If I were to write a letter to real republicans it would talk about the lessons that should be part of an action plan for American conservatives today as follows:
- Re-write your platform honoring the separation of church & state as it was pre-1992
- quit embracing extremists – period
- re-focus on secular conservative issues that are designed to promote success of America for all its citizens
It really is that simple. They lost because their Party was steeple-jacked in the late 1980s by fake republicans replacing the moderates. This resulted in a complete infestation by religious zealots who brought a wave – some intentional, some not – of racists, sovereign citizens, paranoid doomsdayers, immigrant-phobic, homophobic and low-information people with them who vote and all this is happily funded and promoted by plutocrats with huge wallets.
As a result, we have seen the emergence of the Tea Party and a host of citizen militia groups explode into existence. We have a sizable demographic who claim exclusive rights to the definition of words like “patriot”, “real American” and “American exceptionalism” among others – all becoming dogwhistles to their base.
A growing number of mainstream Christians have been siphoned into the bible-based cult of Christian Dominionism and thoroughly indoctrinated. They have unknowingly been converted generally know as little about the Bible as they do about America’s real history and Civics 101. They have handily transformed the Republican Party into the ReBiblican Party.
Meanwhile, the pre-ReBiblican conservatives – the real Republicans – have either wandered off into a desert of embarrassment and confusion with some voting democrat while others have just walked away from the process altogether. This includes not only voters but candidate, spawning the new faces we see stepping up as political candidates under the skirt of the Republican Party. None of them openly announce that they are theocrats, rather they have re-branded the conservative movement and contrary to what media pundits on both sides will admit to – there is now an absolute religious litmus test in American conservative politics.
Destroying the Republican Party a Tactical Plan
Do not mistake all this chaos within the Republican Party as simply a takeover by overly zealous Christians. Many of the faces now associated as Rs are not now, nor have they ever been, true republicans. Politicians such as Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Jim Inhofe, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Rick Santorum, and literally hundreds more are actually theocrats which is why we have branded them as ReBiblicans so that there is a clear distinction. (See our summaries of over 300 ReBiblicans who ran for seats in 2012 alone on our interactive map). There is a false notion that there are just a few of them so no need to worry.
These people have been working feverishly behind the scenes for years creating alternatives to the Republican Party that has been far too liberal for their interests in search of a Party that reflects their true beliefs and ideologies. The most organized effort was formed in 1998 and is known as the Constitution Party. The first portion of their Preamble lays it out for all to see:
The Constitution Party gratefully acknowledges the blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as Creator, Preserver and Ruler of the Universe and of these United States. We hereby appeal to Him for mercy, aid, comfort, guidance and the protection of His Providence as we work to restore and preserve these United States.
This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions but on a foundation of Christian principles and values. For this very reason peoples of all faiths have been and are afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.
The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries.
The Constitution of the United States provides that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” The Constitution Party supports the original intent of this language. Therefore, the Constitution Party calls on all those who love liberty and value their inherent rights to join with us in the pursuit of these goals and in the restoration of these founding principles.
The U.S. Constitution established a Republic rooted in Biblical law, administered by representatives who are constitutionally elected by the citizens. In such a Republic all Life, Liberty and Property are protected because
law rules. [...]
And there is a great deal more where that came from. I encourage you to peruse their web site because we are about to see a lot more of these folks. They run as CP candidates and Virgil Goode was their presidential candidate for 2012 in several states. I am a big fan of visuals because it presents a picture of how widespread an event is, and they have conveniently provided us an interactive map of their own that allows you to hover and click over each state where you will find a thumbnail list of CP candidates across America who ran in 2012. This Party will balloon for 2014, and if they have it their way, replace the Republican Party as the main contender to the Democrats in 2016.
They also have state chapters where you can dig deeper and see that CP candidates are running for everything from congressional and legislative offices to State Auditor, Attorneys General and more such as this example of the Pennsylvania CP state chapter. Again, this is what Sarah Palin really is and years ago when she and Todd were exposed for belonging to the Alaska Independence Party – well, the AIP has long been a proud associate of the CP.
The Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) is a political party in the U.S. state of Alaska that advocates an in-state referendum which includes the option of Alaska becoming an independent country. The party also advocates positions similar to those of the Constitution Party and Libertarian Party, supporting gun rights, privatization, home schooling, and limited government. The national Constitution Party has listed the AIP as an Alaska affiliate in the past [...]
If these positions sound familiar it is because the lines are so profoundly blurred between these extreme Right groups and what we now see presented as the Republican Party. And remember just how close we were to having a CP aligned Vice President in 2008…way to close for my comfort!
The Aftermath is Going to Get Bloody
This campaign was an embarrassment to traditional republicans. I know, I have spoken with many who winced with the emergence of each new potential presidential candidate who one after another staked claim that they have been uniquely selected by God to run for office. This campaign has been an embarrassment to traditional republicans as the listened to these candidates speak and watched the platform embrace one extreme position after another – having everything to do with theocratic law and little to nothing to do with leading our country and representing its citizens.
The Republican Party has one real chance at surviving – but to do that – they must remove biblical governance from their platform or they will never be able to regain respect, nor a large enough demographic, to remain a viable alternative for those American conservatives whose personal faith – while devout – understand that we are a secular nation where church and state is essential.
Already Christian Dominionist groups like the Family Research Council are back at it – whipping their Sheeples up into a frenzy of fear and paranoia not only because an African American won a second term as president, but their homophobic fixations are on hyper-warp today on the heels of huge wins in several states for marriage equality despite the millions of dollars they spent to buy theocracy. They are literally calling for an uprising of “Gideon’s Army”… (watch 2 minute video here)
Perkins claimed that same-sex marriage will never be morally acceptable or within the bounds of natural law whatever the voters in Maryland and elsewhere say, while McClusky said that “civil disobedience” will now be necessary thanks to marriage equality’s increasing victories.
Garlow, who prior to the election warned that an Obama second term will make America “unrecognizable” and “forever gone,” said that Christians should now expect immense persecution from the government, and Meadows called for Christians to emulate Gideon’s army and remember that “our God will not be mocked.”
*note* Garlowe used to work for Newt Gingrich as a staffer
Celebrity-types from yesteryear are getting space on HuffPo for tweeting remarks like this;
From:email@example.comSubject: Jesus Will Destroy YouDate: November 7, 2012 9:15:12 AM MST
To: Information Weinstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
the ni**er won and you kikes and you raghead islams and the homos you worship can celebrate in the damnation our Lord and savior will bring on your evil heads. Jesus will not be denied and the USA military will be Christs right arm. The End is coming and you and MFRR will be destroyed by the breath of Jesus mouth, demon mickey. (2 thessalonians 2:8).
Let’s get back to arguing about “potholes”
Today’s ReBiblican influence has changed this pattern. Today there are claims that not only is it too costly to fill the pothole, but that private sector should do it and if they don’t then it is good for the tire business and if someone is hurt – it is God’s will – after all He put it there.”