Danger Alert: The Right, White Christian Apocalypse No Longer Hereafter

Rachel Maddow has done a superior job of connecting the dots behind the town hells. Last night she had a seven minute scary discussion (at the 8-minute point) with an insider, Frank Shaeffer, who deeply regrets helping his father create a dangerous monster that is running amuck to kill for the health industry real health care reform. Bitter irony for the ignorant pawns that are harming themselves and our nation.

Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up As One Of The Elect, Helped Found The Religious Right, And Lived To Take All (Or Almost All) Of It Back.

I haven’t read his book but I did find an article written by him that provides his answer as to why these pawns let themselves boil over with rage and hate and become the Repugs and America’s worst enemy. He says about both the leaders and the pawns, “They can’t compute that their white man-led conservative revolution is dead. They can’t reconcile their idea of themselves with the fact that white men like them don’t run the country any more — and never will again. To them the black president is leading a column of the “other” into their promised land. Gays, immigrants, blacks, progressives, even a female Hispanic appointed to the Supreme Court… for them this is the Apocalypse.”

The women pawns, there aren’t many women leaders, feel even more abandoned because many of them depend on their men. Men who are frightened and very angry are not very comforting to these females.

Schaeffer sums up the current mindset of all these town hell fanatics, “The last presidential election (to paraphrase Bart Simpson) “broke their brains.” What else could explain their embrace of intimidation — rather than discourse — over the health care debate and such unsavory moments of madness as the Republicans accusing Obama and Judge Sonia Sotomayor of racism, knowing full well that they’d just destroyed their chances with the Hispanic community forever?”

Schaeffer in an attempt to try and explain the craziness to left nurturing brains wrote, “The Republican Old Guard are in the fix an atheist would be in if Jesus showed up and raised his mother from the dead.” I can’t imagine there is a cocktailhag anywhere that wouldn’t beam at that brilliant visualization. Still I find it difficult with my left brain to understand how any brain could see fascism in either Obama or Sotomayor. The goons that Frank and his father Frances left us with must be looking in the witch’s mirror and seeing the wall rushing toward them, look for anyone not in their tribe to blame. Hitler was the last evil demon to seriously threaten America so those left heathens must be aligned with Adolph’s Nazi troops to put wonderful, can do no wrong America again in such dire straights.

Facist definitions and actions are flying left and right. Sara Robinson a fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future and one of the few trained social futurists in North America, says in an August 7 post that, “…our fascist American future now looms very large in the front windshield — and those of us who value American democracy need to understand how we got here, what’s changing now, and what’s at stake in the very near future if these people are allowed to win — or even hold their ground.”

Will the crazies need to draw blood or even assassinate Obama before they are held to account? Our M$M is unlikely to do much because covering crazies is easy and captivates many readers and viewers. It’s left to the blogging world. If a defector like Frank who knows these sickos well is that concerned, we should be too. Rachel’s doing her part and so should we. What that part should be is open to discussion. Unfortunately, I don’t have any definitive answers.

31 Comments

  1. cocktailhag says:

    This particular Cocktailhag indeed beamed at that visualization. I find it ironic, and heartening in a way, that the right’s worst enemies (besides themselves) are those heretics like Schaeffer and David Brock who retained enough humanity to see the evil and duplicity of those with whom they’d cast their lot and break away. I liked the Bart Simpson analogy, too, RMP…. great piece.

    • rmp says:

      I have to give Schaeffer and Brock a lot of credit for having the guts to see the light. So few do and probably some leaders see the light but are so mired in the muck or enamored of money that they keep sticking it to those who really love America and their fellow humans. Watching the Maddow interview, I loved Schaeffer’s passion and sincerity. I suspect he was equally sincere when under his father’s spell.

      • cocktailhag says:

        I just watched the first three segments of the show, RMP, and I must confess that just a few minutes into his rant, I started wondering whether Schaeffer was single….
        He made Rachel look like Max Baucus, he was so on fire. Damn, how can the MSM watch this crap happening, again, and bat their false eyelashes as they call it all “grass roots?”
        The reason the M$M is collapsing is that they couldn’t spot a good story with both hands and a flashlight.
        Great, chilling, journalism.

