It’s shaping up to be the most intensely divisive election in the young history of the United States. With the Republican party divided, and becoming more and more radicalized by the Tea Party, and Obama’s Democrats reeling from some tough-but-necessary compromises, the political landscape is the most explosive in recent memory.
The LGBT community already being used as a wedge. The Republican National Committee identified Obama’s action on gay rights as essential points in the 2012 election, Barbour supports reinstating DADT, and Trump has talked hypocritically about liking gays but not gay rights.
Michelle Bachman spoke just last month to her ultra-conservative base in Iowa, and she laid out what will likely be her strategy for winning the nomination in 2012: Remove the government from any decision making and let “the family” make their own decisions.
She boasts about her introduction of the Lightbulb Freedom of Choice Act:
I think Iowans are to be trusted in the choice of their own lightbulbs. They are really smart people! Or who can access the Internet or what our schools can teach. We don’t need them to give us the answers to those questions.
And while she is pro-choice when it comes to lightbulbs, she is equally passionate about the government giving gays answers to who they can and cannot love.
This weekend in Iowa, she also delivered a rousing right-wing speech deriding Planned Parenthood as the “LensCrafters of abortion,” and spoke harshly about marriage equality.
In 5,000 years of recorded human history… neither in the east or in the west… has any society ever defined marriage as anything other than between men and women.
Not one in 5000 years of recorded human history. That’s an astounding fact and it isn’t until the last 12 years or so that we have seen for the first time in recorded human history marriage defined as anything other than between men and between women.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump is gaining a ridiculous amount of media attention surrounding his unofficial presidential bid. It’s hard to know if he’s serious – this is the king of media manipulation after all – and yet us media types are having a field day with his oft-radical statements.
This time he’s saying that even if he does not get the Republican nomination he will run as an Independent – and win. We actually do hope he runs as an Independent, as this would further fracture the conservatives and galvanize the liberals to rally against complete right-wing takeover of all facets of public and private life.
Trump realizes this, saying, “The concern is that if I don’t win, will I run as an independent, and the answer is probably yes. That bothers me only from the standpoint that if I don’t win, we’re not going to get a Republican, and Obama gets re-elected.” Thankfully, we can surely rely on the Donald’s ego to prevent him from running, even if he is not sure to win as an Independent.
Between Gingrich (the lying and cheating husband), Bachman (the batty Tea Party darling), Trump (the miserly, egomaniacal billionaire), and Barbour (the Southern gentleman gay rights opponent) the Republicans are fielding a team that would make Charlie Sheen in Major League proud.
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