I’m not one to make analogies to Hitler and his band of thugs. I find them singularly inappropriate and usually not analogous. I mention such names as Goebbels, Hess, Himmler, Göring, only because the mere mention of their names suggests only the infamy they came to.
A goodly number of folks in the Teabagger movement and it’s fringes are now flirting or have already succumbed to being known primarily and perhaps only for their association with hate politics.
As many of you know, there is a thing called a Values Voters Summit going on. The VVS is pretty much a mutual massage meeting, where like-minded haters of most everything not “them” can meet and convince each other that they are not what they are, but rather the collective saviors of civilization.
I thought it might be useful to trip through the speakers roster and give you a shot bio of some of the players.
Karin Agness runs an outfit called Network of Enlightened Women. Learning at the knee of Senator Lugar as an intern, she decided that most university life was hostile to “conservative women.” Thus she seeks to be the voice for them. Their aim is rescue feminism from the left. New chapter leaders gush that they can be “educated yet don’t have to hate men!” and can “go to the shooting range one week and have a tea the next.” They in general spout the usual “moral” high ground, picketing against such things as the “Vagina Monologues” as evidence of the decadent left.
Gary L. Bauer runs American Values which takes on the usual issues of abortion, homosexuality, and government programs for the poor. All are bad of course. But so are all Muslims. Obama is bad, Israel is good. You know the scenario. They are against liberal values and culture. They are for our Founding Fathers. He hates stem cell research, hates immigrants and would make it a prerequisite that any immigrant learn English and “American” culture for entry into the country.
Ergun Caner is listed as the former Dean at Liberty University Theological Union. He is, by his own claim a former Sunni Muslim. Much of his early life is now in question, since many of his claims of being a young jihadist have been questioned, and most of this has been taken off his website. His contract at Liberty was not renewed based probably on the growing questions that he has fabricated much of his past to suit his shtick as a former jihadist.
Bryan Fischer connected with American Family Association gets his theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, well-known ultra conservative school. He favors legal sanctions against homosexuals and has now honed in on Muslims for special attention. He recently wrote that Germany, “gives us a template for how to handle Muslims” namely the way they handle neo-Nazi’s today. His blog, Renew America supports the constitution “as written” and demands that no mosques be allowed to be built in America.
Joel Grewe runs Generation Joshua which has the fine stated purpose of helping our youth understand history and how the government works all to the end of their being good civic citizens, engaged and informed. Of course, when you dig a bit deeper, you find that the only history and government they teach is based on conservative revisionism and the only candidates they support are those that toe the ultra-conservative line. They push Christian nationalism and get the kids out stumping for right-wing candidates.
David Limbaugh has practiced law for 20 years and styles himself an expert at both it and law. He tours the country as a “motivational speaker”. He gets his chutzpah no doubt from being the brother of Rush. Need we say more? Okay, he writes a twice-weekly column for WorldNetDaily the most wacko Christian right site on the web.
Lela Rose is an anti-abortionist, founder of Live Action a pro-life group. She appears often on Foxy News and likes to go “undercover” against Planned Parenthood. She has worked with James O’Keefe on various sting operations, which landed O’Keefe in jail. She is allegedly home schooled and attended some junior college, mostly Christian in nature. She started Live Action when she was 15, and has been trained in infiltration methods. She cooked up the Acorn stings with O’Keefe. Her undercover videos are alleged to be heavily edited and thus unreliable.
Of course there are the usual list of nuts:
Michele Bachmann :ho gave a lesson in “how government works.” First you see, God gives the law, then the people give a few things to a government, but mostly we get to keep most of ’em.” Well, that’s what she said!
James Inhofe: who ran around flapping his arms, claiming that the military would be destroyed by “openly gay soldiers.”
Christine O’Donnell: still flush from victory, announced that “we don’t have to take back America, we’ve always ruled!” Meaning I guess that white people are the only proper leaders of America.
Mike Huckabee: who likened coverage for pre-existent conditions, to calling your insurance company and expecting them to insure you car, AFTER it’s been totaled in an accident. Oh the compassion their Pastor Mike!
Phyllis Schlafly: who has been telling women to obey their husbands and stay home, all the while making a living by doing anything but.
Rick Santorum: loser in PA, who thinks somehow that we like him better now as a potential Presidential candidate.
Newt Gingrich: who has gone racist on Obama calling him a Kenyan anti-colonialist.
Rep. Mike Pense: who suggests that America’s very survival depends on getting Obama out of office and repealing all his socialist laws.
As I always say, I could go on for at least another three pages. The gallery is stuffed with nuts. Most of these fools will disappear never to be remembered three and one half minutes after their death. A few have managed to garner enough attention that they will be remembered as the foolish haters that they are, and for nothing else. And this they richly deserve.
And now, I need a shower!
