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Christianity &Science Thomas on 29 Jul 2011 12:24 am

Undestanding ‘Republicanity’

Stating the obvious – Republicanism has become a religion:

‘Republicanity’—The GOP Transformation is Nearly Complete

The Republican Party is no longer a political party—it’s a full-fledged religious movement. The political ideology fueling this movement is religious to the core; and while it might be easiest to label the religious element “Christian,” that designation is too broad and generous for the true complexities at work here.

The article covers four elements of the Republican brand of religion:
1) Mythology
2) Rituals
3) Ethics
4) Theology

One of the elements of Republican mythology is supply-side economics, also known as trickle-down economics. The mythology is pushed relentlessly by Republicans even in the face of facts demonstrating that the idea is bankrupt:

The final nail in the supply side coffin

The theory of supply-side economics tells us that if you cut taxes on rich people and corporations, the newly liberated moguls and businessmen will take their windfall and invest it, creating jobs and accelerating the rate of economic growth. The benefits of a light hand on the upper class, therefore, will “trickle down” to the working man and woman.

Ever since Ronald Reagan first attempted to make supply-side economics a reality and proceeded to inaugurate an era of persistent government deficits and growing income inequality, it has become harder and harder to make the trickle-down argument with a straight face. But we’ve never seen anything quite like the disaster that’s playing out right now….

Adherence to this mythology is complete in the Republican party, even though all actual evidence tells us that supply-side economics is harmful.

This is exactly what we would expect from a group of people who believe in an imaginary “god”. The same delusion that powers the belief in an imaginary person powers the belief in imaginary economic benefits. When you are delusional, evidence doesn’t matter.

25 Responses to “Undestanding ‘Republicanity’”

  1. on 31 Jul 2011 at 6:29 am 1.Anonymous said …

    World Reacts To Debt Ceiling Debacle: ‘Irresponsible,’ ‘Worst Kind Of Absurd Theatrics,’ U.S. Politicians A ‘Laughing Stock’

    The German mass-circulation Bild: “What America is currently exhibiting is the worst kind of absurd theatrics and the whole world is being held hostage… Most importantly, the Republicans have turned a dispute over a technicality into a religious war, which no longer has any relation to a reasonable dispute between the elected government and the opposition.”

  2. on 01 Aug 2011 at 9:05 pm 2.Horatiio said …

    “Stating the obvious – Republicanism has become a religion:”

    Excellent! Our blogmaster now supports my contention atheism is a religion.

    You can have both the GOP & the DNC. They are both false religions.

    Anyone surprised our blogmaster is a fascist? They never learn from history. I wonder just how much money the fascists are willing to borrow?

  3. on 02 Aug 2011 at 6:25 pm 3.Lou said …

    2.Horatiio said …

    “Excellent! Our blogmaster now supports my contention atheism is a religion.

    Excellent! You continue to support my assertion that you are a liar.

  4. on 02 Aug 2011 at 10:22 pm 4.Biff said …

    Republicanism is a religion? Well, many in the DNC did refer to the Reps as suicide bombers and terrorist. This all because they want to balance the budget and cut spending. Hey, my household is a religion too.

    This only after 6 months ago the DNC screaming about cleaning up the rhetoric.

    If Republicanism is a religion then the DNC is without a doubt a hate group.

  5. on 03 Aug 2011 at 2:20 am 5.Observer said …

    Hor- I am delighted to read your ramblings as usual. You might break out a dictionary and learn some simple definitions beginning with “fascist”.

    Biff- You are playing the idiot again: it is “Republicanity” as in the filthy Christianity you and your lot practice.

    The conservative Christian filth are leading to the destruction of the country. As distasteful as it is, I was recently in the American “South”, one expects to see symbols of previous stupidities like the Confederate flag, and loads of cheaply built churches (tornado targets). What is chilling is that the radio waves are filled with all sorts of crazies like American Family Radio, and other innocuous sounding xtian lunacy mills. What is distressing is that the white-trash peddling this tripe get a tax-break.

    And what if we would have made the United States a better place 150 years ago and said good riddance to the southern scum? Think of the enemy we would have had in WWII when Southerners joined their like-minded goof-ball Christian racists in Germany and threatened the southern border of the United States? Can we get rid of them now? The same mindset that led to the treason and betrayal of the 1860s is on display again in the US House of Representatives. It is horrifying.

    I have greater sympathy for the good folk who were completely flummoxed by the rise of the Nazi Party.

  6. on 04 Aug 2011 at 11:44 pm 6.Drake said …

    “If Republicanism is a religion then the DNC is without a doubt a hate group.”

