Backed by a Failed Economic Theory, Republicans Turn to Religious Extremists

Throughout history human beings have devised fairy tales to pass on traditions and superstitions to inform or frighten children and adults alike into following a certain path. It is hardly imaginable that in the 21st Century, an adult would fall for instructions based on a fairy tale, or what an imaginary being uttered as secret knowledge from religious dogma. In America, a segment of the population is making a power play to enforce an ideology with no basis in fact, and as fantastic as it sounds, Republicans are purveyors of superstition and ideology that will bring about the destruction of this country as a representative democracy, and usher in an era of corporatist theocracy.

Republicans have been running on an anti-government theological agenda for the past three years, and their drive to impose biblical dogmata as the rule of law is only matched by their intention to give government control to a small group of wealthy industrialists. Their ideological bent has as its basis a failed economic theory, and they have enlisted religious fanatics to forward their dangerous agenda by instilling fear that Democrats are waging a war on religious freedom. Of course, nothing Republicans preach has any basis in fact, but by citing the bible and tradition, they are garnering support for their agenda.

There are myriad examples of legislation based on the Christian bible, but of note is the current drive to restrict women’s access to contraception and control of their reproductive health. Republicans have also sought to impose the bible’s ban on homosexuality by furthering discriminatory laws that have been ruled unconstitutional, and yet they forge ahead without pause to financially punish gays over their choice of life partners. The Republican corporatism and anti-government agenda has no legitimate connection with religious fanaticism, but Republicans have been successful using the religious right to push their anti-government agenda through fear-mongering and threats that President Obama and Democrats are “out to get them.”

In Louisiana, for example, a group of religious extremists took out an ad in a newspaper that strongly suggested President Obama and Democrats were conspiring to execute Christians. The ad copy displayed a 1920’s photograph of a Catholic priest standing before a firing squad with the caption, “AMERICA is under siege by the same evil (Obama and Democrats) as history shows over and over…We must learn from it or we are doomed to repeat it. We must be triumphant over terror.” The translation is that voting for Republicans is a vote for Christianity’s salvation.  It is a recurring theme among evangelical extremists that Democrats, and particularly President Obama, are waging all-out war against Christians and it has given rise to a subculture preparing for a religious war to take control of the government and install a theocracy.

In Kansas, governor Sam Brownback complained the contraceptive coverage rule for employers violated religion’s basic tenets against birth control, and he told a CSPAN call-in show that if women who work for religious institutions want contraception coverage, they can “go work somewhere else.” Brownback claimed denying contraception coverage did not violate a woman’s rights, but it preserved the rights of religious employers who oppose birth control and left women with little choice but to follow church teachings or lose their jobs. Whether Republicans really care about protecting religious freedom or not is impossible to know, but their religious pandering has detrimental effects for women and gay’s ability to earn a living. It is likely that the GOP is using religion as a means of convincing superstitious religious fanatics to vote against their own best interests, and informs their willingness to use any means necessary to push their corporatist anti-government agenda on Americans.

It is astounding that Republicans are campaigning on an anti-government agenda and getting support from religious extremists who will suffer as much as any American as the GOP dismantles social programs and give more entitlements to the rich. The concept of austerity economics is not about deficit reduction or debt because the mammoth tax cuts for the wealthy will add to the nation’s debt problems. However, by using fear of Democrats destroying religious freedom and impending doom and gloom of deficit panic, Republicans have rallied support for their ideological bent that America’s salvation lies in austerity for social programs and extravagance for the wealthy at the taxpayer’s expense. Why else would working-poor religious fanatics who use Medicare, food stamps, and housing assistance support Republicans who promise to eliminate those social safety nets?

America is at a tipping point that will determine the future of how this country is governed, and it is obvious that Republicans will tolerate a theocracy if corporations are allowed to control the wealth in America. The symbiotic relationship between Republican’s oligarchic ideology and religious fundamentalism is a dangerous combination that is gaining momentum with each piece of Republican legislation and unrestrained power they are giving a few wealthy industrialists.

Most Christians, even fundamentalist freaks, understand Jesus’ message that uninhibited wealth and hate for their neighbor is the quickest path to the bible’s proverbial Hell, and yet they support Republican ideology that it is patriotic to give more wealth to the rich and deny basic civil rights to women, minorities, and gays. However, their fear that President Obama and Democrats will rescind their right to religious freedom has driven them to vote against their own best interests and with every Republican victory, America slides closer to a government controlled by oligarchs and theocrats. Republicans will use any means to turn over the government to the wealthy and their corporations, and if it means replacing the Constitution with the bible, then as John Boehner said, “so be it.”

