"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Pat the (Dumb) Bunny 

Let's make one thing clear - Pat Robertson is not on the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party. He is a former Presidential candidate who got more votes than (for instance) Pete DuPont. He is embraced by people like Tom DeLay, Bill Frist, and the Boy King himself. He is regularly trotted out to speak for "religious conservatives" - or, as Karl Rove knows them, "the base" - on Sunday morning news programs. He is part of the mainstream of the Republican Party, and what he says in public represents the thinking (or, at least, the cynically-adopted public positions) of many of the people who rule this country today.

Which is why it made news when he opined this past weekend that the scourge of liberal activist judges "is probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings;" that indeed, the judiciary represents a greater threat to the vitality of the Republic than did Nazi Germany or the Civil War. But it turns out that this gem isn't even the most offensive thing Pastor Pat had to say - I just learned (I missed George Snuffleupagus' show this week, and so relied on the reporting of others) that he also claimed that Muslim Americans in general are simply unfit to hold high public office. Really, he said that.

Are there no limits beyond which these scatophages can reach without triggering massive public outrage? Apparently not. Are we so inured to genuinely fascist rhetoric that it no longer registers on our collective conscience? I guess so.




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