The Face of the New Republican Party?

The Curmudgeon knows a lot of Republicans.  His father’s one, his brother’s one, several of his co-workers are Republicans, some of his friends are, and many of his neighbors are, too.  He knows them to be good people.

But the club of which they’re a member is changing, and sooner or later, they’re going to have to make a choice about where they choose to hang their political hats, because that old Republican Party, she ain’t what she used to be.

Consider, for example, the state of Oregon, where Republicans recently chose a new guy, Art Robinson, to head their state party.  As the magazine Mother Jones points out, Mr. Robinson has some, uh, unusual views.

His views on nuclear waste:

“All we need to do with nuclear waste is dilute it to a low radiation level and sprinkle it over the ocean – or even over America…”

Maybe he thinks that if all that radiation causes people to glow in the dark it’ll be easier to catch the bad guys when they try to hide from law enforcement.


“If we could use it to enhance our own drinking water here in Oregon, where background radiation is low, it would hormetically enhance our resistance to degenerative diseases.”


On public education:

“Public education (tax-financed socialism) has become the most widespread and devastating form of child abuse and racism in the United States.  Moreover, people who have been cut off at the knees by public education are so mentally handicapped that they cannot be responsible custodians of the energy technology base or other advanced accomplishments of our civilization.”

Damn, and we were already running short of responsible custodians of the energy technology base.

And the Daily Kos adds this gem:

“If all tax-financed schools in America closed tomorrow, and no other governmental action whatever were taken, within six months every child in America would have access to better educational opportunities provided by the free market–and every child who could not afford these opportunities would be educated without cost.”

Yes, because the private sector is always eager to knock on the doors of poor people and offer them very expensive services for no charge at all.

MSNBC reports one of Robinson’s interesting ideas about AIDS and homosexuality:

” …median age at death for homosexual men dying of AIDS is 39 years and… for homosexual men who do not die of AIDS is 42.  By comparison, the value for heterosexual married men is 75.  This is evidence in support of the hypothesis that AIDS may be little more than a general classification of deaths resulting from exposure to homosexual behavior.”


On government regulation, according to The Daily Kos:

“Every tax, regulation, law or other impediment that currently inhibits any energy-producing industry should immediately be abolished and no new such tax, law, or regulation should be created until the total flow of useful energy across the borders of the United States is strongly outward…Simultaneously, and for the same period of time, all local, state, and federal taxes should be waived for all persons employed in the energy industries, and these industries should operate with no government oversight whatsoever.”

Yeah, no need to bother those nuclear power plants with pesky regulations, right?

The Curmudgeon knows that most Republicans don’t share these views.  He wonders, though, when they’re going to have the courage to step forward and say so and take back their party.



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