Saturday, June 15, 2013

Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference: Most Bizarre Statements

Elizabeth Flock of US News compiled the most bizarre statements from speakers on Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual conference, including Gov. Jeb Bush's (R-FL, shown left) comment, "Immigrants are more fertile." The speakers tried to motivate social conservatives to become active in upcoming elections at the Washington, DC, conference, entitled, "Road To Majority." Judge for yourself whether the following statements will appeal to the majority in a changing America:

• "We gotta put some salsa sauce on the Republican party." – Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, calling for more Latino outreach by the Republican party. He also encouraged delegates to "just reach out and grab that brown hand."
• "Immigrants are more fertile." – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, making the case for immigration reform
• "College campuses are indoctrination camps for the abortion industry." – Kate Obenshein, vice president of Young America's Foundation, in a panel on advancing the pro-life movement. She also called Planned Parenthood "barbarians."
• "We are at a tipping point the likes of which we have never seen in civilization." – Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., on government spending.
• "[Allen West] is a real American ... We should really take something from his gene pool and put it everywhere across this great country." – actor and conservative speaker John Ratzenberger, best known as "Cliff" from the TV show "Cheers," introducing West to the convention crowd.
• "We lost because Obama won crushing, lopsided majorities among Americans who are single, poor, irreligious ... There are people who are all three." – Michael Medved, conservative radio talk show host, on why Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election.


labman57 said...

The Faith and Freedom Conference has much in common with CPAC -- both exempliy everything that has gone wrong within the Republican Party, as these annual gatherings are essentially full-fledged political circuses ... complete with a multitude of bombastic clowns and an abundant supply of elephant poop.

Furthermore, these covens of right wing reactionaries and self-righteous Christian social regressives provide a vehicle for conservative extremists and tea party lunatics to engage in "Stuart Smalley-esque" affirmation-fests ... as well as present banal, snarky speeches laden with rehashed Bush-era talking points, theocracy-promoting rhetoric, petty insults, and a healthy dose of misogynistic and racist innuendo.

I would have loved to have been the guy who ran the tin foil concession stands at CPAC and the FCC. Would have made a small fortune in sales.

Jeff Tone said...

Excellent, Labman! I couldn't have put it better–right down to your hilarious ending!