Support GOP Free Speech – They Will Talk Themselves Out of Office if We Let Them

BachmannIt is highly amusing, after six years of racist attacks on our first black president, to listen to Rep. Mo “war on whites” Brooks (R-AL), as Jason Easley wrote here yesterday, blame “Democrats for Republican racism by claiming that Democrats are using racism to divide the country and drive up minority voting turnout.”

The “logic” here being that if we support the rights of minorities to be treated like people, we are anti-white, which differs not at all from the idea that if we support the equal rights of other religions we are anti-Christian.

While all minorities are being attacked – any skin color other than white and any religion other than their brand of fundamentalist whackjobbery makes you a target – I will focus here on Latinos, simply because the Republicans have put that particular minority group squarely – and not always metaphorically – in their sights running up to the 2014 midterms.

So keep in mind now, that Brooks is saying this even while Religious Right figures like Sandy Rios demonize refugee children; while Republicans like Texas Governor Rick Perry attack DREAMers and child refugees; while Rand Paul (R-KY) gets up and runs away from two DREAMers who want to ask him some questions; while Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is telling the world in a conference call that we ought to slap a 100 percent tax on money immigrants send home to their families in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, because they are waging “war against the American people.”

As an aside, I just want to say here but I once worked with a bunch of Mexican men and women who were not only the nicest people you’d want to meet but also the hardest working; certainly harder than Michele Bachmann. These people worked two or more jobs a piece just so they could send that money home to their families, and believe me, they earned it.

I’m not clear that Bachmann has actually earned even a single penny she’s been paid since going to Washington to spread her lunatic ideas in competition with that other great lunatic of our time, Sarah Palin. I mean look, what has Congress done lately?


(And keep in mind, just being there doesn’t mean they did any actual work)

As far as turning the minority vote against Republicans, do they really think we have to do anything at all as Democrats to make that happen? Do you think maybe – just maybe – the insanely hateful things they say (just look at Bachmann) might have something to do with it?

Here, judge for yourselves courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

“When are we going to get serious and really deport and deport right on the border?” Bachmann asked.

Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, those countries are laughing at us because they’re making money with their corrupt governments in conjunction with these international criminal cartels, they’re all making money and kickbacks. What I believe we should do is have a 100 percent tax on remittances, the money that illegal aliens send back to these countries.

“What we have to recognize is this truly is a war against the American people.”

In fact, I think we’ve all recognized something else, but the point I wish to make is this: When did refugees become enemy combatants?

In the end, there is not much difference between the KKK wanting to leave a few corpses on the border and Bachmann. On the one hand, they are killed on our border. On the other, they are sent away to be killed elsewhere. Of course, the avoidance of death is one of the forces that drives refugees to become refugees in the first place.

“What we need to do is get serious and recognize that there is a war that is being waged against us.”

“We’re rolling around looking at each other, but all the while our pockets are being picked and innocent people are being killed by illegal aliens and hurt and robbed and beaten and raped by criminal foreign nationals that are in our country,” she said.

“We are doing everything we can to hold on to this magnificent country as we see it literally fall like sand between our fingers.”

If this isn’t blatantly racist enough for you, how about crusty old Pat Buchanan, who says that “Obama did not like the America we grew up in,” he writes, adding, “How much more diversity can we handle before there is no unity left?”

If that’s still not ethnic nationalist enough for you, how about Buchanan telling us that American is supposed to be a country full of white Christians? That Obama wants to ensure America’s “evolution from a Western and predominantly Christian country into that multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic, borderless land Teddy Roosevelt inveighed against as nothing but a ‘polyglot boarding house for the world.'”

In what universe does rhetoric like this endear Latino voters to Republicans? In the face of this endless barrage of hate, in what way is it necessary for Democrats to do anything at all? All we need do is let the Republicans exercise their First Amendment right of free speech, prevent voter suppression, and let nature takes its course. The Republicans, though they will blame everyone else, have only themselves to blame for any losses in 2014.


Napoleon I is supposed to have said, “Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake” and whether he said it or not, it certainly fits within his well attested ability to take advantage of the incompetence of others. Napoleon helped us out once before by selling us Louisiana. Let’s let him help us again by listening to his advice about dealing with idiots.

Don’t tell Republicans to shut up. Let them talk. All we have to do is, all helpful-like, make sure everybody hears them. So be a good citizen. Help the Republicans out. Of office.

27 Replies to “Support GOP Free Speech – They Will Talk Themselves Out of Office if We Let Them”

  1. They just cant help themselves. I cant decide if Rience is helpless or this is the plan. Continue to blame the Dems for everything so no one will notice or investigate that you are doing what you are blaming the Dems of doing.

    Just like they did with the IRS

  2. never argue with a fool… people will have trouble telling the difference…

    maybe someone should remind these idiots that being American includes anyone on the North or South American continents regardless of which actual country they’re from…

    the United States doesn’t have a copyright on the word…

  3. I have an idea Michelle. How about putting a 100% tax on corporations that hide their billions of dollars overseas to avoid paying taxes here in the United States. Many of the people you want to tax are working two and three jobs to help their families back home. I doubt you would look at this as “family values”, you know, taking care of your own. People like Michelle and other zealots are playing to their most extreme base. They have been whpping them into a frenzy with their bigotry and racism for too long, and I fear so many of them are buying into the hate. If people who don’t support this kind of politics don’t get out and vote in November, who will be next? Who will the zealots target if they get a majority in 2014? First they came for…………….

  4. If Republicans aren’t talking themselves out of power, they take actions that will put them out of power: shutting down the government, suing the president, wanting to impeach the president, and, I hope, have another budget battle before the elections. Cruz, don’t let me down, now!

