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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

There’s water on Mars! Not to mention a nefarious evil liberal agenda. There’s a new Red Scare coming, America. Are you ready for it?

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Rick Santorum

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Martin Luther King, Jr. isn’t here to tell us where he would have stood on marriage equality. Luckily for us, conservative Republicans have been only too willing to invoke the late reverend’s name and character in the cause of “religious liberty.”

“Religious liberty,” of course, being the gloss right-wing politicians and pundits have tried to put on the privilege of florists, bakers, and — most controversially — government officials to discriminate against same-sex couples under the aegis of the First Amendment right to practice their religion.

(Recall that Glenn Beck notably bragged that he was going to become the MLK of fighting marriage equality. So brave.)

Perhaps noting that his poll numbers were scraping rock bottom, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum thought he’d get in on the game. A few weeks ago, shortly before the last GOP debate, Santorum appeared on the program Marcus and Joni (which airs on the Christian television network Daystar), and drew comparisons between Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than let a gay couple get married on her watch, and — yes — MLK.

It’s possible that one reason Santorum is polling so low right now (0.5 percent right according to Real Clear Politics) is not that he fails to rattle off the conservative talking points — specious comparisons to Hitler and the Nazis, ignorance of the concept of judicial review, a willful misunderstanding of civil liberties as they apply to LGBT people — it’s that he’s so damn boring when he does it.

Take a double dose of Red Bull, scaffold your eyelids open, and behold SantorumBot 3000 process moldy right-wing analogies to Nuremberg and civil rights leaders of the past, not to mention a tasteless invocation of the Columbine shooting (Kim Davis is like the girl who was killed because she believed in God, Santorum had said, except that isn’t what happened).

Per Right Wing Watch:

Santorum defended Davis, claiming that she should be “applauded” for her “courageous” actions and asserting that the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage is illegitimate since it violates biblical precepts.

“Clearly, the laws on marriage don’t follow the natural law, they don’t follow God’s law, so in Martin Luther King’s viewpoint, he would have said that this is a law that you have an obligation to resist and that’s what Kim Davis is doing,” he said. “She is standing up and saying, ‘I am not going to follow an unjust law.’”

Let us give thanks to far-right ideologues like Santorum: As long as they are on hand to tell us what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have said and done, it’s almost like he’s still with us. Thank you, senator.

Via Right Wing Watch

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  • Dominick Vila

    I guess we should all thank Dr. Limbaugh for revealing the truth behind NASA’s discoveries and achievements: that agency is a Muslim outreach manned by pseudo scientists! What amazes me the most when I hear what comes out of the mouths of people like Rush is not so much what those charlatans say, but the fact that millions of Americans listening to them and believe what they say. As for the likes of Santorum, Savage, and the rest of the far right nuts, who cares what they say. They are opportunists trying to remain relevant by making outrageous statements that make them look dumber than they are.

    • TZToronto

      As for Santorum, As Bob Dylan sang, “When you ain’t got nothin’, you got nothin’ to lose.” He’s go to be thinking that he’ll just throw something out there, and maybe he’ll find some support.

      • Dominick Vila

        Rick is going to need a lot more than this to get up to 1% in the polls. I suspect that the only reason he, and half a dozen other GOP candidates, remain in the race is because of their ego. They don’t have a chance in Hell to be the GOP nominee. In the interim they serve a useful purpose, they serve as a distraction to take our attention away from what the likely nominees say and do.

        • Daniel Jones

          So, we name them Zaphod?

          • Dominick Vila

            How about Torquemada?

      • The_Magic_M

        He tries to out-crazy the crazy (Cruz, Jindal, Trump), but so far he’s failing. Walker realized you can’t compete with single-digit-IQ people for the title of King Moron, so he dropped out. The only clever person in the entire GOP field so far.

        • Charles Winter

          Walker realizes no such thing. His campaign staff told him he was out of money, so goodbye.

