While speaking today at the Iowa National Security Action Summit, Ben Carson warned that nefarious forces trying to bring about “fundamental change” are sparking racial strife throughout the country.
“You look at situations that occurred in Baltimore and some of our other cities and they tried to make those into racial issues,” Carson said. “But Baltimore has a black mayor, it has a black police commissioner, most of the police officers are members of minorities, so that’s not a racial issue.”
He blamed the recent strife in the city on agitators and “purveyors of discord,” saying that the city’s problems can be solved through a mix of tax breaks and deregulation.
Today at the Iowa National Security Action Summit, an event organized by right-wing conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson delivered a vague speech about how divisive political rhetoric is undermining the country’s security.
Naturally, when a member of the audience told Carson that there is a “strong anti-American spirit that is undermining everything that we stand for” within the Obama administration, Carson told him that he was “absolutely right.”
Carson said that even before President Obama took office, the U.S. government was turning against the American people and recommended that people read far-right author W. Cleon Skousen’s book “The Naked Communist.”
As Alexander Zaitchick notes, Skousen argued that a cabal of wealthy globalists bent on creating a one-world government has infiltrated the highest levels of the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
“This has been going on long before this administration, though, this has been going on for 30, 40, 50 years, it’s called the progressive agenda,” Carson said. “There’s a book called 'The Naked Communist ' by Cleon Skousen, it was written in 1958, and it goes through the agenda they have here to fundamentally change our country, and I recommend that book because you would think it was written last year. But I believe that this is well orchestrated and the thing that they need in order to finally achieve their goal is for people with common sense to keep their mouths shut. And that’s what we can’t do, we have to stand up for what we believe in.”
- Brendan James @ TPM: Judith Miller And James O'Keefe Discuss Ethics In Journalism.
- Media Matters: Limbaugh: The Civil Rights Movement Has Become "An Off-Shoot Of An Effort To Segregate People".
- Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Boehner would fail his own test of patriotism.
- Tom Boggioni @ Raw Story: Rick Santorum: Bruce Jenner can call himself a woman — but ‘obviously and biologically’ he’s not.
- Kyler Geoffroy @ Towleroad: RNC to Approve Resolution Reaffirming Support of Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Measures.
- Alan Colmes: Alex Jones: Jade Helm Purpose Is To Prepare Us For ‘Police State’.
- Audrey Russo warns that "Obama has been planting Muslims, here in the United States, since he came into office ... And when that planting blooms: It will be a harvest from Hell."
- Gary Bauer has some thoughts on the sorts of "gotcha questions" he wants to see Democratic presidential candidates have to face.
- Mat Staver says that "the push for transgender rights is all a part of the homosexual agenda to create sexual anarchy in order to destroy marriage, morality, and objective truth. This is not civil rights; this is the abolition of civil rights. It is the deconstruction of objective reality and natural law."
- Marjorie Dannenfelser is all in for Carly Fiorina.
- Mike Huckabee has written and signed his own "Pledge to the People."
- Finally, another reasonable column from David Lane: "Here in the United States, the Supreme Court looks to conform every vestige of American life and society to the worship of the golden calf of Secularism ... Another diabolical serpent is stalking the land. This is natural, of course, for freedom eternally faces a fundamental moral challenge. Why? It's part of God's unending order."
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, is outraged that Congress nearly approved a Defense Department spending bill that included a provision encouraging the military to allow undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children to enlist. Gohmert told talk radio host Greg Garrison today that provision, which was stripped from the bill in a narrow vote yesterday, would have been a “slap” at the U.S. district court judge in Texas who has placed a hold on President Obama’s executive actions deferring deportation for some undocumented immigrants.
Gohmert praised Judge Andrew Hanen, who is known as one of the most conservative federal judges in the country, for “singlehandedly stopping the illegal, unconstitutional amnesty,” and declared that it would have been “just totally inappropriate to slap him after he was being such a stand-up man for the Constitution.”
Can you imagine if you’re the U.S. district judge in the Southern District of Texas that’s single-handedly stopping the illegal, unconstitutional amnesty, and then you have the House of Representatives, not only with not enough guts to stop the illegal amnesty like they promised, but then turn around and slap the one judge that’s acting constitutionally? I mean, that would have been such an outrage, and I’m glad we were able to beat that back yesterday.
This was even more egregious because it was slapping in the face the one stand-up judge who stood against the illegal amnesty while Republicans in Congress were breaking their promise that we’d stop the illegal amnesty. Our leadership didn’t stand on their promises as they promised, but we had a judge that did the right thing by the Constitution, and it was just totally inappropriate to slap him after he was being such a stand-up man for the Constitution.
