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The Beast We Have Become

Posted: 3 May 2011 in terrorism

“Take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!”
– Emperor Palpatine, Return of the Jedi

This story doesn’t end with us as Luke Skywalker.

Millions of Americans went nuts yesterday, cheering and celebrating the assassination of Osama bin Laden.  Apelike, gorilla-chest-pounding celebrations, reveling in sheer murderous bloodshed while chanting our nation’s initials.  In yet another shining moment, we, as a nation, demonstrated conclusively that we are no better than the people we claim to oppose.

Let’s go back to September 11th, 2001, shall we?  Video of Palestinians dancing in the streets was met with moral outrage while we were still reeling from attacks that killed almost 3,000 people, yet only a decade later, we’ve gone and done the same thing.   I guess it’s OK, though, because those people are savages and we’re civilized.

2,996 people killed on 9/11, and our response to that horrific act of terrorism was two wars spanning an entire geographic region that has cost over a million people their lives, and displaced millions more.  If this is a war on terrorism, then we have met the enemy and it is us.  What’s our punishment for that?

Bookends

Posted: 10 January 2011 in republicans, terrorism

The world changed the day that Christina-Taylor Green was born.  I’m sure every proud parent would love to say that, but maybe not in this case.  She was born on September 11th, 2001.

In the months following her birth, the nation made rapid knee-jerk reactions to the tragedy.   Lawmakers fell all over themselves passing a bill that gave sweeping and unprecedented powers to law enforcement.  Whole sections of the Constitution were ignored.  Two wars were launched without even having a target or exit strategy in mind.  Anyone who took a stand against it was branded a coward or pilloried as a traitor.  Even people in the same political party, regardless of how supportive they were of the direction the country was headed, were put on notice.

Just after Christina’s first birthday, and again when she was three, the country went to the polls and voted not only for the party that demanded that they were better able to protect us, but against the party that had been tarred and feathered as somehow coddling or, worse, collaborating with those that attacked us.

Finally, economic woes from years of mismanagement and deregulation caught up with the country, and in 2006, people seemed to forget about being scared and got back to thinking about their bottom line.  The “opposition” became the majority.  In 2008, they continued those gains.  But something curious happened: the people who had been telling us for eight years that we needed to give up our rights started talking about how we should stop giving up our rights, and that they were being taken from us.

Not the right to not have the government spy on us.  Not the right to not be held indefinitely without trial.  No, it was essential that we didn’t have those freedoms.  Essential to protect us, they said.  What we shouldn’t give up, they said, was the right to be unable to pay for our own healthcare.  The right to be dropped from our insurance because we lost our jobs.  The right to worry how we were going to put food on our tables after our company outsourced our job to China.  Those were the rights we were losing, and it was a problem!  Now, we’d heard all of this before, but they were saying it with such fervor, with such passion, with such… militancy.  Voting wasn’t going to be enough (but we should do that, too).  In four years, the terrorist-coddlers had done irreparable damage.  If it couldn’t be fixed immediately, we should “resort to 2nd amendment remedies,” and be “armed and dangerous.”  If, at any point, we experienced a setback, we should not “retreat,” but “reload!”

A constant stream of military and hunting analogies spewed forth by political leaders and commentators was appalling.  But even worse was the reaction from the rank and file.  People sent death threats to their elected officials.  People began openly carrying firearms at political events in displays of naked intimidation.  People began vandalizing government offices.  Simply put, the rhetoric helped stoke a wave of terrorism.   And that’s what it was: terrorism.  Threats and violence used to achieve a political end.  Fear as a political tool.  Terrorism.

Unfortunately, it didn’t stop at just threats and vandalism.  It was easy to see the escalation coming.  Toting an assault rifle at a political rally gave way to loading up and heading off to gun down people at a non-profit.  Fortunately, that shooter was stopped before he arrived.

But eventually, the violence became deadly.  Terrorism reared its ugly head again.  A gunman, probably not in his right mind but obviously driven by the violent rhetoric, targeted his local congresswoman.  He shot her in the head, and in the process managed to wound 20 people, killing a federal judge and five others.

