Shouldn’t that be especially obvious after this shutdown / debt ceiling hostage drama? These anti-government extremists do not give Fuck All about the government, its budget, or anyone else but themselves. Obamacare will be worse than slavery? Birth control is “abortifacients”? What does that even…. These people are charismatic grifters, dishonest clowns, and practiced charlatans.
Amanda Marcotte writes,
It’s not just that the rogue’s gallery of congress people who are pushing the hardest for hostage-taking as a negotiation tactic also happens to be a bench full of Bible thumpers. Pew Research shows that people who align with the Tea Party are more likely to not only agree with the views of religious conservatives, but are likely to cite religious belief as their prime motivation for their political views. White evangelicals are the religious group most likely to approve of the Tea Party. Looking over the data, it becomes evident that the “Tea Party” is just a new name for the same old white fundamentalists who would rather burn this country to the ground than share it with everyone else, and this latest power play from the Republicans is, in essence, a move from that demographic to assert their “right” to control the country, even if their politicians aren’t in power.
It’s no surprise, under the circumstances, that a movement controlled by fundamentalist Christians would be oblivious to the very real dangers that their actions present. Fundamentalist religion is extremely good at convincing its followers to be more afraid of imaginary threats than real ones, and to engage in downright magical thinking about the possibility that their own choices could work out very badly. When you believe that forcing the government into default in an attempt to derail Obamacare is the Lord’s work, it’s very difficult for you to see that it could have very real, negative effects.
It should also come as no surprise that the Tea Party’s very own Freedomworks is reportedly going broke because the teabagger hypocrites who run it have spent all the money. Turns out the people who want to lecture everyone else in the country about spending and debt and responsibility can’t seem to manage their own house:
The conservative nonprofit, which raised more than $40 million in 2012, has brought in less than $10 million this year, according to the sources. And former employees say the group’s rank and file have grown increasingly frustrated with what they view as management’s exorbitant expenditures, including a pricey craft beer bar and fancy Las Vegas hotel rooms that rack up thousands of dollars a night in charges.
[...] FreedomWorks is “top heavy on management and personnel and perks,” the former high-level employee said. The source cited, for example, an $8,000 hotel bill Kibbe ran up in Las Vegas. Bodnar did not deny the charge.
Some former employees also questioned the value in FreedomWorks’ sponsorship of Glenn Beck’s network The Blaze, which one source said cost the organization $1 million last year. (A spokesperson for Beck declined to comment on the specifics of the arrangement.)
FreedomWorks’ money problems culminated in taking out a $1 million line of credit earlier this year. [...] Sources describe a culture where fiscal conservatism is ostensibly prized, but staff dine out at fancy restaurants on the company’s dollar and a microbrew bar in the office with four kegs (Kibbe is a craft beer aficionado) is paid for with FreedomWorks money.
“At every conference they go to they stay in the best hotels, and it just doesn’t seem appropriate,” one former employee said.
It doesn’t seem appropriate? Did the former employee not get the memo that the rules for everyone else don’t apply to them?
The most disgusting thing here is that not only do they imagine they’re doing the work of an imaginary, weird, fundamentalist God—who conveniently rewards greed, hypocrisy and selfishness—but they believe they’re going to take over the government any day now. Their magical thinking allows them to rationalize that IF they destroy the country or the world… who cares? Paradise awaits elsewhere. Nothing matters but their own rewards, immediate or future, real or imaginary.
Underneath everything they’re not good people, in the sense that most of us understand what makes someone a good person. Their “favorite” personas at any given moment (Bachmann, Cruz, Palin, Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Paul Ryan, Coulter) are those individuals who are willing to say the nuttiest, most outlandish, hateful, and bizarre things. Because, as a group, these people are nutty, outlandish, hateful and bizarre.
Every single day, they are the ones on Fox News taking the Lord’s name in vain and calling it Fair and Balanced. And here in America, in the year 2013, they want religious law to override secular law as a means of power and control over all of us.
They are America’s Taliban and they are currently holding our government hostage.
Shame on moneyed elites like the Koch brothers for spreading this virus to save themselves some taxes, and shame on mainstream Republicans for allowing themselves to be pushed around for political gain. Never forget.