God, Guns And No Guts: The Right-Wing Culture Of Fear And Guns

kentucky-baptist-gunsThe reports of the death of the Tea Party are greatly exaggerated and the far-right movement in the United States is still very much alive. Despite predictions here and there that they’re going away, nothing could be further from the truth. While devotees of Pat Robertson, Duck Dynasty and Fox News may be outnumbered, their enthusiasm more than makes up for their lack of numbers – especially here in the Bible Belt.


Take a drive almost anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line, or out in the rural areas across the United States, and you will almost inevitably see signs or bumper sticker proclaiming cliché slogans about how America is great because of religion, guns and guts. From the windswept prairies to the kudzu-lined roads in the Deep South, there are political signs with flags and references to those same things, and people are still buying it. You gotta hand it to the Republican Party, they sure are good at selling people a self-harming product, wrapped in the flag and the Bible.

In a meeting last week with some coworkers who were discussing changes to corporate structure that included possible layoffs, someone stated that stuff like this is why it is so important to vote. I nodded and then she almost breathlessly asked me if I had heard of Col. Rob Manness, the dark horse candidate in the race for U.S. Senate here in Louisiana. I said that I had and she asked if I was going to vote for him, to which I replied “absolutely not.” With a slightly disgusted tone, she asked if I was going to vote for Bill Cassidy, and again I told her the same thing. It then finally dawned on her that I was voting for three-term incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu, and the look on her face of utter bewilderment and anger wasn’t hard to miss. To her, she couldn’t fathom why a white, middle-class guy would vote for a Democrat. To her, super-conservative candidates like Col. Rob Manness, who has been endorsed by the likes of the Quitta from Wasilla and other Tea Party celebrities desperately trying to extend their 15 minutes of fame, are far superior to centrist or moderate candidates who know how Washington works.

As Arik Bjorn pointed out, voters throughout the United States, and especially in places like Louisiana, are going to vote against their self interests today out of fear – and hatred. Much of this comes from the Fox News pundits, but a lot of it also points to the fact that the culture wars aren’t over as some have claimed.

Pundits may be declaring the culture wars over, but conservative Christians are donning their battle gear and rushing back to the front lines. In recent months, a coalition of conservative evangelical organizations has been pursuing an aggressive voter mobilization campaign that involves a combination of high-tech tools, briefings for pastors, and rallies simulcast to mega-churches around the country. (Source)



While religious organizations have been blatantly ignoring the laws that prohibit endorsing candidates, you also have politicians and pundits pushing a message of fear and it is selling very well. Take for example Senator David Vitter’s recent “petition” that was nothing more than an attempt to solicit email signups for his upcoming gubernatorial campaign in Louisiana. A fake petition to stop Ebola may sound utterly ridiculous to many of us, but to many of the people who are planning to vote for this slimeball, Ebola is part of a secret plot by President Obama to declare martial law, grab guns, etc.

Can you imagine living from day to day with that much fear and/or hatred? Surely if you have guns, you shouldn’t be that afraid, but these people really do believe that at any moment now, federal agents will come to their doors to confiscate Grandpappy’s .22 squirrel rifle and Uncle Bubba’s AR-15. Many also believe that their religious freedom is under attack, prodded on by speeches by folks like Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and other political opportunists. It’s no wonder that President Obama said in 2008 “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” He was right, the Republican Party knows this all too well, they exploit this fear at every turn, and it works.

This morning, I will stand in line surrounded by many of these people who are going to the polls out of fear. Here in Louisiana, they will vote for either Bill Cassidy or Rob Manness out of hatred for President Obama, despite the fact that Mary Landrieu would be considered a moderate Republican in almost every blue state or that she isn’t the gun-grabber the right tries to make her out to be. This isn’t a situation confined solely to Louisiana, this is all across the country. They aren’t voting for their future, they’re voting out of fear. They’ll be voting, will you?



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  • Robert Scalzi

    Yes I will be. I only wish I had a vote that could help sway the red fascist tide. Living in the SF Bay Area kinda feels like a waste when my vote is really NEEDED elsewhere.

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    • Deven Kale

      Your vote does count. It let’s those whom you support understand the number of people in your area that favor them, as well as their party. It shows them where they need to focus their efforts in order to get a better turnout. It let’s them see which areas are more likely to support them in future elections, etc. Just because your preferred candidate doesn’t win, it doesn’t mean your vote wasn’t useful at all.

