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Monday, June 5

when you use 'feudalistic fundamentalist' give me credit

From the gifted Wayne Slater in the Dallas Morning News
SAN ANTONIO – Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell offered a greeting to delegates to the Republican convention. "It's great to be back in the holy land," the Fort Worth native said to the cheers of the party faithful.For the 4,500 delegates at last week's biennial gathering, it was both an expression of conservative philosophy and religious faith, a melding of church and state.

At Saturday morning's prayer meeting, party leader Tina Benkiser assured them that God was watching over the two-day confab.

"He is the chairman of this party," she said against a backdrop of flags and a GOP seal with its red, white and blue logo.

The party platform, adopted Saturday, declares "America is a Christian nation" and affirms that "God is undeniable in our history and is vital to our freedom." "We pledge to exert our influence toward a return to the original intent of the First Amendment and dispel the myth of the separation of church and state," it says.

Just off the convention floor, among the warren of booths selling buttons and T-shirts denouncing Democrats, the table for WallBuilders – founded by outgoing party vice chairman David Barton – was piled high with books and DVDs extolling religion in government. The Keys to Good Government was one DVD. America's Godly Heritage was another.

I don't blame the GOP for doing this. They have found a way to get their tax breaks for the rich by getting people with an obsession with religion--such an obsession that they ignore reality and logic and anything else that gets in their way--to vote for welfare for the wealthy.

Never mind that most of these zealots do not qualify for those tax breaks they eagerly support in the name of "returning" God to American government.

I blame every perfectly nice person I know, who doesn't believe this nonsense, yet doesn't vote. They are the people I work with, the people I went to law school with, the ones taking their kids to Little League. They are either not registered to vote or as one college colleague said to me, "I just try to stay out of this. It wears me out." Their stupidity, which obviously has crossed the line into their ability to protect their own interests, knows no bounds.

And as Ron White, comedian and genius compared to these fools, says, "You can't fix stupid."

I have a perfectly nice woman friend who lives in a very nice home, has a very nice sum of money invested in the market, has a very nice retirement. She is terrified that the Mexicans are going to take over government and "our way of life." Her house is much nicer than mine so I am not sure if she means her way of life or my way of life, too.

She should be worried about these feudalistic fundamentalist who have taken over our government. What is their obsession with returning this country to 13th Century Europe and the Dark Ages? Was life really better then? What makes them think that the Founders really were religious? Have they read anything?

Who is worse? These historically illiterate people and don't get all snippy, they can believe whatever they want and I defend their right to worship a Maytag wash machine if they do, but keep that flat earth, king worshiping, the sun moves around the earth, tax money to the church, our president as God's favorite, crap out of my government. We are not a Christian nation. And if we are, then why are we at war and children are hungry?

Who is worse? The perfectly nice people who let it happen by not voting against what they know is wrong?

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