The 2012 CPAC Awards for Insanity in Politics

What do you say or do with a group that insists nobody but them have any rights? That for others to have the same rights they do is a violation of their belief system? It’s the height of absurdity and perhaps the most ridiculous argument ever made in the entire history of the world, but there they are, making it, and wanting us to buy into it.

To make matters worse, if we resist their attacks on the rights of others (including our own), that is, if we refuse to be harassed, disenfranchised or bullied, we are accused to waging war on their beliefs, of trying to deprive them of the right to believe. In other words, we have no right to not believe the crap they’re peddling because refusing to believe is a violation of their rights.

It’s a discussion – or rather a series of discussions – we should not even be having. It takes on the sheen of arguing with cartoon characters, which most people would admit is just plain silly. I mean, who argues with Popeye or Mickey Mouse? But these people are actual flesh and blood. It’s just that like cartoon characters they don’t come across as very bright.

Certainly, these conservatives possess a certain low animal cunning, but so do rodents (Mickey Mouse is at least nice). If they were genuinely intelligent (or their minds not clouded by religious zealotry), they would know better than to think their narrative is going to be widely accepted. The average person is just not that gullible. It’s not the Dark Ages anymore and we’re not a bunch of uneducated and unwashed peasants who are going to blindly accept the argument that it’s for our own good and they, the people who say they talk to “God” (and that “God” talks to them), know better. They don’t. Demonstrably, they know less. Far less.

I sat down to write a specific article but I quickly abandoned the idea because there was simply too much to talk about. The annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) always brings out the worse in the Christian Right and this year is no exception. You want to take them by the lapels and say, “You do realize we can hear you, right?”

You’d think that would be enough to snap them out of it; be too embarrassed to parade their preschool-level tripe in front the rest of us. Instead, they seem proud.

Without further ado, let’s look at some of the offerings (Leah Burton has addressed Sarah Palin’s bizarro performance yesterday) from this year’s CPAC, care of Right Wing Watch:

CPAC: Anti-Muslim Activist James Lafferty Says He’s ‘Proud’ of Attacks against Mosques and
CPAC: Austin Ruse Condemns Efforts to Stop Violence against LGBT Community

Nothing like doubling down on the hate. You’d think this would be something any decent human being would condemn. After all, James Lafferty no doubt does not want to see churches or synagogues attacked. Shouldn’t all places of worship be equally sacrosanct? Unsurprisingly, he was proud that most of the mosques attacked have been in the South. It is difficult to say which is more despicable- Lafferty or Austin Rose, who is upset about efforts to put a stop to violence against the LGBT community.I will make them joint winners of the “Hate Crimes R Us Award”.

CPAC: Gingrich Says Unemployment Benefits Violate The Declaration of Independence

This is hands-down the winner of the “Most Asinine Statement of the Year Award”. Republicans love to appeal to a false ideal of Founding Fathers-based patriotism but this is so over the top it’s difficult to even make a response. Where do you begin?

Two Miami-Area Congressmen to Appear with White Nationalist at CPAC

You know the GOP has reached a new low when they are openly embracing White Supremacists.  I’ll let Right Wing Watch introduce these two:   Peter Brimelow and Bob Vandervoort both appeared at CPAC on February 9. This is what RWW has to say about Brimelow:

VDARE is a White Nationalist website, run by Brimelow, which frequently publishes the works of anti-Semitic and racist writers and is named after Virginia Dare, who is believed to be the first child of English parents born in the Americas. Brimelow, an immigrant from Great Britain, expresses his fear of the loss of America’s white majority, blames non-white immigrants for social and economic problems and urges the Republican Party to give up on minority voters and focus on winning the white vote. He also said that a New York City subway is the same as an Immigration and Naturalization Service waiting room, “an underworld that is not just teeming but also almost entirely colored.”

And this is their take on Vandervoort:
Vandeervoort is currently the head of ProEnglish, which supports making English the official language of the US, but previously he was the leader of the white nationalist group Chicagoland Friends of theAmerican RenaissanceAmerican Renaissance founder Jared Taylor wrote in the magazine that “the greatest threat to whites today comes from immigration.”

These two clowns are the winners of the “Adolf HitlerChurch of Nazism Award.”

CPAC: NRA’s LaPierre Uncovers ‘Massive Obama Conspiracy’

This is the truly brilliant ploy and wins my “Master of Unmitigated Gall Award” hands down. Explaining away President Obama’s failure to do any of the terrible things the NRA has accused him of, the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre explains that it’s all a ploy by Obama to lull conservatives into a false sense of security so that he can win a second term and take away their second amendment rights once and for all in 2012. Of course, this doesn’t explain the failure of every other similar NRA prediction for every time a Democrat is elected to the highest office. All those presidents and all those guns still floating around.

