America – As a “Truly Christian Nation”

Posted in Politics, Religion, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2015 by RJ Evans

imagesYou can’t escape the recitation. “America is a Christian Nation!” The Religious Reich loves to howl it at every opportunity. Despite evidence to the contrary – the very words spoken and/or put into print by many of the Founding Fathers of the country – the self-righteous contend that it is their country, given to them by their god, and it’s their god-given right to run it in whatever way their faith dictates.

I’m going to wave my magic wand and give the Religious Reich what they claim is theirs. I’m also going to speculate a little on what a “Truly Christian Nation” might look like and be like under christian rule.

Fun-dah-Mentalism

The first step in determining what a “Truly Christian Nation” might look like, and be like, requires figuring out which version of christianity is truly christian. There are so many versions that I decided to pick the most vocal and politically involved version of christianity. Fundamentalism. They are adamant that they are the “real”, “true”, christians. And, even though fundamentalists are in the minority among christian denominations, their incessant molestation of, and tampering with, the political and judicial processes of the United States grants them the greatest opportunity to seize power. So, with Fun-dah-Mentalism in control, let’s take a look at what the United States might look like, and be like, as a “Truly Christian Nation”.

Say goodbye to…

The first order of business for Fun-dah-Mentalism is repealing any law that doesn’t comply with biblical teachings. Now, exactly which laws do or do not comply with biblical teachings will likely be determined by theologians appointed to the new ad-ministry. Basically Mullah’s for Moolah. But, I think it’s pretty easy to pull a few laws from the pages of today’s headlines.  Other issues that might be addressed by the ad-ministry I will base on today’s Fun-dah-Mentalist screed. First up…

Say goodbye to Marriage Equality. Gone. It doesn’t require a lot of thought. The new ad-ministry would chop this one off at the knees and then disembowel it. Within a matter of months, a new Constitutional Amendment would be introduced and passed to protect the “sanctity of marriage” by declaring that a marriage can only take place between a man and a woman. Several old laws would be reintroduced and passed forbidding same-sex sexual contact, and the penalties for such behavior would likely be severe. However, the new ad-ministry, not wanting to be too barbaric early in their tenure, might decide on simple expulsion from the country for the convicted. As the nation’s religious fervor and appetite for vengeance grows, future convictions for same-sex sexual contact would likely be promoted to the death penalty.

Say goodbye to the First Amendment. Repealed then re-written. The new ad-ministry would need to change the wording of the First Amendment to maintain absolute control. Currently written as:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The amendment would require a bit of a re-write to ensure that the ­Mullah’s for Moolah of the ad-ministry were given total control over ideas, speech and press. It would likely read:

“The Christian Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion other than Christianity, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of approved Christian speech, or of the approved Christian press; or the right of Christian people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Christian Government for a redress of grievances against other religions or non-believers.”

Other Amendments would be in jeopardy of repeal or re-write. The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments… All the Amendments to the Constitution would be scrutinized for biblical compliance at some point.   The ad-ministry would leave nothing to chance.

Say goodbye to Multi-Party Politics. The new ad-ministry would push hard to eliminate opposition of any kind. A single political party (The Party of Christ) would be the country’s sole option. All elections would be internal to the party, and all potential candidates would have to be vetted by local, regional, and ad-ministry Mullah’s for Moolah. It’s even possible that the electorate would be vetted by their local Mullah for Moolah, judged for their faith and conviction to christ before being allowed to vote.

Say goodbye to Public Schools and Universities. Parochial Schools and Universities would replace Public Schools and Universities. The future of The Party of Christ and the Christian Nation will rely heavily on these schools to educate and indoctrinate young minds in the ways of unfettered capitalism, christian imperialism, obedience, servitude to god’s law and to the State. Independent thought will be discouraged at first. After the ­ad-ministry’s honeymoon period with their constituents had lapsed, independent thought would likely be outlawed.

Say goodbye to Child Labor Laws. The minimum age for a child to work would be reduced and the number of hours a child is allowed to work would be increased. The ad-ministry would paint this drastic change as a necessary effort to combat delinquency and crime. They would also claim that a working child is a godly child.

Say goodbye to Science. Science that presents a threat to christian religious dogma would be prohibited. Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, Paleontology, Astronomy, Theoretical Physics, Quantum Physics, Climatology… A whole host of disciplines would likely be considered blasphemous and would be banned. However, if a particular discipline was monetarily beneficial to the technologies of warfare, communications, transportation, government infrastructure, etc. it would most likely get a pass under strict governmental controls.

