It was easy for anyone that has studied history to predict. Politically frustrated people being spoon-fed a steady diet of incendiary propaganda that blames some alien people for their woes in life. A gigantic lie being fiendishly iterated so often by a party that claims it tells the truth and accuses all those other parties of lying to you. Then they mix in a bit of toxic religious rhetoric that had people believing that they were not only superior to those aliens but on the side of the almighty God. A vocal and loud set of political leaders incessantly repeating grander and grander lies with a compliant media too afraid to challenge those lies. Those conditions sound oddly familiar.
Those were the conditions that had perfectly rational people voting in the Weimar Republic in 1919 that eventually brought Hitler into power and those are the conditions here in the United States in 2015.
The real danger to not only our Republic as a whole but to the people in the US is religious extremism mixed with Republican psychopaths repeating incendiary lies to further their seditious anti-American political agenda. These are not terms to be taken lightly but it is also high time to start calling these terrorists what they are.
Joseph Goebbels certainly did not murder any Jews in his tenure as Propaganda Minister anymore than Carly Fiorina but what they both did was repeat an incendiary set of lies that drove others to kill. Yes, Carly Fiorina especially has blood on her hands but so does Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Fox News, and David Daleiden.
“Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities.” Voltaire
Let’s first examine the pathology of the lie David Daleiden first concocted that was so famously iterated by Carly Fiorina:
As anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of biology can surmise, the fetus in this video was a stillbirth not an abortion. The antiabortion activist David Daleiden eventually admitted what was obvious to everyone else, but he knew that he could manipulate the gullible dullards, that antiabortion activism appeals to, into being outraged. What is even more despicable than the lie Daleiden tried to sell in his edited and incendiary videos is how Carly Fiorina took those lies and fiendishly accused President Obama and Hillary Clinton of some manner of complicity by saying, “I dare Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to look at those tapes.” Then to illustrate the true pathology of her psychopathy, she took Daleiden’s lie to the next level by saying, “We have to keep it alive to harvest it’s brain.” Nothing is as gruesome as the idea of ‘keeping a fetus alive to harvest its brain’ but she also added the outrageous lie that Planned Parenthood profited from selling ‘baby parts.’
Carly is not the only Republican politician that repeated the lie but she was the most incendiary of the lot as she pandered to the religious base of her party. Psychology Today made an acute distinction between sociopathy and psychopathy:
Psychopaths, on the other hand, are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities. Psychopaths are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions, despite their inability to actually feel them, and will appear normal to unsuspecting people. Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature.”
How many political candidates meet the criteria for being a psychopath is anyone’s guess but what is clear is that there are several Republican candidates that are. Christopher Hitchens wrote a book about how religion poisons everything and it is not only poisoning the Republican party but the nation. Republicans have a litmus test for any candidate that runs for public office and abortion is at the top of that list since fundamentalists have taken control of the party and voted out every moderate just as Barry Goldwater predicted.
Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”
This happened when Reagan christened Jerry Falwell the leader of the ‘moral majority.’ Two significant things have happened since fundamentalists took over the party: the 1st being that it is now acceptable to lie with impunity so long as that lie furthers ‘God’s’ agenda; the 2nd being the introduction of the Republican In Name Only concept which was used so effectively to expunge moderates from the party.
Anyone that has ever tried to reason with a Republican knows that it is an exercise in futility. They consume only information that confirms either their biases or the covert hostility they have for certain groups of people. This is their holy war at least until they can stoke the flames of war in Israel, because make no mistake, every extreme pastor is preaching that we are in the end times right before Jesus comes to lift all the believers into heaven. They are so recalcitrant and regimented in their thinking, that they have given up their first right as a human being, the right to think. You know these people, they cannot think for themselves so they judge instead.
It is so much easier to judge but it is even easier to whip up furor among ignorant religious people with hyperbolic vitriol that incites violence. To these extremists, bearing false witness is acceptable so long as it is in the service of God. Radical Muslims too believe that it is their duty to tell any lie so long as it serves God. This kind of rhetoric is what got Eric Rudolf, Dylan Roof, and Robert Dear to become mass murderers and what’s more, Republican politicians know this and do not care, because they cannot empathize with victims.
To them, these murderers were just insane people. It’s dismissive to call them crazy. What any profiler can tell you is that they are all religious; they are all suspicious of government; they are all gun enthusiast, and they have stunted intelligence quotients. People like this are invariably afraid of something and feel powerless in some regard. The power to kill with ease is a very intoxicating elixir for the ignorant and the powerless. A life devoid of purpose also contributes to the thirst for validation and respect which makes such people more susceptible to believing absurdities. Mix in some religious aggrandizement and the power to kill in the name of God and atrocities are going to happen which bathed Europe in blood for centuries.
Josh Feuerstein is famous for whipping Christians into a furor over the color of Starbuck’s holiday cups and he has nearly 2 million followers that graciously imbibe his poison and send him unknown amounts of cash. Both Josh and Ted Cruz graduated Magna Cum Laude in demagoguery but Josh wins first place with this despicable missive.
