If you think all the craziness from the right is coming from preachers in fundamentalist congregations, I suggest you take another look at things. It appears that the Republican Party has lost their mind. Either that, or they’re just scared of the Tea Party. I think it’s a little of both. If you’d like a few examples, check these out. First, there’s the radio host who wanted to pistol-whip a bus full of nuns, saying “There’s a bus full of nuns headed towards Washington to lobby against the Ryan plan, do you guys, do you have any power to pull the nuns on the bus over and pistol whip them?” That was bad enough, but the response from Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) blew me away: he laughed. A sitting congressman laughed at the idea that a group women should be beaten because they disagree with the powers that be (men, of course). Or, there’s Wisconsin state senator Glenn Grothman, who wants single-parenthood considered child-abuse. Then, we have the Texas Republican Party wanting to repeal the Voting Rights Act of 1965; you know, the one that allowed black people to exercise a right they received back in 1868 but had been denied by Jim Crow laws since the turn of the century? Next on the block is the Louisiana school system, which actually going to allow private Christian schools to used a science text book that not only says that humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time, but that the Loch Ness monster is proof of that. But the most head-scratching thing I’ve seen is the way they’ve gone after Andy Griffith after his death. FoxNation.com ran a tribute article to Griffith shortly after his death. While the article was filled with the normal fare you get when a celebrity dies, the comments are a different story, with things like “Griffith, like all liberals who die, is now in hell, paying the price for his support for Obama and other liberal causes“. Or, how about this jewel: “Yes and no. I’m glad this idiot is dead. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Andy Griffith Show (only the black and white episodes) but I wish that old queen could have lived long enough to suffer through the very Obamacare he was so eager to endorse.” That’s just two, there are several others. Things must have pretty rough on the comments section of the original article because they closed it. Reading some of this has truly been a WTF moment.
I’ve thought on this a long time and I think I have an answer. We know they’re afraid, just by their actions. But, what are they afraid of? Change, that’s what. They look just a few years down the road and see a younger generation that doesn’t share their “conservative” values and it scares the shit out of them. Mostly because they realize they’re not going to on top anymore and they’re scared to death that the minorities (who aren’t really minorities anymore) will treat them just as shitty as they treated the minorities. Let’s hope not. Otherwise, a lot of us are screwed.