Thursday, August 18, 2011
... is not necessarily my friend.
Via HBL come three must-read articles about a couple of the early GOP front-runners for the 2012 presidential election, both of whom currently have significant Tea Party support. The first discusses a fundamentalist Christian movement to which Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry both have ties.
Since I knew he was from a family of Holocaust survivors, I asked him what he thought of the mandate that all non-Christians would have to convert or die. Oscar said that if his relatives refused to become Christians or submit to forced exile, then they would suffer the civil penalty for practicing idolatry. He would carry out the execution himself if called upon to do so by the Christian state.The second goes into more detail about Bachmann's sordid intellectual and political past.
Oscar was the first self-consciously Christian fascist I ever met, but he wasn't the last. Eventually, the movement, which was scorned by many leaders of the Religious Right for being "too crazy," went underground as its leaders died or fought among themselves.
Today, two of the leading Republican presidential candidates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, reportedly have ties to the Dominionist movement. ...
Bachmann and her political consultants also know that her inoffensive ode to liberty is necessary because many voters don't respond well to religious language. The more Bachmann talks about God, the more she is likely to be asked about [Francis] Schaeffer, [John] Eidsmoe, [David A.] Noebel, and some of the other exotic influences on her thinking. The success of her campaign will rest partly on her ability to keep these influences, which she has talked about for years, out of the public discussion. As I started getting deeper into a conversation with her about Schaeffer, she abruptly ended the interview. She said she had to leave for an appearance on "Hannity" but would try to set up another time to talk. I didn't hear from her again. Her press secretary later told me that Bachmann "wasn't comfortable with the line of questions, and that's why there wasn't a follow-up conversation." [minor format edits]Schaeffer is a fundamentalist who "condemns the influence of the Italian Renaissance, the Enlightenment, Darwin, secular humanism, and postmodernism"; Eidsmoe is a fundamentalist legal activist who has been disinvited from a Tea party appearance because of a previous appearance at a national convention of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens; and Noebel is, basically a fundamentalist conspiracy nut.
The third piece notes that Rick Perry is, in its title's words, a "massive statist." This article reiterates a fact I mentioned a few days ago (i.e., that most of the new jobs in Texas have been in the government sector), but it elaborates further on why Texas has been less severely effected by the nation's current moribund economic conditions. It isn't because Rick Perry is its governor.
All of these are very good, but the first and the last of these are quick must-reads, and show that a second term for Barack Obama is not necessarily the worst thing that could befall America.