Thursday, February 4, 2010

This is why I find some Republicans frightening

It's become crystal clear that Republicans in Congress will vote in total lockstep against anything significant proposed by President Obama, even if he proposed that Congress be turned over to the Republicans. If Obama wants it, they're against it, even if they would benefit from it or previously supported it. This makes me wonder what sort of people are still supporting these jackasses. (No need to tell me that the Democratic ranks in Congress also are primarily filled with jackasses. I'm aware of that.) Thanks to a poll conducted for the Daily Kos Web site by Research 2000, I have some answers. My thanks to the 2 Political Junkies blog for bringing it to my attention. Before you GOP backers get your panties all in a twist, I know that Daily Kos is a liberal Web site. But Research 2000 is a well-respected, non-partisan, independent polling outfit. Their poll involved 2,000 self-identified Republicans. Here are some of the findings, which I find sad and scary. Nearly 70 percent of those polled agree or are on the fence about the idea that Obama should be impeached. No reason was given, but I assume it's because he's a white-hating, terrorist-loving sumbitch who is also a "furriner." Gee, I guess I was right on at least one count, because the next question asks whether those polled think Obama is a socialist. Nearly two-thirds believe he is, and 16 percent are thinking it over. For the record, that's just dumb. Now, for something dumber. Nearly a quarter of those responding believe Obama wants the terrorists to win, and another 33 percent are not sure. Those people are idiots. More than three-quarters of the Republicans questioned believe or are willing to consider that ACORN stole the 2008 election. You have to be a little bit mentally ill to believe that. Oh, lookey here, I'm right about something else regarding why Republicans want Obama impeached. More than 30 percent believe the president is a racist who hates white people, and 33 percent more are unsure. Here's another crazy one. Nearly one-quarter of those polled think their state should secede from the United States. There was no follow-up question about whether gay people and minorities would be allowed to live in those states after secession. Wait. Maybe I have that answer. It seems that the percentage favoring secession is highest in the South, by a pretty fair margin. Hmmmmm. I'll sum up the area of gay rights by saying that the Republicans surveyed overwhelmingly oppose equality for gay people. We know Republicans, by and large, don't want gay folks to be allowed to marry, but almost three-quarters of those responding think gay people should be prohibited from teaching in public schools. Oh boy. The Republicans surveyed are against sex education, and they're also overwhelmingly opposed to aborting any pregnancies resulting from kids' lack of knowledge about how to prevent babies from getting made. Not a surprise. A lot of very moderate, reasonable people are against abortion. But here's where it gets squirrelly. Nearly half of those polled believe or are willing to consider a ban on the use of contraceptives, and even more think that the use of birth-control pills is the equivalent of abortion. So, very clearly, it's not enough for some Republicans if abortion were outlawed. A significant percentage of them think it should be against the law to attempt to prevent a pregnancy. That's tin-foil hat territory. And maybe somebody should point out to them that outlawing birth control would lead to more abortions. So maybe a little more thought is in order before they schedule that condom-burning rally. But I've saved the best stuff for last. More than half of those responding think Sarah Palin is better qualified than Barack Obama to serve as president, and 33 percent can't make up their mind on that question. Say what you will, I'm laughing out loud at that one. And even after all this time, 36 percent of Republicans polled think Obama was born somewhere other than the United States, and 22 percent are undecided. Really? To believe that, a person would have to be so intellectually crippled that keeping their spit in their mouth would require constant concentration. And finally, more than three-quarters of those responding believe that students in public schools - PUBLIC SCHOOLS - should be taught that "the Book of Genesis explains how God created the world." If that ever happens, I want to be given the right to offer the alternative view that Tim the Enchanter from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" really created the world. In closing, while I was looking around Research 2000's Web site, I came across their recent prediction that Sarah Palin will be the Republican presidential nominee in 2012. These are the same folks who accurately predicted in June 2007, when Hillary Clinton had been all but crowned the Democratic presidential nominee, that Hillary would NOT be the choice in 2008. So, for all of you who criticize me for keeping track of what Sarah Palin is saying, arguing that she's not worthy of so much attention, I beg to differ. I shudder to think what would happen to this country if she and those who think like her ever gained control of this country. And I'm going to continue to point that out. My apologies to those who are offended.

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Blogger PRIguy said...

After this past election, I registered as a Libertarian. I've been "republican" since the Nixon era when I wore a WIN button in school. I just can't be a part of it anymore.