      • Robert Scalzi

        Trust me – I’ve been voting for over 3 decades and if I thought my vote didn’t count do you think I would still be doing it ?? read what I wrote again and try using some creative thinking. I’m not a moron.

      • Deven Kale

        Sorry, just trying to be helpful. You seemed pretty dejected, I was simply trying to lift your spirits a bit. No insult intended.

      • Robert Scalzi

        it’s all good – sorry for being so damned pissed off in my post, last night was a pretty fucking shitty night for America – this morning I am REALLY glad I live where I do. I will be insulated from the decisions in DC made by the teanderthals, teabillies, and teabastards. Here in CA we do not let them have any say and that suits me just fine.

      • Stephen Barlow

        I am brutalized by what is happening to the country I was willing to face Friendly Fire for. it GALLS me that those corrupting the Constitution, throwing and buying elections wear a flag pin and sign their solicitation mail “Patriot”.

        If My eyesight were better, I’d seriously consider taking a life sentence and being the next Simon Bolivar by dropping a pair of SCOTUSholes and Ted Cruz. but I doubt I could make a 1000 yard shot three times in 6 seconds at the SOTU Address.

      • Steve Brains

        I cast My first vote in uniform, absentee ballot from My post in Germany. Done grabbed a rifle and Jack Nicholsoned it up right!

        Most of those guys are dead now. My son’s son might likely Die in someone else’s sandbox. Hug YOUR kids! and know, what you did to America yesterday will slam dunk Their babies.

        Until they are DEAD!

      • Robert Scalzi

        What did i do ??

      • Stephen Barlow

        Sorry. I must have misunderstood something.

    • Steve Brains

      Honestly? WHEN did ONE single vote change a thing?

      • Stephen Barlow

        When Kennedy throws in with Scalia, Alito and Roberts to take away you chance of fair elections BY THE PEOPLE or a woman’s right to choose. (EXPECT the Tennesseee personhood nonsense to get 5 votes from SCOTUS within the next three years. Thomas is just a RED rubber stamp.

    • Stephen Barlow

      DUDE!!!! I hear you!!!! So while your thoughts of self sacrifice is appreciated, just remember what happened to Medgar Evers and so many others in the 60’s.Your vote only counts if you get out an MAKE it count. Otherwise, if you DON’T vote, ONLY everybody else’s COUNTS.

  • It is an embarrassment that in the spirit of freedom of speech speech, we allow a media power house to willfully mislead and blatantly lie about things that can ultimately destroy our democracy.

    • Charles Vincent

      Talk about ignorance Eddie. We are a republic not a democracy.

      • donalddefreeze

        Jesus..This stupid straw man again?!?

        Okay, for the pedantic moran, here it is one more time:

        Yes, Virginia we are indeed a republic. A republic that decides things BY DEMOCRACY!

        FFS…all you can do is repeat back the inanities you get spoon-fed by the hatriot media. ><

      • Charles Vincent

        Firstly it isn’t a strawman it lacks a condition learn to use logical fallacy arguments correctly. Secondly I will take what the leading political theorists at MIT say about the nature of our govenrmrnt over and idiot like you all day every day and twice on Sunday.

      • donalddefreeze

        “Firstly it isn’t a strawman it lacks a condition learn to use logical fallacy arguments correctly…”

        Sorry, Charlie…it is precisely a straw-man. Perhaps you should learn to use the English language correctly, including punctuation. Would identifying it as a “false choice” make you feel better?

        “… Secondly I will take what the leading political theorists at MIT say about the nature of our govenrmrnt over and idiot like you all day every day and twice on Sunday…”

        Ah, that fallacy would be known as an “appeal to authority”.

        Thanks for playing. 🙂

      • Charles Vincent

        Ahh Ad hominem you missed with the strawman so you use ad hominem to distract from your mistake then you wrongly use another fallacy to further obfuscate your shortcomings. Keep on digging the hole you’re in.

      • donalddefreeze

        Now we’ve moved on to projection…lolz.

        Can’t wait to see what’s next!

      • Charles Vincent

        “Okay, for the pedantic moran, here it is one more time:Yes, Virginia we are indeed a republic.”
        ^^^^^^^^^ Ad Hominem^^^^^^^^

        My original post isn’t a straw man. Just so we are clear.
        “Straw man – an argument based on misrepresentation of an opponent’s position.”

        “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.”
        Article 4 Section 4 US Constitution.

        I didn’t misrepresent anything so not a straw man argument.

        “Ah, that fallacy would be known as an “appeal to authority”.”

