The GOP Wants to Turn America into the Ultimate No-Go Zone


The Republicans have gotten No-Go Zone Fever; they can’t shake it. But it’s like watching take off a meme about the moon being made of poisonous cheese that’s going to fall on our heads. It’s so obviously absurd.

And then I think of Fox News’ Mexicans sneaking across the border with their anuses stuffed with drugs a few years back, and then it became explosives in their anuses, and then came ISIL and Ebola, and then ISIL and Ebola working together and Mexicans sneaking across the border with Ebola, and before that, it was Benghazi.

For six years we have listened to Republicans invent a fake and increasingly bizarre reality from which to attack our first black president. They complain about no-go zones, but they seem determined to turn America into a no-go zone. A no-go zone for people who disagree with the invented reality they want to impose not only on us, as American citizens, but on the world.

Their reaction to President Obama’s SOTU the other night had an air of the unreal about it, with John Boehner blaming Obama of all people for income inequality, and Ted Cruz complaining to Megyn Kelly, “he just doubled down on the same failed policies of the last six years, more and more taxes and spending and death…”

Failed policies? Where has he been? Not with the rest of us, apparently.

What they are creating is a no-go zone for facts, like passing legislation (H.R. 1422) that would prevent scientists from advising the EPA in areas where they have expertise. You know, like climate scientists. Because the facts are not helpful to Republicans and their corporate owners, they want to replace actual scientists with industry “experts” who know a lot about how to extract oil or natural gas but nothing at all about the climate or environment (and who could care less).

Or H.R. 4435, which, because Republicans don’t like the Pentagon dealing with the reality of global warming and its threat to national security, as ThinkProgress explained, “forces the Defense Department to ignore the findings and recommendations of the National Climate Assessment and the IPCC’s latest climate assessment, specifically with regard to the national security impacts of climate change.”

“You can’t change facts by ignoring them,” said Mike Breen, Executive Director of the Truman National Security Project, and leader of the clean energy campaign, Operation Free. “This is like trying to lose 20 pounds by smashing your bathroom scale.”

But that is exactly what Republicans think they can do. They ignored them or legislated them out of existence under Bush, and they are more than willing to do it again under Obama.

Just look at some of the other absurdities they want us to accept:

  • The Keystone XL’s 35 permanent jobs somehow equates to 40,000 jobs;
  • That there is no global warming, even though, as President Obama pointed out in his SOTU Tuesday that, “2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does — 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century”;
  • That it’s not rude to clap when President Obama says in his SOTU that, “I have no more campaigns to run,” but it is somehow rude for Obama to respond, truthfully, “I know, because I won both of them”;
  • That there are “no-go zones” in Europe even though there are no “no-go zones” in Europe and even though Fox News has admitted that it was wrong multiple times and despite lack of any evidence of no-go zones in Europe (see the point about reality is crap, below);
  • That there is a Benghazi conspiracy even though their own House Report that is the “definitive word” on Benghazi says there is no Benghazi conspiracy (see the point about reality is crap below);
  • That reality is “crap” and we should ignore it when we don’t like it and invent a reality more congenial to our biases;
  • That a bill – H.R. 30, the oxymoronically-named Save American Workers Act – is somehow not only a bill designed to “save American workers” but also somehow a jobs bill. But it doesn’t actually create jobs and is designed to not save, but hurt workers, stripping healthcare from them – at least a million of them says the CBO – circumventing the Affordable Care Act by defining full-time employment as 40 hours per week instead of thirty, the point at which employees currently become eligible for medical benefits;
  • That another bill – H.R. 37, the so-called Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act – “would reduce the regulatory burden on Main Street workers and businesses” when in fact it is an attack on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. What H.R. 37 actually does, says the White House, is “unnecessarily puts these working and middle-class families at risk while benefitting Wall Street and other narrow special interests.” (Statement of Administration Policy here).

If all of this has a sense of the unreal, it is because it is all based on fantasy. Even post-SOTU Republican fact-checking involved simply inventing facts to pit against the claims made by the President. And that’s not how it works. Fact checking, by definition, is checking claims against actual facts. Otherwise, the process is meaningless.