    • The_Magic_M

      Obviously it’s all a plot by the Marxist Muslim Martians (MMM) to conquer White Christian Earth. Even Limbaugh and Jones haven’t understood that yet. *lol*

      • Dominick Vila

        I would not laugh at that probability. Don’t forget that Trump is proposing to make the U.S. Armed Forces great again. That implies that the fact that our Navy has more carrier groups than all the other Navies of the world combined, that our USAF is second to none, that our ARMY and Marines are the best trained and equipped in the world, and that we have the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons and delivery systems in the world is not good enough for The Donald and his supporters…presumably because we must be prepared for inter-Galactic warfare!

        • bobnstuff

          The best part about Trumps plan is he is going to do all this and cut taxes and the national debt at the same time.

          • Independent1

            Obviously, lost on Donald and the majority of Americans is that the Pentagon’s current spending is already more than the military related spending of all other truly militarized countries on the planet combined. Or maybe it’s the magnitude of that is so great their minds just simply can’t grasp it.

          • TZToronto

            was waiting for the Laffer Curve to come back. From Wikipedia (about the Laffer Curve): “The basic concept was not new; Laffer himself notes antecedents in the
            writings of the 14th century Arab Muslim social philosopher Ibn Khaldun.” This better not get out to the Great Unwashed . . . Trump’s days are numbered.

        • The_Magic_M

          I see, you’re proposing a theory similar to the one that Darth Sidious was actually preparing for the Yuuzhan Vong war when he built the Death Star(s).

          • Dominick Vila

            There is also a distinct probability that Obama and the Muslims at NASA may be working with the Castro brothers to outsource Cuba Libres to another Galaxy.

          • BillP

            Actually I think it was the Marx Brothers especially Harpo and Groucho you mean. That would then make President Obama Muslim Marxist!!!

      • Dominick Vila

        Could this whole thing be one of President Obama’s nefarious plots, and what he really plans to do is to send 99% of the American population to Mars and let the remaining 1% – the Muslims – take over the USA and impose Sharia law on our wildlife?

        • idamag

          Careful some nut job is going to take your irony for reality.

      • idamag

        Laughing with you.

    • HalMorris

      Don’t be ridiculous – it’s the Heinlein libertarians who want to go to Mars to reenact Stranger in a Strange Land. Of course Limbaugh can be in bed with libertarians or conflate them with liberals on social issues just as he pleases.

      • Dominick Vila

        Especially now that we know there is water in Mars, which means that Diet Coke can be outsourced and be easily made in other parts of the Solar system. Sounds like a Muslim plot to me…should I replace my .38 caliber handgun with an AK47 or a rocket propelled grenade?

    • TZToronto

      Limburger’s pronouncement are especially attractive to those listeners for whom empiricism rings no bells. These people are easily led because they tend to be rather lazy. What they see in the world always needs to be evaluated in some way, but they don’t want to do it because, well, they’re lazy. Instead, they allow idiots like Limbaugh to interpret the world for them, and all they do is nod in agreement, thinking that they now know what’s going on in the world. Tell them that NASA has a hidden Muslim agenda and wants to institute Sharia Law, and they believe it–and they pass it on to others.

      • idamag

        I have noticed timid people follow assertive people.

    • idamag

      I have a niece who married at 15, with my ex-sister-in-law’s signature. She wasn’t good in school so she quit. She had a string of live-ins and husbands. The one she brought to the family reunion was drinking at breakfast and continued drinking all day long. He bragged about never missing rush limbaugh.

    • bcarreiro

      This week in laziest…the far right are from Jupiter.

  • FireBaron

    Thank you, Sam, for bringing back many of the “Usual Suspects”. Your weekly piece had gotten boring for a while, with a bunch of second- and third-string Conservatives, instead of those bright lights we all come to catch up with.

  • Grannysmovin

    Rick Santorum: Ricky Ricky Ricky – Freedom of Religion allows our citizens to follow whatever religion they wish and it also allows them Freedom From Religion.

