Where Does the Republican Party Find Them?

Bob Cargill has the video from a speech by US Congressman from Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, Dr. Paul Broun, which includes this little gem:

God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see,there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.

From ThinkProgress, meet Arkansas state representative Jon Hubbard, who has recently written a book claiming that slavery was “a blessing in disguise” for African Americans. In the same building with him is Rep. Loy Mauch, who is vociferously pro-slavery and pro-confederate:

In letters to the Democrat-Gazette, Mauch vehemently defended slavery and repeatedly suggested Jesus condoned it:

If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861?
The South has always stood by the Constitution and limited government. When one attacks the Confederate Battle Flag, he is certainly denouncing these principles of government as well as Christianity.

His other letters call Abraham Lincoln a Marxist and celebrate the Confederate flag as “a symbol of Christian liberty vs. the new world order.” He also organized a conference in 2004 praising John Wilkes Booth and calling for the removal of an Abraham Lincoln statue. Mauch has been supported mainly by contributions from the Republican Party and other Arkansas candidates. Now, the state GOP is pulling all funds from Mauch, Hubbard and another state legislative candidate, Charlie Fuqua, who wants to expel all Muslims from the country and thinks rebellious children should receive the death penalty.

Also in Arkansas, and also from ThinkProgress, here’s Republican candidate for state Representative Charlie Fuqua. In a recent book, he has advocated using the death penalty on disobedient children:

The maintenance of civil order in society rests on the foundation of family discipline. Therefore, a child who disrespects his parents must be permanently removed from society in a way that gives an example to all other children of the importance of respect for parents. The death penalty for rebellious children is not something to be taken lightly. The guidelines for administering the death penalty to rebellious children are given in Deut 21:18-21:

Fuqua helpfully notes that “This passage does not give parents blanket authority to kill their children.” Rather, parents would have to “follow the proper procedure in order to have the death penalty executed against their children.” Fuqua assures the reader that, in his view, the procedure would “rarely be used.” The threat of death would, however, “be a tremendous incentive for children to give proper respect to their parents.’

These folks are the elected representatives. Fred Clark points to an article in The Progressive in which we meet a volunteer in a Virginia Republican Party office named Clifford Russell and hear his thoughts on poor families:

“Look, there’s always something you can do. You telling me people can’t make a choice for a better life? We have to help all of them? No. I’ll tell you what really need to do with these illegitimate families on welfare—give all the kids up for adoption and execute the parents.”

I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused. But it gets harder everyday.

  • Yoav

    You can also add Paul Ryen, who told a reporter that the way to reduce gun violence is to teach inner city population good character, to the list

    • http://themikewrites.blogspot.com JohnMWhite

      The difference is that Paul Ryan is smart enough to use a dog whistle while these guys use a megaphone. They’re all enemies of democracy, though, and enemies of humanity. I still advocate for a basic intelligence and knowledge requirement to run for public office. I understand that it could easily be abused as voting laws were (and still are, by a certain grand old party), but it’s too dangerous to let genuinely delusional people run the country. We don’t let them drive cars.

      Somebody who thinks the planet is only 9000 years old and was made by an omnipotent-yet-highly-disorganised being in a working week that Mexican labourers would consider a vacation… that sort of person can’t possibly make rational decisions when voting on energy policy. That’s the kind of complete idiot who thinks the Earth can never run out of oil and the climate can never get unstable, because god won’t let it happen (as long as we don’t let gays get married). I cannot imagine a worse way to govern the world’s most powerful nation than by guessing what a silent being never proven to exist may or may not do. It is genuinely insane.

    • Michael

      What was ridiculous about anything Ryan said there?

      We do have a crime problem. Bringing opportunity and education to the inner city is the best way to reduce violent crime. We do have gun laws that are not being properly enforced. I think our gun control laws should be stronger, but one can reasonably hold the position that they shouldn’t. And the question about taxes was completely out of the fucking blue and had nothing to do with anything.

      I admit, the line about “teaching good character” is a bit chauvinistic, but if pressed I’m sure Ryan wouldn’t claim that it is the responsibility of the morally superior rich white man to teach those poor stupid inner city folk or whatever you are trying to twist it into.

      • Paul

        The real problem is that the focus of our gun laws is wrong. Currently we ban anyone from owning certain types of weapons, frequently on grounds as flimsy as “it looks more dangerous”. Unfortunately there is a bit of truth in the old NRA maxim “when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns”. Before you write me off as a loon, listen to what would make a much more practical and I believe more effective gun law. If anyone commits a crime while in the possession of a deadly weapon, he automatically goes to life in prison.

