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Jesus Goes to Washington

Ten years ago I would not have considered that Roe v Wade could be overturned, or that the famous Scopes Trial could be played out in reverse, but it occurs to me more and more that our country is humming to a 1930s political tune as well as an economic one.  

Two thirds of Americans polled cite that religion is important in their life, and 75% of Americans refer to themselves as Christians.  The conservative political movement is hijacking Christian consciousness for political ends and turning the Republican Party into its sheep dog. 

Every day, conservatives trumpet the diabolical schemes of our country’s enemies: Islam, Socialists, Communists, the wealthy elite, and those heathen Liberals.  But, ask yourself one probing question, are these the enemies of America, or are they the enemies of hard line Christianity?

If you believe they are one and the same, it might be too late for you; you have already been turned into a fish zombie. Your most precious freedom has enslaved you and is being manipulated to control you.  The very “liberal press” you despise may be the last vestige of sanity left in your world, and yet, you aspire to extinguish it so there is no one left to question your fish fortitude. 

If you don’t believe the fish mongered diabolical schemes, congratulations, you are not a fish zombie (yet). However, you are obviously in some sort of a dumb ass stupor, because the fish zombies are taking control of your fucking country!

I did not dream that Rick Sanchez said that “Jews control the media” on a radio show promoting his book; I did not dream that it was necessary for President Obama, once a proud liberal, to declare himself a member of The Cult of the Fish in order to stand a chance of winning the 2012 election; and I am not dreaming when I tell you gays cannot serve openly in the military or be joined in matrimony because The Cult of the Fish dominates Congress.

The Cult of the Fish is divisive and separatist; it splits people into those who will be saved and those who are condemned to eternal hell for… thinking.  You either join the cult or die a fiery death indefinitely. Nice humanity. Leave your debates on whether or not a lightning bolt takes you away before, or after seven years of bad luck for your cult meetings. There is no place for this mindset in Washington if we are to remain a democracy.      

We are on the verge of living a perverse irony where the separation of church and state goes the way of the old “blue laws”, by remaining on the books but being ignored and ineffectual.  Our country is selecting candidates whose only qualification is that they are members of The Cult of the Fish, and not very good at that.  

Wake up America, you are about to get snagged, hook, line, and sinker.      

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About David Waggoner, CMT

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    David, this article seems remarkably out of step with things. The GOP is moving out of the dark cloud of the religious right, not becoming increasingly dominated by it. You should perhaps focus on topics where you’re more informed and less biased.

    Dave

  • David Waggoner

    Candidates speak louder than words.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz Alan Kurtz

    Mr. Waggoner, I realize that you are a new writer at Blogcritics, this being only your second article published here.

    If you care to peruse other BC articles, you’ll find that almost all include something that “Jesus Goes To Washington” entirely lacks: embedded hyperlinks.

    Such hyperlinks do not adorn our articles merely as decoration. Their functionality is essential in allowing readers to engage the author in discourse via commentary on the thread accompanying each article. The hyperlinks serve as citations to sources, just as footnotes do in print media. The absence of citations can be construed, rightly or wrongly, as indicating that the author is just making stuff up as he goes along, and has no idea whether or not anything he says is factual.

    I point this out in light of your declaration that “Two thirds of Americans polled cite that religion is important in their life, and 75% of Americans refer to themselves as Christians.”

    Such information is meaningful only in historical context, and since you provide neither context nor sources, the reader is left to fend for himself.

    According to the American Religious Identification Survey, published in March 2009 by Trinity College Hartford, Connecticut: “Americans are slowly becoming less Christian.” (Emphasis added.) The report points out that the three-quarters of us who self-identify as Christians actually represent a significant decline over recent decades; in 1990, 86% of Americans called themselves Christians.

    The report concludes, “The U. S. population continues to show signs of becoming less religious, with one out of every five Americans failing to indicate a religious identity in 2008.”

    This suggests that your alarmism regarding the political effects of “hard-line Christianity” is overblown. “We are on the verge,” you write, “of living a perverse irony where the separation of church and state goes the way of the old ‘blue laws,’ by remaining on the books but being ignored and ineffectual.”