Say goodbye to the Arts. Artists and Performers of all stripes would find themselves forced into retirement, or quite possibly shipped off to indoctrination camps for re-education. All forms of artistic expression would be restricted to ad-ministry propaganda and christian positive exploits. The tools of the artists’ trades would only be available through State run facilities and require a license to possess. Any form of artistic expression would be highly regulated and policed. Violators would face severe penalties, including but not limited to, the loss of limbs or tongue… and even death.

Say goodbye to equal rights for women and minorities. White male privilege would dominate. Women and minorities would become second, third, fourth, fifth class and so on, citizens. Classifications would be determined by the Mullahs for Moolah. Civil rights would be known as “civil privileges” and would be granted or denied based on the class system. Read “A Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood for other possible outcomes.

 

Dystopia – A Future of Real Possibility

There are many possible ways a “Truly Christian Nation” would look like and be like. Many authors have written stories over the years suggesting dystopian results. While many christians will argue that christianity is all about love, the “Left Behind” series of best-selling books written by Tim LaHaye and Terry B. Jenkins suggests otherwise. LaHaye and Jenkins underline a future where only the christian is the entitled class while the rest of humanity is “Left Behind” to the destruction of god.

 

“NOW is a fact that cannot be dodged.” Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here

 

The possibility of a “Truly Christian Nation” is not a dystopian fantasy born of wild imaginations. It’s unfolding in plain view. Now. Our political and social landscape has been infiltrated by Fun-dah-Mentalists with one unified goal. Domination. Dominion theology . Recent headlines on marriage equality, woman’s reproductive rights, religious liberty, among many other issues, offer a striking and undeniable glimpse of the process as it unfolds. In his 2005 essay “The Rise of Dominionism: Remaking America as a Christian Nation” for The Public Eye magazine, journalist Frederick Clarkson wrote:

“1) Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe that the United States once was, and should once again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.

2) Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.

3) Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, insofar as they believe that the Ten Commandments, or “biblical law,” should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.”

 

It can happen here

Many mainstream christians are being romanced into a nationalistic stupor by the Religious Reich. As a result, any talk of dominionism is lambasted or simply ignored, considered to be the far flung tantrums and misery of the dispossessed. They’ll insist that it can’t happen here. And yet, the evidence is prevalent and should not be ignored. It can happen here. It is happening here… now.

“No denial of the truth will ever invalidate it” Nikki Rosen, In The Eye Of Deception: A True Story

American Heathen® Radio Flashback – The Minute Maniac

Posted in Politics, Religion, Science on July 15, 2015 by RJ Evans

I was thumbing through some old AH Radio archives and came across some sound files from the show that got me chuckling.  “The Minute Maniac” series aired during the show each week.  I remember producing these and all the fun we had airing them.  I also remember the reactions of our listeners to them.  So, for posterity, I’m proud to present them here.  This is the only time they have been made public since their original airing on the show.  Enjoy!

REALLY?!!!! REALLY?!!!!

Posted in Politics, Religion, Science on July 9, 2015 by RJ Evans

e2016813-6d2e-45ee-a4bf-1c86a3c3d496Those words always surface when I read comments, statements, and declarations made by members of the Religious Reich. From preachers to politicians… From pundits to prognosticators… The insanity of what I like to call the “collective crisis’s for cretins”, more commonly known as Right-Wing Rhetoric, is mind-boggling. I’m always overwhelmed by the vast quantity of deluded putrid bile spewed by the mouthpieces of the Right. I’ve always thought that their vomitus was the direct result of a severe lack of the most essential of nutrients to the human mind, knowledge. But, I’m not so sure anymore.

There are intelligent people on the Right. I think the intelligent ones are composing and orchestrating the entire “collective crisis’s for cretins” knowing full well that their faithful followers will heel with a quick tug on the leash. And, it’s obvious to me, that the intelligent ones also know that they can easily measure the success of their stomach churning campaigns by the width of the red stripe across the back of their follower’s necks, the height of their follower’s pickup trucks, the size of their follower’s personal armories, and/or the size of the crosses hanging from their follower’s rearview mirrors.

 

It’s ALWAYS “The End of the World!”

