Alan Keyes’ Theocratic Vision

Alan Keyes has always had a bizarre conception of the concept of natural rights, an idea espoused strongly but enforced incompletely and hypocritically by the founding fathers. He seizes on Jefferson’s reference to “Nature’s God” to claim that rights are limited by whatever the Biblical God allegedly says. He repeats this in his latest Worldnutdaily column:
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Cruz and the New McCarthyism

Newly elected Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas — where else? — is already developing quite a reputation as one of the most reactionary men ever to serve in that body, garnering comparisons to Sen. Joe McCarthy. And for good reason, as Jane Mayer notes at the New Yorker. Cruz claims that there were a dozen communists who wanted to overthrow the government at Harvard Law School when he was there in the 90s.
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The Worldnutdaily Fear and Paranoia Machine

In 1964, Richard Hofstadter wrote the famous essay The Paranoid Style in American Politics, noting that the right is always marketing paranoia, preying on our fears to make us clamor for more authoritarian policies. A quick look at the Worldnutdaily front page shows that, 60 years later, they’re still doing the same thing.
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Obama Administration Files Brief in DOMA Case

The DOJ has filed a brief in United States v Windsor, the case challenging the constitutionality of section three of the Defense of Marriage Act. The brief argues that section three of DOMA, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment:
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Creech’s Staggeringly Stupid Take on Church and State

You know, people of all political and religious persuasions hold dumb opinions and say dumb things. But if you come across something so egregiously moronic that it causes your jaw to slump into your lap at the fact that the person writing it manages to tie their shoes in the morning, there’s a good chance it was written by a Christian right winger. Exhibit A: Rev. Mark Creech and this mind-blowingly idiotic column about separation of church and state.
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National Review Writer: Repeal Women’s Suffrage

Joining Vox Day and Jesse Lee Patterson, Michael Walsh at the National Review Online thinks we should take the right to vote away from women. Mario Loyola wrote a column calling that referred to alcohol prohibition, but mistakenly said that was the 19th amendment (it was the 18th, repealed by the 21st). But Walsh says we should repeal the 19th, which gave women the right to vote, as well:
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Wingnuts: Obama Building Black Army

The far right has always been strongly correlated with racism and sometimes that spills over into the public statements of wingnuts, especially when they’re talking to each other. Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (a group that thinks the NRA is a bunch of weak-kneed liberals) went on a radio show with Greg Howard and they surmised that Obama is building a black army to fight the white insurgents who will fight the impending attempt to seize their guns.
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Dumbass Quote of the Day

An Indiana Senate committee last week passed a bill that would require trans-vaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions — not one, but two of them. Indiana Right to Life legislative director Sue Swayze sees no problem with this. After all, those women got pregnant through their vaginas so what could be wrong about putting something else up there?
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Bradlee Dean: Civics Educator

Reading the latest Bradlee Dean column at the Worldnutdaily made me laugh out loud when I came across this line:

After performing constitutional lyceums in 341 high schools across America, I have seen firsthand the indoctrination being imposed on the future generations of this great country – which, for the most part, they are rejecting.

Constitutional lyceums? That’s freaking hilarious. He gives assemblies where he preaches an idiotic sermon to the kids. His revival meetings are a “constitutional lyceum” about as much as my poker games are athletic contests. And Dean, I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear, knows less than nothing about constitutional law.