Including Christina.

She was born in the shadow of a vicious act of terrorism, one that had a profound (and intended) effect on this country.  She died in the perpetration of a second one.

I can only hope that the end this terrorist was hoping to achieve isn’t reached.

This exchange between myself, two of my friends, my sister-in-law, and her husband, happened on my Facebook a few weeks ago. Submitted as-is with only names changed to protect my anonymity.

Còmhradh thinks that if we’re going to demand that Muslims can’t build a shrine in Manhattan (never mind the one that’s already been there for 40 years), then we should demand that there be no Lutheran churches in Jersey City because of the Black Tom incident in World War I that killed 7 Americans, because Wilhelm II was a Luth…eran, and therefore all Lutherans are enemies of America, right?

Friend 1 – On the other hand, America’s been building ‘Ground Zero’ within a couple blocks of mosques all over Iraq and Afghanistan for years now.

BiL – It’s not the fact that they are building it in Manhattan itself. It’s the fact they are building it practically right on ‘Ground Zero’. It’s not about politcs or who is wrong and right with this one. It’s about the 3000 people who died there by Muslim extremist. And being a firemen I wouldn’t want it there to begin with. It’s a slap in the face and not to mention it will cause TONS of issues in the long run that will make it a very bad idea. Our ignorant moron Governor even offered free state land for them to build it on but they won’t do it (the only good thing hes done.) So… yeah… Its a BAD idea and its a slap in the face… Take it down the block away from ‘Ground Zero’

Còmhradh – @BiL – so, you’d feel that strongly if there was a proposal to build a church right a few blocks from Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta or near the site of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City?

Còmhradh – @Friend 1 – but that’s their fault for living in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Friend 1 – ‎”Yeah, I have a delivery here for Iraq. Can Iraq sign for it? It’s a large box of freedom. …Oh, I’m sorry, I meant explosions. The freedom’s on back order.”

SiL – they just HAVE to build near the world trade center? no sense of remorse for these people that died and those that died to save our those in need. no wonder most of america is against….per CNN

SiL – babbling facts does nothing to justify why they are doing it….thats just senseless facts

Còmhradh – So, the 62 Muslim victims of 9/11 don’t count? Were they also responsible for the attacks simply because they were Muslim? Does that mean every Christian is responsible for the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996?

BiL – I honestly don’t care what most of America is against. Most of America has been against some crazy shit in the past, like women’s suffrage, alcohol, interracial marriage, Catholics…

SiL – neither do i….but thank god most of america has their head on right about it

Friend 1 – There just isn’t enough manufactured controversy out there. It’s a real shame America’s so focused on educating its young people, caring for its veterans and elderly, keeping the work force employed and providing medical care for its citizens. We really need more mosque arguments and video game outrage, because wouldn’t it be terrifying if this privileged, rich, powerful and obnoxiously vocal country actually did something beneficial and useful for its citizens for a change?

Còmhradh – I don’t think anyone’s actually addressing my point here – If we’re going to rage about a “mosque” near Ground Zero, why should we not get up in arms about churches near sites of Christian-based terrorism?

Friend 2http://daryllang.com/blog/4421 stuff that’s also “right on top of ground zero”

BiL – You want to know why? Because this is the United States of America. You are American before anything else and the freedom you have is what the Muslim Extremist are trying to take away. Ground Zero is a American spot where we lost over 3000 people in an attack that was senseless. Unless of course you agree with that. And putting the Mosque right on top of that heartbreaking spot is ARROGANT and full of IGNORANCE.

BiL – @Friend 2 that stuff was there this is ‘aftermath’ of them building this… ITS A INSULT and as a New Yorker and a Fireman its PATHETIC and I don’t give a shit who I offend with this but if you are for it…. you… are Pathetic

Friend 2 i’m sorry. Iv’e actually read and believe in the constitution and the bill of rights.

Còmhradh@BiL – Yes, and in the United States of America, we have the freedom to place any manner of religious shrine on private property we own, regardless of what other people think. Unless of course you don’t agree that we should have freedom of religion.

