Idiocracy Plurubus Unum

September 18, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

It is refreshing to hear someone from time to time call something by what it actually is.  Frank Schaeffer is a former evangelical christian whose father was one of the most influential in the budding fundamentalist movement back int he Sixties and Seventies.  Schaeffer recounts his life in the memoir Crazy For God.

This is a man was was there, involved, part of it.  Doubtless many who did not snap out of it along the way think he’s a traitor, that he’s been possessed by Satan, that he is evil.  Yet that still doesn’t answer the criticisms he brings to the subject.

A recent poll in New Jersey has revealed that one in three right wing voters believe Obama is the Anti-Christ.  I will let the video take it from there.

LaLa Land.  That’s about as accurate as one can be.  What the fundamentalist movement has created of itself is a situation in which absolutely nothing can penetrate the wall of doublespeak and obfuscation they have built around themselves.  They are a community living within a tautology, and they cannot allow themselves to see it.

I agree with Schaeffer that it is time to encircle them and move on.  But this is a democracy, wherein all voices have at least a theoretical right to be heard.  We do not have a pat, rigorous response politically to the introduction of absurdisms into the public discourse.  We waffle, we try to be polite (which they do not) we try to be reasonable (which they take advantage of and disrespect) we try to, ironically, turn the other cheek in the face of their fallacious onslaught of nonsense.

As Freud said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar….and sometimes an idiot is just an idiot.


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Mark is a writer and musician living in the St. Louis area. He hit puberty at the peak of the Sixties and came of age just as it was all coming to a close with the end of the Vietnam War. He was annoyed when bellbottoms went out of style, but he got over it.

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  1. At around 3:00 into the clip about these people knowing they have been left behind: I think they were left behind first and foremost by themselves.

    It reminds me of a 2006 DI article by Mark Tiedemann where he states:

    Have you noticed that all the really extreme religions are apocalyptic? They always have been. They can’t wait till the Last Days, and god’s return, and the End Of The World. That’s what they live for, this finality. Why?

    Because–in my opinion–it’s easier than having to accept the fact that the world must be dealt with. Much easier to just long for it all to be swept away so we don’t have to worry about it, don’t have to understand it, don’t have to figure out what to do tomorrow.

    So we don’t have to be Responsible anymore.

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