What the hell has happened to the Republican party? I’m legitimately afraid for our future if these people ever gain control of both Congress and the White House. We’re no longer dealing with rational people who just happen to have differing opinions about how a government should govern; now we’re dealing with people who, in my opinion, are legitimately crazy.
And when it comes to religion – they’re out of their damn minds.
Just look at the recent comments made by former congresswoman (and possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate) Michele Bachmann, where she essentially said that the election of President Obama has sped up the end of the world and that we should all be excited because the second coming of Jesus is approaching.
“If we actually turn our back on Israel as we have seen Barack Obama do today, if that happens then I think we will see a scale and a level of push back in the United States, negative consequences,” Bachmann said. “I don’t know what they are, but I believe that the Bible is true. And believe what the Bible says is that our nation and the people of our nation will reap a whirlwind, and we could see economic disasters, natural disasters.”
First, the president hasn’t “turned his back” on Israel, he just seems to think Benjamin Netanyahu is a jackass – and I agree. It’s entirely possible to support Israel while still disagreeing with its leader on issues.
And did she really say that because of President Obama, God is going to punish the United States with economic and natural disasters? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the last time we had a super Bible-loving president who blindly stood with Israel, and waged war against Muslims, we saw our worst economic crash in nearly a century and our nation suffered through some of the worst natural disasters in our history. Does anyone remember Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Rita – all major storms that happened during the Bush administration? Not that I’m saying God caused any of this, but if we’re going to go down that road, I feel its important to point that out.
But she wasn’t done.
“The United States does not want to be in that position and unfortunately the people put into office Barack Obama,” she continued. “Not only once, but twice. And the people have to rise up against his actions and demand that their leaders take steps accordingly.”
So, now she doesn’t like democracy?
“These are not fearful times, these are the most exciting days in history,” Bachmann stated. “Talk about what you see in the newspaper. We can talk about God’s time clock and the fact that Jesus Christ’s return is imminent. Is there anything more important to talk about?”
“We need to be so on fire right now about the things of Christ and the things of God, that needs to occupy our time and our thoughts virtually from morning to night because we have very little time, in my opinion, left before the second return of Christ. That’s good news!” the former congresswoman added. “The world is embracing degeneracy, but what that also tells us as we look at what the world is doing that they’re going according to God’s time clock. Pastors, preach it from the pulpit!”
In other words, because of President Obama’s actions since he was elected, God’s apparently going to move up the expiration date on the Earth.
Sadly, Bachmann isn’t some fringe televangelist who holds tent revivals in small parks on the weekends; she literally just retired from Congress a couple of months ago where she served eight years and she’s also extremely popular among tea party Republicans.
But what worries me most is that the radical right fringe of the GOP is growing, not shrinking. More and more, these tea party Republicans are sounding like religious leaders preaching from the pulpit rather than elected officials who are supposed to be abiding by our Constitution.
Because while it’s true that Bachmann is no longer a member of Congress, that doesn’t mean her brand of Republican politics isn’t continuing to seize more power within the party.
Those of us on the left just have to do everything we can to make sure we don’t let them control our government.
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