I think the time has come to change the names of the major political parties.
'Puppet on the Right' and 'Puppet on the Left' would be good and
true, but I'm not a Libertarian or Independent because no matter how corrupt the system is, you can't change it on the sidelines bitching about the game.
No, I propose we call them the Democrats and the Theocrats.
What is a Theocrat? It comes from theocracy, which is the direction the right is taking this country.
Theocracy is derived from the two Greek words Qeo/j(Theos) meaning "God" and kra/tein (cratein) meaning "to rule." The Reverend Rod Parsley, a champion of theocracy, or what he calls a "christocracy," told his congregation at the World Harvest Church, located just outside Columbus, Ohio, "Theocracy means God is in
control, and you are not."http://www.theocracywatch.org/introduction2.htm
Today's hard right seeks total dominion. It's packing the courts and rigging the rules. The target is not the Democrats but democracy itself.
According to acclaimed journalist and television host Bill Moyers,
"True, people of faith have always tried to bring their interpretation of the
Bible to bear on American laws and morals ... it's the American way, encouraged
and protected by the First Amendment. But what is unique today is that the
radical religious right has succeeded in taking over one of America's great
political parties. The country is not yet a theocracy but the Republican Party
is, and they are driving American politics, using God as a a battering ram on
almost every issue: crime and punishment, foreign policy, health care, taxation,
energy, regulation, social services and so on."
It's times like these that make me want to catch a Mayflower to the moon if I have to so that I can live somewhere where I will be free to choose in every way: how to worship, who to love, whether to have a child or not, you name it. Because the stronger the theocracy, the less choice. That's what dominion means. That's why they pray for war and hang on to us staying in Iraq indefinitely. Dominion. Control. It doesn't even matter what the reasons are to be there. Any reason is fine, as long as it furthers their agenda.
I sometimes think these people must have missed a step on the evolutionary ladder. Is that why they have trouble with Darwin? Because evolution doesn't apply to them?
Suppose that's another post.