Cognitive Dissonance and Republicans

Growing up, I was what I would have thought of as a Moderate to Liberal Republican. Likely it was shaped by the very conservative community in which I grown up. Around 1994, Newt came along and the pandering to Jesus began. Today it's moved so far towards kissing Jesus's ass that they can't even stand Jon Huntsman being on the same stage as Rick Perry. One Governor has a successful record at running a state, and the other has a 25 billion dollar deficit with some of the worst education numbers, and doubled the minimum wage earners in 4 years. But he loves the right Jesus that never came to Amurica and he has good hair so he's in. What's more ironic than this moronic basis of voting is how the Jesus that they pander to wouldn't support their politics. The Cognitive Dissonance must be painful to anyone thoughtful about their religion and politics.


For starters, the most obvious is the fight against taxation. Republicans are fighting their hearts out to keep the wealthy donors as wealthy as possible. The claim is that if you keep the rich rich, jobs will be created. Considering how much we have cut taxes on the wealthy consistently in the last 40 years (down from 91%) we shouldn't have had a single downturn. But this isn't the case. We all know that Jesus taught that you can't get to heaven if you are wealthy. In the Good Teacher Parable he tells a rich man to give away his money and follow him or that a rich man will get into heaven when a camel can get through the eye of a needle. We've all heard these. The story of Lazarus and the rich man is much clearer. Luke 16:19 

There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 
 And at his gate lay a poor man named Laz'arus, full of sores, 
 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 
The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; 
and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Laz'arus in his bosom. 
And he called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Laz'arus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.' 
But Abraham said, `Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Laz'arus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.

You'd be hard pressed to justify walking by the 45,000 people that die every year due to lack of health care or the homeless whom are on the streets due to mental illness if you really believed the Bible. Mitch (McConnell), your 10 million dollars in net worth and your treatment of the poor doesn't bode well for you with your professed religion.  


A result of  Republican policies has been that we virtually no longer have the single family incomes supporting a family. The breaking down of union membership from 25% in the 70's to 12% today is a major contributor to this. We've been seeing it in Wisconsin. We saw the blame with auto workers when Chevy was simply not building competitive cars. We saw it with the Air Traffic Controllers in the 80's. It's always the union workers greed when the chips are down. Wages have been virtually stagnant for 40 years. Let's be honest, unions have been setting the standards in safety, time off, and benefits that set the minimum standards for all industries. These moves are breaking down the family unit from any traditional roles that they love so much. It's giving women more power in both the home and society. This is subverting the rule of husbands over wives. While I'm cool with equality, handle your own damn toilet seats ladies, the Bible isn't. Man was shaped in God's image and woman was shaped from that man. 1 Corinthians 11:7. Rush, you've been fighting against unions as long as anyone. How do you feel about the results? You've accidentally empowered the "Femi-Nazis". They have so much power that you now head to the Dominican Republic to find hookers whom aren't empowered?


Jesus was anything but a nose the grindstone hard work or die person. The Bible refers to him as a carpenter but the Bible doesn't really spend time talking about his long days of work. The dude didn't plan ahead. He was even accused of working on the Sabbath as he gathered grain because he hadn't planned that far ahead. Mark 2:23 He was a hippie whom seems to think that everything should be communal. It wasn't like he grew the grain that he was taking on that Sabbath. When he has to ride into town, he has his disciples simply go and take a colt. He notes to only tell anyone anything if they are seen. "Tell them the Lord hath need of it." Luke 19:30 Today, you'd be arrested for either action. Are any Republicans looking to repeal theft in favor of communal living? 


The Bible is reportedly about caring for others, yet the Republicans want nothing to do with that directly in any fashion. They lie to themselves and ignore the facts at any opportunity. The idea of turning the other cheek doesn't speak to them. Creating wealth at the end of a rifle speaks to the modern Republican Party. If there is anything you can't do, it's cut the military. We must have more than 100 bases in other countries worldwide. The 5th Fleet in Bahrain exists primarily to keep the oil flowing safely. I suppose that's very Old Testament of them, but few Christians want to be associated with that book. Since Eisenhower's famous Military Industrial Complex speech, Republicans have steadfastly ignored all other needs in-favor of military growth. It's so ironic that the greatest anti-big-military speech was delivered by a Republican. The big picture is never turn the other cheek, and if someone doesn't want to follow your doctrine, don't be afraid to kill a few to get your way. That fits with the modern Christian talking points. 


I don't get Republicans and modern Christians. They've pandered so far right that Bachman says that earthquakes and hurricanes are signs. Rick Perry jogs with a handgun. An innocent man dies on his watch and his reaction to this news? "he was a wife beater". Source I suppose kill 'em all and let God sort them out is the modern Christian religion. In general, there is very little in the Christian tradition that lines up with current Republicans as much as they'd like to state otherwise. How can any thinking Christian stand by and watch this? But then again, many devout Christians simply refuse to think. I had a person tell me recently that a man lived in a whale for two days so Jonah could have too. And this is what my vote has to compete with? Grow a brain Morans.   

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Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on September 13, 2011 at 6:39am

I have (as a European) been watching the last few elections in the USA with interest. The use of Religion in the various campaigns has been scary at times. So many people seem to judge the worth of a candidate on his or her faith credentials rather than experience. “You can trust me on the economy because god is on my side so I don’t need no fancy degree in economics to do the job” seems to be the mentality.

When I hear the Palin’s or Perry’s on CNN or Fox I physically cringe at the bullshit. This dumbing-down to religious based ideals impoverishes the political debate and cheats the voters from a campaign based on real issues rather than X-Factor type personality contest.

I am very sceptical of their motives. When I see someone like Rick Perry I don’t see a religious person. He is clever enough and around long enough not to be overly so. He uses the faith card to pander to the populace. It is purely for getting votes. These campaigns are all stage managed by media experts who would insist that potential politicians (clients!!) spout religious rhetoric to identify with the masses. The faith card is also used to denigrate their opposition. “Would you vote for someone of questionable moral standards” or “He is not a true Christian – he could even be an Atheist” (gasp!)

So maybe, in the Machiavellian sense, playing the faith card gets them elected. So maybe the cognitive dissonance is more an issue with the general voting population who do not see this than it is with the candidates that use the card to their advantage? The bigotry (in my eyes) however does make me wary of them. So it would not be because they are Christians that I would not vote for them but because I see them as insincere and bigoted. It has become you say a case of letting their god sort it and all concept of charity is gone. Now for a cup of Tea………

Comment by Robert Karp on September 13, 2011 at 9:40am

Great post always Gator. I wish the republicans would break off and create a third party called "Reasonable Republicans" and then the nut-jobs can rename their party "Christian Party for God". This is way more accurate. I have family in other countries and they are stunned at the mere fact the morons, Perry and co., are actually competing with Obama in the polls. I feel so sad for this country. I've often wished we would have two countries. In our country we would have universal health care, legalized marriage for whoever the fuck wants to get married, abortion rights, no death penatly etc...and they can have their close minded, christian nation.

Comment by Doug Reardon on September 13, 2011 at 12:21pm

"thoughtful about their religion and politics"  Being thoughtful to a republican is taking what they've been told, and using it to support whatever it is that they have always believed.

Comment by Gaytor on September 13, 2011 at 12:38pm

I wish that they would read the Bible themselves and then apply it to the world that they know rather than accept what they are told it says. This character called Jesus might even be our ally from time to time. Currently, they see to just make it up as they go along.  


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