BiL – What is arrogant and full of ignorance is this perpetuation that this is a mosque (it is not), lumping all Muslims in this country together with the extremists who attacked us (they are not), and thinking that it’s OK to strip certain groups of people of fundamental rights simply because you don’t like them (it’s not).

Còmhradh@BiL – calm down, sparky. We’re having a rational discussion here.

Friend 2 – way to make my point there sparky.

BiL – First. Fuck Muslims. I don’t give a shit about them after what happened. Second. Believe it or not, this is not about you, this is about the people who died and their families. Its a slap in the face and the Muslim community is trying to make a point……..

Còmhradh – @BiL – if you can’t behave, you don’t get to chime in.

BiL – I am not calm about this @Còmhradh. Its full of liberal idiocy and its a insult to me. So I won’t stop being pissed about this until the subject is closed and the Mosque is elsewhere.

Friend 2 – hey @BiL, it’s not about you. its about freedom and what it means to defend freedom. _THIS_ is what it means to defend freedom. not blowing up some third world country.

BiL – How about not calling me Sparky @Friend 2 since you don’t know me, and I don’t know you. And @Còmhradh…. Don’t post something ridiculous if you don’t want comments and thoughts.”

Còmhradh – I want comments and thoughts, not racist bigotry. We were having a nice discussion before you jumped in and started throwing elbows.

Friend 2 – oh, and freedom and non government interference with private property and religion is ridiculous now is it? Wow. just wow. Do I get to use the “America love it or leave it” line yet?

BiL – The war is needed and I stand by that. Bush did the right thing. All the liberals can’t eat a bull of crap. And the Mosque don’t belong where it is going… Period.

Còmhradh – @BiL – what exactly has either war accomplished?
We’ve been in Afghanistan for almost 9 years and have succeeded only in killing civilians and further destabilizing a nuclear-armed Pakistan.
We’ve been in Iraq for 6 1/2 years and only succeeded in making Iran the dominant power in the region.
If that’s your definition of “necessary,” then it is absolutely necessary that I’m given a giant robot to stomp around downtown Sheboygan.

BiL – And your saying the Muslims who killed 3000 people in NYC arnt racist? Yes they are. Prove to me they arnt. This is America and a Mosque don’t belong on hollowed ground. Move it away from the spot and make people happy

Friend 2 – Liberals and Liberty have the same root. sorry don’t believe in living in an authoritarian theocracy. going into afganistan was the rightmove, the facts have been quite clear about who’s been eating the bull for Iraq.

Còmhradh – @BiL – The Muslims who killed 3015 people on 9/11 are dead. They also killed (besides themselves) 62 Muslims. Are you spitting in the faces of their relatives by calling them racists for getting themselves killed?

BiL – My definintition of Necessary is I support what Bush did. I support being in war. I support our troops. And I support defending this homeland.

Friend 2 – defending the homeland by making us piles more enemies? how about defending the homeland by not dismantling it from the inside out?

Còmhradh – @BiL – that doesn’t really answer the question. You support the war, which has only served to create dead troops, but you support the troops. These two things are completely contradictory.
I support the troops by opposing continually useless wars that only get them killed and create more enemies for us, which will only ensure that even more troops get killed.

Friend 2 – Re muslems: so do lots of christians and jews.

BiL – The Muslim extremist are racist and most Muslims have this idea that they are the higher power and they are living the right life. All thought that is there opinion look what it did on 9/11. All i am saying is move the Mosque away from Ground Zero. And @Còmhradh… 62 Muslims killed is nothing compared to over 2,500 that weren’t Muslims.

Còmhradh – ‎@BiL – so… Muslims lives aren’t as important as non-Muslim lives?
“The American extremists are racist and most Americans have this idea that they are the higher power and are living the right life.

BiL – LOL @Friend 2…. dismantling it? Wow…. You are obviously blind to what is really going on.

Friend 2 – I don’t know @BiL, revoking personal and religious freedoms for he sake of mob rule seems pretty contradictory to what this country’s about.

