Five Insane Comments Republicans Have Said In The Last Week Alone

Ever since the 1980s, the Republican Party has gone from being a respectable opponent of the Democratic Party to a political machine that’s anti-women, anti-science, anti-lgbt, anti-minority, anti-immigration, anti-education, and anti-environment. And when you add — on top of all that — the unwillingness to cooperate, you get an organization that’s parasitic towards the country.

It may seem extreme to make this claim, as there are plenty of exceptions to the status quo. However, it should be noted that even the more moderate people in the GOP have had to conform to their party’s established beliefs in order to make any progress in their political life. The most obvious example of this being New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who, in the wake of the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, appeared to be a promising center-right candidate. However, when he was uninvited from the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), he began shifting his views to fit the “traditional” conservative mold, including trying to block marriage equality in his state, cutting education funding to compensate for corporate tax breaks, and failing to separate the church and state.

The party has gotten so out of touch with reality that, in the last week alone, various members of the GOP have made multiple insane comments. The five worst offenders have been listed below.

Representative Steve Stockman:

It’s just a strange non-response, a strange way of handling it and I think that if it does go forward and we do not control it, there may be an overreaction where the government starts taking away the rights of those that aren’t that necessarily involved or need that to happen.

Stockman was speaking to the Christian organization End Times about the Obama Administration’s slow response to the Ebola pandemic spreading across the nation. Through this theory, we see one of the greatest tactics employed by the Republicans to keep their base in check; fear-mongering. We had another right-wing loon say something similar, only about homosexuals, a couple of months ago.

Governor Nikki Haley:

What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state,” the governor noted. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.

The governor made this remark during her gubernatorial debate with challenger Vincent Sheheen (D) in defense of continuing to keep Confederate flag in front of the Statehouse grounds. Whether she was trying to parody the President’s earlier statement or kill two birds with one stone via defending big business and the continued presence of the flag, Haley came off looking like a moron.

Benham Brothers:

We see the struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, truth and lies. What’s happening with swords over in the Middle East is happening with silence over here in America. The exact same agenda in the form of silence. That’s their weapon and Jason and I were targeted and it’s a very well orchestrated, well-oiled machine that comes after us.

For those of you unaware, the Benham Brothers are two architects that were scheduled to host their own show on HGTV, but ended up being fired after it was discovered that they were strong, homophobic Christians. Refusing to acknowledge their faults, of course, the two have now asserted that they are like the victims of ISIS, since they were “silenced” too.

Erick Erickson:

….instead of studying Ebola, the National Institutes of Health were studying the propensity of lesbians to be fat.

Our good friend Erick Erickson, whom we reported on earlier this year for comparing marriage equality advocates to the KKK, made another outlandish statement on his blog in response to an ad put out by the progressive organization The Agenda Project, which said that Republican cuts had hurt many government institutes, including the NIH. Erickson retorted that the agencies had plenty of money, but were too busy spending it on unimportant studies like the above. Obviously, Erickson provided no source to back this fact, not even something from Fox News.

Dr. Ben Carson:

The reason that [political correctness] is very troubling to me is that it’s the very same thing that happened to the Roman Empire. They were extremely powerful. There was no way anybody could overcome them. But these philosophers, with the long flowing white robes and the long white beards, they could wax eloquently on every subject, but nothing was right and nothing was wrong. They soon completely lost sight of who they were.

What’s even worse than a crazy conservative saying something idiotic is an intelligent conservative saying something idiotic. Ben Carson, the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate craniopagus twins, made this comment in an interview with Bloomberg Politics about the growing dangers of political correctness. While Carson is right to compare the United States to the Roman Empire, this idea that PC-discourse, and marriage equality for that matter, will destroy America is preposterous and shows a lack of historical knowledge.

Whether or not any of these statements surprised you, the fact of the matter is these people all represent sentiments that are all too common. That’s why, as liberals and progressives, we need to ensure that they do not gain both Houses in next month’s midterm elections. The United States cannot survive two more years of Republican lunacy.

h/t Young Progressive Voices, written by Red Stewart 

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