Putting the Con Back In Neo-Con

Somebody better get me a beer. (Cool, dark, bitter.)

Bill Frist has defied George Bush and come out in favor of expanding stem cell research. And Rick Santorum says that creationism isn’t scientific after all. The next thing you know, Zell Miller will say that John Kerry is “one of this nation’s authentic heroes, one of this party’s best-known and greatest leaders–and a good friend.” And George Pataki will veto a bill expanding contraception. Oh, that happened too.

I feel like Isaiah in the year of King Uzziah’s death, the ground shifting under my feet, the Temple of Republicanism crumbling under the weight of too many easy solutions to too many hard questions. I suppose it was inevitable: this many goose-steppers were bound to miss the lock-step sooner or later.

It’s really one more example of the demonic nature of the powers and principalities ruling America today. These people will take positions designed to endear them to the lunatic fringe (think Reagan on abortion or George Bush I on taxes), then do precisely the opposite to stay in power. Bill Clinton may have been a philanderer (or worse), but at least when he said he would balance the budget and end welfare, he did it.

Time was when conservativism in America meant a belief in smaller government, a balanced budget and strong military. Today, conservatives want a government that will regulate people’s sexual morality, that spends money faster than it can be printed, and that makes ill-advised war against enemies it neither understands nor can defeat. It’s what happens when you confuse power with truth and empire with the spread of freedom and democracy.

The funny, sad, hopeless thing of it all is that the majority of Christians in the U.S. are no different. They rail against the godlessness of the Supreme Court, even though it installed their guy after the disputed 2000 election. They condemn transfers of money from the government to the poor, yet beg for transfers of money to “faith-based initiatives.” They decry the loss of moral values in the public square, yet rally around people like Karl Rove, who has made a career out of destroying the character of his adversaries. No wonder they voted for the neo-cons by a two-to-one margin in 2004.

It’s like Jeremiah said:
An appalling and horrible thing
has happened in the land:
the prophets prophesy falsely,
and the priests rule as the prophets direct;
my people love to have it so,
but what will you do when the end comes?

Apparently, what we will do is reelect them.

4 thoughts on “

  1. Once again, you said it better than I could have. I believe the first time I realized that the Neo-Cons were crumbling was right before the 2004 election, when they wear tearing everyone out of their way. In a Democracy, both sides of the coin hold equal importance. Obviously, an election has to be won, but to do it through subterfuge and demonization of your opposition poisons you as well. It just doesn’t work to be constantly on the attack. To get anything done, you must be willing to work with the other side. When you isolate them and rip them apart, you’re only decimating your own foundation.


  2. I was once a part of that fundamentalist Christian evangelical mindset. We were beseiged by the secular humanists, the liberal media, the godless Democrats, the immoral entertainment culture, the apostate Catholics (although now they’re part of the club), etc. Muslims weren’t a part of the mix, but now you can throw them in there as enemies of God’s people. The good part was that a vengeful God was going to cast them all into the darkest, hottest parts of hell. We got a lot of satisfaction out of that. I finally left when I realized, This church has 5,000 members and there’s not a thimble-full of love or compassion in the whole congregation. I didn’t go to church for years after that. I look back and it was pretty clear that 20, 30 years ago, the fundamentalist, evangelical Christians were bent on world domination. They want to take over the government schools, intimidate the activist judiciary (most of whom were either nominated or confirmed by Republicans), in addition to control the House, Senate and White House. Any rejection of their efforts at global conquest prompts them to complain bitterly that they’re oppressed because other people won’t let them run their lives. When other people say “No, we’re not doing that,” the Religious Right fires up the faithful because once again they’re under seige. They go on the offensive, all the while saying, “We’re under attack!” I see them all as the Sadducees and Pharasees of the age, big on rules and judgment. They talk about Jesus, but they legislate according to survival of the fittest. When Jesus returns, I suspect He’ll say to them, “Who are you?”


  3. As an editorial pointed out in today’s New York Times, Justices Thomas and Scalia are the ones who have overturned laws passed by Congress more than any other Justices. It makes you wonder if the Justice Sunday folks even bother to reach out any more to critical thinkers/newspaper readers.


  4. I think you, dad, and Dom said it right. I am at school right now and classes are about to change so I can’t say much, but I can say…..Dang straight Homey!Love ya, Miss ya, Hope to see you guys soon


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