The title of the book might appear contentious, but it really should not surprise anyone. This terminology is not my idea. I am fully aware that people who vote for the Republican Party are not by definition stupid. The term “Stupidparty” was catapulted into the public domain by Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, who not too long ago was being groomed as the modern face of the conservative movement. Jindal was giving the keynote address at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Charlotte Jan 24, 2013, where he said:
“We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults.”
I bet he wishes he could take those words back. The audience must have winced. They all knew that the intellectual integrity of the Republican Party was under attack—and here was this one-time rising star of the party crystalizing what was already on many people’s minds. As I illustrate in Chapter 1, many well-known prognosticators from across the political spectrum had long ago arrived at a similar conclusion.
And I saw, and behold a white horse. And he that sat on him had calculated that he would forever be a ruler and would set forth and conquer Myth with the use of Math.
And there went out another horse, that was red. And power was given to him that sat thereon to take Science to mankind, and that he must prevent raging winds, hell’s furnace, and plagues by allowing research to inoculate against witchcraft.
And I beheld, and lo a black horse. And he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. On one side sat facts and on the other untruths, and never again would the two be held equivalent.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse. And his name that sat on him was Knowledge, and Ignorance followed behind. And as the power of Math, Science, and Facts was given to Knowledge, so he trampled over Ignorance, and deep into the earth this conquered beast did disperse.
The following is an exact transcript of the part of his speech that deals with his actual economic plan:
First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.
Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.
Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.
Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.
And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America’s engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Today, women are more likely than men to start a business. They need a president who respects and understands what they do.
And let me make this very clear, unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class.
Sounds all good? Now hold on to your horses Mr. Romney……
So next time Stupidparty moans about non scandals such as Solyndra (a government investment that did not lead to profit), you might just want to ask why they do not appreciate the many ways they have profited from government investments or actions
· Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown 7 times more under Democratic presidents
· Corporate profits have grown over 16% more per year under Democratic presidents (they actually declined under Republicans by an average of 4.53%/year)
· Average annual compound return on the stock market has been 18 times greater under Democratic presidents (If you invested $100k for 40 years of Republican administrations you had $126k at the end, if you invested $100k for 40 years of Democrat administrations you had $3.9M at the end)
· Republican presidents added 2.5 times more to the national debt than Democratic presidents
· The two times the economy steered into the ditch (Great Depression and Great Recession) were during Republican, laissez faire administrations
Stupidparty people keep referring to reverse racism. By so raising this issue, they are rationalizing their racist feelings. This (dishonest) concern about reverse racism might be warranted in a balanced scenario where the Black population is as empowered as the White population and there had been no history of slavery, disenfranchisement, the KKK, voter suppression, profiling, and continued significant racism.
Obama had only introduced two new taxes, one for smokers and this Sun Tanning tax. The tax in question was initially proposed to deter Americans from frequenting tanning beds, which one study found causes roughly 170,000 cases of skin cancer each year.
Earlier this year, the FDA proposed a warning label requirement for all materials promoting tanning beds, and completely barring bed use by customers under 18. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.
“Many of those people involved in Adolf Hitler were Satanists. Many were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together.”
SP Presidential contender
On the other hand, when you grow up, you will discover that some of the people in this world never passed beyond the stage of the cave-man.
—Hendrik Willem van Loon, The Story of Mankind
A worker is at least 12 times less likely to be killed on the Job in Massachusetts compared to North Dakota. The book goes into a detailed analysis of the impact of SP Economic policies and the confusion and damage caused by an unnuanced interpretation of the concept of freedoms. The following two charts did not make the cut (i.e. make it into the book) as the Mathematical case had already been proven and I did not want to”belabor” the point. The chance of a workplace fatality in Massachusetts is 1.4 per 100,000 comparing to 17.7
in North Dakota or 4.8 in Texas.
death rates. Australia was 1.93. The average USA was 3.4 – obviously dragged down by the SP states. The UK number is about 0.5 per 100,000. So that North Dakota worker has an approximate x 35 greater chance of dying. (Bear in mind that if most people work for say 40 years, the chances of you dying as a result of your work are the above numbers x 40.)
Comparing poverty among different nations is quite complex, but however you slice the numbers (the World Bank, the CIA –take your pick), the USA ranking is quite pitiful, at around 39th (according the the CIA) but the ranking would be far worse if you only included the Red States. Stupidparty thinking simply stops at the closest boundary and if you mention a country like Norway then they reflexively yell “socialist.” What is wrong with poverty anyway? – moochers deserve poverty.
I guess Children deserve the same level of empathy, the same lack of introspection.
1) It’s not me, it’s them
The name stupidparty came from Jindal, and various other well-known prognosticators ran with it. It is an idea whose time has arrived.
2) Thoughts of the Founding Fathers
Lists some of the sillier things said by various leaders or supporters of the GOP.
3) The Disciples and being scared of your own shadow
Illustrates extensively what percentage of Stupidparty voters are not capable of critical thinking. Discusses belief in Evolution Internationally drilled down specific segments in the USA. Discusses who and why certain people are able to be so easily led astray. Explains how common sense can loses to non-sense.
