The Republican Party Has Become a Haven For All Forms of Right Wing Extremism

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Danger Right Wing Extremists

Extremism is any ideology in politics or religion considered to be far outside the mainstream attitudes of a society that advocates for the replacement of democracy with an authoritarian regime. Shortly after Americans first elected an African American man as President, Republicans enlisted seething racists and anti-government crusaders in the extremist teabagger movement to ramp up opposition to anything proposed by the Obama Administration. Republicans carefully kept a safe distance from teabagger extremism to give the illusion that their opposition to the President was borne of policy and not because they were far outside the mainstream of society. The ruse failed to convince many who observe politics regularly, and for all intents and purposes the Republican and tea parties were one-in-the-same.

When Americans started noticing that Republicans in Congress were doing nothing except obstructing progress and responsible for the gridlock in Washington, some conservative pundits and establishment Republicans pointed to extremist teabaggers as the problem; particularly Speaker of the House John Boehner. Last December, Boehner put on a bad performance when he lashed out at teabaggers and their conservative belief tanks for “forcing” establishment Republicans to shut down the government, and he repeated the performance in April when he claimed they prevented members of the House Republican caucus from completing 16 or 17 months of hard work to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Boehner used teabaggers as scapegoat as if they were different from establishment Republicans, but last week he told a different story.

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After last week’s primaries pitting establishment Republicans against teabaggers, Boehner downplayed the difference between the two conservative factions, and likely told the truth for the first time in his tenure as House Speaker. He said, “there is not that much, not a whole lot of a difference between what you call the tea party and your average conservative Republican.” To be perfectly clear, Boehner was not insinuating that teabaggers were not extreme in their anti-government and pro-theocratic agenda, but that the Republican Party was just as extreme as teabaggers who consider social conservatism as important as limited government and fiscal responsibility.

According to a Pew Research poll over a year ago, “Tea Party supporters tend to have conservative opinions not just about economic matters, but also about social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. In addition, they are much more likely than registered voters as a whole to say religion is the most important factor in determining their opinions on social issues. And they draw disproportionate support from the ranks of white evangelical Protestants.”

The Pew survey should disabuse Americans of the notion that the teabagger or Republican movements are not havens for religious extremism, and there is a growing indication that the entire conservative movement has embraced the insane notion that America is a Christian nation being beseiged by the federal government. There are already plenty of extremist Christians in Congress whether it is Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louis Gohmert, or Michele Bachmann, and after a Nebraska candidate for Senate defeated his establishment primary opponent it is safe to say that conservatives are officially an extremist religious movement.

The religious right fanatic seeking a Senate seat from Nebraska, Ben Sasse, won the support of conservative groups Freedomworks, Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth, and drew maniacal endorsements from religious right teabaggers Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz. Sasse strongly believes that the modern conservative movement exists to combat the secularization of America due to Supreme Court rulings banning taxpayer-funded public schools from indoctrinating young students into Christianity with mandated Christian prayers and bible readings. If one peruses Sasse’s website, it is clear that he holds the same insane, and increasingly popular, belief among conservatives that religious freedom to violate any law is as important as the right to live. In Sasse’s worldview, unrestrained free exercise of religion is non-negotiable and according to him government cannot force any Christian to adhere to any law if it violates their religious beliefs under any circumstances. He pledged to fight for Christians’ right act according to their Christian conscience and violate laws they believe infringe on their free exercise of religion. His belief is in line with the Manhattan Declaration, Arizona’s failed right to discriminate legislation, and Hobby Lobby’s contention that its religious freedom gives them the right to control women’s contraceptive use.

Religious extremism was, at one time, the purview of maniacs in the religious right movement, but after the election of Barack Obama as President, teabaggers and Republicans embraced fanatical Christianity as their raison d’etre. The extremists have attempted to use the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom to establish their right to become a law unto themselves and establish a Christian theocracy. It has become a common refrain among Republicans and their teabagger cohort to decry attacks on their religious liberty that always translates into their liberty to impose their bastardized version of Christianity on the entire nation. In April, during remarks at the Christian fundamentalist madrassa, Liberty University, teabagger Ted Cruz parroted a common warning from Republicans, teabaggers, and Christian extremists. He said that, “These are troubled times, and religious liberty, the very first liberty in the Bill of Rights, the very first protection we have, has never been more in peril than it is right now.”

