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Monday, November 15, 2004

Random Rant: Resignation, Remorse and Religious Renegades

This we already knew:
"On August 4, 2003 Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and his deputy, Richard L. Armitage, have signaled to the White House that they intend to step down even if President Bush is reelected."
I'm left wondering just how many voters kept that in mind. I'm also wondering why so many people are shocked. It was pretty clear.

I took part in this poll. Yes, I was one of the people who answered 'values' for more than one question. Read the article if you want to know who really voted their values. Hint: It wasn't people opposing gay marriage.

Today the Progress Report says: "After the election, gloating Republicans continued to attack the religious beliefs of many Americans. Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh charged Democrats "don't like God." Evangelical leader Bob Jones charged the reelection of George Bush was a "reprieve from the agenda of paganism," stating, "You owe liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ." And conservative television host Joe Scarborough accused Democrats of "taking solace" in "bigoted anti-Christian screeds."
They continue to gloat and disparage as Kathy has found. Tis ugly.

Like Kathy, I'm tired. I feel isolated and I'm too damned introverted to 'get out there'. It was so much easier to do everything when Craig was still alive. When he died I didn't let myself stop. Maybe I was doing the 'bargaining' thing, I'm not sure. My driving force was to get Bush out of office so I could "Imagine" again. After listening to "Imagine" again, all I can feel is profound loss. I'm going to step away from this page for a few days and maybe work on the homelandabsurdity page, which is a part of Craig's old site, listen to his music and dreams, and see if I can make some sense of things.

Please don't stop. I see the Dominionists as the biggest threat we face to our personal freedom and our sense of 'Imagine'. They paint a pretty face with the new term the "New Traditionalists". I'd love to read what people uncover about them when I come back to this page. For now I'll leave you with a few links I've found the past couple days in the blogosphere regarding the Dominionists. If you happen to write about them. please leave a link in the comments or trackback.

American Samizdat has the essentials.

I expect estimated prophet will be adding more soon. He's also looking for links and information.

et alia has several posts. Does anyone recall Christian Identity?

Streak's Blog is overflowing with thought.

Majikthise has two posts, here and here and links to Neogaidaros who also has some thoughts.
The TNPG link to kos is still on my to-read list but looks helpful in understanding how the phenomena spreads.

Dialogic and Spontaneous Arising discuss related ideas.

Kathy shares her experience after reading a thought provoking post at Total Information Awareness.

Science & Politics as always, has very good links and insight.

Here is an oldie, but much overlooked article by Jeffrey Sharlet. Jesus Plus Nothing.
"The Family is, in its own words, an “invisible” association, though its membership has always consisted mostly of public men. Senators Don Nickles (R., Okla.), Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), Pete Domenici (R., N.Mex.), John Ensign (R., Nev.), James Inhofe (R., Okla.), Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), and Conrad Burns (R., Mont.) are referred to as “members,” as are Representatives Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), Frank Wolf (R., Va.), Joseph Pitts (R., Pa.), Zach Wamp (R., Tenn.), and Bart Stupak (D., Mich.)."

Sounds pretty 'cultish' to me, which reminds me that there is a very good post out there that I cannot find at the moment, about the cult traits the Dominionists are clothed in. Anyone have that link?
UPDATE: seeing the forest has the cult parallels.

Please don't stop. I'll be back when I get back.
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