I’m not sure who said it, but there is certainly some validity of truth in the adage, “Not all conservatives are stupid, but most stupid people are conservative.”
Believe it or not, this bombastic, take no-prisoner, shoot with both barrels liberal, does have a few politically conservative friends who justifiably get offended by my not infrequent condescending suggestions that more often than not, the gap between facts and the conservative political agenda has more to do with wishful thinking than informed reasoning. Whenever I fell inclined to believe that there is little intellectual merit to conservative reasoning, I remind myself that there are many political conservatives such as David Brooks, George Will and the late Bill Buckley who I know without a doubt, are much smarter than me.
Than, a story like this comes along and we’re reminded that words like, simplicity and naiveté, are rarely inappropriate adjectives for describing some populist, conservative people.
Can you say, Paul Revere rode all night to warn colonialists that the British “were coming to take their guns away?”
Like many, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) is always in the market for fresh ammunition for the holier than-thou crusade against abortion. When a juicy story comes along, the anticipated headlines can just prove to enticing to bother worrying about the details, or, for that matter, the truth.
Nine months ago, the satirical online magazine, The Onion, published a story that suggested that Planned Parenthood, that notorious organization that exists for sole purpose of murdering living, self-sufficient babies in-utero, was planning to open an $8 billion “abortionplex,” complete with a movie theater, shopping mall and night club.
Now I ask you, how dumb does someone have to be to take that story on face value and try to score political points with it?
Coming just a few days after many -still thinking Americans had bashed the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation for withdrawing support from Planned Parenthood out of deference to those who believe that the organization is just a cover for “Murder, Inc.,” Rep. Fleming’s office apparently thought that the Onion story about the “abortionplex” was too sensational to pass-up. After all, just ask Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich if those people fighting for God and “real Americans” have to play by the rules or worry about the truth.
Thinking he had just hit the political jack-pot with the Onion story, Fleming, or to be fair, a member of his staff, re-posted the Onion story with the headline: “More on Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale. Here’s an actual scan of the Facebook posting:
Think Progress reports that this is not the first time that the Republican intellectual from Weeeeziana, has put his foot in his mouth. In September, Flemming complained that he and his family were having difficulty making ends meet on an annual income of just $400,000. Is that an example of the 1% being stupid or just a stupid person who wants you to believe he deserves to be identified with the 1%?