My Time to Rant……

 It has come to my attention that someone, or some “ones” have been bad-mouthing me. If this true I welcome it, it can only mean one thing, I am having an affect on at least one person. If I am having an affect on someone, then that amounts to extra gravy on my  rice. My main purpose for writing is to relieve my self of the anger and frustration I feel when I hear what the GOP extremist, and sadistic party is doing to destroy democracy and bring this country to it’s knees under a tyrannic oligarchy.

The republican presidential “field of delusion” have shown themselves to be qualified to lead a criminal motorcycle gang, a white-collar criminal organization, an extremely subversive white supremacist group, or some religious dominionist group.  But, lead the country? Not a chance in hell ! The only place they can lead the country is on a downward spiral, wich is the swishing sound you hear in the background whenever they speak. They are all delusional lunatics, out to destroy the very fabric of democracy for all, and to make it an oligarchy, giving the country to a “ruling class“, their class, of those who hold the money and power and nothing more. They want US (the99%)  to be subject to only what they (the1%) want, and only to their need to increase their wealth and power.

The one only thing they are committed to are the “super PACs” .  And those who fund the superPACs, and their elections and supplement their personal incomes on the sly.  Elections no longer reflect the needs and desires of the people, our elections have become auctions where only the highest bidder wins, and the American people are always the biggest loser.

However, the elephant in the room is this; The tea-party  was born from and arose to prominence when those on the right and especially the extreme right  had a complete mental and emotional break down because someone who should be in their view, a slave owned by them or their ancestors. How could this happen in their USA?  It was such a shock to their beliefs and view of what america was supposed to be, that they became all-consumed with their hatred, their bigotry, their racism, and their need to remove this “black guy” from THEIR white house , that they are now in a mindless panic.

Every day we see the attack on voter rights, women’s rights, and the attacks on organized labor. They wnat to destroy the social safety nets that the poor, the elderly, and the infirm rely for mere survival. They try to defund and dismantle the educational system so, through attrition they can  cultivate a poor, ignorant and gullible  base that will be pliable and easy to manipulate through their lies and propaganda. We must remain mindful of this and fight back, we can not allow them to do this to us.

-TruthNreality-

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The History of The Right’s Religious War | Crooks and Liars.com….by: Sarah Burris

I read this and watched the video…I felt compelled to share it with as many as I could. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING. What’s worse, is that this is Perry’s actually plan. He and his co-conspirators are planning to infiltrate each of their “seven mountains”.

The History of The Right’s Religious War | Crooks and Liars

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The History of The Right’s Religious War

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Credit: Rolling Stone

Michele Bachmann and many right leaning politicians have indicated their divine inspiration coming from the same three religious leaders: Francis Schaeffer, Loren Cunningham, and Bill Bright. In an article from the New Yorker Bachmann indicated she got involved in politics after being inspired by a video designed to bring people to a religious movement. After all – as a graduate of Oral Roberts University Law School – Bachmann is no stranger to “Christian Reconstructionism.”

Their work began in the 70’s and 80’s when many of today’s Republican candidates were in college and first getting started. Those three religious leaders came from their own projects – Campus Crusade, Youth With a Mission, and Francis Schaeffer was the author of the Christian Manifesto (the Christian version of the Communist Manifesto) and many credit with being one of the fathers of the anti-choice movement. Their mutual project was called Reclaiming the 7 Mountains of Culture, in which their aim was to take over every element of our society with their right wing ideology.

According to the video above, what these religious zealots believe is in a kind of war between good and evil that must be fought by them as part of a righteous army to save the souls of all people. Their souls, of course, can only be saved if this religious army takes over the seven elements of our culture to “shape and influence its destiny.”

