Thursday, September 03, 2009

GOP ventures off the deep end of rationality

I have recently said that there is no way to understand the contemporary Republican Party unless you accept the simple fact they have gone off the deep end, that their ideology (the way they understand the world) is totally out-of-touch with reality. I'm not talking about a Republican fringe, I'm talking about the mainstream of the party.

Here are some comments made recently by Oklahoma Senator James Inhoff. Decide for yourselves.
I never dreamed I would see an administration try to disavow all the things that have made this country different from all others.
I have never seen so many things happening at one time so disheartening to America.
Every institution that has made this country the greatest nation in the world is under attack
There has never been a case of torture there [Guantanamo Bay]. The people there are treated better than in the federal prisons.
I don’t know why President Obama is obsessed with turning terrorists loose in America.
He also said as quoted in the Tulsa World he continues to be proven correct in his claim that global climate change is a hoax. 'More and more, with each month that goes by, more scientists agree with me,' he said. 'We are winning.'" He is referring to a speech he made on the Senate floor on July 28, 2003,in which he said 'much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear, rather than science. Where he called the threat of catastrophic global warming the 'greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,' a statement that,' he said, 'to put it mildly, was not viewed kindly by environmental extremists and their elitist organizations.' These are clearly not the words of anyone who wants to have a reasoned political discussion. They are intended to scare the hell out of people who are already afraid of this new world they have been told is on their doorstep. At its base it isn't overly concerned about truth.

(Thanks to Carl Davidson for the link to the Tulsa World.)

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