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Let the right wing take a hike

By Doug Thompson
October 2, 2007

The marauding pack of jackals known as the rabid right wing of the Republican Party is pissed over not getting what it wants and is threatening to leave the GOP to back a third party candidate.

Good. Let them go. It’s time the rabid right returned to the political stone age where they belong.

If Republicans want to have any shot at remaining a viable political force in this nation they need to shed themselves of these political Neanderthals and pay more attention to the realities of modern day America.

Let the hypocritical right go the way of the Druids.

History will recognize George W. Bush as the primary force that destroyed the Republican Party but the destruction started long before he got to town. Religious conservatives with their holier-than-thou agenda and blatant hypocrisy began dismantling the Grand Old Party more than 20 years earlier.

When I arrived in Washington in 1981, the Bible-thumpers were already in charge, flexing their political muscle and raising hell about Godlessness, lawlessness and senselessness. The right wing knew so much about all three because they practiced it often.

Shortly after I arrived, Congressman Jon Hinson, a right-wing demagogue from Mississippi, got caught sucking off a Library of Congress employee in the men’s room of the Cannon House Office Building. Terry Dolan, leader of the National Conservative Political Action Committee, condemned homosexuality by day and cruised the gay bars on Pennsylvania Avenue by night,. He would later die of AIDs.

Ronald Regan, the patron saint of the rabid right, would invoke God’s name at the frequent “prayer breakfasts” and then call it up more often in staff meetings where “Goddamn” was his favorite swear word.

Religious nutcases like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson would call natural disasters “God’s will” because, they said, Godlessness rules the world. Yet both would later embrace George W. Bush’s Iraq war, based on the dual sins of “bearing false witness” and killing fellow human beings.

The rabid right would condemn abortion as the taking of life but would praise those who bombed abortion clinics and took lives.

In what may have been their final hurrah, they took credit for electing George W. Bush, a despot who will be remembered as deservedly the worst President in American history.

Now they find the Republican Presidential field filled with candidates who no longer listen to them because those contenders know that bowing to the lockstep right-wing agenda is a political death sentence.

So they want to pick up their toys and play in another playground.

As my granddaddy used to say, “Go with our blessing and don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord split you.”

Let the religious right take their long-overdue hike and pray that they never, ever, gain control of another political party. They’ve done far too much damage already.

13 Responses to Let the right wing take a hike

  1. Sandra Price

    October 2, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Well, I started with Ike, then Nixon, Ford and Reagan. I found no full fledged bigots and racists until Bush 41 and 43. A lot of us were strong Republicans until the Religious Right took over the party.

  2. SEAL

    October 2, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    This is all great but what about all those lifetime appointed judges that have been installed over the past 20 years? How do we get rid of them?

  3. kate9954

    October 3, 2007 at 8:00 am

    A loud and resounding AMEN!!!

    On an extremely minor note: As a Pagan, I should advise you that the Druids are alive and well.

    “Let the rabid right go the way of the Neanderthal!!!!”

    Warm hugs to my favorite pundit!

    Kate

  4. Charlie Couser

    October 3, 2007 at 8:13 am

    Right on, Doug!!

    If the religious right is serious about finding a new home for their hypocrisy, I understand the Taliban has a few ‘new job openings’ in Afghanistan as of late…

    Charlie Couser

  5. old_curmudgeon

    October 2, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Can I get an AMEN!!!

  6. Jeffers

    October 2, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Amen

  7. keith

    October 2, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Once again, Doug, you’ve nailed it.

    Finally…FINALLY…. the so-called “rabid religious right” is learning just how out of touch with the rest of society (and our Constitution) they really are.

    Thankfully, their grand plans to turn our nation into a despotic theocracy are now falling down around their ears as more and more of the rest of us witness the sheer, blatant hypocrisy (if not the outright fraud) now being perpetuated by the so-called “leaders” of these “holier than thou” types.

    In that narrow sense, the Presidency of George W. Bush has been a Godsend because the true nature of their (and his) theocratic plans for our nation have now been revealed (and personified) for all to see.

    Our Founding Fathers very carefully crafted our Constitution so as to firmly prohibit the establishment of a “state religion” all the while guaranteeing every citizen the right to free expression of their own religious beliefs.

    I certainly have no qualm with someone expressing those religious beliefs in their own, private way.

    However, I (and most others) are now drawing the line when the “holy rollers” attempt to cram their narrow beliefs down the rest of our throats via the legislative process.

    Maybe that’s because we have now learned that the so-called “Moral Majority” isn’t so “moral” (nor is it a “majority”) after all.

  8. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    October 2, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    Great Comments Doug, may the Great Bird of the Galaxy drop a cosmic stool on all evangelical Neo-Cons.

  9. Janice

    October 2, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Doug,
    Great comments – very well presented. But, we still have to undo all the damage these backwards religious zealots have done to our country and Constitution. And that isn’t going to happen until we finish cleaning these hypocrites out of Washington. It will take more than one election cycle to rid our government of this morally corrupt group of righteous idiots.

  10. krazygrrl9

    October 2, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Right on, Doug! As a result of what the religious right has done to the republic party, I most likely will never ever vote for another one as long as I live!

  11. Donnat

    October 2, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    This would be a dream come true for the Dems. I pray these nuts go out and nominate some ultra right wack job, splinter the GOP vote and put Hillary in the white house. It’s time for a lot of change, including putting the president back in the white house…and Bill Clinton, too.
    Donnat

  12. Sandra Price

    October 2, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    I just got home from a 3 day Convention of Atheist Alliance International in Washington D.C. and found a lot of Republicans lined up to hear another approach to living a life of freedom in America. The threat of a growing police state is not nearly as attractive as a growing secular nation at this time just prior to the 2008 election.

    Very few of us who attended are convinced that there is a strong Democratic candidate who can bring back the separation of church and state and many of us (550 at the convention) want nothing less than that promise from any candidate, of any party running for the White House.

    In 2000 we had a government of Conservatives in the majority and it nearly brought down our American values by trying to blend them into the Christian values that have destroyed most of the European nations.

    I don’t care what, if any, religion a candidate claims as his own but we need that firm conviction found in the separation to guarantee our individual natural rights.

  13. neondog

    October 2, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Answer me this Mr. Ex-Republican:
    How could you have ever voted RepubliCON, knowing that in order to gain power, Rebulicans had to develop the “southern strategy”? In other words, in order to “win” elections they had to form a coalition and partnership with full fledged bigots and racists.