When it comes to doom, the Religious Reich are masters of maddening mayhem. Name any political or social issue and you’re going to discover that the Reich has attached at least one doomsday scenario to it. Marriage Equality, Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Abortion, Evolution, Climate Change… “DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!” Science, Public Education… “DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!” Sex, Rock & Roll, RAP, Television Shows, Movies… “DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!” The plot never changes. It’s the same thing over and over and over again… “DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!” And no matter how many times they predict “DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!” the results never equate to anything resembling “DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!” The world keeps turning, the birds keep singing, and the faithful keep making up excuses for why they don’t follow the bible to the letter while screaming “DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!”  I say “DUMB! DUMB! DUMB!”

See for yourself

Go ahead. See for yourself. It’s as easy as following the links below. The resource is Right Wing Watch. They’re a non-profit organization that keeps tabs on the insanity of the Religious Reich. They are thorough in their coverage of the insane asylum, and highlight the sheer absurdity of the Right’s “collective crisis’s for cretins”. By the time you finish reading just a few articles – articles that use direct quotes from the mouthpieces of the Right – you will yell, “REALLY?!!!! REALLY?!!!!” When you’ve had enough, remember one very important fact… These autocrats and their ilk are trying their very best to take over the country. Really? REALLY!!!!

From Right Wing Watch:

Bryan Fischer Once Again Calls For Enacting Russian-Style Anti-Gay ‘Propaganda’ Laws In America

 

Barry Loudermilk: Marriage Equality ‘Just an Opinion,’ Similar To Dred Scott

 

Ann Coulter To Republicans: ‘Drive Up The White Vote; That’s Your Base’

 

Cliff Kincaid: Impeach Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Elena Kagan Over Gay Marriage Case

 

Linda Harvey: Prosecute Hillary Clinton For Gay ‘Child Corruption’

 

‘Sodomites, Go To Hell!’: Right-Wing July 4th Event Warns Hurricanes Create ‘Sodomite Heaven’

 

Pat Robertson: ISIS Violence ‘The Best Thing That Ever Happened To the World’

 

Theodore Shoebat: Satan Is Taking Over America With Sharia-Like ‘Sodomism’

 

Janet Porter: My Prayers Got Bush Elected President, Can Also Overturn Marriage Equality Decision

 

Franklin Graham: God May Smite Obama With Lightning In Gay Marriage Punishment

 

Staver: Accepting Gay Marriage Ruling Is Like Turning A Jew Over To The Nazis

 

Joe Arpaio: Criticizing Donald Trump Violates The First Amendment

 

Larry Pratt: Second Amendment The Only Thing Saving America From Obama

 

Herb Titus: Christians Must Defy Gay Marriage Ruling Or Abandon Government To Heathens & Satan

 

Roy Moore: Gay Marriage Will ‘Destroy The Nation,’ Obeying Akin To Following Nazi Orders

 

Santorum: SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling Proves ‘Man On Dog’ Warning Was Accurate

 

Ted Cruz & Glenn Beck Agree: America Facing Imminent Destruction

Dominion Tantrums

Posted in Uncategorized on July 6, 2015 by David 2

(Note: The following is the concurring opinion to the subject posted by RJ Evans.  It was originally posted at the Brutally Honest website and appears here with the author’s permission.)

Dominion Tantrums
– by David 2

There is no doubt that the Supreme Court ruling on June 26th, 2015 was a monumental day for America. It finally answered the question that was two decades in the making, and it toppled a mindset that was centuries old.

As a functional libertarian, I consider the Supreme Court decision of Obergefell v. Hodges regarding same-sex marriages to be the right decision. Not that it benefits me in any way, because it doesn’t, but in terms of it being a matter of individual freedom pertaining to consenting adults, it was the right decision to make.

And I’m proud to know that the public by-in-large has become more welcoming of same-sex couples than they were even twenty years ago, when this issue began to seriously manifest on the national scene.

But at the same time, I am ashamed at the outcome. Not because of the majority opinion, mind you. But because of how the justices in the minority behaved themselves on this matter.

One would expect the justices, even in defeat, to have some measure of decorum. To be able to recognize their opinions to be in the minority and yet remain cordial. After all, even the minority opinion carries some weight in future discussions. And sometimes, in a few rare circumstances, the justices make future decisions that reverse those of their predecessors.

But what came from the writings of those in the minority opinion for this case can be likened to those of petulant children being told they can’t have their way anymore.