CPAC: Romney Prevented MA from Becoming the ‘Las Vegas of Gay Marriage’

Mitt Romney is SO desperate, it’s truly pathetic. Here is a guy who is damn near a liberal and his record as governor of Massachusetts proves it, who just got trounced by Rick Santorum, a real conservative, and he so badly wants to prove his own bona fides that he is engaging in a childish game of, “Oh yeah, well I…” (finish the sentence). But this is coming from a grown man who wants to be president. This is the winner of my “Most Pathetic Lie of the Year Award.” Even more disturbingly, the media is happily complicit in this deceit.

CPAC: Coulter Compares Obama to Flavor Flav

This wins the “Most Unimaginative Reason to Not Elect Obama Award for 2012”. I mean, WTF? Flavor Flav? Really? That’s the best she’s got? Obviously, Ann Coulter has lost her touch. She lost her grasp on reality years ago, if she ever had it to begin with. You can be pretty sure her hero, Joe McCarthy, would agree with my appraisal. As attacks go, you can’t get any weaker, being about on a par with that old favorite, “Your mother wears army boots.”

CPAC: Santorum Says There is no Right to Health Care

This Santorum entry isn’t quite as absurd as Gingrich’s claims regarding unemployment insurance but it’s nevertheless a pretty weak argument as arguments go. We could as easily argue that corporations have no right to tax breaks, no right to billions of dollars of our tax dollars that go to them to subsidize their huge corporate benefits packages and overseas bank accounts, and that churches have no right to exemption from taxes, and for that matter, that America has no right to the Interstate System and public libraries or the vaccinations that keep dangerous diseases which ravage other populations at bay in this country. This is my winner of the “Cherry Picker of the Year Award”.

Last of all, the winner of my “Holy Shit of the Year Award”, otherwise known as the “What Are You Smoking?” Award:

CPAC: Christians Have Been too Nice and Need to Stop Compromising

Are you F-ing kidding me? Seriously? You’re being too nice??? Well, I guess we saw truly angry with the Inquisition, Witch Burnings, and Crusades, so maybe Andy Blom, Executive Director of the American Principles Project, the man who said this incredibly stupid thing, is on to something. But I don’t think he’s going to find many supporters if that’s where he’s headed. As RWW puts it, he says “Christians just don’t want to be mean and called on Christians to be aggressive in defending their values and refuse to compromise.” 

If this tawdry parade doesn’t leave you shaking your head and feeling a little tainted even by this remote contact, then I don’t know what will.

18 Replies to “The 2012 CPAC Awards for Insanity in Politics”

  1. These folks have gone too far off the deep end to be embarrassed, even though they are singly and collectively huge embarrassments to this country. I just know folks in other countries are either laughing their heads off or shaking their heads in disbelief at this sideshow of unmitigated buffoonery. Just the same, they bear constant watching because their hunger for power exceeds their insanity.

  2. I should have let you write my headline: ” sideshow of unmitigated buffoonery” – LOVE it.

  3. The fact they had 2 white supremacists ALONG with Tony Perkins the little ball of furry hate on a panel discussing how multiculturalism is destroying America aught to tell Americans that unless you don’t have a blind hatred of other than white you are not welcome in the republican party. This HAS to be used in November. And this SHOULD embarrass every single republican who calls himself an American to death

    Im betting that’s why Palin finally accepted the invite to speak. They finally had enough white supremacists on the stage to make her little red shoes tingle

    Why is the GOP doing everything it can to not be elected?

  4. I think you have a wrong word in this sentence.

    “The annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) always brings out the worse in the Christian Right and this year is no example.”

    I think you mean “…is no exception.”

    (You may delete this comment after correcting, if necessary.)

  5. They seem to be doing all they can to alienate as many groups of Americans as possible. In 2012, they are open in their embrace of white supremacy. They seem to think that white Americans are a going to vote monolithically and for them, completely oblivious to the fact that they are also turning off a huge number of Americans who are white, Republican, or even both. I say let them keep talking, because they are well on the way to self-marginalization.

  6. I agreee, however WHY are they doing it? Either they feel they have the election won by other means than voting by the public, or this is the dumbest move a political party could ever make. To think pandering to the most base and vile elements of society will get them elected is beyond stupid, it has to be calculated effort to me

  7. Their sheer effrontery does make me wonder. The Nazis were never elected in any free election. They ascended to power via lies, blackmail, and backroom deals. Now, what have these people got up *their* sleeves?