CòmhradhBiL – @Friend 2 isn’t the one advocating a repeal of the First Amendment here.

BiL – I support the troops because its the right thing to do. They are over there fighting for our freedom. If you don’t support them how would that make them feel? Protesting is not a good thing for them to see.

CòmhradhBiL – America hasn’t fought a war for American freedoms since 1865. The troops are over there fighting for our economic interests. They’re not even fighting for *someone else’s* freedoms.

Supporting troops is in no way the same as supporting the insane mission they’ve been tasked with.

BiL – LOL OK… enough…. seriously…. You guys have no argument. You believe in OBAMA when he is the worst President in US HISTORY! And will be a 1 term guy. But you follow him EVEN THOUGH HE IS TRYING TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY A SOCIALIST SOCIETY! YOU ARE RIDICULOUS! —-MOVE THE MOSQUE—- ITS A INSULT

Friend 2 – wow, way to bring up random unrelated topics. we have an argument obviously or you wouldn’t be backing out.

Friend 1 – Re: the war: “There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.” – Sun-Tzu
Re: the mosque: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In other words, demanding that the free exercise of a religion be impeded by any sort of decree is unconstitutional. PERIOD.

BiL – Backing out? Not going anywhere!

Còmhradh@BiL – a) I don’t “believe” in Obama, b) You need to look at James Buchanan and Warren G. Harding before you start judging Obama, c) you have no idea what socialism is, and everything I’ve ever heard you say about socialism just sounds like a good idea that Obama has consistently *not* done. This is America. You don’t have the right to not be insulted. I find the fact that there are people who would surrender our rights at the drop of a hat to be an insult, but I’ve still got to live here.

Friend 2 – well then bring some substance other than hurt feelings and baseless opinions.

Friend 2 – clearly you don’t because there’s nothing even remotely socialist going on in the obama administration.

Friend 1 – @BiL – You’re not going anywhere? Or I’m not going anywhere? The lack of subject in that sentence fragment has me confused. Could you please try to make your thoughts more coherent and well-formatted? The last time I heard rhetoric this vocal and broken it was coming from a podium in Nuremberg in the early 1940s.

BiL – LOL @Còmhradh… you are so blind…. And I do know what Socialism is

CòmhradhBiL – Please, describe socialism, and how letting tax cuts expire while expanding programs implemented by Republican presidents is in any way akin to it.

BiL – Hurt feelings? LOL @Friend 2 you are pathetic and obviously don’t know how to read. Everything I am saying has substance and NOT everyone agrees with you believe it or not. And it’s funny how over 60% of America is for what I am saying.

Friend 2– wind and crying isn’t substance and that all you can come back with is “pathetic” tells me more about your argument than it says about mine. sparky.

BiL – Ok… be a bitch… or are lesbians not Bitches? Not sure how this works. And @Friend 1…. Big words don’t make you “right”… And @Còmhradh… Socialism………. look at Obama’s presidency and thats my definitions/ . If you don’t like my views/Thoughts/views… DONT RESPOND….

Còmhradh – @BiL – we really can’t parse out what you’re saying other than “I hate Muslims and Obama,” and I need to see the polling that suggests that 60% of America agrees with that.
Interestingly, 62% of Americans think we should get out of Afghanistan, so I guess you’re not with the majority there.

Còmhradh – @BiL – We’ll take that as an admission that you’ve got nothing left to say, have admitted defeat, and want to no longer participate in this or any further discussions. Thanks for stopping by.

And then my brother-in-law and I unfriended each other, my sister-in-law unfriended me (because I was being “hypocritical,” which I still don’t understand), my brother-in-law unfriended Mrs. Còmhradh, and Mrs. Còmhradh’s sister didn’t speak to her for a week.

Obama didn’t say “mission accomplished,” but he did say that our troops completed every task asked of them in Iraq, which would indicate that they accomplished the mission that they were sent there to do.

