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We all know that the darling of the lunatic right, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, has about a snowball's chance in hell of actually making it through the nomination process. Toss that out for just a moment. This post isn't about delegate counts, or electoral processes, or so on. It's about the character of a party, and what point you've reached when your candidate says something like this during a speech:

(See below the fold for the YouTube video...)

So... yeah. That happened.

And thousands of people love this guy. The bastion of conservatism, and a load of garbage like that.

If that's the brand of conservatism swaths of this country think is "right", if that's the marching standard for thousands upon thousands across the country, what sort of a twisted world do we live in? Leaders should try to pull us out of the muck of common bigotry and hate, and this is a party sitting on a foundation of such garbage, that has been sitting on such a foundation for years upon years.

The people who fought and argued and clawed tooth and nail to build a party to uphold a standard of the common decency for all human beings, to see ourselves as American brothers and sisters, must roll in their graves at displays like this.

And no one will care. It won't show up on the news. If it does, it's just liberal bias.

Human decency is just liberal bias.

Fuck them. Burn the whole thing. Burn the whole party to the ground and leave nothing standing. It isn't even about party politics for me anymore. It's a matter that one of the largest political organizations in the republic is built on institutionalizing hate, meanness, petty division and the destruction of common civility. A party of replacing a society that unites for the common good of all with a savage society that devours those it deems unworthy.

So destroy it. Burn it. Kill it. Uproot it from every crack its wormed its way into. Flood every space that can be found with how poisonous this thing is. What little is left of decency in conservatism can organize a new party. All the rest of what this monstrosity is should be obliterated from the face of the Earth.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    "... Verily, God does not change men's condition unless they change their inner selves..." 13:11

    by BlueAdair on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 11:22:07 PM PDT

  •  Government Nog (2+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III, Smoh

    Blah people having to resort to low-quality Christmas beverages?

    Don't even know what else it could besides the slur. Either a Freudian slip or he's started cribbing campaign material from 'Blazing Saddles'.

    Pretty vile. Although he does seem to be getting proficient at screeching to a halt right before the point-of-no-return.
     

  •  What he say? (4+ / 0-)
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    Derek Bateman, Smoh, jo fish, MKinTN

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 12:00:09 AM PDT

  •  Whether he said it or not (4+ / 0-)

    It says a lot about a person that it is not unthinkable at all that he would actually make that sort of racist slip up in the first place.

  •  Santorum's supporters are trying to spin this. (1+ / 0-)
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    Smoh

    Trying to say he meant to say "negotiator".  That makes no sense whatsoever in context of his sentence.

    "We know, we know the candidate Barack Obama, what he was like. Anti-war, government negotiator..."
    Umm no.  
    "We know, we know the candidate Barack Obama, what he was like.  Anti-war, government nig-uh-the-uh, America was a source for division around..."
    That's my transcript of what was said.  In no possible context can the word "negotiator" make sense in that sentence.  

    "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." -- Galileo Galilei

    by Dittoz on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 03:01:05 AM PDT

    •  i agree (0+ / 0-)

      but i don't see how the n-word works in the context, either.  "anti-war, government nigger"?  that makes no sense.  in fact, i can't think of any word starting with that sound that does make sense there.  

      maybe the sentence construction is this:  "....what he was like, anti-war.  Government ??? -- uh the uh, America..."
      it's possible His Frothiness was starting to say "negative" or something.

      Never forget that the Republican War on Women originated with religion; the GOP is but theocracy's handmaiden.

      by Cedwyn on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 05:44:34 AM PDT

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  •  From now on (1+ / 0-)
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    Smoh

    the name "Santorum" will always be preceded by "Ayatollah"

                    Ayatollah Santorum
    You saw it here first. You want to shut this little shit up? Spread the word.

    The man is the American version of religion as political entity, the American version of the Iranian political hierarchy.

    The 'president' of Iran is a toothless tiger. The man that wields the power in Iran is the Ayatollah.

    Repeat after me:

                    Ayatollah Santorum

    I think, Therefore I am, ...A Democrat

    by Patriot4peace on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 03:11:47 AM PDT

    •  Personally... (6+ / 0-)

      I find the application of Ayatollah to a piece of filth like Santorum disgraceful.

      I understand that most Americans look at the title in light of Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and so see it as a slur.

      The fact is, though, for a ton of Shia Muslims, ayatollah is a term of deep respect for someone who has attained a potent background in theology, philosophy and doctrine. It's on par with title of Bishop for the most part. It literally means "Sign of God", as in someone who clearly sees and has obtained knowledge and understanding of the Work of God in the world.

      Rick Santorum, with his rigid, unyielding world view, is none of these things. (And for that matter, neither of Iran's 'Supreme Leaders' are either, but I suppose not everyone who earns an esteemed title lives up to it...) So, personally, I'd rather not label Santorum with a title like that, regardless of its association for our fellow Americans.

      Let's just call him what he is: Bigot. Hateful. Cruel. Filth.

      "... Verily, God does not change men's condition unless they change their inner selves..." 13:11

      by BlueAdair on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 04:34:14 AM PDT

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      •  forgive my ignorance (2+ / 0-)

        yeah, I saw the word as a pejorative...

        OK, I'll cease - I was playing with a diary of that title, but will not use it anymore.

        Thanks for the heads up, hope I didn't offend.

        I think, Therefore I am, ...A Democrat

        by Patriot4peace on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 05:05:36 AM PDT

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        •  I appreciate you reconsidering (0+ / 0-)

          I just feel as though we pull the floor out from under ourselves when we fight one type of hate with another type of hate. Using Islamic terminology without understanding its meaning, without taking the time to understand, using it just because it implies something ugly in public thought, only further poisons the public perception of American Muslims, and of Muslims in general.

          You see, though, it's people like you who listen and are receptive and take that information in and let it roll around inside that give me a bit of hope that the poison can be drawn out of the well. I want to hope that you're an example of the majority, and not the minority.

          It's... I remember back two years ago during the protests here against our local mosque building a new facility. I remember one of the Tea Party goons who led the anti-mosque protest and his black and white "Kafir" shirt. I look back and I roll my eyes and smirk at how, though he probably didn't realize just how, fitting it was. "One who denies truth." Well, when we acknowledge that it is undeniably true that human beings possess certain rights, and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then I suppose his shirt suited him perfectly.

          But the fact is, irony or not, that so much of that language has become embedded in our culture without anyone actually trying to suss out what the words mean, what they really mean when you think about them and examine them, that all the misuse of those words can do is create more and more hostility between people of different beliefs. And I would give almost anything to put out that hostility.

          I hope I didn't, and don't, come off as scolding you, or sounding angry. And again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for listening, and taking the time to understand.

          "... Verily, God does not change men's condition unless they change their inner selves..." 13:11

          by BlueAdair on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 07:55:40 AM PDT

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    •  I really really like it... (0+ / 0-)

      Gonna be a hard sell due to length.

      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 05:44:41 AM PDT

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    •  Really don't need to (2+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh, myboo

      Dan Savage has taken care of applying thoughts to his name.  Don't need to cloudy the lube-filled waters on that one.

      Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

      by lostboyjim on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 05:48:02 AM PDT

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  •  Evil in America is winning (1+ / 0-)
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    gailwax

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 05:59:39 AM PDT

    •  So, let's turn up the heat (0+ / 0-)

      The more people who speak, and speak loudly, about how poisonous these monstrous few are, the more ludicrous their perverse perspective starts to look.

      "... Verily, God does not change men's condition unless they change their inner selves..." 13:11

      by BlueAdair on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 07:39:27 AM PDT

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