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The Fringe Has Become Mainstream

embarrassedOh…holy S*#T! The thing that nightmares are made of has become a reality! The once called “fringe element” has now become mainstream! People – you can’t make this crap up! No wonder we have lost so much face with other nations around the world! Between the ignorance of Dubyah and his “yer either with us or agin’ us mentality,” the Tea Party with their beer-bellies and misspelled and racist signs, a backwards Alaskan bimbo running for the Vice Presidency, and the ranting of a bunch of fanatical religious zealots warning of Sharia Law while seeking a Christian theocratic government, the last several years have cost the United States a fortune in respect and favor with the rest of the world.

rand paul3Now add to that the insufferable and bodaciously ridiculous crowning of Rand Paul as “The Most Interesting Man in the Political World” by Chris Cilliza of the Washington Post and at the very least I think I am going to throw up in my mouth.

Rand Paul, who is convinced there is going to be a NAFTA super highway through the United States that would connect Mexico and Canada, and warns about the “Amero” – Rand Paul who has sounded the alarm that the UN is going to force the United States to confiscate and destroy all unauthorized civilian firearms and create an international gun registry – Rand Paul who loves to tell scary drone stories about President Obamathat Rand Paul is credited with being the most interesting man in the political world?

Rand-PaulRand Paul, who blames the Department of Energy for his malfunctioning toilets – Rand Paul, who gets his news from World Net Daily and considers that to be a credible news source – Rand Paul, who claims that the President is using Obamacare to have doctors inform on their patients about their gun ownership prior to a mass confiscation – that Rand Paul is being called the most interesting man in the political world?

Oh…holy S*#T! I’m certain he is basking in his new found fame – and Chris Cilliza just had to encourage him! Geez!

glenn-beck-cryingEarlier this week, Rand Paul found himself on the Glenn Beck show – now that’s a pair to draw to! I really don’t ever want to know how either of their brains get from point A to point B – because I really don’t think being psychotic would be a fun thing. The two of them seemed to get on famously with each other and the got into a discussion about the Supreme Court decision on DOMA. Well, what better topic for two anti-gay, bigoted, probably closeted men to broach?

Beck, with his usual air of authority postulated that the ruling by the SCOTUS opened the door to legalize polygamy:

“If you change one variable — man and a woman to man and man, and woman and woman — you cannot then tell me that you can’t logically tell me you can’t change the other variable — one man, three women. Uh, one woman, four men…. If I’m a devout Muslim and I come over here and I have three wives, who are you to say if I’m an American citizen, that I can’t have multiple marriages.”

 Uh…okay. I’m not sure that I follow, but I’m not sure that I really want to. However, we have to remember that he was talking to Rand Paul, who in his twisted and warped state of mental inertia, seemed to follow Beck’s illogic quite well. But, Paul wasn’t going to be outdone or upstaged by Beck, and he took it one step further:

“I think this is the conundrum and gets back to what you were saying in the opening — whether or not churches should decide this. But it is difficult because if we have no laws on this people take it to one extension further. Does it have to be humans?

confused“You know, I mean, so there really are, the question is what social mores, can some social mores be part of legislation? Historically we did at the state legislative level, we did allow for some social mores to be part of it. Some of them were said to be for health reasons and otherwise, but I’m kind of with you, I see the thousands-of-year tradition of the nucleus of the family unit. I also see that economically, if you just look without any kind of moral periscope and you say, what is it that is the leading cause of poverty in our country? It’s having kids without marriage. The stability of the marriage unit is enormous and we should not just say oh we’re punting on it, marriage can be anything.”

First off – what the hell did he say? I mean, I got the gist of it in that he was insinuating that someone could marry their pig, but the rest of this is sheer idiocy! But, I guess that’s okay if you wear the crown of being the most interesting man in the political world. Given the current state of affairs and the officials who have been elected to represent the American people, it might very well be par for the course.

More and more often I wake up in the morning feeling as though I have been transported to some other plane – someplace where sanity has been stolen and replaced by an irrational derangement without any basis in reality. More and more often I find myself cringing in embarrassment for our country and our image.

If Rand Paul can be considered a “rising star” as the New York Times called him, and the most interesting man in the political world – I might just have to answer his question “Does it have to be humans?” If this is the best we have to offer, it might behoove all of us to marry our dogs as they are infinitely smarter and more logical than many of those two-legged politicians who claim to represent us.

 

 

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The Hijacking of America – Current ReBiblican Senators

american-flag-cross-gop1According to Leah Burton, renowned researcher of all things Dominionist, the definition of a “ReBiblican” is as follows:

A ReBiblican is a politician who is most likely to call themselves Republican and supports the melding of church & state. They are Christian zealots also known as Christian Dominionists/Christian Nationalists.

They believe that America was founded as a Christian Nation and view the U.S. Constitution as secondary to God’s Law according to the Bible.

ReBiblican politics is not limited exclusively to 21st century republicans. They are found in increasing numbers in all other parties and encouraged to run as stealth candidates as long as they win elected office.

They argue that the 1st Amendment guarantees that government is prevented from influencing religion, but that religion is free to influence government. They pursue a nation based on the morals and family values of a cherry-picked version of biblical law, a Christian theocracy.

With the advent of the Teabag Party in 2009, ReBiblicans have joined forces with those who cannot reconcile America having its first African-American President in the White House and they have become more brazen, often expressing a disturbing level of Patriotism.

ReBiblicans consider all those who oppose, disagree or argue with them to be non-Christian and/or not the “right kind” of Christian.

Examples of notable ReBiblicans; Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman (R-Minn), Jim Inhofe (R-Ok), Governor Mark Sanford (R-SC), John Ensign (R-NV), Tom Coburn (R-Ok), Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Rick Santorum (R-PA) just to name a few along with a lengthy list of others – some of whom have resided at the “C Street” house in Washington, D.C. while serving in Congress. (Urban Dictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ReBiblican)

Given the fact that many of these ReBiblicans are already in seats of power within our governmental entities, and there are tons more who will be seeking election in the near future, it is incumbent upon us to know who they are and what they stand for. Educating ourselves and others is the best way to overcome the threat that these people pose to our very way of life.

Generally speaking, the U.S. Senators listed below are those who meet the criteria of a ReBiblican based upon, their voting records, their stated beliefs, and/or their endorsement or support of legislation that can only be interpreted as reflecting their Dominionist/Christian Nationalist views. (e.g. anti-abortion/anti-women’s rights; anti-affirmative action; anti-homosexual; anti-separation of church and state; anti-public education; anti-immigration; pro-absolute right to gun-ownership; pro-military expansion; etc.)

NOTE: There are others who are considered to be “on the cusp” who have not been listed here either because we do not see that they embody all of the requirements to meet the criteria, or they do not yet have the tenure in office to determine their eligibility. Consequently, the list may be updated as the year progresses.

United States ReBiblican Senators

Alabama

Richard ShelbySenator Richard ShelbyA former Democrat, Shelby switched to the Republican Party in 1994. Shelby is avidly against abortion and supports a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. He sponsored a Bill that would define English as the official language of the United States. Shelby considers life to begin at conception and voted YES on criminalizing abortion. He stands firmly against affirmative action and voted YES to end special funding for minorities and women-owned businesses.

Vehemently anti-homosexual rights, Shelby voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage; NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation; NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation; NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes; YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage.

Shelby has achieved a 100% approval rating from the Christian Coalition for his stand on prayer in public schools, his vote to approve $75 million for abstinence education in public schools, and his recommendation on criminalizing flag desecration. Conversely he had been given a 0% rating from Americans United For the Separation of Church and State.

Additionally, Shelby’s voting record has been consistently against Public Education and consistently in favor of an absolute right to gun ownership, including loosening license and background checks at gun shows, and allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains.

He takes a strong stand for expansion of the military, is against EPA regulation of greenhouse gases, and wants to defund renewable and solar energy while favoring drilling expansion in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Jeff SessionsSenator Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” SessionsIn 2007, Sessions was considered the 5th most conservative U.S. Senator. Jeff Sessions is a signer of the Americans For Tax Reform’s Taxpayers Protection Pledge, Grover Norquist’s group.

Sessions is noted for having made numerous racist comments throughout his career. He is anti-abortion, believing that life begins at conception. He has consistently voted against any sort of contraceptive education and no on any federal grants to agencies that provide abortions.

He is vitriolic in his stand against homosexuality, calling for a Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and favors removing gender identity from the hate crimes list. Additionally, he has received a 7% rating from the NAACP for his stance against Affirmative Action, women, and minorities.

On the other hand, he has received a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition and a 0% rating from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He has a 0% rating as far as public health is concerned, and favors the Ryan Budget.

Sessions in anti-Obamacare and anti-public education, while strongly supporting the voucher system. He has garnered an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association for working toward loosening license and background checks at gun shows.

As to immigration, Sessions led the state in trying to defeat all amnesty bills, works toward declaring English as the official U. S. language, and votes no on any comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

ARIZONA

John McCainSenator John McCain – Prior to the 2008, Presidential Campaign, which McCain lost, he was generally considered a “moderate Republican.” With that loss, it appears that the Senator has turned the corner into a much more conservative politician.

McCain has been a major proponent of privatization – especially when it comes to Social Security and Public Education. He claims that “Charters, Homeschool, and vouchers are the keys to educational success.”

He has received an 83% rating from the Christian Coalition for his stands on prayer in public schools, and federally mandating that memorials and religious symbols are okay within the school setting. He has claimed that “The Ten Commandments would bring virtue to our schools,” and that “Faith bridges unbridgeable gaps in humanity.”

He is anti-abortion except in cases of rape or incest and would vote to overturn Roe v Wade with those exceptions. He believes that abortion providers should be prosecuted and that life begins at conception.

McCain believes in an absolute right to gun ownership, and opposes restrictions on assault rifles and certain types of ammunition. He wants to loosen license and background checks at gun shows and is against background checks for those purchasing firearms.

As he has continued to move further and further to the right he has met the criteria to become a ReBiblican.

Jeff FlakeSenator Jeffry Lane “Jeff” Flake –

Senator Flake strongly opposes a woman’s right to choose and has received a 100% by the National Right To Life Committee. He has voted against federal funding for groups like Planned Parenthood and No to any federal funding of abortions.

Flake is opposed to all Affirmative Action and has received a 27% rating from the NAACP. He is vehemently opposed to gay rights, favors a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage and defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Additionally, he is opposed to enforcing hate crime legislation based upon sexual orientation.

He enjoys a 92% rating from the Christian Coalition for his stand against the separation of church and state and the fact that he supports a Constitutional Amendment to allow prayer in public schools.

Flake is advocate for the gun lobby and believes in an absolute right to gun ownership. He opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and favors privatizing Social Security.

He takes a decidedly anti-environmentalist stand advocating for the oil and gas industry, while favoring Faith-based initiatives when it comes to welfare and caring for the poor and indigent.

ARKANSAS

John BoozmanSenator John Boozman – In April 2013, Senator Boozman was one of forty-six senators to vote against the passing of a bill which would have expanded background checks for all gun buyers. As someone who believes in an absolute right to gun-ownership, Boozeman claims that “Dangerousness, not mental incompetance, should limit gun rights.” I wonder if he understands that mental incompetance can result in ‘dangerousness.’

As a far-right-wing Republcan, Boozman is against a woman’s right to choose and believes that the pre-born should be guaranteed protection on the 14th Amendment. He has a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

He is opposed to all Affirmative Action, as well as same-sex marriage. He favors a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman and is opposed to anti-gay hate crime legislation.

Boozman has received a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition gor his anti-separation of church and state stance. He favors prayer in public schools and the teaching of Christianity’s importance to Western Civilization.

He is opposed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and favors privatizing Social Security. He is a proponent of the oil and gas industry and takes an anti-environmentalist stand.

He favors Faith-based initiatives, in anti-immigration, and seeks to make English the official language of the United States.

FLORIDA

marco-rubioSenator Marco Rubio – Rubio was named Freshman of the Year by the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association. Needless to say he is no friend of environmentalism.