Justice Antonin Scalia, the self-professed constitutional scholar, whined about how “Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.”

I’m waiting for him to hold his breath until he turns blue and then we’ll all be sorry.

Your “ruler”, sir? Your “ruler” is the Constitution! Article VI, second paragraph, “supreme Law of the Land” ring any bells?

Scalia pompously argued that the issue of same-sex marriages was supposedly settled back when the Fourteenth Amendment was supposedly ratified.

This is what he said: When the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868, every State limited marriage to one man and one woman, and no one doubted the constitutionality of doing so. That resolves these cases.”

So according to his own rationality that you just read, there supposedly was a narrow time period to decide what should and should not be covered under the Fourteenth Amendment, and when nobody spoke up back in the 19th century, during a period of rampant and unchecked fundamentalism, that supposedly “resolved” this issue now and forevermore.

What a piece of self-serving excrement from a self-righteous flatulating sphincter muscle!

Even the Koch-owned Reason Foundation is questioning Scalia’s supposed stance as a “constitutional scholar”, to which I ask what the hell took them so long.

I would dare suspect that Justice Scalia, much like others of his ilk, are only as much of a “constitutional scholar” when it serves to validate his own interpretations. And when the two differ, then he claims to channel “original intent” or “literal interpretation” like he was some cheap black-robed carnival medium.

How appropriate, then, that Scalia would project his own faults onto others with this passage from his dissenting tantrum: The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.

And here my own fortune cookie says “Pompous jackass knows no faults, especially his own.” Oh, and my winning numbers are 6, 26, 20, and 15.

But perhaps the most disgusting and embarrassing part of the dissent came from Chief Justice John Roberts. If you thought that Scalia’s tantrums were petty and self-serving, check this out:

“If you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation—who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

With all due respect for the office, Chief Justice Roberts, you, sir, are not only wrong, but you are an ignorant and arrogant jackass, and an embarrassment to those of us who understand and defend the proper role of the judiciary in America.

The Constitution had everything to do with the victory you tried to deny, sir! Everything! Article IV, section 2, talking about how “the Citizens of each state shall be entitled to Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.” Article VI, declaring the Constitution to be the “supreme Law of the Land”. And, of course, the Fourteenth Amendment, which prevents the states from denying those same citizens to the “Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States” from Article IV. An Amendment, I must point out, that was ratified because there were states that did just that in the name of slavery… a.k.a. “protecting our way of life”.

And who are you, sir… who are you… to declare that a state can somehow override the Constitution and its amendments in one instance but not in others?

Of course, we know who Justice Scalia’s supposed “Ruler” really is, right? God! Or “God” as defined by his personal interpretation and personal beliefs and then imposed through the force of almighty government.

Because let’s get brutally honest here… what really got overturned with this decision wasn’t just a ban on same-sex marriages or a ban on recognizing same-sex marriages. What really got overturned was dominionism. The pompous, self-centered, self-righteous, self-serving mindset that decrees that the whole world must be forced to reflect the dominant religious mindset of Scalia and those of his ilk.

In short, dominionism says that a certain group is empowered by God to impose their will and their way of thinking into everything they see and everything they survey. And that their will and their way of thinking is to override and supersede all other thoughts, including overriding the very tenants of freedom we supposedly cherish and that we take for granted on a continual basis.

You see, according to dominionist thinking, the United States Constitution is not… I repeat, not… the “supreme Law of the Land”. It is the dominionist’s personal religious beliefs that supposedly serve as the last and final word on everything. Their beliefs and their will supposedly overrule everything else.

Sound familiar? It should. It’s the same mindset used by the Islamic State, and Bocco Haram, and the Taliban. Only our dominionists did it before theirs were even born. And our people don’t use a bomb and a gun to impose their will, because they have long enjoyed using the power of government.

It is dominionist thinking based on self-serving religious beliefs that kept same-sex marriages illegal. It is dominionist thinking that justified and supported outdated sodomy laws even when the rest of the world ignored them. It is dominionist mindsets that used fear and hate to shove the fraudulently-named “Defense of Marriage Act” through Congress two decades ago on the mere rumor that California would legalize same-sex marriages. (Turned out it would happen in Massachusetts first.) The same fear and hate that was used for states to pass their own bans on legalizing or recognizing same-sex marriages in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. The same fear and hate that is being used to this very day to rush through fraudulently-named “Religious Freedom” legislation in order to supposedly “protect” what is left of dominionist thinking in society.

