Colorado GOP Vice-Chair Mark Baisley: Sharia Is Coming

Colorado Republican Party vice-chairman Mark Baisley was elected to his post last September, as part of an insurrection against "establishment" Republicans by the Tea Party/Rocky Mountain Gun Owners grassroots wing. You may recall that Colorado GOP chairman Ryan Call's attempts to distance the party from certain gaffe-prone legislators like Sen. Vicki Marble and Rep. Lori Saine set off a round of fierce infighting that had lots of Republicans declaring themselves "ABCs"–Anybody But Call. In the aftermath of that schism, Baisley was elected vice-chairman.

Since the beginning of this year, Baisley has been writing an opinion column for national conservative website We try to keep track of where major Republican officials voice their opinions, but we confess we hadn't paid any attention to Baisley's column.

Until this week's opinion piece titled "Suicide by Democrat" was brought to our attention. As published yesterday:

I have become awestruck at the predictably sad pattern of citizens robotically voting against their own interests; not just educators, but across several demographics. And it seems that the Democratic Party merely has to repeat their proven messaging and truth becomes unimportant to the adherents. Their conditioned response is to vote against the “cruel Republicans” who want them to eat vegetables and exercise…

American women are similarly wooed into submitting to institutional government oppression by ironically responding to the Democratic Party’s appeal to their natural rebellion against subjection. The ads assert that Republicans are engaged in a war on women, denying them personal choices with their pro-life doctrine. But the argument may as well be delivered by Marlin Brando in a sleeveless wife-beater. Democrats ensure women’s right to choose to have an abortion – and deny them the right to choose where to send their children to school, how they will acquire health care, whether they can protect themselves with a weapon, and whether their 15 year old daughter receives prescription contraceptives or abortion surgery without their knowledge.

In the 1950s, the nation was almost paranoid about losing its culture of liberty. Most Americans held a healthy fear of socialism creeping into acceptability. We worried aloud about communism infiltrating into society and elected leadership. Even the Democratic Party stood firmly against communism well into the 1960s. But that sentiment died with President Kennedy in Dallas. Today, the Democratic Party subjugates women through “choice,” enslaves blacks through entitlements, ransoms Hispanics through their children, intimidates teachers through unions, encourages violence through gun control, saddles millennials with debt to buy their votes, and assuages Jewish concerns while betraying Israel.

Liberals no longer recoil at being described as socialists. And the revulsion of communism has not been passed on to America’s under-forty set. With its polished propaganda machine, the Democratic Party has demonstrated its propensity to smile in the face of the American people – while swindling them all out of their inheritance. Like a cocaine dealer, they promise paradise in exchange for trust; suicide by Democrat…

Having wound us up to a McCarthyite fever pitch, Baisley delivers the payoff:

We can stop warning Americans about losing the country to “soft tyranny.” The Democratic Party has hit their socialist stride and are now racing toward their ultimate conquest over liberty, Sharia. Let that sink in for a moment and Benghazi, Extortion 17, capitulating to ISIS, the Secretary of State wearing the hijab, and the President of the United States bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia begin to make sense. [Pols emphasis]

What's the difference between Mark Baisley and any number of delusional paranoid crackpots waiting in some talk radio queue right now, you may be asking yourself after reading this column?

Only one we can think of: he is vice-chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

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  1. DawnPatrol says:

    Shariah? Is that some new pop/hip-hop star? Is she playing the Pepsi Center?

    Jeebus these Repukes are a craven, brain-dead, fear-mongering, lying bunch of oafs and cretins, preaching hatred and fear to the already hateful and fearful, each one dumber and more paranoid that the last.

    Buttheads and a-holes running a rump party. Seems fitting.


  2. Moderatus says:

    It's called the First Amendment. Deal with it.

    • Republican 36 says:

      No one here has taken the position Mr. Baisley can't write what he did. Your First Amendment argument is nonsense. By making that argument, are you defending the substance of what he said? Do you believe Sharia law is being imposed on the United States? If so, what laws or regluations have the Democrats enacted that are Sharia laws? And for the record, do you know what the tenents of Sharia law are?

    • Progressicat says:

      Which portion of the First Amendment guarantees freedom from ridicule?  Which part says that no matter how bone-deep crazy some nutbag's writing is, it should not be subject to criticism?  Which section ensures an absence of consequences from one's speech?

      If you're going to be a "Consitutional conservative," you're going to have to learn what the document actually says.

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      You don't understand.  We actually like it when your people go off the rails with some of their outlandish stuff (e.g., Dr. Chaps and his remarks about Jared Polis wanting to behead Christians, Todd Akin educating us on what qualifies as legitimate rape, Steven King's comments on the calve muscles of Latinos, Michelle Bachman talking about virtually anything).  