        Also not a proper usage of this fallacy on your part yet again.
        “Appeal to authority (argumentum ab auctoritate) – where an assertion is deemed true because of the position or authority of the person asserting it.”

        And

        “Deven Kale>donalddefreeze • 13 minutes ago
        An Appeal to Authority only applies when referencing an expert on one subject who is speaking of something outside their expertise.
        Referencing a Political Theorist when speaking on politics doesn’t apply.”

        You’re batting 1000 today Chief.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Did you mean, Moraine?noun
        1.
        a ridge, mound, or irregular mass of unstratified glacial drift, chieflyboulders, gravel, sand, and clay.
        2.
        a deposit of such material left on the ground by a glacier.

      • Stephen Barlow

        DUDE! This butt monkey is as regular as Swiss cheese going through an ocelot’s ass. Holy CRAP!!!! He has a VERY rigid system of depreciation and self embarrassment. He follows his script to the letter because his mommyublican has a taser ring on his dinglesac and if he gets more deviant than she wants, he gets a jolt.

      • Stephen Barlow

        There’s nothing even remotely adhominous in that. Seriously Chuck, ya gotta quit picking your comments off that “clipboard’ you paste you Fox OVERTHECLIFF Notes on. But that is your ‘best’ protection from admitting you are wrong again!!???

      • Deven Kale

        An Appeal to Authority only applies when referencing an expert on one subject who is speaking of something outside their expertise. Referencing a Political Theorist when speaking on politics doesn’t apply.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Actually it’s neither, it’s just a flat out lie Chuck.

      • Stephen Barlow

        More buzz words!!! The child is on a ROLL! Maybe he should change his handle to HOAGIE!!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        He really does need to use cliches because critical thinking is BANNED in his home and cutting & pasting is what passes for ART CLASS in his preschool!

      • You and I both know that and we also know the terms are often used interchangeably even though it is an incorrect use. What we did not know is what you calling me ignorant says about you. Thanks for the insight.

      • Charles Vincent

        Presumably you’re exempt it seems. I mean you did just call people ignorant in your op but I guess rules apply to everyone but you.

      • I didn’t call anyone ignorant in my post. You on the otherhand, called me ignorant and used a diminutive of my name as a blatant personal attack on someone you know nothing about. As I already pointed out, your posts here in this thread speaks volumes about what kind of person you have chosen to be.

      • Charles Vincent

        No you didn’t directly state it but given the context of the article and your comment to that article it is implied that people are ignorant.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Still lying your ass off? You must have to stand over a slit trench to poop your thoughts out because SURELY you have NO buttocks left!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        He’s a Rovian RED flamer friend and true to form, he commits the crime and then BART SIMPSONS you.

        Don’t play the game and we’ll all get rid of the mouse soon enough. Nice thing about mice, cats’ love them and My dog LOVES eating fat cats for lunch!

      • Stephen Barlow

        That’s the old flamer I remember. Good to see you back to you games.

      • Margie Helton-Smail

        Actually we are an oligarchy ol·i·gar·chy
        ˈäləˌɡärkē/
        noun
        a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution.
        “the ruling oligarchy of military men around the president”
        a country governed by an oligarchy.
        “the English aristocratic oligarchy of the 19th century”
        government by oligarchy.

      • Charles Vincent

        Go back to school and take a US gov class ma’am we are a republic.

        “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive
        (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.”
        Article 4 Section 4 US Constitution.

      • Ant. I. Liberal

        So, how is that Invasion thing going for all of Retards at the Southern Border ? I guess the Idiot in Chief is too busy playing Golf, rather than attending to his sworn duty to uphold and defend the CONSTITUTION !

      • Charles Vincent

        Non Sequitur and off topic.

      • Stephen Barlow

        DEFINITELY DEAD ON TOPIC!!!! It’s ABSOLUTE REPUBLICAN TURDFLINGING!!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        According to the Pledge of Allegiance, but NOT according to either the dictionary NOr any civics class I ever ACED.

      • Pierre O’Toole

        I’m sure that you made your teacher real proud or at least left him very satisfied. Good thing that we have dictionaries to refer to when determining our form of government.

      • Stephen Barlow

        That’s the RED objectives, the Few and the rest of us. Didn’t they aLL SAY the admired Putin and WISHED he were our President?

      • Stephen Barlow

        We are both, but thank you for admitting you LIED about this administration being either COMMUNIST Tyranny or SOCIALIST Tyranny.