Saddam Hussein was a very bad man. He was a murderous thug who repressed political opponents and other people he didn’t like using methods that get you sent to The Hague if you don’t happen to have a nuclear arsenal at your disposal. That being said, Saddam Hussein got the trains to run on time, if by “the trains” you mean “relative stability in the region” and by “run on time” you mean “not degenerate into an Iranian wonderland.”

Baathist Iraq was a functional country. Despite embargoes and sanctions, it was relatively westernized, had infrastructure reminiscent of a first-world country, had relative religious and personal freedom, was not a haven for terrorists, and was actually not being aggressive to its neighbors, at least in the last decade.

Of course, that was so 2003. Since then, Iraq has lost about 3% of its population to violence or the complete eradication of most of its infrastructure. Just because Arabs live in the Middle East does not mean that they can survive without food, potable water, or with no air conditioning in 120° heat. Additionally, around 15% of the population has been displaced, either over the border into Syria or scattered internally to where it is “safer.” The country is a virtual playground for terrorists or those looking to settle age-old scores. Religious and personal freedom is at an all-time low. Additionally, what government exists is a laughable collection of squabbling enemies that make Congress look like a bunch of well-socialized kindergartners who’ve been told they’ll get cake if they share and play nice. It is by no means a threat to Iranian influence in the region (or even to the lack of indoor plumbing, for that matter). At best, it’s headed by an unelected puppet, at worst, large elements of it are actually working against internal stability.

And now, having gone after the Pottery Barn with a nine-iron, we’re tossing a few dollars at them and striding off through the mall, intent on getting a new rug from that neat little shop that sells hand-made stuff and smells of patchouli. Of course, our rug is backordered because we set fire to that place about 9 years ago and haven’t bothered to put it out yet.

So, to reiterate:

If the mission was destroying a relatively modern country and reducing it to a nightmarish death-hole that now has more ties to terrorism than it ever did in the past, then Mission Accomplished. If, however, the mission was to remove one tyrant from power, then Mission Way Not Accomplished, considering we could have done that 7 years ago for less than .01% of what we’ve spent so far.

If you’ve never visited World Net Daily’s website, there’s a chance you still have your sanity intact.  Much like a nameless Lovecraftian horror, its only visitors are those in service to its foul other-worldly machinations, and those who go looking in places they really shouldn’t and have their tenuous grasp on reality violently stolen from them.

Needless to say, I am among the latter, not the former.

As to save you from a trip there, allow me to explain the mind-crushing terror that is World Nut Daily.  It’s apparently some sort of clearinghouse for news with the context altered to fit some sort of neo-conservative, fringe libertarian, Christian separatist wet dream.  I’m talking one step removed from Hutaree-style “let’s start a fucking holy war and kill all these motherfuckers” wet dream.

Suffice it to say,  a full two years after Barack Obama became the Democratic nominee for President, WND still runs articles discussing the eligibility of this obvious Kenyan Muslim foreigner to hold the office of President.  But it’s not just that they feel they’ve been denied the greater glory of President Biden, it’s that they are fucking scared.

Scared in the same way that Southern plantation owners were scare that freed slaves were coming to rape all the white women, except there’s a bit of a… twist.  You see, they’re scare that Obama is going to use Bush’s own policies against them.  These people who pushed and pushed and demanded and cheered on the expansion of our war state, of executive power, of unrestricted spying on citizens, on the erosion of civil rights – they’re suddenly horrified that Obama is going to listen in on your conversations so he knows where to aim the Predator drones.

Commentator Robert Ringer (dubbing himself “a voice of sanity”) announces

[Lindsay Graham R-SC] seems intent on being the last best hope for an Obama-directed police state.

He then goes on to explain that his fellow Tea-partiers are actually anarchists. No, seriously:

Tea-party people have no vision for governing because they don’t want to be governed.

Well duh.

Nate Hentoff is fairly certain that Obama is using Predator drones to watch us all:

Failing our responsibility as citizens, we have become almost entirely complicit in the extent and depth of our being continually surveilled at home outside the Constitution.

Will drones continue to hover outside the Constitution? Barack Obama knows.