    “On the verge” is rank hyperbole, Mr. Waggoner. The only “perverse irony” irony here is that you seemingly hope to persuade people with your unsubstantiated fear tactics. It won’t work.

  • David Waggoner

    The irony of ironies is a conservative accusing a liberal of “fear tatics”. Here are sources.

    Percent of Christians in US Importance of faith

  • Baronius

    G.K. Chesterton wrote about the deceptive power of a list. If the first couple of things on a list make sense, the mind wanders and accepts the rest of the list unthinkingly. This article accomplishes the same trick by listing things without telling the reader why. We read that “Islam, Socialists, Communists, the wealthy elite, and those heathen Liberals” are portrayed as the enemies of America, and only afterwards the question is posed, whose enemies are they really?

    So let’s look at the items on the list.

    Islam – a rival to Christianity; in its extremist political form, a genuine threat to the world

    Socialists – not a threat to Christianity; depending on your political views, a threat to America

    Communists – a threat to both Christianity and America

    the wealthy elite – not a threat to Christianity; depending on your political views, a threat to America

    those heathen Liberals – if heathen, then opponents of Christianity; again, if your politics are to the right, then you’d consider them a threat to America

    So what does that get us? With broadest definitions, three of the things on the list are threats to Christianity, while 5 are threats to America. More practically, only Communism (I’m thinking of China) and Islam threaten America; and the same two threaten Christianity. That doesn’t support your position that Christian conservatives are really out to protect Christianity rather than America.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Several of this year’s high-profile Tea Party-endorsed GOP candidates are very conservative Christians, and have what many Americans would call extreme positions on, for example, abortion:

    Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Marco Rubio, Christine O’Donnell, Ron Paul.

    The Jim DeMint Wing of the Republican party is still very much under the “dark cloud” that Dave Nalle sunnily claims the GOP is leaving behind, and DeMint seems to be ascending in influence.

  • Doug Hunter

    When people write stuff like this I wonder if they’re truly so dense that they can’t see the irony, or if it’s some kind of ploy I’m not yet understanding.

    We’re gonna fearmonger about christianity (and capitalism and fascism) because they fearmonger about Islam, socialism, communism, etc. The engine of fear powered by ignorance cycles again.

    **And really? “The cult of the fish” That’s grade school stuff.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz Alan Kurtz

    handyguy (#6), would the election of Angle, Buck, Rubio, O’Donnell and [I think you mean Rand, not Ron] Paul, and the reelection of Jim DeMint, truly threaten America? Would they, as David Waggoner insinuates, demolish the separation of church and state?

    Each of these candidates is running within the duly constituted electoral system, vying for office through legal means and campaigning in an open society. As far as I know, none of them has advocated repealing the establishment clause of the First Amendment and making Christianity a requirement for citizenship.

    Why then do you fear them? Or, if you don’t, why do you suppose David Waggoner is so exercised about “fish zombies” (read: Christians) “taking control of our fucking country!”

    The Left today is engaged in a new form of McCarthyism. Instead of denouncing their opponents as commies, however, they call us “Christians” and “fish zombies” in an attempt to prevail in electoral politics through vilification, not vision.

    It worked for Senator McCarthy, but only up to the point where people caught on. Then it ruined him.

    I trust the same fate is in store for the likes of David Waggoner.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “I did not dream that Rick Sanchez said that “Jews control the media” on a radio show promoting his book”

    Yes you did. I just read the transcript and the words you quoted were not spoken. Either you are being dishonest, you bought into the spin without doing any research, or you didn’t understand the context of what he was saying. Which is it?

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Baronius –

    More practically, only Communism (I’m thinking of China) and Islam threaten America; and the same two threaten Christianity.

    Here’s a few factors that threaten America far more than either of the above:

    – The Citizens United decision by the conservative five dominating the Supreme Court is enabling multinational and foreign corporations to influence our elections without us having any way of knowing it. The Chamber of Commerce receives funding from overseas corporations (including from the Middle East), and the second-largest holder of stock in News Corp (parent of Fox News) is a Saudi prince.

    – The acceptance by most of the Right and even a few on the Left of non-verifiable electronic voting, despite real evidence of how easily the machines are hacked and the results changed without being able to discern the true results. If we cannot trust our voting results, then we do not have a democracy.