4) The base, where they are strong and weak
Illustrates the reddest and bluest states and links to the importance of Religion. Explains why a properly functioning Democracy is a threat to the Stupidparty -links with race and gender. Explains why SP’s would like to, and indeed need to live in the past.
5) How is it working out for ya?
Poverty, Education and Quality of Life, Various benchmarks of health, plus divorce, laziness, porn – sometimes including International benchmarks drilled down to Red/Blue States
6) Stupidparty (SP) takes over the House
Discusses the inactivity, obstruction, and the sheer pointlessness of the present day Congress (House). Discusses and. Illustrates Gerrymandering – how, why and where. Explains why anyone concerned about Voter Fraud is wrong and how this confusion is used to undermine Democracy.
7) Consequences of being misled
Lists what happens when SP is unleashed, charts healthcare – international comparisons, drilling down to Blue State, Red State (Red/Blue) – dispatches numerous healthcare Myths (not specifically ACA related)
8) Who are the 47% moochers?
Illustrates which states need the Government most Red/Blue, Why 47% is actually closer to 5%, why SP supporters actually unwittingly love Government, quick lesson about spending cuts. Put the record straight regarding common misconceptions about the US Postal. Illustrates who has been responsible debt increases, provides brief lesson in orthodox economic theory and the role of Government in increasing Economic activity.
9) Jobs and the economy, is it so difficult?
Brief history lesson: tying in the great depression with the great recession. Discusses the SP economic plan, eviscerates every aspect of the Mitt Romney 5-7 point economic plan from 2012. Discusses the proposed Romney tax cuts and the probable impact of Ryan’s proposed austerity plan. Charts Income discrepancy, the trends and relates it to improved productivity. Compares how the US performs regarding various benefit benchmarks. Allows a fact checked Bill Clinton Speech from the 2012 convention to put various issues/Myths into perspective. Lists various comments made by SP Reps illustrating their infantile economic notions.
10) Do you get to have an opinion on the climate?
Illustrates that facts about climate change. Can Joe Barton be that stupid or is there another explanation. Now we start getting into the corrupting power of money.
11) Environmental stewardship = better capitalism
Factory Farming, Soil erosion, the High plains aquifer, start getting into Asset Stripping, and the longer term consequences for society – as the theme of money starts getting more traction (in the book), starts laying the groundwork for how rural workers and other members of the “struggling” class are being duped.
12) In the company of racism
Where it is most intense, demonstrable benchmarks of Racism, lists comments made by SP reps, reverse racism is discussed.
13) Confused about religion
International Comparisons linking Religion to poverty, and then drilling down to Red/Blue. Jesus Christ and how his agenda compares to SP voters. Joseph Smith as a prophet compared to Jesus. Discussion about Pat Robertson, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee and their divine notions. Michelle Bachman and doomsday. The Old Testament and its relevance to SP values.
14) “Freedoms” is Slavery
International incarceration rates, drilled down to Red/Blue. International life expectancy rates, drilled down to Red/Blue. List of misunderstood “freedoms”, of which we explore several in more detail. Freedom to be put to death in Red states. Freedom to lie us into a war, freedom to invent family values, the Bible is pro-choice, freedom to torture, torture children, torture livestock, enslave coal miners, freedom to rape, to tear up the Constitution and so on.
15) Guns and shooting yourself in the foot
International Gun ownership, Gun violence charts, drilled down to Red /Blue state comparisons. Rapes, safety, Red /Blue state comparisons. Eviscerates various gun lobby myths. Gun control farce, why Sandy Hook happened. American School shootings put into perspective. Comments made by SP reps. To figure out who is responsible, I drill down until we are down to nine individuals. By drilling down we see the answers and find out who is responsible.
16) The Benefactors are the Asset Strippers
What Asset strippers do. How do they get the power? International (money) compared to the US and the inferred impact on the democratic process. A day in the life of a UK politician. A day in the life of a US Congressman.
Where does the money come from? I illustrate how you can drill down to virtually any corner of the corrupting process. The super pacs broken down, How congressman secure extra financial support from the people they are regulating. The biggest individual donors. Comparing Soros to Adelson. Buying the Presidency. The Koch web. Is Palm Beach the best or worst place in America?
17) What sound does a Fox make?
Who is responsible for Fox being what it is, and why Murdoch cannot do much about it. Charts how the more you watch Fox, the less informed you get. Why Fox personalities are trapped by their own success. Strategies Fox uses to misinform. I explain why the mainstream media does not have a liberal bias.
18) False equivalency destroys reality
Provide various examples. Chart the numbers of lies by party and the relative seriousness of such lies.
19) The quest for Ignorance-based humor
Demonstrates that SP humor does not exist and then explains why.
20) Postpartum uplift or letdown?
After running for the highest office or after being President – what happens is instructive about the different parties.
21) Strutting the States for Silly Stupidparty Stratagems
Assortments of SP absurdities from the around the states.
22) How far down the rabbit hole have you been led?
Test that can be self-administered to check that you still live in a fact based universe
23) Time for the 33.3333% to stand up and be counted.
The closing argument, against an apocalyptic background, targeting those individuals who vote SP, but who should really know better.