This cold-blooded lying miscreant is a gluttonous coward trying to induce anyone to do violence to doctors. There is no difference between that and screaming fire in a theater. Josh is a liar and the principle lie that he propagates is that fetuses are babies. There is no rhyme to his reasoning. He is a dangerous psychopath with legions of followers that he hopes to lead into voting for one of the other religious psychopaths to usher in the Christian Theocracy that fundamentalists have been trying to make our country into from the very beginning. Josh does not care if people are killed, he cares about his ministry and money. He doesn’t care how difficult a decision it is for a woman to seek an abortion. They are sinners and he means to punish them or see that they are killed because he isn’t pro-life. He’s a terrorists that belongs in prison forever.
Even after the deaths of 3 people including 1 dead police officer and several others injured, the purveyors of hyperbole lied at every turn in a vain attempt to duck responsibility for their actions. Words matter and so does the truth. Words are weapons in the hands of unethical liars who will say and do anything to get elected. Both Ted Cruz and Carly would fornicate with a snake if they had half a chance to get elected. Watch the blank stare in her eyes as she cavils on Fox News with a remarkable level of equivocation. The play books are identical, shake the baby rattle ‘the liberal media’ while pretending her hands are not covered in blood.
Ted Cruz was an even more villainous liar in Iowa today citing a preposterous article posted on a right-wing blog that claimed Robert Dear was a liberal democrat. Cruz is not a clever liar but he does so with the vernacular of a Harvard graduate which can whip up many of his supporters to full froth. This is common practice among ecclesiastical pastors like Troy Norman who Cruz proudly touted just last week as endorsing him as a candidate. Cruz is a Christian Dominionists which is a fundamentalist sect of Christianity that preaches the end times and that there will come a Savior to lead us until the rapture. They make Pentecostals look moderate. Cruz’s father has said that his son is the ‘chosen one.’
To fully appreciate how insane Troy Norman is, here is a passage from his book.
In addition to our personal guilt in abortion, the United States government has abrogated its responsibility to properly deal with the blood-guilty. This responsibility rightly involves executing convicted murderers, including abortionists, for their crimes in order to expunge bloodguilt from the land and people. Instead, the act of abortion has been elevated to a “God-given right” and the abortionists canonized as saints. Consequently, the entire nation has the blood-red stain of the lives of the innocent upon its head.
Rejecting that innocent blood is to reject the only standard that is effective against innocent bloodshed, excluding the lawful execution of the murderers, which is commanded by God in Scripture.”
The contempt of our government is a popular theme among the Republican base who often harken back to when Reagan said, ‘big government is the problem’ and Republicans prove that whenever they are elected. Republicans are extremely paranoid -even when they win- that they are going to be throttled by ‘activists’ judges who want to get God out of government. They mean to break the government. They mean to shut it down because to their minds, a government that crosses God’s law should be destroyed and Troy Norman has said that. The lunatic fringe is now in control of the Republican party just as Barry Goldwater feared and predicted. They are an apocalyptic death-cult who could care less about the environment or climate change, they are going to be lifted into heaven when Jesus comes and they are as irresponsible with governing and the resources of this planet as they can possibly be.
Even when the facts are known that Robert Dear said, “No more baby parts,” the shameless republicans who constantly claim to be the party of ‘personal responsibility’ can never admit when they have done something atrocious that has families in Colorado in the dawn of unimaginable grief. But don’t worry, their prayers are going to lift them up, and Josh Feuerstein will be there to pay for their funerals, won’t he?
Republicans hate feeling the agony of defeat at the polls, and they will do anything to win. They will disenfranchise every black person they can. After the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act by making the ridiculous claim that we are in a “post-racial” society, every single state in the former Confederate States of America began passing laws to restrict voters from voting but especially black voters. Whenever the court gives into ‘State’s Rights’ the states inevitably begin to deny the rights of black people to vote.
Richard Nixon used to say that there was a ‘silent majority’ of Americans that were the moral backbone of this society. The silence of what used to be mainstream Republicans is deafening with all these “pro-life” people calling for more murder. They’re not denouncing their candidates, they’re applauding it. They’re applauding the murder of police officers while they raise cash for Robert Dear’s defense. Ted Cruz says that we should put away such criminals but he doesn’t want to do anything to prevent these mass murders.
Republicans know that they cannot win an honest election where ideas are pitted against them. Our history is riddled with violence but now Republicans are doing something not seen before; they are advocating violence against their fellow Americans. They’re advocating violence against Planned Parenthood, and they are using religious beliefs and incendiary lies to induce that violence. The worst form of violence is poverty and there is nothing Republicans will not do to keep a large reservoir of poor people as poor as possible. The Oligarchs that they serve need an ample supply of poor people which is why they would rather kill themselves than raise the minimum wage. It’s taken them 40 years to make the minimum wage a poverty wage and they have no intention of doing anything to lift people out of poverty, they NEVER have.
Oscar Wilde famously wrote as Dorian Grey, “All empires fall, there are no exceptions.” History has proven this true over and again, except this Republic will not fall by force of arms; it will fall from the weight of ignorance that afflicts too many in the Republican party.
The definition of terrorism is ‘the use of violence or intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.’ Republicans spew hateful rhetoric at abortion providers, and that inflammatory rhetoric got 3 people killed including a police officer. Republicans filibustered, count them, *6* bills to help our veterans get better jobs and increase their pay while cutting SNAP benefits to them. Republicans restricted the amount of food an active serviceman could get. They filibustered an increase in VA spending that would help our veterans get the care they need. We must have the courage to call them what they are.
Republicans are terrorists.