On his Friday radio broadcast, Bryan Fischer said that conservatives need to keep talking about impeaching President Obama over his executve action on immigration in order to bring about the "social change" necessary to make it acceptable, just like gay activists did with the issue of homosexuality.
"I'll give you a perverse example," Fischer said. "The homosexual lobby, they said we want to overhaul straight America. We want to turn them into thinking this is not aberrant sexual deviant behavior. We want them to think this is wonderful. How do we do that? Well, number one, we just use the word 'homosexual' over and over and over again. We just keep talking about homosexual, homosexual, homosexual, homosexual. We get people accustomed to it. We get them used to it, so we get past the shock factor of what the word homosexual actually means. They say don't let them think about what homosexuals actually do, that will gross them out, just use the word homosexual over and over and over again and eventually people will get used to it. It will become normal, it will become part of kind of the lingo."
"Well that's exactly, I believe, in a positive sense, what we need to do with impeachment," he said. "Let's just keep talking about impeachment all the time. Let's make it a normal part of the political discourse to consider impeachment":
- Ken Dilanian @ The Big Story: House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories.
- Nathalie Baptiste @ The American Prospect: Congresswoman-Elect Mia Love: Personification of GOP Hypocrisy on Immigration.
- Don Terry @ Intelligence Report: ‘Warrior for God.’
- Emily Arrowood @ Media Matters: Now Fox & Friends Is Upset That Obama Is Quoting Scripture.
- Josh Harkinson @ Mother Jones: 4 Stupid Conservative Arguments Against Net Neutrality, Debunked.
- Jeremy Hooper: One of America's most anti-gay organizations rallies for the Duggars; because of course they would.
- "Coach" Dave Daubenmire warns that "Common Core will lead to an pandemic of Spiritual Ebola."
- Alan Keyes says that "if war comes, it must be because Barack Obama and the elitist faction forces that created him foment it, by attempting to enforce his blatantly unconstitutional edicts."
- Ben Carson is feeling God's finger pushing him to run for president.
- Lee Duigon asserts that the government under "President Barack Hussein Ebola, who looks black, this most racist presidential administration in U.S. history, has poisoned race relations."
- For some reason, Glenn Beck has posted a video message from himself to the people of Ferguson, Missouri, on his Facebook page.
Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza spoke with Newsmax host Steve Malzberg today about how Republicans in Congress should respond to President Obama’s executive action on immigration. As D’Souza cogently explained, the GOP should treat him like a spoiled baby who needs a good spanking.
D’Souza called Obama an “extremely spoiled brat” who has “been a spoiled brat since he was two,” insisting that the president is acting like a misbehaved infant who wants to “see whether you spank him or not.”
“And the big question is, will the Republicans now do what is needed and spank him?” D’Souza asked.
D’Souza said that the GOP should organize a rally of immigrants who opposed Obama’s plans, noting that he wouldn’t be able to attend such a rally since he is under travel restrictions after pleading guilty to violating campaign finance laws.
Obama, D’Souza said, doesn’t care for patriotic immigrants like D’Souza and instead wants immigrants who share his supposed contempt for America: “The key issue has never been immigration or non-immigration but what kind of immigrants we want in this country and whether they come legally or illegally. We want immigrants who will pull the bandwagon; he wants immigrants who will sit in the bandwagon. We want immigrants who embody the spirit of 1776; he wants immigrants who embody the envious, covetous spirit of 1968. So we’re fighting over whether we want productive immigrants or unproductive people like Obama himself.”
Five Of The Craziest Conservative Reactions To Obama's Immigration Action: Impeachment, Race War & Rebellion
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
In this special edition of Paranoia-Rama, we look at five of the most incendiary and unhinged responses from our friends on the Radical Right to President Obama’s announcement that he would grant temporary deportation relief to some unauthorized immigrants and his speech last night laying out his plan.
Many conservative leaders and GOP politicians have apparently missed the memo that impeachment is a Democratic myth: Activists including Allen West, Tony Perkins, Phyllis Schlafly and Sandy Rios are now using the news of the executive action as an opportunity to call for Obama’s impeachment.
Others are going one step farther and calling for Obama’s arrest. Anti-immigrant activist William Gheen urged county sheriffs to apprehend the president, while talk radio show host Rick Wiles said he dreams of a Marine raid of the White House. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, floated the “I-word” and his Republican colleague from Alabama, Mo Brooks, said that Obama’s actions not only warrant impeachment but also a five-year term in prison.