  • johnvandermyde

    So sad, but so true.

  • Rebecca Anne Inkster

    Just voted, blue down the board.

    • Ant. I. Liberal

      You can now undo the wire that was wrapped around your neck and let the blood flow to your Brain ! The Republicans kicked the Blue out the Moron and Lemming Brigade !

      • Deven Kale

        Oh wow, personal attacks! Interesting!

        I find it interesting that Conservatives/Republicans are always going off about how vile and nasty the “enemy” are, but it seems to me that your side definitely has your share of vile individuals as well…

        BTW, do you realize what you just said here either? You’re calling all of Congress the “Moron and Lemming Brigade.” Is that really what you meant to say, that even the people you agree with are Moron’s and Lemmings? If so, why do you agree with them? SMH

      • Bah

        He’s trolling.

  • SuperFed

    Best part of this article was the opening paragraph.

    • Bah

      Racist-boot Tim Scott.

  • Jim Bean

    I often noted that the Left suffers from CSD (Chronic Superiority Disease) and it exposes itself most succinctly when they talk about people ‘voting against their own best interest.’ The speaker presumes that people he doesn’t know are too dumb to know what IS in their best interest and presumes he, being markedly more intelligent, DOES know what’s in the best interests (of people he knows nothing about.)
    Obama has pumped nearly a trillion dollars of stimulus into this economy and we have fewer people in workforce, smaller paychecks, fewer full time jobs, and a puny 2% (avg) growth rate. That’s what Left wants more of but it is not necessarily in the best interests of everyone – or even anyone.

    • Jen

      So, tell me how the Republicans are creating jobs by giving tax breaks to the “job creators.” Tell me how the executives responsible for the collapse of the US economy in 2008 have been prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Are they sitting in jail?

      • Jim Bean

        The US economy collapsed because Barney Frank prevented Bush from reigning in Fannie and Freddie before it was too late and because Bush didn’t try hard enough to squash Barney like a bug. Dems won’t agree to prosecute Barney any more than they will agree to prosecute Hillary, Harry, Kerry , and Biden for Iraq.

        Giving tax breaks makes it more worthwhile for people with money to invest it in things that create jobs.

      • Jen

        So, where are the jobs?

      • Jim Bean

        The ones worth having are in oil and gas. The ones not worth having are the part time ones that resulted from Obamacare ending the 40 hour work week standard.

      • Deven Kale

        the part time ones that resulted from Obamacare ending the 40 hour work week standard.

        Wait, that’s a new one to me. I’d like to know more about it, can you give me a site where I can read up on it?

      • Jim Bean

        Google – Obamacare changes 40 hour work week.

      • Deven Kale

        Interesting… Don’t know what I think of it yet. Looks like it’s being challenged though.

        BTW, that search phrase was useless, had to come up with my own. Thanks for pointing it out though, I wouldn’t have even known to search for it otherwise.

      • Jim Bean

        You’re welcome. By declaring a 30 hour week as the threshold for requiring employers to provide healthcare, Obamacare creates an incentive for (some) employers to keep work weeks under 30 hours.

      • Deven Kale

        That’s exactly why I don’t know what I think about it. I noticed there is a definite backlash of some employees getting their hours cut in order to fall under the 30-hour limit. The question is, is that outweighed by the fact that many workers previously (let’s be honest, “realistically”) considered part-time will now have health insurance? I just don’t know, and without numbers showing the results once it goes into effect (unlikely now), I probably never will.

        Anyway, thanks again.

      • Ant. I. Liberal

        Check any Unemployment Office you Idiot !

      • Bah

        Taking a look at the U6 unemployment rate might suggest the ACA did effect the 40 hour work week.

      • Bah

        http://portalseven. com/employment/unemployment_rate.jsp compare U3 and U6

      • Deven Kale

        I compared the data on U3 and U6 directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that they both dropped in September by 0.2%. This is consistent with the monthly trends over any time period starting after October 2009 to now. The U6 has even been dropping faster than the U3 since September 2011, although only marginally so (around 0.07%).

        Admittedly, the data for October hasn’t been released yet. Up until now though, the evidence implies that the redefinition of full-time for Insurance reasons has had no real effect on Unemployment since it’s discovery. I’ll be waiting for the BLS to release it’s October data to see if there’s any change.

