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If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death;
their blood will be on their own heads. -Leviticus 20:13

There is one particular Dominionist bedfellow which has created a revulsion within the GOP…. to the point where it’s like they’ve awoken to a regrettable romantic interlude after a rough night drinking.

On a public relations front, sometimes a political message can become inadvertently equated with an undesired element. Unintentional socio/economic associations –when made by the public– can be embarrassing when one is trying to create a winning political brand. Still, “image” comparisons between political brands are often easy enough to make when there is a distinct similarity in tone, and terminology.

On a public relations front, sometimes a political message can become inadvertently equated with an undesired element. Unintentional socio/economic associations –when made by the public– can be embarrassing when one is trying to create a winning political brand. Still, “image” comparisons between political brands are often easy enough to make when there is a distinct similarity in tone, and terminology.

However despite a few semantic discrepancies, or one’s willingness to employ discretionary vernacular, the evangelical-fundamentalist-Christian message is synonymous with the GOP brand. Which is why throughout the conservative lexicon, it is rare when the moral imperatives of Christianity are debated within the Republican party. Routinely those who reside on the political right support one another when assigning biblical precedence while legislating. Fearing “moral” retribution amidst their own party, no one of political significance in the TEA/GOP differs with those who espouse Christian fundamentalism.

But there is one, hilarious exception.

Unless you’ve recently arisen from cryogenic stasis, you might have heard of a delightful group of good Christian folks whose tiny church resides on the West side of Topeka, Kansas. Founded by a grandfather like fella, the late Pastor Fred Phelps –and presently led by his charming daughter, the ever engaging Shirley Phelps-Roper– this church and it’s members are dedicated to bringing the message of divine superintendence through a literal interpretation of the bible. Better known as the Westboro Baptist Church, they have become famous for their firebrand method of saving Christian souls, morality, and patriotism. And en mass, the GOP rebukes the WBC for all the wrong reasons.

The across the board castigation of the Westboro Baptist Church from the political/Christian right is moral hypocrisy at its side splitting best. Although evangelicals, Republicans, and conservative media denounce the Westboro Baptist Church for their acerbic hate speech, or for picketing of tragic events (as a means to express Yahweh’s anger at America for allowing secularism) the overall Christian message is virtually the same. Sure, the folks who made “God Hates Fags” so right-wing chic are more vitriolic in their speech than most biblical purists. But if it weren’t for Fred and Shirley’s unwillingness to be tempered by political correctness, and the lack of diplomacy they use when speaking their minds, the majority of the things that they say, and the twenty-first century GOP says, are otherwise identical.

“The way to prove you love thy neighbor is to warn them they’re committing sin, I’m the only one who loves the fags.” -Pastor Fred Phelps

“Homosexual conduct is, and has been, considered abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature and
of nature’s God upon  which this Nation and our laws are predicated.”
– Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy “makes Fred Phelps seem tolerant” Moore

From the literal interpretation of the bible, to the condemnation of gays, to the irrational disdain for President Obama, to blaming tragedies on divine retribution, to the denial of science in favor of what the bible says, the WBC and the TEA/GOP have no moral departure from one another. But the good folks at the Westboro Baptist Church won’t play according to the rules of American politics. They don’t bother to mask their hate speech with conservative code. Neither do they make overtures to regard the crazy and stupid moral assertions that blab from their vapid traps.

So the TEA/GOP mustn’t allow their voting base to make the legitimate correlation between themselves, and the WBC. Because it might allow the more Christian-casual members of the Republican body politic to realize that they’ve been voting for xenophobes and lunatics. Indeed, the Westboro Baptist Church has unwittingly exposed how crazy and stupid one has to be in order to reference the bible for science, history, or morality. And doing so has become part of the TEA/GOP platform.

But in a way you gotta love the Westboro Baptist Church –via an unintentional satire of the fundamentalist Christian TEA/GOP– they have managed to shed a light on the psychosis of twenty-first century conservative politics.

Spoons and Guns

It’s been a few days since Aaron Alexis ambled into a Naval facility in our nation’s capital and with his new, legally bought shotgun, articulated his angst. Twelve people who were going about their normal routine were killed. As such, with yet another on a long list of mass shootings under our nation’s increasing belt size, our legislators and news-ertainers will begin their monthly debate on guns and their relationship to bullets ripping through the vital organs of innocent Americans. It should continue, with the utmost sincerity until –at least– the next celebrity meltdown.

