The Republican Party Has Become The Party Of Paranoia…(The POP)

Some of the rhetoric coming from the Republican candidates for president makes me wonder if a group of paranoid schizophrenics weren’t prematurely released from a mental institution…without their meds.

I’ve pasted one example from each candidate of that paranoia.  Search in Google to find many more or just watch a cable news network for a half hour.

Newt Gingrich: “All of you should be very deeply concerned about national security. Barack Obama is the most dangerous president in modern American history,” Gingrich said.

Rick Santorum: “President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob,” said the former senator from Pennsylvania. “There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor to try to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.

Mitt Romney: “We stand near the threshold of profound economic misery. Four more years of the same political path would be disastrous,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars today.

Ron Paul: “illegal immigrants enter the country for the express purpose of giving birth. But illegal immigrants also use emergency rooms, public roads, and public schools. In many cases they are able to obtain Medicaid, food stamps, public housing, and even unemployment benefits. … We must end the perverse incentives that encourage immigrants to come here illegally, including the anchor baby incentive.” – Ron Paul, (on his congressional website, not the infamous newsletters)

I can’t imagine that rhetoric appeals to more than just the “phobic” crowd. If I were a Republican, I’d be a little paranoid about my party going over the cliff while following those nutballs. Sometimes it takes a journalist from outside of America to see the big picture, from The Globe and Mail…

Those who remain in the race for the Republican nomination, and those who have departed it, made up a group characterized by insularity, intellectual shallowness and meanness of spirit, coupled with an unshakable eagerness to pander to every holy roller, Tea Partier, gun worshipper, global warming denier, government hater, nativist and billionaire financier – or, as Yeats would say, “the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

That this crop of candidates was the best that a once-great party could muster says much about the state of presidential politics, Republican-style. It says even more about the state of conservative opinion in America.

That opinion, with all its shadings, is best characterized by a consuming anger – which explains why the campaign hasn’t been about differences or vision but about resentment and fear and perfervid rhetoric that candidates have directed at each other and at real and imagined threats ranging from Barack Obama to Muslims, China, European “socialists,” excessive government and mad Iranian mullahs. (emphasis mine)

What scares me about this sort of rhetoric is the effect it might have on unstable people who may be prone to violence. In many ways, it confirms the worst instincts of those people, giving them tacit approval to act on their paranoid fears. If there are any adults left in the Republican Party, please bring some sanity back to your party for the sake of civil society.


18 thoughts on “The Republican Party Has Become The Party Of Paranoia…(The POP)

  1. The republican party has been the party of paranoia and most importantly fear mongering since Newt Gingrich appeared on the scene in the 80’s if not before with the appearance of Ronald Reagan and his pandering to the evangelicals as a voting block.

  2. Growing up in a Republican family, I remember the GOP taking pride that they were considered the party of the educated, full of intellectuals….even many college professors. Doctors, lawyers, leaders of finance, business and industry were heavily involved with the Republican Party. Democrats, by contrast, were most often blue-collar pro-labor factory workers and farmers. Even Democratic President Truman never went to college (except for a term in a business college). So I guess the GOP once was full of “snobs”. Quite an alignment now when Republicans brag about rejecting science, laugh at accepted science like evolution and global warming. And our nation is to compete with nations like India and China, all of Europe?

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ― Isaac Asimov, 1980

    If American “exceptionalism” withers, I am sure the right-wing will blame “liberals”, secularists, minorities like women, gays, and all of those “colored” people.

  3. More bad news for the Republicans….the stock markets hit a four year high today, the best since the Bush RECESSION!

    Unemployment claims are reported now to be the lowest number in four years, too:

    National car sales have all increased nicely over the past year and really zooming in Houston:

    And contrary to what Gingrich says, the president cannot lower gasoline at the present time to $2.50 a gallon but then thinking Americans already know that:

    But then if you ONLY watch Faux News, you probably won’t hear all of this good news. Like nearly always, today when President Obama was speaking in Maryland about fuel prices and energy, CNN and MSNBC carried it LIVE but Fox as always, instead had a bullshit non-story playing.