      Your people need to keep exercising those First Amendment rights, Moddy!  

    • BlueCat says:

      I'll type slowly for you, Modster. The first amendment means the government can't restrict your right to freedom of speech aside from certain limits such as the old yelling fire in a crowded theater example. The government can't throw you in jail for expressing your opinion or demand your employer fire you. It does not say that others can't boycott your business or TV or radio show or just call you a moron if they think what you say is deplorable or that your boss can't fire you for using your free speech to, for instance, insult customers.  

      So we're all free to say whatever we want (once again within certain limits as is the case with all rights) but we aren't free to say whatever we want without consequences as long as the consequences aren't punishment from the government. That's why ColPols isn't violating anyone's freedom of speech by banning them for outing or racial slurs but the government would be if it threw you in jail for outing or racial slurs. See how it works? 

  3. DawnPatrol says:

    It's called lying and fear=mongering for amoral political gain. Cut the crap, Zippy.

  4. Moderatus says:

    Hey Pols, I am getting an error commenting. FYI.

  5. Republican 36 says:

    Its hard to know where to start with Mr. Baisley because he is so misinformed and ignorant of the obvious. Suffice it to say that his fear that the Democrats are on the path to socialism while simultaneously imposing Sharia law on America ignores the obvious. The Islamic religion, including Sharia law, is the most anti-socialist and anti-communist belief system in the world. They contradict each other. The Communists tried for decades to break into the Isdlamic world and failed miserably. The smallest communist parties were in the Islamic world. Mr. Baisley is another example of the seemingly endless line of Republicans who simply make-up facts and then assert conclusions based on ludicrious unfounded assertions. 

    • Duke Cox says:

      I was going to make that point R36, but won't because you made it so well.

      From what I can tell, Sharia Law is not far removed from Pentecostal Law. As a young child, my grandparents occasionally took me to a Pentecostal Holiness church. Very strict, very patriarchal….not homicidal that I can recall…but I WAS very young.

  6. Progressicat says:

    As I've noted before, the only thing the right doesn't like about sharia is that the Muslims thought of it first.

  7. DaftPunk says:

    Baisley must be off his meds:  He used the phrase "Democratic Party" multiple times.

  8. hawkeye says:

    Colorado politics is more extreme than just about anywhere in the country.

    “Udall and Gardner’s large gap matches what we’re seeing in the Colorado legislature. The state has the second most polarized legislature in the nation, according to the University of Chicago’s Boris Shor.”

  9. FrankUnderwood says:

    The president of the United States bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia?   The closest I recall to seeing that was that photo of George W Bush holding hands with Prince Bandar.  Larua Bush was asked about it and said that she thought it looked cute.

  10. mev says:

    What confuses me about the sharia hype is some most passionate in fearmongering seem to be arguing both sides of the argument:

    – On the one hand, "give me religious liberty" arguments that argue for allowing religion to trump rule of law.  For example, some of the arguments in recent Hobby Lobby supreme court decision or folks asserting religious rights to discriminate.

    – At the same point, arguing the hype that somehow someone exercising their (Islamic) religion is something anti-American or to be feared.

    Religious extremism is religious extremism regardless of your religion.  There is a line at which point you start either imposing your religion on others or interfering with legal mechanisms – so there are lines to be drawn, but that is independent of the religion.  Why doesn't a group that cheers Hobby Lobby decision as applying RFRA (religious freedom restoration act) to new situations also realize that expansion of RFRA might then also apply to other religions as well…

    • BlueCat says:

      What strikes me is that  Rs are always going on about how they're going to attract women and minorities by focusing on what matters to everyone; the economy and jobs , jobs, jobs. But once you elect them they pour 90% of their energy into and give top priority to restricting choice, restricting access to family planning, restricting access to exercising the right to vote, blocking marriage equality, and tin hat legislation to protect us from "threats" like sharia law.

      Just look at all the R majority legislatures around the country and what they've been doing since 2010. What little time they have left over goes to promoting failed trickle down economics and union busting. But the crazy stuff comes first. Jobs, jobs, jobs? For that you need Dem Governors and legislatures.  As we have here in ever more successfully recovering Colorado

    • notaskinnycook says:

      Poor mev,                                                                                                                     You're confused.and I see why. You're obviously operating under the delusion that Islam is a real religion like Christianity. Nothing could be further from the truth…(snerk, snerk).Okay, that'sas far as I get with my impression of a Christo-facist nutjob. Anyone else want to have a go?

  11. Diogenesdemar says:

    Just wondering — has anyone here seen a picture of Baisley and AC together??

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