Predictably, the same vapid arguments for the escalation of gun sales will commence. As has been the case since the Republican party has been compromised by Capital interests, they will find themselves on the wrong –not to mention factually inaccurate– side of this debate. Thus, gullible middle Americans will be frightened into over-arming themselves to their own detriment, and a false narrative will be blathered that the government (read: Black guy in the White House) is ‘coming for our guns”. The constitution will be bastardized to make a convenient case for capitulating to the gun lobby. And how one interprets the second amendment will become a metaphor for how they express anxiety over the cultural topography in our nation becoming darker skinned.

The racial dynamic of the NRA is the part of the gun debate that is being left out of our discourse.

The common rationalization is, that there is no correlation whatsoever between the common use of guns as mass murder weapons and ease by which said murders might be committed. Vapid, apples to armchair analogies are continually made by myopic gun advocates such as “if guns kill people, then spoons make you fat”… or some similar drivel. As if one person overeating had the capacity to kill thirty people around them in a single spoonful of carbohydrates. Or that criminals won’t obey gun laws anyway, as if that is a rational explanation for legislating the statistically proven lie that more guns will decrease violence. For that matter, why have any laws?

But in a way, the gun lobby is kind of right. Guns –by themselves– don’t kill people. Nor for that matter do nuclear bombs. However psychologically and emotionally damaged people, who don’t have to engage in background checks –not to mention convicted felons or those on the FBI’s terrorist watch list– who bring guns into crowds of people with malicious intentions do kill people. With ease, I might add.

So it is incumbent upon rational people to call out the lies emanating from the political right regarding guns, and moreover the irrational, post-Obama interpretation of the second amendment. It is of vital national importance to expose how the GOP’s and the NRA’s position on background checks have contradicted themselves since a black President was elected office, how this pertains to a bigoted cultural reaction, and how a false narrative has been created around the actuality of gun culture. Many gun advocates –whether they admit it or not– are preying upon cultural apprehension. The reality is, gun sales is all they care about, not the second amendment, you, or your lives.

Here’s the thing… Good middle-American gun-folk are under the general impression that their singular, covert background in whatever job they might have –be it in a cubical or lifting things– and their extensive training watching action movies and playing Grand Theft Auto will adequately prepare them for that moment when a homicidal maniac opens fire in a crowd. Somewhere in their attenuated synapses, the GOP/NRA electorate envision themselves heroically springing into action with a Rambo-esque disregard for their own safety. With bullets flying, pistol-packing Patriots would undoubtedly be there to protect their fellow citizens thanks to their constitutional right to carry a firearm and “pew-pa-ching” — gun down villains holding the very automatic weapons that the NRA claims every American sociopath also has the right to carry. Because true Americans like themselves will unwaveringly quell any carnage bad guys might impose on the populace.

Then afterwards perhaps a few news interviews and a spot on Letterman.

But the reality is that you’re much more likely to cower in fear and duck for cover. You’re much more likely to be Fredo than Sonny. The hero fantasy tends to fade when ones instinct for self preservation kicks in. I understand that armed brown people might seem scary in a lily-white suburban paradise, and that carrying a loaded firearm in Applebees in the company of other people’s children might appeal to your cultural anxiety. However statistically, you and your gun will do more harm than good.

The rational thing to do would be to juxtapose how we interpret the second amendment, against the constitutional mandate to insure the domestic tranquility. Perhaps we can even say aloud in public that the words “well regulated” precede the words “shall not be infringed upon” in the second amendment. But rationality doesn’t seem to have a place in our national discourse anymore, either.

Christianity and Republican Economics

If you are sane, and read the bible from Genesis to Revelations, there is a distinct probability that you’ll become an Atheist. If you are sane, inclined towards Christianity, and only read the New Testament, more likely you’ll become a Liberal Democrat. However if you’re just a douche bag who’s more concerned with justifying a departure from Christian ideals by bastardizing Christian tenets so as to coincide with a bigoted, uninformed, myopic world view, the twenty-first century term that might best describe your socio/political outlook would be “Conservative Republican.”