  4. I have a Facebook friend in Gambia, West Africa who like much of the world, thought the USA had finally entered a post-racial era with the election of President Barack Obama. But she is beginning to doubt anything has changed much here, that we Americans are about as racist as ever. You’d think after 150 years since Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that we would overcome racial hate, but if anything the 2008 election has revealed a big, overt racist underbelly, worse yet in the “Party of Lincoln”. Today, Yahoo has a story about a bumper sticker saying “Don’t Re-NIG America”!

  5. Of course Santorum in essence told the Puerto Ricans their culture is caca, that they MUST become an English speaking island if they want to be admitted to the United States even though there is not one word in the Constitution about such an “English only” requirement. If Santorum didn’t open his mouth so much and dribble out his ignorance and bigotry, he might have had a better chance against Romney. Now Santorum is going to war against PORN which may get him slams from California’s big porn film industry!!!

  6. From Extreme Liberal’s Blog “Where liberalism is alive and well” –

    ”He {Maher} repeated a line that is vintage Bill Maher, catchy, clever, but completely wrong. Here it is…”

    ”It would be kind of a tragedy if we got to the end of four years of Democratic rule without having really tried any Democratic policies.” – Bill Maher

    ”I’m sure that line appealed to the “where’s my pony” crowd, but for people who are paying attention to more than just the negative spin coming from the loudest voices in the libertarian wing, it is obviously complete horseshit. I’m not referring to Hamsher, Greenwald, Adam Green, Huffington, Moulitsas or the rest of those folks as the left anymore. Anyone who helps Republicans get elected and damages the Democratic Party in our two-party system, doesn’t deserve to hang with us on the left.”

    The Extreme Liberal then lists a few marginal corporate table scrap liberal policies passed by Obama which ironically serve as exceptions proving the rule that Obama and his Democratic Party provide anemic afterthought lowest priority support for the liberal agenda at best.

    The Extreme Liberal is the personification of liberal parody. But s/he is no joke. S/he is a succubus draining true liberal motivations to feed corporate elite serving status quo. Even worse, s/he attempts to marginalize liberal objectives by conflating liberal success with Democratic Party political success. All but confessing the desire to destroy liberalism in favor of Democratic Party machine prosperity, s/he attempts to divide and conquer liberals by excommunicating real liberal activists because they damage the Democratic Party.

    Whether Extreme Liberal is some kind of COINTELPRO agent, a useful idiot for the Democratic Party, or a reckless dumbass, s/he must be exposed as subversive to liberal empowerment.

  7. This TROLL Seminole Sky knows so little about this blog that he/she/it doesn’t even know that the blogger JIM is a male! “Liberal” trolls like SS won’t be happy until all federal, state, local offices are OWNED by extreme rightwing ideologues. Then they can continue to bitch about a Supreme Court with NINE right-wing justices among other complaints. What a pity party the “PURE” left ideologues can throw then. Welcome to the Fourth Reich. It will be easier to go there than escape corpfascist tentacles.

  8. Please define “troll.” Please explain the relevancy of a blogger’s sex.
    Elena Kagan has already voted with rightwing ideologue Alito to undermine Miranda rights and she has given every indication that she will support Alito’s unitary executive above the law view of the presidency.
    You know, the unitary Executive view of our fearless Leader that empowers him to kill American citizens without judicial restraint or public notification thus undermining any chance of democratic restraint.
    Obama has doubled down on Endless War and utter obsequious servitude to elite corporate interests – if you contest this obvious truth then please provide examples where Obama has defied the will of war profiteers or Wall Street beyond toothless rhetoric.
    What a pity you are such a dumbass you don’t realize that Obama is the bus driver speeding us towards those dreaded “corpfascist tentacles.”