And it is dominionist thinking that you hear being mourned by the self-righteous “champions of the family”. Dominionist thinking that says that the courts supposedly have “no authority” to change what they have pompously declared to be the final word on what constitutes a marriage. Even though marriage as an institution was traditionally considered a business and political negotiation. Even though marriage traditionally treated women as a commodity to be possessed and bartered. Even though there was supposedly no such thing as annulments or divorce in a truly traditional marriage. It was traditionally for life. Your life, not just the life of your spouse. Where was the talk of tradition when some of these dominionists walked down the isle for a second or a third or a fourth time?

Oh, right, I forgot, this is “not about them” is it? It’s about one social institution dictating what another institution should and should not be.

Of course this is not the end of the legal issue or of the battle. This is just the beginning. Dominionist refuse to recognize that they have lost. They’ve already started to fight back on the local level, trying to reassert their arrogant and self-serving beliefs in defiance of the very Constitution that they claim to cherish. Local government officials are refusing to do their duties, pompously believing that their personal and individual beliefs override the very laws they swore on their own bibles to protect and defend. And the only way they will comprehend that reality will be if they are stripped of their cushy positions and made to realize that the world has not nor will it come to an end simply because they’re not the center of it.

The so-called “great and glorious institution of marriage” survived poor people marrying for reasons other than for politics or commerce. It survived couples of mixed religions marrying, to which I would have otherwise never been born. It survived couples of mixed races marrying, to which Justice Clarence Thomas and President Barack Obama would have otherwise never been born. It survived the multiple marriages and divorces of Rush Limbaugh, Marilyn Monroe, Dennis Rodman, Newt Gingrich, Britney Spears, and even Kim Kardashian. It will survive Adam and Steve being recognized as a married couple. It is the dominionist thinking that has latched on to this institution like the parasite that it is that should and needs to perish.

Some States Bucking Gay Marriage SCOTUS Decision

Posted in Politics, Religion on June 30, 2015 by RJ Evans

Gay marriageAs expected, quite a few States are bucking the SCOTUS gay marriage decision.  And, as I wrote in “The New Union vs The Old Confederacy – The Resurrection” the use of nullification is at work.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called the ruling “fabricated” and “newly invented”, ignoring the 14th Amendment used in the majority decision.  Most States said they would comply with the ruling, but the pouting and whining could be seen and heard across the country as Religious Reich Theocrats stomped their feet in protest.  Some city and county clerks are either refusing to issue licenses, and in at least one case, quitting their jobs so they don’t have to disobey their god’s law.

As a footnote to this story…

If you are a gay couple, live in Oklahoma, and would like to be married, I’m registered with Cleveland County to perform weddings.  I’d be more than happy to conduct a non-religious ceremony for you at no cost.  Simply send me an email.  rjevans@shocknetradio.com

A New Union vs The Old Confederacy – The Resurrection

Posted in Politics, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2015 by RJ Evans

indexAs the last visible vestige of the old South withers and dies with the retirement of the Confederate flag from southern statehouses, the New Union rejoices. It’s a victory nobody expected, but it came at the expense of nine lives, lost in a pool of blood on the floor of a southern church, and at the hands of a man possessed by the ghosts of the Old Confederacy. While the victory is bittersweet, the ramifications have yet to be thoroughly examined. While the banner of bigotry may have been captured and retired to history, the thread used to stitch it together is still strong and enduring. It’s nearly invisible most of the time, shrouded by the proletariat with plastic smarmy smiles of southern charm and hospitality. But, occasionally it’s visible, brought out into the open by New Generals of the Old Confederacy and given just enough fresh air and moisture to keep its fibers strong and supple. It’s a lifeline for The Resurrection, a hoist that will help the South rise again.

 

Modern Problems from Old Ideals

The week of June 21st through June 27th will go down in history as a victory for a black president and civil rights. The Supreme Court of the United States gave the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), and gay Americans, blanket endorsements through judicial mandate. Health and well-being, dignity and legitimacy. Modern problems solved by discarding old ideals. But, in the aftermath of these groundbreaking decisions by the court, the dissenters – those whose old ideals created the modern problems in the first place – are hoisting a new flag, sewn together by the thread of bigotry they so carefully tended, and the New Generals of the Old Confederacy are preparing to lead the charge. Their weapon of choice? The same weapon the old South wielded that led to the Civil War. Nullification.

