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Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010 3:43 AM

With the passage of the healthcare reform legislation, the Republican excuse is that they weren't part of the process, that it was all done behind closed doors, and that the Democrats didn't reach out to them.


If your breakfast choices are eggs or cereal, you can't demand waffles.

President Obama and Speaker Pelosi held out the olive branch (far too often and far too long, IMHO) throughout the process, with the only substantive criticism from the GOP being 'it's not the right time,' and 'we need to start over.'

The rest was a pack of lies about death panels and Glenn Beckian scaremongering about socialism and government taking the whole shebang over.

And now the GOP strategy is to muck things up with unpalatable amendments in the Senate just to force it back to the House for another vote. (Virginia's homophobic state attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, has also said he'll file to have the measure overturned.)

House Resolution 1175, sponsored by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia), is another particularly odious attempt to enshrine Christianity as the raison d'etre of America's founding.

But not only does it continue the evangelical right's assault on history, it '... encourages citizens of all faiths and religious persuasions to reflect on the important impact that the Ten Commandments have had on the people and national character of the United States.'


Here's my thoughts. For a bunch of people who run around singing 'praise Jesus,' evangelicals aren't doing the Lord God Almighty any credit. The country seems to be mighty confused about the whole 'thou shalt not kill' thing, and the track record on 'bearing false witness' and 'not committing adultery' is laughable when you consider the perpetrators include elected representatives who are avowed Christians.

And national character? Are we talking men and women of deep, abiding faith, or braying jackasses like Rush Limbaugh, so dearly beloved of the right that politicians and party notables kowtow to him? Are we speaking of the crowds yelling nigger and faggot or protests encouraged by Glenn Beck as he denounces the concept of 'social justice'? What about the ongoing attempts to inject Biblical Creation into classrooms as 'science'?

No, Congressman Broun, that's not a pretty reflection at all.

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