Three Words: “Civil Rights Act”

“The same people driving the lawsuits that seek to dismantle the Obama administration’s health care overhaul have set their sights on an even bigger target: a constitutional amendment that would allow a vote of the states to overturn any act of Congress.” [NYT]


Any teabagger who can seriously support this while whining about “the intent of the Founding Fathers” with respect to the Constitution is either a blithering idiot or criminally insane, and possibly both simultaneously.

Hey, let’s take out the Bill of Rights while we’re at it.

@al2o3cr: Among the many things that tea baggers don’t understand is that the peculiar brand of federal governance they prefer was tried first by all them foundin’ fathers. It allowed for the states to govern their own affairs and print 13 or more different currencies. It was called the Articles of Confederation and it failed miserably. Hence, the Constitution and it’s concentration of power in federal hands. Just like with guns, gay marriage, and health insurance reform, these southerners talk big and walk small. This new alleged amendment will never pass. It’s just big talk to rally idiots who since W’s triumph of stupidity think they have a place at the table of reason.

@jwmcsame: Thank you for doing the research I avoided. I had a hunch that this would in effect revive the original Articles, but I didn’t feel like chasing it down…


Exactly – that’s why the whole ‘bagger nonsense about “the Founders wanted a weak Federal government” is so irritating – the Founders had explicit, *direct experience* with the “weak center” model and specifically convened to FIX it.

Then again, the average Tea Partier has probably read about as much of the Federalist Papers (how Beckerheads can wave *that* around while screaming about “small government” is a mystery) as they have of the Bible…

In other teabagger news, this makes me mighty proud to go to a Methodist church. The reading last Sunday from the Communist Manifesto (Proletarians 3:18-30) was inspiring!

@flippin eck: Does he know about Episcopalians (some of them, anyhow) and same-sex marriage?

@Dodgerblue: The Episcopalians are as bad as the Unitarians, in the eyes of fundies.

@SanFranLefty: We’re just better dressed and have more expensive scotch. Also, less interpretive dance.

@flippin eck: Thought of you at once, you little Marxist! Jesus was such a commie hippie.

@flippin eck: Darling, you do know that Marx got his ideas from the Primitive Church? I’m not making that up. Jesus was a communist. So was his boyfriend.

@Benedick: Ah yes, of course: John, “the beloved one.” I do hate it when couples have such matchy-matchy names though.

@Mistress Cynica: Liturgical dance is absolutely grounds for firebombing leaving a church.

@Dodgerblue: I am episcopalian and have so far managed to marry neither sex. My married friends tell me to keep up the good work.

@flippin eck: One of the local Franciscan churches here in Paradise (ha!) Valley includes a liturgical dance in their Midnight Mass service. I saw it once. It frightened and confused me.

@Benedick: Sounds like the makings of a new song. You might want to audition out west first, it may encounter some resistance here in Nashville.

@flippin eck, jamie: I both hate liturgical dance and think it’s hilarious. I have to bite hard on the inside of my lip to keep from laughing when they show up at Mass. Fortunately they almost never come to the 7:30 am service, so I’m lucky enough not to have seen them in at least 3, maybe 4 years.

@Mistress Cynica: A pair of very large Hispanic women, one with very short silvery hair, showed up in their matching Dallas Cowboys gear yesterday sitting in the second row across from us. One of eucharistic ministers was wearing his Seattle Seahawks scarf draped around his neck for Communion. The cross bearer was wearing a t-shirt for influential punk/metal bandThe Misfits under his robes for the fourth Sunday of Advent.

Misfits, “Die, Die My Darling”

I actually like Metallica’s cover better, which is one of their signature songs.

@redmanlaw: I’m wondering where you go to church. And if it’s a doublewide.

@Mistress Cynica:

The Lutheran church I grew up in would have had some serious handicaps managing to put on anything involving “dance”. Even if the very uptight congregation had bought into it, they’d have three strikes at the start: everybody involved would be white, conservative and straight, none of which are typically positively correlated with dancing ability. ;)

@Benedick: Santa Maria de la Paz is actually one of the most, if not the most, liberal parishes in northern New Mexico. Big on social justice, they are.

All this palaver about liturgical dance reminds me of a National Lampoon piece from God-knows-how-long-ago about typical traits of ethnic groups, in this piece WASPs. What I remember best are two items: When Wasps take over a neighborhood, they tear down all the bars and pool halls and put up Christian Science reading rooms. The characteristic dance of Wasps is the two-step (a nice diagram illustrated this point). No, make that three items: Wasps are hung like hamsters.

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