Just six years ago if an establishment Republican or sitting Senator made those kind of comments they would have been laughed out of Congress. Today, if a teabagger or Republican is not warning Christians their religious liberty is in peril and that the government is attempting destroy Christianity to preserve the Founding Fathers’ intent for a secular America they are not “true conservatives.” As unpopular as Republicans in Congress are, teabaggers are toxic and Democrats would do well to remind voters at every turn that Speaker of the House John Boehner said there is no difference between extremist teabaggers and establishment Republicans. They would also do well to explain exactly what the two conservative factions consider their free exercise of religion entails because there are very, very few Americans who embrace the idea of religious extremists, whether they are teabaggers or Republicans, with authority to impose their version of extremist Christianity on the population.

 

 

 

17 Replies to “The Republican Party Has Become a Haven For All Forms of Right Wing Extremism”

  1. No surprise…once you crack that door, the creepy crawlers slime out from under the rocks.

    The left went through this in the mid-late 60s… beginning with the Students for a Democratic Society… which invited The Weather Underground… and all sorts of fringe, radical idiots. It’s taken decades for the Left to recover.

    It will take decades for Conservatives to recover… to the point where those true rational conservatives may have to give up “Republican” and call themselves something else… taking the money and power with them.

  2. Way the frak back in 1974 I predicted the rise of Extremist Pathological Christianity.I was in High School and some teachers praised my papers while a few even went so far as to ask the school board to expel me. These people are dangerous and must be eradicated with extreme prejudice.

  3. Huh? Wow. I’m sure somewhere a blogger on the other end of the political spectrum has written about the extremism of far-left liberals trying impose socialism on the unwitting public through Common Core. The difference between Democrats and Republicans is the the speed in which they are driving the country off a cliff. Who we believe is driving the country off that proverbial cliff faster depends on which way we lean politically.

  4. All endangered species become more extreme as they fight for survival. So goes with the radical right. It is a battle they will eventually lose. The overwhelming majority do not want to return to the past. Progression can not be stopped, but only delayed. Time is not their side.

    I don’t think the Repubs can even be considered a national party anymore. A regional party at best. That to shall fade with time. Most of their ardent supporters will be in a grave in 15 or 20 years.

  5. Yes, Joe the (non) plumber has crawled out of the slime pit again, there can be no-one who has not heard his latest spewing about his right to bear arms.

    Has this man ever held a job?
    Has he served in the military?

    I think he is just a rethug hanger on!

  6. Let’s see you first give us a PROPER definition of socialism; then give us a WELL-REASONED argument as to how Common
    Core can impose it.

    When was the last time your critical-thinking skills were exercised?

  7. I have also noticed that RighT Wing Extremists—NEVER SMILE! They have that permanent SCOWL on their faces. Why is that? ANGRY and Beeyatching ALL the time. Unhappy souls. For real. Ugh!

  8. Because they can’t get women to have sex with them (unless, of course, they threaten the women with being shot).

  9. Saoirse – You are a first-order fool. Obviously you have no idea what Common Core is or you wouldn’t expose yourself as a total moron. There have been educational standards as long as schools have existed, but they are suddenly “socialism” just because there is an African American man in the Oval Office? One thing is perfectly clear; whatever backwater you inhabited did not adhere to any educational standards or you wouldn’t repeat unsubstantiated bullshit you heard on Fox News, home-school websites, or vacation bible-school.

    Embarrass yourself around your white trash yokel crowd, but stop humiliating all Americans. The rest of the country is sick to death of your type embarrassing the entire population with sheer stupidity.

  10. but.. but ..they are Republicans stupid and despicable as they can be. They truly believe all of us are on board with this racial hatefulness bigotry and starvation of our society. They really do. My gawd how anyone can follow such a sick dangerous party is beyond me. They rile up people to kill a bortion doctors..women..black young men. It all comes from the right. Sorry.

  11. These teathugliKKKans are a danger to society and now they have produced their war on children and we as Americans must save our country and get rid of these brainless,heartless thugs and we must vote mid-term or we are all destined for hell for there will be no life liberty & justice here in America so please urge your relative & friends to vote these scums out of our government because America is being abused right now & we are better than them!

  12. So tired of hearing about how the Republicans in this state ‘are going to fight Obama and repeal obamacare’ but have nothing positive to run on

  13. An excellent and well-articulated article by Rmuse. We must be vigilant if we want our country to remain a secular society or the alternative of “Christian” theocracy will ultimately prevail.

    We must remember that it was Reagan who invited and warmly welcomed the fundamentalists into government through Ralph Reed and his cohorts.

  14. Saorise, you’ve just exposed yourself as an illformed eejit. You haven’t a clue what you’re talking about. It’s regressives like you who are the problem, and intent on destroying the Country.

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