Rubio claims to be pro-life, and has voted to expand birth-control exemptions for faith-based organizaitons. He opposed the Sotomayor nomination based upon Roe v Wade, and supports giving legal protection to unborn children.

He is very much opposed to gay rights, supports an Amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, and on gay couples being able to adopt children. Additionally, he favors banning homosexuals from serving in the military.

Rubio believes that we should acknowledge God in everything we do and everywhere we go. He believes in faith-based initiatives as opposed to governmental support. He is anti-public education and presided over a $2.3B cut to education in Florida. He advocates for charter schools and vouchers with local control over education.

Rubio has stated that the Second Amendment is “the cornerstone to our democracy,” and opposes restrictions on gun-ownership.

He believes that we should expand our military and that military action should be on the table in Iran and Syria.

He opposes exploration of renewable energy whil supporting the oil and gas industry and on and off-shore drilling.

When asked by GQ how old the Earth is, Rubio had this response:

“I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.”

It might be a pretty sure bet that he is going to throw his hat in the ring for a Presidential run. Imagine that!

GEORGIA

Saxby ChamblissSenator Saxby Chambliss – Chambliss is an interesting study. Fortunately, he announced a couple of months ago that he would not be seeking another term in office. However, that does not diminish the fact that he is still sitting in a seat of power and promoting legislation that could have a negative impact upon all of us.

Chambliss is no friend of labor, but a good friend to big business.

As a far-right conservative, Chambliss believes that life begins at conception. He is anti-abortion, yet consistently votes against legislation that would put more money into programs that would reduce teen pregnancy.

He is stronly opposed to any and all Affirmative Action.

Rabidly opposed to same-sex marriage, Chambliss favors an Amendment to ban such unions, and to prohibit gays from adopting children.

While seeking “traditional marriage and values,” he is vehemnetly opposed to the tradition of separation of church and state, advocating a Constitutional Amendment requiring prayer in public schools. He consistently recieves a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition.

Chambliss favors the abolition of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the privatization of Social Security.

He supports private and parochial schools, charter schools, and a voucher system demonstrating a clear stance against public education.

With an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, Chambliss believes in an absolute right to gun-ownership and to carrying concealed weapons across state lines.

He takes a strong anti-immigration stand opposing any form of amnesty, or any pathway to citizenship. Additionally, he favors declaring English as the official language of the United States.

His stand on green energy leaves a lot to be desired by environmentalists. He is pro-oil-and-gas and onshore and offshore drilling.

On an interesting side note about Chambliss, in 2008, he found himself in a run off which promted him to show his true colors. You see, when it comes to voters and Chambliss he has an “us v them” mentality. The “us” being white people, and the “them” being black people. Blue Texan over at Firedoglake.com gave us an example:

“Last night, PBS aired an excellent documentary on Lee Atwater, Karl Rove’s mentor, who skillfully exploited bigotry in the South to win elections for the GOP.

“Nice to see Saxby Chambliss honoring Atwater’s legacy.

(Saxby) “There was a high percentage of minority vote,” Chambliss told Alan Colmes, “but we weren’t able to get enough of our folks out on election day.”

“Our folks.”

“And this isn’t the first time Chambliss has played the Atwater card this campaign season.

“During the fall Senate campaign, Chambliss cautioned his followers that “the other folks” are voting. The senator added that the “rush to the polls by African-Americans” has “got our side energized early, they see what is happening.”

Johnny IsaksonSenator Johnny Isakson – Isakson was the creator of the “Isakson Principle,” which denies the legalization of status to any illegal immigrant or the creation of a temporary worker program unless the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies (“triggers”) to the president and Congress that measurable border security provisions are in place.

Earlier in his political career, Isakson was a much more moderate legislator. However, he now is considered one of the most conservative people in the United States Senate. He has been given an “A” rating by the National Rifle Association; the “Hero of the Taxpayer Award” by Citizens Against Government Waste; a whopping “92%” rating byt the Christian Coalition; and a “100%” rating from the American Conservative Union.

As to abortion, he jumped on the Bush bandwagon claiming that we must create a “culture of life” in America. Believing that life begins at conception, he is opposed to abortion and has been given a 100% rating by the National Right To Life Committee.

He is opposed to Affirmative Action and voted against creating a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Rosa Parks.

Isakson favors a Constitutional Amendment definining traditional marriage as between one man and one woman; banning same-sex marriage; and banning gay couples from being able to adopt.

Standing for traditional values, Isakson is against the separation of church and state and believes that public schools should engage in prayer.

He opposes Obamacare and favors the privatization of Social Security.

He stands firmly against public education favoring charter schools and the voucher system.

On a side note – In 2010, Senator Al Franken introduced an Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Thisis known as the “Franken Amendment.” Both Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson joined the list of 30 Republicans who voted against that Amendment.

IDAHO

Mike CrapoSenator Mike Crapo – After serving 3 terms in the House, Mike Crapo was elected to the Senate in 1998. He is opposed to abortion believing that life begins at conception. He is also opposed to funding programs that would help to reduce the teen-pregnancy rate. Go figure.

Crapo wants a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage and to define marriage as being between one man and one woman only. Additionally, he opposes the inclusion of sexual orientation in hate crimes legislation.

Crapo supports a school prayer Amendment as well as legislation to “support values and responsibility.” He further supports laws that would only give federal funding to schools which allow prayer as well as allowing memorial prayers and symbols. This garnered him a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition and a 0% rating from Americans United For the Separation of Church and State.

He stands firmly against Obamacare and firmly behind the privatization of Social Security.

He favors the voucher system and charter schools over public education.

Crapo is, certainly, one of the National Rifle Association’s Golden Boy’s. Believing in an absolute right to gun ownership, he favors the loosening of background checks at gun shows, and a national cross-state standard for concealed carry.

He is vehemently anti-immigration, amnesty and a pathway to citizenship, and wants a Constitutional Amendment declaring English as the official language of the United States.

Crapo favors expanding the military, opposes stricter limits on campaign funds, and opposes the priortization of green energy.

Jim RischSenator Jim Risch – Risch is the former Governor of Idaho. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008.

Risch is anti-abortion and believes that the sanctity of life must be recognized in public policy. Additionally, he opposes any federal funding to family planning groups that provide abortions.

He opposes all mandates for Affirmative Action.

He also opposes same-sex marriage stating that he opposes sexual orientation as a protected civil right.

Risch opposes Obamacare stating that the private sector is the best suited to manage health care and would not expand the Children’s Health Care Insurance Program. He does, however, favor the Ryan Plan.

He is no advocate of the separation of church and state, believing that traditional family values should be taught in public schools. He also believes that the voucher plan is preferable, and that churches and other faith-based initiatives should be responsible for providing welfare.

Boasting of an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, Risch believes in an absolute right to gun ownership.

He is opposed to all forms of amnesty or pathways to citizenship for immigrants.

On a side note – In 2010, Senator Al Franken introduced an Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Thisis known as the “Franken Amendment.” Both Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined the list of 30 Republicans who voted against that Amendment.

INDIANA

Dan CoatsSenator Dan Coats – Having served in the U.S. Senate from 1989-1999, Coats retired only to return in 2011. During his hiatus from the Senate, Coats served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2001-2005, then acted as a lobbyist in D.C.

In his bid for the Senate in 2010, Coats was enthusiastically endorsed by the National Right of Life Committee, Indiana Right to Life and the coveted Susan B. Anthony List.

A far-right Republican, Coats is 100% aligned with the National Right To Life Committee and against abortion.

He is vehemntly opposed to Affirmative Action voting to ban AA hiring with federal funds, to ending federal funding for minority and women-owned businesses; and to prohibiting same-sex basic training.

He is just as opposed to all things homosexual seeking an Amendment to ban same-sex marriage, prohibiting gays from serving in the military, and advocating job discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Separation of Church and State is not his strong suit, either. He favors an Amendment allowing prayer in public schools and funding abstinenance only education.

Coats is a proponent of the Ryan budget and an opponent to Obamacare. He also favors the privatization of Social Security.

He strongly opposes raising taxes on the wealthy, and amnesty or a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.

Apparently Coats is well into the pockets of the gun lobby as became public last April when it was revealed that he and 41 other Senators who voted against a controversial gun control bill had received money from firearms lobbyists.

IOWA

Chuck GrassleySenator Chuck Grassley – Grassley is an old hand at politics. In 2009, he was a major contributor to the myth of “Death Panels” in President Obama’s health care reform package. He is no friend of the environment, either, voting consistently on the side of big oil and gas and just as consistently against green and renewable energy.

Although he takes a firm stand in favor of a Flag Protection Amendment, according to the Disabled American Veterans, Grassley has an abysmal record on veterans issues.

Conversely, Grassley has a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee, Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, and Tony Perkin’s hate group, the Family Research Council.

As you may have guessed, Grassley is anti-abortion and believes that life begins at conception; anti-affirmative action; anti-same-sex marriage favoring a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting such unions; and against inclusion of sexual orientation in hate-crimes legislation.

He carries a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition and supports prayer in public schools as well as faith-based initiatives.

He has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and voted NO on background checks at gun shows.

He strongly opposes amnesty or pathways to citizenship for immigrants and seeks a Constitutional Amendment declaring English as the official language of the United States.

Additionally, Grassley is a member of The Fellowship (Christian organization), a controversial tax-exempt quasi-religious, and political influence, organization also known as The Family, or C-Street. From Salon: http://www.salon.com/2009/07/21/c_street/

Family leaders consider their political network to be Christ’s avant garde, an elite that transcends not just conventional morality but also earthly laws regulating lobbying. In the Family’s early days, they debated registering as “a lobby for God’s Kingdom.” Instead, founder Abraham Vereide decided that the group could be more effective by working personally with politicians. “The more invisible you can make your organization,” Vereide’s successor, current leader Doug Coe preaches, “the more influence you can have.” That’s true — which is why we have laws requiring lobbyists to identify themselves as such.

But David Coe, Doug Coe’s son and heir apparent, calls himself simply a friend to men such as John Ensign, whom he guided through the coverup of his affair. I met the younger Coe when I lived for several weeks as a member of the Family. He’s a surprising source of counsel, spiritual or otherwise. Attempting to explain what it means to be chosen for leadership like King David was — or Mark Sanford, according to his own estimate — he asked a young man who’d put himself, body and soul, under the Family’s authority, “Let’s say I hear you raped three little girls. What would I think of you?” The man guessed that Coe would probably think that he was a monster. “No,” answered Coe, “I wouldn’t.” Why? Because, as a member of the Family, he’s among what Family leaders refer to as the “new chosen.” If you’re chosen, the normal rules don’t apply.

KANSAS

Pat RobertsSenator Pat Roberts – Pat Roberts has been a U.S. Senator for 16 years. He has voted in favor of big oil companies on 100% of important oil-related bills, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq War funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and oil import reductions. Pat Roberts has received $115,650 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $65,500 of those dollars were from industry PACS. In total, Roberts has accepted $199,650 from oil companies since 2000, which makes him one of the top recipients of oil money in the United States Senate.

As a far-right conservative Republican, Roberts takes a staunch stand as an advocate for life and families. With a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee it is little surprise that he his anti-abortion and anti-women.

It is also not surprising that he is against Affirmative Action and same-sex marriage. He supports a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex unions, is strongly opposed to the inclusion of sexual orientation in hate-crimes legislation.

With a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition he believes that all federal funding should be reserved for schools who allow prayer within their walls. He also favors faith-based initiatives.

He wants to see Obamacare repealed and to privatize Social Security.

Roberts favors vouchers and charter schools over public education.

He believes in an absolute right to gun ownership; opposes raising taxes on the wealthy; and opposes amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.

Back in 2006, Think Progress did a hit piece on Roberts making the following claim:

As chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-KS) duty is “to provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States” and “to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States.” But on the most important intelligence issues facing Americans – such as the manipulation of Iraq intelligence, warrantless domestic spying, and torture – Roberts has transformed his committee into a “Senate Coverup Committee” for the Bush administration.

