A Look Into The Republican Frontrunners

Tonight I’ve been trying to study neuroscience, in particular our language systems, but I’m unable to concentrate.  My mind is just rushing all over the place.  I want to scream, but there’s nobody to scream to, so I’ll scream here in text.

I’m going to begin by asking you all a few questions.  Do you think that Japan’s current economic problems are due to their emperor having sex with a demonic sun goddess?  Do you think that gays are, by their very nature, violent savages incapable of compassion or virtue?  Do you believe that God possessed Hitler in order to herd the Jews back to Israel?

No?  Really?  *looks at you closely*  Are you sure?

*Pauses*

Quick, come inside.  Hurry!  *Pulls you into a secret room*  You don’t find sane people much these days.  Why do I bring this up?  Take a look at one of the top Republican presidential candidates.

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Is this some sort of crazy dream?  This idiot, Governor Perry, should be laughed off the face of the Earth, but instead he’s a prominent governor and hopeful presidential contender.  Former President George Bush’s team is helping him raise campaign funds.  Seriously!  This man may be our next president?  Am I alone when I think this is insanity?  Literally.  I’m not saying that to be dramatic.  The men featured at Governor Perry’s prayer conference need to be put in a mental asylum and thoroughly examined.  They’re hearing voices in their heads, they’re delusional, and they’re incapable of assessing reality.

Apparently the first amendment doesn’t specify freedom of religion.  Oh no, what it really says is that everybody should be mandated to be a Christian.  And Obama’s healthcare bill?  That’s a plot by the Illuminati to euthanize 93% of the world’s population.  And don’t let statue of liberty fool you.  It’s really a demonic idol, worshiped by our leaders who are working to usher in the anti-christ.  Governor Perry calls for a prayer rally and brings in these guys to be our spiritual moral leaders.  We’re all invited.

What about Republican frontrunner Michelle Bachmann?  She believes the same sort of stuff.  If you ask her what she thinks the biggest issues are for America is today, she’ll start going on about abortion and homosexuality.  Not financial reform, not exploding healthcare costs, not foreign policy or the wars, but abortion and homosexuality, and of course she’s against both.  All those dead babies are crying out and God is punishing our nation.  And if there’s one thing the Lord’s pissed off about, it’s gay sex.  You can kills hundreds of thousands of people in war and God will turn the other way, but when it comes to sex, God starts pouring out His wrath!

Who’s the other frontrunner?  Mitt Romney?  He’s a devout Mormon.  Have you ever heard what Mormons really believe?  Remember Joseph Smith translating the golden tablets by divine inspiration in 1820, or whatever?  I’ll let Christopher Hitchens recount that story.

*sigh*

I haven’t been keeping up with politics lately, but I’ve been hearing about Sarah Palin possibly running for president.  Remember the MILF whose foreign policy credentials consist solely in the fact that she was governor of Alaska, which is next to Russia?  She consistently gets her facts wrong and finds, “What periodicals do you read?”  to be a “gotcha” question, just another liberal elitist “lamestream” media attack on her character because we don’t like her Christian virtues.  She feels our involvement in the middle-east is part of a divine plan, ordered from God.  That’s just what we need, a war-mongering religious bimbo running the country.

And even though she bombs every interview, never has anything substantial to say beyond cliche talking points, and shows herself to be a complete moron, incapable of handling even minor pressure, she may well be our next president.  How dumb is the American public?  I mean seriously.  How dumb are they?  We all need to make sure to follow her every tweet, cover every little thing she does, and even idolize her daughter who has never accomplished or done anything.

We’re living in the movie Idiocracy.  Somehow, the average IQ must has dropped about 40 points over the past 30~40 years.  As Bill Maher recently stated in an interview, this Republican party is not your father’s Republican party.  These people are religious extremists.  I can’t even make stuff up that’s as ridiculous as what they believe and are saying.

Did you hear what Rick Perry’s group was saying about atheists?  They may do all sorts of humanitarian work, and be kind, and otherwise good people, but don’t buy into it!  They have an evil agenda!  *sits dumbfounded*  What!?  What evil agenda?  Then the camera cuts to this young man listening intently, heeding the warning call.  And Oprah, oh my goodness, she’s apparently the most evil villain of them all.  She rejects the authenticity of Christ!  The true power of the blood!  Yes, we can’t have forgiveness and morality without true, authentic human sacrifice.  Old man Newt Gingrich is saying the same sorts of things.  Atheists have an agenda to take over the nation!

Is it any wonder why everything’s falling apart around us?  Is it any wonder why our infrastructure is crumbling, our children are failing in science and mathematics, and why Wall Street gangsters are running all over us?  These people have NO IDEA what’s going on.  I don’t think the American public has any idea what’s going on, or what our real problems are, either.  They have to be complete morons to even consider voting for candidates like these.  I can’t even get into the minds of people so dumb.

