As a former Republican it continues to distress me to see a once largely responsible, intelligence revering party turned into a nest of spittle flecked Christofascists and Tea Party Neanderthals. Equally upsetting is seeing once reasonable and thinking Republicans - i.e., those who haven't already fled the GOP - act as if they have had lobotomies and been turned into zombies who recite the mantra dictated by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh regardless of what objective reality and hard facts indicate to the contrary. I have one former colleague in particular that I can't believe has been turned into a mindless sound bite reciting robot. WTF happened? I attribute some of it to unspoken racism brought to the fore by Barack Obama's election to the White House, but that doesn't fully explain the problem. A piece in Politico looks at the frightening phenomenon. Here are excerpts:
In the classic 1956 sci-fi film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, an alien race comes to Earth and begins turning humans into “pod people.” Their bodies are left intact, but their minds are regrown, rending them humanoid robots under the aliens’ command. Unrecognizable to neighbors, the pod people take over until nothing is left of human society.
At the time of its release, the film was seen as a metaphor either for communist takeover (according to conservatives) or an ironic criticism of the irrational fears of communist takeover (according to liberals). Today, we think the body snatchers conceit perfectly fits another trend: the takeover of the responsible conservative movement — or least what is left of it. A small faction-within-a-faction — government-decrying, religious-fanatic, anti-science — have turned thinking Republicans into pod people.