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Tuesday, September 26, 2023


LaRouche’s politics nothing more than craziness

The common stereotype is that most college students are liberal and that the media is liberal too, unless of course you’re Fox News.

But we all know that every campus has its fair share of students from each of the political parties. Most of all, every campus has its fair share of people who have no political opinion at all.

On Tuesday, three people were protesting for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. Could this be the official group of conservatives or Republicans at UH? Have the campus right suddenly grown tired of studying for tests and final projects and now decided to hold a protest during the last week of school?

As it turned out, my speculations were inaccurate; this group was neither conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat. The group was representing Lyndon H. Larouche, Jr. LaRouche is well known for being one of the craziest far right, anti-elite political head cases of our time.

One trip to the LaRouche website is enough to judge the credibility of LaRouche himself and all of the followers that comprise his movement. LaRouche is infamous for his conspiracy theories and outlandish charges. LaRouche has always been at the center of political controversey. As a matter of fact, LaRouche is such a joke that most newspapers won’t publish a story about him.

According to an article published on the New York Times website, Robert Mackey provided a little history of LaRouche. “Greg Johnson, an editor for The New York Times who once wrote newspapers and television news programs, generally considered Mr. LaRouche too loony to write about,” Mackey said.

LaRouche won’t be spared this time. Everyone — especially UH students — should know about the crazy, divisive politics of LaRouche. His messages are never based on facts and the movement he spawned is laughable.

There is a part of the LaRouche effect that isn’t laughable, though. Some of the messages that the LaRouche groups spreads are passed on by other groups that don’t claim to have any relation to LaRouche.

During the midterm elections, many crazy things were said and spread throughout national campaigns that closely resemble evolutions of LaRouche conspiracies.

There were absolutely no Republicans or conservatives that voted for the healthcare reform proposed and passed by Obama. The unanimous Republican opposition could have been a traditional play from the partisan politics playbook aimed at blocking the other party’s progress, or maybe it was something else. Before the midterms and before the healthcare reform bill actually passed, many Republicans including Sarah Palin (a potential presidential challenger in 2012), spouted this death panel idea throughout the media.

Some of the most notable peddlers of this death panel theory include other prominent Republicans or conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley and Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann.

Despite the tenacious dissmissal by several non-partisan organizations that the death panels don’t exist, they still became a part of the national healthcare debate and were widely expressed.

There really is no better word than insanity for a person or group of people who continue to argue and insist that something is real and true when it never existed in the first place. This is extremely ironic, considering the nice guy who was protesting for seemed to be pretty normal and friendly in person. He wanted to tell me that his Santa Clause outfit was really just a symbol.

Sanity Clause visited UH on Tuesday, not Santa Clause. Sanity Clause informed me that he travels around in broad day bringing sanity to anyone, despite being naughty or nice.

There’s probably not many college students who pencil Christmas lists anymore, but if I were to pencil my own, the first thing on it would be that people like Sanity Clause and Larouche come back to reality from their delusional world.

Andrew Taylor is an economics senior and may be reached at [email protected].

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