Family Research Council official Craig James guest-hosted the organization’s “Washington Watch” program yesterday, where he chatted with Texas conservative activist Jonathan Saenz about how an anti-gay bill failed in Texas legislature in part due to opposition from the Texas Association of Business.
James criticized the business group, claiming that the fight over the legislation “highlights how fearful business owners are of the blowback from the LGBT community and from folks who feel like we should be all tolerant and loving and accepting of everything.”
James, who works for one of the nation’s most virulently anti-LGBT groups, whose leaders (including James) have described gays rights as a tool of the Devil, defended Uganda’s kill-the-gays bill, called for an anti-gay revolution and urged the government to export gay people from the country, told Saenz that the LGBT community needs to show more civility or America will be lost.
“It’s the one-way street that is going to kill America,” James said. “This country has had a two-lane highway forever, both sides had the freedom to believe. Civility is gone. We’re haters if we think otherwise. What’s wrong with this country?”
Later in the program, a caller said that “we are being punished” by God because “the conservative ones of America have been silent for too long” and “part of that punishment is that we’ve been straddled in this country with a President Obama.”
His claim was met with hearty amens from James, who thanked the caller for his “great wisdom.” James warned that “the slippery slope is on right now and coming here in a few weeks, we’ll hear from the Supreme Court about the definition of marriage. If they try to redefine marriage and force that on all the states and all the people, that’s coming down the lane at us.”
Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Jonathan Saenz of the Religious Right group Texas Values criticized state lawmakers for failing to vote on a proposal that would have invalidated several LGBT nondiscrimination measures passed by cities throughout the state.
In particular, Saenz denounced the Texas Association of Business, which opposed the measures and said “they would devastate economic development, tourism and the convention business.”
Saenz said that the business lobby offered “absurd” reasons to “oppose religious freedom efforts,” adding that members would be “shocked” if they knew about the organization’s “extreme,” “far-left” leadership.
Laws against LGBT equality, Saenz said, “have helped Texas and have been a part of what makes Texas great. You see flocking from New York and California because of our business climate but it’s also a part of the values that we have. So this type of war on values from the Texas Association of Business within our state has got to end.”
Cathie Adams of the Texas Eagle Forum similarly told a Texas Values gathering last year that people are leaving states that “embrace homosexual marriage” for Texas. Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly has also claimed that “many Americans are dissenting with their feet” and moving to states that ban gay marriage.
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer called upon state legislatures to pass resolutions declaring that they will not abide by any Supreme Court ruling that legalizes gay marriage, warning that failure to do so would result in chaos, civil unrest, and violence.
Declaring that states "have every moral and legal right to ignore the federal government," Fischer said that such a step was necessary to save America from tyranny and social chaos.
"The Supreme Court can be slapped down through a deliberative and representative process," he said, "rather than through chaos and civil unrest which I and a lot of other pro-family leaders fear is the alternative. If the Supreme Court continues to overreach and they aren't checked, we are headed towards civil unrest, I don't think there is any other way around it. If it's not stopped and reversed, the tyrannical overreach of the Supreme Court, we are to have social dislocation and I believe we are going to have violence as a result. And that is simply because freedom is too deeply ingrained in the DNA of the American people to permit tyranny to continue unchecked forever":
Last month, Ohio Republican Rep. Bill Johnson stopped by “The Tom Roten Morning Show,” where he said that just as many did not grasp the Nazi threat in the run-up to World War II, the Obama administration is ignoring the dangers posed by terrorist groups today.
The congressman’s solution? Issuing a formal declaration of war against “the concept of terror.”
“The same thing is happening now when we are denying that we are at war with terror,” Johnson said. “If I were the president, I would be declaring war on terror. I’m talking about formally, having Congress do it. That is not declaring war on a nation but it is declaring war on the concept of terror.”
He also claimed that violent groups like ISIS which claim to represent Islam are the only true Muslims : “Islam has morphed over the last thousand years as it has tempered its violent tendencies. What we are seeing in ISIS is actually going all the way back 1,000 years to the ideology that Mohammad advocated. That’s the way they did things.”
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
Americans have a right to be worried: While President Obama is bringing in thousands of Muslim refugees who will impose Sharia law in Walmart stores, gay people are provoking God into punishing America through drought and famine. But don’t look to pot to calm you down, as it is simply a tool that Satan will use to devour you.
5) Benghazi Conspiracy Theories Never Die
While Jeb Bush has been confronted on the campaign trail about his brother’s disastrous legacy in the Middle East, conservative talk show host Laurie Roth knows who is really to blame for ISIS: President Obama. Roth writes in BarbWire that “Obama has been complicit in creating ISIS – ISIL by sending them (through Lybia [sic]) thousands of lethal and high-end weapons and money.”
