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What Drives the Delusional Right? Why Palin's Christian Fortress Must be the 'Greatest Country Ever'

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If a little knowledge is dangerous, a little uninformed faith is downright treacherous.  Need we report this self-evident truth: reason cannot determine whether Jesus was divine, or the messiah, let alone could save even fervent believers from original sin? Less controversial, and open to evidence, is how dramatically Jesus' hijacked Birthday Bash has saved commerce, if not capitalism.  Religion is no longer a healthy check on business but its salve. 

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For the record, this year I harkened to "herald angels" at Grace Cathedral -- and stayed until the end of the Christmas Eve service. Yet returning to Nob Hill's affluent streets I swore I could hear echoes of Tom Lehrer's catchy refrain, "Angels we have heard on high, Tell us to go out and buy!"  The Prince of Peace is now not only co-opted by evangelicals as the new warrior Prince (who should dictate) Politics, but a Prince of Profits, too, fishing for soulful high returns. 

On the political front, I waited in vain for one holier-than-thou, brandnew House member to summon the Christmas spirit, or the greatest Republican president, himself a latter-day martyr by repledging "malice towards none" and "charity towards all."  As America is some besieged Christian command station, as voiced by slick message-terrorists like Sarah Palin, why are there no offsetting clerical voices sounding Jesus' real, quintessential, singular message: "love thy enemy"?

GOP Humbug on Charity

A bad moon is rising when in advance fresh GOP insurgents instead pledge malice towards many  -- science, unions, poor, and middle class while hand-feeding charity to fat cats.  Beware Rep. Darrell Issa, whose gall pre-empts his own inquisitions by censuring the Obama's administration as "one of the most corrupt."  Faith alone is so efficient: indictment equals conviction so why not just hang the suckers?

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Driving this curious Christian do-gooding is one over-arching ideological mindset that links the militant Christian right, spanning evangelical, fundamentalist, charismatic, Christian Reconstruction, and Dominion theologies.  However diverse, prayer warriors come together when preaching society must "be governed exclusively by the law of God as codified in the Bible, to the exclusion of secular law" (Wikipedia).

That bit of understatement fixes the greatest threats to American and world security within our very gates -- and chambers.  If rightwing Christians hold together without getting refudiated, brace for messianic glaciers crushing all that Bush-Cheney missed.  Backed by our most cohesive electoral constituency, this crusade dwarfs in immediacy climate change and overpopulation: new political oppressions are only as far off as 2012 if Republicans sweep.

That makes my #1 Resolution for 2011 not just battling dinosaur Republicans (the symptom) but the underlying disease -- that America is not only a Christian nation, but THE fortress Christian nation, so endowed with "exceptionalism" no force on earth dares intercede. Compared to rightwing dreams of systemic change, all of Obama's "audacity of change" agenda is a mere rock skipping over water: and much of the advanced prep work for theocratic dominance needs no Congressional funding.

After all, if God hadn't intended an Epoch Americana, why grant us firepower greater than all other foes together.  If earthy agents -- chosen and elect, but not elected -- don't run God's Dominion, what happens to the implied, recovered Biblical philosophy: government by the divine right of kings?  Ominously, and notably, no organized, public, adult offset battles this growing alliance between the Religious Wingnut Party and the dominant Money Party.

Onward Christian Soldiers

Thus, any third-string, court-appointed pipsqueak president can smirk us into serial wars, without objection, like any Biblical warlord.  Declaring himself a born-again Christian, and Jesus his favorite "philosopher," checked neither W.'s brutality (torture and all) nor shame about playing dress-up fighter pilot.  Yet, an ever greater, more painful irony is W. was just the crassest of the warmongers -- when has this self-proclaimed "beacon on the hill" meet a war we didn't embrace, our addiction to fighting as regular as any religious festivity?  Certainly, Bush-Cheney banked on knee-jerk, ultra-rightwing cheerleading for, if Jews don't keep control of Israel, the whole "messiah returns to finish" scenarios is up in the air. 

I wager 4/5s of the 43% of Americans not confirming President Obama's citizenship are God-fearing congregants more confident about being heaven-bound than Obama being born in Hawaii. Ditto, the huge majority who willfully distort the Civil War as "the War of Northern Aggression," the honor of states rights, forget slavery.  Imagine what huge percentage of Sunday churchgoers (90%?) accept Palin's comic self-delusion George Washington and all those "evangelical" Founders didn't really (mean to) separate church from state.  Words matter, though not for extremists deciding the end trumps any means; after all, prophecy and propaganda are interchangeable, and both corrupt history as nothing more than a liberal hoax.

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Revelation Rules, Everything

The bottom line: for believers, all of world history is God-driven, like life, without randomness or ambiguity.  Who cares if the planet is 6000 or 6 billion years old, this divine chain rules: 1) Creation established Man (literally men) to lord over the Earth; 2) Original Sin ended Paradise but produced more divine grace with the redemption paid by Jesus, leading to 3) a crusading Universal Church, in its own terms eventually beset with Sins of Vanity so God inspired the Protestant Reformation.  Thus, good Christians had to defy not just the corrupt, typically tyrant-friendly established churches (Catholic, Anglo-Catholic, whatever) but cross over, like Jordan, from the Old World to the New American Eden.  Getting the drift?

Though this paradise was infected by savage heathens, a few centuries of brutal invasions led of course by pious priests and conquistadors, plus disease, cleared the American real estate.  In rushed Pro-test-ants to repopulate, leading to W.A.S.P. dominance, with wandering ne'er-do-wells finishing the job by obeying manifest destiny. By 1945, a double dose of nasty world wars decimated world competition, and America the super-power emerged intact and ready to roll.  Meanwhile, the new Jewish state could keep Muslim infidels at bay, which pleased all Biblical literalists as this step presaged the Rapture.

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For a decade, Robert S. Becker's rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, messaging and frameworks, now featured author at OpEdNews, Nation of Change and RSN. He appears regularly at Dissident Voice, with credits (more...)

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