No, nothing Biblical or from Pat Robertson or Franklin Graham, just an examination of how our Governor, some legislators and the Senator from the Religious Right all reveal themselves as contemptuous of most everyone who isn’t. As the E*Trade baby says, “here’s my shocked face”.
So, what revelations? First, the Governor and conservative Republicans ran on promises to restore prosperity. Their base knew this was nonsense, but the good burghers took the bait and now are yanked unceremoniously from their complacency. Guns and god, si; jobs? maybe later.
Why? Because culture warfare is precisely the distraction that’s needed to obscure the widening wealth and privilege gap and diminishing prospects of economic improvement for non-elites. Global prosperity is a better strategy than containment but the conservative Republican construct requires non-elites to work against their own interests and become an underclass, to be realized fully by destruction of safety nets, education and unions, the offsetting balancing and bargaining forces for non-elites. And remarkably, hereabouts at least, the non-elites cheerfully do so.
Make no mistake that unions and government can be abusive: so too Wall Street, Congressional or religious miscreants. The solution is for unions to be like they are at Caterpillar or in the auto industry, and for Government to cut civil service, pension padding and the lifetime employment nonsense. But the trickle down economics crisis led to, even forced, Clinton era surpluses and balanced budgets, so Bush-era enormous borrowing and the Wall Street Crash (v. 2.0) isn’t being used to punish Wall Street excesses or restore tax code equity but to terminate contract and personal rights. Conservative Republican hypocrites never met a crisis they didn’t make, or like.
And we also have McDonnell and legislators (including Mrs. Vogel) claiming they didn’t know a trans-vaginal ultrasound was invasive. They wrote the legislation after what, sampling medical marijuana? Anyone who pretends to this wide-eyed stupidity has no business legislating, has no respect for the electorate, and raises questions of competence for themselves and their defenders.
Closer to home we have Clarke County citizens advocating armed insurrection: no doubt the “I can’t have enough guns” crowd taking seriously Palin’s foolish comment. Palin’s pandering was what consuming ambition demands even though impressionable minds take such statements as an invitation to murder. Spare me that abortion is murder; abortion is the law. Or prove it shouldn’t be, not to your clan or from the pulpit but with scientific rigor. Or is science trumped by religion, again, as in Galileo’s time. You don’t like Sharia law but find nothing wrong with Vatican law? You want to imagine a future under religious teachings, look at Afghan tribal areas or most of the Middle East (except Israel where religious law is for the religious, not the state).
The knee-jerks who disagree first and analyze later miss that a more perfect union means letting others do as they wish within universally accepted bounds of public policy; and that an armed insurrection isn’t some romantic notion that Palin and her ilk make it out to be, or a drunken walk in the woods to shoot critters that don’t shoot back.
Is it clear yet that there is a compelling need to take back the system from those who’d prefer that ballots may be won by false promises, or worse, that the ballot may be replaced by the bullet?
Sure it is. Any takers beside Shaun Broy?
The Plains, Virginia