Sharron Angle’s American Idolatry

If we’re done fretting about Sharia Law in America, let’s have a look in the other direction:

When Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle told a Christian news interviewer this year that “entitlement programs (are) built to make government our God,” she voiced a central tenet of Christian Reconstructionism, according to academics who study the movement.

Christian Reconstructionism is a political-religious movement formed in the 1960s and ’70s that seeks to return American society to the rule of biblical law. Any attempt to expand government beyond the dictates in the Old Testament — for example, by establishing Social Security benefits, education policy or property taxes — turns government into a false idol, reconstructionists believe.

“The problem is that government becomes an idol when it overspills its biblically proscribed boundaries, and people start looking to government for salvation,” said Julie Ingersoll, a religious studies professor at the University of North Florida, in explaining a tenet of Christian Reconstructionism.

Angle’s campaign won’t fess up to the inspiration. But her take on idolatry comes straight from “the movement’s founder, R.J. Rushdoony, an orthodox Presbyterian minister.”

We should have seen this coming — idiots don’t usually freelance these ideas on their own.

Sharron Angle’s views rooted in biblical law [Las Vegas Sun]

Fashion TJ: I can’t decide whether this is for real or meant to be ironic, but I think I know what I’ll wear if I ever want to go undercover at a TeaBagger Rally.

@SanFranLefty: I just threw up my tuna fish sandwich.


This is what you end up with when you let people who don’t even *know* a gay person design clothes. ;)

On the subject: Angle needs to save up some of this stuff – wouldn’t want to peak the crazee too early before the election. Either that, or this *is* her saving up the real stuff for October, which should be entertaining…

@al2o3cr and rptrcub: Yes, but if you check out the rest of the website (not that boys probably would), they specialize in retro-mod clothing. So I am leaning towards ironic but I agree it is pretty hideous…

@SanFranLefty: Can I get that as a scented candle?

@SanFranLefty: You would not believe some of the patriotic American clothing they advertise in gun and hunting magazines. The crap looks exactly like Colbert’s opening, except its for real. I did get Mrs RML a pink camo t-shirt while I was in Montana, though.

@SanFranLefty: I’m digging the glassware, mostly.

@redmanlaw: Speaking of camo shirts, has your son’s injury forced him off the camo workshirt assembly line? I’m waiting by the mailbox every day . . .

@Dodgerblue: I’ll lean on him. His sprain took him out of the sweatshop and off his for a couple of weeks, then I was in Flyspeck, Montana for several days where I was unable to crack the whip.

@redmanlaw: thanks. I was on “The Ed Show” on MSNBC yesterday, and how cool would it have been if I had been wearing a camo workshirt with my favorite Garcia tie?

@Dodgerblue: I was on “The Ed Show” on MSNBC yesterday

You have my deepest condolences.

Speaking of idiotic people writing idiotic policy, how did we not notice this a while back?

(from the bill discussed in the article):

1 1 Section 1. NEW SECTION. 602.1100 Judicial authority.
1. A judicial officer shall not use judicial precedent, case law, penumbras, or international law as a basis for rulings. A judicial officer shall only use the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Iowa, and the Code of Iowa as the basis for any ruling issued by such judicial officer. The only source material that may be used for interpreting the Constitution of the United States by a judicial officer in this state shall be the Federalist papers and other writings of the founding fathers to describe the intent of the founding fathers, and if such source material is used, the full context of the source material must be used by
the judicial officer.
2. This section is not reviewable by the court.
3. A violation of this section by a judicial officer shall be considered malfeasance in office and subjects the judicial officer to impeachment under chapter 68.

Holy crap, the stoopid, IT BURNS! I would have thought that even proposing something as blatantly illegal as (2) above would have been cause for the rest of the legislators to tell the author to GTFO.

@rptrcub: I’m digging this dress but am afraid my shoulders and upper arms are too muscular for it.

@redmanlaw: Love the pink camo.

@SanFranLefty: Want, want, want!

Also: I hear you on the broad shoulders thing (although my issue is simple width, not muscle tone-I don’t have the fab guns like you!). But I’ve found that small cap sleeves actually work fairly well, so I think you could pull off that dress.

@flippin eck: That would look adorable on you – perfect for fall!

ADD: Your bunnehz told me you should get this though I fear it might make you the rabbit version of the crazy cat lady….

@SanFranLefty: Heh. I’ve been very, very careful about the bunneh apparel, lest I turn into the Crazy Bunneh Lady!

@SanFranLefty: I saw a camo baseball cap that had a prairie dog in the crosshairs, which was fine with me, but I drew the line when I saw the red splatters on the back of the hat, which went way too far even for my twisted sense of aesthetics.

@Dodgerblue: Dang. Sorry I missed that. I spent the day slaving over an order in an intertribal child custody action and had the Liquid Metal station blasting on the sat radio all day.

Oh, and while we’re Not Acting Surprised:

Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle believes that gays should not be allowed to adopt children and that religious leaders should be allowed to endorse political candidates, contrary to a federal ban on churches participating in political campaigns on behalf of candidates, according to a questionairre obtained by the Associated Press.

Angle submitted the questionnaire with 36 yes-or-no answers to the Government is not God political action committee, which has endorsed her campaign.

Hey, I’m all for churches endorsing candidates. Soon as we revoke their tax exemptions.

that better than my three wolf moon tshirt

@al2o3cr: This has been in the back of my mind, but let me go on record:

Somebody will challenge the constitutionality of Marbury v. Madison before election day.

@nojo: Absolutely. I won’t make that bet against you.


I figure they’ll hold off on that until Obama gets another Supreme. Beck will need at *least* six months of prep to get the Dick Armey up to speed on the issue, especially given the cognitive dissonance that the case’s background will provoke. (The Founders, disagreeing and politicking? To shame!)


Besides, my great-great-great-great-great-great-uncle got screwed out of his sweet gummint job (I think I got the number of “greats” close to right).

Yes, seeking Federal employment is deeply embedded in my family’s genome, and we are still bitter that after “winning” the case before the Supremes, our ancestor was still left out in the cold.


Internet reaches “peak irony”; party over

At this rate, The Onion’s not going to be able to come up with material…

@al2o3cr: And then there was the ADL in a Display of Craven Excellence, but since I don’t normally pay attention to the ADL, I’m not starting now.

Although I should probably nail Jon’s Pal Weiner, but everyone else is already taking care of that.

And since I never got around to it…

Meet the Pentagon Mosque!

No, Rachel, I’m not going to the Sharron-headlined Sandy Eggo teabagger rally Saturday. Send Kent.

@nojo: Plz? Pretty plz? Where the hell has Pedo been? You two could provide live group coverage.

I noticed in the cable guide for tonight that after Rachel is “Lockdown: Maricopa County” – I don’t think I want to watch Arpaio’s minions engaged in racial profiling.

@SanFranLefty: Pedo went on a Vision Massage Quest or something a month back, and I suspect he returned determined not to increase his blood pressure by bitching about our lack of coverage of Barry’s nasty national security/civil rights policies.

Which remain nasty. But Teabaggers remain vastly more entertaining.

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