    Donna Hearne: As a former Reagan appointee you surely remember him saying. “We
    establish no religion in this country. We command no worship. We mandate no
    belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate.”

    Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones: Is there room for three, on the “Islamic-Obama-Space consortium” and they can arrange three one-way tickets.

    • stcroixcarp

      Wouldn’t those FEMA camps be cheaper? Anything to save the poor tax payers a buck.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Who in the name of all that is right and holy, let these GOP Hitler Youth out of their pens? First one of them tells us that humans don’t have a right to water. Then, another one tells us that Planned Parenthood butchers fetuses using a bogus film from a Pro-Life Group. Still another goes around blathering about saving US tax dollars by not funding infrastructure in the US that now looks like something out of the Great Depression.

    These GOP dudes are sick, sick, sick, pups. They’ve been listening to Big Daddy’s gospels waaaaay too long.

    • The_Magic_M

      We should protest the “political correctness” that makes us give these people airtime and internet fame instead of locking them up in the loony bin. They should cheer for that, right? 😉

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        The real problem is that they get air time and media because the media is a monopoly of their own kind: men who have a massive lust for power that will stoop as low as a snake, if need be.

        At this very moment in US history, the GOP got exactly what it asked for: Notoriety as the most “ignorant” liars in government. You know where they got those lies and deception skills from…their Corporate CEO cronies who pay for their campaigns.

        The thing voters need to remember most is to never EVER allow the GOP a majority in the House. They disperse more than 65% of every federal tax dollar the rest of the states pay to Republican states, stiffing the Dem states who do most of the paying. All of the Republican states invest ONLY in industries they know will pay out in federal tax subsidies. You can prove this by locating via Google where most of the energy, gun manufacturing, military and prison industries are situated.

        • silas1898

          Fiorina is the prime example of a corporate liar.

          When confronted with the truth, she clings even tighter to the lies and whines that she’s a “victim”.

          She got where she is by banging an ATT executive and whoring for the rest of them.

    • idamag

      Great description of who they are.

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        There’s a reason these GOP Hitler Youth are all so arrogant, aggressive, hostile and hateful. They live in Republican states where opportunities to expand personal horizons is considered “liberal.” They live in Republican states that only value corporations, not humans…ergo their excuses for being pro-birthers who want to replenish the plantation with plenty of cheap cheap GOP labor.

        This is why they loathe liberals and are pea green with envy that they cannot achieve what most liberals do by the time they reach high school: get a solid education and use it to expand their futures.

        In other words, the GOP is the Great Gestapo that prohibits progress, advancement, education and worse…any future chosen by individuals.

        So, when they call liberals communists, they are proving that they loathe any sense of individual accomplishment just like Nazis did. It was always the Nazi agenda to recreate humanity to fit a single white Aryan template. Now, the GOP is continuing that agenda.

        • idamag

          You are absolutely right. The very fact that the racist south changed their political parties when: The Republicans freed the slaves, they went Democrat, and LBJ signed the Civil Rights Bill into law, they went Republican; it shows that they are still racist and still want to be terrorists. The nazi party is alive and well in the United States. They are the scum of the earth. Instead of reading their turner diaries, people should read, “Dear God Have You Ever Gone Hungry.”
          We had some nazis in Northern Idaho who had a parade for hitler’s birthday. The nazi flag hung behind the podium in their compound. They were recruiting from high schools in the area and they were holocaust deniers. I was a child when WWII ended. The news reels (before digital photography) and Life Magazine showed what they found in the death camps. It was horrible. These knuckle draggers are the scum of the earth.

  • jointerjohn

    For these people and their followers, truth and fact are selected from a giant all you can eat buffet. Select the things you like and reject those you don’t. This is the reason they despise science, were each day may bring a discovery that makes all one believed the day before defunct. Their world is a giant fantasy football game, and this makes them unfit for leadership.

