September 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
“Pillar after pillar after pillar holding up this shining city on the hill and what are we faced with? the president of the United States and his leftist minions out there every day with their little jackhammers chiseling away at those pillars, undermining those pillars of American exceptionalism, attempting to bring down the shining city on the ills, turn it into rubble. And they have no idea what they would build on top of the rubble but I know this: we are not going to let them do that. We are going to refurbish those pillars, we are going to strengthen the shining city on the hill. We’re going to serve God and country in that order. There is a fine future for the United States of America and we’re going to have a chance to live it and when that victory comes it will be His victory, not our victory, it will be in his time not our time. God bless you all. God bless America.”
- Steve King, Republican Congressman from Iowa, September 14, 2012
- Source: video
- Context: King was speaking at the Values Voter Summit, where he implied that Barack Obama was the ant-Christ and that he and his “leftist minions” were destroying America. He also went on to say that if President Obama is defeated in this years election, it will have been because God defeated him.
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).
August 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Why does it seem Christian conservatives are more powerful now than in the 1990s?
“To a large extent because Dobson and his gang of thugs are real nasty bullies. I pray devoutly every day, but being a Christian is no excuse for being stupid. There’s a high demagoguery coefficient to issues like prayer in schools. Demagoguery doesn’t work unless it’s dumb, shallow as water on a plate. These issues are easy for the intellectually lazy and can appeal to a large demographic. These issues become bigger than life, largely because they’re easy. There ain’t no thinking.”
- Dick Armey, former Republican Representative from Texas (1985-2003) and former House Majority Leader (1995-2003). He was also one of the engineers of the “Republican Revolution” of the 1990’s.
- Source: Excerpt from The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians, and the Battle to Control the Republican Party
- Context: In the book, Armey was interviewed by Ryan Sager where he was asked about the role of Christian conservatives in the Republican Party. Dobson, who Armey specifically mentions, is a prominent Christian Evangelist. Armey was very critical of the encroachment of the religious Right in Republican politics, but only after he had left office. With the rise of the Tea Party, however, Armey has reconciled with the religious Right in order to raise money for his lobbying organization.