Written by Stephen Pizzo
Has it gotten weird enough for you yet? I mean, hardly a day goes by lately that we don’t learn something new about those holier-than-thou folks on political right. And I’m not talking about those crazy; “Repent, the world’s ending” folks carrying sandwich signs on street corners. No, I’m talking about men and women of breathless ignorance who’ve achieved high public office. It’s becoming a freak show of sorts. No, wait. Where’d the “of sorts” come from? These folks on the Christian right, are about as freaky as it gets.
Step right up ladies and gentlemen and witness the amazing Rep. Michelle Bachmann, originating from the genus, “moronus-rediculous.” Hailing from the northern reaches of Minnesotta, she’s half woman, half jackass. Listen to her warning that government spies are coming soon, disguised as census takers. Hear her chilling tale of how Democrats caused the swine flu outbreak. Please, folks, she looks harmless, but do not try to engage this creature in any way. It bites when confused, and it’s confused most of the time….
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I don’t know where I read it, and can’t remember the title or author, but years ago there was an article where the process of getting these uber-religious nuts into office was detailed. This started some 40 years ago, and accelerated under Reagan. A group of right-wing fundamentalist churches send people like Bachmann to camps where they train them how to run as normal, sane center-right candidates, teaching them the proper things to say to get elected, and they only reveal their true crazy colors, as secretly as possible, once in power.
First their church ‘minders’ start them at some low-level local office, on the school board for example, and, if they do well there, they then run them for mayor or a state assembly seat. If the candidate still holds up, the churches twist arms in the RNC (not very hard) to give their puppet money for a chance at secretary of state, governor, or the US congress. The avowed goal of these candidates, carefully hidden from the public, is to make this country into a Christian theocracy by 2016, where every elected official is a far-right Christian beholden to the fundies and their interpretation of the Bible is the law. (It should be noted here that at least three members of the Supreme Court — Roberts, Alito and Scalia — have ties to the Catholic Dominionists, who have a similar philosophy.)
Bachmann, I’m sure, is one of these none-too-bright surreptitious creeps, as is, I’d wager, John Ensign, Zach Wamp, and every pol staying at ‘The Family’s’ house on C Street in Washington. Junior Bush, naturally, was their God-on-Earth, although I don’t think he actually attended one of their ‘candidate camps.’