Of course, we heard nary a peep of horror from WND when Bush’s covert spying program was revealed – except that it was revealed and some dirty liberal had sold out our security to Al-Qaeda.

“Politically Direct” Jane Chastain wants to warn you that Obama’s nominee for the Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dr. David Berwick, is out to drain your precious fluids:

Obama has his way, this man will directly control the health care of a third of this nation’s citizens and indirectly control the health care of our entire population.

Oh, I feel so much better now that this rationing thing will be “transparent.”

“Yes, Marie Antoinette, you are, in fact, going to the guillotine, not the hairdresser.” That would have made the end result a lot more bearable!

Yes, access to affordable health care is exactly the same as having one’s head cut off.  Look at it this way, you’ll probably be less sick!  Also, Tylenol is like doing 10-25 in San Quentin.

Absolutely defining the crazy, Craige McMillan offers up this nugget, presented in its entirety:

I  think I’ve finally figured out who Obama really is. Not his identity and citizenship, which – unlike any other president in history – remains a mystery. No, I mean who he is. Here’s a very brief biography:

“Smeagol’s original name was Trahald, the Anglicized equivalent of which is Smeagol. … In the day of his … coming of age, he went fishing with his cousin Deagol. While fishing, Deagol saw something glittering under the surface of the water, dove in after it, and came up with a glittering gold ring. Before even knowing the qualities of the beautiful ring, Smeagol’s desire to own it overtook him. … He soon developed many undesirable qualities, like stealing, eavesdropping, and being sneaky whenever he had the opportunity. …” (TheOneRing.net)

Smeagol, of course, is Gollum, the pathetic creature in “The Lord of the Rings” who lived underground with the one ring that held the power over all the others. The ring consumed him, and in the end destroyed him. (Even if you disagree with this analogy, you must admit to the physical similarities between Gollum and Obama, no?)

The tidal wave of media dishonesty and hatred that saturated the political landscape during the Bush years primed so-called independents and first-time voters to vote for anyone else, which they did, in lemming-like droves.

That one act of catharsis has now cost the typical family of four about a million dollars in debt that their children will live with – and repay – rather than improving their standard of living, which has historically been the case in America.

The cost to freedom, which the Constitution enshrined as individual liberty (i.e., freedom from the state) is incalculable. The power of the king, which our forefathers banished during the revolutionary war, has been very much restored. He now rules with his hereditary dukes and earls, who share the spoils of the nation with him. The only choice this power-obsessed left has ever cared about – abortion – will soon be the only medical choice available to American surfs.

Unless, of course, you are the privileged, East-Coast elite. From that viewpoint, a nation of surfs kept under their ring finger must look pretty good.

No, that doesn’t make any sense.  Yes, it made Tolkien rise up from his grave in anger and instantly die again of sadness.  Yes, McMillan spelled “serfs” wrong.

Alan Keyes, who has been exemplifying crazy for decades, lays it out concisely:

Throughout his political career, Obama has consistently declared his view that the Constitution’s purposeful restraint of government power is obsolete. Since the outset of his occupation of the White House, he and his faction have signaled their intent to circumvent, undermine or simply set aside the authority of the U.S. Constitution.

Obama:  he’s comin’ to getcha!

Henry Lamb took a boilerplate column from 2004 and did a Find and Replace on “Bush,” inserting “Obama”

Obama believes in the rule of law – his law. No other law is relevant. No other law matters. When Obama speaks, he expects the world to obey.

Virtually everything Obama has done since taking office has expanded both the size and power of the federal government.

Obama’s declaration that America must end its addiction to oil misses the point entirely.

What’s most dangerous about this man is his restructuring the government to be operated by a collection of appointed czars, who are not accountable to Congress, who can exercise powers not granted to the government to achieve nearly dictatorial authority over the citizens of the United States.

Seriously, if you didn’t see those exact same statements applied to Bush, you were living without access to media for the last eight years.

