Wealth Worship, War Worship, And The Permanent Culture War

August 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mike Lofgren, a Republican and former Congressional staffer, recently published a book titled The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted. In it, he discusses the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and anti-intellectualism within the Republican Party. The following are two quotes from a longer excerpt that was released online:

“Having observed politics up close and personal for most of my adult lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism may have been the key ingredient in the transformation of the Republican Party. Politicized religion provides a substrate of beliefs that rationalizes—at least in the minds of its followers—all three of the GOP’s main tenets: wealth worship, war worship, and the permanent culture war.”

He also describes the Tea Party as a religiously fundamentalist authoritarian movement:

“The Tea Party, which initially described itself as wholly concerned with debt, deficit, and federal overreach, gradually unmasked itself as being almost as theocratic as the activists from the religious right that Armey had denounced only a few years before. If anything, they were even slightly more disposed than the rest of the Republican Party to inject religious issues into the political realm. According to an academic study of the Tea Party, “[T]hey seek ‘deeply religious’ elected officials, approve of religious leaders’ engaging in politics and want religion brought into political debates.” The Tea Party faithful are not so much libertarian as authoritarian, the furthest thing from a “live free or die” constitutionalist.”

Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann are two of the several politicians he mentions as adherents of “Christian Dominionism”, the idea that Christians are destined to take over the political process and eventually establish a theocratic state.

The quotes are from page 1 and 4 respectively (of the longer excerpt).

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