Each weekÂ we round up the looniest examples of right-wing bigotry, idiocy, and bizarre behavior in our âThis Week In Crazyâ column. Now itâs time to take stock of the entire year â which gave us more inanity, head-spinning untruth, and backwards thinking than anyone could have expected or should have to endure.Â
This is 2015 â The Year In Crazy…
As you may recall, thisÂ year kicked off with a big national conversationÂ about the efficacy ofÂ vaccinations â setting the tone for a host of debates utterly untethered to reality, whether it was fraudulent anti-abortion videos meant to “expose” Planned Parenthood, or a U.S. senator using a single snowball to disprove 97 percent of peer-reviewed climate science.
We sawÂ loony conspiracy theories that would be too unrealistic for an episode ofÂ 24 gainingÂ currency with a surprising number of politicians, as when a handful of paranoid Texans thought that a military exercise was the opening salvo in a federal invasion. This delusion thenÂ gained traction and metastasized wildly in the patchwork of talk radio shows and fringe websites that have become the touchstone of our political discourse, until even Texas governor Greg AbbotÂ and Ted Cruz voiced their concern.
The Supreme CourtÂ decision legalizing gay marriage was a landmark victory for civil rights, but it sent conservative Christians into an apocalyptic tizzy. Governors triedÂ to pass legislation to legally discriminate against same-sex couplesÂ under the reprehensible camouflage of “religious liberty,” and one county clerk became a national martyr when she spent five nights inÂ jail rather than let two men walk down the aisle.
When a racist terrorist shot up a black church with a gun, conservatives told us we could blame the attack on anything except racism and guns. Finally, we all just blamed a flag. Even so, down in Dixie and elsewhere, there were many whoÂ fought to fly it proudlyÂ â on the lawn of the South Carolina state house and overÂ a grassy knoll in Texas just off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
It was hard to narrow it down, but based on your votes, we have assembled the top 5 crazies from this year’s archives.
As always, thanks for reading. See you in 2016!