Who Hijacked Our Country

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Salem Witch Hunters — Down But Not Out

Continuing with the same analogy from my previous post (yes, it’s getting a little old now), the patient is slowly recovering after an 8-year infection that was almost fatal. Now it’s been discovered that there were several strains of bacteria that were wracking the body with these unspeakable symptoms. Four days ago a one-time massive superdose of antibiotics was administered, which killed all of the infections that had gone systemic.

But now, the most putrid and most resistant of these strains — bacterius biblehumpus — is already trying to worm its way out of the patient’s intestinal tract and get back into the bloodstream.

These powerful antibiotics will lose their effect if we over-use them. The patient needs to develop a much stronger natural immunity.

Even though Spanish Inquisition 2.0 got stomped and kidneypunched four days ago at the polls, the Grand Wizards are encouraged because gay marriage was banned by voters in three states — California, Arizona and Florida.

One of James Dobson’s pilotfish, Tom Minnery, said: “Conservative politicians lost. Traditional values succeeded. It ought to tell them to get a clue about the importance of marriage. We were frustrated that Sen. McCain would not speak out about marriage strongly and repeatedly.”

That’s right! Millions of voters were scared shitless of losing their jobs and their homes, and McCain had this wacky idea that they wanted to hear about the economy. God told him to concentrate exclusively on the Homosexual Agenda and those ignorant sluts who want Abortion-On-Demand™.

Like the flu, there’s no cure for bacterius biblehumpus. All we can do is try to control it.

cross-posted at Bring It On!



Blogger Snave said...

I don't think the immediate future looks particularly bright for the religious right when it comes to winning elections. They will continue to be vocal, and their yammering will never cease... but looking at the large number of young people who supported Obama and Democratic candidates this time around, it seems the majority of them might not be thinking along the same lines as people like James Dobson. The middle-aged, older and probably wealthy evangelicals will make lots of noise, but when they try to influence politics, will the young voters listen?

I think the next presidential election or two will be problematic for all the pushy "family values" Christian fundamentalists. Unless the Republican party changes its tone and puts out a different message... they may not have much luck for a while.

November 8, 2008 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I think you're right; we're "safe" for now. These Taliban-Christian types have been an underground force in American politics since the early 1900s. They'll never go away. We just have to make sure they never hijack the mainstream government again.

There are certain mistakes the Democrats are prone to, and we all need to guard against this. Becoming too complacent because we're now the majority, and (closely related) becoming too diffused and torn apart by internal bickering over dozens of trivial issues. Republicans march in lockstep and tend to overplay their hand and overestimate how much of a mandate they have; Democrats are too unfocused and too wrapped up in smaller sub-issues that the public isn't interested in.

I hope we can hold onto this victory as long as possible. There's too much damage to undo. We need time.

November 9, 2008 at 12:00 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

snave, I wouldn't be so quick to count the religious right down, much less out. They still have tremendous money-raising and get-out-the-vote capacity.

A particular set of circumstances combined to foil them and their tactics this time. Liberals and moderates can't count on that happening next time.

November 9, 2008 at 1:05 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

These types who whine about freedom and keeping government out of their lives have no problem limiting other people's freedom, or having the government intrude on other people's lives. It's pure hypocrisy.

November 9, 2008 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger Ron Nasty said...

These poor deluded types think that 'cause three whole states banned gay marriages that the whole country's movin' center right.

November 9, 2008 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: True, the religious right will always be a powerful force to be reckoned with. But I think this 28-year coalition (it actually goes back at least to the 1930s) of chickenhawk warmongers, Big Business and phony "Christian" leaders has come unraveled; and I don't see it re-raveling again. This past Republican primary was a symptom of the fact that those 3 groups couldn't agree on a candidate.

Obviously we can't turn our backs or anything, but I think the wackos have been driven back to the basement (or back to the bowels) where they were dwelling from the 1930s 'til the late '70s.

