Thursday, February 10, 2011


Nothing Puzzling About It

Regarding the behavior of the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives, many of my liberal friends and allies have been puzzled at the behavior of the Republicans.  Nearly everyone agrees that the economy is in the tank and that the first priority of responsible legislators is to do something to get it out of the tank.  However, the Republican majority has made a priority of repealing the health care legislation just enacted last year, imposing new and draconian restrictions on a woman's right and ability to obtain an abortion, and ringing declarations about the definition of marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman.  The puzzle is, why would grown men and women engage in such things and do nothing about the sad shape of our economy?

The answer is simple.  These Republicans are supporters of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.  He asserted that the troubles that we experience are God's punishment for our transgressions.  To placate God and call off the punishment we must reassert our absolute dedication to Christian values.  Homosexuality is evil; the Bible calls for homosexuals to be stoned to death.  Abortion is a form of murder and violates one of the Ten Comandments.  Divorce is forbidden.  If only we Americans would again embrace these values God would again look upon us with favor and such troubles as a bad economy, losing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the low opinions that many foreigners have of our government leaders would all go away.

So, according to their beliefs, the Republicans are doing something to solve the problems of abad economy.

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