        One of the things that happened in my lifetime was a change in criminal behavior vis a vis drug dealing. In my teens the penalties were not overly severe. The penalty for using a gun in the commission of a felony was worse than for dealing drugs. Then Nixon started round one of the war on drugs. Suddenly the use of a firearm was seen as reasonable because the penalties for dealing went up so severely. Here in Georgia we had a law that made selling pot to a minor, even a single joint, carried a life sentence. If I am a drug dealer I am either going into a new business or I’m going to get a gun. Violence associated with drugs skyrocketed. Gangs grew up and became more and more violent as the black market on drugs created a very lucrative business. Government in turn got even more repressive. Soon we saw that the drug war was every bit as successful as prohibition.

        So if we dial back the sentences for non violent crimes, legalize drugs so that there can be control over access by children as well as quality control and make the gun laws about criminals using them, not law abiding citizens owning them, we will have a more peaceful world.

        Oh, and get rid of bible thumping republicans. Tell them god wants them to all become missionaries working with the penguins in antarctica.

        • FO

          So, once you jaywalk with a gun and are seen, you can as well start drug dealing, if they catch you you are going to spend life in jail anyway…

          • Kodie

            Jaywalking is a misdemeanor.

            • Kodie

              They never go after jaywalkers, so it must be completely legal and not even a misdemeanor.

      • Yoav

        I’m sure that if asked about it, just like Mittnes did after his 47% tape became public, Ryan will deny everything. I’m not sure if he was just dog whistling or if he really believe himself (if I was a betting man my money would be on the latter) that the only reason the inner cities are poor and suffer from crime and violence is because the people leaving there are all lazy and shiftless and has nothing to do with decades of economic policies, like the ones championed by Paul Ryan, and, I would defiantly agree with Paul on this, the so called war on drugs.

  • L.Long

    I would love the silly comedy of these people except the thought they are ELECTED scares me. For each one of these there are thousands of others that think these idiots are for real and geniuses!!!
    Gawd I hope there is a hell!! At least there the ratio of intelligent to stupid will be a whole lot better!

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Where Does the Republican Party Find Them?

    Does the Republican Party find them, or do they find the Republican Party? When you put out the welcome mat, you can’t be surprised at who shows up.

    • kessy_athena

      And then the Republicans wonder why they can’t get minorities to vote for them. Go figure.

    • Keulan

      I was about to comment to say pretty much the same thing. When your organization’s ideology is particularly crazy, don’t be surprised when crazy people sign up with your organization.

  • http://peicurmudgeon.wordpress.com/ peicurmudgeon

    Some of the Christian bloggers here on Patheos have been writing that you can’t be a Christian and support the Democrats, and if you are a Christian, you must support the Rebublicans. For them, and their supporters, abortion and prayer in schools/legislatures/courts etc are the only issues.

  • BabyRaptor

    My roommate’s father is a TeaBagger who has made comments a lot like Russell’s. He paid a doctor friend to lie to Social Security for him, regularly whines about how he can’t get Medicare yet, and pretty much lives off his son and I. Anytime we ask him to help with the bills, we’re “abusing him.”

    There’s no brain power in people like this. They live off ego and hypocrisy.

  • smrnda

    Conservatives are always talking about the horrible, Statist dystopia that liberals want to create where freedom will not exist, but they’re sure not the ones talking about killing the poor. I guess freedom for a conservative means “rich white men have all power.”

  • ORAXX

    Wow. It’s as if Sarah Palin made it through med school. I don’t know what his specialty is but I hope it’s pathology. He clearly has no business treating living people.

    • smrnda

      Can’t the AMA or the board de-certify a physician, the way that the guy from that white supremacist “world church of the creator” was disbarred from practicing law?

      • Noelle

        A doc has to do to something really bad before he or she loses a license. Saying stupid stuff in public won’t do the trick. And it’s a state licensing board that takes care of the process. The AMA is just a group where a doc pays an annual membership fee to join and have the privilege of getting junk mail.

  • Sue Blue

    I think there ought to be a stringent intelligence and competency test required to become eligible to run for public office. The test should have two parts. One should have to pass at least baccalaureate level tests in American history (actual history, not the Christian Republican version) and civics, science literacy, and numeracy (math literacy). The other component should be a mental status and personality evaluation that tests judgment, coping skills, and detects signs of personality disorders. From what I’ve seen, most of these Bible-banging Republicans would not only fail miserably – they’d fit the criteria of mental disease diagnoses from the DSM-IV.

    • Noelle

      We don’t encourage bright kids to go into politics. At no time during my youth did an adult suggest I look into it. They said scientist or physician, but never senator or president. Ya know who wanted to go into politics? The dumb kids who barely scraped by in class, but were always ready to annoy with off-topic questions and comments.

      C students run the country.

      • UrsaMinor

        This is becoming evident.

      • Kodie

        I have a few things from a couple different directions to say.
        1). Of the people, by the people, for the people.

