Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Republicans, me and Him

Party platforms are no more than partisan wish lists that embody what a particular political affiliation would like in a perfect world. As such I try not to get as worked up about them as I could and as some do.

But, I fail. It pisses me off to no end when I read the tripe that passes for securing the party line in our country. Most specifically, the Pachyderm Propaganda.

The Texas Republican Party Platform is posted online in full and is required reading for both young Reeps about to blossom into full-grown intolerance and free citizens who like to/need to know what they're up against. (Older Reeps aren't required to read it, per se, since some of its most basic tenets are actually tattooed on their heads in Damienesque splendor.) The document contains this lovely gem about their fervent desire to define America as a Christian Nation:

"We do not believe in the myth of separation of church and state."

You know, what I love about Fundemental Christians masquerading as conservative politicians? Why, it's their unwavering balls, of course! You might as well say, "We do not believe the foundations of this nation's civil liberties apply to anyone who doesn't believe what we believe!" If I remember the history lessons vaguely, there was this king, who considered himself the leader of the church and the sole employee of the Lord God on Earth, who pissed off a bunch of malcontent colonials to the point they were eventually forced to wage war in their yards with brightly colored soldiers. There were some folks around like T. Jefferson who made a point to try and avoid this sort of thing in the future. See, not being beholden to a particular religion was fairly fundamental to the development of the government we're founded on, strangely enough, completely by design.

I do not believe in the myth of the compassionate conservative, but you don't see me just blurting that sort of thing out, do you? Well, really I do. That's because it's who I am.

And that's who they are. Don't forget it. I know all the triple-lutz's on this one, but remove all the spindiferous bullshit, and keep this in your head always.

"We do not believe in the myth of separation of church and state."

Always wonder about your future and see what you hear.* Wonder about why it is, that despite your religious belief or lack thereof, you always feel a little creepy deep down in that dark pit of intuitive queasiness you don't examine much, when our pal Bushie starts talking about his beliefs.

Sinclair Lewis said "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." There's a short lifespan for freedom when freedom is allowed to be defined by any religious dogma. With that in mind, always remember:

"We do not believe in the myth of separation of church and state."


God loves you, and I love you. And you can count on both of us as a powerful message that people who wonder about their future can hear." Fuhrer W speaking the mind of the Elephants about his buddy God and Himself—Los Angeles, Calif., March 3, 2004)

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