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See part 1:  What will happen when the Christian Right takes over
See part 2:  The 4 things the Christian Right needs before they can take over

Does anyone else remember in the 1980s when the Christian Right (think “Moral Majority”) was obsessed with sex and violence in the media? They campaigned against sex and “gratuitous violence” pretty relentlessly…remember?

So, when was the last time you heard a fundamentalist Christian decry violence in the media? Sure, they’re still going to town on the sex thing…but violence? Not so much.

In the 1990s the Christian Right’s disapproval of violence lessened to the point of almost non-existence.

And at the same time their own use of violent rhetoric increased dramatically.

As some of you know, I’ve been writing lately about Christian Dominionism – the belief that Jesus will not come again until America is ruled by Christians and has the Bible as the basis for all law. (Click here for part1 and part 2.) Well, as I’ve read more about this, I’ve noticed something really scary within this really scary theology: Many Dominionists believe that there will literally be armed, violent struggle involved in “taking back America for Jesus.”

This might sound a little paranoid…but if you want people to take up arms, they need two things. They need to have arms, and they need to feel that the use of those arms is acceptable. People have to lose their fear of and resistance to using violence.

more gunsViolence is a HUGE part of the modern Christian conservative verbiage. And get this: it’s not always about THEM being in violent struggle against their secular enemies. (Although there has been plenty of that, with the whole “culture war” with its “battle for souls” and “holy wars” and “taking back America, one battlefield at a time” and all that shit.) No, now it’s the opposite. Suddenly its the secularists who are at war with them! The gays are conducting a “war against marriage and family.” Those who advocate separation of church and state are “at war with believers.” The governor of Texas says that America has “declared war on religion.” It’s the evangelicals who are “under siege.” They are being “relentlessly and brutally attacked by the culture.”

This is very clever – you don’t advocate violence against your enemies – you just convince people that your enemies are engaged in a violent march-enq-cartoonstruggle against you! What follows is natural. You fight back.

The secular media never likes it when I say this, so let me say it twice. Man your battle stations! Ready your weapons! They say this rhetoric is so inciting. I came to incite a riot. I came to effect a divine disturbance in the heart and soul of the church. man your battle stations. Ready your weapons. Lock and load…”

-Rod Parsley, prominent pastor, television host, author

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images-174If you’re following politics at all, you’d be forgiven if you came to the conclusion that the Republican members of Congress are insane. What is happening in our country’s politics makes absolutely no sense…that is, until you factor in corporate money (legalized bribery) and rightwing extremism (the Tea Party and a loony-tunes brand of Christianity).

Three examples:

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How in the world can a bill about basic background checks for gun purchases fail to win in the House, when 93% of the lawmakers’ constituents (the people they are elected to represent) want it? Especially when it’s already illegal for felons and spouse abusers and the mentally ill to purchase guns, and all that’s missing is a law that requires gun sellers to do a five-minute check to make sure the person trying to buy a gun isn’t in one of those categories.

The reason? Two things: Corporate money (these law makers are paid through campaign contributions to not agree to 7.6.12C.Money-Politics-610x427anything that would piss off gun manufacturers) and rightwing extremism (if you’re a lawmaker and the tea party nutwings find out you’re not toeing the party line, they will “primary” you).

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How does ExxonMobile get to wreck an entire town in Arkansas with a sands oil spill and not have to explain to the public (or show photos) of how or why this happened? How do they get to legally keep reporters out of the area? How did they get a frickin’ no-fly zone over their clean up operations?!?! Why were they allowed to not make proactive repairs when they knew that the potential for disaster existed? (One executive famously stated: “We know the cost of a clean up operation is much less than the cost to improve equipment and avoid a disaster.”) And why we’re on the subject, why does this obscenely wealthy corporation get billions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks every year???

The reasons? Legalized bribery. They give money to (usually) Republicans’ campaigns in exchange for no media accountability, lots and lots of free money and a free pass to fuck up the environment. And there are the extremists, of course. A tweet from Rep. Steve Stockman:

The best thing about the Earth is if you poke holes in it oil and gas come out.

