Politics/Law/Government

Club for Growth: meet the Cthulhu wing of the GOP

Here’s wishing the Tea Party luck in its efforts to destroy the GOP. One down, one to go.

A few days ago I wondered if, for the Tea Party, there’s any such thing as “too conservative.” After all:

And now that he sold the right out on a budget deal, you have to figure that Paul Ryan isn’t conservative enough, right?

Cthulhu RepublicansI spent some time today reviewing the voting records of these gentlemen. Some of them seem to have not-entirely-batshit moments, I guess, which is good. You can’t always be foaming at the mouth. It scares the children. And most voters to the political left of Jesse Helms. But Christ, Club for Growth would primary Strom Thurmond from the right and he actually owned slaves.*

Come on, Bentivolio promised to stage hearings on chemtrails. If you want to primary him from the right go get a shovel because we’re going to have to dig up Genghis Khan.

I know, I know – I’m making sport of a serious issue. Mental illness is no laughing matter, especially in Congress. Dammit, I did it again. Sorry. Let’s try again.

As I said in that earlier post, you wonder if “’conservative’ is a fixed point or is it a moving target that continues receding deeper into the weeds – perhaps a sort of ideological proof of Einstein’s theory of relativity, where ‘conservative’ constantly moves away from us at the speed of light?” If these certifiable DSM-V Teabaggers manage to win, will they themselves be deemed dangerously liberal in four years time? Remember – some of the folks currently under fire here are or were Tea Party darlings.

Is there someone who’s so conservative that he or she simply couldn’t be attacked from the right? You have to think that somewhere out there is the most conservative American. So what happens if you elect this person and he/she then experiences a moment where ideology and reality are so divergent that it simply can’t be ignored, even if said Congressperson has been off the meds for a week or two? What then?

This is important, if you fancy yourself a conservative. See, principles are steadfast things. They are ideas and values writ deeply into granite. All traditions live and breathe and evolve, but in some sense the foundational core of an ideology sets out to be immutable and timeless. In other words, conservatism ought to be an X in the sand. We stand here, as opposed to we stand to the right of wherever you decide to stand. The former is belief. The latter is trolling. It’s an unwitting commitment to political kabuki. It means that you’re dancing to someone else’s tune and if you think those people are working in your interests you’re a lackwit of the first order.

For those among us who genuinely hope for a brighter future, a rising tide that legitimately raises all boats, the Cthulhu wing of the Republican Party is part good thing and part bad thing. As Boehner and Hatch and other “responsible” voices have noted, this incessant nipping from the far right is undercutting their ability to enact their agenda. Since that agenda is patently sociopathic, we applaud your efforts to slow it down.

The not so good part is that when you lose, the Democrats win. What a cynical pack of Clintonite corporatistas they are, too. Are they better than the Republicans? I don’t know. Is getting shot in the dick once better than getting shot in the dick twice?

I wish Club for Growth luck in its attempts to kill the Republican Party. Now if we can find something to kill the Dems maybe America has a chance….

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* Okay, that one I did make up. He was nine when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and was therefore too young to own slaves of his own. But you figure he would have, right?

7 replies »

  1. You had me laughing through the whole thing Dr B, but I did kind of pucker up on this one, “See, principles are steadfast things. They are ideas and values writ deeply into granite. All traditions live and breathe and evolve, but in some sense the foundational core of an ideology sets out to be immutable and timeless. In other words, conservatism ought to be an X in the sand.

    I disagree with that, but perhaps on the far right (and far left) logical compromise is not an option. I was proud of Boehner and Ryan for the first time ever, amazed actually. Perhaps it’s just a facade but they both acted as I wish Republicans would act…sensibly, moderately..

    Enjoyable words from the alter ego of the man who said not long ago “no more politics for me!” I don’t blame you, it’s just too interesting of a topic to swear off of!.

  2. Okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk, it’s humor. (Wink, wink Frank.)

    However, there is a real point here. The Tea Party is an absurd group with a bizarre and incoherent agenda, but the truth is they do elect people who go to Washington and immediately do the exact opposite of what they’re asked to do, e.g., Ted Yoho.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/12/tea-party-rep-likes-wasteful-government.html

    The truth is that elected Republicans are playing the Tea Party, always have and always will, just as populist politicians have always played the hoi polloi. Remember, Michelle Bachmann’s Swiss passport gives her free health care for life. When you get a Tea Party politician that doesn’t sell out, they quickly become marginalized by the rest, e.g., Ryan and soon-to-be Cruz, until they wise up, take the envelope under the table and shut up.

    So yes, Tea Partiers are fools, but it their foolishness is expecting the next rogue they elect to stay their course, not in saying that the last liar they elected didn’t.

  3. Thank you Otherwise, Sam can be a confusing chap at times. Like when he wrote the diatribe about online dating and kept insisting “It’s not about me, it’s not about me!” but a word check found the personal pronoun “I” in the text 46 times. Bad Sam (LOL)

    I don’t hold the concept of the TEA party in quite as low esteem as you, but I certainly find it’s implementation to be odious. I hope this latest shift is the spearhead of more moderate actions to follow.

  4. I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I…..that’s what 46 of them look like minus the filler, but I can see it wasn’t about you Sam (Wink, wink Otherwise)

    I’m OK with you saying the TEA Party as it exists today sucks rat ass. Hell I agree, they are a hateful divisive element in our society and deserve to be shouted down. And as I said, I liked this post, it made me laugh!

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