Much More Here: http://thinkprogress.org/report/roberts-coverup/

On a side note – In 2010, Senator Al Franken introduced an Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Thisis known as the “Franken Amendment.” Pat Roberts joined the list of 30 Republicans who voted against that Amendment.

Jerry MoranSenator Jerry Moran – Jerry Moran served six terms in the House of Representatives before winning a seat in the Senate by a landslide in 2010.

Moran rejects background restrictions on most gun purchases, including semi-automatic rifles. In April 2013 he also voted against banning high-capacity magazines, banning most semi-automatic rifles, and outlawing loopholes in which a person purchases a gun for a criminal or terrorist. The National Rifle Association, rated his voting record “A” in its scorecard.

Moran has opposed environmental protection, earning a lifetime score of 9% from the League of Conservation Voters. He also opposes “cap and trade” legislation intended to reduce climate change because of its potential to eliminate thousands of jobs.

As would be expected, Moran is anti-abortion and has received a 100% rating from Tony Perkins’ hate group, the Family Research Council and a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

He is anti-Affirmative Action and anti-same sex marriage favoring an Amendment to ban same-sex unions as well as gay adoptions. He is against the inclusion of sexual orientation in hate crime legislation.

KENTUCKY

Mitch McConnellSenator Mitch McConnell – Mitch McConnel has been referred to as “the most powerful Rebpublican on the planet.” On January 2, 2013, the Public Campaign Action Fund, a nonprofit group that backs stronger campaign finance regulation, released a report highlighting eight instances from McConnell’s political career in which a vote or a blocked vote (filibuster), coincided with an influx of campaign contributions to McConnell’s campaign. Progress Kentucky, a SuperPAC focused on defeating Mitch McConnell in 2014, hosted a press conference in front of the senator’s Louisville office to highlight the report’s findings.

He is currently facing ethics charges for his campaign practices – Mitch has already begun his campaign. For the complete scoop on Mitch McConnell click here.

https://crookedcrosses.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/mitch-mcconnell-again-kentucky-what-are-you-thinking/

On a side note – In 2010, Senator Al Franken introduced an Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” This is known as the “Franken Amendment.” Mitch McConnell joined the list of 30 Republicans who voted against that Amendment.

rand_6Senator Rand Paul – Rand Paul didn’t waste any time after his election to the Senate in making lots of waves in an already stormy sea. Like his father, he travels to the beat of his own drum. The problem is, his rhythm section is out of sync with much of mainstream America.

Some might remember that during the campaign, Rand Paul said that had he been in office in the 1960’s he would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act and that business owners should have the right to refuse service to anyone of their choosing. While much of the public was outraged by this, those of us who were familiar with his father just felt that the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. Apparently, Kentuckians were not concerned and they elected him by 59% of the vote.

Just this week, Paul was speaking before the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C. when he made the following claim: “There is a war on Christianity, not just from liberal elites here at home, but worldwide.”

He is one of the Tea Party darlings and was listed by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people for 2013.

Rand Paul believes that life begins at conception, is vehemently against abortion, and states that “Coarsening of our culture led to 50 million unborn deaths.”

He takes a strong stand against all Affirmative Action and a strong stand against same-sex marriage as well as gay adoptions and gays in the military.

He wants to see the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and favors the privatization of Social Security. In fact, in regard to the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, Paul offered these pearls of wisdom:

“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right.”

 

 

Perhaps Rand Paul doesn’t understand that the Supreme Court is the ultimate and final authority on what is Constitutional and what is not. Or, maybe he doesn’t care. Either way, I wonder if we could have that same attitude toward the Citizen’s United decision?

With regard to Medicare, he stated:

And with regard to Medicare he stated:

“Medicare is socialized medicine! People are afraid of that because they’ll say “ohhh, you’re against Medicare.” No, I’ll say “We have to do something different. We can’t just eliminate Medicare, but we have to get more to a market-based system.” It’s counter-intuitive to a lot of people, but you have to pay for things if you want prices to come down. So you really need higher deductibles. And the real answer to Medicare would be a $2,000 deductible, but try selling that one in an election.” – See more at: http://www.politicalruminations.com/rand-paul-quotes/#sthash.zLchKr5h.dpuf

He is a proponent of school choice and the voucher system and believes we should support homeschooling and parental responsibility.

He stands firm on an absolute right to gun ownership with no restrictions on firearms or handguns. When asked, his response was, “Don’t let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment.”

Some other notable quotes from Rand Paul:

On how the Republican Party lost the black vote:

“How did the party that elected the first black U.S. senator, the party that elected the first 20 African American congressmen, become a party that now loses 95 percent of the black vote? How did the Republican Party, the party of the Great Emancipator, lose the trust and faith of an entire race? During the Great Depression … African Americans understood that Republicans championed citizenship and voting rights, but they became impatient for economic emancipation.”

On why he doesn’t agree with raising taxes:

“Using taxes to punish the rich, in reality, punishes everyone because we are all interconnected. High taxes and excessive regulation and massive debt are not working.”

(Actually, he cleaned this one up a little bit from the last time he used it. At that time he claimed there weren’t any rich people and there weren’t any poor people).

Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/rand-pauls-howard-university-speech-quotes-transcription-list#ixzz2WLh3BWWa

There is a strong possibility that the GOP will talk him into a Presidential bid in 2016. perish the thought!

LOUISANA

 

David VitterSenator David Vitter – David Vitter first served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999-2005. He was elected to the Senate in 2005, and again in 2010. In 2007, it came to light that Vitter was a client of the D.C. Madam’s prostitution ring.

Also in 2007, his close ties to the Louisiana Family Forum became public. The LFF is a Christian group, known for challenging evolution by means of “teaching the controversy” which promotes intelligent design. Vitter earmarked $100,000 of Federal money for the group. According to Vitter, the earmark was “to develop a plan to promote better science education”. Though the Louisiana Family Forum is largely forbidden from political activity due to its tax-exempt status.

Virulently opposed to immigration, Vitter has been a sponsor of or a proponent of any piece of legislation that declares English to be the official language of the United States, that prohibits amnesty or a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, nullifies the Dream Act, or that awards citizenship to children born in the United States to those here illegally.

Vitter is an advocate for abstinence-only sex education, emphasizing abstinence over sex education that includes information about birth control. He said, “Abstinence education is a public health strategy focused on risk avoidance that aims to help young people avoid exposure to harm…by teaching teenagers that saving sex until marriage and remaining faithful afterwards is the best choice for health and happiness.”

As far as same-sex marriage, Vitter is passionately against such unions, and has proposed a Constitutional Amendment to ban them. Here are some of his quotes on the subject:

“This is a real outrage. The Hollywood left is redefining the most basic institution in human history…We need a U.S. Senator who will stand up for Louisiana values, not Massachusetts values.”

“I’m a conservative who opposes radically redefining marriage, the most important social institution in human history.”

Vitter compared gay marriage to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which came through the same geographical areas. Vitter said “It’s the crossroads where Katrina meets Rita. I always knew I was against same-sex unions.”

David Vitter has spearheaded legislation to allow Christian prayers in public venues. Thus far, his legislation has met with opposititon and failed on several occasions.

Since 2001, Vitter has been at the lead of legislation that would limit or hinder abortions and is highly esteemed by anti-abortion groups.

On David Vitter’s Gun Ownership stand, Wikipedia tells us:

On April 17, 2013, Vitter voted against the Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Amendment. The amendment failed to reach the sixty senatorial votes necessary to move forward. The Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Amendment is a bipartisan deal on gun background checks. Under the proposal, federal background checks would be expanded to include gun shows and online sales. All such sales would be channeled through licensed firearm dealers who would be charged for keeping record of transactions. The proposal does not require background checks for private sales between individuals.

In February 2008, Vitter — along with Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo — blocked the confirmation of Michael J. Sullivan as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives(ATF) saying Sullivan supports “burdensome regulations” on gun owners and dealers and is “overly aggressive” enforcing gun laws. An editorial writer for The Boston Globe wrote that Vitter’s position was “unreasonable” because the guns Sullivan sought to control are those commonly used in crimes: those stolen or purchased on the black market.

Vitter is a far-right, ReBiblican who is revered by the Dominionists and their followers. His anti-separation of church and state stands, and his blatantly religious based votes and legislation makes him a real danger to mainstream America.

On a side note – In 2010, Senator Al Franken introduced an Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Thisis known as the “Franken Amendment.” David Vitter joined the list of 30 Republicans who voted against that Amendment.

MISSISSIPPI

Thad CochranSenator Thad Cochran – Thad Cochran is the Fourth most senior Senator in the United States. He was first elected in 1978, and is currently 75 years old. To highlight what type of a Senator we are looking at, it is interesting to note that in 2005, he was one of nine senators who voted against the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, which prohibited “inhumane treatment of prisoners, including prisoners at Guantanamo Bay”. The others, all Republicans, were Wayne Allard, Kit Bond, Tom Coburn, Jeff Sessions, Jim Inhofe, Pat Roberts, John Cornyn and Ted Stevens. (Wikipedia)

A typical ReBiblican Senator, Cochran is against abortion, against same-sex marriage, against the separation of church and state, for prayer in public schools, against public education, for the privatization of Social Security, against Obamacare, for an absolute right to gun ownership, against background checks for gun purchases, against raising taxes on the wealthy, against immigration and amnesty, for expanding the military and against renewable energy while favoring the oil and gas industry.

Needless to say, Cochran has a perfect voting record according to right-to-life groups, and a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition. He is a darling of the National Rifle Association and has received their coveted “A” grade.

At this time, Cochran is undecided as to whether or not he’ll run in 2014. Maybe we’ll luck out.

Roger WickerSenator Roger Wicker – In 2007, Roger Wicker was appointed by Haley Barbour to fill the seat vacated by Trent Scott. Wicker is pretty much a Barbour knockoff. Actually, he and Barbour are two of the Council of Conservative Citizens favorite. (The CoCC is a white-supremacist hate group).

In 2008, Wicker was re-elected to the Senate and proudly boasted of an endorsement from Donald Wildmon, the racist, anti-Semite, religious zealot who founded the hate group known as the American Family Association.

During his re-election in 2012, Wicker was backed by, of course, the National Rifle Association, the Campaign for Working Families, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Roger Wicker authored a bill stating that life begins at conception. He has earned a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee and wants to see a Constitutional Amendment granting preborn personhood status.

He is opposed to any and all Affirmative Action and stands firm on his desire for a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, banning same-sex marriage, and prohibiting adoptions by gay couples.

Wicker is against the separation of church and state and wants a Consitutional Amendment to allow prayer in public schools.

He favors vouchers and charter schools over the current public education system.

He is against Obamacare and wants to privatize Social Security.

In actuality, Wicker is the quintessential ReBiblican.

MISSOURI

roy bluntSenator Roy Blunt – Roy Blunt spent fourteen years in the United States House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate in 2012.

Blunt has voted in favor of the big oil companies 91% of the time, and is certainly no friend of environmentalism.

According to Sourcewatch:

“In 1999 Roy Blunt began working with Tom DeLay as his deputy whip rounding up votes on the House floor. He was also introduced to DeLay’s political machine that operated in the form of the Alexander Strategies Group (ASG) and the U.S. Family Network, both founded by ex-DeLay chief of staff and personal minister Ed Buckham. Buckham and another DeLay associate Jim Ellis ran a nonfederal version of DeLay’s ARMPAC out of ASG. A nonfederal PAC does not have to file paperwork with the FEC and does not contribute to candidates. Blunt started his own nonfederal version of his Rely On Your Beliefs (RoyB) PAC in 1999. Soon these two nonfederal PACs, RoyB and ARMPAC, would become intimately involved with one another.”

Needless to say, Roy Blunt had quite a cozy relationship not only with Tom DeLay, but with Jack Abramoff.

