Basic Mental Competency and the GOP

When people are chosen for high profile professions where lives and livelihoods are at stake, one would think that sanity would be a basic requirement before even being considered. For instance, we’d never think to offer an important job to someone who unabashedly displays irrational thoughts, if not mental and emotional instability. Imagine your retirement being invested on your behalf by someone who routinely denied facts and evidence in favor of superstition. We’d shutter at the thought of our life savings being in the hands of someone who made decisions based upon voices they heard from an imaginary co-conspirator.

“My invisible friend Ajax whispered in my ear that I should invest your entire portfolio in a company that uses mental telepathy to cure hepatitis.”

One would think that Americans would embrace leaders who are able to keep their wits about them, and display reason, and intellect during a crisis. That is unless those would-be leaders are Republicans seeking public office. Then those of us on the right apply a completely different criterion. In this “king has no clothes” scenario, as long as irrationality accompanies a new age American, “Jesus guided the hands who wrote our constitution and wanted us to hate President Obama, have lots of guns and persecute gays”, version of Christianity… then Republican voters just pretend that the delirium is not delirium at all, but rather a valid perspective.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Which brings us to the state of denial that the “GOP body politic” have to place themselves in order to mentally reconcile what they want their party to be, as opposed to what it actually is…. a haven for Dominionist Christian lunatics. For numerous reasons, Republican voters ignore the maniacal “god” ravings of people whom they elect to office, and more importantly who write our laws. In what I can only assume is a reflexive disdain for Democrats, Republican voters are able to rationalize –if not justify– their candidate’s craziness, no matter how unreasonable, or unattached to reality it is.
Routinely, GOP candidates exhibit what can only be described as a serious misfiring in their synapses which must allow them to not only experience psychotic delusions, but proudly speak about them on television. It’s as if they’re under the misconception that everyone can hear the voices in their heads. Here are just a few examples:

“They (Guns) are used to defend our property and our families and our faith and our freedom, and they are absolutely essential to living the way God intended for us to live.” — California Rep. Tim Donnelly (R)

“These are people who are going to have to answer to a much higher power than me about why they have appealed and appealed and appealed.” — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), saying critics of his Jobs Ohio program will have to answer to God.

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.” Rep. Paul Broun

“One of the things I will talk about, that no President has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country…. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” —Rick Santorum

“A woman [Terry Schiavo] was healthy. There was brain damage, there is no question. But from a health point of view, she was not terminally ill.” – Rep. Michele Bachman

”I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” – Rep Richard Murdoch

“I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you… rape victims should make the best of a bad situation.” – Rick Santorum

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.” –Rep. Michele Bachmann, suggesting that the 2011 East Coast earthquake and hurricane was a message from God

“I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution.” -Texas Gov. Rick Perry

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down” – Rep Todd Akin

The tragedy is there are thousands of these less-than-rational Republican god-quotes spoken within this past election cycle alone. I could copy and paste for hours. And while both Republican *AND* Democratic politicians are capable of saying really stupid things about policy from time to time… this is not about bumbled words or even bad politics. This is about electing people to public office who should be given a coloring book between electro-shock therapy sessions.

Although our American melting pot has become a mosaic of cultures and philosophies, and we struggle with the neanthropic changes in our social landscape, we must not allow the fear of change to alter our perspectives enough to embrace bigotry and hatred as justifiable via religious scripture. We humans figured out a long time ago that if we are to make a better world, that –at most– these religious books were to be interpreted metaphorically. To translate the bible literally with the 21st century knowledge we have is tantamount to believing that Spiderman defeated the Green Goblin because you read it in a comic book.

Yet that very fear of change drives many voters to embrace the mad jabber of Dominionist Christian politicians who would prey upon their assailable psyches. The Republican constituency is now willing to vote based upon their candidate’s belief in fairy tales. Political evangelists tell their voting flocks that they are the stewards of the nation as told to them by God, and those words are comforting to hear… if not, batshit crazy.

But it wasn’t always this way… there was a time when the GOP wasn’t run by maniacs, and their policies did not reflect a 12th century socio/economic perspective. Here is a reflection of a true conservative Republican:

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

And:

The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom…. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D.’ Just who do they think they are?… I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of “conservatism.”

– Barry Goldwater, (1909–1998), five-term US Senator, Republican Party nominee for President in 1964, Maj. Gen., US Air Force Reserves, author of The Conscience of a Conservative.

You cannot separate the stage 4 dementia from the Republican Party as it has infested its very marrow. So here’s the thing for Republican voters, because until they recognize the cancer within their own party, they can never help remove it. Do they really hate Democrats enough to want to willfully elect deranged mental cases? If so, what does that say about the Republican electorate?

To live in 2013 and to believe in the biblical story of creation, to deny scientific consensus derived from peer reviewed evidence, and to claim that you hear voices from above guiding your decision making… it doesn’t make you pious, godly, or even a decent human being. It makes you certifiably, cukoo for Coco Puffs, get-the-net, Jodi Arias, crazy.

… and not-fer-nothin’, but a total lack of sanity should prohibit anyone from holding public office.

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About Rich Woods

Rich Woods is the author of the critically acclaimed books, UnLearn Vanilla Marriage, and Yahweh to Hell. He is also a columnist, sociologist, and satirist who has performed seminars around the country. He's also made several TV and radio appearances. Transitioning from a blue-collar background has given Mr. Woods a unique perspective --and an even more unique elocution--among his peers. Raised Catholic, Mr. Woods is now a very public atheist who champions the separation of church and state. He's an advocate for non-traditional relationships, including --but not limited to-- negotiating non-monogamy, as well as being a vocal opponent of political correctness. Throughout his career, Woods has had colorful metaphors hurled in his direction from both liberals, and conservatives. To be honest, most of the vitriol comes from the Tea Party. However, he considers one of his greatest accomplishments having been called "Harry Reid's Lapdog" , and referred to as being "just like Rush Limbaugh" from two different sources within minutes of one another. Originally from Queens, New York, and presently residing in central New Jersey, Rich Woods is madly, and hopelessly in love with his wife Jane since before they were wed in 2002, and is the proud father of two successful, brilliantly creative, young adult children. Try as he might, he can't juggle.

Posted on May 2, 2013, in Recent Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Emily (Blue Eyes) :)

    Awesome job, Rich!!!!!!! ❤ 🙂

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