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Aug 30 2013

Wingnuts Protest Boehner, Demand Unicorns and Lollipops

It’s really quite incredible to me just how disconnected from the real world the wingnuts really are. A group of far-right Tea Party types staged a protest at the home offices of Speaker John Boehner, demanding that he do something he simply cannot do, defund the Affordable Care Act. And they’re telling ridiculous lies to justify it.

A “Pull the Plug” rally was held Tuesday afternoon at Boehner’s congressional district office in Troy, Ohio.

Activists are trying a new tactic, threatening to pin the blame for Obamacare on Boehner if he doesn’t try to stop its implementation.

Protest organizers said they will begin referring to the federal health-care law as “Boehnercare” unless the speaker uses the House’s power of the purse to remove all funding for the Affordable Care Act.

“If he funds it, he will own it,” said Janet Porter, president of Faith2Action, adding that Obamacare must be stopped to prevent the IRS from deciding who lives and who dies.

Oi vey. You have to be either mind-numbingly ignorant or utterly delusional to believe that the IRS gets to decide who lives and who dies under the ACA. And there simply isn’t any way this can happen. They don’t have control of the Senate and Obama vetoes any bill that includes it. They might as well demand that Boehner make all their dreams come true and make the rivers flow with butterscotch.

“The speaker needs to listen to his base instead of liberal Democrats and the media who will never support him,” said Lori Viars, vice president of Warren County Right to Life.

And even a majority of Republicans reject that idea according to numerous polls. But the far right has deluded themselves into thinking that everyone agrees with them, even when they lose elections badly.

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  1. 1
    sinned34

    The extreme political and Christian right has always considered themselves the “silent majority”, thinking that, despite all evidence to the contrary, the vast majority of the North American populace shares the exact same opinions that they do.

    Also, they’re a horribly oppressed minority.

    Consistency isn’t their strong suit, but being terrified of everything is.

  2. 2
    Modusoperandi

    Dear Leader: “So, Minion, how is our plan to give a majority of our followers rabies and turning them loose going?”
    Minion: “Swimmingly, Sir.”
    *bing bong*
    Minion: “Sir?”
    Dear Leader: “Who is that at the door?”
    Minion: “It’s a majority of our followers.”

  3. 3
    throwaway, never proofreads, every post a gamble

    Deciding who lives and dies? Don’t they already do that with abortion and capital punishment?

  4. 4
    raven

    Obamacare is voluntary AFAIK.

    You don’t have to sign up for it. IIRC, there is a small “tax” for not doing so but it isn’t much.

    Don’t like the Affordable Health Care Act, then don’t get on it.

    Of course, that means many or most of those right wingnuts won’t have health insurance. Their problem, not mine.

  5. 5
    petemoulton

    “You have to be either mind-numbingly ignorant or utterly delusional to believe that the IRS gets to decide who lives and who dies under the ACA.”

    Well, Ed, mind-numbingly ignorant and utterly delusional is a nice, concise description of every teabagger I know.

  6. 6
    raven

    BTW, the nihilists of the Tea Party/GOP are trying to sabotage the ACA.

    They are demanding that people not sign up for it, especially the young and healthy. So it ends up being too expensive or something.

    It’s not working. Enrollment is ahead of schedule and more than estimated.

  7. 7
    raven

    At least on the west coast, the Tea Party really doesn’t have much support.

    California has almost 3/4 Democrats in their legislature, about as high as it has ever been.

    In my area, Romney signs outnumbered Obama signs by 10 to 1. He got 35% of the vote. This isn’t much more than the 20% who still think the sun orbits the earth.

  8. 8
    frankb

    I have heard of the death panels but how did the IRS get involved? If FEMA is going to run the “camps” will they house people in moldy trailers? If the UN is trying to depopulate the world why is every attempt failing as opposed to just some of them? I am trying to keep all these conspiracies straight.

  9. 9
    raven

    I am trying to keep all these conspiracies straight.

    And not doing very well at it.

    You left out the demons, the Reptilian UFO aliens, Bigfoot, and the Illuminati.

  10. 10
    andrew

    Revolutionaries everywhere share the odd delusion that the people will rise in their support if only their message gets out loudly and clearly enough. Like in Les Mis:

    Damn their warnings, damn their lies
    They will see the people rise!

    Same basic syndrome, somewhat different ideology.

