Is “Southerner” GOP-Codespeak for Fundie?

He knows he won't find any votes in there, but he's going in anyway.

Fundie politician in his free time

We all know that Republicans use coded language to speak to their followers without alarming the liberals. (Here’s a fun game for you to play in the comments: What are some of those code words? I’ve been working 10-hour days, so I barely have time to squeeze this article out without stopping to think of a few.)

I read a OneNewsNow article titled “Ohio Senator Badmouths GOP and the South”, and I’m wondering if “Southerner” is one of those code words:

Outgoing Senator George Voinovich’s (R-Ohio) claim that the GOP has been “taken over by Southerners” has prompted an Ohio pro-family activist to declare he’s “thrilled” that Voinovich is quitting the U.S. Senate.

I’m thrilled anytime a Republican quits the Senate. However, Ohio is a normal, rational state, so their Republicans tend to be a little less insane than the rest.

Voinovich was recently asked by the Columbus Dispatch what the biggest problem with the Republican Party is. The retiring senator responded, “We got too many Jim DeMints (R-South Carolina) and Tom Coburns (R-Oklahoma). It’s the southerners. They get on TV and go ‘errrr, errrrr.’…”

I have no idea what that means. Maybe he meant to say they go “Arrr! Arrr!” Republicans have been acting like pirates for the last 30 years, having pillaged our entire national treasure.

“…People hear them and say, ‘These people, they’re southerners. The party’s being taken over by southerners. What the h–l they got to do with Ohio?’”

Yes, OneNeuronNow actually censored the word “hell”.

Phil Burress, president of Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values, says the GOP’s problem is people like Senator Voinovich and former Ohio Senator Mike DeWine, a moderate Republican defeated in 2006 by Democrat Sherrod Brown.

“You have to go back in time and realize that when [Voinovich] was the mayor of Cleveland and then governor of the state of Ohio, Mike DeWine was his lieutenant governor. Mike DeWine and Governor Voinovich are connected at the hip…

This is an improvement. A lot of Republican politicians are connected at the groin.

“…and you saw what happened to Mike DeWine. Voinovich is pro-life — he’s solid. He’s against gambling. But when you get beyond that, he is totally confused about what the Republican Party should stand for.”

I’d look at the party’s founding for clues: Anti-slavery, equal rights, those sorts of things.

Burress says Voinovich has been unwilling to fight against the homosexual agenda, noting the Senator supported hate-crimes legislation and will likely support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

So hate and discrimination are the new Republican values? So what is “Southerner” code-speak for? I know most Southerners don’t hate other people. Maybe that’s why the GOP is losing ground even in the South. Voinovich must be referring to just one type of Southerner. The South is the Bible Belt. The fundies love to hate and discriminate. As the Magic 8-Ball likes to say, “Signs point to yes.”

8 Responses to “Is “Southerner” GOP-Codespeak for Fundie?”

  1. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Crap I wish I could remember where the link was, but a recent poll showed that today, even with the medical bill fiasco and all the manure the Republicans have spewed forth over the past ten months, Americans are as “left” today as they were in November.

  2. Robert Madewell Says:

    I think you’re right, Ron. Southerner is definitely codespeak for Fundamentalist. BTW, I’m a “southerner” and I’m not a fundamentalist. I’m an atheist. So, they’re buying into a stereotype.

  3. Jeff Eyges Says:

    Maybe he meant to say they go “Arrr! Arrr!”

    Perhaps they’re closet Pastafarians?

    But when you get beyond that, he is totally confused about what the Republican Party should stand for… Burress says Voinovich has been unwilling to fight against the homosexual agenda, noting the Senator supported hate-crimes legislation and will likely support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

    There’s a colossal attitude of entitlement in evidence. The Repubs have spent so many years pandering to the fundies that they’ve actually come to feel it’s theirparty, that the “moderates” have no right to be there.

  4. Randallphobia Says:

    Did you ever dream of a day when someone with Reagan’s beliefs would be considered too liberal for the GOP?
    Give me an old fashioned Republican that believed in fiscal responsibility & minimal interferance with the daily lives of citizens, & there’s someone for whom I could happily vote.
    The crazies have taken over the GOP & it’s getting scarier down here in Texas. Our governor is preaching secession & appointing fundies who are anti-education to our State Board of Education. Combine that with Texas Republicans supporting the birthers, & the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

  5. Jeff Eyges Says:

    The crazies have taken over the GOP & it’s getting scarier down here in Texas.

    A friend from Texas who now lives in Boston said this to me a few weeks ago:

    The state’s always had its fill of idiots, but I’ve never seen a time when so many have overrun public discourse and set policy. There’s been a long history of electing clods like G.W.Bush to high office (and usually, they stay contained in Texas, but look what happened!) but I’ve never seen so many in office across all different levels of governmental, educational (shudder) and even cultural organizations.

    Somebody must have spiked the water supply with a special kind of dumbass fluoride.

    Did you ever think there would come a time when Nixon wouldn’t seem so bad?

  6. Brian Says:

    This article nicely encapsulates the spirit of this entire site, I think. We have in America a political party that seems to be entirely beholden to a very narrow (not to mention narrow-minded) constituency. They are not content to simply live their lives as they see fit. It is not enough that they indoctrinate their own children into their fantasy world. No. Whether it’s because they crave validation of their beliefs by imposing them on others or they’re simply hungry for power, the fundies and the politicians they’ve cowed into submission have no limits when it comes to infringing on the rights of others with whom they disagree. Our children, in their eyes, do not have a right to learn about biology without having intelligent design or young-Earth creationism shoved down their throats.

    Ironically enough, whenever a political figure does something they don’t like they’re screaming about “freedom” and “governmental interference”, all the while being blissfully unaware of their own blatant hypocrisy. As Ron pointed out a few days ago, they’re just fine with co-opting the government into pushing their views onto the public, but whenever a competing view is supported by the state, suddenly they’re the Establishment Clause’s staunchest defenders.

    I would not be the least bit surprised to learn that those who are proudly trying to kill health care reform, those who like to call themselves “teabaggers”, and those who cling to an absurd myth about the President’s place of birth are mostly comprised of fundies. It takes a lot of training to exhibit such credulity without faking it, and religion is the best teacher I know for dulling the mind and cultivating a contempt for reason. One can only hope, like any good plague, they eventually will burn themselves out, leaving the rest of us to finally move civilization ahead.

  7. Parrotlover77 Says:

    The crazies have taken over the GOP & it’s getting scarier down here in Texas.

    Every time I see those “it’s like a whole nother country” pro-tourism commercials for Texas, I keep thinking, fuck, I don’t want to vacation there! I’m likely to end up on death row for not being on church on sunday or the greater crime of not carrying a sidearm!

    Every time the session and other nonsense comes up for Texas, it HAS to hurt their tourism. How can it not? It’s self destructive!

  8. Tindalos Says:

    I would not be the least bit surprised to learn that those who are proudly trying to kill health care reform, those who like to call themselves “teabaggers”, and those who cling to an absurd myth about the President’s place of birth are mostly comprised of fundies. It takes a lot of training to exhibit such credulity without faking it, and religion is the best teacher I know for dulling the mind and cultivating a contempt for reason.

    For a great example of this type of fundie behavior, I highly recommend Rapture Ready

    A whole lot of special going on there…