    – The war on public education by the anti-tax Right…and their battle cry of ‘elitism!’ every time someone seems the least bit intellectual. If Americans as a whole receive less education, we will surely lose all hope of being a world leader.

    – Climate change and the ever-changing arguments by the Right that human-caused global warming is false because (1) it exists, but can’t be caused by humans, (2) it doesn’t exist because 3% of climatologists disagree with the other 97% of the world’s climatologists, (3) it doesn’t exist because the world is obviously cooling (we hear this claim every winter), or (4) it’s all a vast conspiracy by the world’s climatologists under orders by the vast majority of the world’s governments…and I guess that means that paleontologists are also part of it since they’re pointing out that we’re in the midst of another ‘great dying’ and that human-caused climate- and environment change is the culprit. Human-caused climate change is continuing, and is doing so at an ever-increasing pace. This is the greatest actual physical threat (other than Russia’s nukes) that America faces.

    – The insistence by the Right on “supply-side economics” and “tax cuts for the rich”…despite the hard, cold FACT that America did just fine for forty years without Reagonomics (all four of the greatest recessions and economic crises since the Depression came after Reagan took office) and America did just fine for forty years with tax rates for the rich that ranged from 70% up to 91%. We are presently witnessing the destruction of the middle class that built up in the forty years between the Depression and the advent of Reaganomics…and we’re still in the grip of Reaganomics.

    – And perhaps most frustrating of all is the acceptance by the Right of the idea that it’s a Bad Thing to require multinationals corporations to pay taxes like they do in every other country, that it’s a Bad Thing to stop giving corporations tax breaks for outsourcing jobs overseas, that it’s a Bad Thing to insist on financial regulation that will (hopefully) prevent the culmination of factors that would lead to another Great Recession.

    Baronius, the above are the real threats to America. China and the terrorists (many of whom are NOT Islamic or simply use it as an excuse) can only defeat us if we allow them to win…the game is not theirs to win, but ours to lose.

  • Baronius

    Oh, come on, Doug. He’s obviously very proud of that “cult of the fish” line. It’s just adorable that he thinks it’s going to provoke a reaction.

  • David Waggoner

    Baronius – I like it. Here is my interpretation of the list:

    Islam -Boogieman
    Communism – Boogieman
    Socialism -Boogieman
    Wealthy Elite – scapegoat
    Liberalism – Boogieman

    David

  • David Waggoner

    El Bicho – Paraphrased, but accurate.

  • David Waggoner

    Alan – I love how radical conservatives are reclaiming the use of terms once used to describe their own abhorrent behavior in history.

  • David Waggoner

    Doug,

    I revel in the irony.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    Paraphrased yet you put it in quotes so we’ll mark that as dishonest.

    Nor is it accurate. He said because there are a number of Jewish liberal east coast elites that run a number of the networks they shouldn’t be currently be considered an oppressed minority in the U.S. you didn’t understand the context of what he was saying.

  • David Waggoner

    El Bicho – uh.. wrong part. The part specifically about Jon Stewart is where you want to focus. I quoted what CNN and 99% of the western world interpreted. You can think differently though, I am OK with that.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    It’s not so much that I fear them, Alan. It bugs me that they run primarily on [bogus and vastly oversimplified] economic platforms, and try to avoid discussing their extreme social conservatism. And that Tea Party fans like Nalle choose to minimize the significance of this extremism.

    Social conservatism is a losing proposition, long-term. But I’d rather see fewer loons in the Senate, not more.

    And yes, I meant Rand Paul. His own and his father’s platforms are nearly identical.

  • Baronius

    Sure, ‘cept for the couple of billion people enslaved by lunatics, communism and Islam are no more dangerous than a puppy.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    The swift overreaction to Sanchez’s rant was shocking. I was certainly not a fan of his ever, but they should have just made him apologize on the air and then moved on.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Baronius, you don’t mean “Islam.” You mean “radical Islamists.” A tiny fraction of the world’s Muslims. Or you mean “authoritarian governments of countries with Muslim populations.” You do know this but you keep writing offensive stuff like #19.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    Not sure how what I wrote isn’t related to Jon Stewart. Do you think Sanchez meant actual Stewart clones are working at different networks?