The past three years should be a wake-up call to all Americans that the biggest threat to their freedom, religious or otherwise, is unrestrained power in the hands of a few wealthy industrialists. There may be some Republican legislators who truly believe the Christian bible should replace the Constitution, but what is universal among Republicans is that government, and government by the people, is patently wrong and they will tolerate a theocracy if it allows them to hand real power and real wealth to a few rich families and their corporations. It is indeed tragic that after 236 successful years, anti-government Republicans and their religious supporters will accomplish what no foreign enemy ever could; destroy America as we know it.

12 Replies to “Backed by a Failed Economic Theory, Republicans Turn to Religious Extremists”

  1. Oh, the GOP hasn’t failed at what they WANT to do economically. They are making it happen, even as we write. Take the jobs report. The GOP, which demands austerity in GOVERNMENT, has gotten its wish: most of the job losses are of public sector workers, while private sector jobs have climbed.

    So they get to have their cake and eat it too: yelling at Obama about ‘jobs’ when the job losses are ones THEY have fostered.

  2. Have been reading, “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis. The writing style is awful and the 1930’s context is strange, but when you get past that, a lot of it is eerily familiar. Once the Corpo candidate seized power, he disappeared his evangelical partner.

  3. Now the religious right have snagged Oprah and her network. Lisa Ling did an incredulous interview with Rick Joyner and Todd Bentley from Morning Star Ministries for Oprah’s network. Lisa Ling is supposed to be a fairly good journalist but from what I hear of the details of the interview she portrays them as good everyday Christians. I will reserve judgment until I have had a chance to see the interview however if what has been reported is true it will take all my power to sit through the entire sham.

    Pretty incredible news when you consider Dobson and his ilk think Oprah is a she devil who promoted mysticism through her show. It is incredible how the people who are supposed to know these things know nothing at all. They get paid the big bucks to brainwash not to report good journalistic pieces. Sitting in a bubble of their own making.

  4. I tried to read that one too and you are right, the prose is just really hard to deal with. I got as far as the discussions at the dinner and afterward and gave up. I might go back and try again.

  5. If you can force yourself to the point where Windrip gets inaugurated, the events become interesting enough to make up for the awful prose. To put some of the material in historical context, look up Huey Long.

  6. GOP Economic theory HAS NOT failed. It has been extremely effective. They have created an oligopoly type government controlled by the top 1%. The middle class has been losing ground for 30 years. This is the objective and they have been Very effective in achieving it.
    He who has the most money wins. No one can be president unless they have backers with millions. These millions are an investment and contributors expect a return.
    It is relatively easy to get people to vote against their best interests as long as you have the money to spread fear, paranoia demagoguery.
    Most people don’t have a good understanding of economics and are easily mislead. These and other issues are extremely complex and people don’t have the time and the reputable sources to figure out the “TRUTH” thus they go on faith. What a rich source the religious faithful are.
    GOP economics won’t work for the poor and the middle class, but works great for the 1%. Their policies are very effective.
    If you believe that healthcare, SSI and austerity is good for you and the country then you are part of the problem.

  7. if people don’t wake up, we will become another Latin America…the wealthy on top and the poor at the bottom.

  8. Don’t understand economics???Feel confused by so-called experts?? Just follow the money, and check out the source.

  9. And these same fools are among the first to criticize the Taliban and other extremist groups. Talk of the pot calling the kettle black. What a bunch of total hyocrits!

  10. Why do these people vote against their own best interests…because the religious poor dependent upon food stamps/medicare are fed a daily dose of prosperity theology that assures them they too will have increased wealth by their contributions and believe they too will one day be part of the 1%.


    Ruined our great Savings and Loan Institution
    Closed Fairness Doctrine that has Limbaugh types on our public airwaves
    Closed Revenue Sharing
    Since 1980, initiated our involvement in 10 foreign conflicts
    Repealed Glass Steagall—took deposits in over 7000 banks and put 50% in 5 (Too Big To Fail)
    and 80% in 10 (Too Big To Fail) Banks.
    Modernization of Commodity Markets—from investment to Casino Derivative Of America
    2 very dumb invasions of two of most unarmed and destitute nations.
    Ruined our International reputation as a Do Good Christian nation to Big Bully Devil
    Stood by as freak marketeers ruined our housing industry
    Stood by as Casino Derivative Of America ruined the world financial industry
    Impeached a great president for petty political gains that created a long term animosity between the parties
    Attempted to destroy the safety nets that make a great middle class
    Implemented Tax Codes that permitted a redistribution of Wealth to top (10%) who now own (73% )of Net Wealth and (83%) of Financial Wealth and take (50%)of all individual income
    They have taken America to a rank of (#2) as Least Taxed in OECD nations; (#2) as least taxed corporations; and sadly to (# 4) on Inequality.
    Since 1980, their Spend & Borrow policies, mainly, were responsible for adding 14,000 billion to our 1000B Debt when they started in 1981.
    Fought the Great GI Bill.
    Fought the WWII Draft
    Installed strict laws which have loaded our prisons with non-violent offenders which make us world leader in prison population



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