  • gmccpa

    I just don’t get it. I read this week after week. And each week, they are nuttier than the last. How do these crazies have so much access to the media? And when did they become so insane?

    I grew up in a pretty conservative household. Back in the sixties, it seemed my parents
    were the only people in all of Brooklyn who voted for Goldwater. Goldwater….the Conservative standard back then. He’d be run out of the Party as a RINO today. Conservative and Liberal friends and family, discussed, debated, argued….but it all seemed so normal. No one equated a scientific discovery, such as water on Mars, as a evil sinister political plot. Nor did anyone believe arresting a kid for bringing a clock to school was OK.

    Totally bizarre. Hopefully this crap ends with the next generation. But, I look at so many of many of my contemporaries, and think, what the hell happened to them? They all smoked pot. Hated the Vietnam war. Listened to bands like the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd. It seemed unfathomable they could support a clown like Trump.
    Or think maybe another Bush is the answer. (WTF? Really) Yet, now they do. In theory, demographics are against the Conservatives. Though, when I look back from where I came, I have some major doubts. Or should I say…fears.

    • idamag

      I wonder if it is pollution in the air. There have always been crazies, but people never listened to them before. This virulent division can destroy the two-party system.

      • Independent1

        Ida, according to Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s chief of staff, the virulent division in the two parties, could result in a breakup of the U.S.

        See this article from the Daily Kos titled:

        Lawrence Wilkerson discussed the possibility of the breakup of the U.S.

        Here’s the crux of the article, but you’d need to listen to his speech to get the full gist of what his thoughts are (note that he says that for those who would entertain a break-up, that without the monies the feds get from CA and NY, that the South would be like Bangladesh):

        Lawrence Wilkerson was invited to the Lone Star College System in the Houston metropolitan area. He made several appearances that drew substantial crowds at different campuses, speaking about the travails of the empire. Wilkerson was Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell’s chief of staff.

        He left many in the decidedly conservative audience shocked and with
        much to think about. Lawrence Wilkerson pointed out that a United States break-up is a possibility as we have historically been very stable. It is not necessarily a natural state of being. If one looks at what seems like insurmountable deadlocks in Congress, one must ask if that may be the path we are on.

        He had a prescient statement for those who thus far are the most
        eager to entertain that possibility. He said if it weren’t for money
        from New York and California, the South would be Bangladesh.

        Here’s the link to his speech from the D.K. article:

        • idamag

          I watched your link. He said what I have been thinking, but did not want to sound like an alarmist. You see I studied nazi Germany and read every book about that I could. I wanted to find out how a decent democratic nation became what they did. I see the tea party republicans like the nazis. It disturbs me that so many people in a country, where education is free, can follow along those lines. The anti-Semitism was already rampant in Germany and that is what allowed hitler. Racism is rampant in our south and it is going to allow the next hitler to take over our country.

          • Independent1

            All we can do is pray that sanity returns to enough of the American electorate to keep that from happening (your last sentence). The 2016 election is going to be very telling for our nation (it’s going to be either sink or swim).

          • Jake Hawkes

            If you really studied post World War One, you know that the Treaty of Versailles and the spread of communism from Russia were the major factors that lead to the popularity of the National Socialist German Workers Party. You also must know that International Jewery declared war on Germany in 1933, cut off international funding and tried to destroy the country. The Jewish lead Red Terror was responsible for the death of 20 million people across Russia, and they planned to take over all of Europe. Lets not pretend that the so called “anti-Semitism” in Germany and across Europe materialized out of thin air.

          • idamag

            Sounds exactly like the arguments that hitler used. I do not wish to exchange with nazis or nazi sympathizers. You are a malignancy on democracy.

          • Jake Hawkes

            Obviously you don’t know anything about the real history of post World War One, the Weimar Republic, The Red Terror, the exaggerations of the holocaust, the lies that dragged the US into World War Two, etc., etc. Read The Myth of German Villainy by Bradbury.