- Should Top GOPers Share Stage with Anti-Muslim Extremist? (politicsdaily.com)
- American Family Association Spokesman Fischer: Treat Muslims Like Neo-Nazis (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Gary Bauer at the Values Voter Summit compares 2010 elections to overthrowing 9/11 hijackers (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Values Voter Summit Features Fake Ex-Jihadi (littlegreenfootballs.com)
Whenever I see these folks a line from an old Doobie Brothers song runs through my head: “Trying hard to recreate what had yet to be created.”
They yearn for an American utopia that never was. They’re Miniver Cheevy.
//Gallery of Evil Insanity//
I had to read this twice….. just to make sure I wasn’t included…. Whew… see, I missed the “Evil” part when I first read it!
But, hey, if you ever do a plain old //Gallery of Insanity// gosh, count me in!!! or may Gallery of the Inane would be better…. or Gallery in the Rain… or the Gallery of the Inane is mostly in the Plain… or…
I really must check what brand of beer you are drinking. It seems to be seeded with the happy pill of LSD or something. rock on Jimmy
i would love to wake up one day and realize all this has been a bad dream – palin, bachmann, bauer and the other asswipes on the right.
but they are not – they are reality and if they get a chance to really make this country over in their image – the only image – we might look like Dresden did after WWII
It is deeply worrisome DC. But then I periodically check myself for bulletholes since I was sure we could not survive Dubya…we can but fight the good fight.
Great points, Sherry! Also:
(1) These new All Lies spinners are so Far Out, they get all the Media, as Hitler did in selling Nazism, hating Everyone who didn’t Support Him!!! (Ring a bell, with Radical Right, FOXy, Glenn Becky NOW?
(2) It was Goering or some such that in the late 1930’s said: “If you Lie Often Enough, People will start Believibg you” Glenn Beck blamed Modern Liberals, etc said that, and causibg all modern problems. (In Psychology, That is Called TRANSFERENC: Transferring One’s Big Problems on another.)
(3) Few Realize THE AGENDA of Murdoch, FOX, et all: Reverse Welfare tio the RICHEST IN THE WORLD, by gettinfg rid of People Programs. How many know the Most Profitable Company in the world (about 160 Billion PROFIT), paid Zero Taxes, WAS PAID 160 Million of OUR Tax Monies!. EXXON MOBIL.
Dick Chaney’s secret meeting with BIGGEST ENERGY Companies cause THE SHIFT in Federal spending of OUR Tax dollars to the Richest!) MSNBC a day ago.)
EVER WATCH RACHEL et al on MSNBC, to get THE REALITY on Becky, FOXy, who’se Really doing what to Whom ? 🙂
yep Tony, watch Rachel, and Keith and a few others. Unfortunately only the left watches the left. Otherwise the teabaggers just might have a clue that they were being used by Murdoch and Koch and the other neo-con right. Alas they don’t.
I attended the Values Voters Summit as an infiltrator, and I’m discussing the experience on my blog. The VVS (and the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference last week) had a lot of the same speakers and themes: wooing the Tea Party, small government, free market capitalism, opposition to LGBT right and abortion, and rooting society in “Judeo-Christian values” (as RIGHT-WINGERS interpret them).
We need to keep an eye on these kinds of people. Their ideas are worrisome.
It’s almost to Late to Worry:
Reaganomics and GW Bushomics Reversed the USA Historically:
— American Jobs And Factories Shipped overseas to Cheapest Labor, at Our Taxes expense!
— STARVE THE BEAST Gop Economic Policy has Bankrupted the U.S. Government, Now Ponziied on MASSIVE T-Bills Bought by Red China, Jappan, Saudia, Germany…… to KEEP OUR Government Operational
Future Generations won’t even be able to pay the INTEREST annually, now a Giant chunk of Our Federal Budget.
The Mega-RICJHEST Live, Play oreign Markets, Workers, NOT HERE.
They’re safge, it is Us Americans who can’t survive.
It is Not Illegal Immigrants taking Our Jobs, it is OUR CORPORATIONS ADVERTISING IN THEIR COUNTRIES That draws that Cheapest Labor Here, almost guaranteeing them jobs. AND NO REPUBLICAN PROSECUTION OF EMPLOERS, for UNDOCUMENTED CHEAP LABOR. Clinton and Obama dis a little prosecution of EMPLOYERS.
Ever notice that Semi Drivers, Construction workers are NOW HISPANICS??? I Noticed that under RONALD REAGAN.
Only thing left is for Us Human Citizens to VOTE AGAINST GOP/TEABAGGERS (BIG MONEY ‘citizen’ (Yeah!! URE!!) Financed.
great blog Ahab and you’re on my reader so I’ll keep up with your work. thanks for stopping by!
Thanx for the “Enemies List” (sorry to invoke nixon)
I could put it on the fridge
namelessneed, there are many more. I should have linked to their website where the entire speaking list was up. I got about 1/5, I left out the politicos, since everybody pretty much knows about them.