  1. Government: which they say can either restrain evil or endorse it.
  2. Education: “Where truths or lies about God and His creation are taught.”
  3. Media: where they believe information can be interpreted through the lens of good or evil and then inevitably distributed to the sad lost souls they feel the need to save.
  4. Arts and Entertainment: the only place that values and “virtue” are either celebrated or distorted. Please note, values and virtue have no place in your home life or faith life – evidently they must be taught through arts and entertainment only….
  5. Religion: “Where people worship God in spirit and truth or settle for a religious ritual.”
  6. Family: which can pass on either blessings or curses from generation to generation.
  7. Business: “Where people build for the glory of God or the glory of man.”

The most surprising of these seven mountains is the final one which the video says is the most important and that each and all of these mountains depend on. Not faith, not religion, not family …. but business. Business is the mountain that holds up all other mountains. It’s business that holds up religion and faith, it’s business that holds up the family, and ultimately it’s business that holds up our government.

Sounds a lot like a recent Supreme Court ruling doesn’t it? When our founders wrote the Preamble, these religious people would have us believe they actually meant “We the businesses, in order to form a more corporate union, establish Justice on the backs of the people we once insured domestic tranquility, as we provide for a profitable defense industrial complex, promote the Wall Street Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to only those who can afford it.”

They believe the church retreated when they once held control (I’m not clear when this era was), they feel there has been a kind of void or darkness over our world since. “When we lose our influence, we lose our culture. And when we lose our culture we fail to advance the kingdom of God.” Essentially, this Holy War is the justification for the culture war that candidates like Michelle Bachmann and now apparently Rick Perry are attempting to tap into.

They believe that an entire generation stands in “desperate need” but doesn’t clarify what that need is. The religious movement, like many movements, seems to be nested in vague concepts in efforts to cover the absurdity of the specifics. But if you want to see the specifics of a nation under leaders who follow this religious movement, you need only look at the Bachmanns of the world. These leaders hope to rewrite our Constitution with one that is derived of their own interpretation of the Old Testament.

And these people aren’t merely running for office – the gold-loving, Federal Reserve-hating Glenn Becks of the world – the home school/charter school-loving Janet Barresis of the world, and pastors that litter the airwaves like a disembodied head shouting they’re the Great and Powerful Oz every Sunday morning.

Some call it a kind of Christian Reconstructionism, which I alluded to in my Bachmann reference since she graduated from Oral Roberts.

“Christian Reconstructionists, and their acolytes of the Constitution Party, believe America should be governed by biblical law. In her 1995 book, “Roads to Dominion: Right Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States,” Sara Diamond describes the most significant impact of Reconstructionism on dominionism:

“the diffuse influence of the ideas that America was ordained a Christian nation and that Christians, exclusively, were to rule and reign.” While most Christian right activists were “not well-versed in the arcane teachings” of Christian Reconstructionism, she wrote, “there was a wider following for softer forms of dominionism.”

For the Christian right, it’s more a political strategy than a secret “plot” to “overthrow” the government, even as some evangelists describe it in terms of “overthrowing” the powers of darkness (i.e., Satan), and even some more radical, militia-minded groups do suggest such a revolution.”

While in the past we would have seen leaders try to mask their quest against an imagined evil, today it’s so overt you find stumps speeches dripping with the barely coded terminology of the “self-righteous.” Even now, in conservative states, you find Democratic candidates willing to adopt some of this rhetoric or some of these ideologies in efforts to appeal to more conservative voters.

Regardless of the absurdity surrounding their quest, there’s a sad isolation for those who believe in a world filled with evil in need of making it good. Their entire movement is filled with people who ultimately see the glass as half empty. Or worse – maybe they see it as half full because they like to pretend they are thinking positively, but its half full with the juice of evil. No wonder they never have anything to lose.

