Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain, Donald Trump, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Congressman Allen West, Sarah Palin, Limbaugh… I don’t have the time nor energy to continue the list; it goes on perhaps infinitely. The pro-ignorance right wing as Stephen Pizzo of Smirking Chimp labeled the group. Last year he wrote:
As the old saying goes, “Every dog has his day.” And so it has come to pass. The nation’s simpletons have leapt from the shadows, where they wisely hide, except for distinct and notable moments in human history; the Dark Ages, the Inquisition, late 19th-century Germany and the same country during the 1930s. During such times, when the conditions are just right, like they are now, dumb and dumber leap from the shadows and take center stage, claim their right to lead, and… well the results are history.
Yes they do and this is apparently our time. The only question is: how long will they be left to bark their idiocy before The People rise up and put them back in the pound? Those historic Dark Ages lasted a terribly long time as did the Inquisition. Yet, in my own lifetime, so did those dark days in Germany. And now, in my 7th decade, the ignorance returns, like cicadas, cyclically emerging from their earthly hiding places.
The Republican Party, sadly, seems to draw in those ignorant, bigoted people, like the insects’ attraction to light. Why the once-Grand Old Party? Why the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower? What draws this lunatic fringe to the GOP? Actually I know the answer: quantity at the sacrifice of quality. As the historic minority party, it needs numbers to compete with the dominant Democratic Party. Any pig in a poke, so to speak; pun intended.
The old guard Republicans have been systematically drummed out of the GOP. Few have resigned in protest of what their party has become. Scant few brave members of Congress have spoken out against the lunacy of the past three years. John McCain and John Boehner were two lonely Republicans who spoke out against the flagrant accusations of Michelle Bachmann. The other members of the GOP were fearfully mute. And these silent members of the U.S. Congress are the supposed representatives of The People? Afraid to point out the idiocy and bigotry of ‘one of their own?’ Is it no wonder that America is going to hell in a handbasket?
The once-Grand Old Party. Shame on them!