Clutch the Pearls! Here Come the Evangelicals!

James Dobson declared not long ago that if John McCain became the nominee to the Republican Party’s nominee to the presidency, he would seeka third party candidate to run instead.  Guess where that declaration went to?

So, you can imagine the thunder, shock and awe when Evangelicals pronounce Mitt Romney unfit for the vice presidency, threatening to remove their troops from the field in the event he gets the nod.  This is one even John McCain can’t fuck up.


The Weapon

Lyrics by Niel Peart of Rush. I’ve always loved this song, but upon recently getting the remastered version of the Signals album, it occurred to me how the current situation seems even more relevant to the lyrics than the Cold War era he wrote them about. I’ve taken the liberty of adding some pictorial links for emphasis:

We’ve got nothing to fear but fear itself
Not fate, not failure, not fatal tragedy
Not the faulty units in this mad machinery
Not the broken contacts in emotional chemistry

With an iron fist in a velvet glove
We are sheltered under the gun
In the glory game or the power train
Thy kingdom‘s will be done

And the things that we fear
Are a weapon to be held against us


He’s not afraid of your judgment
He knows of horrors worse than your hell
He’s a little bit afraid of dying, but he’s a lot more afraid of you lying

And the things that he fears
Are a weapon to be held against him

Can any part of life be larger than life?
Even love must be limited by time
And those who push us down that they might climb
Is any killer worth more than his crime?

Like a steely blade in a silken sheath
We don’t see what they’re made of
They shout about love, but when push comes to shove
They live for things they’re afraid of

And the knowledge that they fear
Is a weapon to be used against them


Johnny’s Evangelists

You thought Hagee was bad?  Aw, hell no, children, it gets worse!

John McCain’s endorser – whom he claims to be a “spiritual guide,” no less – openly declares it the birthright of America to destroy Islam.  David Corn reports in Mother Jones:

McCain’s Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam

Parsley is not shy about his desire to obliterate Islam. In Silent No More, he notes—approvingly—that Christopher Columbus shared the same goal: “It was to defeat Islam, among other dreams, that Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World in 1492…Columbus dreamed of defeating the armies of Islam with the armies of Europe made mighty by the wealth of the New World. It was this dream that, in part, began America.” He urges his readers to realize that a confrontation between Christianity and Islam is unavoidable: “We find now we have no choice. The time has come.”

Let’s set aside the fact that Christopher Columbus did not “sail to the new world”:  he sailed to India and got lost in the New World.  If Christopher Columbus’ goals in sailing from Europe are our obligations as citizens of the United States, logically, is it not also our duty to deliver the spices of India to Spain?  As far as I know, we’re a bit behind in our deliveries of late. . . .