Here is one of the best articles I've read about the fundamentalist christian/republican/tea party coalition---or conspiracy, whatever you want to call it. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/feb/23/republicans-religion-secular-america
It's written by a UK newspaper, and when these people get into power, which may very well happen in 2010 if the rest of us don't start speaking up, the only place we'll be able to get real news will be from the BBC, etc. Until, of course, they find a way to block their internet sites. Or hell, just declare computers tools of the debel and sent the jack-booted thugs to your and my houses to take them away...
Speaking of conspiracies, and I have to admit I am a little bit of a conspiracy theorist, I've had a persistent thought that I wonder if anybody else has thought of. Maybe I'm crazy---OK, yes I really am crazy, but this is a serious though. You notice how many senators and congressmen are quitting right now? Pretty much every one has used the old 'spending more time with my family' excuse, which usually means someone's been sacked, but I don't think that's what's at work here. They've all been democrats who were seen to be some of the few that could dependably hold on to their seat in congress no matter what the fundies threw at them.
People in the government almost never quit, as long as they still think they can get elected. It's just too cushy a deal. This is more than one or two people, I think the latest count is at least 4 and still climbing. So why? And why only democrats who could be expected to beat any republicans who ran against them? No Republicans are quitting, no dems who are probably going to lose this upcoming election, only ones who could stand in the way of the fundies getting into power. So my question is, is there something behind these democrats quitting that we're not seeing?
I'm assuming for this post that republicans/teabaggers/fundamentalist christians are terms that can be used interchangeably, and that the eventual goal is for the repubs to get in power and bring in this theocracy. And if anyone is taking bets, I'll give you any kind of odds that if they get the power, this country will become a theocracy with fundamentalist christian rules and dogma determining all the laws.
Here are some of the ways I see it could be done really easily. If these people are churchers themselves, maybe their preacher or priest could take them aside and tell them that their eternal soul was in danger if they didn't get out of the way. Another would be that someone could have dirt on them. I'm sure there are people in the government that have dirt of some kind on everyone in power. Just because J. Edgar's not around any moe doesn't mean than his methods aren't still useful.
But the one I think is most plausible is simple extortion. Some kind of real threat to them or their family. With all the religious whack jobs out there, it wouldn't take much to pay a senator a little midnight visit with some photos of their kid in college and how bad it would be if they got killed in a hit and run, etc. I know that sounds like a TV plot, but where do TV plots come from? Usually the concept has existed in the real world. And with this country poised to become a theocracy the minute the republicans are in power, people could be convinced to do things in the name of religion that they wouldn't do just for politics. Any input? Please tell me I'm seeing things that don't exist---you may hurt my feelings but I think I'd feel better about our future. Thanks for reading... ---SherB