Peak Wingnut Is Still a Myth

Posted: June 28, 2014 by Marner in Conservative Idiocy, Current Events, Politics
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Back in 2008, just before Obama’s election, John Cole at Balloon Juice posited a theory that we had passed “peak wingnut.” His theory held that the American people and the press had reached saturation on the wild stories of Obama being a socialist, Marxist, gay, Muslim, etc. and had reached the point where those crazy claims were ridiculed or dismissed outright by the public. Cole’s theory was quickly disproven when the goat fucking child molester Erick Erickson posted about convicted felon Frank Marshall Davis’ claim that Obama was molested as a child by a gay pedophile. Since that episode, peak wingnut has been suspected a number of times, but is now suspected to be an impossible state. I submit that we now have definitive proof that peak wingnut cannot exist within the current political environment.

Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a beautiful city nestled in the shadow of Pike’s Peak. The downside is that it is the central hub of El Paso County, one of the reddest counties in Colorado. Colorado Springs is the home of Focus on the Family, the creation of the despicable James Dobson. Dobson was also responsible for the creation of the hate group, Family Research Council. Last Tuesday, Colorado held their primary and a man by the name of Gordon Klingenschmitt won the Republican nomination for State House District 15, which represents eastern Colorado Springs. Now, some of you are probably saying, “Klingenschmitt? I’ve heard that name somewhere before.” You would be right.

Gordon Klingenschmitt was a US Navy Chaplain who was court-martialed in 2006 for wearing his uniform while participating in a political protest outside of the White House. Klingenschmitt was protesting alongside other luminaries such as Rep. Walter Jones and Judge Roy Moore. Klingenschmitt willfully disobeyed the lawful orders of his superiors by wearing his uniform after being told he was forbidden to do so. After his conviction, Klingenschmitt was thrown out of the Navy, to the cheers of his fellow conservative, Christian Chaplains.

After his national disgrace, Klingenschmitt continued to support himself by becoming the uber-wingnut. Here are just some of the things Klingenschmitt has said and may actually believe:

  • Demonic spirits are controlling the FCC and are using it to “molest and visually rape” your children.
  • Demonic spirits are behind the homosexual agenda.
  • Obamacare causes cancer.
  • Demonic spirits are behind gun control, the Bible forbids gun-free zones and the Bible demands people be allowed to arm themselves against “left wing crazies.”

Klingenschmitt is indistinguishable from the Taliban in that he believes the law should only protect those of his religion. Not just Christianity, but his extreme brand of Christianity. Now, there are plenty of these theocrats running around. Most notably are the “Dominionists,” who believe the country should be ruled in accordance with biblical law. In this case, though, Colorado Springs Republicans (and it was only Republicans because Colorado has a closed primary system) have actually nominated one of them to represent them in the State Legislature and he didn’t run unopposed. That means a majority of Republican voters in this district willingly chose to align themselves with Klingenschmitt’s beliefs. That is the lunacy and outright evil we are dealing with in the forces trying to take over the Republican Party. Klingenschmitt is just a slightly more extreme version of Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachmann, Steve Stockman, and Louie Gomert. The biggest difference is that, with the exception of Bachmann, those people didn’t really let their full freak flag fly until after they were elected. Once elected to safe Republican seats, they felt unrestricted in the batshit crazy things they could say, whether they believed them or not.

Don’t be fooled, though. Klingenschmitt is a true believer. He really sees demons under every rock. He is a complete adherent to the principle of stoning gays in the public square. He is committed to the principle that the laws only protect Christians and all others are merely peons subject to his Christian whims. And the saddest thing of all is that in Colorado Springs he just may win.

  1. meursault1942 says:

    Peak Wingnut is apparently asymptotic in nature: We are forever approaching it but will never actually achieve it. There is a bottomless well of crazy that wingers are tapped into. One wishes we could do something useful with it, but building a perpetual motion machine seems more likely than that ever happening.

    • Marner says:

      I have to disagree that this is a higher level. That guy lost his primary by a huge margin, but Klingenschmitt won his and has a good chance of winning in November.

  2. meursault1942 says:

    Slacktivist offers some extremely basic and extremely necessary sex ed for the religious right: conception does not occur at ejaculation. First he explains these rudimentary aspects of human reproduction; conservatives are extremely interested in reproduction and embarrassingly ignorant of it (kind of like how they are with the Constitution). Then he acknowledges the sad fact that this ignorance is militantly enforced and therefore knowledge is evil and unwelcome in conservative circles:

    But look, I get it. Those folks don’t trust me either. I do not share their belief that full human personhood begins at the moment of conception (and/or incorporation). And since I don’t share their belief about that, they’re not likely to listen to me when I try to explain that the instant of conception does not occur at the same instant as ejaculation — or even shortly thereafter.
    And therefore they’re not likely to trust me when I try to explain that the “morning after” acts is a contraceptive and not an “abortifacient” — that it is, in fact, almost certainly useless as an abortifacient.</blockquote?

  3. sarahbloch says:

    The more the bat shit crazy Right wing nuts get elected the more the moderates will realize they are doing America a disservice by even considering the GOP can come to the center.

    • mitchethekid says:

      And Limbaugh is freaked that if conservatives think they are making progress,then they won’t turn out to vote. He also said that any woman who uses birth control is ipso facto a slut.

      • Did it ever occur to Limbaugh that married woman also use birth control? What an idiot. I mean, he’s been married four times and has no children. Let’s see, what are the possibilities? 1) He’s inert. 2) He never had sex with his wives, which is possible, since at least one of them lived in a separate house on his property. 3) They used birth control.

        The other thing is, if these so-called sluts are using birth control because they are having sex and don’t want to become pregnant, then who the heck are they having sex with? If the woman are sluts, what are the men? Oh yeah, in Rush’ world they are studs to be looked up to. Only the woman are loose in such relationships.

      • meursault1942 says:

        Well, Limbaugh thinks that women have to take a birth control pill every time they have sex (no, Rush, you have to take a pill every time you have sex; women on the pill just take one a day regardless of sexual activity), so he, like pretty much all conservatives, it seems, is really, really confused about how all this sex stuff works. No wonder they so vehemently oppose sex ed: It would expose the depths of their ignorance.

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