Sunday, April 10, 2011

Oklahoma Crazy: GOP Fundamentalists Push for an Ideologically Pure Paradise

Yes, Sooner fans, the inmates are running the asylum. 

We're talking about the state's Republican zealots, the noisy and completely unhinged blowhards who have taken over the Oklahoma Republican Party. For these fine folks, no conspiracy theory is too wacky to embrace and no federal program actually helps anyone.

If this sounds like leftist hyperbole, consider the following reports from down the Turner Turnpike:

• The legislature is considering its own "birther" legislation, a bill to require presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens. State Sen. Ralph Shortey, an OKC Republican, supported the bill this way: "The situation [read: right-wing lie] with our president has instigated this fear." Really?

Rep. Sally Kern, an OKC Republican, wants to outlaw the judicial use of foreign law in Oklahoma. This legislation would probably be unconstitutional. It would seem to be nonsensical as well, since Kern has been quoted as saying it "targets all religious laws." If so, wouldn't the Ten Commandments be off limits to Oklahoma courts?

• Even Tulsa County's Republican Party, which should know better, is going over the edge, pushing a GOP "purity test." Thus, all gun legislation is unconstitutional (really!) and if you don't believe this "core principle," you aren't a True Republican. So says Sally Bell, outgoing Tulsa County GOP chairwoman. So much for the GOP's big tent.

• Speaking of the Tulsa Republican convention, the GOP know-nothings also blasted Gov. Mary Fallin—a fellow Republican—for trying to respond rationally to the healthcare crisis. For these folks Fallin, hardly a bleeding-heart liberal, is a traitor to the True Conservative cause. So much for Reagan's 11th Commandment.

There's more, unfortunately, but you get the idea. Oklahoma's far-right zealots won't be satisfied until every reasonable idea or moderate proposal has a stake through its heart. This is a Red State, by God, and nothing—absolutely nothing—that isn't Ideologically Pure can be tolerated.

4 comments:

Tulsan said...

My fondest wish is that they purify themselves out of existence. Keep up the good work, GOP.

Hispanic Talk said...

Yep. We want no more Ralph Shortey! Please join our cause!

Virginia said...

You missed the best quote to come out of the Tulsa County Republican Party Convention. It was made by newly-elected Vice-Chair Molly McKay - "Thiscould be the biggest thing since we repealed slavery." on purifying the Republican Party.

Tulsan said...

Funny comments on Talking Points Memo about Inhofe's support of the losing presidential candidate (an evangelical vs. the winner, a Muslim) in Ivory Coast:

"How can one ignorant Republican be so wrong so often?"

"More to the point, it shows just how totally f**ked up most voters in Oklahoma are to have voted this guy into the Senate four times –– so far."

Sad to say... amen.