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Nov. 3rd, 2004

If you're feeling incredibly despondent and adrift, here's some bitter medicine that might make you feel a little better (in a teeth-grinding, banished-to-Siberia kind of way.)

"This race was lost, if it was lost, because millions of religious single issue cult-like voters turned out to vote in red states for a man they have unyielding faith in, even if that man and his party are about to lead this country into an abyss. And the Democratic Party has built an electoral strategy around a base and geography that cannot compete with that cult at this time in our history. People much smarter than I can argue about why a minority in this country can take over a major political party, marginalize its moderates, and still win 50-51% of the electorate at a time of an unpopular war, mediocre economy, and a questionable future for our children. "

I want to draw your attention to the bolded bit because I do not believe Republicans in general are the enemy here. I think that the Republican party has been co-opted by a reactionary fringe that are using scare tactics and twisting people's most deeply held beliefs to manipulate them into supporting their very un-Republican agenda. I think Christians should be appalled by the way these extremists have used tenets of their faith to blind them to the practical realities of what this administration has wrought, and what it will do in the coming years.

I think I should shut up now and try to simmer down before I attempt to think about this any more.

Comments

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rednikki
Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
I think you're absolutely right - but I think it's gonna have to get really bad before anyone pays attention. See, if you're not the one being hurt, it doesn't matter.
vincec
Nov. 3rd, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know if the religious right will ever be able to see the hypocrisy of most of their possitions. The religious left has. They will continue to pick and choose their bible verses and support whichever canidate picks the verses they agree with.

They quote often about how god hate homosexuals, over the pork sandwiches that are hated as much by god in the previous verse.
theletterelle
Nov. 3rd, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
I think Christians should be appalled by the way these extremists have used tenets of their faith to blind them to the practical realities of what this administration has wrought, and what it will do in the coming years.

I have been, and continue to be, appalled.
fenriss
Nov. 3rd, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)
I know, hon. And I was in part thinking of you when I said this. I'm not being ironic at all. I really think it's disgusting that this horrid little cabal wants Christians to think they've got God's particular blessing. I know about the long tradition of Christians promoting a lot of the values I hold highest (compassion, charity, forgiveness, etc) and I keep being stunned by how utterly this administration forsakes those values and...

You *totally* don't need to hear this right now, do you? I'm gonna shut up. But in a few days, I'm going to feel better, and then I'll post something about how all is not yet lost. I think.

minniethemoocha
Nov. 3rd, 2004 04:53 pm (UTC)
point of distinction
This administration is not operating from the model of Christianity; it is operating from the model of Christendom. Christianity is what made young girls martyr themselves in Diocletian's arena rather than give up their faith and worship the state. Christendom is what happened when the Empire took the name of Christ and used it to conquer all of Europe.
_blackjack_
Nov. 3rd, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
Re: point of distinction
young girls martyr themselves in Diocletian's arena rather than give up their faith and worship the state.

Or give up their virginity, for that matter. Chastity was a tremendous force for women's rights, at the time.
minniethemoocha
Nov. 3rd, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: point of distinction
Yes! A lot of martyred women were marriage-resisters. Needless to say their tampering with such an important business transaction was not appreciated...
_blackjack_
Nov. 3rd, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
To paraphrase the Rabbis: the message of the Bible is "Don't be an asshole!" The rest is just commentary.
_blackjack_
Nov. 3rd, 2004 04:53 pm (UTC)
The difference is, of course, that it's a lot easier to manipulate religious fanatics into falling in line than it it to do the same with intellegent progressives. It's a lot easier to terrify people with talk of killing babies and the downfall of family than it is to make them understand the long-term consequences of unjust law rooted in a single theology.

Maybe Michael Moore is right. Maybe the only way to win is to use the tactics of the enemy, to appeal to emotion and fear rather than fact and reason. To reduce things to black-and-white instead of believing Americans are capable of discerning shades of gray. It kind of defeats the point of having a democracy, but I'm not sure the people even WANT a democracy any more. If they're so determined to create an oligarchical nigh-dictatorship, maybe we should be offering tha alternative of a benign one.

I mean, take a look at the middle east. The most progressive Arab nation right now is Jordan, which is essentially an absolute monarchy. It is progressive because the absolute monarch is progressive. He realizes that his people aren't ready for, and don't want a democracy, and indeed that democracy would likely lead to a brutal theocratic regime. So he basically IMPOSES a pseudo-liberal, pseudo-civil society on his people, since he knows it is the best way for them to live.

Live free or die, as it were.
fanw
Nov. 4th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
In a similar vein, there's an interesting commentary on the power grab of theocrats at the daily KOS. I don't want to believe it's gone that far, but he(?) makes a good argument as to why we should be worried.
fenriss
Nov. 4th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
Spot on! This is precisely what I'm talking about. Thanks for the link.
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