The planned burning of Qur’ans by an Evangelical church sends a confusing message that a violent act by them proves another group is violent, and threatens national security and the lives of American soldiers abroad.
“Only in the absence of certainty can we have open-mindedness, mental flexibility and willingness to contemplate alternative ideas.”
Republican rhetoric has become so outrageous they have lost the ability to tell fact from fantasy. Clueless, they nod sagely while the rest of the world laughs.
Conservative columnist Michael Medved believes that God is on the side of the Republicans, but misses the point that whose side God might be on went out with the Enlightenment and its values upon which the US is established, namely liberty and individual human rights, and not the Bible.
Physicist Stephen Hawking who has raised the ire of every believer in Britain because of his new book, “The Grand Design.” Hawking’s great sin is to suggest that God is not necessary for creation: “the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” Of course, the religious zealots are going nuts, but here is why Hawking is right.
Mobs are forming in America. It takes courage to do the right thing when it’s the unpopular thing to do. A coward finds it easy to go along with the mob and it is the exceptional man who, like President Obama, will say, “Now, hold on just a minute…”
Convinced that only conservatives have a right to rule, and that they are not a defeated political party but the victims of an unlawful usurpation, a government in exile, the Republicans have declared war on America and will go to any lengths to return to power.
What are we to do with groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, which has been designated a hate group by both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, and who seem intent on testing the limits of free speech? Should we engage, mock, or ignore them?
The conservative demand for heroes is more intense than ever. There can never be enough dead heroes, Reagan, McCarthy and others, and living heroes seem even more in demand to judge by the quality of those being put forward, like Joe the Plumber, Sarah Palin, and by his own reckoning, Glenn Beck.
Glenn Beck is a Mormon in evangelical clothing who has co-opted the Christian narrative for his own purposes. He is preaching what he obviously does not, and cannot believe given his Mormonism. Are mainstream Christians aware of this disconnect between Beck and his message? This has been noticed by some on the Religious Right. Some, but not enough.
In the world of climate change legislation, everyone seems to be waiting for somebody else to act first. Thus, few are willing to lead; the rest are hesitant to follow. The United States, with a unique opportunity to lead the drive to save the planet, has chosen neither to lead nor to follow.
After Michele Bachmann’s original claim that there are enemies of America in the Congress was echoed by Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle it is become obvious that the real enemy of America are extremist candidates like Angle who can’t seem to keep their stories straight.
We should not expect much out of FOX when it comes to reporting the news. Sure, it can be argued that there is no news that is undistorted by spin, but there is spin and there is propaganda, and there is outright fiction. If you are going to step before a camera and say something, it should at least be made clear to the watcher if what you’re saying is fact or fiction. Peter J. Johnson, Jr., graduate of Columbia College and Columbia University’s School of Law and has served them as a legal propagandist since 1997.
The American political system assumes that all parties will behave responsibly and continue to try to govern the nation even through disagreement. For one party to completely withdraw from the process and insist on their status as “a government in exile” is something the Founders never foresaw.
A Christian watchdog group complained in 2007 that they “see shorter skirts on the women of Fox News than…on the prostitutes being arrested on cop shows.” The thighs and breasts remain. The Family Values network? No, more of a fund-raising network now – and sex sells.
The idea of divine right died out a long time ago, when god fled the political scene, only to be resurrected in the New World and in a new century with George W. Bush’s claim that God – not the American people – chose him to lead America. Then there is the Bush crusade against terrorism, and yet nobody epitomizes the spirit of the past better than former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin.
Now that the last US combat brigade has driven into Kuwait, it is an appropriate time to look back at the Iraq War and to reflect on how it matters a great deal who we elect as our leaders. There are lessons to be learned, and we owe it to future generations to heed them.
Turning Karl Marx upside down, Republicans argue that when the money is taken from the poor and Middle Class it is not class warfare. Rather, it is the natural order of things. The money goes where it is supposed to go according to trickle-down economics – into the pockets of the wealthy. Gone unsaid by the Republicans, these tax cuts increased the federal deficit.
American Exceptionalists on the other hand like to erect statues to a Jewish peasant who was executed on charges of sedition more than 2,000 years ago and in another country entirely. It is towards a mythology built up around that man that Republican patriotism increasingly revolves. And I am not talking about the Bible; I am talking about Mythic America.