  8. I don’t disagree that the right-wing whining about their rights is out of hand, but I also weary of the “left” condemning “men” for downgrading “women’s issues” — as if that was the only rationale that makes sense.

  9. I have been asking the same kind of questions, too, Shiva; I keep asking, ‘What do they want?’

    Why are they doing this to themselves and what do they want from everyone else? “It” defies logic and reason in terms of a government run by a constitutionally mandated electorate along with a bill of rights. Any way you look at “it”, their aberrant, destructive, bizarre behavior, is senseless from any perspective but their own…

    I’m going with, yes, they think they have “calculated that they can “buy” Diabold; just out-right flip a switch and Diabold puts them in power…as if…(nyuk-nyuk-nyuk)…as if no one will notice or, no one will do anything about it; are they THAT stupid??

    The answer is yes, they are; there is method to their madness. Theoretically, they could be planning to pull this kind of a November surprise in a effort to fraud the election; then when caught, scream foul, the election was “stolen” from them thereby proclaiming the government “illegitimate” and hostile to their “win”…more crazy-making, defying logic, reason.

    …which could lead us in a tailspin via several directions, from some kind of war (civil, religious, turf-based), or, some “door will be open” allowing violent protest, civilian strikes all organized by politicos. They’ve already primed the pump, manipulating their radical base to hate. Sister Sara talks about some “tipping point” in code as she seems to engage the “true believers” into a fight for “liberty”; they could commit acts ranging from treason to personal and property violence, plus lots of blatant law breaking of civil rights based upon their biblical beliefs…and, of course, they will want be on camera being “hand-cuffed” and “persecuted” as they scream that they’re not beholden to an “ill’la’gita’mate guv’urn’mint”…

    Either way, by getting away with Diabold fraud or getting caught and screaming foul, they think they “win”…that’s the only thing that makes sense.

    Indeed, the GOP efforts appear “calculated” and is in it’s “pre-chaos” phase…theoretically.

  10. It makes a whole hell of a lot of sense if you’re the target. Women’s issues are neither left nor right. They’re a key feature of human rights. Any man who has a wife, daughter, sister, grandmother, mom, aunt, sister-in-law, or other female they love, respect, and/or admire, should be concerned about male politicians making laws about what they can/cannot do with their bodies. Personally, I’d be just as outraged if the same politicians were trying to tell men that they couldn’t have access to condoms, vasectomies, cialis, viagra, penis pumps, and other male enhancements that are pushed in infomercials for hours on late night TV. These politicians holler “FREEDOM” on the one hand while reaching the other into the vaginas and uteri of millions of American women. I’ve given birth and have had many gynecological exams, and I refuse to allow my vagina and uterus to be used as political footballs–whether you or anyone else agrees with me, or not. The bottom line is that you wouldn’t be here without having had a female involved in your conception and birth.

  11. I vacillate between wanting to rise above the fray and be neutral and hope that these nutcases will go away, but I think that is exactly what happened in Nazi Germany. Normal people who didn’t by into the whole Nazi thing must have felt exactly like I do. Like, “what can we do? Who do we go to to restore sanity? This will blow over. Smart people will win.” I just had a conversation with a conservative the other day and said that If I am ever raped I want the choice to have an abortion and his brilliant answer was, “Well, then don’t get raped!” WHAT??????? FUBAR on so many levels and that is frighteningly being said ALOUD to a WOMAN!

    I just….*shaking head*

  12. Mr. Harraldsson, thank you for wading into the cesspool to bring us this report. I can read about it, but I haven’t the stomach to watch it.
    I’d like to nominate the Republican Party for the “Fear, Hate and Divisive War-Mongers” Award

    And to the citizens of the world outside the USA that are listening in: My country men and women are better than this. The 2012 Republican Party is a big ol’ skid mark in the underpants of the USofA. Please bear with us as the GOP trots all around proudly stinking up the place. We will do our laundry on November 6th, 2012 – at the ballot box.

    Don Henley – Dirty Laundry:

    “I make my living off the evening news. Just give me something, something I can use…
    We can do the innuendo; we can dance and sing
    When it’s said and done we haven’t told you a thing…”

  13. As a Christian who ancestors invented the inquisition, I’d like to burn Andy Blom at the stake, and I’d like to use that shameless hussey Anne Coulter as kindling. As a kind hearted christian I will even be as merciful as tieing bags of (NRA approved) gun powder around his heretical neck, as was the style back then. Anne gets not gun powder, sorry Anne you dress like the whore of babylon in your skimpy skirts, and if your were the conservative Christian woman you say you are, you’d shutup and get back in the kitchen.
    Now heres the part that makes me a real good Christian.
    “May God have mercy on their souls!” Amen!

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