Who’s Roberta Combs? She’s the president of the Christian Coalition these days and she sends me crazy statements every week. Like this one:
It is hard to believe, but we increasingly have two separate Americas. Many liberals have their “government knows best” and “America is bad” positions and the rest of Americans believe in America’s exceptionalism.
Yes, liberals always believe that the government knows best. Conservatives, on the other hand, think the government can’t do anything right, ever. Except they never seem to doubt the government when they torture someone. The government couldn’t possibly have the wrong guy, could they? Except, of course, they often have tortured innocent people over the last 10 years in the name of stopping terrorism, by their own admission. But somehow those anti-government conservatives simply can’t imagine that the government could ever screw that up.
They never seem to doubt that the government convicts only the guilty and never sends an innocent person to prison or puts an innocent person to death. Rick Perry doesn’t lose a wink of sleep over the possibility that Texas may have put innocent men to death — despite the fact that there have been more than 40 DNA exonerations in his state alone in the last 15 years. Somehow those anti-government conservatives think the government is unquestionable when it comes to the justice system.
And they love the government when it comes time to find a way to punish gay people. Or to prevent people from reading or watching something they disapprove of. And when they want to punish women for having abortions or doctors for providing that service. And when the government is going to war on some trumped-up premise. Then they suddenly love the government.
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