“You will never find a more wretched hive of villainy and scum.”*

29 April, 2009

I remember back when I was young and innocent and I could actually be surprised.  Case in point:  The United States House of Representatives passed hate-crime legislation.   The bill is called the Matthew Shepard Bill, honouring the memory of the young man killed in Wyoming because he was gay.  No, that is not the part which should surprise me.  The hate-crimes legislation makes sense and is need.  The part that really should surprise me actually makes me feel physically ill.  Now for the nauseating part (from the Huffington Post):

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) has taken the rhetoric to a new level, claiming that those who say Matthew Shepard was murdered in Wyoming for being gay are perpetrating a “hoax” on the American people.

“I also would like to point out that there was a bill — the hate crimes bill that’s called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay. This — the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it’s really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills,” said Foxx.

A Foxx spokesman didn’t immediately return a call. The Matthew Shepard “hoax” notion is a popular meme on right-wing blogs.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is dedicated to reducing hate crimes.

The New York Times reported in 1998: “According to the local police and prosecutors, the two men lured Mr. Shepard out of a bar by saying they were gay. Then, the Laramie police say, the pair kidnapped Mr. Shepard, pistol-whipped him with a .357 Magnum, and left him tied to a ranch fence for 18 hours until a passing bicyclist spotted Mr. Shepard, who was unconscious.”

“She should be ashamed,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), himself a victim of a hate crime during the struggle for civil rights. “That is unreal, unbelievable. The law enforcement people and almost every reasonable person I know believes he was murdered because he was gay.”

That, in and of itself is abhorrent.  Her utter lack of honesty, though, does not surprise me (there was a time when it would have).  This, however, actually does: 

UPDATE: Glenn Thrush has it that his mother may have been in the gallery when Foxx aired her theory.

“Matthew Shepard’s mother was in the gallery yesterday and I believe she was back today — so I’m sorry she had to be around to hear it,” Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) told Thrush. “It’s an urban myth… And I’d tell her that man did land on the moon and the moon wasn’t made out of green cheese.”

Reading cases such as this, I can understand why Arlen Spectre left the Republican Party and why self-identifying Republicans are down to 21%.  The party of Abraham Lincoln has become the party of Bachmann, Limbaugh, Beck, Gingrich and Palin.  It has become the party of lies, distortions, incompetence, secessionists and radical dominionists.

The Republican Party has gone so far to the right even a center-right politician like Spectre is considered by the GOP base and their mouthpiece to be a flaming liberal and traitor to America.  And the only thing left in the GOP’s intellectual quiver is distortions and outright lies.  The Republican Party is the party of scum.

Actually, I take that back.  They’re sludge.  Scum, after all, floats.

*Star Wars, Episode III  IV:  A New Hope



  1. I’m in Wyoming right now, and while I wasn’t here then, it is still something that resonates deeply.

    Those bastards didn’t pull out their drugs/robbery story until they were being interviewed by a sympathetic journalist. The story is bullshit.

    That Foxx would say what she did sickens me.

  2. And to be pedantic, it should be “scum and villainy” and A New Hope is Episode IV. Sorry.

  3. Kate beat me to it. For shame, (((Billy)))! You’ll never make it above the rank of Padawan if you make schoolboy errors like that!

  4. Kate: One problem is, for a majority of America, it resonates one way. For a minority, it resonates another. For Foxx (what an apropriate name), it resonates in her lies.

    Kate and Yunshui: I was tired? I added the title last and was near the end of my intellectual abilities? I screwed up?

    No. No. It was those damn Democrat librul’s fault. Yeah, that’t the ticket!

  5. I think this sort of shit is making the possibility of a third party more and more likely. There are sensible, level headed Republicans. Will they fight for control of this thing or just walk away and make a new party? I can’t imagine they’d all pull a Specter, nor would we want that. We need competition in the political marketplace.

  6. Philly: Prediction for you. In the next five or so years, the “sensible, level headed Republicans” will walk away and form a third party, a rational conservative party (no idea what the name will be: how about the Rational Conservative Movement Party (no, RCMP is already taken (have to think more))). The extreme radicals who remain in the rump GOP (Bachmann, Limbaugh, Foxx, Beck, etc), including the radical religious right, the extreme gun nuts, the militia movement, etc., will then watch their party get 10% of the vote in state and national elections. Many will then gravitate to the new rational conservative party and spend the next 10 years taking it over until it is just as morally and intellectually bankrupt as the current Republican Party. Or am I just being too cynical?

  7. Well I think before that, some of the crazies will go to the new party. I doubt if we can have a moment when ALL the crazies are in one place.

    I agree that the crazies will go to wherever there’s power. That’s perhaps the other side of the coin of what the Barefoot Bum recently wrote about intellectuals going to whatever party has power.

  8. Definately. Once the whackaloons realize that they have no power, they will gravitate to a party which can get votes (most likely the one closest to their ideology) and then take it over.

  9. I think it should stay scum because that would account for Rush thinking he can walk on water.

  10. Tau: Well, fat does have a specific density less than water, so . . . .

  11. LMAO, ok so maybe Hannity, Beck and Savage ,etal can just stand on him.

  12. well hell , I know it wasn’t that funny but to comment on the OP I have to say that any member of the legislature that blatantly lies to the public should be just as publicly censured,and made to admit the mistake.

  13. But, Tau, they have one of the four major news networks which will claim she was telling the truth. Plus all those newsy talk radio guys. So, based on what her fellow GOPers have been doing, she can say just about anything she wants and, if anyone objects, just explain (in small words, of course) that Faux News didn’t object, so if other news sources object, that’s just because they are controlled by the evil libruls. Shit, I’ve gotten cynical.

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