Some days I just don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I’m exposed to right-wing rhetoric on social networking sites. If there is one truly altruistic thing the Internet has given us it’s the daily exposure to just how far over the backside of reality the Republicans in this country have let their fringe elements take them. When you combine the fact that we’re a nation built on freedom of expression and thought with the Internet you can find yourself down the rabbit hole of TEApublican propaganda pretty easily. Recently I was clued into a couple of really entertaining items from Teabaggistan, and I felt the need to share them with everyone.
First up, we have the folks at “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment.” You can find their Facebook page here if you want to see some of the most cringe-inducing propaganda about Ben Gozzi (seriously, I saw something that said “Remember Benghazi” as if it’s the goddamned Alamo or something) or more lies about IRS targeting or birth certificate falsification. You can just scroll down the page and find real gems like the meme that has a picture of Obama on it and the words, “We no longer want your resignation, we want you imprisoned!”
Look at these “brave patriots!”
What reality do these people enjoy? They are the ones who voted twice to put into office NeoCons who spilled blood and treasure all over the map in wars that the American people by and large feel were not worth the price we paid. I feel deep-down to the core of my being that Dick Cheney and George W. Bush are heartless, war mongering profiteers that lied through their teeth to get the world to sign-off on the Iraqi invasion they’d been spoiling for since they took office. If anyone needed to be brought up on some kind of criminal charges it was the people who willfully put our young men and women — my contemporaries and peers — into the meat grinder based on lies, lies and more damnable lies.
What I find particularly amusing though is the fact that they’re resorting to ripping off the Overpass Light Brigade — a group of liberals in Wisconsin who began stringing up messages in lights on their states overpasses. The messages at first were in support of recalling Governor Scott Walker, and even though the recall effort stalled, Overpass Light Brigade has continued to rig up their progressive messages, becoming quite an Internet sensation. I guess since Obama lifted the idea for the Affordable Care Act from the Republicans and Mitt Romney, it’s only fair that TEApublicans steal this idea from liberals.
Next we have our friends at Tea Party Conservatives of America. I admit I don’t really frequent that page at all, but it was brought to my attention thanks to a meme that was inboxed to me and it just made my toes curl. It’s an image of a painting that depicts Christ’s second coming (White Christ of course, not Historically and/or Genealogically Correct Christ), apparently on a battle field chock-full of soldiers from all eras of human life with the caption “Every Knee Will Bow; Romans 14:11.”
I’ve got to be brutally honest here. I was exposed regularly for a good part of my childhood to Christendom and their texts. I get the reference, and I understand what the Bible verse’s meaning is, but in typical TEApublican fashion, they muddle everything up with their message. Why is Jesus on the world’s most historical battlefield? Also, are they saying that Jesus has the powers of time travel? If that’s the case, couldn’t he just go back in time and stop all the wars and famine? Why would he choose instead to come back, go back in time and bring a bunch of long-dead solders back with him?
The reason I’m even talking about this confounding meme is that it illustrates perfectly why I bristle every time someone injects their religion into political issues. I acknowledge that for some there is no disconnection between political ideology and religious dogma. That’s their right as free-willed human beings living in our free society. I just wish they understood how many people don’t want them using their religion as a cudgel, bashing minorities and members of the LGBT community and using God as their reference point and excuse for doing so. No this meme doesn’t represent that, but it reminds me just how far into Stupid Land you can travel when you think God’s on your side.
There is a Facebook page dedicated solely to debunking the Tea Party Conservatives Of America page, as well as a local right-wing talk radio program. To visit that site CLICK HERE!