Why are the Tea Party candidates so bat-shit crazy?

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  When Sue Lowden suggested Chickens for Checkups we all laughed. It was good fun.

 However, the front-runner for the Republican nomination in the Colorado governor’s race has taken this to a whole ‘nuther level.

 “This is all very well-disguised, but it will be exposed,” Dan Maes, a Tea Party favorite, told supporters at a recent campaign rally, according to The Denver Post.

Questioned by a Post reporter, Mr. Maes said that his comments referred to Denver’s membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, a coalition of roughly 1,200 member cities from nearly 70 countries that was founded to promote sustainable development.

Mr. Hickenlooper’s signature bicycling initiative is called B-Cycle, and provides about 400 red bicycles for rent around the city.

“At first, I thought, ‘Gosh, public transportation, what’s wrong with that, and what’s wrong with people parking their cars and riding their bikes? And what’s wrong with incentives for green cars?’ But if you do your homework and research, you realize ICLEI is part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty,” Mr. Maes said of the organization, which was established in 1990 during a conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

He added: “This is bigger than it looks like on the surface, and it could threaten our personal freedoms.”

Mr. Maes, who has been endorsed by Tea Party groups in the state, surged to front-runner status in the Republican primary after his opponent, Scott McInnis, admitted to multiple instances of plagiarism in research articles for which he was paid $300,000.

In the aftermath of the revelations, Mr. McInnis tumbled badly in the polls and Mr. Maes pulled narrowly ahead.

 Those of us who have been working with the U.N.’s, blue-helmeted thugs, who are seeking world domination through rented bikes, will be very disappointed that our konspiracy has been unmasked.

  This is the worst defeat our konspiracy has suffered since Sharon Angle exposed our fluoridated water scheme, and only slightly worse than Congressman Gohmert exposing the “terror baby plot”.

  Now I will grant that 400 red bicycles can look pretty scary to someone with a tinfoil helmet, but should people like that be leading candidates for governor of a major state?

 Personally, I like a little crazy more than most, but this campaign ad has to be just a little extreme.

Gather your armies? Seriously? Do your supporters have to get together in your basement and wear silly costumes to?

  Whatever flips your switch.

 This is all starting to remind me of Suicide of Vincent Foster. Remember that U.S. Park Service first investigated his death and ruled it a suicide. Then the FBI investigated and ruled it a suicide. Then the coroner ruled it a suicide.

 But that wasn’t enough.

 The Department of Justice had to investigate. Then Congress had to investigate. When the answers kept pointing towards suicide instead of murder, Congress appointed Independent Counsel Robert Fiske, who wrote a 58-page report concluding that Vincent Foster committed suicide (Note: people forget that the Foster investigation was the start of the Whitewater investigation). This conclusion angered the right-wing kooks so much, that Fiske was removed from his role as Independent Counsel and replaced with Kenneth Starr. After three more years of investigating, Starr concluded that Foster did indeed kill himself.

 Just like 1994, the crazies, who are immune to facts and logic, are being taken seriously. It makes a person wonder what exactly is next?

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    • gjohnsit on August 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm
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  1. Quite a comedown from the days of black helicopters.

  2. “because it works”.

    It works because there is no accountability for things that are real and undeniable.  There is no accountability for people who undeniably ordered torture, for millions of Americans being defrauded out of their homes, for warrantless wiretapping and spying.

    It works because it’s a twisting of a basic premise but the basic premise is true — we have governments both federal and state that largely operate with no regard for the people they claim to serve, but instead serve very narrow interests controlled by money.

    It is this weakness that the leaders of the Tea Party hope to exploit.  When the People are left twisting in the wind, they will begin to seek out other solutions to their problems — solutions that bypass a hopelessly knotted government.  That the people who helped create this mess in the very first place is something the leaders of the Tea Parties know.  They know it, and they take advantage of Democratic weakness in not correcting it.

    A government that takes taxes and uses them to support an authoritarian state in preference to serving its people, and there where there is no realistic way to alter the state of affairs — no effective “people’s remedy”, everyone, including people who are by sentiment socialists, becomes an anti-tax libertarian by default.

    I personally believe in lots of socialist concepts — that we’re all in this together, that government as a concept is not evil, that we are stronger as a community than as a group of sink-or-swim-on-your-own individuals.

    But my government does not believe this.  It believes in corporate hegemony, of taking the very tax money I pay them to support my oppression in many ways.

    Now, the teabaggers do not believe in the same philosophical underpinnings that I do.  I have no delusions about this.  But when you have a state of affairs that boils down to the same conclusion, whether it is by the admittedly “bat shit crazy” tea partiers, or by would-be-socialists who see a government that is incompatible with the will of the people, you have a very dangerous state of affairs and crazy is not in it at all.  They do this because they know the frustration of the American People is high, and they know a certain proportion of those people can be convinced that the very people in charge of this mess can be propagandized to be its victims instead.

    • banger on August 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I suppose I would be out in right field too. I oppose it on civil liberties grounds as being way overly intrusive into our lives. I would prefer a national property tax, luxury taxes and so on. I won’t raise armies though–it is only one of my peeves. You can have all the income taxes you want if you stop imperial wars.  

    • Edger on August 29, 2010 at 12:41 am

    bat shit crazy enough to want bipartisanship with bat shit crazy republicans?

  3. The Crusaders, The Flagellants, the Inquisitors, the Religious Holy Warriors, Trench Warfare Designers, Crematorium Designers, Atomic Bomb Experimentors, and the latest intellectual gem: Children of recent emigrants wanting their country back.

  4. on the subtle way of thinkin’ done by Tea Party patriots.  Neither the United Nations nor bicycles are mentioned in the Constitution — therefore, by definition, both are unconstitutional, as is the leftover 2/5 portion of all the blacks.

    Bike-ridin’ liberals will be the ruin of this great country of ours.  Why are we wastin’ our tax dollars buildin’ all these new bike trails?  We should build new NASCAR tracks instead.

  5. …when you post a fun, yet true, essay instead of your usual great and very informative, but “dismal science” tedium exegeses!?

    All us bat-shit-crazies come out to play.

    Maybe I will tip the bat-shit-insane after all.

    • Xanthe on August 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Who’s funding these people?  They’re getting good money.  Keep taxes down, especially on wealthy and raise a bunch of yahoos.  Yahoos who can be manipulated.  It’s easy.  Red Bicycles equals United Nation equals no thinking but a place for all that anger out there.  Reading a bunch of economic writers or erudite transportion white papers equals brain fainting – they pick the anger that needs no back up.  

    Let’s not even talk about the kind of food we’re eating these days or the water we’re drinking.  That affects the brain “vapors.”  

       

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