Former GOP Senator John Danforth has a new book available criticizing the religious zealots who have stolen his old Republican Party. He'd better be careful because these wingnuts equate dissent with treason. My God, (excuse the expression) hasn't he read Ann Coultergeist? He best be careful or the people of Missouri will run him out of town or, worse, force him to become a Democrat.
More and more of the traditional, moderate Republicans are leaving God's Own Party because of the Radical Religious Right which hijacked it. Unhappy with the extremist views, bad policy, cronyism, theologism, and corruption, they've come to the conclusion their Party has left them behind. These GOP Left Behinds are becoming independents, Libertarians and, horror of horrors, Democrats.
The "old" Republican Party stood for personal responsibility (accountabilty), fiscal responsibility, keeping government out of people's lives, and no taxes. The current theological Republican Party has abandoned most of those ideals and favors using the power of the government to legislate people's personal lives (except for their very own), engage in open class war, impose their religious beliefs and practices, spend wildly and uncontrollably, and engage in imperialisitc foreign wars.
There are a few choice quotes in this Washington Post article:
The GOP leadership habitually strives to please its base at the expense of meaningful compromise, he maintains, proving to be neither humble Christians nor effective politicians.
"The problem with many conservative Christians is that they claim that God's truth is knowable, that they know it, and that they are able to reduce it to legislative form," Danforth writes. "The popular question, 'What would Jesus do?' can be difficult enough to contemplate with respect to everyday interpersonal relations. It is mind boggling when applied to the complex world of politics."
Government functions when divergent sides compromise to achieve progress. When one side sees itself as representing "divine providence" and say it listens to the voice of God (as Bush has admitted) and refuses to budge nothing gets done. This is called radcial extremism and is the chief reason we have a Do Nothing Congress. In this country the minority cannot trample the rights of the majority, or vice versa. This is why we have a checks and balances system of government. Or did. George W. Bush is doing his damnest to change it without bothering to do it constitutionally.
The fact these folks claim to know what God knows and thinks is arrogance beyond conception. How absolutely presumptuous of them. What's more they claim to do this in the name of words transcribed from an ancient language and copied and translated hundreds of times. They make this claim from a book which says, right on its cover, it's someone's "version." Was King James God and was he infallible? I don't think so people. It's time to stop pretending to be God. He has a way of dealing with such folk and it isn't pleasant.