Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cue The Banjos

A new Research 2000/DailyKos poll shows what I've suspected all along: Republicans are living in an alternate universe that only occasionally intersects with consensual reality. Kos, in the course of writing his new book, polled self-identified Republicans to check common assertions about Republicans. The results, also summarized by New York Magazine, are alarming:
10: Thirty-six percent don't believe Obama was born in the United States, and 22 percent aren't sure. This would be more alarming if we weren't numb to this stat by now.

9: Only 36 percent say that Obama doesn't hate white people. Chris Matthews might want to rethink that thing about our post-racial society.

8: Only 7 percent support same-sex marriage. Not surprising, but still disappointing.

7: Sixty-eight percent don't think gay couples should receive any state or federal benefits, while 21 percent are not sure. This is more surprising — it's not even marriage, just benefits. And not even every benefit, necessarily, just some.

6: Thirty-nine percent believe Obama should be impeached. For what, exactly?

5: Twenty-three percent want their state to secede from the union. The number rises to 33 percent in the South. Good luck on your own, Alabama!

4: Twenty-four percent claim that Obama "wants the terrorists to win," while 33 percent are not sure. Really?

3: Only 24 percent say they definitely don't believe that ACORN stole the election.
2: Thirty-one percent think contraception should be outlawed.

1: An astounding 73 percent believe that openly gay men or women should be prohibited from teaching in public schools, and 19 percent aren't sure.
What planet are these people living on? How can we govern a country when so many of its citizens hold such profoundly radical and false ideas? How can a democracy survive, much less flourish, when the populace is so divided, and so much of the citizenry is so ignorant and deceived? There's no compromising possible, as President Obama remarked last Friday, when the opposition thinks that you're devils out to destroy the country. And they say we're crazy?!

I'm just about ready to accept the idea that the South just goes away to form Dumbfuckistan, and leaves the rest of us the hell alone, but I kinda like Miami. Oh well, we'd still have Hawaii.

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