Let's look at some of the findings, shall we?
Should Barack Obama be impeached? (for WHAT may I ask?!) 39% say yes, 32% say no, and 29% aren't really sure just yet. The man has only been in office a year, hasn't had one scandalous claim laid against him with any real merit (despite Orly Taitz's best efforts), but Republicans still want him out of office.
Do you believe Barack Obama was born in the United States? You can probably guess what these numbers look like. Yes - 42%, No - 36%, and Not Sure - 22%. So, upwards of 58% of all Republicans question Obama's citizenship. ... Still. Because, you know, they can't seem to work the Google.
Do you believe Barack Obama is a socialist? 63% Yes, 21% No, 16% aren't sure. OH MY GODS! THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO GIVE US ALL THE ABILITY TO GO TO A DOCTOR WITHOUT GOING BANKRUPT IN THE PROCESS! RUN FOR THE HILLS BEFORE HE TRIES TO LOWER OUR TAXES, EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN, AND REPAIR OUR INFRASTRUCTURE! AHHHHHHHHHH!
Do you believe Barack Obama wants the terrorists to win? 24% Yes, 43% No, 33% Not Sure. So...hmm...carry the 1... That means 57% of declared Republicans question whether or not our elected President is working for our interests, or the interests of terrorist groups. That means 57% of Republicans either firmly believe, or are on the fence about, Obama might be just waiting for the perfect opportunity to hand over the White House door key to Osama bin Laden. FIFTY-SEVEN PERCENT!
Do you believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be the President than Barack Obama? I love this. 53% Yes, 14% No, and 33% Not Sure. 86% of Republicans think that, despite the fact that she quite her job as governor of Alaska, despite her endless stream of ethics violation lawsuits, despite her utter lack of knowledge of our world's political climate, despite her floccinaucinihilipilification (love that word) of enough leadership ability needed to be in charge of a bake sale... Despite all this, REPUBLICANS STILL WANT SARAH PALIN IN THE WHITE HOUSE! I weep for the future of the Republican Party.
And, just because I am who I am... The poll asked a series of questions about giving gay people rights ranging from serving openly in the military to marriage to receiving federal benefits of any kind and even whether they should be allowed to teach children in public schools. The overwhelming majority (55%, 77%, 68%, and 73% respectively) of Republicans have absolutely no desire to give any sort of equality to gay men and women. At all. Ever. Under any circumstances. They believe we're a threat to our military (and, consequently, national security), our morality, and our children. Our children... I wonder what Republicans would think if asked whether a gay man should be allowed to supervise children in a detention facility. But, I can already guess the answer to that.
I won't bore you with a breakdown of the rest of the questions' results, but I will tell you the following:
The majority of Republicans believe sex education should not be taught in schools at all. (Because that's working so well right now.) 77% of them believe Genesis should be taught as fact in all public schools, because that's how their god created the whole friggin world. 24% of them were either against or on the fence as to whether women should be equal to a man in a marriage relationship. The majority of Republicans believe contraceptives should be outlawed, because we have plenty of resources to continue letting billions of people make trillions of babies. 76% believe abortion is murder. 91% support the death penalty. And, best of all...
67% of all Republicans think you're going to Hell unless you confess all your sins to a possibly fictitious, probably allegorical guy who supposedly died 2000 years ago - though we can't be sure - and that other faiths are fake.
Oh FundieRepublicans... How I love thee... You make political blogging so very easy.
On a real note though, I am so worried about these numbers. I truly am. These have gone up in the past few months, and I can't help but think that it's due in large part to these fear campaigns that Republicans are on. I spoke before about how the left and right are running full-sprint away from the middle. Republicans and Democrats seem to be losing touch with one another, and, as such, the American people are suffering. Nobody knows who to believe anymore, because we've turned into a macrocosmic playground in which everyone is trying to bull one over on everyone else by saying how our dad can beat up your dad... We're right and you're wrong, and that's just the way it is. No, there's no good reason for it, but we've got to be right, because the alternative cannot be right.
Most people are moderate. That's how the bell curve works. The majority of people typically sit close to the middle on issues, but the way the media, politicians, blogs, and other news outlets are trying to spin it, you'd think everyone was huddled up into red or blue tent cities with miles of distance between them and the opposition. I don't believe it for a second.
If you're a Republican, let me know what you think about these issues. I want to hear from you! If you're not a Republican, I also want to hear from you! Email your thoughts to IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com, or leave a comment below, and tell me where you sit on the issues.
Love and Lyte,