POLL CONFIRMS REPUBLICANS IGNORANT
- 2010/06/23 00:54:29
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Gasp! Inflammatory title! Indignation!
But seriously, Research 2000 recently did a poll of self-identified
Republicans, asking them their beliefs on a whole host of issues. There
are articles all over the place about this, and it has been in the
news, so forgive the repetition if you’ve heard this, but I thought it
worth commenting on.
I often rail against the Republican Party, since their ideas are
socially destructive. Republican politicians use xenophobia (damn those
illegals) and religion (praise Jesus, who hates pro-choicers) to
convince people that they are the best candidates, and then don’t
actually deliver any legislation on those issues (Republicans had both
chambers of Congress and a Republican president for most of the last
decade) so that they can continue using said issues to deceive. Then,
what they do is pass legislation that punishes the poor and middle
class while rewarding corporations and the wealthy.
Well, their campaign to reinforce stupidity has paid off! Take a
look at these results (apologies to Kos, whose question order I
cribbed) and feel free to either laugh or cry. Sure, it’s funny people
are so stupid and ignorant, but it’s also sad, since these people vote,
despite the lack of a viable frontal lobe. Pay particular attention to
the “Not Sure” crowd. I’ve posted some of my favorite questions, along
with some comments.
Should Barack Obama be impeached, or not?
Not Sure 29
Seriously? Why? This frankly makes no sense. But then again, Republicans tend not to.
Do you think Barack Obama is a socialist?
Not Sure 16
And what if he were? First off, he’s not. If he were, we would have
single payer health care, we wouldn’t have a Congress owned by
corporations, etc. Republicans often lump Socialist and Fascist all
together when they hurl insults. Socialism and fascism are not
compatible, dolts. Most people don’t even know what socialism is.
Do you believe Barack Obama was born in the United States, or not?
Not Sure 22
Really? 58% of you? There’s a birth announcement in not one, but two Hawaiian newspapers!
Do you believe Barack Obama wants the terrorists to win?
Not Sure 33
Yes, his election was a plot to give Osama bin Laden free reign to
destroy our country. 57% either believe Obama is pro-terrorist or
believe its up in the air. I’m having trouble even commenting on this.
I may not be the brightest man, but I can’t lower my IQ enough to
communicate on this level. What did Hunter S. Thompson call it? The New
Dumb. Sounds about right.
Do you believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama?
Not Sure 33
Ha! Well, that’s a legitimate belief. Come on, she couldn’t name
newspapers she read (unfair question!) and she could see Russia from
her house (great foreign policy experience).
Do you believe Barack Obama is a racist who hates White people?
Not Sure 33
Obviously Obama hates white people. Nevermind the fact that his mother was white. He hated her, too! Duh!
Do you believe your state should secede from the United States?
Not Sure 19
LET THE SOUTH GO! I’m all of the United States of New England. It would be a liberal progressive utopia.
Should Congress make it easier for workers to form and join labor unions?
Not Sure 25
Of course Republicans don’t want unions. Then corporations couldn’t exploit people and force wage slavery on us.
Should openly gay men and women be allowed to serve in the military?
Not Sure 19
Should same sex couples be allowed to marry?
Not Sure 16
Should gay couples receive any state or federal benefits?
Not Sure 21
Should openly gay men and women be allowed to teach in public schools?
Not Sure 19
Okay, okay. We get it. REPUBLICANS HATE GAY PEOPLE. I’m glad they
admitted it. The funny thing is, this people answering this survey
weren’t afraid to say these things. How many of them were embarrassed
enough to lie? Well, 73% of Republicans want to deny gay people a job
for being gay. That’s awesome. Obviously gay people can’t be allowed to
teach, because, what, they’ll turn your kids gay? Is there some sort of
airborne virus they carry? Discrimination. Bigotry. Republican.
Should public school students be taught that the book of Genesis in the Bible explains how God created the world?
Not Sure 8
Hahahahahaha! To hell with Science. Bring in the Bible! Why not dump
Astronomy for Astrology while we’re at it? Substitute Alchemy for
Should contraceptive use be outlawed?
Not Sure 13
Do you believe the birth control pill is abortion?
Not Sure 18
These last three show that Republicans believe that reproductive rights are wrong, that women’s bodies are not their own.
Do you believe that the only way for an individual to go to heaven
is though Jesus Christ, or can one make it to heaven through another
Not Sure 18
Obviously, if you’re a Republican Christian, you’re right and
everybody else is wrong. It’s like Steve Colbert said at the
Correspondent’s dinner a few years back, Republicans believe that every
religion is valid, Buddhism, Islam, etc., because Republicans believe
that all of them can accept Jesus Christ as their saviors.
With that kind of world view, no wonder they are so malleable when
it comes to Republican politicians, and it’s why Republican politicians
are so brilliant. Republicans believe their religion is better than
everybody elses, so all the politicians have to do is use that to get
R-Politician: I love Jesus!
Average Republican: Yay, I’m voting for that guy.
R-Politician: Jesus would want me to give tax breaks to the wealthy.
Average Republican: Yay, trickle-down economics will help me one day when things eventually possibly maybe trickle down to me!
All in all, this whole series of insights is pretty eye-opening, and
depressing. So yes, my title is a little on the rough, inflammatory
side. But it’s accurate. Reread the above evidence if you still
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