Rush Limbaugh, the titular head of the Republican Party, has brought the Far Reich’s “love it or leave it” trope to new heights, calling on a New York Times reporter to off himself if he has a problem with global pollution issues. Here’s Limbaugh’s recent radio statement to Andy Revkin of the New York Times:
This guy from The New York Times, if he really thinks that humanity is destroying the planet, humanity is destroying the climate, that human beings in their natural existence are going to cause the extinction of life on Earth — Andrew Revkin. Mr Revkin, why don’t you just go kill yourself and help the planet by dying?
Limbaugh also likened Revkin to a jihadi.
But it’s not like Limbaugh is out of sync with his party. Here’s what Republican Daryl Metcalfe, a Pennsylvania congressman in high wack-job mode, hysterically said this week about coordinated global pollution control measures:
Any veteran lending their name, to promote the leftist propaganda of global warming and climate change, in an effort to control more of the wealth created in our economy, through cap and tax type policies, all in the name of national security, is a traitor to the oath he or she took to defend the Constitution of our great nation! Remember Benedict Arnold before giving credibility to a veteran who uses their service as a means to promote a leftist agenda. Drill Baby Drill!!!
There’s a good reason (barring a huge terrorist attack or a collapse of the economy) that Republicans will be out of power for some years. The current public faces of the Republican Party are, frankly, unhinged.
And here’s Pat Buchanan on what now appears to be the next authoritarian right wing trend that is likely to attract greater public attention (and subsequent association with the Republican Party):
In the brief age of Obama, we have had “truthers,” “birthers,” tea party activists and town-hall dissenters. Comes now, the “Oath Keepers.” And who might they be? Writes Alan Maimon in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oath Keepers, depending on where one stands, are “either strident defenders of liberty or dangerous peddlers of paranoia.” Formed in March, they are ex-military and police who repledge themselves to defend the Constitution, even if it means disobeying orders.
Andrew Sullivan wonders whether, at this rate of nuttiness, Republican Party identification (now at 20% of Americans) actually represents a new floor—or a new ceiling.