Santorum on "Obama's theology"

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Bill in Santa Fe

THIS MIGHT MAKE A NICE ESSAY-SCRIPT ONE OF THESE DAYS, THOM.

Sen. Santorum unloaded the other day about what he called the President's wacky theology, to the effect that he believes Mr. Obama reveres the earth over and above the people who inhabit the earth, and that the Obama philosophy would sacrifice the good of God's people to save the environment. He stopped short of calling the President a "secret Wiccan" to go along with the "secret Muslim" canard, but he certainly implied something of that sort. 

So, let's stop and think about this for just a minute. Oh, yes, if you're a Republican voter or even a candidate, you're welcome to stop and think along with me. What the President said was that it's a good idea to do things that keep the planet safe for living things, including the people of God that Sen. Santorum is worried about. It's a good idea not to do things (like pollute the air and the water) that will come back an poison the human race -- along with other living things that we depend on for our livlihood, like the bees that pollenate our crops -- because when we do that, we end up causing harm to our descendants -- the children of God, remember. Your kids, Rick, and mine too. 

Why would anyone want to do things like that, putting their own children, the future people of God, Rick, at risk? The answer is clear: PROFIT. Make money today, exploit the environment for immediate gain. Forget about the future, forget about those namby-pamby ideas of "stewardship" and all that stuff. That's for socialist wimps like ... oh, maybe Teddy Roosevelt. 

Now Mr. Santorum prides himself on his upstanding Christian values and moral vigor -- which is a fine thing. He's particularly fond of living his life according to the teachings of the Bible, he tells us frequently. In that Bible, when I looked at it the other day, there was something about it's not a good idea to worship Mammon. Now this Mammon was an old pagan god -- an idol, actually -- that some people outside of Jesus's circle, the Jewish community, not to put too fine a point on it, did indeed worship. I won't go into the wacky theology here, but the bottom line is that Mammon-worship was understood then, and now, to mean a theology based on making lots of money. To worship Mammon meant to believe that making a profit is the principal reason for  our existence in this world.

Now, think about it. That's exactly what Republican candidate Rick Santorum says we should be doing, the theology that we should embrace instead of that wacky Obama thing about protecting the earth -- protecting it rather than raping it for instant income, and letting the spoils, the smoke, the fracking fluid, fall where they may. 

Come to think of it, that fella Teddy Roosevelt called himself a Republican, too, didn't he? And so did that guy Abraham Lincoln. Look what he did: arbitrarily deprived maybe half the county of their traditional labor source by freeing the slaves. Talk about anti-business! Wow. If Lincoln or T-R ran on the Republican ticket this November, as progressives instead of the current croop of regressives who want us to worship Mammon instead of protecting the home planet -- not to mention the mortgaged homes -- of "God's people," we'd have some political competition for the incumbent President of the United States this fall. 

Back to Mr. Rick Santorum, who said the other day he thinks the United States should be a more Christian nation, and seems sto believe that his beliefs should be, in effect, declared the "establishment of religion." Setting aside efor the moment that this would require repealing the First Amendment (no problem, we repealled the 18th Amendment in 1933), some small objections might be raised if this were to happen under the administration of President Santorum starting next year. Just to get a rough idea, take Santorum's rant about the subject the other day (AUDIO CLIP ______) .... Now, substitute the word "Quran" where he says "Bible" and replace "Christian" with "Muslim." He wouldn't like the idea very much, and neither would a lot of other folks. I mentioned in my blog that Rick sounds like he wants this country to be more like Iran. You don't suppose that Rick Santorum is a "secret Muslim," do you? Naw... of course not. Check his birth certificate. 

These regressive candidates who want to create a corporatist government of the 99 percent, for the one percent, and by the hand-picked  supporters of that one percent (a good Republican slogan, just updated for the present day, they'd probably say) forget that the Constitutiion was pretty well thought out ... go back and check the history of the debates in 1789 in Philadelphia ... and it's worked up until now pretty well, checking and balancing those factions that would like to grab the lion's share of the country's economy, government, and now, perhaps even its people's souols, for themselves. There was a news report the other day that a case is on its way to the Supreme Court that could result in a reversal of the infamous "Citizens United" decision that corporations can, indeed, bankroll cendidates for election without limits. Chief Justice Roberts and some of his colleagues may be having buyer's remorse over that particular one, because it looks like it's started to backfire on them. 

It has happened before ... We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, have slapped down the greedy types who want to rip it all up. Every time, though, the troublemakers, whether they worship Mammon (and call it free enterprise) or whatever, are craftier and more subtle devils than the last bunch. They've got technology that better than ever, too. Like the Cossacks, they can move faster than the plodding masses, and bribe us with a little bread and circuses if they need to. But maybe we can pull it off one more time, and stop the corporate power grab that seems to be under way.

 

 

 

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Bush_Wacker
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In a nutshell the religiously

In a nutshell the religiously driven believe that you can do whatever you want to the planet and people because in the end it is GOD's will that will be blamed for the consequences.  If you rape the planet of all it's trees and there is little to no oxygen left to breathe then that's not anybody's fault, it's GOD's will and that means it's time for all to ascend or descend.  If by some miracle people adapt to a world with no trees and poisonous air then it's because GOD wants humans to carry on.  You see there are no difficult  moral decisions to be made when you leave it all up to GOD.

Laborisgood
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Bush_Wacker wrote: In a

Bush_Wacker wrote:

In a nutshell the religiously driven believe that you can do whatever you want to the planet and people because in the end it is GOD's will that will be blamed for the consequences.  If you rape the planet of all it's trees and there is little to no oxygen left to breathe then that's not anybody's fault, it's GOD's will and that means it's time for all to ascend or descend.  If by some miracle people adapt to a world with no trees and poisonous air then it's because GOD wants humans to carry on.  You see there are no difficult  moral decisions to be made when you leave it all up to GOD.

Then again, there are those who see our own free will as the cause of spoiling God's gift of this planet and fully expect the wrath for doing so.  A good steward should appreciate and care for the precious gifts that we are given.  It's GOP-thing to gladly poison the environment as you worship mammon, not a God-thing.

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Laborisgood

Laborisgood wrote:

Bush_Wacker wrote:

In a nutshell the religiously driven believe that you can do whatever you want to the planet and people because in the end it is GOD's will that will be blamed for the consequences.  If you rape the planet of all it's trees and there is little to no oxygen left to breathe then that's not anybody's fault, it's GOD's will and that means it's time for all to ascend or descend.  If by some miracle people adapt to a world with no trees and poisonous air then it's because GOD wants humans to carry on.  You see there are no difficult  moral decisions to be made when you leave it all up to GOD.

Then again, there are those who see our own free will as the cause of spoiling God's gift of this planet and fully expect the wrath for doing so.  A good steward should appreciate and care for the precious gifts that we are given.  It's GOP-thing to gladly poison the environment as you worship mammon, not a God-thing.

Exactly.  Every GOP "christian" that I personally know truly believes that GOD wants them to be rich and that it's against GOD's will to keep giving to the poor because that will make the poor worship money.  It cracks me up just saying it.