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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

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 The theocrats show up

I'm watching Michael Reagan address the reTHUGlican convention. Anti-choice blah blah blah. Finally, the theocratic wing of the reTHUGlican party is being allowed to show itself.

When I think about who the reTHUGlican party is -- aside from Bush and Cheney -- I think about Ashcroft, DeLay and Boykin. These are the folks in power: they are the American Taliban. We haven't seen their faces during the reTHUGlican convention. Instead we're seeing gay-loving Rudy Giuliani, gun-hating Michael Bloomberg and abortion-rights advocate Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Thomas Jefferson is spinning so fast in his grave that if you wrapped him in copper wire you could generate enough electricity to power a large city. In the historic Danbury letter of January 1, 1802, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Messrs. Nehemiah Dodge and Others, a Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, in the State of Connecticut:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State.

Michael Reagan, please take your seat. Where is your seat, you ask? It's a chair over in Iran. You know, Iran. It's a theocracy. You'd feel very much at home there.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but don't forget that Jefferson ran an incredibly dirty campaign, using surgates (think SVFT) to vociferously slander his opponent (and friend) John Adams.

9:42 AM  
Blogger obelus said...

Great post, NanoV. Having come from a small town in the Midwest, I know how a little bit of ball-breakin' and ass-chewin' can get the nervous system of die-hards all stirred up and whipping them into a moral frenzy can work wonders. Years ago Democrats decided to stake out the muddled middle and call it theirs. Only thing is, while it is easy to win a polite debate occasionally, it is hard to win elections from the middle.

My hope remains that Bush, unless he is allowed to debate with his cabinet holding a hand in his back pulling strings, won't show well in the debates and Kerry will pick up enough electoral votes to bring it on home. My dread is that the electoral college is as fixed as a carnival sideshow game and the Republican leaders all know this and are laughing in their sleeves through this nonsense called the election.

10:51 AM  

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