    “I quoted what CNN and 99% of the western world interpreted.”

    Yet another unsubstantiated statistic. I’m not sure it bolsters your case that you just took what someone fed you and didn’t bother to read and interpret it yourself.

  • David Waggoner

    The full audio is available here. Doesn’t need me or anyone to embellish it.

    “CNN’s Rick Sanchez: ‘Jon Stewart Is A Bigot’ — And The Jews Run CNN (AUDIO) | TPM LiveWire”

  • Clavos

    The war on public education by the anti-tax Right

    Obviously you haven’t seen the movie, Waiting For Superman, which was directed by a left-leaning individual. The “war” you cite isn’t on education, it’s on, among other things, the stranglehold the teacher unions have on US schools and school authorities.

    The “war” is on administrators and teachers who run and teach in schools where fully 80% of students are graduated functionally illiterate and innumerate.

    The “War” is on the unions whose tenure rules have made it so impossible to fire incompetent teachers in New York that more than three hundred teachers in that state who have been removed from their classrooms because of their incompetence, sit around all day in a room, reading and sleeping at full pay for periods of up to several years because the unions have made it nigh impossible to fire even individuals proven to be incompetent.

    That is what your “war on education” is about, and it’s being fought increasingly by people on both sides of the aisle.

    And should be.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Well put, Clavos. The hypocrisy of the left on education is an outrage. Defending the educational bureaucracy and unions which are destroying the system against the interests of kids is inexcusable.

    And let’s talk briefly about David’s wikipedia link to his “evidence” of the growth of Christianity. If you actually read the link you find that in the last decade the portion of the population self-identifying as Christians is actually down 10.2% rather than increasing as he suggested. Plus despite calling themselves Christians, actual church attendance overall is only at 42% nationwide.

    So his claims of a growing christian influence in the country is clearly a product of his imagination.

    Dave

  • David Waggoner

    How about the other chart Dave, the one that shows our religiosity relative to the rest of the world n the Y axis and G.D.P on the X axis. We kind of stand out don’t you think?

  • David Waggoner

    Also see post #6. Some of these people are down right scary, even for Christian-lites and especially agnostics. Much of developed world (much lower than us on the Y-axis)are watching our elections closely, with concern. Our neighbor to the North thinks we are nuts.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clavos and Dave –

    I see the two of you only took issue with one sentence out of my entire rant…

    …and neither of you deigned to say anything about the far greater number of teachers who – instead of ‘sleeping on the job’ as Clavos wants to believe – have to find a second job just to be able to support themselves…

    …and more and more Texas teachers are struggling to pay their bills. Just ask the FORTY PERCENT of [Texas] teachers (a record number) who moonlighted this year.

    Okay? The righties who would rather keep a few extra dollars in their pocket each year instead of giving a little bit more so that teachers could TEACH the children instead of falling asleep because they work at a second job ARE waging a war on education!

    Ah, but who’m I kidding? Modern conservatives don’t give a tinker’s damn about ensuring that teachers are paid a living wage, so long as they don’t have to give an extra twenty dollars a year in tax money…never mind that they’ll pay far more in the long run thanks to the lack of education of America’s children as a whole.

  • Clavos

    As usual, you completely missed my point, Glenn, which has nothing — nothing at all to do with taxes.

    And the teachers sleeping on the job is fact, Glenn — fact that is amply documented and filmed in the movie. Before you attempt to argue those points, Glenn, you’d do well to see the movie.

    And once more: Davis Guggenheim, director of that film is a leftie, Glenn, his previous work includes algore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

    The problems with the government schools isn’t money — we spend far more per student than all but two other developed countries. No, the problems with our schools stem from their monopoly status; deficient, incompetent, bureaucratic administrative personnel and deficient teachers, who are nearly impossible to fire, even when provably incompetent, not money.

  • Baronius

    Handy, it’s true that radical Muslims are a small minority of the religion. But the majority of Muslims live under awful totalitarian governments. The problems of Islamic terrorism and Muslim oppression can (slightly) be separated, so I should have distinguished between them. But the fact remains that there aren’t a lot of good governments, secular or religious, in Muslim countries.