The ultimate effect of this is that America will become the ultimate no-go zone, a place where reality – the scientific underpinnings of our universe included – is not welcome. Now it’s all fine and dandy to indulge in fantasy, but there comes a time you have to turn off the video game and get back to work. It’s one thing to remind our kids that their video game isn’t reality, but our kids aren’t running our families. That’s what adults are for.

Do you see the problem? Republicans want to replace the laws of physics and say, “This is how reality works now” but you can’t legislate reality out of existence. We shouldn’t have to remind the guys who are supposed to be running the country that none of that stuff they’re saying is actually true. That it’s all a fantasy. An America they would like to have. Not an America that is. That the sea levels are going to continue to rise whether scientists are allowed to talk about it or not.

Feel like you’re trapped in a nightmare yet? You should.

10 Replies to “The GOP Wants to Turn America into the Ultimate No-Go Zone”

  1. Good article HH. The Republican mindset is fear-based and the thing they seem to fear the most is reality.

  2. Just more fox and cruz fear mongering, cause they have nothing to offer.Rafael’s campaign slogan… divert, divert, divert, then lie lie lie.

  3. It’s a shame that very few Republicans dare speak the truth anymore. If they do they are labeled a RINO. They can lie most of the time, but if they say one true thing or show respect that’s it their just as bad as a Liberal. Republicans have to pander to the Christians and the most confused and hateful people just to get elected. They have done it so long that’s all they have to offer now.

  4. I am reminded of how, during the Third Reich, you had to espouse “Aryan science”, as opposed to all other science, which had been nefariously promoted by Jews like Einstein.

  5. What amazes me is how many people are duped into believing this crap. Do they just crawl out from under a rock to watch Faux News and then crawl back in? Do they have no real concept of reality? People never seemed to be this stupid twenty years ago. How did they degenerate so fast? Are they so blinded by bigotry and faux religeous teachings? Can they not see through the BS that is Fox “News”? I feel like I’ve somehow entered the Twilight Zone.

  6. Now be warned reynardine for Rhondar may appear and give you crap about real history as it pertains to the obvious similarity between the 3rd Reich and Conservatism today. Even though the Conservatives in 1949 brought back from Europe ex-Nazis to craft the Conservative message and agenda for the US.

  7. I have been trying to avoid using this comparison for the sake of hyperbole, but when it comes to the reality of what’s going on the GOP has turned in to the Nazi party of the 1930s. It took 65+ years, but ultimately Hitler won WWII. His evil ideology came back as today’s republican party.

  8. Mr. Obama laid out the myriad ways he intends to make Congress’ life a living hell over the next two years.

    for example: When he declared the war over in front of Congress, he ended their funding authority for that war. No contracts. No arms. Halliburton is out of a job. Bite me, Congress.

    He invited an authorization to ‘fight ISIL’ as a ‘kiss my ass’ taunt. Not going to happen.
    Congress boldly de-funded DHS – Cheney’s monstrous concentration of power. Awesome! Let’s decide if DHS is what we want/need going forward. Though if the Executive Branch doesn’t sign a bill authorizing funding, DHS will be drowned in a bathtub. Too bad. so sad.

    The flow of money and military equipment to local police departments will come to a halt! The Drug wars will not be aggressively prosecuted!!!
    Woe is me. Alas. Alack! Our beautiful police state! Kneecapped and prostate.
    I’m in.

  9. On another side of this reality coin of “no go zones”. This nation of ours truly have some “no go zones”. One just have to try to get into one of those many places that millionaires in this country build and call them their country club homes. The name is a misnomer since million dollar mansions clustered together are never seen in the true definition of country. One quickly learns that tries to drive their Ford pick up to get a country club view, what a true no go zone is all about in this nation of the haves and have nots… Never will hear republicans align themselves with this, their true mentality. Could have written this better, but if one is honest with themselves, one will quickly see that their mentality of “no go zones’ has taken over most all of this nation’s governmental principalities. Large and small, that is why one sees all these Tea baggers being elected nation wide. Once a upon a time, country clubers would not be caught dead in their sight.

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