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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Conservative Chides Republicans For Taking Cues From ‘Paranoiac’ Alex Jones

Conservative Chides Republicans For Taking Cues From ‘Paranoiac’ Alex Jones

In the early 1960s, William F. Buckley — the founder of the right-wing magazine National Review — drove the John Birch Society out of the conservative movement by labeling the Society’s founder Robert Welch as “idiotic” and “paranoid.”

In 2010, the John Birch Society re-emerged into the daylight as a co-sponsor of the annual conservative conference CPAC.

Led by Fox News’ Glenn Beck, the “paranoid style” had become the Republican mainstream. Theories about forged birth certificates, global caliphates and FEMA camps were often on the lips of elected officials with an “R” after their names.

Many wondered who would play Buckley’s role and cast out the kooks. But a grassroots effort to boycott Glenn Beck did the right a favor and drove the self-described “rodeo clown” off national television.

Obama’s re-election seems to have reignited the right’s passion for fantasy and drawn serious ridiculousness into the halls of Congress.

From Media Matters:

The right wing media’s promotion of a widely debunked Alex Jones conspiracy theory about the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ammunition acquisitions prompted House Republicans to hold a hearing to investigate. The theory, which assigns some sinister motivation behind the recent ammo purchases, first gained traction on the websites of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones before finding its way to Fox News and Fox Business and finally to the halls of Congress.

On April 25, Republican Reps. Jim Jordan (OH) and Jason Chaffetz (UT) held a joint hearing “to examine the procurement of ammunition by the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.” The hearing followed right-wing media reports speculating about the reasons for the acquisitions.

Following talk-radio conspiracies is a way of life for Republicans, but the difference here is that Infowars’ Alex Jones isn’t a conservative radio host. Jones is as ardent about an unregulated Second Amendment as they come, but his theories are almost a parody of what more mainstream Republicans believe.

It all revolves around a belief in a “new world order,” where the “globalists” are trying to murder most of the planet. This conspiracy, led by King Albert II of Belgium, involves genetically modified foods, MTV and fluoride, which was often the focus of John Birch Society theories.

Here’s a taste:

He’s entertaining, scary and now forming the basis for policy choices by elected officials.

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  • charleo1

    It’s no wonder the right Wingers listening to Alex Jones, are scared out of
    their minds! Did you know, for example, in the, “People’s Republic of California,”
    they are going door to door, collecting guns, and signatures on a petition calling
    for an immediate Nazi takeover of the State? Neither did I. And, that’s the scary
    part. The lame stream media is hiding the truth. It’s a very serious situation.
    Did you know the term, “Shelter in place,” is actually a term invented for the
    Police State, we are all living in right now? And, we wouldn’t even suspect the
    government is buying up all the ammo, if not for people like Alex Jones. That’s
    right! Obama couldn’t pass his gun confiscation law thru Congress. So he’s doing
    the next best thing. And hoarding the ammo! If anyone asks for me, tell them I’ll
    be in my bunker, until further notice!

    • Lynda Groom

      Charles, as a citizen of California I can only assume that your post was snark and intended to add some humor to the discussion. I’m right I hope.

      • charleo1

        You’re right. The kind of outlandish stuff these people like Beck,
        and this guy, Alex Jones, just brings out the snark in me, I guess.
        The part about the petition, Nazis, and gun confiscation, in CA.
        I swear I’m not making up! It’s on the Alex Jones website.
        However, apologies to both you, and the great State of California!

    • You know what’s sad? I can’t tell if you’re poking fun of Alex Jones’ audience, or if you’re the real deal.

      That is the sad state conservatism and libertarianism have been brought to in this country. The state where even the parodies are somehow less extreme than the genuine articles.

      • charleo1

        Isn’t that the truth? All the stuff I poked fun at, is actually
        what they are talking about over at the Alex Jones website.
        It’s very hard to get more ridiculous, than, ridiculous.
        Lynda Groom’s comment is actually, much more approiate.

  • Lynda Groom

    Where is the so-called leadership of the Republican Party on this issue? If they allow the crazies to drive the bus should it come as a great surprise that all appear guilty of insanity as well? It is time for the majority and minority leaders in the party to step up to the plate and tell the country not to pay attention to the fringe. If they can’t, or won’t, they are only adding fuel to the fire of fear and distrust. Shame on all of them.

  • Leave Alex Jones alone. We need more Tea Party radicals opening their traps, not fewer.

  • JDavidS

    What a fu*kin’ loon…

  • howa4x

    The problem is the ultra right is not smart enough to understand the issues so they make them up. We spend more that all of the countries combined on military so exactly who is coming to get us? Is it the UN that is so inept it’s peacekeepers can’t protect anyone? Who is it that the ultra right is so afraid of? Well they think climate change is a conspiracy or hoax, and that is a bigger threat to these dopes than anything, but they can’t understand climate science because they are just plain stupid. This is why they are anti science because they don’t understand it, so they make stuff up. Scratch the surface of any of these conspiracy theories and you will howl with laughter. They are becoming more and more silly and only the dopey Republicans take them seriously. Welcome to the new base of the republican party. This is why a sane person can’t win and why they will never again win a national election again.

    • ralphkr

      No, howa4x, the REAL reason that climate change is considered a hoax by the right wingers is because if climate change were to be considered a real threat and action taken to alleviate it then the profits of those companies who fund the right wing shall be impinged upon. It is far more important that tar sands, fracking, consumption of coal (clean coal is just as true as potable raw sewage), etc. continue than that we have a planet that is livable for our great-grandchildren.

      • howa4x

        You made my point that the ultra right is gullible to the lies of big oil so much so that they will vote against their own interests and that of their families

  • jointerjohn

    The corner the republican party has painted itself into is that they rely on a base that will immediately tune-out unless they hear some wild, exciting scary stuff. Democratic candidates who campaign calmly with white-papers and verifiable information don’t even get heard by a now substantial portion of today’s republican voters. I have an old friend who is one of these and a couple of years ago I got him to admit that he was signing on to crazy conspiracy-laden nonsense. When I forced him into a corner about it he said to me, “John, I know your side is probably right, but being on this side of politics is much more fun!” The modern political right has to entertain its children with weak attention spans.