The decline of evangelical influence

September 23, 2007 at 9:42 pm | Posted in politics, Religion | 1 Comment

The Evangelical outcasts

Conservative Evangelicals, angry that women still have control over their own bodies, angry that their prayers aren’t foisted on every school child, angry that we don’t live in a theocracy, and angry that gays, well, still exist, are claiming they’ll be tougher on Republicans this time around.

It definitely is a moment of crisis for the Evangelical Right. When you style yourself the GOP’s ground army (and they are), yet your presidential forum attracts only Huckabee, Brownback, John Cox (who?), Alan Keyes Ron Paul, Tancredo and Duncan Hunter, you know you’re getting the dredges of the GOP field.

Because right now, there is perhaps no greater item we as a struggling human ant farm can be grateful for, no single social emetic we can look to for inspiration or hope or a happy tingly sensation in our collective groinal region indicating a possible move away from our long-standing Dick-Cheney-in-hell attitude of shrill bleakness, alarmism and religious righteousness than the simply wonderful implosion of the evangelical Christian right that’s happening right now in America.

Do you know this clenched and panicky group? Of course you do. They’re the throngs of megachurch lemmings Karl Rove masterfully manipulated and rallied and whored to Bush’s very narrow advantage in two elections.

Apparently, Bush’s GOP has let them down. They have not been content with BushCo’s anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-sex, pro-abstinence, anti-women, anti-science, pro-war, God-hates-Islam stance, nor have they been content with having their trembling hands around the throat of the preceding Republican Congress for half a decade and clearly they have been insufficiently humiliated by the happy slew of right-wing preachers and politicians who’ve been revealed as meth-loving, restroom-lurking, boy-fetishizing gay hypocrites.

But when you come right down to it, the Great Truism has been validated once again: Righteous fundamentalism, be it Christian, Islamic, or otherwise, has the seeds of its own destruction built right into its very framework, a priori and de facto and by default. Powered by the deeply joyless engines of fear and shame, it can never quench its own impotent desires.

The fall of the Godmongers

2008 Budget Fight Begins

September 23, 2007 at 12:26 am | Posted in economy, politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The president has threatened to veto 10 of the 11 appropriations bills that have passed the House, as well as legislation expanding a popular children’s health care program. On Monday, he will step up the fight with a speech accusing Democrats of fiscal irresponsibility. … Democrats, whom Mr. Bush accuses of “working to bring back the failed tax-and-spend policies of the past,” now run Congress.

While there may be explanations for higher spending, including the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Brian M. Reidl of Heritage says the federal budget has nonetheless grown at a rate of 7 percent a year under Mr. Bush, about twice the 3.5 percent rate under Bill Clinton.

even so-called nonmilitary discretionary spending — the portion of the budget that a president can rein in, because it does not go to entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid — has grown faster under Mr. Bush than Mr. Clinton.

Democrats have simply been more straightforward about their plans to spend the taxpayers’ money. They also have been willing to consider tax increases to cover them. By contrast, Mr. Reidl added, Republicans drove up spending through “loopholes and gimmicks” like tucking extra money into emergency spending bills.

New York Times

by Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 22, 2007 WASHINGTON — — After smothering efforts by war critics in Congress to drastically cut U.S. troop levels in Iraq, President Bush plans to ask lawmakers next week to approve another massive spending measure — totaling nearly $200 billion — to fund the war through next year, Pentagon officials said.The new spending request is likely to push the cumulative cost of the war in Iraq alone through 2008 past the $600-billion mark — more than the Korean War and nearly as much as the Vietnam War, based on estimates by government budget officials.

la times article

Bush and Republican senators help raise money for

September 22, 2007 at 11:25 pm | Posted in iraq war, politics | Leave a comment placed a full page ad in the September 10th issue of the New York Times.

The Washington Post, hardly a bastion of the neocons has a fact check blog.

Rather than let the story die, 30 Republic senators and Joseph Lieberman introduced a resolution condemning the ad. abcnews

Bush attacked the ad. (cnn with link to video).

The end result? raised another half a million based on the publicity.

And the soldiers? Support letters to here.

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