  2. timothy3 says:

    RMP, I happened to have read about a third of Shaeffer’s “Crazy for God” and found it interesting. What was most notable was the author’s honest treatment of the subject; that is a most difficult thing to do when one is brought up in a fundamentalist home.
    But I also wanted to mention the manipulation by those folks. I’ve said it a million times, I know, but I’ll never cease to be amazed at the alacrity with which they seek to misinform.
    And these are ostensibly religious people!

    • rmp says:

      Frank’s father and the other cult leaders are not religious. Their religion is ego power and control. They spend their lives manipulating like any skillful, dirty salesman who could care less what happens to the suckers. Even the power of money and forcing people to do what you want, doesn’t equal suckering them into making you their God. They are master charlatans and con men or women.

  3. Jim White says:

    Thanks, RMP. I also cringe at the level of rage and stand incredulous as the M$M and government allow leaders like Limbaugh, Beck and Palin to stir up passions and aim people toward violence. When it boils over, it may well be too late to go back and fix our society.

    • rmp says:

      If we won’t charge and prosecute our terrible torturers, there’s little chance we would go after someone yelling fire in a crowded theater. Now if a president or senator is assassinated, there could well be some O’Reilly or Beck who could go to jail, but that is way too late. Of course if you are in the underclass you can go to jail for many years for selling drugs or stealing thousands. If you are the privileged class, you can steal billions unless you get gross and steal 50 billion like Bernie did, and not go to jail.

  4. Jim Montague says:

    Great piece RMP, your usual fine work. The right wing sure knows how to push the envelope though. I caught this article this morning:

    The trend of controversial town halls continued on Friday when Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) questioned the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and referred to a White House “enemies list” at a meeting in Tulsa

    “This is a scary time in Washington,” he said. “It’s a very frightening time. I see Barack Obama is creating an enemies list of people who oppose this miserable health care plan. I think that’s frightening. That’s from a guy that can’t even show a long-form birth certificate. I think we all ought to be prepared to fight that.”
    The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room » House GOPer cites ‘birther’ claims, ‘enemies list’ at town hall (8 August 2009)
    http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2009/08/08/house-goper-cites-birther-claims-and-enemies-list-at-town-hall/

    To imagine that the Secret Service, DHS, and the FBI aren’t prepared for a future assault would be completely foolhardy, and I hope that the slapdown is not too far off. I just hope they start their purge at the top instead of at the moronic bottom. A lot of people would take some joy at seeing Limbaugh, Savage, or Beck in a cage waiting a long time for the trial to start.

    • Jim White says:

      Jim,

      The “enemies list” crap is because the Whitehouse.gov website put up an email address where people could report specious arguments that are being spread in mass emails. They were asking people to report the lies and somehow John Cornyn got it through his thick skull that Obama was collecting lists of enemies, one email at a time through the Whitehouse web site. The wingnuts have latched onto this big time and it was all over talk radio. Many wingnuts spouted it on several shows I listened to on Sirius Left on Thursday, so Cornyn made his pronouncement late Wednesday or early Thursday. It’s incredible that this one is still alive…

  5. Jim Montague says:

    Its similar to the twisted logic that Sarah Palin came up with about the “end of life advice” They seem determined to take any small thing that might stick, and spin it into something completely ridiculous.
    It’s been their modus operandi for over 60 years or more.

    • cocktailhag says:

      And they wouldn’t stand a chance with such ignorant nonsense if it weren’t for the reverence with which they’re treated in the M$M. These people still think Saddam orchestrated 911, the world is 6000 years old, etc. Once they believe that, what won’t they believe?

    • rmp says:

      Once these sickos have been relegated to the dust or looney bin, we can call them the SSC (Sick Spinmeister Corps). Of course we don’t have many looney bins thanks to the Repugs, so maybe we can create some especially for them so their illness can’t affect anyone in the future. We can let them go to hell on their own with their fellow tribal members.

  6. rmp says:

    In their minds, anyone who doesn’t completely agree with them is the enemy. They compile enemy lists and those bloggers like Glenn who deserve to be crapped on.

    Reagan didn’t start the government is evil mantra, but he sure brought it to a high level. Then the fundamentalists who must have evil people so they can feel superior made government the devil that kills babies. They rode to the top on backs of the suffering and as I have said so many times, thank God, or whomever, that they screwed up so badly that only those with no smell could still back them.