Oath Keepers’ Stewart Rhodes spoke in more menacing terms: “If they don’t impeach him for this, then they will lose all credibility, and throw us into a TRUE constitutional crisis, because they will have failed to do their jobs, leaving the people with the necessity of pursuing ‘other options’ to stop him.”
Conservative strategist Richard Viguerie predicted that the executive action would “ignite” a “civil war” and Schlafly likened Obama’s announcement to the attack on Fort Sumter which triggered the Civil War, while Glenn Beck, making one of his trademark prophetic predictions, feared that the move could launch a race war.
Sen. Tom Coburn, Rep. Mike Kelly and Rep. Louie Gohmert have similarly warned that the executive action will tear apart the country and lead to violence. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the immigration adviser behind Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation” plan, even spoke with a radio show caller about the prospect of whites facing “ethnic cleansing” in the U.S. if Latinos become a majority.
Michael Peroutka, a Maryland GOP elected official and Religious Right activist, warned that Obama’s announcement was “an act of treason and further proof that he “is seeking to destroy America.” Committed governors and county executives, Peroutka explained, “should resist this in every way they can” by sending a message to Obama that they are “not abiding by it, we are still going to either incarcerate or seek to remove and deport those who are here illegally.”
Gheen also urged his Americans for Legal Immigration supporters to resist the new immigration policy, saying that “Americans loyal to our Republic, flag, and the Constitution” are “required to rebel en mass [sic] against any enemy foreign or domestic that attempts to destroy our nation from within as Obama is attempting to do by decreeing amnesty for millions of illegals!”
He told his group’s members that they must resist using any means necessary: “The American public, media, and lawmakers, must rise up and stop Obama by any means necessary otherwise America descends into a form of oligarchy and dictatorship that destroys our freedoms and way of life that every American soldier and taxpayer has sacrificed to sustain.”
4. Election Rigging!
The executive action doesn’t grant U.S. citizenship to the people who qualify for deferred action, or deportation relief, but that hasn’t stopped conservatives from alleging that the immigration action is an elaborate ploy to increase the number of Democratic voters.
Gheen warned that there is a plot to replace “the current stock of Americans, throw us out of our jobs, homes and elections, and replace us with a population that I guess is more agreeable to their political agendas or worldview” and Kobach alleged that Democrats have a “long-term strategy of replacing American voters with illegal aliens recently legalized aliens,” resulting in “a locked-in vote for socialism.”
One Heritage Foundation senior fellow said Latino voters largely “support Big Government” and “think of the government as being a benevolent dispenser of goodies,” and therefore Obama knows that they will help his plan to undermine American freedom and “create a people that like and look upon government as benevolent and a provider.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who last year made a blatantly false claim that Obama gave Dreamers voting rights, accused the president of trying “to flood our nation with millions of new sure-thing Democrat voters.”
5. Third World Invasion!
Linked to the theme that Obama is “replacing” freedom-minded Americans with government-loving Latinos is the right-wing talking point employed by the likes of Schlafly and Pat Buchanan that immigration reform is part of the president’s plan to turn the U.S. into a “Third World” country.
“He’s about providing a current and constant underclass, a permanent underclass for the Democrat [sic] Party, this thing last night was about many things, one of them one-party rule,” Rush Limbaugh said, before launching into a tirade about how Obama will “open the flood gates to the Third World” to punish America.
“Obama’s filled with rage, he doesn’t like certain aspects of this country and he’s taking advantage of the power he’s got to do whatever he can to change it and it’s almost a punishment,” he said. “It’s not as though he has a different utopian vision of America, I don’t think that Obama thinks America as a Third World country is an improvement, I don’t think that. I think he thinks we need to become a Third World country because in his mind we’ve created Third World countries, we have kept people in Third World countries, we’ve stolen from people in Third World countries so it’s about time we paid our due.”
The Texas State Board of Education approved several dozen social studies textbooks after a contentious battle over their treatment of subjects including climate change, the role of slavery in the Civil War, Islam, and biblical influence in America’s founding. One major publisher, however, withdrew a book from consideration, saying that it was unable to meet all the standards set by the school board.
