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" . . . I see dumb people . . . they walk around like everyone else . . . they don't even know they're dumb . . . "

Is it just me or has a fresh wave of stupid washed over Republicans in this country since Obama was elected? First we had the infamous "Tea-Baggers," with their oddly self-humiliating moniker, signs, buttons, and Halloween-style Revolutionary War costumes. There they stood, waving empty teacups, wearing hats, coats, and baby carriers decorated with dangling tea bags, all to protest an economic stimulus plan that would actually lower their taxes and enact a more just taxation on wealthy corporations.

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Thankfully for the GOP leadership, who were obviously embarrassed by the overt stupidity, the tea-bag movement quietly faded to black, only to be replaced shortly thereafter by the even more inane Birther Movement. Not since that long haired starred-bandana guy held up the "get a brain, Morans" sign at a pro-war rally in Wisconsin has there been such an obvious outpouring of right-wing idiocy.

The Birthers. Their kooky claim is as simple as their minds: Barack Obama was not born in America, therefore he is not the legitimate President of the United States. This mindless meme seems an offshoot of the similarly ridiculous and patently false claim during the 2008 campaign that Obama should not become President because he was a Muslim. And a terrorist. And he and his wife hated white people (never mind that Obama's mother was white) and their assumption of the White House would spell doom and death to all Caucasians in America.
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And to think the Right accuses the Democrats of subscribing to zany conspiracy theories. Wow.

But perhaps the scariest thing about the Birthers is the growing acceptance of their racist and flaky theory by mainstream Republicans, some of whom are (shudder) elected officials.

Politico reports that nine congressmen have endorsed a bill in the House calling for future presidents to disclose more information to prove their birthplace. CNN television provocateur Lou Dobbs has questioned on the air whether Obama was indeed born in Hawaii.
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Huffington Post reports that Dobbs hypothesized on his radio show that Obama may not be a properly documented American citizen and his presidency could be illegal. "I'm starting to think we have a document issue," Dobbs said. "You suppose he's un" no, I won't even use the word undocumented, it wouldn't be right."
It doesn't matter how many legitimate copies of Obama's birth certificate are shown to these fools, they still thickly insist that there must be some forgery involved. You have to wonder, when will this clump of clueless nut casesjoin their compatriots in the tea-party movement in obscurity. What fresh hell will replace them? Could there be, for example, a "Humanity" movement that seeks to prove that Obama is, in fact, a sophisticated android designed by Al Gore and financed by Barbara Streisand and George Soros, and therefore ineligible to be the President?

Or the "Agers," who purport that Obama is actually only 27 years old and has fabricated his age on every document -- since birth -- and injects himself with a secret rapid-aging elixir formulated by a coven of Satanic Muslims . . . and therefore he's ineligible to be President?

Wait a minute. I don't want to give them any ideas . . .

While the blithering, batty Birthers are an interesting study, more fascinating is the recent cultural paradigm shift that has spawned this crop of dolts. How did this devolution occur? In a couple of generations we seemed to have morphed from a nation of doers and free-thinkers who prized intelligence and sought knowledge and higher learning to a herd of ditto-heads who scorn anything and anyone who smacks of intelligence and can't form an original thought or opinion if promised a million dollars to do so.

It's hard to determine where to place the blame for the recent public dumbing-down of Americans who call the Republican Party their own. The GOP has notoriously churned out simple-minded puppet-politicians (think: Quayle, Bush, and Palin) who have been manipulated like marionettes by craftier crooks, like Deadeye Dick and Rove the Architect whiletheir so-called "base" out in middle America always remained quietly passive, with only a few, rare public displays of their witlessness (see "Moran Guy" above).

Yes, these conservative mini-minds kept their inanity (and racism) safely tucked away -- for the most part -- during the eight-year-long illegal tenure of the Bush Crime Family. Perhaps Raisin Brain was so blatantly thick as a brick they realized there was no need for further public displays of Republicanbrainlessness. After all, this was a man -- Bush --whose central campaign message was distilled to, "Vote for me, I'm a C student who's failed at everything and the kinda non-threatening, party-hearty guy you'd love to grab a beer with . . . not like that pointy-headed Gore fella who thinks he's so smart."

Ignorant, incurious, the GOP base (spoon-fed Beavis and Butt-Head, Rush Limbaugh, Archie Bunker, and Homer Simpson as role models) wanted the stupid guy to be President, to be this nation's face to the rest of the world. Amazing. This is the penultimate example of their own inanity.

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Once an actual smart guy was elected President -- Barack Obama -- the GOP base suffered a collective nervous breakdown. Without Dim Son's simpering smirk to constantly remind them that cretinism is cool, they panicked and scrambled to fill the void; forced to seek sources outside the government for comfort they found only the insane right-wing pundits to calm their nerves and assure them that they're not experiencing a schizophrenic break with reality just because Obama was elected President.

These Neo-Con talking heads, themselves no mental giants, stepped up to the task, massaging the moronic masses with simply-stated messages, promising them that it's still okay to be dumber than a sack of hair because you see, Obama is not a real American. And therefore (shhhhh. . .) America really didn't elect a colored to the Oval Office.
And that's how the Birthers were born. From the loins of race-baiting hate-mongers like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Coulter, the entire collection of bubble-heads at Fox "News," Michael Savage, Bill O'Loofa, et al.

Mentally handicapped from the inception, programmed to mindlessly accept any message fed to them by their leaders, they are more to be pitied than scorned.


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Kathy never expected a career in radio as a talk show producer. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Kathy was completing her nursing degree when in 2001 - in an emergency - she was asked to fill in as the producer of Mike's program. Within a few (more...)
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