 

The New Generals of the Old Confederacy

Who can forget Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, or Nathan Bedford Forrest? These Confederate Generals are permanently etched into the minds of southerners practically from birth. They are heroes to some, and villains to others, simultaneously, having been at the forefront of the bloodiest domestic dispute in American history.

Today’s New Generals of the Old Confederacy bear little resemblance to their ideological brethren. They are clean-shaven, tidy, wear expensive suits, and prefer to work their craft from the confines of offices, or from bully pulpits provided to them by their corporate and political constituents. They would likely crumble on a bloody battlefield filled with the corpses of their madness. They are masters of manipulation and admonishment, leading the charge on a battlefield of ideas. But, their ideas are less than noble, filled with rhetoric, bordering on incitement and treason, and littered with the telltale signs that the South holds a permanent grudge.

 

The Theory of Nullification – The Linchpin for a Civil War

The idea is simple, but very potent and extremely divisive. (Remember the last word of that sentence). In the 1790’s a man from Caroline by the name of John Taylor gave birth to the idea of nullification as a result of his fear of national governmental power. Then, in the 1820’s John C. Calhoun turned to Taylor’s idea and molded it into a constitutional theory that would eventually lead to Southern State secession, and the Civil War.  Nullification is the ideology that the States are the final word in interpreting the U.S. Constitution, and that the States have a duty to disobey the Federal Government anytime they feel the Federal Government has violated constitutional limitations. In essence, any time the States don’t like anything the Federal Government does, the States can reinterpret the U.S. Constitution anyway they see fit, therefore nullifying any Federal Government interpretation they disagree with. In the case of the Old Confederacy, the Southern States utilized this ideological doctrine as the linchpin for slavery and their secession from the Union.

 

The New Generals of the Old Confederacy – Nullification Revisited

The New Generals of the Old Confederacy have taken the nullification page from John C. Calhoun’s book of treason and are using it to further their divisive agendas. It seems that everywhere one looks, the telltale signs of nullification are present. Today’s issues are rehashes of issues that have plagued the United States for decades. The 2nd Amendment, a woman’s right to an abortion, LGBT rights, science, religion, economics… The list is long, undistinguished, and globally embarrassing for a country that supposedly prides itself on being a “free” and “welcoming” nation, and the “best in the world”. But, at the core of these unresolved problems is the scourge of nullification. The New Generals of Old Confederacy use it to seize control and hold solutions at bay. Just short of secession – which many Southern States have threatened to do many times since the Civil War – the nullification ideology is being implemented with great effectiveness, and few outside of academia have bothered to take notice.

 

Nullification and the 14th Amendment

After the Old Confederacy lost the Civil War, the 14th Amendment was ratified in disapproval of the nullification doctrine, creating a Constitutional bunker from which any future attacks of nullification could be defended against.

14th Amendment – Section 1

   “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

While the 14th Amendment to the Constitution is solid and precise, it is also a prime target for retribution from the New Generals of the Old Confederacy. Their tactic? Attack the 14th Amendment with the 10th Amendment, reinterpreting both to the satisfaction of whatever a particular State requires to forward that State’s agendas. Discriminate against anyone? Sure. Just let the States decide who they can deprive of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, or who they can deny equal protection of the laws.

Nullification, the GOP, the Tea Party, SCOTUS, and Religious Fundamentalism

It’s easy to spot nullification in the GOP, the Tea Party, SCOTUS, and Religious Fundamentalism. Below are some recent examples of dissent on SCOTUS’s decision on Gay Marriage from New Confederate Generals (supposedly Constitutional scholars), and long-time members of the Old Confederacy. Some are blatant in their nullification and others more cryptic.

The New Generals of the Old Confederacy

Mike Huckabee

   “The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.

    This ruling is not about marriage equality, it’s about marriage redefinition. This irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court’s most disastrous decisions, and they have had many. The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny.”

    The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature’s God on marriage than it can the law of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment.”

 

Bobby Jindal

   “The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls, and tramples on states’ rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.

   This decision will pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision. This ruling must not be used as pretext by Washington to erode our right to religious liberty.

   The government should not force those who have sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage to participate in these ceremonies. That would be a clear violation of America’s long held commitment to religious liberty as protected in the First Amendment.

   I will never stop fighting for religious liberty and I hope our leaders in D.C. join me.”

