Page Two: Prayer for the Common Man

In the religious right's new democracy, principles prescribed by man have no value in the war between heaven and hell

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There is a new prayer to God above, howling up from this country out of the confusion of cheap rhetoric, meaningless polemics, and secularly driven holy visions. Longtime right-wingers and conservatives are now loudly declaring that they find nothing wrong with president-ordered wiretaps in the name of national security. "Only the enemies of this country or those with something to hide would protest," they note. "They are needed to protect us from the terrorists. Why do those protesting hate our country so much that they are determined to see the terrorists win?"

This flag-waving drumbeating illustrates the true American patriots' stark, black-and-white view of the world. Certainly this take is not new, but the transfer of enmity from communism/the Soviet Union/Marxist dictatorships to Muslim fundamentalists/terrorists/governments-that-don't-like-us is now complete. Unfortunately, the black seems to be ever-expanding, while the white has dramatically shrunk to the point that it includes the individual observer, and maybe even a political party, but not the whole country, nor all its citizens. Instead, there is an acceleration of the effort to paint liberal/progressive/Democratic Americans and all our other enemies with the same brush, putting both groups on absolutely equal footing.

The patriots understand that the best way to celebrate and honor the American way of life and government is by making morally absolute distinctions – especially distinguishing those peoples, religions, and individuals that are good from those that are evil.

Thus, a not only legitimate but crucial goal in the war on terror is pissing off and unnerving the Democrat/liberal/progressive/dissident community. Even the cornerstone conservative/right-wing/religious-fundamentalist belief that big government is bad and individuals' personal rights are preeminent can be overridden when it comes to supporting the administration and angering its critics. As important as winning the war against terror abroad is defeating the enemy within at home.

In the thrall of traditional values and strict religious guidelines, the new right understands that strange bedfellows are unacceptable, even when politics dictate the liaison. Principles, especially as prescribed by man, have no value in the war between heaven and hell.

Lifelong champions of the individual over the government have suddenly metamorphosed into presidential groupies rather than find themselves bedded with neoleftist utopians, moral-relativist Marxists, and suicidal-pacifist, chic anarchists – all masquerading as equivocating, multicultural liberals/Democrats.

This is a brand new democracy, and there just isn't room for those who don't belong. The founding fathers' organizing vision of this country as a constitutional republic is no longer accepted by the executive branch or our national legislative leaders. In their pursuit of "original intent" and judicial acquiescence (to the executive and legislative branches), they are bravely willing to go where few have gone before. In order to preserve the Constitution, they are willing to abandon it; to preserve freedom, they have the courage to cripple it.

A truly committed and unquestioning Zen master of the new school of materialism, George W. Bush is at one with the way. What is the sound of one hand clapping? What is the sound of a country being invaded when you have no reason, plan, or any actual knowledge about it?

Constitutional knowledge comes not by reading it. In pursuit of the purity of "original intent," one must not travel through and/or be restrained by the words as written in that tired, temporal, holographic document. Better to travel the less-traveled path of not-the-Constitution to come to the heart of what-is-the-Constitution.

"All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," from the Declaration of Independence, is a key construct of this country. Bush, who, after all, is in communication with said "Creator," understands that his right to the truth as he wants it to be is guaranteed to him. Neither the Constitution itself, the opinions of others, nor the seeming realities of a situation need dissuade or discourage him. Faith means more than reason, belief more than evidence, self-confessed divine blessing more than precedent, law, or custom.

A constitutional republic's mandate that the rights of the minority must be protected against the will of the majority is trumped by holy vision. Patriots may embrace the Constitution without actually caring about what it means.

As with the Bible, the absolute word of God, it is still left to man to make the important distinctions. Thus, it is more important to focus on the exact and definitive timing of creation than it is, for example, to not charge interest on loans and forgive them if they are not repaid after seven years. When God commands "Thou shall not kill," only the most blessed of believers understand the distinctions God does not bother to delineate ("no" to killing an unborn child, "yes" to killing a criminal or nonbeliever). When in Matthew 22:39, the Lord is quoted as saying, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," the clear meaning is "love that neighbor exactly like yourself as yourself, and damn the rest!" When asking the Lord to please "forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us," the last clause really is conditional ("those who trespass against us but are Christian," "those who trespass against us but speak English," "those who trespass against us but vote Republican").

In this splendid new world, those citizens who have never trusted the government now do. Those who believe the government is incapable of educating our young, healing our sick, or helping cure our mentally ill now believe our government can be trusted with spending billions in Iraq and spying on our citizens at home. Those who believe it is better not to give than to give to one's neighbor understand that in defending our beloved freedom and inalienable rights, we must sacrifice the same.

Oh Lord, though we invaded a sovereign nation without even considering a variety of potential consequences, we fear no evil from this government. Yea, they have bungled every intelligence operation undertaken, but only because their love of God and country is so great that ideology is more important than information and they know that secular facts only confuse those pure of heart. There is no confusion; religious truths are so profound that the observations of others or those who disagree must be ignored and dismissed.

Once, sadly, when the secular humanists were at the helm, defending freedom and liberty meant that, regardless of the consequences, a citizen was considered innocent until proven guilty. We trust the president and his party to know good from evil without due process. We trust them to champion this government by trampling on any and all constitutional guarantees that get in the way of protecting it. Oh we who would pick up a gun if the government actually did tap our phones hope they tap the phones of all those who disagree with us. And may they imprison all of them as well. end story

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