In an article titled “House Majority Whip Exerts Influence by Way of K Street” the Washington Post detailed the group of lobbyists that Blunt plots strategy with for congressional sessions:

At the top of the Republican leadership’s K Street lobbying arm, there is a de facto “executive committee,” a hard-core base of about 25 lobbyists. Among them are Ed Gillespie, former Republican Party chair; Mark Isakowitz, formerly with the National Federation of Independent Business; Samantha Poole, Blunt’s former senior legislative assistant; former DeLay aide Tony Rudy; Lyle Beckwith, senior vice president of the National Association of Convenience Stores; and Ralph Hellmann, senior vice president of the Information Technology Industry Council.

Blunt resides just about as far right of center you can get. He is a staunch Southern Baptist and authors and supports bills against all of the usual issues that we expect to see from a ReBiblican.

Blunt is a corrupt zealot who continues to be re-elected time and time again.

NEBRASKA

Mike JohannsSenator Mike Johanns – Mike Johanns is a former Nebraska Governor. During his tenure as Governor, he vetoed more bills than any other Governor in the history of that state. In 1999, he drew a lot of criticism for signing a proclamation declaring May 22, “March for Jesus Day.” He also endorsed “Back to the Bible Day” while refusing to issue a proclamation for “Earth Religion Awareness Day,” which was requested by a Wiccan group.

Johanns is anti-abortion and anti-same-sex marriage. He claims that Nebraska values are that marriage is between one man and one woman. Of course, Johanns thinks he speaks for all Nebraskans.

He is against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and against all Affirmative Action.

He believes in an absolute right to gun ownership, is against immigration and any form of amnesty. He wants to increase oil and gas production and reduce regulations.

Deb FischerSenator Debra Strobel “Deb” Fischer – In 2009, Senator Fischer was one of fourteen co-sponsors in the Nebraska Legislature of LB 675, which required abortion providers to display ultrasound images of the fetus at least one hour prior to the abortions, in a position where the abortion seeker could easily view them.

Fischer claims that she is prodly pro-life and has been endorsed by Nebraska Right to Life and by the Susan B. Anthony List.

Calling herself a staunch conservative, Fischer supports a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage and defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

She opposes amnesty for undocumented individuals as well as the Dream Act, and stands firm on an absolute right to gun ownership.

In her 2012 campaign materials, Fischer declared, “The EPA must be reformed and possibly eliminated”.

NEVADA

Dean HellerSenator Dean Heller – Dean Heller was appointed to his Senate seat initially after the resignation of John ensign. He had previously served as the Secretary of State of Nevada, and as a U.S. Representative in the House. He was elected to the Senate in 2012.

Back in 2008, Heller indicated that he backed a woman’s right to choose when it came to abortion, however, that didn’t last long as he has taken an anti-abortion stand ever since.

Heller voted against the Employment non-Discrimination Act that would have prohibited employment discrimination based upon sexual orientation, vehemently opposes same-sex marriage.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

My Approved PortraitsSenator Kelly Ayotte – Previously, Kelly Ayote served as Attorney General for the state of New Hampshire. During the election of 2010, and Kelly’s bid for the United States Senate, she got lots of help and back-up from John McCain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour, and Rick Santorum.

Ayotte is anti-abortion with exceptions. She is anti-same-sex marriage and against gay couples being able to adopt children, and favors an Amendment to ban both.

She strongly opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and favors the privatization of Social Security.

Ayotte is a strong supporter of charter schools, the voucher system, and homeschooling.

She supports an Amendment that would declare English as our official language, and opposes any amnesty or pathway to citizenship for immigrants.

She favors an expansion of the military because, as she puts it, “there are still terrorists out there who want to kill us.”

NORTH CAROLINA

Richard BurrSenator Richard Burr – From 1995 to 2005, Richard Burr served as a United States Representative. He then ran for and won a seat in the U.S. Senate.

As a far-right conservative, Burr believes that life begins at conception and favors a Constitutional Amendment that would protect the unborn. He is also vehemently opposed to any and all Affirmative Action.

Burr wants an Amendment to define marriage as being between one man and one woman; banning same-sex marriage; and prohibiting gay couples from adopting children.

Additionally, Burr is a proponent of requiring prayer in public schools.

Burr wants to see the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act repealed, and advocates for a limited prescription drug benefit for recipients of Medicare. He also favors the Ryan Plan, and the privatization of Social Security.

He is a strong proponent of gun ownership and believes that any ban on assault rifles is against the Constitution.

OHIO

Rob PortmanSenator Rob Portman – Prior to his election the the Senate, Portman served six consecutive terms as a Representative.

Portman is ant-abortion and anti-Affirmatve Action. Initially, he was passionately opposed to gay rights, however, when in March of 2013, his son came out as a homosexual, Portman changed his tune.

He is a proponent of prayer in public schools, and has a 92% rating from the Christian Coalition.

He has received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, opposes Obamacare, and favors privatizing Social Security.

He is a proponent of expanding nuclear energy, and encouraging oil and gas exploration both on and offshore.

He is a strong proponent of faith-based initiatives.

OKLAHOMA

Senate Committee Kicks off Climate Change HearingsSenator James Mountain “Jim” Inhofe – Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Inhofe served in the House of Representatives for eight years. To give you some idea of Inhofe’s character, in 2006, Inhofe was one of only nine senators to vote against the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 which prohibits “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment of individuals in U.S. Government custody.

James Inhofe is one of the most far-right conservative members of either house. He does not believe that human activities can cause climate change. He says that human influenced climate change is a hoax, and it is impossible, because “God is still up there.” He compares the EPA to the Gestapo.

He is hostile to gay-rights. He advocates for a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage, and is against adding sexual orientation to hate crimes legislation. He voted against banning job discrimination based on sexual orientation. He has openly stated that he will not hire openly gay staffers as it might conflict with the agenda.

Inhofe has come under criticism for multiple foreign trips, especially to Africa, on missions that he described as “a Jesus thing,” and that were paid for by the U.S. government. He has used these trips for activities on behalf of The Fellowship (The Family – aka The C-Street Group). Inhofe has said that his trips included some governmental work but also involved “the political philosophy of Jesus, it’s all scripturally based.” Inhofe used his access as a Senator to pursue religious goals.

Senator Inhofe is an almost off-the-chart Rebiblican – anti-abortion; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-gay rights; anti-immigration; anti-separation of church and state; anti-health care; anti-Social Security; anti-peace; and pro-gun. Yet, the people of Oklahoma continue to elect this person. Go figure.

Meet The PressSenator Tom Coburn – Tom Coburn is a medical doctor and a Southern Baptist Deacon. He first served as a Representative, was elected to the Senate in 2010, and has pledged not to seek another term – we can only hope. If he doesn’t run in 2016, it’s a pretty sure bet that he will seek some other political office. You see, Tom Coburn thrives on politics and his ego will not allow him to take a back seat.

An ardent supporter of gun rights, Coburn has earned the title of “Dr. No” because of his tendency to place holds on and vote against legislation that he believes are unconstitutional.

Tom Coburn is also a member of the C-Street group and was heavily involved in trying to cover-up Senator John Ensign’s affair. In May 2011, the Senate Ethics Committee identified Coburn in their report on the ethics violations of Senator John Ensign. The report stated that Coburn knew about Ensign’s extramarital affair and was involved in trying to negotiate a financial settlement to cover it up. For an excellent narrative on this issue, please visit the New Yorker Article, Frat House For Jesus. (Peter J. Boyer, September 13, 2010)

On every social issue, Tom Coburn is a true ReBiblican. We can only hope that he lives up to his pledge not to run again in 2016. Either way, we still have three more years of Dr, No to contend with.

PENNSYLVANIA

Pat ToomeySenator Pat Toomey – Pat Toomey first served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served a president of Club For Growth which tells us a lot about Toomey’s politics. Club For Growth is described by SourceWatch as follows:

Club For Growth is a right-wing political group established in 1999 by Stephen Moore that endorses and raises money for candidates. According to a February 22, 2011 article by John Nichols in The Nation, the Washington D.C. based Club for Growth is “an organization funded by extremely wealthy conservatives to carry out their budget-stripping goals,” and that “has been a key player in Republican Governor Scott Walker‘s move to take out the state’s organized workers.” Nichols writes that the Club for Growth is part of a “national strategy” to get “newly elected Republican governors” to destroy labor and unions. R.J. Johnson, who served as a political strategist for Walker’s campaign, is a key adviser to the Club for Growth. Johnson has refused to disclose where the Club for Growth gets its funding. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune in a February 26, 2011 editorial described the Club for Growth as an “ultra-rich special interest itself. ] As of September 13th, 2012, OpenSecrets estimates that Club for Growth has spent $13 million influencing federal elections.

Club For Growth spent a million dollars on Toomey’s initial Senate run in 2004. The next year, Toomey took over as the CFG President.

Toomey has been awarded a 97% rating from the American Conservative Union. But, when it comes to civil rights, the ACLU has only given him a 13% rating. The National Right to Life Committee loves his anti-abortion stand and gives him a 100% rating. Toomey has gone on record advocating for imposing jail terms for doctors who provide abortions.

He favors school choice and charter schools, and is a gun ownership proponent who wants reduced restrictions. He is vehemently anti-gay rights, and anti-separation of church and state.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Lindsey GrahamSenator Lindsey Graham – Graham served four terms in the House of Representatives prior to running for the Senate.

A typical Southern Baptist ReBiblican, Lindsey Graham consistently votes as an ultra-conservative. He is anti-abortion believing that life begins at conception; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-gay rights; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; pro-school vouchers for private and parochial schools; pro-gun; pro-military expansion; and pro-oil and gas drilling.

Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing, Graham sent out a controversial tweet that read: “The last thing we may want to do is read Boston suspect “Miranda Rights” telling him to remain silent.”

TimScottSenator Tim Scott – Tim Scott was appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to fill the seat vacated by Jim DeMint. He is an Evangelical Christian who was previously a Representative in the House, and endorsed by the Tea Party. He will run in a special election in 2014, to maintain his Senate seat.

According to a Wikipedia article:

In March 2011, Scott co-sponsored a welfare reform bill that would deny food stamps to families whose incomes were lowered to the point of eligibility because a family member was participating in a labor strike. He introduced legislation in July 2011 to strip the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) of its power to prohibit employers from relocating to punish workers who join unions or strike. The rationale for the legislation is that government agencies should not be able to tell private employers where they can run a business. Scott described the legislation as a common sense proposal that would fix a flaw in federal labor policy and benefit the national and local economies. The NLRB had recently opposed the relocation of a Boeing production facility from Washington state to South Carolina.

Scott is a conservative ReBiblican, and as a new Senator is rapidly gaining the credentials necessary to call him such. He is anti-abortion; anti-gay rights; anti-Obamacare; anti-public education; and pro-gun ownership.

SOUTH DAKOTA

John ThuneSenator John Thune – John Thune served as a U.S. Representative from 1997-2003. He then won his Senate Seat and has served since 2005. In 2008, Thune was mentioned as a possible running mate for John McCain. In 2012, specualtion ran high that he would run for President. According to Wikipedia:

Thune was encouraged to run by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who called him “a consensus builder.” One Wall Street Journal article stated that Thune possesses “name ID in the parts of the first caucus state of Iowa that get neighboring South Dakota media, a $6.9 million bank account he could use for a presidential run, and a national fundraising list of 100,000 names from his race against [former Senator Tom] Daschle.” DNC Executive Director Jennifer O’Malley Dillon publicly stated that “among a field of generally flawed (in one way or another) Republican presidential candidates, there is one who genuinely scares her. ‘This is personal[,] but John Thune is somebody that I have nightmares about,’ she said. ‘I’ve worked for Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle and he is just a guy you can’t ever count out.'” According to multiple commentators, a Thune candidacy could be helped by his personal appearance (he “looks like a president”). On February 22, 2011, however, Thune announced he would not run in the presidential election in 2012.

