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Fickle Fingers of Hate: Fringe Hoaxes, Conspiracies & Ambushes

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So it comes to pass that "stay paranoid" captures the core primary message from the GOP comic-horror show: something or someone nasty is out to get you. Already has, per Tea Party whining: where's my freedom? my pension? my house? my pre-Viagra youth? my submissive wife?  Fear and loathing certainly drive fringe aversion to that rich, tin-ear "vulture capitalist" practicing a cult religion.  What if Mitt Mormon is programmed during crises to obey only Latter Day Saints?    


Ripples of Romney revulsion continue to elevate outlier gasbags like Rick Santorum (America kaput, blame sex) or Newt Gingrich (America kaput, blame elitist Obama), even Ron Paul (America kaput, blame federalism).  The "anybody but Mitt" mob gags on this flip-flopping opportunist but eagerly gulps down unelectable lost causes.  Beset by elitist ambushes, poor, persecuted fundamentalists invoke all the self-pity of the "scorned-again" Christian.  Does "born-again" (open to be conned by one candidate clown after another) not smack of "shorn-again," as sheeple rush to the next messiah?  "Wrong-again" sums up the GOP devolution of last few months.       


Fear-mongering continues as the GOP growth industry: dread 9/11 terrorists lying low, Iranian saber-rattling, North Korea's nukes and Chinese money muscle, including industrial-computer theft.  Is that an asteroid or a comet (or the Rapture) coming our way?  Domestically, total economic collapse still looms (buy gold coins!) plus creeping, invasive sharia law, gay rights, skyrocketing gas prices, Medicare "adjustments" and, worst of all, higher taxes.  Well, second worst.  But who wouldn't fear a second Obama term, as Bill Maher quips, from this fictionalized bogeyman, the "Islamo-socialist revolutionary who is coming for your guns, raising your taxes, slashing the military, apologizing to other countries, and taking his cues from Europe, or worse yet, Saul Alinsky?"


Fringe Binging on "liberal thugs"


Ditto, the CPAC harangue by top GOP Senator McConnell against Obama's "liberal thugs."  Name one liberal thug akin to Andrew Breitbart or Rush Limbaugh.  This White House, McConnell snivels, works only to "intimidate or silence" its critics while perfecting the "art form" of "the orchestrated attack." Holy foreskin!  In the light of day this GOP thug had the nerve to declare he's never observed such "tactics employed with the kind of zeal we see today."  Got a mirror?  Got primary candidates?  What about Rove and Cheney, Bachmann and Palin, FOX noise and nutty televangelists?


Now, added to the global warming hoax (all the more successful by hoodwinking so many top scientists), the righteous must now battle administration wars against religion, faith, moral values, abstinence, marriage, the family, the Bible, and American exceptionalism.   For the fiery theocrat Santorum, the enemy is modern secularism, as personified in code by the president's "phony ideology" delinked from the Bible.  Translation: we're saddled with an un-American, illegitimate, old-fashioned false prophet.


What a joke!  Alleging this timid, ever-wary White House is some hotbed of militancy?   Sure, Obama uses force for occupations, predatory drones, or whistleblowers, threatening dictators or scolding Iran.  But not against domestic rightwing terrorists who've crippled America, then afterwards blame poor people for limping.  How about serious, criminal inquiries into crony capitalism, Wall Street banks, Gulf oil polluters, or Congressional malfeasance?  Now that would be war-like.


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