If they're older than about 40, they were part of making a deal with the devil. Their party has benefited from appealing to an irrational fringe for decades, employing a deliberate strategy of lying to the gullible in order to get their votes. This is just the chickens coming home to roost. Turns out when you convincingly lie and brainwash people into believing something long enough, they'll believe it.
Originally Posted by BroadwayJoe
You want to look at who brought about this delusional thinking? It's the plutocrats of the Republican party who realized their anti-worker, anti-woman, anti-minority, anti-99% economic policies would not sell to working class people on their own. So they made a conscious choice in the 70s and 80s to appeal to a group that was largely non-political, the religious right. Hard to believe, but before that time period, they kept their religion and politics separate. They voted in the same numbers as most people, and their votes were split between the parties. You know, like the members of almost every other religious group.
So then the GOP decided they needed to get those votes all for themselves, else they would never be able to get a majority again (remember Democrats held the House for 40 years! before this). They threw away their pro-choice members, they threw away their pro-environment members, they threw away their entire Northeastern wing and all it stood for. They created an artificial reality where Christianity is under siege, where white america is being lost to a dusky horde, where most science is a hoax, and where ACORN is the enemy within. They created a paranoid cult based on false information fed to the masses by their own dedicated propaganda channel, and then convinced their cultists everything outside the cult is untrustworthy -- the dreaded MSM.
And now some in the GOP want to stand back and express their shock at the very monster they created. Here is my response: You made this happen and have reaped the benefits for decades; congratulations on finally recognizing the downside. Now you get to face the horrible, dangerous mess you made with your cultish propaganda, as the rest of us have been for many, many years.
Last edited by Labgrownmangoat; 12-06-2012 at 08:56 AM.
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