  5. The course of emigration being always, from places where living is more difficult, to places where it is less difficult, the happiness of the emigrant is promoted by the change: and as a more numerous progeny is another effect of the same cause, human life is at once made a greater blessing, and more individuals are created to partake in it.

    — James Madison, National Gazette, November 21, 1791.

  6. I understand the republicans want to add about 1 trillion dollars to the debt by giving tax breaks etc to high earners, this after denying food to the poor and unemployment pay to the people who cannot find a job, also denying a minimum wage increase. And this after getting elected to cut the debt!

  7. Seems to me, the rethugs have always been the party of…listen to what we are saying, but don’t watch what we are doing.
    Nothing new here is there?

  8. As much as I’d like to agree with you Maxie,I can’t. Think of the last shut down, 24 billion lost? think of the people hurt by the rethugs just to prove a point.
    Think of the standing of our country around the world! The rethugs have done so much damage to our country, I think all should be brought up on charges of treason.
    The way to beat them is.. VOTE like your life depends on it..because it does!!!

  9. Soon they are going to trumpet the fact that the debt is DOWN (and all due to them, no doubt!) so that they can then try to pass these cuts for the wealthy just in time for them to contribute to their reelection coffers. I’m sure ALEC has the bills all typed up and ready for them.
    I’m in MI, where Democratic seats were basically one person for the primary. The GOP had several people running. You got a ballot and could vote one side or the other. In looking at voter totals (we had about a 10% turnout in my county, which is actually not bad for a primary) the GOP contenders did not get a huge number more votes than the uncontested Dem. It gives me hope for November..if that many Dems were out this week, how many more can we get out in two months, after they’ve had a chance to watch Snyder and Land in action debating people who plan to help the state? Should be interesting. Land spent a wad of family money (legal, we’re not sure!) to capture the primary. We’ll see what happens.

  10. Ok,Haraldsson….tell me exactly which of Obama’s policies do you and your fellow jackwagons think we conservative Republicans would support of he were WHITE?….skin pimp much?

  11. Heh…of course we would….which is why it didn’t get a single GOP vote in either the House or the Senate….so now you are saying that the GOP opposition to ACA was because Obama is black?….seriously?

  12. I am saying everything the President does the teahadist oppose because he is black
    Republicans supported unemployment insurance under Bush

    Congress Approves Minimum Wage Hike
    With little fanfare, Congress yesterday approved the first increase in the federal minimum wage in nearly a decade, voting to boost wages for America’s lowest-paid workers from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over the next two years.
    The bill, which a spokesman for President Bush said he would sign

    The list goes on but since you are a bagger all you can say is na na na cant hear you

  13. Buchanan says “How much diversity can we handle”?
    Given the current rate of diversity, “White People” will soon be the minority. I’m sure its not diversity they are worried about, the concern is if a person, not a “good ole white boy”, gets into a position of authority, the wealthiest people, the companies and corporations that are NOT currently paying their fair share of taxes will have no one to protect them.
    If companies that paid their taxes, it would mean a lot more money that can be applied to support poor and people in need. I am not saying we should give it all to this group, maybe we could afford to educate or offer support to help get this group out of poverty. I realize there will always be those that take advantage. If the system were properly managed, it would be easier to weed those offenders out.

  14. The ACA for sure. I was paying over $1,200 a month for my health insurance in addition to co-pays and deductibles, yearly it was over $17,000 a year. Now I was offered a better insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible vs $5,000 and an out of pocket max of $2,000 vs $7,500, at a monthly rate of $310.00, yearly approx. $6,700 a years, saving me over $10,200 a year.
    In addition, my 401K and stock portfolio is currently at an all time high, granted it took awhile to recover since Obama was first elected.
    A good question is, “What has his policies or changes cost you or affected you”?

  15. The minimum wage is already $7.25/hour as of July 24, 2009. Here’s the governments minimum wage history, from the US Department of Labor
    Jul 24, 2007 $5.85 for all covered, nonexempt workers
    Jul 24, 2008 $6.55 for all covered, nonexempt workers
    Jul 24, 2009 $7.25 for all covered, nonexempt workers
    Currently, some states have chosen to pay a higher minimum wage. I am in the south and the minimum wage is the chosen rate by employers. If your candidate won’t work for $7.25 find someone that will. I always say that you get what you pay for and living in Atlanta isn’t cheap

  16. I agree that there should be a different tax rate for those who move the money out of the country, of course no one will choose 100%, but seriously there should be a large tax implication for moving money to other countries.
    You have to know that when people or companies do this, they must feel like they are doing something that might be illegal or try to cover all their bases so that it never comes up. That’s for an American democrat or republican.

  17. I Could Get Drunk, Stoned, and High on Sniffing Mimeograph Paper But I Still Couldn’t Make This Up

    Oh Rick Perry, you are the answer to my dreams.

    Rick Perry’s interview in The Atlantic, where he gives a 3,000 word summery of why he wears glasses and that’s the “long story short” version, is a wealth of crap I did not want to know about anybody, much less Rick Perry.

    But, the best?
    Read More

  18. I don’t want a shut down, either. I realize our economy lost $$$$ last time, but if that’s what it takes to keep control of the Senate and gain control of the House, so be it.

  19. Americans are being hard-wired to forget many things, including our own history. The Italian discover of the Northern mainland was AMERIGO Vespucci. If anyone should have the right to that word, it is the man who brought the name here.

  20. Richmond, CA Councilman Corky Boozé, who has been instigating anti-gay harassment of Richmond’s openly lesbian Vice Mayor at City Council meetings, quoted in the Chronicle:
    I’m not homophobic – my ex-wife is a lesbian.

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