 

Rick Santorum

   “Today, five unelected justices decided to redefine the foundational unit that binds together our society without public debate or input. Now is the people’s opportunity respond because the future of the institution of marriage is too important to not have a public debate. The Court is one of three co-equal branches of government and, just as they have in cases from Dred Scott to Plessy, the Court has an imperfect track record. The stakes are too high and the issue too important to simply cede the will of the people to five unaccountable justices.

     But leaders don’t accept bad decisions that they believe harm the country, they have the courage of their convictions and lead the country down the better path. Marriage, the family and our children are too central to a healthy society to not fight for what is best. I realized that fact early on and that is why I lead the charge against some in my own party in 2004 to ensure the Federal Marriage Amendment received a vote and I continue to stand for marriage, for families, for freedom.

     As President, I will be committed to using the bully pulpit of the White House to lead a national discussion on the importance to our economy and our culture of mothers and fathers entering into healthy marriages so that every child is given their birthright- to be raised by their mother and father in a stable, loving home. I will stand for the preservation of religious liberty and conscience, to believe what you are called to believe free from persecution. And I will ensure that the people will have a voice in decisions that impact the rock upon which our civilization is built.”

 

Scott Walker

   “I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake. Five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage, an institution that the author of this decision acknowledges “has been with us for millennia.

   In 2006 I, like millions of Americans, voted to amend our state constitution to protect the institution of marriage from exactly this type of judicial activism. The states are the proper place for these decisions to be made, and as we have seen repeatedly over the last few days, we will need a conservative president who will appoint men and women to the Court who will faithfully interpret the Constitution and laws of our land without injecting their own political agendas.

   As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.”

 

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

   “I join THE CHIEF JUSTICE’s opinion in full. I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.

   The substance of today’s decree is not of immense personal importance to me. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best.

   But the Court ends this debate, in an opinion lacking even a thin veneer of law. Buried beneath the mummeries and straining-to-be-memorable passages of the opinion is a candid and startling assertion: No matter what it was the People ratified, the Fourteenth Amendment protects those rights that the Judiciary, in its ‘reasoned judgment,’ thinks the Fourteenth Amendment ought to protect.

   The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality’ Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.”

 

New Fundamentalists of the Old Confederacy

Bryan Fischer – Tweet

“June 26, 2015: I saw Satan dancing with delight, the day the music died in the United States of America.”

Peter LaBarbera – Tweet

How many millions of voters were disenfranchised by #SCOTUS declaring, in its folly, a fundamental right to “marriage” based on perversion?”

Todd Starnes – Tweet

“If you thought the cultural purge over the Confederate flag was breathtaking — wait until you see what LGBT activists do with Christians.”

 

Nullification – The Scourge to a Free Nation

Nullification is the single most effective assault on our republic. It is the scourge to a free nation. It gives latitude to bigotry under the guise of States rights, and it casts the U.S. Constitution to the dogs of Civil War. If given enough latitude by the electorate, our politicians, and our judicial system, we can truly expect to see the Old Confederacy rise from the ashes of their treason and crush our national union. United we stand, divided we will indeed fall. Nullification does not further the ideals set forth in our Constitution. It seeks to confuse and then homogenize discrimination and bigotry under the banner of an inhumane and bitter past… One nation under the auspices of a tyrannical god, separate from the humanity of man, in service to the indulgences of white christian privilege, and the whims of an electorate that can easily be manipulated to condemn anyone or any group they choose.

A Reasonable Expectation of Stupid

Posted in Politics, Religion, Science with tags , , , , , , , on April 26, 2015 by RJ Evans

large-3-db1887d432215310b866e7f587effe6bMy wife and I recently started an aerial video production company. We fly small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAV’s), more commonly referred to as “drones”, and we specialize in covering a myriad of events that take place on the water. The word “drone” has been center-stage for some time when it comes to the news. From airstrikes in faraway lands, to drunken landings on the White House lawn… From reports of alleged peeping toms, to landing on a rooftop in protest of Fukishima… Media machinations shroud the facts, in many cases, feeding the fears of the stupid and the ignorant. There are times when I wonder if people are just ignorant, or really as stupid as they appear. Yesterday was one such occasion. I came to the conclusion that having a reasonable expectation of stupid isn’t a stretch anymore.

