Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Piety Is the National Pastime of Assholes

Last evening around seven the cold front rolled through Washington, like a vast breaking wave, stretching straight south like I-95. It looked like the bruise-black wrath of God, with constant down-forking lightning; it scattered hail as it came through like coins thrown to beggars. It would be pretty to think it was elemental fanfare for an asshole's catastrophe -- in the Sophoclean sense.

As RedHedd points out -- there's something really hideous, Jimmy Swaggart-like, about Tom (Captain Zyklon) DeLay (and his grifting wife) making with all the Christian talk, now that they're being fitted for orange jump suits.

DeLay: My main point was that this country was built on morals and religion. Our greatest leaders were very strong believers. There is a connection between religion and politics, and religion and government. There has to be for this country to have accomplished all it's accomplished and for its future. How many times have the great leaders—Ronald Reagan, Roosevelt, Lincoln, George Washington—have said there is a connection between morals and religion. And there has to be. The people that go to church understand that a country has to be based on some sort of religion and fear of God because they understand that.

Christine DeLay: They're accountable.

If there were a God any elected Republican would be smitten instantly for making use of the word "accountable." The more I learn the more it's apparent -- anybody who makes proclamations about his faith, outside of his church or home, is to that degree a soulless sociopath. Truth, as Kiekegaard says, is subjectivity.


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