The Constitution Party: Delusional Religious Fanatics Pushing for Christian Tyranny
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The first amendment states;
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof“
Clearly the founders did not intended for our laws to be based on the bible.
In 1785, in the Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, James Madison further explained when he wrote;
“Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects? ” and The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves.”
It was not until the 1950s, 176 years after the founding of the country, and during the frenetic ‘Red Scare’ days of McCarthyism, that Christian Fundamentalists were able to infuse their doctrine into the politics of a frightened and bewildered nation. It was during this time of fear-mongering about communist insurgents (like the fear-mongering about terrorists, socialists, communists etc. today), and of ideological purity tests (like the litmus tests we see among the Tea Party, Constitution Party, and conservatives today) that the religious right began to gain its foothold in American Society, battling against social progress and equal rights.
The voice of conservative Independents, Republicans and Libertarians has been stolen. Political ideology has been infused with fundamentalist religious theology with the hope of gaining additional votes. The result has been internal division, further loss of credibility, and the abdication of responsible political discourse. The productive and necessary views and desires of non-religious libertarians and conservatives have been silenced in favor of the media friendly, accidentally-comic hyperbole of the entertainingly ridiculous rhetoric of Angle, Palin, Paul, Beck, et al.
Political Parties pandering for votes is a reality of the political process, but to allow a platform to be usurped by delusional religious fundamentalists with a counter-constitutional agenda is a threat to freedom, the Constitution, and the rights of all Americans.
We need to get the rational, the middle, and more of the left, out to vote. Politicians will pander to whomever will vote for them, and represent the desires of their constituents as represented in the polls. We need to get the rational vote out and let it show in the exit polls. That seems to be the poll that matters the most. The politicians and Political Action Committees want to see who came out to vote and then figure out how to get those people to vote for them next time. Those who lose are looking to win, and the winners are looking to win by a greater margin. Until the politicians see that the religious fanatics are not the only ones voting, they’ll keep ignoring the real American voice. As long as the religious fundamentalists are given control, they will take it. We need to get the rational vote out.
The new crop of candidates are often entertaining. Much like Sarah Palin, they garner more than their fair share of media simply because they are so ridiculous that they make for good press. However understandable this may be, and we all indulge in a good laugh at the expense of the foot-in-mouth crowd, allowing these people to influence domestic, social, economic, national and foreign policy is unconscionable.