Conservatives are not necessarily stupid,
but most stupid people are conservatives.
(John Stuart Mill)
Some things make me mad. Anger. And some things enrage –infuriate — me. Infuriation. In my world, anger pops up maybe one or twice a year; it’s rare. Infuriation, on the other hand, is really rare. Once every what, two or three decades? At the most? At least that’s the way it used to be. And then came Ronald Reagan and all the conservative-teabagger-nutcases that have popped up in his aftermath as a consequence.
Each of the following links points toward a different path, but each is driven solely by the ONLY two currents which drive the entire of this country’s political right: HATE and FEAR which is, sadly, the sum total of the political right’s contribution to civilization both today and over the centuries.
See for yourself:
Introduced in Congress by Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) because it’s County Sheriffs, after all, that have final authority, not the feds. It’s in the Constitution. Somewhere.
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) leads the latest charge after the bogus ‘baby parts’ non-issue because, well, Joe McCarthy, Salem Witchcraft Trials — make God happy and save Amurkkka. You know.
We must assume all Muslims are terrorists, otherwise . . . umm . . . we’ll all die? Something like that. Oh, and to hell with the Constitution.
Commies, Islamists, they all hate us. And they’re sneakin’ around in the gubmint! Damn Obama.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), good friend of Ted, is highly qualified, plus he KNOWS that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Child Labor Laws, Food Safety, Minimum Wage Laws, Disaster Relief, Food Stamps, the Violence Against Women Act, and (of course) the Affordable Care Act are all unconstitutional. It says so in the Constitution. Somewhere.
Stupidity either makes me laugh or makes me mad. But when the reach stretches far beyond the merely stupid and gets into the DEMAND for hate and fear of EVERYTHING that might somehow benefit the balance of society, of civilization . . . well, then it’s time to introduce HATE and FEAR to the . . . ummm . . . stupid(?) among us. Cuz they’ll vote for ME!! (that’s a thought quote, attrib. Drumpf and Cruz, at least).
And finally there’s this, the consummate definition of STUPID! courtesy of (the brilliant?) Wayne LaPierre.
“Never have there been smarter, freer American citizens than America’s one hundred million gun owners. Let me say that again. In all of the world, some of the smartest citizens are American gun owners.”
I give up. Infuriation. Commenced.
Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence;
conservatism, distrust of people, tempered by fear.