This is not exactly what I had planned on writing about.
No, this week's article was supposed to revolve around the tragic story of Arthur E. Teele, a powerful South Florida politician who could have had it all — and then some. He took his own life in the lobby of the Miami Herald building exactly five years ago after the local media dragged his name through the mud with an 18-wheeler on the basis of corruption allegations. Posthumously, all of the charges filed against him were dropped and he remains a revered figure in most of Metropolitan Miami's African American and Republican Party circles to this day.
As much as I would like to further elaborate on Teele's spectacular rise to and fall from power, I cannot. There is a far more pressing issue facing America and, more specifically, its center-right political movement today. Last Sunday, I wrote about a study conducted by the American Enterprise Institute which found that, on average, liberals are smarter than conservatives so long as economical issues are not brought into the equation. This did not surprise me as those who seek to control the lives of others — namely social ultraconservatives and leftists — cannot be amongst the smartest members of society as only fools believe that they can possibly have absolute power over the actions of their peers.
Since the GOP was successively booted from power on Capitol Hill in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles, a particularly radical faction of social ultraconservatives has discovered an opportunity in the Party's electoral malaise. Its members believe that they have the chance of a lifetime — the chance to recreate the GOP in their own image. What does this image consist of, exactly? Well, let us see; a healthy dosage of hypocritical self-righteousness, a smattering of state theocracy, a sliver of birtherism, a dab of anti-intellectualism, and, to top it all off, the unyielding and unquestionable worship of The Woman Who Would (Never) Be President, Sarah Palin.