        2). It seems like it would be ideal for obvious reasons for the lawmakers to be a little more hip to what’s going on and how things go, and people for whom this is interesting who want to lead would aspire to lead because they know what’s best for everyone.
        2b). People just always think they know what’s best for everyone. Even voters think they know what’s best for them and vote for it, even though it’s antithetical to their personal interests. Ex.: secular government and not Christian government. All Christians are Christians, and Christians make up a majority, but not all Christians are the same kind of Christians. They might think they want a lawmaker with their general Christian ideals to take away everyone else’s rights, but has the potential of infringing on their own beliefs eventually, which they still have the right to have. Never mind all the other heathens they don’t care about.

        3). It starts in school – who wants to run for Class President? People who have people skills, aka popular kids. Is popular the same as not smart? I didn’t say that.

        4). Again with the people skills – it’s an important overl00ked skill that wins. Everyone knows someone they think would be great as a politician. People with people skills wage convincing campaigns with their teachers and peers early on. They act like they know what they’re doing so people think they do, and if they screw up, they can talk their way out of it. They don’t get fired and they look brilliant and they’re brilliant at looking faultless when their co-worker makes a grievance that the politician stole their hard work. Just makes the co-worker look like a whiny asshole loser, and that’s shitty, but they’re opportunistic like that, which looks a lot like winning. And mostly because the people who they’re talking to believe them.
        4b). I should disclaim here that I’m a whiny asshole loser.

        5). Being a servant of the people is a shit job. In the best of cases, the person really cares deeply inside that they have to disappoint some people. Like cases for prayer, sometimes the answer is no, and sometimes the answer is wait. Doing that with a smile on your face so you stay popular and winner-like makes it look like you don’t give a shit about the people who don’t get what they think they want. This is in the best case – that they know what they’re doing and it should turn out eventually for the greater good, or at least trying to fulfill some ambition they might have had when they were still idealistic, like feed the poor or stop all the wars, or even deep down believe that abortion is holocaust or that war in the Middle East is righteous – because it comes from a hope for the world (even if it’s wrong) and not for personal sake. Compromise is hard for everyone. I still think there are politicians who are well-intentioned servants of the people.
        5b). In the worst case, it’s power-tripping. It’s thankless but you don’t care, as long as you can convince the most people that you do care to get the plaque on your desk.

        6). I think people who are smart are smart enough to avoid politics or at least not aspire to that realm. A lot of highly skilled people know what their own skills are and when you’re young whatever you think best to change the world for the better. When I hear about families like the Kennedys discussing politics at the dinner table, I think they are obviously being trained into one important way to change the world. You have to get the power first. This isn’t about being pro-Kennedy, it’s just that my family never talked about politics at the dinner table. I actually don’t remember what we talked about, and look, I have low interest in politics and no people skills. How best to change the world? I think not everyone has that as a base ambition, not everyone thinks it sucks so much that it needs to be changed, and most of all, no idea how to change it except by voting for who they think does know. Or writing letters to the editor, or nowadays, griping the shit out of life on message boards.
        6b). Many of us are mini-politicians. Not everyone knows so much, not everyone’s a winner, but the real count of your vote is not 1, it’s discussing politics and persuading the people around you, to explain things they don’t understand or make them care about an issue they were unaware of, sometimes to a drastic degree, and many times, to a fucking foul absolutely wrong but loudest MFer degree. If I don’t care about politics, I’m going to start to care if I turn on the news channels and hear the way they denigrate the candidates we don’t like, and call them Nazis or Communists or whatever, outraged and panicked. I myself can’t really tell if I hate Romney because he’s a liar or he’s superficial or he wants things the way I don’t want them to be. I think it’s the latter but the first 2 really offend me too. I still can’t articulate why I don’t want anyone else to vote for him, except the people who want to sound like utter douchebags and misinformed suckers. So my vote counts 1, or perhaps my vote counts less since I live in a blue state, or I’ve been washed over with someone else’s persuasion to increase their 1 vote by however many they can influence. So we all do want some way to influence politics, and we’re trained to believe it’s all we can do to vote and use our free speech to urge other people to vote.
        6c). If politicians are average, that leaves half the voting population dumber and half smarter. That’s a lot of bel0w-average campaign volunteers. Smarter people who avoid politics need it anyway. They need political favors in the form of laws to their advantage whether that is science research or medicine or surgery or education or whatever it is smart people gravitate toward. It’s always unavoidable, especially in a democracy where you’re allowed to think you have any control. Even scientists have politics – like, there are associations and other bullshit non-lab nonsense and someone has to be the chief of it or they’re never going to have PR in order to sell to the rest of these dummies that what they do is important. Who rises to the top in situations like that? The average ones or the smartest or most competent ones or the people persons or what?

        7). I guess that is enough things.

  • Beth

    Where DO the Republicans find them?
    Simple.
    Any Port In A Storm.
    Why else would anyone so readily find such a hodgepodge of nutcases? Lift up the nearest big rock, lots of weird creepy crawlies there.


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