      • Bah

        Good point, what I realized though is that were really looking at data that isn’t implying much either way since the mandates were pushed back. Take a look here. obamacarefacts . com/obamacare-employer-mandate/

        A lot of growth recently seems to have happened with small businesses.

        sbecouncil .org/about-us/facts-and-data/

        Here we have some surveys that probably give us the best insight,
        newyorkfed .org/survey/business_leaders/2014

        /2014_08Supplemental.pdf

        philadelphiafed .org/research-and-data/regional-economy/business-outlook-survey/2014/bos0814.txt

      • Ant. I. Liberal

        They are in China where the DemocRats like Dingy Harry sent them ! Pelosi Owns a Childrens Slave sweat shop in the Islands , let her explain that one !

      • Deven Kale

        So you’re saying that lowering taxes on the top earners brings jobs to China. Got it. *facepalm*

        Maybe you should consider the context of someone else’s comment before you vomit whatever nastiness you can come up with at them. I mean really, you actually just argued against one of the major tenets of supply-side economics, one of the Republican party’s staple positions…

    • Margie Helton-Smail

      Please cite sources if you presume to cite facts

      • Jim Bean

        No. You should know these facts. Furthermore, you shouldn’t be taking my word for things or trusting the sources I cite. If you really want to know, you’ll gather the information on your own.

  • BSH

    A fanatic believes things without evidence, or in spite of evidence to the contrary. In that sense, it is the anti-gun rights folks who are the true fanatics, advocating policies that are known to accomplish nothing. Demagogues preaching fear tell us we have to take urgent action, quickly, do it for the children!!!! There are some like that on the Right, but plenty as well on the Left.

    As for voting against one’s own interest, that describes every urban Democrat. What is in the best interests of society? Good economy? Stable families? Low rates of crime and homicide? Good schools? With few exceptions, those things are not to be found in places where Democrats have been allowed to rule unchecked for a generation or more. Democratic, “progressive” policies give us places like Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, etc, etc. Quibbling over this policy or that appointment is a distraction; just look at the net result of unchecked Democratic control. THAT is truly against the public interest, and the self-interest of every sane human.

  • DavidHarley

    “As Arik Bjorn pointed out, voters throughout the United States, and especially in places like Louisiana, are going to vote against their self interests today out of fear”

    This use of “self interests” assumes that only economic interests matter to voters. The concept of “false consciousness” is lurking behind this frequently heard assertion. Is it really true, or do voters have a multiplicity of interests which do not always fit neatly into partisan categories?

    If this notion of “self interests” is our main explanatory tool, how do we explain the dominance of the Democratic Party among the affluent, and its appeal to so many big donors? Are they too suffering from false consciousness?

  • Stephen Barlow

    Honestly!!!! What do you really expect from those that dwell where marrying you cousin and raising a passel of brats is cover for sharing sleeping bags on hunting trips and using your worm to catch your high school teammate is called ‘fishing’?

    HATE votes are NEVER about doing the right thing for your self or your family and f*ckbuddies @ the Roadhouse.

    • Pierre O’Toole

      Thanks for the intellectual update. I can now review your previous posts and put everything in perfect context.

      • Stephen Barlow

        This discussion is THIS discussion. You have a problem, Go grease a fire hydrant and hop on it.

        But the God&Guns crowd are the biggest hypocrites in America. They DON’T exist outside of America. They call themselves Patriots, scream about Liberty and Freedom and ambush cops having lunch because the FEDS didn’t oust them from a tax evaders campground.

        If you have as narrowly closed (what passes for a) mind then don’t waste you time because you have obviously already had it made up for you. because if you are one of THEM, you never had an original thought of your own in your life!

      • Pierre O’Toole

        Are you obsessed with living the way that people outside of America live? Would you feel better if all the other countries liked you? Do you not like America? Do you not like yourself? You’ve pretty much affirmed my initial assessment of Steve Barlow, man of confusion about where you fit in. My critique was about you, my friend, not an entire group of a political bent. That would be unreasonable. Get some help. The THEMS are gonna drive you over the brink.

      • Pierre O’Toole

        Your points:
        1) God is bad
        2) Guns are bad
        3) People outside of America are better
        4) Bigoted against THEM
        5) Not wishing to consider anyone else’s POV

        Run on that platform. Good luck.

      • Stephen Barlow

        NO!!!!! NEVER put words in My mouth. You can INTERPRET whatever foolishness you can muster, but I NEVER SAID EITHER of the three.

        How’s that fire hydrant feel, all snug and warm and lumpy up your brainhole?

        GO BACK AND READ IT until you can say it word for word. THEN you can write EXACTLY THAT down with bullet points.