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 …