  9. Enjoy the inauguration of President Romney, TROLL, as your vote against what you think is a “despicable” President Obama may well result in a total Republican takeover. In your holier-than-though smugness, it is your prerogative to have much sympathy for a nominal “American citizen”, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who long ago gave up his “citizenship” by his behavior when he left the USA to move to Yemen to TRAIN TERRORISTS to kill his fellow citizens. I am not that much of a bleeding heart but you can take pity on him if you wish. Sounds as if you would be content to possibly having more Americans lose their lives in extraditing the traitor al-Awlaki out of Yemen, to bring him back to the USA to stand trial, where he would probably get the death penalty in the end. Live by the sword, die by the sword!

    This 72 year old “dumbass” has lived through 13 presidencies and will gladly vote for President Obama, again. He has been one of the best presidents in my lifetime. Kevin Drum in Mother Jones reported that Obama is the most successful progressive Democratic president of the last 40 years, since LBJ… the latter being one of the most successful presidents pushing through progressive legislation. Obama would have been far more successful if Republicans didn’t oppose him at every turn hopefully in their attempt to make him a failed, one-term president. BTW, I don’t need to define what trolling is as you know that is the reason you are here on Jim’s blog.

  10. There was nothing “nominal” about the American citizenship of al-Awlaki. He was killed under a Presidential program that is officially secret. Yet the Administration tells a self-justifying story for the killing of al-Awlaki and suddenly it’s OK to kill Americans with facts not yet in evidence or in any way verified in a court. Not even the compliant press, and certainly not the American citizenry, is allowed to review the evidence against al-Awlaki that you parrot uncritically.
    You are 72 years old and you still haven’t learned not to accept what your government tells you at face value?
    The process for killing American citizens which the Obama Administration is normalizing is a blatant violation of our Constitution. Moreover, it is exactly the kind of unrestrained power that puts the entire American citizenry at risk because unrestrained, secret, extra-judicial, power is inevitably abused.
    And that’s not OK because Obama is doing the killing or the first American citizens killed have scary foreign names and have been “accused” of bad things. If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice that Obama has already acknowledged that it is killing innocent American citizens since the government didn’t even bother to tell a bad story about the murdered boy it killed – the son of al-Awlaki.
    This god-like power to rain death upon American citizens normalized by Obama will be available to the next President – and eventually that will be someone in which you don’t have such childish faith.
    As for Kevin Drum’s sloganeering, it reads as progressive parody. He lists as “big fucking deals” the following {in order of Washington Monthly priority: 1. Passed Health Care Reform 2. Passed the Stimulus 3. Passed Wall Street Reform and 4. Ended the War in Iraq. ”
    Passed Health Care Reform. Obama passed health care reform by brokering a secret deal with insurance company giants to keep a “public option” off the table and then lied about it. He made another secret deal with the pharmaceutical industry giants to protect their interests. Obama never even gave the democratic process a chance and kept the voice of the American citizenry out of the process entirely. The result is a reform that bails out the insurance industry by guaranteeing them customers for their bloated inefficient service at taxpayer expense.
    Passed the Stimulus. He allocated the bulk of the stimulus to big banks making it another bailout of another inefficient predatory industry. The horrendously high unemployment rate is a direct result of Obama’s refusal to push for the serious public works job creating program that the overwhelming majority of the American citizenry supports.
    Passed Wall Street Reform. That’s a contemptible joke; a charade behind which Goldman Sachs and the rest its predatory fraudster brethren will continue to prey on us until we are bled dry.
    Ended the War in Iraq. You can put that banner next to Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” banner. The best you can say is that Obama is in the process of privatizing the Iraqi occupation.
    What a wonderful progressive is Obama. Now tell me exactly want the evil regressive Romney will do that will contrast so terribly with Obama’s great works. That Obama is the marginally best corporate tool the American citizenry has been allowed to elect (a questionable proposition) is a reason to cry not crow.

  11. I’m curious where you are going to move if President Romney and all the right wing nuts that come along with him take over the country? Oh, wait, you must be pretty comfortable if you are willing to throw all your fellow citizens under the bus because you have some sort of irrational hatred and warped perception of our President. I wish I had time to dissect your misrepresentation of reality that justifies your warped opinions, but I have way too much work to do. Here is the short version, I’m sure Grant might have a thing or two to say as well.