While I’m on my ranting tirade, I might as well let it all out.  The mainstream public is a bunch of cowards, fearful of events which are so unlikely to happen that it’s ridiculous.  Why do we have the Patriot Act?  Why are we digitally strip-searched in our airports, with TSA agents ogling our girlfriends’ nude bodies?  Because people are idiots and they’re cowards.  Land of the free and home of the brave?  Past generations maybe, but not us.  Not this America.

Do you ever just lose hope?

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6 Responses to A Look Into The Republican Frontrunners

  1. According to Leonard Peikoff and the Objectivists (which now includes me, these days) the #1 threat to America today are the religious extremists, even greater a threat than the ongoing march into a pure socialist nightmare – which is not surprising after reading all the incredible beliefs some of these people hold.

    Unfortunately if I wanted to run for president, I’d have to run as either a Republican or Democrat. And by today’s definitions I’m neither… but I have to choose one if I want any serious shot at running at all. I’m not a religious nut-bar, but I’m also not a freedom-destroying, nanny-state-loving hippie either.

    We need a strong 3rd party that is not religious but still holds to strongly to freedom and free market capitalism (which, by the way, has never been done before – we’ve had a mixed economy for so long now that no one currently living has experienced real capitalism before, so when people say “capitalism” these days, they THINK you’re talking about what we have now, which is a long ways from what it is really supposed to be.) I know you already know that, but I’m just saying it for the benefit of anyone who happens to be reading this comment 🙂

    One interesting thing I recently learned about the ancient Greeks is one of the major reasons their civilization was so successful was because they combined a good degree of freedom alongside practically minimal religion. Yeah they had their gods and goddesses but it was not a real “religion” like how we think of it today.

  2. It’s all so ironic. Religious fundamentalists like to wave the flag and talk about freedom, yet they work tirelessly to undermine freedom and institute a theocracy. In his book The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins quotes Senator Barry Goldwater, who worked hard to defend our liberties from religious extremists.

    “There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God’s name on one’s behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of conservatism.”

  3. kate says:

    I seriously wonder how people like you get published and read.

    I don’t care about your personal opinions of Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, or Sarah Palin. To call a woman a MILF is offensive and insulting. To call someone an idiot because they believe something you don’t is irresponsible.

    I hope you are not thinking that your words are wise and to be followed by the masses.

    This kind of rhetoric and hate-filled speech is the original problem with this country in this new century. You believe, by some warped version of rights, that you have the right to spew your hate for others to read. Well, why is it your right to spew your insults, yet you feel it necessary to believe that those you insult also do not have the right to say what it is that they believe in.

    Double standards and hypocrite attitudes are breaking this country down to its knees and all you have in your arsenal is to attack people who are Christian?

    I’m not a Christian, I am not an atheist. I just know that this country allows for both. And your intolerance of those who are different is exactly what is wrong with this country. Are you intolerant of Muslims? Are you intolerant of Jews? Are you intolerant of Atheists? I saw nothing against those groups in your drivel and rant.

    I think philosophy is not your forte’, my dear friend. You should look for a better choice in careers or hobbies because philosophy looks at the “what if’s” not the “what cannot be tolerated.”

    Too bad, you’re a good writer with a poor sense of anything.

  4. kate says:

    I do agree with the intolerance of Christian views. I am so tired of hearing them say that gay is a sin when clearly the men who wrote the Bible are the ones who say it is a sin.

    Following blindly is a poor thing to do. It shows ignorance of all available concepts to limit yourself to one.

    However, to insult someone for their views is pretty much the same thing. Just because I think that gays should get to marry because it is not my place to tell them that they cannot, I also believe that telling Christians they are idiots because they believe that gay is a sin is wrong, too.

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and to be even more cliche’ it seems that typically birds of a feather do flock together.

    If we were to all branch out and fly with different flocks maybe there’d be more conversation and less rhetorical and vitriolic attempt at communication.

    No one hears that which is shouted at them.

  5. Kate,

    I will concede that referring to Sarah Palin as a MILF was a bit much. That is insulting. But I do have serious bones of contention with these candidates.

    I have a right to free speech, just as they do. If you watch the video I posted, these Christian extremists, who Rick Perry is holding a prayer rally with, want to mandate Christianity on all of us. You may say, “Governor Perry is just trying to appeal to the evangelical base.” If that’s so, then I’ll leave the guy alone, but how am I supposed to know? When you start holding rallies and telling the world that our problems cannot be solved by mankind, but we instead need to summon religious deities through prayer and fasting, I wonder if you’re the right man for the job. He said our problems are spiritual in nature. Does that mean that gays are the reason our country is falling apart? Is it due to abortion legislation? They’re marching off on moral crusades that have nothing to do with our real problems.

    History shows that when a superpower is in decline, the people look for a scapegoat to blame all their problems on. Take the decline of the British Empire. Over several generations before Queen Victoria, the British had establishing themselves as the dominant super-power on Earth. They were masters at spinning cotton into cloth. They knew how to create valuable metals from pig iron. They had the best steam-ships out there. They also had to best international marketing structure on the planet. They were the chief exporters of the world and had the best manufacturing processes on the planet. Raw materials from all across the globe flowed into Britian, and they were the world’s producer, just as we were back in the 1950s.