Thune has been surrounded by controversy. First was his lobbying activity on behalf of big beef importers prior to running for the Senate. South Dakota ranchers took issue with his aid to suppliers of foreign beef.

In the 2004, race against Tom Daschle, the Thune campaign paid two bloggers to write in support of the Thune candidacy while disparging Daschle. Story here…

http://personaldemocracy.com/content/daschle-thune-and-blog-storming-south-dakota-1

In 2011, Thune voted against federal aid to flood victims in three South Dakota communities. Story here…

http://www.sddp.org/2011/09/senator-thune-says-no-to-disaster-assistance-for-sd-flood-victims/

Additionally, it came to light in 2005, that Thune had close ties to Jeff Gannon, the male hooker who posed as a reporter and gained access to the White House. Story here…

http://www.salon.com/2005/02/15/guckert/

John Thune is also a C-Street member.

John Thune is anti-abortion; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-gay rights; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; anti-immigration; and pro-gun. Look for him to throw his hat into the ring in the 2016, Presidential campaign. He has the money…he has the backing…he has the chutzpah…and he scares the hell out of me.

TENNESSEE

LamarAlexanderSenator Lamar Alexander – Lamar Alexander is a senior Senator serving since 2003. He served as the Governor of Tennessee from 1979-1987.

As a friend of big oil and gas companies, he can be counted on to cast his votes in their direction.

He believes that the Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution literally when it comes to abortion. Accordingly, he believes that life begins at conception and that abortion should be restricted.

He believes that racial preference is just as wrong as racial discrimination and therefore opposes Affirmative Action.

Alexander is vehemently opposed to same-sex marriage and wants a Constitutional Amendment banning that kind of union.

He stands firmly against the separtation of church and state when it comes to public schools and wants to see prayer reinstated.

He supports the goals and ideas of charter schools and advocates for a voucher system.

He has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and wants to see a repeal on the ban of assault rifles.

He is anti-immigration and wants to declare English as the official language of the United States.

He wants to see the military expanded.

Bob CorkerSenator Bob Corker – Previously, Bob Corker was the Mayor of Chatanooga, Tennessee. He and his wife Elizabeth currently live in the Anne Haven mansion built by Coca Cola Bottling Company heirs, Anne Lupton and Frank Harrison.

In his 2006, bid for the Senate Corker got caught up in a controversy over a campaign ad that many thought perpetuated racial stereotypes. Story here…

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/26/us/politics/26tennessee.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Corker is anti-abortion; anti-gay rights; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-gun rights; anti-immigration and favors declaring English as the official language; he also favors expanding the military.

TEXAS

John CornynSenator John Cornyn – John Cornyn has a long career in the political arena. He first served as a judge in Texas’ 37th District Court from 1985-1991, when he was elected Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court where he served from 1991-1997. He was then elected Attorney General. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2002.

In 2010, John Cornyn was voted one of the most conservative U.S. Senators by the National Review – and, indeed, he is.

Cornyn is on the Advisory Board of the Leadership Institute and the National Council for a New America. The Leadership Institute was founded by uber-conservative Morton Blackwell and states that its mission is to: “increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists” and to “identify, train, recruit and place conservatives in politics, government, and media.”

The National Council for a New America is a group of Republican members who are aimed at rebranding the Republican Party. Rebranding it to what? Well, it consists of what they call a “National Panel of Experts” who report to a panel of Republican leaders. Those “experts are: Haley Barbour; Bobby Jindal; Mitt Romney; Jeb Bush; John McCain; Sarah Palin; and Newt Gingrich. The leaders on the panel are: John Boehner; Eric Cantor; Mike Pence; Mitch McConnell; Jon Kyl; and Lamar Alexander. Every one of these people are Rebiblicans.

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to surmise what this rebranding consists of.

Cornyn is known of one of big oil’s ten favorte members of Congress. He has earned a 0% rating from the League of Conservation Voters. John Cornyn has voted in favor of big oil companies on 100% of important oil related bills from 2005-2007, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq war funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and emissions.

According to SourceWatch:

On April 18, 2005, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed Texas Public Information Act requests with both the Texas Office of the Attorney General and with the Texas Governor’s Office to obtain information regarding contacts between Cornyn and lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his partner Michael Scanlon and former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, as well as for all documents related to the Tigua Tribe of El Paso, Texas.

CREW filed its requests in response to Sen. Cornyn’s statement that he never met with Reed in regard to the Tigua casino. (Maria Recio, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) However, some believe email correspondence between Abramoff and Reed suggests otherwise.

On November 12, 2001, Reed sent Abramoff an e-mail message stating, “get me details so I can alert cornyn and let him know what we are doing to help him” [sic]. Similarly, on November 13, 2001, Reed wrote “I strongly suggest we start doing patch-throughs to perry and cornyn [sic]. We’re getting killed on the phone.” Also, on January 7, 2002, Reed sent Abramoff an e-mail stating “I think we should budget for an ataboy for cornyn” [sic].

When Cornyn ran for Senate, Abramoff contributed $1,000, the maximum amount legally allowed. The allegedly anti-gambling Cornyn also received $6,250 in contributions from Las Vegas casino interests who oppose Indian gaming, some of which were made at the same time Cornyn was pushing to close the Tigua’s casino.

Cornyn resides far to the right and his voting record and political stands reflect that perfectly.

Ted CruzSenator Ted Cruz – Cruz served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 – 2008. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. To give you even a better perspective on where Cruz stands: “Cruz was endorsed by the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative political action committee; Erick Erickson, editor of prominent conservative blog RedState, the FreedomWorks for America super PAC, nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, Tea Party Express, Young Conservatives of Texas; and U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Pat Toomey. He was also endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, George W. Bush and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum.”

Cruz is, of course, anti-women’s rights; against same-sex marriage and adoptions; against gay pride parades; against the separation of church and state; against Obamacare; for the privatization of Social Security; for states rights and state control; strongly against immigration and favors harsh laws; a proponent of oil and gas drilling; and a proponent of expanding the military.

In his own words:

“[There] are risks to refusing to comply with the demands of a politician who has earned the nickname, ‘The Godfather.’ In Texas, we have a more modest view of government.” (Critics have dubbed him ‘The Godfather’ because he once allegedly sent a dead fish to a pollster.)

“Shariah law is an enormous problem” in the United States.

During the primary, Cruz used his opposition to gay rights as a wedge against lesser opponents like former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert, noting that his opponent had marched in not one but two pride parades. “When the mayor of a city chooses twice to march in a parade celebrating gay pride, that’s a statement. It’s not a statement I believe in”

At the Values Voters summit last October, Cruz warned that American politics had been hijacked by the “gay rights agenda.”

UTAH

Orin HatchSenator Orin Hatch – Orin Hatch is 79 years old. From Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orrin_Hatch

In 1976 in his first run for public office, he was elected to the United States Senate, defeating Democrat Frank Moss, a three-term incumbent. Among other issues, Hatch criticized Moss’s 18-year tenure in the Senate, saying “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.” Hatch argued that many Senators, including Moss, had lost touch with their constituents. Hatch won his first election by an unexpectedly wide nine-point margin. He later defeated Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson by 17 points in his reelection bid in 1982. He hasn’t faced substantive opposition since, and has been reelected four times, including defeating Brian Moss, Frank Moss’ son, by 35 points in 1988. He is the longest-serving Senator in Utah history, eclipsing previous record-holder Reed Smoot in 2007. He was among the first to rally conservative Christians and Mormons to the Republican Party, most notably on the right to life platform which he has supported for 35 years. [Emphasis Added]

Nothing like a little hypocrisy with your politics.

According to Hatch, “Abortions cause a societal insensitivity to life.” He believes that life begins at conception and should be protected.

He is against any Affirmative Action, and when it comes to gays he says, “Gays support Democrats, but no intolerance,” and “Homosexuality is contrary to the Bible.” He wants a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage and an exclusion of sexual orientation from hate-crimes legislation.

He is against the separation of church and state and wants an Amendment allowing prayer in the public schools. He claims that “Hollywood should do more to change culture for good,” and that “Media supports moral poverty; Boys and Girls Clubs fight it.”

He says that Obamacare is an atrocious Act and we should repeal it. And, he supports the privatization of Social Security.

He is pro-gun; pro-oil and gas; anti-immigration; and favors expansion of the military and defense spending.

Mike-LeeSenator Mike Lee – Mike Lee was previously a clerk for Judge Samuel Alito, and his father, Rex E. Lee, was the Founding Dean of Brigham Young University.

In 2011, Club for Growth gave him a 100% score. Only four other U.S. Senators received a perfect score: Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, Jim DeMint, and Tom Coburn.He also received a 100% Conservative voting record for 2011 from the American Conservative Union. The Heritage Foundation gave him a 99% score, ranking first only with DeMint.

He is anti-abortion; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-separation of church and state; favors faith-based initiatives; favors privitization of Social Security; believes in an absolute right to gun control; anti-immigration; and wants an expansion of the military.

WISCONSIN

Ron JohnsonSenator Ron Johnson – Johnson’s first run for elective office was in 2010. According to Wikipedia:

He attracted the attention of the Tea Party movement when he gave two emotional speeches at Tea Party rallies. According to The New York Times, he said he “did kind of spring out of the Tea Party” and is glad to be associated with it. In the September 14, 2010, Republican primary, Johnson, running a largely self-financed campaign, defeated Watertown businessman Dave Westlake, taking 85% of the vote, with 10% going to Westlake and the remaining 5% going to Stephen Finn. In the November 2, 2010, general election, he defeated Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold.

In January 2010, Johnson opposed a Wisconsin bill that would have eliminated the time limit for future child sex abuse victims to bring lawsuits while allowing an additional three years for past victims to sue. Johnson testified before the Wisconsin Senate that “punishment for the actual perpetrators should be severe,” but questioned whether it would be just for employers of perpetrators to be severely financially damaged or destroyed by lawsuits. He added that the bill, if enacted, might actually reduce the reporting of child sex abuse. At the time of his testimony, Johnson was on the Finance Council of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. In June 2010 he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “I can’t think of a penalty that would be too harsh for these guys”and in late September 2010, Johnson indicated that the legislation would have financially crippled organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs and that the punishment for child sex abuse should be, “severe and swift.”He also sought to address reports about his testimony, saying “I sought to warn legislators of those consequences in order to correct legislative language so that any bills that passed would punish the perpetrators and those that protect them, not honorable organizations that do so much good for our communities. We must rid our society of people who prey on children.” He was criticized by victims’ rights groups such as the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and by his opponent, Feingold.

He believes that scientists who claim that global warming is man-made are crazy and that the entire theory is “lunacy.”

Of course, he is anti-abortion and anti-same-sex marriage; a gun ownership proponent; and a proponent of on and offshore drilling.

WYOMING

Mike EnziSeantor Mike Enzi – Mike Enzi is in his third term and will be up for re-election in 2014. He has been consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most conservative Senators. In the 2008, election, Mike Enzi won 76% of the vote.

As a true conservative, Enzi votes consitently against all abortion measures and is in favor of a Constitutional Amendment to ban the same. He is vehemently opposed to gay rights and his voting record is in accordance with his beliefs.

He is against the separation of church and state and an avid gun-rights proponent.

A strong supporter of the coal industry, Enzi also rejects alternative energy proposals and advocates Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and offshore drilling.

He is anti-immigration and opposes any form of amnesty, while advocating to declare English as the official language of the United States.

john barrassoSenator John Barrasso – John Barrasso was appointed to the Senate in June 2007, following the death of Craig L. Thomas, and won a special election in 2008 to fill the remaining four years of Thomas’s term. He was re-elected to a full six-year term in 2012.

Interstingly, Barrasso ran for the Senate in 1996, as a pro-choice social moderate. Somewhere between then and now he has moved excedingly to the right. Barrasso was quoted as saying, “I believe in limited government, lower taxes, less spending, traditional family values, local control and a strong national defense,” and said he has “voted for prayer in schools, against gay marriage and [has] sponsored legislation to protect the “sanctity of life.”

