Since the last major election, we've heard conservative after conservative come out and bemoan the current state of affairs within the republican party. Every Republican talking head is making the rounds letting America know that Conservatives are listening, and they are ready to change. Yes sir, that's the plan.
Great thoughts, lousy results.
Even Mr. Conservative, Bob Dole, stated in a recent interview the following:
WALLACE: What do you think of your party, the Republicans today?
DOLE: I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says “closed for repairs” until New Year’s Day next year — and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.
WALLACE: You describe the GOP of your generation as Eisenhower Republicans, moderate Republicans. Could people like you, even Ronald Reagan — could you make it in today’s Republican Party.
DOLE: I doubt it. Reagan couldn’t have made it. Certainly Nixon couldn’t have made it, cause he had ideas. We might have made it, but I doubt it.
Well, the new and improved Republican Party is out with their picks for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the great state of Virginia. Yes, they did find some color, (that bleached out heroin addict look is so yesterday), in their pick for Lieutenant Governor; E.W. Jackson. He is a minister, and his thoughts are unhinged in regards to current society. He's all about fire and brimstone, and he wants nothing to do with society today. His big black book of boogie monsters and angels is all the "truth" he needs. He's delusional.
This gentleman has compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan, despises blacks for their "slavish devotion" to the Democratic Party, and has referred to gays and lesbians as "sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally." Anti-women's health, anti-anything that helps us build and maintain a civil society.
Ah, do you hear the doors opening to all of us? The big tent party's first nationally watched election since being stomped last November, and after promises of getting rid of the more extreme parts of the party, jumps right back in with crazy.
Shame on me for thinking anything else.
But for all that he is saying, it is nothing new. It's the Tea Party rhetoric that's been hampering the country's progress for years. It is the same culture wars, the same nonsense that they've been pushing since the Religious Right sunk their talons into the party. But this is actually even worse. Much, much worse than one might think.
This is the statement that should grab the attention of every atheist:
"I say the things that I say because I’m a Christian, not because I hate anybody, but because I have religious values that matter to me. Attacking me because I hold to those principles is attacking every church-going person, every family that’s living a traditional family life, everybody who believes that we all deserve the right to live. So I don’t have anything to rephrase or apologize for. I would just say people should not paint me as one-dimensional."
Now think about this. He doesn't hate gays, he doesn't hate women, (just their bodies), he doesn't hate the poor. He's just a christian with christian values, and that means that our favorite abomination of intolerance, (religion), will be legislating laws. He's a good god-fearing man that has strong beliefs when it comes to the laws of the bibles, and maybe Mother Goose And Brothers Grimm as well. If god says being gay is wrong, then it's wrong, no matter what is real. If woman desire control of their bodies, that's a sin. If the sick die and the poor starve, it's how life is meant to be lived.
The big tent party is back baby!