    I feel sorry for you because I imagine you will live your entire life with these warped ideas, screaming at everyone and everything.

    Every President, whether D or R gets handed an entrenched, career filled bureaucracy and institutions like the CIA and FBI and Defense that have ongoing issues, our challenges don’t end every 4 years when a president is elected.

    I love how you give Bush so much credit for ending the Iraq war, that really tells us where your loyalty lies, with your buddy President Bush. Anyone who is honest with themselves knows that if Bush were still in office, we would never have left Iraq. Maybe you missed all the people who created the war saying just that as President Obama was ending it.

    I don’t really give a shit who signed what, our troops are home and the war in Iraq is over. I don’t feel the need to give President Obama credit for it, but you should also be willing to admit that if Pres. Obama was really about “endless wars”….well, then, ah, the Iraq War wouldn’t be over. I don’t expect you to grasp any of this, but I felt like I had to throw it out there.

    As far as al-Awlaki goes, maybe you missed the part where he renounced his citizenship and declared war on the US or the hundreds of Youtube clips he posted ( . Did you read the part of the constitution about Treason? Here it is…

    “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

    The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.”

    And I’m sure you will explain to all of us how al-Awlaki wasn’t given his due process to which I would just mention how our founding fathers probably didn’t anticipate Youtube and probably never dreamed that a traitor would publish hundreds of videos declaring war on the US, and giving us not a “Confession in open Court” but a confession for the entire world to see…on their damn phones if they want. And I am confident that if al-Awlaki were in the US or we were able to capture him in Yemen without even more bloodshed, we would have. And whether I want to or not, I have to trust that our government tried everything it could to do that.

    Which brings me to a wider point. I stopped trying to believe that any one party or politician will ever be perfect, since we are dealing with flawed humans in a flawed system. And I have accepted that my government is going to do shit that I don’t like, don’t support and wish wouldn’t happen, but I also know that when a Democrat is in office or controlling the houses of congress, there is a lot less of that shit. It’s reality, but it’s better than more shit.

  12. If Romney is elected, liberals might pretend they care about civil liberties, war crimes, and the constitution again. Could be a blessing in disguise. They might actually fight back against undue process, and war-crimes, once again. I doubt it though, The party is likely permanently corrupt. Things that were once considered anathema to liberals, are now bipartisan consensus. Your double-standards (Bad when Bush does it, good when Obama does it) on such issues is why I’m glad I ditched the corrupt 2 party system.

  13. To Seminole Sky and other trolls,
    I would refer you to my comment policy in the upper right corner of the blog. And I would add that I am way too busy to respond to your long diatribes on MY BLOG. If you want to do diatribes, do it on your own fucking blog. If I had time to respond to your long diatribes, I would probably post your comments. Call it censorship or whatever the hell you want, I don’t really give a shit. My blog isn’t a platform for you to get your warped ideas out to the world, like I said, put it on your own blog if you want the world to read it.

    I’ve thought about turning comments off, but that wouldn’t be fair to the people who want to comment on posts in a civil manner.

    If you don’t like being called a troll, then stop acting like one. You obviously have way too much time on your hands or are being paid by someone to spend that time trolling.

    And just a word of advice, when you insult the blog owner/moderator, your comments probably aren’t going to be posted. Deal with it!

  14. It’s really tragic that you didn’t learn a single lesson after 8 years of Bush and GOP rule of the executive branch. It is true that the Democratic party has a lot more assholes in it now who act like Republican lite politicians, but that isn’t a reason to just hand over control to a party that brought us two ill-conceived wars, tax giveaways to the rich and corporations and a group that really did infringe on our civil liberties and commit war crimes. You must be one of those people with a streak of masochism.

    Now I’m sure you will go Greenwald on us and try to say that Obama is just as bad, which simply doesn’t square with empirical reality. I know you won’t go and read any of this, but for those people who want to know reality about what the Obama administration has accomplished, with complete stonewalling from the GOP, go check this out.

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