 

 

 

All’s Fair In A Christian Jihad

doma ringsOf course, the right-wing zealots were overcome with grief and outrage this morning as the Supreme Court of the United   States has struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act. To say they are despondent is, probably, a gross understatement. Right now, they are overwrought and terrified in their belief that an angry God will unleash his wrath upon us all.

For weeks now, the bigoted and intolerant wing-nuts have been promising rebellion should the Supreme Court rule in such a manner. They have engaged in attempts to take the Court hostage under the threat of civil war. But, this morning, in a 5 to 4 decision the Supreme Court ruled that legally married same-sex couples cannot be denied benefits afforded to those in what the right considers “traditional marriage.”

The ruling also allows for same-sex marriages to continue in California. The Court said that supporters of the state ban on same-sex marriages, 2008’s Proposition 8, couldn’t challenge a lower court’s decision striking it down.

Additionally, the court’s ruling will take effect immediately. It does not automatically establish a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but rather said the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages if they are allowed by states.

It didn’t take long for the cries of indignity to be heard from the leaders of the anti-gay movement nationwide.

JacksonThis morning, the American Family Association’s spokesmen Fred Jackson and Sandy Rios lamented the decision. Rios said “It’s a big win for gay activists and not a very good day for us.” She went on to claim that “marriage is dead.”

Jackson said that as a result of this ruling “God’s judgment will be upon us.”

RussellMooreRussell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission took a less radical approach to the ruling and said:

“It is a loss for those who are concerned about marriage, but it is not an ultimate loss. If marriage is as resilient as the Bible tells us it is, marriage cannot be raptured away by a Supreme Court Decision.”

Warning that the wrath of an angry God would surely be visited upon America for our wanton disregard for God’s Law, the radical religious right took to the internet to commiserate with each other over the egregious moral depravity that has befallen this country and how insulting such a ruling is to the Founding Fathers.

Engaging in the activity that they are most adept at, the fear merchants came out in full force to excoriate the five assenting Justices and to bully their flocks into submission, admonishing “true” Christians that the End Times are upon us, and that “posers” and non-believers will meet with a horrific fate.

While we might be tempted to write all of their whining and sniveling off as just more of the histrionics that are employed so adroitly by those longing for a theocracy, we probably really shouldn’t.

As we have all witnessed, violence in the name of the Lord is becoming more and more prevalent and the strident messages that are being sent by the right-wing following this ruling are precisely the fodder that feeds that kind of violence.

jenniferleclaireStories such as the one written by Jennifer LeClaire, news editor of Charisma Magazine, today are exactly what speaks to the disenfranchised, mentally unstable, individual who is willing to create a fire-storm for God. Ms. LeClaire claimed that “we are in the latter times,” and that the Supreme Court rulings could “set into motion a dynamic that could mainstream gay marriage in this nation sooner than later—and forward the satanic agenda to eventually end a godly institution that’s almost as old as the world itself.”

Brian Tashman over at Right Wing Watch has been following the frenzy all day and as the news sinks in, it gets uglier and uglier. For a really good look at the rhetoric that is making its way across the airwaves, the internet and social media, please check this out.

DeaceConservative Talk Show Host, Steve Deace, posted the following on his Facebook page:

Another reminder for all of us: marriage and sexuality are not political or even moral debates only, but primarily eternal ones. These are issues that if people are either misled or misleading others on them they will spend eternity separated from God in Hell unless they accept forgiveness from Christ. People can be wrong on taxes or immigration and it doesn’t risk their eternal soul. But if you miss this one it’s like tying the millstone around your own neck. You are actively seeking to further estrange yourself from your Creator, which is like playing Russian Roulette with your own soul. We should not have this conversation with those who disagree if we lose sight of that. To discuss these matters without ever addressing what’s truly at stake is shortsighted.”

hageePastor John Hagee just had to weigh in on Facebook as well:  “Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that ‘DOMA’ (Defense of Marriage Act) is unconstitutional. This is very disappointing for the vast majority of Americans. Contrary to their ruling, the Supreme Court of Heaven has ruled that “every man shall leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife, and they shall be one flesh.” (Gen 2:24)

HuelskampOf course, the right wing politicians aren’t too circumspect either. Kansas Representative, Tim Huelskamp is quoted earlier today as vowing to file a Constitutional Amendment to restore DOMA later this week.

Joe PittsPennsylvania Representative Joe Pitts said that marriage equality will threaten religious freedom and the wellbeing of children by “changing the form of families.” The congressman said that same-sex unions won’t provide children with a “stable loving family” and as a result “the cost of our social service welfare programs are going to be greatly impacted by this negative consequence of a social experiment that is less in age than the iPhone. This is the leftist redefinition that is happening here on our watch.”

GohmertAnd then there is Texas Representative Louis Gohmert who made the claim that gay marriage always emerges at “the end of a great civilization.” He accused the Supreme Court of going against the laws of nature and God’s Law and sounded the alarm that America will now suffer the consequences.

This morning’s ruling has just begun to draw the real nuts out from the ReBiblican cesspool. As the days progress, we can expect much more from the extremist realm. The release valve has just been cracked, and what we are seeing now is nothing compared to what we will witness in the days ahead – bet on it. We are already hearing the claims that next polygamy will be legalized and beastiality will be next. In their quest for a theocratic government all is considered fair by their definition. While they bemoan a “war on Christianity” they are perfectly content to wage a war on women, gays, the poor, the sick, the downtrodden, and anyone non-Christian. After all…all’s fair in a jihad, right?

 

 

Christain Right – Supreme Court Hostage Takers?

Mat Staver

Mat Staver

With a ruling on Marriage Equality by the United States Supreme Court looming, Christian Right activst across the nation are promising great reprisals should the Court rule aganst them. Over 160 leaders of the Christian Right have joined with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver to put the Court on notice promising nothing less than revolution.

The list of anti-gay crusaders is impressive, indeed. Rallying around the idea that  “this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross,” they are essentially attempting to take the Supreme Court hostage under the threat of Civil War. In actuality, this might just be the litmus test required to see just how far into the Christian dogma the ties of the SCOTUS go, and to test the mettle of the bullies on the far right.

Not that we wish to see this country torn apart over religious bigotry, but for way too long these Christian nationalists have been running their mouth and their agenda rough-shod over the American people. In an all out effort to convince our governmental entities that these zealots speak for all of us, this group of fanatics has been behind the war on women, the war on gays, the war on the poor, infirm, and underprivleged, the war on everyone non-white, and non-Christian all in the name of God.

Mat Staver and Deaon Keith Fournier issued the following statement which they entitled “The Marriage Solidarity Statement:

We Stand in Solidarity to Defend Marriage

and the Family and Society Founded Upon Them

We stand together as Christians in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common faith in Jesus Christ.

We acknowledge that differences exist between us on important matters of religious doctrine and practice. But, on the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. As a nation, we have lost our moral compass. As a result, we are losing true freedom. We affirm together that there is a moral basis to a free society. Though we live in a secular society, together we reject relativism and secularism.

We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society; the first church, first school, first hospital, first economy, first government and first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family.

Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman was not an idea manufactured by the Christian Church. It precedes Christianity. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by Christian teaching, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Moral Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason.

This claim of the existence of such a Natural Moral Law is the ground upon which every great civilization has been built. It is the source of every authentic human and civil rights movement. This Natural Moral Law gives us the norms we need to build truly human and humane societies and govern ourselves. It should also inform our positive law or we will become lawless and devolve into anarchy.

Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they manufacture a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. In the words of the first book of the Bible, we read: “it is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) Society begins with marriage and the family.

Like many other concerned Americans, we await the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States on two cases which open up the possibility that the institution of marriage will be further 2

undermined by a judicial opinion. We pledge to stand together to defend marriage as what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children.

The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond. Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. The Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage.

If the Supreme Court becomes the tool by which marriage is redefined in the positive law of this nation, the precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage. Conferring a moral and legal equivalency to same-sex couples by legislative or judicial fiat also sends the message that children do not need a mother and a father. It undermines their fundamental rights and threatens their security, stability, and future.

As Christian citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The Sacred Scriptures and unbroken teaching of the Church confirm that marriage is between one man and one woman. We stand together in solidarity to defend marriage and the family and society founded upon them. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the proper mediating role of the Church in society.

Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.

Finally, the Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch which has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions.

As the Supreme Court acknowledged in the 1992 decision of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people. If the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or provided a precedent on which to build

an argument to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court will thereby undermine its legitimacy. The Court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority. It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the Natural Moral Law which transcends religions, culture, and time.

As Christians united together in defense of marriage, we pray that this will not happen. But, make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.

They then put out the call to all of the Christian ant-gay activists to sign this statement – this is the result, so far.

Mathew Staver, Chairman,Liberty Counsel Action, Co-drafter

Deacon Keith Fournier, Common Good Alliance,Catholic Online, Co-drafter

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Fr. Paul CB Schenck, MA, EdD, National Representative, Catholics United for Life

Hon. Kenneth Blackwell, Constitutional Congress, Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to United Nations on Human Rights

Anita Staver, President, Liberty Counsel

James Robison, LIFE Outreach International

Fr. Randolph W. Sly, Common Good Foundation

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life, President, National Pro-Life Religious Council

Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse, American Orthodox Institute

Benjamin S. Carson, M.D., World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

James C. Dobson, Ph.D., President and Founder, Family Talk Action

William G Boykin, LTG(R) US Army, President, Kingdom Warriors Ministries

Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Moody Church – Chicago, IL

Colin A Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Dr. Ché Ahn, Senior Pastor, HROCK Church, Pasadena, CA, President, Harvest International Ministry, International Chancellor, Wagner Leadership Institute

Carlos Campo, Ph. D., President, Regent University

Dr. Richard Land, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ron Luce, Founder, Teen Mania

Bill Donohue, President, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

Betty Robison,Co-Host, LIFE Today Television

Dr. Jack W. Hayford, Chancellor The King’s University—Dallas/Los Angeles

Rick Joyner, President, The Oak Initiative

Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America Action

Dr. Carl Herbster, President, Advance USA

Dr. Alveda C. King, President, Alveda King Ministries

Star Parker, President, CURE

Ruth Graham, President, Ruth Graham Ministries

Tim Clinton, President, American Association of Christian Counselors

Dr. Keith Wiebe, President, American Association of Christian Schools

Bill Johnson, President, American Decency Association

Don Wildmon, Founder/Chairman Emeritus American Family Association

Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association

Nancy Schulze, Co-Founder, American Prayer Initiative

Gary L. Bauer, President, American Values

Tom Hoefling, Chairman, America’s Party

Dr. Kenneth Hutcherson, Senior Pastor, Antioch Bible Church

Andrew Wommack, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Inc.

