Monday, April 24, 2006

The Evangelical Monkey on the Republican’s Back

There is one thing the Democrats don’t have to worry about. They didn’t adopt the Christian Right. They don’t have that Evangelical monkey on their back.

The Republicans took in the Christian Right when it was to their advantage to have them and use their votes. There was a time when the they provided an advantage to the Republicans. Over time the Republicans became so addicted and relied so heavily on the votes of the Christian Right that today they feel they cannot live without them. They still have to cater to them in order to have a shot at the November vote and the 08 vote. The Republicans still must look for the Evangelical’s blessings even as they hold their nose and fall to their knees to do it.

We already see things like Giuliani going to campaign for Santorum and McCain pandering to the Right’s causes. It looks pathetic and painful. These guys are fooling no one, and they probably know it. But it’s what they have to do, because for the last few years they have pandered to their ideology and embarrassingly must continue to do.

Thank goodness the Democrats did not saddle themselves with religious extremists. Many of the hard line Right will never vote for a Democrat no matter the situation, so the Democrats are free to state their own case without worrying about catering and belittling themselves and looking like hypocrites.

An analogy might be a couple who adopt a child for no other reason than to benefit from the tax breaks they will receive as the result of their new dependant. The child turns out to be unruly and overly demanding. This child and its demands prevent the couple from carrying on their desired life style. While the couple may have achieved their desired financial goal, they must still care for this difficult child for many years to come. Another couple who did not adopt a child would not receive the financial benefits but they would be free to establish a lifestyle based on their own needs and desires with no lasting requirements and responsibilities attached.

Hopefully the Democratic candidates will use this freedom to articulate the difference they can make in our country for all citizens. While the Republicans have, for all means and purposes, allowed the Christian Right to take over their party, the Democrats are free to concentrate on the whole country. That is an asset I think we all hope the Democrats will use wisely. They must show they are open to all people, all ideas and all faiths.

The Republicans are bogged down by the Evangelical sanctimonious monkey on their back and now it may be more of a burden than they can bear, but it’s a habit they can’t afford to break.


Blogger windspike said...

What is more, they repugs think that they can be healed and forgiven for their sins by said evangelicals...But the American people are not buying that kool-aide any more.

April 24, 2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

Why do they call it the Christian Right when it's really the Christian Wrong?

April 24, 2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Thank Goodness for that, now to convince certain democratic pols....

April 24, 2006 10:56 AM  
Blogger Time said...

Yes, yes, yes.

I can't take another Republican in the White House til 2012.

Democrats have to take advantage of this opportunity, and win.

April 24, 2006 11:13 AM  
Blogger Auntie Roo said...

PoP - Nice analogy. The Republicans have given control of their party to a small but well organized group. I hope that monkey drags them down into the depths of hell. I just hope that we can prevent it from taking the whole country with them.

The only sure way to regain control from the monkey crew is if we make sure to organize ourselves.

Have any of you signed up for the 50-State Canvass on April 29th? I'm signed up, psyched up, & ready to go.

Find a local event near you here.

Time - It isn't the Democratic Party that has to take advantage of this, it's ordinary people like us who have to step up to the plate & turn things around. We have to get out into our neighborhoods & churches to convince people to go out & vote.

It's time to do more than bitch & moan.

It's time to get off our asses & make a difference.

It's time to take our country back!

If we don't we have only ourselves to blame.

April 24, 2006 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PoP , might the 'October Surprise' come from the religious right?

The expectation is that, for October, Bush will glass Iran. But the Surprise could come from the other direction, a right-religious nut case finds Bush not pure enough ....

The left believes in government. The right just believes.

April 24, 2006 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

I can't wait to see how the religious right and Giuliani spin his having a mistress all of those years, since they made such a big *$%@# deal about Clinton and Monica. If it looks like a hypocrite, smells like a hypocrite...

April 24, 2006 2:28 PM  
Blogger C.S. said...

auntie roo has it right. The people have to rise up and take the country back..

I was at earthday yesterday and political protests. How sad that the perfect opportunity was right there.

Did you notice...W's approval at a new low today...

April 24, 2006 3:38 PM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I just can't imagine Giuliani out there with the Christian Taliban. They might boil him in peanut oil or sumpin'.

April 24, 2006 4:00 PM  
Blogger Frederick said...

To arms...

April 24, 2006 5:43 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

No shit. I was raised that true Christians share their faith through actions, not words. The truly righteous have no need for coercion.

April 24, 2006 6:58 PM  
Blogger The Pagan Temple said...

Unfortunately the Democratic party has their own lunatic fringe they are obliged to play up to, and until they get rid of this albatross of their very own, they are going to be hampered somewhat. They will make significant gains this next election, I am sure, but nothing like the gains which by all rights they should make.

They may win back control of the House, or maybe the Senate, conceivaby even both, though this is unlikely. Even if they were to do this good, though, I promise you it won't be by a large enough margin to really effect any kind of meaningful change, which means there is no way Bush wil be impeached, and no way the Democrats will have enough of a majority to override a Presidential veto.

On the other hand that might be for the best as well. The Democrats will be stuck with merely coming up with good programs that address the issues Americans really care about, and force Bush and the Republicans to go on record as oppossing them.

April 24, 2006 8:26 PM  
Blogger thepoetryman said...

You might say, the neocon-repubs are "damned" if the do, and "damned" if they don't...

Hell! I might just cry for the stupid bastards!

April 24, 2006 8:28 PM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

May that Monkey of Self-Righteouness they carry around on their back scratch their eyes out!

April 24, 2006 10:14 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

Are these the monkeys that fly out of Madonna's butt?

April 25, 2006 3:32 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

nope, they're the one that fly out of Michelle Malkin's butt.

April 25, 2006 6:31 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

I like the analogy. Righteous for the wrong reason is wrongeous. I miss Johnny Carson to ask, "how righteous are they?" Even the Bowery boys would say, "leave us not be wrongeous for the righteous reason."

But never forget, "faith moves mountains." Rove is now working on a plan to move a mountain of lies. Can't wait to see where he puts them. Can faith move mountains of lies?

April 25, 2006 6:40 AM  
Blogger JBlue said...

McCain = ho
Guiliani = ho

April 25, 2006 8:55 AM  
Blogger Left of Center said...

glad to see Hillary pandeer to them as well. Anything to weaken her is good news to me.

April 25, 2006 9:33 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

I love the child analogy, very well said.

I'm not holding my breath for these mid terms. Of course I'll be out there volunteering and getting people to vote and doing what I can...but even though the Republican Congress and Dear Leader are down in the polls, the

Democrats aren't much behind them. I really can't stand the poor planning, quiet nature of the Democratic party sometimes.

Also I've come to the conclusion this generation of voters aren't really bright enough to see that the Democrats are their best hope now. Sorry - I'm still working hard but not exactly expecting the results yet.

April 25, 2006 10:42 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

The Republicans are reaping what they sowed and they deserve every vote they lose. They never cared one bit about religion, values, or morals, they just jumped on the bandwagon cause they saw potential voters. What hypocrites.

April 25, 2006 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


And speaking of McCain, even Sully characterizes the Repubs. as a religious party funded by a corrupt financial machine.

- oddjob

April 26, 2006 1:06 AM  

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