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God, Politics, and the GOP

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Message Joseph Rietdorf
Is it just me? Are the top-tier republican candidates nothing more then Bush clones? Are republican voters actually getting ready to fall into the same trap from mixing religion and politics together? Hasn’t all the hypocrisy and embarrassment from the elders of the Religious Right left a bad taste in the mouths of social conservatives, yet? Their top 2 candidates are theocratic repeats of the last 7 years of a failed foreign policy. We all know that the victory of Armageddon lies within their hearts and souls. The defense of Israel is reinforced through blind faith from a book written by ethereal human beings. These theocrats actually take these collections of prophecy literally. To me, Bush (a self-proclaimed born-again Christian) scares me to death! He claims that God broke him away from years of alcohol abuse. I think that doctors would contend that sustained alcohol abuse would have a very negative and permanent effect on the brain. I think G.W. Bush is a perfect illustration of what long-term affects of alcohol abuse can do. As if being a reformed alcoholic isn’t hard enough for logical Americans to handle, we must also suppress our anxiety from the influential folly of Bush’s evangelical spiritual advisors like Pat Robertson and his 150 graduates from Regent University employed within his administration. People, whether you realize it or not, we have been living under a dictatorial theocracy for 7 grueling years so we can empathize with the Iranians only because we can relate with the Iranians.

After hearing the anticipated speech from Romney to his social conservative electorate, in order to redeem himself from any religious gray areas that might still cloud the already irrational mindset of his numinous sheep any further, I cringed at the words. “Freedom requires religion.” At that very instance, I swear I could hear the collective rustling sounds of our Founding Fathers twisting in their graves, yet Mitt still received an ovation from his flock of delusional constituents. I recoil in disdain when I hear the fabrication and misrepresentation of what this country was built on. This country was “not” built on Christianity at all. At the very most, it was scarcely influenced by liberal monotheistic principles by the way of deism and agnosticism. We mustn’t forget that our founding fathers were rebels who fled from a monarchy in order to establish new freedoms of speech and religion. It would be doubtful that these men would flaunt their reverent belief system in order to influence their balloters.

Then to my astonishment, I learn that Mike Huckabee, the former evangelical minister, has risen to the top of this proverbial heap of cataclysmic theocrats. I have absolutely no problem with politicians being religious as long as they keep their religion disconnected from political agendas. It was John F. Kennedy who in a speech to the Houston Ministerial Association said, “I believe in America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” only after being taunted by the conservative Pharisees of America who attacked his Catholic beliefs for no apparent reason. Kennedy never showed signs of using or hiding behind his religious beliefs to gain acceptance amongst the religious sect of our country. Yet Romney had the audacity to unsuccessfully and shamelessly emulate a president of real integrity (there goes that rustling sound again).

It doesn’t stop there. It only begins. These conscientious politicians from the far-right boundaries of the universe have extreme and intolerant commentators from FOX news and talk radio to reiterate this insanity through repetitious propaganda using the righteousness of Christianity and military invasion in the same sentences. Somewhere along the line of American mainstream political conversion, the Religious Right’s theologies invaded our once secular central government. The left became the far-left fringe while right wing politicians are now considered moderate or centrists in the minds of these pseudo-conservatives. They somehow consider themselves patriotic instead of neurotic for faithfully following their disgraced commander-in-chief over the edge. It has now become un-American to take a stand for “the people” of our country who refuse to conform to the neurosis and irrational fears of Isamo-fascism, the Axis of Evil, and the War on Terror. People, it’s time to wake up to this ongoing insanity of unnecessary intervention.

At the risk of sounding like a “socialist or commie,” the wealth imbalance in America is absolutely disgraceful. When CEO’s receive half-billion dollar bonuses from retirement and middleclass blue-collar workers lose their modest pensions from these corporations, the writing is on the wall. The cost of health insurance is unaffordable to the majority of Americans. The value of the dollar is near an all-time low. American debt (foreign and domestic) is at an all-time high; the housing bubble has burst; yet all we here is how strong the Bush economy is. Even Alan Greenspan, who predicted the abrupt decline of the housing market, has recently commended democratic leaders while trashing republican ideologues. Warren Buffet has publicly confessed that preferential tax rates of billionaires have been slamming the middle class, especially over the last decade.

All of this is enough to turn middle class republicans into whining liberal democrats come Nov. 2008 (though they would never admit it). The voter turnout should be at record high levels. The integrity and strength of the GOP has diminished. No one seems to know what the definition of conservatism is any more. The only “true” conservative running under the republican label is being cast out and re-labeled a crackpot from within his own base. The strength and support of the Democratic Party has grown both ideologically as well as financially. It would take nothing less then a miracle for a republican legislative, judicial, and executive branch to survive after their disgraceful and deceitful exhibition over the last 7 years. Maybe—just maybe--- true Americanism will be reborn in January of 2009 (God willing).
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