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Are Republicans Actually John Birch Society, Tinfoil Hat Nutjobs? Two New Pieces of Evidence.

by: lowkell

Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 16:11:35 PM EST


Is today's Republican Party basically the 2012 equivalent of the tinfoil hat, conspiracy theorist, foaming-at-the-mouth-insane John Birch Society? I've suspected that for a while now, but for those of you still in doubt, here are two strong new pieces of evidence.

1. A new PPP poll finds that, among other things, 49% of Republican voters "think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama." Even when ACORN was actually a live organization, that would be completely insane, but guess what: ACORN doesn't even exist anymore! I know, details details...and facts, damn those facts! LOL. Oh yeah, and "25% of Republicans say they would like their state to secede from the union." Ee gads.

2. A bunch of right-wingnut U.S. Senators today stopped ratification of "an international treaty intended to protect the rights of those with disabilities." Leading the charge against it was extremist/wacko Rick Santorum, who was " particularly worried that the committee could violate the rights of parents who choose to home school their disabled children," and who claimed "This is a direct assault on us." Plus, it's the UN, and ya know...they've got those black helicopters and stuff (don't tell anyone, though, or they'll come and take you away to North Korea or something...).

What's really scary is that three of the Republicans "yea" votes - Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, Richard Lugar - came from people who are leaving the Senate. Fortunately, they're all being replaced by Democrats (or a de facto Democrat in the case of Maine), but still, it shows that the number of relatively sane, relatively reasonable Republicans in the U.S. Senate is dwindling fast. Yikes.

P.S. By the way, that disability treaty, "already signed by 155 nations and ratified by 126 countries, including Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia, states that nations should strive to assure that the disabled enjoy the same rights and fundamental freedoms as their fellow citizens." It "also was widely backed by the disabilities community and veterans groups." Crazy/horrible, huh?  

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What was the point of the ACORN question? (0.00 / 0)
If PPP knows that ACORN no longer exists, what was the sense in asking a question with that as the premise in the first place?  Should we make much of any of these responses given that 10% of OBAMA voters (not to mention 16% of self-identified Democrats) believe that Democrats engaged in voter fraud?  

In 2008, 52% of Republicans thought ACORN (0.00 / 0)
stole the election. This is consistent over time, and across all kinds of subjects, from Obama supposedly not being born in America, to believing the polls were all "skewed," to not believing in evolution, to...on and on it goes. And yes, there are idiots/loonies on the Democratic "team" as well, just not nearly as many of them, apparently, as on the red squad.

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None of that really addresses my question (0.00 / 0)
Asking about voter fraud is a fair question (even if that sort of thing exists almost exclusively in the minds of the people who are convinced that it's rampant as opposed to exceedingly rare), but asking about a nonexistent organization is nothing more than a stunt. PPP is usually above that sort of thing, so this is just disappointing.

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I think these are important questions (0.00 / 0)
to investigate the mindset of Teapublican voters. As we found out, thanks to PPP, it's not a healthy mindset to put it mildly.

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Also, I didn't see any Dems voting against the (0.00 / 0)
disability treaty today, nor do I see many elected Dems denying climate science, etc.

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Rachel Maddow (0.00 / 0)
A couple years ago Rachel did a segment on how the Birchers and KKK were now in the Republican Party.  She even went to a far right convention here in DC, with camera too.  It was scary then and is more so now.  

Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
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White House statement on Republicans' vote against Disabilities Convention (0.00 / 0)
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

We are disappointed that the overwhelming majority of Senate Republicans today blocked the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which would enshrine American standards that have been developed through decades of bipartisan cooperation.  Ratification would require no changes to U.S. law, as the United States already leads the world in promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities. However, it would position the United States to support extending across the globe the rights that Americans already enjoy at home. This in turn would improve the lives of Americans with disabilities -- including our wounded service members -- who wish to live, work, and travel abroad.  It would also allow our businesses to operate on a more level playing field and reaffirm American leadership on disability rights.  For these reasons, and others, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and across the country -- as well as disability advocacy groups, wounded warriors, veterans groups and business groups -- have supported this treaty. We commend former Senator Dole and the bipartisan coalition of Senators who worked to secure the treaty resolution's passage, including Senators Reid, Kerry, Lugar and McCain.  We hope the Senate will reconsider this treaty soon in the next Congress. As President Obama declared in a written statement read in tribute to Senator Dole just before the vote, "disability rights should not stop at our nation's shores."



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Speaking of bonkers - Republican LG candidate Pete Snyder APPLAUDS (0.00 / 0)
the defeat of the treaty!
Snyder Applauds Defeat of U.N. Treaty

While liberty continues to be under assault  domestically, recently we have had overseas threats to our sovereignty hit our shores.

I want to point out the tremendous efforts of Dr. Mike Farris, and the Home School Legal Defense Association for stopping a dangerous U.N. treaty from ratification by the U.S. Senate today.  

Dr. Farris rightly sounded the alarm bell about the U.N. treaty's flaws during his recent congressional testimony, in which he spoke about his mother who suffers from MS:  if passed, "the government, rather than parents, gets to decide what is best for children."  While in name the treaty sounded laudable, the United States must not subvert its laws to global government and thus imperil parental rights. This is a big win for parents and defenders of liberty in Virginia and across the country.

Bat. S***. Crazy.

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Continuing insanity (0.00 / 0)
This vote continued the decline of the r party (little r now).  Bicycles are a UN takeover of the US is another great definer too.

Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
Edmund Burke


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Only 1 group in America more obsessed with ACORN than Repubs (4.00 / 1)
Squirrels.

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The treaty was based (0.00 / 0)
on the original US law, Americans with Disabilities Act, was it not? These opponents are absolute loons.

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