It’s Official: US Republicans Insane
“Large Portion Of GOP Thinks Obama Is Racist, Socialist, Non-U.S. Citizen: Poll”
While it is certainly possible to get a feel for US politics at home, in Washington I’ve been following the ins and outs pretty closely, and have been exposed to the joys and horror of 24-hour Cable-TV commentary. While the station MSNBC certainly demonstrates that Democratic supporters can be as one-eyed and in-your-face as the conservatives, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel (with its motto ‘Fair & Balanced’) is truly a spectacle of psychosis. This ‘through the looking glass’ world turns good into bad, wrong into right, and fiction to fact in a unerring, fast-talking, hard-hitting, stream of consciousness rant against the Obama administration. If this ‘news’ source merely existed in some corner it might be ok, but Fox News is officially the most-watched AND most-TRUSTED TV news source in the country. Astounding as, as someone witty has quipped: ‘Fox is to news as Coke is to fruit juice’.
With this in mind it is easier to understand, though no less terrifying to see, the results of a poll collected this week by the political blog ‘Daily KOS’. This independent poll surveyed more than 2,000 self-identified Republican voters on a number of issues. Now, by ‘Republican voters’ it has to be understood that this means the participants DID NOT include people from the ‘Furthest-Right’ fringes of the political spectrum, and mostly excludes people involved in the current independent right-wing ‘Tea-Bagger Movement’ (with which it is important to understand the reference to the Boston Tea Party rebellion – rather than the phrase in the Australian context, which has a similar meaning to ‘Turkey Slap’… Please do not Google these things if you are particularly sensitive). So these results really do represent MAINSTREAM political beliefs in the US.
As the Huffington Post notes, the figures demonstrate, “the incredible paranoia enveloping the [Republican] party and the intense pressure drawing lawmakers further and further away from political moderation”. So here are the numbers:
– 63 percent of Republicans think Obama is a socialist, 16 percent are not sure, 21 percent say he is not.
Ok, we all know this about ‘Reds-under-the-bed’ America – what most of the civilised world thinks of as middle-of-the-road Social Democracy/Labor-style policies, they think is Socialism. In reality, Obama’s politics probably sit comfortably within our right-wing Australian Liberal Party. Americans need to acquire some political and historical education, but let’s move on…
– 53 percent of Republicans said they believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be president than Obama.
Ok, well, former cheerleader and sports-commentator, with a Bachelors in Journalism and Politics, went on to be Mayor and then Governor; vs an internationally-schooled, former community organiser, with a BA in International Relations and Postgrad in Law, who practiced Law, lectured Constitutional Law at Harvard, was elected President of the Harvard Law Review, and wrote two award-winning books while serving as a US Senator. I know this question has a lot of subjective elements – but there are reasons that internationally Sarah Palin is synonymous with humour. (Meanwhile, the Palin scandal here at the moment is that she seems to have used $60,000 from political lobbyists to buy thousands of copies of her own book).
– 31 percent of Republicans believe Obama is a “Racist who hates White people”. 33 percent were not sure, and 36 percent said he was not a racist.
I’d like to see any evidence of that one… I haven’t picked up on his hostility myself…
– 21 percent of Republicans believe ACORN stole the 2008 election, 55 percent are not sure, 24 percent said the community group did not steal the election.
ACORN is the ‘Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now’, which is a community-based alliance that advocates for low-income families, and has such threatening goals as: “better housing and wages for the poor, more community development investment from banks and governments, better public schools, and other social justice” reforms. It is alleged that ACORN, in their campaign to get people voting, effectively forced and bribed poor people to vote for Obama. Ridiculous really. But, that means that only 24% of Republicans are sure that the results of the last election are legally legitimate. That sounds a bit dangerous to me. I wonder how many of them thought the same of Bush’s 2000 election victory…?
– 23 percent of Republicans believe that their state should secede from the United States, 19 percent aren’t sure, 58 percent said no.
Well, this question really needs a lot more information to understand the results. The majority obviously think ‘no’. Are the yeses contingent on Obama still being President, or do they all just dislike there being a United States? And if so, why do they vote for the Republican Party? I mean, that’s almost a quarter of voters, in the more nationalist American party, who want to create a new country and see the end of the Union. Perhaps they didn’t understand the question? And who are the 19% who aren’t sure? “Oh, um, maybe… I don’t really have an opinion on whether I want to still be an American, or the existence of our country in its current form”. Anyway, from here the results get even weirder:
– 36 percent of Republicans believe Obama was not born in the United States, 22 percent are not sure, 42 percent think he is a natural citizen.
Ah, the ‘Birthers’ – yes, the right-wing conspiracy theory that Obama is not a US citizen, and therefore cannot be president. This whole theory revolves around the idea that he was born in Kenya, or Indonesia, or possibly has a dual British citizenship because of his father, which excludes him from being president (under Article 2 of the Constitution). In fact, he was born in Hawaii in 1961, the year President Kennedy took office. ‘Facts’ are not that important to these people, however, and the conspiracy has a wide following – mainly in the fringe Right, but encouraged by mainstream Republican politicians. And it seems to also have significant support amongst mainstream Republican supporters… Many of them also believe that Obama’s middle name is actually Mohammed, rather than Hussein. Like it would matter either way… Apparently the Secret Service are worried about the Birther conspiracy, as its conclusion is that Obama is not legally the president, which helps encourage potential racist assassins.
– 39 percent of Republicans believe Obama should be impeached, 29 percent are not sure, 32 percent said he should not be voted out of office.
Ok, this is just stupid. Impeachment is the “power of the legislature that allows for formal charges against a civil officer of government for crimes committed in office”. Not even the Republican politicians claim that Obama has committed any crimes in office. The Birthers might think he is committing a crime of deception about his birth, but they are loons. This is really just their wishful thinking. The only crimes being committed are the usual ones of managing US capitalism, overseeing the American empire, and allowing the operation of its armies and intelligence agencies internationally.
– 24 percent of Republicans believe Obama wants “the terrorists to win,” 33 percent aren’t sure, 43 percent said he did not want the terrorists to win.
And there we are. 57% of Republicans think it is at least possible that President Obama actually wants the destruction of American society, and the ultimate victory of a Taliban-style Islamic caliphate. Obviously Obama has now turned the machinery of the state upon itself, in order to undermine US institutions and cultural values. There are probably thousands of Obama appointees who have spent their lives really as secret Islamic operatives, but living as high-flying politicians, lawyers and lobbyists, in order to finally infiltrate the US government and establish their new Muslim theocracy. Right. Hence I conclude, Republican insanity is now official.
On TV last week Obama joked that Republicans portrayed him as part of a ‘Bolshevik plot’ – which I’m sure many Republicans actually do also believe, in the same way that the Nazis were able to believe that Jews were simultaneously Communists and Capitalists. These people form a very dangerous political bloc, whose power is entrenched at the highest levels, and they endanger the whole world – not just America.