Walter Jon Williams speaks his mind.
posted by dubjay at 7:49 PM
If i might quote the article:"In a speech at the convention, Larsen told those gathered that illegal immigrants 'hate American people' and 'are determined to destroy this country, and there is nothing they won't do.'Illegal aliens are in control of the media, and working in tandem with Democrats, are trying to 'destroy Christian America" and replace it with "a godless new world order -- and that is not extremism, that is fact,' Larsen said."And these are people who are elected to public office? No wonder America is falling behind the rest of the world when people of our country believe the Mexicans are conspiring with Democrats to destroy the USA, and bring about a new, god-less world order. -_-
Before anyone gets too worked up, these are clearly loony tunes. As a registered republican, I regard these guys on par with Roswell believers.It's clear most of the Utah County republicans felt the same way: "...not enough members stuck around long enough to vote."With that kind of lunacy going around, no surprise they had people walking out on them.
Scary? In itself, yes. But reflecting that every state has its idiots and most of them end up with a representative in their legislature - I'd say no scarier than the existence of drug dealers in the war zone and prostitutes at state far time.
You know, I would probably find this whole thing funny in a tragic sort of way if it didn't remind me so much of the KKK rhetoric from back in the 50's and 60's (I might have the decades wrong - sorry), and that ended badly for a great many people. I live in the heart of illegal country. I hear everyday how the "brown" people are ruining the city, the economy, and the American way of life - whatever that might be. Whenever an economy is in trouble, there needs to be a scape goat. Once upon a time it was black people, now it's still black people with homosexuals and illegals thrown in for good measure and headlines. The fact that this is coming out of Utah does not surprise me, nor does the fact that Satan is involved - he usually is. While the more sane republicans call these people a few loony tunes, sadly there are a great many more people who believe what they are saying as the gospel truth. I'm an optimist and would love to say this kind of garbage will blow over, but, in all honesty, it seems to have grown over the last 6 years and I don't see it getting any better before it gets worse.
Oh, oh, do I get to reply with some quotes from ALF nutcases? Or how about I find the hairiest, stinkiest, fattest man at an LGBT meeting and present him as representative of the community?
One can expect fringy opinions from fringe groups. (And a Google of AFL turned up a couple of football leagues, one from Australia, and AFLAC, and I'm perfectly prepared to believe that a duck might have extreme views on, oh, gun control or something.) But this is the state convention of a major political party! And the views expressed aren't that fringy--- we've got Tancredo running for president, after all, and his fellow candidates show remarkable restraint in not pointing out that he's a vicious nutcase. In order to maintain any kind of credibility the Republicans have to do something about the loony right, just as Blair managed to eclipse all the Labour party people that voters weren't about to put in charge of Britain.
Then I guess the question becomes, CAN the Republicans do something about the lunatic fringe, or is that what they have become? After all they have a leader who keeps calling for commissions to give an objective report on the war but then rejects their findings when they don't agree with what he and his daddy want; there's the midwest who is convinced that evolution didn't happen and can't happen despite the scientific proof to the contrary; Washington state who has passed a bill that mandates only couples who can and are going to have children can be married because the bible says so; and all those jokers who think we need a great big wall along the Mexican-US border. Yeah, because that will make a difference. For the record, more illegals cross at the controlled border crossings then swim across the Rio-Grande or hike through the California and Arizona deserts.Anyway, just the opinion from someone who would like to be a Republican but just can't fall in line behind these chuckle-heads.
I, too, would like the opportunity to vote for a Republican. There used to be Republicans that I =did= vote for.But now, just to be nominated, candidates have to win the approval of pressure groups that are wacky when they're not, you know, actively evil. I can't tell from the rhetoric whether the candidates actually mean what they're saying or not, so I have to assume that they do. The local Democratic party is notoriously filled with corrupt hacks, so I'd purely love a chance to vote against them. But if it's the choice of a corrupt hack vs. an honest fanatic, I'll vote for the corrupt guy every time. Whenever a Republican candidate stands up and says: "I believe in the theory of evolution, a woman's right to choose, separation of church and state, that what people do in their own bedrooms is their own damn business, and that rich people's taxes should actually go up when the state is at war and colossally in debt," then it's just possible that he'll get my vote.
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