It was a beautiful day to fly. I decided to head over to the lake, a couple of miles from my house, to put in some stick time and shoot some b-roll for an upcoming gig. After burning through 6 batteries I took a break and slummed around waiting for the sun to start setting. As I waited, a killdeer decided I was too close to its nest nestled in the rocks somewhere below the elevated point I was standing on. The bird tried in vain to get me to follow it, chirping loudly and executing a perfect “My wing is broken!” pose. I talked to he/she for a few minutes in a soothing voice hoping to calm its nerves. Of course, that didn’t work. So, I decided to let the bird do most of the talking.

A Beautiful Sunset and a Douchenozzle

Around 8pm I took to the air to capture the sunset. My goal was to make a few runs over the water toward the sun with the camera tilted down at the beginning of the run, and then slowly tilt the camera up to capture the beautiful horizon. By this time there were very few boats on the lake. Most folks had called it a day. The craft that had stayed on the water were of the pontoon variety. Nonetheless, I took advantage of their placement and executed some flyovers, silhouetting them against the fiery disc. After a couple of passes over several different craft, I did another turnaround in hopes of getting one more shot out of my last battery. As I watched my bird return, I noticed that one of the pontoons I’d flown over was pulling in close to my shore location. When the operator stopped his craft just off shore from me, he asked “Does that thing have a camera?” I replied in the affirmative. In a very serious tone he then said, “I’m going to get my gun.” My response… “Why? I’m shooting watersports activities.” He retorted with “I don’t want my picture taken”. I laughed. “I don’t even know who you are. I can barely make out what you look like from here!” The douchenozzle didn’t respond. Instead, he decided to hit the throttle to leave and discovered that he’d beached himself in the shallows. After a minute or so of gunning his motor, he was off to the other side of the lake. I finished up the last couple of minutes on my battery and then landed.

Reasonable Expectation of…

Sunset and StupidYou can see the star of this drama in the photo attached to this article. Well… You can see a pontoon. Keep in mind that I’m flying in a State Park, from the marina property where I keep my Regal 30 Express Cruiser, with the permission of the marina owners, and my truck is marked with my aerial company logo.

I’ve written about “drones” and privacy issues in a previous article. But since then, Rethuglicans and Tea Boogers have decided to take their paranoia to new extremes by making public threats to shoot any “drone” they see out of the sky. And guess who’s to blame for fanning the flames? You guessed it. Rethuglican and Tea Booger politicians. Of course the media has had a lot to do with “drone” dumbassery and paranoia. But, when truly professional dumbasses get ahold of the meme, their constituents yell “PRAISE JESUS!” and “LOCK AND LOAD!” But I digress…

Never try to explain “reasonable expectation of privacy” to a Rethuglican or Tea Booger. They will not listen. As far as they are concerned, anything that flies and has a camera attached warrants a bullet or buckshot. But isn’t it strangely hypocritical? In an age where every cell phone has a camera… Where people photobomb each other as a matter of public policy… Where everyone seems to want their 15 minutes of fame every 10 seconds… Where Rethuglicans and Tea Boogers yell and scream at the top of their lungs in every corner of the public and private sphere… A reasonable expectation of privacy NOW SUDDENLY EXTENDS into PUBLIC spaces? Of course! But… What about god and jesus? You will never hear a Rethuglican or Tea Booger threaten to shoot those “drones” out of the sky. Nope. God, and his fellow peeping-tom jesus, are immune from prosecution. I’m not sure why. Maybe it has something to do with the difficulty in targeting them? And what about Rethuglicans and Tea Boogers unbridled and enthusiastic support of “drones” killing “them muslims”? Anyway… I have to wonder…

  • If a Rethuglican or Tea Booger is afraid of having their picture taken in a public space, and they decide to shoot a photographic “drone” out of the air in public airspace, and/or the person operating the aircraft… How will they deal with having their picture taken for their mug shot?

Go Ahead! Make My Day!

I have news for all Rethuglicans and Tea Boogers. If you think you can intimidate me with guns, veiled or direct threats of violence and destruction… Kiss my ass. Go ahead. Shoot my aircraft out of the sky in a public space. You’ll get your picture taken and it will make front page headlines. Plus you’ll get the opportunity to reimburse me $5000 for the aircraft.  Go ahead. Shoot me for legally operating my aircraft in  public airspace. You’ll still get your picture taken and it will still make front page headlines. Either way, you will validate my reasonable expectation of your stupidity, and then you’ll get to smile and say “Cheese!”

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