18 Outrageous Conservative Quotes

Republican Congressman Joe Wilson made a name for himself Wednesday night by shouting “You lie!” during President Obama’s health-care speech to Congress, but he’s hardly the first conservative to spark controversy with a crazy statement. In his new book, Republican Gomorrah, Daily Beast columnist Max Blumenthal presented a compendium of quotes from influential right-wingers.

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“[America has to import so many workers because] for the last 35 years we have aborted more than a million people who would have been in our workforce.” —former Gov. Mike Huckabee during the 2008 presidential race

“Twelve million illegal immigrants later, we are now living in a nation that is beset by people who are suicidal maniacs and want to kill countless innocent men, women, and children around the world.” —former Sen. Fred Thompson during the 2008 presidential race

Read an excerpt from Blumenthal’s Republican Gomorrah.

“Our gays are more macho than their straights.” —Ann Coulter, commenting in 2005 on Jeff Gannon, the conservative plant in the White House press corps who turned out to be a male escort.

“It’s not uncommon to meet pastors’ wives who really let themselves go.“ —Minister Mark Driscoll of the Mars Hill Church of Seattle, defending the homosexual escapades of Rev. Ted Haggard in 2006

“I called to buy some meth, but I threw it away.” —Rev. Ted Haggard, when details began to emerge about his visits to a male prostitute, in 2006.

“I’m a radical! I’m a real extremist. I don’t want to impeach judges. I want to impale them!” —Michael Schwartz, chief of staff to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), in 2004

XTRA INSIGHT:• Samuel P. Jacobs: Meet the ‘You Lie’ Guy “This whole thing about not kicking someone when they are down is b.s. Not only do you kick him—you kick him until he passes out—then beat him over the head with a baseball bat—then roll him up in an old rug—and throw him off a cliff into the pounding surf below!!!!!” —Michael Scanlon, former chief of staff to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) and business partner of convicted felon Jack Abramoff, during the Clinton impeachment proceedings.

“How did [the Holocaust] happen ? Because God allowed it to happen… because God said, ‘My top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.’” —Rev. John Hagee in 2006, aired on YouTube in 2008.

“I have no skeletons in my closet.” —Sen. David Vitter, speaking to the Louisiana Family Forum during his 2004 Senate race. He won, but later confessed to frequenting prostitutes.

“Vitter may well be much more able as a senator now than before because people tend to learn from their mistakes.” —Rev. Billy McCormick of the Louisiana Christian Coalition in 2006.

“To those who say Ted Bundy should burn forever in eternity I would only say, so should I, so should all of us…“ —Focus on the Family head James Dobson, who videotaped and marketed jail-house conversions of serial killers Ted Bundy and “Son of Sam” Berkowitz.

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“Kids today are looking for something to die for… If you give them something to die for, they’ll go to the edge of the earth for you.” —James Dobson’s son Ryan, in 2005. His book, 2Die4 : The Dangerous Truth About Following Christ advocates “murderous war because our enemies are deadly.”

“This Christmas I want you to do the most loving thing and I want you to buy each of your children an SKS rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition.” —A speaker at the 1995 convention of the U.S. Taxpayers Party. A few months later, Dobson endorsed their candidate for president, Howard Phillips.

“Gandhi: Ninny of the 20th Century.” —The title of Ralph Reed’s article on Mohandas K. Gandhi in the University of Georgia student newspaper. Then president of the College Republican National Association, Reed lost his column at the paper when the article turned out to be plagiarized.

“I paint my face and travel at night. You don’t know it’s over until you’re in a body bag.” —Ralph Reed on his prowess as a political operative for the Christian right wing in 1991.

“Too much of anything, even a good thing, may prove to be our undoing…[We] need ...to set definite boundaries on our appetites.” —Neoconservative William Bennett in his 1996 The Book of Virtues. He was later found to have a gambling addiction that cost him some $8 million.

“Let’s acknowledge that America’s increasing decadence is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. When we tolerate trash on television, permit pornography to invade our homes via the Internet, and allow babies to be killed at the point of birth, we are inflaming radical Islam.” —Charles Colson, former Nixon aide, convicted felon, and Evangelical leader whose 1996 novel Gideon’s Torch describes killing abortion doctors.

“As soon as Jesus sits on his throne he’s gonna rule the world with a rod of iron. That means he’s gonna make the ACLU do what he wants them to. That means you’re not gonna have to ask if you can pray in public school. We will live by the law of God and no other law.” —Cornerstone Church's Rev. John Hagee, who endorsed John McCain during the 2008 presidential race.

Max Blumenthal is a senior writer for The Daily Beast and writing fellow at The Nation Institute. His new book is Republican Gomorrah (Basic/Nation Books). Contact him at [email protected].