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To the editor:
On March 20, 2003, the US and its allies began the “shock and awe “ air strikes over Baghdad, Iraq.
Those watching the event through the media sat amazed while the voices and faces of those even remotely connected to the apocalyptic deluge mirrored, well, shock and awe.
In the late evening hours of Nov. 6, 2012, at the campaign headquarters of Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, located in Boston, I saw the same look of shock and awe on the faces of Romney backers as they received the news of Romney’s impending loss.
The faces reflected the harsh reality of the Democratic shock and awe that began at 6 a.m. local time and ended with an early morning concession speech from an obviously humbled, sincere, shocked and awed Romney.
The devastating defeat of Obama over Romney, 332 electoral votes over 206 Romney votes, has the Republicans asking “What happened?” Pundits, party members, and the public in general are now in discourse as to the future of the party.
What happened, indeed. Mitt Romney, a more moderate conservative was done in by the far right-wing, evangelical, conservative misfits who forced Mitt to back track and appear more conservative.
In their misspent faith they believed they had found a candidate and platform sent from heaven to defeat the four horsemen of the apocalypse: women’s and minority rights, immigration, LGBTs, and the economy.
The religious right in its banal tautologies, precepts and solipsism now merely retain what Simon Blackburn refers to as “fossilized philosophies.” They appear to forget that this is not a Christian nation as is voiced by the founding fathers in the Treaty of Tripoli. We are diverse in race, religion, color and philosophies. Whites are now a minority in this country. Latino-Hispanics now replace blacks as the greatest minority.
Jesus, himself, if he had come down from heaven, would have been ineligible to vote.
As a member of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Jesus would not qualify to vote in our one person-one vote system. And with Republican feeble attempts to block honest voters at the polls, Jesus, again, would be ineligible because he was illiterate, carries no identification and would be apprehended and deported as an illegal alien.
Touché, Republican Party. The fact is: Jesus died on the cross 2,000 years ago. He’s probably not coming back. Get over it.
In the US, 46 percent of people have creationist views of human origins. One in five have no religious affiliation.
The younger generation is even less religious and secular voters are more likely to vote liberal. Seventy percent of those with no religious affiliations voted for Obama, a statistic that evangelicals are still trying to understand.
Indeed, what happened, my dear Republican friends. Old evangelical, right-winged conservative white men sold you for 30 pieces of silver that paid for your journey down a dead end road.
Your party ideologies now lie as dead as those in “Flanders Fields.” Your only hope is to reinvent yourself if you are to remain a viable political party in the future.