95205167-global-warming-deniersClimate change
While the rest of the industrial world is working to curb global warming, why do our politicians continually vote against anything that would help to cool down the earth, even while 98% of scientists agree that a global temperature increase of just 5 degrees would be a disaster…AND that it’s becoming inevitable that this WILL happen if we don’t do something, and do it soon?

The reasons?

Corporate money: Reporters from The Independent researched the ways that corporate money is influencing politics in the area of climate change, and they discovered that the amount of money being spent on fighting the science of climate change is just over 500 million dollars each year. Here’s how it works: The Koch brothers (Bill and Charles), the guys who started (and fund) the Tea Party, own Koch industries, a large oil, gas and chemical conglomerate. Koch industries gives millions and millions of dollars each year to a group called the “Knowledge and Progress Fund,” which in turn gives the money to two sister groups: Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund. These two groups then spend shitloads of money “educating” the public against climate change, buying “scientists” who will de-bunk the real scientists’ research results, and paying off congresspeople. So, while 98% of scientists believe that it’s time to yell “fire!” in regards to global warming, these clowns are pretending that, “Oh my gosh! There are scientists out there who are totally against climate change!” The end results? The Koch brothers get richer, and we as a planet experience more and more deaths through “extreme weather events” (drought, storms, tornados, fires, floods) and get closer and closer to complete ecological ruin and the extinction of species, including our own. Good work, Bill and Charles.

bp-funds-tea-partys-climate-change-deniersExtremism: Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) appeared on Voice of Christian Youth America’s radio program Crosstalk with Vic Eliason a few months back to promote his new book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, where he stated:

God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.

Enough said.

Of course, there are many, many more examples, including the corporations that are allowed to coat our vegetables with pesticides, the minimum wage, aid to the poor, colleges loans and more. Watch this space.

574684_10151453350516275_1499953774_nThe Republicans are “outraged.”  Again.  And guess what?  Most people don’t care.

A low-level IRS employee in Cincinnati uses the key word “Tea Party” to find applicants for tax exempt status who might be engaging in too much political activity (gasp!)…and suddenly President Obama is “engaged in the worse scandal in American history.”

The intelligence agencies mistakingly believe that the Benghazi attack was partially motivated by an anti-Muslim video that had spawned protests at embassies all over the world, then correct themselves a few days later when more information comes in…and Obama is a murderer.

The Justice Department subpoenas AP phone records in an effort to stop a government leak that threatens toracist-tea-party derail a terrorist investigation.  Like the Justice Department does.  Obama is now “worse than Nixon.”

And of course there’s the usual racist whack jobs still questioning Obama’s birth place, lying about him destroying the economy, screaming about our guns being taken from us, and more.

Here’s a hint for you guys:  It’s not working.

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Posted: May 9, 2013 in gun policy, Obama, politics, Republicans, the tea party
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this-week

BENGHAZI – THE MANUFACTURED SCANDAL THAT WON’T GO AWAY
Well, there’s now been more hearings on Benghazi than there was on the 9/11 attacks. And would someone ask the Republicans why they didn’t try to impeach Bush after these attacks on U.S. Consulates:

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  • January 22, 2002: US Consulate at Kolkata, 5 Killed.
  • June 14, 2002: US Consulate at Karachi, 12 Killed.
  • February 28, 2003: US Consulate at Islamabad, 2 Killed.
  • June 30, 2004: US Consulate at Tashkent, 2 Killed.
  • December 6, 2004: US Consulate at Saudi Arabia, 9 Killed.
  • March 2, 2006: US Consulate at Karachi, 2 Killed.
  • September 12, 2006: US Consulate at Syria, 4 Killed.
  • March 18, 2008: US Consulate at Yemen, 2 Killed.
  • July 9, 2008: US Consulate at Istanbul, 6 Killed.
  • September 17, 2008: US Consulate at Yemen, 16 Killed.

Total Deaths – 60
Outraged Republicans – 0

Please give it a rest, guys.