The Texas Freedom Network, which live-blogged today’s vote, said that much problematic material had been removed from the proposed textbooks, including climate denial and “offensive cartoons comparing beneficiaries of affirmative action to space aliens,” but that references to Moses as an influence on the Constitution and the Old Testament as the root of democracy remained. But TFN notes that publishers posted a number of last-minute changes to the textbooks yesterday, leaving board members and observers without time to figure out exactly what was in the approved texts:
The Texas Education Agency posted scores of pages of publisher comments and textbook revisions after the last public hearing on Tuesday. Miller said scholars did not have an opportunity to review and comment on the numerous changes publishers have submitted since the last public hearing on Tuesday. Some of those changes appeared to have been negotiated with state board members behind closed doors.
During a months-long process, publishers made a number of improvements to their textbooks. Those improvements included removing inaccurate information promoting climate change denialism; deleting offensive cartoons comparing beneficiaries of affirmative action to space aliens; making clearer that slavery was the primary cause of the Civil War; and revising passages that had promoted unfair negative stereotypes of Muslims. Scholars and the general public had ample opportunity to review and comment on those revisions.
However, the new textbooks also include passages that suggest Moses influenced the writing of the Constitution and that the roots of democracy can be found in the Old Testament. Scholars from across the country have said such claims are inaccurate and mislead students about the historical record.
The textbooks were approved despite a last-minute attempt by Truth in Texas Textbooks, a group with ties to the anti-Muslim organization ACT! for America, to remove accurate information about Islam, reduce coverage of civil rights (which it found to promote unsavory “racial politics”), and insert information about Young Earth Creationism sourced to the conservative website Conservapedia. [TFN’s summary of Truth In Texas Textbooks’ complains is in this pdf.]
The Texas Tribune adds that the group’s last-minute request also included downplaying the environmental impact of coal mining and noting in a chapter about colonization that Native Americans already discriminated against and oppressed each other:
The Truth in Texas Textbooks Coalition, all but unheard from for months while new social studies textbooks and instructional materials were being vetted, submitted a 469-page report in late October identifying more than 1,500 “factual errors, omission of facts, half-truths and agenda biases” in proposed materials.
Among its objections: A passage on coal mining should say it has “minimal effect on the environment"; a chapter on Spanish colonization of Latin America should point out the “continuous discrimination and oppression practiced by the native American peoples on each other”; and a statement that Shariah law requires religious tolerance of non-Muslims should be removed.
The group was formed by retired Lt. Col. Roy White, a Tea Party activist who also leads the Bexar County Chapter of ACT! for America, an organization dedicated to fighting extremist Islam. Its founder, Brigitte Gabriel, is known for her views that Muslims in the United States pose a danger to national security.
TFN tells us that it appears that Truth in Texas Textbooks did not succeed in getting any "substantive changes" into the books.
Last week, Glenn Beck hosted an hour-long, commercial-free television special during which he discussed the myriad health problems he had faced in recent years, with the big takeaway being that he has decided to shift the focus of his company toward telling stories in an effort to change the culture.
To that end, Beck's company has announced that it is producing on a family program called "History House" and a scripted drama about Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, as well a film about a warrior Santa tasked with protecting Jesus Christ and another super-secret Spanish-language film called "The Revolutionary" that will also apparently be about Jesus.
In order to fund all of these projects, Beck is selling t-shirts and various pieces of artwork, as well as tickets to a "Keys to the Kingdom" event where, for $5000, attendees will get to spend an entire day at Beck's studio where they will have an opportunity to look behind the scenes at all of the projects that Beck has in the works.
Beck spent the last segment of his radio broadcast promoting these fundraising efforts along with Ben McPherson, whom Beck has hired to bring all of his visions to life, and the two explained that the fundamental purpose behind every project they do is to turn Beck and his The Blaze network into the Walt Disney of Jesus stories.
"I'm modeling everything on Disney," Beck said, explaining that his network was built in order to have a platform from which to spread his vision and stories, all of which are going to be about Jesus in one way or another. "We are driven by telling the story of Christ in every way we possibly can."
"It shouldn't be overt," McPherson added, "but it should always point to him in some way."
"You will always see in everything that we do, there will always be something that you go 'oh my gosh, look at that, I wonder if they knew [that was a reference to Jesus]?'" Beck said. "Yes. Yes we did. Yes we did."