  11. 11
    Kevin

    You know what you call a complete and utter moron who is elected to the House of Representatives? Congressperson.

    It’s even worse in the state houses, where the tea baggers think they can legislate against soil erosion merely by requiring that scientists who study the problem ignore it. In my benighted state, the legislatures are now considering a rule that would REQUIRE (yes, that’s shouting) that they sell oil/gas rights to fracking companies. REQUIRE.

    The only solution is to get rid of these buffoons. The problem is then simple, but enormous. Because you first have to find quality candidates, then overcome the general apathy of voters other than the Tea Party wing nuts who come out in droves for the LOCAL elections.

    Sorry for the shouting, but we’ve done this to ourselves. By failing to even put up the smallest, tiniest fight at the level where it counts. And that’s in the statehouses and in the local Congressional races.

    You get the government you deserve. Thinking that voting for a Democrat for one office once every four years solves the problem is … well … massively delusional.

    It’s going to take decades to overcome the damage tea baggers have already done to our nation. Decades. And that’s only if we get to work right now to defeat them in the next election cycle.

  12. 12
    Kevin

    Let me be clear on that fracking thing — the rule would require ordinary land owners to sell their oil/gas rights to fracking companies. REQUIRE.

    It’s beyond perverse.

    This is in North Carolina, which is current engaged in a race to the bottom in education, health care, women’s rights, voters’ rights, and all the rest. Because for the first time in 160 years, Republicans control both houses (and the governorship).

  13. 13
    Trebuchet

    I’ll be 65 in a couple of days. When the IRS comes gunning for me I plan to be hiding out in Canada.

  14. 14
    savagemutt

    The only solution is to get rid of these buffoons. The problem is then simple, but enormous. Because you first have to find quality candidates, then overcome the general apathy of voters other than the Tea Party wing nuts who come out in droves for the LOCAL elections.

    And then overcome the fact that in many states districts have been redrawn to heavily favor the Tea Partiers…oh and overcome the effects of the disenfranchising spate of voter id laws.

  15. 15
    busterggi

    “A “Pull the Plug” rally ”

    Emind me, who is the party of death panels again?

  16. 16
    Artor

    ” You have to be either mind-numbingly ignorant or utterly delusional…”
    We are talking about Teabaggers here, right? I thought that was part of the definition.

  17. 17
    throwaway, never proofreads, every post a gamble

    The only thing I see putting an end to the apathy is for their Paradise to come to fruition so that all and sundry can witness what a Hell it is. Of course “then” is too late, but not more so than “now” is already pretty fucking late itself.

  18. 18
    TCC

    Damn, busterggi beat me to it. That takes some serious obliviousness.

  19. 19
    D. C. Sessions

    And even a majority of Republicans reject that idea according to numerous polls.

    This is a job for … Dean Chambers!

  20. 20
    democommie

    “Of course, that means many or most of those right wingnuts won’t have health insurance. Their problem, not mine.”

    Why would they. They’ll just continue going to the ER when they’ve got a cold or whatev’, it’s called the WAH*!

    * Walton Affordable Healthcare

  21. 21
    eric

    They don’t have control of the Senate and Obama vetoes any bill that includes it.

    If Boehner wanted to do this, probably his best strategy would be to delay/fight all individual appropriations bills until February/March, then pass an Ominbus bill that funds everything else fully, includes lots of pork for Democratic representatives, but ACA at 50% or something like that. In such a scenario, many of the democratic congresscritters might feel enough hometown pressure to get some omnibus bill out that they’ll take it.

    But even that has a very low chance of succeeding. The Senate bill would fund it, the issue then goes to the committee, where both the executive branch and the democrats will pressure GOP participants to increase funding.

    What will actually happen is probably something closer to the reverse of what I just described; democrats will lard up any omnibus bill with GOP pork to get them to pass it (ACA funding and all).

  22. 22
    John Pieret

    And there simply isn’t any way this can happen.

    How do you know that until the House tries it 40 times or more?

  23. 23
    jba55

    “might as well demand that Boehner make all their dreams come true and make the rivers flow with butterscotch.”

    Now you’re just being absurd. Butterscotch, like toffee, is a *solid*, it can’t flow. They want the Speaker to make the rivers flow with simple syrup, then The Free Market will make butterscotch and sell it to The People at a reasonable price.

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