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THE NRA MOVES EVEN FURTHER RIGHT
As you may have heard, the National Rifle Association has a new president, and we’re all breathing a huge sigh of relief! FINALLY someone has stepped up to the plate who will bring a semblance of balance, reasonableness and common sense to the important gun-related issues of today. Ha ha. Just kidding. In the past several days the new president, Jim Porter, has made his politics clear when he referred to the Civil War as the “War of Northern Aggression.” He called President Obama a “fake president” and Attorney General Eric Holder a “rabidly un-American.” Most importantly, this week he advocated for arming the citizenry so that we are prepared to fight our own government! I’m wondering if he’s heard of the Shay Rebellion? Or the Whiskey Rebellion? FYI, Jim – the constitution has a thing or two to say about treason.

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And speaking of gun laws – the fight is far from over. After gun-control legislation was defeated last month, Senate Democrats now believe that they may have several new votes in favor of a bill that would expand background checks for gun buyers, an idea which 91% of Americans support, but that was defeated by the GOP in congress last month. Why are these folks changing their minds? Because you/we freaked out on them! Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) is a case in point: She voted against the measure, and has been punished by her constituents ever since. Her polling numbers are falling, she’s being shouted at in town hall meetings, and she’s faced a wave of criticism from dozens of grass roots groups, internet bloggers, emailers and callers. Then this week, after experiencing the backlash, she wrote an op-ed suggesting she may support measures to strengthen the existing background check system.

Another example: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — who apparently switched his position at the last minute and voted against the bill — told CNN Monday that he is willing to reverse his opposition to expanding background checks, in part due to the backlash he experienced by his constituents.

The White House vows gun-control legislation will be back for a vote in the Senate, and these wavering Republicans make that prospect increasingly likely. Way to go, folks!

images-129FAMILY VALUES IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Family values? Not so much. Republican (and “family values” activist) Mark Sanford this week defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch (sister of Stephen Colbert of the “Colbert Report”) in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Remember Sanford? He is the scandal-tinged former governor, whose political career was left for dead four years ago when he was caught lying about an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina. (Ring a bell? The “I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail” guy?)

STOCK MARKET REACHES RECORD HIGH – TIME TO IMPEACH OBAMA
Today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 15,105, an all-time record. For one conservative group, images-130this can only mean one thing: it’s time to impeach President Obama.  Remember Citizens United?  The infamous “corporations are people” group?   Well, Tuesday they accused President Obama of “wrecking the stock market” and asked readers to take a poll about whether he should be impeached as a result.

From the email:

Dear Concerned Reader,

Fearing the very worst, the nation’s super-rich are unloading their stocks at an alarming rate.

Even more troubling, the wealthiest 1% of Americans, who typically know the most, are the ones most anxious to sell.

You see, Obama just allowed 13 new tax increases to further slow the economy, wreck the stock market and make it even harder on the 12 million Americans already looking for work.

The bigger question is this…

Is Obama’s Latest Tax Screw Up Grounds For Impeachment?

Stock-Market-RocketWhen Obama took office on January 20, 2009, the Dow Jones was at 7,949. Over the last 4 years, it has gone up approximately 90 percent before reaching a new high today. Of course, it’s important to remember that the health of the stock market is very different from the health of the overall economy. Middle class wages are stagnating and millions are still unemployed or underemployed. But when a conservative organization ignores reality in such a blatant way, one can’t help but quote former Rep. Barney Frank: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?”

images-126Click HERE to meet some brave politicians who put the actual lives of their citizens ahead of their own political lives.

And meet a typical American member of the elected GOP who says that the most important thing that a politician can do is…wait for it…get re-elected!!!

Click HERE for part 1

images-125Gun control advocates AND opponents – please watch this short clip.  And, those of you who are against background checks and other common-sense strategies – please share your arguments with us again.  I’m just not getting it.

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John Oliver goes to Australia to confront the charlatans claiming to have effectively regulated guns, then quickly discovers that maybe some of the arguments from American anti-gun-control groups are flawed. All the arguments, to be more specific.

HINT:  Australia had almost one gun massacre per year until they instituted gun laws.  Since then they’ve had…wait for it…zero.  But wait, there’s more:  Homocide by gun has decreased significantly, as well.  So has suicide.  And I’m pretty sure 5-year olds aren’t shooting their baby siblings.  

Click HERE for part 2