Is today’s Republican Party basically the 2012 equivalent of the tinfoil hat, conspiracy theorist, foaming-at-the-mouth-insane John Birch Society? I’ve suspected that for a while now, but for those of you still in doubt, here are two strong new pieces of evidence.
1. A new PPP poll finds that, among other things, 49% of Republican voters “think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama.” Even when ACORN was actually a live organization, that would be completely insane, but guess what: ACORN doesn’t even exist anymore! I know, details details…and facts, damn those facts! LOL. Oh yeah, and “25% of Republicans say they would like their state to secede from the union.” Ee gads.
2. A bunch of right-wingnut U.S. Senators today stopped ratification of “an international treaty intended to protect the rights of those with disabilities.” Leading the charge against it was extremist/wacko Rick Santorum, who was ” particularly worried that the committee could violate the rights of parents who choose to home school their disabled children,” and who claimed “This is a direct assault on us.” Plus, it’s the UN, and ya know…they’ve got those black helicopters and stuff (don’t tell anyone, though, or they’ll come and take you away to North Korea or something…).
What’s really scary is that three of the Republicans “yea” votes – Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, Richard Lugar – came from people who are leaving the Senate. Fortunately, they’re all being replaced by Democrats (or a de facto Democrat in the case of Maine), but still, it shows that the number of relatively sane, relatively reasonable Republicans in the U.S. Senate is dwindling fast. Yikes.
P.S. By the way, that disability treaty, “already signed by 155 nations and ratified by 126 countries, including Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia, states that nations should strive to assure that the disabled enjoy the same rights and fundamental freedoms as their fellow citizens.” It “also was widely backed by the disabilities community and veterans groups.” Crazy/horrible, huh?