There are a whole lot of douche bags who vote.

How else could one explain the rationale behind the throngs of TEA-vangelical voters who’s socio/economic angst is directed at the very same people that Jesus of Nazareth advocated for? How can one claim to be a Christian and vote for candidates who are pro-gun, anti-health care, and who not only want to cut aid to the poor, but who are also tireless defenders of the wealthy? What Jesus were they reading about? When did “love thy neighbor” come to mean “screw ’em?”

Moreover, what part of a sane mind could possibly make these socio/economic determinations in a Christian context? It’s dizzying how many TEA party folks cling to the lowest rung of the middle class –or less– and have been convinced by twenty-first century political televangelists that the source of their economic woes are those further down the economic ladder, or their neighbor with a different bumper sticker. The leaders of the Tea Party, like the Koch Brothers (who are obscenely wealthy) sell pseudo Christian/patriotism to fearful, emotionally assailable, socio/economic illiterates who show up to rally’s in their floral printed Walmart bought house coats and tri-cornered hats. Many of the TEA Party proletariat are sadly already on some form of government assistance, yet they are so easily manipulated that they’ve been deluded into thinking that their voting decisions won’t affect them personally. In their minds, the TEA Party will protect them from the poor.

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.” ― Sinclair Lewis

And then, once those guilty of creating the present economic conditions (which are increasingly moving towards an Orwellian disproportion of wealth) have “scapegoated” the poor (who actually control only about two percent of the wealth in this country) for the uber-wealthy’s very un-Christian-like social crimes, and undermining of our financial system for their personal profit, they run TEA Party candidates who espouse these same ridiculous, fact deficient ideals. Flag waving idiots turn out for them in droves, while voting against their own best interests. It’s what Jesus would have wanted.

The TEA Party anxiety directed towards the poor –you know, the ones that Jesus Christ had this slight attachment to — is so powerful that Christian Politi-Vangelists have also convinced the dullards who vote for them that they need to help them make the rich more wealthy, than they already are by lowering their taxes past the record lows that they are presently paying. Moreover, that the working class must also bear the entire burden of economic austerity. Tea-vangelicals vote to cut Medicare, Medicaid, raise the retirement age, and privatize social security for dumb shmucks like themselves. If one wants to be a good TEA Party Christian, they also have to be against poor people having access to health care, and education while simultaneously raising the amount of tax dollars that go to military spending where the United States already spends more than the next twenty six countries combined, twenty five of whom are allies.

Because the rich shall inherit the earth, and it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a poor person to enter the gates of heaven…. or something like that. The TEA Party doesn’t embrace Christian ideals, as much as they embrace Chuck Norris. The Koch brothers must be laughing their asses off at how many idiots keep falling for the Jesus gag.

So with the rise of evangelism in American politics via the TEA Party, policy is affected thusly. When we elect people to public office who are so mentally and emotionally disturbed that they base their decision making process on the psychotic wishes of an invisible macrocosm commander, then terrible things are bound to happen. History is replete with theocratic atrocities. Yet many Americans are stupid enough to keep repeating those same mistakes and allowing ourselves to be suckered by those who speak lyrical “Godsmack”.

Throughout history, every time religion is the dominating political force, the aristocracy reigns, and the ranks of the poor swell. Most people suffer and die in poverty, needlessly, while a scant few live in obscene luxury. Now they are calling that capitalism (it’s not, btw).

Dominionist politicians would have you believe that their Fundamentalism is akin to a grandmother knitting a sweater, when in reality, it’s more like jamming the knitting needle into your eye socket. It is a consistent, ritualistic, form of counter-education and abusive mind control. Dominionism is a means of enacting a theocracy so as to control the populace, and ultimately, the nation’s purse strings.

Political predators who capitalize on fear and ignorance of the TEAvangelical movement are affecting much of our nation’s legislation. But first, they must control the process by which we think. They must control our determinations. They must steer the nature by which form our perceptions so as to make it easy for them to profit. They are not really in the Christianity business, they are in the idiot business. Christian Americans, and moreover, the Twenty-first century excuses for Republican voters, are just their customers.

For some hard economic facts, watch the following video: