Yesterday, I received a call from Liberty Counsel, a group dedicated to the fighting the war against gays, defending the war against Christmas, and stopping the creep of Shariah Law. They wanted to ask me a few poll questions, and as a reward, they offered to give me a two-day cruise to the Bahamas for free (port charges not included). All the poll questions were push-poll robo-call questions designed to elicit a “yes”. (One went something like “ObamaCare will force you to purchase a government-required insurance program and fine you if you don’t. Do you want this repealed?”) I answered them all the way that a Fox News viewer would, just to find out the catch on the cruise.
When I pressed the button to indicate that I wanted my free cruise, I was connected to a happy, helpful guy who started asking me personal questions. One of them was whether I had a credit card. Before we got too far, it turned out that I needed to have a companion on the cruise. I could ask “up to 4”, but I needed at least one. They asked if I had a spouse. I answered “Yes” and gave them a male name (I think it was “Bruce”, I can’t remember.) At that point, the call devolved, because the salesperson wanted to get Bruce on the call. Bruce was at work, I said. Can we call him there? Sorry, no, Bruce is a busy guy. After it was pretty clear that we were going nowhere without Bruce, I hung up.
During the call, I was given this URL, which goes to a webpage that has no mention of a cruise. I asked the salesman repeatedly to mail a written offer for the cruise, and the operator told me that wasn’t possible, because they would be sending me the actual tickets when the call was over. The whole thing had the hallmarks of a scam, and it would be unremarkable except for the way that a supposedly Christian non-profit rightwing organization used a teabagger IQ test as a filter to find rubes stupid enough to fall for their con. If that doesn’t encapsulate the last 3 years of Republican politics, I don’t know what does.