            I’m not a Nazi or a Nazi sympathizer…I am just someone who cares about the truth and who is willing to research history with an open mind and use critical thinking instead of accepting what passes as “common wisdom”.

            And I’m sick and tired of being fed a bunch of B.S. by manipulators and lousy historians who control the minds of the blissfully uninformed like you.

            And FYI, “democracy” is all about being able to challenge authority with facts and real scholarship. A real “malignancy on democracy” is a brain dead moron like you repeating the lies you have been told without bothering to find out if any of it is true…you don’t care about truth…

    • Jerry

      Right wing radio and Fox News. Plain and simple. Did you ever know this country to be so divided before either of those existed to broadcast nationwide? The Fox viewers have become so brainwashed since the middle of the Clinton Administration that they will believe any conspiracy theory, any slanted reports, and every Obama/Hillary lie they broadcast. Plus, the conservative talk show hosts have people believing everything they say, even when they mean it “tongue in cheek”. I have so many what I used to consider intelligent friends that believe every falsehood and hate attack these guys spew out daily. Now that the Republicans have the majority in both houses of Congress and still can’t get anything done to satisfy them, however, at least some are beginning to doubt all they’ve been led to believe over the past 20 years.

      • plc97477

        I believe that faux news has almost killed the gotp. Not only have they kept them notably stupid but have made them think the most outrageous stuff.

    • TZToronto

      Don’t trust anyone over 30! Of course, there are a lot of old people running around who were radicals in the 60s and are still radicals today–but maybe with some of life’s lessons toning down the rhetoric. Back then something like universal health care wasn’t much on the radicals’ radar (well, maybe it was, but there weren’t many protests about it); today instead of protesting against an unjust, trumped-up war in Vietnam, we’re trying to get the cops to stop beating on black people and working to keep elections fair. Not nearly as romantic, but more practical for everyday life. On the other hand, much of the radical protest coming from young people in the 60s was driven by the draft and the inherent inequality of it. When you have a horse in the race, you’re much more interested in it. . . . If Trump were to get elected President, any war he might get the U.S. into could be termed trumped-up.

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    • jam

      We’re still here….fighting tooth and nail for Bernie.
      I was for Goldwater when I was a teenager in the 60’s, because I believed he told the truth as he understood it. I still believe that..

  • fortunev

    What do they feed these idiots before they take them out of their cages?

  • idamag

    Rick Santorem, do you think your constant use of MLK is going to get the Black vote? You owe every victim of the holocaust an apology. Your pious ignorance is so blatant. Donna Hearne, sometimes your can look at a picture of a person and see their intelligence. I don’t see any in your picture. I know another nut job who self publishes his hate books. Rusty Lunpjaw, Crazies, hail to your king. Alex Jones, you should be happy that Reagan closed the mental hospitals or you would be locked away.

  • pattreid

    Unfortunately it’s not just Santorum who believes that cramming one’s faith down the throats of the entire population is the definition of religious freedom. The ability to “freely practice” one’s own religion means being able to worship as one sees fit, to live as one sees fit, within the context of their chosen faith. NOWHERE does the freedom to practice your religion state nor imply that you have the right to force your beliefs on others who don’t share those beliefs. A belief, a faith, is a very personal thing. Keep it to yourselves, Mr. Santorum. And most especially, keep your theology off my biology.

  • BU_Alum

    Instead of ranting about going to Mars, shouldn’t Rush focus on personally moving to Costa Rica as promised to do if the ACA became law?

  • the kick is good

    Liars’ radio featuring Limbaugh, Weenie and Levin. All lies 24 hrs. a day 7 days a week.

  • idamag

    For those too young to remember, this is what our allied forces found in Auschwitz.

    For some reason the picture did not copy. However, I was well acquainted with a man who was one of the first people into Auschwitz. He said first they vomited and then they cried..