Just when I think there’s no possible way these far-right sociopaths can sink any lower, they prove me wrong. It’s one thing to distrust the government; I think it’s healthy to be skeptical, but. . .
This country was founded by men who did not see eye-to-eye on every issue, which is why they devised a system of checks and balances which allowed for divergent opinion and a stable government. Too many of today’s right-wing pundits and politicians, however, aren’t just disagreeable — they’re certifiably insane.
Yes, I know that anything that comes out of Rush Limbaugh’s pie hole is designed to increase ratings and keep himself “in the news“. A week without progressive, liberal outrage over some idiotic invention from his diseased imagination is just another missed opportunity to cash in on a dwindling advertiser base.
The problem, as I see it, is “normal people” (okay, Republicans) actually believe Rush when he posits “people at the highest levels of our government” think Americans should get Ebola and die because of slavery. Wait, what? Ask him directly and he’ll deny saying it, calling the accusation another attempt by the left “to smear me with this Ebola business”. Fine — judge for yourself.
Rush played an audio clip from an interview aired on CNN with author David Quammen (who literally wrote the book on Ebola); Mr. Quammen said, “How dare we turn our backs on Liberia . . . a country that was founded in the 1820s, 1830s because of American slavery,” and then Rush said the following:
“These are the kind of people running the CDC. These are the kind of people running the FDA, the EPA, the IRS, the Justice Department, the White House. This kind of thinking that you just heard in this sound bite from David Quammen, that’s what is leading the country.”
I’d need to alter my prescription medications (which currently include none) to make sense of his logic. But he’s not alone in trying to perpetuate this new Ebola myth. One of the authors at a website called (ironically enough) “The American Thinker” just opined that President Obama picked Ron Klain as his “Ebola Czar” because what he really needs is a “population control czar.” Read it again if you need to: “Ebola czar a population control zealot” (says the headline, with next to nothing to back up their claim). I’m betting your idiot Tea Party neighbor knows this song and dance by heart.
Not to be outdone, radio host Rick Wiles, who calls his program (ironically enough) “TruNews,” told his audience of mouth-breathing cretins that “Ebola Barry” (yes, that’s his moniker for President Obama) “is deliberately spreading Ebola inside America,” because his goal is to “release a highly contagious virus” and he’ll “contaminate paper money (to) spread the plague.”
I keep thinking to myself that folks really can’t be this stupid, and yet “normal people” (okay, Republicans) sent Louie Gohmert (R-TX) to represent them in Washington, D.C.
Louie is the guy who alleged the president of the United States “has cut a deal with African leaders … to bring people” into the United States who are infected with the Ebola virus disease. He also seems to believe, or at least has said publicly, that the reason President Obama wants to mobilize American forces isn’t to stop the contagion at its source, but rather that we’re sending the military to Africa, “where (U.S. troops) can get Ebola that they can bring back.”
You can’t have a rational debate with crazy people; anyone who swallows what these loons are dishing out is going to develop what most psychologists would refer to as “excessive distrust” or suspicion of their government. The more often “normal people” (okay, Republicans) are subjected to this kind of tripe, the more likely it is they’ll harbor persecutory beliefs and begin to believe (if they don’t already) that any benign or innocent statement, from anyone inside the government (with the exception of those “brave patriots” sounding the alarm), must be masking malicious intent.
There really ought to be a law — but people like Louie are writing the laws these days — and that doesn’t bode well for the future of our republic. Please, VOTE.
H/T: GAWKER | Images: Creative Commons