seriously people. this is what Republicans think of us. you don't have to love the Democrats but at least they don't hate you. you may like "small gov't" (whatever that means) or guns or lower taxes. but you'll get most of that stuff with Dems and little of it affects you anyhow.
the Republican party has become a club for white Christian (preferably) men. if you're an atheist and call yourself a Republican please realize that they hate you. they probably can't even know or else you'll be cast off. you're the religious version of an Uncle Tom. with Eric Cantor's primary loss the make up of Republicans in Congress is 100% Christian. 99% white Christian (one black representative was appointed). and most of them are scary religious. the anti-science folk, the jesus is coming back sooners, the gays will destroy us all idiots. sorry, you can't like small gov't enough to tolerate being lumped in with those freaks.
i implore you, please switch your voter registration. become an independent but vote with the normal people. at least until they go bye bye in which case feel free to go back to your gov't hating ways. in the meantime help vote superstitious weirdos out of office by supporting the only party that is perfectly fine with you. as my Jewish grandmother used to say, "try it, you might like it".
I agree with you 100% Matthew. You have defined the modern day Republicon exactly correct. I hear that Sarah Palin's group even talks to god on their cell phones. I'm still wondering how they do that one, but I'm sure there are idiots who believe it. I've voted across party lines for years regardless of my affilliation, but I doubt I'll be voting for any Republicans anytime soon.
The problem here is the Republicons keep trying to con you. Their rethoric is the same old crap but they change the words around sometimes. It's sort of like taking a pig and giving him a bath, but each time you present him you have a different colored ribbon on him. I don't think people are falling for it. Some of their platform seems to be going back to the bronze age just like their religion has done. It's pathetic, and they lie so much.
Just the other day I'm flipping TV channels and up comes Jack Van Impe and Roxella. I just caught a minute of it when Jack claimed "President Lincoln was always talking about god and praying in the white house, but nobody does that today." My mind goes WTF?
I'll spell it out and say it. Jack you're a damned liar! If you think that's what happened you don't know anything about Lincoln.
Make you a bet that Jack is a Republicon.
that's because they're bigoted, hateful, know-nothings. it's no coincidence that they're also super duper religious. i read an article today, which i should link, that talked about religious fear of secular indoctrination. the whole piece was, without saying it explicitly, about religious people and projection. it's quite maddening!
Alison Grimes looks like a terrific candidate. good luck.
the next Minority Leader would either be Ted Cruz or...i'm pretty sure it would be Ted Cruz. he's already the shadow leader of the House. who else has any power among Republican Senators? McCain or Graham? please.
the crazy people LOVE him. personally, i see him as a wishful totalitarian type. his rhetoric is hitlerisque his ambitions seem theocratic, his goals sound revolutionary. in short, he's a dangerous person with far too much power. i fear it will only grow stronger. secular Americans like us need to call out and stop his brand of politics.
I am an Ayn Randist and/or small government conservative and/or libertarian or Ron Paul-type conservative. I do not like the democrat party, so I vote for the other major party. In fact I think all taxes are theft and liberalism is a mental disorder. I think environmentalism is a conspiracy to compel us into purchasing more expensive so called green products. The only thing you and me have in common is that we both know there is no god and religion is horeshit, or are you one of those agnostic-atheists who insists that he is only 99.999% sure there is no god, in order to avoid feeling too antagonistic?
So what does hating objectivism and hating small government conservatism and wanting a big government to steel from productive non-poor people have to do with atheism? I think there may be a lot of non-religious small-government conservatives, it is just that it is politically incorrect to identify as such. Do you think every single republican is a fundamentalist christian, evil, generic non-ethnically marked white person? Who do you hate more now, atheists like me, or the republicans?
And I used to be Jewish. No, I do not identify as a Jewish atheist. I identify as Michael.
"Who do you hate more now, atheists like me, or the republicans?"
i hate you both equally. you must have lucked into atheism as it clearly has nothing to do with your intelligence. you're a fucking nutcase. a conspiracy theory believing weirdo who probably stumbled upon a Hitchens rant during your Alex Jones phase.
matthew, I don't hate Michael. I pity him. He's been sucked into a cult and has become one of the "true believers." Not much different that being an evangelical christian, a fundamentalist muslim, or a door banging JW. Each one has a monopoly on the truth, and an irrational, myopic view of the world dictated by the tenets of their respective cult. And, if you don't agree with him, there has to be something wrong with you, e.g. liberalism is a mental illness. Cults have to have enemies and must define those enemies as something less than normal humans. The "true believers" are gullible enough to believe it.
A 'for instance' of blind faith in the cult is the concept that all taxes are theft and government is evil. Except, I am sure he doesn't think twice about getting and using his "free shit" that he can't see is dependent on taxes like police and fire protection, and use of the sidewalks and roads. You know, same as the welfare cheats his cult bitches about.
Here's another. Environmentalism is a conspiracy. Depending on your cult de jure, so is evolution, climate change, the moon landing, George W. Bush being in on 9/11, and hundreds of others. These require their believers to abrogate the right to independently think, usually by promoting an anti-science, anti-rational position, and accept the "party line." Kind of like an evolution denier getting his/her yearly flu shot, or taking an antibiotic.
I strongly suspect Michael will ultimately abandon this cult, but unfortunately will probably adhere to another one. He strikes me as the type of person who goes from catholicism, to nazarene, to mormonism, to baptst, to new age spiritualism, to some other sect, faction creed or following. At each stage, being one of their banner carriers and "true believers." I'd be more than willing to bet you were right about his "Alex Jones phase."
you know Pat, i was going to write something similar but i have little patience for his type. but i'm glad you did, because it couldn't have been written better.