Michele Bachmann is a very scary individual

She and her husband own a Christian counseling center (that receives state funds by the way) that attempts to “cure” homosexuals.  Regarding homosexuals, her husband said:

Barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined, and just because someone feels this or thinks this, doesn’t mean that we’re supposed to go down that road.

By all accounts, Bachmann shares the views of her husband.  In 2004 she said:

This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say that this is gay.

This is not a person with a reasonable worldview.  This is a person whose moral system is based on the most barbarically literal interpretation of Bronze-Age mythology.  She should not be allowed to have a say on what laws are passed in the most powerful country in the world.  That she is being seriously considered as a presidential candidate is…dismaying and evidence of how vacuous our political process has become.

Source and source.

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producermatthew:

FOX News contributor Mike Huckabee says he’s not interested in running for president in 2012.
“All the factors say go, but my heart says no,” Huckabee said during his weekend program on the FOX News Channel.

Strike one crazy from the ticket.  I suspect he may end up as a VP candidate.

producermatthew:

FOX News contributor Mike Huckabee says he’s not interested in running for president in 2012.

“All the factors say go, but my heart says no,” Huckabee said during his weekend program on the FOX News Channel.

Strike one crazy from the ticket.  I suspect he may end up as a VP candidate.

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If someone makes some questionable decisions and hits a run of bad luck and can’t afford a television, then he goes without television and it’s fine. If there’s a car crash and there’s an injured man on the side of the road, then letting him die because he has no savings isn’t an ethically acceptable option.
Matt Yglesias, on why we can’t treat healthcare like every other consumption good. (via letterstomycountry)

Christianity and Randian philosophy are incompatible

Rand is very clear: walking in the path of Christ and walking in the path of “Atlas Shrugged” hero John Galt will take you to two very different places. Which ought to give pause to political leaders who claim to embrace the values of Christ but adopt the politics of Rand.

Before Congress went on its Easter recess, the House of Representatives passed a 2012 federal budget blueprint drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who credits Rand for inspiring him into entering politics, and who reportedly encourages his staff members to read “Atlas Shrugged.” The budget unabashedly bears the trademarks of Rand’s thinking: its glorification of individualism and private enterprise not as a companion to the collective pursuit of the common good but as a replacement for it; the gradual elimination of anything that compels the haves to share with the have-nots; the presumption that have-nots are “moochers” or “looters” and must be treated accordingly.

This article article is a bit heavy on the scripture for me, but I basically agree that the Randian “Objectivist” (ha!) philosophy is incompatible with the moral message from the New Testament.  In fact, I think it is pretty obvious even from a cursory glance.  I wouldn’t waste too much of my breath explaining that to most conservatives, though.  I think it is pretty clear that they aren’t that worried about having a logically consistent world view.

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The eyes of the country and the media are upon the Donald. He is certainly saying a lot of things people want to hear. He has been absolutely relentless on the birth certificate issue. He has said political correctness is killing the country. He has not been shy about going after Muslims or the Chinese. He wants to repeal Obama care, does not approve of gay marriage and is pro-life. He says he is blunt and he is right about that. He is blunt. But is he right? Donald Trump is an American icon, bigger than life. Trump can sell ice to Eskimos. The question a lot of us need to start asking is, what is he selling America?

If Donald Trump really believes what he is saying and would really govern that way, he could go down as a great President.

Do people change their beliefs over time? Sure they do. Do people who want to be elected to high office tell us what they think we want to hear? Absolutely. Given Trump’s previous liberal beliefs and absent a ‘Damascus Road conversion,’ we have to wonder if Trump is only telling us what we want to hear.

Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation

Hey, Tea Party Nation…
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(via cognitivedissonance)

Part of me really wants the Tea Party and the Republicans to hand over the reins to a complete crackpot just so they can drive the crazy train right off the rails.