The Republicans Have Picked Another Winner

Whatever else has come from “print on demand” publishing, it’s done no favors for cover art

A CNN headline caught my attention: Republican Party to step up outreach to evangelicals.

Umm .. why, exactly? I guess that the GOP wants to consolidate and energize its base, because I can’t see the conservative Evangelicals going elsewhere.

The man they’ve picked to do it is Chad Connelly, “a consultant and motivational speaker who, until this weekend, was the chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party.” The Connelly pick shows that the GOP has no interest in the moderate-to-progressive side of the evangelical family. Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog reminds us that Connelly is the author of Freedom Tide, 80 pages of conservative Christian boilerplate. Among other things, it attacks the idea of separation of church and state, and specifically the idea that any of the founders ever intended such a thing:

The debate about our founders’ intentions and where we stand today makes us question: what changed and when? William James, the father of modern psychology, said, “There is nothing so absurd, but if you repeat it enough, people will believe it.” Adolf Hitler, like James, recognized the power of repetition in getting people to believe lies. “The ultimate Hitlerian propaganda technique is the principle of the big lie. Hitler declared ‘…that the very greatness of the lie is a factor in getting it believed … a great lie is more effective than a small one…’ In brief, the bigger the lie, the more likely it will be believed by the masses.”

This is the same thing that got Christine O’Donnell laughed at, only stepped up to Godwin level. Conservative frequently treat the Constitution the same way they treat the Bible. They want to prooftext, and it you can’t prooftext then it’s not in the document. The idea of a body of legal precedent and Constitutional interpretation is just as foreign to them as the Talmud.

The ironic thing is that Connelly is he’s another conservative who has bought into the Communist Plan for Revolution, which was supposedly a document describing the secret marxist plans to bring about revolution that was discovered in 1919. He paraphrases a bit of it:

First of all, corrupt the young, get them away from religion, get them interested in sex, make them superficial, and destroy their ruggedness. Get control of all means of publicity. Get people’s minds off of the government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books, plays, and other trivialities. Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance. Destroy the people’s faith in their natural leaders by holding their leaders up to ridicule and contempt.

The problem is that this is one of the most transparent hoaxes in modern history. Naturally, Snopes is all over it, but you don’t really need them if you understand a bit about communism. Communism, and I’m assuming that Connelly actually means marxism, is supposed to come into being through the ire of the working classes. The last thing a marxist revolutionary wants is for the proletariat to be distracted by pop culture, which is surely as much an opiate of the masses as religion. You want them paying attention to the government and getting angry about fundamental issues of economics and inequality so that they’ll man the barricades when the time comes.

This is just a list of right wing pet peeves lumped together and blamed on the great satan of the conservatives, communism. Maybe Connelly thinks that if he keeps repeating it over and over again people will come to believe it. I think there’s a name for that tactic …

Atheists in the Evangelical Mind
Bob Cargill on the Holy Grail
Romance at Mars Hill
So Long, And Thanks For All The Memories (From Dan)
  • kessy_athena

    The Republicans aren’t worried that evangelicals will become Democrats, they’re worried that they’ll basically drop out of the political process out of disgust and just stay home on election day.

  • Burpy

    Generally political radicals prefer the general population to be engaged in politics. The thinking being that “if only people thought about things more deeply, then they would see that I am right”. The only example that I can think of is neoconservatism, which postulates that most people are too stupid to know what is good for them and it is better for a population to be united by religion or nationalism, even if those things are not useful for the intellectual elites.

    • OregonJeff

      The theocons hold a very similar view, actually. The difference is that they believe that they can energize their base around a couple of very emotional issues like abortion and “traditional marriage”, using enormous religious undertones as a method of keeping them engaged in their party.

  • Lurker111

    Some once said that South Carolina was “too small for a republic, too large for an insane asylum.” Not sure any longer about the second part.

  • grindstone

    “Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance.”

    This, to me, is the very embodiment of the loud right, so yeah, good job, guys!

    • Steve Frank

      That was the first thought that went through my mind as well.

  • Chimako

    Hi, from NC close to SC border! Just wanted to point out you misspelled asshat. HTH ;)

  • busterggi

    There is no car made that can hold that many clowns.

    • reynard61

      Wanna bet? Look! There’s even a place to launder all that Koch Brothers/American Crossroads/NRA money to get all the dirt and slime off!

  • Steve Frank

    Often when I read things like this the conservative comments drip with projection. This is no exception.
    In other news, is there a reason why the forum, that appears to be full to the rim with spam, still exists? I mean I’m all for freedom of speech, but do we really need to have a place for spammers to post?

    • Yoav

      The forum used to be one of the best parts of this sites, allowing for more serious discussion (and some less serious ones). I still have hope that the powers that be would find an effective way to block the spammies so the forum could be used again.

  • stop2wonder

    Unfortunately, many conservatives dismiss Snopes as being leftist propaganda. I’ve tried using it, and it’s sources, to refute many things, only for my attempts to be hand waved away.

    • OregonJeff

      Yup, they heard it on Fox or Glenn Beck or some other conservative shyster’s show.

    • kessy_athena

      Are you talking about the sort of people who would dismiss *any* source that contradicts or challenges their beliefs as leftist propaganda?

      • JohnMWhite

        He did say conservatives.

  • PsiCop

    Re: “I guess that the GOP wants to consolidate and energize its base, because I can’t see the conservative Evangelicals going elsewhere.”

    Yes, it sounds bizarre, but there’s a reason for this. Both political parties have bought into the notion that they must cater to their respective ideological “cores” in order to ensure their involvement in elections. The reasoning for this tactic is that it’s more effective to keep the “core” loyal — and more importantly, voting — than it is to try to gather up votes from among the uncommitted.

    In the case of the GOP their “core” is evangelicals. They fear evangelicals will stay home in the next election and let the Democrats take over. It’s not just them, though: Both parties obsess over the phenomenon known as “stay-at-homes.” Arguably this tactic worked for the GOP in 2010, since their “core” was agitated over the hated “Obamacare,” whereas Democratic voters were content and ended up staying home. Supposedly. This has been debated a bit; my point is there’s some support for it as an electoral strategy.