    Indonesia is on the way back from a real mess. Maybe they’ll become the beacon of moderate governance in the Islamic world. Turkey was, for a while, but they’re turning ugly. But what about the other major governments: Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Libya? Can you even use the term “government” to describe the situation in Sudan or Nigeria? I don’t want to stop writing because I’ll miss some of the worst, but really I can’t think of one good Muslim government.

    And that’s not counting the governments that are run by secret Muslims. (j/k!)

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Glenn, I live in Texas. I know teachers here in Texas. Their starting salaries are above the national average for teachers, substantially above the national median income and include fairly rapid advancement. They do not NEED to moonlight, they have a schedule which gives them time off to moonlight so they take advantage of it.

    Dave

  • Jordan Richardson

    Our neighbor to the North thinks we are nuts.

    In all fairness, we’ve thought that for decades.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    really I can’t think of one good Muslim government.

    Malaysia?

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    “The hypocrisy of the left”….?

    Dave’s keyboard just automatically types this phrase into every comment. El B and myself, among others, have been singing the praises of Waiting for ‘Superman,’ which as Clavos pointed out, is directed by a liberal.

    And have you decided to reclassify Barack Obama and his Education Secretary Arne Duncan? They are liberals who don’t swallow the teachers-union orthodoxy on this issue. Duncan is a really strong, admirable leader.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Jordan is not such a bad government either. And a great many Muslims live in Europe and North America, not under Islamic governments at all.

  • Clavos

    In all fairness, we’ve thought that for decades.

    Not surprising (or disturbing); we have our unflattering stereotypes of you people too.

  • Baronius

    You should probably count Bangladesh as a decent government, too. So there are a few out there. And Handy makes a terrible but correct point that Muslims don’t have the magical power to ruin a government the moment a few dozen of them move into a country. But there are a lot more failures than successes.

  • Baronius

    And I have to say, I did not anticipate the old-school Ottoman flakeout that Turkey seems to be gearing up for.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Substitute “Catholics” or “Serbians” for “Muslims” in #37 to clarify just how infelicitous your wording and your ‘reasoning’ are. A few dozen, right. Sheesh.

  • kurt Brigliadora

    All your opinions are very entertaining.but its my belief that; the “PROCESS” is what needs to be fixed! Untill that happens…No change will ever come about!

  • Arch Conservative

    The conservative political movement is hijacking Christian consciousness for political ends and turning the Republican Party into its sheep dog

    No more than the radical left wing agenda has hijacked the Democrat party and co-opted genuine human virtues such as compassion for others.

    Forgive me Mr. Wagoner for we’ve not been properly introduced but this article, the first of yours I’ve read, is a steaming pile of shit.

    “You either join the cult or die a fiery death indefinitely”

    That sounds an awfully lot like the Obama administration to me. There aren’t many people these days who aren’t union thugs, community organizers or other operatives of the leftist agenda that are getting much federal money.

    It takes two sides to create a division Mr. Wagoner and I’m sure that roughly half the country views you in the same terms you as you view the so called “fish zombies.”

  • Baronius

    Handy – By mentioning the Muslims who live in Europe and North America, you seemed to be implying that my position is that Muslims are ungovernable. Without getting caught up in a whole imply/infer thing, that comment of yours would only make sense as a rebuttal to an argument I didn’t make.

    My comment #30 was extemporaneous. I meant it when I said that there weren’t many good governments in Muslim countries, and I was telling the truth when I said I couldn’t think of any. Yeah, there are a few. And among the bad ones, very few reach the Taliban level of madness. But my point is that most Muslim countries suffer from bad governance. Can we agree on that?

  • Baronius

    Hello?

  • Bill B

    My wife has taught grammar school for about 25 years the last 14 in the Bronx. While no one wants bloated bureaucracy or incompetent teachers those issues exist to one degree or another across the board – even in the higher performing districts. What differs is the socio-economic level and commitment of the the parent(s)/family that surrounds the children.

    Teachers, even the good ones can only do so much when the parents don’t care and the biggest concern of the kid is when he’s going to eat next (thankfully the school provides meals) after school and whether or not she’s going to be a crime victim.