I've been mulling over the concept that the clueless minions are 'counting coup' against us - their ideological opposition.
They know their solutions won't fix anything. They know they can't get everything they want. Yet still they have to "score" against us otherwise they feel inadequate.
"Couting coup" might explain it.
* Couting coup was the native american practice of getting close enough to touch your enemy or dangerous prey with a stick rather than killing or injuring him. A dangerous game.