    No doubt about it Biff. I will email the SPLCC right away. They hate America, the GOP, personal responsibility, capitalism, Christians, the military and the truth.

    How can 20% of the populations screw up a nation so quickly?

  7. on 05 Aug 2011 at 11:30 pm 7.Xenon said …

    Drake,

    I saw a clip of Rachel Maddow today. She apparently is some host babe on MESSNBC, the lefty network. I didn’t realize it was still on air. Anyhow….

    Seeing how news is so slow, she decided to attack Rush Limbaugh for some comment he made concerning Obama’s place of birth on the eve of our POTUS’ birthday. Continuing she blathers on how Rush still does not accept his American citizenship even after the records were released. Libs are very sensitive about this issue.

    She claimed the remark was made yesterday but true to form, this liberal, of course, lied when it was revealed the comment was made over a year ago in a very joking way. Libs don’t like jokes unless they make them, Things like terrorist, Nazis and hostage takers. But I digress.

    This is the liberal way. Intolerance, ad homenim, lies and hate of everyone who is not liberal

  8. on 06 Aug 2011 at 3:44 pm 8.Lou said …

    Xenon,

    In your rant you omitted an explanation:

    http://insidecablenews.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/limbaugh-vs-maddow/

    and her apology:

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rachel-maddow-apologizes-to-rush-limbaugh-for-using-a-year-old-birther-clip-of-him/

    Now, get back on your meds and wipe the foam from your mouth.

  9. on 06 Aug 2011 at 5:34 pm 9.Mike said …

    Lou failed to post this part:

    “What’s still not clear is why neither Maddow nor her staff verified that the clip they used was from something that occurred this week on Limbaugh’s show.”

    I can answer this. The left is obsessed with attacking and making the right look bad. This is more important than “news” and they will lie to get it done. If this was a first, we could let it go. But the way they smeared the tea-party with lies is forgivable.

    Terrorist? Hostage takers? Nazis? It is school yard taunts. The Tea party has been above the stupidity.

    And now thanks to Obamanomics we have been downgraded by the S&P for the first time in our history. Of course the Dems begin name calling and dismissing the S&P. Predictable.

  10. on 06 Aug 2011 at 8:58 pm 10.Observer said …

    Mike- You are a liar, and a fool. The Tea Party is white trash filth not worthy of comment. As for the downgrade, that is entirely at the feet of the Republican jackasses and the fools who voted them into office. The S&P statement which I am sure you have not read, is pointedly directed at the unwillingness of the US to increase revenues and the intransigence of the Republicans in Congress. Garbage like Eric Cantor and the booze addled Boehner are responsible for the downgrade. W. was responsible for the $2.8T in tax-cuts for people who already had much more money than you, and the $3T war in Iraq. AND, let’s not forget that Ronald Ray-Gun increased the deficit 4-fold.

    Scum like you is the biggest problem this country has.

  11. on 06 Aug 2011 at 10:11 pm 11.Ben said …

    Mike you are on the point but lets look at a couple of facts, moving by the troll above.

    S&P was looking for $4 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years. The plan that passed Congress after months of haggling will achieve $2.1 trillion to $2.4 trillion in cuts over that time.

    Who kept the cuts from where the S&P required? Obama and the DNC.

    Next

    During 2003-2008, the U.S.’s total government deficit fluctuated between 2% and 5% of GDP. This is already noticeably larger than that of most AAA rated entities. This went on to balloon over 11% in 2009 and has yet to recover.

    Who controlled the purse strings during this period? Obama and the DNC.

    As Mike pointed out, this Prez refuses to accept responsibility for anything. Great for a politician but one sorry leader. Congrats Prez Obama, you have now surpassed Carter as the worst Prez in history.

  12. on 07 Aug 2011 at 2:02 am 12.Lou said …

    9.Mike said …

    “Lou failed to post this part:”

    Mike, the original comment was not from me. I simply corrected the omission of Xeon’s one-sided comment. It’s not my job to verify either side’s poor research.

    The problem with you, Xeon, Ben, Maddow, and Limbaugh is that you’re all so polarized.

    Ben, the DNC didn’t control any purse strings. Don’t act the fool.

    “During 2003-2008, the U.S.’s total government deficit fluctuated between 2% and 5% of GDP. This is already noticeably larger than that of most AAA rated entities. This went on to balloon over 11% in 2009 and has yet to recover.”

    This comment is incorrect on several levels. But it most ignores the fact that Bush policies remained in effect. And before you start attacking me, I admit that I twice voted for Bush.