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Sarah is a current editor for FutureMajority.com. She is a current partner in the online media firm Mixed Media that works in Kansas and Oklahoma and manages social media and online marketing for non-profits and political candidates in two states and Washington DC. Previously, Sarah worked for Skyline Public Works where she helped state based youth organizations connect with major funders across the country. In 2008 was named one of the five Rock the Vote Rock the Trail Reporters and reported on the election from the youth perspective attending the Democratic and Republican Conventions, Ron Paul’s Un-Convention, the first debate at Ole Miss and the Vice Presidential Debate in St. Louis as well as a reporter that interviewed leaders across the country including Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Bob Barr, Gavin Newsome, and many more. Sarah was one of the first ever recipients of the Democracy for America Netroots Nation scholarship and in 2009 was named by the New Leader’s Council as one of the 40 Emerging Leaders Under 40 in the United States. In 2010 Sarah was named by the Oklahoma Truth Council as one of the 25 young Oklahomans to watch which she jokes is because both parties prefer to “keep an eye” on her. She is a founding blogger at Everyday Citizen, and was a long time writer and researcher for Wiretap Magazine. She’s excited to join the writing crew at Crooks and Liars and continue to hold leaders accountable.
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HAD ENOUGH OF OBAMA YET?…..I have, so what do we do? he doesn’t see us, he doesn’t hear us, I can only assume he doesn’t care……

I know there is quite a large number of us who have had enough of the “republican obama”.*  Please don’t misunderstand me, not in my worst day of disgust would I ever vote for a republican. Nor would I ever Not vote. The main point here is that we need someone who will be what we thought obama was going to be.Will he ever be who we expected, there must be serious doubts by now. Even though the extreme right is continually touting his leftist agenda, we can only scratch our heads and wonder how it is that they see what we don’t. We can be sure that whatever alternate dimension or alien planet they happen to reside in,they see things that have no basis in reality where the rest of us live. 

Putting all of this aside, there still remains the reality that we have a president who maintains his own delusion that if he gives in to their demands at every turn, they will eventually let him have at least one of the ideas or policies he puts on the table for consideration. What’s even worse, more recently he has been adjusting his ideas and policies to conform to the extreme right’s agenda, without so much as considering even a small battle to try to put forth progressive values or policies. I hate to say it, but his progressive base felt so alienated in 2010 because of his continual caving to the right’s demands, that they stayed home for the election that doomed him to the shackles he now finds himself bound within. Yet ,to this day he hasn’t come to the realization that he is losing support from enough his base, his chances especially with his low percentage of approval, his chances of losing to a tea-party lead republican challenger in 2012 are increasing exponentially. What do we do?  how do we wake him out of this depressive state he is in?  How do we return him to the level of confidence, and positive attitude he once had.?   It may be too late. At this point it’s unclear if he will have time to recover, it would take more time than remains untill the ’12 election, ONLY if he finds some strength between now and ’12 will he POSSIBLY be able to have the chance to turn himself around to a progressive way.   The likelyhood of this is reniscent of the way a NASA project was described ; making a hole in one from billions of miles away with a very small window to get the shot off.   the scenario would go something like this: he would have to get his ratings substancially higher , the economy and the unemployment rate would have to improve significantly in the next six months.  None of wich seems to be even remotely likely, or possible for that matter. Wich is why we, as progressives and liberals , MUST begin looking for a viable replacement for the primaries. We gotta get to work before we find ourselves under some horrifying theocratic dictatorship.

There are only a few possible choices as a replacement, my first choice would be Senator Bernie sanders, when he speaks , he speaks directly to every fiber of my being.   Ex-president Bill Clinton, after seeing the way he handled chris wallace on fox , he takes a place on the top of my list of personal heroes.  my other choice, an equal choice to Bill Clinton would be Hillary clinton, after all, she was correct about obama not being ready for the job. (Although I didn’t agree when she said it.)  However, even I can’t deny reality, reality has an undeniable  way of superceding personal opinion every time.