“Not only did America, under Barack Obama’s leadership, weaponize the Islamic rebels, growing and creating ISIS and its offspring, but the weapons pathway and illegal activities lead [sic] to the murder of Ambassador Stevens and staff,” she said, adding that Obama appears to be “in full support of the Islamic caliphate and murderous genocide of Christians worldwide.”
Roth seems to conveniently ignore the thousands of airstrikes against ISIS forces carried out by a U.S.-led coalition, and also doesn’t realize that the right-wing conspiracy theory championed by Sen. Rand Paul and WorldNetDaily that the Obama administration was sending arms to terrorists via Libya has beencompletely discredited.
While Roth demanded that Rep. Trey Gowdy investigate the claim, a House GOP-led investigative report [PDF] found that “the CIA was not collecting and shipping arms from Libya to Syria” and that “eyewitness testimony and thousands of pages of CIA cables and emails that the Committee reviewed provide no support for this allegation.”
4) Obama’s Refugee Plot
Right-wing activists are increasingly outraged that some Iraqi and Syrian refugees have been resettled in the U.S. The U.S. has settled just over 600 refugees from the Syrian civil war, which caused over 4 million Syrians to leave the country. This week, one right-wing pundit described those 600 refugees as a Muslim “flood.”
One BarbWire columnist said that Obama is bringing in the refugees in order to create “pockets of potential jihad in America” and sow “a harvest from Hell,” while the editor of the Conservative Review wondered if the refugees will bring about “the death” of the American Republic and cause Jews to “flee” the country. One anti-immigrant activist, Ann Corcoran, warned that the administration is “ literally swapping out the people” of the U.S. by bringing in refugees who want “ to create an Islamic state throughout the world.”
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican candidate for president, offered his own take, insisting that the U.S. shouldn’t take any refugees who fled Iraq following the 2003 U.S. invasion since Americans “won the war.” Plus, Paul claimed, the refugees could increase the threat of terrorism and should be left in Iraq since they are “friends of the West” who should be left in the country to “form a better country over there.”
3) Walmart Sharia
Clearly, Muslim refugees have already brought Sharia law to the U.S., or at least, to Walmart stores.
Allen West, who since losing his House seat has become a Fox News contributor and the head of the National Center for Policy Analysis, wrote a just asking the question-style post on his personal blog this week entitled, “ Sharia law comes to Walmart?”
West reported that he was trying to purchase alcohol from a local Walmart when he noticed that the line he was in had a sign reading, “No alcohol products in this lane.” West saw that the “young man dong the checkout” in that line wore a name tag with what he determined was a Muslim name (“Let me just say it was NOT Steve.”) Aghast, West wanted readers to know that “this Muslim employee” was discriminating against him, making West a victim of Sharia law.
Of course, West was quickly forced to update his post with the response of a Walmart employee who noted that the sign was posted because “employees under 21 years old are prohibited from selling cigarettes and alcohol.”
Despite the fact that everything West stated — sorry, asked — in his post was wrong, he insisted that he still believes that Walmart might be “caving to Muslim demands” and re-titled the post, “More ominous signs of Christian persecution.” His (fake) case of (fake) persecution then led him to rant about the resettlement of Muslim refugees in the U.S., which he blamed on the fact that Obama is leading “the most anti-Christian executive branch in recent history.”
2) Blame the Gays
Religious Right radio host Rick Wiles thinks America is already experiencing divine punishment for its increasing support of gay rights, claiming that marriage equality is responsible for the drought in California and mass deaths of honeybees, piglets, chickens and turkeys. “America is in a state of rebellion against almighty God,” Wiles said this week, “and we wonder why the food supply is diminishing? God is cutting off America’s food supply.”
Wiles added that “it will get worse in the days ahead if the nation does not repent” by “shutting down the abortion clinics, all of them” and “abolishing same-sex marriage.”
One guest of his radio program, conservative activist Herb Titus, even said that gay people are turning Christians into their “slaves” and “will use legal force along with illegal force to get there way.”
1) Satan’s Plant
Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt is not pleased that voters in his state voted in 2012 to legalize marijuana, telling “Pray In Jesus Name” viewers this week that people who use pot are inviting “a demonic spirit of drunkenness” into their bodies.
“When you begin hallucinating, I’m told, and you begin seeing these images,” he said, “you’re having apparitions and you are seeing and interacting with and welcoming to rule your heart a demonic spirit of drunkenness. That’s not recreational. It’s evil.”
Klingenschmitt said that before using pot, one should ask oneself: “Do you really want to be devoured by the devil?”
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