Dr. Sergio Navarrete, Superintendent, A/G – Southern Pacific District

Eleazar Rodriguez, Jr, A/G – Texas Louisiana Hispanic District

Pastor Juan Eliel Garcia, Auditorio de la Fe – La Nueva FM 88.3FM

Al Kresta, President and CEO, Ave Maria Radio

Sue Ek, Executive Director, BOMA-USA

Stanley Jeter, Sr. Producer, CBN News, President, ComunicadoresUSA

Rev. Dan E. Collis, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

John Martin, Senior Adult Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, Exec. Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Dr. Stephen Rummage, Sr. Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church

George & Sandra Thomasson, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

Dr. Mike Spaulding, Calvary Chapel of Lima, OH

Steve Strang, Founder & CEO, Charisma Media

Matt Smith, President, Catholic Advocate

Sue Trombino, Founder, Women Impacting the Nation

Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., President, High Impact Leadership Coalition

Daniel Hite, Pastor, Christian Family Fellowship

Carlos S. Morán, Ed.D., Dir.of Hispanic Ministries Church of God International, Cleveland, TN

Bishop Juan A. Garcia, Admin. Bishop, Church of God Northeast Spanish Region

Michael A. Montelongo, Former Mayor, City of Sanger, CA

Michael L. Brown, Ph.D., Director, Coalition of Conscience

Terry Kemple, President, Community Issues Council

Penny Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America

Robert Gittelson, President Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Rick Ryan, Director, Convoy of Hope

Nathan Blackwell, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Family Church – St. Cloud, FL

The Most Reverend Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus, Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi, Texas

Dr. Tom Mullins, Founding Pastor, Christ Fellowship

Amelia Den Hartog, MS., PLMHP, Christ for the City International

Marcus Lamb. Daystar Television Network

Rev. Rick Stevens, Pastor, Diplomat Wesleyan Church, Cape Coral, FL

Shannon M. Jones, President, CatechismClass.com

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), PhD, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament

Denver Seminary, Jay. W. Richards, PhD, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute

George and Terri Pearsons, Pastors, Eagle Mountain International Church

Andrew Haines, Editor, Ethika Politika

Gary Marx, E. D., Faith and Freedom Coalition

Ralph Reed, Chairman, Faith and Freedom Coalition

Stephen Broden, Sr. Pastor, Fair Park Bible Fellowship, Pres., Constitutional Defenders of Texas

Rev. Louise Yakubisin, Assoc. Pastor, Faith Christian Fellowship Church Newton, Ohio

Rev. Gary Cristofaro, Senior Pastor, First Assembly of God, Melbourne FL

Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor, First Baptist Church Dallas, TX

Dr. Richard Lee, Founding Pastor, First Redeemer Church – Alpharetta, GA

Pat Andrews, President, Florida Eagle Forum

John Stemberger, President, Florida Family Policy Council

Norman Blanton, Pastor, Foursquare Church

Colonel (AL) John Eidsmoe, Senior Counsel and Resident Scholar Foundation for Moral Law

Patrick Lee, Director of Institute of Bioethics, Franciscan University of Steubeniville

Dr. Lloyd Stilley, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Gulf Shores, AL

John Meador, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Euless, TX

Don Worden, Pastor of Church Administration and Missions, First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach Florida

Steve Dulin, Elder, Gateway Church

Robert Morris, Senior Pastor, Gateway Church

Bill Gattis, retired Vice Pres., Exxon Mobil

Dr. Cindy & Mike Jacobs, Co-Founders, Generals International

Michael Cordeiro, Deacon Grace and Truth Family Baptist Church

Nathaniel & Veronica Dixon, Pastors, Grandview Church – Dunnellon, FL

Dr. Robert W. Roach, Pastor, Haven of Hope of St. Lucie County

Mark Andrews, President, Heartland Research Corporation

Ronald L. Drumm, Pastor Henderson Blvd Church of Christ

Dr. Carl Herbster, President, Center to Advance the USA

Patricia Sullivan, Women Impacting the Nation

Dr. Travis Smith, Sr. Pastor, Hillsdale Baptist Church

Jesse Rincones, Executive Director, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas

Michael P. Donnelly, HSLDA Attorney, Home School Legal Defense Association

Rev. Nilo Ayala, Senior Pastor, Iglesia De Dios De Auburn

Rev. Carlos Quintero Iglesia Harvest Rock Hispana Unidad Los Angeles

David E. Smith, Executive Director, Illinois Family Institute

Pasqual Urrabazo Jr., Associate Pastor, International Church of Las Vegas

Frank Lopez, Sr. Pastor, Jesus Worship Center

Phillip L. Jauregui, President, Judicial Action Group

Eugene J. Zurlo, KCHS Radio

Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Founder and Co-Founder, Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Rev. Jesten F. Peters, President/Minister, Keys of Authority Ministries, Inc.

Steve Smothermon, Pastor, Legacy Church – Albuquerque,NM

Dean Shawn Akers, Liberty University, Helms School of Government

Yuri Mantilla, Ph.D., Dir. of Global Initiatives, Liberty University School of Law

Judith Gelernter Reisman, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Law, Liberty University School of Law

Dr. Johnny M. Hunter, DD, National Director, Life, Education and Resource Networks

Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum

Dr. María M. Hermida, President, Magda Hermida Ministries

Rev. Yolandita Colon, Exec.Justice Pastor, Maranatha Minneapolis Church, Minnesota Chapter Director of NHCLC

Jimmy Evans, Founder and CEO, MarriageToday

Linda Harvey, Host Mission America

Patrick A. Trueman, President, CEO, Morality in Media

Steven Frakes, Pastor, Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL

Jeff Pollard, Pastor, Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL

Ted Baehr, Movie Guide

Rev. Lydia Gonzalez-D’Ross, Oklahoma City Chapter Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Rev. Eve Nunez, V.P. of Networking, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Steve Noble, Host, Called2Action Today

Pastor Carlos Ortiz, V.P. Southeast Region, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Gene Pierce, Executive Director, Ohio Faith & Freedom Coalition

Dr. Steve Kern, Senior Pastor, Olivet Baptist Church – Oklahoma City, OK, Candidate Oklahoma Senate District 40

Jacob Aranza, Senior Pastor, Our Savior’s Church-Broussard, LA

Jim Garlow, Founding Director, Pastors Rapid Response Team

Bud Hansen, Jr.,Secretary, Papal Foundation

Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host

Joy Allen, Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Deal W. Hudson, President, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Ted Meehan, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

John & Patsy Radcliffe, Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Raymond Rivera Martinez, Presidente, La Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI a nivel mundial

Daniel A. Rodriguez, PhD, Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

Sonja Corbitt, Founder, PursuingtheSummit.com

Dr. Moses Mercedes, President, Radio Amor and NHCLC Board Member

Rev. Paul Blair, Reclaiming America for Christ

Barbara B.Henkels, Co-Founder, Regina Academies, Philadelphia

William J. Murray, Chairman, Religious Freedom Coalition

Matt C. Abbott, RenewAmerica.com

Stephen Stone, President, RenewAmerica

Rev. Paul Blair, Renewing America for Christ

Richard Wilson, Pastor Revival Outreach Center

Rev. Dale M. Glading, President, Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.

Dave Roever, Vietnam veteran, Founder & President Roever Foundation

Tony Calatayud, National Director Salem Espanol

Dran Reese, Salt and Light Council

Jose L. González, President, Semilla

Chris J. Montelongo, Administrator

Tabernacle of Praise Christian Center, Board of Directors, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Daniel de Leon, Senior Pastor, Templo Calvario Church

Erwin Guevara, Pastor, Victory Christian Center – Boca Raton

Dave Welch, Exec. Dir., TX Pastor Council

Dr. Gary M. Benedict, President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD, Founder, The Pray In Jesus Name Project

Rev. Andrew S. Doan, Sr. Pastor, The Solid Rock Church – Winter Haven, FL

Timothy F. Johnson, Ph.D., Founder/ President, The Frederick Douglass Foundation

Fmr Vice Chairman, NC Republican Party

Steven W. Fitschen, President, The National Legal Foundation, Velasquez Group Productions

Rev. Michael and Rev. Jennifer Derrick The River of WNY

Dr. Tony Evans, The Urban Alternative

Morton Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch

Father James F. Kauffmann, Pastor, Saint Benedict Parish

Andrea Lafferty, President Traditional Values Coalition

Rev. Abraham Hernandez, V. P. Northeast Region, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Mike Valerio,Helen and Mike Valerio Charitable Trust

Harold Velasquez, President/CEO, Velasquez Group Productions

Dr. G. Antonio Smart, Pastor, Victory Baptist Church of Tampa

Rev Louis P. Sheldon, Founder and Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition

C. Preston Noell III, President Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Tom Peterson, President and Founder, VirtueMedia, Inc.

Robert R. Reilly, Former President, Voice of America

Rev. Nicholas Woodbury, Director, Latin America Mission

Bradlee Dean, President, You Can Run But You Can Not Hide International/The Sons of Liberty Radio

Dr. Tony Serna, ND & Master Trainer, Wellness Center

Joseph Farah, Chief Executive Officer, World Net Daily and World Net Daily Books

Susan Carleson, Chairman/CEO, American Civil Rights Union

Robert Knight, Senior Fellow, American Civil Rights Union and, Drafter of the Defense of Marriage Act

Micah Clark, Executive Director, American Family Association of Indiana

Gary Glenn, President, American Family Association of Michigan

Diane Gramley, President, American Family Association of Pennsylvania

Peter LaBarbera, President, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality

Donna Rogers, Founder of Angel of Love and Light Ministries

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Senior Fellow Beverly LaHaye Institute, Concerned Women for America

Richard Viguerie, Chairman ConservativeHQ.com

Janet L. Porter, President, Faith2ACTION

Ken Klukowski, Director, Center for Religious Liberty, Family Research Council

Robert Fischer, President, Fischer Furniture, Inc

John Kirkwood, Pastor, Grace Gospel Fellowship

Dr. Warren Guy, DDS, PhD, Pediatric Dentist

Matt Barber, Vice President, Liberty Counsel Action

Lucinda Hodges, LifeCare SouthShoreCenter Manager

Rep. Sally Kern, Oklahoma, House District 84

Gregory Quinlan, President, Pro-Family Network

Ann Quest, Founder, Unity Quest

Dr. Randy Rebold, National Director, Pastors & Patriots Initiative

Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but I do believe that the vast majority of American people will completely resent this band of miscreants who are clearly attempting to intimidate the justices of the Supreme Court into handing down a ruling that will serve no other purpose but to set civil rights back at least 50 years, as well as prohibit any further movement forward for America’s gay population.

Born and bred in fear, ignorance, and an irrational lust for power, these groups and individuals still wield a heavy hand in our political realm. Knowledge and education is the key to thrwarting their movements and their bid for a theocracy. In actuality, this is not about religion or the love of God – it’s about power and oppression.

When it comes to judging America for its sins, God is an absolute doofus

Brilliant Observations from a very talented writer!

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Lately I’ve been trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with God. And having no luck at all.

If you’ve been paying attention, by now you’ve figured out that natural calamities are God’s judgment on America. Preachers preach it and Christians believe it. When a hurricane hits, for example, it’s usually because we’re being unholy in some way or another. Drinking, fornicating, gambling, etc. But mainly the queers.

Katrina was God’s judgment. And it’s just beginning. Because of the Pride Parade. (A Google search on “Katrina God’s judgment” returns 129,000 hits, by the way.) Sandy? God’s judgment.

Tornadoes are God’s judgment. Earthquakes are God’s judgment. Forest fires, famine, volcanos – God’s judgment. You get the point.

Fine. God isn’t happy and he’s sending us a message. A warning shot across the bow, as it were. But…you can’t help wondering. Is God stupid? Does he…

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Mitch McConnell Again? Kentucky What ARE You Thinking?

McConnell 3On November 4, 2008, I sat and watched as the election results rolled in like so many others. Actually I was doing a BlogTalk Radio Show with anti-racist expert, Floyd Cochran. As the results of the Senatorial election in Kentucky were revealed, I just shook my head in amazement and asked “What the hell were the people in Kentucky thinking?” You see, ReBiblican extraordinaire, Mitch McConnell had garnered nearly 53% of the vote. Outrageous!

Yes…I know that Kentucky has historically been a red state – but, Mitch McConnell? Get serious!

Rand Paul On November 6, 2012, I was live blogging and in lively discussion over at God’s Own Party as the election results rolled in. Rand Paul took 59% of the vote in Kentucky – OMG! All I could think of was that the good people of Kentucky who constituted the 41% who had the good sense to vote for someone other than Paul had better put on their wading boots, their flack jackets, and buckle their seat belts because the ride was fixing to get bumpy – and UGLY!

I do love it when I’m right…usually. But, in this case, I so wanted to be wrong! Maybe the Rapture would come after all and take them both to the Pearly Gates. But…that’s only for the righteous…or so they say.

Well, in less than a year and a half, Kentuckians will have an opportunity to begin redeeming themselves and gaining some credibility as a knowledgeable and informed electorate – or not. On November 14, 2014, there will be 33 Senate seats up for grabs and one of them belongs to Mitch McConnell. He’s already laying the groundwork and bringing his brand of douche-baggery into the campaign arena. After pretty much ruining a young reporters life, McConnell is already under investigation for ethics violations during this campaign.

