Christianity and Republican Idiology
First, a word on liberal idiology
Once again, the above meme is utterly fictitious. The problem is, it's entirely believable. But just because something is believable doesn't mean it's true. In fact, many times it's quite the opposite - it's the plausible lies that spread as truth, not the outrageous ones.
Ted Cruz has been the victim of a slew of false memes since the announcement of his candidacy for the presidency, But, again, it sounds like something he might say, so the left seems to find it acceptable to present fiction as fact.
Last year, racist incestuous pedophile Ted Nugent, darling of the NRA and the Tea Party movement, was the "victim" of more untrue rhetoric from the left. The Nuge was scheduled to play a show at a Native American-owned casino. Apparently those who booked the show were unaware of Nugent's political leanings. When they were enlightened, they canceled the show. At roughly the same time, a group of protesters were attempting to get a scheduled Nugent appearance at the Waterfest music festival in Oshkosh, WI canceled. In response to the latter, Nugent uttered the phrase: "unclean vermin who don't qualify as people."
Unfortunately, the casino cancellation had also been discussed in the interview and liberals ran with headlines stating that the phrase was in reference to the Native Americans, not the presumably white bleeding hearts of the cheese state at whom it was actually directed.
So, yeah, us liberals are sometimes guilty of misleading the public with misdirected or utterly fanciful quotes. There, that will hopefully kill any red herrings that may arise in the wake of the following.
But on a serious note, c'mon guys. We're better than that.
I mean, we've got this guy to pick on. And he actually, really said this:
Kentucky state senator Brandon Smith
I'm not sure what academics Smith is referring to, but I don't think they exist outside of the reality he's invented. Even "professors" at the most low-budget clown college are aware that Mars and Earth do not have anything approaching similar weather, Mars being 140 million miles farther from the sun than Earth is and all.
Smith owns Mohawk Energy, a mining company based in Lexington, KY.
A devout Presbyterian, Smith no doubt believes that the Earth was given to us by God to sustain us. While I have problems with the mythology behind that belief, I do think it's essentially true. Yes we are part of an ecosystem and the plants and animals on the planet help humanity evolve. However, we are not allowed to rape the Earth within an inch of its life. On a small scale, things like the Keystone pipeline would destroy dozens of wildlife habitats and likely toxify more than a few water tables. On a larger scale, the thinking behind the positivity of rampant energy capitalism could very well lead to the end of life on the planet. The metaphor about biting the hand that feeds us comes to mind.
But idiots like Smith and Cruz will continue getting away with spewing their particularly inane brand of crap because there are always people who will fall for it.
Cruz was made into a complete fool by the head of NASA recently, but it went by virtually unnoticed because the "inconvenient truth" of human-caused climate change is just too much of a hassle to be bothered with. Plus, you can't actually corner the market on sunlight or the wind because it's ubiquitous; oil is a commodity only found in certain places.
There's also the affluenza thing to take into account: the rich can get away with just about anything, particularly if they're white and Republican.
Case in point: Smith's recent brush with the law. On the first day of the 2015 Kentucky legislative session, Smith was arrested for speeding and drunk driving. The case, however, has been put on hold indefinitely thanks to an 1891 addition to the Kentucky state constitution that reads:
The members of the General Assembly shall, in all cases except treason, felony, breach or surety of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House they shall not be questioned in any other place...
In other words, drunk driving will be punished severely unless you're part of the governing body that makes the laws regarding it. Yet another example of the "do as I say, not as I do" attitude that is the purview of lawmakers, holy men and parents.
Hilary Clinton: Republican Target No. 1
The above meme found on Overpasses for America's Facebook feed is a perfect example of vindictive misdirection. OfA is a self-proclaimed "non-partisan" group fighting for what they view are the values of the Constitution missing in today's government.
Overpasses for America's "non-partisan" views
The phrase "What difference does it make?" did indeed come from Clinton's mouth, but not in the context shown here. Yes, it was in regards to the Benghazi debacle, but not in regards to the actual deaths. She was saying it doesn't matter what the reasons behind the murders were, the important and tragic part was that four Americans died.
The exact quote:
"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again..."
Clinton is not the callous America-hater that the right want to make her out to be. She genuinely mourned the deaths in Benghazi and felt the reasons behind it were secondary to the tragedy itself.
Poll on political rhetoric
Who's the biggest offender when it comes to distorting the truth?
Christianity is in the title of this piece, so here it is
Wow, like most modern "Christian" Republicans, Ms. Ernst has committed a high act of hipocrisy by accusing liberals of cherry picking the Bible then turning right around doing it herself. And, again like most modern "Christian" Republicans, she has taken one verse completely out of context and misinterpreted it for rhetorical gain.
But before I get to the whole Bible thing, how the hell are the poor on Obamacare stealing healthcare from the rich? That doesn't make a lick of sense. Unlike oil, there's not a limited reserve of healthcare and, thanks to our lovely president, more people than ever have access to it. I think what she really means is that having healthcare somehow puts the poor on more equal footing with the rich, and, boy howdy, we certainly can't have that!
The "unprofitable man," was given physical money by his master in the parable and buried it, unlike his two fellow servants who took risks and doubled the money placed in their care. To compare it to another parable, the unprofitable man hid his light in a bushel, burying his money (faith) rather than letting it shine on others as the two other servants did, doubling the money (faith) by bringing the word to those around them.
The main problem with this is most liberals can see through this kind of bullshit, even the crap spewed by their own side. It was a progressive website that called foul on the fictional Ted Cruz meme at the beginning of this piece, not a conservative one. Liberals, in my humble but correct opinion are more concerned with the truth than are conservatives, even if just barely.
But conservatives, taking the whole being sheep thing a little too far, will believe anything they're told, especially if someone says it came from Jesus. Never mind the fact that most modern "Christian" Republican belief owes more to Paul the Murderer of Christ's Followers than to the words of Christ himself.
It's just another example of the Right taking advantage of the mentally disadvantaged. It's unscrupulous, it's manipulative and it's downright evil.