In recent days, new Presidential candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry has said:
- Global warming is a “mean lie”
- “Evolution is just a theory”
- The Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke is a traitor
- When asked, he said he was not sure if President Obama is really an American patriot
- One of his first acts as President will be close down the Environmental Protection Agency because it doesn’t do anything worthwhile but hinder the work of good people in the private sector
In recent days, Presidential candidate, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman has begun to steadfastly avoid the media. She avoids all questions related to her extremist right-wing Christian views on social issues like abortion and the rights of gay people. She wished Elvis Presley a happy birthday on the anniversary of his death.
A number of media outlets are reporting that in just the last 72 hours, there have been no less than 5 incidents in which Bachmann’s campaign security people have physically manhandled or verbally threatened reporters with harm, when they try to ask Congresswoman questions. That’s the Congresswoman’s idea of democracy and a free press?
Perry and Bachmann are just the two leading Presidential candidates in the circus that has become the Republican Party. Rick Sanatorium, who while a U.S. Senator, probably broke all records for ill-informed, irrational, plain dumb comments, e.g. (just 2 of HUNDREDS!)
- “This was tried once before in America, when the liberty and happiness rights of the slaveholder were put over the life and liberty rights of the slave. But unlike abortion today, in most states even the slaveholder did not have unlimited right to kill his slave.”
- “Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture, … When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.”
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Republican, in talking about when about gay marriage said: “Marriage has existed since before there were governments.” Holding up a napkin he continued, “This is napkin, not a paper towel. It will never be a paper towel.”
The question isn’t, is this the best the Republican Party has to offer?
The question isn’t, are the views and behavior of these people a reflection of America today?
The question is: Has America gotten so dumb as to find such people worthy of our time, attention and consideration? Putting their obscene, simple, ill-informed views and bravado aside for a moment, what are the implications to our country and democracy if heaven forbid, one of these feeble-minded jokers gets elected?