How Morally Bankrupt Is the GOP?


imagesThe Pink Flamingo has long said that one of the reasons the GOP no longer has a moral center is because of FOX Tabloid News.  For  years, The Pink Flamingo has been trying to get people to acknowledge that FOX darling Michelle Malkin is a bigot who writes for one of the most egregious (mainstream) White Supremacist publications on the web – VDARE.  No one cares.  That is how bad the problem is.  As long as the select, spout the right talking points, they can just about get away with almost anything, including snuggling up to the identical twin brother of the former head of the National Socialist Party here in the US.  That is what Malkin has done.  It’s no wonder that FOX Tabloid News hosts made fun of a 102 year old woman being forced to wait in line for hours to vote.  One suspects, if Desiline Victor had been white, you would be hearing round the clock reports about how she was denied her civil rights. Unfortunately, the GOP, thanks to FOX Tabloid News, is growing increasingly racist and bigoted.  It’s okay. It’s cool to be a racist if you are a Republican!  It’s also cool to be Ted Cruz, the heir apparent to Joseph McCarthy!

Three things happened on Thursday that indicate the GOP has long past go when it comes to honor and decency.  There were a few other indications that something is seriously wrong with the GOP, but these were the worst things – today.  Minor incidents include the GOP’s idiot Erick Erickson endorsing Mark Sanford for SC’s 1st Congressional District seat. There is a difference between the almost daily stupidity of Glenn Beck, who now says that John Brennan is a secret Muslim, and the hatred that is becoming an almost daily occurrence against anyone who dares defend Muslims in this country, if you are on the ‘right’.  When it comes to Chuck Hagel, the GOP has no honor.  After all, Jennifer Rubin now thinks that anyone even speaking before the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is a problem.

In North Dakota the GOP rejected legislation that would make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation. In North Carolina, GOP Rep. Tim Moore says that women should duck tape their nipples to stay out of jail.  According to the proposed law, a woman in NC, who exposes her nipples could spend six months in jail.  Nursing mothers would be exempt.

Wayne LaPierre proved just how bigoted and out of touch the NRA is, when he said that people need guns to protect them from Latin American drug gangs who have invaded most large cities.

The worst thing, though, is what was uncovered from Freedom Works.  The Pink Flamingo is not finding much evidence that anyone in the GOP even has the moral courage to even speak out to condemn the denigrating video.  If R. S. McCain is any example, they don’t see anything wrong with it. Story seems to be that Dick Armey is the one who planted the juicy tidbit.  Jim Treacher is one of the few conservatives who thinks it is reprehensible.

Freedom Works is owned by the Koch Brothers.  It was front and center in the battle to stop the Violence Against Women Act from being renewed.

Freedom Works
Freedom Works

 “…In other words, the solution to domestic violence is to simply refuse to label a woman whose partner is beating her a “victim”. Got it. I’m curious if FreedomWorks is willing to expand this attitude towards other crimes. Mugged? Well, it’s disempowering and bad for you to call you a “victim”—god forbid!—so let’s just say you’re generous to people who wield guns and call it a day. FreedomWorks also claims that simply having laws on the books banning domestic violence is enough—as long as we formally say we’re against it, we don’t need to do anything silly like make sure the laws are enforced by directing resources to them. They also make the facetious claim that feminists are demanding that men be thrown in jail for merely yelling at women. It’s an amazing show of minimizing domestic violence, pretending that it’s just couples fighting, and seeking any way possible to make sure that abusive men aren’t held accountable.

But the weird, misogynist culture at FreedomWorks doesn’t end with transparent arguments in favor of simply ignoring domestic violence instead of dealing with it. Mother Jones reports:

An internal investigation of FreedomWorks—the prominent conservative advocacy group and super-PAC—has focused on president Matt Kibbe’s management of the organization, his use of its resources, and a controversial book deal he signed, according to former Freedom Works officials who have met with the private lawyers conducting the probe. One potential topic for the inquiry is a promotional video produced last year under the supervision of Adam Brandon, executive vice president of the group and a Kibbe loyalist. The video included a scene in which a female intern wearing a panda suit simulates performing oral sex on Hillary Clinton.….”

The problem here is that the far right doesn’t seem to mind about what Freedom Works did.  They don’t mind what has gone on with Chuck Hagel. They don’t care about the bigoted meanderings of Wayne LaPierre.  They don’t care that Michelle Malkin is a racist. It doesn’t matter.  It doesn’t matter that she writes for VDARE.  It doesn’t matter that the anti-immigration groups are basically nothing but racist fronts.

None of this matter.

Somewhere along the line, about 8 years ago, or so, the GOP basically sold its soul. They have lost all honor.  All that seems to matter is doing the bidding of the far right money that has bought and paid for them.  These are individuals who, for some reason, truly dislike women, minorities, and anyone who isn’t of their gender and race. For some reason they seem to think that anyone who is not of their ideology is worthless and is worthy of being destroyed. One can only imagine the wrath, the horror that would ensue if a liberal group had done something like this to Sarah Palin.  We would never hear the end of it.

That’s the problem.  For some strange reason, they have managed to forget that other people have dignity, value and worth.  When this happens, there is a breakdown of something terribly important.  When a group of people, a national party, loses sight of the basic dignity and value of each of us, they are the real losers.