GOP and Religious Right: Blowing Smoke While My Head Reels

Is it just me or is the world spinning out of control? I realize that our gale-force Southern California winds have been triggering my migraine-related vertigo (which long predates my slight, stroke-caused vertigo). But it wasn’t Santa Ana winds that inspired the Religious Right and many others in the GOP to defend an accused child molester. The “honest” ones admit that they’re supporting Roy Moore because he has an R next to his name, even if they admit they have no reason to doubt his accusers.  Incredibly, many so-called defenders of “family values,” have instead taken to defending Moore’s actions, arguing that what he did to teenagers — and let’s not forget a 14 year old — wasn’t so bad, after all.

If it was good enough for Joseph and Mary… And, hey, child marriage was common in biblical times. I guess I misunderstood what evangelicals mean when they talk about biblical family values.

Is there any abhorrent behavior they won’t spin? What about incest? Hey, it was good enough for Lot and his daughters

My head reels as evangelicals defend a child molester with the bible, while the hypocrisy of the GOP takes my breath away.
Via Melissa Donohue, CC BY-SA 2.0.

When challenged, they say, besides, Doug Jones is pro-choice. ‘O horror of horrors. 

So, allowing women to control their own bodies by aborting usually microscopic fetuses (and often days-old zygotes) is worse than electing a man who preyed on a 14-year-old? How young would be acceptable to them, then?

Roy Moore’s GOP apologists usually add that Doug Jones a far-left liberal. Would that he were. Remember, Jones is an Alabama Democrat.

At least Jones is a vast improvement on the old segregationist Dixiecrats. He successfully prosecuted the KKK members responsible for the infamous 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that killed four young girls.

Doug Jones is pitted against a man who molested a 14 year old. Now there’s a tough choice.

Yet, that this is far from the only thing making my head spin. Indeed, ever since the 2016 election, I’ve been reeling from the Orwellian redefinition of brazen lies as truth-telling and demonstrably factual reporting as Fake News. Freedom has been redefined as religious slavery. And ignorance is now valued over strength of experience.

The president of the United States of America defends neo-Nazis, attacks our closest allies, taunts unstable, nuclear-armed enemies with schoolyard insults, and publicly denigrates our nation’s institutions with tweetstorms before breakfast.

Have we slipped into an alternate facts universe from which there is no escape? Surely, this can’t be reality. If it is, can I please go back in my coma-dream now?

My head reels as evangelicals defend a child molester with the bible, while the hypocrisy of the GOP takes my breath away.
Via Max Pixel, public domain.

It feels like I can’t breathe. Is it the devastating Southern California wildfires whipped up by fierce, days-long Santa Anas not seen in a decade? Or is the breathtaking hypocrisy of the GOP passing a so-called tax reform bill that fattens the fat cats, while salivating over the prospect of pleading poverty in 2018.

That way, the GOP can use the trillion dollar hole blown into the huge — but previously stable budget — budget deficit to slash money from the food stamp program, housing aid, Medicaid, and welfare for the poor.

That’s right, they want to steal food from the poor to feed the corpulent.

As Bernie Sanders put it:

Trump and the Republican Party are waging vicious class warfare against the working families of this country. After providing a trillion dollars in tax breaks to the top 1 percent and large corporations, they will now attempt to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, nutrition programs and help for the poorest and most vulnerable Americans. This is an outrageous and immoral set of priorities.

The GOP wants to target Medicare, too, though that risks waking the napping giant, the AARP. They instead wink, wink, nudge nudge this issue by saying that they wouldn’t dream of cutting benefits for current Medicare recipients.

I trust them. Don’t you?

Republicans would also love to go after Social Security, except that they can’t do it via a reconciliation bill that only requires 50 votes in the Senate…without a single Democrat.

GOP: Separating the Have (Our) Voters from the Have Not

A yellow swallowtail butterfly enjoys late spring in Southern California. Via Keith Onstad.
A swallowtail butterfly enjoys late spring blooms. Via Keith Onstad.

Our historic 5-year drought finally ended in a wet winter. That created to a gloriously green and wildflower-filled spring. But an unusually rainless fall has made Southern California a tinderbox of dried brush. All it took was a single spark to light the firestorm.

Our regional droughts and fires will undoubtedly worsen in the coming years due to Global Warming. President Trump has tackled climate change by pulling out of the Paris Accords and labeling it as a Chinese hoax and #FakeNews.

Firefighters say that most of our brush fires are started by humans. Donald Trump hasn’t visited California recently, so he’s off the hook for our recent conflagrations. (The GOP only cares about Red States, after all.)

Yet, the president has been busily lighting fires all over the globe, the latest being in the Middle East.

It’s no coincidence that both Democratic and GOP presidents have refused to set off the conflagration of declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel or moving the American embassy there. Our firebug president did both, setting light to the fuse with the sadistic abandon of a spoiled brat with a pack of matches.

Last weekend on a rehab hike, via Keith Onstad.
Dessicated grassland last weekend on a rehab hike. Via Keith Onstad.

We can only hope that the Nuclear Football doesn’t have a Do Not Press sign.

I couldn’t keep my eyes open yesterday morning and quickly fell back asleep. Maybe I unconsciously couldn’t face the day’s headlines. Though at least I could rest assured that North Korea hadn’t dropped a nuke on LA because our president called Kim Jong-un fat. Again.

I’m feeling a bit better today, though tragically that can’t be said for the hundreds of families now without homes. Uncharacteristically, the Trump administration treated our solid Blue State as if it were an equal part of the republic. He has granted California emergencies funds, as he had for bright Red Texas and Purple Florida after their devastating hurricanes.

Since we’re not (yet) an “island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water” we’ve also been spared the fate of Puerto Rico, despite the fact that our state is now majority-minority too.

Of course, California won’t actually break off after “The Big One,” though it might as well have, as far as the GOP is concerned. Their tax bill went out of its way to punitively go after high tax Democratic states like my own.

Though the ground is still, it nonetheless feels like it’s shifting under my feet. Ironically, though world seems to be spinning out of control, it has actually been slowing down slightly for the past four years.

That, in turn, may trigger quakes around the globe next year. You think the 2016 election was earthshaking enough? In tembler-prone LA next year, the ground could actually be moving beneath me.

Earthquakes tend to generate tidal waves. But the biggest tsunami of all in 2018 may well be the midterm elections. Even the sole accomplishment of the Republican congressional majority — the aforementioned tax bill — is hugely unpopular.

Perhaps the GOP should start investing in lifejackets now.

A member of the 133rd Airlift Wing is taking part in water survival training at the Army Training Site Arden Hills, Minnesota Sept. 16, 2012. The airman is using part of his survival vest to swim towards the safety of the life raft. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari L. Giles/released
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari L. Giles.

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