February 20, 2010

Idiot of the Week (CPAC Edition): Dick Armey

Armey.jpgThis seemed like a particularly busy week for idiots. Christian extremist pastor Wiley Drake was back in the news, this time for lifting his request for imprecatory prayers for the death of President Obama. It seems that Wiley has decided that he wants Obama to live long enough to stand trial for treason. As a reminder for my Christian readers, Drake is NOT a fringe figure.

We've also got a group called "Concerned Citizens of Gainesville" engaging in one of the nastiest smear campaigns I've heard of against an openly gay candidate for mayor of Gainesville, FL. And of course, there's always "actor" Stephen Baldwin. But in a week when Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held, one need not look too hard for award-wining idiocy.

I do not consider all conservatives to be idiots. Some of them have good ideas that could improve our modern political scene. However, the CPAC crowd represents the far-right of the far-right, and one can find countless examples of idiocy on display without looking too hard.

In the end, I opted for Dick Armey, the former Republican House majority leader. Armey stood up before the crowd and proudly claimed that the U.S. has the best health care system in the world. In doing so, he invited his audience to accept blind patriotism over reality. There were many notable examples of idiocy at CPAC, but this one got my attention for the blatant disregard for factual information that is widely available.