Saturday, October 23, 2004

don't it feel great living in a christian nation?

Bill Clinton often says, "if one candidate is appealing to your fears, and the other candidate is appealing to hope, then the choice is clear. Most will go with the party that wants you to think, not the party who doesn't." Clinton has such a great way of making the political personal. I'd share a cigar with him anytime.

Bush, on the other hand, is not someone I would care to have a beer with. Can you imagine how obnoxious that would be? Bush would be all drunk -- wanting to wrastle -- you'd be drinking some crappy Bud Lite on a pontoon boat -- Cheney would be shooting his gun randomly, ranting about "that Renquist pussy."

But you don't have to worry about ever having to drink with Bush. He is a born again Christian. Being from East Tennessee we should all feel a weird shudder at this thought. We know what it's like to be surrounded by people who don't believe in evolution. Who think the Left Behind series is serious non-fiction. Who speak in tongues -- publicly -- in the hopes of driving Satan from Downtown. In other words, people driven by fear. Driven only by fear. So driven, in fact, they are driven by the fear of not having fear to be driven by! Holy Shit! What if there wasn't CHURCH to keep people in line. People would go nuts. There'd be coveting, stealing and SODOMY!

Bush reminds you of he's a Christian at the end of every speech (... and may God bless you). Doesn't that feel icky? He claims God speaks to him about matters of State. Doesn't that give you the willies? He even alarmed Pat Robertson when he said God told him there would be no casualties in Iraq. The fact that Pat Robertson is alarmed enough to tattle about anyone ELSE's religious megalomania should be enough to make and right thinking person shit their pants. I just shit my pants.

Was I the last person to learn about the separation between church and state in elementary school? It's what made American Democracy "new and improved" when compared to the Divine Right of Kings which was a big flop. Remember? There was the Enlightenment, and "progress" was supposed to be a Good Thing -- is this ringing any bells? I know people were just all up in arms after the Dark Ages, and maybe their response was colored by, oh lets say SCIENCE -- but I've always thought what we had, in terms of the separation of powers was clever. Downright common sense. It's what made me wonder as a kid how I got so lucky to live in the United States instead of Zambia or Guam.

So simple yet so powerful: different powers go to different branches of government and the people get the ultimate power in running things. Reasonable. Rational. Fucking brilliant!

But is it enough in a post 9-11 world?

Isn't that the subtext of CNN, MSNBC and FOX News 24-hours a day? A bunch of Saudi's pull off the most spectacular televised mass murder in the history of cable news (we thought Desert Storm was AWESOME!), and our response is to fall to our knees and pray for the King who speaks to God and will lead us to salvation.

Can we let that sink in?

God is all-knowing, all-good and in-fallible and if He says invading Iraq will deliver us from evil, and that a mildly retarded Andover Cheerleader is the man for the job -- who are we to question? It is the Will of God. Any any Massachusetts Democrat who has the audacity to question (or campaign) is practicing Hate Speech (so, THAT's what they meant by Politically Incorrect).

Doesn't that make you want to run back to bed, pull the covers up and weep uncontrollably? Don't you wish someone would just hold you and make the bad men go away? If you are anything like me you spend half your day obsessed with the news and the possibility that any minute something freaky is going to happen (anthrax! car bomb! dirty bomb! the FLU!) and spacing out thinking, "this can't be happening... this can't be happening."

Karl Rove is a fan of Niccolo Macihavelli. Actually he's a dilettante with no sense of irony. His interpretation of The Prince is that it's a textbook for government instead of the frightening critique of power any freshman college student reads it as. Uncle Nick sets forth an argument for separation of powers based on his observation that powerful men are driven only by self-interest and insatiable desires, Rove uses the text to feed his insatiable desire for power. He has made a career of stoking the darkest Christian dogma into fear and hate. This has served the president well because Rove herds his "believers" into thinking Bush does the Lord's work.

this is the point where practicing Christians might call upon their personal experience of fucked up shit that happens in church. Any Baptists ever see any abuse of power in their local mega-church? Any Catholics hear of exploitation in the name of the Lord? How about the Moonies? Has anyone heard-tell of sexual exploitation of children or women on the part of Men of the Cloth? EVERY church-going Christian I have ever known has kvetched openly about this pastor or that minister trespassing hither and thither involving sex, money or both. We're all sinners in the eyes of the Lord, no?

Not Bush.

This administration's strategy for controlling the country has been using religious fervor to stir up fear into action. I think it's pretty well documented that this administration has intimated and come right out and said that they will re-make america into a Christian Nation.

Google Christian Reconstructionism and Dominionism and you will find that bush really does have a Plan for all this mess in the Middle East. It only seems like they got us into a quagmire. The real deal is that they have a Plan. It just doesn't include you.

How does that make you feel being in the belly of the beast up there in the mountains? When you go to Walmart, do you feel cold stares? Do you ever feel less safe knowing that someone might be taking note of your bumper stickers or your tattoos imaging you as a threat to their way of life and possibly to their salvation? Can you imagine what your neighborhood might look like if the 60 percent of your Conservative Christian neighbors decided to rid their clean community of scum like you? Maybe it would start with eggs thrown at your Kerry sign. Maybe next week you come home from work and find someone poisoned your dog. What exactly is it going to look like when the shit really hits the fan?

I've just had too much coffee. There is no need to panic. We are having the election in a few days and Kerry is going to win by a landslide. All the electronic voting is going to come off without a hitch and we are going to have a new President by bedtime Tuesday night.


Blogger tony not Tony said...

think about it:

Jesus was Jewish,

Judas was "Christian."

but, you know, if george bush started handling snakes at these campaign events, i might be moved to vote for him.

have to be black mamba's of course.

Saturday, October 23, 2004 8:15:00 PM  
Blogger justmyimagination911 said...

Dang - I accidentally posted an "I completely agree" comment on Rick's post about the guitar player (not that I don't agree; I just don't know anything about it). But I DO completely agree with your comments here Brooke. Geez. I need to quit this blog thing. I'm too clumsy.

Monday, October 25, 2004 6:45:00 PM  

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