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Evil plot thwarted

[ 59 ] February 5, 2012 |

Via Outside the Beltway, A story about the resurgence of some of the more baroque aspects of Tea Party activism and local politics in the New York Times today. My favorite line:

In Maine, the Tea Party-backed Republican governor canceled a project to ease congestion along the Route 1 corridor after protesters complained it was part of the United Nations plot.

Those bastards! As far as I can make out, the fiendish plot can be characterized thusly:

1. Congestion along Route 1 in Maine reduced; consequently residents and visitors to the great state of Maine arriving at their destination slightly earlier than they otherwise would have arrived.

2. ???

3. Socialist UN one world government, Christianity banned, Sharia law and gay marriage mandatory, etc. etc.

The only thing I can’t quite work out about this plot is the precise details of stage two. Suggestions and theories welcome.

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  1. DrDick says:

    Can we now, finally, dispense with any pretense that the teabaggers are anything other than a bunch of batshit crazy, brain dead whackaloons?

    • Holden Pattern says:

      But according to very serious moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt, movement conservatives just balance the various categories of moral concerns more evenly than liberals, so their positions must be treated as they weren’t just batshit insane bigots.

      No seriously.

      • Ben says:

        I think Haidt’s work makes a lot of fundamental errors, and that he’s retarding progress in moral philosphy, political science and psychology (which is quite a feat).

        But your characterization of Haidt’s work is unfair.

        He’s talking about very broad categories of “conservative” and “liberal” which are more like social groups than political affiliations. Saying Haidt’s work excuses this type of batshit conservative belief is like saying he excuses crazy liberal beliefs like “The CIA invented crack and AIDS to destroy black and gay communities, respectively”.

        • Holden Pattern says:

          Well, maybe his work is more subtle than his public statements. Because in his interview he says things like: “Here’s a sign from a Tea Party Rally. Now let’s talk about how they’re not crazy.”

      • calling all toasters says:

        University of Chicago– ’nuff said.

    • The rail project cancellations, health care reform hatred, and support of whack-job know-nothing candidates wasn’t enough? You were waiting for this?

      • DrDick says:

        I gave up on them 30 years ago, but there are some people who keep trying to find some small shred of humanity there.

        • Ah, it was the disciplinary/parental “we”….

          Still, while the commentariat here may come around, the decentralized nature of the TP movement means that pundits still have the No True Scotsman and trolls the Tu Quoque Fringe arguments to bandy about.

  2. Fats Durston says:

    Typical liberal, not understanding that American traffic congestion is our primary defense against invading forces. It’s central to the resolution of the Red Dawn remake.

  3. Malaclypse says:

    You have deliberately ignored the obvious fact that Maine and New Hampshire are the only bastions of Freedom between Soviet Canuckistan and the Peoples Republik of Taxachusetts. Congestion on Route 1 is the only thing standing between Maine and Leninism.

  4. Davis X. Machina says:

    Did the article mention the UN-backed manatee threat to Florida?

  5. Ben says:

    That photo accompanying the article explains so much about American politics in an understated way. It’s sublime.

  6. LKS says:

    2. Forgot to take my loxapine this morning.

  7. Sev says:

    Welcome to US-Beck-istan.

  8. Clark says:

    Dale Gribble was right!

  9. This probably has something to do with the right-wing NAFTA superhighway conspiracy theory, but I’ve never seen a version of the theory that the superhighway runs through Maine.

  10. Jim Lynch says:

    “I was never one of those who thought Ike was a Red”. A funny line from a funny ‘made for TV’ movie, broadcast 30-some years ago.

    Nowadays, that line would be met with serious reflection by a significant percentage of today’s republican party. The GOP has gone around the bend, and it’s never coming back.

    • John says:

      Today’s Republican Party, I suspect, would not argue that Ike was a red. They’d just pretend he shared all their stupid views.

  11. Bart says:

    You have to remember that folks out here in the countryside are bombarded by Talk Radio from dawn ’til past dusk. It keeps them misinformed and fearful.

    The article mentions “Agenda 21 that was designed to encourage nations to use fewer resources and conserve open land by steering development to already dense areas.”

    This sounds like it could be called “The Atrios Agenda” for fitting more and more of us into cities.

    • BigHank53 says:

      There’s a smart growth initiative that is sponsored, in part, by the UN. Mostly it’s a clearinghouse so that municipalities get get solid information from other municipalities insyead of being sold a bill of goods by a developer, deluded traffic engineer, or suchlike. Since the stated goals include energy effeciency and walkability it is therefore obviuously one-world commies behind it. Also, flouridation.

  12. calling all toasters says:

    2. (Bill the Cat sounds)

  13. Jonathan says:

    That’s how morons express they’re fear of the influx of new residents into Southern Maine. Inside Maine there’s even talk of splitting the state in half.

  14. Tomk says:

    Rt 1 runs up the coast, which isn’t really part of Maine, and the congestion slows up the summer invasion. And it’s only congested in the summer, and really only inconveniences tourists. The billionaires that keep some of us employed fly in on their jets. LePage is more than a bit ridiculous, but no more so than the various corrupt governors we’ve had in recent decades. He’s just more out about it, which is sort of refreshing. I know some smart leftists who were having a very difficult time trying to work with the state bureaucracy in an effort to establish a group home for disabled adults that had a productive meeting with him and were pleasantly surprised.

    He is ignorant, and plays to his base, but he doesn’t seem to be corrupt financially (like most of the Democratic establishment in this state).

    • Spud says:

      So he is incompetently screwing over his constituents, only he isn’t personally profiting from it.

      Is that supposed to be a good thing?

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