Back before John McCain wrapped things up in Republican land, a whole mess of second-tier candidates, including Mike "Before I Got Big Time" Huckabee, gathered in Florida to answer questions from ultra-religious types who are freakishly obsessed with anyone who doesn't limit his or her sexual interests to straight missionary sex, three times per month, for procreation only, between man and wife.
Anyway, before the debate over who could best pander to the homophobic kicked off, they had a choir sing a little ditty about America. It used the well-known God Bless America melody, but with very different lyrics.
Basically, the song asked why would God want to bless America? The answer wasn't "because we're so keen", either. The answer was that God probably wouldn't want to bless America. That's right. God shouldn't bless America, according to the choir.
Why not? Because we don't have a Christ-based theocracy, I'd imagine. The song argues that we've strayed, as a nation, so far from the truths of the holy gospel that we now find ourselves fucked. God has no interest in blessing our infidel nation. We ain't right with Jesus!
Back when this debate about who most loved Jesus and supported Christian tyranny was raging, Rachel Maddow did a little piece about it.
Maddow's analysis--offered months before everyone was watching Jeremiah Wright's "God damn America" sermon--was spot-on perfect.
Maddow noted that all hell would break loose if a lefty happened to re-purpose something like God Bless America in a way that didn't just gush about our nation's perfection. She observed that only a bunch of guys angling to be the most Christian could get by with something like that.
In light of the Jeremiah Wright blow-up, it's sort of cool to see Maddow peer into the future, albeit unknowingly. It's also a pleasant reminder that the shit Jeremiah Wright was slinging is often slung by guys on the other side of the argument, too. Oh, and it reminds you that not all kinds of stupidity are treated equally by the media and your average yahoo on the street.
Now, a related note that has nothing to do with whether God should bless, damn, or otherwise take note of America.
I've been noticing Rachel Maddow on MSNBC more and more lately. I think she's hot. I don't mean "hot" like "growing in popularity and importance while attracting attention". I mean she's sexy. Seriously.
Yeah, I know. She's a lesbian. She has a partner. If she wasn't a lesbian, she wouldn't be interested in John Brown. She's pretty butch. Fine. I know. I'm just saying... She's sexy in a very unique Rachel Maddow kind of way. I'll leave it right there.
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