    But every new technology eventually becomes old. Foreign competitors began to step up, and Britian slowly began to lose its dominance. New technologies, such as electricity, were being developed, but instead of capitalizing on them, they ignored them. It was Americans, like Edison, who started to dominate the new markets and new technologies. And as Britian’s power waned, what did they do? They went on a moral crusade. Their university professors began to blame their situation on a deterioration of moral values. They blamed women’s dress. They blamed Ibsen’s dramas, Tolstoy’s novels, and Nietzsche’s philosophy. They also began to crusade against gays.

    This all culminated with Oscar Wilde, who was a famous homosexual. Wilde filed a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, which later exploded into a media frenzy. The gay man became the nation’s scapegoat, who was then imprisoned for years, and all of his books were removed from the stores. This whole endeavor ended up breaking Oscar mentally, and he died shortly after being released from prison. But did this do anything to alleviate Britian’s economic woes? Of course not. But it satisfied the public who was looking for someone to blame.

    Christians today are using our economic problems as an excuse to say, “Look, we’ve lost our way. We’ve lost our Christians principles. That’s why we’re on the decline.” Gays and atheists are the new scapegoats. They’re wanting prayer back in our schools, and want to outlaw gay marriage, thinking somehow that’s related to our economic problems. There’s no correlation at all.

    The reason our factories are gone is because of deals like NAFTA, where international corporations can move to Mexico and exploit cheap labor there and avoid having to deal with unions and labor requirements. They exploit cheap labor and then export the goods over here. Companies like Microsoft are shedding American workers and hiring Indians, who will work for much lower wages. We also are dealing with a corrupt financial system, where Wall Street is manipulating financial markets for short term gains, gambling in things like derivatives. And as we lose more and more of factories and methods of production, we’ve tried to compensate for this by borrowing more and more money from China to prop up our lifestyle artificially. We’ve lived in a debt driven society, but now the bills are coming due. We’ve over-extended ourselves trying to be the policeman of the world, and we all have lived far beyond our means, living off of credit cards. Those are the real problems. Not gays, and not atheists.

    I’m fine with Christians as long as they don’t try to push their religion down my throat, and tell me I can’t be moral just because I don’t believe in their religion. But Kate, these people are looking for someone to blame and want to remove our religious freedoms. They don’t have a clue what’s really causing the decline of our nation.

    I’m also curious as to how you define tolerance? If you’re asking whether I respect religious beliefs, then no, I do not. Respect means, “to regard highly; to think much of”. That applies equally well to Islam, and most all religions. But I don’t actively pick fights with them, and I would not use force or compel another person to believe in science and reason. As long as I’m left alone, I will leave others alone. That’s what tolerance really is. I can’t make myself respect stupidity, but I can tolerate it.

    It is my right, and I feel duty as well, to stand up to these people in any way I can. They’re flat out wrong about what’s really going on. Our politicians are waging wars on foreign countries that have done nothing to us. Hundreds of thousands of people have already been killed, and billions of dollars are being spent on wars which are doing nothing for us. You say that philosophy talks about “What ifs”, not “what cannot be tolerated”. Well, what if all those billions of dollars had not be sunk in these middle-eastern quagmires but had instead went into infrastructure and taking care of our citizens? What if we had used that money to pay for people’s college educations? What if that money had went into helping the elderly pay for their medical prescriptions? These policies have very real implications.

    As for these wars, I feel it’s all an excuse for defense contractor welfare. Defense companies are making a fortune, and they don’t want these wars to end, so they lobby Congress to keep the wars going. They lobby to have high tech nude body scanners installed all over in airports. They lobby to have their security cameras monitoring all of us. We have huge deficits and are on the very brink of defaulting on our debt, yet what do we do? We continue with the worthless wars. Sarah Palin feels our involvement in the middle east is some sort of divine quest from God. Who is worse? A man yelling on his blog, “This is wrong and evil”, or waging wars on the innocent, bankrupting our nation? The moral thing to do is speak out against it.

    I have serious qualms with both parties. I have serious qualms with any political party which supports the Patriot Act, wants to wiretap our phones, and not respect our civil liberties. I believe in freedom. I don’t want nude body scanners in airports, and I don’t want worthless moral crusades which won’t help us at all. Us Americans need to step up, work harder, and innovate. Other countries are working hard, innovating, and we’re being left behind.

  6. There are some pretty black-and-white issues out there. A person who “tolerates” everything stands for nothing.

    Is it right to “tolerate” a religion that advocates murdering you and other people?

    Is it right to tolerate a social system that steals from people by brute force and makes the poor weak and dependent?

    Is it right to tolerate people who believe in complete metaphysical nonsense that is better left to their own private lives and not used as the basis for implementing policy that affects all our lives?

    I say no. There are some things a freedom loving individual cannot and must not tolerate if they wish to keep living under a free society (or in our case, a somewhat free society)

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