Grand unified wingnuttery


by Jeff Fecke | April 22, 2009 • Big Pharma ties torture to domestic violence, because, you know, neither one is that big a deal:

Jeff Fecke is a freelance writer who lives in Eagan, Minnesota.In addition to his own blog, Blog of the Moderate Left, he also contributes to Alas, a Blog, Minnesota Campaign Report, and AlterNet. Fecke has appeared as a guest on the “Today” show, the Alan Colmes radio show, and the Mark Heaney Show. Fecke is divorced, and the father of one really terrific daughter. His debut novel, The Valkyrie’s Tale, is now available.

LIMBAUGH: We have allowed — we have allowed these guys, Obama and his buddies over at the CIA and in Congress, to water down the definition of torture to mean anything that makes a person uncomfortable. You know what this reminds me of? Remember when the NOW gang and all these other social interest groups started asking women if they’d ever been a victim of domestic violence? They didn’t like the numbers they got initially. The numbers weren’t high enough for the NOW gang. So they expanded the definition to include a man shouting at them. A man shouting at them equaled domestic violence. It didn’t matter if the women shouted first. But let’s not get sidetracked. The important thing to understand is that these appeasers have painted themselves into a corner. Dick Cheney has now called their bluff. The stark truth is that despite what the political left and the Hollywood elite say, extreme measures, enhanced measures, so-called torture — whatever you want to call it — it works. And he’s seen the memos. And he wants them released.

I can’t say this better than Digby can:

Yeah, it “works.” Just like it “works” when a man threatens to punch a woman in the face if she doesn’t tell him she loves him. She tells him she loves him.

This is the way the right thinks. Limbaugh even famously believes that US soldiers should be allowed to torture prisoners to relieve their stress. And he’s still invited into the homes of seemingly decent people. They defend him on the pages of their magazines.

Well, duh. I mean, Limbaugh is the most important voice in the Republican Party today. That he’s a narcissistic, misogynistic, racist blowhard…well, that’s who the GOP is today.

That’s why the GOP is in the dire straits they’re in. And until the Republican Party recognizes that, they are doomed to less and less relevance. The GOP needs to either retool for the 21st century, or they will go the way of the Whigs, and a new, saner conservative party will take their place.

But the misanthropic, bile-soaked Republicanism of Limbaugh, Beck, et. al.? That’s as vital as Know-Nothingism. As a Democrat, I hope the Republicans keep kowtowing to Limbaugh. As an American, though, I hope they wake up one of these years.

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