Republican candidates beckon us to the gloomy future

August 31, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More

“Vote for Me because we are in the End Times!” That is the battle cry of several prominent Republican candidates. Matt Taibbi comments:

The Christian candidates are also influenced by rapture theology. Both Bachmann (who once led a Rapture-ready “We are in the last days” prayer ) and Perry (who famously has a relationship with my old pal John Hagee Perhaps America’s most powerful Rapture/End Times preacher) have dabbled seriously in Left Behind belief systems, under which the righteous will be whisked away to heaven just before God comes down to earth to kick ass and dispense justice to unbelievers via End-of-World troubles like wars and natural disasters.

All of this helps explain why Republican rhetoric in this election season often coincides with eerie frequency with End-Times preachery. If you want to see what either of the two apocalypse-merchant wings of the Republican Party will be squawking about tomorrow, all you have to do is check to see what End Times fanatics are freaking out about today.

Rapture-talk is nothing new for conservatives, many of whom flock to gatherings where they are warned that the end of the world is imminent; I attended one of these gatherings myself–led by conservative radio talk show host “Doctor” Larry Bates. And as Max Blumenthal revealed a few years ago, prominent Republicans have long worked hard to formulate U.S. foreign policy relating to the Middle East based on End Times theology.

If you’re having trouble understanding the fine points of what the End Times will be, review this diagram. Or this one from Truth in Love. Or this one. It’s apparently more complicated than pro football offensive play diagrams.

Did I hear someone say church and state?  Amen to that!  We might not be living in the End Times, but we do seem to be living in Crazy times.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Vincent says:

    This is my first time visiting Dangerous Intersection, but I’m sure it won’t be my last. Nice job showcasing Republican gloom and doom–not to mention looniness. I look forward to more. I’m really wondering when this Medieval mentality of signs from God and interpreting God’s will according to personal whim is going to end.

    Vince Czyz

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Vince: Thank for checking in. I’m wondering, also, when we will all wake up from this crazy nightmare. Glad to hear you like the site, and we look forward to more of your comments.

      Erich

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