Santorum Exposes The Real Republican Party

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    Santorum Exposes The Real Republican Party



    What's fascinating to me about Santorum's outburst yesterday was not its content, but its candor. In fact, one of Santorum's advantages in this race, especially against Romney, is that we can see exactly where he stands. There can be no absolute separation of church and state, let alone a desire to keep it so; and in their necessary interactions, the church must always prevail, or it is a violation of the First Amendment, and an attack on religious freedom. The church's teachings are also, according to theoconservatism, integral to the founding of the United States. Since constitutional rights are endowed from the Creator, and the Creator is the Judeo-Christian one, the notion of a neutral public square, embraced by liberals and those once called conservatives, is an attack on America. America is a special nation because of this unique founding on the Judeo-Christian God. It must therefore always be guided by God's will, and that will is self-evident to anyone, Catholic or Protestant, atheist or Mormon, Jew or Muslim, from natural law.




    Hence the notion that America could countenance [​IMG]abortion or same-sex marriage is anathema to Santorum and to theoconservatism. It can only be explained as the work of Satan, so alien is it to the principles of Judeo-Christian America. Hence the resort to constitutional amendments to ban both: total resolutions of these issues for ever must reflect what theocons believe was in the Founders' hearts and minds.




    This has long been the theocon argument; it was the crux of what I identified as the core Republican problem in "[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Conservative-Soul-Politics-Difference-ebook/dp/B000OI0F8K/ref=kinw_dp_ke?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2"]The Conservative Soul[/ame]". It is not social conservatism, as lazy pundits call it. It is a radical theocratically-based attack on modern liberal democracy; and on modernity as a whole. It would conserve nothing. It would require massive social upheaval, for example, to criminalize all abortion or keep all gay couples from having any publicly acknowledged rights or status. Then think of trying to get women back out of the workplace or contraception banned - natural, logical steps from this way of thinking. This massive change is radical, not conservative. It regards the evolution of American society these past few decades as literally the work of the Father of Lies, not the aggregate reflection of a changing society. It is at its essence a neo-Francoite version of America, an America that was not the pinnacle of Enlightenment thought, but an America designed to destroy what the theocons regard as the catastrophe of the Enlightenment.




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    For Santorum, as for Ratzinger, if your conscience says one thing, and the Pope says another, you obey the Pope, not your conscience. And for the Christianists, if your conscience or intelligence says one thing, and the Bible says another, you obey the Bible, not your conscience, and certainly not your intelligence. Because beneath Christianism is a deep fear of the human mind - as if they actually believe that reason is stronger than religion and therefore must be restrained. As if the human mind can will God out of existence.


    This is Santorum's fear-laden vision. Which is why he is not a man of questioning, sincere faith and should not be flattered as such. He is a man of the kind of fear that leads to fundamentalist faith, a faith without doubt and in complete subservience to external authority. There is a reason he doesn't want many kids to go to college. I mean: when we already know the truth, why bother to keep seeking it? And if we already know the truth, why are we not enforcing it as a matter of law in a country founded on Christian principles? It is not religious oppression if it is "the way things are supposed to be", by natural law. In fact, a neutral public square, in his mind, is itself religious oppression.




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    I am relieved he is at least candid. For now we can see in plain view the religious fanaticism that has destroyed one of the major parties in this country, a destruction that is perilous for any workable politics. It must be defeated - and not by electing a plastic liar and panderer like Romney. But by nominating Santorum and defeating him by such a margin that this theo-political Frankenstein, which threatens both genuine faith and civil politics, is dispatched once and for all.
     
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    Are you surprised that so many people would be in a state of rebellion againt liberal degeneracy?
     
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    Good. Nominate him. Then we will see if this country embraces or rejects conservatism.
     
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    Maybe Republicans have taken Limbaugh's advice. They seem to have finally pulled out all the stops, no longer giving America a string of snappy slogans and platitudes bathed in flags and bunting but finally laying it all on the line, this is what conservatives believe. They have even slackened a bit on their favorite "This is communistic or socialistic." and feel free to boo the poor and dislabled. If they continue with their new tack, it will be interesting to see the depth of their real feelings.
     
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    I'm waiting for them to turn on the jews.
     
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    It's part and parcel with Christian Dominionism. And a very real attempt by many conservatives in this country to bring about a theocracy.

    Ralph Reed was a big part of this early on.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_E._Reed,_Jr.

    And he's back..

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/us/politics/01reed.html?pagewanted=all
     
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    Is anyone surprised at the level of rebellion against liberal degeneracy?
     
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    Is anyone surprised at the level of stupidity from Katzndogz?
     

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