Sunday, April 02, 2006

Theocracy Rising

And it ain't a pretty sight. The GOP is captive to the worst elements of Southern fundamentalism and its culture, namely self-righteousness, hypocrisy, hard-heartedness, hard-headedness, bigotry, arrogance, and intransigence. The same traits that characterized the ante-bellum South, only now we see them mutated into other, more "acceptable" forms: hatred of gays rather than blacks; "coastal elites" instead of "damned Yankees". We should have let them secede.

How the GOP Became God's Own Party

Now that the GOP has been transformed by the rise of the South, the trauma of terrorism and George W. Bush's conviction that God wanted him to be president, a deeper conclusion can be drawn: The Republican Party has become the first religious party in U.S. history.

We have had small-scale theocracies in North America before -- in Puritan New England and later in Mormon Utah. Today, a leading power such as the United States approaches theocracy when it meets the conditions currently on display: an elected leader who believes himself to speak for the Almighty, a ruling political party that represents religious true believers, the certainty of many Republican voters that government should be guided by religion and, on top of it all, a White House that adopts agendas seemingly animated by biblical worldviews.
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