*Footnote: The asterisk near the beginning of the post by obama’s name denotes that a person or group hasn’t earned or has lost respect and does not deserve capitalization, and this carries through to every word wich by grammar standards should be capitalized.   –       -truthnreality

TEA PARTY AND THE RIGHT AlterNet / By Frank Schaeffer

 For a conservative, making the choice between bachmann and perry is kind of like deciding wheather to use one match or two matches to look inside of a can of gas; the result will be much the same….A lot of hurt, if not total destruction. Both have similar agendas; to replace the government with their own brand of “rule by theocractic law”. What’s really making this more and more possible is Obama’s inability and,or, unwillingness to stand up against the extreme right wing.  In recent speaches he continually places blame on “washington” or congress, in generic terms, never directly placing blame where it truly belongs. And yes, blame for the obstruction, the dysfunction, and especially the downgrade of the country’s credit rating belongs squarely on the tea-party’s puppeteering of the GOP. –truthnreality
 

Frank Schaeffer’s article, an excerpt wich sums-up the true point:

Michele Bachmann Was Inspired By My Dad and His Christian Reconstructionist Friends — Here’s Why That’s Terrifying:
Bachmann’s radical right-wing influences include the most extremist figures in the history of the religious right.
� As presidential candidate Michele Bachmann chews up scenery in the GOP primaries, the mainstream media is finally digging into her extremist beliefs in a serious way. In a profile published earlier this week, the New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza talked about Bachmann’s radical right-wing influences, which include the most extremist figures in the history of the religious right movement.

One of these was my evangelical leader father, Francis Schaeffer. Bachmann says in the New Yorker article that she got into politics because she watched a film series I directed called “How Should We Then Live,” written by and featuring my dad.

What the New Yorker article doesn’t do is explain why people like Bachmann, Sarah Palin, et al. turned to the hard reactionary anti-government right. I explain this in my book Sex, Mom and God. I think it’s important to understand this. So let me add what the New Yorker left out.

The Back Story

In 1983 I was the leader of a group of protesters who screamed abuse at Justice Harry Blackmun and made him beat a hasty retreat back into a college building at the University of Nebraska after he’d just been awarded an honorary degree. In the early 1980s my daughter Jessica and I—she was 12—drove into Boston several times to picket abortion clinics, including one where a few years later (in 1994) two people were shot dead and five were seriously wounded by “pro-life” activist John Salvi.

Dad agreed to lead several antiabortion demonstrations, too. He said, “We’re telling everyone else to get out there and picket, and some of our people are getting arrested, so we can’t say no to doing what we’re telling others to do.”

That was then. Today I’m on the “other side.”

America has a problem: It’s filled with people who take the Bible seriously. America has a blessing: It’s filled with people who take the Bible seriously. How does this blessing coexist with the curse derived from the same source: the Bible? The answer is that the Bible is a curse or a blessing depending on who is doing the interpreting. Sometimes belief in the Bible leads to building a hospital. Sometimes it leads to justifying perpetual war and empire building. Same book—different interpretation.

If the history of Christianity proves one thing, it’s that you can make the Bible “say” anything. When you hear words like “We want to take back America for God!” the 21st-century expression of such theocratic ideas can be traced back to some of my old friends: the Reconstructionists.

Most Americans have never heard of the Reconstructionists. But they have felt their impact through the Reconstructionists’ profound (if indirect) influence over the wider (and vast) evangelical community.

Take Michele Bachmann. She is a Reconstructionist schooled – literally – by some of that obscure movement’s leading thinkers, including my father.

The evangelicals have shaped the politics of a secular culture that barely understood the religious right, let alone the forces within that movement that gave it its edge. The Americans inhabiting the wider (and more secular) culture just saw the results of Reconstructionism without understanding where those results had come from—for instance, how the hell George W. Bush got elected and then reelected or why Michele Bachmann was into home schooling long before she was into trying to become president in order to turn America into a homophobic theocracy.

Victimhood

If you feel victimized by modernity, then the Reconstructionists have the answer in their version of biblical interpretation. Reconstructionists want to replace the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights with their interpretation of the Bible.

Top 10 Things Texas Gov. Rick Perry Doesn’t Want You To Know About Him | ThinkProgress

Save your movie money if you want to be terrified; READ THIS:

Top 10 Things Texas Gov. Rick Perry Doesn’t Want You To Know About Him | ThinkProgress.