Missives From Greater Wingnuttia

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Memo to Michael Speciale, Butch Conway, and Joe Arpaio: YOU ARE DUMB.

It's time for another expedition into the mind of Greater Wingnuttia, because let's face it, most of the serious policy positions you'll hear during tonight's GOP debate were ideas relegated to Greater Wingnuttia, talk radio, and websites like World Net Daily less than a decade ago. I believe these wingnuts are our future. They can't be taught well, yet somehow we still let them lead the way. IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS!

"I find it interesting how many liberals pretend that they are offended by this post, yet they have no problem with Obama destroying the very fabric of this nation. These same folks didn't appear fazed when some of the most vitriolic garbage was being spewed by their fellow liberals at President Bush! ” - North Carolina state rep Michael Speciale, thinking he has a point.

Speciale was defending his posting of a meme that somehow manages to fit like two paragraphs about Obama's Middle East policy into an ugly Internet picture that starts "Look, you Islamic son of a bitch". And yes, a lot of liberals talked a lot of shit about Obama's shuckfucker of a predecessor. but I'm pretty sure none of us didn't have to assign a different religion to him just so we could dislike him more. His professed shitty religion was good enough for us.

But more importantly, you don't get to judge your behavior against common everyday liberals on the Internet during the Bush years. You are a lawmaker, a member of the government. Sure, it's the North Carolina government. And sure, it's the shitty end of the bicameral stick. But even if, from a practical standpoint, you're a member of an organization that's about as esteemed as a bunch of car salesmen out to lunch at Cheesecake Factory, we still get to hold you to a standard higher than passing stupid wingnut bullshit around the Internet.

“It’s not about race. Those inciting riots and committing murders are simply criminals and do not represent the majority of Americans. They are domestic terrorists with an agenda. Their message is that police lives don’t matter, which sure sounds like a hate group to me." - Georgia sheriff and living stereotype Butch Conway, repeating stuff he heard on Fox News about Black Lives Matter.

For the record, a domestic terrorist without an agenda isn't a domestic terrorist, he's just a nutjob. The agenda is what makes it terrorism. Also, for the record, it's totally about race, because when a white Southern sheriff starts his tirade against uppity black people by telling us it's not about race, it's because the dynamic at hand is painfully obvious to everybody involved.

But if the whole "white lives matter" or "all lives matter" ignores the fact that society treats white lives as intrinsically more valuable than black ones, Conway's use of "police lives matter" ignores the fact that police officers are literally trained to treat their lives as more valuable than that of anyone else they encounter, and that's why they keep murdering unarmed people, and why most of those unarmed people are black. Police lives don't matter so much that they get to indiscriminately kill people to counter an imagined threat that they then lie about after the fact.

"I don’t think the majority of people from Mexico are rapists and murderers.” - Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, staking out a position slightly to the left of Donald Trump on immigration, which should have been impossible.

Arpaio also basically said Trump's vision of mass deportations was wildly impractical, so we are officially in Crazyworld. Either that, or Arpaio's overworked, desperate lawyers explained to him that he was doing an interview with Jorge Ramos, the Latino journalist that Donald Trump was famously incredibly racist to last month in yet another incident that somehow garnered him one more point or two in the polls.

Remember, just a few scant years ago, Arpaio represented the most extreme views on immigration in the country, giving Steven Seagal a small tank and running over the pets of Arizona's Latino community. And now he either thinks, or has decided it's a good idea to go on record as saying, that the current GOP frontrunner is too extreme and wrong on his immigration policy. Truly, it is a magical time.