This presidential campaign cycle has already established itself as noteworthy for exposing the insanely extremist, racist, ill-informed attitudes now prevalent within the Republican Party. Although code words are still used in abundance as they were in the past (welfare=blacks, elites=liberals, values= white Christian values), today’s Republicans are not too shy (or sensible enough) to hide their true beliefs under a bushel basket.
Here is a collection of just a few of the more notable and notorious quotes from Republicans during our current race for the White House. And it ain’t over yet, folks.
"We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country. We will never have the elite, smart people on our side."
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare (pregnancy caused by rape). If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.)
Knowledge-Based Education - We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."
From the Texas Republican 2012 platform
"Corporations are people, my friend…of course they are.”
“I’m not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net there, if we need to repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of
America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who are struggling, and I’ll continue to take that message across the country.”
“Juarez (Mexico) is reported to be the most dangerous city in America.”
“Let Detroit go bankrupt.”
“Don’t try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.”
“Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that.”
“I don’t care what the unemployment rate’s going to be. Doesn’t matter to me. My campaign doesn’t hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates.”
“I don’t care what fact check says. The President’s apologizing for the American position. That’s the apology tour.”
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
“The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.”