Having said that, here's my republican take on this poll:
* I don't think Obama should be impeached. I hate him and his administration, but he hasn't done anything to warrant impeachment.
*I think he's a socialist.
*I don't believe he wants the terrorists to win. However, I DO believe that he thinks he can charm them and negotiate with them when we should be killing every last one or them.
*ACORN is a nasty little deal, but I don't think it stole the election.
*I don't think Obama hates white people.
*I don't think any states should secede. Any attempt by a state to do so should result in immediate and total freezing of anything and everything from the federal government.
*I am 100% FOR equal rights for gay people. I don't care if a gay person teaches my children. They should also be allowed to marry. I don't know why anyone gets so worked up over this topic.
*I personally don't think that abortions should be used as birth control, but people should have the right to choose to have one.
*I don't think Palin is a good choice for 2012. She's found her niche on Fox. I don't watch television news and commentary, but I know that she likes to hear herself talk, she's conservative, and she's pretty. That works great for Fox TV (excluding that pompous arrogant windbag O'Reilly, of course).

February 4, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If ACORN stole the 2008 presidential election, I'm wondering where they were in 2000 -- all they needed to do was dredge up 537 additional votes in Florida, and Dubya would've had to content himself with hanging out in Austin...

--Brad Hundt

February 4, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you poll the Clintons and see how they feel about Acorn and the election.
Bill will tell ya.

February 5, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe a poll would pose the question "do you oppose aborting any pregnancies resulting from kids lack of knowledge about how to prevent babies from being made?" I am a Republican and have some republican friends and we don't agree with what you say these republicans agree with. I am also in a quandary because at this point I don't like either the republicans or the democrats. What am I to register? Neither party seems to care about the actual issues or the citizens. They both spend massive amounts of time and money trying to make each other look bad and polarizing the citizens. I would like someone who could bring us all together.

February 8, 2010 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The era of Americans working together toward a common goal began to end when WWII did. It might have been lumbering along through the '50s, but it definitely ended with the JFK assassination. Since then, it's been every man for himself. I lived through the '60s and thought the social unrest then was bad. But I think the hidden social unrest now is worse and more damaging. We're scared to death to do anything and unwilling to wait long enough to see if any changes we do make have taken effect. I think we're locked in a pattern of changing the guard in the White House every four years for the foreseeable future. I like Obama and voted for him, and I believe he has the best interest of the country at heart. But he is being stonewalled at every turn by people who have no better alternative.

If we elect Palin or someone like her in 2012, we'll vote 'em out again in 2106. I have no doubt. we want to sit comfortably in our good little country doing as we please at the expense of everyone but ourselves and expect the rest of the world to be awed by our "Americanness."

And we will never "kill all the terrorists." They'll be around long after the current generation of "leaders" has taken a back seat and let their kids try to deal with the mess they've created. We don't want to be led.

February 8, 2010 at 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You pointing out the one crazy makes you as crazy as that lady.

February 9, 2010 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

Boy, that's dumb. That's like saying, "You pointing out that the man over there has no legs makes YOU legless." Dumb.

February 10, 2010 at 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you don't think there is nuts on both sides?

February 12, 2010 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

I think there are extremists on both ends of the political spectrum. But liberals typically don't believe that "the black helicopters are coming," "the gubmint's gonna take my deer rifle," "Obama was born in Kenya," etc. Crazy conspiracy theories and backward thinking are almost always the domain of people on the right fringe. I won't even get into my theories on why that's the case. Perhaps you all have some ideas.

February 12, 2010 at 6:28 AM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

Pre-emptive post here... the "Loose Change" dingbats who think 9/11 was an inside job are the exception to the whole conspiracy thing being the domain of the right-wing nutjobs. But then again, mainstream folks on the left are usually the first people to call out those fruitcakes and denounce their fantasies as just that-- fantastical delusions not based in reason, logic, or science. The right, on the other hand, tend to elevate their conspiracy theorists to positions of pseudo-relevance and in the case of the tea-baggers, catalyze an entire movement around their rantings.

February 12, 2010 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Africa has a white house in the bush. America had a Bush in the White House. Me can protest too.

February 12, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger MJ said...

Anyone else watching these Olympics in Vancouver? It's gorgeous there. I'm seriously considering moving to Canada. Well, then again, I'd have to watch CASCAR, which might be a problem, eh?

February 14, 2010 at 12:35 AM  

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