Quick quiz for our Teabagger trolls.
- Why does the bible say not to judge others?
- Without cheating and looking at the key…what is this?
- The Bible says “judge not lest ye be judged,” because all men are as guilty of sin as all others. And judging others for what you consider sins immediately makes you a hypocrite.
- Nope…it’s not a map of Republican vs. Democrat voting states. To use the Randian vernacular that our trolls will understand: The “red” states on the map are the “takers“ in our government welfare system, meaning that those states take more money from the Federal government than they pay in. The blue states are the “makers,” meaning that they’re the ones sending money to the government to support the “red” states.
Still wondering why Texas is on its way to going Democrat? By this map, it’s already pretty blue. As a matter of fact, Texas is literally the only state in the country that both voted for McCain AND pays more in taxes than it receives from the government.
Of course, hypocrisy is nothing new for our right-leaning friends, and you can see microcosms of this map from many TEApublicans all over the United States. Take for instance Tea Partier Greg Collett, a 41-year-old FATHER OF TEN. Collett’s opinion on Obamacare, as reported by NBC:
“I don’t think that the government should be involved in health care or health insurance. The issue for me is that it is not the proper role of government.“
He counts himself among the 29 percent of people who hate the ACA, and has opted to pay the $95 fee in lieu of getting heath coverage through the ACA. But really, it’s just because he doesn’t want government involved in his healthcare. He even homeschools his kids, because not only is it not the government’s place to provide healthcare…he don’t even want the gummint using them professhinil edjucaters adjewdicating his kids. A man who stands on principle, to be sure. So, where do Caldwell’s ten kids get their healthcare from? Here’s a hint: They live in Idaho. Check the map, and…
Of course, Collett’s rationale is that he’s using Medicaid to “take back” all of the tax dollars he’s paid in. And you’ve heard that one before; the evil gummin steal mah money, and ah want it BACK! Wait, we HAVE heard that before. Where was that again? Oh yeah…conservative darling and Queen of Rational Self-Interest, Ayn Rand. From the Huffington Post:
“A heavy smoker who refused to believe that smoking causes cancer brings to mind those today who are equally certain there is no such thing as global warming. Unfortunately, Miss Rand was a fatal victim of lung cancer.
However, it was revealed in the recent “Oral History of Ayn Rand” by Scott McConnell (founder of the media department at the Ayn Rand Institute) that in the end Ayn was a vip-dipper as well. An interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand’s law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand’s behalf she secured Rand’s Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O’Connor (husband Frank O’Connor).
Wait…Ayn Rand was on welfare? After saying THIS?
“Morally and economically, the welfare state creates an ever accelerating downward pull. Morally, the chance to satisfy demands by force spreads the demands wider and wider, with less and less pretense at justification. Economically, the forced demands of one group create hardships for all others, thus producing an inextricable mixture of actual victims and plain parasites.”
Ayn and Mr. Collett (and his ten welfare kids) are in pretty good company, too. Namely, governors Chris Christie (NJ), Rick Perry (TX), Jan Brewer (AZ) and the inimitable Rick Scott (FL). The Pride of Florida has already paid over a billion dollars in fines after his company got caught running the largest Medicare scam in American history. The Young Turks’ commentator supreme (and holder of the title “America’s Most Mispronounced Name“) Cenk Uygur reports:
I know what you’re saying right now. “And this is news…how?” In truth, it isn’t to most of us. Collett’s statement aside, there’s nothing remotely new about the hypocrisy that has pervaded the Right Wing movement from its birth. Nevermind since the Koch Brothers’ sharted the “anti-corporate, grass roots” Tea Party into being in 2004.
What makes this particularly relevant is not that anything is new, but in the constant reinforcement of all the reasons that it isn’t. In another article, we talked about the impending crash of the Republican party — a crash that likely would never have come about if the party hadn’t associated itself with a movement whose inherent hypocrisy makes it self-defeating almost by definition.
After all, how can you say you support The United States of America if your stated goal is to undermine or destroy the power of the Federal government? Isn’t the Federal government what “unites” the “United States?” Whether they realize it or not, the inherent hypocrisy of the “Constitutional” Tea Party isn’t in it’s Ayn Randian self-interest — it’s that in believing the Constitution’s primary purpose is to negate Federal power and influence, they’re effectively dissembling our “United” States into just…well…States.
h/t: Mark Karlin