When already confused, dull, and gullible and people become embittered and fully unhinged, the results can be devastating. A post at the perenially loopy websplotch Granite Grok contains the following complaint:
Washington – Just weeks after Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) cast her vote to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Pelosi made “no apologies” for her intention to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on family planning services to somehow “stimulate” the economy.
“Now we know what Carol Shea-Porter really meant on the campaign trail when she said she would protect the middle-class,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Carol Shea-Porter promised to protect New Hampshire’s middle-class values, but now her pick for Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, is trying to use taxpayer dollars to pass out birth control in what she calls an attempt to ‘stimulate the economy.'”
Nancy Pelosi’s defense of spending taxpayer dollars on contraception is just one egregious example of wasteful government spending included in the Democrats’ plan that ignores the needs of the middle class.
This is culled from a news release on the NRCC Web site, which actually issued the same form gripe to thirty-six separate congressional districts, with only difference between the being the identity of the representative who helped elect Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House. The NRCC’s wording essentially implies that each of these representatives not only knew in advance what Pelosi would say about contraception and the economy, but stands by her words.
The release also cites the Drudge Report in support of its claims, epistemically akin to a creationist quoting the Bible in order to refute evolution. It just as easily could have quoted Pelosi from a legitimate media outlet, such as the U.K. Telegraph:
“The family planning services reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs.
“One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.”
Pelosi has already been condemned for not specifying how expanding family planning services will benefit the economy, but far more questionable–though of much less relevance to the nation as a whole–is the title of the Granite Grok blog entry: “Stimulate the economy. Kill an unborn baby.” That’s right; preventing a pregnancy is no different than terminating one, and abortion is synonymous with infanticide. And to top things off, the Groksucker who wrote this post couldn’t resist comparing Pelosi to Hitler. What would these wingnuts do if lefty bloggers started equating, say, the incarceration of suspected terrorists with torturing them?
It’s hardly an extension of this blogger’s logic to suggest that masturbation is also infanticide, in which case each of the Groksters should be hauled off to jail every time one of them punches the “submit post” button in WordPress or whatever they use.
The merits of Pelosi’s statements are certainly debatable. But do people expect to be treated as at all credible when they let loose with this kind of undisguised crap?