Every now and again Conservapedia, and especially Andrew Schlafly, still manages to surprise me with some really off-the-wall insanity. I’ve become accustomed to Andy “conservatising” the Bible, or Terry Koeckritz lying like a cheap rug to cover his deceit and plagiarism, so I really do look forward to the moments when they do something special. The example below is hopefully going to develop further, with hilarious results.
Let’s start off with Andy coining another new term. Apparently, when Sarah Palin was asked what she read and couldn’t answer, that was a “Liberal trap“, which Andy defines as “a deceptive, and often dimwitted, question designed to elicit a response that can be taken out of context in order to criticize someone, for liberal gain”. Note – not just for gain, but for liberal gain. Also, it would appear as if “dimwitted” is Andy’s word of the week – he also uses it to describe the onlookers who beat up a man who slaps a woman (see entry below).
In other words, asking a politician a question the can’t answer (again, let’s look at Palin not being able to answer the question about examples of John McCain being a “maverick”) is a liberal trap. I suppose you could summarise it as “showing how stupid somebody is, is a liberal trap.” Or more like “daring to ask conservatives a question is a liberal trap.”
However, where it gets really wonderful, is watching Andy’s use of circular reasoning when defending his newly conjured up term. He says, on the Palin issue, “The question had no apparent significance, as many highly productive people lack time for newspapers, and the internet is a more efficient source of information anyway.” Ok, so a state governor doesn’t have time to find out what’s going on in the world. true, newspapers are only yesterday’s news, but still. What does she read online? Garfield? It’s a stupid, non-starter question, but he has to defend it. Which he does, by saying, “newspapers are the most liberal source of information possible, and are written at about the 7th grade level. I hope you get your information from better sources. I get my information from Conservapedia, and the internet at large, from the best of the public (conferences, emails, students), from court opinions, and from various other sources too numerous to list here.”
Still it gets better, when our friend Terry Koeckritz gets involved, like a malignant Renfield. He’s been having a beef with resident history professor, Richard Jensen, and in typical sleazy Terry-style, is doing his best to start edging Jensen out. Jensen queries Andy’s use of “dimwitted”, which gives Terry the ideal opportunity to stick the knife in, whilst sucking up to Andy at the same time, “Some lead (by coining or popularizing terms) some (like professors) follow.” Actually, the whole talk page is worthy of a laugh, especially when Terry decides to really egg Andy on, and declares “Only the liberal elite believes newspapers and other dinosaur print media is important.” and goes even further here and says, “Books are also another example of a liberal trap.” Which is a very interesting thing to say, when you consider that Andy considers the Bible to be “the most logical book ever written.”
Another good example of him having a cheap dig at Jensen (who must be a masochist to stick around) “One good example might be college professors with their dimwitted lists of books they force students to buy, then never refer to them during the course…usually their own writings, just to make an extra buck!”