In an interview on Newsmax TV today, Rick Santorum argued that Obama’s actions on deportation relief represent “something that we’ve never dealt with in American history” — despite the fact that several recent GOP presidents also used executive action on immigration.
“The president has acted like a tyrant and he has acted against the Constitution and he has thrown the Republicans and he has thrown the country a curveball, we’ve never dealt with anything like this before,” Santorum said. “That has to be not just backing Republicans in a corner, it’s backing Americans in a corner of a president who thinks he is above the law and above the Constitution.”
Tony Perkins, back from the interfaith conference at the Vatican which he attended along with American anti-gay religious leaders including Rick Warren and Russell Moore, gave an interview reflecting on the experience to the National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez yesterday.
The Family Research Council president told Lopez that at the conference, “Apart from the pope, almost all of the standing ovations were received by American evangelicals.” When Lopez pressed him on whether the Religious Right should soften its stance on gay rights and marriage equality in order to build a movement going forward, Perkins disagreed.
“It is not that religious groups or groups in society are excluding particular individuals” from marriage, Perkins said, “it is that those who reject such complementarity [between men and women] are essentially excluding themselves from this divine and natural reality.”
He added that it's not insulting to imply that homosexuality is "unnatural" because "when it comes to marriage it is contrary to nature.”
Q: It seems difficult if not near impossible these days to talk about men and women and marriage without sounding like you’re excluding those who are attracted to the same sex. Is it in fact an impossible task?
A: I believe this is why the focus of the colloquium was on “The Complementarity of Man and Woman.” It is not that religious groups or groups in society are excluding particular individuals; it is that those who reject such complementarity are essentially excluding themselves from this divine and natural reality.
Q: When you talk about a natural order, isn’t there a danger of making it seem some are unnatural? That could seem the case with those with same-sex attraction and those who are not married.
A: When it comes to marriage it is contrary to nature.
Q: It still escapes a lot of people why same-sex marriage is a threat to any man and woman’s marriage or marriage itself. If marriage and family are in crisis, why not open it up to more?
A: The crisis in marriage has grown in proportion to the degree to which society has allowed it to deviate from what it was designed to be, a life-long monogamous relationship between one man and one woman.
Pat Buchanan used his syndicated column today to rail against “Caesar Obama,” warning that the president’s executive action on immigration is reminiscent of King George III’s abuses “which sparked the American Revolution.”
After making the patently absurd claim that the U.S. had few racial divisions until recently, Buchanan writes that Obama has “accelerated and ensured the remaking of America” in keeping with his role as a “community organizer [who] did not much like that old America.”
Latino immigration, Buchanan writes, will turn America into “the Third World country of Obama’s dream, no more a Western nation.”
Our rogue president has crossed an historic line, and so has the republic. Future presidents will cite the “Obama precedent” when they declare they will henceforth not enforce this or that law, because of a prior commitment to some noisy constituency.
We have just taken a monumental step away from republicanism toward Caesarism. For this is rule by diktat, the rejection of which sparked the American Revolution.
If this amnesty is followed by a new invasion across the border America cannot control, that, too, will be Obama’s gift to his countrymen.
One wonders. Will poor and working class blacks and whites, Hispanics and Asians, welcome this unleashed competition from the amnestied illegals, for jobs where the wages never seem to rise?
In the four decades before JFK, the nation had a pause in legal immigration. During that pause, the Germans, Irish, Italians, Jews, Poles, Greeks and Slav immigrants who had come in from 1890-1920, and their children and grandchildren, were fully assimilated. They had become not only U.S. citizens, but also identifiably American.
The Melting Pot had worked. We had become one nation and one people, almost all speaking the same language, and steeped in the same history, heroes, culture, literature and faiths.
Today, in 2014, after an influx of perhaps 50 million in 50 years, legal and illegal, no longer from Northwest Europe, or Europe at all, but Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, of every race, color, creed, culture and language, we seem less a nation than some mammoth Mall of America. An economy, but not a country.
Running in 2008, Obama said he intended to become a “transformational president.” With this decision, he succeeds.
He has accelerated and ensured the remaking of America. Now when the wives and children of the illegals arrive, and their extended families apply for and receive visas, and bring their wives and children, we will become the Third World country of Obama’s dream, no more a Western nation.
But then, the community organizer did not much like that old America.
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