And to top everything off, McConnell is now courting the Tea Party!

So who is this miscreant and what is his nefarious agenda? Let’s pull back the proverbial covers on Mitch McConnell and see what he is all about.

Mitch McConnell was born on February 20, 1942, in Tuscumbia, Alabama and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He took office in 1985. He has been referred to as “The most powerful Republican on the Planet,” and is considered a “Kingmaker” in Kentucky Republican politics.

McConnell 2He is certainly the consummate conservative with strong religious beliefs: Opposed to abortion; opposed to same-sex marriage and gay adoptions; opposed to Affirmative Action; Opposed to the separation of church and state; in favor of prayer in public schools and faith-based initiatives; in favor of an absolute right to gun ownership; opposed to raising taxes on the wealthy; in favor of privatizing Social Security; and, of course, in favor of expanding the military.

On January 2, 2013, the Public Campaign Action Fund, a nonprofit group that backs stronger campaign finance regulation, released a report highlighting eight instances from McConnell’s political career in which a vote or a blocked vote (filibuster), coincided with an influx of campaign contributions to McConnell’s campaign. Progress Kentucky, a SuperPAC focused on defeating Mitch McConnell in 2014, hosted a press conference in front of the senator’s Louisville office to highlight the report’s findings.

McConnell, in 2010, was ranked the 10th wealthiest member of the U.S. Senate with a personal fortune somewhere in the neighborhood of $45 million.

Morton BlackwellNow for the really good stuff. Mitch McConnell is an alumni and speaker for the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute, in spite of calling itself bipartisan, is a right-wing training ground for young conservatives founded by Morton Blackwell.

An excellent report on the Institute can be found at Salon Magazine.

With a $9 million annual budget, the Institute has trained over 40,000 conservatives in the last 25 years and is still counting. Among those alumni are Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Mike Pence, Ralph Reed, and James O’Keefe, to name a few.

The mission of the Institute is “to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists” and to “identify, train, recruit and place conservatives in politics, government, and media.” And that is exactly what they achieve.

In 1997, Mitch McConnell founded the JamesMadisonCenter for Free Speech – a legal defense organization in Washington, D.C. Among other things, the Center supports the recognition of the Ten Commandments as one of America’s founding texts, and opposed a measure proposed by the Federal Election Commission to ban non-profits from expressing views on public policy.

McConnell’s General Counsel for the Center is James Bopp. James Bopp was an advisor to Mitt Romney’s campaign, and has served as the General Counsel for National Right to Life since 1978, and as special Counsel for Focus on the Family since 2004.

BoppAccording to his resume, the following are some of his clients: National Organization for Marriage; National Right to Life Committee; Focus on the Family; Susan B. Anthony List; The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; Catholic Answers; Christian Broadcasting Network; Salem Radio; Priests For Life; Traditional Values Coalition; Homeschool Legal Defense Association; Vision America; Common Sense America; Life Issues Institute; Christian Coalition; Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Concerned Women For America; National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation; Club for Growth; Citizens United; Fereation of American Immigration Reform; National Federation of Independent Business; Republican Governors Association; The Libertarian Party; and the Republican National Committee.

So…it would appear that all of the Dominionist and ReBiblican bases are covered, not to mention that the majority of the entities listed are major contributors to the campaigns of right-wing zealots who promote and perpetuate a far-right religious agenda.

It is also worth noting that Bopp was a legal advisor to Citizens United leading up to their victory in the Supreme Court that labeled businesses as people. Because of this and some of the other groups and causes that he has represented, he has earned the label “Public Enemy #1 for fair elections.”

The very fact that Mitch McConnell has been in office for 28 years and is seeking another term should send up a lot of red flags to Kentucky voters. His affiliations, associations, and voting record should certainly sound some alarms. The fact that they are stuck with a looney-tunes poster child in Rand Paul until 2016, should send all of them scurrying to the polls next year to eliminate at least one of these reprobates. But ‘should’s’ and ‘will’s’ are two different things, I realize.

I would ask Kentuckians to remember that these are National Senators, notState. Consequently, while the decisions made by those in the U.S. Senate may reflect the values or the wishes of their constituency in the home state, they definitely conflict with those of sane and lucid Americans who would prefer not to be subjected to the backwoods whims of theocratic ignoramuses who wish to take America backward. You see, forward motion is the goal.

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The Dumbing Down of the GOP

“Old Dominion…The Mother of Presidents…Home of the first permanent English settlement in the New World…Home of George Washington, Patrick Henry,Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and Richard Lee – that’s the State of Virginia. Rich in history, the State has always been in the forefront of the political arena. None of that has changed. What has changed is the complexion of Virginia politics.

gop You know, for years I have heard others decry what they call “the dumbing down” of the American people, and I never put much stock into that notion. However, given more recent events, I might want to rethink my opinion. In one of the most egregiously absurd moves of the 21st Century Virginia’s delegates to the GOP convention nominated as candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor , not only Ken Cuccinelli – the anti-woman, anti-gay, and anti-separation of church and state clown who has been serving as the Attorney General in that state, but E.W. Jackson the Dominionist preacher who couldn’t pull more than 5% of the vote when he ran for the U.S. Senate last year. What the hell is up with that, Virginia?

gop5Now, I realize that the Republican Party has undergone some massive changes over the last couple of decades and that they are almost unrecognizable as the party we all remember. I know that they have been largely taken over by some of the most ill-suited, ill-mannered, and absolutely preposterous religious wing-nuts that America has to offer. I understand that. But, this…this is beyond comprehension. This has to be that proof in the pudding for making the argument that the GOP is no longer a viable political party with the public interest at heart.

 ew5E. W. Jackson is the pastor of Exodus Faith Ministries, which holds services for it’s small congregation in the Marriot Hotel in Chesapeake every Sunday. Now, few people have ever heard of E. W. Jackson, and most of us don’t give a lot of time to candidates for state offices other than our own. However, it is because of that the Dominionists have been so successful in placing their people in seats of power, and Jackson is the prime example of how this works for them.

Jackson published a book back in 2008, called “Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life: Making Your Dreams Come True.” Among other things, the book discusses the importance of donating to one’s spiritual leader. Betsy Woodruff of the National Review quotes from page 177 of that book:

 “For example, as you read this book, you may feel a deep spiritual affinity for the things I am teaching and therefore a profound spiritual kinship with me. We may never meet in person, but you can draw on the anointing which God has placed on my life by sowing into my ministry. That opens a spiritual door for you to partake at a deeper level and for me to impart to you as one in Covenant with me. That is how I have come to support other ministries. Wherever you are moved to give, do it consistently and generously. This will start a flow of prosperity in your life which will enhance all the other principles you have learned.”

 prosperityNow, this all pretty much sounds like the Prosperity Theology that many Dominionists preach. Additionally, Jackson promotes the erroneous notion that the United States is a Christian nation and that the Founding Fathers envisioned a Christian nation and that we have strayed from that and must reclaim God’s Kingdom.

His sermons are filled with political rhetoric which focuses on parental rights, separation of church and state (which he opposes), the evils of same-sex marriage and homosexuality, and the degenerate American culture. None of this should surprise us, though, given the fact that we know what his beliefs are. What is surprising, however, is his ridiculous penchant for saying the most outrageous things, leaving little room for any thinking person to believe that he is anything but bat-shit crazy.

From the National Review:

 On “most people”:

[M]ost people are dead spirits. As such they have the nature of Satan who does not want to have anything to do with God or anyone related to Him. Of course they are not aware that they are imbued with the nature of Satan. They would be mortified by the idea of becoming Satanists or devil worshippers. Satan benefits far more from people who do not know they serve him than from those who knowingly bow to him. Your spirit was made for attachment. It is either attached to God or to Satan, but it is not neutral, no matter how much people think themselves to be.

On the times we live in:

We live in the most interesting times in human history. These are the days spoken of in Scripture, the days of fulfillment. This is therefore an era of unprecedented spiritual activity on both sides as the conflict races to a head. Those who are in Christ are on the winning side. Part of what must happen during this period of great harvest for the kingdom of God is a massive wealth transfer. It is not going to happen by theft or governmental policy. It is going to happen supernaturally. Those invested in God’s market are going to reap a windfall. Make up your mind now to buy in.

On the dangers of yoga:

ew3When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana. . . . The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself. . . . [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it. That is why people serve Satan without ever knowing it or deciding to, but no one can be a child of God without making a decision to surrender to him. Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled with something you probably do not want.

From BuzzFeed:

  1. I believe there is a direct connection between being gay and being a pedophile.
  2. In his Senate run on the issue page, he said he would lead the fight to “stop our government from using the law to promote the normalization of homosexuality in society.”
  3. Gays attempt to “sexualize people” at “the earliest possible age.”
  4. Gays are “frankly very sick people…”
  5. “The Democrat Party has equated homosexuality with being black…”
  6. On last year’s boycott of Chick-fil-A, he said gays “want to destroy the very faith which established this nation…”
  7. The repeal of DADT was “a disaster of historic proportions and it must be reinstated.”
  8. “I know people who have been delivered from homosexuality…”
  9. Gay marriage is a “sledgehammer used to shatter our Judeo-Christian culture.”
  10. Homosexuality is “killing black men by the thousands” because of HIV. Pro-gay rights liberals have “have done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did…”

From Salon: http://www.salon.com/2013/05/20/deep_thoughts_with_virginias_new_lg_candidate/

ew61. On gay people: “Their minds are perverted, they’re frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally and they see everything through the lens of homosexuality. When they talk about love they’re not talking about love, they’re talking about homosexual sex.”

2. On gay people (again): “Homosexuality is a horrible sin, it poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies; it brings the judgment of God unlike very few things that we can think of… It’s an authoritarian, totalitarian spirit.”

3. Political predictions: Jackson said a few weeks before the 2012 election that black voters would “overwhelmingly” vote against Barack Obama because he had endorsed marriage equality. Over 90 percent of African Americans voted for the president.

4. On Democrats: “I liken them to slave masters who brag about how good their slaves are and how well-behaved they are but let them try to be free, let them try to escape and then you find out that they don’t really think very much of them.”

5. On Planned Parenthood and the KKK: “Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was. And the Democrat Party and the black civil rights allies are partners in this genocide.”
ew76. On liberals and the KKK: “Liberalism and their ideas have done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did, now that’s a fact.”

7. On the Democratic Party’s agenda: “An agenda worthy of the Antichrist.”

8. On Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: “The new Marine motto: ‘The Few, the Proud, the Sexually Twisted.’ Good luck selling that to strong young males who would otherwise love to defend their country. What virile young man wants to serve in a military like that?

9. On boycotting CPAC for being too gay: “The self-proclaimed gay Republicans support hate crime laws (which will be used to bludgeon the church) and oppose the Federal Defense of Marriage Amendment, without which judges will ultimately legislate homosexual ‘marriage’—making the natural family an endangered species… What would Ronald Reagan think of CPAC today?”

10. On Obama’s Muslim sensibilities: “Obama clearly has Muslim sensibilities. He sees the world and Israel from a Muslim perspective. His construct of ‘The Muslim World’ is unique in modern diplomacy. It is said that only The Muslim Brotherhood and other radical elements of the religion use that concept. It is a call to unify Muslims around the world.”

A SIDE NOTE: Glenn Beck has called him, “one of the biggest truth‑tellers I’ve ever seen, one of the bravest guys I’ve ever seen.”

gop4As a testament to the prevalence of dominionism, what was once considered a “fringe element” is rapidly becoming more and more mainstream, as the Republican Party is rapidly becoming the ReBiblican Party. While I might not buy into the whole “dumbing down” of America, the shameful truth is that with the nomination of such an unworthy and absolutely repugnant individual by the Commonwealth’s GOP delegates is a giant red-flag to America that the Party values of yesteryear have been usurped by nefarious and deplorable extremists and begs the question, “Who dumbed-down the GOP?”