Gunning for Theocratic Vote, Dan Patrick Bent on Forcing Christ Back into Texas Politics

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Theocracy is a good look on you, senator.
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.

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.



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14 comments
Dan_Fatprick
Dan_Fatprick

This from the scumbag tax scofflaw who claimed two homestead exemptions, simultaneously and threatened to go after the guy asking him why he was cheating on his taxes.  This from the Family Values Man who divorced his wife.  Didn't this deuce bag also declare bankruptcy?

Autumn Smith
Autumn Smith

Ugh. I did read the article, but I could tell just by looking at his puffy redneck face that he was a religious fundie.

Kevin White
Kevin White

He's a grandiose, narcissistic, attention whore... Not a leader and should not be voted for.

Colleen Curtis
Colleen Curtis

why not. we have had perry making us look like a bunch of dough heads why not bring on a bigger fruit cake.

Becci Himes
Becci Himes

Definitely his fan base, Baptist, more than predominately white church.

Juli Morrison
Juli Morrison

Excellent article!! Keep spreading the truth!

Erika Pfaab
Erika Pfaab

Religion does not equal morality. You do not need religion to be moral. In fact, if the only reason you have to be a good person is because you fear eternal punishment... Not really the most noble situation

David Aulds
David Aulds

How awful putting good and moral values back in school!!!

Robyn Twangeaux
Robyn Twangeaux

I hope it is enough to send voters fleeing for Progressives so we can get all these misogynistic fools out of office

Vanessa Man
Vanessa Man

Politics and religion should ALWAYS be separate. Fanatics of any kind make everything worse, and through history religion has lead to the worst political decisions.

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