America was in serious trouble. Recent polls revealed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, viewed as the Republicans' savior of America just weeks ago, had tumbled in his followers' esteem following his performance in televised debates with his rivals.
Perry's crime? He felt young women should be inoculated against cervical cancer. He felt pouring billions of dollars into a giant fence along his state's southern border with Mexico was wrong. He thought children of immigrants, illegal or not, should pay in-state tuition fees.
Perry was not being lambasted because he called Social Security a Ponzi scheme. Perry was not being ridiculed because he denied climate change science. Perry was not being scrutinized for Texas' wide-open pay-to-play influence-peddling.
Perry was not being excoriated for leveraging the environment to coddle oil and gas moguls.
In America in the first decade of the twenty-first century, those were Perry's good qualities.
Perry was being chastised throughout Republicania for being too liberal.
Perry had once opened a double-digit lead over his nearest rival, former Massachusetts Governor and perennial presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, but now, the most recent Fox News poll had Perry trailing Romney, 23% to 19%.
Perry fought back Friday, burnishing his right-wing bona fides by assuring a New Hampshire town hall gathering he denied climate change science.
"For us to take a snapshot in time and to say that what is going on in the country today, the climate change that is going on is man's fault and we need to jeopardize America's economy, I'm a skeptic about that," Perry said. "I'm not afraid to say I'm a skeptic about that."
"I'm shocked that the political debate in the U.S. is so far away from the scientific facts," European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, a member of the Danish Conservative Party recently told reporters on behalf of the civilized world. "When more than 90% of researchers in the field are saying that we have to take (climate change) seriously, it is incredibly irresponsible to ignore it."
What was considered wild-eyed leftist raving in America was routinely accepted by Conservatives in Denmark.
America was, in fact, falling off the right-wing end of the political map.
In America, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), instead of figuring out how to extend health care to all Americans, was pushing a plan to reserve health care for those who could afford it, while abandoning everyone else to misery and death.
In America, Tea Party zealots at the nationally televised CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate cheered abandoning those without private health insurance to pain and misery. If someone was uninsured, Tea Party zealots and Republicans cheered for society to "just let him die."
GOP Presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) denounced human papillomavirus vaccine partly pandering to the Luddite anti-vaccine crowd, but mostly in solidarity with right-wing moralists who denied young womens' sexual maturation.
While the Republican Party's wealthy elite only wanted license to unfettered plundering, their social conservative masses demanded the institution of rigidly uniform cultural conformity, based in white supremacy and theocracy.
The American right wanted Sharia law with Christian-themed jargon administered by an omnipotent plutocracy. Sort of an Orwellian nightmare with corporate overlords and lots of "Thou arts," "Sayeth the Lords," and "Blessed" pronounced with two syllables. Americans displayed a frightening combination of naive cultural superiority and astonishingly fragile egotism, a sort of whiny megalomania.
Many, many Americans believed health care should be reserved for the righteous and the wealthy, climate change science was a liberal conspiracy, sustainability was a leftist plot to force whites to take public transportation and live among persons of color in inner cities, evolution was an elitist scheme to deny white supremacy, and that Jesus of Nazareth spoke in 17th Century British English.
The American political landscape had tilted so far to the right that President Barack Obama, a right-center politician, was routinely described as "liberal." The American political landscape had tilted so far right that Richard Nixon was a screaming commie.
America was so far to the right that extremist evangelical parents routinely consigned their children to right-wing torture camps throughout the South and Mountain West to be beaten into ideological conformity.
America had become a society of surgically-attained Stepford countenances spouting canned religious platitudes. America had become a bastion of narcissistic sociopaths spewing delusional conspiracy theories while obliterating thousands upon thousands of people around the world with an unprecedented arsenal of advanced weaponry. America had become obsessed with placating and coddling its wealthy elite while its infrastructure crumbled and its people descended into poverty.
America had tilted so far to the right that words like "conservative" and "right-wing" were no longer adequate to describe its rising extremism. America had gone so far to the right, it was uncertain how much further it would plunge as both global financial markets and the global environment teetered on the edge of catastrophes in large part minted in the U.S. of A.
And, America had gone to the far, far right extreme not among its policy elites, not within its ruling classes, not in its political leadership, but straight through the core of its populace.
An entire segment of American had gone so far to the right that Rick Perry was too liberal, that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was a weak-kneed appeaser, that House Majority Leader and right-wing attack-dog Eric Cantor (R-VA) was often decried as a deplorable Republican In Name Only.
America had gone so far to the right, it was no longer a very long or winding road before America reached that point where it committed crimes of historic, catastrophic magnitude. Societies that careened as far to the right as America rarely pulled back from the abyss. America had gone so far to the right, it was no longer impossible to say that America would not plummet into that abyss of infamy, and that someday, future generations alluding to the unspeakable, the reprehensible, the most utterly and completely contemptible, might use the word "American."