

          • gimpi1

            Hi Bill,

            I wasn’t going to bother engaging with you again, but having seen you continually post, often in response to yourself, I have one question:

            Do you ever get tired of screaming in the mirror? Because, that’s all you’re doing. If you want to actually influence people, you are going about it all wrong. You attack, you are rude, you are mean, you present your opinions as fact, you offer no supporting evidence, you are condescending, and your handle is about 15 years out of date.

            Really, what do you want to accomplish? Are you just having fun? (I don’t see screaming in a mirror as fun, but if you do, whatever floats your boat.) If that’s the case, we can all just ignore you, like all the rest of the trolls. If you actually want to persuade anyone, you might try being persuasive. You might also try being polite.

          • BillClintonsShorts17

            Who’s screaming? If you want proof of my observation of Obama’s lack of impromptu speaking skills, just watch him when he isn’t reading from a teleprompter.

            And I try to mirror you all. If you think I am rude and condescending, well, look in the mirror.

          • BillClintonsShorts17

            And his education? ‘Attended’ some storied institutions, where he must have spent way too much time with the Choom Gang. “Cinco de Quatro”? “Corpseman”? The “Austrian” language? “57 states”? Come on, debfa. The man is as ignorant as they come.

        • wuzzi

          Actually, sir, I would have to disagree. As someone who began to actually research the articles in the far-Right echo chambers after the inflammatory 47% quote in Romney’s election days, I am not sure if the Evangelical Christians have been sold a bill of goods by the Republicans or if they naively ‘joined up’ with that party and then were taken for a ride.

          However, I have never seen a group of people who have been more inclined to vote for a party that is against their own greater self-interest in my life than Evangelical Christians. I began to wonder if, maybe, the Republican party adopted its anti-abortion, etc., stances just to be sure to have leverage over a large group of trusting voters. Then the powers that be (that wanted more money, power, control) began creating and tweaking the various news outlets to get them increasingly stirred up and concretely aligned with the party (Fox News, Limbaugh, etc., etc.).

          Every time I go out and find one thing and debunk it, friends that have yet to realize what a train wreck the Republican party has become have five new things that their news sources assure them are fact (what I really love are the “news sites” that have headlines and two or three sentence paragraphs and then a link to the real story. I wouldn’t be surprised if most people don’t GO to the real story, which often shows the headline and paragraph greatly misinform a reader as to the actual situation). Then there is the wonderful comment section echo chamber where they get to further gossip about other things they’ve heard about, like how they no longer can say anything about the government without a big black van coming and putting them into concentration camps where they will wait to die for Jesus by guillotine.. SMH

          • BillClintonsShorts17

            “…against their own greater self-interest…” as defined by whom? You?

            Look. I am no fundamentalist. I am no libertarian anarchist. We need government for some things. And my problem with the Progressive Left is that it seems to be determined to use government power for all sorts of things for which it is unsuited. Like ensuring that your children have good and healthy food.

            Yep, the government is too big. The Social Security Administration needs a S.W.A.T. team with armored personnel carriers? Why??

            And, incurring debt for capital projects is one thing. Most of us have mortgages. We understand the process. Maxing out the credit cards for CONSUMPTION, otoh, is suicidal and will not continue forever. The real debt ceiling, which is coming, is when no one buys Federal Debt Instruments anymore, or when there is no money left to borrow. Which ever happens first.

            And without the alternative media, no one would know what you folks are up to. Chaps your hide, doesn’t it?

    • Norman Walford

      What about some substance to your criticism?

  • Jeff Costa

    As I read these comments, one phrase jumps out at me: “the None-Too-Bright Delusional White Male Rubes”….
    With the exception of course of Steve…

  • scratchy888

    That’s my sense of it as well. The might be finally exposing themselves for what they are. Will this be the beginning of the end of American cultural religiosity?