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Republican Insanity

GOP veteran Mike Lofgren just published an attack on the Republican party, calling it “an apocalyptic cult” that is “full of lunatics.” Lofgren likens the GOP to Germany's Reichstag  and observes that “legislating has now become war minus the shooting, something one could have observed 80 years ago in the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic." Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly has spoken of the GOP's "descent into madness."

Lofgren points out the Achilles Heel of the GOP, hypocrisy: "Republicans are among the most shrill in self-righteously lecturing other countries about the wonders of democracy; exporting democracy (albeit at the barrel of a gun) to the Middle East was a signature policy of the Bush administration. But domestically, they don’t want those people voting. You can probably guess who those people are. Above all, anyone not likely to vote Republican. As Sarah Palin would imply, the people who are not Real Americans. Racial minorities. Immigrants. Muslims. Gays. Intellectuals. Basically, anyone who doesn’t look, think, or talk like the GOP base."

Lofgren says that “the Republican Party of 2011 believes in three principal tenets,” which are, (1) The GOP cares solely and exclusively about its rich contributors. (2) They worship at the altar of Mars [the God of War]. (3) Give me that old-time religion. Basically, everything you thought was true was just confirmed by a Republican Congressional staffer who spent 28 years inside the cult.

compiled by Michael R. Burch, an editor and publisher of Holocaust and Nakba poetry

Fiscal Insanity

Newt Gingrich claims to be a fiscal conservative, but wants to build a colony on the moon, which would cost trillions of dollars
Rick Santorum is a Washington insider who bragged about all the earmark money he heisted during his tenure in the Senate 
Rick Santorum voted YES on the capital gains tax cut in 1997
Rick Santorum voted YES on repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax in 1999
Rick Santorum voted YES on the 2001 Bush tax cuts
Rick Santorum voted YES to repeal the Death Tax in 2002
Rick Santorum voted YES to the 2003 Bush tax cuts
Rick Santorum voted YES to extend the Bush tax cuts in 2006
Mitt Romney put his Bain Capital holdings in an offshore Cayman Island IRA which has been estimated as being worth up to $101 million, which would mean that he has never paid any taxes on nearly half his personal fortune


Gingrich called himself “visionary” and “grandiose”
Charles M. Blow called Gingrich "a virtual supernova of megalomaniacal madness"

Anti-Environmental Insanity

Denial of global warming
Denial of evolution
Plans to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Bans on energy-efficienct light bulbs are being considered by legislatures in Texas, Arizona, Georgia and Minnesota.
Elimination of federal protection of salmon, polar bears, seals and wolves in favor of “state sovereignty” is being proposed in Alaska

Anti-Poor and Anti-Disabled Insanity

A GOP legislator in New Hampshire wants to banish the disabled and homeless to Siberian gulags

Pro-Gun Insanity

Doctors in Florida could be fined $5 million for asking patients if they own guns under proposed legislation
Every adult in South Dakota could be required to purchase a gun if the NRA has its way.
Georgia is about to allow guns in bars, churches and political events
Arizona already allows anyone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit
Utah has an official state firearm, soon to be followed by Texas.
Congressional Republicans forced “gun rights” into the health care bill to prevent the collection of “any information relating to gun ownership”
Congress refuses to ban ammunition clips that hold 40 bullets and fire two shots per second

Anti-Immigrant Insanity

In Georgia, undocumented immigrants could be charged with robbery for stealing “job opportunities” from citizens
Several states want to bar undocumented immigrants from marrying U.S. citizens
Alabama would make it illegal to rent to illegal immigrants
One GOP legislator wants to “make South Carolina a very hostile place for those who are in this country illegally”

Religious and Moral Insanity

Mike Huckabee of Arkansas blames the economic downturn, crime and high school drop-out rates on “morality”
Newt Gingrich claims “religious belief is being challenged by a cultural elite” that wants God “driven out of public life”

Insane Fear of Everything to do with Government

Ron Paul wants to abolish almost all government agencies

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