Sunday, October 29, 2006

A Nation of Junkies

Last time I checked, there were an alarming number of evangelical christians participating in this mockery of participatory government that we have in the US. Given that the number of eligible voters who actually vote fluctuates somewhere between 30% and 45% of the available electorate and given that, of that number, at least 25% of them are evangelicals, it seems to me that these people have an alarmingly disproportionate influence on our nation's policy, foreign and domestic.

Marx called religion the opium of the people. However, this new brand of charismatic protestantism goes so much farther than that, it is ridiculous...How about "speedball of the people?"

When you consider the wrong-minded Calvinism that passes itself off as the "born again" movement and the associated notions that wealth/prosperity = the favour of God, you have to see the associated calls for the dismantling of the social safety net for what they are: the attempt of an extremely vocal, highly politicized minority to establish a theocracy in the United States. With the billions of dollars that this administration has passed off to "faith-based" community organizations, the stage is being set for an Hamas/Hezbollah-style scenario by which religious authoritarians end up providing social services that are much better managed and dispensed by secular institutions.

Think about it: no money for welfare, but plenty of cash for churches with soup kitchens. No money for childcare, but plenty of money for churches that provide after-school programs. No money for public education, but plenty of money for vouchers for parochial schools.

The Christian right is certainly one of the most sinister political cabals in the country right now. These are people who preach peace and love but who, ultimately, pray every day for Armageddon, an apocalyptic descent into violence. Normal, thinking, people cannot understand why the US supports Israel unconditionally...this is because the support that the US gives Israel has nothing to do with rational policy and everything to do with biblical interpretation that suggests that Jesus can't come again until all of the jews have taken all of the "promised land." These are people who believe in magic (creationism) and who detest the reason and rationale of educated people

These people have declared cultural war against the enlightenment-era principles upon which this country was founded. Their goal is to make the US a "Christian state," where religious tolerance can only apply to those whose brand of religious preference marches lock-step with their own twisted agenda of hetero-sexist, anti-semitic, racist and classist hate-mongering. Even the republicans know this, though in the relentless pursuit of money and power they are more than willing to pander to simpletons so long as they get to keep their jobs.

I was listening to Air America just a little while ago and apparently, there is a teach-in being held tomorrow at St. John the Divine in New York City at Amsterdam and 110th St. The subject being the danger posed to the secular state by religious wackos. If you are in New York, check it out.

New Orleans, LA

Friday, October 27, 2006

Pelosi Pledges: Impeachment off the Table

"Making them lame ducks is good enough for me," said Nancy Pelosi, when the question of impeachment was raised in a recent television interview.

These cruel, ignorant, wicked, little bottom-feeders who have plunged the world into chaos and made us, as a country, more hated, more likely to be bombed by psycho-muslims and more economically unstable than ever before in our history, are going to get off scott-free...and the democrats are not going to lift a finger to call these neo-con shit-heels to account for their treachery.

This, my friends, is why liberals suck ass.

This is why liberals are forever portrayed as feckless, spineless, cowards. This is why they are so often whiners instead of winners. This is why I have given up on the politics of the Democratic Party.

The American people have been lied to, we have been stolen from, and October saw us killed in record numbers in Iraq. If the Democrats fail to embody the vengeance of the people, then why should the people give their support to the democrats when what the people REALLY need right now, to feel better about themselves and their country, is vengeance?

Vengeance...vengeance for the lies...vengeance for stealing money from poor people...vengeance for pretending to love God...vengeance for the indiscriminate bombing...vengeance for the torture...vengeance for the child molestation...vengeance for the drugs (and the drug war)...vengeance for the hipocrisy.

I think I will vote Republican this time around...If people are not outraged enough, if making war criminals "lame ducks" is good enough for "the American Left", then things are obviously not bad enough yet. Another few years of Republican government might be what America needs to wake the fuck up...give the bastards a couple years more to sow their evil and to allow that evil to fester.

Soon, you will see haggard old wretches pushing wagons down Pennsylvania Blvd screaming "Bring out yer dead," and THEN, I believe, the matter will be well in hand.

Fuckers...evil fucking fuckers...

New Orleans, LA

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Woe, woe, woe

Our civilization is in decay and we are left with little to do but await Odoacer to send our imperial seal to the east. Criminals and amoral grotesques lead our country to ruin and I don't even have a fiddle to play as the great city on the hill burns in the distance.

"Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, "Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth..."

Would that it were so easy to believe that it will all truly be over soon.

"The end is near, stay positive!" says the fox, as the Mayan calendar draws to a close.

As pussies like Pelosi relinquish their courage in bullshit pledges to blunt their own swords, Grendle lurks in the darkness waiting to thrust good thanes and danes down his gullet.

When I was twenty years old, an old man said to me, "flee now; all is lost." At the time, I was content to stare, starry eyed and awe-struck at the hopelessness and decadence of it all, and now as I enter the long autumn of middle age, I am left with little besides rage at youth misspent and bags not packed...Had I had more presence of mind, I would have been a bit more Johnny-on-the-spot. Now I am invested and spawned...

Woe, woe, woe...woe to the land of the free. Woe to purple mountain majesties. Woe to fruitful plains.

Buy us back, Chirac...

New Orleans, LA