The Second Coming of Williams Jennings Bryant…

I didn’t watch Glenn Beck’s rally. There are just too many things to do in my life to give time or credence to such outlandish craziness. This morning I have read an account and heard some clips. It is disgusting. Returning this country to God? Really? Have these people ever read the constitution or taken a history class? This is the very thing that the founders were trying to avoid. This is not a Christian nation. It is a nation of laws. The laws of the this nation allow people like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin to get up in front of hundreds of thousands of people and fill out their fantasies to be evangelical preachers if they wish. It is the beauty of the idea of free speech. It is also the frustrating part when two people in search of personal power and glory, fame or money deliver such hateful rhetoric wrapped up in love o f country. It is disheartening to see how many people buy into this dog and pony show.

Like Becky Benson. She was quoted in the Times as saying, “we believe in Jesus Christ,” and Jesus, she said, would not have agreed with the economic stimulus package, bank bailouts and welfare. “You cannot sit and expect someone to hand out to you,” she said. “You don’t spend your way out of debt.” Uh, what book and chapter of the bible covered economic stimulus packages? Man, I didn’t know that Jesus was an anti-Keynesian! Seriously, has Ms. Benson read the New Testament? What I remember was Jesus saying “suffer the little children unto me”, “turn the other cheek” and “sell all your worldly goods and follow me”. There is all that stuff about giving the shirt of your back to the one who needs it. There is that line about how hard it would be for the wealthy man to get into heaven. Does any of that add up to the Republican/Tea Party notion of limited government and every man for himself? If you are looking to get a country in line with biblical principals you would probably best be served by looking at communal societies.

I am an agnostic. I find all this mixing of church and state offensive. More than offensive – dangerous. If Glenn wants to be a preacher and hold tent revivals, super. But you can’t rail against the government and say the country needs to get back to god. Sorry, government has nothing to do with god.


1 Response to “The Second Coming of Williams Jennings Bryant…”

  1. 1 jon
    August 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Sorry bpkg, you’re up against it. Glen Beck has done something that is beyond rational thought and therefore, rational response. It’s like telling someone not to cut off their foot – it’s too late to appeal to reason. Beck and his followers have officially jumped the shark. Better to appeal to the reason of the Republicans who haven’t become lemmings.
    On another note, here’s to the bright side: Tea Party fanatics vs. sane Republicans vs. Democrats counterbalances the effects of a bad economy (somewhat) in November.

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