Lew: Yup, it's a strange mindset that those people have. Protecting the environment and guarding workers' safety is "too much government," but it's AOK for the government to peer into people's bedrooms and make sure Jesus wouldn't be offended.

Ron: That's what those people keep doing. They read too much into everything, then overplay their hand.

November 9, 2008 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

We have to hope that the American people realize that it will take more than four years to get this country on the right track.

We must understand that yes, the Christian right has clout and fall pray to their leaders and the Conservatives.

We will have to look forward to the Young, African American, Causation, Mexican, Gay and all others to stay strong and support this change.

If things are going well after four years, you had better bet the attacks will start just to get a Republican back in the Senate, House and the White House to do the same thing they have done for the pass eight years.

November 9, 2008 at 3:46 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Tom, I hope you're right about the religious right having a greatly reduced role in politics, but will believe it when I've seen more evidence of it over time.

"Obviously we can't turn our backs or anything . . ."

I wholeheartedly agree with that.

November 9, 2008 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

Gay marriage and real problems in America are so unrelated in America that it is laughable we have to "vote" on marriage--it has always served the Bush administration well because they could hide their warmongering and imperialistic ambitions by scapegoating gays. I never expected California to vote against gay marriage, but that's what you get for expecting. I've had the biblical argument with folks about homosexuality--as I read it, God doesn't condemn same sex marriages or committed partnership--he condemns promiscuity and what the Bible calls perversion, which in the Mesopotamian time period was male rape, particularly among prisoners of war. The Bible didn't just come out of a vaccuum, but a given series of changing middle eastern cultures from ancient times.

November 9, 2008 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Let's Talk: No doubt it'll take a long time to get Dumbya's mess cleaned up. Hopefully the public will realize that nobody, Obama or anybody else, can fix things instantly. The wingnuts will try anything to get back in power, but I think they've already played their trump cards and they don't work as well as they used to.

SW: The religious right will always have lots of influence, but I think their coalition with business interests and military adventurists is a thing of the past. I sure hope so anyway.

Enemy: Yup, gay marriage was a convenient red herring for the far right. Every time the spotlight got turned on Bush's corruption, they could yell out "Look over there! Those two fags want to get married and ruin America!" It worked like a charm for 8 years, but the fun's over now.

November 9, 2008 at 11:06 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Don't count Jesusistan out. If this country does recover, voters in general will get lazy again-but the Jesusistanis will, as always, turn out 100% for the wingtards. To ignore them, or get complacent about them, is to lose to them.

November 10, 2008 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: Agreed. The religious right will always be ruthless and powercrazed. But I think their cozy alignment with warmongers and large corporations has run its course. That coalition couldn't possibly have lasted forever, and I think it's over now, or at least weakened.

They'll always be trying to align themselves with another interest group, to help them ooze their way into our lives. But I think it'll be awhile before there's anything to replace their cozy arrangement with chickenhawks and robber barons.

November 10, 2008 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

Who hijacked our country? From my complex point of view on this strange journey of the last ten years since moving here.

Those thugs calling themselves christians.

November 10, 2008 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

Gay marriage and real problems in America are so unrelated in America that it is laughable we have to "vote" on marriage--

Don't forget your history, when a civilization is about to collapse there is always a lot of noise from gays.

I've blogged about it more than once but there are natural gays and there are gays that society produces because they can't get along with members of the opposite sex very well anymore.

So they resort to gay relationships and make a lot of noise wanting all sorts of rights.

It's those gays that are out there making all the noise, the natural gays just leading their quite lives and shaking their heads at the fruitcakes.

Oh well, America was just an experiment that went wrong because our ancestors didn't come here and adopt to the natives ways.

Even though they now pretty much insist that new combers adopt to their ways.

Sorry, but I have more of a native soul and I just can't adopt to being a christian, they are a bunch of brainwashed thugs.

It's been a pain in the ass journey, but interesting.

November 10, 2008 at 6:40 PM  

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