As America scrambles to adjust to the new found power of the Republican party, the rest of the world can look in like a curious child peering into a candy shop, with a mixture of wondrous excitement at the color and razzle dazzle of what is on display, and horrified disgust when we see what goes into making the whole machine tick. The United States is the self proclaimed doyen of democracy, the land of the free and the beacon to all who strives for greatness. It is brash, bold and proudly straight forward but behind the lights and cameras is a country that is at war with itself. A country that is more about special interests and self interest than the interests of the whole. It is a country where the big issues can be hijacked by the wealthy who profit from blind eyes being turned. Where partisanship and short term victories are more important that the bigger picture.
This self interest and complete disregard for science or fact often creates rather amusing anecdotes, when you remove the rather frightening implications that these things are being said by people charged with steering the ship, particularly when viewed outside the bubble of American partisanship. The mere fact that some of these things can be said in public and these people people can not just remain in their jobs but actually flourish in them is, to be fair, quite incredible in itself.
So sit back and enjoy a taste of the beauty of American politics!
Governor Rick Perry:
A favorite of many for his seemingly raft of misquotes and complete lack of understanding of many of the big issues, Perry was one in the running to be President of the United States but had to settle for his Governorship of Texas instead. He are some of his best
“I may have genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that. And I look at the homosexual issues the same way.” (Surely we can just teach them not to be homosexual can’t? No Rick you can’t, they tried that a few decades ago!)
“When a criminal breaks into your home I’ll let the liberals call the lawyer. I’m going to call (gun maker) Smith and Wesson. (Sounds good Rick, just make sure it isn’t your wife taking a late night toilet break first!)
“It is time to change our policy of appeasement toward the Palesinians, to strengthen our ties with the nation of Israel.” (Harking back to Churchill’s hatred of appeasement here. Those pesky Palestinians, time to stop giving them so much, maybe we should just take their land and leave them in a virtual prison state)
“There’s nothing wrong with America that a little extra dose of freedom won’t cure.” (Sure helped the Iraqi’s, I will take some espresso instead.)
On women and marriage
Republican Idaho Senator Chuck Winder: “I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician with a rape issue, that the physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by rape.” (Because my dear it can often be hard to tell the two apart)
Alaska’s own Sarah Palin showing she has a plan for the Syrian conflict: “Let Allah sort it out.” (But I thought we were all God’s children?)
Texan Joe Barton tells it like it is: “The great flood is an example of climate change. And that certainly wasn’t because mankind overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.” (How do you argue with that? You just can’t.)
North Carolina GOP Executive Committee member Don Yelton on voter ID laws: “If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it”. (Ouch, I guess they are not in you support demographic)
Law and Justice:
North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer: Forty years ago, the United States Supreme Court sanctioned abortions on demand. And we wonder why our culture sees school shootings so often.” (It all makes sense now…..)
Being the boss:
Indiana Republican Marlin Stutzman wants everyone to know he is the Boss when shutting down the government: “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” (Maybe you can come back to us when you have had a think about it then. After all the entire country can wait)
Jeb Bush on the Family: “I don’t think there’s any Bush baggage at all.” (Just don’t mention the Wars….)
An oldie from an old favorite and perennial juicy quote dropper Michelle Bachmann: “If we took away the minimum wage – if conceivably it was gone – we could potentially wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” Sometimes when you solve one problem you create another. Unfortunately I believe this solution could well have some nasty ‘unforeseen’ side affects.
A hot issue of late and one that caused something of a panic in many parts of the states. This panic was soon picked up on by North Carolina’s Republican Senator Thom Tillis who believed there was a need to create ‘fortress America’ with this quote. “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have an Ebola outbreak, we have bad actors who can come across the border. We need to seal the border and secure it.” If we close our eyes it will simply go away…..
Speaking of borders the nightmare that is ISIS also is co-operating with those ‘bad actors’ across the border according to Arkansas state Senator Tom Cotton who stated that “Groups like Islamic State collaborate with drug cartels in Mexico who have clearly shown they’re willing to expand outside the drug trade into human trafficking and potentially even terrorism. They could infiltrate our defenseless border and attack us right here in places like Arkansas. This is an urgent problem and its time we got serious about it” Wow I never realized how dangerous those Mexicans were. Maybe we should just blast a hold between us and them.
ISIS and Ebola and Climate Change
Texas’ Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert does not like to spend time talking about just one issue at a time so he mashes all of them together in one convenient bundle. “the President and this Secretary of State John Kerry, also think that….more deadly to this country than Ebola is climate change, more deadly than the Islamic State to Thomas Foley is climate change.” In comparing a disease that, although terrible has so far not managed to gain a foothold outside of one corner of Africa, or an extremist religious movement that is under attack from virtually every player in the Middle East and is yet to show itself capable of doing anything outside of its own area of control, to the potential catastrophic environmental, geopolitical and human consequences of climate change seems a stretch but you cannot blame the man for having a go!
Want more? Check out this list from Rolling Stones! http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/lists/50-dumbest-things-right-wingers-said-in-2013-20131204