Thursday, November 04, 2004

 

Ken Layne is shrill

(With apologies to the one and only Shrillblog for borrowing their slug).
Jesusland

Well, what to say? Once again, it comes down to a single percentage point in a single state promised in advance to Mistah Bush.

Considering the "wartime" situation and all that, I thought the Dems did remarkably well with a second-rate candidate who only looked good compared to the incredible retardation known as the president. Sadly, even in that comparison he only looked good to 49% of the voters.

But that's not enough to overcome Jesusland. Back in the mid-1980s, I thought I was witnessing the peak of Jesusland and its hold on politics -- the time of Jerry Falwell, the Moral Majority, etc. That version of Jesusland did crumble under the weight of its own sins & scams, but the new Jesusland is even stronger, and totally decentralized -- these people don't even belong to a known religion, like the Catholics or the Methodists; they literally just make the shit up and call it a church. While there is no headquarters for Jesusland, all of its subjects do march at the command of the RNC and Karl Rove.

Rove's re-election strategy was elegantly simple: Scare the bejesus out of Jesusland. Faggots are headed your way! Satanic Muslims are hiding everywhere! That's all it took to get Jesusland to do the job. Intellectual conservatives like the National Review staff are flattering themselves if they honestly believe Jesusland cares about conservative thought. The "reality-based" folks are learning that Jesusland doesn't even care about jobs or the economy. In Jesusland, it's all the will of Jesus. No job? No money? Daughter got her clit pierced? Jesus is just fucking with you again, testing your faith. Got the cancer? Oh well. Soon you'll be with Jesus. Reality is no match for a mystical world in which an all-powerful god is constantly toying with every detail of your mundane life, just to see what you'll do about it. Keep praying and always keep your eye out for homosexuals and terrorists, and you will eventually be rewarded ... all you have to do is die, and then it's SuperJesusLand, where you will be a ghost floating in a magic cloud with all the other ghosts from Jesusland, with Jesus Himself presiding over an Eternal Church Service.
I have little personal knowledge to support this description of the areas and people that really really like George W. Bush. Since I can't imagine any reason to worship the Pore Li'l Chile, this may be accurate. If so, we're in far deeper trouble than anyone can imagine.

I'm a devout Jew who is devoting this year (5765 on the Hebrew calendar) to an intensive study of the Torah. I'm even blogging about each weekly parshah and haftarah. I do not take the Torah literally; as someone who came to observant Judaism in the middle of my life, after a lifetime of historical and scientific study, I can't take it literally. I don't understand the mindset of those who do, who must believe that every word in their Bible is literally true.

It's obvious that there are people who fit Layne's description above. I think it's equally obvious that Karl Rove is not one of them. That he can cynically - and successfully - manipulate them is a tribute to his skill, as well as an indictment of his lack of a soul. That the Republican party enjoys their support is a sad statement that a party owned by the wealthy can assume the values of those who say they worship a man who once said, "Blessed are the poor" and "Easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

But what do I know? I'm a Jew, and therefore never eligible for citizenship in Jesusland. I also have a working brain, and I use it. That makes me doubly ineligible.

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