Good Riddance To The White Stupid Rube GOP!

 

Here’s my favorite Maureen Dowd column of all time! Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Lost Civilization

By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: December 8, 2012 New York Times

 

Instead of smallpox, plagues, drought and Conquistadors, the Republican decline will be traced to a stubborn refusal to adapt to a world where poor people and sick people and black people and brown people and female people and gay people count.

As the historian Will Durant observed, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”…..

Read the rest HERE

 

About Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is an American author, film director, screenwriter and public speaker. He is the son of the late theologian and author Francis Schaeffer. He became a Hollywood film director and author, writing several internationally acclaimed novels including And God Said, "Billy!" as well as the Calvin Becker Trilogy depicting life in a fundamentalist mission home-- Portofino, Zermatt, and Saving Grandma.

  • rvs

    Thanks for calling our attention to this. Lively post! The new GOP, no doubt, will eventually rise from the ashes and correct the predictable dim-witted decadence on the left in 4-10 years, give or take, just as the Democrats have corrected the predictable dim-witted decadence on the right (of which there is no shortage). All the while, the forces of righteousness march on, emanate the deeper wells of joy, and engage in banter with the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the transvestites, the Amish, the electricians, the surfers, the stoned in Seattle, the heartbroken, the recently married, the recently divorced, etc.

  • http://www.nature.com Agnikan

    Who will be the Republican Obama? He/she might not arrive for another 30 years, but eventually….

  • Alan

    Frank, as I was researching something else tonight, I was surprised to stumble over your website and your book Crazy for God. Funny how we often think that all things we’ve left behind have stayed the same while we have moved on, only to discover later how much of the universe is in flux. When I was in high school and college in the 80′s, I was an evangelical and a conservative Presbyterian, and your father’s books had a significant effect on me philosophically, feeding my intellectual hunger. Eventually, I got an M.A. in philosophy from UVA. And even later, after flirting with the only remaining branch of Christianity that I found intellectually and aesthetically-compelling (Roman Catholicism), I left the faith altogether and came out as gay. I’m happy and well-adjusted now as an attorney/screenwriter with a wonderful partner but under no illusion that my growth is at an end and looking forward to what the future holds.

    We all have different paths and different natures, but I found several things unsettling in these posts. The fact that you have so radically switched sides is not unheard of but that you now appear to launch attacks against your former allies with the same sort of anger with which you formerly attacked your current allies is a bit disturbing. What could you accomplish if you acted more as a bridge between the two sides in our divided nation and less as one forever reacting to his past, I wonder?

    I’m a bit flummoxed, too, I suppose, that in all of your radical questioning and rebellion you have apparently held on in some fashion to what seems to me now to be a rather superstitious belief in Jesus of Nazareth, who, in addition to being ideologically apolitical and yet nevertheless good at getting himself crucified, was gravely mistaken in his most important announcement of all (that the world was about to end), unable to rise about the racism of his day, and even unable to quote Scripture accurately. Surely a logically outworking of your thinking would find the religion created by Paul of Tarsus (whereby he turned a Mediterranean peasant into a Greek god), and neither Evangelicalism nor the Religious Right (which both spring from that religion), to be the real culprit in generating so many things that you now appear to despise.

    One thing these posts underscore for me again is that the problem is not the Left or the Right, nor is it Evangelicalism or Orthodoxy, nor even religion or atheism. Those are just surface manifestations of a much deeper problem–the inveterate bellicosity that seems to be part and parcel of a human species evolving oh-so-insecurely within the context of a Darwinian universe.

    For all its faults and foibles, perhaps what I miss most about the Christianity of my youth was the faith in a universe that arose out of intelligent order, that had inherent meaning, and that was being governed to a redemptive end. This now seems as unlikely an illusion as the Democratic utopia of Mr. Obama. But what good goal is served by raging against the night instead of lighting a candle or by attacking our erstwhile friends and allies instead of focusing what we can do to make the world better? If this is what Jesus has done for you, then maybe it’s time to move on to the Dalai Lama.

  • http://patheos threeten2yuma

    Frank,

    Notwithstanding the fact that Alan here is saying some of the same things to you that I’ve personally tried to tell you for the past couple of years, DON’T LISTEN TO HIM when he adds that you oughta ditch Jesus! Nice guy though he may seem to be (and sure as hell all politically correct, especially in the circles in which you now run) it’s Ol’ Scratch, himself, that’s speaking through him, I’m tellin’ ya!

    Sure you’re a heretic, Frank, but you’ve not yet reached total apostasy. You keep praying your Jesus Prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!” That’s the exact same prayer that I, once a Mackerel Snapper now turned Bible Thumper, pray with my almost every breath! It’s the only thing that’s gonna ultimately “save” guys like you and me! And you know what else, there’s still hope for Alan, as well, as the first sentence in his last paragraph indicates, because, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over!” I love you, Man . . . and Alan too! -3:10

  • Terry

    How sad that people think in such categorical terms such as “Conservative” , “Liberal”, “Negro” etc. this prohibits people from analyzing problems and solutions aproprietly detatched from group think…such as,”Republicans think….” Tell me why the idea is good or bad but do not try to sway me with associational dismissiveness…John stewart Mills had it right…but realized people where generally to stupid to be free thinkers and not need to be part of a herd.

  • Alan

    Frank, since I last wrote I picked up your book Crazy for God and wasn’t able to put it down. I loved it–your story, your honesty, and the good writing–especially what you’ve written about your wife and family and friends and how you let them speak in their own voices. And I’m glad you have returned to some degree to your painting. I look forward to reading your novels.

    I understand the gut responses born of how we were raised. “Raise up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I still pray at times as well, from a deep habit, even though I doubt the Father is listening or is even there. Chaim Potok explores this same phenomenon from a Jewish perspective in several of his books–the Book of Lights, I think. I have realized for a while now that a large part of our lives–and especially those of pilgrims who move far from their places of origin–is weaving the earlier parts of our stories into the later, and trying to find an overarching meaning in it all. My quest also is centered in the search for meaning, as it seems to me the quest of all thinking people is.

    I have no news from Old Scratch but wish you well on your journey.

  • Steve

    The Republicans won 47 % percent of the vote, which was an improvement over 2008. This is a party on the verge of extinction? The pendulum always swings. Parties adapt to win more votes. It’s nothing new.


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