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How Sad-Sack Stooges for Rightwing Billionaires Pretend They're Patriots

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They show up at school board and city council meetings sometimes literally wrapped in the American flag while carrying semiautomatic weapons in one hand and bibles in the other, screaming obscenities and threats at public officials.

They demand that children be exposed to COVID in school, then support governors who refuse federal money to expand Medicaid in 12 GOP-controlled states that would have paid for the medical treatment of low-income kids and their parents when they become ill.

They forbid teachers from teaching sex education outside of the abstinence-only programs Reagan put into place in 1982, make it illegal for teachers to mention birth control, and when girls become pregnant make it extremely difficult (and functionally illegal in Texas) to get an abortion.

They insist that global warming is a hoax and fight like hell to keep hundreds of billions in taxpayer subsidies flowing to the fossil fuel oligarchs, threatening violence at even a discussion of a carbon tax, electric cars or LED light bulbs.

They encouraged an attack on our US Capitol as well as several state capitols, trying to kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

They complain about the "American carnage" of our century-old infrastructure, but threaten a new civil war if politicians raise taxes on the well-off and the morbidly rich to fix it.

They demand prayer in schools and "one nation, under god" at public events, yet totally disregard Jesus' teaching that prayer be done so quietly and privately that it's in one's "closet."

Their preachers openly violate US tax law, forcing us all to pay for their public utilities like police, fire and public roads, while defying Jesus' teachings about separating church and state (not to mention the similar sentiments of this nation's Founders).

They attack colleges and academics and support over a trillion dollars in student debt (that happens nowhere else on Earth) while demanding protective tariffs against countries that technologically outpace us because they have better-educated workforces.

They claim to be "Christians" yet oppose government-supported food stamps and housing support in open defiance of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 25:31-46 that the only way to get to heaven is to feed the hungry and care for the homeless.

They claim to believe in democracy yet push laws making it harder to vote but easier for goons to show up at polling places in militia garb to intimidate those who want to vote.

They say they're on the side of working people but hate unions (except police unions).

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle (more...)

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