I love the law of unintended consequences when it comes to back to slap someone across the face. The Republicans have mastered the art of this from Todd Akin's infamous "legitimate rape" comment, to Michelle Bachmann claiming that people suffering from mental diminishment are because they are getting a HPV vaccine and that pearl is taken from some random woman that probably doesn't exist, and other bon mots that make rational human say, "There is no way in hell I am voting for that person." Lately, there has been such a spat of stupidity from the right, even GOP diehards are stating to wince.
Take Dinesh D’Souza, best known for making awful anti-Obama movies (who the right was pissed didn't get an Oscar nod, but considering the left leanings of Hollywood, they would have had a better chance with a humanizing Hitler documentary than this piece of garbage). While appearing on Megan Kelly's Fox show this week, Dinesh had his usual bag of tricks to use against the President. Nevermind the fact this guy is a convicted criminal awaiting sentencing for campaign finance fraud, Fox news got more than they bargained for here. Dinesh, who must be psychic as he appears to be reading the President's brain, said that when Obama says he wants to change the country, he must first destroy what is there.
He went on to say, Obama comes from a generation who believe the US is evil, which is untrue. I am of his generation and we do not think the US is evil. Corporations on the other hand. Obama doesn't believe either and his record shows this. But why let facts get in the way of good ribbing, right? Here's the rest of it from Fox News:
“You can say this group believes in American Exceptionalism, but instead of believing that we’re exceptionally good, they believe we’re exceptionally evil,” he said.
Kelly played devil’s advocate, protesting that if Obama didn’t love the U.S., “Why would he want to be president of it?”
“It’s not that he hates America,” D’Souza said. “It’s not like he wants to take America down. It’s almost like this: If I was in a family and I believed my dad was some kind of a serial killer or a child molester, I would still love him. He would still be part of my family, but I’d do everything I could to prevent him from doing these evil actions.”
He continued, “I would think that would be good for the world and for my dad. So with Obama, he believes he’s doing the world a favor and America a favor by controlling this rogue elephant that is the United States.”
Kelly asked, “So America is the child molester in this scenario?”
“I’m just trying to follow, Dinesh,” she said, “I think we may have jumped off the deep end.”
When Fox news calls you nuts, you are indeed nuts. This is not an anomaly but par for the course this week.
Then there's Lee Atwater's widow Sally who is running for school superintendent in South Carolina. That right there should give anyone pause as SC is not known for top class schools and high intellect. I apologize to anyone smart who resides in the state but even they have to admit they don't exactly live in an area known for brainy wisdom.
Feeling safe as always, Sally went on a conservative radio talk show, because these guys rarely stray from their safety bubble, she instead managed to put both feet in her mouth as she demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge on multiple topics. She dodged questions on sex ed teaching and evolution, that made her sound both wishy washy and ill informed. Worse, listeners said she sounded like a "democrat." That's funny as this is the same thing that took down Cantor. Voters on both sides want real answers not vague generalities and the word NO. Double talk is done.
And then there is the matter of tenure which is now up in the air due to a recent ruling in California that eliminated this long standing rule. Tenure is important as it's one of the few protections anyone has in job security anymore. It would figure the GOP would like to get rid of this, along with all unions, so they can go back to paying us nothing and working us until we die. Good times. Look, I do think tenure protects some teachers who should have been fired years ago but instead of getting rid of the whole thing how about a more streamlined process to fire some teachers while protecting their rights at the same time. It is never all of nothing, no matter what the right says.
As a result of tenure being used less and less, with adjunct professors taking over the roles of tenured ones and schools using non-union workers, some are being fired for their beliefs, or exactly what tenure is supposed to be there for.
An atheist teacher as fired from a charter school, otherwise known as GOP wet dream school, was done so because of the evangelical nature of the board and his opposite views. Now while I doubt he fits the right wing mold as few atheists are right wingers, he is an example of things to come. This is exactly why the right wants to control schools as then they control education and brainwash our kids into thinking climate change is a hoax, evolution is a lie, and Ronald Regan was god. Awesome. The Republicans want to privatize everything and is the main reason for them sabotaging the Post Office, the EPA and Education.
However, that sword goes both ways as one nutbag, Adam Heller, 35, from NY was recently fired for harboring ideas that Sandy Hook was a hoax and had purchased a bunch of guns. Apparently he made these comment to a "medium" he was playing Words with Friends with. The medium became alarmed by what he was saying and contacted the FBI who, seeing he had made multiple gun purchases, alerted the school board who promptly fired him. Technically this guy did nothing wrong, but as he was a card carrying right winger, voting for them cost him his job as tenure, like union, is a bad word. But when that pendulum swings the other way, they get squished just as hard.
Here's the worst part: they committed him for five days while figuring out if he was a threat to society. He refused to help, leading the doctors to say he may be a threat still but as he wasn't helping they had no way of knowing, which helped lead to his firing. At the very least, Heller was just another idiot believing stupid crap on the internet. Sandy Hook happened as did the Boston Bombings. If anyone tells you different, laugh and move on. These people are, in reality, retarded. Not everything is a conspiracy losers.
The right is filled with delusional people. It is refreshing to see some on the right agree.