Even Chuck Norris can’t help but get in on the insanity:

And it’s the gravest nightmare of U.S. citizens and abandonment of our Constitution to date: A presidential assassination program in which U.S. citizens are in the literal scopes of the executive branch, based upon nothing more than allegations of terrorism involvement as they define it.

Of course, the CIA has executed covert assassinations of foreigners for decades. But, tragically, Obama is now expanding this program to include American, non-Islamic, stateside, homegrown terrorists.

Shit, if Chuck Norris is afraid of Obama, maybe we’ve got some serious problems.  Bill Clinton wasn’t this scary.  John Kerry?  Pussy compared to this.  What’s the secret?  What’s makes him so terrifying… oh, right, SCARY NEGRO MUSLIM!  WorldNetDaily, we’ve traced the calls!  THEY’RE COMING FROM INSIDE YOUR MIND!

The Religious Right simply cannot get enough of the concept that These United States are a Christian Nation™, founded on Christian Values™, and therefore, we need to Christian the place up.  Of course, they have very strange ideas of what Christian Values™ actually entails.

Let’s do some quick defining:  For starters, what constitutes “Christian” anyway?  The Bible itself is made up of two distinct (and conflicting) parts, those being the pre-Christ and Christ-and-beyond parts.   The first is made up of a long list of back story, but the meat of Christianity is in the New Testament.  Everything before that can be described as “not Christian.”  So, let’s focus our attention on the New Testament.

A “Christian Nation™,” therefore, would be bound by all of the morality espoused by the New Testament.  It would not only be forced to uphold whatever strictures were mentioned, but it would also be forced to conform to those very strictures.  Matthew 5 (The Beatitudes) has a number of very specific things to say, none of which sound very American.

The two biggest changes we’d need as a nation would be how we deal with the least among us (you know, the bottom 98% of all earners), and our national “defense.”  Verse 42 has something to say about the former…

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

And right on the heels of that, Verses 43-45 discuss the latter…

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you

Oh my!  We’re supposed to care for the poor and not fight our enemies?  What kind of madness is this?   Of course, if we were to eliminate the defense budget, we’d have a lot more left over for stuff like paying our outstanding national debt (as we should, according to Romans 13:8).

So no, this is not a “Christian Nation™,” it is simply a nation that happens to be populated with people claiming to be Christians.  Capitalism in its current form (and, in particular, American capitalism) is wholly incompatible with the Christianity that is found in the Bible.  The next time someone tries screaming about this being a Christian nation, agree with them, and ask them if they support relief funding for wounded Taliban fighters.  If they say no, tell them that they’re not Christians, and if they’re not of Christ, then they are certainly of Satan and aren’t welcome in this Christian Nation.

It’ll probably shut them up long enough for you to make a hasty retreat.

Recently, I had a “discussion” with my brother-in-law on Facebook about the recent health care reform legislation that caused the entire fabric of our nation to unravel dominated our news cycle for at least 48 hours before being usurped by Tiger Woods. At some point in this discussion, one of his friends chimed in with that old trope “I don’t want my tax money to go towards abortion.”

Breathe, it’s OK. they just don’t know any better.

I briefly schooled her in the Hyde Amendment and Obama’s executive order (signed that same day), and she actually thanked me for the info.

That’s right: I FUCKING WON AN INTERNET ARGUMENT WITH FACTS!

Anyway, that’s not the point. In that same response, I said “I’m pro-life. I don’t want my tax dollars going toward the bombing of innocent civilians. Who do I vote for?”

That’s right. Pro-life.

Breathe, it’s OK. I’m Pro-choice, too. Were that choice up to me, I’d chose life. But that choice isn’t up to me, and shouldn’t be. Invasions, state-sponsored revenge killings, torture, indiscriminate targeting of civilian populations… I don’t consider anyone “pro-life” if they oppose abortion but support these atrocities.

I get the “choice” between the least odious of two choices when it comes to voting. I go with the one that’s going to do the most good to the most number of people and the least harm to the least number of people. Turns out neither of them are ever gems, but I have to start somewhere, I guess. Voting for them doesn’t mean I can’t tell them to go fuck themselves when they’re bad.