    I can’t see how with the changing voter demographics, that these tactics aren’t supreme OWE. One of the candidates my Candidate Recruitment Committee interviewed this morning for the county board in the 2010 election, was a lifelong Repug until three years ago. He is extremely happy that he saw the light and is among the enlightened now.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Always the projection.. they have enemies’ lists, they kill babies (the born kind, too) they think their opponents must be silenced, and on and on. They are the equivalent of Lina Lamont in “Singing in the Rain,” when she said, “Don’t evr’rybody?”
      She also cluelessly said, “I make more money than…. Calvin Coolidge….. put together!” I think the Repugs have become Lina Lamont. At a righty rally several years ago, Bruce Willis said, “I made more money last year than Bill Clinton’s made in his whole life,” as though that granted him special insight, when anyone capable of fogging a mirror would rightly suspect the opposite.
      In the movie, Gene Kelly says to Lina, “You reptile….” They still look reptilian to me.

  7. Jim Montague says:

    If you want a real chuckle take a look at this wingnut site: http://www.thepeoplescube.com/
    Hilarious, and when you think about it, very sad.

  8. rmp says:

    I took a chuckle and found where they were selected as the Most Politically Correct Web Site in 2005. It doesn’t say who was doing or judging the correction. Maybe the reward was an errection for the best suckering. They keep talking about Obamacare, but it is the congress critters who are deciding on the care including Republicans. I don’t remember these thugs calling it Bushwar, Bushtorture, Bushstealingelections, Bushnoregulation, Bushmedicarepartd or Bushwhackthepeople.

    • rmp says:

      I just thought of a good sign to use when the Repugs are attacking, Obama Cares, Why don’t You?

  9. Jim Montague says:

    That would make an excellent counterpoint, copyright it, and send the idea to someone who can get it out there.

  10. sysprog says:

    On a lighter note . . .

    Do you have any dittohead friends or relatives who are telling you about that evil Obamacare plan, and who are trying to convince you to stop being a loony lefty moonbat, even though they know that you’re probably a lost cause?

    Here’s some advice from Rumproast Blog on how to reply.

    http://rumproast.com/index.php/site/comments/fun_with_freichtards

    1. The next time you’re in conversation with one of … those people, express your disgust with an organization called >Stop Medicare. 2. Tell them that it is awful, and on no account should they go to http://www.stopmedicare.org. 3. Explain that your islahomo brown socialists friends live in fear more people will join Stop Medicare because President Obama plans to use Medicare’s records to determine who will go to the Re-education camps. 4. Confidently assure them that they needn’t bother anyway because ACORN goons are working now to shut down stopmedicare.org’s website. 5. Keep your fingers crossed and make popcorn.

    • rmp says:

      Thanks for stopping by. You’re still the champ on finding relevant stuff for every occasion. If we had less people thinking with their rumps or roasted some rumps, maybe we could have some useful dialogue. So many people have worked so hard to build a workable new system and all their work gets trivialized into meaningless nonsense.

    • Karen M says:

      There probably won’t be any conversations about these topics with the relevant members of my family.

      However, I do post such things to my facebook page. I was reluctant for a long time to be there, but my daughter pointed out that nearly my whole family is there. And then an online political friend sent me an invite and I couldn’t say no.

      I’m hoping that the evidence they can see with their own eyes (in Florida!) as well as a few logical posts that I “share” on facebook will have some effect, and spread even beyond my family members… and to some of their friends, too.

  11. Jim Montague says:

    Perfect! Tomorrow, I’m going to Palm Springs(Gods waiting room), to have dinner with the wingnut side of the family. This could be fun.

  12. Jim Montague says:

    That’s true, probably no where else where so many people have cocktails named after them.

  13. Karen M says:

    RMP… Thanks for this post! That Bart Simpson quote is especially potent.

    IIRC, I left a somewhat critical comment at HuffPost on one of Schaeffer’s apologetic posts, but it was never posted, even though it was not virulent. I only said that I thought his apology in a blog post was not nearly enough amends for the damage done. (or something to that effect)

    • rmp says:

      I’ve never left a comment on HuffPo, but am at a total loss as to why your comment wouldn’t be posted.

      • Karen M says:

        Simple. It was critical. ;~)

        They do moderate comments at HuffPost, after all.

        • rmp says:

          If it wasn’t virulent and only critical, what the hell were they afraid of? Are you that frightening in tone. I wished we had the wording you used, so our Posse could make a case of misguided censorship.