Gunning for Theocratic Vote, Dan Patrick Bent on Forcing Christ Back into Texas Politics
There's a saying, often attributed to novelist Sinclair Lewis, that can sum certain strains on the American right: "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and waving a cross." And while the phrase always comes across as a bit screechy -- we've spent 237 years swearing in on a Bible, with little fascism to show for it -- there's no secret that the recent surge of both the Tea Party and the congressional and statewide GOP numbers has coincided with a lurch toward supporting purportedly Biblical ideals. Wherever Jesus, that Middle Eastern socialist, may be, it seems many within the right-wing resurgence believe his time is best spent bandying bills and filibusters with the rest of us.
Theocracy is a good look on you, senator.
While Gov. Rick Perry generally draws the most national attention for his insistence on conflating religion and state -- only so many states can pray for rain with a straight face -- there's one official in Texas who has been more effusive with his desire to graft his Bible-thumpin' into our state Legislature. And after throwing his hat into the lieutenant governor's race, it seems state Sen. Dan Patrick is seeking to take his theocratic ways to higher office.
A new post from Patrick last week only helped solidify him as the theocratic choice and pushed him that much closer to Sinclair's thoughts on flags and fascism:
" I AM APT TO BELIEVE THAT TODAY WILL BE CELEBRATED BY SUCEEDING GENERATIONS AS A GREAT ANNIVERSAY FESTIVAL. IT OUGHT TO BE COMMENMORATED, AS THE DAY OF DELIVERANCE, BY SOLEMN ACTS OF DEVOTION TO GOD ALMIGHTY"
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
I used that quote and the following ones in my presentation at Mims Baptist this week about how our Founding Fathers understood we were a nation founded on the Word of God of the Old & New Testament. They knew that if we turned our back on God the future of our nation would be in great peril [sic].
There are a couple ways to respond to this. First, there's the fact that Patrick insisted on KEEPING HIS CAPS LOCK ON THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE QUOTE, displaying a wanton disregard for the typographers among us. (There's also the fact that the post has been whitewashed of earlier critical comments, but that's beside the point.)
Secondly, Patrick decided to include a photo that is, well, actually a bit disconcerting.