  13. on 07 Aug 2011 at 2:04 pm 13.Observer said …

    Ben- I am not surprised you are lying about the S&P report, or rather aping the BS you use for sources of information. The fact is had the Bush tax-cuts for the very rich been allowed to expire, the downgrade would not have happened. Simple. That was the number. The entire world can see the malevolence of the Tea Party and their allies.

    What is more, all the supply-side BS has now been discredited. Only the fringe and paid entertainers like Kudlow would say otherwise. Why is it not surprising you cling to this nonsense? You have FAITH, and garbage filth like Rick Perry on your side.

  14. on 07 Aug 2011 at 8:00 pm 14.Mike said …

    Ben

    You provide facts- they provide insults. Any surprise?

  15. on 07 Aug 2011 at 9:37 pm 15.Lou said …

    Mike,

    Funny how you guys got to the S&P report from the Maddow – Limbaugh controversy. You guys have a one-track mind. You’re simply too polarized to objectively discuss a topic without going off the deep end.

    9.Mike said …

    “The left is obsessed with attacking and making the right look bad. This is more important than “news” and they will lie to get it done.”

    But you guys aren’t, correct? That’s why you and Ben didn’t post the complete truth about the Maddow – Limbaugh controversy, correct? Pot, meet kettle.

  16. on 08 Aug 2011 at 1:39 am 16.Curmudgeon said …

    If anyone is actually interested in what the S&P stated, Ben posted right from their press release.

    Just saying,

    Maybe the reason the left doesn’t provide the facts is because they do not have access to any that helps their baseless claims.

  17. on 08 Aug 2011 at 1:41 am 17.Curmudgeon said …

    Oh Lou

    The comment you claim is incorrect came directly from the S&P.

  18. on 08 Aug 2011 at 1:25 pm 18.Observer said …

    16 Curmudgeon- You don’t have the wattage to get through the S&P report. It is about increasing revenues, and addressing the teat at which you suck, Social Security and Medicare. The Republicans are doing nothing to change either. They voted huge cash payments to pharmaceutical companies in circa 2003-2004. Tax giva-aways to the very rich.

  19. on 08 Aug 2011 at 1:26 pm 19.Observer said …

    Maybe there is a God afterall. Major Rick Perry backer is touched by God?

    http://news.yahoo.com/texas-billionaire-charles-wyly-killed-colo-084619180.html

  20. on 08 Aug 2011 at 1:27 pm 20.Observer said …

    Glory Hallelujah!

  21. on 08 Aug 2011 at 4:14 pm 21.Ben said …

    Yes it did Cur but the intellectually bankrupt ideologues are more interested in the DNC talking-points than the truth.

    We leave those guys to turn up the Kool Aid and remain in their state of ignorance. They only make up 7-8% of the Americans. The rest of us make the real difference. Remember, don’t listen to the S&P says the Uncy Obama wind up clock!

    You know Carter must be happy now that the moniker is off his back.

  22. on 08 Aug 2011 at 7:36 pm 22.Lou said …

    17.Curmudgeon said …

    Oh Lou

    “The comment you claim is incorrect came directly from the S&P.”

    Yes, I am aware of that he incorrectly posted it.

    It’s incorrect in the context of which he posted that comment as an attack on Obama.

    Listen, get over all the Obama (and Bush) slamming. They’re irrelevant, and they mostly serve to demonstrate your obvious prejudice against either party, which, sadly, is indicative of a major problem with our political system.

  23. on 09 Aug 2011 at 9:40 pm 23.Horatiio said …

    OK, everyone just needs to shut-up and listen to the royalty that has entered the room.

    Observer (Nose Buster) has spoken. Let me translate.

    1. The filthy Tea Party is responsible. Yes, 6 months in the House with a 3 tier minority status and they flatly caused our S&P downgrade

    2. The filthy Southerners of the 1860s are responsible. If only we could go back in time with squadron of F/A-18 Hornets would could have averted the crisis by blowing the filthy Rebels off the very land they tilled.

    3. And finally, somehow filthy George Bush is responsible. It just goes without saying.

    Now that is some filthy reasoning I don’t care who you are.

  24. on 10 Aug 2011 at 9:09 pm 24.Xenon said …

    Thanks Hor. At least you were able to get something legible. I guess, from Observer.

    All I ever see is hate and delusion from the guy.

    Well, that is what you outlined, huh?

  25. on 10 Aug 2011 at 10:39 pm 25.Lou said …

    23.Horatiio said …

    “OK, everyone just needs to shut-up and listen to the royalty that has entered the room.

    Observer (Nose Buster) has spoken. Let me translate.”

    In other words, let Hor, as usual, lie. Go back and read his comments. He wrote no such thing.

    Hor, you’re simply a liar. One who lies to try and hide the fact that he has no evidence (data as he calls it) for god.

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