Dave Nalle, here on Blogcritics.org, recently wrote on the coming "National Day of Prayer"at Nalle Post. It was a frightening disclosure. I would have made a comment on his post but I wanted more time to think about it and to examine the problem.
Nalle gave us a link to this ridiculous "prayer site" at PrayerCult. They tell you how to pray, to whom and for whom — the Republican leadership.
The important thing is to refuse their Kool-Aid. For the young reader for whom this is ancient history there was a famous leader of one of these crazy Christian cults, Jim Jones, who led his 200+ followers (where do these gullible groupies come from?) to their mass murder-suicide pact in Guyana some years ago. The primary method of killing was poisoned Kool-Aid. It would also be wise to ignore any entreaties to move to fortress-like compounds in Waco, Texas or other wacko places.
I have lived outside the USA for more than seven years and my return has left me terrified for the future of the American system. Where have all the conservatives gone? The people, that is, who act to conserve the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and what Superman referred to as "truth, justice and the American way." Jimmy Carter, ex-president and William F. Buckley the ACLU and a huge number of academics and journalists are examples of both Democrat and Republican conservatives. The threatening mass of "liberals" appears to have disappeared from the American landscape and, worse yet, they have become a dirty word in the American political lexicon.
I am, I have always thought, a true conservative; believer in the Constitution, its amendments and the basic concept of an America for the ages as the torch of liberty. Sadly, the response to the terrorists' deadly planes flying past the Statue of Liberty on their way to a vicious attack on the civilized world has been a retreat from liberty to paranoid police state tactics and creating antipathy in much of the western world. So I must return to my college tutor's advice that a "liberal" is the worst thing to be: only conservatives and radicals count. Thus I am one or the other or both as it seems one has to bein the here and now.