Shutdown Skeptic BitesPosted by Jim Newman on October 15th, 2013 – 1 Comment – Posted in politics, religion
I lived through Nixon, Bush, Bush, and too many assassinations but this shitdown, uhh slimdown, shutdown has me reaching for Sierra Nevada Red IPA early in the morning. It’s a sad thing when you chug expensive, good beer. I am told I shouldn’t be afraid. There have been many of these things. Hey, if there is more suffering c’est la vie. Yeah, well, life can suck and I think most of the time it’s pretty good from my privileged roost (privilege impoverished from the fall of the American Dream and now in the bottom quarter, poverty line with a view). What about the rest of the poor bastards?
I read an economist (economyguy) who says the 1% are hoping the markets will fall hard as then they will make the most money, financial war room masturbation. Fools that are in stocks instead of derivatives will learn their lesson–middle-class, wanna-be-rich, capital-crawler bastards. And bonds, they’re like stocks for old people that think they can out fox the war room.
No pain. Yeah, well, I used to say, “hey, even if humans killed off most of themselves, a few would survive and they would recreate civilization.” The faith of anarchy. MadMax leads to MLK and not Mel Gibson. The belief that in the absence of governance humans will create appropriate governance. Or go extinct. Doesn’t seem like the right time for extinction but a die back… Hmm. Probably not now. More like passing a kidney stone which I hear is the male equivalent of women having babies. Why would anyone want a die back?
Fundies are sure end is near but some say it will be a Black Swan, not what we expect. No doubt triggered by something at hand, missed by the best apocalyptic models.
When I attended Miller Honey, Freeman Institute rally in industrial district warehouse back in 1982 or so in West Granger Utah, they said to get involved in administration, political jobs, positions of influence, and wait. It was the closest thing I have ever attended to what one could call KKK fervor and conservative conspiracy. If I had taped it as Hunter S Thompson taped the Hell’s Angel’s rape scene…well, maybe christian dominionists would be accountants becoming freemasons as Harley bikers became accountant, weekend riders.
It took a few Hell’s Angels to stupidly kill innocents to wake up liberal love of bad boy intrigue to awareness that even bad boys must behave morally. Those fighting bad society were good and those feeding randomly like starved rats weren’t so much. Just hungry and stupid.
Christian dominionists are like the Hell’s Angels. They’re cool and interesting at first but close inspection reveals rot and pus. They seem like they’re rebels for a cause, victims of too much authority, lack of economic potential, but they’re just thugs looking to fuck everyone, even themselves with no soft end in site.
It’s no surprise, under the circumstances, that a movement controlled by fundamentalist Christians would be oblivious to the very real dangers that their actions present. Fundamentalist religion is extremely good at convincing its followers to be more afraid of imaginary threats than real ones, and to engage in downright magical thinking about the possibility that their own choices could work out very badly. When you believe that forcing the government into default in an attempt to derail Obamacare is the Lord’s work, it’s very difficult for you to see that it could have very real, negative effects.
The most common phrase I have heard through my life from conservatives is “readin, ritin, arithmetic.” The most common biblical blurb, “if people followed the bible we wouldn’t need government.” Well, actually, the “do unto others” is the most common but they often go together–the one implies the other.
It’s not economic regulation. It’s not little government. It’s not healthcare. It’s the same as how we got the motto and the money changed to reflect religion. Insanely powerful religious conviction to make something most don’t want, happen. Even if bad does happen it’s for the good. Nor is it just about this country. It’s world dominion. Caldwell:
And they are willing to wait to get what they want. “History is with the Reconstructionists as they advocate a return to God’s law as the standard for righteous living, for the individual in self-government as well as elected officials in civil government,” North writes.
That is what makes the debt ceiling debate so chilling. The Reconstructionists have waited a long time to be in powerful positions. And now that they possess power, they are perfectly willing to use it to “reduce the power of the state” so that the God of the Old Testament can swoop in to rule the Christian nation they believe will result from chaos.
JIm Newman, bright and well